Saturday, October 08, 2005


Tutankhamun Mini Series
Miniseries producer Hallmark Entertainment is going back in time to offer a new take on the discovery of King Tut‘s tomb in a project starring Malcolm McDowell and Casper Van Dien. The company recently wrapped shooting in India on "The Curse of King Tut‘s Tomb," a four-hour miniseries billed as a fact-based fantasy adventure. It‘s set mostly in the 1920s but includes flashbacks to ancient Egypt. Van Dien plays an archaeologist in the 1920s, while McDowell portrays Van Dien‘s nemesis, the head of an organization named Hellfire Club. Leonor Varela ("Blade II") portrays an archaeologist with whom Van Dien initially spars but who ultimately becomes a love interest, while relative newcomer Francisco Bosch ("Alexander") plays Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen. "It‘s a combination of being a fantastical adventure (and) a very touching, heartfelt romantic story," director Russell Mulcahy said, adding that the miniseries is "quite heavy on the effects side." It‘s unclear what network the miniseries is headed for; Hallmark Entertainment declined comment on potential network homes.

Ghoulish Games
A game suggested on the above prnewswire webpage for kids at Hallowe'en: " Mummy Wrap: In this game kids are granted the power to mummify. Divide kids into teams, and hand each group a roll of toilet paper. Give the teams a few minutes to decide who, in each group, will be the mummy. Then shout "Mummify! Mummify! Mummify!" and watch while teams race to wrap up their mummy first, using every bit of paper. The first team to finish wins!" I've seen grown adults play this and fall about laughing.

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