News and RumorsJuly 31
Hamilton Cobb At Starcon 2001
Keith stars as Tyr Anasazi, a member of a subspecies of humanity classified as the Nietzscheans on the hit TV series Andromeda. We just heard he will also be making a guest appearance on Stargate: SG1. That's only fair as Michael Shanks of SG1 recently guest starred on Andromeda.
Cobb is best known to audiences for his role on the hit ABC daytime drama All My Children. His portrayal of Noah Keefer earned him a Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Newcomer, as well as a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. In addition, Cobb was voted one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World 1996.
After a tremendously successful run in the hit daytime drama, Cobb appeared in an episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, where ironically enough, in a spoof of the daytime genre, he starred as a soap opera actor who was fired by the show's diva. Cobb has also amassed a number of guest appearances on various television series including Tribune Entertainment's action-adventure hit BeastMaster, Suddenly Susan, Boston Common.
Cobb honed his acting skills at the prestigious Circle in the Square and Playwright's Horizons acting studios in New York. His impressive list of theatrical credits includes Othello, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and numerous others.
In his first feature film role, Cobb portrayed the bodyguard of a Mafioso in the independent film Astonished. He also won the starring role in the independent feature Eyes Beyond Seeing.
Cobb's love for acting stems from his devotion to the works of William Shakespeare. He served for two years as a judge of the National Shakespeare Competition. Cobb taught for six years at Youth Theatre Interactions, an after school performing arts program in Yonkers, New York that introduces children to the arts. He also spent several years at Playwright's Theatre of New Jersey, where he taught playwriting, directed and performed in the plays of youthful offenders in the New Jersey correctional system.
Keith will appear at Starcon 2001 on the Main Events Stage Saturday, September 1st.
Pie 2 Screening
The screening will be held on August 7, 2001 at the UA Pavillion Theater at 7:30pm. This movie is rated R. Anyone under 17 will not be eligible for the quiz. Click here for tickets.
In the good spirit of poking fun at stereotypes, I found this Atom Film very comical. Maybe you will too. Check it out.
Mark Allen says: "I love discovering great new things.
Something that, upon finding it for the first time, a person muses, 'Where
has this been? I didn't know about this!'" You know it's good. Check
out this week's Suspended Animation Review.
Schedule Coming Together
The people at Denver Anime International are putting together a great video schedule for Starcon 2001. With the Concert & Dance taking place Saturday night in the Main Events room, the schedule will be expanded somewhat beyond what is currently listed here. The popularity and quality of the Anime we've been able to show just keeps getting better.
Friday: Sell-Out Night! 6:00 pm Princess Mononoke 8:15 pm Ghost in the Shell 10:00 pm AKIRA Midnight Closed
Saturday: Rumiko Takahashi Morning 9:00 am Urusei Yatsura TV 1 9:30 am Maison Ikkoku TV 1 10:00 am Ranma 1/.2 TV 1-2 11:00 am Inyu Yasha 1-2 12:00 Noon Excel Saga TV 12:30 pm Trigun TV 1:00 pm Love Hina 1-2 2:00 pm Boogiepop Phantom 1-2 3:00 pm Turn 'A' Gundam TV 3:30 pm Vision of Escaflowne TV 4:00 pm New Sol Bianca 4:30 pm Yuyu Hakusho Movie 1 5:00 pm Cowboy Bebop (Last 2 episodes)
Sunday: 9:00 am Car Robot Transformers 9:30 am Sailor Moon S TV 10:00 am His & Her Circumstances TV 10:30 am Child's Toy TV 11:00 am BGC 2040 TV 12:00 pm Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 12:30 pm Fushigi Yugi 1:00 pm Sunday Afternoon Classic: Dirty Pair: Project EDEN 2:30 pm Revolutionary Girl Utena 3:00 pm Record of the Lodoss Wars OAV 3:30 pm Trouble Chocolate 4:00 pm Vampire Princess Miyu TV 4:30 pm Angel Sanctuary 5:00 pm Pretty Girl Cosplay 2 w/ Ippongi Bang 6:00 pm CLOSED
Fillers: Fan-Produced Music Videos or Digicarat Episodes 15 minutes or over: Mini-Goddess Adventures
|I'm really behind on compiling the entries for our Phrase Contest. I'll try to get to it on Wednesday and award two pair of Starcon ticket winners instead of just one this week. Please keep giving me suggestions. I really love reading them!|
Wow, Neil Armstrong on the moon. I'm really sorry I didn't get this mention up here before now, but I was in the beautiful Colorado mountains on Friday looking skyward at a Milky Way that is never visible in the light-flushed skies of the city. I'm old enough to remember that afternoon, long ago, when all of the world was glued to their TV sets to witness the momentous event. Thank you Mike and Denise Okuda for reminding me.
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin piloted the lunar module "Eagle" to a landing on the surface of the moon. A short time later, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. Armstrong stepped onto the dusty surface of the Sea of Tranquility, declaring it to be "One small step for [a] man," but "one giant leap for mankind."
The Apollo 11 lunar landing was the culmination of nearly a decade of extraordinary effort by hundreds of thousands of people across the United States and around the world. President John F. Kennedy, whose vision inspired the United States to undertake this project, noted that "we set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won." Kennedy added that these rights "must be won and used for the progress of all people." Project Apollo is regarded by many as humanity's greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century. Although borne from the Cold War of the early 1960s, the Apollo 11 landing craft carried a plaque, signed by the crew, proclaiming that "We came in peace for all mankind."
Thirty-two years after Armstrong's pioneering steps, humanity's exploration of space continues with the construction of the International Space Station Alpha in Earth orbit, and the robotic exploration of planets including Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. The Space Shuttle, which plays a crucial role in the assembly and operation of the space station, is the direct technological descendent of Apollo's Saturn boosters.
Communications satellites are now a multibillion dollar a year industry, and military surveillance satellites have proven to be of vital importance in reducing global tensions. Earth observation satellites provide valuable climate, resource, and weather prediction information, while the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory explore the deepest reaches of the cosmos.
|In a related space exploration note, the Cosmos 1 test spacecraft was successfully launched Friday from a submerged Russian submarine, but the final command to separate the spacecraft from the rocket was not executed. As a result, neither the solar sail deployment test nor the re-entry capsule inflation sequence that were planned for this sub-orbital test flight were carried out. The spacecraft and the unseparated capsule continued together to impact in Kamchatka. Click this link for more information on the Solar Sail Project.|
Saturday, September 1st, 2001, we'll be celebrating the 35th anniversary of Star Trek with a special concert and dance party in the Starcon Main Events Room at 8:30pm. For a special low admission of just $7.00 you'll be able to attend the event with Neil Norman and his Galactic Orchestra starring Tim Russ. You can order tickets now at our Starcon Tickets Page.
Because of this special event, there will be no Federation Ball at this convention. Alternative programming will be scheduled for those wishing to hide in a dark room and avoid the party.
- The Original Lex
Mark Allen probes the merit in today's Suspended Animation review. Told in a very entertaining "back-and-forth" film noir style, the biography revolves around Peter Sands, a down-and-out writer looking to score his big break with an unauthorized "tell-all" book on Luthor.
The story is far removed from the super hero genre it is taken from and Eduardo Barreto, the book's illustrator has an artistic flair for bottom-feeding, street-level crime stories. His illustrations lend a morose, depressed quality, which is wholly appropriate for this story.
Cubby and Ziggy took a breather with me while our Salt Lake ISP had some major problems with our site on Monday. I'm sorry, but I was unable to post anything on Monday or Tuesday as my computer took an afternoon lightning hit and I spent both days reloading all the files that were lost.
Susan Anderson has just given me the new Activities List for Starcon 2001. This is the first edition, so expect lots of changes and additions as the convention approaches. KathE is working all day today to get the presale tickets out before she leaves for Scotland. We are still working hard on getting contracts signed from several guests for the August 31-September 2 convention.
When we launched the Sci-Fi phrase contest, I had no idea how popular it was going to be. We've had over a thousand entries so far and it isn't stopping. I've been going crazy trying to compile the entries and have decided to expand the scope of the contest and award more prizes.
Each week, readers will be able to vote on the top phrases submitted to date for each of the science fiction shows submitted. Every week, I'll also give away a pair of Starcon tickets to a randomly selected entrant in the contest.
This week (Friday - Friday) we'll start with Battlestar Galactica so shine up your blasters and take a shot at this week's phrase contestants!
We also need you to submit a phrase for next week's contest for Lost In Space! The front runners so far are: Oh The Pain, Danger Will Robinson, I'm a Doctor - not a space explorer!, and That would explain the warm fuzzy feeling I get when I think about baseball.
Starcon Horror Room Pageant
Many people come to the convention looking for something unusual and/or different to do. Well, this is definitely something different.
The Horror Room announces the first ever Mr. & Ms. Horror Room pageant. We are looking for anyone interested in being a contestant. The pageant will consist of three phases including, horrible evening wear, horrible talents, and a question and answer session. The winners will reign as Mr. & Ms. Horror Room for a year and will receive a prize package as well. Anyone interested should send an email to IceWitchToo@aol.com. Include your name, email address and/or phone number, reason why you think you should be Mr. or Ms. Horror Room, and a brief description of the talent you intend to perform.
Suspended Animation Review
Michael laments the lack of attention this line-crossing comic will undoubtedly get. He applauds its break from the unfortunate rut that most modern comics have fallen into. While he admits that the plot is not earth shattering, it tells a unique story well.
Side Going Ape
Comic Artist A-peels For Laughs
Cartoonist Tye Bourdony, has teamed up with Linda Harrison, "Nova" from the original Planet of the Apes films, for another Lighter Side of Sci-Fi charity satire. Both Linda and Tye will be appearing at the Shore Leave 23 Sci-Fi convention in Baltimore Maryland to help raise money through the power of laughter and satire for the show's official charity, "The Gene Roddenberry Memorial Society."
Roger Daltrey will appear on tonight's new episode of Witchblade on TNT. He guest stars as a Catholic priest who gets caught in the crossfire of controversy alleging the Vatican and the Nazis might have been allies during WWII. The fact that at least one parish priest is murdered adds fuel to the fire.
I'm back! We blew 2 tires on the motor home, but other than that, our trip was a dream. I've sent confirmations to the Final Fantasy winners and will be selecting the winner of the watch this week. I wasn't able to get it prior to the movie, so I'll send it by mail. Since I've been out-of-touch during the last week, I don't have any news to relate, but I'll answer all my email and post some new News and wild rumors in the morning. It's great to be back home to my fast internet connection - I'm never leaving again without being able to take it with me...
I've been getting a lot of Phrase Contest entries via email. While I appreciate your participation, sorting through them is going to take me a long time!
I've been on vacation the last week. Unfortunately, I've been unable to get online at Kinko's (as I planned) and just made it online thanks to Morris Costumes in Charlotte NC. They are great guys that would be more than happy to help you with any of your costuming needs.
Anyway, we've just finished with the Final Fantasy contest and you should be getting your email notification shortly. I'll be back in the office on Monday and should have the website back to normal on Tuesday. Our vacation was great, but I sure missed updating the site. I didn't think it was going to be like this. I've really been having computer withdrawal.
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