Last night, something happened that no one expected...least of all me.
Tom Welling. The man I have criticized on multiple occasions in here for being less than pleasant cracked a little bit. Proof of such- HE SIGNED FOR ME!!
Yes naysayers, I can hear you already hastily typing out your anger filled rants at me & telling me how this proves I was wrong blah blah blah.
I will give the man some dues. He signed, and although he certainly didnt look pleased to be doing it, he still did it. I do chalk up the fact he was with company on having some impact on his decision. Even if you are the boss, sometimes you have to play the role of good guy.
He was with Matt Barr, a star on the new CW show Hellcats that will be coming soon to your televisions. It is produced by Welling & the pair were coming back from a trip to promote it in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Matt, for those of you unaware of who he is yet. Is one of the nicest, friendliest celebs there is. He sincerely is a nice guy. I joked with him that he must be my good luck charm, because that was the first time Tom had signed for me in 10 yrs. he had a good chuckle & said something along the lines of I should stick around him then.
I was so shocked by Welling's unexpected decision to sign the same item he declined just 72 hrs earlier that I really kinda flubbed much of any chance to get shots of the pair as they made their way out.
I snapped a couple pics on the move as they said their good-byes, this is the best of the two (other one was VERY blurry).... Sorry Tom fans, but its the only pic from last night. No hat. No glasses. Wish he could just be like this everytime.
That is two times in 72 hrs Tom signed for someone. In Vancouver, this is absolutely unheard of. Maybe knowing its his last season he is starting to slowly crack that unwilling persona hes shown here all these years. Because of his sudden turn, I have dropped Tom from 2nd worst celeb, all the way down to 9th. if this pattern continues, he might erase 10 years of negativity before the season ends & end up off my worst list all together.
For the record, with Mr. Welling signing for me finally...this leaves Allison Mack as the ONLY regular cast member who has never signed for me now.
So, heres a pic without any cross body tags for once.
And the FINALLY signed magazine that I have dragged around for 10 years...which, barring a private sale, will be in my autograph gallery sometime soon.
Smallville stars Erica Durance and Cassidy Freeman head on out to Comic-Con with some bonus Elise Gatien
Smallville sent 4 members to comic-con. Of course, there was Justin Hartley & the other guy. But they sent some ladies as well.
Cuties Erica Durance & Cassidy Freeman made their way down to San Diego this past weekend & we caught up to both of them on departures.
Erica showed up with her boyfriend & another guy. While Erica was nice about signing, the uncomfortable leering & lurking of her boyfriend I think actually uneased her, and perhaps caused her to be a bit hesitant of signing more. I have heard from people he is not too nice & has often told her to stop signing in the past...so I guess his lurking while she signed caused her to limit what she signed. Still nice while signing though.
Cassidy was also quite receptive to signing. She willingly did all items displayed to her and even thanked us for coming out.
A little bonus is Elise Gatien (Speedy) also went to Comic-Con for a new show she is filming, Tower Prep. We caught up with her departing & returning with her cast.
Some pics below.
Dont forget there is a poll on the side for best locally shot TV show. Multiple choices can be made. Smallville is of course 1 of the options.
Smallville had several of their cast members at the 2010 Comic-Con this weekend.
None bigger than Justin Hartley.
Ok, breathe in & breathe out you Clark Kent fanatics. I am aware your anti-social hero is supposedly the star, but his bitterly hate filled attitude makes it impossible for me to acknowledge hes a star of anything.
before someone rants "he just wants his privacy"..well, then quit television and for fuck sakes...dont become an underwear model. Yeah, he craves privacy alright.
The Metropolis superheros played a little game of switch em' up on us this weekend. We saw Hartley leaving, but didnt see Welling. Then saw Welling return when we were expecting Hartley.
Tommy boy was his spiteful, ignorant, narcissistic self upon returning, going as far as to blame other people for not signing for me..instead of just saying "I'm just a cocksucker, thats why I wont sign". he blamed having to catch his ride...because that 15 seconds of signing for the 4 people there would ruin his whole day. Then he blamed it on a pap shooting, because I guess a camera lense is physically capable of weakening his arm so much that he cant lift up a pen.
All that aside. Tom actually said more to me there, than in the severla previous meetings combined over the years. I believe he even formed full sentences on occasion. Hooked on Phonics might be working for him. Tom did in fact sign 1 autograph, to the shock of everyone, on of all things...an 8x10 phot. The most dealer specific item there is. My Entertainment Weekly magazine, that I have dragged around on occasion since the 1st season he refused to sign, but a photo, he signed. The logic behind it is still unknown to any of us...even the guy who got it. In the world of Tom Welling, this was the NICEST hes ever been...and he was still a prick.
All that aside, Justin Hartley, the class act of the show made up for his co-stars pisspoor attitude by signing up a storm upon departing for Comic-Con. He apologized for not having time to sign more & promised if he saw us upon arriving, he would do the rest. Now there is a class act. When I revise my best celebries list next, Justin will be making the list...which I guess will balance out the fact his co-star is already on the worst list.
A few pics below...including the grand total ONE pic I got of Tom, after being denied by him for a 3rd time.
Also, check out the polls section on the side. There is a poll for best locally shot TV shows. You can pick up to 3 shows, and Smallville is of course on the list.
The cast of Fringe made their way to Comic-Con on Friday & Saturday morning, and I dare to say, there was a gender specific gap between the attitudes given from them.
While the ladies, Anna Torv, Jasika Nicole & Blair Brown were friendly, accomodating & happy to see people. The boys Joshua Jackson, John Noble & Lance Reddick were far less receptive. It is the first time I have encountered any negative attitude from this cast...and I am a little concerned its going to be a recurring trend.
We first saw Blair Brown on friday & although she was next up to the counter to check in, she stopped & accomodated requests for autographs fromt hose waiting. Shortly there after came Anna Torv. She signed for a few people before checking in, then again after checking in.
The next day was a different story. First up was Lance Reddick. As the first one it, it cant be claimed he was in a rush, yet he hastily answers "I only have time for 1 each guys" before he went to check in. Considering he was on the same flight as the others, and the next castmate wouldnt show up for about 15 minutes...what was he in such a rush for?? Shortly there after Jasika Nicole showed up wth her girlfriend & she willingly signed for those waiting before & after checking in. A little while later John Noble would show up. Noble hastily shooed off 1 request for an autograph from 1 of us before getting into line to check in. Upon checking in, he made his way to the security gate, where he begrudgingly signed 1 each for 3 of us there, before hustling off. His demeanour was that of someone that just didnt want to be bothered...considering how great he had been so many times before, I considered this a 1 off bad day at the time. A little while later Joshua Jackson would show up...he certainly was the last 1 to show up for the flight, so his excuse of "I cant, sorry" was a bit more sincered than those earlier who used the same excuse...yet, with others still showing up for that flight, it can be assumed, with no luggage in tow..he wasnt going to miss his flight.
Upon returning, the cast was again divided by gender. Again, the ladies showed to be the class. While we never saw Blair Borwn, Jasika Nicole & Anna Torv again signed willingly, and without concern for any schedule or the fact they just did a day of signing at Comic-Con. Lance Reddick was more personable than when he left, happily signing, although his autograph, once a nice, spaced out full name signature has been reduced to an "La R~" since Comic-Con. Understandable after a weekend of signing 1000s of items. Joshua returned with a little bonus in tow, Inglourious Basterds star Diane Kruger. The pair signed, although Pacey..err I mean Peter Bishop was unwilling to sign certain items. He was in a better mood than when he left, but still not the chipper, willingly obliging Josh that I had seen so many times prior.
Lastly, John Noble returned. When he left, he was not terribly receptive to signing for a relatively small crowd of people. On returning, he was even worse. When he showed up, he walked by where Sanctuary star Amanda Tapping was signing & when asked for an autograph by a girl there, he simply replied with "hi" & kept walking. When 1 person finally caught up to him, he signed begrudgingly & apparently according to reports was angry & belligerant with the autograph hound. I havent seen this side of him before, but now twice in 2 days there was a sour, abbrasive demeanour to John. Because of his hasty & not overly receptive behaviour this weekend, I didnt manage a single photo of him.
Just remember Fringe fans, check out my Polls section to vote Fringe as the best locally shot TV program. Also, yhere is a brand new FRINGE AUTOGRAPHS gallery on the side to check out.
The local hit show Supernatural sent their big guns down to comic-con to promote their show. Along with Misha Collins (Castiel) & Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer) they pt in the big guns, the Winchester Brothers. Jensen Ackles (Dean) & Jared Padalecki (Sam) went down to San Diego for the festivities.
This was a hectic weekend if your name was Jared Padalecki. The towering star had a rollercoaster day & a bit, as he came into Vancouver friday morning for 1 day of shooting, only to turn right back around less than 24 hours later, and head right back out of town for Comic-con. I caught up to him on his way into town & he was in great spirits. He chatted freely about the show, and working with new cast member Corin Nemec (a cousin from the Campbell side of the family). Less than 24 hrs later he was leaving & in a slightly less joyous mood. Those of us that got him the day before let him go freely, but a couple who werent there the day prior went for him & he only did 1 each for them & seemed pretty worn out. Cant blame him really..and neither did they, after his hellish travel schedule.
If you are wondering about his shirt, it appears to be for a charity run by former SPN guest star & Golden Globe winning actress, Linda Blair. It says "Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation" The website is http://lindablairworldheart.org/ it is a non-profiut organization for animals in Los Angeles.
Jensen headed to Comic-Con on Saturday & was pleasant & willingly signing multiple items per person. When asked what the directing gig was like he replied it was a lot of work" & when I asked if he was going to stick to just acting for now then, he replied more or less yeah. Guess directing isnt in his immediate future. He also was very positive about working with Corin. Upon returning, Those of us that got him leaving let him go, only a couple of people stopped him & asked for photos with the star who was decked out in a fedora & sunglasses.
I was pretty disappointed that I only saw the Winchesters this weekend. I had really hoped to get Misha finally, but so far, the sarcasm challenged angel has evaded me...perhaps thats what I get for trying to track down someone that has his own wings. Like I am ever going to see him getting on a plane pfft.
Anyways, thats the story of Supernatural for Comic-con
Be sure to check out the polls section of my site for a poll on the best local TV show, which Supernatural is nominated in.
BONUS- decided to toss in the 3 Corin Nemec pics I took while he was here. I believe these are the first shots of him in town for SPN, maybe not the first posted, but the first taken.
Stars from the locally shot show Eureka went down to Comic-con this week to promote the show, which has quietly made it into its 5th season.
While I didnt see Neil Grayston or James Callis return (or didnt notice them) I did breifly catch Colin Ferguson & Sally Richardson-Whitfield upon returning.
Both of them took the time to stop, sign & chat with fans. Sally went above & beyond what was asked, as she signed while holding one of her children, not once hiding behind that as an excuse not to sign...and to think, I have seen 225 lb pro athletes say they cant sign because their hands are full with a coffee & a newspaper.
Anyways, a few shots of the stars returning.
Also, check out my polls section for the vote on the best Vancouver based TV show, which Eureka is in.
The 2010 San Diego Comic-Con saw an appearance by 2 members from the Canadian Sci-Fi show Sanctuary.
While co-star Robin Dunne didnt come thru Vancouver this year (show is on hiatus right now), there was a sighting of Amanda Tapping (Dr. Helen Magnus) returning.
The former Stargate SGI, Atlantis & SGU star went down to Comic-Con evading the radar of all the hounds out this weekend, but upon returning, we managed to catch the Sanctuary star & Producer.
She seemed to be in a rush, but still didnt deny any requests for autographs, taking the time to sign a couple per person. This feat seemed even more admirable when Fringe star John Noble came by right behind her, was called out to by 1 of the fans & just simply said "hi" & kept walking.
Amanda is one of the stars from here I have probably met the most, and she has always been great. Here are a couple pics of her stopping to sign, despite being rushed to go.
Do not forget Sanctuary fans, check out my polls section to vote on the best vancouver based TV show poll that Sanctuary is in.
The annual Comic-Con going on right now in San Diego, California is wrapping today. But this weekend gave us Vancouver hounds a chance to get some of the stars of the local shows on their way down there.
Unfortunately, local productions Human Target, V & Stargate SGU were either not yet filming, or, on summer hiatus during this time, so the stars of these programs didnt head there from Vancouver, but from their home places.
But the stars of Fringe, Smallville, Supernatural, Tower Prep came thru....along with Sanctuary & Psych (neither of which I saw anyone from)
Smallville was sending down 4 of their most notable names. Erica Durance (Lois Lane), Cassidy Freeman (Tess Mercer), Justin Hartley (Green Arrow) & that other guy who is deathfly afraid of krypontite on the show, but even more afraid of cameras & sharpies in person.
Supernatural sent out their main 4 cast, Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), Jared Padalacki (Sam Winchester), Jim Beaver (Bobby) & Misha Collins (Castiel).
Fringe was sending their entire starting 6 rotation. Anna Torv (Agent Olivia Dunham), Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop), John Noble (Walter Bishop), Jasika Nicole (Astrid Farnsworth), Blair Brown (Nina Sharp) & Lance Reddick (Agent Philip Broyles) to the event.
Another local show, Tower Prep was also sending cast members Elise Gatien (CJ... also know to Smallville fans as Speedy) Ryan Pinkston (Gabe Forest), Dyana Liu (Suki Sato) & Drew Van Acker (Ian Archer)
More detailed reports on my interactions with these stars will come when I do more show specific blogs...but for now...heres some teaser pics to keep you amused till I have time for that.
One of the problems with a movie as big as the Twilight Saga series filming in your area is, other things get forgotten about.
Even stars as large as teenage icon Selena Gomez get passed over for blogging about.
But with the family movie "Ramona And Beezus" coming out this week, there is a chance for me to pull out these pics I took last year of Gomez, and child co-star Joey King while they were here.
While the kids (the stars Gomez & King) were alright, the parents were uptight (Bridgette Moynahan & John Corbett) while here filming. In fact, Corbett, on multiple occasions was seen arguing & getting quite worked up with fans and paps alike. The fact that he DIDNT get into a physical altercation is frankly, from all reports I heard, a shock. His piss poor attitude here rubbed MANY people, young & old, experienced with celebs & novices alike, quite wrong. Moynahan was just plain elusive. Rarely seen & the few times she was seen, she made little to no effort to accomodate fan requests.
The adult disgruntledness didnt stop at the parents either. Josh Duhamel, the womanizing pseudo-celeb, while nicer than Moynahan or Corbett, was himself less than pleasant & really presented an attitude of "I'd rather not" even when he begrudingly stopped for a photo or an autograph. In his defense... I guess some of them would have got more attention from him if they were stripping.
Of course, the actual stars of the movie. The young Joey King & the multi-talented Selena Gomez made up for their elders shortcomings. Gomez was seen countless times coming in, going out & was always good about stopping to fill requests for photos or autographs. Her co-star King, although only 9 or 10 when she was here, even took it all in stride, despite finding it weird that she was asked for her autograph 1 day.
As you can see from their walk around town together 1 day, Selena truly treated Joey like her little sister, not just on the screen, but off it.
The cast & crew for Fringe were just a few blocks from my house last night filming.
While I didnt really spend a lot of time around the set because of other tasks I was pursuing thru the day, I did make it there im time in the evening to see the big scene they had planned...an explosion.
I dont know which cast may have been in the scene since they had everyone standing almost a block away incase anything in the scene were to go wrong.
As it turned out...it went off just fine.
I know Anna Torv and Kirk Acevedo were around at times. But whether they were in any way taking part int his scene, I am unsure.
Anyways.... a video (might be the ONLY video of it since very few there had good quality cameras, let alone video recording devices.) of the scene...with oohs & aaahs from the crowd of 40-50 or so that were being held about a block back with me.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.