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First wave of films for 'Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2017' announced

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The first wave of the 2017 Screamfest Horror Film Festival lineup and the festival ambassador have been announcement.

The festival will run from October 10-19, 2017 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. Film festival badges are currently on sale to the general public at www.ScreamfestLA.com and individual film tickets will be available soon. Actor and producer Dominic Monaghan will serve as ambassador for the festival.

Some really intriguing offerings in this list. Find official line up details below.

From the Press Release

America’s largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, is proud to announce the first wave of its official 2017 film line up. In its 17th year, the festival, which will run from Oct. 10-19, 2017 at the Tcl Chinese in Hollywood, has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences.
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Screamfest Announced First Wave of 2017 Line Up

Halloween scares are nearly here.

With Hollywood studios and SoCal theme parks shifting towards horror and scares for Halloween, America’s largest horror film festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, just announced its first wave of films to be showcased from October 10-19 at the Tcl Chinese in Hollywood.

Additionally, Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) was named as this year’s festival ambassador.

“I am extremely honored to serve as this year’s Screamfest ambassador,” said Monaghan in a press release. “I applaud Screamfest and its founder and festival director Rachel Belofsky for embracing the work of filmmakers and actors in the horror genre. I’m a big fan of this space, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of a fest that truly acknowledges unique and creative work.”

The festival has made showcased multiple known horror films and launched the careers for many actors.
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Screamfest Film Festival 2017 First Wave Line-up and Festival Ambassador Announce!

America’s largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, is proud to announce the first wave of its official 2017 film line up. In its 17th year, the festival, which will run from Oct. 10-19, 2017 at the Tcl Chinese in Hollywood, has launched careers – providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences. Actor and producer Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings trilogy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, TV’s “Lost”) will serve as this year’s festival ambassador.

“I am extremely honored to serve as this year’s Screamfest ambassador,” said Monaghan. “I applaud Screamfest and its Founder and Festival Director Rachel Belofsky for embracing the work of filmmakers and actors in the horror genre. I’m a big fan of this space, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of a fest that truly acknowledges unique and creative work.
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Screamfest 2017’s First Wave of Films Include Tragedy Girls, Leatherface, Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End

Every October, horror fans in Los Angeles celebrate the Halloween season with diverse scares on the big screen at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival. The first wave of films for the 17th annual event have been announced, and this year's lineup is already looking to be one to watch, with the buzzed-about Tragedy Girls, the origin story Leatherface, and the animated farewell Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End all slotted to screen at Screamfest:

Press Release: Hollywood, Calif. – August 29, 2017 – America’s largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, is proud to announce the first wave of its official 2017 film line up. In its 17th year, the festival, which will run from Oct. 10-19, 2017 at the Tcl Chinese in Hollywood, has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences.
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Gunpowder & Sky acquires 'Tragedy Girls'

Gunpowder & Sky acquires 'Tragedy Girls'
Horror-comedy premiered at this year’s SXSW.

Gunpowder & Sky has acquired Tyler MacIntyre’s Tragedy Girls.

The film centres on two death-obsessed teens, played by Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand, who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small midwestern town into frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends.

The Exchange handles international sales on the film that premiered at SXSW.

MacIntyre also co-wrote the script with Chris Lee Hill. The film is MacIntyre’s second feature following his debut Patchwork, which won Best Picture at Screamfest in 2015.

Tragedy Girls is produced by The Comeback Kids and New Artist Pictures, in association with Ardor Pictures.

Anthony Holt, Armen Aghaeian, Edward Mokhtarian, Cameron Van Hoy, Tara Ansley and Craig Robinson produced, while Kerry Rhodes served as executive producer.

“After seeing how well audiences were connecting with the film at South by Southwest, we knew we needed to find a distribution partner that shared
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*Updated* Tragedy Girls Acquired by Gunpowder & Sky, Theatrical Release Slated for 2017

*Updated with the official press release.* We've been excited for Daily Dead readers to watch MacIntyre's Tragedy Girls since our own Heather Wixson saw it at the SXSW Film Festival, saying that it "brilliantly turns the slasher genre on its head" in her five-star review. Thankfully, it looks like horror fans won't have to wait much longer to see it.

Press Release: Los Angeles – July 31, 2017 -- Gunpowder & Sky, the global content studio, today announced the acquisition of the teen-slasher-comedy, Tragedy Girls. The film follows two death-obsessed teens played by Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small midwestern town into frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends. The acquisition comes just as the film made its Canadian debut at the Fantasia Film Festival.

Tragedy Girls was directed by Tyler MacIntyre, who also co-wrote the script with Chris Lee Hill.
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The Exchange boards 'Tragedy Girls'

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The Exchange boards 'Tragedy Girls'
The Exchange has acquired international sales to the SXSW horror-comedy feature Tragedy Girls.

CEO Brian O’Shea and his team will screen the film at the market. CAA handles Us rights and a deal is expected imminently.

Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp, Jack Quaid, Kevin Durand, and Craig Robinson lead the cast in the story of two death-obsessed teenage girls in a small midwestern town.

When the friends use their online show about real-life tragedies to send everyone into a frenzy they cement their legacy as modern horror legends.

Tyler MacIntyre directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Chris Lee Hill.

Producers are Anthony Holt, Armen Aghaeian, Edward Mokhtarian, Cameron Van Hoy, Tara Ansley, and Robinson. Kerry Rhodes serves as an executive producer.

The Comeback Kids and New Artist Pictures produced Tragedy Girls in association with Ardor Pictures.

Tragedy Girls is a fun, commercial and incredibly satisfying teen genre movie, which will have a great run in the
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'Tooken' Trailer Spoofs Liam Neeson in 'Taken'

'Tooken' Trailer Spoofs Liam Neeson in 'Taken'
Lee Tergesen, Reno Wilson, Laura-Leigh, Margaret Cho and Michael Blackson headline the star-studded, hilarious spoof Tooken, seeking revenge on Digital HD and Video on Demand May 26. A satire based on the popular thriller Taken and its many sequels, the outrageous comedy will also steal some laughs on DVD July 7 from Cinedigm. We have the hilarious trailer and poster for you to check out!

In this spoof film on the Taken action-film franchise, Bryan Mills (Lee Tergesen) is an ex-cia agent now working as a mall security guard. He keeps finding his things are being taken from him-his wife, his dog...his daughter's virginity. With the help of his ex-cia elderly mother, Bryan battles his nemesis BrownFinger (Margaret Cho) to free his family and a pound of dogs in danger of exploding.

Featuring special appearances by real-life couple, Emmy nominated actor Donnie Wahlberg and hilarious talk show host Jenny McCarthy, along with celebrated musician Akon,
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Highland introduces Tooken at Efm

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Highland introduces Tooken at Efm
Exclusive: Action spoof stars Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy and Lukas Haas.

Highland Film Group is at the market talking up new sales title and action spoof Tooken starring Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy and Lukas Haas.

John Asher directs the Elevative Entertainment project from a screenplay he co-wrote with Cameron Van Hoy that pokes fun at the Taken franchise.

Tooken follows a vengeful man on the trail of villains who took those he loves most, including his dog and his mother. Paradigm represents Us rights.

Lee Tergesen, Reno Wilson, Margaret Cho, Lauren Stamile, Laura Leigh, Joyce Bulifant, Ethan Suplee and Akon also star.

Kelly Noonan of Elevative Entertainment, Van Hoy and Asher are producing. Paradigm will handle the domestic rights.

The Highland sales slate includes Bruce Willis starrer Extraction, The Trust with Nicolas Cage and Noam Murro’s Blink.
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Taken Will Be Spoofed By Tooken

Taken Will Be Spoofed By Tooken
Just as the cast of Taken 3 starts coming together, the news has emerged that there's even more Bryan Mills headkickery in the works. This is a bit different though: the project just announced is a "Naked Gun style" spoof, currently called Tooken.The screenplay is by John Asher and Cameron Van Hoy, with Asher set to direct. Asher previously made the indie comedies Somebody Marry Me and Who The F Is Buddy Applebaum, and the low-budget horror Wreckage. As an actor, he played the young Donald Sutherland in Space Cowboys, and took the Anthony Michael Hall role in the TV series of Weird Science.Van Hoy, meanwhile, produced, wrote and acted in something called Sharkproof with Jon Lovitz in 2012, and Treasure Of The Black Jaguar in 2010. Interestingly, he's also behind the spoof short film Taken 3: Back To Normal, which we can possibly now view as some sort of Tooken proof of concept.
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"Taken" Gets Spoofed In "Tooken"

Elevative Entertainment have announced a summer production start for the Naked Gun-esque spoof comedy "Tooken".

The action/revenge drama makes fun of the genre, specifically the Liam Neeson-starrer "Taken" and the various films of its ilk that have popped up following its success.

Cameron Van Hoy and John Asher wrote the screenplay, with Asher set to direct and Kelly Noonan to produce. Casting is now underway.

Source: Deadline
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Beyond Another Sequel, ‘Taken’ Now Has Spoof Film Going With ‘Tooken’

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Beyond Another Sequel, ‘Taken’ Now Has Spoof Film Going With ‘Tooken’
Exclusive: Elevative Entertainment‘s Kelly Noonan and Cameron Van Hoy have set for a summer production start Tooken, a spoof comedy described as a Naked Gun-style take on the action/revenge drama. It takes particular aim at the Liam Neeson starrer Taken, which is readying its third installment. Cameron Van Hoy and John Asher wrote the screenplay, and Asher is set to direct. Casting is underway. Elevative co-produced the feature Beneath with Revolver Picture Co and has optioned the novel Dog On It: A Chet And Bernie Mystery, hiring Jason Filardi to adapt it. Paradigm reps Elevative. Asher is repped by Original Artists, Formation Entertainment and attorney Eric Suddleson.
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Watch: Mischa Barton Runs Through La In Her Undies

Watch: Mischa Barton Runs Through La In Her Undies
Take some beautiful shots of Downtown La, mix with former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher, add in one barely-clothed Mischa Barton, stir it all together, and you'll get the new music video for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' "Everybody's on the Run."

Barton rose to stardom on the immensely popular primetime show The Oc, which detailed the drama of teenagers living in Southern California. She has three films slated for release in 2012.

Gallagher gained fame for his seminal britpop band, Oasis, which he left in 2009. He has since launched a solo project under the name Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, who played a lauded set at Coachella this year.

The dramatic video features Barton and actor Cameron Van Hoy running around La in matching leopard print underwear, chasing after Noel Gallagher (who plays a taxi driver), and a skateboarding thief. And while the City of Angels looks pretty good in the video,
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Thoughts on... Treasure of the Black Jaguar (2010)

Treasure of the Black Jaguar, 2010.

Directed by Mike Bruce.

Starring Cameron Van Hoy, Michael Drayer, Timothy V. Murphy and Masayuki Imai.

Synopsis:

Two boys discover that easy money is just a mirage when their desert-based caper takes a murderous turn.

Treasure of the Black Jaguar is an American independent film that received a positive reception after being screened at Raindance. Having now seen the film myself I honestly feel that after its theatrical release it has the potential to be accepted as a real gem of indie cinema.

The story focuses on two friends, Anthony (played by co-writer Cameron Van Hoy) and Shlomo (Michael Drayer) who end up in prison after failing with a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. Whilst inside they meet treasure hunter Blake West (Timothy V. Murphy) who helps them escape and takes them on an expedition to retrieve a mysterious artifact - along with the fame and fortune that comes with it.
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Special Features - An Interview with Daniel Pleacoff

Jon Dudley interviews Daniel Pleacoff, producer of Treasure of the Black Jaguar...

Tell us a little about this project.

Daniel: The project originally started with Masayuki Imai who was doing a film out in L.A. and the production wasn’t going really well, it was just kind of a mess. Cameron Van Hoy, who is the producer of this Treasure of the Black Jaguar project and an actor in the film, was an actor in [Masayuki Imai’s original film] as well. Basically he went to them and said “look, we want to make a better film for you guys, this film doesn’t do Masa justice.” He went to them and raised the money and we made Treasure of the Black Jaguar.

Treasure of the Black Jaguar was originally a script Cameron [Van Hoy] had come up with a few years back, and it was an homage to Treasure of the Sierra Madre. It’s
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Film Review: 'Pups' Teenage 'Pups' a Runt Among Heist Pics / Bank-hostage film by Ash echoes 'Dog Day Afternoon' in plot line only

Film Review: 'Pups' Teenage 'Pups' a Runt Among Heist Pics / Bank-hostage film by Ash echoes 'Dog Day Afternoon' in plot line only
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Considering the recent spate of teen violence and shootings, "Pups", the sophomore feature from filmmaker Ash ("Bang"), arrives with a definite timeliness.

But this tale of a pair of teen-age bank robbers plays too much like a juvenile version of "Dog Day Afternoon", and anyone old enough to have seen that classic will not make a favorable comparison. Nor does the film have the juice to fully connect with younger audiences. Recently showcased at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, "Pups" faces an uncertain commercial future.

The film centers on Stevie Cameron Van Hoy), a 13-year-old suburban asthmatic who when first seen is videotaping his unsuccessful suicide attempt by hanging, and his understanding girlfriend Rocky (Mischa Barton). Stevie eventually decides to work out his frustrations by borrowing his mother's gun and attempting to hold up the local bank, with Rocky in tow.

Things go awry, of course, and the pair are soon holding a group of hostages and engaging in a lengthy standoff with police and the feds. Between dealing with the petulant Stevie's quixotic demands for pizza and a helicopter, the weary police negotiator, played by Burt Reynolds, must also field a series of calls from his wife and young daughter.

"Pups" strikes only the most obvious notes in its depiction of teen alienation, its satirical portrait of the media -- Stevie and Rocky are interviewed by MTV's Kurt Loder, amusingly playing himself -- and its assortment of stereotypical hostages, including a cynical, wheelchair-bound veteran of the Gulf War (Adam Farrar) and a nerdy bank manager David Alan Graf). The film's dialogue and situations are strictly by the book, with such contrived plot machinations as Rocky experiencing her first period in the midst of the crisis.

Reynolds (whose frequent co-star Charles Durning handled similar chores in "Dog Day") delivers an effectively restrained performance that's good enough to make you wish his material was better. As the teen bank robbers, Van Hoy and Barton are very convincing, though the former's bouts of hysteria grow increasingly hard to take. Filmmaker Ash, obviously working on a low budget and under difficult location conditions, does a thoroughly professional job, giving the film an assured technical polish.

PUPS

Fireheart Films

Credits: Director, screenplay: Ash; Producers: Ash, Daniel M. Berger; Executive producers: Kazuyoshi Okuyama, Sachie Oyama; Director of photography: Carlos R. Arguello; Editor: Michael D. Schultz; Production designer: Daniel M. Berger. Color/stereo. Cast: Rocky: Mischa Barton; Stevie: Cameron Van Hoy; Daniel Bender: Burt Reynolds; Wheelchair man: Adam Farrar; Bank manager: David Alan Graf; Kurt Loder: Himself. No MPAA rating. Color/stereo. Running time -- 101 minutes.

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