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SEATTLE, WA. USA 2001
Austin, Texas 2000
DENVER, CO. USA 2000
Cockysville, MD 2000
World Horror Convention
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MARCH 31, 2011
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From Famous Monsters
IMAGI-MOVIES FILM FESTIVAL
LOS ANGELES, CALIF., March 31, 2011 - With its first annual Imagi-Movies Film Festival a week away, Famous Monsters of Filmland released an updated addendum to its upcoming festivities today. The three-day film festival, held at the Laemmle Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, will celebrate the legacy of Forrest J Ackerman, America's #1 Sci-fi Fan. Along with its homage to the imagination of filmmaking, FM will be donating a portion of the weekend's proceeds to the Red Cross to aid in the relief for the victims of the March 11, 2011 tsunami in Japan.
The Vincent Price Centennial, which makes its debut stop at the Imagi-Movies Film Festival, will feature two days of celebrity panels led by daughter Victoria Price, director and producer Roger Corman, writer William Goldstein, and filmmaker and director William Malone. The celebration will follow special screenings of Price's acclaimed films, The Masque of the Red Death and The Abominable Dr. Phibes.
The Imagi-Movies Film Festival will also be celebrating Dracula's 80th Anniversary with a special print screening of the 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi. A panel will precede the film with special guest speakers, Bela Lugosi Jr. and Carla Laemmle.
Not stopping there, the festival will contain a slew of great independent horror shorts and monstrous features, the FM Film Festival finalists, a rare screening of Stephen King's Dollar Babies, a compilation from the Lovecraft Society, and a special screening of cult phenom, Repo! The Genetic Opera with special guests tbd. Come enjoy a weekend of movies and filmmaking with fans, and even take home tools of the trade during live panels with some of the leading names in Hollywood. Special guest panels: Mick Garris, Tom Woodruff, Mark Lester, Pete Von Sholly, the cast and crew of The Last Lovecraft, and more!
For more information, go to Imagimovies.
From Sandy Stuhlfire
Horror Realm Announces Fall 2011 Guest Lineup
Pittsburgh, PA – March 9, 2011 – Fresh off its successful one day Spring Break Massacre and Zombie Gras celebration, Horror Realm is pleased to announce the first wave of guests for its fall show. Pittsburgh's modern horror convention's annual three-day show will be held September 16 to 18, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South (164 Fort Couch Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241).
The convention features a dealer room, celebrity and author panel discussions, contests, parties and other activities to keep fans engaged throughout the entire weekend. Horror Realm also supports various charities by raising funds through silent auctions and raffles as well as awareness of the causes.
Celebrity guests announced to date include:
Jack Ketchum – multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author who has had five of his books made into films, including THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, RED and THE LOST; he has been elected Grand Master for the 2011 World Horror Convention.
Ken Foree – lead zombie hunter in the original DAWN OF THE DEAD, also appeared in Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN, and THE DEVIL'S REJECTS.
Brad Loree – actor and stunt performer who played horror icon Michael Myers in Halloween: Resurrection, the eighth installment in the film series and also star of Mr. Hush.
Bill Johnson – best known as Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
Eduardo Sanchez – co-writer and director of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, the highly successful independent film which won the first ever Independent Spirit John Cassavetes award in 2000
Lori Cardille – stage, screen and television actress and native Pittsburgher best known as Sarah from Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD.
Antone DiLeo - most recognized for his part as Pvt. Miguel Salazar in DAY OF THE DEAD; also worked with Mr. Romero on the films Knightriders and Two Evil Eyes.
John Amplas – best known for his role in the Romero film Martin, accomplished stage actor and Associate Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Company.
Tiffany Shepis – noted and popular "scream queen" who has appeared in films such as Nightmare Man, Delta Delta Die! And Tromeo and Juliet.
For details on the convention, including exhibitor and sponsor rates, schedule, guests, advance ticket purchase and hotel reservations, please visit HorrorRealmCon.
I've been told that the following are really just common sense rules,
but they aren't really. Common Sense applies to things we do every
day, things that are "common" to us, and very few people
do road trips.
Road trips are often done on the spur of the moment and even the ones
that are planned out, are often made without carefully considering
all the factors. Why? Because these factors have not been faced
before. The dynamics of a road trip - with other people in the
vehicle - often run counter to the "common sense" dynamics
of the home or workplace. Even prison cells offer more room than
you are likely to find in a car or recreational vehicle.
These following tips, based on my years of experience as a road tripper,
are meant to ease your stress, whether you are a first timer or
an annual traveler. Anyone who remembers the awful annual roadtrips
with your parents (and the same arguments that flared up every
single time) knows what I'm talking about.
ROAD TRIP TIPS
1. When you are a passenger, never complain about the driving
/ traffic / trip.
2. Plan ahead for bathroom breaks:
a: Try to schedule your bathroom breaks around fuel stops.
b: If you are going to take drinks with you, bring food
to eat while you drink so the liquid won't run right through you.
3. Plan your next gas stop when the meter gets down to a quarter
tank. When at the gas station, give yourself an extra minute or
two to walk around and stretch a bit. Your body and circulation needs it!
4. Tolerate the driver's music.
5. If you use the map while moving, keep it down on your lap. Make
sure that you don't unfold it to the point that it interferes
with the driver's "space" or their visibility.
6. In heavy traffic, when riding shotgun, automatically volunteer
to give a head check for traffic in other lanes. The driver can't
see through your noggin.
7. Don't try to win arguments at any time, even if you know you are
8. If those arguments involve directions, make absolutely SURE you are right and then point it out on the map.
9. If you get lost anyway, laugh it off. You will still have to share
close quarters with this person for the rest of the trip. Everybody
makes mistakes and it could just as easily have been YOU in the hot
10. When you feel too tired to drive, ask the other person to drive.
Don't worry about who has driven more. If you are both exhausted,
pull over somewhere safe and rest as soon as possible. Don't worry
about "making good time".
11. It always needs to be said. You MUST buy the following
items before going on a roadtrip:
a: The deluxe carwash
b: The deluxe oil change and get the premium oil.
c: The deluxe coolant and radiator flush
d: The full tune-up with everything checked and all fluids
topped off. All filters replaced with new ones.
e: Have all five tires rotated, checked and balanced (yes
I said 5! You would never go on a roadtrip without a spare tire
f: Buy 5 cans of Fix-A-Flat. The tube and nozzle kind.
You'll thank me the very first time you have to use it.
g: Unless you are bringing enough money for hotels and restaurants
along the way, bring along a good sized plastic cooler for your
food and beverages. Keep it inside a large plastic bag. Why not
double bag it? I don't care if they are top of the line Coleman
coolers (like the one I own). Coolers WILL sweat
onto your seats. Trust me on this.
finally, rule 12.
When packing the vehicle for a roadtrip, NEVER allow
your stuff to get in the way of ANY of the windows.
It interferes with visibility, it makes you a moving billboard
target for thieves / vandals on the road, and it may conflict
with the highway laws in some states and / or counties that you
these basic rules and every road trip will be a comfort. Additional
things you will discover on an individual basis, but everything
I've set down will make all your problems easy to deal with and
your whole trip an adventure instead of a downer.
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