James Bond Villian, Richard Kiel known for his role of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker has died aged 74.
Kiel, known for his role of the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) as well as the video game Everything or Nothing (he also had cameos in many other James Bond videogames). He was also well known as Mr. Larson in the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore, for playing the Kanamit aliens in the classic Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man and for his role of Dr. Miguelito Loveless’ assistant Voltaire in first season episodes of The Wild, Wild West (1965-1966).
We pass on our love and best wishes to Kiel’s Wife, Children & wider Family.
This time last week I was in London attending my first ever Comic-Con with my friend Sherene AKA Shez. Having done a few cons – albeit ones dedicated to a certain TV show, The Vampire Diaries, several years back, I knew to expect A LOT of people to be in attendance, but nothing could really have prepared me for the scope and scale of the event I was about to walk into.
As I didn’t arrive in London until after 1pm on the Friday, by the time Shez and I made our way to the ExCel, we were able to quickly get through the security checks and into the venue, and we both remarked at how massive the place was, with retail outlets, vendors, fellow con goers and an array of cosplayers everywhere we looked and I got talking to several CP’s including mother and daughter Pam and Lorna.
Shez and I spent the afternoon familiarising ourselves with the different areas of the venue, all the different stages, and the many, many vendors and their wares and I happily picked up a Bucky Funko Pop as well as a copy of the Marvel Movie Collection magazine with Bucky Barnes, from the TWS era, on the front. We returned to our hotel just after 7 and began preparing for the coming day the best way we knew how to – by watching Civil War and enjoying some treats.
Come Saturday morning, which was the BIG day for me as it was the day I was to meet Sebastian (ultimately the real reason I bought a ticket for the Con), myself and Shez were up and out of our hotel before 7 and we made it to the ExCel around 8. By the time we walked towards S2, the section of the venue where the autographs and photo sessions were due to take place, there was already a considerable number of people waiting for the shutters to go up at 9 and for the day to begin. It was in this crowd of people that I met one of my Twitter friends called Lindsay and a few of her adorable Bucky bears, as well as Cap, and I couldn’t resist getting a pic with them.
Having bought a Winter Soldier pass some weeks before the event (and having been very lucky to have done so because they sold out INSANELY fast), when the shutters went up, a vast majority of the people gathered around me, and myself, made our way towards the photo op area as our session with Sebastian was due to start at 9.45, but first we picked up our ‘goodie bags’ that contained a lanyard and pin badge.
Admittedly, the queue system was a bit of a mess and I wasn’t the only one first directed into the wrong line, but once in the right one, we all got talking to one another and the time leading up to the session passed enjoyably. The photo op itself was over in a flash but I was more than happy with my pic and quickly joined the ever-growing queue for the signing session that was to take place straight after. I had decided several days before heading to the con that I would ask him to sign my copy of The Devil All The Time, which he recently wrapped filming on. When he saw the book, he seemed genuinely surprised and said: “This is going to be so great…have you read this?” I told him that I had and that I was excited to see the film, adding that I thought the book would be something a little different for him to see and sign. He smiled and replied: “That’s awesome.” At least one fan also handed him a book of messages she had gathered together from people on Twitter.
Having my WS pass allowed me priority access into Sebastian’s panel which began at 1pm and was hosted by Claire Lim and so I had a pretty good view. You can view the whole panel in the video below, which was posted by YT user OneOfManyAlexas.
With little time for a lunch break, it was then time for me to join the queue for Misha Collins’ autograph. I’m not going to lie; I haven’t watched Supernatural like a die-hard fan for a few seasons now, but I have always loved Cas and Misha’s portrayal of him, so I knew, as soon as he was announced as a guest, that he was going to be one of my must-meet people. Like Sebastian’s, the signing was over in a second but Misha was lovely to me and all the other people I watched him greet and sign items for.
Straight after his signing came his panel, and I was fortunate enough to be able to ask Misha a question. The video below comes courtesy of Hollywood News Source and I’m the girl asking him about what aspects of Castiel’s character and personality he’ll take forward into his next projects at the 37 minute mark.
As the day began to wind down, Shez and I were finally able to grab some much needed food as we headed back to our hotel ready to recharge our batteries for Sunday. The next morning, we were again up early, though not as early as we had been on the Saturday and as we walked into the venue where I met another Twitter friend of mine, Anita, I noticed that the problems with the queue system from yesterday appeared to have been addressed and things ran a lot smoother. I joined that queue a little before half 10 ready for my Misha photo op, which as Sebastian’s had, was over very quickly but I’m happy with my pic.
The highlight of the afternoon was sitting in on Sebastian’s second panel of the weekend which can be viewed below, thanks to an upload from YT user Kat.
The rest of the day meanwhile was spent walking round many of the vendor displays and areas of the ExCel we hadn’t managed to check out on the Saturday, and interacting with some rather impressive cosplayers.
While it was great to have such a number of big name TV and film stars – Sebastian, Misha, Stephen Amell and David Harbour to name just a few in attendance, I must also give a huge shout out to the true fan-stars of the weekend – a group of people who call themselves SebsRebels. Not only did they get two shout-outs from Claire during Sebastian’s panels, they also gave Sebastian himself three very thoughtful gifts when members of the group were standing in line for autographs; a star, a title (he’s now Lord Sebastian Stan of Glencoe) and a dog sponsorship. Videos and tweets of members of the group surprising Seb with the gifts them are below.
Although neither Shez or I ultimately got to do all that we wanted to in the two and a half days we were there, my first Con experience was ultimately extremely memorable and a lot of fun, so much so that Shez and I have already agreed that we will do another in the near future.
I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the organisers of MCM Comic Con and in particular all the volunteers and crew who dedicate their time to helping events like this run as well as they do and are such a help to both guests and con-goers. Sebastian Stan also expressed his appreciation for such people by having a drink of whiskey, from a bottle designed and given to him by a fan, with them. See you next time MCM!
I'd like to mention, I've crewed several comic cons with several guests and not one of them, until Sebastian, has even thought to come and spend extra time with us or give US a gift back for working there. He even toasted us! Amazing guy, so thoughtful and humble💙 Thank you Seb!
Having been in the entertainment business since she was 10
years old, Andrea Evans is no stranger to the highs and lows of Hollywood, but
the events of recent years involving the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby
and the ever growing #MeToo movement have now seen her add another bow to her
already impressive resume, as a producer of the new documentary Rocking The Couch. The documentary
features interviews with many victims of Hollywood sexual assault, as well as
several individuals who were involved in the Wallace Kaye case of 1992 and takes
a long hard look at the cases both past and present and the valuable lessons
that, for the most part, still haven’t been learnt. With the documentary proving
to be a huge success, ThisIsTheLatest
spoke to Andrea about why she got involved, whether she might one day move into
directing and where and when fans can see her on screen next.
TITL: Rocking The Couch is largely fuelled
firstly by the case, led by twelve women who were brave enough to speak out,
brought against Wallace Kaye in 1992. For anyone who is unaware of the story,
could you sum it up for me and explain ultimately how it’s impacted this
Andrea Evans: A lot of documentaries tend to follow their
own path and that’s exactly what happened with this one. My co-executive
producer, friend and director Minh Collins and I were first only going to
interview people from the past few years or thereabouts and build the
documentary around that, but then my husband brought to my attention the case
brought against Wallace Kaye, as you say, in 1992, in Hollywood. The fact he
had to bring this to my attention is kind of the whole point – I was an
actress, living in Hollywood in the 1990’s and I’d never heard this story, or
anything to do with it. The story itself is led by 12 young, aspiring
actresses, interviewing with a talent agent at the time who then sexually
assaulted each of them. They went to their unions to complain, the unions told
them to forget about it and then finally, one of the actresses, who wasn’t with
a union, called the police who got involved, and these women took him to court
You would think that that would make news, and that there
would be a lot of attention about it, but there never was. When I started
interviewing people about the case, they were shocked because I was the first
person who had ever contacted them. That became sort of the main feature, the
meat of the documentary was this case – how did it happen and why, and also why
didn’t we hear anything about it.
TITL: As an actress
yourself, is the behaviour and attitudes towards women addressed in Rocking The Couch something you’ve
experienced yourself or is it something you just feel passionate about enough
to have done something to help stand against it and spread the word?
AE: I think pretty much every actress in Hollywood – and a
lot of actors too – we don’t want to leave men out of this, I think it’s a very
big issue with and for them as well, particularly with gay men – but yes, we
all have stories. My stories, thank goodness, were not as traumatic as some of
the stories we feature in the documentary. We did interview me, as well, as one
of the subjects, but my stories were not that good in comparison to other
people’s so I had to put myself on the cutting room floor – something that I
never thought I would actually do, or say I’ve done. We also bring up the fact
that, I think we have some interviews with Carrie Mitchum, the grand-daughter
of the famous actor Robert Mitchum, where she discusses how we all knew this
was going on and that’s true – we all did. If you heard from celebrities who
said they were blind-sided or didn’t know about it, they’re lying, because we
all knew, and we all saw it. It was definitely something that needed to come
out into the light, needed to be addressed and needs to stop.
TITL: Exactly how
shocked are you that lessons weren’t, and, as proven by the scores of recent
cases made against a number of men in the industry, haven’t been learned in the
more than two decades that have passed since the Kaye case?
AE: I think society is changing and that’s why you and I are
having this conversation. I think the way society looks at sexual abuse and
sexual assault, certainly in the workplace, is changing. And maybe social media
has something to do with this, but I think as a society, we are now finally starting
to actually pay attention to the victims, to listen to what they are saying.
You’re a woman and I’m sure you’ve heard these things before, you know ‘dress
appropriately’ ‘You don’t wanna do this…’ It shouldn’t be the way that a woman
dresses that makes her the victim of a crime. But yet, so many women, who have
been a victim of these crimes, are accused are bringing said crime upon
themselves, because there’s something in or about their behaviour, and I think
as a society we’re finally looking at that, paying attention to what happened
to these women.
My favourite instance I bring up about how society, in more
recent times, is how we look at all these instances in the Catholic church.
Priests have been accused of abusing young boys, and we never asked these young
boys the sort of things that have been asked of women over the years – we took
them at their word. Why wasn’t that the case with the women who spoke out? Why
weren’t they taken at their word, for all these decades? That’s the more
TITL: You’ve said in
the past that this documentary presents a “realistic view of what happened” and
that it includes “things that (you don’t think) the mainstream media did.” What
exactly do you mean by that?
AE: Certainly when we were bringing to light the Weinstein
case, I don’t think the mainstream media paid much attention to the struggle
undertaken by actresses – and actors – trying to get into the business, and
that, to my mind, is where most of the abuse happened. Abuse often happens to
the most vulnerable, and because there’s no real path towards becoming an actor
or actress, much like becoming a lawyer or doctor, there have been a lot of
people who’ve taken advantage of that – people anxious to get their foot in the
door of the industry. They’re eager and anxious…and that’s where and when the
majority of these people end up in trouble.
It’s easier to get a film about A-List celebrities who are
being abused or to get that on the evening news, because we all like to hear
about celebrities, but that’s not the case for the majority of these cases.
They’re people who are just trying to get into the industry.
TITL: If for
instance, the #MeToo movement hadn’t started up and women hasn’t started
speaking up, do you think you’d have still made this documentary and released
it, or is it something you were ultimately spurred on to do as a result of the
outpouring of outrage that came with the accusations and cases made against the
likes of Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby?
AE: I would love to think that I would’ve made this movie
anyway because I do feel strongly about this issue, but I also know that when
the Weinstein and Cosby cases first came to light, my partner and I were just
having coffee and got to thinking about how someone should really look into
this, and could make a great documentary out of it, and we sort of looked at
one another and both had the same idea – ‘Why not us? Let’s do this.’
I was inspired by the #MeToo movement and driven to tell
what we feel is the true story, and to try and show it from several different
angles, including Carrie Mitchum’s remarks that we all saw it. I saw instances
in my working career of women that were being approached and maybe took
producers up on their approach – I certainly saw that – and said nothing, as
did many people. I’m glad now that we can get it out in the open and tell what’s
really been happening.
TITL: You co-produced
this documentary with your director from The
Hit List Minh Collins and Jerry Sommer. What would you say you each
brought, in creative terms, to the documentary?
AE: Minh was the director and obviously, having directed
before, he was able to pull it all together and put into the shape it is now.
Jerry did a lot of the filming as well and the editing. I know from my own
part, that it was extremely important to have a woman on board and I went to
every interview, even if I wasn’t asking the questions – I wanted to be there
to show my support for every single woman, and so that she would feel more
comfortable and know that there was someone there who would understand her
point of view. They were being brave enough to tell their story and I just
wanted to be there to help, in any way I could, to make telling that a little
easier for them.
I also sought out a lot of the people you saw and see on the
air – I was the one that got in touch with them, and I don’t want to say ‘convinced’
because a lot of the people that came forward, even the people on the Wallace
Kaye case – the lawyers, the victims, the very brave policewoman who went in,
knowing she would probably be assaulted, but wanted to be there for those women
and without her, the case would never have come out – they were all very
anxious to tell their story. They wanted the truth to come out and I think it
was therapeutic for them. Hopefully, my being a woman helped them with that.
A huge part of why I got involved with this is that I am
loaning my celebrity to this movie, in publicising it and trying to get it out
there so people pay attention. There are so many good films and documentaries
that go completely unnoticed, that don’t get the attention they deserve and
that’s a big part of my contribution to this film.
TITL: How has the
reaction been to the film so far and, what do you most want those who see it to
take away/learn from it?
AE: I have been thrilled with the reaction. Here in the States,
it’s been really big – it keeps growing and growing. We’re now being
distributed, with Amazon, to pretty much every country that speaks English, and
the interest in the UK has been steadily growing as well, which I am very happy
and pleased to see. It’s very gratifying – I’ve never been a producer really, I’ve
never had this experience of creating something from the very beginning and
taking it out to audience and getting their response. I hope the viewers in the
UK will check it out, look at it and see our work and let us know what they
think. Amazon has been so happy we’re now talking about an addition documentary,
so any comments people have, any ideas, I would love to hear them.
TITL: Is there
anything you can tell me about this potential second documentary or are you
still sketching out ideas etc. for now?
AE: We’re still sketching out the ideas for it, so I can’t
really tell you anything about it, but I would love to talk to you about it
when it is released. I’m so thrilled that I’m even able to talk about it and
that this one has been so successful – that kind of blows my mind, having been
a first time producer in particular.
TITL: Looking to the
future, do you think the likes of the #MeToo movement can, as we’ve seen make
an impact, but one big enough to actually eradicate the sort of behaviour that
the documentary focusses on? What more can and needs to be done to ensure
incidents like those so many women have spoken out about in recent months never
happen again and that those who are actively involved in such are punished in a
AE: We’ve yet to see how big of an impact all this has and
that’s gonna take some time. Hopefully our daughters and grand-daughters won’t
have to deal with this kind of subject, which brings to mind another reason and
part as to why we did the documentary. My daughter happened to be on break from
school when we were fifteen and she wanted to come to the set. I was a little
wary about that – she is not quite fifteen – and I wondered whether or not I
wanted her to hear these stories. She wants to go into the entertainment
industry so I thought ‘yeah, she should hear these stories’, because the really
only true way to prevent these kinds of situations is to truly do everything in
your own power to prevent it. Even if the #MeToo movement has a HUGE amount of
success, even if it reduces these sorts of problems by 90%, there will still be
that 10% where things happen. So the best way for people to eliminate it is to
protect themselves and I hope that men and women who want to go into the
entertainment industry will watch this documentary and use it as a bit of a
cautionary tale. My daughter said she learned a huge amount from watching it,
like how to minimise your risk by doing things like not going out for drinks
with someone who’s trying to help you break into the industry. Minimise the
risk as much as possible, and hopefully that will help that 10% I referred to
TITL: Where do you go
from here then? Do you maybe want to move into the directors’ chair next time or
are you happy where you are, producing and giving your name and status to a
cause or a film you’re passionate about and eager to help get the word out
AE: I really enjoyed the producing. At some point yes, I
would love to try my hand at directing and might have a little go during the
next documentary just to see how I get on, but my main bread and butter is my
acting career. I love it and I love the industry – it pains me to have to do
documentaries about such a negative aspect of a business that I’ve been in
since I was 10 years old, and that has been very good to me – so hopefully I
can help it, and help maintain some of the integrity of this business in my own
little way because I really do love it.
TITL: Finally then, in
terms of your acting career, have you got any projects in the pipeline you can
tell me about?
AE: I don’t know what airs in the UK, and that’s a problem,
but I am in series available on Amazon Prime called The Bay – which is so much fun to do. I’m working with a lot of
people I’ve worked with before in other situations, and I just came on in
season four as a real troublemaker and I believe I will be making a lot of
trouble in season 5 which will air next year. People can watch me there.
Rocking The Couch
is via all VOD platforms including Amazon and Vimeo now. To keep up to
date with Andrea Evans, follow her on Twitter.