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3 items from 2009

'Battlestar Galactica' Alumni Link Up in 'The Green Chain'

21 August 2009 11:23 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

If you are a fan of Syfy's Battlestar Galactica, you probably know that some scenes of the series were filmed in and around the extensive forests of western British Columbia. What you may not realise, however, is that two of the show's stars - Tricia Helfer (Number Six) and Tahmoh Penikett ('Helo') - have lent their talents to a new indie docu-drama that is intended to raise awareness of issues associated with cutting down some of these forests.

The film, called The Green Chain, was written, directed and co-produced by Vancouver-born Mark Leiren-Young. His previous credits include scripts for episodes of the series The Collector, Blood Ties and Psi Factor. He has also written a book, 'Never Shoot a Stampede Queen', articles for 'Time Magazine', 'Maclean's' and 'The Utne Reader', and stage plays.

True to his roots, Leiren-Young focuses The Green Chain on the debate in British Columbia, but it »

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'Stargate' Roars at Canada's Leo Awards

12 May 2009 9:00 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

With so much fuss being made about J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot, it's easy to forget that there is another successful franchise out there with Star... in the title. That would be Stargate, which is due for its own sort of makeover later this year with the premiere of Stargate Universe. This is no sign that the concept is struggling, though. Indeed, the slew of awards that Stargate productions won at the recent Leo Awards in Vancouver, British Columbia (the home base of CinemaSpy) shows that it continues to be admired.

The Leo Awards are presented by the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of B.C.. They were established in 1998 to celebrate excellence in film and television productions that are made in the province. Stargate series and movies are largely filmed in Vancouver. At this years Celebration and Gala Ceremonies for the Leos, which took place on May 8 and »

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Doc Cottle: I'm Happy With Anonymity

23 February 2009 3:41 PM, PST | | See recent GeekNation news »

Have you ever watched an episode of "Battlestar Galactica" and thought, "Hey, I know that guy!" but can't quite place his name when Doc Cottle appears steps in front of the camera? If so, you're not alone. And actor Donnelly Rhodes is perfectly happy with that level of anonymity."I consider myself a journeyman actor," Rhodes told the Vancouver Sun. "I've never liked to categorize actors as movie stars, TV actors and stage actors. Actors don't particularly like that, speaking as an actor myself."The Canadian actor, who has a string of credits to his name ranging from family-oriented shows like "Danger Bay" to solid genre winners including "Smallville" and "Battlestar Galactica," is due to collect a Sam Payne Award for Lifetime Achievement. Actress Babz Chula also is being recognized for her »

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