North by Northwest will begin horror/comedy project this month.

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North by Northwest will begin filming a new movie in Spokane in July: “Knights of Badassdom.”

It’s a horror/comedy directed by Joe Lynch (“Wrong Turn 2: Dead End”) involving wizards and demons.

The wizards are of the playacting variety. The plot is about a group of LARPers (live action role players) who like to dress up as wizards and elves and cavort about in the Eastern Washington woods.

But the demons will be real, or at least as real as CGI demons can be. Somehow, the LARPers summon some heavy metal demons into life. The gamers have to fend off these evil hordes.

The LARPers, with their costumes and fake swords, find themselves overmatched, to say the least.

The Internet Movie Database links Peter Dinklage (“30 Rock,” “The Station Agent”) and Douglas Tait (2009’s “Star Trek” film) to this project. There’s also some online chatter about Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sara Connor Chronicles”), Danny Pudi (“Community”), Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) and Steve Zahn (“Treme”).

Newport, Wash., will be the place to be to see original theater in July.

The Pend Oreille Playhouse Community Theatre will stage original one-act plays from around the country in its Annual One-Act Play Festival, July 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and July 11 at 5 p.m.

Playwrights from as far away as California and Illinois submitted plays for the festival and six were chosen for performance. Three plays each will be staged on July 9 and 10 and the audience will vote for their favorites.

On July 11, the winners will be announced and the top two plays will be restaged.

Tickets are $15 for a weekend pass or $8 ($5 for youth) for a single night, available at the box office of the Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union, Newport, or online at