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Pure Imagination: Five Original 'Willy Wonka' Kids To Reunite At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
Peter Ostrum, Paris Themmen, Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Michael Boellner Join 500+ Celebrities And Artists At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 11-14
By: Jerry Milani
The original 1971 film, based on Roald Dahl's book and screenplay, told the story of five children who won the opportunity to tour the fictional, world famous Wonka Chocolate Factory after finding a “golden ticket” in packages of Wonka chocolate. The poor but extremely good-hearted Charlie is joined by the other four, whose quirks have made them among the most memorable characters ever as the film has achieved cult status. All-time greats Gene Wilder, who played the eccentric Wonka, and Jack Albertson, who portrayed Charlie's beloved Grandpa Joe, starred in the feature roles.
“This is a truly unique opportunity to meet the five child actors who helped make Willy Wonka such a classic movie,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO. “It is these kinds of once-in-a-lifetime events that make Wizard World shows so interesting and exciting for fans of all ages.”
The five will be among such other distinguished celebrities at Chicago Comic Con as Patrick Stewart, Bruce Campbell, Christopher Lloyd, Morena Baccarin, Felicia Day, Anthony Michael Hall, Academy Award Winner® Lou Gossett Jr. and James Marsters.
Chicago Comic Con is the seventh stop on Wizard World's 2011 North American tour. Hours are Thursday, August 11, 5 – 9 p.m.; Friday, August 12, noon - 8 p.m.; Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday, August 14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworld.com/
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Wizard World, Inc. produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking.