Action-Comedy “HOT TAMALE” Official Selection of Newport Beach Film Festival

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The Newport Beach Film Festival, which presented the US Premiere of “Crash” in 2005, has made their official 2006 selections and will be presenting the world premier of “Hot Tamale,” 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.

The Newport Beach Film Festival, which presented the US Premiere of “Crash” in 2005, has made their official 2006 selections and will be presenting the world premier of “Hot Tamale,” 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 “Son’s of Hollywood” premiering on A&E this summer.

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 this summer’s smash comedy hit “Wedding Crashers” from New Line Cinema.    She will soon appear prominently in “Accepted” from Universal Pictures and UPN’s “South Beach.” She 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 who first achieved stardom in eight seasons of the Fox TV series “Beverly Hills 90210” and is enjoying his first season on “Love Monkey”; 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.

“Hot Tamale” is a Riviera Films-Orchard Park Production and was written and produced by the husband and wife team of Janeen and Michael Damian. Michael Damian directed with Frank C. Muggia as executive producer. “Hot Tamale” will be premiering at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Sunday, April 23rd at 7:30PM at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach, CA.

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 pursued a music career, having released 5 albums and 8 Top-40 hits, including his #1 single “Rock On” which earned him his first gold record. He also won the BMI Songwriting Award for his hit single “Was It Nothing At All,” and starred on Broadway in the hit revival of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Turning his versatile 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 is currently in pre-production on the feature film “Moondance Alexander” which shoots in Calgary this summer.

Motion Picture Corporation has acquired the worldwide rights to "Hot Tamale." MPCA’s Vice President, International, Francisco Gonzalez said: “This is a commercial film that will be embraced by audiences around the world. We have had great success with similar films in recent years and believe ‘Hot Tamale’ will be the sleeper action comedy hit of the year.”

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