Nathan Nearman, Counter Intelligence Officer and Afghanistan Veteran, racked up years of dedicated military service with a new mission – to translate his life-long dreams into the tough business of making movies that deliver exciting entertainment with a commercial bang. Currently those dreams are exploding into reality, with the launch of an original screenplay into film production, that won movie trailer plaudits at the prestigious Spring 2014 CinemaCon gathering, of worldwide film makers and exhibitors, at Caesar’s Hotel in Las Vegas.
Nebulae Entertainment has slated Nearman’s psychological fantasy thriller feature, “The Janus Project,” to begin film production in Utah in June, Steve Bown, Senior VP Sales and Marketing Nebulae Entertainment, announced. “This is the first of sixteen films set to be produced in the coming years,” Bown added. “Every film is a different genre, every film is original, and every film will have the world fall in love with Hollywood again!”
“Budgeted at more than $30 million, with a unique marketing strategy geared to attract further investor interest worldwide, the responses earned from veteran film industry leaders who visited with us in our hospitality suite at CinemaCon, fed our hopes for the future,” Bown noted. “We respect tradition, but by not being bound by it, our marketing innovations foreshadow a Hollywood wake-up buzz.”
Nearman expanded on their unique marketing concept: “Nebulae Entertainment, will be selling tickets on our film website, www.thejanusprojectfilm.com, to the most anticipated film of the year, for a proprietary pre-release viewing 24 hours prior to Theatrical Release, with the film tickets going on sale prior to actual production of the film in June,” Nearman said. “This web pre-release ticket sale has never been done in Hollywood. Our scope is for millions around the world, who are already lining up, will become a part of history. Tickets will be offered for 40 days from, April 1 through May 10, 2014 for only $4 dollars each. You can be among the first to see this original, exhilarating film before it hits theaters,” Nearman noted. “Seeing it on the web will also increase the incentive to see it again, and again, on the big screen as we continue to revolutionize how films do business.”
Nearman and his associates are confident the film will do more than $500 million in theatrical sales, due to saturation in global markets and an amazing storyline. “The Janus Project,” box office draw will be ignited through other multiple marketing and grassroots strategies, all planned to get more people to the theaters. This, coupled with an app, Nebulae, will be unleashing worldwide in conjunction with the DVD/Blu-Ray release will continue to build momentum for the film’s success. They will also release the novel of “The Janus Project,” in conjunction with the films theatrical release. A sneak peek at the second installment of the film sequel will also be included in the theatrical release.
The group has cast major roles already, assigning two major roles to soap stars, Emily O’Brien and Adam Gregory. The three-time Daytime Emmy Award nominated, O’Brien, who will play Lexi Davis, is a native of England, and is known for her role as Jana Hawkes Fisher on “The Young and the Restless.” Gregory, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, who will be billed as Shane Johnson, played Ty Collins in, The CW’s “90210,” and on CBS’ daytime soap, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” until late 2013.. Ashley Tisdale featured Adam in her music video, “It’s Alright, It’s Ok.” For further information please contact www.thejanusprojectfilm.com.
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Make way “Rat Pack” and “Million Dollar Quartet,” there’s a new group on the block which offers more musical diversification (3 generations of music) than its two predecessors. “American Trilogy,” is a new Las Vegas based show that brings together three of the greatest and most beloved entertainers in popular music history – ‘Frank Sinatra’ (Sebastian Anzaldo), ‘Elvis Presley’ (Justin Shandor), and ‘Neil Diamond’ (Rob Garrett). And, it’s all at the South Point Hotel/Casino, this Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, at 7:30 p.m.
What distinguishes American Trilogy from other tribute shows is that these three particular performers, have either collaborated or connected in one way or another during their prolific, illustrious careers. The show will focus on the mutual respect and admiration the men had for one another, and the love and gratitude they shared for their country. They personified the American Dream, becoming three of the biggest megastars of our time. In addition to performing solo segments backed by a live band, the show includes interaction between each of the performers before the audience gets treated to the ultimate trifecta as the stars unite for a moving, upbeat, patriotic finale.
Anzaldo (‘Sinatra’), Shandor (‘Elvis’) and Garrett (‘Neil’;) are known worldwide for being the best in the business at portraying their characters. Anzaldo took second place in ABC’s “The Next Best Thing,” Garrett, reviewed as being the “Best Tribute Act in the Business”, has won numerous awards in Las Vegas, and Shandor, a former winner of the “Ultimate Elvis” competition, appeared on David Letterman as “Musical Guest” back in February of this year. Band members include Steve Gerard ( Musical Director/Keyboards), Keith Neal (lead guitar/vocals), Jay Boyer (Keyboards), Daryl Slade (Bass/Vocals), Steve Poncar (Sax/Flute/Vocals), LJ Harness (Percussion), Jeff Borree (Drums), and Rosanna Telford (backup vocalist). Tickets are priced at $20-$25, and $30. For further information call 702-797-8055.
Mark your calendar to be part of the state’s National Travel & Tourism Rally, one of Nevada’s official Sesquicentennial events, to be held May 6 at The Mob Museum. The event will be the kick-off to the Museum’s newest exhibit, “The Cowboy Sheriff,” featuring personal artifacts and rare insight into the legendary Clark County Sheriff, Ralph Lamb. Objects such as his personal saddle, handcuffs, guns, custom bridle bit and photos will be on display. Lamb served as Clark County sheriff during the 1960s and ‘70s. Although Lamb was known as “the Cowboy Sheriff,” the community’s first modern crime lab and SWAT team were established during his watch. Ralph Lamb’s legendary 18-year tenure inspired the 2012-13 television drama Vegas, starring Dennis Quaid.
Guests will be invited to attend an exclusive preview of the new Sheriff Ralph Lamb exhibit before it is publically unveiled. Brief formal remarks will be made and guests will be encouraged to preview the new exhibit. The Mob Museum is partnering with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and the resort industry to host this event, celebrating the Travel Rally Day which is a concerted effort to demonstrate travel’s positive impact on local workers, businesses and economies – and, of course, on personal lives of travelers. Individual events are staged in cities nationwide during National Travel and Tourism Week. The goal of Rally Day is to unite the local travel community with its supporters and publicly represent the importance of travel to media and elected officials. The day’s festivities will include a marching band, a block party, and great drink and food specials all along Stewart and Third Street.
Headlining this week in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino is Nick Gaza, and featuring, Marc Yaffee, and Jay Davis. Gaza is a funny, sick, twisted son-of-a-gun. His act is a mixture of hysterical true stories, and things we can only hope aren’t true. Nick makes fun of everyone, the audience, himself, and anyone else that gets in his sights. His comedy knows no boundaries, so be forewarned!!!!! But, if you’re the kind of person who laughs at things you know you shouldn’t, then Nick’s comedy routine is something you must see! If Nick looks familiar to you, it’s because you’ve probably seen him on one of his numerous television appearances, like “The Drew Carey Show,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” and “Becker.” Nick has not only entertained here in America, but he has performed all over the world, including England, Ireland, Germany, and for our troops in Afghanistan.
Yaffee is considered one of the best-rounded comedians working today. Adopted at birth, and confused ever since, Marc takes his audiences on a comedy joyride, as he explores his multi-ethnic roots and the culture clashes that fill his world. Marc’s smart but relatable comedy demonstrates a universal appeal that has landed him appearances on, “Comics Unleashed,” “The Latino Laugh Festival,” and the historic Showtime special, “Goin’ Native: The American Indian Comedy Slam.” A former writer for George Carlin’s laugh.com, Marc has toured five times overseas entertaining U.S. Troops. His national radio credits include, “NPR’s Weekend America,” “Sirius XM Radio,” and multiple appearances on the “Bob & Tom Show.” Show times are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. nightly, with tickets ranging from $38.95 to $49.95 plus fees. For further information call 702-739-2411.
Grant Griffin and “The Las Vegas Divas” will headline a first class production show at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, with a seven-piece band, and musical director Bill Fayne on Thursday, May 8 at 8 p.m. Jackie Brett will handle outside public relations for the show.
This will be the third year that Griffin has produced a show at the South Point featuring the finest female singers in Las Vegas, and his 10th production at a Michael Gaughan property. The show’s co-producer is international choreographer and artist Mistinguett, who will be directing. Griffin’s career spans 40 Years in show business, and he has performed more than 300 concerts worldwide. Over the years Griffin has produced more than 80 musical revues. Mistinguett, who began her career as a dancer and performer, is the producer and choreographer for, “Showgirl Follies,” and was the former co-producer and choreographer for Greg Thompson Productions, spanning more than 26 years, which included over 400 productions. In 1996, she was inducted into the New York American Musical Theatre Roundtable Hall of Fame. She has received eight “Show of the Year” awards for choreography and costume design. Tickets for Grant Griffin and “The Las Vegas Divas” are $35, $40 and $45 plus fees. For further information or reservations call 702-797-8055.
As I was working on this column, some news on the television reached my ears. Mickey Rooney, 93, had passed away. With his passing, the last of the great actors from an era long forgotten, has ended. He was definitely, “a one-of-a-kind,” who will, and cannot, ever be replaced. He’s joined the other greats of that certain era. Farewell and safe sailing my friend.
Well, gang, that’s about it for this week.