Beers with Dad and Writer/Director Mark Neveldine

I have to give dad credit for letting me tag along and introducing me to all sorts of talented and interesting filmmakers, like writer/director MARK NEVELDINE! 

Last night, I’m minding my own business, eating sushi at a quiet restaurant in Gramercy, when out of the blue, dad texts me “We’re at Molly’s 22-23 3rd.”

I just assume “we” is dad and mom, although I can’t figure out, why in gods name, are they all the way down town at Molly’s?  Molly’s, I happen to know because I run by it all the time, and because it is the kind of awesome place that has sawdust on the floor and a ton of beer choices (second only to the bars where you can eat peanuts and throw the shells on the ground)

I immediately walk over after my dinner, to a fabulous surprise and find that dad is having a drink with writer/director MARK NEVELDINE!   Mark has just finished shooting in Romania, and is gearing up for the premier of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance which he directed with Brian Taylor, starting Nic Cage.

Over drinks, Dad and Mark agreed to have MORE drinks next Friday February February 10th ahead of co-hosting the FATHERS DAY Premier at the Sunshine Cinemas here in  NYC.

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February 3, 2012, New York, NY – Greetings from Tromaville! Troma Entertainment is proud to announce that Mark Neveldine (who has learned everything he needs to know about alcohol consumption from Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman) will host the New York premiere of Father’s Day at Sunshine Cinema at midnight on Friday, February 10. He will join Father’s Day producer and creator of The Toxic Avenger, Kaufman, in hosting this historic evening, which will include a Q&A with Astron-6, who directed the movie. If conditions are right, Neveldine and Kaufman may recreate their famous “passing out drunk under the theatre seats” technique, which is instrumental to their filmmaking.

 

Mark Neveldine is best known as the writer & director of Crank (2006), Crank: High Voltage (2009) and Gamer (2009) which starred Lloyd Kaufman. His new film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, filmed in distant Romania (in order to get away from Lloyd Kaufman) and starring Nicholas Cage, opens on February 17 nationwide.

 

Sunshine Cinema is located at 143 East Houston Street, New York. Tickets are now on sale online at https://tickets.landmarktheatres.com/Ticketing.aspx?TheatreID=256&ShowDate=2/10/2012 or from the box office. If you are a film critic who would like a screener of Father’s Day for review, please email nina@troma.com with your mailing address.

 

The gritty, gruesome, grindhouse Father’s Day follows that classic story we all grew up with: boy watches father murdered, boy grows into a vengeful one-eyed man, man teams up with a priest and a male prostitute to take down his father’s killer. Variety calls Father’s Day “a gleefully tasteless quasi-grindhouse nasty that’s funnier than most of the many such parodic cheesefests that have been created since, well, Grindhouse!” Ain’t it Cool News adds “Father’s Day is over the top, tasteless, senseless, and completely hilarious.”  For more on Father’s Day, including additional theatres where Father’s Day will be presented, visit www.thefathersdaymovie.com

 

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TROMADANCE KICKSTARTER FULFILLED! Entry Deadline Extended!

Pretty psyched to report that there could not be a better scenario – the Tromadance Kickstarter funding is already OVERSUBSCRIBED, and with 35 days to go!

To make Tromadance EVEN bigger and better, you can still donate here, anyone who donates $5,000 gets to go Bowling with our pops:
TROMADANCE on KICKSTARTER 
Meanwhile, for all you filmmakers out there the deadline to submit your film has been extended to March 15. What does this mean? FREE FILM FESTIVAL and MORE TIME to send in your work!
TROMADANCE FILMMAKERS SUBMIT HERE!

 

 

 

Toxie visits ancient Roman Ruins in Tunisia and frightens small children

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The family vacation is going great! We’ve been on the road since we got to Tunisia, traveling from the island of Djerba in the south to the desert town of Douz, checked out Sidi Bouzid where the Arab Spring started, and visites many incredible ruins as impressive as the structures you would expect in Italy!

We are slowed down because at every stop toxie makes an appearance, and a scene. People gather around, stare, sometimes they love it, love toxie, love the entertainment, sometimes small children are frightened

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The ROCKY SAGA – Dad and the lesson of the Underdog

The story of Rocky has a special meaning to Troma, fans know that Dad worked on and had a bit part in a couple of the Rocky films alongside Sly Stallone.

Whether it’s in a fictional boxing ring, or behind a low-budget camera Sly, Dad and Director John Avildsen would agree that you have to fight for what you believe in.

Check out this preview for the upcoming TV retrospective : The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance, and low and behold, who is prominently featured, but our very own pops, right up there with Stallone.

Lesson of the day:  It’s the underdog believing in what he is doing who is going to be successful.  Take it from Dad, Sly and Rocky!

Special thanks to Ron Mackay for sending this clip our way!  

 

TROMATIC TRAVELS 2011-2012: Revolutionizing the Family Vacation

It’s that time of year when all the most important holidays come at once: Christmas, Hanukkah, DAD’S BIRTHDAY and New Year’s Eve.  Best of all, it’s the time of year when we head of on a Tromatic Kaufman Family Vacation.

This year, the whole family and some special guests, are headed to North Africa, where we’ll do some some post-revolutionary tourism.  It is a historic time in the Middle East, one year ago this weekend, a Tunisian fruit seller set himself on fire in protest to the Tunisian government, this set off a revolution in Tunisia resulting in the ousting of the Tunisian Dictator, and in turn sparked a wave of revolutions across Africa and the Middle East.

We are headed to a calmer part of North Africa, a country which has recently held successful democratic elections.  So, while I don’t expect we should run into any revolutionary activity, I do expect to run in to the unusual…

When it comes to family vacations we have always been far from traditional.  In Cameroon, we hitchhiked through the Yaounde hills after our car broke down.  The three of us sisters crammed into the luggage space of a random local’s car with only the smallest hint of grumbling.  A few nights later, as Mom pushed a dresser against the door to “secure” the abandoned house we had no choice but to stay in when our hotel did not exist, it was only our driver who flinched.

I will admit that it was at 5,000 meters above sea level in Tibet, that a cement shack with a tin roof almost pushed me over the edge.  That was until my sister shook me to my senses.  The straw mattresses did not, in fact, have bed bugs, she pointed out.  And she was quite confident that the stray dogs howling outside the “door” could not jump high enough to slip in through the space between the corrugated tin roof and cinderblock walls.  And besides, TOXIE is alway there to protect us if anything goes wrong.

Kaufman vacations are unpredictable, but the one thing we can always count on, is that Toxie will be there right by our side to tuck us in at a bed-bug infested flea-bag hotel, to guard the door of an abandoned hut in the Cameroon Jungle, or to turn off the single bulb that dangled from a cord from a tin roof held up by cinderblocks in the Himalayan peaks of Tibet.

Although fictional, The Toxic Avenger, or “Toxie,” as we called him, is a constant real part of our Travel.  We can expect Toxie to appear at any moment.   A typical Toxie in real-life scene might go like this:

INTERTITLE: INCA TRAIL, 16000 FEET

Guide leads group of hikers, including KAUFMANS, up steep terrain.

               DAD

          (Suddenly)

             CUT!

Group halts.  Non-KAUFMANS and guide look confused. 

DAD pulls out TOXIE mask from backpack and puts over his

head, hands video camera to MOM, loyally prepared to assist.

          DAD

         And… ACTION!

MOM films as DAD, dressed for a flood in ultra short khakis and wearing TOXIE mask, waves hands and feet in dance.  DAD/TOXIE points out scenery, attempts to engage others hikers.

Two INCA WOMEN in traditional clothes and with baby goats approach, expecting tourists and opportunity to charge for photos.   INCA WOMEN stop in tracks when see DAD in TOXIE mask.  DAD approaches INCA WOMEN, motions he would like to charge them to take a picture with him.

INCA WOMEN flee.

KAUFMAN SISTERS stand by in background.  NON KAUFMANS look bewildered.

So stay tuned, we will keep you posted on our adventure.

Troma and YouTube give us something to be THANKFUL for

STEP ASIDE DISNEY, TROMA AND YOUTUBE STRIKE A DEAL
FOR MOVIE RENTALS:
THANKSGIVING ONCE AGAIN HAS MEANING
November 23, New York, NY – Greetings from Tromaville! Troma Entertainment has made a deal with YouTube to provide Troma movies for rental available immediately. The Troma Team has gone through great lengths to ensure a tranche of Troma films are made available for your viewing pleasure Thanksgiving weekend.  Rentals are for a 48 hour period during which you have unlimited replays, and start at just $0.99.  The following is the list of titles currently available along with their links, with many more to follow.

 

-Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jVhcfiVDAw
-Maniac Nurses Find Ecstasy:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1TFbH1WWqo
-Zombie Werewolves Attack!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbc7jRNxSaE 
-Not Another B Movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOang1eDjjM 
-Eve’s Beach Fantasy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLxnN5rKd6s
-Hemo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SweI6DH99fQ
-Holocaust 2050: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwc77qK2URU
-The Sexy Workout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-_yMb5zdMU
-Spaceman!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEOGBzsCJ80 
-Killing Twice:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsY6YZJ6gmQ
Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is one of the longest running independent movie studios in United States’ history and one of the best-known names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman’s The Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead,  Class of Nuke’em High, Mother’s Day, and Tromeo and Juliet, Troma’s seminal films are now being remade as big budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman, and Steven Pink.  Among today’s stars whose early work can be found in Troma’s 800+ film library are Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D’Onofrio and Samuel L. Jackson. Visit Troma athttp://www.troma.comhttp://www.lloydkaufman.com, and http://www.twitter.com/lloydkaufman.

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@lloydkaufman oops rehersal, reversal, potato, tomato – I guess got the artiste gene from you… creative spelling.