So I saw a taping of The Nerdist earlier at the Best Buy Theatre with my friend Joe. I hadn’t hung out with him since I went with a small group of friends (and met up with Erica and Robyn Schneider) to see Neil Gaiman and Friends two years ago. The taping was a riot, partially thanks to Matt, Jonah, and Chris riffing on ‘Die Another Day’ … namely the theme song and the nod to Sigmund Freud. I briefly chatted with Matt and Jonah afterwards about the film. Matt and I both agree on ‘Die Another Day’ (so bad) and ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ (Brosnan’s best Bond film). Anyways, the panel guests were a shock to me: Joel Hodgson (host of MST3K … which I’m barely familiar with), Travis Beacham (writer of the upcoming Pacific Rim), and Guillermo del Toro (needs no explanation). I remember tweeting Chris over the summer saying something to the effect of “If you get Guillermo del Toro for the NYCC podcast, I will die happy”. So now I can.
But there are other things to mention!
- Guillermo is a fan of Valve (Left 4 Dead, Portal) and managed to get Ellen McLain (GlaDOS) as the voice of the main AI in the upcoming ‘Pacific Rim’.
- He and his daughters love Adventure Time.
- He has his own house with a number of attractions … like a room where it rains. And a large bust of Frankenstein’s creature. And a door that opens to reveal a life-size HP Lovecraft.
- However, Guillermo didn’t stay for the signing line, which disappointed me a bit … but what disappointed me even more was that I didn’t know he was going to be there and if I did, I would have brought my ARC of ‘The Strain’ … but I wouldn’t have been able to get it signed.
- 'Hellboy 3' could still be a possibility.
- It took 8 years to make the first film, mainly getting Ron Perlman signed (which finally happened after ‘Blade 2’ took the box office on opening weekend).
- There was a proposal, which was cute.
And on the train ride back, Joe and I struck up a conversation with a trio of Con attendees (*waves* Hello, Heather!) who live not too far away, so we all exchanged interweb info … and then got into a conversation which started with Supernatural, which lead to Mark A. Sheppard, and movies/reviews/bad movies … fun times.
Heading up for Alumni Weekend/Homecoming tomorrow and I need my sleep! *yawn* Night, all!