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The Celebrity Jury
A world traveler & adrenalin-junkie, James once bungee jumped 8 times in one day in Cairns, Australia, has slid down waterfalls in Queenstown, New Zealand, scuba dived into caves in Maui, Hawaii, and deep water solo'ed at the island of Ko Phi Phi, Thailand - where he back-flipped for the first time 50 feet high off a limestone cliff. He was also recently voted by TV Guide as “Hollywood’s 25 Hottest”. A native of NYC, James is passionate about music, including jazz, blues, rock and hip-hop. He was once part of a Boston rap-group called 'School of Thought', is a spoken word artist, has sang at the Ford Amphitheater & in numerous musicals, and has self-taught Guitar & Piano.
An avid runner & athlete, James also plays for the celebrity basketball team The Hollywood Knights, has done two USO tours, played in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, as well as UK's Soccer Aid for UNICEF - a charity game held at Manchester United’s Old Trafford in England..
He recently ran his first half Marathon in Ojai, and plans to run in the LA Marathon in 2016.
A passionate activist & philanthropist, James is a member of the I.AM.LIFE project, Global Green eco campaign, and the Creative Coalition. He has also launched a media company called LiveConnect, producing empowering entertainment that inspires people to live their best life.
James has performed improv comedy at Monkey Butler, UCB, IO, & the Groundlings. He has also guest starred on numerous TV shows, including 'School of Rock', 'Justified', 'Hawaii 5-0', 'CSI', 'Daybreak', ‘Adventure Time’, and many more. James is also known for his 4-year run as Ando on the hit NBC Drama 'Heroes'. You can see more at: jameskyson.com
Adrienne Wilkinson first gained notice as Xena’s daughter Livia/Eve, the sometimes warrior, sometimes saint, Empress of Rome from the hit series “Xena: Warrior Princess,” the most widely watched show in the world at the the time. She has made many notable television appearances including popular guest starring roles on "About A Boy", Partners, “Charmed,” “Days of Our Lives,” “ER,” and “Angel,” as well as series regular roles on “Venice”, "Pretty", "Club 5150", "Goodnight Burbank", and "As If". Adrienne is currently working on "Star Trek Renegades," a reboot of the franchise, playing Captain Lexxa Singh, descendent of Khan. She has made appearances in fan favorite films including “Raze”, “Alpha Force”, “The American Failure”, "Burning Dog" and “Reflections,” for which she won several awards.
She has voiced more than 50 lead characters in top animation projects and high profile video games including Daughter, the personification of the 'light side' of the Force in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and as the voice, and physical model, for Maris Brood, the female Jedi turned Sith in the “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” franchise. She has also produced several independent projects. Her diverse career has spanned multiple genre’s in projects that range from mainstream to cult classics with loyal fans in nearly every age group. Adrienne is also known for her charity work, which includes a focus on literacy programs, animal welfare and children. www.AdrienneWilkinson.com
Patricia is perhaps best known for her work in the 1990 cult classic “Night of The Living Dead” as Barbara, the beleaguered heroine. Some may argue she is best known for her role as Lyta Alexander in the Hugo Award winning series, Babylon 5. Either way, she has been swept into a career that features horror and Science Fiction projects. She is less recognizable, but no less memorable, as the Horror Hag in Evil Dead III, Army of Darkness. Pat was featured in the Los Angeles Sci Fest of Plays 2014, and recently, Criminal Minds.
Fans make a game of spotting her in the over 50 appearances in the Star Trek franchises: ST:TNG, DS9 and Voyager as well as the feature film “Generations”. Zombie fans will enjoy “Dead Air”, and sci fi fans may enjoy Pat’s book “Pleasure Thresholds, Patricia Tallman’s Babylon 5 Memoirs” , currently awaiting it’s second printing!
Pat's other projects include starring in the sci-fi audio thriller series “Anne Manx”, playing the evil badass, Lt. Jean Richmond.
Her favorite role is that of mother to her son, Julian.
Equally important to Patricia is her fund-raising activities for the children of Penny Lane. Through her efforts within the Science Fiction & horror community, Pat and her fans have contributed more than $350,000 to Penny Lane over the past several years. Since 1996, Pat, her friends, family and fans have made a holiday happen for the Penny Lane kids through the Be A Santa program. You can go to www.beasanta.org to join in the fun!
Fans can connect with Pat on her blog www.PatriciaTallman.com, her Facebook/PatriciaTallmanPage , @PatriciaTallman.rocks on Instagram, or on Twitter @patriciatallman.
Charles Baker left his mark in
Hollywood and the homes of fans across the world as ‘Skinny Pete,’ on the hit AMC show Breaking Bad, which has been nominated for 151 awards and has won 48. Before stepping on Hollywood soil, Baker already had 37 credits to his name and now has moved to Los Angeles permanently with his wife and two children to pursue his craft, which he has been studying for over 20 years.
Notable ﬁlm projects for Baker include To The Wonder, a Terrence Malick ﬁlm, opposite Ben Afﬂeck, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem, Ain't Them Bodies Saints opposite Rooney Mara, Casey Afﬂeck and Ben Foster, and Wild opposite Reese Witherspoon.
On television, Baker has been seen in the NBC series The Blacklist (Fall 2013) opposite James Spader as Spader’s conﬁdante ‘Grey’ and the TNT series Murder in the First (2014) opposite Tom Felton and Taye Diggs. He currently has 6 films in post-production.
Baker is also a classically trained musician who received a vocal scholarship for college. He holds CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) For Children, out of Tarrant County, Texas as an organization that is close to his heart for the work they do in appointing advocates for foster children going through the court system.