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Zachary Levi Talks “Beautiful, Excellent and Intimate” Wedding—and the Best Nerd Party of the Year!

Posted by Hayley in Jul 25,2014 with No Comments

Zachary Levi is off the market. But he’s still having what we’d like to think of a giant nerd orgy (platonic, of course!) down at San Diego Comic Con right now.

It’s the fourth year for Levi’s Nerd HQ, an impressive, massive and –we’ll just say it—cool ass “Mini Con” that Levi started to “compliment” the big Con next door, and raised $215,00 last year for Operation Smile. The four-day event offers celebrity panels and exclusive gaming and tech experiences, and all proceeds go to charity.

“We have some awesome returning guests,” Levi told us of this year’s nerd-tivities (that’s not a word). “Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Seth Green, Orphan Black, The Giver, Into the Storm and myself, I’m always out there doing a panel or two as well. Really, all we try to do every year is give the fans what they really want. So, we listen to
them Twitter…Stephen Amell is doing a panel, Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton are doing a panel. And we have mystery panels…We try to keep them really light and fun.”

Levi’s also known for throwing the best Comic Con bashes with his Nerd HQ parties, which seem to have an iron-clad “no douchebags” policy, because everyone seems to have a legitimate bash and the dance floor is packed.

“I just like dancing,” Levi explains (not that he needs to). “I think any time you have an opportunity to dance, then you should dance, so let’s make an opportunity for that.”

Levi married Reaper star Missy Peregrym in a surprise ceremony in Hawaii last month, and refers to it as the best day of his life. And of course, no one really saw it coming. Although he and Missy had dated years ago, their rekindling was pretty hush-hush and then whammo! The awesome hoodie pic that revealed it all…

“I’m probably too public with my life and need to kind of rein that back in a little bit,” he joked of the small, secret affair. “It was nice to just kind of have our own little personal, very small wedding. There were a lot of friends and family that weren¹t even able to come, I felt bad about that. It¹s that one big day, but it was really beautiful, excellent and intimate.”

And Chuck fans, he has not forgotten about the other awesome The Nerd Herd! “I’d love to do a Chuck movie at some point,” Levi tells us, “but I don’t know how and when that’s going to happen. I’ll leave that up to the powers that be…I would love to see it.” [SOURCE]

 

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The Nerd Machine is a ‘Nerdolution’ for Zachary Levi

Posted by Hayley in Jan 12,2014 with No Comments

“Viva la Nerdolution!” It is the slogan for The Nerd Machine, a community founded and fostered by film star Zachary Levi. It is a charitable group, raising money for charity world-wide. The image in this article was obtained by donating to Operation Smile, an organization dedicated to providing cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for the impoverished and overlooked children of the world. It is the primary charity of Levi’s group.

At the Nerd Machine booth, during the New York Comic-Con this past fall, the name of Zachary Levi commanded a host of celebrities willing to donate time taking pictures with fans in exchange for a donation to the charity. While the charitable aspects of this group are a huge part of its identity, the organization is a community, and it is much more now than “just” a charity. It is a community of believers in the power of nerds to change the world. As it turns out, the “revenge” of the nerds is that being a nerd is cool now. The internet, and the ability to instantly connect with a world of allies and fellow-outcasts, has more than overcome mere social awkwardness. This is a group that is taking the world by storm, and not apologizing for anything. This is a generation of nerds that got around to doing the math. [READ THE FULL ARTICLE]

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‘Thor: The Dark World’ Stars Talk Marvel Secrecy at Premiere

Posted by Hayley in Nov 05,2013 with No Comments

“I didn’t really know much about it until I was doing it,” said Levi of his role. “But I trust in the creative team and forces and powers at Marvel. I think they make really incredible, giant, epic movies. So when they say, ‘hey we want you to go do that,’ I think you say, ‘Ok, I’d like to do that.’” [READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]

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Third Annual Nerd HQ Shatters Records, Raises $215,000 For Operation Smile

Posted by Hayley in Aug 13,2013 with No Comments

Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine returned to Comic-Con this year bringing with them Nerd HQ. This annual event, now in its third year, provided fans with a home base during the international comic book and entertainment festival. Guests experienced cutting edge technology with hardware provided by Intel & ASUS; gaming showcases including action-packed Neverwinter gameplay; a sneak peak at the all-new, electric FIAT 500e and several exclusive parties including the festival favorite, Levi’s annual Nerd Party.

Also back by popular demand was the very popular philanthropic panel series “Conversation for a Cause.” Guest who purchased tickets to these intimate panels of about 250 people enjoyed asking questions of their favorite entertainers in an un-moderated forum. This year’s panels included some of the most talked about films, television shows and celebrities including “Riddick,” “Cast from ’300: Rise of an Empire,’” “Dr. Who,” “The Maze Runner,” “Haven,” “I, Frankenstein,” “Orphan Black,” “PBS Masterpiece: Sherlock,” “Psych,” “Stoopid Buddy with Seth Green,” “Thrilling Adventure Hour,” “Fannibal Meetup with Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy and David Slade,” “Signing with the legendary Jim Lee of DC Entertainment,” “Adult Swim Panel featuring cast members from NTSF and Children’s Hospital,” “Kick Ass 2 Panel and Signing,” “Tiny Commando featuring Ed Helms, Gillian Jacobs, Ryan McFaul and Zachary Levi,” “A Conversation with NASA/JPL Mars Curiosity Rover” and “A Conversation with Zachary Levi and Mystery Guests” and individual panels with Evangeline Lilly, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, Joe Manganiello, Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, and Nerd HQ Founder Zachary Levi. [READ THE FULL ARTICLE]

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PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: First Date – Kiss Today Goodbye

Posted by Hayley in Aug 09,2013 with No Comments

At this point in time, it’s not saying that much to say Levi gives the best performance of the season, but it certainly is a star turn that landed solidly with the first-nighters. True, his character is the point of entry for the audience, but he gets his laughs in a very individualized, dangerously unpredictable fashion, constantly rummaging through what seems a bottomless pit of surefire, audience-winning tics and tricks.

“Aaron’s a good man with a good heart,” says Levi. “He’s been wounded in life and is just trying to make it. He has a specific character arc and grows a pair at the end. There’s so much that’s funny in the show, so much heart, that people are walking away fulfilled. What I get more than anything is that people walk away saying, ‘That was time and money well-spent.’ That’s all you can hope for as an entertainer.” [READ THE FULL ARTICLE]

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Zachary Levi: Theater Is For Nerds, Too

Posted by Hayley in Aug 09,2013 with No Comments

For Zachary Levi, the musical “First Date” is indeed his first date — with Broadway. So he’s been getting acquainted.

“I didn’t even know what previews were when I signed on to this,” he said at the tuner’s opening night party at Gotham Hall Aug. 8. Previews, it turns out, are what he missed a week of when he went off to San Diego Comic-Con last month for Nerd HQ, the annual otaku gathering and event series he founded.

At first glance, it might seem like nerds and theater avids don’t share much overlap, but not so fast, according to Levi. “Being a nerd just means being passionate about something,” he said. And theater fans certainly are that. [READ THE FUL ARTICLE]

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Zachary Levi makes a stunning Broadway debut in the new musical ‘First Date’

Posted by Hayley in Aug 08,2013 with No Comments

By the end of Broadway’s “First Date,” Zachary Levi has won over the entire audience — you can feel everybody, women and men, young and old, swooning. If someone happened to smuggle in a small dog, you can bet it would go gaga over him, too.

He’s so remarkably at ease, it’s hard to believe the show — about a date unfolding in real time — marks his professional theater debut. And a singing one at that.

Levi spent five seasons as the star of the action-comedy series “Chuck,” in which he played a computer nerd who stumbles onto covert operations. His part here isn’t entirely dissimilar in spirit.

Levi’s Aaron is a gawky, likable corporate banker who’s been set up on a blind date by a colleague. This makes Aaron uncomfortably nervous, but he gamely trundles through, allowing Levi to set a new standard for adorkableness.

The show’s book, by Austin Winsberg (“Gossip Girl,” “Jake in Progress”), is neatly efficient. Aaron meets Casey (Krysta Rodriguez) at a restaurant, where their fellow diners and the waiter, changing costumes and personas at the drop of a hat, provide a kind of Greek chorus, alongside imaginary interventions from friends and family members.

But while Levi quickly wins us over, it’s harder to root for Rodriguez’s relentlessly caustic Casey.

The role is a tough one because Casey is such a cliché: the walking wounded hiding behind a cool, blasé exterior. “We both know that all this bravado is really just you being afraid of getting hurt,” her sister, Lauren (Sara Chase), tells her.

Just in case we still don’t get the message, Casey has a whole song, “Safer,” that explains how she uses sarcasm to protect herself from disappointment.

Rodriguez made a fine Wednesday in Broadway’s “The Addams Family,” but here she just duplicates her brittle performance as Katharine McPhee’s roommate, Ana, on TV’s “Smash.” She’s just not likable enough to make us overlook Casey’s rudeness.

Despite this imbalance, “First Date,” smoothly directed by Bill Berry, is a very pleasant show. Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner’s pop-rock score won’t dominate anybody’s iPod, but it’s perfectly adequate. The supporting cast does wonders in a variety of roles, especially the funny Kristoffer Cusick as Casey’s panicky gay friend, Reggie.

But the show really rests on Levi’s shoulders — and he carries it effortlessly.

The only clue we had that he could carry a tune was from his duet with Mandy Moore in Disney’s “Tangled.” Here, he turns out to be able to do far more than just sing a song: He can sell it. His 11 o’clock number, “In Love With You,” is a tour de force of comic timing, physical clowning and effective interpretation.

A loving relationship does come out of “First Date,” but it’s not between Aaron and Casey — it’s between Zachary Levi and theater. And it will last. [SOURCE]

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Nerd HQ 2013: Zachary Levi Talks Conversations For A Cause At San Diego Comic-Con

Posted by Hayley in Jul 19,2013 with No Comments

For the past three years, Zachary Levi has masterminded Nerd HQ, an epic gathering for fans and celebrities to play games, buy merchandise, recharge their literal and metaphorical batteries and engage in “Conversations for a Cause” during Comic-Con weekend.

This year, Levi has expanded the event from a warehouse to Petco Park, the home baseball stadium of San Diego’s Padres, and the bigger venue comes with more opportunities for geek goodness over the course of the weekend. Below, Levi discusses the new additions to Nerd HQ and plans for future locations, as well as his dreams for a “Chuck” movie. Nerd HQ takes place from July 18-21 and you can buy Conversation for a Cause tickets benefiting Operation Smile here.

The bigger venue at Petco Park:
“Basically, I was trying to figure how I could lose my sanity as fast as possible and I thought I would [choose] a baseball stadium. [Laughs.] The most important thing about Nerd HQ for me has always been our Conversations for a Cause, just how special they are and offering that kind of intimacy and interaction between fans and celebrities and how that comes together and culminates for a greater good in the charitable aspect and making money for Operation Smile. And so, as you triage and prioritize your venues for what you need: We need space for the panels. The venue we had last year was great for that and then they turned the warehouse space that we were using into another club, so then we were out of venue and the only place left in San Diego that had space that we would need was Petco. So we procured it. We were like, ‘You know what? I think this could work,’ and we are basically transforming a section of the baseball stadium seating … we’re boxing it in and we’re building this artificial hall, this artificial room for [the Conversations]. [Read the full article]

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‘Remember Sunday’ Stars Alexis and Zach Reflect On Their Romantic TV Drama

Posted by Hayley in Apr 20,2013 with No Comments

Hallmark Channel’s newest movie, Remember Sunday might give you some deja vu: think 50 First Dates with fewer laughs and a lot more heart.

In Remember Sunday, Gilmore Girls  star Alexis Bledel plays Molly, a down-on-her luck waitress who can never seem to catch a break. That’s until she meets Gus, played by Chuck cutie Zachary Levi, and things finally start to look up. Unfortunately, three years ago, Gus suffered a brain aneurysm, which left him with complete loss of his short‐term memory. That means each day is a brand new day for Gus and, despite the fact that he is never able to remember Molly, there is something special about her makes him fall in love with her all over again. Every day.

At the film’s premiere Levi explained to Hollywood.com that Gus’s memory condition would be a challenge for any couple, but their determination is what makes Gus and Molly so special. “They have a lot of heart. They care about each other, and they care enough to struggle and try and work it out,” he said. Bledel agreed with the sentiment, saying she was drawn to Molly’s willingness to take chances with her heart. “They really both are willing to work hard to make somebody else happy and they just have such a great willingness to do that and naturally they’re just great people.”

Now, any girl would be hesitant to jump into a relationship with a man who doesn’t remember you in the morning, and Bledel explained that Molly will question whether or not this is something she wants to be a part of. “It’s an incredible challenge so we don’t know how long they actually can be together, but I think the fact that she even decides to try is very moving and inspiring,” Bledel said.

Viewers will ultimately be left smiling when the ending credits for Remember Sunday roll across their TV screens this weekend, but the movie’s final scene still leaves the audience to fill in the blank about the couple’s future. In fact, Levi said that this was one of the very reasons he signed on for the film. He explained, “We don’t really know [what happens to the couple] and the reality is that was something I actually appreciated about the script. It kind of leaves it a little bit open-ended for the audience to decide.”

Remember that Remember Sunday, premieres this — you guessed it — Sunday, April 21, at 9 PM on Hallmark channel. [Source]

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Chuck’s Zachary Levi: “Amazing” Fans Could Make Chuck Movie Happen

Posted by Hayley in Apr 18,2013 with No Comments

Fans were heartbroken when Chuck ended last year, but things might not be totally over!

We were able to catch up with Zachary Levi at the premiere of his new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Remember Sunday. Zachary points out that the success of the Veronica Mars kickstarter has set an amazing example of what fans can do, and it’s made him see a sliver of hope for a Chuck movie.

As far as my heart and my mind are concerned I would love to make it happen when the timing is right, when the stars align.

I don’t want to rush into it, I don’t want to wait too long, I just want it to be right. Internationally, the show is still airing, so you can’t jump the gun too much on that. But I do think there is a good chance for it because of Veronica Mars and studios are more open to that.

And you know, why not just make and sell it directly to the fans? It would be great, they’re amazing people!

Zachary also joked that he’d be catering Remember Sunday co-star Alexis Bledel’s wedding to Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser: “I make amazing pigs in blankets, you have no idea.” [Source]

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