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July 30, 2014

Fan Expo 2011 Day 4: Malcolm McDowell the Teacher, Robert Englund Casts Luke Skywalker and William Shatner Takes Charge

Time flies when you're having fun, especially at Fan Expo Canada. Sunday was the final day, and boy was it a humdinger. Fan Expo organizers made sure they went out with a bang with character actor Malcolm McDowell, ('A Clockwork Orange') Freddy Krueger himself (Robert Englund), and a special one-day-only appearance by William Shatner. Couldn't squeeze it in to your weekend schedule? Thankfully,...

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Fan Expo 2011 Day 3: Don't Rub Jeannie, Six Million Dollar Pranks and Landau's Lessons

We've already passed the midpoint of this year's Fan Expo, but don't despair, because Day 3 was chock-full of memorable moments from Lee Majors, Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden of 'I Dream of Jeannie' fame. There was also a once-in-a-lifetime acting class from the indomitable Martin Landau -- who has worked with and trained film legends of all kinds -- as well as being a legendary actor in his own...

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

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...

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Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman and Elvira: Fan Expo 2011 Preview

More comics, more anime and more sci-fi -- what more could a genre geek ask for? Last year's wraparound lineups and record-setting crowds finally persuaded the people behind Toronto's annual genre convention -- Fan Expo --to add an extra day. It now starts on Thursday instead of Friday, and runs from August 25 to 28. Good thing too, since there are more high-profile guests and "one time...

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Get Your Geek On: 'Fanboy Confessional' Outs Fandom in All its Forms

As a comic book collector for 16 years and an attendee of nearly every comic convention in my city, I thought I had the fandom thing nailed down. Then I watched 'Fanboy Confessional' and realized I still had a lot to learn. Narrated by Aaron Ashmore ('Smallville's Jimmy Olsen), the six-part Canadian documentary series goes deep into the subterrane of geekdom to expose the lesser-known...

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Wizard World Comic Con 2011: Julie Benz Sounds Off About 'Dexter,' Billy Dee Williams Jams and Scott Thompson Forays Into Comics

Last weekend was Wizard World Comic Con's sophomore effort in Toronto, and there was a definite increase in attendance this time around (compared to last year). Though attendees were sparse on Friday evening, by Saturday the turnout was much more respectable, thanks to high profile guests like 'Dexter' and 'No Ordinary Family's Julie Benz, 'Kids in the Hall's Scott Thompson and Lando...

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Patrick Dempsey as Dr. House? 'House' Creator David Shore Dishes on What Might Have Been

'House' creator David Shore's life would have been very different had he never left the law firm where he worked as a municipal and corporate lawyer for six years and had never followed his best friends from the firm to Los Angeles. And imagine if he had returned to the firm after having never found success writing for shows like 'Due South,' 'The Practice,' 'Law & Order' and 'Hack'?...

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Fan Expo 2010 Day 3: 'Brokeback' Borgnine, Life After 'Heroes' and Shatner is the Sh%$

It's the last day of Fan Expo for another year and the crowds are still lining up around the block, but at least there's a little more space on the convention floor, since some people opted to take it easy and stay home. In fact, it was so much easier to move around I was able to pack in two extra panels today. The little kid in me always wanted to know what happened to Adam, Black Ranger from...

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Fan Expo 2010 Day 2: Batcondoms, David Cronenberg Honored, and Mighty Stan Lee

Before I get to the Fan Expo Day 2 festivities, let me just say the crowd on Friday was only a sign of things to come. Today, police had to shut down half the street for the line-up because 3,000 people showed up before the doors were scheduled to open. Later, the convention center doors were barred because the place reached capacity, and would violate the fire code if any more people were let...

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Fan Expo 2010 Day 1: The Original Chewbacca, Vampires and Marvel's Unsung Heroes

Of all the years I've been to the Fan Expo convention in Toronto, 2010 was the first time I laid down $95 for the VIP treatment. The privilege included a variant Thor totebag, a special edition of Spider-Man #638 with guest of honor Stan Lee on the cover, a collection of Green Lantern and Flash power rings and two lithographs - -one, Batman by artist Gary Frank and the other, a reprint of the...

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