Internationally-Acclaimed Thriller ‘Apparition’ Highlights New Hope Film Festival

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(PCM) When Jody Quigley signed on to play the leading man in “Apparition,” a supernatural thriller set in rural Pennsylvania, he knew he would enjoy the acting challenge, but he honestly had no idea how far the film’s reach would extend.

Now, the movie produced by his father’s company, Thundersmoke Media, and starring an impressive cast and director, has garnered nine awards at festivals around the world, is headed to the acclaimed Toronto International Film Festival this fall, and will help open the 7th Annual New Hope Film Festival.

Highlighting the New Hope Film Festival, as one of 89 films from 11 countries, “Apparition,” a riveting movie, is showing at the New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Avenue, New Hope,PA., on Saturday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m.

Picturesque New Hope has attracted, and been home to many talented producers, screenwriters, actors, playwrights, and performance art enthusiasts. The village is centrally located less than an hour from Philadelphia and 90 minutes from New York.

Many of the films are U.S. and world premieres. Countries represented include the USA, Italy, Canada, Turkey, India, Australia, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK, Kuwait and Brazil. Filmmakers from around the country and abroad will attend the screenings. There will be opportunities to meet filmmakers at the question and answer sessions following the films.

“People should come out because we have one of the best independent film lineups in the world, and that’s not only my opinion” explained Doug Whipple, the director of NHFF. “We hear it all the time from filmmakers who have traveled the festival circuit.”

For NHFF tickets please go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2552734.

Watch the “Apparition” trailer here:

The movie focuses on Doug, (Jody Quigley), and Lori, (Katrina Law), his beautiful fiancée, who buy an isolated and dilapidated farmhouse to renovate with visions of a happy fairytale life together. But something goes terribly wrong after Lori is killed in a car accident. Doug has no inkling that his fixer upper is filled with a cadre of haunted secrets.

This nightmarish premise of “Apparition” and the unusual love triangle involved, expertly explores the difficult themes of love, death, and the fragility of the mind.

“I am thrilled with the attention “Apparition” has received,” said Jody Quigley, 36, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. “It’s sort of like a love story in a weird way. It is intriguing and a little more off the beaten path. Instead of the characters getting slashed to death, this is a mind thriller. This movie is definitely messing with your head, and in some scenes, what I would call uber-creepy.”

Quigley, who has won four acting awards for the film, has also starred in the movies, “Wicked Blood,” “Hijacked,” “In the Bag,” and “Breaking Wind.”

He fondly remembers making the movie several years ago and bonding with his co-stars: Katrina Law “Spartacus” and “Arrow,” Lily Bordan (“The Martian” and “Cherry,” and Tom Roy (“12 Monkeys”), and his director, Quinn Saunders, best known for his work on TV’s “Big Brother,” and the film, “Cherry.”

“Apparition” is the end result of hard work done by the cast and crew on a tight budget and a grueling 18-day film schedule in May 2013. Combining this with accomplished local talent, and extensive local resources, the movie is riveting.

The film offers many recognizable locations: Scenes were shot in Hatboro at the Village Hardware store, the Stroker Roadhouse, a Hatboro watering hole, and, of course, the historic Penrose Strawbridge House in Horsham’s Graeme Park, which sits in the middle of 357 acres and is part of a national Historic Land Trust, located in Montgomery County.

Peter Choate, executive director of the Horsham Preservation and Historical Association, lives in the house with his wife, Margaret, and the couple agreed to move out for six weeks during the filming to stay with a local friend.

So is the house haunted. Or not? “Some say it is, and some say it isn’t,” replied Choate. “We’ve had three groups of paranormal investigators come through. My wife and I have lived here for 10 years and we have never seen any incident of a ghost except one unusual occurrence.”

It is well-documented that the owner of the home, Margaret Strawbridge, abhorred smoking and forbade anyone from lighting tobacco in the home. Choate recalled in great detail the day he felt like having a cigar and lit up. “I was sitting at my computer upstairs smoking that cigar and I felt a double tap on my shoulder,” he said. “I turned around and no one was there. I put it out and never smoked in the house again”

Producer and entrepreneur Guy Quigley, who is also Jody’s proud father, said that the film had an arduous 18-day shooting schedule in several Bucks and Montgomery County locations. He is pleased that the movie has garnered nine recent film awards around the globe and is clearly an audience favorite.

“People are finding this to be a highly intriguing movie. It is a thriller with an extremely interesting psychological element,” Guy explained. “Some people like the more Hitchcock feel as opposed to the blood and gore.”

During a recent chat with Quinn Saunders, 40, of Lumberton, N.J. the award-winning director of “Apparition,” expressed the importance of the house to the film. “Once we located it, we re-wrote the script for this house,” Saunders explained. “This house is another leading character in the script – it was crucial for this film.”

Q: Quinn, please talk about Apparition’s journey from Bucks and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania, to film festival around the globe.

Quinn Saunders: It’s incredibly gratifying to know that Apparition has been embraced and enjoyed by so many people across the world.

Q: Why do you think the movie has captured the imagination of its audiences far and wide?

QS: I think at its core, Apparition is incredibly relatable to anyone who has experienced substantial loss in their life; and it doesn’t hurt that it has some good scares in it as well.

Q: What are your fondest memories of making the movie?

QS: It was wonderful getting to make a movie so close to where I grew up, but my favorite part was working with all of the talented actors and a great crew of creative people.

Q: Have you kept in touch with Jody and Guy Quigley?

QS: Of course, we shared a great experience making the movie and we are partners in bringing it to the world.

Q: Have you worked with any of the cast members since Apparition?

QS: No, but I would love to work with all of them again.

Q: What project are you currently involved in?

QS: My partner and I are currently putting together a project called Hitman that has Adam Beach (“Suicide Squad” and “Flags of Our Fathers”) attached as the star. It’s an amazing action film with Adam as a U.S. Special Forces veteran who winds up as a hit-man for Mexican drug gangs down on the border. He has a change of heart after he is wounded in a gunfight and recovers on a Native American reservation. While there, he falls in love and decides to defend the Reservation against the Mexican drug gangs that are trying to use it as their base of operations.

Guy Quigley, the film’s producer, also recently talked about the film’s global reach and being proud that “Apparition” has circled back to his home-town roots.

Q: What is your reaction to all of the awards that your son, Jody, and the film have received?

Guy Quigley: The first award was from the Indie Film Festival 2015, Switzerland, where Jody Quigley was awarded “Best actor in a leading role.” This was somewhat inspiring, which led me to enter several other Festivals. Since then we have won a total of nine winning awards, four of which were awards Jody received. We have a further four nominations, results yet to be known and screenings to come at the New Hope Film Festival and the Peachtree Village International Film Festival.

Q: Why do you feel audiences continue to respond so well to Apparition?

GQ: I believe it may have to do with the fact that “Apparition” is more of a psychological thriller as opposed to horror. Some people like the more Hitchcock feel than blood and gore.

Q: What are your thoughts about the film being at the New Hope Film Festival?

GQ: We were really delighted to hear that we were an official selection in the NHFF. The fact is that the entire movie was shot in Bucks County is good for all movie makers trying to complete films locally and a golden opportunity to expose the finished work.

Q: Why do you encourage movie buffs to come to the festival?

GQ: It is really simple these days to stream a movie from various websites, however, to really appreciate any movie, the best place to see is on a big screen with 5.1 Dolby stereo. So I encourage everyone to please come out.

“Apparition” is available for streaming and on DVD at Amazon.com

Check out “Apparition” on Facebook.

For further information about the New Hope Film Festival, call: 1-800-838-3006 or go to: http://www.newhopefilmfestival.com/

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Kylie Jenner’s Cosmetics Company Receives A ‘F’ For Flop!

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(PCM) The Kardashian/Jenner clan have always had their noses in various business opportunities throughout the fashion and entertainment realm. Some have been a success, while others, such as Kylie Jenner’s cosmetics company turn out to be a flop with a capital “F”.

Kylie Cosmetics has just recently received an “F” grade from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), which is obviously the lowest rating a company can receive. The grade was given to the company mainly due to terrible customer service and complaints surrounding delivery and overall manufacturing.

Kylie has not even had the company open for a full year yet and already there are close to 150 complaints from customers that have been reported to the BBB.  On their official report the BBB states “Currently the BBB is receiving multiple complaints from this company’s customers claiming that after ordering and paying for products, some or all of the products are not being shipped as expected. The company’s refund policy states, “We do not accept returns, exchanges or refunds. All sales are final.” However the company will replace missing items.”

Many individuals have also been complaining about the overall quality of the products themselves and Kylie’s name is being mocked fairly harshly throughout the cosmetics industry. Guess, this is what happens when you allow an 18-year old girl to run a company and only proves that not everything the Kardashian/Jenner clan touches turns to gold!

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Actor Ian Ziering Opens Up About A Childhood Secret And How He Copes With Stressful Summers As A Parent

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(PCM) We recently had a chance to catch up with actor Ian Ziering where he opened up to us about his own childhood secret and how he copes with stressful summers as a parent. Ziering revealed to us that he suffered from the issue of bedwetting as a child and currently his own daughter is suffering from the same ordeal. However, thanks to GoodNites and some clever parenting techniques the issue of bedwetting has truly become a non-issue at all! For more information, please visit GoodNites.com.

Ziering also spoke to us about how he balances both his acting career and life as a parent with two young daughters as well as his upcoming role in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens and looking back on the days of 90210 after all these years.

One of the challenges that Ian and thousands of other parents deal with is bedwetting. Ian is a former bed wetter, so he knows how embarrassing or shameful it can feel, and now his children are experiencing nighttime wetting as well. Bedwetting can be hereditary, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Experts say bedwetting is not your child’s fault, and there are ways you can help your child through the problem. Ian is working to break the stigma associated with nighttime wetting, and to help parents and their children rest easy tonight.

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Kanye Stirs Up Controversy With ‘Famous’ Music Video Featuring Various Naked Celebs Including Taylor Swift

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(PCM) The words Kanye West and controversy always seem to go hand in hand and he is once again stirring the pot with his latest music video for the song “Famous” off his latest album release “The Life Of Pablo”.  Despite the fact that the album has been out since Valentine’s Day, “Famous” is still the only official single and the first track off the album to receive a music video, and a very NSFW one at that, but from Kanye would you expect anything less.

As he recently tweeted, “Can somebody sue me already? #Ill wait”, Kanye already realizes that he could be in hot water for his video’s depicting of several high-profile celebrities in the nude laying on a massive bed together. Many of the naked celebs featured in the video are realistic looking wax figures, however there are definitely a few such as Kanye, himself, his wife Kim Kardashian, singer Rihanna, and Caitlyn Jenner who may actually be real, judging by the bodily movements when taking a closer look at the video.

Other celebrities whose naked likeness is represented are Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Vouge editor Anna Wintour, Chris Brown, Amber Rose, Ray J and shockingly Bill Cosby. Kanye claims the video, which is only currently available for viewing on Tidal, is a comment on fame and he says that other celebrity friends he shared the video with began complaining because they wanted to “be in the bed”.

Love him or hate him, Kanye always has a very unique and artistic viewpoint on pop culture and is never afraid to push the limits for the sake of art and social commentary. Some celebrities featured in the video have already spoken out about having their nude likeness splayed out in the video. While, Chris Brown was jokingly complaining about his “plumber’s crack”, Taylor Swift is said to be horrified by her depiction in the video.  Other celebrities have yet to publicly comment.

You can see a shortened snippet of the video below, keep in mind that it is incredibly NSFW and contains both implied and actual nudity.

 

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Exclusive Music Video Premiere: ‘It Do Take Nerve’ By Ryan Skyy feat. Jack Mizrahi

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(PCM) We are super excited to premiere the brand new music video for “It Do Take Nerve” from Ryan Skyy feat. Jack Mizrahi. You may recognize the song, as it went viral as part of an electro-house score that Ryan Skyy produced for Marco Marco’s LA and NY fashion shows after the first plus-size male model ever featured during fashion week, Dexter Mayfield, strutted down the runway to this track and lit up social media and the fashion world

The music video features vocals by voguing MC Jack Mizrahi and is directed by Edgar Dela Torre. The video pays homage to late 80s and early 90s nostalgia and voguing street culture, which has long been an underlining influence of dance and pop culture.

 Plus-size male model, Dexter Mayfield, also makes an appearance in the video, along with Javier Ninja from the House of Ninja, considered to be the top voguer in the world, alongside voguers Mercury Xtravaganza, Carlos Irizarry, and Eric Sanchez. Also featured in the video is Eden the Doll, a transgender model from LA. Shot throughout parts of LA and Venice Beach, “Nerve” features central themes of applauding courage, standing up and not being afraid, being unbothered, having that intestinal fortitude, loving yourself, closing the closet door behind you and never letting anyone put you back in.

Put your vougeing shoes on and enjoy!

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Syfy Reveals Results Of Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Social Media Campaign

(Syfy) It’s the Sharknado news the world has been anticipating! Finally, the answer to the burning question: “does #AprilLive or does #AprilDie?” Syfy is unveiling the results of the first of its kind Sharknado social campaign – which invited fans to determine the fate of the beloved character April Wexler (Tara Reid, “American Pie”). To find out April’s fate, click here or watch the video below:

Additionally, Syfy announces the final wave of cameos for this summer’s fourth installment, “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens”, premiering Sunday, July 31 at 8PM ET/PT, including appearances by Carrot Top, the Chippendales Dancers, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Girardi, Steve Guttenberg (“3 Men and a Baby”) and WWE Superstar Seth Rollins.

Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering, “90210”), in his determined fight to protect the world from the sharknado menace, will enlist help from some new friends including:

· Andre “Black Nerd” Meadows (YouTube star) as a Train Conductor

· Carrot Top (“Vegas Headliner”) as an Uber Driver

· Chippendales Dancers (“Chippendales”) as themselves

· DeStorm Power (You Tube/Vine Star) as a National Guardsman

· Dolvett Quince (“The Biggest Loser”) as a Trainer

· Erika Girardi (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) as Tech Frances

· Gilbert Gottfried (comedian) as TODAY Show correspondent

· Seth Rollins (WWE Superstar) as AstroTech Lopez

· Steve Guttenberg (“Colton West,” “Lavalantula,” “2 Lava 2”) as Car Owner

· Hayley Hasselhoff as Supervisor Mary Jane and Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff as Pilot Shaylin

· iJustine (You Tube star) as Supervisor Brock

· Roy Nelson (MMA fighter) as Donnie the Paparazzo

· Stassi Schroeder as Koening and Jax Taylor as a Guardsman (“Vanderpump Rules”); and

· Paul Shaffer as himself

These new cameos join the already-announced robust roster including (in alphabetical order):

· Benjy Bronk (“The Howard Stern Show”) as a morning show host

· Corey Taylor (Slipknot) as a Shark World hotel security guard

· Cynthia Bailey (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Robert Herjavec (“Shark Tank”), Kym Johnson (“Dancing with the Stars”), Carrie Keagan (TV host), T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (“In Living Color”) and “Baywatch” stars Gena Lee Nolin and Alexandra Paul as Astro-X rocket scientists and astrophysicists

· David Faustino (“Married with Children”) as a Las Vegas gambler

· Dr. Drew Pinsky (“Loveline”) as a pastor

· Duane Chapman (“Dog the Bounty Hunter”) as a chainsaw dealer

· Frank Mir (MMA fighter) as head of security for the Shark World hotel

· Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) as manager of the Shark World hotel

· Jedward (Musicians) as Astro Techs

· Jillian Barberie (TV Host) as a train passenger

· Lori Greiner (“Shark Tank”) as a home shopping guru

· Patti Stanger (“Millionaire Matchmaker”) as a reporter

· Stacey Dash (actress and pundit) as the Mayor of Chicago

· Vince Neil (Motley Crue)

· Wayne Newton (aka Mr. Las Vegas)

· Todd, Savannah and Grayson Chrisley (“Chrisley Knows Best”)

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens takes place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in last summer’s Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. Fin (Ziering), his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the intervening years, but now sharks – and ‘nados! – are being whipped up in places (and ways) least expected.

Tara Reid returns as April Wexler, and David Hasselhoff (as Gil Shepard) and Ryan Newman (as Claudia Shepard) will also reprise their Sharknado 3 roles. New additions to the Sharknado: The 4th Awakens cast include Gary Busey, Tommy Davidson, Imani Hakim, Cody Linley, Masiela Lusha and Cheryl Tiegs.

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens is a production of The Asylum. Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct an original screenplay written by Thunder Levin.

Web: www.syfy.com/sharknado4

Facebook: facebook.com/sharknadomovies/

Twitter: @sharknadosyfy #Sharknado4 and #The4thAwakens

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