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Back This: One Drop / Toxic Tutu

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. In this edition we’re taking a look at two new movie campaigns: a creature feature and a fantastic sounding Troma documentary.

One Drop

One Drop is a new horror creature feature from director Tricia Lee, which tells the story of a single mother who wakes up in the basement of a medical facility only to discover that everyone around her is dead and she is somehow nine months pregnant. As she tries to escape, she realises that something not-quite-human is prowling the hallways, and the only means of survival may be growing inside of her.

Lee, one of the very few successful female directors in the genre, first made the audience
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CW Sets Summer Timeslots for ‘Backpackers,’ Other New Shows

CW Sets Summer Timeslots for ‘Backpackers,’ Other New Shows
The CW is joining the comedy and magic club this summer.

The net, which throughout the year typically airs nine drama series as part of its 10-hour schedule, is experimenting with a pair of new half-hour comedies, “Backpackers” (originally a digital series) and “Seed,” as well as magic series “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Masters of Illusion,” as part of its summer lineup.

CW kicks off its summer June 2 with improv comedy “Whose Line Is It Anyway” on a new night; each week, an original episode will be followed by a repeat. Original episodes of sophomore drama “Beauty and the Beast” will air from 9 to 10.

Reality docuseries “Famous in 12″ bows the next night, airing from 8 to 9. It’s an unscripted series/social experiment that will film one fame-seeking family around the clock for 12 weeks straight. The family will be guided by the TMZ machine, which will create a series of opportunities for them.
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TVLine Items: Last Comic Standing Lives, Sctv Alum to Headline NBC Comedy and More

TVLine Items: Last Comic Standing Lives, Sctv Alum to Headline NBC Comedy and More
Last Comic Standing will laugh another day.

The long-shelved competition series is slated to return NBC this summer, with funnylady Wanda Sykes attached to executive produce.

Related | 2014 Renewal Scorecard

After bowing in 2003, Standing aired on-and-off — and was even cancelled and revived — through 2010.

NBC has yet to name a host for the series’ eighth cycle.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• NBC has given the green light to Working the Engels, a 12-episode comedy following a family that bands together after their father passes away and leaves them in debt. Andrea Martin (Sctv), Kacey Rohl (Hannibal), Azura Skye
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NBC Gives 12-Episode Order To Comedy It Will Co-Produce With Halfire-Core & Shaw

NBC has picked up 12-episode series single-camera comedy Working The Engels, starring Sctv alumna Andrea Martin. NBC will co-produce the series with Core Media/Noreen Halpern’s Halfire-core Entertainment, which has a 3-for-1 drama series deal at NBC, and Canada’s Shaw Media. American networks have teamed with Canadian broadcasters on comedy projects before — most recently last season when ABC partnered with Shaw to co-produce a half-hour by Bob Martin — but this is the first time such a collaboration has gone to series. Working The Engles, created and written by Katie Ford and Jane Ford, centers on a family who must band together to keep their heads above water when their father and breadwinner passes away, leaving them a mountain of debt. The Engels must all go to work running Dad’s storefront law firm, with one minor problem — daughter Jenna is the only one who is qualified to practice law.
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Writers Guild of Canada Honors its Own

Vancouver — The Writers Guild of Canada handed out seven awards Monday evening at its 17th Screenwriting Awards in Toronto.

Martin Gero took home the TV Drama honor for the first episode of “The L.A. Complex,” a cancelled CTV series that he also exec produced about the lives of twenty-somethings trying to make it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Kim Coghill won for TV Comedy with “Less Than Kind,” a critically acclaimed HBO Canada series about a teen growing up in a loving but dysfunctional Jewish family in Winnipeg.

Andrew Wreggitt nabbed the Movies and Miniseries laurel for “The Phantoms,” which aired on pubcaster CBC and is based on a true story about a New Brunswick basketball team that overcame a tragic bus crash to win a championship.

Mitch Miyagawa’s “A Sorry State,” a Tvo commission, took the Documentary award. Pic chronicles a life-changing journey of discovery as the Japanese-Canadian filmmaker explores
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Who Will Play Casey Anthony in Imperfect Justice Movie?

Lifetime is currently developing "Imperfect Justice," a movie about Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. And now comes word that the network has cast relative newcomer Holly Deveaux to play Casey. Deveaux is 19-years-old and has appeared in TV programs "Less Than Kind" and "Baxter" in Canada, as well as in a made-for-tv movie "Silent Witness," opposite Anne Heche and Dermot Mulroney. Other actresses considered for the role were Alyssa Milano and Jennifer Love Hewitt. The new movie will focus on the attorneys behind the controversial 2011 trial. It will co-star Rob Lowe as Jeff Ashton (the prosecuting attorney), Elizabeth Mitchell as Linda Drake Burdick (fellow prosecutor) and Oscar Nunez ("The Office") as Jose Baez (Anthony's defense attorney).
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New Grimm tonight, John Pyper-Ferguson in Less Than Kind, new interviews with Christopher Heyerdahl and Michael Eklund

A few quick updates today, with more coming over the weekend.

Grimm 1x09, "Of Mouse and Man," airs tonight at 9 pm. Synopsis:

While investigating a gruesome homicide, Nick (David Giuntoli) learns that a seemingly mild-mannered resident could be festering a potential monster created from a dark childhood. Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) is sent an unsettling message by the creature community, who are beginning to wonder if his priorities lie with them or a Grimm. Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee also star.And some interesting spoilers for the rest of the season, from Entertainment Weekly:

And because so many of you have sent in your questions on Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz), the Ep duo offered up this tease: Before the end of the season (likely with a few episodes to go), we will learn more about him and “it’s not what people think…and we
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Producer Shares Best in Canada Short Film Award Distinction Between His Two Films

David Cormican, Producer of both the short films ‘Minus Lara’ and ‘Rusted Pyre’ has been awarded a two-way tie between his films for the “Best in Canada” award as part of the 2011 Reel Rave International Film Festival.

Waskesui, Sk— The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition’s ‘Rusted Pyre’ starring Best Actress winner Samantha Somer Wilson and ‘Less Than Kind’ star Brooke Palsson, written by Daniel Audet and directed by Laurence Cohen and ‘Minus Lara’ (a short film produced for Bravo!Fact), stars Romina D’Ugo is written by Canadian Film Centre student Surita Parmar and directed by Rob King, were co-awarded one of… More
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Carlyle And Buble Lead Gemini Awards

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Carlyle And Buble Lead Gemini Awards
Scottish actor Robert Carlyle was the toast of the Gemini Awards in Canada on Saturday after landing the coveted Best Actor trophy.

The Trainspotting star was awarded for his role in Stargate Universe, while Jonathan Rhys Meyers' The Tudors programme won the title of Best Drama.

The big winner at the ceremony, which took place in Toronto, was Canadian show Less Than Kind, which took home three honours.

Show bosses picked up prizes for Best Comedy, Best Writing in a Comedy and Best Individual Comedy Performance.

Producer Mark McKinney paid tribute to late lead star Maury Chaykin, who died earlier this year, saying, "It's been a tough year for us", while writer Marvin Kaye added, "Maury was one of the most dear eccentric, terrifying and loving men I've ever worked with."

Other winners included Michael Buble (Best Host in a Music or Variety Programme for At The Concert Hall) and Elvis Costello (Best Talk Show for Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...).

Winners at the 25th Gemini Awards

Yesterday, the winners at the 25th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards, were revealed as Corey Monteith (Glee) was hosting that night. Moreover, Degrassi Junior High/Degrassi: The Next Generation was crowned by the public as the best Canadian TV series of the last 25 years.

Without further ado, here's the list of winners.

Best Animated Program or Series:

Glen Martin, Dds

Best Children or Youth Fiction Program or Series:

Overruled!

Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series:

Canada's Super Speller

Best Comedy Program or Series:

Less Than Kind

Best Cross-Platform Project - Children’s and Youth:

Taste Buds

Best Cross-Platform Project - Fiction:

Being Erica Webisodes

Best Cross-Platform Project - Non-Fiction:

Kraft Hockeyville 2010

Best Documentary Series:

Licence To Drill

Best Dramatic Mini-Series:

The Summit

Best Dramatic Series:

The Tudors

Best General/Human Interest Series:

Tosca: Flexing at 49

Best History Documentary Program:

Paris 1919

Best Original Program or
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Nominations for the 2010 Gemini Awards

Today, the Canadian Academy revealed the nominees for the 25th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards. So without further ado, let's reveal those who have graced our land of television in fall 2009 and winter 2010.

1. Best Animated Program or Series:

* Glenn Martin, Dds

* Guess With Jess

* Johnny Test

* Kid Vs Kat

* Wapos Bay

2. Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series:

* Degrassi: The Next Generation

* Overruled!

* Pillars of Freedom

* That's So Weird!

* Total Drama Action

3. Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series:

* A World of Wonders

* Canada's Super Speller

* Survive This

* Tvokids: Mark's Moments

4. Best Comedy Program or Series:

* Dan for Mayor

* Less Than Kind

* Little Mosque on the Prairie

* Pure Pwnage

* The Rick Mercer Report

5. Best Dramatic Miniseries:

* Alice

* The Phantom

* The Summit

6. Best Dramatic Series:

* Durham County

* Flashpoint

* Republic of Doyle

* Stargate Universe

* The Tudors

7. Best Music, Variety Program or Series

* 2009 Much Music Video Awards
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Maury Chaykin obituary

Actor who was at his best in shadowy roles

The actor Maury Chaykin, who has died aged 61 after a heart-valve infection, was an American and a Canadian citizen, and his career reflected his dual nationality. In the Us, he was a familiar face, if not a recognisable name, playing small but telling roles in major films. His breakthrough came in Dances With Wolves (1990), playing Major Fambrough, who sends Kevin Costner on his frontier assignment and then kills himself. Chaykin's only leading role was in the cable TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001), as the titular detective who refuses to leave his house, delegating that to his assistant (Timothy Hutton).

In Canada, Chaykin was something of a national treasure. He won a Genie award for best actor for his performance as a Brian Wilson-like burned-out rock star in Whale Music (1994), gave remarkable performances in three films directed by Atom Egoyan
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Maury Chaykin, 1949 - 2010

"Award-winning actor Maury Chaykin, a familiar face in Canadian movies and TV shows since the 1970s, died Tuesday on his 61st birthday," reports the Toronto Sun.

"Boasting an impressive 153 film and television credits, Chaykin was known in and out of the land of the maple leaf," writes Monika Bartyzel at Cinematical. "In Canada, he graced a number of Atom Egoyan films including The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, and Where the Truth Lies, he teamed up with Don McKellar (who recently lost wife Tracy Wright) on Blindness and Cooking with Stella, and more recently played Sam Blecher in the Mark McKinney-produced Less Than Kind. But his accomplishments and impact reached stateside features as well. Chaykin played Major Fambrough in Dances with Wolves, Sam Tipton in My Cousin Vinny, and in recent years, he played 'Harvey Weingard' — aka 'Harvey Weinstein' — in Entourage."

"His death comes just as it was announced that his latest movie,
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R.I.P. Maury Chaykin (1949-2010)

According to CBC News, veteran Canadian actor Maury Chaykin passed away a few hours ago at the age of 61 years old. Despite being born in the USA, we'll definitely miss his passion for building the Canadian movie industry.

Fans of Canadian TV and films will tell you that his name definitely rings a lot of bells.

In films, we've seen him in acclaimed Canadian films such as Blindness, Adoration, Where the Truth Lies or The Sweet Hereafter just to name a few. Besides, he won a Genie Award (the Canadian Oscar) for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film Whale Music.

As for television, he was recently seen in the half-hour comedy Less than Kind, a TV series from the Canadian premium cable network HBO Canada.

Finally, I'd like to send my condolences all those who worked with him and knew him, especially his wife Susannah Hoffmann, an actress,
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Maury Chaykin Passes Away on 61st Birthday

Maury Chaykin Passes Away on 61st Birthday
Canadian film and television actor Maury Chaykin passed away today in a Toronto hospital on his 61st birthday. Born in New York to an American father and Canadian mother, Chaykin made his way to Toronto in the '70s, where he remained for the rest of his life, amassing a myriad of roles, Genie nominations for Iron Eagle II and Cold Comfort, and a win for 1994's Whale Music.

Boasting an impressive 153 film and television credits, Chaykin was known in and out of the land of the maple leaf. In Canada, he graced a number of Atom Egoyan films including The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, and Where the Truth Lies, he teamed up with Don McKellar (who recently lost wife Tracy Wright) on Blindness and Cooking with Stella, and more recently played Sam Blecher in the Mark McKinney-produced Less Than Kind. But his accomplishments and impact reached stateside features as well.
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Season 3 of 'Flashpoint' Premieres Aug. 6 on CTV

At last, CTV, a Canadian TV network, has announced that Flashpoint's third season will premiere on Friday, August 6 at 10 Pm. Moreover, the network has also revealed juicy details about the first two episodes of Flashpoint.

This Canadian show follows a tactical unit of the Toronto's police department (Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson, David Paetkau, Enrico Colantoni, Sergio Di Zio, Michael Cram and Olunike Adeliyi).

In the first episode entitled "Severed Ties", Maggie Perrello (Kelly Rowan) was the perfect mother until an addiction to prescription meds spiraled out of control. It cost Maggie a stint in jail, and the loss of her beloved daughters Becky and Riley into foster care. Now she’s out of jail, clean and sober, and yearns to bring her children home but when Maggie discovers that she can’t have her kids back, she turns desperate and kidnaps Becky and Riley.

In the second episode
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Nominations for Canada's Directors Guild Awards Announced

Today, the nominations for Canada's 2010 Directors Guild Awards have been announced. These awards are meant to give awards for some people who work behind the camera to give outstanding films and TV series. Besides, the gala will be hosted by Canadian comedian Dave Foley. So, without further ado, here are the nominations.

Best feature film:

* Cairo Time.

* Chloe.

* The Trotsky.

* Love & Savagery.

Best television movie/miniseries

* Darwin Darkest Hour.

* Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story.

* Sea Wolf.

* The White Archer.

Best dramatic TV series:

* Being Erica.

* Flashpoint.

* Sanctuary.

* The Bridge.

Best comedy TV series:

* The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town.

* G-Spot.

* Less than Kind.

* Little Mosque on the Prairie.

Best family TV series:

* Degrassi: The Next Generation.

* Heartland.

* How to Be Indie.

* Overruled!

Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary:

* Ballet High - Elise Swerhone (Director), Robert Lower (Picture Editor).

* The Experimental Eskimos -
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'Less Than Kind' Renewed for 3rd Season by HBO Canada

Yesterday, HBO Canada, a premium cable network, announced that it has renewed its original comedy series Less Than Kind, a show created by comedian Mark McKinney, for a third season. Besides, the production of the third season should begin later this year in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Returning for the new season will be Maury Chaykin as Sam Blecher, Jesse Camacho as Sheldon Blecher, Cca Award-winner Wendel Meldrum as Anne Blecher, 2009 Leo winner and 2009 Gemini nominee Benjamin Arthur as Josh Blecher, Nancy Sorel as Aunt Clara, 2009 Gemini-nominee Brooke Palsson as Miriam Goldstein as well as Ross McMillian as Mr. Lubbe, Tyler Johnston as Danny Lubbe and Mike O’Brien as Mr. Goldstein.

In this comedy series, we follow the Blecher family: a reckless, self-destructive driving instructor father, his pyromaniac wife, and his two sons – one a teenage genius, the other an egotistical actor. They are forced to find ways to revive the
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[News] Nominees at the 2010 Leo Awards

Yesterday, the nominees for the 2010 Leo Awards were announced. The objective of this award is to celebrate all the things that have been done in the film and television industry of the Prairies and the province British Columbia along with people who are based in these regions. Furthermore, foreign TV series and films that are produced in Canada's West are also included in the party. Obviously, this is not the full list of nominees. In fact, this is the presentation of the nominees for dramatic TV series, feature films, comedy series and web series.

Feature Length Drama

Best Feature Length Drama:

* A Shine Of Rainbows

* Alice

* Cole

* Excited

* The Thaw

Best Direction in a Feature Length Drama:

* Vic Sarin - A Shine Of Rainbows

* Carl Bessai - Cole

* Bruce Sweeney - Excited

* Mark A. Lewis - The Thaw

Best Screenwriting in a Feature Length Drama:

* Vic Sarin, Chatherine Spear and
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Winners at the 14th Wgc Awards

Yesterday, the ceremony of the Writers Guild of Canada Awards was hosted by comedian Debra Digiovanni. During that night, the winners, who work either in the film or television industry, were revealed.

Dishing out the awards were special guest presenters including Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries), Kristin Booth (Crackie, Young People Fucking), Inga Cadranel (The Bridge, Rent-a-Goalie), Enrico Colantoni (Flashpoint), and screenwriters Mark Farrell (Corner Gas, Dan for Mayor), Michael McGowan (Saint Ralph, One Week), Jennifer Pertsch (6Teen, Total Drama Island), Christin Simms (Captain Flamingo, Dino Dan), Shelley Eriksen (ReGenesis) and Leila Basen & David Preston (Heartland).

Now, without further ado, let's present the winners.

Animation:

Total Drama Action - “The Sand Witch Project”

Written by Shelley Scarrow

Children & Preschool:

Max and Ruby - “Max Says Goodbye”

Written by Kate Barris

Documentary:

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet – 40 Years of One Night Stands

Narration written by Robert Lower

Episodic half-hour:

Less Than Kind -
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