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Move over Jason Momoa! Aquaman and his nautical lady friend (left) made an appearance at Pensacon 2019, as did many other comic book, television and movie characters. And one lady knows how to get what she wants at the Mobile Mystics parade (right).
We are in the homestretch of bad decisions and overindulgence. That’s right, it’s Mardi Gras weekend, including the two biggest days of all, Joe Cain and Fat Tuesday. So let’s get the good times rolling, but before we do, we have to get to last week’s gossip, including more celebrity news, Mardi Gras shenanigans and our spy’s report from Pensacon.
It’s a lot, so let’s get to it!
“The Friend” actors are friendly
As we have been reporting, Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck have been in town filming the movie, “The Friend.” Segel has been spotted at various eateries/places in Mobile and Baldwin counties, including Sage and The Grand Hotel in Fairhope, as well as Mama’s in Mobile.
Well last week, he came in the Mobile Arts Council office on Dauphin Street to see their latest art exhibit, and he apparently made a very “friendly” donation too. We love the Segel!
Middle Mardi Gras Weekend
I am beginning to think Middle Mardi Gras weekend is just as decadent as the last. My spies said many people were overindulging last weekend and were out a bit too late as well, including the poor marshal riding in the MOMs parade, who fell off of his horse (for unknown reasons) which slowed the whole parade down.
Excellent work! This is what Mardi Gras is all about!
Also, one lady made a very clever sign for the Mobile Mystics parade to get her favorite Mardi Gras throws. It said, “I like balls.” We do hope she got a lot of balls thrown her way.
Nerdin’ out at Pensacon 2019
The funniest thing about going to Pensacon is watching how pop culture trends affect cosplay. Back in 2015, our spy saw a wealth of Attack On Titan and Harley-Quinn costumes. This year I saw none of the former group and only three of the latter.
What was popular this year? Spider-Man and all the variations of him from the Academy Award-nominated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” So many of them that anyone dressed as a fly wouldn’t have stood a chance.
There were a lot of Indiana Jones costumes this year, a few of them with his nattily attired father in tow, possibly due to the presence of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” stars Karen Allen and John Rhys-Davies.
-One particularly ominous Venom and the most malevolent 350-pound evil clown I’ve ever seen.
-A good Cruella de Vil was wandering around, presumably looking for puppies
-A group of Halo soldiers were roaming the parking lot outside the Bay Center
-A predator from the eponymous sci-fi film franchise
-A picture-perfect Disney Cinderella who looked to be nearly 70 years old, a great example of the age array found at these events
-A xenomorph from the Alien franchise
-Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, that or The Dudeness, or Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into that whole brevity thing. Either way, he abides
-One steampunk cosplayer had a particularly impressive outfit, completed by a brass-and-copper rocket pack he made himself. It had moving parts and a working smokestack. We talked to him at length about handcrafting his entire costume and the four-and-a-half month process creating the rocket pack.
What we saw the most of were Star Trek costumes, more than I’ve ever seen at any previous Pensacon. One fan made a shuttlecraft that fit around his body while his torso protruded from the top. The reason was obvious: William Shatner was there.
Shatner’s Q&A session filled Pensacola’s Saenger Theatre, with a line that already wrapped around the building more than an hour before its 11 a.m. start.
The first thing you notice is how mentally and physically agile he is for an 87-year-old. It’s amazing as he comes across as being a good 15 years younger.
He started off addressing the soup fog that had engulfed Pensacola for days. He flew in from Nashville the day before and said he never saw the ground below them until right before the wheels touched down.
Another point Shatner made illustrated what a boon Pensacon is to the city: He was hungry, unable to eat breakfast since all the restaurants they tried were swamped with people on lengthy wait times.
He told a story about inviting Rush Limbaugh to his house for one of his weekly Monday Night Football parties. When Shatner sarcastically introduced his “very liberal” friend to Henry Rollins, it rendered the former Black Flag front man speechless.
When audience members lined up at a microphone stand for questions, it revealed Shatner’s quick wit.
One woman said she met Shatner at a previous event elsewhere, that she asked the star for a kiss and he politely refused.
“Well, I don’t know where your mouth has been,” Shatner explained to wide laughter.
“I was there with my husband and he said it was OK if I kissed you,” she said.
“That your husband was going to watch was even more disturbing,” Shatner replied to even louder laughter.
One questioner was determined to be heard. “Good day, Mr. Shatner,” he started loudly.
“GOOD DAY!” Shatner responded.
“I HAVE A QUESTION–“
“WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING AT ME?” Shatner yelled back. “ARE YOU HARD OF HEARING?”
‘NO SIR. I JUST WANTED TO BE HEARD,” the questioner said. “MY FATHER WANTED TO KNOW–“
“IS HE HARD OF HEARING, TOO?” Shatner asked.
Shatner said his family keeps him grounded, oblivious to his fame. He’ll tell them about his appearances, “There were thousands of people there” and all he hears is “Oh, that’s good, Daddy. What’s for lunch?”
He also had philosophical moments, saying every moment of life should be cherished for its preciousness and how terribly short it all is.
“The fog is either ugly or its beautiful, depending on how you look at it, in your perception. I choose to see it as beautiful,” Shatner said.
Then he bowed to a standing ovation and left to go find some food.
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