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In 2009 a group of independent filmmakers embarked upon an epic challenge: to create a work that reflects and relates to those pieces of art that had influenced their individual and collective lives. The result was Birth of Separation, and on December 14th we’ll all have a chance to see the film as it has just been picked up for distribution by Indieflix.

From the Press Release:
Beginning Tuesday, December 14, Birth of Separation (review here) will be available for DVD purchase and Video on Demand rental.

In conjunction with the global release of the film by acclaimed independent film distribution outlet Indieflix, Birth of Separation will be screened as the feature presentation of the New Filmmaker’s Screening Series at the Anthology Film Archive in New York City on December 15th. The filmmakers will be in attendance and available for discussion following the screening.

Birth of Separation is a piece that forces the audience to come face to face with violence, the motivating factors behind it, and the havoc it wreaks on both the onscreen characters as well as the audience experiencing the film. Despite being constrained by a tight shooting schedule and “shoe-string” budget, the crew emerged with a film bigger than any of them had ever imagined.

Birth of Separation follows the daily happenings of Elizabeth, a pregnant housewife preparing to welcome her second child into the world. A knock at the door breaks the morning monotony. A young man, Jerome, greets her at the doorstep. His voice drips with despair as he clutches a stack of missing persons posters. Feeling an affinity for the young man, Elizabeth invites him in for a cup of coffee.

Elizabeth asks of the radiant young boy on the flier, but the conversation flips and Elizabeth’s family life comes into question. Unnerved by his candor, Elizabeth asks Jerome to leave. When the conversation turns uncomfortable for Elizabeth, Jerome manipulates his way further into the home, which allows him to indulge in violence and fear. Holding Elizabeth captive, Jerome only has one request: to become better acquainted. Through a series of questions Jerome exacts meaning in his otherwise questionable existence and brings deep-seated secrets into light.

Birth of Separation was written and directed by newcomer Louis Mansfield and produced by Dennis Hanley and Andrew P. Aguilar. The film features gripping, captivating performances by Philadelphia locals Steve Saturn and Ashley-Rebekah Faulkner. The cinematography was crafted by Philadelphia’s own Adrian Sierkowski, and the original score was composed by Jay Wasley.

The screening at Anthology Film Archive will take place on December 15th, 2010, at 6pm. Anthology Film Archive is located at 32 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003. Click here to buy tickets.

For more info visit the official Birth of Separation website, and be sure to befriend the film on Facebook.

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Michael Bay Adapting Duke Nukem with John Cena in Talks For Lead Role

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I think we can all agree that this may very well be one of those times when we see an announcement and go, “Huh… That actually makes 100% sense and I’m completely behind it!”

It’s been announced that the classic FPS shooter series Duke Nukem is getting a film adaptation out of Paramount with Platinum Dunes, the company owned by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, producing the movie. As of now, there is no script but the plan is to have WWE superstar John Cena taking on the lead role. As of now, it’s still in early stages but this is actually very exciting news as this combination seems like a match made in heaven.

Just think about some of Bay’s films, like Transformers, Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island, etc… Now imagine that kind of gleeful explosive action as the backdrop for Cena to kick untold amounts of alien ass. For those who worry that Bay won’t go hard enough in terms of violence or offensive language, don’t forget that both Bad Boys films as well as Pain & Gain were rated R for very good reasons.

Duke Nukem was originally released back in 1991 in the self-titled game made by Apogee Software. The character has since been in multiple sequels, although there are only four titles to the main storyline, and spin-offs as well as appearing in cameos in other games such as Death Rally, Blood, Serious Sam 2, Balls of Steel and can be seen in the trailer for Ready Player One. Nukem’s last video game appearance was 2011’s Duke Nuke Forever, a game that went through countless delays only to be met with critical panning upon release.

Horror fans who have played Duke Nukem will recognize many of the character’s iconic one-liners as being lifted from several horror films. Quotes from They Live, Army of Darkness, Aliens, Predator, Jaws, Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, and many more. The references were littered throughout and many delighted in their homages. However, Bruce Campbell wasn’t a fan when asked about the game back in 1999. He told IGN, “…they’re rip-off artists. Let them get their own damn material. It’s called hiring a writer.” [Source].

That being said, how cool would it be if Campbell made an appearance in the film to put Cena’s Duke Nukem in his place should he use one of those quotes? Apart from being a treat for fans of the games, it’d be a great moment in a film that’s meant to be chock full of bravado, machismo, and strong chins!

Coming back to Platinum Dunes’ adaptation, we’ll be keeping a very close eye on this project! In the meanwhile, why not tell us your favorite Duke Nukem moment in the comments!

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Ellen Page and The Cured Come Home to VOD

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We’ve been talking about the new zombie flick starring Ellen Page entitled The Cured for quite some time now, and we’ll soon be able to sink our teeth into it courtesy of IFC Films.

The flick stars Page (Juno, Hard Candy), Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) and is directed and written by David Freyne in his first feature film. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on February 23, 2018​.

Synopsis:
What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? 

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We’re getting monstrous on Episode 74 of Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be award-winning artist, filmmaker, and creature designer Mike Hill, whose work you can see right now in a little film called The Shape of Water.

Join us this coming Wednesday, January 24th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

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