Category Archives: Media Guests

Lou Ferrigno

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$40

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$50

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Louis “Lou” Ferrigno is an American actor, fitness trainer, fitness consultant and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles, and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. As an actor, he is best known for his title role in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk and vocally reprising the role in subsequent animated and computer-generated incarnations. He has also appeared in European-produced fantasy-adventures such as Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules, and as himself in the sitcom The King of Queens and the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man.

Lou Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Victoria and Matt Ferrigno, a police lieutenant. He is of Italian descent. Soon after he was born, Ferrigno says he believes he suffered a series of ear infections and lost 75 to 80% of his hearing, though his condition was not diagnosed until he was three years old. Hearing loss caused Ferrigno to be bullied by peers during his childhood: “They used to call me ‘deaf Louie, deaf mute’, because of my hearing and because of the way I sounded”.

Ferrigno started weight training at age 13, citing body builder and Hercules star Steve Reeves as one of his role models. He was also a fan of the Hercules films that starred Reeves. Ferrigno’s other personal heroes as a child were Spider-Man and the Hulk.

 

Kelly Le Brock

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$50

Weird Science Reunion Photo Op
$100

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Kelly Le Brock is an American actress and model. Her acting debut was in The Woman in Red, co-starring comic actor Gene Wilder. She also starred in the films Weird Science, directed by John Hughes and Hard to Kill, with Steven Seagal.

Le Brock was cast as the “perfect” or “fantasy” woman in films such as The Woman in Red (1984) and Weird Science (1985). As a result, she was considered one of the sexiest women in Hollywood in the 1980s. In 1990, she starred opposite her then-husband, Steven Seagal, in Hard to Kill. Le Brock also appeared in Betrayal of the Dove (1993), Tracks of a Killer (1995), and Hard Bounty (1995).

She had roles in the films Wrongfully Accused (1998), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2002), Zerophilia (2005), and Gamers: The Movie (2006). She has appeared in four films since 2000, as well as a thriller entitled Hidden Affairs, released in 2013.

Kelly joins her cast mates  Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell Smith  for a Weird Science reunion at Motor City Comic Con 2017!

Hannah Kasulka

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From Macon, GA, actress Hannah Kasulka most recently starred as the lead role of “Casey Rance” in the Fox Series “The Exorcist”. Other feature roles include “Filthy Preppy Teens,” co-created by Paul Scheer and Curtis Gwinn. “The Fosters,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “True Blood” and “Nashville.” Hanna has studied and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.

Barbara Eden

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Barbara Eden is one of America’s most endearing and enduring stars. Her “I Dream of Jeannie” NBC Television series, launched in 1965, became an instant hit. The network series ran for five seasons (139 episodes) and has been airing continuously on cable and in syndication in the United States and abroad for over 40 years.

Crown Archetype, a division of Random House, has recently published Barbara’s memoir JEANNIE OUT OF THE BOTTLE, which debuted at number 14 on the New York Times Best Seller List.

It is also on Australia’s Best Seller List, published there by HarperCollins, Inc. The autobiography chronicle’s Eden’s colorful life and remarkable Hollywood career that spans more than 50 years.

One of Hollywood’s busiest actresses, Barbara filmed a starring role in “Always and Forever,” a movie for the Hallmark Channel, which aired multiple times during 2009. On the road, she hosted productions of “Ballroom with a Twist,” the new groundbreaking show that stars rotating celebrity emcees and dancers from “Dancing with the Stars.” Barbara has also appeared recently in a recurring role in Lifetime’s “Army Wives” TV series; guest-starred on ABC’s “George Lopez”; enacted a recurring role on “Sabrina: The Teenage Witch”; toured nationally in Neil Simon’s female version of “The Odd Couple”; and starred on-stage with Hal Linden and separately with Larry Hagman in “Love Letters” which toured in major cities in the United States. During 2012, Barbara appeared on stage at The New Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri in the play “Social Security,” which had a month long run in Jacksonville Florida in summer of 2014.

During her long career, Barbara has starred in 25 feature films, five network TV series, 19 top-rated network made-for-television movies and headlined at many of the major hotel resorts and casinos including Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City and Las Vegas. She also was the star attraction at the MGM Grand, Caesar’s Palace and Harrah’s, as well as on concert stages and in legitimate theaters across the country.

People Magazine named Barbara “One of America’s 200 Greatest Pop Icons of the 20th Century.” She has also been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7003 Hollywood Boulevard near the front of the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; named one of TV Guide’s Most Popular Comedy Stars and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Broadcasters Hall of Fame, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and the TV Land Television Network.

To celebrate the 2002 Yuletide season, responding to an invitation from President Bush, Barbara journeyed to Washington D.C. and sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” at the annual White House “Lighting of the National Christmas Tree” event where she also hosted the show and pageant with President and Mrs. Bush for an audience of 6,000 cheering fans on the Elipse near the White House.

Barbara has been featured in TV commercials for Old Navy, AT&T, and she introduced the LEXUS SUV, which was later named Car of the Year by Motor Trend Magazine.

On stage, Barbara toured in the national touring musicals “Sound of Music” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” In the latter production, she played Lorelei Lee, the character created on Broadway by Carol Channing and performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 20th Century Fox film version. She appeared on stage in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Same Time Next Year,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” and the female version of “The Odd Couple.”

Also a movie star, Barbara starred in over 20 feature films at 20th Century Fox, MGM, Columbia Studios, and Universal Studios. Films included “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm,” “The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao,” and “Flaming Star,” as Elvis Presley’s leading lady.

Performing for over five decades, Barbara starred on more than 50 variety TV shows including 21 Bob Hope specials. During the Persian Gulf war, she traveled with Hope to the middle-east to perform for the combat troops and then continued on with Hope in a whirlwind eight-day around-the-world USO tour entertaining servicemen during the Christmas season.

When there is time in her crowded schedule, she works actively on behalf of numerous charities including The Trail of Painted Ponies Breast Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, the Wellness Community, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the March of Dimes, the American Heart Association, Save the Children and Childhelp USA.

Born in Tucson, AZ, and raised in San Francisco, Barbara resides with her architect/real estate developer husband Jon Eicholtz in the Benedict Canyon area of Beverly Hills with their dog, Djinn Djinn, an adorable, chocolate brown, Australian born Labradoodle.

Sean Astin

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$50

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Sean Astin is well known for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg’s The Goonies (1985), for playing the title role in the critically acclaimed Rudy (1993), and for his role as the beloved Sam Gamgee in the Academy Award winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

Astin was born Sean Patrick Duke on February 25, 1971 in Santa Monica, California. His mother was actress Patty Duke. At the time of his birth, his biological father was believed to be entertainer Desi Arnaz Jr., but Astin discovered through a DNA test in the 1990s that his biological father is music promoter Michael Tell, who was married to Patty Duke in 1970. Sean was raised by his stepfather, actor John Astin, who married Patty Duke in 1972 and whose surname Sean took. Sean’s mother was of Irish and more distant German ancestry, and Sean’s biological father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent.

At age nine, Sean starred with his mother in the after-school special Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom (1981). Followed by Sean’s feature debut The Goonies (1985) and since then, he has had a steady stream of roles. Starring in Toy Soldiers (1991), Where the Day Takes You (1991), Rudy (1993) and Harrison Bergeron (1995). He directed and co-produced the short film Kangaroo Court (1994), which was nominated in the best short film category at The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995). Sean’s adoptive father John Astin was nominated for the same award in 1969.

Politically, Sean has been very active having served in two non-partisan Presidential appointments. Sean also hosts a live weekly 2 hour in-studio bi-partisan political radio talk show, ‘Vox Populi Radio’ which was made possible by a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2013.

In 2004, Sean broke into the publishing world and authored the NY Times Best Selling release of There and Back Again a memoir of his film career (co-written with Joe Layden).

Sean attended Crossroads High School for the Arts and studied with the famous Stella Adler. He graduated with honors from UCLA; B.A. in History & B.A. in English American Literature and Culture. Sean is married to Christine Astin, his co-producer on Kangaroo Court (1994). The couple lives in Los Angeles.

Khary Payton

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All hail the King! Khary Payton is the latest addition to AMC’s The Walking Dead, playing the coveted role of King Ezekiel, the benevolent, eccentric and theatrical leader of “The Kingdom”. Accompanied by his pet tiger Shiva, King Ezekiel has instantly become Khary’s most challenging and favorite role to date.

Cyborg lives on! According to cartoon fans, Payton has become synonymous with one of DC’s hottest heroes Cyborg, having voiced the character for 15 years.

Khary is thrilled to be reprising his role of Aqualad in the fan and critically acclaimed series Young Justice that recently announced its return with season 3. Also coming soon, Big Hero 6: The Series premieres this fall with Khary as the voice of laser Specialist Wasabi.

Grimlock from Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Rafiki in Disney’s The Lion Guard, video games The Sims, Reigel in Starcraft, Drebin in Metal Gear Solid, Azrael & Killer Croc in the Batman: Arkham franchise & Knox from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, are just some of the many roles he’s known for.

Born in Augusta, Georgia, Payton caught the acting bug after seeing a production of Cyrano De Bergerac in the 1st grade. As a teenager, he developed a local rep as a rapper and stand-up comic, sharing the stage with such notables as Tom Kenney & Chris Rock.  After spending his teenage years consoling comedians at the bar between sets, Payton opted for college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas to study acting and directing.  He stayed in Texas for several years thereafter, honing his craft in classical and experimental theatre before finally making his way to Hollywood.

Payton co-wrote, produced & starred in the independent sci-fi feature, Astronaut: The Last Push. The film soared through festivals from London to LA, winning 13 awards including Best In Show at the IFS & Fargo Film Festivals.  Payton took home three awards for Best Actor.

Herbert Jefferson Jr.

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Herbert Jefferson Jr. is an American film, television, and stage actor. Raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, he graduated with honors from New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1969. He also trained at the HB Studio in New York, with William Hickey and Michael Becket, and at The Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg.
He is probably best known for his role as Lieutenant Boomer on the original Battlestar Galactica television series. Later, in the 1980 spin-off Galactica 1980, his character was promoted to Colonel, and had moved up in the chain of command to become the Executive Officer of the Galactica.
Jefferson also co-starred as merchant seaman Roy Dwyer in the award winning Novel for television Rich Man, Poor Man, its sequel, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, and in other TV films such as the Emmy Award winning mini series drama The Law , with Judd Hirsch, as Jamaican defendant Maxwell Fall, and the Revolutionary War Novel for TV, The Bastard as Lucas, one of the legendary Minutemen, which is based on the best selling book by historical novelist John Jakes.
Jefferson also appeared as a guest star in the pilot episodes of both the 1982 TV series Knight Rider as Muntzy, an undercover police officer and partner of Michael Long (who becomes Michael Knight), and the 1984 pilot of the TV series Airwolf, as the Commander of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.
His notable feature film credits include the award winning Ron Howard film Apollo 13 (1995), where he played a news reporter, and the Wolfgang Petersen film Outbreak (1995) as a doctor. He also appeared in two films starring football legend Jim Brown, Black Gunn (1972), as his brother, The Slams (1973), as his cell mate, and “Roger Corman”‘s “Private Duty Nurses” (1971), as activist Dr. Elton Sanders , which marked his feature film debut.
In 2015 he appeared in the cameo role of “Admiral Grant (Ben) Satterlee” in the TV pilot episode of “Star Trek: Renegades”. In 2007 he portrayed “Captain Gault”, a freedom fighter, in the Internet mini series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, from the same independent production company.

Anthony Michael Hall

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Anthony Michael Hall is an American actor born April 14, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts. He started out as a child actor, doing commercials. As a teenager he appeared in the John Hughes film “Sixteen Candles” which was his first major film role. He continued to act in other teen movies, usually cast as a geek. The most famous is probably “The Breakfast Club.” Hall went on to become the youngest cast member in the history of the long-running show “Saturday Night Live” from 1985 to 1986. As an adult, Hall was the lead character in his own TV series, “The Dead Zone,” based on the Stephen King novel. Hall has also worked behind the scenes as a producer and director of low-budget movies. Since his television show ended, Hall continues to work in both film and television. He appeared in the theatrical release “The Dark Knight” and in such TV shows as “CSI: Miami” and the cult-favorite “Community.”

Rob Schneider

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$60

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Robert MichaelRobSchneider (born October 31, 1963) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and director. A stand-up comic and veteran of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, he went on to a successful career in feature films, including starring roles in the comedy films Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, The Benchwarmers, and Grown Ups.

 

After leaving SNL, Schneider played supporting roles in a series of movies including Surf Ninjas, Judge Dredd, The Beverly Hillbillies, Demolition Man and Down Periscope. He also appeared in a recurring part on the TV series Coach. In 1996, he co-starred in the NBC sit-com Men Behaving Badly, an American take on the hit British series of the same name. The U.S. version ran for two seasons.

Schneider starred in the 1999 feature film Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, a tale of a fish-tank cleaner who incurs a massive debt and is forced to become a “man-whore.” This was followed by The Animal, about a man given animal powers by a mad scientist; The Hot Chick, wherein the mind of a petty thief played by Schneider is mystically switched into the body of a pretty, but mean-spirited high school cheerleader (Rachel McAdams); and the sequel Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. The latter movie was not well received by critics or moviegoers, and as a result, Schneider won a 2005 Worst Actor Razzie Award for his role in the film.[7]

In 2006, Schneider co-starred in the baseball-themed family comedy The Benchwarmers, along with his fellow SNL alumnus David Spade as well as Jon Heder. Other film roles include Schneider’s appearance with Jim Henson’s Muppets in the 1999 film Muppets from Space, and his role as a San Francisco hobo in the 2004 remake of Around the World in 80 Days.

Schneider’s directorial debut, the comedy Big Stan, was released in some overseas markets during the fall of 2008, with a U.S. release in early 2009. In the film, he starred as a con artist who is arrested for perpetrating real-estate scams. He is sentenced to prison, so he takes a crash-course in martial arts to survive incarceration.

Schneider has also appeared in numerous comedies starring his SNL comrade Adam Sandler, most recently on 2010s Grown Ups. The comedic characters Schneider plays in these films include an overly enthusiastic Cajun man who proclaims the catch-phrase, “You can do it!”; an amiable Middle Eastern delivery boy; a prison inmate; and Sandler’s one-eyed Hawaiian sidekick, Ula. Schneider has uttered the line “You can do it!” as a running gag in Sandler’s films The Waterboy, Little Nicky, 50 First Dates, The Longest Yard, and Bedtime Stories, as well as in a deleted scene from Click. (A sample of Schneider saying the phrase also turns up in the song “Original Prankster” by The Offspring.) Returning the favor, Sandler appeared in a cameo to spout the same line in Schneider’s The Animal, wherein, as a reference, Adam Sandler utters: “Yeah! You can do it!” Sandler also showed up briefly in Schneider’s The Hot Chick. Schneider narrated Sandler’s 2002 animated movie Eight Crazy Nights, and voiced the part of a Chinese waiter. Schneider also had an uncredited cameo as a Canadian-Japanese wedding-chapel