The locally produced Scare Zone — voted best horror film of 2009 — was recently released on Blu-Ray. Orlando filmmaker Jon Binkowski, who wrote and directed the horror/comedy, filmed the award-winning movie at Universal Studios using the 2008 Halloween Horror Nights set, as well as other Central Florida locations.
In addition, Dr. Phillips resident and frequent Orlando Business Journal columnist Matt Durfee was one of the film’s producers. Durfee is the chief human resources officer for LSQ Holdings, and he owns two career-services companies.
MTV’s The Real World TV show recently held an open casting call for Season 27 at Bar Louie Orlando on Sand Lake Road. The success of the TV program can be greatly attributed to the diversity of its cast each season. The Real World is the longest running reality series on TV, and casting directors are seeking people with strong personalities who are not afraid to speak their minds.
For those who could not make the open call, applications are being accepted via email. Applicants must be at least 20 years old and appear to be between the ages of 20 and 24.
For more information, visit www.bunim-murray.com/rwcasting on the Web.
Creagen Dow of Celebration was cast in a leading role in the upcoming feature film Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea. The film follows five teenagers who take a weekend camping trip, led by their church youth leader and his wife, and learn a lesson in unconditional love.
The film’s expected release date is May/June 2012. Amazing Love is directed by Kevin Downes and costars Sean Astin, best known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Goonies and Rudy.
Dave Tango (left) and Steve Gonsalves, costars of SyFy Channel’s TV series Ghost Hunters, visit Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights.
Rick Springfield and local breast-cancer survivors kick off Pinktoberfest at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando by lighting up the hotel and its iconic guitar fountain in pink.
Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Titan Theatre’s performances of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park from Nov. 3 through Nov. 5. Showtimes are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and tickets are available at the door for $8. Orange County Public Schools faculty and staff members are free with a valid ID. For more information, call 407-905-6400, ext. 3221.
Dr. Phillips High School’s theater magnet program presents performances of To Kill a Mockingbird from Nov. 3 through Nov. 6. Performances take place at the school, 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.dphs.ocps.net or at the theater box office. For more information, call 407-355-3293.
As part of its Family Flicks Under the Stars series, The Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, invites the public to a free outdoor viewing of Despicable Me on Nov. 4. The film will be shown on a 50-foot widescreen Jumbotron in front of H&M at the Promenade. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more information, call 407-851-7234 or visit www.thefloridamall.com on the Web.
Hard Rock Live presents Classic Albums Live, featuring The Beatles White Album, on Nov. 11. Doors open at 7 p.m., and showtime is at 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary; and cameras, backpacks and video cameras are not permitted. For more information, call 407-351-5483 or visit www.hardrock.com on the Web.
Roth Jewish Community Center’s Harriet & Hymen Lake Cultural Auditorium, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, hosts performances of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound on Dec. 1, Dec. 3, Dec. 4, Dec. 5, Dec. 10 and Dec. 11. Showtimes are Thursday, Saturday and Monday at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10 to $25. For more information, call 407-645-5933 or email
Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando, hosts the American Voices concert Nov. 12. The concert, which has taken more than two years to put together, is a collaboration of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Zora Neale Hurston Festival for the Arts & Humanities, Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Negro Spiri tual Scholarship Foundation Master Singers, Florida Opera Theatre Chorus, composer Adolphus Hailstork, librettist Elizabeth Van Dyke, and baritone James Brown III. Showtime is 8 p.m., and ticket prices vary. For more information, call 407-896-6700 or visit www.orlandophil.org/american-voices on the Web.
UCF Arena and AEG Live co-present legendary artist Paul Simon in concert Dec. 4 at UCF Arena, 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and ticket prices range from $57.50 to $87.50. For more information, call 407-823-3070 or 800-745-3000, or visit www.ucfarena.com or www.ticketmaster.com on the Web.
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