The Hollywood Xpo coming to Universal City, CA in October is an event chock full of Hollywood, and Sci-Fi celebrities, including a "Trek XPo" full of Star Trek luminaries from all the Trek TV shows, including Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Jonathan Frakes Michael Dorn, Rene Auberjonois, Robert Duncan McNeil, Connor Trinneer, and many more. Weekend includes panels, workshops, and awards show and more. Details below.
Hollywood Xpo, October 15 – 17 at the Hilton Universal City, Features Appearances by Nearly 100 Stars, Reunions, Screenings & More!
(Hollywood, CA — August 23, 2010) Nearly 100 stars – including two American legends – iconic comics super hero creator Stan Lee and foremost science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury — plus 40 luminaries from various incarnations of Star Trek and other top TV series and films — will all appear at Hollywood Xpo, the first-annual multimedia, popular culture convention for fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror, film, TV, comics, online entertainment, literature and music. Hollywood Xpo will take place October 15 – 17, 2010 at the Hilton Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City. Event hours are Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The convention kicks off Thursday night, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. with a free pre-opening day screening of Star Trek: Of Gods & Men.
Friday’s highlights will include a Star Trek: Of Gods & Men on-stage reunion, featuring 15 actors from the film and most of the crew, including Star Trek original cast members Walter Koenig (Chekov), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) and Grace Lee Whitney (Rand) as well as Alan Ruck (Captain John Harriman) on Generations, Tim Russ (Tuvok) on Voyager and more.
On Friday evening, the Star Trek Legacy Awards (separate ticket required) will recognize those individuals who, inspired by Gene Roddenberry’s powerful vision of the future, have made a significant contribution toward creating a future worth living. Previous recipients are Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and Blue Origin; Dr. Martin Cooper, the father of portable telephony and Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space. This year’s award recipients will be announced shortly.
Stan Lee, known to millions as the man whose super heroes propelled Marvel Comics to a preeminent position in the comic book industry and co-creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men and The Fantastic Four, will make a rare on-stage appearance on Saturday. Ray Bradbury – whose best-known books, masterworks “The Martian Chronicles,” “The Illustrated Man,” “Fahrenheit 451” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” — were all made into classic films — will also take center stage Saturday along with the cast and crew of Ray’s latest movie adaptation, "Crysalis”. Star Trek celebrity highlights will include Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. Riker) and Michael Dorn (Worf) on Next Generation and Rene Auberjonois (Odo) on Deep Space Nine.
Celebrities scheduled to appear on Sunday include Erica Durance, who stars as Lois Lane on Smallville, now in its final season, Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) and Star Trek stars Robert Duncan McNeil (Lt. Paris) on Voyager and John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox), Connor Trinneer (Cmdr. “Trip” Tucker) and Dominic Keating (Lt. Reed) on Enterprise.
Other celebrity appearances will include Eric Roberts (The Expendables), Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live), Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven), Erin Moran (Happy Days) and many more.
Film and TV show reunions throughout the weekend will include Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with Alan Ruck (Cameron), Cindy Pickett (Mrs. Bueller) and Edie McClurg (Grace); InAlienable with Richard Hatch (Dr. Eric Norris), Walter Koenig (Dr. Schilling) and Erick Avari (Howard Ellis) and Lost in Space with June Lockhart (Mrs. Robinson) and Mark Goddard (Major West).
Production talent set to appear includes Eugene ‘Rod’ Roddenberry, television producer and only son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and actress Majel Barrett; Ronald B. Moore, award-winning visual effects supervisor notable for his work on Star Trek The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise; The Chiodo Brothers (Stephen, Charles & Edward Chiodo), sibling special effects artists, best known for their classic cult film Killer Klowns from Outer Space; Star Trek illustrator Rick Sternbach and many more.
In addition to celebrity on-stage appearances, Hollywood Xpo will feature photo opportunities with celebrity guests, autographs at the Walk of Fame, an Artist’s Alley of comic book artists offering demonstrations of their work, and much more. The exhibit hall will be filled with companies and distributors selling and displaying collectibles from the worlds of sci-fi, Star Trek, comics, fantasy and horror.
A unique grid of filmmaking workshops will also be offered, where up-and-coming filmmakers can learn from award-winning directors, cameramen, makeup artists, screenwriters, actors and more about how to make your own film in the 21st century.
Hollywood Xpo tickets are available in advance (www.hollywoodxpo.com) or at the door. Three-day general admission tickets are $75, and single day general admission tickets are $25 Friday, $30 Saturday and $25 Sunday. Children and youths 17 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Special premium reserved seating packages as well as special event tickets are available in advance through the Hollywood Xpo website. For complete event information, visit www.hollywoodxpo.com or call 323.774.1458.
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About Hollywood Xpo: Hollywood Xpo producer Planet Xpo Productions has been presenting “out of this world” events since 2003, including the Beam Me Up, Scotty…One Last Time Tribute to James Doohan, Star Trek: The Show That Changed The World Gala 40th Anniversary Celebration and The Great Bird of the Galaxy Tribute to Gene Roddenberry. Sister company, independent film production group Renegade Studios, produced webisodic Star Trek: Of Gods & Men and feature films InAlienable and Roddenberry on Patrol.