Fans from around the universe descended on the beautiful Burbank Marriott Airport Hotel over the Feb. 15-17th, 2013 weekend for the 18th installment of Creation Entertainment's legendary Grand Slam: The Star Trek/Sci Fi Summit. This long-running event, hosted by Creation Entertainment CEOs Gary Berman and Adam Malin and Creation Talent Producer Stephanie Dizon, brought together an exceptional gathering of celebrities from Star Trek and TV and film science fiction. Saturday also promised a historic 25th Anniversary Reunion of the entire TNG cast.
Fans continued the frantic buyathon in the sprawling vendors’ complex, which wrapped around an entire Convention Center building at the hotel and into several ballrooms as well. On display and for sale were all kinds of genre items, including jewelry, signed collectibles, artwork, costumes, apparel, drinkware and more. Dozens of celebrities were also on hand signing autographs for attendees. People began filing into the huge theater, beautifully adorned in banners, theatrical velour and theatrical lighting, as the day's programming kicked in.
First up were the dynamic duo of Michael Dorn and LeVar Burton. Trading quips, the two gentlemen (both looking fantastic) regaled the audience with recollections of the filming of TNG and the films. LeVar reflected on the digital rollout of Reading Rainbow for iPad, and soon for Android. Michael did a great Worf impression: "I am not a married man!" Michael continues doing voiceover work for a number of animated TV shows. The audience clearly loves these two guys.
On Chucky, Catherine said it's not about a killer doll, it's about a mother and a son! On seeing the creepy animatronic Chucky doll: it was horrifying but the guy who designed it, Kevin Yagher, was an attractive and available guy, and before she knew it, she and Kevin were hooked up (even though he was 11 years her junior). They've been married happily for 23 years! On filming TV vs. film: TV is intimate and she had an 11-year run on Seventh Heaven, which connected her to millions of fans, for which she is grateful. Movies are dream making, and she loves the fact that a complete script allows her as an actress to know the beginning, middle and end of a character 's arc. Fans were duly impressed by this lovely lady.
Next on the schedule was Creation's famous No Minimum Bid Auction. Some of the rare items that went on the chopping block included a framed Classic Cast photo signed by the entire cast, a series of collectors’ plates, beautiful banners of some of the convention guests, original Enterprise shooting scripts personally signed by Scott Bakula, and signed photo lots for several sci fi series including Stargate and Battlestar: Galactica. A photo signed by the entire cast of Voyager (value $800) went for the ridiculous price of $275.
Patrick is reuniting with longtime friend Sir Ian McKellen to go back to Broadway with Harold Pinter's No Man Land and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. They will rotate the two performances, sometimes doing both plays on the same day. They open in October if all goes as planned. One fan asked what was the weirdest product he ever saw his image on. He said it was a duvet with his body and a pillow with his head! His favorite TNG film: First Contact, directed by Jonathan Frakes. He enjoys doing voiceover work on American Dad and Family Guy, and loves the idea of Seth McFarlane hosting the Oscars. He loves Stewie! Patrick closed by telling the audience how much he enjoyed being with them and looked forward to the evening get-together with the entire cast.
Then Creation brought out a trio of talented young actors from some of today's hottest genre shows: Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy on The Vampire Diaries), Tyler Posey (Scott on Teen Wolf) and Sam Witwer (Aidan in Being Human). When asked what superpower they would like to have, Tyler said he wanted to be able to control his facial hair. Sam was questioned about his music career and promised a new CD shortly. Tyler wants his character to go crazy and cut loose. Sam fondly recalls his stint flying Raptors on Battlestar:Galactica as Crashdown. He did a lot of improvising and loved the freedom of the role. Regarding special effects gags on their shows: Tyler liked having a giant werewolf on top of him which drooled K-Y jelly into his face. Steve enjoys choreographing fight scenes. In last week's episode he got beat up real bad, and loved it! Funny moments on set: Steve did a scene with David Anders and they pranked him with a Hershey's Kiss that looked nasty on his pants. Sam and his cast mates like to distract each other while they are on camera. Tyler mentioned that the crew of Teen Wolf played the crew of The Vampire Diaries in softball and trounced them. Steve noted that he wasn't playing at the time. The audience clearly enjoyed spending time with these three talented and promising young actors.
And with that, the day show closed so that Creation could prep the theater for the epic 25th Anniversary TNG Celebration event featuring the entire cast. A complete report on that event will accompany Day Three's report.
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