In terms of “Cons,” my only exposure to such events has been the “little one” in San Diego (perhaps you’ve heard of it?) and the relatively new one that recently commenced last week here in DC (for its second year).  Therefore this past weekend I took the opportunity to branch out to Chicago to check out another such Con that has quickly been picking up steam.  This convention that I speak of is the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (also known as C2E2). (more…)

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As stated before, Awesome Con had much to offer this year for those who attended. Boasting a variety of film & television guests this year, the choices were endless in terms of the special guests one could cross paths with.  Therefore (action stars aside) I took the opportunity to sit down with Awesome Con special guest, Ernie Hudson.  Though he is most likely recognized as Winston Zeddemore (more…)

One of the many characters that made up the costume contest for Saturday.

Rai, one of the many characters in the costume contest for Saturday.

Among the many scheduled events to see at this years Awesome Con, the biggest mystery is, who’s going to be in the best costume. Cosplay, short for costume play, is the art of dressing up as characters from all areas of fiction. These aren’t K-Mart brands plastic and cloth children’s Halloween costumes. Cosplayers go through great lengths to achieve the most authentic look possible.  The participants of the Costume Contest for Saturday came in all shapes and sizes. One of my

He bleached his hair and torched his jacket for that authentic half acid burn look.

He bleached his hair and torched his jacket for that authentic half acid burn look.

favourite costumes was of The Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. One of the keys to successful cosplaying is not breaking character. When the moderator of the contest asked The Shredder who he was; the voice behind the mask sweaked, “I’m The Shredder.” The room erupted in cheers for the little kid who’s costume rivaled the pros. That may be the best thing about cosplaying; there’s no wrong way to do it and, everyone everywhere  has a chance to involved.



This weekend, as you well know by now, I was in attendance at this year’s Awesome Con.  Similar to last year (its first year), the convention had a great deal to offer (and then some) to its attendees.  With that said, one of the stand-out features of this year’s event was its wide variety of special guests from the movie and tv realm.  One example of this would be action star, Kevin Sorbo.  Perhaps best know (more…)

True Blood Season 7

This summer Bon Temps will never be the same as the new trailer unveils for Season 7 (the final season) of HBO‘s popular True Blood series.  Though the trailer is not even a minute long, it sets a dire tone for many of the series’ characters.  After watching the trailer, (more…)

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This August THE EXPENDABLES franchise will return with its third installment aptly titled THE EXPENDABLES 3, complete its all-star team of action stars.  However, according to one actor, the franchise would have included another action star, had the casting played out (more…)

Bigger and better, Awesome Con impresses.

Bigger and better, 2nd Awesome Con impresses

One year ago, geeks, dweebs, nerds, bronies and cosplayers descended upon the Walter Washington Convention Center; here in my sleepy hamlet of Washington D.C. There are other conventions in the area throughout the year; from videogames to My Little Pony. However, there weren’t any conventions that combined all aspects of pop culture. Such an event would be (…wait for it…) awesome!

Saturday: Noon, close to the front of the line.

Saturday: Noon, close to the front of the line.

Last year’s Awesome Con, though it was considered a success; was a smaller 2 day event. The 2014 edition is bigger in every way. More space, more vendors, more events, movie screenings and more. Awesome Con 2014 is evolving before our eyes and Reel Film News was there in force to cover it all.


Awesome Con DC

Well, it’s that time of year again!  This weekend will see the return of DC’s very own comic book convention known only as Awesome Con!  Started by Ben Penrod and Steve Anderson in 2013,  the event was created as a celebration of popular culture; more specifically,  as a comic-con that embraces all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, which includes comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and (more…)


Back at San Diego Comic Con last July, Warner Bros. dropped the bomb that Superman would be going head-to-head with Batman in its as yet untitled MAN OF STEEL sequel.  Though the studio has remained relatively tight lipped about the film’s plot as well as its characters’ motivations, it has released (in the months since this announcement) a steady stream of information regarding the sequel’s casting and its official release date (which will no longer happen in 2015, but in 2016 instead).  Continuing their trend of carefully placed announcements, there is now word of who will be scoring the blockbuster sequel… (more…)


The lives of 200 men will change in an instant when their name is called by the commissioner; entering them into the NFL. It isn’t any different in the other team sports. Hockey, basketball and baseball all go through the same dog and pony show. The actions of the team’s General Manager can potentially make or break a season.   It’s a truly thankless job. Operating mostly behind the scenes, GMs around the league go largely unnoticed; until the team performs poorly. The draft brings hope to players and fans alike. The hope that a bad team can turn things around with a good draft and free agency, keeps loyal fans coming back each season. With the divide between the best and worst teams in the NFL widening, the draft may be more important than ever.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier loses some of its charm that made the first movie so successful. The snappy banter has been turned up a notch in The Winter Soldier, but it is a very different movie. Superhero flicks like Man Of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises, tried too hard to be edgy and gritty. Others like Iron man 3 and The Wolverine were awash of pretty colours and high octane action, but little substance in the story.


For the first time since the Avengers in 2012, a superhero movie has seamlessly blended the frenetic pacing and over the top action that we’ve come to expect of these movies ; with a story that is fluid and dare I say relevant story of the morality of freedom.



Capping off my coverage of this year’s DC Environmental Film Festival, I spoke with filmmaker Ben Hamilton and producer J.J. Kelley about their film, THE MEANING OF WILD.  Set in one of our nation’s wildest landscapes, the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska, the documentary follows filmmaker Ben Hamilton (who is also the film’s cinematographer) as he travels by boat, plane, kayak and foot to capture and (more…)


Are tourists destroying the planet — or saving it ?  This is the question posed by 2014 DC Environmental Film Fest Selection, GRINGO TRAILS From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, the docmentary shows the unanticipated impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment, tracing (more…)


As stated on other occasions, one film that has generated quite a bit of negative buzz has been the new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES  film (also known as the TMNT Reboot).  Whether it has been in regards to set photos, alleged plot points, or movie stills, (more…)


Patrick Stewart & James McAvoy star as Charles Xavier/ Professor X in XMEN: DAYS OF FUTRE PAST

Just last week Sony Pictures released the newest trailer to its highly-anticpated Marvel superhero film set to release in May.  Perhaps in an effort to not to be outdone by the studio, today 20th Century Fox has released the latest trailer to its own Marvel superhero sequel known as X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (which, (more…)

Jamie Foxx as Electro in Columbia PIctures' "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

Jamie Foxx as Electro in Columbia Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

This summer will see many superheroes take on their respective villainous counterparts; particularly, with the characters adapted from Marvel Comics.  Kicking off the summer season in May, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 will see the return of Sony/Columbia Pictures’ rebooted SPIDERMAN franchise.  In (more…)

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This past weekend I attended the 2014 Standard of Living Community Awards and took the opportunity to speak with a few of the event’s honorees.  Put together by Kappstone Media, the purpose of the event was (more…)


Today Arena Stage has announced the full cast of its hit musical revue,   “Smokey Joe’s Café—The Songs of Leiber and Stoller.”  Set to kick off next month, the show will feature an impressive cast, including a (more…)

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Last summer Kappstone Media put together a unique black tie event (with a host of high-profile guests) for the purposes of raising money for diabetes research.  Not to be outdone by what it accomplished that year, (more…)

Knights of Badassdom

Sound the horns and prepare thyself for a most glorious tale of battling knights, spell-casting wizards, fair maidens and one blood-thirsty demon from the netherworld in KNIGHTS OF BADASSOM.  Starring Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”, THE STATION AGENT), Steve Zahn (“Treme”, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB), Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”, DEAD SILENCE) and Summer Glau (“Arrow”, “Terminator: (more…)


If you’ve played Injustice, you’ve likely only seen glimpses of this character in one of the level transitions; however, it would appear that is no longer the case as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC (more…)


Today RADiUS-TWC has revealed a trailer for new heist film called THE ART OF THE STEAL.  In the spirit of other ensemble heist films, the film follows Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle (more…)

DaVinci's Demons 2014

Today STARZ has released an all new video featurette with a first look at four new characters that will be introduced in the second season of the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons,” premiering (more…)

Ellen DeGeneres Oscar Pic

Ellen DeGeneres Oscars Pic

Yesterday saw the biggest event in Hollywood commence at the Hollywood & Highland Center.  What event do I speak of? The Oscars, of course!  Hosted by hilarious talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, the show had (more…)


Writer/Director Ron Judkins on the set of his film, 2014 DCIFF Selection, FINDING NEIGHBORS.

In addition to the many film selections that featured at this year’s DCIFF, the event also had workshops as well as seminars available to its attendees.  Each headlined by prominent figures working today in the film industry, the workshops and/or seminars touched on various facets of the movie-making process (i.e. acting, (more…)

bc-poster77Yesterday saw the world premiere of DCIFF Selection, BLOOD & CIRCUMSTANCE, the first feature film (more…)


Today, day 4 of the DC Independent Film Festival (to be exact), will see the world premiere of BLOOD & CIRCUMSTANCE, a psychological mystery adapted from the novel (of the same name) by Frank Turner Hollon.  Co-Written and directed by accomplished cinematographer Tim Gordon, the film tells the story of (more…)


Even though the number of homicides are significantly down in DC from where it once was perhaps a few decades ago, violence is still an ongoing issue that exists.  In fact, acccording to a statistic found currently (more…)


Starting Wednesday, the DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) will once again commence for its sixteenth year in the nation’s capitol; complete with a brand new set of films, seminars, and workshops .  Launched (more…)

Christian Finnegan Photo: Kyle Makrauer

Christian Finnegan  Photo: Kyle Makrauer

Perhaps best known as one of the original panelists of VH1′s “Best Week Ever and as the character, Chad, the token white roommate from the Chappelle’s Show “Mad Real World” sketch, Christian has continued to be a staple not just on television but also in the stand-up scene.  In light of the comedian’s (more…)

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