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This video is causing a bit of a controversy in Toronto at the moment because the founder Humanize Birth rights group, Kalina Christoff, says it’s inapporpriate. As some one who had a high risk pregnancy resulting in having to spend a week at Sunnybrook in their High Risk unit as well as labouring there and then having an emergency C-Section at Sunnybrook I personally am going to support it and stand up for it. I think it’s funny and silly. I dealt with the people at the hospital frequently throughout the entirety of my third trimester and they were wonderfully compassionate and caring. This video is just a project done by students at the University of Toronto and never was meant to be harmful. Having a baby is life changing and can be terrifying for some people given the circumstances, to me this video shows that the people who spend their days saving lives/bringing life into being have a sense of humour. That’s important to me because as serious a giving birth is there are moments of ridiculousness as well during the process and seeing them appreciate and acknowledge it means they are more in touch with the reality of birth than some people are.

Watch and enjoy or don’t. I enjoy and hope you do too but if not I’m sorry you disagree.

Patient Zero and Chipping Teeth

So this is post number 2 today and it’s been almost 2 weeks since I last posted. Why? Well, the morning after I last posted Little Miss became Patient Zero in a mini outbreak of yuck involving family and friends.

Literally no one I knew has been sick in the last week and Little Miss wakes up with the ‘I’m gonna Yuck All Over Mommy And Daddy From BOTH Ends’ kind of sick. It was awesome… NOT. Finally she starts to feel better and I get sick. It was so bad for me I actually had to call C and ask him to come home because I was feeling so gross I didn’t want to risk trying to run to the toilet while the baby was up somewhere above floor level. It got to the point I cleared out a chunk of her room of everything but toys and teddies and then lay on the floor by her blocking all routes of escape. I just lay on the floor keeping her corralled and letting her use me as a jungle gym, it was the easiest way to keep her happy and me  flat on my back (mostly).

Lo and behold I got better and that Saturday was Little Miss’s cousins birthday party. An hour before we had to leave poor C got the yucks. He didn’t even make to the bathroom (EWWW). C was so sick he stayed home and Little Miss and I made the trip to the party ourselves leaving Daddy to fend for himself. The next day Little Miss and I went out to lunch with my Mom and Chaz. Patient Zero struck again when Chaz got sick and I can’t say for sure it was Little Miss who caused it but I know her cousin ended up with a case of the yucks as well last week. Poor everyone. It was not fun, it was messy and it was very inconvient for everyone who got sick or had to deal with it.

On top of getting sick Little Miss also managed to chip her front teeth. One of them is no concern but the other she took off a noticeable line across the whole tooth. She was holding onto the coffee table and dance/bouncing along to music when she bopped her head down at the wrong time and both C and I heard the click and then the shriek. Tomorrow I am taking her to our dentiest office to see if they think she needs to see a Pediactric Dentist since our office doesn’t really see babies (they take patients staring at 3 yrs) and Little Miss has already seen them once before making her their youngest official client already. I know most people might think I’m worrying overmuch about nothing but since Chan-Man had to have oral surgery when he was 4 for his teeth I think I’d rather be told I’m being paranoid than not do anything until it’s too late. We’ll see I guess.

 

Fitness Update

Back in August I wrote about deciding to work on getting back into shape.I’ll be honest and say it fell to the side my scope of importance as things around here changed and Little Miss decided to stand with assistance and no assistance, jump from bottles to people food skipping over baby food entirely and learning to furniture walk. All of this kept me busy chasing her and not up to working out really. I still managed to get in lots of walking and light modified weight lifting for my arms (a 2 story walk-up/down with a baby and stroller is not easy especially when you add groceries), but in the last 2 weeks I’ve slowly started up again.

I’ve decided to take it a bit more seriously than before and have created a circle of fitness around me so that if I fall off track on one side there are two other support systems in place. I don’t want to jinx myself yet since I’m so fresh into my new set up but can say that I’m getting help on one level from http://fitgirlontop.com/ . Terra is one of my oldest and best friends. Obviously if you’ve seen her blog you’ll see she’s a fitness trainer and on her own fitness mission after a year of setbacks and illness. Since she does personal fitness for a living her goals at the moment are more intense than mine are but having a girlfriend with a similar mission who is a bit of an expert (as well as her fiance who creates healthy meal plans for people with a fitness goal) makes it easier to set personal goals and dietary plans. Anytime I’ve had a question I can call or text her for advice and if I’m feeling low or guilty about chowing down on a chocolate bar or two I can talk to her and Terra helps make it seem less terrible.

I’ve also started going to the gym more regularly. It’s still early days as I mentioned before but I’m hopeful I’ll be able to keep it up. During the day while C is at work I’ve decided to go at least 2x in the mornings when the JCC has their Babysitting room available. Little Miss enjoys interacting with other babies and playing with them as well as seeing Latoya (the girl who runs it) since she’s become familiar with her leaving me mostly guilt free to spend an hour at the gym each time to choose a non group activity like the elliptical or swimming laps in the pool. C and I talked and he’s agreed to watching Little Miss a night or two during the week after dinner to let me go back to the gym for a group workout. This week I hope to try a spin class and Zumba. Until I find which classes I enjoy most and are most suited to my fitness style I’ll jump around to a couple of yoga styled classes as well as a Gravity class.

I’m also setting easy healthier eating goals for the month and if I succeed I’ll add on to them by stepping them up a level. This month even C is going to try doing a few of them as well. We’re going to completely stop drinking pop during the week and limit ourselves to one 2 litre bottle if possible on weekends. I’ve also decided to make sure we have salad with dinner 3-4x a week and on the nights we don’t to make sure there’s some other sort of veggie on the plate as well. After this week I also want to cut back my coffee drinking to only on weekends and go from a double-double to milk and one sugar. The next one isn’t a long term goal but I really want to try making quinoa instead of rice at least once or twice this month to see how it tastes and if we could possibly start using it instead of rice occasionally. I also am going to try (try I said) to only eat chocolate on weekends and if I feel like I absolutley must have some during the week to only eat 2/5th of a bar and give away or save the other bit until the weekend. Honestly, I think the coffee and chocolate goals will be the hardest because I LOVE both so much. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t drink coffee, I started as soon as I was old enough to filch my mother’s coffee cup off of the table and as the years have gone on increased my habit. Chocolate is the same; I was the kid at Halloween who didn’t care about how much candy I got and if my brothers stole it, I just wanted my chocolate bars.

We’ll see how the rest of the month goes and if I’m able to do all of thses things. I’m realistic and know I probably will not succeed in all of my goals but I’m trying to be optimistic and hope I’ll be able to do at least 80%.

 

My Starting Point

This is Terra. I’ve known her since we were both in grade school and we’ve been great friends. Even now when we live so far apart and can sometimes for months without seeing eachother our friendship is going strong, we pick up exactly where we left off. As the post mentions she’s had a very rough year and is trying to pull herself back together. I’m very impressed and proud of what she’s doing and can’t wait to see how fast she’ll accomplish her goals because I know she will meet and probably exceed them.

Fit Girl On Top

This last year has been the hardest year of my life. I’ve had difficulties with my physical and mental health causing me to take medical leave from work and have a dramatic decrease in my fitness level and overall health. I have packed on a whopping 27lbs on my petite 5’2 frame just from taking medications. Watching my weight skyrocket while I was still exercising and eating well was a complete shock to me. How is it possible that medications which are supposed to help provide me with good health are making me unhealthy? As I stepped on the scale my weight had hit

over 141lbs and 30% body fat which had put me into the “overweight” category. EEEKKK!! This has been exceptionally hard for me as I am a fitness and health professional who has always been in shape…until now.

It is so difficult to suffer through medical problems…

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My Favourite Halloween Movies

I mentioned the other day I would several posts with a Halloween theme tied in and today is one of those. Of course as a chocoholic I loved Trick-or-Treating growing up. I didn’t care about the candy I got; only the chocolate. I also loved dressing up, I didn’t stick up just ‘girl’ friendly costumes either. I was a Devil one once and Donatello from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I went as a monster and a Zombie Bride with fake skin literally dripping off, I did go as a princess a few times and even a Spice Girl as well as the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. My parents were great and very imaginative when my brothers and I were too young to choose for ourselves and even as we got older always encouraged out choices, Cam-Bam was Goliath from Gargoyles one year and my parents hand made that outfit… not easy. Dressing up was always my favourite part of Halloween itself but in the lead up to it I’ve always loved the TV specials and movies. I do for all holidays. Todays post is a list of some of my favourite Halloween season movies and shows.

My Favourite Halloween Themed Shows/Movies

1. That 70’s Show. The first season the cast had decided they were all too old to celebrate Halloween except for Fez, the new foreign exchange stupid, who had never experienced Halloween before. The group decide to go to their old elementary school that’s burnt down and see what they can find. It brings up horrors from their childhood. C and I are huge fans of the series, in fact we own the whole series on DVD, this is one of my favourite episodes; lots of laughs and over the top silliness.

2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s ironic that this movie has become a huge cult classic since when it was released it was a theatrical flop in the greatest sense. Daddy remembers going to a horror movie themed drive-in night when it was first released and by the time the second song was finishing the line up to leave the drive-in was massive. No theatres are packed on Halloween with fans in full costume toting toast and various other objects to incorperate into their viewing experience. I love this movie and admit to singing along when its on. I love how flamboyant Tim Curry is, he suits the role so well.

3. Hocus Pocus. This movie came out in 1993 within weeks of Jurassic Park. During that movie I sat turned around trying to convince my Daddy that a 7yr old is fully capable of walking home alone in downtown Toronto  because I so badly didn’t want to watch it anymore. Weeks later Hocus Pocus was the next movie we saw and Cam-Bam who had been thrilled to watch dinosaurs rage on screen was the terrified one while I loved every minute of it. I LOVE Bette Midler, I even had a couple of her CD’s growing up. This is a movie I hope Little Miss will love as much as I do.

4. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. As far as I am concerned all the Charlie Brown specials are classics. I watched them all and loved them all. The series was always full of laughter and yet learned lessons as well. This special was one where children learn that plans aren’t always easy or fun and that just because you want something so badly doesn’t mean it will easily happen or happen at all, but that perseverance is important and something to hold onto.

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas/The Corpse Bride. I’m putting these two together since Tim Burton was a driving force behind both movies. and they both are done in a similar stylization. The claymation in both movies is fantastic and the stories are given multiple dimensions by showing the viewoints of a couple characters. I have to admit that Corpse Bride drives me a little crazy with the love story between Victor and Victoria. I found that to me Victor and the Bride would have been a better couple in the long run when it came to personalities, the whole she’s dead thing was a problem but since he was willing to off himself it wasn’t insurmountable. I don’t know if anyone’s noticed but I definitely have a thing for musicals and the songs on both of these movies are catchy and entertaining enough to keep me watching even when the story gets to an annoying part.

 

I know lots of people look for scary movies come the Halloween season but considering there are literally hundreds of movies out there that are all about creeping us out I find that in a time when tv is saturated with horror movies it’s nice to watch a few movies or shows that take halloween and add a fun or funny twist to it, and lets not forget the singing.

Dave Gammon – Horror Review Extraordinaire

Since it’s October and Hallowe’en is quickly approaching I figured I would do something with a bit of a horrow theme to it. First off, a freind of mine,Dave Gammin, whom I met at my old job now writes book and movie reviews for Horrornews.net and HellNotes.com as well has sereral stories of his published. He’s been writing reviews and doing interviews for the last year as well as has started to attend the different conventions such as Comic Con and Macabre Con, he is even looking at expanding into more fantasy styled writings. We’ve been chatting a lot lately about what we’ve both been up to – him busy reading and writing and me not too much other then baby wrangling, but we get into chats about books and writing almost every time. He’s been really cool at giving me bits of advice here and there and letting me natter on about to conventions I think are interesting. Todays post is mostly a plug for him and a re-post of his most recent book review as well as a movie interview. I got his permission to re-post since I don’t think it’s fair without letting the author know.

First up is the Interview from Dead Before Dawn 3D

THREE SIDES….AND DIMENSIONS TO EVERY STORY: An interview with Tim Doiron and April Mullen

DAVE GAMMON: It’s with great intrigue and anticipation in welcoming my guests at this time co-creators of the film Dead Before Dawn 3D Tim Doiron and April Mullen. What are your impressions on the wildly popular zombie phenomenon? Is it here to stay or is it a passing trend in contemporary horror?

TIM DOIRON; You know what’s funny is when April and I were conceptualizing Dead Before Dawn 3D zombies weren’t like…well I mean zombies are always kind of in the subconscious happening…but zombies weren’t that big in stuff coming out. So it’s really interesting that we’ve gotten to this point to see all the zombie stuff coming out. I don’t know I’ve always felt that zombies were here to stay even more than the vampire stuff that kind of happened and then sort of faded out. Something about zombies just sort of sticks. I don’t know why or I don’t know how popular it will continue to be but I mean it may sort of hit a peak and then sort of die again but I don’t think it’s really going anywhere anytime soon.

DG: It does stick well and I quite agree. I like how you compared it to the vampire genre as well. I do feel it is here to stay definitely. Dead Before Dawn is a fresh perspective on a popular horror theme of college kids unleashing an evil curse spawning Zemons unto society. Now describe what Zemons are and what makes them such a crucial formidable component to this film.

TD: (laughs) Zemons are a zombie/demon hybrid. So when the kids unleash this curse, all the college kids, they release this hybrid onto the world. So you’ve got to think you’ve got zombies these undead creatures coming at you, they’re like this flesh that continues to come they’re a force of trauma, non-stop coming at you. With the demon aspect they have a couple different qualities they can bring to the table. Like we have….they can be a bit more manipulative, they can run. Not all zombies can run. They can use firearms or they could drive a car, you know what I mean? They have the ability to track you. They can think a bit more for themselves. And they always or have a recognition or a hint of who they were when they were a person. That can come into play as well. So it’s just sort of fun twist and untwist of the genre.

DG: So it’s kind of like zombies with a cognitive process.

TD: Yeah, yeah a little bit.

DG: This is kind of a two part question. Fans may not realize of course Tim you’d written the script..

TD: Yep.

DG:….and produced this project while April had directed. At the same time each of you had roles in the picture as Seth Munday and Becky Fords respectively. What were some of the obstacles and challenges multi-tasking while on set?

TD: That is a good question. I’ll give you my personal thoughts first. When you’re producing the film and of course writing and directing you are going to face certain challenges and usually it’s simply a matter of there isn’t enough time in the day to get done what you have to get done. You have to be very good at least we found so far from our careers is you have to be really good at focusing on what the most important thing is.

I’ll so you can’t be married or at least you have to be prepared for things in pre-production or be married into an idea or closed off to an idea that when you get into a certain situation where things just aren’t going to work or time does not allot for you get what you need to get. How to improvise in the moment is something that has really helped for us. You have to be able to work on the fly well and make technical decisions that need to be made. That has been the key for us to make every side of the coin work.

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DG: I imagine flexability is a key component too.

TD: Definitely, definitely being flexible is the key.

APRIL MULLEN: The good news is, is when you’re producing a project from pen to concept we have a very strong vision. While being involved in the writing process we were talking about shots and locations. It may have been a year before even getting a green light. The fact that we’re able to work so closely is the short hand and division of the film is all done very tightly and can move a lot faster I think into production. Even things like costume and character and the inside and the out and the past and the present of where the characters are going; all of those things are so ingrained in both of us we can move very quickly once we get a green light to shoot the film. In a lot of regards it’s a lot easier especially in the planning and being on the same page creatively. We can move really quickly. We’ve worked with the same editor on our last two films as this current film so that’s the short hand that makes the team move really quickly. It really helps.

On the flip side, being a director and also being an actor is always a challenge. But it’s so fortunate to be able to speak to actors and have such a strong background in acting. It’s just incredible to be able to have that communication. With a lifelong training in the acting world that really helps as well. Directing comes really easily and naturally on set. I’m involved with them so heavily in rehearsals and stuff. It’s funny sometimes in the middle of the scene even though we’re rolling I’ll find something; maybe the timing is a little off. I’ll stop and say can we start that right from the top? Sometimes it saves time and we can just reset while continuing the shot. It’s very cool because we can just….being in the digital age we can check the playback which a god send.

We can just watch the shot and we can do the scene while I just run to the monitor and make sure that everything works as planned or as hoped. Thank God for digital playback or that would be a lot more difficult. We also have our editor on set just to sort of keep an eye on tight time lines. I can’t always necessarily be watching the playback monitor. We have to move really quickly especially when it’s a 3D shoot. That helps as well.

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DG: Dead Before Dawn boasts the first ever one hundred percent Canadian feature film shot in stereoscopic 3D. 3D films made their emergence unto audiences in the early eighties yet never really caught on. Now it seems to be the technique of choice especially in the horror genre. At screenings and film festivals what has been the over all impression of experiencing the film on another level?

AM: 3D has really made leaps and bounds like you’d said from where it was to where it is today. The fact that we were able to shoot an independent, free from the studios would not be possible even three years ago. We were able to shoot on two red-one cameras. It was affordable, with a quasar rig, which was also affordable. So since 3D technology has grown so much and can be acquired for a relatively great price we’re able to be more creative with it. Even with a modest budget we were able to create a very unique, different look. It wasn’t like Transformers or huge 3D CGI shots. It was more like we have this really cool shot of a 3D bubble when someone is talking on the phone. So say Christopher Lloyd is on the phone and the bubble is in a negative space. And then the bubble itself is in 3D. There are little, unique quirks in this film that have never been done in 3D before. We were being very creative with our choices because of the ability to be free and creative in this 3D world. A lot of things have never been tried before. So why not try them? Here’s the time. I think you’ll see a lot more 3D independent films.

The reaction has been really solid. The 3D that we chose is really submersive so nothing’s really gimmicky popping out at you. It’s very submersive. It’s more like Hugo and Martin Scorcese’s vision. You get to explore and look more within the frame rather than things coming out at you. Audiences have been coming up and saying things like, ‘you know usually 3D really drives me crazy or gives me headaches or it bothers me.’ The 3D we chose to go for is much more comfortable and you get to sit back as an audience member and get to unravel and explore the frame rather than it coming out right at you.

I think that’s a really different look in the 3D world. It’s been great. People are happily surprised. Because of the 3D aspect in the film people were thinking oh because it’s a comedy things were going to be really in your face and blood everywhere. It’s really classy 3D (laughs). Nothings coming out at the audience so people were a little surprised by that, they also really love it.

DG: April, it’s been well documented you’re a native of Niagara Falls. What was the decision to shoot in such locations as St. Catharines, Port Colbourne and Niagara? Will fans recognize the locale?

AM: Fans will definitely recognize a lot of the locations in Niagara, Port Colbourne and St. Catharines. To me, our last two films were shot in Niagara too. Niagara has a really unique feel to it. It has a really different look. We wanted to have a world that was sort of stand-alone because the curse and the whole magic element of the film. To find those locations you really have to go outside of a major city centre. When we were looking for the antique shop we wanted something really unique that had somewhat of an underbelly or seedy feel to it. Same with the cemetery, we wanted a really old, unique looking cemetery. We were able to find those in Port Colbourne. You’ll see in the trailer there is this blue antique building which is like this gorgeous, bright blue. For us, color and vibrancy is crucial. We were really looking for that. Niagara has this really unique spectrum of all those things color, vibrancy, architecture, you can find a lot of older buildings and cemeteries. We’re also right up the road so we can do locations scouts anytime we want which really helps.

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DG: Absolutely I find the architecture breath taking and I’m often heartbroken over how many of these buildings have been simply abandoned on Queen Street and stuff like that too.

AM: Me too! Gravy Train was shot on entirely on Queen Street and around it. A lot of the buildings that we had shot in are no longer. It’s a very sad thing because for film what you look for is very unique brick structure and stuff. All of those little details that’s what inspires directors and writers to use the space.

DG: I live just around the corner from there. I see quite a bit of it.

AM: Oh great (laughs). It also helps being born and raised in Niagara. It really helps in situations like we had to use a football field and a high school. To be able to go back to my high school and ask if they could help out; it’s the personal relationships and the interpersonal touch, the community that is there to help you I can just say thank God for them. A lot of things that we were trying to achieve with Dead Before Dawn would never have been possible. Because of the personal relationships, friends and community support those things were able to come to life on the big screen. We’re forever grateful for so many things the Niagara community have given to us.

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DG: That is very cool to have that kind of support, absolutely.

While writing the script Tim did you envision some of the actors playing their respective roles such as Christopher Lloyd playing Horus Galloway?

TD: Yes, indeed. Actually the role of Horus Galloway was written specifically with Christopher Lloyd in mind. He’s been someone I’ve looked up to since I was a kid.

DG: ….Back to the Future, sure, yeah.

TD: One of my favorite movies of all time. Just everything he does. I find he brings a real magical element in everything he does and movie he’s in. He’s also very grounded as well. He can go so big yet make it so real. We needed someone for that role in particular. It’s sort of a magical movie. It has an adventure element to it. He has to ground this curse element in a sort of an all around occult feel. His character is responsible for that. We wrote it with him in mind. When we finally got him on board we couldn’t have been happier. Working with him was an absolute dream. He was everything you could have hoped Christopher Lloyd would be. He’s a gentleman. He’s amazing and he brought so much to the film. It would not have been the same without him.

Also Devon Bostick, the lead he was someone we always had our eyes on. He’s a fantastic actor. It’s a fine balance. The main role of Casper Galloway is a fine balance as well. It has elements of sort of a scaredy cat kid and the under dog hero type of thing. At the same time it’s a funny role. Here you have a character, the leading man role but it has this sort of underdog hero kind of thing. Not many actors could really pull it off. Devon just nailed it.

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DG: I think it’s a testament too in appealing to a larger audience in getting them to empathize with the character too right?

TD: Exactly, yeah.

DG: You’ve attended conventions such as the Macabrecon this past June here in Niagara and the recent FanExpo in Toronto. What has been some of your most memorable fan encounters?

TD: (laughs) There’s been a lot! I mean there’s a wide array, that’s a pretty loaded question. Number one April and I just love meeting people at conventions. We love meeting people that like what we’re doing and we’re going to go to as many as we can. It’s always fun to sign autographs and take pictures. I like it when people come with T-Shirts from our other films or they’ll come with a shirt from the set of Dead Before Dawn, a bunch of stuff like that. We enjoy meeting with all our fans.

DG: It’s refreshing to hear that kind of response as well too and again from the flipside of the coin too, the pioneers that had started the whole zombie genre as well I know that John Russo and Russ Streiner were at each of the conventions as well. Did you get a chance to meet them as well?

TD: You know what’s sad? Especially at FanExpo this year we were so busy and we had all of these plans of places we wanted to go and see some of the booths on our own because we’re fans of so much of the work that is there but the weekend just flew past. The FanExpo we had a really big booth this year but there seemed like there was constantly a line up around the Winnebago. I barely left the booth all weekend. I was just there. I stood on top of the Winnebago a couple of times just to get a view of the convention centre floor which was cool, but that was about it.

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DG: It was chaos. In certain aspects I enjoyed the one in Niagara more. I found there was more time, opportunity and room to get to network and speak with people. I found FanExpo was just chaos. But in circumstances such as this interview obviously the show wasn’t a complete loss at all. It was difficult to take your time and see everything you wanted to for sure.

In terms of official theatrical release for Dead Before Dawn 3D when can fans expect to see the debut?

TD: In Canada we have our fingers crossed for a mid-November release. You can keep up to date on facebook Dead Before Dawn 3D or our website http://www.deadbeforedawn3D.com or even or twitter all of those sites will officially announce our theatrical release as soon as we hear. We’re going to know that in the very near future.

DG: I was reading that apparently it’s opening in Russia in October. So it’s good to see international exposure as well.

TD: Yes! We do have some international releases coming up.

AM: We just received really good news during the Toronto International Film Festival that we’ve signed our U.S. deal. That’s super exciting. I think Variety and Hollywood Reporter just announced it.

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DG: Do you have an official release date as of yet?

AM: No it’s going to be in theatres and it’s to be announced but it’s really exciting!

DG: A perfect time of year too, congratulations.

AM: Yeah, thanks!

DG: I understand there is a pending deal with The Movie Network as well?

AM: Yes we’ve signed a deal with Movie Central and The Movie Network so it will definitely be airing coast to coast after it’s been in theatres. We also have a DVD and VOD window but it will definitely be on TMN, Movie Central and HBO Canada. That’s really exciting. They supported the film and we sold to them on the script so that was really exciting.

DG: It is terrific, among my favorite networks for sure. So just concluding what’s on the horizon for April Mullen and Tim Doiron?

AM: We’re actually in the middle of writing right now. We have an action thriller and we’re hoping to shoot that next year. We have a really great passion project that is a TV series, a comedy TV series.

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DG: Going to choose the Golden Horseshoe area for shooting again too?

AM: We’re trying too. The action thriller can be shot fifty percent for sure in the Niagara region. We always try our best. But we do need a dessert landscape for a bit (laughs).

DG: It’s been a real pleasure and thrill speaking with you April. All the best with Dead Before Dawn 3D.

AM: Thanks, so much.

TD: Our next feature film as April had mentioned should start shooting next year. The TV comedy series should start next year as well. We’ve been really passionate about. Down the road we have a really, really great comedy feature, sort of two projects down the road but we’re keeping busy and plan to bring as much stuff to the people as we can in a short of time frame as possible.

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DG: Excellent and thank you, it’s been a real pleasure. We wish you all success with Dead Before Dawn.

TD: Thank you so much Dave and look forward to speaking with you again

Interview: Tim Doiron | April Mullen (Dead Before Dawn 3D) Here’s the link http://horrornews.net/59052/interview-tim-doiron-april-mullen-dead-before-dawn-3d/

Next up is the Book review for Apocalypse by Xavier Cecil

APOCALYPSE DOLL By Xavier Cecil

Futuristic earth is plagued by a zombie infestation caused by an undetermined virus. Seemingly all mankind survivors are at the mercy of the ravenous undead hunger. Will the reanimated wipe out human civilization as we know it? Or will a formidable invention be the key to thwart the multitude of ravenous flesh eating society?

Xavier Cecil’s efforts are without question innovative, ambitious and provide a creative slant on a genre that has just about been completely bludgeoned to death with exposure. I appreciate his unique perspective in developing a tale that enhances a very popular theme and mish mashes a very different twist in as well.

For readers that are familiar with my reviews, each of you will know my general sentiment towards science fiction. We generally are as cohesive as an egg salad sandwich and about three days of Arizona sun exposure. Needless to state we don’t mix so well. The recipe isn’t impossible mind you, but more times than not the end results are not at all pretty.

I actually sat with this novel for much longer than I care to admit. I offer my apologies Mr. Cecil for the extended wait; I wanted to give Apocalypse Doll a fair shake but often get lost within the sea of lingo, jargon and syntax many other readers breeze through fluently in science fiction themed stories. It’s not without shame that I’ll admit my attention wanders to the sequence of events that transpired throughout my previous day, a grocery list, chronologically listing my favorite Kiss songs from 1974 to present, reciting the funniest dialogue from Anchor Man, well you get the picture. My mind wanders while my eyes scan dozens of pages while realizing I hadn’t absorbed a damn thing.

In all fairness Cecil is a very talented writer. Arguably his descriptions are over extravagant to the point one wonders if he’d received a Reader’s Digest vocabulary calendar for Christmas yet I find his enthusiasm commendable. I think if a persistent editor were to convince Xavier to trim down on the wordy descriptions, prune them by a couple hundred words we’d captivate a much larger audience. As much as I wanted to enjoy Apocalypse Doll I had to read, reread and reread again to really get it. Many other readers will get frustrated and ultimately abandon the adventure without giving it a real chance.

On a positive note there is a little something for everyone. Granted a lot of innuendo and not so subtle text is presented that may not be suitable for an adolescent crowd, the introduction of surrogate robotic sex dolls as the saviors of the earth is Sci-Fi exploitation at its finest. Somewhat comical, endearing and disturbingly titillating our lead protagonist Gia, is a redheaded bombshell originally designed and manufactured for human companionship. It’s ironic how she evolves into the very key to survival.

As we become further engaged in the development of the dolls it’s fascinating to see each develop their own personality that is somewhat reminiscent of the classic film Blade Runner. How is does that catchy little White Zombie ditty go again..? Ah yes, More Human Than Human. There’s plenty of subtext to be found here in parallels with how we interact with one another as a human race in the twenty first century. Cecil is no fool in creating profound themes that can be analyzed and discussed for numerous years to come.

I’d recently discovered after completing Apocalypse Doll that there is indeed a prequel titled Fleshware Requiem which may answer a lot of unanswered questions and add some perspective to Apocalypse Doll. It’s definitely worth a read for those discerning Sci-Fi fans that don’t mind a twist of zombielore and surrogate sex dolls added to the mix. Perhaps someone could interpret it to me?

Book Review: Apocalypse – Author Xavier Cecil – Here’s the link http://horrornews.net/57199/book-review-apocalypse-author-xavier-cecil/

I hope anyone who checks these out lets me know what they think. I fully can admit that I’m a bit of a chicken. When I watch a horror movie I sometimes hide my eyes behind my hands and I’m a total jumper, I’ve even kicked the seat in front of me (with someone in it) when I’ve jumped because I startled so much. Some horror movies are more comedic in content too and those are the ones I tend to prefer.

I’ll do a couple more posts this month with a Hallowe’en theme I hope everyone enjoys!

My Favourite Baby Purchase – Kidco Go-Pod

As parents we’re constantly surprised at the things we feel we NEED for our children. I’ve tried to steer clear of this habit and have been fairly good at it mostly. I fail when it comes to cute outfits, I just have to buy them and can always justify it but we’ve mostly steered clear of products designed for only home use or to wrangle Little Miss. Of course we have some toys and baby chairs that are strictly for home use but my all time favourite non clothing piece we’ve picked up is the Kidco Go-Pod. I love it!

Imagine a camping chair for babies/toddlers. That’s it. It is basically an exersaucer that’s portable and you can change the attached toys whenever you want. I picked one up from the Babies R Us website back in April. Little Miss was still too small for it but eventually grew big enough we could break it in. It has four height settings to grow with her. Since it is collapsible and has a storage case it’s great for apartment dwellers as we can put it away in a closet or under abed when not in use and it only takes a moment to open or close. It’s also fairly light-weight for when you want to bring it with you if you’re travelling, which I will be doing this upcoming weekend. It comes in several different colour options which is nice for those who want choices and from personal experience can withstand when your child gets excited and starts forcefully jumping around in it. It also has an added baby bonus that I only discovered upon seeing Little Miss do it, which is the support frame is a great little foot rest when she wants to prop her feet up and just lean backwards. I do use it everyday, but only for 15-20 minutes spans at a time when I’m trying to do housework or pump and can’t be chasing her around. She loves it and thinks its great that the attached toys change every so often, it takes longer to get bored and keeps her happier overall.

I highly recommend the Go-Pod to anyone with limited space and who tend to be on the go with a baby that is on the move themselves. It was well worth the money and to me is a better deal than a classic style exersaucer as it’s less expensive and you can get more usage out of it if you take it along with you.