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  • For Immediate Release:  September 2, 2010

    Sins O’ The Flesh Presents
    A Special 35th Anniversary Screening of Gender-Bending Cult Rock Opera
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    At the Historic Million Dollar Theater in Downtown LA

    • Guest Barry Bostwick • Full Pre-Show • Live Shadowcast Performance •
    Saturday, September 25, 2010

    The Centerpiece Event of SinsCon
    The 35th Anniversary Convention of the RHPS 09/23 – 09/25

    LOS ANGELES, CA – In honor of the 35th anniversary of outrageous cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS), the Million Dollar Theater in Downtown Los Angeles will host a special screening of the film with guest Barry Bostwick in person and an international shadowcast of performers on Saturday, September 25, 2010. The anniversary screening will start with a full pre-show of games and presentations at 10:00 p.m. with the film screening at 11:00 p.m. Bostwick, who stars as Brad Majors in the film, will officiate the madness.  For this special event, the on-stage “all-star” cast, with full costumes and props, will include the best of the best Rocky Horror performers from shadowcasts as far away as Paris, France.  This select group of performers includes many featured in the upcoming Twentieth Century Fox Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary Blu-ray Disc. Presented by LA’s own Sins O’ The Flesh, the evening is part of SinsCon, the 35th Anniversary Convention of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which runs the three-day weekend of September 23 – 25, 2010 in Los Angeles. The event is being produced in partnership with the LA Conservancy.  The Million Dollar Theater is located at 307 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013.  Tickets for the special screening event are $20 in advance online at http://beticketing.com/rhps35 and $25 the day of show at The Million Dollar Theater.  VIP tickets in the front rows are also available online for $40 ($45 at the door) and include free prop kits.  The film is Rated R (under 17 not admitted without a guardian).  For more information on the venue, please call 213-617-3600 or visit www.milliondollartheater.com.  For more information on SinsCon (full title: 7 Deadly Sins O’ The Flesh Convention), please visit http://sinscon.com.

    Guests are encouraged to dress for the anniversary screening, perhaps as their favorite Rocky Horror or cult movie character from the past 35 years. “Virgins” (those who have never attended a screening of the film) are also very welcome to join in the fun at this one-of-a-kind cinematic experience.  The celebratory evening will also include talent from event sponsor Wicked Pictures, an adult entertainment studio that is producing an upcoming X-rated Rocky Horror spoof (a talent search may occur during the convention weekend!)

    In its 35 years of release, the film achieved notoriety not only as the ultimate midnight screening, cross-dressing, audience-participation extravaganza, but also as the longest running theatrical release in film history.  It has never been pulled by 20th Century Fox from its original 1975 release, and continues to play in cinemas today. The film first opened to US audiences on September 26, 1975 at the UA Theater in Westwood — the same weekend as the special anniversary screening — 35 years ago.

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
    Directed by Jim Sharman and based on the 1973 British stage play of the same name by Richard O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a one-of-a-kind cult masterpiece.  The film follows straight-laced couple Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) as they encounter car trouble on a rainy night drive through an isolated countryside.  Stuck in the middle of nowhere, Brad remembers seeing an old castle that they passed while driving, so the two set out on foot on a quest for help.  Once at the castle, Brad (aka “Asshole!”) and Janet (aka “Slut!”) discover that they’ve arrived on a rather special night as “The Master,” mad scientist-alien-transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), is having one of his special affairs with his bizarre entourage.  He is hosting the annual convention of aliens from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania. Instead of letting the couple use his phone, campier-than-thou Furter insists they be his guests to witness the unveiling of his latest creation: the ultimate blonde boy toy Rocky (Peter Hinwood). Seductions, corsets-o-plenty, sexual awakenings, murder, cannibalism (Meat Loaf), a floor show, and space travel follow with the help of sinister manservant Riff Raff (O’Brien), his crazy sister/lover Magenta (Patricia Quinn), and a groupie named Columbia (“Little Nell” Campbell). The hedonistic gender-bending rock opera is a campy salute to B-horror and sci fi flicks, with an inspired soundtrack and innuendo-riddled dialogue that encourages audience participation. Rated R, 100 min., 20th Century Fox (1975).

    Sins O’ The Flesh cast member Lucas Miller as Dr. Frank N. Furter
    Photo credit: Erin K, Sins O’ The Flesh

    Audience Part-i-ci-pation:
    Although now well-known as a social phenomenon, the ultimate in cult midnight movies, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was initially trashed by critics, a box office disappointment at first.  Momentum built once the film became part of the ’70s midnight movie craze that coincided with the advent of punk music.  The campiness of the performances and infectious soundtrack attracted playful young audiences who started showing up at theaters dressed up as their favorite characters and interacting with the film by yelling well-timed obscenities at the screen, singing along with the music, dancing in the aisles, and utilizing various props at key scenes in the film.  Once the film became a midnight movie staple, audience participation flourished, leading to full shadowcasts of fan performers who lip-synced along with the movie in front of screens at theaters around the world.  The audience participation phenomenon fueled the film’s success — its place as the longest running theatrical release in film history and its standing as an All-Time Top 100 box office earner.

    Sanctioned Props:
    Sanctioned props for the Million Dollar Theater anniversary screening include confetti, toilet paper, newspaper, playing cards, plastic gloves, and noise makers.  Squirt guns, seltzer, toast, and rice are not allowed at the historic Million Dollar Theater anniversary screening.

    SinsCon (aka 7 Deadly Sins O’ The Flesh Convention):
    The anniversary screening is the centerpiece event of SinsCon, the Los Angeles 35th Anniversary Convention of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Sins O’ The Flesh, the long-running LA-based Rocky Horror Picture Show performance troupe, created its anniversary theme based on the Seven Deadly Sins — wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony — which the hedonistic film embraces in a-bun-dance.  The convention kicks off on Thursday, September 23 with a plethora of activities and entertainment through Saturday, September 25, 2010.  In addition to the special screening, the full convention also features panel discussions, special celebrity guests, parties, talent events, contests, awards, eclectic vendors, and even a Rocky-themed prom.  Hundreds of Rocky Horror fans and performers from around the country will be in attendance, as well as a few international guests.  The complete convention schedule can be found at http://sinscon.com/schedule/ Besides the Million Dollar Theater, events will also take place at Club 740 (formerly the Globe Theatre), The Alexandria, and other downtown Los Angeles locales. The host hotel, The Standard in Downtown LA, is offering discounted rooms for registered attendees (space permitting).  SinsCon passes cost $95 for the entire weekend (including the Sat. night screening).  Single-Day SinsCon tickets are priced at $50.  Register online at http://sinscon.com/registration.

    Barry Bostwick:
    Barry Bostwick is an American actor and singer best known for playing Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, replacing Peter Scolari as Mr. Tyler in the sitcom What I Like About You, as well as Mayor Randall Winston in the sitcom Spin City. He has also achieved acclaim in musical theater.  In 1972, Bostwick originated the role of bad boy Danny Zuko in the stage production of Grease, earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance. He also won a Tony Award for his performance in the 1977 musical The Robber Bridegroom.  Bostwick has had a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Other television credits include guest appearances in Charlie’s Angels, Hawaii Five-O, The Golden Palace, Grace Under Fire, Ugly Betty, Cold Case, Scrubs, and Las Vegas, among others. He has also had leading roles in various mini-series, including George Washington, its sequel The Forging of a Nation, Scruples, A Woman of Substance, War and Remembrance, and Till We Meet Again. Bostwick served as host of the nationally televised annual Capitol Fourth celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for eight years. In the Cold Case episode “Creatures of the Night,” in which he is the main suspect, the theme of the episode revolves around The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In 2007, Bostwick gained a recurring role, as Grandpa Clyde Flynn, on Phineas and Ferb.

    The Million Dollar Theater:
    The stunning Million Dollar Theater was built in 1918 by Sid Grauman at the then-astounding cost of one million dollars.  The elaborate gothic/baroque theater was the first movie palace built in Los Angeles and the site of many premieres over the years.  It was later used as a church then closed and shuttered.  In early 2008, the theater reopened primarily as a venue for stage performances.  The historic theater was the first movie house built by entrepreneur Grauman who later was responsible for Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.  Sculptor Joseph Mora is responsible for the elaborate exterior ornamentation, including lavish Churrigueresque decoration, statues, and longhorn skulls. William L. Woollett was the auditorium architect and Albert C. Martin, Sr. designed the twelve-story tower.  The building exterior also appeared prominently in the film Blade Runner.

    LA Conservancy:
    LA Conservancy is a nonprofit historic preservation organization that works to protect and revitalize the places that make Los Angeles so great, like the Million Dollar Theater. www.laconservancy.org

    35th Anniversary Blu-ray Disc:
    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment celebrates the 35th anniversary of the pop culture phenomenon with a Blu-ray Disc to be released on October 19, 2010.  Boasting a newly-restored high definition transfer and 7.1 audio, the The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary Blu-ray Disc contains exclusive new content and much more.  Performers from the Blu-ray 35th Anniversary shadowcast will also appear on-stage at the special Los Angeles screening on the 25th of September in their first public appearance.

    Sins O’ The Flesh:
    Sins O’ The Flesh is the LA-based volunteer Rocky Horror Picture Show performance troupe that is organizing the anniversary events.  The group has been performing every Saturday night since December 1987 at the long-running midnight show at Los Angeles’ historic Nuart Theater.  Members of the organization have also performed their Rocky Horror roles at the Hollywood Bowl, LA Pride, House of Blues Atlantic City, The Doo Dah Parade, and the Las Vegas Hard Rock Cafe for the 25th Anniversary Show with VH1 in 2000. Many LA-based Sins cast members also appear on the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary Blu-ray Disc. www.sins.la/

    Bring your virgins!

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    For more information, images, or to request interviews, please contact Green Galactic’s Lynn Tejada (née Hasty) at 213-840-1201 or lynn@greengalactic.com.

    Sins O’ The Flesh cast members Jacob Thompson as Riff Raff, Gina Radogna as Magenta,
    and Drew Stanz as Dr. Frank N. Furter performing at the Nuart
    Photo credit: Erin K, Sins O’ The Flesh

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    SCREENING:

    Sat. Sep. 25, 2010

    Sins O’ The Flesh presents

    35th anniversary screening of cult classic
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Million Dollar Theater
    307 South Broadway
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
    213-617-3600
    www.milliondollartheater.com

    10:00pm – full pre-show with games and presentations
    11:00pm – film screening

    – Barry Bostwick, who stars as Brad Majors in the film, will appear in person to officiate the madness
    – the shadowcast from the soon to be released 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary Blu-ray Disc will perform in its first public appearance

    Tickets for Screening:
    $20 in advance; $25 door
    $40 VIP tickets; 1st several rows + free prop kits; $45 at the door
    www.rhps35.com/buy_tickets.html
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