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Syndicate Smasher Has a Smashing World Premiere

Legendary martial arts/action stars came out in droves to support the sold out world premiere of Syndicate Smasher at the Downtown Independent Theater on March 11th! In addition to the cast, celebrities in attendance were Hank Garrett (3 Days of the Condor, G.I. Joe, The Animated Series), Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Blood Fist, The Martial Arts Kid), Robin Shou (Mortal Kombat), Aki Aleong (Missing in Action: Part 3, The Quest) and many others.

“It is definitely a ‘multiple Mob; ie. Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Russian etc. vs Special Forces movie and, if you like lots of action, check it out!,” said Don “The Dragon” Wilson, three time WKA World Kickboxing Champion and holder of 10 world kickboxing titles in 3 different weight classes.

“Syndicate Smasher is one of the best action films I’ve seen in years with a great story and well developed characters the audience can truly care about,” said iconic actor Hank Garrett, Martial Arts, Weightlifting and Wrestling Hall of Famer.

Noted Indonesian filmmaker and producer Benny Tjandra of New GenerAsian Films collaborated on this much anticipated crime thriller that is loosely based on a true story with co-director and writer Doug Tochioka.

Tochioka’s script joins legendary cult star and Martial Arts Hall of Famer Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game Of Death, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance) with action heroine extraordinaire Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop opposite Bruce Campbell and Sky opposite Norman Reedus), actors Joe Estevez (Dexter) and Arthur Roberts (Not of This Earth, Revenge of the Ninja), David Prak (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) as well as multi award-winning actor/filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, The Rack Pack) and more for a story centered on a group of mercenaries, initially hired as contract killers, who find themselves targets of four powerful crime organizations and families. Guns go ablaze in this action packed tour-de-force, which presents an otherwise appealing little jewel for action movie aficionados.

“This film has the most guns, the most shots, and the most gangsters all in one movie fighting and shooting each other ever,” said Tjandra.

Celebrated gangster fight exploitative martial arts figure Mel Novak is the ultimate bad guy and  mortal enemy of every gangster mob outfit in the world———-” I kill em all, says Novak chuckling——that is The Chinese Triad, The Mafia, the Italians, The Russians, The Japanese all in one film!!”

Mel Novak , whose career has spanned over 30 years, has been in hundreds of films. ” I have killed and been killed by the likes of legendary martial artist and screen legend; Bruce Lee in his epic, “Game of Death” and Chuck Norris in “An Eye for An Eye” and the late, great  Jim Kelley in cult classic “Black Belt Jones.”

Tall, leggy and extremely well-built statuesque blonde, Landon has enlivened a bunch of hugely enjoyable movies with her spunky energy, physical dexterity, bubbly, upbeat personality and considerable sex appeal. She often portrays tough, two-fisted, no-nonsense action heroines with a winning blend of fiery aplomb and cheerful good humor and definitely plays that role to the hilt in this film as the feisty Detective Carol Driscoll.

Churchill gives a great performance in a great character role as the fast talking Andy and Estevez is great as Detective James Beattie. Roberts is wonderful as hard nosed Chief Timothy Darcy. Rounding out the cast is David Prak (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) as Dara.

Although this film stars many of the same stars as Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, such as Novak, Landon, Churchill and others, this is a completely different kind of film.

Based loosely on a true story, and buttressed by unbelievable special effects, if you come up against Novak, Landon, Churchill and Estevez, it is a death wish as you will get smashed–SYNDICATE SMASHED! Don’t miss it! This film is a great choice for action junkies to get their shoot ’em up binge fix.

More info at http://www.syndicatesmasher.com/

Dustin Brown

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Check Point’s Much Anticipated Release on All Formats

On Tuesday, March 7th, Check Point will have its’ much anticipated release on all formats.

The online platforms releasing the film are iTunes US, Google Play, Xbox, Amazon Instant, Amazon DVD, Vudu (Walmart online), and Playstation. The cable providers are Comcast, Cos, Time Warner Cable, Brighthouse, Verizon Fios, Frontier, Suddenlink, Charter, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Google Play, Dish, DirecTV, and Blockbuster/Sling TV.  The DVD retailers releasing the film are Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon.com, Netflix, Redbox, and Military Base shops.

The film was directed, produced and written by multi award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill. Check Point stars an ensemble cast consisting of WWE Universal Champion Bill Goldberg (The Longest Yard), William Forsythe (The Rock, Raising Arizona), Martial Arts Hall of Famer Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, An Eye For An Eye opposite Chuck Norris), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th films), Tyler Mane (Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween, X-Men), Fred “The Hammer” Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn, Starsky & Hutch), Former UFC Champion John Lewis (Sons of Anarchy), Krista Grotte (Nation’s Fire, The Rack Pack, The Emerging Past) and Kenny Johnson (Bates Motel, The Shield). This project is also the last film of Ricky Harris (Heat, Dope) before his tragic and unexpected death.

“I have written many scripts and produced/directed a few films. But nothing compared to where my mind went with Check Point,” said Churchill.

Check Point is a very timely film considering all that is going on in the world today. This film is about a sleeper cell terrorist plot that is discovered in a small town where everyone knows one another, or so they thought they did. As justice seems lost, when an insurgent attack threatens to escalate into a full-blown invasion of the US, a team of unlikely heroes must rise up to fight the enemy and protect their beloved country.

Churchill is flanked by two cast members of the film, Krista Grotte and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson

“The idea of Check Point was something that has been with me since 1987. At one time, I wanted to be in the service as my father, uncles, grandfather and even my brother served our country. But I realized that it takes a very special kind of person to wear the uniform and defend their country. At that time in my life, my mind drifted more to the cinema and I wanted to make movies…where people can escape their worries and problems and lose themselves for a bit and get caught up in the world of cinema,” he added.

Churchill with cast member Bill Goldberg, WWE Universal Champion

Other projects this multi-talented filmmaker has worked on are the two time award-winning retro-film noir zombie epic-Lazarus: Apocalypse starring James Duval (Independence Day), which won best horror film at The New York City International Film Festival.  He also wrote, produced, directed and starred in the eight-time award-winning horror film The Emerging Past Director’s Cut. He also produced and portrayed the sheriff in the indie film Mr. Hush. Churchill was also seen by millions on the SyFy Network’s hit series Monster Man in episode #2 titled The Forbidden Werewolf.  This talented multi-hyphenate had a memorable role in the new cult classic Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance with a talented ensemble cast consisting of Bai Ling (The Crow), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Airplane 2: The Sequel), and Dawna Lee Heising (Pond Scum), and was reunited with Novak. He will also star with Novak and Landon in the upcoming Syndicate Smasher. Next on deck for Churchill is epic action thriller Nation’s Fire, ​starring Grotte, which he wrote and will be directing. Also on deck for him is an edgy new anthology TV series, Cold Plastic, ​which he also wrote and is directing  as well. Both projects are being production in conjunction David M. Parks’ Apothecary Entertainment.

More info at http://www.churchhillproductions.com/

Dustin Brown

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Comic Con 2016

Do you ever wish to save the entire world with cool superpowers and tight spandex like I do? The answer should be yes. Otherwise you may be living in another dimension were pop culture doesn’t exist because every human living in the 21st-century on planet Earth is obsessed with space raccoons, storm troopers and meta humans.
Just go to the Paris Comic Con and you’ll understand. This year, cosplayers from all around the world joined forces to showcase their best costumes. From Jedis to Harley Quinn and the Joker, every cosplayer had their unique style, walking among the visitors and taking selfies with them.

I had the chance to cover the first day (October 21st) of the 2016 Paris Comic Con and be part of this intense 3 day exhilarating convention.
The convention center opens at 9:30 am and arriving early is the best way to beat the crowd and avoid the long lines that start to form rapidly at animation booths. You could take pictures with BB-8, stormtroopers or even get a polaroid photo of you at the Instax by Fujifilm booth.

Cosplayers at the VR booth. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin
Cosplayers at the VR booth. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin

The VR experience was also popular. The PS4 instalment allowed visitors to fight crime as Batman and the Partouche Booth offered a Roller Blaster 4D experience.

Canal was a generous exhibitor, handing out bags and entertaining visitors with quizzes and opportunities to win gifts.
Many exhibitors not only promoted their brand and merchandise, but they were also eager to share their passion. Figurines, t-shirts, comics and costumes were a big hit among fans.

Even if you left your light sabre at home (because of safety regulations of course) you’ll have plenty of opportunities to demonstrate how well you use the force. There was a light sabre initiation proposed by the Light Sabre Sport League and many other opportunities to get your hands on one.

Light sabre initiation. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

There were plenty of Star Wars themed activities; ranging from photos to conferences.
I attended the masterclass delivered by Lorne Peterson, FX artist. He created most of the models for Star Wars. He shared his experience with humour and gave us funny behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

Lorne Peterson. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

At lunch time, superheroes get hungry as you’ll witness spidermen and batmen waiting in line to get a hot dog or fresh crepes at the food corner. I decided to try Japanese delicacies. I even treated myself to a freshly baked matcha and dark chocolate cookie.
To feed another hunger, the one for series and movies, I went to see the Warner Bros. Television event which projected trailers for up and coming movies and the first episode of the Season 3 of the Flash. After that, the pilot episode of Supergirl was on the menu.

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Star Trek Cosplayer being interviewed. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

Erik Larsen, illustrator known for his work on Spider-Man Marvel and other comics gave a conference. Visitors got to discover his career at the Masterclass room.

Other talents were here; actress Eliza Dushku, costume designer for Agent Carter Giovanna Melton, actress Carice Van Houten, cosplayer Leeanna Vamp, comic artist Trevor Hairsine, HBO storyboarder William Simpson…

The highlight of the day was the Luke Cage panel. Actor Mike Colter, costume designer Stephanie Maslansky and illustrator Shawn Martinbrough gave us an insight of the creation of the new Netflix show. Everyone was listening attentively to the interesting process of how the character was brought to the screen.

Luke Cage Panel. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

After clapping my hands cheerfully to several rounds of applause, I went to the mezzanine floor of the convention center. The atmosphere was laid-back and intimate. Illustrators were signing books or artwork and connecting with their fans.

I came across the Fusion Designs Caricatures booth. These guys offered amazing artwork.

To end the day on a good note, I attended the Premiere of the movie Arrival. It was such a compelling movie. The kind that makes such an impactful impression on you that you want to see it again. Just like how badly you want to go to Comic Con again next year!

The opening day of the Comic Con 2016 in Paris was a gathering of visitors and die hard fans wearing spandex and other cool costumes. At the masterclasses and other conferences, we had the chance to listen to professionals who described us how they created these great projects. We also got to see an exclusive of the Arrival, never shown before. Comic Con 2016 was a marvellous experience. Hollywood Press Corps is looking forward to the third edition next year.

Laurie Le Bomin

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Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers West Coast Premiere!

The west coast premiere of the multi award-winning film, Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers (BSOTF) was on Sunday, October 2nd at The Downtown Independent Theater in downtown Los Angeles with a jam packed red carpet. There was also a nice Q and A session after the film with the cast and crew in attendance. This edgy, urban thriller is nominated in 5 major categories, including Best Movie by the Motion Picture Association of Haiti (MPAH).

BSOTF was produced by Chicago’s top independent film company 4 Features Film.  4 Features Film is a full service production company that is known for their high quality independent films and also their television commercials which has won them multiple Telly Awards.

“We really appreciated all the love and support we received from our west coast friends and fans. It’s a great to see the buzz BSOTF is getting on a national level as we screen the film across the country, ” said Romeo.

 

Actor-producers Tirf Alexius and Remoh Romeo
Actor-producers Tirf Alexius and Remoh Romeo on the red carpet!

 

Their latest project Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers has already created a big buzz with their loyal followers and mainstream media. The film is written and directed by Lanre Sarumi (Critical Nexxus, Banana Leaves) and the main characters and executive producers are world renowned movie makers Remoh Romeo (Hogtown, Lakay) and Tirf Alexius (Lakay, Chicago P.D.).

Actor-filmmakers Tirf Alexius, Thomas J. Churchill and Remoh Romeo
Actor-filmmakers Tirf Alexius, Thomas J. Churchill and Remoh Romeo

The seventy-eight minute crime thriller tells the story of a ruthless immigrant’s persistent quest for power and fame which leads to the development of a new addictive drug that allows the user to reach an ultimate high while still remaining a productive member of society. Just as he’s starting to cash in on his invention, a blackmailing kingpin threatens to take it all away. This fast-paced action packed thriller is filled with cliffhangers and laced with twists, turns, and the bodies of everyone who gets in his way.

Actress Natasha Blasick on the red carpet
Actress Natasha Blasick on the red carpet

The movie is the brainchild of Chicago filmmakers Remoh Romeo and Tirf Alexius who worked on the script for several months before beginning production. “It tells the real life decisions some people are faced with when they have limited options,” says Romeo. “We wanted to give an accurate portrayal of how life can be for immigrants in some of America’s toughest neighborhoods,” adds Alexius.

Q and A with Remoh, Tirf, actor Wesley Saint Louis and DP Melissa Flores
Q and A with Remoh, Tirf, actor Wesley Saint Louis and DP Melissa Flores

As for their much anticipated west cost premiere, “It was fantastic to be surrounded by a team of people who believe and support your creative endeavors,” said Alexius.

HPC's Vida G. interviews Tirf and Remoh on the red carpet for Eye on Entertainment
HPC’s Vida G. interviews Tirf and Remoh on the red carpet for Eye on Entertainment

For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to i2BELIEVE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing educational opportunities to children and adolescents in Haiti, which happens to be very timely considering Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti.

The filmmakers will also gracious donate $1 for every digital purchase of the film.

Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers had a nationwide theatrical trailer that was released in select movie theaters in Chicago on September 16th and New York City on September 23rd. After the theatrical release, the film will be released around the world on every major on-demand format. For more on Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers visit www.BastardSonMovie.com 

Photos courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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The International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts is in the Heart of Beverly Hills

The fourth annual International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts (IFFCA) was held at the Laemmle Music Hall Three in super swanky Beverly Hills right on Wilshire Boulevard from October 10th to the 12th.

The IFFCA was started by passionate cinema enthusiasts who liked to contribute to the film community and recognized the excellence and hard work which goes in the making of a film. The festival’s goal is to foster a meaningful global conversation between cultures and countries through Cinema.

Festival Co-founder Amir Masud with actor and filmmaker
Festival Co-founder Amir Masud with actor and filmmaker Akash Chopra of The Interrogation of Guru Kartaar Singh

“This year our festival is three full days and we screened over a 100 films, many of which were from all over the world like England, Australia, and India,” said Masud.

“I’m so excited that we are screening the films at a Laemmle Theatre, which is a family owned business and it’s a good match for us as all our hearts are passionate about the art and craft of cinema,” he added.

Host Violet Kanian, entertainment attorney Nadia Davari and host Mia Eden
Host Violet Kanian, entertainment attorney Nadia Davari and host Mia Eden

The festival is a joyous celebration of the art and craft of cinematic storytelling. They celebrate and recognize not only the directors, actors, but also present jury awards to screenwriters, editors, and composers. At this festival, they celebrate all artists responsible for creating cinema.

The cast of "Breathe" under the festival's marquee at the Lammle Theatre
The cast of “Breathe” under the festival’s marquee at the Lammle Theatre

Finally, it is indeed possible to tell evocative, visceral, meaningful, and moving films without spending millions of dollars. The Cinematic Arts Film Festival will inspire filmmakers around the world by premiering examples of films made on micro-budgets. They have also included a new category just for music videos to appreciate the creativity and talent it takes to make these short forms of filmmaking.

Q and A after a screening
Q and A after a screening

I got a chance to watch The Interrogation of Guru Kartaar Singh by Akash Chopra, who wrote, directed and starred in this film and did a truly outstanding job even though he wore many hats. This film is based on a play of the same name and is a fictitious Indian short film that revolves around an interrogation of a young Sikh who attempts to assassinate a political figure in the name of religious vengeance and propaganda. Based on true facts surrounding the Sikh secessionist demand for a new state also known as the ‘Khalistan’ Movement, the infamous genocidal Operation Blue Star in year 1984, Chopra gives a stellar performance and is the only character on-camera.

“Sikhs have the most peaceful religion, so it’s really tragic what they’ve had to go through. Certain episodes in the 80’s really left a mark,” said Chopra, who is not a Sikh himself.

The trailer of this film is at http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2353050393 and more info about the festival at http://iffca.org/

 

 

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance’s Sold Out Screenings

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence Sells Out

On Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, Cinema Epoch presented two exclusive, sold out screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance at the Laemmle Noho Theatre. The Martial Arts Museum in Burbank will also hosted a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm for all the rabid Samurai Cop 2 fans!

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster

Los Angeles, CA , October 11, 2015 -Cinema Epoch presented exclusive sold out screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20pm. Hatanaka(Mad Cowgirl, Blue Dream) and the stars of the film conducted a Q and A after the film on both nights.  More screening dates to be announced soon.

Castmates Cranston Komuro, Bai Ling and Gerald Okamura. Bai's eye-catching outfit is a nod to the genre of the film
Castmates Cranston Komuro, Bai Ling and Gerald Okamura. Bai’s eye-catching outfit is a nod to the genre of the film

 

This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Matt Hannon) who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

Samurai Cop 2 Castmates Mathew Karedas and Dawna Lee Heising
Castmates Mathew Karedas and Dawna Lee Heising

Alongside the original cast, the film also stars iconic actors such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones), Bai Ling (The Crow, Crank: High Voltage), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Airplane II: The Sequel), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Apocalypse), Joe Estevez (Dexter), Dawna Lee Heising (Slink, Pond Scum), Kristine De Bell (The Big Brawl) and countless others. This film utilizes the innovative 35mm trend that is being used in the new Bond and Tarantino film. Lee Heising’s scene with Wiseau utilized this film method which was apropos as Hatanaka truly gave homage to the original film while keeping it fresh and current enough for modern day audiences, which also was a great fit for his eclectic cast.

Actress Laurene Landon who played a detective in the film
Actress Laurene Landon who played a detective in the film
Actor Mel Novak
Actor Mel Novak on the red carpet

“I’m a big fan of the first film and it’s amazing to work with the original cast as well as the new generation of cast members,” said Hatanaka. “I feel really blessed. I hope I did the ensemble justice. It helped to have reverence for the cast and I respected everyone’s work in it,” he added.

Actors Laurene Landon, Lisa London, actor-filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill, actor and journalist HPC's Vida G., actors Mel Novak, Amy Shi, and Ewart Chin
Actors Laurene Landon, Lisa London, actor-filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill, actor, voiceover artist and fashion blogger yours truly., actors Mel Novak, Amy Shi, and Ewart Chin

Tickets for these screenings can be purchased at this link: www.laemmle.com/films/39604

Actress Bai Ling blows a kiss to her birthday cake with her image on it
Actress Bai Ling blows a kiss to her birthday cake with her image on it

If that wasn’t enough to have quenched the fans thirst Samurai Cop 2 thirst, the stars of this film descended upon the Martial Arts Museum for a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm. This museum is located at 2319 W. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank.  For their legions of rabid fans, there was be an exclusive red carpet photo session and an unveiling of the Flying Guillotine Display at the Museum that was graciously donated by Hatanaka. It was also the birthday of Samurai Cop 2 star Bai Ling, which was celebrated with a beautiful cake of Ling’s striking image in a glamorous outfit.

Celebrities and VIPs in attendance were Grand Master Eric Lee, producers Joseph Kelbie Williamson and Edwin Santos, actors Joe Estevez, Gerald Okamura, Lisa London, Lexi Belle, Yuka Sano, Amy Shi, Hank Garrett, Naoyuki Ikeda, Ramzi Abed, Shane Ryan, photographers Dan Kennedy and John Cox – and many more!

The trailer of the film can be seen at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=996zhYei9Xw

Photos courtesy of Cineridge Entertainment

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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“Among Us The Beginning” World Premiere at Harmony Gold

Magic Image Productions and Magic Image Hollywood Magazine along with Solecito Vazquez and Joss Gomez invites you to attend the world premiere of the movie “Among Us The Beginning”  at Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood on August 29th with the red carpet starting at 7pm.  Come join them and their cast and crew along with celebrity guests to celebrate this special night.

Post for Among Us The Beginning
Post for Among Us The Beginning

This film is about Noom (Mizo Ghendar), an evil extraterrestrial from the dark side of the moon, who comes to early looking for a beautiful human female with whom to have a hybrid child in order to control our minds and bodies while they live Among Us. He will not be stopped in his quest and will even resort to murder and mayhem. A human being named Joss (Joss Gomez) is at the right place at the wrong time and will face Noom and try to stop him before it’s too late.  Solecito Vazquez, Dr. Robert Rey, Claudiu Raymond, Mark Sevier, Amelia Johnson and Danielle Vasinova round out this ensemble cast.

Still of Joss Gomez
Still of Joss Gomez
Joss with his cast members Mark Sevier, Mizo Ghendar, and Claudio Raymond
Joss (center) with his cast members Mark Sevier, Mizo Ghendar, Karyme Lozano and Claudiu Raymond
Joss and Solecito with their cast and crew members
Joss and Solecito with their cast and crew members

Here’s the trailer for “Among Us The Beginning”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PaAFLff6Lw

More info about the film at http://amongusthemovie.com/ and tickets can be purchased at this link http://amongusthemovie.com/premiere-tickets

Photos courtesy of Magic Image Productions

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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