New England Patriots Dedicate Win To Sam Berns, Dead At 17

Sam Berns, an inspiring teen who had the premature aging disorder, progeria, passed away on Jan. 10, just one day before he was to be named honorary captain of his favorite sports team, the New England Patriots. The team honored their superfan with a moment of silence at their Jan. 11 game, and dedicated their victory to him!

Sam Berns, 17, subject of the HBO documentary Life According To Sam, passed away from complications from progeria — a genetic disorder that causes rapid or premature aging and stunted growth — on Jan. 10. The Massachusetts teen was an “unofficial mascot” of his favorite NFL team, the New England Patriots, and the team honored Sam with a moment of silence and had a touching tribute to him after they learned of his passing.

Sam Berns Dies: New England Patriots Dedicate Win To Inspiring Teen With Progeria

Sam died of complications from progeria, but not before making a
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Sam Berns, Remarkable 17-Year-Old with Rare Aging Disease, Dies

Sam Berns, a charismatic and inspirational Massachusetts boy with progeria, a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process, died Friday after complications from the condition, the Progeria Research Foundation announced. "To me, he was a star," Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, told People on Sunday morning, calling news of Sam's death "devastating." Last October, the cable network aired its film Life According to Sam, and a determined Sam personally attended its premiere showing in New York City - but watched his story unfold onscreen all by himself in an adjoining room. Afterward, a silent Sam walked into
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An Exclusive Look at Crazy Adrien Brody Means ‘High School’ is Finally Out on Blu-ray

“I’m surprised this hasn’t happened sooner…” No truer words could represent the existence of John Stalberg Jr.’s High School, a film that sat on a shelf following a blistering run at Sundance in 2010, only to be released theatrically, in a very limited fashion, in June of this year. It’s the simple tale of two former friends whose paths have diverged in their later teen years. Henry Burke (Matt Bush) is the soon-to-be Valedictorian of his class, with a promising future awaiting him at M.I.T. Travis Breaux (Sean Marquette) is a burnout who spends more time wiping sharpie marker penises off his face than he does hitting the books. After a pre-school accident lands them together in detention, Breaux convinces Henry that his path to relaxation must go through the forrest of the sticky green, the cannabis sativa. And so they smoke marijuanna, not knowing that tomorrow will bring about a school-wide
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Sundance 2010: Review of Splice, Hesher, High School, Boy, and Buried

[Editor's note: Special thanks to our friend Chase over at Gordon and the Whale for the following reviews]

Splice - Written by Rusty Gordon

Rating: 7.5/10

Writers: Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant & Doug Taylor (screenplay), Vincenzo Natali & Antoinette Terry Bryant (story) Director: Vincenzo Natali Cast: Sarah Polley, Adrien Brody, Delphine Chanéac

It might be cheap to say that if you enjoy David Cronenberg, you should enjoy Splice (using one man’s art to describe another’s). But there are obvious similarities between Splice and a large body of Cronenberg’s work (if you get the pun, I’m glad that you love Cronenberg too). The big one being a body used to create horror. But in this film, the body was never completely human.

Of course, if Splice was just a straight up rip-off of Cronenberg’s films it wouldn’t work because the two would be too similar. However, Splice director Vincenzo Natali is able to have his own fun while giving a respectful nod to master Cronenberg and his other influences.
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