Also on the big-names list is Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children, A Nightmare on Elm Street). “He’s coming to the con to screen his new movie, Criminal Activities. It’s with John Travolta, and he’s doing a free screening on Friday night. And he, his son and possibly another cast member are going to be doing a Q&A after the screening. The movie won’t be out for months, but he’ll be screening it here.”
Along with Renner and Haley, a host of other stars will be on hand. Actors Barry Bostwick, Nell Campbell and Patricia Quinn will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the con. Punk rock icon Marky Ramone, pro wrestler Sting, the legendary comic-book writer Stan Lee, über-popular Star Trek alum George Takei and novelist Mercedes Lackey are a few of the guests booked for the weekend.
“We want Comicpalooza to be a unique experience,” stresses Simons. “There’s a traveling-show mentality to a lot of cons. The same group of stars go from one show to another so the show in Milwaukee is the same as the one in Tampa Bay. At Comicpalooza, there’s close to 22,000 hours of programming. Even if you take out all the tabletop gaming, there’s 500 hours of programming. We’re not like any other show.”
10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Through May 25. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. For information, visit comicpalooza.com. $25 to $200.
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