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Actor Mike Manning Has Busy Month as Three Films Release Back to Back: The Bell Keeper, The Engagement Dress and The Dirty South

While Hollywood’s seemingly returning to a state of “normal” after the simultaneous WGA Strike and SAG-AFTRA Strikes have finally ended, Mike Manning isn’t wasting any time pushing three back-to-back films that have October and November releases.

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The Bell Keeper is a horror thriller that hit theaters in October and is now available on VOD. The Engagement Dress is a romantic comedy that had its worldwide release as a Tubi Original and The Dirty South is a crime drama that is now available in select theaters and on VOD, both releasing on Friday, November 10th.

Audiences will know Manning for his recurring role as “The Manny” on NBC’s award-winning hit This is Us, as “Charlie Dale” on the long-running soap Days of Our Lives, as “Nick Swift” in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cloud 9, on MTV’s Teen Wolf, and as “Caleb McKinnon” in the Emmy-winning crime drama The Bay

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The Bell Keeper stars Manning, Randy Couture (The Expendables), Kathleen Kenny (The Sex Lives of College Girls), Reid Miller (Joe Bell), Cathy Marks (Scream Queens), Chaz Bono (American Horror Story), and Bonnie Aarons (The Nun). It was directed by Colton Tran (Snow Falls). 

In the film, a group of friends travel to a secluded campsite to film a documentary. What they find is something much more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

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The Engagement Dress stars Manning, Angel Prater (The Puppetman), Cathy Marks (Scream Queens), Sterling Sulieman (In Time), Abbey May (Magnum P.I.), Vidushi Shrivastava (Stealing Jokes), as well as Lisa Thornhill (The Family Man). The Engagement Dress was directed by Rachel Annette Helson, an actress and director known for her television roles on shows like Full Circle on Max and The Knick.

In the film, a young woman, Claudia (Prater), searches for love as all her friends are married one-by-one. Claudia attempts to wear a lucky dress that, when used, has led to all her best friends being proposed to and accepting. After being asked to plan the wedding of her best friend Barbie (Marks), Claudia must work with Barbie’s brother Preston (Manning) to make sure Barbie’s special day goes off without a hitch. Being childhood friends, Claudia never knew Preston had romantic feelings for her, always seeing him as off-limits. After a few unexpected twists, Claudia realizes she has been searching for love in all the wrong places, and finally sees Preston in a different light. 

On social media, Manning describes the film as “a cute little gem,” and says, “If you like rom coms, it’ll have all those over-the-top romantic moments your eager heart desires.”

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Set deep in the heart of Louisiana, The Dirty South is a gritty crime thriller led by Dermot Mulroney (Scream VI, Young Guns, Secret Invasion), Willa Holland (Arrow, Gossip Girl) and Shane West (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Salem). The film also stars Wayne Péré (Venom), Laura Cayouette (Django Unchained) and Manning, in addition to Manning being an Executive Producer on the film. The Dirty South was directed by Matthew Yerby (The Stand). 

In the film, Sue Parker (Holland) finds herself in a desperate battle to save her family’s struggling business, which is on the brink of collapse due to her father’s neglect. When a handsome drifter (West) comes into town she sees him as the only chance to prevent their bar from falling into the hands of a ruthless local tycoon (Mulroney). What starts as a simple plan to save her family, quickly spirals into larceny, lawlessness and deadly consequences.

The Bell Keeper was produced by Artisha Mann-Cooper, Nick Theurer and Jonathan Cooper, with Final Destination scribe Jeffrey Reddick executive producing alongside Martin Ngongo. It is being distributed by Screen Media Films.

The Engagement Dress was produced by Anthony Del Negro (Edge of Everything). It was Executive Produced by Shane O’Brien, Zach O’Brien, Sebastian Battro, Tom Berry, Louisa Cadywould, and Kelly Lansing. It is being distributed by Reel One Entertainment.

The Dirty South was produced by Andrew Vogel, Suzann Toni Petrongolo, Yerby, and Todd Slater. Executive Producers include Jeremy Walton, David Lyons, Jay Burnley, and Tom George. It is being distributed by Cineverse.

Manning is represented by Kurt Patino at Patino Management and Kris Heller at IAG (formerly APA). More updates on all projects can be found on Manning’s IMDB

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Sharukh Pithawalla: The Phenomenal TikTok Sensation and Prominent YouTube Trailblazer

Introducing Sharukh Pithawalla, a rising star in the world of content creation and one of the biggest sensations on TikTok. Renowned for his diverse range of videos, which include captivating street interviews and exhilarating game-based content, Sharukh has quickly established a prominent presence on social media, amassing a vast following within just two years.

What sets Sharukh apart is his magnetic and vivacious persona, which effortlessly shines through both in front of and away from the camera. Even during his high school days, his peers recognized his inherent star quality and bestowed upon him the coveted title of “Most Likely to Star in a Movie.” While a career in social media wasn’t initially on Sharukh’s radar, his natural sociability and unwavering self-assurance eventually propelled him to explore this rapidly expanding field.

Before diving into the world of social media, Sharukh pursued his passion for music as a producer and DJ. His talent led him to craft beats for numerous EDM artists and provide hip-hop beats to talented rappers across the nation. Unfortunately, the unexpected outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted his plans, resulting in postponed gigs and a missed opportunity for acting in Dubai. However, Sharukh’s optimistic outlook and resilient spirit guided him towards discovering social media as a fresh platform to showcase his creative talents.

In no time, Sharukh found his stride on TikTok. His very first video garnered thousands of views, and his account experienced an astounding surge of 100,000 followers in a single day. Since then, his TikTok videos have accumulated over 113 million likes. One particular video, titled “You vs. The Guy She Tells You Not To Worry About Part 3,” achieved widespread popularity with over 8 million likes. Additionally, Sharukh has amassed a staggering five million followers on TikTok and one million subscribers on YouTube in just one year, earning him prestigious accolades such as the YouTube Silver and Gold Play Buttons. He has also received recognition from various other social media platforms.

Sharukh is deeply passionate about his craft and endeavors to inspire others to pursue their dreams. With his exceptional talent and an ever-expanding fan base, Sharukh’s future shines brighter than ever before.


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Meet Mike Infante: A Rising Star With an Inspiring Journey That Transcends Hollywood

The glitzy world of Hollywood is a place where dreams are made and shattered in the blink of an eye. Amidst this steep competition for the limelight, a young Mexican-American actor has emerged as a promising talent whose journey is as inspiring as the characters he plays on screen. Mike Infante, a 22-year-old actor from Sacramento, California, proves that one can conquer even the most formidable obstacles with resilience and an unyielding spirit. 

Mike’s journey into entertainment began when he was only 11. The theater world intrigued him, and he used the stage to paint his dreams. He found solace and passion in acting, eventually leading him from the footlights to a bigger screen. His tale speaks of determination, overcoming challenges, and redefining the boundaries of achievements. Battling cerebral palsy to fulfill his dreams, Mike stands as an example for others, showing them that every day is a new opportunity for triumph. 

Mike’s acting prowess is best displayed in his upcoming project, Freaky Tales. The movie is already making waves, featuring a star-studded cast including Pedro Pascal, Jack Champion, Angus Cloud, Ben Mendelsohn, Jay Ellis, and more. Directed by the talented duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, this film weaves four interconnected stories set in the backdrop of 1987 Oakland, CA. Freaky Tales promises the audiences a journey through the love of music, movies, people, places, and memories. Mike, featured at the heart of this gripping narrative, believes that “Freaky Tales” is not just a movie but an experience. 

Exploring avenues of the entertainment industry to showcase his acting skills, Mike has also grabbed a role in an indie film titled “Under Pressure.” The movie is a poignant exploration of family bonds and generational trauma. Mike portrays the character of Miguel, a young man who is battling addiction amidst the chaos of his life. Directed by Ozzie Jauregui, “Under Pressure” perfectly portrays the resilience of family bonds, offering a realistic picture of life’s challenges. Besides Mike’s brilliant acting, the film reflects his commitment to projects that delve deeper into human emotions and experiences. 

In recognition of his natural talent, unique perspective, and hard work, Mike has garnered sponsorship from Logan Paul and KSI’s brand Prime. In an industry where stereotypes stigmatize aspiring actors, Mike is breaking barriers by playing characters with disabilities. Apart from drawing a close connection with her struggles, this move also paves the way for a broader representation on screen.

Despite his convincing portrayal of the character on screen, Mike had faced skepticism and negativity surrounding his skills. He believes it is a part of being in the limelight, so he proves them wrong with his talent. His professional debut in the film “Freaky Tales” is his reply to the haters. Working alongside his esteemed co-stars and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck has been a great experience and a dream come true project for Mike. 

In the future, Mike wants more than just personal success. He aspires to provide for his family and care for everyone who has been his biggest support in this journey. He envisions his future beyond accolades, using his craft to break barriers in the industry and inspire others to pursue their dreams, overcoming all adversities.

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George Ryan Unleashes the Storm with “Thunder & Lightning” Music Video

George Ryan, the trailblazing artist known for his deep and introspective music, has just released his latest music video, “Thunder & Lightning,” on YouTube. The video, a striking visual piece from his acclaimed “Day Trips” EP, showcases Ryan’s unique blend of soulful storytelling and raw musical talent.

The video opens with Ryan returning home from a road trip, setting a tone of introspection and solitude. The calm of his return quickly escalates into a suspenseful narrative, as the sound of an intruder sets off a chain of events filled with tension and metaphorical depth. This confrontation is not just a physical battle but a symbolic clash against the adversities and doubters Ryan has faced throughout his journey in the music industry.

“Thunder & Lightning” is a testament to George Ryan’s artistic evolution. Known for his authenticity and ability to connect with fans on a personal level, Ryan’s latest video is a continuation of his narrative, portraying the struggles and triumphs of an artist on the rise. The video’s setting during a thunderstorm further amplifies the song’s intense and emotive undertones.

Ryan’s journey from the small town of Georgetown, Ontario, to becoming a notable figure in Toronto’s vibrant music scene is nothing short of inspirational. His music resonates with those who have faced challenges and serves as a beacon of resilience and determination. The video is a compelling addition to his repertoire, demonstrating his growth not only as a musician but as a storyteller.

“Thunder & Lightning” is more than a music video; it’s a cinematic experience. Ryan’s ability to blend his music with storytelling is evident in every frame, making the video an engaging watch for both new and long-time fans. The production, handled by Ryan himself, adds another layer of authenticity to the piece, showcasing his multifaceted talents as a producer, writer, and performer.

With his unique sound and profound lyrical content, George Ryan continues to make waves in the music world. His commitment to his craft and his willingness to explore and express complex emotions through his music sets him apart in the industry.

Watch the enthralling music video “Thunder & Lightning” on YouTube and join George Ryan on his journey of musical exploration and personal growth.

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