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Leonard Nimoy, Terry Gilliam, Neil Gaiman, 'Goonies' added to EW CapeTown Festival

Leonard Nimoy, Terry Gilliam, Richard Donner, John Carpenter, Neil Gaiman and Edgar Wright are among the starry names that will bring universes of imagination together at the EW CapeTown Film Festival (April 30 – May 6) in Los Angeles, the editors of Entertainment Weekly announced Friday.

Those guests, along with the previously announced appearance by Kurt Russell and the anniversary screenings of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, represent a powerful line-up for the inaugural CapeTown festival, which shares its name with’s recently launched hub for sci-fi and fantasy coverage.

CapeTown has covered the news in pop culture’s most vivid sectors since January, but now it is making news with the appearance of Nimoy, the television and film icon who returns from retirement for one night and one night only on May 6, the finale night of the festival. Nimoy will be interviewed on stage by Geoff Boucher, the EW senior writer who programmed the festival, and the Q&A will have a tie-on screening of Star Trek, the 2009 J.J. Abrams hit that represents Nimoy’s farewell to the cinematic universe of Starfleet.

The festival, a co-presentation with the American Cinematheque, will be staged at the historic Egyptian Theater, the grand old movie palace that introduced a Tinseltown tradition in 1922 when it rolled out the carpet for Robin Hood and Douglas Fairbanks for the first Hollywood world premiere. All ticket and concession proceeds from the EW CapeTown Film Festival go to the non-profit Cinematheque.

The seven-day program of screenings and on-stage Q&As is sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies, which will be given a special big-screen showcase on May 3 when the season 3 premiere is included as a bonus treat to fans attending the screening of Escape from New York. The full schedule is available here.


Old time's Snake: Kurt Russell will revisit 'Escape from New York' at EW festival

Kurt Russell will make a rare on-stage appearance on May 3, at Entertainment Weekly’s new CapeTown Film Festival in Los Angeles, where he will discuss the legacy of Snake Plissken and Escape from New York, the sci-fi cult classic that made headlines this month with news of a possible remake.

The Q&A at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood will be followed by the screening of Escape from New York, the first of four genre feature films that teamed Russell with director John Carpenter. The tandem dug into frozen horrors with The Thing (1982); put the pedal down on daft, high-adrenaline adventure in Big Trouble in Little China (1986); and surfed west with the Snake character in Escape from L.A. (1996). The appearance by Russell will catch the attention of genre fans who know the star is seldom if ever seen at retrospective events.


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