IN PRODUCTION NOW: "HOUSE GAME" ...The time is right for the greatest poker show on television to be made... House Game.
The structure of House Game is simple. Once a week Mars Callahan will host an exclusive, poker game in his suite at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, and we'll be there to capture all the action, all the banter and all the all-in moments. Attended by Mars Callahan's A-list celebrity friends from the film and television world, professional athletes, rock stars and professional poker players, House Game will leave behind the world of the stuffy, serious and often boring tournament style poker games that we are accustomed to seeing and deliver to the world a never before seen fast and loose, trash-talking, hilarious, and some times even intense inside glimpse at how games are really played in the inner circle of Hollywood's underground poker scene.
IN PREPRODUCTION NOW: "POKER JUNKIES" A new film from writer/director MARS CALLAHAN
With poker stars becoming internationally known celebrities, on-line gaming sites earning billions of dollars a year in revenue, television programs featuring poker on Network T.V. every night, dozens of magazines dedicated to poker, nationally televised tournaments, massive commercial campaigns and numerous A-list celebrities now playing poker, the time is right for the quintessential poker movie to be made... Poker Junkies!
Poker Junkies was created by writer/director Mars Callahan. The same creative force responsible for Poolhall Junkies, which was nominated for best sports film at the 2003 Espy Awards and is considered one of the most beloved films in its genre. Poolhall Junkies has been distributed world wide and is available now online at major retailers including Amazon.com.
PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: SCOTT "MAGIC" LAZAR Usually if you live in California and have the nickname of "Magic" it's a pretty safe bet that you have a number of NBA Championship rings stashed somewhere in your home. Those who meet Scott "Magic" Lazar will probably be disappointed if they were expecting well sculpted athlete.
Scott is perhaps the most eclectic of the spectrum of colorful personalities that make up the population of professional poker players. For example, his nickname of "Magic" comes not from some mystical ability to manipulate cards, but from a former career as a professional magician. In addition to entering the rank and file of pro poker players, he is also a production executive with Abundance Entertainment. Now with the film "Poker Junkies" Scott is able to combine his love for cards and his love for film!
"Poker Junkies" producer Scott Lazar at the main table at the 2005 World
Series of Poker.
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Writer/Director Mars Callahan begins
the world wide brand exposure for the upcoming film "Poker Junkies" at the 2010 World Series of Poker in Las
Vegas at the Rio hotel & casino.
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PAST PROJECT SPOTLIGHT "POOLHALL JUNKIES"
ESPY Awards Nominee BEST SPORTS MOVIE 2003
"Walken and Palminteri are dynamite."
- Larry King
"One of those movies that's so cool you want to quit your job and become a con man, grifter, and hustler all at once." - Ain't It Cool News
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On February 28th, 2002, Poolhall Junkies was released in theaters nation wide to critical acclaim. Starring Academy Award winner Christopher Walken, Academy Award winner Rod Steiger and Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, Poolhall Junkies was not only received as the favorite of the Las Vegas film festival but it also garnered a nomination for Best Sports Film at the 2003 ESPY Awards. Written and directed by Mars Callahan, Poolhall Junkies has become a huge cult classic and a favorite of youth audiences all across America.
"WHAT LOVE IS" A Romantic Comedy from writer/producer MARS CALLAHAN
“What Love Is”, is a sincere, insightful and unapologetically frank romantic comedy about a man who finds out, during the course of one very important night in his life, what love truly is.The story opens on Tom Riley as he nervously has one drink at his neighborhood bar in order to steady himself before he heads home to ask his long-time girlfriend, Sara, if she will marry him. It’s Valentine’s Day and he’s got the ring, he’s got the flowers and now that he has his one drink, he’s got the courage. He tells his group of best friends at the bar to meet him at his house for a surprise celebration in half an hour then he grabs a bottle of champagne and heads home.
Cuba Gooding Jr. - Tom Sean Astin - George Matthew Lillard - Sal Mars Callahan - Ken Andrew Daly - Wayne T.C. Carson - Kwame
Anne Heche - Laura Gina Gershon - Rachel Tamala Jones - Katherine Shiri Appleby - Deggie Jud Tylor - Amy Victoria Pratt - Sara
Abundance Entertainment & Big Sky Motion Pictures film "What Love Is" was just recently featured on Verizon's Monthly Spotlight which highlights the hottest in entertainment.
"SPRING BREAK '83" A film from writer/producer MARS CALLAHAN
Abundance Entertainment is pleased to announce that the directors edit of Spring Break '83 is now locked and the completion of the post production phase is coming soon. An official release of Spring Break '83 is targeted for Fall 2011.
Spring Break '83 opens on Beverly Hills High School's graduating class dressed in cap and gown and preparing to receive their diplomas. In the back row we find our four heroes, our lovable losers vowing to each other that next year - when they go away to college - that things will be different.
That they will become popular - making certain to cast aside the stigma of lameness that has haunted them their entire high-school careers. Their goal is to start a new chapter in their lives. But no such luck. As our four heroes get up on stage to receive their diplomas, their four arch rivals - the rich, good looking, popular, preppie kids - ambush them with a practical joke that humiliates our four heroes in front of the entire school.
After a summer of ridicule and continued persecution, our four heroes arrive at what they hope will be their sanctuary . . . a topnotch State University. Their only hope is to recreate themselves, obtain some semblance of a decent social life and have some fun. To their horror - they discover that they are attending the same college as their high school arch rivals.
In an act of underhanded treachery - their four enemies find a way to get our heroes wrongfully expelled from school. Now - kicked out of college with no friends or ideas for moving on with their lives - our four heroes realize that they have one last chance to redeem themselves and get even with their arch enemies once and for all . . . they must go to Lake Maurepas during spring break and win the Kings of the River contest and save the Cantina from being torn down by developers that want to build sky rise condominiums.
Downtown Julie Brown
PRODUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: "Spring Break '83" is a hilarious coming of age teen comedy that celebrates everything that was great about the 80s from the outrageous parties to the tiny bikinis from the rock music to the big hair. Shot on location the fun times are back in this laugh out loud tribute to such classic lampooning comedies as "Animal House", "Porky's", "Revenge of the Nerds", "Airplane" and "Police Academy". This comedyfest spoofs the 80s as it depicts the everlasting battle between the poor nerdy underdogs and the rich testosterone-filled jocks. This soon-to-become comedy classic will feature up-and-coming talented comedy performers, caustic crack-ups, a rocking soundtrack and an amazing franchise opportunity. Filled with beautiful bikini-clad coeds, oversexed teenage boys and crass humor, Spring Break 83 will make you roar with laughter!
FINAL DAYS OF FILMING COMPLETED!
Abundance Entertainment is pleased to announce that the directors edit of Spring Break '83 is now locked and the completion of the post production phase is coming soon.
An official release of Spring Break '83 is targeted for Fall 2011.
Abundance Entertainment, Big Sky Motion Pictures & Delta Groove Productions have now finished filming on the reality based T.V. show “Casting Call" and is now in post-production. This show is innovative and groundbreaking in the movie industry and will be a major catalyst for driving the exposure and sales for “Spring Break ’83,” the feature film.
"Casting Call" is hosted by comedian Dan Levy and features celebrity judges Joe Piscopo, Morgan Fairchild, and Adrian Zmed. The winners have been chosen and will appear in the movie in scenes to be shot when filming is resumed shortly.
Much like how the success of NBC's reality casting T.V. show "Grease, You're the One," which has generated $14.2 million in advance ticket sales (just in New York alone) and created an enormous fan base for the new Broadway production, "Casting Call" looks to catapult "Spring Break '83," the movie, into millions of Americans' living rooms prior to the movie being released. We feel that this will have a profound, positive impact on box office and DVD sales as well as all other ancillary markets.