Wizard World Week
Wizard World returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center this Thursday with its biggest names yet — including Marvel Comics guru Stan Lee, Chris Hemsworth ("Thor") and all five Star Trek captains.
Cast members from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" will also be in attendance, including Clare Kramer, James Marsters, Juliet Landau and Mark Metcalf from the TV series and Kristy Swanson from the movie.
The People’s Paper’s comic- book writer, Jerome Maida, will be filing reports all week leading up to his weekend preview on Friday.
Kramer, best-known for her portrayal of Glory, the main villain in the fifth season of "Buffy," told Maida that her first role was at age 5 as Wendy, the pigtailed redhead of hamburger-chain fame.
"I grew up in Ohio, and that’s where Wendy’s corporate office is located," Kramer said. "They had an ad on TV constantly that said that they were ‘Looking for Wendy,’ so I told my mom, ‘I’ve got to enter that.’"
"[Wendy’s founder] Dave Thomas was into adoption and supporting foster care, so a lot of my appearances were to promote, bring awareness to and raise money for that."
As much as she loved "playing" Wendy, Kramer did not seek another role until 1997’s "In & Out" — 18 years later — after she had graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Her first big project was "Bring It On," the cheer-competition film that was also a launching pad for Eliza Dushku (another "Buffy" alum), Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union.
"You go back and you look at it and it seems every actor in it is recognizable today," Kramer said. "It was the first big ensemble comedy of the decade. It was such a great time. … Four months in San Diego! You can’t beat that!"
Kramer also had nice things to say about her roles in "The Rules of Attraction" and "The Thirst."
"That was such a cool project," she said. "I played a stripper who was dying of cancer and end up becoming a vampire. It was a great experience."
Although Kramer was flattered by a rumor that she was being considered for the role of "Wonder Woman" in the then-in-development film, she made it clear that a rumor claiming she would be playing Donna Sheridan in the national tour of "Mamma Mia" is absolutely false.
"I don’t know how that got started," she said. "I’m not signed on to anything. My biggest project right now is launching [online studio] GeekNation, which is supersick and awesome."
Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning in L.A. after a photographer complained of being roughed up by the pop star at a shopping center.
Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Wiard says the photographer called 9-1-1 on Sunday and complained of pain to his chest. Wiard said the scuffle happened when the photographer tried to snap pictures of Bieber and his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, after they walked out of a movie theater.
Wiard says the photographer was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released.
Roughed up by the Beebs? Dude, you need to work out more.
Lady Gaga tweeted to fans she was "devastated" at having to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following threats by Islamic hard-liners, who called her a "devil worshipper."
"I’m so very sorry to the fans & just as devastated as you if not more," she wrote. "You are everything to me."
"This is a victory for Indonesian Muslims," said Salim Alatas, one of the leaders of the Islamic Defenders Front. “Thanks to God for protecting us from a kind of devil.
Score another one for the loons. As we just celebrated Memorial Day, remember: In this country, one man’s devil is another man’s sold-out concert at the Wells Fargo Center.
— Jerome Maida and Daily News wire services contributed to this report. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.