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July 16th, 2010 4:43PM


Head Out To The Exotic Beaches of South Africa As Some Of The World’s Most Spectacular Waves Are Unleashed

Exclusively On Blu-Ray & DVD Spring 2011

Universal City, California, Thursday, July 15th, 2010—The search for the ultimate wave becomes an exotic and exhilarating journey of self-discovery and heartfelt friendship in Blue Crush 2, currently filming on location along the wild coast of South Africa, famous for its bone crushing waves. The all-new movie installment based on 2002’s hugely popular Blue Crush, which starred Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez, follows an adventurous young woman on the surf adventure of a lifetime. Blue Crush 2 is directed and produced by Mike Elliott (Beethoven’s Big Break). Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, Blue Crush) and Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon, Angels & Demons) are also producing for Imagine Entertainment. The film is an official South African/German Co-Production, produced in South Africa by Universal Pictures Productions GmbH and Moonlighting Blue Crush Productions, and is co-produced by Genevieve Hofmeyr and Ralph Tuebben. The film will premiere exclusively on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD Spring 2011 and will be distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

The film’s hot, young, international cast includes Sasha Jackson (“One Tree Hill”), Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3-D), Elizabeth Mathis (Enchanted), Ben Milliken (Newcastle) and newcomer Chris Fisher. In Blue Crush 2, a young California girl treks across her late mother’s beloved South African beaches riding some of the world’s most spectacular waves, while making lifelong friends and gaining new insights into her past and future. Filmed along the beautiful coastline of South Africa, Blue Crush 2 features some of the most picturesque beaches on the planet, including the renowned “home of the perfect wave,” Jeffrey’s Bay (aka “J-Bay”), North Beach, Glenmore, Banana Beach and Coffee Bay.

The film also features many world-class female surfers from the Roxy team, some of whom currently hold a Women’s World Ranking from the Association of Surfing Professionals including: Sally Fitzgibbons (#1), Laura Enever (#3), Bianca Buitendag (#14-tied) Rosy Hodge (#17-tied), Tanika Hoffman, and Danielle Le Roux. Additional female surfers featured in the film include Sarah Baum (#24-tied), Roxy Louw, Tarryn Chudleigh, Kirsty Delport, Mia Hordyk, Morag Steele and Heidi Palmboom.

Performing daring stunts and conquering some of the wildest surf ever seen on film on the men’s side is Taj Burrow, Jordy Smith and Travis Logie who are ranked #1, #2 and #36 respectively on ASP’s Men’s World Rankings. The film also features big wave surfer Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Rudi Palmboom Sr, Casey Grant, Warwick Wright, Mikey February and Andrew “Roosta” Lange.
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FEARnet Streams 25 More Movies Free
June 25th, 2010 10:51PM

This week FEARnet’s FREE streaming movies ensure audiences will have nightmares for weeks to come. The latest films, include “Simon Says” and “Brotherhood of Blood.”

FEARnet kicks off this week by bringing audiences William Dear’s (“Wild America,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth”) “Simon Says” starring Crispin Glover (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Beowulf”) and Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl,” “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”). In this tribute to over-the-top gore fests, five college friends head out on a camping trip and encounter their worst nightmares. There are dangerous things (and people) out in the wild – and this group crosses paths with sadistic twin brothers that kill off the campers in an extremely gruesome and creative fashion.

This week FEARnet also brings audiences a last chance viewing of “Brotherhood of Blood,” brought to FEARnet viewers by Ghost House Underground (from horror icons Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert). This thriller brings us a team of vampire hunters who must infiltrate a nest of the undead to save one of their own. As an added bonus, the movie teams up horror legends Sid Haig (“House of 1000 Corpses,” “Kill Bill 2”) and Ken Foree (“Dawn of the Dead”).

Other can’t miss movies on FEARnet this week include “Repo! The Genetic Opera” and “Bedroom Window.”

Here’s the complete list of free films available this week on FEARnet, starting today:

Simon Says
Repo! The Genetic Opera
The Servants of Twilight
Beast Within
Bedroom Window
Brotherhood of Blood
Dead Alive
Dance of the Dead
The Toxic Avenger
Wishmaster 3
Wishmaster 4
The Children
Seventh Moon
The Thaw
Born Killers
Days of Darkness
Bloody Mallory

Live Interview with George Lucas – Hosted by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart!
June 17th, 2010 9:54PM

Already jam-packed with a full slate of intergalactic events, activities and attractions, Star Wars Celebration V today announced THE MAIN EVENT – a live, on-stage interview with Saga creator George Lucas hosted by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. The hour-long, candid conversation will spark a discourse sure to shed light on the storied history of the Star Wars Saga – from its past to its future, with insider insights about the many steps along the way. A self-proclaimed lover of Lucas’ “galaxy far, far away,” Stewart brings a fan sensibility to the interview, aiming to focus on areas of interest to the many diverse and devoted groups that have helped Star Wars endure for more than thirty years. In addition to the dialogue between Lucas and Stewart, fan questions can be submitted through the official Star Wars Celebration V website: www.starwarscelebration.com

Taking place in Orlando, FL from August 12-15, Star Wars Celebration V will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and the ongoing, weekly adventures of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Featuring celebrities, costumes, live entertainment, screenings, autographs, collectibles, panels and much, much more, Star Wars Celebration V is the official Lucasfilm convention – and the biggest Star Wars party in the galaxy!

10+ films, 10 nights, 10 years… Danger After Dark
June 16th, 2010 7:28PM

10+ films, 10 nights, 10 years… Danger After Dark

Philadelphia’s Danger After Dark is back for its 10th Anniversary and returning to its confrontational roots, showing the darkest, most bizarre cinema Philadelphia has ever seen. Starting July 9th and ending July 19th, this 10-day summer festival will be centered in exciting Old City at Philadelphia’s favorite art-house cinemas, the Ritz Bourse.

Danger After Dark has been a launching point for such fan favorites as High Tension, Suicide Club, and The Descent. These films were instant crowd pleasers at Danger After Dark festivals over the past ten years and quickly grew to be shown at wider audience screenings.

This year’s films include:

Big Tits Zombie 3-D: Japanese director Takao Nakano creates a wild girl-power zombie flick in 3D. Four bodacious strippers are pitted against the world’s undead in this exciting new action film about “Deadly DD Cups!”

Dogtooth: This Greek drama won the Prix Un Certain Regard Award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and tells the story of children who are shut off from the world who turn to their father and each other for sexual release.

Gone With the Pope: Duke Mitchell created this film as a tribute to what Mean Streets and The Godfather could have been had they been made by those who inhabited that world. A mix of violence, sexual encounters and very un-PC humor makes this ex-con flick one to be enjoyed by any movie fan.

Danger After Dark is produced as a part of the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance genre sidebar series. Danger After Dark will be showing a series of ten films over ten days all screening at 10:00pm.

Come celebrate Danger After Dark’s 10th anniversary with a series of 10 haunting films. Danger After Dark begins July 9th and ends July 19th with all screenings at the Ritz Theaters in Old City Philadelphia.

Danger After Dark

FEARnet's Latest Crop of FREE Streaming Movies
June 9th, 2010 3:57PM

FEARnet’s (http://www.FEARnet.com) latest crop of FREE streaming movies is guaranteed to torment audiences with terror. The newest films, available as of today, Wednesday, June 9th, include the director’s cut of “Hostel: Part II” and “Reborn.”

With “Hostel: Part II,” infamous thrill-kill filmmaker and actor Eli Roth (“Inglorious Basterds”) continues his reign of terror with an all-new tale from the world of “Hostel.”

In the second installment of the franchise, three female college students are lured in to a living hell and sold to the highest bidder – a collection of well-heeled maniacs from around the globe who want to torture and kill them. Bijou Phillips (“Bully”), Lauren German (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) Jordan Ladd (“Cabin Fever”) and Jay Hernandez (“Hostel”) star.
The mayhem continues on FEARnet with the sadistic “Reborn” from Craig McMahon (“The Crypt,” “Machined”). This chilling sequel to “Machined” is making its FEARnet debut. A young newlywed couple purchased property in Arizona without knowing it was previously owed by the serial killer Motorman Dan. The couple’s honeymoon comes to a shattering halt as Motorman rises for an all-new round of terror – and uses the young husband as his new killing machine.

In addition to its 20 free movies, this week FEARnet gives us the top “Kick-Ass Horror Chicks.” The list includes our favorite tough ladies such as Sigourney Weaver of “Aliens,” Jamie Lee Curtis of “Halloween,” and Milla Jovovich of “Resident Evil.”

Here’s the complete list of free films available this week on FEARnet, starting today:

Hostel: Part II – Director’s Cut
The Thaw
The Last Resort
Left for Dead
The Children
Beast Within
Return of the Living Dead 3
House of the Dead
Seventh Moon
Dance of the Dead
Brotherhood of Blood
Night of the Living Dead 3D
Dead Above Ground
Dead Cold
The Servants of Twilight
Nemesis Game
Second Arrival
Days of Darkness

“ALL ABOUT EVIL: The Peaches Christ Experience in 4-D”
June 9th, 2010 3:55PM

“ALL ABOUT EVIL: The Peaches Christ Experience in 4-D”
Hosted by Peaches Christ
with special guests Thomas Dekker, Cassandra Peterson and ”The EVIL kids”
Saturday, July 10th, 2010
The Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets: $15 Show time: 12:00 a.m.
Advance tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/113708

Peaches Christ Productions and The Vista Theatre are proud to announce the special Los Angeles engagement of “ALL ABOUT EVIL: The Peaches Christ Experience in 4-D” on July 10, 2010 at The Vista Theatre. Directed by Joshua Grannell, the alter-ego of San Francisco drag sensation Peaches Christ, this very special event will include a pre-film “spooktacular” hosted by Peaches Christ herself, and feature a live performance by EVIL star Thomas Dekker (recent Nightmare on Elm Street remake) with his back-up group "The EVIL kids”: co-stars Jade & Nikita Ramsey, Ashley Fink, and Anthony Fitzgerald. Part of the 4-D experience includes a very special guest appearance and pre-show interview with Cassandra Peterson (Elvria, Mistress of the Dark), as well as an audience Q&A. In celebration of the Los Angeles engagement, Peaches Christ Productions is also releasing the official theatrical poster of ALL ABOUT EVIL for all the world to see. The Los Angeles extravaganza begins at the witching hour of course, 12 midnight.

Preserving The World's Moving Image Heritage- An AMIA Short Film and Video Competition
June 7th, 2010 10:51PM

Preserving The World's Moving Image Heritage
An AMIA Short Film and Video Competition

The Association of Moving Image Archivists' first short film/video competition will highlight the importance of preserving our moving image heritage. Increasingly, our cultures are reflected through moving images - as news, entertainment, and historical artifact. This year, AMIA celebrates its 20th anniversary as an association of people dedicated to preserving those moving images. This competition will provide an opportunity to emphasize the importance of saving our moving images as important educational, historical, and cultural resources. It's about originality, imagination and the ability to engage the audience in 180 seconds or less.

One Grand Prize: In addition to receiving $2,500(USD) prize, the winning submission will be announced on October 27 as part of the World Day of Audiovisual Heritage celebration, and will be screened at the AMIA 2010 Archival Screening Night, November 5, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA. It will also be featured on the AMIA website.

Runner-up & Finalists: The runner-up will receive $1,000(USD). The runner up and finalists' productions will be included on the AMIA website.

Submissions will be accepted beginning June 15, 2010 and ending August 30, 2010. The winner and runner-up will be selected by vote of AMIA members from finalist entries posted on the AMIA Website.

For more information, rules and submission guidelines, go to:

True Blood with Facebook and Twitter capabilities
June 1st, 2010 10:56PM

HBO leads the way in social networking technology on the True Blood: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray; the first TV on DVD with Facebook and Twitter capabilities.

The Blu-ray version of True Blood’s Complete Second Season, which was released on Tuesday, May 25th, allows you to connect what you’re watching to your Facebook and Twitter accounts if you’re watching on an Internet-enabled player. Each of the 12 episodes has at least eight scenes that can be “tagged” and posted directly from the discs. Additionally, repeated viewings of the show will make your profile pic look more like a vampire—blood, fangs, and all.

May 26th, 2010 4:59PM

Troma Entertainment President Lloyd Kaufman and his three daughters are pleased to announce the winners of the first TROMEMOIR graphic art contest. The TROMEMOIR (a Troma memoir) is Lloyd’s kids’ forthcoming book Incidental Characters; Tales from a Tromatic Childhood about growing up with a horror-film director father, southern belle mother and Toxic Avenger Brother.

Incidental Characters is a typical coming of age story: cult-maker specializing in big shock, small clothing, and 35mm-gore meets beautiful intelligent southern belle debutante. Cult-film maker and intelligent southern belle fall in love, raise three daughters according to a strict value system of manners, morals and education while producing "art" through explosive vomit and gallons of fake blood. This is a feel good fantastical reality-based, chicken Indian-zombie romance historical novel.

The Tromemoir is a group project lead by Lloyd’s Kids, incorporating artwork and text from talented Troma Fans around the world. Fans have contributed work to the Kaufman sisters’ Tromemoir blog http://tromemoir.wordpress.com <http://tromemoir.wordpress.com/>; . This worldwide competition ran from April 3 through May 5, 2010.

Lloyd Kaufman selected a portfolio of 12 illustrations “Lloyd’s Picks.” Thousands of Troma fans voted to democratically elect the winner on May 5th 2010.

Winner of the 2010 Tromemoir Graphic Art Contest:


Lloyd Kaufman’s THREE DAUGHTERS also announce their THREE SIBLING SELECTION winners:


Tromatic Mention awarded to:


Artwork will be included in Incidental Characters. The democratically elected winner will receive $500. The Three Sisters Selection winners receive $50, and honorable mention will receive a signed Toxic Avenger DVD box set. All winners will receive an honorary Troma Diploma from Troma U.

Never Say Die: “The Goonies” Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary in Historic Astoria, OR
May 26th, 2010 4:57PM

WHAT: Eager to revisit secret caves, treacherous traps and hidden treasure, fans will gather in historic Astoria, Ore., to celebrate the anniversary of the cult classic film “The Goonies” June 4-7, 2010. Over the four-day event, Goonies lovers can retrace the steps of characters in the film by touring filming locations including the famous “Goonies House,” bowl at “Chunk’s Bowling Alley” and more, plus have the chance to mingle with original cast members including Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Joe Pantoliano and Curt Hanson.

As part of the 25th anniversary festivities, the new Oregon Film Museum will open its doors for the first time. Converted from the old Clatsop County Jail featured in “The Goonies,” the museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the art and legacy of Oregon films and film-making. One of the many highlights is a special exhibit in the actual jail cell from, “The Goonies,” as well as stories, mementos and props from famous movies made in Astoria and across Oregon, such as “Kindergarten Cop,” “Animal House,” “Twilight” and more.

Another of the weekend’s top highlights will include a special announcement from Warner Home Video, delivered by “The Goonies” cast members.

WHO: Original cast members and other celebrities will be on-hand to mark the occasion, including:
· Corey Feldman, who played “Mouth,” plus his band Truth Movement
· Jeff Cohen, the hilarious and beloved “Chunk”
· Joe Pantoliano, who appeared as the villainous “Francis Fratelli”
· Curt Hanson, who portrayed “Mr. Perkins,” the richest man in Astoria
· The alternative band The Ataris, whose album “So Long, Astoria” was inspired by a trip to visit Goonies sites

DETAILS: “The Goonies” 25th Anniversary
Friday – Monday, June 4 – 7, 2010
Weekend events include:
· Bus tours of filming sites, including an interior tour of the Goonies House
· Red carpet event and showing of “The Goonies” and a new documentary about the film at the Liberty Theater on Friday, plus additional movie showings throughout the weekend at other local theaters
· Stars from the movie signing autographs, along with local residents sharing memories from being on set
· An ‘80s night out on Friday in downtown Astoria with costume contests, music, bowling at “Chunk’s Bowling Alley” and more
· A “Goonies” themed concert on Saturday at Warren Field featuring Corey Feldman’s band, Truth Movement, the alternative band The Ataris, bluegrass band The Whiskey Rebellion and the pop-punk band Troy’s Bucket
· Hand-crafted “Goonies” beers created by local breweries
· A “Truffle Shuffle” 5k Run/Walk on Monday
· The new Oregon Film Museum grand opening and “Goonies” exhibit
· An Ecola Park picnic with fans and cast members in nearby Cannon Beach

Visit www.GooniesAnniversary.com <http://www.gooniesanniversary.com/>; for complete event details. Official memorabilia, including t-shirts, hats, glassware, collectible doubloons and more, will be available at the event headquarters affectionately named The Goon Docks, located at 15th and Marine Dr. in Astoria.

WHERE: “The Goonies” was filmed at a variety of locations across the historic maritime community of Astoria, Ore. The former canning capital of the world, Astoria is located on Oregon’s North Coast, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, 90 miles northwest of Portland. Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2011. Still home to a working waterfront, Astoria boasts a vibrant cultural scene including art galleries, museums, restaurants, shops and Victorian homes.

COST: Tickets are now on sale and will be available for most individual events, such as $5 for movie showings, $25 for a bus tour to film locations and $40 to attend the concert. Weekend passes will be available for $130. Purchase tickets at www.GooniesAnniversary.com <http://www.gooniesanniversary.com/>; or call the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 875-6807 for more information.

CONTACT: For more information about the region, the event and local lodging options, call the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 875-6807, visit http://www.oldoregon.com <http://www.oldoregon.com/>; , or stop by the event headquarters at 15th and Marine Dr.

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