31 October 2013

Attending The Secrets of Homeland Panel

Tuesday night, I had the honour of getting a last minute VIP pass to Showtime's Secrets of Homeland panel held at the Sheraton TriBeCa Club Lounge.  It was kind of a fluke in getting the ticket but I was lucky enough to get the final one! I did have to ask a question and hopefully when it does go public, it won't show me mumbling my way through... Now Homeland is one of the few shows I take the time to keep up with, I've always been a huge fan of Damian Lewis who was the draw to the show in its first season. And since then, like so many, I've been hooked week after week! Attending this event was such a treat!

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The panelists included two cast members from Homeland, Navid Negahban who played Abu Nazir in season 1 & 2, and Nazanin Boniadi, who plays Fara in the current season of the hit show. The final two panelists were CBS correspondent and former Government official, John Miller and Jack Devine, a veteran of the CIA. Both had amazing insight into what the real world search for terrorists is like. It was great that the actors seemed just as interested in what they had to say as the audience did! 

The discussion between the panelists was fascinating and I love delving deeper into the world of Homeland and the aspects of reality that are reflected in the show. They recorded the panel so my hope is it will be release soon! It'll definitely be worth watching!

After the Q&A part, we were all invited to a reception in their Club Lounge overlooking Manhattan. The view was gorgeous! The food spreads were delicious; desserts, finger food, wine and beer, everything was great! We were able to mingle with the panelists and they also had someone interviewing attendees. It was a lot of fun and yes, I did get interviewed. I chatted with both stars of Homeland a bit and told them how much I love the show. 

On our way out, we received goodie bags which had popcorn, candy, a Homeland blanket, a wine bag, a pair of headphones, a screen cleaner, AND season 1 & 2 of Homeland!!! 

It was an all around wonderful and insightful evening and I'd like to thank Sheraton TriBeCa and Starwood Rewards for allowing me to attend! I was not a member of their rewards club but if this is the treatment their guests receive, sign me up! I'll definitely be posting the panel when it becomes available!

Until next time, follow me on twitter at @Corellianjedi2!

29 October 2013

X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer debut!!!

Can I mention, this gave me chills and I got a little terry eyed? Yes, yes, I'm a dork but the it looks like the X-Men I know and love are back!!! Thank you, Mr. Singer!

Check out the trailer below! 

Are you excited!?!?

17 October 2013

Wes Anderson's The Great Budapest Hotel Trailer Released!


Another Wes Anderson film will soon grace us with it's presence! And I am SOOO Excited! Not just because it's Wes Anderson but because it's also got an AWESOME cast including Ralph Fiennes who does no wrong in my eyes!  We got the poster not too many days ago and now a delightful trailer that has me even more pumped for this film!

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think!!!


Remembering Ed Lauter

Back when I was about 12, I had a wonderful meeting with Ed Lauter. He was looking for Bernie Williams at the Yankees' hotel in Anaheim and asked me, another girl about my age and her mother if we'd seen him; we were waiting in the lobby for the Yankees to come back from the game. The mother didn't believe that this guy really knew Bernie and refused to give him any real info. He walked away rather pissed. 

 A young boy who was also getting autographs and I ran over to the man about five minutes later to see if he'd sign a ball for us, we knew he was an actor but being young, weren't quite sure from where. He asked if we knew who he was. We were both shy and kind of smiled. 

After he signed the boy's baseball, the boy ran away and I was left with Mr. Lauter and his teenaged son. He asked me if that had been my mom, I said no, it was my friend's mom and he told me to tell her she was an idiot! Haha! I agreed that she had been very rude. 

He then went on to explain to me what he had been in recently: Not Another Teen movie, the original and remake of The Longest Yard, trying to figure out something I would've seen him in. He eventually wrote on the ball "To Elisa Hi...Ed Lauter "Seabiscuit"" saying that was probably the most age appropriate film. We chatted a bit more about the Yankees. He was very sweet and wished me well. 

I did end up seeing him later in the series during batting practice from my perch behind the dugout. From then on, I always looked out for him in films and on television. And he was in them often.

This interaction has always stayed with me and I greatly appreciate him taking the time to chat with a young, inquiring girl.

I will remember him from ER, The X-Files and this particularly delightful interaction.

Thank you, Mr. Lauter.

(October 30, 1938 – October 16, 2013)