Comic Con, Gasparilla Film Fest Reveal Star-Studded Lineups

Daryl Dixon, Jessica Jones and Zack Morris walk in to Tampa…


Comic Con Brings Iconic Stars to Tampa

Evan Peters, Carrie Fischer, Jena Malone, Pedro Pascal are just a few of the names that have graced the Tampa Convention Center halls for Comic Con. Each year, the biggest names in pop culture arrive at Tampa Bay Comic Con to promote new project, celebrate their classic work, and interact with their fans. The convention is also a celebration of art, comedy, writing, cosplay, board games, literature and so much more. 

This year. TBCC's lineup of celebs and panels is equally impressive. Stars from Netflix, HBO and AMC will illuminate the massive Tampa Bay crowd with stories from the set and clue aspiring actors and directors in to how they made it in the industry. So who can you expect? 

 

Krysten Ritter

The star of Netflix and Marvel's hit Jessica Jones will be at the Tampa Convention Center Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7, signing autographs, taking photos with fans and taking part in a Q&A. Ritter has also had starring roles in AMC's Breaking Bad and ABC's Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23

 

Norman Reedus

Reedus plays one of the most iconic characters in pop culture, the crossbow wielding Daryl Dixon on AMC's The Walking Dead. He will be signing autographs, taking photos, and speaking with convention attendees on Saturday, August 6. 

 

 

Jack Gleeson

Jack Gleeson is the powerful young actor who embodied the beyond villainous Joffrey Baratheon on HBO's Game of Thrones. Gleeson has been acting since he was 7 and has appeared in films such as Reign of Fire, Batman Begins and A Shrine of Rainbows. He'll be signing autographs, taking photos and speaking with fans Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7.   

Other celebrities include Iwan Rheon (Simon Bellamy Misfits, Ramsey Bolton Game of Thrones), Ray Park (Darth Maul Star Wars: Episode I, Toad X-Men) and Ian McDiarmid (The Emporer Star Wars). 

Tampa Bay Comic Con takes place from August 5 through 7 at the Tampa Convention Center (333 South Franklin Street). Visit their website for tickets and a full schedule of events for the weekend.

 

 

Film Fest Unveils Official Lineup

 The wait is over! Gasparilla International Film Fest recently released the official schedule for its 10th annual event. To see a full schedule of films, panels and workshops happening from March 30 through April 3 click HERE. Passes for VIP events and screening and be found by clicking HERE

Here are the top 5 films we're excited to see this year:

Eye in the Sky – March 30 at Tampa Theatre

Synopsis: Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare. 

The film, starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul, debuts on opening night, March 30, at the Tampa Theatre (711 North Franklin Street). There will be a red carpet VIP party before the event beginning at 6:30pm. Doors to the Tampa Theatre open at 7pm and the film begins at 7:30pm. Director Gavin Hood will be in attendance and will host a Q&A after the screening. There will be a Carmelita's Rum After-Party following the event from 10pm to midnight. Click HERE for more information. 

 

 

Adderall Diaries – March 31 at Helene & Leonard Marks Theater 7

Synopsis: Writer and Adderall enthusiast Stephen Elliott reaches a low point when his estranged father resurfaces, claiming that Stephen has fabricated much of the dark childhood that that fuels his writing. Adrift in the precarious gray area of memory, Stephen is led by three sources of inspiration: a new romance, the best friend who shares his history, and a murder trial that reminds him more than a little of his own story.

The film, starring James Franco, Amber Heard, Christian Slater and Ed Harris, debuts on Thursday, March 31, at Helene & Leonard Marks Theater 7 (1600 East 8th Avenue). The screening begins at 9:30pm. Click HERE for more information.

 

 

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The Daughter – April 1 at Helene & Leonard Marks Theater 7

Synopsis: In the last days of a dying logging town Christian (Paul Schneider) returns to his family home for his father Henry’s (Geoffrey Rush) wedding to the much younger Anna (Anna Torv). While home, Christian reconnects with his childhood friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie), who has stayed in town working at Henry’s timber mill and is now out of a job. As Christian gets to know Oliver’s wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), daughter Hedvig (Odessa Young) and father Walter (Sam Neill), he discovers a secret that could tear Oliver’s family apart. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.

The film, starring Geoffrey Rush, Paul Schneider and Sam Neill, debuts on Friday, April 1, at Helene & Leonard Marks Theater 7 (1600 East 8th Avenue). The screening begins at 9pm. Click HERE for more information. 

 

 

Embrace the Serpent – April 2 at Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1 

Synopsis:  Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.

The film, which was an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, debuts on Saturday, April 2, at Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1 (1600 East 8th Avenue). Screening begins at 3:45pm. Click HERE for more information. 

 

 

 

One More Time – April 3 at Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1

Synopsis: When an aspiring rocker (AMBER HEARD) moves back in with her father (CHRISTOPHER WALKEN), an aging star charting a comeback, tensions rise, but their lives begin to change forever.

The film, starring Christopher Walken, Amber Heard and Penelope Cruz, debuts on Sunday, April 3, at Baja Cuva Cohen Turkel Theater 1 (1600 East 8th Avenue). Screening begins at 2:45pm. Click HERE for more information. 

 

 

**BONUS**

 

Everybody Wants Some – April 3 at Helene & Leonard Marks Theater 7

Synopsis: A group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

The spiritual sequel to Richard Linklater's cult classic film Dazed and Confused will serve as the GIFF's closing night film. It will screen at Helene & Leonard Marks Theater 1 (1600 East 8th Avenue) at 6:30pm. Click HERE for more information. 

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Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helped develop the brand for I Love the Burg and in 2014 developed the branding for That's So Tampa and has been a regular contributor to both ever since.