Celebrity Guests Attending Dragon Con 2015

Dragon Con 2015

Are you ready for Dragon Con? 36 days and counting. CC and I are excited to say that we will be attending Dragon Con 2015! 

For those of you who don’t know, Dragon Con is an awesome 4-day event held each Labor Day in Atlanta that features more than 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming. It’s also a great place to meet celebrities, meet new friends, see amazing cosplayers, and more.

This year, Dragon Con is celebrating the stars of Television and Movies, and they have announced a plethora of celebrities that will be in attendance. Actors from Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001 Space Odyssey and The Hobbit trilogy will be on hand, joined by the stars of Arrow, Game of Thrones, The Flash, Sleepy Hollow as well as True Blood and Warehouse 13.

Check out the guest list:

DRAGON CON CELEBRATES THE STARS OF TELEVISION AND MOVIES

 

Edward James Olmos, Nichelle Nichols, Peter Mayhew, Felicia Day, John Barrowman, David Ramsey, and Stephen Amell head an all-star guest list of more than 400 actors, authors, artists and other creators appearing at Dragon Con 2015, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.

Nichols, who broke barriers as Lt. Uhura in the original Star Trek television series, will serve as Grand Marshall of the annual Dragon Con Parade.

Two doctors from the long-running BBC series Dr. Who – Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, the seventh and eight doctors, respectively – will appear together at this year’s Dragon Con. 

And, at this year’s Dragon Con, Sesame Street meets Peachtree.  Famed puppeteer Carroll Spinney, who recently retired after 45 years performing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch will appear along with the puppeteers behind other Sesame Street favorites including Abby Cadabby and Grundgetta. (While the puppeteers will be on hand, the characters will not.) Cheryl Henson, daughter of the late Jim Henson and president of the Jim Henson Foundation, will also join us for Dragon Con.   

More than 65,000 people are expected to attend Dragon Con 2015, filling downtown Atlanta over the four-day Labor Day weekend, September 4 to September 7, with events and activities across AmericasMart Building #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree and Sheraton Atlanta.

“We’re very excited about this year’s guest list.  We have attracted guests from some of the best shows on television today, including Arrow, Game of Thrones,Marvel’s Agents of Shield, and Once Upon A Time,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.   “We also have guests from fan favorite shows from recent years, such as Warehouse 13 and classic sci-fi shows such as Doctor Who.”

Main cast members from several popular broadcast network and cable shows such as Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, CW’s Arrow, CW’s The Flash, HBO’s Game of Thrones,CW’s The 100, Syfy’s Defiance, Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and the Showcase seriesLost Girl will be on hand.  Other shows represented include ABC’s Once Upon A Time, FX’s American Horror Story, Fox’s Fringe, NBC’s Hannibal, and NBC’sContinuum.

Classic television is also well represented this year.  Guests from popular shows such as Doctor Who, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Torchwood, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Battlestar Galactica franchise, the Stargate franchise and the Star Trek franchise will attend panels and sign memorabilia and photographs for their fans.  

Movies are not to be forgotten.  Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca from the Star Warstrilogies, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece2001 Space Odyssey, and Academy-award nominated character actor Graham Greene, whose credits include Dances With Wolves, The Green Mile, Maverick,The Twilight Saga and Northern Exposure.   

Julian Glover, who plays Grand Maester Pycelle on Game of Thrones, is a veteran film actor.  He has appeared as grail hunter Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, General Veers in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and villainous double agent Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only.

From Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth, John Noble appeared in the final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, while Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter and Dean O’Gorman appeared in The Hobbit trilogy. 

Additional guests are likely to be announced before Dragon Con. 

Which celebrity are you looking forward to seeing?

Dragon Con 2015 will be held September 4th –  7th in Atlanta.

Saturday Membership: $50| Sunday Membership: $40 | 4-Day Membership: $130 (available through Aug. 21)

DragonCon: An Evening at Bree

Tolkien track is one of our favorite tracks at DragonCon. They host a wealth of Tolkien based panels and parties. Our favorite is An Evening at Bree which attended Friday night convention weekend.

Emerald Rose provided lively music for guests to dance to as they waited for the super popular costume contest to begin. In addition to original music, they played Tolkien based classics and even a few tunes from the movie.

Just before the costume contest began, the special presenters arrived in the form of Jed Brophy (Nori), Adam Brown (Ori) and Craig Parker (Haldir). They had great chemistry and added a very comedic aspect to the night.

As you can see, they were a lot of fun and terrific presenters! They had there work cut out for them though as the costumes that presented themselves were nothing short of amazing.

Middle Earth’s finest (and not so fine…ie Smaug) were represented.

Dwarves

Elves

Hobbits!!

Wizards

Ent(wives)

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I was pretty blown away by the talent within this group of people! But then again, we are all Tolkien fans ;)

While the esteemed judges discussed who would take home the top prize pack from WETA Workshop, we were serenaded by the convention formed Elf Choir who sang a beautiful rendition of Misty Mountain Song.

The winner was a brilliant, beautiful lady named Cressie who’s completely original wedding dress design was totally handmade. She stole the show (in my opinion). See more of her work here http://cressie.com/

Emerald Rose took the stage for one last round of jigs and sent everyone dancing into the remainder of the night.

This was my second time attending An Evening at Bree and it is one of the highlights of the convention. It is my hope that while no more movies will come out, the fans of Tolkien will remain a solid and passionate bunch and that the Tolkien Track lives a long/happy life.

May An Evening at Bree be a staple in DragonCon nightlife for years to come.

With handkerchief in hand,
~CC

Exclusive: Acting workshop with Richard Hatch

**WeGeekGirls has mentioned numerous times by now how much we love DragonCon (hey, it’s what inspired us to start this little site). This year we were fortunate enough to be given media access. This allowed us the focus and opportunity to share even MORE about the DragonCon experience**

Two weeks ago, I was pleasantly able to attend an acting workshop given by the super talent Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica, All My Children, etc). I shared the room with 24 other curious people in an afternoon that I won’t soon forget.

The workshop began with Richard giving a brief introduction of who he was, what he is famous for and what he does now. From the first word out of his mouth we were spellbound. He was warm, welcoming and energetic. I think I had written a great quote within the first five minutes.

His knowledge of the art of acting is vast but he was able to sum up in ways that we (in our various experience levels) could understand and get excited about. Richard urges the actor to get to know themselves first. Part of acting is feeling emotion (and expressing them). In order for one to portray them authentically, one needs to be in touch with them. Mr. Hatch is BIG on acting from the balance of heart, head and soul. I can’t tell you how many times the word intuition was used as he spoke.

One of the first visuals I had was of a zombie. No, I am not kidding. Richard brilliantly spoke about how most of the people in the world walk around like “living dead” aka zombies. They go through the motions of everyday life but don’t truly feel/interact with what is going on around them (to them). At this point he urged us to “step in and ENGAGE in our lives”. After an exercise (we didn’t realize it was vocal training at the time) where the room was filled with LOUD ANGRY YELLING, we were able to sit back down and begin introductions.

One by one each person shared their name, what brought them to the class and (by the time Mr. Hatch was done with them) shared a small glimpse of who they really where. As a society we are programmed with generic responses to regular series of questioning. Most of us started with our names and what we did for a living (like that defines us). With each person, Richard asked different questions, some where related to acting, some weren’t and through this process everyone in the room became free. He slowly added monologues and improve scenarios and before we knew it, we were all acting, and pretty comfortable with it (good or ok at it).

I believe his point was not to make us comfortable with what we were about to be doing BUT to make us acknowledge the fear and rather than let it paralyze us, let it motivate us.

“We need to break down walls, get out of our heads, be vulnerable, be intuitive”

Richard believes that “life is about mobilizing talents and abilities” and by cutting through the mental/emotional/physical blocks we put up, we enable our true selves. That translates in the acting field with authentic auditions. By being present and YOU, whomever may be needing your talent will be drawn to you and what you can do. This doesn’t mean that rejections will go away, it is acting after all, BUT you are better prepared to accept the rejections knowing that you put your best self out there.

However, this self realization doesn’t take away from what else is needed to land a desired role. Mr. Hatch urges actors to be proactive and prepared secondly. Make sure you know your desired business/art. Don’t be one of those people who lets someone else figure things out for them. This leads to being taken advantage of somewhere along the way, which would be a hard lesson to learn. Also, practice monologues every chance you get. Write you own and even better, try and read someone else’s as them. Being proactive and prepared in addition to your true self will best help you land the role that you dream of.

IF you are anything like me, all of this sounds just as much a motivational speech as it does an acting workshop and I couldn’t have been happier that I chose to attend it. I’d never considered that a persons “true self” had anything to do with acting (you are playing “a part” after all) but nothing could make more sense after this workshop.

Richard Hatch is an unbelievable speaker with a heart and passion desperately needed in his industry. When he isn’t acting, directing or writing, he is continuing to teach and inspire the actor in all of us.

For more information check out
http://www.richardhatch.com
or email
richardhatchworkshops@gmail.com

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Break a leg,
~CC

Thank you DragonCon and Richard Hatch for an unforgettable experience!

Presenting The Hungarian Wand Shop

Greeting wizards and witches!

If you thought that Ollivander’s was the only place you could get custom wands, let me make your day by telling you that if your travels aren’t taking you Diagon Alley, there is another option.

Presenting The Hungarian Wand Shop!

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This family owned and operated shop hand crafts each item into a unique, one of a kind treasure. They specialize in Wooden Magic Wands and speciality items like wand sleeves and holsters. Using various types of wood from all over the world they creat custom pieces to help each wand seeker get the item of their dreams. “If you can imagine it, we can make it”

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Each is wand is covered with multiple layers of protective finish and comes with a fabric bag and presentation box. Also included with the wand is a vial of “Magical Essence” to make your wand more “Powerful”.

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“My official title is founder and master wandmaker for the Hungarian wand shop. I have been a fan of Harry Potter since I started reading the first book to my children many years ago. The first wand I made was for my nephew, he had broken his plastic one, then his sisters both wanted one and then their friends, and it sort of took off from there. I have made wands for people all over the world and love to discuss woods and wandlore. It is a family shop, with both of my children helping.” ~Greg Laslo

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At DragonCon, you can find The Hungarian Wand shop in booth 429 on the 2nd floor of the vendors halls in AmericasMart.

Outside the convention you can find them here:

http://www.hungarianwandshop.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheHungarianWandShop

Please visit their website for a complete list of wand and wood options and feel free to email them a custom wand order!

Happy Spell Casting,
~CC

(All photos courtesy of The Hungarian Wand Shop)
Thank you Greg for sharing part of your world with us. We look forward to seeing you at DragonCon.