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May 20, 2019

It's a very special day. Giving my best educated guess, today marks Elijah's 30th anniversary in the industry! I'll get more into that shortly.

:: Elijah was in Mexico earlier this month to attend the Conque Comic Convention. Not only were there duties to the convention crowds, he had the opportunity to tour the small village of Bernal. You can see photos from his visit here.

:: There are some videos from Mexico as well. Elijah's arrival, Main Conference (with Spanish overdub), and a Breakfast Conference. Our friend Romina was there too and shared her video with us.

:: Items from the Tribeca Film Festival are still trickling in, especially the outstanding reviews for Come To Daddy from Film Threat, Roger Ebert site, Pop Horror, Slash Film, and ET Online names Elijah as one of the favorite performances from Tribeca.

:: There are more videos from Tribeca from Now This, Den of Geek, Den of Geek 2, Vulture, the video portion is finally up for Sway's Universe and a nearly hour long podcast from Happy Sad Confused.

:: All this Daddy goodness has led the film to acquire U.S. distribution with Saban Films and internationally with WTFilms, thus, hopefully coming to a theater near you.

:: Up next for Elijah is the Phoenix Fan Fusion this coming weekend.

:: Next stop for Come to Daddy is in New Orleans at the Overlook Film Festival on May 31st. There will be a Q&A following the centerpiece film and Daniel Noah will join Elijah to talk about their new podcast Visitations. SpectreVision's film, Daniel Isn't Real will also show at the festival. Both movies will then head down under for the Sydney Film Festival next month.

:: It's been a minute, but Wooden Wisdom is back! They had a gig in Atlantic City this past Friday, so check them out.

:: It was 30 years ago today.... well, sort of. I may not be exact on the date, but the year is spot on. This was the date that Forever Your Girl hit number 1 on the charts and the video was the first time people got their first glimpse of Elijah. Since then, his career has been time-tested. Elijah has been in a slew of films, both blockbusters and indies, music videos, short films, television series, animated features, documentaries and whatever else he feels like doing. He's made his path in drama, comedy and lately, his passion, the genre fair. Not one to find satisfaction just in front of the lens, but to produce films as well.

To commemorate this milestone, Always and Forever has a new skin/layout, named Anniversary.
This skin will be on the site for about a year as the default, but the other skins are still available by clicking them on the left side under the Quick Info section. Again, our friend Romina made a wonderful collage of images from Elijah's films and I whipped up an artwork myself. Taking a lot longer, I also created a couple of videos that retrospect Elijah's career. There is an extended version and an encapsulated version which is embedded on the site. Big thanks to our tech, Jochen, for his expertise with installing the new look.

That's all... for now, and Happy Anniversary Elijah! Wishing you many more years of ingenuity ahead.

Deenan

April 30, 2019

That storm I spoke of last time has hit with gale force. There was more whipping around over the past weekend than the past month. Come to Daddy premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and there are several pages of photos from it. Click on the image below to check them out.



:: Here's a new on set photo and a teaser clip from the movie.

:: Already 92% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, the reviews for Come to Daddy are encouraging from the likes of Nightmare on Film Street, The Playlist, Bloody Disgusting, IndieWire, Pajiba, Rue Morgue, Pop Axiom and Film School Rejects. These are just a few of the reviews that laud the film as exceptional. Some have even called it their favorite of the festival.

:: Here come the interviews!

Video:
Build Series
Deadline
The Upcoming
AM2DM
LifeMinute
The Fan Club
Audio:
Sway in the Morning Start 2:12:42 (SPOILERS)
Kyle Anderson Start 52:50
Print:
Slant Magazine
IndieWire
Nightmarish Conjurings

:: Okay, enough about Tribeca. Elijah and SpectreVision partner, Daniel Noah, are scheduled to attend another festival in late May. The Overlook Film Festival in New Orleans is where they will introduce their new 10 part podcast, now slated to begin in the summer. Also, there will be a screening of their production, Daniel Isn't Real and Elijah's beloved teen horror classic, The Faculty. You can read more about this event here.

:: How about one more? It was just announced that Elijah will be in attendance at the New Mexico Comic Expo in Albuquerque this August. Keep an eye out on this page as I'm sure he'll be added soon, but his ticket sessions have been included.

:: Finally, you probably know about the new Amazon production of Lord of the Rings. Elijah gave his view on the series and what surprises him about it.

That's all... for now.

Deenan

April 20, 2019

Could this be the quiet before the storm? Whatever this is, it's been a double edge sword. Though yearning for something new from Elijah, there's been time to work on a big personal project. However, one brand new thing dropped last night. An international poster for his upcoming film, L.A. Rush.

:: Last Saturday was National Record Store Day to celebrate independently owned record stores and you know that's where Elijah was. [1] [2]

:: Keeping track of things yet to come:
April 24th-May 5th: Tribeca Film Festival premiering Come to Daddy on April 25th.
May 3rd-5th: Conque Mexican Comic Convention giving autographs and photo-ops.
May 23rd-26th: Phoenix Fan Fusion for more autographs and photos.
Late Spring: Visitations with Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah 10 part podcast from Shudder.

:: There's 10 days left to submit your work if you want to congratulate Elijah on his 30th year in show business. Check out the previous update for the info.

That's all... for now.

Deenan

March 30, 2019

There are certain milestones that one should take note of. A college graduation, getting married, a big promotion at work or perhaps after 30 years in Hollywood, you've accomplished the status as a respected actor without self-imploding or becoming a dismal statistic.

This May marks Elijah's 30th year in the industry. At least that's the date I'm giving it. It was May of 1989 when Paula Abdul's song Forever Your Girl reached number 1 on the music charts. By that time millions of people had seen the accompanying music video with a supporting cast of children, one in particular, a young boy who breaks a pencil in half. Who knew where that simple act of destruction would lead?

Always and Forever has been online for over half of those 30 years, so I think it's fitting that we congratulate Elijah on this milestone and invite fans to join in. If you would like to wish Elijah Happy Anniversary in your own personal way, send in your cyber high-fives. It could be a prose of congratulations, poems, artworks or videos. Anything written should not exceed 1,500 words and make sure your work is appropriate and respectful, just like Elijah.

Email your work to deenan@ejwsites.net or af_elwood@yahoo.com with the subject line, Anniversary. If it's a video, please upload it to the site of your choice and email the link. If it can be embedded, even better! All submissions must be received before midnight, May 1, 2019. No exceptions. Depending on the number of submissions, on May 20th, any work sent in will be posted to a special section on Always and Forever as a permanent fixture. Happy creating!

That's all... for now.

Deenan

March 16, 2019

Looks like SpectreVision has another gem of a movie on their roster. Daniel Isn't Real had its world premiere at SXSW last weekend and the reviews are quite enthusiastic from Variety, Birth.Movies.Death, The Austin Chronicle and Nerdist.

:: Released just days prior to the beginning of the festival, the poster for the film won the prize for Excellence in Poster Design.

:: Not many photos or videos have sprung from SXSW, but there are a few. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] And a bit of fun video here.

:: New stills were released from one of Elijah's new films, Come to Daddy. [1] [2] [3] It will have its premiere screening at the Tribeca Film Festival happening in April in New York City. Be sure to read the more detailed plot description on Tribeca's site.

:: Another on set photo from his other new film production, L.A. Rush. The actress, Chase Victoria, explains on Instagram, "Elijah Wood is in a new movie called LA Rush coming this winter. He plays a rich guy and I play his private jet stewardess. Super nice guy and solid actor. Such an amazing experience working with him."

:: The Conque Mexican Comic Convention has scheduled Elijah to appear there for the first time in May. (page translation by Google)

:: I've been meaning to post this for a while, but in time to show an extended trailer for the upcoming film, Tolkien. Looks rather captivating.

:: Lastly, I stumbled on this strange little ad. An ad about a dog named Wilfred. Yes, it's real and other than doing more episodes, what else would it be about?

That's all... for now.

Deenan

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