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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween from IMTA!

In the mood for something spooky tonight? Check out some of the scary movies and television shows starring IMTA alumni :

Fox/MGM Home Entertainment has just released The Initiation Of Sarah which stars Mika Boorem on DVD. In this horror movie, Mika plays college student Sarah Goodman who uses her magical powers against a dark evil that a group of sorority sisters are using against her "good" sorority. Since attending IMTA in New York in 1994, Mika has guest-starred on various television shows including The Drew Carey Show, Ally McBeal, Touched By An Angel, and Dawson's Creek which starred IMTA alum Katie Holmes. She has received two nominations for a Young Artist Award for her roles in the Christmas movie, Jack Frost and the blockbuster movie The Patriot with Mel Gibson. She has also been in the following films: Sleepover with fellow IMTA alums Kallie Flynn Childress and Sean Faris, the surfer movie Blue Crush and Riding in the Car with Boys. She just wrapped Jess Stone: Sea of Change, guest-starred as a teenager who has a genetic inability to feel pain on House in an episode called Insensitive, and just wrapped the drama Trucker.

IMTA superstar Elijah Woods is the voice of the title character Spyro in the awesome new video game called The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night available in stores now! Elijah just wrapped the thriller The Oxford Murders which features him as a grad student at Oxford University who works with his professor to try and stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols. Currently, he is doing a voice over for an animated action adventure film called 9, a post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened. He got his start at IMTA in 1989 when he was signed by agent Al Onorato, moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Los Angeles and booked his first role in Paula Abdul's memorable video Straight Up. His enormous film career includes such wonderful feature films as Happy Feet, Bobby, Everything is Illuminated, Sin City, Spy Kids 3 Game Over, Day Zero, and the Academy Award-winning trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Elijah has starred in over 40 feature films in his career and is one of young Hollywood's (and IMTA's!) most-loved actors.

Riley Smith stars as Randy in the horror film Eight Legged Freaks available on DVD. The residents of a rural mining town discover that an unfortunate chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate overnight to the size of SUVs. It's then up to a mining engineer and the Sheriff to mobilize an odd group of townspeople to battle against the bloodthirsty eight-legged beasts. Riley recently released his first CD with his band The Life of Riley! You can listen to his great new songs on his official band MySpace. He competed at IMTA in 1997 and has been busy working in television and movies ever since. He has been in many notable television shows and films such as: 7th Heaven, Freaks and Geeks, Gideon's Crossing, Boston Public, CSI: Miami, 24, Radio, and Weapons. He recently wrapped Gallowwalkers where he stars as Fabulos in this tale of about a mysterious gunman, played by Wesley Snipes, who is the son of a nun who breaks her covenant with God to ensure his survival. This act brings a curse upon him and everyone he kills come back to life as Zombies. Aman enlists Fabulos, a new young warrior, to fight by his side.

The DVD of the first season of Ghost Whisperer is out and IMTA alum Joseph Castanon had a major guest-starring role in the second episode of season 1. Joseph's performance as Kenny in the episode The Crossing earned critical acclaim, a Young Artist Award and consideration for other major Hollywood honors! He played a lost child spirit who needed to be reunited with his family. Joseph competed at IMTA in New York in 2004 and signed with Martin Weiss Management and Abrams Artists Agency. Joseph relocated from Denver to L.A. and he has been working ever since!


Rent the thriller Next starring Jessica Biel as Liz in a story about a Las Vegas magician Cris Johnson who has a secret which torments him: he can see a few minutes into the future. He uses this talent to perform cheap tricks to make a living. When a terrorist group threatens to detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles, the government uses all its power to convince Chris to help them save LA. Jessica also starred in the horror movie The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. This film from 2003 is based loosely on true events that inspired both the original and this update of the classic horror film about a some friends that become trapped in the company of a deadly group of cannibals that is guaranteed to scare you silly! Jessica competed at IMTA in Los Angeles in 1994 and won a scholarship to a prestigious acting school. She moved from Boulder to L.A. and began her acting career which would bring her international fame.

Check out Katie Holmes in the hit MGM 1998 psychological thriller Disturbing Behavior which airs today on the Life Channel. The teen horror flick is about murderous rebellion and Katie is great in her role as an inquisitive teen. In the scenic town of Cradle Bay, the teen population is remarkably well-behaved. It's up to the scruffy new arrivals to uncover the diabolical means by which the town's grown-ups exert their influence. Katie competed at IMTA in New York in 1995 and starred as Joey Potter on the hit WB series Dawson's Creek for six seasons. She is currently filming the major comedy motion picture Mad Money.


Ashton Kutcher stars in the haunting thriller The Butterfly Effect. He plays Evan Treborn who suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused and no one believes him. Something bad always seems to happen during these blackouts and as Evan grows up he grows out of them. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! Ashton competed at IMTA in 1997 and won Most Sought After Male Model with a record number of callbacks. Some of his many projects include the movies Dude, Where's My Car, The Guardian, Guess Who, Open Season, My Boss's Daughter and Bobby. He starred in the hilarious long running television series That 70's Show as the dumb but lovable Kelso. He created and produced the hilarious TV show Punk'd and his newest television show Miss Guided will air on ABC as a mid-season replacement in the fall schedule and the network has recently ordered 13 more episodes. Recently, Hollywood Reporter announced a new two year production partnership with Ashton's Katalyst Films and ABC.

If these sound too spooky for you, try Casper A Spirited Beginning starring IMTA alum Brendon Ryan Barrett and Casper the friendly Ghost. This a prequel to the Casper story from 20th Century Fox and it explains how Casper's ghostly life began. Brendon is the star of this classic family film.


Happy Halloween from all of us at IMTA!!!

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