Thursday, July 28, 2005

X-Cast update

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is reporting that actress Ellen Page, from TV's ReGenesis, will be playing the role of Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat in the upcoming movie. The role opened up when Maggie Grace of ABC’s Lost dropped out from the cast for no appearent reason. It seems strange that Ratner's team would hire a 15 year-old for the role, when it was stated that Maggie Grace and not 20 year old Katie Stuart, Kitty in , would be playing a more developed role.
Daniel Cudmore will portray Colossus as he did in . Cudmor's return is important as the comic series explored a relationship between the Russian that turned to steel and the Jewish girl that could walk through walls.

There is also word that the film crews shooting of and on Alcatraz Island in San Fancisco Bay is for an upcoming trailer for the movie.

Jackman and the Baby

Wolverine, X-Me, Hugh Jackman

X-Men heartthrob Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness are celebrating after becoming parents again.

Its understood the couple adopted a baby girl, Ava. Acording to reports, the little girl was born in Texas earlier this month. Jackman and Furness already have one adopted cild, Oscar, age 6.

Jackman is set to star in X Men 3 as well as an upcoming Woody Allen project, and the new Wolverine film series. Furness kick-started her acting career earlier this year after a five-year break, taking a role in the Australian film Jindabyne.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

What is shooting in Victoria?

My friend Mike asked me the other day at coffee if I knew anything about a soap opera called Mile Zero. I didn’t then, but I am finding out more about it. It seems they shot scenes this past weekend around Victoria for the pilot episode, and they’ll be shooting again this weekend. Paul Wu is involved in the production and is know for his acting, but more so for stunt work on films like I, Robot, The Last Samurai and three years ago on X2.

Brightlight Productions is no stranger to Vancouver Island, the company shot six MOWs (Movie of the Week) last year for CHUM. They're currently up in Beecher Bay creating a medieval village for their $60Million Dungeon Siege picture staring Matthew Lillard and John Rhys-Davies (I wonder if he's playing the Dwarf?).

Bamfield is the site of anouther production, this time its Nicolas Cage's The Wicker Man.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

X-men and The Engagement Ring

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The SuperheroHype web site got its hands on some set photos for X-Men 3. It seems a second unit of about 20, was hired on Sunday, July 24, to take some shots of Alcatraz from the San Francisco side. As you can see in the pictures they are using a jib arm.

From what I've heard Sunday’s casting call at the Vacation Inn on Douglas St. went really well, with over 500 people showing up. Everyone was friendly and polite so the casting agents got a good view of Victoria. If you were there please fire me a quick email or leave a comment.

X-Men 3In case you were not aware X-Men 3 is not the only film being prepped to shoot in Victoria. Patricia Heaton will be in town shooting a made for TV movie, The Engagement Ring. From a script original called ECHOES, the story follows the daughter of a woman and the nephew of a man who were childhood sweethearts involved in a lost engagement ring. The younger couple discovers their relationship obstructed by the old feud. Patricia Heaton plays the daughter, but none of the rest of the cast is announced. Filming is set to begin early August.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

X-Men Casting Day!

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Today is the day for the X-Men 3casting call here in Victoria, BC. If you weren't aware of it read the last article. From what I've found, none of the major cast will be there. No Hugh Jackman Kelsey Grammer or Victoriawood Report, but if you go, will you please send me a report?

Friday, July 22, 2005

Want to be an X-Men?

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A background performers 'casting call', placed July 21 in the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper is looking for background performers for X-Men 3.

According to the item, the X-Men 3 go-see is scheduled for Sunday July 24th 2005, 11am-2pm, at The Vacation Inn (Formerly the Tally-Ho), 3020 Douglas Street, across from Mayfair Mall.

According to the ad :

BACKGROUND PERFORMERS/EXTRAS NEEDED, Ages 7-99 yrs. We would like to see really interesting looking kids and adults of all ethnicities. Also twins, triplets, quads, albino, really big or tall, really short or small, ugly and strange looking. FILMING IN VICTORIA AREA. Approx. AUGUST 8th to AUGUST 27th, 2005. Must be accompanied by an adult if under 15yrs old.

Hollywood North. com says that, according to film actors union ACTRA, 'preference of engagement' for background performers working on union signatory film productions goes to blue-vouchered ACTRA Members first tier, pink-vouchered 'Apprentices' second tier (when there are no Members 'available'), white-vouchered ACTRA 'Extras' third tier and non-union 'cash extras' fourth tier.

According to some agreements, producers are obligated to hire a set number of ACTRA Members per shooting day.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Scotty Follow-up

James Montgomery Doohan (1920-2005)
james scotty doohanYesterday's news that James Doohan had died came just as I was about to start getting ready for work, and the details were just coming in. I never met Mr. Doohan, but my mother did, at the Hollywood premier of Star Trek IV, and my friend Jacqui Kaese of Spotlight Academy worked with him on The Duke.

He was an inspiration to many, especially in the engineering field. I remember my father quoting Scotty quite a bit, he was already working in ship's engine rooms when the show first ran, and over the years Scotty’s ways and quotes bounced off ships walls with laughter and glee. The Milwaukee School of Engineering gave an honorary Degree in Engineering in 1993 to Doohan, due to an apparent fifty percent of the students polled stating they were inspired to study engineering by his role.

He suffered from Alzheimer's disease and had been ravaged by Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and lung fibrosis. Pneumonia was listed as cause of death.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The Death of Scotty

Star Trek's Scotty has died. James Doohan was the ever over-estimating ships enginer on the series and movies that started the whole 40 year experience. The Canadian actor from Vancouver was 85 years old. His last movie was The Duke back in 1999.

I will provide details later.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

New Angel flies high

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Ben Foster of Six feet Under fame is announced to play the mutant Archangel in Marvel and 20th Century Fox's upcoming X-Men 3.

In the Marvel Comics, millionaire Warren Worthington III was a high-flying, heroic Angel, but his world came crashing down as dark forces conspired to clip his wings. He then used his millions to construct mechanical wings, and became Archangel.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Island Film news

Eveline O’Rourke took the reins as president of the Nanaimo Film Society at the Society’s AGM on May 18, 2005. She takes over from Jerry Pink who completed a two-year term as president of the Society.Jerry remains on the board as past president.

Eveline moved to Nanaimo 12 years ago and supports the community in many capacities. Her career began as a nurse and later as a music teacher before serving as the president of Tourism Nanaimo and the Vancouver Island Symphony. As well as being the Chair of Nanaimo Film Society’s funds committee for several years, Eveline is also a member of the Nanaimo Cultural Committee and Nanaimo and District Museum. Welcome aboard Eveline!

Also of note is the departure of Beth Walrond, founding president of the Nanaimo Film Society. And Amanda Thomson has decided to return to school at U Vic. As Liaison/Admin, Amanda helped lure many productions to the Nanaimo area and staff are sad to see her go.


Linking independent filmmakers and musicians in Greater Victoria, CineVic initiates Victoria’s first music video competition.

Think you have a song that would make a great music video? Think that you would like to produce a music video? Here is your chance! Reel-To-Reel’s organizer Kemi Craig is putting out a call for local independent musicians to submit one song to CineVic: Society of Independent Filmmakers’ office at 2022 Douglas St. by 4:30pm Wednesday, July 27th.

From the entries, 7 songs will be selected from a cross-section of genres for production by competing teams.

Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:00pm film production teams which have signed up prior will randomly select one song to produce a music video for. The completed videos must be submitted Friday August 26th and will be screened at Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook) on Sunday, August 28th at 8pm. Two cash prizes of $175 will be awarded: one to the Audience Favourite and another selected by a jury for artistic merit. Prizes will also be awarded for runners-up.

“We are always looking for ways to inspire filmmakers to tell stories entirely with images. What better way to do that than to leave the soundscape of a film to Victoria’s musicians?” asks CineVic Executive Director Bryan Skinner “Music and filmmaking go hand in hand and we are excited to bring the independent music and film communities together to produce a great night of interesting independent music videos, and hopefully future cross pollination” The entry fees are $75 per production team or $50 per production team with at least one CineVic member as the Director, Editor, or Producer. Each Production team will receive 3 tickets to the screening. All rights to the music submitted are retained by their original holder, and all images created are the property of the producer. Bands/musicians must be residents of the Capital Region. For more information please write or visit

Halle Berry Talks X-Men 3

"It is in production. Storm's going to fly...I hope! There's going to be lots of...there's going to be some new X-Men characters from the comic book series that you haven't seen before. And it is the end, so prepare for some big, you know...ending, if you occur." is reportedly what Halley Berry said to CNN the other day.

We already knew there were going to be lots of new X-Men characters in this film, but what is this about it being the last? We know of two maybe three spin-offs, I really can't see them allowing this to be the end of the series.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Emmy gives Nomiations

The Emmy's were announced this morning, a good two months before the awards show on September 18. The only show that matter to my readers was The 4400; a sci-fi drama shot in Vancouver was nominated for best miniseries against Elvis, Empire Falls, and The Lost Prince.

In other news, the shape shifting robots and vehicles of Transformers got their own movie set for a release date of July 4, 2007. DreamWorks and Paramount have teamed up with toy maker Hasbro for the production on this Michael Bay directed live action feature. will be launched in full during this weekend’s ComicCon in San Diego.

New Trailers worth taking a look at include Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and Peter Jackson's King Kong. If you haven't seen this trailer, your in for a treat, just look at the effects and the scope of what Jackson has created, its almost as big as Lord of the Rings in scale.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Review

Don't worry I'll try to keep this review as spoiler free as possible.

I when and saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (CCF) last night, I was surprised at the number of, young children there. CCF is a film about kids, but Tim Burton isn't known for making the most child oriented films.

As the music starts, with a clouded screen, you know the tune is pure Danny Elfman. Elfman has worked on nearly every Tim Burton movie since Pee-wee's Big Adventure in 1985, providing background music and most notably the theme song. There are places in CCF where the sound is reminiscent of Edward Scissorhands, the first movie that Burton, Elfman, and Depp all worked on together. Elfman gets an expanded role in CCF as the voice of the Oompa Loompa, played by Deep Roy, who has an uncanny resemblance to Victoria’s Gordie Dodd.

Peter Young is another of Burton's entourage, as Set Director you see some of his Batman and Sleepy Hollow influences in Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and in the house that Charlie Bucket lives in. This movie has the whole Tim Burton package. But to my inquiry earlier, should kids go see this film? Yes but I really think it will be lost on those under eight.

I do have to give a huge applause to Johnny Depp for a extraordinary performance. His voice and giggle help set the character of Willy Wonka, and he is eccentric but in an artistic way not a silly way like the 1971 Gene Wilder experience.

So what do I give it?starstarstarstarhalf-star

Monday, July 11, 2005

Fantastic Weekend

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Fantastic Four pulled in an estimated $56M, pushing Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg's War of Worlds to 2nd with $31.3M a 50% drop from its opening weekend. Amazingly Batman Begins was able to keep its head above Dark Water with $10.2M over $10.1. The Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt shooter Mr. and Mrs. Smith rounded out the Top 5.

Just two films this coming weekend The Wedding Crashers and Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I'm thinking that Charlie will pull-in a little under $40M while The Wedding Crashers will score a bit more than $30M. I'll let you know about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tomorrow as I'm going to see it tonight with my brother.

Friday, July 08, 2005

What is said isnt always the Truth.

The latest rumor, yes rumor, has Venus and Serena Williams competing for a role in X-Men 3. What would interest two Super-Stars of the sports world to apply for a Super-Hero role? Serena used to date Director Brett Ratner, so the tabloid speculation is that one of the sisters is up for the role of Ratner’s Mutant Hooker.

Yes the Williams sisters have sex appeal and yes Ratner is familiar with them and their performance ability, but please, neither have any acting talent. Sure Serena has made some attempts, but I can’t think that playing a bi-sexual seducer, is going to move either of them into respected actor status.


The other rumor running the net of late has Nick Stahl playing the role of Angel. Stahl was recent seen in Frank Millar’s Sin City.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

X-Men filming in Victoria

X-Mansion, Hatley Castle

SuperHeroHype reports that X-Men 3 will start primary photography at Hatley Castle (Royal Roads University) in Victoria, Canada at the end of July. This local shooting is why I have covered X-Men so extensively.

The report goes on to say, the building will serve as Xavier's School for The Gifted, also know as the X-Mansion. Though the shoot is expected to start in the last week of July, it's believed that 2nd Unit photography could possibly start before that. This a reunion of sorts for cast and crew because the location was also used for X2. Principal photography is expected to last into the middle of August. The cast and crew will then move to Vancouver Film Studios. As we speak, the writers Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn (Who will be at this years Comic-Con, July 14-17) are working around the clock on the script.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

X-Men got a Hooker

uncanny x-men 408 stacy xSo many posts on the web coming down on Director Brett Ratner, I'm seeing this kind of thing everywhere:
I love comic book movies...a long time ago, I was a collector of various comic books, including a number of different X-Menmutant. A mutant hooker? Unbelievable. titles. There are a ton of different and very interesting mutants in the series...too many for Brett Ratner to have to make up his own

So many X-Men, so many comics and so many people thinking that Ratner, not the writers of the script, brought in this new Mutant. He didn't, dig out your local comic shop's issue of Uncanny X-Men #408. Right there on the cover is the Mutant in question, Stacy X. A mutant working as a prostitute on the side, using her ability to seduce men out of their money. Just like the tabloid media seduced you all into thinking Ratner just wants sex appeal in X-Men 3. All he'd have to do is bring Mystique back or introduce Emma Frost.

The writers, Zak Penn and Simon Kinberg put Stacy X in an earlier draft and when Ratner joined the team they showed him how it worked in the story, so Ratner whent to the Powers that Be and asked to have the character included. It wasn't like he whent to Marvel and said, "shure I'll work on X-Men 3, but I want a hooker."

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

More Comics coming to Film

GunCandy 12 Gage Comics

It was announced today Illuminati Entertainment, a Hollywood management and production company focused on clients and projects from comics, for representation in film, television, and video games, has signed 12 Gauge Comics, the publisher of such hit titles as The Ride, and GunCandy. 12 Gauge Comics is published under Image Comics.

12 Gauge President Keven Gardner and Managing Editor Doug Wagner will be working closely with Illuminati Entertainment President Ford Lytle Gilmore in an arrangement that gives 12 Gauge a powerful Hollywood presence and will allow them to move their projects to mediums beyond the printed page. Illuminati Entertainment’s most recent sale is Catacombs, co-written and directed by client (and comic book creator) Tomm Coker for Lions Gate and Twisted Pictures.

"12 Gauge has some of the most exciting and original projects in the comics industry right now, and everything on their publishing slate has a populist that will stretch well beyond comics," Gilmore said in a press release. "Titles like GunCandy and Body Bags are all natural fits for feature films, as are a number of the stories in the anthology The Ride -- and I'm just as impressed by the titles on 12 Gauge's schedule that they haven't even announced yet. We're ecstatic to be working with them and helping them expand their audience."

Sunday, July 03, 2005

An X-Man may die?

Profesor Charles Xavier

X-Men 3 buzz keeps coming. Trek Web is reporting that Avi Arad is claiming Patrick Stewart’s character, Professor Xavier, may die in the film. “One of the most famous panels in the comic was his funeral.” Of Course no one ever stays dead in comics or film, look at Spock in Star Trek or Jean Grey in X-Men. Oppps, you weren’t supposed to know :D big smile

Saturday, July 02, 2005

X-Men Flash for cash

Ananova reports a seductress mutant will be introduced in the X-Men 3 movie. Stacy X, whose superpower is secreting a high powered pheromone that helps her seduce men, has yet to be cast. “They are open to all ethnicities who are in their early-to-mid 20s.” Insiders claim Aya Sumika of police drama Hawaii and Kate Nauta who stars alongside Jason Stratham in the upcoming Transporter 2 are auditioning. "She can seduce anyone," a source told the New York Post.

On the Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat news front, Joss Whedon, commented that Summer Glau did read for the part and he thinks she’d be perfect, Kitty is who he based River Tam (played by Summer Glau) on.

Sheldon Turner talked about the Magneto movie he’s writing at the Writers Guild of America website, and Simon Kinberg makes mention of his work on X-Men 3 at the same site.

Marvel Comics chief Avi Arad reiterated that the minor role of Gambit has yet to be cast but that an actor ready for leading roles is needed since they may have to carry a movie down the line. Could Gambit be the spin-off movie that Zak Penn is rumored to be working on? Arad confirmed that Daniel Cudmore will be back as Colossus after all, and that Kelsey Grammer's Beast will be a mixture of CGI and a suit. An explanation for the elimination of Alan Cummings from the cast was given, “Nightcrawler didn't serve the story and, with so many other characters in the film, he had to go.”


A new movie I’m following is Flash, based on the DC comic’s character. David Goyer, of Batman Begins fame, is writing the script and spilled the beans recently that both Barry Allen and Wally West, two people who have been the Flash, will be in the movie. Goyer said, "we're going to be playing with relativity, Doppler effects and all kinds of things like that. Audiences will be amazed."

Friday, July 01, 2005

Canada Day Eh!

Happy Canada Day

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July's Attraction Article

With The movie hitting theatres July 8th, CEO Avi Arad talked about other Marvel Comics being turned into films. starts production in August and Arad said, "Dark Phoenix should not be the centerpiece of the movie." He also mentioned that there are two spin-off movies in the works; , going into production almost as soon as X3 wraps and a young Magneto film is being developed.

Arad says of Magneto: "It's being written. It's going to be a smaller movie, very true to the origin". The Magneto film will star an actor much younger than Ian McKellen, but that doesn't mean that he is on the outs. "There's no way for me to think of not walking into the story through him — through something happening now, and then going back there. Ian is an ambassador for this, and he needs to be there."

Big budget staring Nicolas Cage comes out August 2006, and Arad talked about its PG-13 rating and a Southern Rock soundtrack.
is set for a May 2007 release and everything seems to be in place for it. Arad said that films 3 and 4 will not be shot at the same time, but Dylan Baker will return as Dr. Curt Connors for the third film.

Announcements on Iron Man and Silver Surfer are expected soon. On Silver Surfer Arad dropped a hint about the director saying he’s “mentally committed to it… incredible with visuals ” and currently shooting another film, and “a spiritual guy, a Zen Buddhist."

Other projects named were The Punisher, an R rated sequel to the 2004 film, Cloak & Dagger, Iron Fist, Hulk for 2007, a darker Daredevil sequel but no more Elektra, Nick Furry, Thor and finally Namor to be directed by David Hayter as his directorial debut.

american mcgee's alice in wonderlandProduction is moving forwards on a movie version of . Based on the computer game developed by McGee, the film follows a grownup Alice; yes as in Alice in Wonderland as she has become a disturbed young woman. She now returns to Wonderland, a dark and threatening place, to confront her fears and the wicked Queen of Hearts. Sarah Michelle Gellar will play Alice under the direction of Marcus Nispel, director of 2003’s .

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are together for two movies this year. Late September brings an animated in the style of Nightmare Before Christmas, but before that Depp plays Willy Wonka in Burton’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s , opening July 15th. . have, of course, set up a site for the movie at, but now they also added mini sites for each of the supporting characters.

starts the 2005 fall season without a science-fiction series of any kind, let alone Star Trek. For the first time the young network will focus on its ethnic diversity programming, and a little fake violence, WWE style.

sex lies and secrects television upnTuesdays at 9pm brings SEX, LIES & SECRETS, a fresh, edgy new drama that explores the intimate and often complex relationships of a tight-knit group of friends set in a small, hip neighborhood on the outskirts of Hollywood. As these twenty-somethings try to discover who they are and what they want in life. They have become a family sharing everything, but as in any family, the need to protect each other can often compel these friends to keep secrets that sometimes do more harm than good. Denise Richards, Eric Balfour, Lauren German, Omar Miller, Tamara Taylor, and James Stevenson star.

Thursdays at 8pm starts the second comedy-night of the week, as EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS. From the mind of Chris Rock, who narrates the hilarious, touching story of a teenager growing up as the eldest of three children in Brooklyn, during the early 1980's. Uprooted to a new neighborhood and bused to a predominantly white middle school two-hours away by his strict, hard-working parents, Chris struggles to find his place while keeping his siblings in line at home and surmounting the challenges of junior high. This responsible, resilient adolescent brings a distinct, funny spin to his everyday trials and traumas.

The last comedy on Thursday nights is LOVE, INC. Denise Johnson is an energetic, pragmatic young woman who takes pride in her success as a full-service dating consultant. As the female version of this savvy matchmaker and her quirky co-workers help lovelorn single men, and even women, present the best image possible to just the right prospects. Skilled at helping her clients find their seemingly unattainable soul mates, Denise continues to grapple with her inability to find one herself. The series stars Holly Robinson Peete.

Over at the , animation is king on Sunday nights. Seth McFarland’s American Dad and Family Guy join the old favorites King of the Hill and The Simpsons. Moving out of the Sunday lineup, Malcolm in the Middle finds a new spot on Fridays and taking its place is The War at Home. This witty, irreverent show from Rob Lotterstein (“Will & Grace,” “Ellen,” “Dream On”) goes inside the heads of a modern family through the use of a confessional space where the characters reveal everything they could never actually say to one another.

On Mondays right after Arrested Development, we’ll be treated to some Kitchen Confidential. Based on renowned chef Anthony Bourdain’s best-selling autobiography, Kitchen Confidential explores the deliciously crazy world of upscale restaurants. The show exposes the secrets of the restaurant business through the delectable story of a talented chef who’s determined to climb back to the top of the food game.