Celebrity Guests
Anthony Mackie

Anthony Mackie, well-known from Oscar-winning films "The Hurt Locker" and "Million Dollar Baby," as well as "The Adjustment Bureau," "8 Mile," and "Half Nelson," continues to be one of Hollywood's most in demand actors. He was classically trained at the Juilliard School of Drama and is able to capture a plethora of characters on both the stage and screen.

Last year, Mackie appeared as ‘The Falcon’ in the third installment of the Captain America franchise “Captain America: Civil War,” reprising his role from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Other recent credits include starring opposite Jennifer Connolly in Paul Bettany's directorial debut "Shelter" as well as alongside Sandra Bullock in David Gordon Green’s “ Our Brand is Crisis." He was last seen in the HBO adaptation of “All The Way” as Martin Luther King Jr. opposite Bryan Cranston, which garnered eight Emmy nominations. Next on the horizon, Mackie will be seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Detroit Project and the post-apocalyptic thriller Io, followed by the third installment in the Avengers franchise, “Infinity War.”

Kane

At 7 feet tall and weighing in at more than 300 pounds, Kane is a monstrous abomination that seems to have been extracted directly from your childhood nightmares.

Consumed by an infernal desire to set ablaze the lives of his fellow Superstars, Kane leaves a scorched path of destruction behind his fiery footsteps. Some of The Big Red Monster’s more demented acts have included setting a WWE Hall of Famer on fire, hitting a WWE executive with a Tombstone, kidnapping too many Superstars to mention and forcing a WWE Diva to marry him. No one is safe from his twisted desires and demonic impulses. Least of all, it would seem, Kane himself.

For years, the sadistic Superstar wore a ghoulish face mask designed to conceal hideous burns from a fire supposedly started by Undertaker years before. However, fans received a shock on one of the most infamous nights of Kane’s career when, after losing a Mask vs. Championship Match on Raw, the tortured soul was forced to unmask and reveal his face to the world.

Kane’s career has been marked by some stellar and brutally woeful contests in the ring against some of the biggest names in WWE, including The Undertaker, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Edge and others. He has also pioneered some of the most vicious stipulations of all time, including First Blood, Inferno, Stretcher and even Till Death Do Us Part Matches. Like his sibling, Kane wields a highly-decorated mantle of WWE glory, including reigns as WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion and ECW Champion. He has shown near-unprecedented versatility in the tag team ranks as well, finding championship success with a litany of partners such as X-Pac, Big Show and even twice with The Deadman.

Proving that he’s as adept at reinventing himself as his brother, The Big Red Monster has even dabbled in the world of corporate skullduggery, selling his mask to the highest bidder and for a time taking up office as WWE’s Director of Operations under the command of Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Still, whether in a suit or a mask, as a member of a group or fighting alone, one thing is clear: The fire still burns in Kane.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith first came to attention as the writer/director of a film called Clerks. It's been all downhill ever since.

Get a chance to talk to one of the most prolific pop culture icons of recent years only at Middle East Film and Comic Con 2017 moderated by the one and only Greg Grunberg! Set for a live broadcast Q&A panel on the Saturday at 20:00, you’ll have the chance to ask him all those strange and wonderful questions you’ve always dreamt of only at MEFCC!

Josh McDermitt

Josh McDermitt is brought to the Middle East Comic Con by Fox Networks Group. He is best known for playing Dr. Eugene Porter in The Walking Dead, a horror drama based on the comic book of the same name, that airs on FOX in the Middle East, exclusively on beIN. He is known to be the ‘luckiest man in the zombie apocalypse’.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Josh was raised in an eclectic family, full of life and practical jokesters. While some kids grow up playing at the park, taking a ride in a boat at the lake, or riding ATV’s, Josh’s family had a hot air balloon, which not only entertained their family, but most of the neighborhood as well. By 16-years-old, Josh was a licensed pilot so he could fly the balloon – something his family still has today.

McDermitt never had aspirations to be in entertainment. Growing up, he wanted to be a police officer or detective. Yet he fell into the radio industry at an early age, working at the local radio station at 14-years-old, where he began to discover his voice creating characters. Josh attended Grand Canyon University where he majored in Marketing and Public Relations, while he continued to work in radio.

After college and after working at the radio station for over ten years, Josh wanted to try his hand in stand-up comedy. He quickly became addicted to being in front of an audience, telling jokes about his crazy, creative family, and life experiences. Within two years of doing shows around town, he auditioned for NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made it to the semi-finals. As one of the 50 comics picked nationwide, the show put him on the map in the comedy world and he decided to go on the road full time. Josh toured with some of the best, opening for Joe Rogan, Louis CK, and Dave Attell.

In 2011, Josh landed a series regular role on TV Land’s Retired at 35. For two seasons, he starred as Brandon, the pool man and best friend to Dave, a man who decides to quit the corporate rat race in New York City and retire in Florida at age 35. The series also presented Josh with the opportunity to work with some of the greats in acting, Oscar® Nominee George Segal, and Emmy® Award Winner Jessica Walter. After 20 episodes, McDermitt landed his next acting gig, a role on The Walking Dead. He also recurred on the final season of Mad Men.

Next, McDermitt has starring roles in two independent features, Middle Man, a dark comedy written and directed by Ned Crowley; and Life In Color, a romantic comedy written and directed by Katherine Emmer. Both films are receiving critical acclaim on the festival circuit.

McDermitt also has a love for charity and actively supports several organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, and various foundations that support Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Liam Cunningham

Liam Cunningham is an Irish award-winning actor with a long career on TV, stage and film. He has appeared in films such as Clash of the Titans, Hunger, First Knight and Jude, and TV series including Outcasts, Camelot and Northanger Abbey.

He is best known as Davos Seaworth in the HBO epic-fantasy series Game of Thrones. He has been nominated for the London Film Critics' Circle Award, the British Independent Film Award, has won two Irish Film & Television Awards, and shared a BAFTA with Michael Fassbender, for their crime-drama short film Pitch Black Heist

Greg Grunberg

Actor, Writer, Producer Greg Grunberg is best known for his roles as Matt Parkman in “Heroes,” The Pretzel King of St. Louis on “Masters of Sex”, Pilot Seth Norris on “Lost,” Agent Weiss on “Alias,” and Sean Blumberg on “Felicity.” On the feature side, Grunberg appeared as X-wing fighter Snap Wexley in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and as Commander Finnegan in “Star Trek Beyond.” Grunberg also produces and hosts alongside Kevin Smith their pop culture talk show “Geeking Out” for AMC.

Greg currently recurs on “The Flash” on the CW & “Life In Pieces” on CBS.

He also starred in the cult favorite SyFy features “Big Ass Spider” & “End Of The World” in addition to starring, co-writing, and produced his first feature “Group Sex”. Greg recently added “graphic novel writer” to his growing list of credits with the publication of the Scholastic book series “Dream Jumper” alongside cartoonist Lucas Turnbloom. Paramount is producing a feature film based on the books. An active embrace of new media from the beginning, Grunberg has been voted one of the most interesting actors to follow on Twitter and currently boasts 1.5 million followers.

On the charity side, Grunberg started the celebrity rock band “Band From TV” (BandFromTV.org) with fellow actors Hugh Laurie, James Denton, Bob Guiney, Jesse Spencer, Adrian Pasdar and Scott Grimes. “Band From TV” has performed on “American Idol” and “The Tonight Show.” Grunberg’s portion of the band’s fundraising benefits TalkAboutIt.org, the website he started to raise awareness and funds for people with epilepsy as his eldest son has the condition.

Grunberg, along with long-time collaborator Brad Savage currently run Bandwagon Media (Bandwagon-Media.com) their production company with its hands in all forms of media, ranging from digital production to reality television.

Grunberg lives outside Los Angeles with his wife Elizabeth and their three sons. Greg is represented by SC Management.

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Cas Anvar

Cas Anvar is an award-winning actor. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Anvar’s professional career began upon graduating from Canada’s prestigious National Theatre School. He is a true chameleon that has shone in dynamically diverse roles: from Oscar-winning best pictures to biopics to award-winning video game warriors. SyFy network took note of Anvar’s talents casting him in two recurring roles on two exciting series: “Olympus”, an action-packed mythological drama, and “The Expanse”, a futuristic thriller, in the vein of “Battlestar Galactica”.

Anvar’s big break came with his role in the Cruise/Wagner film ‘Shattered Glass’, alongside an A-list cast including Hayden Christiansen, Peter Sarsgaard and Chloe Sevigny. The film went on to be nominated for four Spirit Awards and a Golden Globe. Anvar is no stranger to working with Hollywood elite, showing his versatility on the big screen with roles opposite Ben Affleck in the Oscar-winning Best Picture ‘Argo’, Naomi Watts in the Princess Diana biopic ‘Diana’ (starring as Dodi Fayed), with Jake Gyllenhaal in the sci-fi adventure ‘Source Code’, and John Cusak in the suspense thriller ‘The Factory’. His film credits also include Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Terminal’ (with Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta Jones), the feature comedy ‘Miss India America’ (with “New Girl”‘s Hannah Simone), and the upcoming horror thriller ‘The Vatican Tapes’ (starring Dougray Scott and Michael Pena).

The actor has been nominated for two ACTRA awards and two Gemini awards, and won the SAG award for Best Ensemble Cast for his role in ‘Argo’. Along with his film and television acting, Anvar’s other passion is voice work. He is well known for his roles in some of the world’s most popular video games: Call of Duty: BO2, Halo 4, and as Altair in Assassins Creed: Revelations.

On the small screen, Anvar has appeared on CBS’s “NCIS:LA”, USA network’s “In Plain Sight”, ABC’s “Boston Legal”, ABC’s “Castle”, CBS’s “Intelligence”, ABC’s “Lost”, FX’s “The Strain”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and the hit series “24” (with Keifer Sutherland). When he’s not working, Anvar enjoys playing paintball with his team, The Suave Bastards, and buzzing around in their custom made tank called The Mighty Bastard.

Pooja Batra

Pooja Batra first big screen role came in 1997, when she co-starred with Anil Kapoor and Tabu in “Virasat”. She was nominated for the Filmfare Awards in 1997 as the most promising New Comer. She won the Sansui Screen Awards for the best supporting actress for her role in “Virasat”.

Bollywood movie moguls soon realized Pooja’s popularity and she fast became a critically acclaimed actress and box-office magnet She has acted in blockbuster hits like ‘Haseena Maan Jayegi’, ‘Bhai’, ‘Chandralekha’, ‘Megham’, ‘Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye’, just to name a few. Pooja was nominated for the best actress for her portrayal of Noorjehan in the movie ‘Taj mahal- An Eternal Love Story’ for Sansui Screen Awards in 2006.

To date, she has starred in over 26 films; Her last release ABCD2 is a Disney India movie, which is the highest grosser of 2015. Now making her Hollywood debut in ONE UNDER THE SUN; a critically acclaimed feature sci-fi endorsed by Stan Lee saying "One Under the Sun brings audiences on an emotional journey and challenges their notions of war."

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Mohammad Alarabi Tourgane

Following in his father’s footsteps, Mohammad is a music composer and sound department administrator for Spacetoon TV Channel and the official voice for the channel as well!

He’s been responsible for some great Arabic language theme songs including One Piece, Snoopy, Horse Land and The Magic School Bus. As the official Music Composer for the new animated series Azzam Superhero Project he will be meeting fans at Stand 18 as well as singing some of his favourite songs at MEFCC.

Tarek Alarabi Tourgane

With more than 25 Years in animation field as Music Composer and Song Writer as well as Co Founder of Spacetoon TV Channel, Tarek is known by fans for some of the most famous Arabic language animated theme songs include the Ninja Turtles, Captain Tsubasa, Mowgli, One Piece, Ginga Sengoku Gun'yūden Rai, Nobody's Girl, Babar (TV series) and Simba to name a few.

He is also the singing talent for the upcoming theme song for the new animated series Azzam, which can be found at MEFCC at Stand number 18. Make sure to meet him for autographs and catch up singing some of his famous songs at MEFCC this year!