WILMINGTON -- Thirty years ago Ghostbusters took the world by storm, and 30 years to this day, actor Ernie Hudson is blown away by the movie's sustaining power.

"There's always a new generation of fans," said Hudson, 68, speaking to The Sun by phone from the northwest suburbs of Los Angeles last week. "At a past convention I saw a 10-month-old in a Ghostbusters outfit. That was the coolest thing.

"It really brings families together, and I enjoy meeting all the fans," added Hudson, who played Winston Zeddmore in Ghostbusters.

About 20,000 attendees are expected to check out the original Ecto-1 vehicle from Ghostbusters and meet Hudson, along with 30 celebrity guests from iconic movies and television shows during the the 2014 Pop Culture Expo at the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium next weekend.

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Ernie Hudson

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The event, May 24 and 25, is being called the largest Comic-Con in New England with celebrities and artists from Game of Thrones, Smallville, Supernatural, Veronica Mars, Lost in Space, Willie Wonka and many more.

"I love doing conventions whenever I can," Hudson said, who added he'd like to be in Ghostbusters 3 if the money and contract are right. "It's always good to come out and meet the people who see and support the movies.

"It's cool when people come up to me in their outfits telling me Ghostbusters was the first movie they saw in theaters," added Hudson, who's also been in Miss Congeniality, Law & Order, Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy and Criminal Minds. He has a recurring role on TNT's Franklin and Bash, and his next movie release is You're Not You with Hilary Swank.

At the Pop Culture Expo, there will be autograph sessions, costume contests, original anime and animation screenings, as well as 150 vendors of vintage and modern toys, comic books and pop cultural artifacts.

Event organizer Gary Sohmers is well-known as an appraiser for 13 seasons on the PBS program Antiques Roadshow, along with producing more than 1,000 concerts and 150 consumer/fan events like the Pop Culture Expo.

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Ecto-1

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At the expo, Sohmers will debut "Image Meet and Greet," a patented technology to authenticate autographs and automatically send a video to the recipient of the celebrity signing the item.

Deep Roy, who was an "oompa loompa" in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory in 2005, will also be one of the celebrities there. Roy said he's real excited to meet some fans.

"If there were no fans, then we wouldn't be anywhere," Roy said, speaking from Los Angeles. "So meeting them is what it's all about. Talking with them and shaking their hands and signing autographs. It will be fun."

Esme Bianco, who played Ros on Game of Thrones before getting killed off the show in Season 3, said the show has been such a hit because of the fans, adding that the expo will be a great opportunity to get feedback from them.

Esme Bianco, Deep Roy, Sam Huntington
Esme Bianco, Deep Roy, Sam Huntington

"Fantasy fans are very dedicated, and it's going to be fun to meet them. I hope there's a good attendance," said Bianco, during a break from filming an independent comedy in New Orleans.

"Game of Thrones was definitely the most memorable project I've ever worked on," she added. "When you walked on set, you were literally walking into a different world. It was incredible."

Other celebrities will include Sam Huntington of Veronica Mars, Alaina Huffman of Smallville, Mark Goddard of Lost In Space, Billy West of Futurama, and Pete Best, the original drummer for the Beatles before Ringo Starr.

In addition, Chelmsford's "Queen of The Paranormal" will be heading to the expo on Memorial Day weekend. Kadrolsha Ona Carole (also known as CC Carole) has more than seven generations of paranormal wisdom behind her and 38 years of experience in "paranormal researching, creating and achieving ground-breaking techniques and strides," according to her website.

She also recently wrote the language for a state Senate bill, which Sen. Michael Barrett sponsored, making Rex Trailer the official state cowboy. Carole is also a part of the 40th anniversary of the Exorcist, which can be viewed on the director's cut.

It costs $15 per day to attend the expo, or $25 for a two-day pass. There are also a limited number of VIP packages.

The Aleppo Shriners Auditorium is located at 99 Fordham Road in Wilmington. For a schedule of events and more information, visit www.PopCultureExpo.com.

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