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AFM 2013: Motivational Growth Finds a HomeThis year’s American Film Market is crawling across the finish line, and the news is still coming in. Next up is word that Don Thacker’s flick Motivational Growth (review) has been nabbed by Indiecan Entertainment for Canadian distro. Read on for details.

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Fresh from its award-winning Canadian premiere at Toronto After Dark, Don Thacker’s surreal genre film Motivational Growth has been acquired for distribution in Canada by Indiecan Entertainment. The company is eying a multi-platform release in 2014.

In Motivational Growth, Ian Foliver (Adrian DiGiovanni), a depressed and reclusive man in his 30s, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold (Re-Animator star Jeffrey Combs), a smooth-talking fungus born of the filth in a neglected bathroom, works to help Ian clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. The Mold has big plans for Ian, but they may not be as innocent as they seem. A labyrinthine narrative follows, full of colorfully-drawn characters and gruesome body horror. “The Mold knows, Jack. The Mold knows.”

The deal was negotiated by CEO Avi Federgreen and Acquisitions Exec Justin McConnell on behalf of Indiecan Entertainment and Circus Road Films CEO Glen Reynolds on behalf of director Don Thacker.

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“I am terrifically excited to be working with Avi and Justin for the Canadian release of Motivational Growth. Indiecan absolutely understands the unique and sometimes challenging lens through which the story is told, and I can’t imagine a better team to get it out there. They get it. That makes me excited,” stated director Don Thacker of the sale.

Indiecan rep Justin McConnell adds: “Motivational Growth is a film as twisted with the tongue as it is with the narrative and comes from an original new voice in the genre. I fell in love with the picture the moment I first saw it and can’t wait to help it find the audience it deserves.”

Avi Federgreen, CEO of Indiecan Entertainment, shares this view, stating, “Don has done a masterful job with Motivational Growth. It’s not hard to see why the film has received huge festival acclaim around the world! The film is a great addition to Indiecan’s growing arsenal of great genre titles, and I can’t wait to introduce Canadian audiences to Don Thacker and The Mold.”

Motivational Growth was produced by Imagos Films over twenty-eight days in a warehouse-made-soundstage above a paper binding plant in the dead of winter. With a talented, small, and nimble crew; a wholly wild 360-degree set; inspired local cast; and the legendary Jeffrey Combs, Motivational Growth was hewn from the indie spirit. This marks director Don Thacker’s feature film debut and sets him on the path to a prolific future, with his next project already in the works.

In the meantime, you can keep up-to-date with the film on the official Motivational Growth website, ‘like’ the Motivational Growth Facebook page, and follow @MotGrowth on Twitter.

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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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#Brainwaves Episode 74 Guest Announcement: Creature Designer Mike Hill – The Shape of Water and More!

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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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