Wizard World is coming to New Orleans January 6th–8th! Many artists and personalities will be in attendance, including some of our favorites from The Walking Dead! Also in today's Highlights: a call for Razor Reel Film Festival 2017 entries, Nitehawk Cinema's "Because I'm Evil" midnite series screenings, a trailer for Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies, and acquisition details for The Eyes.

Wizard World New Orleans 2017: Press Release: "NEW ORLEANS, December 20, 2016 - From TV magicians “Masters of Illusion” to personalities Montel Williams, Kato Kaelin and “Chumlee” of “Pawn Stars” fame to a varied lineup of exciting dance, music, art and other options, Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced the highlights of its new non-stop entertainment lineup at Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, January 6-8, 2017, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The initiative, designed to keep the show floor buzzing throughout the weekend, will feature national and local acts of all kinds, allowing fans to enjoy more of the best of pop culture during the event and into the evenings.

"We want Wizard World New Orleans attendees to come away from our show with a full pop culture experience that goes beyond meeting celebrities and getting autographs and photographs," said John Maatta, Wizard World CEO. "Whether it’s world-class magicians, interactive Q&A’s with interesting personalities, live music, dance and art demonstrations, it will be wall-to-wall entertainment all weekend. These are in addition to the celebrity sessions, creator panels, and other topical programming fans have come to expect at Wizard World events.”

In addition to appearing throughout the weekend on the Show Stages and other areas on the show floor at the Convention Center, several acts will also perform at Republic New Orleans (828 S. Peters St.), as part of Saturday evening activities connected with Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans. Admission to the Republic New Orleans events (10 a.m. - 2 a.m.) is free with Wizard World admission, or available for $10 at the door.

Among the highlights of the Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans entertainment lineup are:

· Interactive Q&A sessions with special guests Williams and “Chumlee” (note that Williams will not be signing autographs or posing for photo ops).
· Kaelin hosting many of the performances during the event and Saturday night Republic New Orleans event.
· “Masters of Illusion,”four of the CW television series stars Wayne Phelps, Adam Wylie, Chris Randall and Naathan Phan) dazzling fans with their own brand of magic.
· Angela Marie, who brings her awe-inspiring grinder and dance acts in an electrifying visual spectacle (also appearing at Republic).
· KillrKat, a futuristic dynamic duo comprised of two internationally established electronic musicians whose identities are a mystery, lending suspense and comic book appeal to their act (also appearing at Republic).
· The Purrfect Angelz, a finalist on “America's Got Talent,” as well as the dancers on ‘Nashville Star’ and “Jeff Foxworthy's Big Night Out” (also appearing at Republic and free demo dance Sunday for Kids Day).
· The Chalk Twins, twin, 17-time, award-winning chalk artists Devon and Lexi, interacting with fans while artwork comes alive at fans’ feet (also hosting free chalk art lesson Saturday and Sunday for kids).
· Stephany Nery, make up artist, for free makeup all weekend near the cosplay booth.
· Irina Filatova, face painter appearing in the Kids Booth Saturday and Sunday

The entertainment offerings supplement a top-flite celebrity lineup which includes Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), Tom Felton (Harry Potter franchise), Christopher Lloyd and Tom Wilson (Back To The Future), Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), David Duchovny (“The X-Files,” “Californication”), Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Guardians of the Galaxy), WWE® Superstars Batista ™ (Dave Bautista) and Finn Bálor™, Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) and David Ramsey (“Arrow”). The event marks Wizard World’s seventh annual show in New Orleans and the first on Wizard World’s 2017 calendar.

Wizard World Comic Cons bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans show hours are: Friday, January 6, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, January 7, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, January 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wizard World is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor. The famed Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans Costume Contest will take place on Saturday night.

For more on the 2017 Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, visit: http://wizd.me/NewOrleansPR

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, gaming, graphic novels, toys, sci-fi, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event with celebrity Q&A's, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com ), a premium subscription-based monthly box service and Wizard World Rewards among its initiatives. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The Wizard World 2017 schedule is available at: http://wizardworld.com/searchby/city/"


Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival 2017 Call for Entries: Press Release: "Tis the season to be jolly, doubly so for filmmakers around the world!

As 2016 winds down during the holiday season, 2017 already gears up with no shortage of fantastic film festivals on the horizon, each one eager to represent your genre gems.

Among international supporters of the film is Razor Reel, the only Flemish genre film festival, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary from October 26 through October 31, 2017.

Special announcements are sure to follow in the months to come but as always, no festival can exist without the works of talented artists.

By way of an official call for entries, Razor Reel 2017 declares itself open for business.

Feel free to explore our 2016 film selection to get a sense of our programming preferences, but rest assured: Razor Reel welcomes genre films in all manner of shapes and sizes, and from all corners of the world. Did you make a shudder-inducing or thrilling film? A bizarre work that defies qualification, a unique genre hybrid, sci-fi mind bender, or a work that uses its fantastical components to tackle the everyday concerns of our reality? All these and many more creative endeavors can find a home at the Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival in Bruges, Belgium.

For more details regarding submission, please visit the official website. You can also head straight to FilmFreeway to submit your works.

The Razor Reel team looks forward to discovering your artistic concoctions and wishes you and your loved ones happy holidays."


Nitehawk Cinema's "Because I'm Evil" Midnite Series Screenings: From Nitehawk Cinema: "Reality shifts to evil in our BECAUSE I’M EVIL midnite series.

Some people, places, and situations are precisely how they seem with no deeper meaning or insight to discover. No apologies. Here it is. React and deal with it. But when the fabric of reality shifts without warning, understanding the world around you becomes easier said than done, a motif we’ll be exploring in our 2017 Midnite program Because I’m Evil!

The manifestation and effects of demonic possession get stretched and twisted in a rare 35mm screening of Sidney J. Furie’s The Entity. The origins, source and effects of evil seeps to the surface with the outcome of World War II hanging in the balance in Michael Mann’s The Keep (35mm). The lines between waking life and the unconscious mind become blurred in the action-horror hybrid Dreamscape. Then, dreams turn to a nightmare reality and the lines between good and evil are flipped in Clive Barker’s otherworldly Nightbreed.

THE ENTITY (125 mins, Sidney J. Furie, 1982).

Friday, January 6 at Midnite

Saturday, January 7 at Midnite

Price: $12

Part of Nitehawk Cinema’s Because I’m Evil! Midnite series presented in 35mm

THE KEEP (96 mins, Michael Mann, 1983).

Friday, January 13 at Midnite

Saturday, January 14 at Midnite

Price: $12

Part of Nitehawk Cinema’s Because I’m Evil! Midnite series presented in 35mm

DREAMSCAPE (99 mins, Joseph Ruben, 1984).

Friday, January 20 at Midnite

Saturday, January 21 at Midnite

Price: $12

Part of Nitehawk Cinema’s Because I'm Evil! Midnite series

NIGHTBREED (102 mins, Clive Barker, 1990).

Friday, January 27 at Midnite

Saturday, January 28 at Midnite

Price: $12

To learn more about Nitehawk Cinema's upcoming midnight screenings, visit:


Watch Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies Trailer: Directed by Dominik Hartl, Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies will be released in theaters and on digital platforms beginning January 13th from Level 33 Entertainment.

Synopsis: “When a scientific experiment conducted by a local entrepreneur unleashes an epidemic of zombies and mutant wildlife in the Austrian alps, three young snowboarders find themselves in an epic battle for survival where they must use their killer snowboarding skills to defeat the raging aprés-ski undead once and for all.”


North American Rights to The Eyes Acquired by Parade Deck Films: Press Release:"LOS ANGELES, CA – Parade Deck Films, a leading distributor of indie films, has acquired the North American distribution rights to the twisted thriller, THE EYES. The agreement covers theatrical, digital, VOD and home entertainment rights to the Robbie Bryan film. THE EYES stars Nick Turturro (“Blue Bloods”, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”), Danny Flaherty (“The Americans”), Megan West (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Ana Isabelle (“Seasons of Love”), Greg (“Klarity”) Davis, Jr. (Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart), Steven Hauck (The Amazing Spiderman 2) and Carly Steel (Mordecai). The film was directed by Robbie Bryan. THE EYES is set for a theatrical run in the spring of 2017. The announcement was made today jointly by Parade Deck’s Michael Ingram and THE EYES producer Bryan of Good To Be Seen Films.

The Eyes is a refreshing reprieve from all the remakes of late,” commented Ingram.  “It’s an edge-of-your-seat ride to discover who will survive.  We know audiences will love it and Parade Deck is proud to be partnering with Good To Be Seen Films on this release.”

"We are so excited that Parade Deck will be distributing our film,” stated Bryan.  “They are truly lovers of the indie format and film in general. We can’t wait for The Eyes to hit theatres this spring with their backing.”

Some say we are only as sick as our secrets but what if our government really knew those secrets?  What if they’ve watched every move we’ve made and our secrets aren’t really hidden?  In The Eyes, six strangers with unspeakable pasts wake up imprisoned in an abandoned warehouse and discover they are being forced to participate in an evil governmental experiment. Five must die. One can live. And THEY have two hours to decide amongst themselves who survives. The clock is ticking and if they don’t decide… they ALL die.  The Eyes shows us that someone is always watching."

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