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CHASEN PARKER OF THE WOODLANDS MAKING MAJOR HOLLYWOOD MOVES!

The Woodlands native Chasen Parker starts major film venture
John C. Hall of Cardinal Trio Pictures

EXCLUSIVE:  Universal EVP of Distribution and Marketing John C. Hall has recently exited the studio after 25 years and he’s launching Cardinal Trio Pictures with Lokal Media co-founder Nick Scherma, and filmmaker Chasen Parker.

The production company immediately has a number of projects in development:

—The untitled Enron Project which is written and will be directed by Parker. In a revisionist’s history 1999, an employee at Enron starts to figure out what the crooked real-life executives are up to and attempts to blackmail them, but upon humiliating him, he leaves with a plot of revenge.

—Killer will be directed by Michelle Cutolo and is written by T Zhang. The story follows two unlikely sleuths, bound together by a dark, shared past, as they pursue a serial kidnapper to Colombia. Upon arrival, the hunters become the hunted, and our heroes realized that the true enemy lies within.

—The Token Groomsman is written by Hall. Logline: Scott Lambert is having one of the worst sales pitches of his career when he receives a last-minute invitation to be a groomsman in an all-expenses paid, elaborate weekend wedding. After arriving, he quickly realizes that not only is he a stand-in groomsman, but he also has the most token role in his extremely wealthy, yet insignificant, college buddy’s wedding. With the help of his girlfriend, Teresa Boyd, Scott discovers that not only is the bride after the groom’s family money, but she is also after Scott. Suddenly, Scott finds himself changing from a reluctant groomsman to unexpected best friend to save the gullible groom.
Start of production for each these features is scheduled for early 2021. The Cardinal Trio principals will serve as producers for each film. Financing for the films will be funded through independent financing and co-productions.

Scherma, who is the son of Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma, will continue in his capacity with Lokal Media. Both companies will enter into a strategic partnership where Lokal will handle physical production of the projects developed and distributed by Cardinal Trio. Lokal will also bring original projects to Cardinal Trio to help facilitate distribution, marketing, and development.

“I’ve spent half of my life working at Universal Pictures and leaving the studio was a very tough call to make. I’ve loved every minute of working on the distribution and marketing campaigns for hundreds of titles as a senior executive but moving into production was a step I’ve always wanted to take and partnering with Nick and Chasen to make movies is something I couldn’t resist,” said Hall.

“The opportunity to form a team that complements each other’s skill sets, shares the same collaborative love for film, and has developed the trust we have, is a filmmaker’s dream come true and creates the structural foundation for something truly special. I’m very proud to be moving forward together into the next chapter of our careers,” said Parker.


“To partner with a seasoned industry veteran like John and an incredible creative like Chasen is something that only comes once in a lifetime. I am extremely grateful and humbled to be starting this venture with the both of them and look forward to the amazing collaborations that Cardinal Trio Pictures and Lokal Media will create together,” said Scherma.


The company’s name, Cardinal Trio Pictures, was born from the trio’s like-mindedness in their approach to film-making. The Cardinal symbolizes loyalty and confidence, which are the firm’s tenets of business in their creative endeavors.

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HAVE THEY GONE TOO FAR WITH THE KAREN MASK?

Los Angeles-based artist Jason Adcock has started selling custom-made Karen facemasks on his Etsy page for the price of $180. 

The product description reads: ‘The scariest thing you can be on Halloween!!!! Full head latex mask with hair.  Sculpted, molded, cast, and painted.’

The masks feature Karen’s face contorted into a fit of rage, with yellowing teeth, red eyes and blotchy skin. 

‘I was quarantining at home and wanted to make a new mask. I just started sculpting, and out came Karen,’ Adcock told Vice about how he came up with the idea for the masks. 

‘I’ve spent most of my life working retail in the cosmetics industry, so I have seen countless Karens in their natural habitat.’ 

Adcock says he has received some hate mail over his controversial creations. 

‘I have gotten a few death threats, a lot of people saying it’s racist, or that I should be disgusted with myself,’ he stated. 

‘But if the one thing you’re pressed up about right now is a rubber Halloween mask of an angry lady, you need to wake up!’ 

Each mask takes up to four weeks to complete, so those hoping to wear one on October 31 will have to place their order soon. 

However, there are a number of other retailers selling items to transform party-goers into an authentic-looking Karen.

One Amazon retailer is selling a ‘I Want To Speak To The Manager’ sweatshirt, whilst an Etsy store is stocking a blonde, asymmetrical style wig known for being the stereotypical Karen hairstyle. 

Last year, YouTube star Sierra Schultzzie won praise for dressing up as a Karen, complete with a similar blonde wig and 2000s-style sunglasses. 

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CO-FOUNDER OF KOOL AND THE GANG DIES!

Ronald “Khalis” Bell, the Kool & the Gang co-founder who co-wrote and produced many of the R&B/soul/funk/disco/jazz group’s hits — including “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Hollywood Swinging,” “Summer Madness,” “Open Sesame,” “Ladies’ Night,” “Joanna,” and “Fresh” — has died, according to a statement issued by his publicist, Sujata Murthy.

Bell passed away Wednesday morning at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands, at the age of 68.

No cause of death was given at press time.

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THE DEATH OF CHADWICK BOSEMAN!

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who brought the movie “Black Panther” to life with his charismatic intensity and regal performance, has died.

Boseman has battled colon cancer since 2016 and died at home with his family and wife by his side, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.

He was 43.”

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement said.”From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”

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With his role as King T’Challa in the boundary-breaking film “Black Panther,” he became a global icon and an inspiring symbol of Black power.

That role was the “honor of (Boseman’s) career,” the statement said.