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Press Release: Reefer Movie Madness

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From the authors of Pot Culture comes the definitive movie guide with stoner appeal!

REEFER MOVIE MADNESS
The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide
By Shirley Halperin and Steve Bloom

"This book is for stoners who like to watch movies stoned, but are too stoned to figure out which movie to watch stoned."
—Andy Milonakis

Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Dazed and Confused, How High, Half Baked, Friday, Easy Rider… over the last four decades, the "stoner movie" has become its own genre. Now, with digital delivery offering a virtual arsenal of films at someone's fingertips, how's a marijuana enthusiast to choose the right flick for the next smoke-out?

Enter REEFER MOVIE MADNESS: THE ULTIMATE STONER FILM GUIDE (Abrams Image; October 2010; $18.95 US / $24.95 CAN; ISBN: 978-0-8109-0312-8), the highly anticipated sequel in the successful POT CULTURE series (eight printings and counting since its 2008 release), providing another twisted take on the reference manual with the most extensive list ever compiled of movies with specific stoner appeal, as well as hundreds more than contain pot scenes or are simply fun to watch stoned.

Divided neatly into seven A-Z sections – comedies, dramas, action, fantasy/sci-fi/horror, animated, music, documentaries—REEFER MOVIE MADNESS is an essential primer to stoner cinema featuring reviews of more than 420 movies. The book also documents the screen history of mind-altering substances, from 1936's Reefer Madness through seminal films of the 1970s up to the modern stoner comedy. "Movies are as much a part of the stoner psyche as Bob Marley and rolling papers," says Shirley Halperin. Adds Steve Bloom: "With marijuana no longer in the closet, stoners are freer to enjoy their substance of choice than ever before. And when they do, they'll want to have this invaluable book on their coffee table for hours of fascinating reading."

Also included in REEFER MOVIE MADNESS are themed lists and sidebars, celebrity Q&As and contributions from well-known actors, movie directors and musicians, including Cheech & Chong, Snoop Dogg, Method Man and Redman, Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill, Jason Mraz, Melissa Etheridge, the Trailer Park Boys, Doug Benson, Andy Milonakis, Adrianne Curry, Taryn Manning and Danneel Harris.

Some of REEFER MOVIE MADNESS's fun, informative sidebars include:

• Best Buds: Ten stony duos that take friendship to a higher level
• Star Wars for Stoners by Margaret Cho
• Stoner inventions and innovations: D.I.Y. paraphernalia made by clever movie stoners
• Film School 101 by the Doors' Ray Manzarek
• Real pot or not: an on-set exposé
• "420" references: movies that slip the stoner code
• 2001: A Stoner Odyssey by 311's P-Nut
• Unknown pleasures: fictional narcotics in film
• When food comes to life
• The true story of Reefer Madness by NORML's Keith Stroup
• Movie strains: boutique buds on the silver screen
• The Wizard and Me by The Flaming Lips's Wayne Coyne

Praise for Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language & Life

"[Pot Culture] is the ultimate reference book for being a professional stoner."
–Rolling Stone

If you've ever wondered what your favorite artists listen to when smoking out or how they score in foreign cities, you can now read all about it."
–Spinner

"A fine summation of the wonders of weed and how it permeates our wider pop culture."
-Houston Press

"If there were an Encyclopedia Marijuanica, this book would be it."
-Skunk Magazine

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Shirley Halperin has been a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, an entertainment editor at Us Weekly, and a contributor at Rolling Stone. Based in Los Angeles, she is a frequent TV commentator who has appeared on MTV, VH1, CNN, Bravo, and E!. Shirley got her start in journalism as an intern at High Times.

Steve Bloom is a New York-based author who was formerly the editor of High Times. He publishes the popular website celebstoner.com.

Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide
By Shirley Halperin and Steve Bloom
Abrams Image / October 2010
$18.95 US / 24.95 CAN; ISBN 978-0-8109-0312-8
200 black-and-white photographs; 256 pages; 6 x 9"; Paperback