August 8th, 2006

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Friday the 13th meets SCREAMFEST

Celebrate Friday the 13th Weekend at Florida 's Largest Horror Convention. Screamfest 2006 is a three day event for horror fans to gather and enjoy all things horror related.

Come to meet and greet celebrity guests including Edward Furlong " Terminator 2" and "American History X", Patricia Quinn "Rocky Horror Picture Show ", Roddy Piper - WWE Superstar, Tony Todd "CandyMan", P.J. Soles and George Wilbur of "Halloween", Lisa Loring "The Addams Family" , The Vampires of "The Lost Boys" Brooke McCarter, Billy Wirth and Chance Michael Corbitt, James Duval - Frank the Bunny from "Donnie Darko", Stars of " Friday the 13th" Amy Steel, Adrienne King, Ari Lehman, CJ Graham, and Tom Savini, Ricou Browning "Creature from the Black Lagoon ", we even have a GoGo - Jane Wiedlin, plus many many more.

Don't miss out on the huge dealer room with some of the best vendors in the US. Stick around Friday and Saturday night to check out our live bands featuring Voltaire and Naked Beggars featuring members of Cinderella. We will also be featuring a Midnight Showing of The Rocky Horror Picture show hosted by Patricia Quinn . Check out our Q&A's and seminars that run all weekend, as well as some of your favorite horror movies and independent films that will be showing all weekend at the Freak Show Film Festival . It's being held just before Halloween and even better, on Friday the 13th weekend! So break out your costumes and come on over! This is not just for adults, it's open for all ages and the whole family. This is an event that should not be missed!

When: Friday, October 13, Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15, 2005
Doors Open: Friday at 6PM
Saturday & Sunday 11AM

Where: Wyndham Orlando Resort
8001 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
407-351-2420

Tickets: $25.00 -one day
$30.00 - full weekend pass
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Desperate for a laugh? "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"

When Jim Carrey hosted Saturday Night Live ten years
ago, the only actor who could support him in
practically every sketch was Will Ferrell. The
sketches were outrageously funny and that episode
still stands as one of the best episodes of Saturday
Night Live since Belushi and Aykroyd departed the
show. While funny at times, Will Ferrell's new movie,
“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” made me
think of the belly laughs from this ten year episode
of “Saturday Night Live.”

Ricky Bobby is born in the back seat of his parent's
car. His white trash father (Cary Cole) is an
absentee father who teaches his son that “Be Number
One or you are nothing.” Little Ricky grows up to
look like Will Ferrell and becomes a NASCAR Race Car
Driver. Creating Shake & Bake teamwork with a
childhood friend, Cal (John C. Reilly), Ricky Bobby
becomes the greatest racer in the history of the
universe, marries a fabulous looking babe, Carley
(Leslie Bibb), raises two sons and lives the American
Dream.

Then the sports cliches' kick into the plot. Ricky
Bobby is involved in a car accident, his family
leaves him, the best friend disappoints our hero and
NASCAR finds himself unemployed. Being a family
movie, Mommy Bobby (Jane Lynch) comes to the rescue
and teaches the importance of family values. Without
giving away the secret surprise ending, Ricky Bobby
races again before little Nelle is tied on the
railroad tracks by Simon Bar Sinister. Oops Sorry, I
got bored and mixed up my comedy universes.

“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” mixes
cliche plot structure and blatant commercialism.
Filmed in North Carolina near a Wonder bread factory,
“Talladega Nights” is a hodge podge of storyline that
serves the commercial interests of the producers. It
is actually a relatively inexpensive movie to produce
given the product placement, sponsorship and
endorsement.

Like his previous success with “Elf,” Will Ferrell has
hit upon a successful formula for a screen persona as
a naive bumpkin who performs outrageous actions.
Ferrell manages to keep Ricky Bobby a likable goon,
especially during his fall from NASCAR nirvana. As
Cal, John C. Reilly matches Ferrell with goofy
intensity. The Reilly and Ferrell partnership is as
seamless as Reilly's partnership with Woody Harrelson
in “A Prairie Home Companion.”

As Gary Cole plays a white trash father, Michael
Clarke Duncan portrays a surrogate father figure as
the Ricky Bobby crew chief. During a hospital
sequence, Duncan, Reilly and Ferrell participate in
the funniest scene in “Talladega Nights.” Jane
Lynch's Mommy Bobby is pure wish fulfillment. At
first Mommy Bobby comes across as a sweet, nurturing
figure; but when she has to raise her grandchildren –
Grandma is not afraid to slap some sense upside the
boy's heads.

“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is not a
bad movie, neither is it worth a full matinee price.
Given the commercial endorsement and strong opening
box office gross of "Talladega Nights," movie money
may be best spent on either “Superman Returns” or "The
Ant Bully" on the big screen.