Erika Rivera Managing Editor
Live long and prosper, indeed! Entertainment Weekly’s CapeTown Film Festival has added some interesting talent to its lineup, the editors announced on Friday. The legendary Leonard Nimoy, Terry Gilliam, Richard Donner, John Carpenter, Neil Gaiman and Edgar Wright have joined the film festival that will bring what EW calls “universes of imagination together” during the festival being held from April 30 - May 6 in Los Angeles. Kurt Russell was previously announced as a guest of the festivities as well.
The film festival boasts that it will hold the anniversary screenings of Star Wars Episode IV: Return of the Jedi as one of its many draws for attendees for its inaugural run, which apparently gets its name from the magazine’s recently launched hub for sci-fi and fantasy coverage. CapeTown, for the most part, has since January covered the news for pop culture’s most interesting and vivid sectors but is now gathering some notoriety with the scheduled appearance of the reclusive Nimoy, who is stepping out from his retirement for one night only on May 6, which is said to be the night of the finale of the festival.
Nimoy is set to be interviewed by Geoff Boucher, and the interview will have some kind of tie-in with J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek, which fans recognized as Nimoy’s adios from the Star Trek cinematic universe. The festival will be staged at the historic Egyptian Theater, known for introducing the world to Tinseltown’s tradition of rolling out the red carpet at world premiere back in 1922 for Douglas Fairbanks’ Robin Hood (a little history for you Hollywood buffs).
All proceeds will go to the non profit American Cinematheque who is co-presenting the festival. The festival is schedule to go for seven days, and it is sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies, whose season 3 premiere will happen as part of the festival as a treat to fans who are attending the screening of Escape From New York.
For a full schedule of events, check out Entertaintment Weekly’s website. Sounds like this festival is not one to be missed!
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