September 6th, 2005

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(Fort Lauderdale, September 4, 2005) Animals, like people, experience trauma during disasters. And, like their human counterparts, thousands of dogs, cats and other animals were left stranded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and need food, water, shelter and possibly medical treatment.

Central Bark Doggy Day Care and Animal Communicator Joan Ranquet will host a “Yappy Hour” Tuesday, September 27 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm to benefit the Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS). This special evening will include wine, champagne, and hors’doeuvres. A Silent Auction will include items from E Collecion, Newport Furnishings, Neiman Barkus, Hi-Life Café among others, and is designed to raise the funds for the organization whose disaster rescues are funded solely through donations and provided free of charge to the community.

EARS, the disaster rescue program of United Animal Nations is a 501(3)(c) organization that has a nationwide network of more than 2,300 trained volunteers dedicated to rescuing and caring for animals during disasters. During the past fifteen years, EARS volunteers have helped thousands of animal disaster victims including more than 400 animals during last summer's devastating string of hurricanes in Florida

Central Bark Doggy Day Care is located at 3699 North Dixie Highway. For more information call 954-568-3647 or go to http://
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"Found on the crossroads of Gospel Lane and Blues Avenue, "The Skeleton Key."

In the future, "The Skeleton Key" will be regarded as a celluloid of phophecy. For a contemporary ghost story, "The Skeleton Key" had the box office misfortune of being released when "The Sixth Sense," "What Lies Beneath" and "The Others" are still vividly remembered. Given the current events in New Orleans, "The Skeleton Key" will find a cult audience in the future. "The Skeleton Key" is set in New Orleans and the Louisiana swamplands. The issue of racial revenge is a key thematic element that sits on the crossroads between Gospel Land and Blues Avenue. This is a film that will offend the card carrying members of the Klu Klux Klan.

Kate Hudson portrays a caregiver who recently lost her father. She takes an assignment at a gothic mansion owned by Gena Rowlands and the bedridden John Hurt. Things go bump in the night and Nurse Hudson goes to investigate. At first she suspects patient abuse, but eventually the pretty nurse learns the occult differences between hoodoo and voodoo.

The strength of "The Skeleton Key" are the performances. From the low key scenes featuring discussions over ice tea to the violent emotional ones, Rowlands and Hudson hold audience interest. It is a film where throw away scenes provide important exposition double entendre. One dialogue scene about cultural morays and tattoos features a payoff during the film's climax.
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Screamfest 2005 countdown

"Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein" is considered
the end of the golden age of monster movies. At the
climax of the movie, Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula
and the Wolf Man apparently met their doom by plunging
into the water of the Florida Keys. Like most people
their age, these famous monsters retired and their
children and grandchildren will be visiting the
Screamfest Horror convention the weekend of October
14th at the Marriott Coral Springs Hotel.

This Monstrous homecoming will include local residents,
"Creature from the Black Lagoon"(Riccou Browning,),
Scream Queen Linnea Quigley,
Deerfield' most famous 1958 Plymouth Fury,
Christine Clone Zapata and her care taker Rich.

"Screamfest"has become the largest monster
convention in the Southeast. Part of the reason for
this success is the entrepreneurial opportunities this
convention has created. The Screamfest Convention is a boon
for local comic book stores. C.J. Comics in Fort Lauderdale
has been scouring the countryside finding
memorabilia pertaining to the visiting monsters.

Before "Screamfest 2003," Independent film maker Solomon
Mortamur had been producing his low budget epic, "It
Came from Trafalgar.." with Linnea Quigley, Brinke
Stevens and Eddie Munster (actually...Butch Patrick).
Upon visiting the 2003 convention, Mortamur added
to his cast: the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" ensemble
(Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal), Bill Hinzmann from the
original "Night of the Living Dead" and Christine
Clone Zapata. Expect to find this Black & White DVD
epic at
See Kenny Miller get a second chance at singing
"Eeeny Meeny Miney Moe" in a tribute to B movies gone by.

Headlining "Screamfest 2004" was Sid Haig. A
familiar face in the movies for forty years, Haig is
enjoying newfound recognition as Captain Spaulding
from "House of 10,000 Corpses" and the
sequel, "The Devil's Rejects." Haig is a missing link
to the golden age of horror movies. Haig made his
horror movie debut in "Spider Baby," which featured
Lon Chaney Jr.'s last starring role.
Haig returns for "Screamfest 2005"

If you dare party with "Michael Myers" (Dick
Warlock "Halloween II"), Jason Voorhees (Warrington Gillette -
"Friday the 13th Part 2") and
Wrestler George "the Animal" Steel("Ed Wood"),
then contact for ticket