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The Prince of Chaos is Coming...

 ... to the Jean Cocteau.

And no, I don't mean the Roger Zelazny novel, I mean the one by Horatio King.  Who is me.  Sort of.  But not really.


This PRINCE OF CHAOS is a fictional fantasy novel by a fictional author who is not me (not at all, no sir, definitely not), as seen in THE CALLBACK QUEEN, a new romantic comedy out of Ireland that debuts tomorrow at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

The Callback Queen Poster for Jean Cocteau

How this came about?  Well...

Hundred of actors auditioned for roles both large and small in HBO’s GAME OF THRONES. Only a handful were cast. Thousands more tried to get auditions, but were never given the chance to read. In the old days, aspiring stars sent off resumes and 8x10 glossies to directors, producers, and casting directors. They still do that. . . but these days some also upload their own auditions on YouTube, Vimeo, and similar sites on the internet.

Amy-Joyce Hastings was one of those, as I discovered one day when dozens of my fans and readers began to send me emails with links to a reading by a lovely young red-haired Irish actress that I’d never heard of. They liked what she’d done, and so did I, when curiosity drove me to click on one of those links and take a look. So I dropped her a note, told her the name of our casting director, wished her luck. . . and thought no more of it, until I heard about The Callback Queen.

Amy-Joyce never got to audition for GAME OF THRONES. That’s something she has in common with thousands of other actors from all over the world. Unlike all the others, however, Amy-Joyce took life’s lemons and made lemonade; she shared her experiences with her friend Graham Cantwell, an Irish filmmaker, who took her tale about a young actress attempting to land a role in an epic fantasy, and turned it into a movie... a romantic comedy about moviemakers and aspiring actors that pokes fun at the whole casting carousel… starring Amy-Joyce Hastings.

So now the tale comes full circle.  We're delighted to be able to present the North American Premiere of THE CALLBACK QUEEN right here in Santa Fe, tomorrow evening.  Amy-Joyce Hastings and writer-director Graham Cantwell are flying in from Ireland for the event, and will introduce the film and answer questions afterwards, and we'll also be having a small post-screening reception at the Cocteau's new bar, where you can meet Graham and Amy-Joyce and sample a "Call Me For Comfort," our special CALLBACK QUEEN cocktail.

So see you there.  But don't ask me to sign your copy of PRINCE OF CHAOS.  I am not Horatio King.  (They never even asked me to audition for the role).

((THE CALLBACK QUEEN will be playing for four days only, February 7 - 11.))

P.S.  And yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, the role of the director in THE CALLBACK QUEEN is being played by Mero, the Titan's Bastard.  Someone must have sewed his head back on after Daario hacked it off.  It's a small world, it is, be it Hollywood or Westeros.


Feb. 6th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
This movie looks really charming. Hoping for a United States DVD release, because I really want to see it.
Nemanja Saric
Feb. 6th, 2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
George u are fkin GREAT
Feb. 6th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! That's what I'm talking about! :) I play Gerry, a pretentious actor, who's a bit of an oddball. Haven't seen it yet, so no idea if I'm any good in it or not! Ha. Hope you enjoy.
Sean Hall
Feb. 8th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
Just got back from seeing it, the movie was really funny.
Feb. 7th, 2014 12:39 am (UTC)
I can't wait to read that - ....ohhh..
Feb. 7th, 2014 12:50 am (UTC)
This is such an amazing story!!! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see this movie (hopefully) in an Swiss cinema or at least on DvD at some point.

Edited at 2014-02-07 12:51 am (UTC)
Feb. 7th, 2014 11:40 am (UTC)
Thank you for name checking Uncle Roger (though I should be thanking that Horatio King guy, I suppose).
Feb. 7th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
Of course I'd love to see it!
What an interesting and fun romp of a film! Thanks for telling us about it George. BTW... if you have any info on distribution or updates on screenings in in California, that would be great.
Feb. 7th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
When are you casting I, Libertine?
Feb. 8th, 2014 07:00 am (UTC)
Charming! I hope it makes it's way here. ...and would you have auditioned?
Feb. 9th, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
Anyone have the names of any of those songs in the trailer? They all sound great.
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Feb. 11th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
Thank you! All I had to do was look, eh? I apologize for being that person.
Feb. 9th, 2014 05:08 am (UTC)
George that looks delightful. As others have noted if you can pass on any info about wider release (NJ) it would be appreciated. Thanks!
Amy Wiseman
Feb. 9th, 2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
Minor suggestion
While I love the idea of your theater and all of the things that you're doing there sound so interesting, I occasionally wonder why you don't have a separate blog for the theater itself. Of course, this is easier, absolutely, but I'm sure only a very small percentage of your fans and followers actually live in the area where your theater is and it's a bit of a bummer to come here to look for updates and see (most of the time) the only news involves what's up next at the theater. Just a thought =)
Feb. 10th, 2014 05:48 am (UTC)
Re: Minor suggestion
The theatre does have its own blog, which you can find via the website.

This is my personal blog, where I talk about whatever the hell I want to talk about, be it movies, football, politics, collecting toy soldiers, travel, pizza, etc etc etc

I do post the latest news about my books too... but if that's the only thing that interests you, the place to go is the news page of my website, which has a much narrower focus.

I suppose I could start a dozen more blogs, one for each of my interests, but I have enough trouble keeping up with one.
Amy Wiseman
Feb. 10th, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Minor suggestion
Well, I certainly never said that I am only here for the news about the books. I'd love to check out the things in your theater, but being in Finland and all, it's not possible.

Of course you're entitled to talk about whatever you want on your blog. I just didn't know that the theater had their own blog. My apologies. I only usually browse your blog, skipping the football entries, for example.

Do you talk in those theater blogs about how you select the upcoming events? I assume you are the one (or one of the ones) who selects what is playing next... I'd be curious to know why you pick the shows you pick, even if I can't see them in the theater itself. If so, I'd start browsing those entries too.
Feb. 10th, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Minor suggestion
Actually, I don't post in the Cocteau blog. That's for the staff and management at the theatre... and, of course, for our patrons. If I started posting there myself, it would turn into a "when is the next book coming out?" blog in no time.

LiveJournal is the only place I post regularly. I am not on Twitter or Facebook or any other social media, though much of what I post here gets reposted there.


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