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'Covert Affairs': Liane Balaban on playing Auggie's ex, a Russian hacker

In the duplicitous world of "Covert Affairs," one's ex is never merely an ex.

Auggie Anderson's (Christopher Gorham) former girlfriend Natasha Petrovna, played by Canadian actress Liane Balaban, isn't just a disgruntled old flame, but a notorious hacker whose cyber attack on Washington catches the attention of the CIA on Tuesday's (Aug. 24) episode "Communication Breakdown."

The combination of beauty and tech savvy is a lethal combination for lady-magnet Auggie, who seems to have never quite gotten over Natasha, who would fit into his line of work if she weren't so anarchic.

"In the script Natasha's described as 'chaos in a bottle,'" Balaban tells Zap2it. "She's headstrong and impulsive, but also a woman with deeply held beliefs about what's right and wrong. She is courageous, someone who speaks truth to power."

Auggie and Natasha reconnect and -- as expected when emotions are involved -- it's not all just business.
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'High Life' In Theatres on Jan. 15

If you like films about bank robberies, you're probably waiting for the release of High Life. The film will come out in some Canadian cities on January 15, 2010.

The story is set in 1983 right after the birth of Automated Teller Machines (Atm). Dick (Timothy Olyphant) just got fired from his job as a janitor at a downtown hospital. With his buddies Bug (Stephen Eric McIntyre), Donnie (Joe Anderson) and Billy (Rossif Sutherland), Dick plans to rob Atm machines. Besides, he wants the job to be done without violence. However, things don't go according to plan.

Finally, High Life is directed by Gary Yates (Seven Times Lucky) and written by Lee MacDougall, who adapts his own play which won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play. Moreover, the film features the music of Three Dog Night, Creedence Clearwater Revival and April Wine.
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Yates gets 'Lucky' at Method Fest

Yates gets 'Lucky' at Method Fest
The Canadian film Seven Times Lucky was honored at the sixth annual Method Fest Independent Film Festival Awards, with director Gary Yates' film earning best feature and best screenplay awards. Beautiful Kid was recognized with a best actor award for Dan Brennan, and best actress honors went to Deborah Kara Unger for Emile. Wiktor Grodecki was named best feature director for Insatiability. Special awards also were presented to Chazz Palminteri, Dennis Hopper and Martha Coolidge at Friday's awards dinner at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank.

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