Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Ultraviolet Images

A few new images have shown up from Ultraviolet, the sci-fi film staring Milla Jovovich and Vancouver Island's Cameron Bright.



Last X-Men 3 news of the year

Hollywood Reporter is reporting the addition of Meiling (Mei) Melancon to the X-Men 3 cast as Psylocke. Melancon worked previously on Rush Hour 2 with director Brett Ratner. While she has appeared in various incarnations in Marvel's plethera of X-Books she will fight against the X-men in the film, as a member of Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants.

Considering that this film is due in theatres in less than five months, I'm suprised that they're still announcing new cast and characters. I'm also supprised that so much fuss is being made over an actress with so little credits. Check out her IMBD listing to see what I mean.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Smoking X-Mass

I got home from midnight mass last night to find a Christmas card of sorts in my e-mail. Thank You For Smoking, has released its trailer. This movie is of significance to Victoriawood because island resident Cameron Bright stars in the film. Cameron plays the son of a Tobacco lobbyist (Aaron Eckhart) , who works to push the industry of smoking, when he realizes the effect he is having on his own son.
I can't say that the trailer would cause me to go see the film, but it does look fun, and I like Rob Lowe's character.

Merry Christmas everyone, or what ever it is you celebrate at this time of year.

Friday, December 23, 2005

VIFVF first look


The Victoria Independant Film and Video Festival is nearly upon us and details of this years festival are starting to make it to my ears. My January article in Attactions magazine has a look at some of the localy made films that will be at the festival, and I have just learned about a profesional forum that will be happening durring the festival, Trigger Points Pacific Co-Production Conference.

Trigger Points Pacific is an initiative of the Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival, designed to bring together top industry players from Pacific Rim countries and Canadian producers for one-on-one meetings and panel discussions on international co-productions. Hosted by Pat Ferns (Ferns Productions) and Sheena Macdonald (Rhombus International) at Victoria's Laurel Point Inn, from January 27-29, and Modeled on the very successful Mannheim Co-Production Meetings, this conference will facilitate personal contacts to to form invaluable business relationships with potential finance, broadcast, or foreign production partners.

I'll have more information over the next few weeks about the VIFVF.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

X-Men street shot

Yesterday, X-Men 3 was shooting on the streets of Vancouver's Gastown district. The sceen being shoot was a group of protesters out side of a clinic that was offering a Mutant Cure Shoot. This suposed cure for mutantism is the crux of the conflict between Xavier's X-Men and Magneto's Brotherhood. Added to the mix of protester were police and military trying to keep them at bay. More images can be seen at HollywoodNorth Report.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Thank You Pictures

Some still images from Thank You For Smoking have appeared on line at Dark Horizon. Thank You For Smoking stars a large ensemble cast including Nanaimo's Cameron Bright. The story follows Aaron Eckhart's character, Nick Naylor, the father of Cameron's character, as he works as a lobbyist for big tobacco, and realizes the effect his work has on his son. Wide release is set for March 17, 2006.

Other cast include: Maria Bello, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, David Koechner, Rob Lowe, William H. Macy, J.K. Simmons, Robert Duvall, Kim Dickens, Todd Louiso, Dennis Miller, Joan Lunden, Jeff Witzke, Richard Speight Jr., Nancy O'Dell

Friday, December 09, 2005

Trailers December Edition

Because I haven't done this for a while, here are some of the latest movie trailers on the net for some of the best films out there. If you don't already have it you may want to update your Quicktime to version 7, some movies just wont play without it.

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Special thanks to Mike for the Table editing tips.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Titles

Rumours across the net are reporting a title for the yet to be announced Pirates of the Caribbean 3. The buzz title is Uncharted Waters. But Disney could be simply using thios as a working title.

Neil Gaiman's latest project is reportedly called The Graveyard Book, described as an update of The Jungle Book, only set entirely in a graveyard. The plot focuses on a young boy who is raised by corpses after his parents tragic death. I know more than a few readers that will be lined up at Bolens to get a copy.

Monday, December 05, 2005

X-Men 3 Trailer is here

If the talk about the X3 movie hasn't piqued your interest or even if it has you NEED to have a look at the just released trailer. I suggest watching it threw at the largest screen size that you can. Then go through it frame-by-frame cause some of the shots are so quick. This looks great.

Can you tell I'm excited? Check it out now then come back here and discus it.

New X3 Images


USA Today posted the first official images from X3 in todays edition and online, and at some point today Apple's Quicktime site is set to release the new trailer. While we wait to get a look at it. Take a gander at these images.






























Streching his wings







I case you're wondering, this is the director Bret Ratner.













Wolverine looking like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Profesor X and Captain Picard


Cameron Bright

Cameron Bright with Mom
Ready for Leech sceens on X3




Fox has anounced that it will reveal the X3 trailer on the Apple Quicktime website on Monday, December 5, 2005. The trailer was set to debute on the 14th attatched to King Kong and a sneek peek is a bonus feature on Tuesdays release of Fantastic Four on DVD. We should also see some debut pictures in USA Today this week.


According to Trekweb, Patrick Stewart says "About four months ago at a meeting in Los Angeles the subject was raised quite seriously from a very interesting point of view. I have been saying for four years now that it's over. No fantasies about it coming back, the space suits have been hung up for good. But there are weighty people in Hollywood who are very interested in one more run around the holodeck. There are serious plans. I was told this may happen two or three years down the road, by which time I'll be able to sit again in the captain's chair, but then again, it's not all that far away and if I'm in good shape I'd love to do it".

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Attractions December

The end is near. The end of the year that is, and the big gun films have already started hitting the screen. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire opened with an incredible $102.3 Million, the fourth best-ever opening weekend. Lets face it; Science Fiction and Fantasy films are the big box office tickets. They may not get a lot of attention come Oscar season, but we the audiences love them all the same. So what is on the December platter?

Aeon Flux- Starring Oscar winner Charlize Theron and my favorite Hacker Jonny Lee Miller. The movie is based on the highly popular MTV (shown on YTV) animated series. Set 400 years in the future, in a world whipped out by disease except for one walled, protected city-state, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. The story centers on Aeon Flux the top operative in the underground 'Monican' rebellion, led by The Handler. When Aeon is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets. To discover what those secrets are, you’ll have to see the film December 2.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by director Andrew Adamson of Shrek and Shrek 2 fame. The first movie in a series of seven based-on-the-book adaptations in the vein of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, but this time starting with the second book in the series, C.S. Lewis first published in 1950, against the advice of his friend and colleague J.R.R. Tolkien. The series follows three children who are sent away to the English countryside from the bombings in London during World War II. In the midst of a game of hide-n-go-seek one of the children discovers a wardrobe that is a magical portal to another world. Unfortunately Lewis’ death was a footnote in the media, having occurred on the day of JFK’s assassination.

Peter Jackson’s King Kong starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, and Adrien Brody. From the man that brought us the ultimate fantasy series of movies, comes the biggest ape, King Kong. Jackson retells the Fay Wray classic in the grand special effects way that only his Weta Digital can.

Naomi Watts steps in to Fay Wray’s part, portraying Ann Darrow, an actress from the world of Depression-era New York’s vaudeville who finds herself out of work. Her luck changes when she meets Carl Denham, played by Jack Black. Denham is an in your face entrepreneur, adventurer and filmmaker struggling to make a name for himself in the emerging entertainment industry of the day. Bold, and charismatic, Denham has a natural sense of showmanship and an appetite for his own greatness, which may ultimately lead to catastrophe.

After that there really isn’t anything big in the Sci-Fi / Fantasy genre this year, but there are some other films worth checking out, like Memoirs of a Geisha, Fun with Dick and Jane starring Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni, Munich and on Christmas day, Casanova.

I just found out that Sony's Screen Gems has released a new image from the upcoming Ultraviolet movie. There hasn’t been much information about this shot in China Sci-Fi / Vampire flick staring Milla Jovovich and Nanaimo’s Cameron Bright. The Kurt Wimmer film set in late in the next century, where a subculture of humans have emerged who have been modified genetically by a vampire-like disease, giving them enhanced speed, incredible stamina and acute intelligence. As they are set apart from "normal" and "healthy" humans, the world is pushed to the brink of worldwide civil war aimed at the destruction of the "diseased" population.In the middle of this is the infected Ultraviolet, played by Jovovich, who finds herself protecting a nine-year-old boy named Six, played by Bright, who has been marked for death by the human government as he is believed to be a threat to humans. There is currently no release date for Ultraviolet but the released image is promising as very little has been seen since the movie was wrapped over a year ago.

If you like seeing trailers for upcoming movies, Apple’s Quicktime website is one of the best sources. Unfortunately many newer movies are using Quicktime 7, which only works on Windows XP, so it looks like I’ll be upgrading, and losing use of my $350 screenwriting program, as it wont work in XP. The first trailer for the locally shot Dungeon Siege by Uwe Boll is available at fantasticfilmsinternational.com/films/king.html again only in Quicktime 7.

Don McCaskill is an entertainment news junkie, as CHUM’s Clint Nickerson once dubbed him. Don has written for The Victoria Star, Cut To: Magazine, THE Magazine, West Coast Entertainment, Extreme FM, The New VI, and for the past six and a half years Attractions A&E. When Don finds news that wont wait for his monthly column he posts it on victoriawood.blogspot.com

Sunday, November 27, 2005

X-Men news November Edition

X-Men 3 Beast
Just got comfimation that the X3 trailer will be attatched to King Kong in theatres on December 14. This will be followed by the release of the first official pictures of the movie, in USA Today. But before that, Fox will release Fantastic Four on DVD December 6th and the bonus material includes interviews and a look at X-Men 3, hosted by Avi Arad, Marvel's lead film Producer.

Plot lines are becoming a little more apparent with word that Kelsey Grammer's character, Beast, is pivotal. It seems that characters like Storm, Wolverine and Professor Xavier can mingle in normal society without drawing attention to their mutations, but those with physical mutations like Beast and members of the Morlocks must hide to avoid persecution. Beast’s struggle with his gifts and curse and how he reconciles the struggle seems to be the A Plot of the film. I’m sure the B Plot has to do with Magneto and his band of misfits.

Ultraviolet

A new image has appeared on the net from Kurt Wimmer's upcoming Ultraviolet, starring Milla Jovovich and Nanaimo's Cameron Bright.

In the film Jovovich plays an infected human that must protect Six, played by Bright, from the human government, as they belive he carries an antigen that could spell the end of the human race.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Young Actor


Sticky Fingaz

Kirk Jones
Playing Blade


I ran in to Quinn Lord and his dad yeaterday. Quinn was very fasinated with the Robots DVD that we had playing in the store. Quinn told me that last friday he was working on the Blade televsion series pilot in Vancouver. Mr. Lord informed me that the role was that of a younger version of Neil Jacksons character as seen in flashbacks, sorry I forgot who he said. Rap star Sticky Fingaz aka Kirk Jones is playing Blade and will be joined on set by Jill Wagner, Neil Jackson, Nelson Lee and Jessica Gower.

Jill Wagner

Jill Wagner
Hottie on Blade


Spike TV lists this pilot as a MOW (Movie of the Week) "Spike TV's Blade focuses on Marvel's eponymous immortal warrior fighting a shadowy underworld of vampires who want to destroy the human race. The title character is a half-man, half-vampire who uses his incredible powers and skills to fearlessly battle the demonic creatures of the night in a blood-drenched crusade to prevent the ascendance of vampires over mankind."

Friday, November 18, 2005

Harry Potter Review


Silver City

Two Potter Fans at Silver City
Sara Jones & Michael McGall


We arrived at the theatre to a long snaking line from Silver City, just as I saw them open the doors. We probably waited about seven minutes before getting though the doors. And I was amazed to see so few people in costume. Out of the nearly 300 seats in the theatre, maybe 15 were in Hogwarts wear. As you see to the left I managed to get a shot of a few.

Prizes by the Ocean’s Prize Pig took place just before the movie started without any trailers or commercials, and no I didn’t win.

The movie starts at the Weasley's home early in the morning as they prep for the Quidich World Cup. I have to say that the sceens for the World Cup could have taken half the movie, but insted the sceen quickly turned to the Death Eaters and the distruction they created at the camps.




Events then moved to Hogwarts and the introduction of the two-visting schools for the Tri-Wizards Tournament. The characters were a little too glossed over, if you haven't read the books. Nevel was nicely brought to the for-front character wise but the guests from the visiting schools of Beauxbaton and Durmstrang are not well developed, for that I must deduct a mark.
Cinematically the film is fantastic, the sets are better, and the CG and editing are the best they've been in the series. But his is it, this is a series and the movie depends on people having seen the rest of the films and read the books. For that I must deduct another point. I think anyone coming to this film fresh and new to the Harry Potter phenomenon would be totally lost, the movie would not stand on its own.

Any novel that is turned into a movie will have things stripped out, I accept that but the sheer size of this book should have said two films.

For what they did and what I experienced as a Harry Potter fan myself, I enjoyed it.

7.5/10 or 4/5

Monday, November 14, 2005

All Coming to Television


Blade

Blade Trinity
Starring Wesley Snipes


Spike TV and New Line Television have signed Actor/rapper Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones to star in the Blade series, based on the popular Marvel comic book and film franchise of the same name. David Goyer (Batman Begins, the Blade trilogy) will serve as executive producer and co-wrote the drama with popular comic book author Geoff Johns.

"Blade, as envisioned by David Goyer is perfectly suited for Spike TV and its male viewers," says Pancho Mansfield, Executive Vice President, Original Programming at Spike TV. "Consistent with Goyer's feature film work, the new "Blade" promises to capture what men want to see: thrilling action and effects combined with an intelligent and highly creative story."

Production begins November 14 in Vancouver. Blade will premiere on Spike TV in June 2006. Jill Wagner ("Monk"), Neil Jackson ("Stargate SG-1"), Nelson Lee ("Traffic," the TV mini-series) and Jessica Gower ("Blurred") also are signed to star in the production. Peter O'Fallon is set to direct.
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FOX has ordered to a pilot for a new The Terminator TV series based on the film franchise. The series would have a "connection" to the film franchise but it will apparently not affect plans for a fourth big screen outing. The series would likely air in the 2006-07 season, and John Connor will definitely be featured.
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Doctor Who?

Billie Piper
as Rose Tyler
Doctor Who Season 2


The character Rose Tyler will not return for the third season, as Billie Piper has quit her role as Doctor Who's sidekick before the second season of the series starts reports.

The 23-year-old star and former pop artist, told producers she didn't want to become typecast as they begged her to stay. BBC chiefs have now launched a secret bid to find her replacement.

A source says: "The BBC are auditioning other girls to take over. They want to have the next actress all lined up when they announce Billie's departure. They are quite miffed about her decision. The casting people have been conducting secret auditions with a small number of actresses and keeping it very, very quiet. They are after a relative newcomer so this is the role which puts her in the public eye".
See the Cybermen
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The WB Network has given a put pilot commitment to a live-action rendering of the DC Comics character Aquaman from Smallville executive producers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough.

The series is envisioned as a contemporary reinterpretation of the character who lives in the deep sea and enlists sharks and other oceanic creatures to help him in his crime-fighting endeavors.

The new-model Aquaman will be a man in his early twenties and like Smallville, there's no costumes or other superhero accessories used when his superpowers are invoked. The character appeared on the October 20th episode of Smallville played by Alan Ritchson, but a new actor will be put in this series role. The pilot is planning to shoot early next year in Florida.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

News Briefs Nov. 10

Seems there is going to be some excitement around the new film, Harry Poter and the Goblet of Fire. WB (Warner Bros.) has decided to atach the first trailers for both Superman and M. Night Shyamalan's newest movie,Lady in the Water.
As I am seeing Hary Poter this weekend, in a sneek preview. I'll have a report next week.
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Hollywood North Reports has run a story about a new production deal that sees more shoots in BC. On Tuesday November 8th Vancouver-based Insight Film Studios Ltd. signed a $75 million production and distribution deal with Los Angeles' Picture Perfect Entertainment and Ted Fox Entertainment.

Insight will jointly produce and finance six pictures annually over the next three years that Picture Perfect and Ted Fox Entertainment will distribute globally. The agreement was arranged by Insight CEO Kirk Shaw, Picture Perfect principal Rich Styles and Ted Fox.

All projects will be shot in Vancouver, according to Insight senior vp creative affairs Rob Word. The budgets will be in the $2 million-$5 million range, and at least one of each year's films is expected to receive theatrical distribution.

and The slate's production begins in January with such science fiction, action and thriller genre features as Switches I, Switches II, Hybrid, WMD, Shadow Warriors, The Unknown.

The companies will develop TV series and video games from some of the projects, with a mix of theatrical and nontheatrical projects. "As the mood and whims of the public change, we'll adapt to different genres with the commercial potential of the films in mind," Word said.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Stories in Brief


Frontline Films

The Dead Inside
Frontline Films


The Tyee, one of Vancouver's many "independent" newspaper, ran a story about the big city's indy horror film industry. Of course any city full of film profesionals is going to inspire independants and amatures. Victoria even has such an industry, one of my old co-workers is behind such films as Meat Market 1&2 and the just released The Dead Inside. Brian Clement enjoys both the horror and film noir genre and both show up in his new film, as they do in many of his others. Check out Frontline Films.
Others worth checking out are Fizz Films and Random Act Productions.

Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis are both shot over in Vancouver both are renewed for the 2006-2007 season. The problem is that so far only Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter) is signed to return to Stargate SG-1's 10th season. Hopefully we wont have to wait until Vancouver's GateCon in March to find out what's up.

Now shooting in Victoria, Augusta Gone and Safe Harbour. If you know anything about locations or what they are doing, please leave a comment.

Thanks to Cherly for some links and information.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween


I know its Monday and most of the parties were over the weekend, but today is officialy Samhain or Halloween or All-Hallows-Eve. I'm working at the mall and planning to take my digital camera to get pictures of the kids costumes.
I want to know, what did you wear for Halloween this year?



Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Neil Gaiman adaptation


The Director that left the X-Men 3 set in a lurch is back in the news. Paramount is talking to Matthew Vaughn about adapting Neil Gaiman's Stardust, a fairytale for adults.

Gaiman's novel, first published in 1997 as "Stardust: Being a Romance Within the Realms of Faerie," is set in a town in the English countryside where the magical and mortal mix. The tale is focused on a young man who promises his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm, where he has to contend with witches, goblins, gnomes, talking animals and evil trees.

Some are paralleling the potential film to other fantasy / comedies like Princess Bride and The Neverending Story.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Underworld


It's been a while since I've seen any news on the two Underworld movies coming out next year, but I just got a look at the new trailer for Underworld: Evolution. Now I understand the Evolution name, but I haven't heard a title for the third film.
I know someone that worked on the weapons in the film and I can say there are some kick-ass looking pieces, and if you like armour, wait until you see Marcus'. From the little bits here and there that I've seen, it looks like Len Wiseman has directed an awsome sequel. I guess we'll all find out January 20th, when its released.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

New X-Men 3 images

X-Men 3
Hollywood North Reports has revealed some new pictures from the outdoor set of X-Men 3. This is apparently the set being used to recreate Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. The big sceen taking place on this set is said to involve Angel, played by Ben Foster.
All the cast and crew are waiting for is a strech of sunny weather, did anyone tell them they were in Vancouver?

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Mile Zero - First Showing


Lets not forget that Mile Zero premieres tonight and tomorrow on Shaw Cable 11 in Victoria. As I understand it Shaw will be starting the show promptly at 7pm tonight and at 3pm tomorrow.




Mile Zero - Event II
Mile Zero - Event
What to wear?
Mile Zero - CastMile Zero - Moving Forward
News bits.
What's Going On?
What's Shooting in Victoria?
Is Victoria worthy?

X-Men 3 site

Fox has already opened the promotional site for X-Men 3, and while there isn't much on the site yet. This is the place to watch for trailers and images. You can sign-up for updates and be notified the momment new content is available.

The film is curently set to open in theaters across Canada and the USA on May 26, 2006.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

New Productions


Two MOWs (movie of the weeks) opened office this weekend.
Safe Harbour and Augusta Gone both have offices open here in town. Safe Harbour Productions
is at 758 Queens Ave. and BPI - Augusta Gone Productions is at 751 Discovery Street in the Victoria Film Productions office, both of these spaces are facilitated by Travellers Inn.
If you have experience on set you can contact:



"Augusta Gone"
BPI - Augusta Gone Productions
751 Discovery Street
Victoria, BC V8T 1H1

Phone: (250) 953-1005
Fax: (250) 953-1006

PM: Paul Rayman
PC: Miles Gorovich

Shoot Dates: Nov 2
- Nov 25th, 2005

"Safe Harbour"
Safe Harbour Productions
758 Queens Ave.
Victoria, BC V8T 1M3

Phone: (250) 380-6000
Fax: (250) 380-6001

PC: Sarah Harris
LP: Jaye Gazeley

Shoot Dates: October 31
- November 17th, 2005.

The Fog


Pictures recently surfaced on Dark Horizon of the upcoming Sony Pictures remake of John Carpenter's The Fog. The movie was shot in part in Cowichan this past spring. Spotlight Academy instructor Adrian Hough, plays the priest in the film that features Smallville’s Tom Welling, Selma Blair and Lost’s Maggie Grace.

The spirits of a shipwreck that took place a hundred years ago, exact their revenge on a small northern California town starting this Friday.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Mile Zero - Event II

All right, so I've talked about the fashions at the gala event, what else was there? The evening started in the main lobby of the Empress Hotel, right under the sign, and about fifty early arrivers just sat waiting for some direction, we were expecting a red carpet out to the street, but I guess the rain prevented the hotel from doing that. Karen, Dai and Paul Wu started talking to the guests and then the stars arrived in their limo. The problem for me in trying to take pictures was that after having looked at a few dozen little pictures on the website, I still wasn’t sure who was and who wasn’t in the show. I even ended up talking to a fellow that looked familiar only to discover that he wasn’t in Mile Zero but that we had met a few years ago at the Victoria Film Festival.

Once the stars had arrived the Crystal Ballroom doors were opened, and everyone slowly filtered in, with no one checking tickets. The outer room of the Crystal Ballroom was in part advertising space for the sponsors and a long line-up formed for raffle tickets. I had to leave early so I never heard who won the raffle prizes, which included a guest staring role on an upcoming episode and a silver pin as only the cast and crew recieved.
After we all watched the two episodes, chocolate treats and friut to dip in the flowing fountain de chocolate we available in the small outer room and it was impossible to get near the table for the hordes of people, we finaly got fed up and went to leave when we discovered there was another set-up in the main lobby area of the hotel. The rest of the evening was spent mingling and talking with various cast members, and general guest.

***Note*** now that I've writen this review of the party I understand why it is that so much attention is given to the fashions that are being worn to an awards show or a movie premiere, the events are all the same for the most part, the biggest difference is in what the women are wearing, and who is with who, but it all becomes so tabliod. I wonder if Victoria will ever have its own tabliod magazine?