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  1. You have 11 over on the Blakes' 7 event. The Empire events had more than 6 didn't they? Not wishing to get involved in other parts of this discussion, but on this one, it comes down to simple economics. The Blakes' 7 guests don't require expensive trans-Atlantic flights to get them to Northampton. Ditto the Empire events. Most Stargate guests do.
  2. I'm feeling old now. I started doing cons when I was 7, and I stopped counting about a decade ago, when I hit triple figures.
  3. I once arranged a LA-based replacement guest for a show where we had lost the guest on the Thursday, and the show was on the Saturday. My business partner of the time booked the replacement's flights as the actor was driving from his home to the airport to catch the plane. So no, it isn't too late yet to arrange someone's travel from the US.
  4. I'm sure most of those active on comics forums will have already heard the sad news, but for those who hadn't, on February 10th comics legend Steve Gerber passed away in hospital from pulmonary fibrosis. He was 60. If you are into comics, you almost certainly know who he is. If you don't recognise the name, then you still almost certainly know of his most famous creation, Howard the Duck He was the scribe of some of the most influential and best stories ever seen in comics (if your only exposure to his work was the movie version of Howard, then you don't know what you are missing). He'll be sadly missed.
  5. I was told by a friend who'd gave me something to sign for that show that she had problems with another photo shoot, not the Playboy one. It was either FHM or Maxim, I honestly forgot. Seems like this story is going around for every magazine. That's correct. Charisma doesn't have a problem with the Playboy pictures, as she had agreed to that photo shoot and their publication. She did (perhaps still does) dislike signing one of the lads mags (can't recall which one), because the magazine in question acted unethically with her - as is common for such shoots, she had the right to "killshot" any individual images she disliked from the photo shoot, and they not only used the images she had asked them not to (instead of the ones she had agreed could be used), but they then airbrushed out some of what she was wearing to make her appear more naked than she had been.
  6. Old Scratch (2007) (in production) (attached) .... Eve Small Time Crime (2007) (pre-production) .... Annie Red (2007) (post-production) .... Mrs. McCormack Chill (2007) (V) .... Maria Hollywood Dreams (2006) Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder (2005) (TV) .... Francine Pomegranate (2005) .... Harem girl "ER" .... Campbell (1 episode, 2004) - Just a Touch (2004) TV Episode .... Campbell Lightning Bug (2004) .... Jenny Graves Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain (2003) (TV) .... Dakota ... aka Black Gold (UK) Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002) (V) .... Kirsty Cotten Gentle Ben (2002) (TV) .... Dakota ... aka Terror on the Mountain (UK) "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction" .... Sandy (1 episode, 2000) ... aka Beyond Belief (USA: short title) - Damsel (2000) TV Episode .... Sandy Warlock III: The End of Innocence (1999) (V) .... Kris Miller "Beverly Hills, 90210" .... Ashley Reese (1 episode, 1999) - Fortune Cookie (1999) TV Episode .... Ashley Reese A Murder of Crows (1999) (V) .... Janine DeVrie Cypress Edge (1999) .... Brittany Livers Ain't Cheap (1997) .... Carla ... aka The Real Thing Cupid (1997) .... Jennifer Taylor "Suddenly Susan" .... Pam (1 episode, 1997) - The Ways and Means (1997) TV Episode .... Pam Savate (1997) .... Mary Parker ... aka The Fighter "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" .... Daniela (1 episode, 1996) - Protean Challenge (1996) TV Episode .... Daniela Felony (1996) .... Laura Bryant "Legend" .... Libbie Custer (1 episode, 1995) - Custer's Next to Last Stand (1995) TV Episode .... Libbie Custer Triplecross (1995) (TV) .... Julia Summers Stranger by Night (1994) (as Ashley R. Lauren) .... Nicole Miller Lurking Fear (1994) (as Ashley Lauren) .... Cathryn Farrell ... aka H.P. Lovecraft's Lurking Fear (USA: complete title) Amerikanskiy Blyuz (1994) (TV) .... Gina ... aka American Cop ... aka Americanski Blues (Australia) Blood Run (1994) (TV) .... Paige ... aka Outside the Law (USA) Mikey (1992) .... Shawn Gilder Deuce Coupe (1992) (as Ashley Lauren) .... Marie Vitelli Face the Edge (1990) .... Janey ... aka One Last Run (USA: video title) "Hunter" .... Erica (1 episode, 1989) - Investment in Death (1989) TV Episode .... Erica "Monsters" .... Jodie (1 episode, 1989) - The Match Game (1989) TV Episode .... Jodie Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) .... Kirsty Cotton ... aka Hellraiser II Hellraiser (1987) .... Kirsty Cotton ... aka Clive Barker's Hellraiser (UK: complete title) Just because you haven't seen the stuff they've done, doesn't mean they aren't working. And since the top two listed projects are not yet filmed it's probably one of them that is the cause of the cancelled appearance at C12.
  7. I think the difference at this event is that they've said in another thread that you can bring your own photos for the personal item. So at least you know that you can organise your own photos and get one signed by each guest for free. And there's the point - at a signing event you would be paying £15 at least for Noah, and I'd be surprised if Zachary was less than £20, given that he's not only Heroes, but now also Spock. So a free autograph off of each one of them is already worth £35. If you then factor in say three other Heroes guests (and I wouldn't expect many if any Heroes guests to come in at less than £15 per autograph normally), then you are looking at £80 worth of free autographs vs. the £78 entrance fee, and that's before you factor in what you feel the value of the talks and parties are. The higher entrance fee is offset against the fact that most people attending will want an autograph off each guest attending. But we've got people here suggesting that if they then price EXTRA autographs, above and beyond the FREE ones, at the same price they'd be if you met these guests at a signing show, then somehow this is overpriced? Yes, signing events are different from conventions. At a signing event the presumption is that the average attendee will only be interested in a small percentage of the overall guest line-up. Therefore you charge a minimal entry and charge for every single autograph, so that people are paying specifically and only for the people they personally want to meet. At a convention the presumption is that the average attendee is interested in most or all of the entire guest line-up. Therefore you charge a higher entrance, but can offset this against a set number of free autographs.
  8. No it's not. I'm pretty sure Doctor Who can claim that title. Yeah but it took a break then started up again, Stargate SG-1 went for 10 full seasons without stopping. Doctor Who ran from 1963 to 1989 without taking a break. That's 26 years, much more than Stargate SG-1's 10. Stargate is way, way off from being the "most long running sci-fi show ever".
  9. It might have been, except that the booklet was printed before LFCC 07, when it was discovered that Earl's Court 1 needs better bulbs. A move from Earl's Court 1 back to Earl's Court 2 might well necessitate a shift in dates.
  10. If they gave me tens of thousands of pounds for doing it - I’d do it with a smile, and probably dance to the bank on Monday. That's assuming of course that they get "tens of thousands of pounds" for doing it, a comment you've made twice now, and which is something you are guessing at and don't actually know.
  11. Generally speaking, no, it isn't unreasonable. However you've also got to remember the guests are only human, and in the case of the Heroes guests had just spent several weeks on the road. People get tired, and they aren't always at their best. Should they call and cancel at the last minute, saying "Sorry, I feel knackered, and if I come I probably won't manage to smile at everyone because of that so I figure it's better to pull out and not see any of the fans at all"? I've seen actors go backstage from a signing only to almost literally deflate because they are exhausted or because they've been putting on a happy front to the fans while other aspects of their lives are depressing them (such as one actor who attended a show because they felt they couldn't let their fans down, despite one of their parents having passed away only days before); the point is, you don't know what else is going on for them, and if they aren't happy and bouncy and smiling at everyone, there may well be a pretty good reason for it that they can't share with you. People have off days. Some do, some don't. Most fall in the middle ground - they do get paid and the money is certainly a factor, but it's not the sole or even main reason why they are there. I doubt Burt Reynolds attended LFCC 2 for the money. Any actor who is steadily working and yet attends events is not doing it solely for the money, because what they get for appearing at shows like these is eclipsed by what they get paid for acting roles; the money is undoubtedly a nice incentive, but unlikely to be the main reason they attend. Again, its a bit of both. It takes a lot of time and effort to run an event like LFCC, and if you aren't hoping to make some profit and live off it, then you simply won't have the time to organise a show like this whilst also meeting the commitments of your paying job. That's nothing to be ashamed of either. The people who make the books, comics, tv shows, films, etc that we like and enjoy aren't doing so purely for our entertainment either; they hope to cover their costs and make a profit so they can live off their work. But Showmasters are not JUST in it for the money; if they were, then they wouldn't provide free talks. Talks means hiring floor space (venues like Earl's Court charge by the square metre), chairs, tech equipment, staff to run that equipment, vans to shift that equipment, and time away from signings when guests could be making money. Yet at LFCC the talks are free. Showmasters has no way of recouping that money, but they still don't levy a charge for what is being provided. Sadly, by their nature, "headliners" tend to be the busiest actors and thus the most likely to get an acting role. And that might work, if everyone bought their tickets in advance or all the cancellations were left right to the last second. Cancellations are a risk of all shows involving actors, where they can be offered jobs at the last second, and will cancel on the show in favour of those jobs. If it is such a concern to you or you are so convinced it is all a scam by Showmasters, then don't book in advance. Hindsight. Always perfect. Kind of like the Sun with it's predictions for upcoming Doctor Who; a few months down the line, the Sun will trumpet each and every prediction which came true as proof of its foresight, whilst quietly forgetting all the predictions which didn't pan out. Nature of the beast - the more guests you have, the more likelihood of losing some. And the bigger the names, the greater the risk they will get a job offer. Rula Lenska was being brought to the event by the Blake's Seven Audio people, not Showmasters, and as such it isn't surprising that Showmasters crew didn't know what had happened to a guest not under Showmasters jurisdiction. I asked the B7 people where she was on Saturday, and was informed she had been offered work which conflicted with her attendence; I know from speaking to Jason later in the day that the first he knew of her non-attendence was when I told him. Showmasters provide some photos, but just because an actor has appeared in a given show doesn't mean Showmasters will be able to provide a given image from that show. Its always been advisable that if you want a specific image then you should source it prior to the show and bring it with you; and if you can't find an image, then it would be unfair to be annoyed at Showmasters if they can't either. And remember that Showmasters don't charge for the photos they do provide, which again goes against your "They are only in it for the money" claim, as providing photos does cost money. As the discussion about the Adrian/Milo pictures shows, taking a photo with more than two people in it (the attendee and the actor) often takes more time than taking two photos with two people in each - every extra person raises the odds of someone blinking or otherwise not being ready when the camera goes off. And at past shows where multiple people wanted to be in the same photos, in practice what happened is that groups of friends would club together, and you'd get four or five attendees all wanting in a single photo; they'd pay once, then get themselves multiple prints. So the actor and the show would get the money for one photo being taken, while the time used to take the picture would be the equivalent of five or six "regular" photos. So the rule is, one person per photo, and if you want more than one, then you pay for each individual in it. And despite what you say someone told you, yes, if you pay for two photos, you get two photos, one print of each. I totally agree that people should not be manhandling one another. However from what you are describing, it sounds more like the people behind you (not the Showmasters crew members in front) were the ones doing the manhandling. If it was a member of Showmasters crew, then you should have reported it then and there. Lucky indeed, if your husband has as little control over his temper as your statement suggests, because while shoving anyone by anyone is out of order, assaulting someone simply because they shoved you is something you will get arrested for. Venue security would have have taken a dim view of such actions. However Showmasters' 7ft, no-nonsense crew boss, would not have gotten physically involved, because despite his size, he doesn't feel that being a big man gives him the right to lash out at people who annoy him and controls his temper.
  12. So you would prefer that if Patrick got work late in the day which restricted his available hours at the show, that he should have turned around and said "Hmm. If I put myself out and cut it fine getting to the plane on time I could still see some of the fans, or I could just take the easy option for myself and cancel completely so that all of them miss out. Yes, that's the best route; let everyone down." Not necessarily - actors can get work at very short notice. Plus updating the website can be difficult to do if everyone is at the show working. Most venues frown on people working with power tools on stands while the show is open to the public.
  13. While a late confirmation of dates sometimes means a guest might be unable to make it, all it really says for certain is that the guest hasn't gotten back to Showmasters about their schedule yet. Guests who are trying to sort out a conflicting schedule to figure out what days they can attend, or if new committments are going to prevent it, often get their days confirmed late. Look at Hayden, who had to wait until she knew what was happening with the Heroes tour. As for the publicist, I recall when another guest's agent was telling people their client was not coming to Collectormania, no way, no how. The agent made it clear they didn't know anything about the show, and that their client was not attending. That was Elijah Wood's agent shortly before Collectormania 4. Agents and publicists don't always know every deal their clients have agreed to.
  14. Sorry, but them's the rules. No giving the websites of other companies' shows. And going "I can't give you that show's website, but if you go to this website then you can get the address there" is simply a way of avoiding breaking the letter of the rule while still breaking the spirit of it.
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