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Prop Store Auction Brings in Incredible Sales

Prop Store – one of the world’s leading film and TV memorabilia companies – has announced the results from the first day of their three-day Los Angeles-based live auction of film and TV memorabilia, with items on offer expected to fetch in excess of $6.1M (£4.4 M).

Prop Store’s unique Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction held its first day of sales yesterday, June 29th, and will continue today, June 30th, and tomorrow on July 1st. The auction is broadcast around the world via a Livestream, and hundreds of bidders from around the world took part in the first day which achieved outstanding results through the intensive bidding.

Highlight pieces from the first day of the auction included the sale of Indiana Jones’ (Harrison Ford) Fedora from Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom (1984) which sold for $375,000 (£270.9k), Jean-Luc Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) Ressikan Flute from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 – 1994) which sold for $237,500 (£171.5k), and a screen-matched Jason Voorhees hockey mask from Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993) which sold for $225,000 (£162.5k). 

An original wand and set of eyeglasses made for Daniel Radcliffe during production on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 & 2 were donated by Warner Bros. and sold for a collective Hammer Price of $97,500 (£70.3k). 100% of the Hammer Price proceeds from these two original props and a limited edition boxed set of the seven Harry Potter books signed by J.K. Rowling, which sold on Tuesday for $8,000 (£5.7k), will benefit the charity Lumos Foundation USA, Inc.

Notable sales included (all figures stated are the total sale prices paid by the buyer, which include the buyer’s premium):

  1. Indiana Jones’ (Harrison Ford) Fedora from INDIANA JONES & THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984) sold for $375,000 (£270.7k)
  2. Jean-Luc Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) Ressikan Flute, Box and Costume Continuity Script from STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (T.V. SERIES, 1987 – 1994) sold for $237,500 (£171.4k)
  3. Screen-Matched Kane Hodder-Signed Jason Voorhees Hockey Mask from JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993) sold for $225,000 (£162.4k)                     
  4. Statler and Waldorf Muppet Heads from THE MUPPETS FRANCHISE (1975 – PRESENT) sold for $118,750 (£85.7k)
  5. Vasquez’s (Jeanette Goldstein) Screen-Matched Lightweight M-41A Pulse Rifle from ALIENS (1986) sold for $106,250 (£76.7k)
  6. R2-SHP Light-up Remote-Control Droid from STAR WARS – EP IX – THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019) sold for $100,000 (£72.1k)
  7. Jeannie’s (As Played by Barbara Eden) Bottle – I DREAM OF JEANNIE (T.V. SERIES, 1966-1969) sold for $75,000 (£54.1k)
  8. Darth Vader Touring Helmet from STAR WARS – EP V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) sold for $75,000 (£54.1k)
  9. Harry Potter’s Eyeglasses from HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PARTS 2 (2011) sold for $68,750 (£49.6k)
  10. Hero Biker Scout Blaster from STAR WARS – EP VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983) sold for $68,750 (£49.6k)
  11. Carrie Fisher’s Heavily Annotated, Leather-Bound Fifth Draft Script from STAR WARS – EP V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) sold for $62,500 (£45.1k)
  12. Christopher Lloyd and Thomas F. Wilson-Signed Grays Sports Almanac from BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989) sold for $56,250 (£40.6k)
  13. Harry Potter’s Wand from HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART I (2010) sold for $53,125 (£38.3k)
  14. Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawierucha) and Sharon Tate’s (Margot Robbie) Green MG from ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD (2019) sold for $53,125 (£38.3k)
  15. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s (Ewan McGregor) Bladed Dueling Lightsaber from STAR WARS – EP III – REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) sold for $53,125 (£38.3k)
  16. Eddie Valiant’s (Bob Hoskins) Screen-Matched Pistol Case, Toon .38 Pistol, and Dum-Dum Bullets from WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988) sold for $53,125 (£38.3k)
  17. Anakin Skywalker’s (Hayden Christensen) Bladed Dueling Lightsaber from STAR WARS – EP III – REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) sold for $50,000 (£36k)
  18. Anakin Skywalker’s (Hayden Christensen) Bladed Dueling Lightsaber from STAR WARS – EP III – REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) sold for $50,000 (£36k)
  19. RoboCop’s (Robert John Burke) Jetpack with Hand-Drawn Craig Hayes Alternate Concepts from ROBOCOP 3 (1993) sold for $46,875 (£33.8k)
  20. Foam Floating Mask of Loki from THE MASK (1994) sold for $43,750 (£31.5k)

The auction continues today June 30th and tomorrow July 1st, which will see the sale of more memorabilia including Steve McQueen’s “Jake Holman” jeans from THE SAND PEBBLES (1966) and an original SFX Yamaha MT-09 motorcycle from JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM (2019).

Brandon Alinger, Prop Store’s COO commented on the auction: “Prop Store’s three-day Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction out of Los Angeles had an amazing opening day. Bidding was incredibly strong with many pieces outperforming their pre-sale estimates. We were especially thrilled to see our bidders’ love for Indiana Jones remains strong, with Harrison Ford’s Temple of Doom fedora selling for $375,000. We are also very pleased with the sale of the Harry Potter wand, eyeglasses, and set of signed books that were sold to benefit the charity Lumos Foundation USA, Inc.  We thank the many film fans and collectors who have taken part in the auction so far and hope to see everyone for the remaining 800-plus lots in the auction’s final two days, June 30th and July 1st.”

Prop Store’s annual UK Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction is back later this year, with an exciting two-day event, giving collectors another opportunity to get their hands on incredible pieces of movie history. Register for the auction now on Prop Store’s website.

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Jeff Chen To Star in Plum Town

Talented Young Actor Jeff Chen Announces His Latest Staring Role in the Short Film “Plum Town.”

Talented young actor, Jeff Chen, is scheduled to star in the film short “Plum Town.” “Plum Town: is on *The Blacklist. Shooting is to begin in May 2021. “Plum Town” is a heartfelt story about reconciliation between a father and a son after years without seeing each other. Jeff loves his craft and always delivers amazing performances. He is super excited about this upcoming opportunity.

Jeff Chen hails from China. He moved to Los Angeles in 2018 to pursue his acting career. Since, he has made worked in film, television, and commercials. Jeff Chen comes many goodies in his acting tool-box– he is fluent in both English and Mandarin, has a bachelor’s d­­­egree from American University, and has a master’s degree from Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Jeff Chen has done scene study with The Ivana Chubbuck Studio. He has studied audition technique with the world-renowned Margie Haber, as well as Chris Holder.

Jeff Chen’s acting credits include commercials for NBA Chinese New Year, and Chevrolet.  His film credits include “Kiss of the Rabbit God,” a short film about a Chinese restaurant worker who falls in love with an ancient Chinese god. This god leads our hero on a journey of sexual awakening. The god is called Tu’er Shen (Rabbit God) who is an actual god from Chinese mythology who blesses and protects gay people. In this production, Chen played Shen. This film was directed by Andrew Thomas Huang.

In “Shanghai Sole”, Chen played a lawyer. “Shanghai Sole” presents a story about an American businessman who has to overcome culture, self-doubt and a toilet to close the deal of his life in Shanghai. This production is directed by Eli Stern.

In “I for I,” Chen played Jeremy, directed by Ash Coffelt. In “White Collar Lie,” Chen played Troy, directed by Rong Hou. “Almost American,” features Chen as Bruce, directed by Kunyou Lai, In “Home for Dinner”, as directed by Jiayu Liu, Chen he played Ken.

All of his various characters are thoroughly researched, and Chen brings a certain charismatic portrayal to everything he touches. Jeff says, “I find the character through the writing, every time I get a script, I look at something in my own experience that is relatable to the character, but each one has a large part of me wrapped up in it, you have to find it inside yourself, it’s a process”.

Jeff Chen has a huge heart, and he covets many charities. These charities include an NGO called Saving Promise which helps raise awareness for domestic violence. Chen feels strongly about the mission of Doctors without Borders, which he consistently supports. He is always thinking about giving back and wants to help anyone who is not as lucky as him.

Jeff Chen’s family means a lot to him. His beloved mother, a super successful businesswoman, carved the way for him to be confident, and to brush off any doubts and keep striving to the top.

Jeff Chen has got all of the goods, he is one of the most promising young actors in Hollywood. Jeff Chen’s time is now– don’t you want to be part of this phenomenon?

The Black List is an annual survey of the “most-liked” motion picture screenplays not yet produced. The Black List comes out in December and has been released since 2005, by Franklin Leonard, a development executive who subsequently worked at Universal Pictures and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.

Jeff Chen spoke about this acting career:

How has your family inspired you and your acting?

My family actually discouraged me from pursuing acting. They are the typical Chinese parents, which means they want me to be a doctor, lawyer or an engineer. But since I was a kid, I loved entertaining them and make them laugh. The idea of being seen and heard inspired me to pursue this career.

Where do you see your career going in five years?

I want to have more on-screen presence in general. I want to do more films and explore roles that I haven’t gotten to play before. Also, I have always wanted to do a fun show that requires extremely good chemistry, like Friends or Modern Family. Doesn’t every actor want that though?

[Can you] talk about any directors you have worked with? 

I had the honor to work with Andrew Thomas Huang. He is known for his iconic visual style. Working with him on set is an eye-opening experience. He has a clear picture in his head and he communicates with me with trust. I enjoy[ed] every minute of working with him.

Where do you get your ideas for character development? 

Art imitates life. Observing people in real life just gives me so many resources to work with. I like observing people: watching how they walk, how they behave, how they talk. I also like to play with my imagination. I like to read the scripts and have the word stimulate my imagination. There are no rules of how to approach something. Usually, my instincts tell me what to do and I follow them.

What charities are you aligned with, and why? 

Years ago I worked for an NGO called Saving Promise. We helped raise awareness for Domestic Violence. I also donate to Doctors without Borders through my Amazon purchases. It’s not much, but every bit counts.

What acting projects will you be involved with in the future?

I just finished working on a short film that’s adapted from a Black List script. I am also talking to Andrew for a possible collaboration on a feature film in the future.

Who are your biggest influences?

So many people have influenced me and it’s impossible to just pick out one. Great movies are the reason that I want to pursue an on-screen career. I admire directors such as Pedro Almodovar, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, Wong Kai Wei, Ang Lee, etc. I look up to their work so much.

What advice would you give to a young actor starting out?

Listen and learn from all the teachers, and challenge what you’ve learned. You have to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. Most importantly, dare to fail.

Talk about your acting training–who have you trained with and why?

I am currently training under Margie Haber and Chris Holder at Ivana Chubbuck’s studio. Margie teaches me to use my imagination, and Chris teaches me to draw inspiration from my personal life.

How do you take care of yourself? [What’s] your health regime? 

Well I try to exercise as much as possible. I need physical activities to calm my mind.

If you could collaborate with another actor, who would it be?

Anya Taylor-Joy. I am a huge fan of Queen’s Gambit and her performance is hard to forget. I also love her work in the VVITCH and Split. Timothee Chalamet is another actor that I really want to work with.

What shows are on your DVR right now, and why?

I am finishing up Six Feet Under. The Sopranos and Handmaid’s Tale are also on my list.

Who are your favorite actors right now and why?

Well, there are just too many. Olivia Colman, Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino…All these great actors just inspire me to be better. I love actors.

When did you know you wanted to be an actor? 

About when I was one years old, I knew I wanted to be an actor. I just loved to watch movies and I knew this is what I wanted to do.

What actor/actress did you admire as a child?

I didn’t really admire any actors or actresses when I was a kid but I did want to be friends with Emma Watson and the entire Harry Potter gang. I was such a fan of Harry Potter.

What types of characters would you like to play in the future?

I want to play a really bad, sexy villain. That could be really fun. I also want to play a young artist, a poet, a loner, rebel without cause. These are characters I would love to dive into.

What’s your fashion style?

I honestly don’t know what my fashion style is. I do care about what I wear, but I don’t know how to label it. I know what vibes or feelings I want to give out, and I dress accordingly.

What do you do to relax?

I do yoga and rock climb. I also love hanging out with my friends.

What other businesses do you plan on starting to promote your brand?

Right now I am just focusing on my acting.

What’s the one thing you think everyone could do to make the world a more positive place?

Put yourself in others’ shoes more.

What would you be doing if you were not acting?

I think I would go to law school and be a lawyer. Or go back home to help my mom with her business.

What was your first memory of seeing great acting?

I remember watching “Cold Mountain” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” in high school. Renee Zellweger brought me into tears and Mr. Brando presented so much power through his performance.

What’s your favorite film, and why?

It’s impossible for me to pick one favorite film. Right off my head I can think of Chungking Express, Little Miss Sunshine, Brokeback Mountain, Toni Erdmann, Kill Bill, Amelie.

What are your first steps in taking on a new role?

I put on my detective’s glasses and look for all the information I could possibly find to help me live truthfully as the character. I want to know everything about them: social class, where did they grow up, what’s their physicality, etc.

What do you want to leave as your legacy?

Hopefully 50 years after I left this world, somebody will still watch my movies and go “hmm, I really believe him.”

Talk about your last 3 acting projects.

I just finished shooting for a short film called “The Plum Town”. It’s a heartfelt story about reconciliation between a father and a son after years without seeing each other. It’s adapted from the feature film script that was on the Black List.

Kiss of the Rabbit God” is a short film about a Chinese restaurant worker who falls in love with an ancient Chinese god. This god leads our hero on a journey of sexual awakening. The god is called Tu’er Shen (Rabbit God) who is an actual god from Chinese mythology who blesses and protects gay people.

“Shanghai Sole” is a story about an American businessman who has to overcome culture, self-doubt and a toilet to close the deal of his life in Shanghai.

How do you overcome challenges in your career?

Certainly there have been difficult times on this journey. At the end of the day, the love and passion for cinema just moves you forward. So you pick yourself up, dust off your shoulders, and move on.

Is there anything in your career that you wish you could do again?

I don’t really have any regrets. I do wish I could of come to LA earlier and had started this experience earlier.

What are your hobbies?

I like bouldering, hiking, and working out. I also love traveling. Karaoke is a big part of my life.

Fondest memory as a child with your family?

My mom is a strong businesswoman who has been busy with her business for the past 15 years. I don’t really get to spend a lot of time with her. When I was about 10 years old, she actually planned a one-day vacation for our family. We went to this amusement park for a day. I still smile every time I think about that trip.

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Celebrities Attend Gringotts Wizarding Bank Launch

Celebrities Attend Eagerly-Anticipated Gringotts Wizarding Bank Launch in London

Jason Isaacs, Dan Fogler and Claudia Kim amongst the celebrities in attendance as Studio Tour reveals its biggest expansion to date

Wizarding World cast members made a special appearance at the launch of the new Gringotts Wizarding bank set at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. 

Jason Isaacs who portrayed Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, as well as Dan Fogler and Claudia Kim who played Jacob Kowalski and Nagini respectively in the Fantastic Beasts film series, attended the VIP event.

Guests to the exclusive evening were welcomed into the new hub by a full-size Ukrainian Ironbelly Dragon. The dragon has been created by the original team of filmmakers from over four tonnes of clay. After this mystical entrance, guests were welcomed into the authentic Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking hall is decorated with three magnificent crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf. Inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts complete the goblin tellers’ desks as seen on screen. The Prop-making Department, led by Pierre Bohanna, created over 210,000 coins for the final two films alone

Gringotts Wizarding Bank is famously run by goblins. Walking through the imposing marble columns, guests can discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook and many other goblin bankers. Each prosthetic mask took weeks to create, with every hair individually inserted and veins painstakingly painted by hand. It took four hours to transform actor Warwick Davis into Griphook in the films, which included him wearing black contact lenses and dentures with extremely sharp teeth to complete the goblin look.

Once through the banking hall of Gringotts, visitors can enter the depths of the Lestrange Vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange, including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000 pieces of rubberised treasure were created for the Lestrange vault including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups. 

Officially opening on Saturday 6th April, the 16,500sqft Gringotts Wizarding Bank expansion is the Studio Tour’s biggest addition to date and has been designed and built by many of the original crew members who worked on the hugely successful magical film series.

Cycle Through Cinema Scenery

he late actress Anita Eckberg buffed up Rome’s allure while splashing in the Trevi Fountain in the 1960 film La Dolce Vita. Scores of movies today have cemented plots in locales that, like the fountain, intersect with planned vacation itineraries offered by leading tour operators.

One trend-setting company, Freewheel Holidays, specializing in self-guided bicycle vacations throughout Europe, offers the chance to visit cinema locations on several of its 2018 itineraries. Included in program rates are lodging with breakfasts, detailed route notes, point-to-point luggage transfers and complimentary bike rentals.

Movie buffs or anyone with a love of history and adventure will enjoy these bike tours:

Austria’s Lake Constance welcomed the crew filming Quantum of Solace. Cyclists can visit the strikingly modern opera house (Festspielhaus Bregenz) where the nefarious Quantum organization meet up during a performance of Tosca.  Lake Constance Family Special is a 7-day journey that wanders through vineyards and Baroque villages, and by castles and Roman ruins, with suggested stops at the Zeppelin Museum to view a model of the famous Hindenburg airship.  The per person double rate is from £569. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/lake-constance-family-cycling-tour.

Italy’s Venice was the site for The Talented Mr. Ripley. On any of Freewheel Holidays’ itineraries of Venice, guests can stop for an espresso at the old café in Piazza San Marco, a meeting place for Ripley (Matt Damon), Marg (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Mr. Greenleaf (James Rebhorn). Tours range from five to eight days. Venice Round Tour is one example. Days 1, 2 and 7 focus on Venice. Other days are spent exploring the foothills of the Italian Alps near Vicenza to Bassano del Grappa to Treviso, enroute sampling trademark grappas and proseccos and Italian village life beyond La Serenissima. The per person double rate is £619 and includes bike rentals. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/venice-round-tour-7-nights.

Belgium’s Bruges is a treasure trove for cyclists who watched In Bruges. They can visit where the hitmen hole up, Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce Hotel, and brave, like Ken (Brendan Gleeson), the 366 narrow steps of the Belfry. They can meet for a beer as the main characters did at 1 Zwart Huis (the Black House) and gaze, as did guilt-stricken Ray (Colin Farrell), at the Hieronymus Bosch painting of The Last Judgment at the Groeninge Museum and dine at Cafedraal where Ray enjoys his first date with the cheerfully drug-dealing Chloe (Clémence Poésy), before punching out the lights of a Canadian couple. They might even linger, as Ray and Chloe did, on the Meestraat Bridge, between Vismarkt (Fishmarket) and the Groenerel. Bruges and Belgian Coast is a 7-day itinerary that targets families with easy cycling routes and child-friendly attractions. Rates are from £469 per person double. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/bruges-and-belgian-coast-6-nights.

Czech Republic’s Prague can be visited through the lens of Mission Impossible. As the mission falls apart, controller Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) falls into the Vltava River from the famous Charles Bridge; the art deco headquarters of villain Max (Vanessa Redgrave) is the Hotel Europa on Wenceslas Square. Prague to Vienna is a 9-day holiday linking these cultural capitals with lakes, forests, vineyards, the old Iron Curtain and historic towns of south Bohemia and Moravia, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The per person double rate is from £949. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/prague-to-vienna-self-guided-cycling-holiday.

Another itinerary in this region utilizes the Elbe (River) cycling path between Prague and Dresden. Enroute to Dresden’s Zwinger Palace, Semperoper (Opera House) and Frauenkirche is Theresienstadt, a World War II concentration camp. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/prague-to-dresden-cycling-holiday.

UK’s Oxfordshire made an indelible impression in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) learns to waltz at Divinity School, Bodleian Library, Oxford.  He recovers here after being poisoned in Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. In Duke Humfrey’s Library in the Bodleian Library, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Hermione (Emma Watson) mull over who to take to Slughorn’s Christmas party. Oxford & The Cotswolds is a 7-day program offering glimpses of England’s finest stately home, Blenheim Palace, and quiet villages that seem removed from the 21st century. The per person double rate is £599. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/oxford-amp-the-cotswolds.

To check trip availability, make reservations, or to find out more about Freewheel Holidays’ leisure cycling tours call +44 (0) 161 703 5823, email info@freewheelholidays.com or visit www.freewheelholidays.com.

About Freewheel Holidays

A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of over 40 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9-night itineraries to 12 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France, Italy and Prague to Vienna.  The company also offers family-focused, coastal, wine lover, bike and boat, and solo traveler holidays.

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