Jurassic star at Wales Comic Con

Into its second decade, Wales Comic Con is now an established fixture in the programme of events taking place at Glyndwr University and will draw an impressive array of media personalities to Wrexham at the end of April, with Richard Dean Anderson, Sam Neill, Kiefer Sutherland and Ron Perlman just some of the household names…

Birmingham first up for MCM

The leading pop-culture event organiser in the UK, MCM Comic Con has four events lined up in the UK this year… in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Scotland. First up is Birmingham, taking place from 23-24 March at the NEC, which is followed by London in May, Manchester in July and Glasgow in September. At the…

Hedy Lamarr: Ecstasy and invention

MGM called her “the most beautiful woman in the world” but there was a lot more to the Austrian sex bomb who depicted the film world’s first female orgasm than mere good looks… Hedy Lamarr also had an incredible mind, making a major contribution to the later development of wifi, GPS and Bluetooth. The striking…

Catwoman: Eartha Kitt

It’s weird how dressing a woman in stretch black lame can elevate her to a whole new dimension. Eartha Kitt was already a highly successful singer and acclaimed actress when she took over the role of Catwoman from Julie Newmar for the third series of the 1960s TV series Batman, starring Adam West and Burt…

Belfast first date for comic cons

From humble beginings almost two decades ago, “comic con” experts Showmasters have developed into one of the largest dream-fulfilling operations in the country, regularly bringing stars of the big and small screen to cities all over the UK to meet their adoring fans. “Back in 2002 there were just three of us working on this…

Beaming down to the NEC

Members of the Enterprise will be beaming down to Birmingham’s NEC in October for Destination Star Trek 2019. The only official Star Trek event in Europe, DST features stars from more than 50 years of television space exploration, including the original series and the latest Discovery programmes, and all that came between. The event takes…

Blofeld’s Angels of Death out in force

Among the guests at London Film Fair in February are three of Blofeld’s Angels of Death from the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service… Helena Ronee, Catherine Schell and Indian actress Zaheera. The former angels join a host of movie glitterati that include Schell’s fellow cast members from Space 1999… John Standing,…

Slapstick features at Bristol venues

On Wednesday next week Bristol gets nostalgic for a bit of slapstick, with a five-day showcase of silent movies. Dating back to 2005, the annual Slapstick Festival brings audiences an opportunity to see some extraordinary films in unique circumstances. The festival showcases and celebrates archive film predominately from the silent era (1895-1930), accompanied by live…