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Fan Expo 2011 Day 1 & 2: Kevin Sorbo as Superman, Elvira Tampons, and Vincent Price Turns 100 (Sorta)

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 27th 2011 10:30AM


Your favorite cult TV and film stars of the sci-fi, horror, fantasy and superhero genres come up to Toronto every year, and 2011 is a doozy already. Guests in past years have included Alice Cooper, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart and Elijah Wood, so if you're a fanboy or fangirl, you just have to be here.

Couldn't score a ticket? Don't worry, AOL TV has you covered with a play-by-play of the very best happenings each day throughout the weekend.

Hercules! Hercules!
Say the above like Eddie Murphy from 'The Nutty Professor' and you'll approximate how fans felt when Kevin Sorbo took the stage on Thursday. Of course, everyone knows him as Zeus' half-mortal son and Capt. Dylan Hunt on Gene Roddenberry's 'Andromeda.' Little-known tidbit: He almost beat Dean Cain for the title role in 'Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.'

"That's a tough one for me," he told the audience. "I got down to the last two guys for that and I get a call from Barbara Miller, the former head of casting at Warner Bros.: 'Kevin, you got the part.' I flipped out, me and my agent went out and ordered champagne. But, the next morning, they called and said, 'We changed our mind.' Welcome to the business of Hollywood! I went from the highest high to the lowest low." Don't feel bad for him, though -- he eventually got the last laugh on his buddy Cain: "Dean makes a better Superman, but I always let him know Hercules lasted seven seasons and his show only lasted four."

My Heart's on Fire, Elvira!
Friday saw dueling Q&As in the afternoon. One room had the producer of 'A New Hope' and 'Empire Strikes Back' -- Gary Kurtz -- while the other had Movie Macabre's iconic Mistress of the Dark, Elvira. Thankfully, plunging neckline beats power producer every time and Cassandra Peterson, Elvira's true identity, knows it. "Horny guys, raise your hands!" she exclaimed, after asking the audience who the horror fans were, who the comedy fans were and who the horndogs were.

She also knows you don't become Halloween's resident feminist icon without having some brains behind those breasts. "It's funny how Elvira became this feminist hero, because powerful women look more like Margaret Thatcher or Hillary Clinton. As soon as a woman is sexy, then they're considered a bimbo, but very few women combine being sexy with being powerful, not taking crap from guys and doing it their way. As wacky as I am, it still all combines to make a strong character."

The secret to her staying power? Halloween, Movie Macabre (which ends it's 2010 return in September) and all the kitsch. "Pretty much I take whatever they give me. I did draw the line at [Playboy] but I am going to promote tampon cases. Elvira tampon cases, collect them all!"

Daddy-Daughter Day
This year marks what would've been the 100th birthday of horror legend Vincent Price, and to celebrate, his daughter Victoria is touring North America promoting her new book 'Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography,' sharing a side of her father not many fans have seen. A poignant multimedia presentation led off the talk, featuring family photos, video reflections from her older half-brother Vincent Jr. and a hilarious Dean Martin roast of Bette Davis from Vincent himself.

Through Victoria's eyes her dad is so much more than a master of horror. He was an avid deep-sea fisherman and in the last years of his life, an unbeatable Trivial Pursuit player. Above all, he was a passionate patron of the visual arts, even though he thought he had no talent.

"I thought he was incredibly talented, but he had this standard. If he couldn't be Goya, he didn't want to be a visual artist. I think that threw him because he saw an artist as someone he could identify with. I think my dad always felt like he didn't fit in. He wasn't like the other upper-middle class St. Louis kids. He felt like an outsider, and having the visual arts to identify with, he would absolutely tell you if he were sitting here, art saved his life because it gave him a sense of purpose. Even though he couldn't be an artist, he could help other artists become successful."

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