Monarch Home Video Releases Action-Comedy "Hot Tamale" August 29, 2006 on DVD

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Hot Tamale Winner of The Boston International Film Festival Indie Spirit Best Picture Award to be released August 29, 2006 on DVD.

The Young and the Restless

Hot Tamale is an action comedy that features an ensemble cast comprising some of the film world's hottest up-and-coming young actors teamed alongside seasoned veterans, including: Randy Spelling; Diora Baird; Jason Priestley; Carmen Electra; Matt Cedeño and Mike Starr.

Randy Spelling stars in "Hot Tamale" as a young man who, after leaving his Wyoming home for Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer in a salsa band, finds himself caught up in a deadly caper and pursued by a pair of relentless hit men. Spelling has appeared in such films as: "Held For Ransom;" " National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze;" He recently completed filming "Pledge This" (with Paris Hilton) and will be starring in the new TV series "Sons of Hollywood” premiering on A&E this fall.

Playboy Covergirl and Guess supermodel Diora Baird co-stars as the beautiful California girl Spelling's character encounters in Los Angeles who gets pulled into the whirlwind of adventure. Baird was featured alongside Owen Wilson in the smash comedy hit "Wedding Crashers." She also co-stars in "Accepted" from Universal Pictures and has just finished shooting a starring role in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Origin" for producer Michael Bay.

Rounding out the ensemble cast are: Jason Priestley; the versatile music sensation and film and television star Carmen Electra; soap opera star Matt Cedeño who has been honored by People En Español magazine as both one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World and as one of the 25 Hottest Latin Bachelors in the World; and actor Mike Starr, veteran of more than 50 feature films including Brian DePalma's "Black Dahlia."

"Hot Tamale" is a Riviera Films Production and was written and produced by the husband and wife team of Janeen and Michael Damian. Michael Damian directed and Frank C. Muggia served as executive producer.

Director Michael Damian first achieved national stardom by appearing in the #1 rated soap opera "The Young and the Restless" for 18 years. In addition to his acting career, Michael has also released 5 albums and 8 Top-40 hits, including his #1 single "Rock On" which earned him his first gold record. He also starred on Broadway in the hit revival of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Turning his talents towards the screen, Michael co-wrote and produced (together with his wife Janeen) as well as directed the action-spy TV series "Red Eye" for TF1 in Paris and has just competed principle photography on the feature film "Moondance Alexander" which he co-wrote and directed. “Moondance Alexander” stars Kay Panabaker, Don Johnson, Lori Laughlin and marks the feature film debut of Olympic silver medalist, Sasha Cohen.

Monarch Home Video has acquired the North American DVD rights to "Hot Tamale" which it will release August 29, 2006.


Francisco Gonzalez

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Riviera Films


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