Wizard World Celebs Bruce Campbell & William Shatner Have St. Louis Ties

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Bruce "Ash" Campbell and William "Kirk" Shatner are in St. Louis for Wizard World.

As noted in this week's cover story, traveling comic con Wizard World returns to St. Louis April 4 through 6, bringing with it nearly unlimited nerdery. Over the weekend, tens of thousands of cosplayers, comic-book collectors, video-game enthusiasts and casual lookyloos will gather for all manner of pop culture in the America's Center downtown (though Wizard World's photos on Facebook suggest record crowds will push the convention into the larger Edward Jones Dome), and one of the big draws for fans is meeting revered celebrities from The Walking Dead, Doctor Who and Firefly.

See also: Wizard World Inc.: A roving comic con looks to corner the geek market

Indeed, St. Louis will become the setting for a living People magazine, with Firefly's Nathan Fillion, Batman's Adam West and Burt Ward, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Eliza Dushku and Lord of the Rings/The Goonies' Sean Astin all roaming the Dome. But two of Wizard World's most-anticipated guests have connections to St. Louis.

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Famous St. Louisan News: Andy Cohen Made Perfume From Lady Gaga's Pee

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Take note, Clayton High School students. If you work hard, you, too, could one day make perfume from Lady Gaga's pee.

One of Clayton's most famous alumni, Andy Cohen, host of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, admitted to the unexpected use for Gaga's excretions on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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STL Up Late Brings Comedic Relief to Your Saturday Night

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STL Up Late starts at 10 p.m. Nov. 2.
With roughly ten minutes to go before the final rehearsal is scheduled to start, Joshua McNew, Producer and Production Manager, stands outside, taking a few deep breaths. After months of preparation, tonight, Saturday, October 12, marks the opening endeavor of STL Up Late, a new live comedy show aiming to provide some much needed entertainment with a mix of "Saturday Night Live meets Conan O'Brien" type of humor.

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Dana Loesch Banned from Piers Morgan's Show After Twitter Quip About London Terror Attack

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A senseless murder in London had a far more mundane effect here across the pond yesterday: CNN's Piers Morgan banned Tea Party firebrand and hometown girl Dana Loesch from his show for using the occasion for a pro-NRA tweet.

Two suspects hacked a British soldier to death with knives in broad daylight yesterday then bragged about their motives to local media and standers-by.

"Was the guy with the machete a member of the NRA?" Loesch tweeted. "Asking for a friend."

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Non-Nerd's Guide to Wizard World Comic Con

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Do you hear that -- that low hum of anticipation emanating from comic-book shops and Risk tournaments throughout St. Louis? That's the sound of every nerdstuff enthusiast 'gasming as they prepare for Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, which takes place Friday, March 22, through Sunday, March 24, at America's Center. The event will be a cornucopia of sci-fi and fantasy celebrities, workshops, costumes, collectibles and more.

Yep, it's pretty much every fanboy or fangirl's wet dream.

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- Hungry Nerd's Restaurant Guide to Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis

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Claire McCaskill Mocks Justice Antonin Scalia's "Weird Hat" at Inauguration

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Just before President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term, Senator Claire McCaskill went all Joan Rivers on the men of the Supreme Court and their curious taste in headgear.

Justice Antonin Scalia got it the worst for an odd little chapeau that looked a bit like an overturned bowling ball bag. McCaskill actually predicted the appearance of the "weird hat" on her Twitter account before Scalia even appeared.

After all the solemnity and decorum, it was apparently just what the doctor ordered. The internet went bonkers.

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[VIDEO] "Arrested Development" Mega-Fan Creates Web Series to Score a Part on Season 4 (And It Might Be Working)

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Paul Goetz has been in the film business for a while, but he can't seem to get one in the can.

Well, that's not completely true. The "Arrested Development" mega-fan has already had some success on the big screen, notably sharing a scene with George Clooney in "Up in the Air."

But Goetz, a St. Louis-native (Lindbergh, class of '04), wants something more. Namely, a role in the fourth and final season of the terribly funny TV series "Arrested Development."

He wants it so bad, he went a little Tobias Funke on the casting director.

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Giant Spider Takes Over the Arch!

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BREAKING! A gigantic spider has ascended the Gateway Arch and is holding the downtown riverfront district hostage.

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Brad Pitt's Mom to Springfield Newspaper: Gay Marriage Bad, Mitt Romney Good

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"Muh-ommm! You're embarrassing us!"

Earlier this week, a letter written by "Jane Pitt" of Springfield in the News-Leader caused a minor stir. At first, the paper confirmed that, yes, it was Brad Pitt the Famous Actor's mother Jane. Then it retracted that. Then yesterday they retracted the retraction.

"To clear up earlier confusion," reads a new Editor's Note, "the News-Leader has verified the letter writer is the mother of actor Brad Pitt and local businessman Doug Pitt."

Despite the confusion, Jane Pitt was crystal clear about her feelings on gay marriage throughout.

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St. Louis is Nation's Seventh Manliest City

What constitutes manliness? Is it merely the presence of certain genitalia and a Y chromosome and the ability to manufacture large quantities of testosterone? Or is it something more complex and metaphysical like, say, knowing how to knot a necktie or possessing an understanding of certain complexities of life like the infield fly rule? Or is it merely a fondness for salty snacks?

Fortunately, the good folks at Combos have worked out an algorithm for determining civic manliness. (An accomplishment that, admittedly, pales beside figuring out how to insert cheese into the middle of pretzels.) And this year they've decided St. Louis is the seventh manliest city in America. That's three spots more manly than we were last year (and one spot less many than we were two years ago, but let's forget about that).

What makes us so darned manly? Sorry, damned manly.

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