Wednesday, July 24, 2024

UPDATE Alec Baldwin Will Charge $135 for Photo Op, And More for Autograph at Pittsburgh Celeb Fair for D List Stars Like “Christmas” Actor Peter Billingsley


Fan fairs and comic cons are nothing new. They’re everywhere. Celebrities set up card tables and charge long lines of fans some dough for autographs or signed pictures.

But a coming celeb fair in Pittsburgh shows how badly even famous people need money when their unions are on strike.

Steel City Con is coming up in Pittsburgh from December 8th to the 10th. Most of the celebs have been booked, and there will no doubt be the autograph hounds from Star Wars, Star Trek and Marvel conventions all dressed up and ready to go.

Alec Baldwin has just signed on for Steel City despite the threat of another indictment hanging over his head. He’s charging $135 — for photo ops and an unknown fee for autographs.

Kiefer Sutherland is charging a similar amount, and “Stranger Things” actor Jamie Campbell Bower will get $100 clams. (Can Kiefer need this money?)

In the $50-$60 range are Rose McGowan and Holly Marie Combs from “Charmed,” John Cleese, 84, from “Monty Python” and some people who I thought were above this kind of thing like Neve Campbell, Dermot Mulroney, and Giancarlo Esposito. But hey, everyone has to pay their Con Ed bill, so I can empathize!

These things go on all over the country, I’m told. The equivalent, of course, is Cameo, in which you can get a digital greeting from almost anyone for a price.

Again, rent is always due. Remember — 100% of all the money does not go to charity!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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