Terry Morrow: Pigeon Forge show nails down 'Twilight' star Peter Facinelli for appearance

Peter Facinelli, who co-stars in the 'Twilight' films, can be seen as Dr. Cooper in 'Nurse Jackie.' He'll be part of a pop culture show set for Pigeon Forge in October.

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Peter Facinelli, who co-stars in the "Twilight" films, can be seen as Dr. Cooper in "Nurse Jackie." He'll be part of a pop culture show set for Pigeon Forge in October.

"Twilight" actor Peter Facinelli is schedule to be in the line-up for the Fanboy Expo, a pop culture convention set for Oct. 26-28 in Pigeon Forge.

Facinelli is best known for two roles. He plays Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the "Twilight" series of movies, the latest of which is "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2," out in November 2012. For several seasons now, he has co-starred on the acclaimed Showtime dark comedy "Nurse Jackie" with Edie Falco. He has the role of the socially awkward Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper.

Facinelli, 38, will be meeting with fans and signing autographs. His exact appearance times and days have not been announced yet.

According to the show's website, other celebrities set for the expo, which will be at the Grand Hotel Resort and Convention Center, include Kelly Hu, who played Lady Deathstrike in "X-Men 2" film; Derek Mears, who has the role of Jason Voorhees in the 2009 re-boot of "Friday the 13th." His resume also includes "Predators," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Master at Arms)," "The Hills Have Eyes II" and "Men in Black II." Upcoming projects includes "Hatchet 3" and "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters"; and wrestling stars Maria Kanellis and Nidia Guenard.

The website says tickets can be purchased by calling 865-280-2023.

Tickets are $15 for Friday or Saturday in advance and $20 for either day on the day of the show. Sunday admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Three-day passes are available.

Sand Man

A former Knoxville resident has left his footprint in the sands of "America's Got Talent" this season.

Joe Castillo is an artist who is working in sand, making murals. His work has so impressed judges Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern that he's progressed to the next round on the show.

Castillo used to live in Fountain City and worked for a local graphics design firm before moving to Kentucky, his current location.

NBC described his talent this way: "Castillo uses light and sand to tell stories. In his demonstration to the judges, he creates a beautiful, patriotic sand painting."

"Talent" airs 9 p.m. Mondays on WBIR, Channel 10.

Full tank

Ex- "American Idol" finalist Didi Benami from Knoxville has new music projects coming up. Her new single "Gasoline" has just been released and is catching sparks on the charts.

Since her "Idol" days ended with her just making the top 10 finalists, Benami has been busy working in Los Angeles and making music. "Gasoline" represents her first major commercial musical outlet since "Idol."

"I have to say that people in Knoxville really encouraged me to sing," Benami said in a 2010 interview. "They'd say, 'You've got to sing. You're going to make it big some day.'

"I kind of overlooked myself in that sense back then.

"Knoxville did have (an influence) in helping to shape my music."

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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