05 September 2008
Ghost Town Director
Sends Message to Renee Fans....
The following is from Dean Teaster, the Producer/Director for
Ghost Town The Movie which is due to be released on
DVD on 28 October 2008:
a long process in the making of Ghost Town "The Movie", and we
are faced with a great success with Lionsgate and Barnholtz
being our distributors. We and they are equally excited about
the release of Ghost Town. I especially want to thank the entire
Xena fans for their impressive support of the movie and of Renée
O'Connor. I have never seen a more loyal assembly of loving and
caring fans. I am so very happy we had Renée in our movie and
I'm sure you will be extremely pleased with the movie.
Especially when you see that her role was more than a cameo
appearance. In fact her character "Little Jack", is very
memorable like many of the others. She did ((so very well)) in
portraying "Little Jack".
came out like the others to be a part of a wonderful film
(partially) about my ancestors history and a film that is a
tribute to my father who also was a very good actor in the
1960's as "Digger the Undertaker". You can see pics of him on
the Ghost Town movie IMDB web site. This tribute meant very much
to me and Renée helped bring it to life. I will be ever grateful
to her for that.
want to say that in my experience working with actors and
actresses, be it limited somewhat, I left the set of Ghost Town
a (FAN) of Renée O'Connor and muchly respect her as a person.
She is every bit respectful, charming, and wonderful to work
with. I hope muchly that in the future I get to work with her
again. She has a heart made of ((pure gold)).
closing I must add that I had additional help from MaryD, and
the Talking Xena Message Forum moderators. It is greatly
appreciated and you all taught me very well how caring you all
are for Renée. My thanks to you all in so many ways. May this
movie go down in history as one of Renée's best roles.
04 August 2008
Lionsgate to Release 'Dean Teaster's Ghost Town' on
DVD this October
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., August 4th /PRNewswire/ -- Lionsgate(R)
the leading next generation filmed entertainment studio, in
with Barnholtz Entertainment, announced today that it will
western feature "Dean Teaster's Ghost Town" on DVD October
28th in the United States and Canada.
"Dean Teaster's Ghost Town," the dream project of Dean Teaster and
DJ Perry, is an 1800s western set in North Carolina's Great
Smoky Mountains and was filmed at the "Ghost Town in the
Sky" theme park located in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. A
brutal story of love, hate, revenge, and family honor, the
movie reunites the two mountain men from John Boorman's 1972
classic "Deliverance" -- Herbert "Cowboy" Coward and Bill
McKinney. Voted number one movie villains of all-time by
"Maxim Magazine" in 2005, McKinney
and Coward scared audiences with their mountain man delivery
that struck fear in millions of moviegoers.
The movie also features DJ Perry ("GPS," "Miracle at
Princess Lucaj ("Jericho," "Uncross the Stars"), Rance
Howard ("A Beautiful Mind," "Chinatown"), Renee O'Connor ("Xena:
Warrior Princess," "Diamonds and Guns"), country music stars
Sammy Kershaw ("The Beverly Hillbillies," "Fall Time") and
Stella Parton ("A Dance for Bethany," "Rhinestone"), Terence
Knox ("Tour of Duty," "St. Elsewhere") and Tony Becker ("The
Walton's," "Melrose Place," "Walker, Texas Ranger"). In
addition, Robert Bradley, Ghost Town in the Sky's original
"Apache Kid," is also featured in the movie.
16 December 2007
received a virtual card from Dean Teaster (Ghost Town Movie) and
he asked me to share this with the fans:
From Dean Teaster to all the Xena Fans
22 September 2007
Ghost Town Movie
- Ghost Town has been accepted to screen at the 5th Annual
Asheville Film Festival being held on 8 November - 11
November, 2007 in Asheville, North Carolina. The festival
schedule will be available soon at the
There will also be a Q&A on the film from the production
staff. Renee won't be at this event. If you are North
Carolina and want to see a great movie - go! Renee is so
cute as Little Jack. The whole movie is superb..
18 July 2007
Ghost Town The Movie
I had the pleasure of watching the Behind The Scenes
featurette that will be added to the Ghost Town Movie DVD and I
have to say it was funny. These guys had lots of fun on that
set. Dean has allowed me to show a snippet of the footage with
one proviso - don't spoil anything <g> So with that in mind,
here is the first clip from the Behind The Scenes footage which
features Renee, Dean Teaster and DJ Perry - with a lovely black
box in two places which censors <blank> from the movie. I'm not
being a tease...I'm just following orders <vbg> Kudos also
go to Paul Proios for editing and producing "the behind the
- Click here to view Ghost Town The Movie Behind The
Scenes - Clip #1 - the clip is available either on Watch it Online |
Dean has a new Ghost Town Site!
Dean has created a wonderful site dedicated to Ghost Town -
check it out, it has a history about the theme park, lots and
lots of pictures, a blog and a whole lot of other goodies!
Dean Teaster's Ghost Town In The Sky Site
30 June 2007
Ghost Town Promo Pics Update
- Updated the promo pics section with promo
pics from the movie
Received the following note from Dean
is the stone I had commissioned early during filming. It pays
honor the actors who visited Ghost Town in the early 60's
who acted with my father. It also pays honor to the gunfighters
who were in the "Internationally Famous Ghost Town Gunfighters"
of the 1960's with my father. This stone to honor Dad put there
by my sister Marcia, brother Bobby, and myself.
Ghost Town In the Sky Site
- Dean has created a new site based on the
Ghost Town in the Sky Theme Park with pics from the theme
Check it out here
Ghost Town The Movie Review by MaryD
I was fortunate the other day to receive a DVD copy
of Ghost Town The Movie to review by Dean Teaster. Ghost Town stars
Renee O'Connor as Little Jack and a great cast. What is this movie about? Appalachian folklore and legend tell the story of a man in 1856, who came
out of the mountain wilderness of Cold Springs, North Carolina to avenge his
father's death. In his wake he left a Ghost Town. Today, twenty years later
he returns to avenge his daughter's honor.
Click here to read the full review
27 June 2007
Ghost Town The Movie Book
The book also contains some pics from the
movie and one of them is of Renee.
Deadwood, you may lose your life. In Ghost Town, it may be your
soul. ...' A novel based on the movie 'Dean Teaster's Ghost
Town, the Movie' (screenplay by DJ Perry, story by DJ Perry and
Dean Teaster). Appalachian folklore and legend tell the story of
a man in 1856, who came out of the mountain wilderness of Cold
Springs, North Carolina to avenge his father s death. In his
wake he left a Ghost Town. Today, twenty years later he returns
to avenge his daughter s honor and even the undertaker better
watch out! This novel is based on that story and the movie it
inspired, Dean Teaster s Ghost Town, the Movie which was filmed
at the Western theme park, Ghost Town in the Sky (Maggie Valley,
NC) in November, 2006. There is also a beautiful full color
section on the making of the movie.
Buy the book from Amazon.com
7 June 2007
25 May 2007
The trailer for the movie is now online and it is AWESOME!
Go and have a look! Renee is featured in this trailer :)
Click here to view
I've created some screencaptures from the trailer and
you can view them here
New Renee Pictures
a new message up on her site and two new pictures for sale
from Ghost Town! Gorgeous.
23 May 2007
Ghost Town Movie In Times
The movie and the official poster was featured in Times Square!
Click on the thumbnail for the larger scan.
Smoky Mountain News - 23 May 2007 Ghost Town goes silver
screen - Dean Teaster’s Ghost Town “The Movie” will
premiere at the Eaglenest Entertainment Center in Maggie
Valley at 7 p.m. on June 2. The movie was filmed at Ghost
Town in the Sky, North Carolina’s top western theme park
attraction that opened originally in 1961 and is re-opening
on May 25.
20 May 2007
- MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 2nd,
Dean Teaster's Ghost Town "The Movie" will premiere at the
Eaglenest Entertainment Center in Maggie Valley, North
Citizen-Times.com 20 May 2007 - Maggie Valley cheers
Ghost Town’s revival after 5-year hiatus, hopes for boom.
MAGGIE VALLEY — Along the streets of downtown Maggie Valley,
hotels and shops display signs of hope for a great tourist
season ahead: Ghost Town is back.
30 April 2007
Exclusive Renee O'Connor Interview 28 April 2007
Renee was gracious enough to give AUSXIP reporter Christa and her sidekick Ruth
a video interview for the site. It's a wide ranging interview covering a great
many topics including working on Boogeyman, Ghost Town, her thoughts on her
co-workers over the years in various movies and some stories. Her thoughts about
living in New Zealand, what Xena taught her and other topics.
The interview is 15 minutes in length and it's Renee at her most candid. You can
now download two video
Click here to download the
video clips (the Ghost Town discussion is in clip #2)
27 April 2007
Mountain Magazine - Spring 2007 Issue
You can now order
online the Smoky Mountain magazine that features an article
about the movie. Not sure if it has any references to Renee in
here to order (the current issue is at the bottom of the page)
24 April 2007
The official Ghost Town
Movie site is now online and for those who wish to purchase
Ghost Town Merchandise, you can now do so.
Click here to view the shop -
20 April 2007
The following is one of the posters that will be sold on the
Official Ghost Town Movie Site. It was sent by Dean Teaster. It
should be up shortly.
The poster should be up shortly.
Click here to see the
official Ghost Town site
19 April 2007
Renee / Alissa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation Auction
Ghost Town VIP Ticket for the premiere of Ghost Town The
Movie - there are two tickets on the auction so here's
your chance to attend this event!
donated by Dean Teaster to raise money for The Alissa
Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. These tickets have not gone on
sale to the public yet (24 April 2007).
The ticket includes the World Premiere AND the After
Glow Party afterwards.
See Renee's new movie, attend the VIP party AND support
The Alissa Ann Run Burn Foundation.
"The World Premiere"
will be followed by an elegant
This red carpet affair is an event you won't want to
miss. Mingle with the celebrities and other
distinguished guests under the stars as you enjoy hors
devours and other refreshments.
Auction #1 |
PLEASE NOTE: Renee will not be attending the premiere or
the VIP party.
17 April 2007
Magazine Alert - Smoky Mountain Magazine
latest issue of Smoky Mountain Magazine features an article
the movie! You can order a copy from
Many thanks to Dean for the news
8 April 2007
The following is from Dean Teaster
THe word of the premiere is spreading quickly and people are
already buying up the VIP tickets. I wanted to explain the chain
of events so everyone understands our step by step process.
first, the premiere at Eagle Nest was limited to weekend
availability and had to be done in conjuction with the Ghost
Town in the Sky theme park opening around May 25th. Yes, it did
bump into the Xena convention, but this will not hurt the film
or the convention in any way. It is more exposure for Renée
anyway you look at it. This would also create excitement in the
Maggie Valley area during the highest tourist season. What does
all of this mean, (maximum) exposure of the film to the thousand
of tourists traveling to Maggie Valley through October. It has
been estimated that Ghost Town may see around 3000 to 5000
people a day. Those people will be exposed to the movie as well.
Renée and the other cast members will get ((maximum exposure to
thousands)) as they migrate through the valley. Since Eagle Nest
is the only place that can show a movie, it will give the
tourist something to do at night in the small town valley.
This premiere followed by an exclusive "Limited theatrical
Engagement", will accent the distribution deal as we can show
the distributor how it can pack the house for a theatrical
showing. Something necessary in the overall deal for world wide
distribution and release. Every second that Renée and the cast
can be seen on the big screen is a great positive step for this
film. I have to say, her character is great. She did such a
((wonderful job)), but that won't suprise anyone. That is what
everyone has come to expect and get everytime we see her on
film. Even if its just for one second. But that is not the case
in Ghost Town, we see her ((quite well)) !!!
While the Limited is running, we will then move into the final
distribution deal, that is where the decision will be made for
the right distributor and if it will go theatrical first, or go
first to world wide "sell through" market to every market
worldwide. We will then plan other premieres. Anyway it goes,
its exciting. Anyway it goes, Ghost Town "The Movie" will be a
huge success. I thank everyone for their support fo this film
and the support of Renée O"Connor. God Speed for Ghost Town and
3 April 2007
The world premiere of Dean Teaster’s “Ghost Town” will be
hosted by Eaglenest
Entertainment in Maggie Valley,
followed by a limited theatrical engagement scheduled to run
through October. The premiere will be 2 June 2007. Renee
will not be attending since she will be in New York for a
Creation Entertainment Xena Convention and Lucy's Concerts.
Dean would like to pass on the news that Ghost Town will have a
premiere in LA. The details of that will be posted when they are
finalised. That will give everyone who wishes to go an
opportunity (and may include Renee being at the premiere).
The official premiere in June is the kickoff of the movie with a
Limited Theatrical Engagement to run until October.
The planning of the LA premiere will start in earnest after the
2 June premiere.
Received the latest update from Dean Teaster about the movie:
"Today we finished the final cut of the movie. It consisted
of going back through the entire movie scene by scene and
trimming out anyhing that did not flow. I had the responsibility
of going through and cutting out and trimming down to (seconds)
that did not work, or did not add value to the film. This
included looking at each cut to determine if they had the
correct amount of time on each one, removing anything in the
backgrounds that did not work, changing scenes for best
performances. It was an exhausting effort, but well worth it. I
will know tomorrow, but I believe I trimmed around 5 to 7
minutes from the film. We are looking real good."
Dean Teaster, producer and director of Ghost
Town is running a trivia question game and you can win some
Ghost Town merchandise. Ghost Town is the new Renee movie
(starring as Little Jack). Dean Teaster is the writer, director
and producer. He is also asking ROC fans their opinions about
future Ghost Town merchandise.
Click here to read more
Many thanks to Gabsfan for the news
Just added a new poster from Dean Teaster - which is also
related to a thread that is currently underway on the Talking
Xena Message Board - ROC Chat forum
Ghost Town "The Movie" director discussions
Click here to view the poster
Behind The Scenes Pictures - Renee
Behind The Scenes Pictures - Cast & Crew
- Added two pictures of the cast and crew from behind the
scenes from Ghost Town.
Check out the pics
Interview with DJ Perry
Evil Dread has an interview with DJ Perry
Among other things, DJ talks about Ghost Town and working
with Reneé. - Many thanks to
Gabsfan for the news
Behind The Scenes Pictures - Renee
Added three more Renee pics from behind the scenes from Ghost
Check out the pics (more to come)
Behind The Scenes Pictures - Cast & Crew
The dynamic duo behind Ghost Town The Movie - DJ Perry and Dean
Town Movie Update
Added six more photos of Renee as Little Jack including some
of the other cast and crew.
Check out the pics (more to come tomorrow)
New Renee Pictures from Ghost Town Movie Set
has sent in some more behind the scenes pictures of Renee from
the set of Ghost Town as well as some of the cast and crew.
Check out the first five pics (more to come tomorrow)
New Renee Pictures
Renee has two gorgeous pictures up for
sale - both images are from her new movie Ghost Town
Click here to order from her shopping page
AUSXIP 10th Anniversary Charity Auction
Renee Ghost Town Pictures
Just an update on the ROC pics from Ghost Town which are
now up on the auction.
The pictures are not 8 x 10 but 11 x 13.
I can't alter the auction description now but please know
that the size has changed.
If you wish to bid on these go to:
Pic #1 |
Pic #2 |
Pic #3 |
following items were donated by Dean Teaster, Director and
producer of Renee's new movie Ghost Town The Movie.
The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation Items
Starship Children's Health
StarshipItem073: Ghost Town Hooded Sweat Shirt
Ultra Cotton heavyweight.
Embrodery around letters and "The Movie" in embrodery.
Size XL. Sand Color Donated by Ghost Town Director & Producer Dean Teaster Starting Bid: $15
StarshipItem074: Ghost Town The Movie Cap
100% Cotton with high embrodery "Ghost Town "The Movie" on front with
"Grand Opening 2007 on side. Bill is suede.
Donated by Ghost Town Director & Producer Dean Teaster Starting Bid: $10
Behind The Scene Images
Behind the Scenes pics of Renee courtesy of Dean Teaster
and Tammy Teaster who took the photos.
Ghost Town Press Release...
Press Release Source: Collective Development Incorporated
Dean Teaster's New Movie 'Ghost Town' Starring Mountain Men
from Deliverance Monday December 4, 6:45 pm ET
LANSING, Mich., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Dean Teaster's movie
"Ghost Town" has just finished principal photography. The
film will star Herbert
"Cowboy" Coward and Bill McKinney. This film brings
men back to screen for the first time since Deliverance in
1972...Ghost Town "The Movie" was written by Dean Teaster
and DJ Perry as an Appalachian tale of folklore..read
- New Renee Pictures
Stella Parton.com now has a webpage up for Ghost Town
with pics including one cutie with ROC and and a baby
(possibly Iris) Check it out at
Many thanks to Gabsfan for the link
- Producer/Director Dean Teaster wrote a thank you to the
people of Haywood County that was printed in
The Mountanier 27 November 2006
‘Ghost Town’ producer extends thanks for help with film by
I wanted to take this time to write the editor and thank a
few folks in helping make the movie “Ghost Town” in Maggie
Valley and Canton.
Many thanks to Mike for the news
Q&A with DJ Perry
- The Talking Xena Message Board (ROC Chat section) has
part 1 of the Q&A with DJ Perry.
Click here to read
New Renee Pics
- More Renee pics - these are from the personal
photographer hired by Renee, Ed And Oenita -
Photographers, which she was filming in North Carolina.
Many thanks to Kristina and Gabsfan for the news
The Mountaineer - October 2006 Movie takes center
stage There’s more to ‘Ghost Town’ than meets the eye
People from all over the country, some from other parts of
the world, are trickling into Haywood County day by day to
take part in a project they believe has tremendous
potential. In simple terms, they call it film-making. But
looking back on the first week of actual shooting, those
involved said there is much more taking place on the set of
Dean Teaster’s “Ghost Town” than meets the eye....Read
24 November 2006
Ghost Town Movie Interviews
Q & A with Writer,
Producer and Director Dean Teaster
Dean answers questions about the movie, Renee and upcoming
Promotional Images - Official Ghost Town Poster
First Look At the Official Ghost Town Poster
(C) 2006, Ghost Town "The Movie" L.L.C. All Right Reserved -
Photographer Dean Teaster
Q & A with the Director, Dean Teaster
If you would like to ask a question about the movie or
Renee's involvement with the movie, you can now send an email
with your question. Please have your question emailed to me at
the end of Sunday.
Behind The Scenes Pictures
behind the scenes pics of Renee courtesy of Dean Teaster.
There is also a picture which was taken in the early morning
just above Ghost Town In the Sky Theme Park which is just one of
the most gorgeous landscapes I've seen in a long time.
View the new ROC pics |
View the landscape
Behind The Scenes Pictures
This has to be one of my favourite pictures of Renee from the
movie (so far). She is so cute with that cheeky grin. Dean sent
me some pictures that I have posted in the Behind The Scenes
galleries including a couple of Eric Jones, the 1st assitant
Click here to view the Renee pics
Click here to view Cast and Crew pics
A Note From Dean Teaster, the Director of
I received a very nice email from the director
of the film, Dean Teaster, about working with Renee and Dean
wanted me to share this with all of Renee's fans. Many thanks to
Dean (Dean no only directed the movie but also can be seen as
Digger The Undertaker)
A Word from the Director
first directing debut was this film Ghost Town. It was an
experience that has and will continue to change my life. My
first film and I got to work with Rance Howard, Bill McKinney,
Herbert "Cowboy" Coward, Charlie Matthau, Tony Becker, Princess
Lucaj, Stella Parton, Sammy Kershaw, Terrence Knox, and of
course "Renee O'Connor. Let's talk about that for a minute.
There are no words to describe the level of professionalsim in
this lady. She is truly an actress that is a pleasure to work
with. She is kind, considerate, respectful, and talented beyond
any imagination. I cannot convey in words what it was like to
work with her and see her bring to life, "Little Jack". She came
prepared and ready. I can see why she has such a huge following.
She deserves all the credit due to her both professionally and
personally. There was a moment in the film between takes where I
noticed her crying. I immediatly wanted to see if she was
alright. Much to my suprise, I asked her "Are you alright", she
said yes, "I'm just getting into the moment of Little Jack".
That says it all. God Bless Renee O'Connor.
Behind The Scenes Images
No Renee mention but more about the film and the stars:
The Mountanier 13 November 2006 Hollywood greats make
‘Ghost Town’ memorable With 24 days of filming
behind them and a feature film well on the way, actors
starring in Dean Teaster’s “Ghost Town” are hanging up their
holsters and returning home. But no one is leaving
empty-handed. What Ghost Town stars are taking with them,
they said, goes well beyond a new addition to their resume.
“It’s been life changing,” lead actress Princess Lucaj said
of playing Violet, a role that was her first lead in a
Many thanks to Mike McDonald for the news
12 November 2006
Behind The Scenes Pictures
Behind The Scenes Report
11 November 2006
A detailed account of Renee's role as Little Jack has been
written by DJ Perry on his blog:
Renee O'Conner is also someone who deserves mention. The
story is that I was dealing with her manager over a different
actor and her name came up. I had watched XENA because of
producers Sam and Robert coming to MSU, knowing Bruce Campbell
from my director buddy Mike Kallio and Lucy Lawless.
So Renee read the script for a small female role as most of
the major roles had been cast. She really liked the script but
wanted something meaty. It was moments after I told her manager
that we would try to use her on a future project that I started
thinking, "What character(s) did I write as a man that could be
played by a woman?" When the character of LITTLE JACK crossed my
mind it was a perfect fit. Renee was called and the rest is
She is a powerful supporting actress in this film playing an
outlaw with a motley gang and her fans will love her bad side in
this gritty mountain story. She hangs with the roughest of them
and would anyone expect anything less from Xena's former partner
in crime? I luv ya Renee and she handled that rifle with the
same expertise as that bo staff!
Click here to read more of
DJ Perry's MySpace Blog
10 November 2006
The scheduled released date for the movie is May 2007, in
conjunction with the reopening of the Ghost Town Theme Park
according to the article in the
Behind The Scenes Photos
Behind The Scenes on Ghost Town Movie Set - Mike
McDonald was an extra on Ghost Town and these are his photos
from the time he spent on the set of Ghost Town - Contributed by
Mike Donald. No photos of Renee.
4 November 2006
1 November 2006
New Renee Message
Renee has a new message on her site from the set of her new
movie Ghost Town. There is also a picture of her and DJ Perry,
writer, producer and actor.
here to read Renee's message and view the picture. If you
are subscribed to Kit #12 you can view another pic on the Kit
#12 site. - Subscription required.
27 October 2006
- Asheville Citizen Times 15 October 2006 -
‘Deliverance’ villains reunite in ‘Ghost Town’ MAGGIE VALLEY
— Herbert “Cowboy” Coward and Bill McKinney, the actors who
played the terrifying hillbilly villains in the 1972 film
“Deliverance,” will grace the big screen together once again
in Dean Teaster’s movie “Ghost Town,” being filmed on the
site of Maggie Valley’s Ghost Town in the Sky theme park.
Casting has been completed, and filming is expected to start
here to read more
- Ghost Town movie props needed
The production crew of Dean Teaster’s movie “Ghost
Town,” is looking for period props and local citizens
interested in being cast as extras. Anyone willing to lend
props representative of the late 1800’s era, including
quilts, blankets, holsters, black powder weapons and bottles
should contact James Thompson at: 908-656-1887 or
click here to read more
Many thanks to MET for the article links
14 October 2006
Renee sent in the following message to the Official
Xena Fan Club Page about her new role:
"I'm about to start a movie called Ghost Town filming in North
Carolina. I'm playing a character named Little Jack who is the
son they never had. It's in the style of the HBO series,
Deadwood...click here to read more
13 October 2006
“Ghost Town the Movie” directors Dean Teaster and Jeff Kennedy
are calling for budding actors and actresses to audition for a
limited number of roles in the upcoming feature film, scheduled
for release next spring.
Pre-production is underway and shooting is set to begin Oct. 16
at locations in Canton and Maggie Valley.
The movie, set in 1870, will depict a western theme with touches
of Appalachian folklore and will chronicle the life of Haywood
County native Harmon Teaster. Many of Ghost Town theme park’s
famed gunfighters will be featured.
Click here to
New Articles - No mention of Renee but more about the movie
9 October 2006
Renee's site has been updated with news of a new
movie called Ghost Town and she will be playing a
"Calamity Jane" type of role!
Check out Renee's message on her site - Many
thanks to Judi Mair for the news