7 items from 2009
Sanctuary has come a long way since it started life as an Internet series produced out of a crumbling brick building in Vancouver's Gastown district. What was then an independently financed series of eight Webisodes attracted devoted fans ever before they debuted. Those fans were rewarded with a high quality product buttressed by in impressive cast and crew that included creator Damian Kindler, director Martin Wood, executive producer and star Amanada Tapping, executive producer N. John Smith and Tapping's co-stars Robin Dunne, Emilie Ullerup and Christopher Heyerdahl. Several of these personnel were already familiar with each other through their involvement in Stargate, so the ingredients were already in place for a successful and innovative foray into new media.
Things didn't quite go according to plan with the Web venture, partly due to the propensity of Internet piracy. However, the show attracted enough admirers to encourage The Movie Network in Canada »
Well it didn’t take Hollywood long at all to push Aaron Sorkin’s (The West Wing) script about the rise of Facebook, entitled The Social Network, through all the red tape to secure a budget and shooting date. It was just a couple of weeks ago that Screen Rant first reported on the big-screen adaptation of the online social giant’s startup story. We just could not understand why this film was being pushed through so fast.
Regardless of what blog sites and movie fans are thinking, though, Columbia Pictures has given the go ahead to David Fincher (Fight Club) and Kevin Spacey (Se7en) to start production on The Social Network in October, with a reported budget of $45 million dollars. That’s a mighty hefty price tag for a movie that should have no special effects in it whatsoever, and which should require almost no costly marketing at all (just use Facebook! »
- Paul Young
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 »
I was going to write an entire review for TNT's new undercover cop drama Dark Blue, which launches tonight at 10 pm Et/Pt, but I just couldn't muster up any enthusiasm for what manages to be an oppressively dreary and hopelessly formulaic take on undercover cops operating in the seediest of seedy underbellies in Los Angeles. Created by Doug Jung (Big Love), directed by Danny Cannon (CSI), and executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Dark Blue stars Dylan McDermott (Big Shots), Omari Hardwick (Saved), Logan Marshall-Green (Traveler), and Nicki Aycox (Supernatural) as members of a special undercover police task force committed to ridding Los Angeles of violent criminal scum. McDermott is the team's haunted linchpin Carter Shaw, a relentlessly determined cop who is prone to wearing aviator sunglasses and making pronouncements like, "This better be good; I haven’t seen 7 a.m. since 1992," just to show how doggedly put off he »
Chicago – TNT on Tuesday launched executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s no-holes-barred cop drama, “Dark Blue”. Like Bruckheimer’s successful predecessors in its genre (“C.S.I: Miami”, “C.S.I. New York”, “Cold Case”, and “Without a Trace”), “Dark Blue” provides captivating crime scenarios, an easy-on-the-eyes cast (including Dylan McDermott of “The Practice”), and just enough suspense to keep engaged.
Television Rating: 3.0/5.0 Unlike “C.S.I.: Miami”, “Dark Blue” achieves both subtle and speedy depth in its characters. McDermott’s “Lt. Carter Shaw”, with his “just-rolled-out-of-a-bed-of-nails” demeanor, creates far more intrigue than one-dimensional David Caruso‘s “stand-firm, wince-in-thought, turn-sideways, wince-in-thought-again,” dance as “Horatio Caine”.
Photo credit: Danny Feld
The series opens with a charge as an undercover FBI agent, at the hands of a criminal team and undercover cop Dean Bendis (Logan Marshall-Green of TV’s “The O.C”), is electrocuted within inches of his life. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
See a season premiere clips from TNT's "Dark Blue" and "Leverage" series. "Dark Blue" has its first season premiere and "Leverage" moves into its sophomore year on the same date - July 15th. "Dark Blue" stars Golden Globe® winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice, TNT’s The Grid), Omari Hardwick (TNT’s Saved), Logan Marshall-Green (The O.C.) and Nicki Aycox (Supernatural). It is a gripping undercover police drama from prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the CSI series, Without a Trace). Follows the exploits of a crack undercover »
Reaser, who plays Esme Cullen in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, has certainly got a reason to celebrate on this occasion. ... Before long, Reaser was cast in Saved and then as a returning character in Grey's Anatomy before she took the role as Cullen in Twilight and The Ex List and a new film Against The Current. Reaser will reprise her role in The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and was present to accept (alongside her co-stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Cam Gigandet, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, and with director Catherine Hardwicke) the award for "Best Movie" for Twilight ... Reaser »
7 items from 2009
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