Saturday, December 29, 2007

Underworld details


Reports on the net that leading vampires Viktor and Kraven will return for the latest chapter in the Underworld saga.

Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans
centers on the rise of the lycans, who served as the vampire's slaves before their uprising.

Bill Nighy and Shane Brolly will be reprising their roles as Viktor and Kraven respectively in the Dark Ages-set tale. Kate Beckinsale will not be appearing.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Cloverfield grab this

This is the clearest trailer of Cloverfield I've seen, check this out and grab it for your blog.

Cloverfield grab this

This is the clearest trailer for Cloverfield (01.18.08) that I have seen.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tim Burton's Future

Sci-Fi Wire recently posted an interview with Tim Burton talking about his new two picture deal with Disney. part one of the deal sees a feature length update to his 1984 short film Frankenweenie (see below), using updated 3D technology. The second film will be a new film adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland stories, said that he will stay true to the stories' essence.

"The stories are like drugs for children, you know?" Burton said. "It's like, 'Whoa, man.' The imagery, they've never quite nailed making it compelling as a full story. So I think it's an interesting challenge to direct."

Filming on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is set to begin in early 2008. Burton will work from a script by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast). Disney first animated the story in 1951 as their 13th feature animated film.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mummy 3 storyline

Universal Pictures has released the synopsis for the upcoming The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.


Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China's ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O'Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.

As the monarch roars back to life, our heroes find his quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force...unless the O'Connells can stop him first. Now, in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," the trademark thrills and visually spectacular action of the "Mummy" series will be redefined for a new generation."

Watching the Watchmen

The official blog for Watchman has some set pics and a cool article about the sets that they built in Vancouver to look like New York city.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Monday, November 05, 2007

Thursday, November 01, 2007

More Comics to Film

Director David Dobkin has signed on to helm The Flash and has acknowledged his adaptation won't be the character's first appearance in theaters, with the Flash a major part of George Miller's Justice League movie.

Dobkin confirmed that his movie will be set in the same universe as Justice League as a direct spin-off, meaning whoever they cast for Justice League will likely reprise the role.

In the DC Universe there have been many incarnations of the Flash, and this film and therefor the Justice League film will feature Wally West.


Greg Berlanti, the creator of Everwood, has signed to co-write and direct an adaptation of DC Comics' Green Lantern.

The movie will focus on the Hal Jordan incarnation of Green Lantern, a test pilot who finds a downed alien spacecraft. A dying alien passes his ring to Jordan, introducing the man to a wider world that includes an interstellar police force known as the Green Lantern Corps and its overseers, the Guardians of the Universe, who live on the planet Oa.

Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green are writing the script which will serve as an origin story of how Jordan becomes a member of the intergalactic police force.

The project has been developing for over a year, so whether it will be linked to the upcoming Justice League movie - in which Green Lantern is a character - is unclear.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Weekly Whisper #7



Underworld 3: The Rise of the Lycans, is set in the Dark Ages and traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their one-time werewolf slaves, the Lycans.
Michael Sheen will reprise his role of Lycan master Lucian. Bill Nighy also will return as vampire elder Viktor. Rhona Mitra is joining the cast as Viktor's daughter Sonja. Kate Beckinsale will not appear in the prequel.


Eleven-year-old actor Kodi Smit-McPhee will play young Logan in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Weekly Whisper #6



Weekly Whisper #6 is a little bit of a change from previous weeks. Hope you enjoy it.
Please leave your comments below.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Star Wars TV prepping

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that George Lucas is in Los Angeles this week to meet with writers for his long-gestating live-action Star Wars series. According to one insider, Lucas' plan is to recruit several freelancers to spend a week at the Skywalker Ranch in November to come up with story ideas for the series. The scribes would then disperse and write the 13 episodes that would be produced and financed by Lucas.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Weekly Whisper #5



This week's Weekly Whisper looks at trailers for the new film Elizabeth and last weekends The Seeker, as well as images for the upcoming The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

Vancouver based Insight Film Studios announced their involvement with two new adventure thrillers shooting in BC this month. Partnered with the Sci Fi channel, these new films both tell stories of ancient secrets and those that are trying to unravel their mysteries.

Ba’al

Rogue Smithsonian archaeologist Dr. Owen Stanford, dying of cancer and heedless of his career, is prepared to stop at nothing to retrieve the ancient amulets of the storm god Ba'al, in his efforts to discover the legendary kibdu, the portal between our world and the next that he hopes might cure his disease or make him a god…

Starring Jeremy London and Stefanie von Pfetten the film will be directed by Paul Ziller.


Riddles of the Sphinx
Karen Parr always thought her father Robert was the opposite of cool. That is until they learn that her grandfather had been the victim of a grisly murder by The Sphinx, a mythical Guardian of Egypt’s ancient secrets. Robert has no choice now but to connect with his hidden past; reinstating himself with a clandestine Government Agency he left years ago. Together with his daughter they find themselves on route to Cairo.

What follows is a series of battles of mind and body with the deadly Sphinx with the goal of decoding the seven riddles in an effort to unlock the hidden secrets and save humankind.

Dina Meyer and Lochlyn Munro star in the movie which will be directed by George Mendeluk.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Weekly Whisper #4



Weekend top ten Box-office, a look at Brian Clement's Meat Market DVD release at Luck Bar on the 16th and the premiere of his new film Dark Paradox on the 2oth at the Roxy Theatre. Check out Frontline Films for more details.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Weekly Whisper #3



A look at the Box Office top 10, What's shooting-in-Vancouver and what premieres this weekend.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Weekly Whisper #2


This week we review the Boxoffice top 10. Preview of the new ABC series Women's Murder Club. Two sneek peeks of Heroes season 2 and a look at the Filmed in Vancouver series Tin Man.


Cowardly Lion

Raoul Trujillo as Raw
Sci-Fi Channel's Tin Man



Scarecrow

Alan Cumming as Glitch
Sci-Fi Channel's Tin Man



Thursday, September 06, 2007

Weekly Whisper #1


This week the Weekly Whisper looks at the Boxoffice Top 10, news about Apple's new Ipod line-up and news about Batman 2 (The Dark Knight) & 3.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lost Boys lost a cast?

Lost Boys

Logo

Just as shooting is set to get underway in Vancouver for Lost Boys 2: The Tribe, word comes that Canadian born, , set to reprise his role from Lost Boys, may have some border troubles.

Warner Bros. is working to solve the problem, but late in the week and there is yet no word on the status of Haim's involvement.

and Corey Feldman are back as the Frog brothers and has returned to his role as Micheal, older brother to Haim's character.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Heroes Season two start

Heroes logo croppedAs season two of Heroes begins shooting the "Heroes World Tour" press conference took place in Hollywood, and Collider.com got the hole thing on video for you to check out.

IronMan update

Screenrant serves up a new poster (see left) for Ironman as a mock site for the film has been discovered.

The mock site appears to be a holder for Stark Iron Works, check it out.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Gaiman get new Option

Interworld Cover Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman wrote on his blog this weekend that things -- particularly things to do with movies -- happen oddly, when they happen, and they never happen in the way you expect.

For example, back in 1996 Michael Reaves was working doing adventure cartoon serials at Dreamworks Animation. He started talking to me about an idea for something that could be a potential animated story, and we began knocking ideas back and forth about what we'd want to see animated and why, and that became an idea about a boy who finds himself in the middle of a war between two equally powerful forces, who joins a super-team consisting of versions of himself from different alternate realities to try and maintain the consmic balance.

We called it Interworld. (It was one of those placeholder names that stuck.)

We pitched it to executives, first at Dreamworks and then elsewhere, and watched them get increasingly confused and grumpy.

Somewhere in the winter of 1998 or 1999, Michael came up to my place, and we wrote it as a novel, doing our best impression of a Heinlein juvenile, because the treatments we did simply confused people and we were sure that if they read the novel they'd understand.

And then we discovered the novel seemed to confuse them too, and we sighed and we put it away and got on with our lives.

Last year, Michael reminded me of the book, and we took it out, dusted it off, sent it out to publishers and were happy when Harper Childrens wanted to publish it. They commissioned a lovely cover for it by James Jean.

The early reviews were very positive. Film and TV people started contacting my agent about it. And now, a decade later, I'm delighted and slightly bemused to report that it's just been optioned by Dreamworks Animation, who want to make it into a movie...

There's a moral there somewhere, you know, but I have no idea what it is.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Vancouver makes 3D film

EarthVancouver's Rainmaker Animation will produce the 3-D stereoscopic digital release comedy Escape From Planet Earth for The Weinstein Company. There are no reports of Curt Russell being involved in the project.

The first theatrical animated feature for the company, is currently in preproduction in their Vancouver facility.

Helmed by Tony Leech and penned by Leech and Cory Edwards, the story follows an alien prison break from Area 51. The pair perviously worked on The Weinstein's Hoodwinked animated feature. The Weinsteins will finance and distribute the film globally.
Area 51

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Stan Lee moves to Disney

Stan LeeGameDAILY got the scoop that Walt Disney Studios has announced that it has entered into an exclusive multi-year "first look" deal with Stan Lee and his production company POW! Entertainment. The creator of Spider-Man and many other popular comic book superheroes will develop and produce all forms of entertainment. Under the terms of the agreement, Disney gets the first shot at films, TV shows, books and video games.

"As the father of such renowned comic book heroes as Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men among others, Stan is considered one of the most creative and inventive forces in the industry today. His innate talent of tapping into the human qualities of his super hero characters has certainly struck a chord with generations of audiences and readers around the world," said Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. "We are honored to be working with someone as formidable as Stan and his production company and welcome them to the Disney family."

Lee seemed to be equally excited about the deal, given the pedigree and recognition the Disney name comes with. "It's like the realization of a dream. Ever since I was a young boy, Disney represented the best and most exciting film fare to me. And now, many decades later, with movies such as their incredible Pirates of the Caribbean spectaculars, Disney is still at the forefront of family entertainment, excelling in live action, animation, TV, theme parks—whatever it takes to bring fun and fantasy to audiences everywhere. I look forward with indescribable enthusiasm to being a part of that world and contributing whatever I can to keep the legend alive and growing," said Lee.

According to Cook, as reported by the AP (Associated Press), the deal was designed to create characters and projects that can become franchises for Disney. And after all these years, if you think the 84-year-old Lee will have difficulty coming up with new ideas and characters, think again.

"I've got millions of them," Lee told the AP. "I have file cabinets filled with ideas for movies and television shows and all sorts of things, and I've been waiting to be associated with someone like Disney so I can start tearing into these things."

Of course, there are certain characters that Lee developed at Pow! Entertainment, such as the superhero stripper Stripperella, featuring the voice of Pamela Anderson as Erotica Jones that won't be appropriate for the Disney audience. That said, Lee isn't concerned at all about the "family image" of Disney tarnishing his reputation or his work. "There is such a big difference between action and violence," Lee said. "I have never been a fan of violence, but I love action and so does Disney."

Bob Chapek, president, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, was apparently "instrumental" in bringing this deal to Disney. He will work closely with Lee on many of his projects.

"Stan is not only loved by fans of the genre, but is one of the most respected and admired figures in the entertainment industry. In fact, it's hard to think of another individual who has created as many memorable and appealing characters. We're thrilled that Stan has decided to make Disney his new home, and feel very fortunate to be collaborating with him on a wide range of new projects for all divisions of our company. His track record is impressive by any measure, and Home Entertainment is sure to benefit from his creations," said Chapek.

Monday, June 04, 2007

B5 Trailer

If you haven't already seen it, there is a new trailer online for Babylon 5: The Lost Tales - Voices in the Dark, check around the rest of the B5 site while you're there.

Hulk 2 Synopsis

Grey Hulk"The explosive, action-packed adventure in one of the all-time most popular superhero sagas unfolds with a cure in reach for the world's most primal force of fury: The Incredible Hulk. We find scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) living in shadows, scouring the planet for an antidote. But the warmongers who dream of abusing his powers won't leave him alone, nor will his need to be with the only woman he has ever loved, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler).

"Upon returning to civilization, our brilliant doctor is ruthlessly pursued by The Abomination (Tim Roth) -- a nightmarish beast of pure adrenaline and aggression whose powers match The Hulk's own. A fight of comic-book proportions ensues as Banner must call upon the hero within to rescue New York City from total destruction. And on June 13, 2008, one scientist must make an agonizing final choice -- accept a peaceful life as Bruce Banner or the creature he could permanently become: The Incredible Hulk."

Production of the film -- written by Zak Penn and directed by Louis Leterrier -- is expected to start next month in Toronto.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Pirates Review


I had two viewings of the film and I must say it was quite enjoyable. There is not wiz bang start and I have heard complaints about that, but this is Pirates not Star Wars. The fight scenes are there the love scenes are filled with tension and fights. Watch what happens when miss Swan kisses someone. :)

What I love about films with a fan base, are the people that show up in costume. I went to the downtown cinema and there was one girl in a brocade jacket but the next night I went out to Silver City and there was a group of costumed players. Jack (really good, spotted the walk right off, Elizabeth, Will and Barbosa, Norrington. Turns out this group is advertising for the Victoria Pirate Festival 2008. On top of that they've made a few fan films that can all be seen at Potc-Vids or below.

Back to the film... well worth admission, and stay to the very end to see the after trailer scene.

5star

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Heroes Wrap up

Tim Kring's Live blog at NBC has some wrap-up words from himself and Hayden Panettiere.Will anyone from the show be at Comic-Con? Tin said, "Yes. Everybody we can bring will come that day." to which Hayden asked, "How will we get there? The hot bus with no air conditioning from last year?" Tim replied, "The train I took is really the way to go."
Hayden, "You mean everyone was stuck on a bus and you took the train?"

"In all seriousness, the thing about Comic-Con is that it was very instrumental in launching the show, so this year is a big thank you to them when we come back. We'll have a big event with lots of things to hand out. " said Tim.

Tim also let slip that Chapter 2 will not fill the hole season, we will see Chapter 3 somewhere around mid season. I predict the return from the x-mas break.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Watchmen in Vancouver

The WatchmenJust got word The Watchmen will open Vancouver production offices in June with shooting set to begin in mid to late August.

The Watchmen will be helmed by 300 director Zack Snyder and could possibly reunite him with his former leading man, Gerard Butler.

In
The Watchmen. It all begins with the paranoid delusions of a half-insane hero called Rorschach. But is Rorschach really insane or has he in fact uncovered a plot to murder super-heroes and, even worse, millions of innocent civilians? On the run from the law, Rorschach reunites with his former teammates in a desperate attempt to save the world and their lives, but what they uncover will shock them to their very core and change the face of the planet!

Warner Bros is set to release the film in late 2008.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Local Film company wins prestigious award!

Cedarwood Productions are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a Bronze Remi award at the Houston WorldFest International Film Festival for their short comedy / drama film The Touchtone Affair. The film was shot and made in Victoria, from a script by talented Vancouver writer Darren Williams and starring actors Michael John Unger and Stacey Lynn Mitchell. The film also featured our very own A-Channel newscasters Erick Thomson and Jordan Cunningham acting as police officers brandishing guns - a role the public don't normally see them in!
The local creative team included Producer Karen Davies, Director and Editor Dai Davies and DOP Robin Miller.

Houston WorldFest is the third oldest film festival in North America, with an outstanding reputation and this year it attracted over 4,500 entries from all over the world.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Lost Boys 2 in Van

Warner Bros. has finally set up production of The Lost Boys sequel in Vancouver.
The 1987 original was a cult classic that firmed the working relationship of the Corey's (Haim and Feldman) and set Keifer Sutherland on the road to stardom. This direct-to-DVD film is working under the the title The Lost Boys 2 - The Tribe and it is unknown if any of the original cast will make so much as a guest appearance, but the Corey's did just finish making a crappy reality series in Vancouver.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Pirates SFX

Pirates of the Caribbean, Orlando BloomClick the image to see Orlando Bloom playing with his balls in this special effects shot.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Goyer adds to his Comic list of Films

David Goyer (Blade: movies and series, The Invisible, ) will direct Magneto, the X-Men spin-off in early development at Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Studios.

The story focuses on a young Magneo as he comes to grips with his mutant ability to manipulate metal objects as he and his parents try to survive in Auschwitz. meets when the latter is a soldier liberating the concentration camp.

Magneto hones his powers by hunting down and killing Nazi war criminals who tortured him, and his lust for vengeance turns Xavier and Magneto into enemies.

Ian McKellan is rumored to appear as the older Magneto narrating the story.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Filming Christmas

From the Edmonton Sun newspaper:
West Edmonton Mall remains full of the holiday spirit with trees and festive decorations sprinkled throughout as the cast of Christmas in Wonderland kicks into high gear. The holiday flick starring Ray Liotta, Leslie Nielsen and Chris Kattan began filming on location earlier this week.

The movie is about a family lacking in Christmas spirit because they moved away from their American home to Edmonton just days before Christmas.

The younger stars of the film arrived in Edmonton Friday and say they can't get enough of the mall, including Galaxyland and the water park.

"The little girls are so much fun," said Mackenzie Porter, sister of Canadian Idol's Kalan Porter. She plays the role of Shane, the blond bombshell and the love interest of Cameron Bright, who plays Danny. Amy and Zoe Schlagel are two young twins keeping the cast's spirits high. The seven-year-old girls both play the part of Mary, the youngest sister in the family. "I am the most goodest girl in the family," Zoe said about her role of Mary.

In reality, Zoe said she and her sister are both good and bad with a penchant for playing tricks on people. They've been taking belongings from their castmates and hiding them to get a good giggle. Besides being an actor, Zoe says she wants to be an artist, police chief, singer or scientist.
Santa Claus has not made an appearance for the filming yet, but Zoe says she's sure the director will let her know when the big day is approaching. Christmas in Wonderland is due out later this year.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Fire on Batman set

Fire broke out on the roof of the city's vacant former post office Tuesday where a movie crew had been filming scenes for an upcoming Batman sequel.

Fire department spokesman Kevin MacGregor said a building engineer suggested the fire might have started in the ventilation system. He didn't know of any injuries.

At least a dozen ambulances and fire trucks were at the scene, just south of Chicago's downtown business loop.

MacGregor said it was unclear if the fire was related to the filming.

The crews had been filming there all week, said Pete Kearney, who works next door. Letters affixed to the side of the old post office read: "Gotham National Bank."

"We assumed it was part of the movie," Kearney said of the smoke Tuesday morning.

Monday, April 16, 2007

More on Super Max

Green ArrowDavid Goyer has spoken up about Super Max at his , "Is it real? The answer is "YES", " he goes on to say "it's a real project. It's just in the early stages of development, but amongst the tidal wave of super-hero movies hitting the screen, this more classically post-modern take could be pretty damn fun."

Where did the idea come from? "The basic concept actually came about through , a terrific young writer my wife Jessika (a producer) had previously worked with. They thought the idea of a prison-break story set in a jail designed exclusively for super-villains was a cool one. And I heartily agreed. After some discussion, we decided it would be fun to frame a super-hero and toss him into the meta-human mix."

So what super-hero should you frame? "From that point, it seemed like the next logical step was to set the film in either the or . That way, we could populate the movie with all sorts of cool B and C-character Easter Eggs. We eventually landed at DC. , given his hard-hitting, moralistic tendencies, seemed like the most interesting hero to put through the institutional wringer."

Let us know in the comments who you think should play Green Arrow.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Is Victoria ready for Normal?

issued the following:

Ravenwest filmsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Victoria, B.C. April 11, 2007– , the latest feature film by acclaimed Canadian writer/director (, ), has started principal production in Victoria, B.C. Created and produced by (Bessai) and (Andrew Boutilier), the feature will be distributed in Canada by , with London-based handling International Sales.

Carrie Ann MossThis redemptive Indie drama, Bessai’s sixth feature film, stars (, , ) as Catherine, (, ) as Jordie, and (, ), Bessai’s star from Unnatural & Accidental, is Walt. A stellar cast of some of Canada’s most notable character actors, many of whom have also worked with the Director previously, round out the on-camera ensemble.

As the lives of three strangers spiral out of control each searches for closure from a past tragedy that flung them briefly together, then shattered their lives. Catherine is a well-to-do suburban mother who has lost the ability to connect on any meaningful level with her surgeon husband and twelve-year-old son. Walt is a failed writer and philandering University professor who deals with impending middle age and festering regrets by sabotaging every relationship around him. Jordie is a sensitive teenager who made a wrong choice one night. He’s paid a price but can’t seem to halt his journey downward.

(recurring role Intelligence, The Safety of Objects) is the husband trying to ignore the fact that his family is imploding before his eyes, with (Birth, Thank You For Smoking) as the son. (Snakes On A Plane, Twist), who has starred in two of Bessai’s previous features, is Walt’s agoraphobic and utterly dependent brother. (St. Urbain’s Horseman, Race to Mars) plays Jordie’s frustrated father who counsels others professionally on how to mend their lives but cannot control his own violent rages, and (recurring roles Intelligence, Da Vinci’s Inquest) is his needy and neglected much younger second wife. Also in the cast are , , and.

Normal, by Raven West Films and Submission Films, is from an original screenplay by (Severed, Blood Ties). He co-wrote the script with Bessai, who is also director and Cinematographer. Executive producers are and Shawn Williamson (); Co-Executive Producers are Phil Hunt and Compton Ross (London-based Head Gear Films). The film, set in Victoria, B.C., is made with the participation of Telefilm Canada, The Harold Greenberg Fund and Movie Central. Principal photography ends April 19, 2007.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Green Arrow goes to prison

Green Arrow is known for his Comic-book inspired movies: movies and , , , . I was really looking forward to his upcoming project, but just as I hear that he and Warner have split over differences there is word of a new project called Super Max. It's Goyer's take on supervillain incarceration in the . Revolving around a wrongly convicted being whisked away to the super max prison for out-of-control heroes and villains, the man is forced to face a number of inmates he put there.

Goyer is developing the project with writer Justin Marx, and says the Green Arrow will only make a 10 minutes appearance in costume.

Rogers buys A-Channel

A-Channel
is buying several stations, that where acquired last year by (CTV) and have been under control of a trustee.

Stations in Victoria, Windsor, Wingham, London, Barrie and Ottawa will be part of the purchase that also include SexTV, educational channel ACCESS, Canadian Learning Television, and CKX, a CBC affiliate in Brandon, Manitoba for $137.5 million cash.

The deal is subject to approval by the CRTC.

"These important stations are run by very talented people and we are delighted to have been able to find them a wonderful home at Rogers Broadcasting," said Ivan Fecan, CTVglobemedia President and Chief Executive Officer and CEO of CTV Inc. "Rogers is a highly respected Canadian media company. They are great builders and as such, are an excellent fit as the purchaser of these assets. I know they will continue to grow the specialty channels and apply their significant expertise, financial resources and commitment to conventional tv to ensure the A-Channel local stations not only survive, but thrive. This acquisition will both provide for diversity of local voices and give Rogers the scale to emerge as the fourth national English language over the air player together with CTV, CanWest and the CBC."