Pinball fans will be converging on the Sturbridge Host Hotel for the Pintastic Pinball Expo, June 27-30, 2019. Over 200 pinball machines will be available to play, for FREE. The Convention also features workshops, activities for children, and pinball vendors. The crew from Sci-Fi Journal, our RISFC RI PEG Access cable TV show, will be covering the event. For more information and tickets, check out their website:
Actor Paul Darrow, best known for his portrayal of 'Kerr Avon' in the British TV series 'Blake's 7', died on June 3, 2019, at the age of 78, after a short illness.
Along with Blake's 7, which never quite outgrew its cult status, Darrow had two major arcs on Doctor Who. He played Captain Hawkins in Doctor Who and the Silurians back in 1970, then returned to the series as Tekker 15 years later.
More recently, Darrow became part of Star Wars' video game lore, voicing Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Empire at War as well as Overseer Tremel in Star Wars: The Old Republic. He was also the voice of Zarok in MediEvil and MediEvil: Resurrection.
Darrow was born in Surrey in 1941 and attended the Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School before studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he bunked with fellow actors Ian McShane and John Hurt. He's preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, actress Janet Lees-Price, who passed away in 2012.
Actor Peter Mayhew passed away on April 30, 2019, at the age of 74. Mayhew was best known for his role of Chewbacca in the Star Wars films.
Mayhew originated the role of the tall, gutteral Wookie in George Lucas’ 1977 film Star Wars: A New Hope. He would play the character again in four more movies: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith, and The Force Awakens. He also served as a “Chewbacca consultant” on The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Joonas Suotamo took on the role of Chewbacca beginning in 2015.
Mayhew is survived by his wife, Angie, and his three children. He spent his final years in Arlington, Texas, after becoming a naturalized citizen in 2005. Due to his height – an impressive 7 ft., 2 in. – he underwent a double knee replacement surgery in 2013. But, as his family noted in his memorial tweet, he continued to “soldier on,” and was “completely in his element around fans and supporters.”
Joss Whedon’s upcoming HBO series, The Nevers, has found its leading lady. Laura Donnelly, known for starring in the series Outlander, will star in the series, and can also be seen in the upcoming film Tolkien.
The Nevers is described as “a sci-fi epic about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.” Donnelly will play “Amalia True, described as the most reckless, impulsive, emotionally damaged hero of her time. A menace to stuffy Victorian society, she would die for the cause and kill for a drink.”
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