Client NewsNovember 15, 2016
The Epic Party and the Storm That Wasn’t
How Lucas Talent Celebrated its 30th Anniversary
Other Lucas Talent parties had set the bar high: the Lucas Lounge 15th Anniversary Party, the Moulin Rouge, the Cotton Club, numerous Holiday Parties and the Blockbuster Merger Party, held in 2014. They were held in venues such as Celebrities, Club Atlantis and The Commodore Ballroom. They were all smashing successes… other than the one at the Commodore on November 25, 2006. That was the night of the 20th Anniversary Pajama Party. It was the biggest, most ambitious party we had ever planned. Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t care about such things and so she surprised us all with a freak snowstorm. The Commodore was a cavern at one third of capacity but the hardy few had a wonderful time dancing in the open space and eating the extra food!
Fast forward to October 15, 2016… It was the day of the 30th Anniversary Party, we were on Day 3 of Stormageddon and the professional weather folks were talking up that we’d be in for a doozy of rain and high winds. As the clock counted down to opening, the party committee worked feverishly to prepare the Waldorf for the would-be revelers… but would there be revelers? This two-floor, three room extravaganza had been poised, through nine months of planning, to be THE biggest, most ambitious Lucas party ever. At around 2:00 pm, the cancellation calls, texts and emails started to come in. People were worried about the storm. It was all over the news. One client had to cancel because he was asked by his news station to anchor a special “storm broadcast”. Was history doomed to repeat itself ten years later? Naw… it all came together and was a total blast!
The early arrivals were hardy souls who were determined to party, whatever the weather. By 9:00 pm it became apparent that Stormaggedon would be a storm that wasn’t. Clients, producers, casting directors and specials guests were arriving in droves. As the epic floor show commenced in Tabu, the Waldorf was filling to capacity! Beverley Elliott sang “Sweet Dreams”, there was an actors versus agents lip sync battle and a 80’s drag medley. Frank C. Turner was feted as the longest-serving client by Richard Lucas and Eric Edwards and a sizable donation to PAL Vancouver was made. The festivities were hosted by our hilarious Devon Alexander. Following the big show, the three rooms offered a variety of entertainment: Line 49 covered all the hits of the 80’s, some chilled out in the Tiki Bar while others danced hard in Hideaway. There were 80’s impersonators doing surprise spot numbers throughout the evening and food was served. Many say the highlight of the night came from our Kyle Toy, a professional Michael Jackson impersonator. He did a spectacular medley and brought the down the house!
Folks were kicked out at 2:30 am and the Lucas Talent Party committee was very happy to hear that the bar minimum spend was easily surpassed and the party was a smashing success! All look forward to the next big one and maybe we’ll do it in the summer, well away from the winter weather!
September 15, 2016
A HOT SUMMER TURNS INTO A BRISK AUTUMN
Here’s what some of our clients have been up to as we say goodbye to summer and look forward to what promises to be a busy fall and winter.
Emily Bett Rickards is back for her fifth season as Felicity Smoak on ARROW. Fans can expect a number of crossover episodes on THE FLASH and DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. Also on LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is Graeme McComb, recurring as Victor Garber’s younger self.
Our favorite red head goes silver for Granny as Beverley Elliott works on her sixth season of ONCE UPON A TIME… and our favorite silver fox Barclay Hope goes red for his recurring role on the highly anticipated RIVERDALE!
Matt Frewer’s earned a planeload of frequent flyer points. He’s recurring on NBC’s new series TIMELESS in Vancouver and ART OF MORE, opposite Dennis Quaid in Montreal. Also flying high are Fiona Forbes and Mary Zilba with the launch of their new web series BAKED. The baking-with-pot show is produced by their Lady Pants productions.
Teen heart throb Rhys Bond is shooting his third season on THE GOOD WITCH. Kurt Evans is recurring on three shows: IZOMBIE, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE and ROGUE! Agnes Tong, John Callander and Marcus Sim are recurring on ROMEO SECTION. Nick Hunnings just wrapped a five episode arc on ROGUE. Melanie McLaren is off to Ontario to shoot a supporting lead role in the epic feature film INDIAN HORSE.
Antonio Cupo was the male lead in BEACHES, Kyle Toy is recurring on THE ARRANGEMENT, Yukari Komatsu is recurring on THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE and Mike Kovac is recurring on TIN STAR in Calgary. Amitai Marmorstein has been a busy guy, as he went from a supporting lead opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger on WHY WE’RE KILLING GUNTHER, to recurring on WAYWARD PINES, plus a supporting role on COP AND A HALF.
For more bookings and excitement, please visit the Lucas Talent Facebook page!April 15, 2016
Spring in Their Steps: Concurrent Successes in Early 2016 Keeping Clients Busy
Some of our clients are busy trying to juggle their schedules this spring!
Let’s begin with our directors:
David Winning is currently in prep on his 3rd MOW of the year.
Will Waring is in Toronto directing SyFy’s DARK MATTER, then coming back to Vancouver to direct multiple episodes of the Netflix/Showcase series TRAVELERS.
Anne Wheeler is currently shooting Hallmark’s STOP THE WEDDING, then heading to Vancouver Island to direct multiple episodes of a new Hallmark series.
And now our actors:
Kurt Evans is a recurring guest star on the CW hit, iZOMBIE and MC2 for Netflix. He is also a supporting lead on Hallmark’s THE LAST CHRISTMAS.
Emilija Baranac just wrapped a lead role on the Reel One movie UNDERGRAD NIGHTMARE and finished the first of four episodes in a guest-starring arc on BEYOND for ABC Television. Plus she’ll be seen in the upcoming MOW, LOVE YOU TO DEATH in a lead role.
After closing a lead role in the play BAD JEW, Amitai Marmorstein booked a recurring guest star on the Fox series WAYWARD PINES. He is juggling that with not one but two roles (on camera and an off camera performance) on a TOP SECRET, BIG BUDGET feature being filmed in Vancouver!
If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll notice that Dan Payne’s face has been making a regular appearance. That’s probably because he hasn’t stopped working for more than 5 minutes this year. He wrapped his season as a recurring guest star on THE GOOD WITCH in Toronto, then did back to back leading roles on Hallmark’s ALL YOURS opposite Nicolette Sheridan and THE LAST DANCE opposite Jenny Garth. He is currently spending a month in Kelowna shooting a lead in the film THE PLATEAU.
Luke Camilleri is recurring on two highly anticipated series. He is working with the legendary Isabella Rossellini in Hulu’s SHUT EYE and on Barry Sonnenfeld’s A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS starring Neil Patrick Harris and Patrick Warburton. In the midst of all this, he is getting married… sorry ladies.November 6, 2015
IT’S A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS YEAR ROUND IN VANCOUVER…
and our clients are in the perpetual holiday spirit… Yule love our list of who shot what in 2015!
It’s early November. The baristas are stocking the shelves with red cups, the mega retailers are playing holiday standards over tinny speakers and you’re extremely irritated because your pumpkin is still rotting on the porch and you’ve barely made a dent in your Halloween candy.
Yes of course it’s too early to talk Christmas, but in this month’s blog we don’t look ahead at the looming holiday. Instead we look back at the year that was for filmed-in-Vancouver Christmas movies and the clients who shot them!
April: Mitchell Kummen and Maggie Estrada worked on the WWE/FOX feature SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER.
May: Lee Tichon and Casey Dubois respectively shot Hallmark’s ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS and A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER.
June: Casey Dubois and Frank C. Turner worked on UP TV’s A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS. Ayva Branzei shot Hallmark’s CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS.
July: Christina Jastrzemska and David Bloom shared the screen on another Hallmark movie, JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. Sheri Rabold shot GIFTWRAPPED.
August: Graeme Duffy shot Lifetime’s SANTA’S GIFT. Sheri Rabold, Devina Briggs, Amitai Marmorstein and Kurt Evans were a qradruple-threat in DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW.
September: Candice May Langlois and Barclay Hope lit up the screen in THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL. Barclay kept it going later in the month with THE CHRISTMAS NOTE. Both movies belong to Hallmark, as does THE MAGIC STOCKING, directed by our David Winning.
And what would the holiday season be without some theatre to close out the year. Jennifer Lines will star in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE at the Arts Club and Cate Richardson will appear in YELLOWPOINT CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 2015, in Courtney.
Getting to Know our Seventeen Leo Award Nominees for 2015
Sebastien Archibald – Nominated for Performance by a Male in a Short Drama. He is a first-time Leo nominee for his hilarious work in the Crazy 8’s fan favourite, ‘Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story’. He’s also an accomplished stage actor, receiving a Jessie nomination for the award winning play ‘Killer Joe’ and also getting great notices for ‘Mojo’ and ‘Clybourne Park’. Add to his resume Co-Artistic Director/Playwright in Residence of Itsazoo Productions.
Daniel Arnold – Nominated for Performance by a Male in a Web Series for Telus Optik’s ‘Mythos’. He is an award-winning actor and writer, having been nominated for a Leo Award for performance two years in a row. Recently starring as Holloman in ‘Lawrence & Holloman’ (winner of “Best Feature” at the Canadian Comedy Awards), Daniel won “Best Actor in a Comedy” (Victoria TX IFF) and was nominated last year for the Leo Award “Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film”. Other credits include the series ‘Hell on Wheels’, ‘The Killing’, and the features ‘Even Lambs Have Teeth’, ‘Grace’ and ‘Eadweard’.
Mike Banas – Nominated for Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series. Mike has edited many critically-acclaimed series and features including ‘The LA Complex’, ‘YPF’ and the ‘Stargate’ franchise. You can see his work in the upcoming ‘The Legend of Barney Thomson’. This is Mike’s seventh Leo nomination, and he was pleased to win in 2009 for his work on ‘Stargate: Atlantis’.
Aaron Brooks – Nominated for two Leo Awards: Lead Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture and Motion Picture Producer. Both nominations are for ‘Bad City’ which he also co-wrote. Bad City was an official selection for the “Oldenberg” & “Whistler Film Festivals”. ‘Lucille’s Ball’ and ‘Wingman’ are among the other feature’s in which Aaron has appeared. His series work includes ‘Sanctuary’, ‘Fringe’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’.
Luke Camilleri – Nominated for Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for his work on ‘Strange Empire’. He was nominated in this category in 2012 for ‘Arctic Air’. Luke has Guest Starred in several series including ‘Supernatural’, ‘Facing Kate’, and ‘Shattered’. Recently he completed his second season of Hemlock Grove. His film work includes ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’, ‘Year of the Carnivore’ and ‘Daydream Nation’.
Antonio Cupo – Nominated for Supporting Performance by a Male in a Television Movie. He is nominated for the role of Marco Moretti, a role he originated in ‘Bomb Girls: The Series’ before it developed into the hit TV movie. He has worked in many Vancouver-shot US series, but Antonio’s career took a turn when an Italian director noticed him in a film called ‘Hollywood Flies’. The director asked him to play the lead character in a series called ‘Elisa Di Rivombrosa’. Antonio accepted and with over 14 million viewers in Italy alone, his career instantly sprung to a new level.
Sarah Deakins – Nominated for Performance by a Female in a Short Drama for her role in ‘Greece’. This project is very close to Sarah’s heart as she not only wrote it but directed, produced and starred. ‘Greece’ has garnered 11 awards and 13 official selections so far on the festival circuit, including “International Independent Film Awards – Diamond winner, Actress in a Leading role”, “The Indie Fest – Award of Excellence, Leading Actress”, “Best First time director, American Movie Awards”, “Best Short Film, NYC Winter Film Awards” and “Award of Excellence, Women Filmmakers, from the Accolade Competition”. This is Sarah’s second Leo nomination. In 2013 she was nominated for ‘Late’, which she also wrote.
Siobhan Devine – Nominated for Direction in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series for ‘Package Deal’. Siobhan has had a very busy year directing the multi-cam comedies ‘Package Deal ‘ and ‘Some Assembly Required’. Her work is not just restricted to comedies however, as she has been busy directing her debut drama feature ‘The Birdwatcher’, starring Camille Sullivan and Gabrielle Rose. This is her first Leo nomination, but certainly won’t be her last!
Louis Ferreira – Nominated for Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series. This is Louis’ second consecutive nomination and he took home the trophy last year for his work in CTV’s ‘Motive’. A multiple Gemini Award nominee, he won a 2008 Gemini for Leading Actor for his chilling portrayal of a serial killer in ‘Durham County’. Among his many acclaimed credits, Louis has recurred on ‘Breaking Bad’ and starred as The Donald in ‘Trump Unauthorized’. He has had series leading roles in ‘Stargate Universe’, ‘Hidden Hills’, ‘Fighting Fitzgeralds’, ‘Trinity’, and ‘Missing’.
Mary M Frymire – Nominated for two Leo Awards – Youth or Children’s Program or Series for producing ‘Shift’, and Direction in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series for her directing talents on the same program. Mary works as a director on a wide range of documentary, factual and lifestyle shows with her recent credits including ‘Après Ski’, ‘Border Security’ and ‘Buying and Selling’. Mary is no stranger to the Leos, having been nominated three times before.
Alison Grace – Nominated for Picture Editing in a Television Movie. Alison has edited many television series and feature-length productions, having recently worked on ‘Motive’, ‘Continuum’ and ‘Baby Sellers’. Alison has been nominated for numerous Leo Awards in the past, and last won in 2013, when she walked away with the awards for Best Picture Editing in both a Television Movie and a Dramatic Series.
S. Siobhan McCarthy – Nominated for Web Series, Producer. Siobhan is a bold, innovative, award-winning trans-disciplinary artist who is constantly devising new original films, series, theatre and performance art with her companies’ blyssfulPRODUCTIONS and Red Trike Media Inc. Credited as being one of “Canada’s foremost cross-over artists” by the Canadian Theatre Review, McCarthy loves to collaborate with artists both in front and behind the camera. You can watch her award winning series at www.parkedtheshow.com
Tara Pratt – Nominated for Performance by a Female in a Web Series. Tara is thrilled to have been nominated in a Leo category that demonstrates the adaptability and independent spirit of the film community in B.C. Her TV credits include roles on ‘Wayward Pines’, ‘Fringe’, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Emily Owens MD’, and projects like the upcoming feature ‘No Men Beyond This Point’, directed by Leo winner Mark Sawers. Tara also enjoys collaborating with local theatre companies, and has performed in productions in the Edmonton and Vancouver Fringe festivals.
Emily Bett Rickards – Nominated for Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series and Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series. These are Emily’s second and third nominations for her role as I.T. whiz Felicity Smoak in ‘Arrow’ and her crossover performance in ‘The Flash’. It’s been quite a year for Emily, also nominated for a Teen Choice Award and (spoiler alert) driving off into the sunset with Oliver Queen at the end of season three. Emily will return to Arrow this fall and will also be seen in ‘Brooklyn’, the biggest hit from Sundance this year and an early front-runner for a Best Picture nomination at the 2016 Academy Awards.
Frank C. Turner – Nominated for Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series for his work on ‘Spooksville’. He holds the record for longest serving Lucas Talent client from the days when the agency had one agent (Richard Lucas), one typewriter and a lot of cigarettes. Frank has appeared in dozens of films including ‘Unforgiven’, ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’ and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3’. His television credits include ‘Lonesome Dove’, for which he received a Gemini nomination, ‘Smallville’ and ‘Supernatural’.
Will Waring – Nominated for Direction in a Dramatic Series. Will Waring has been nominated in this category twice before, winning for his work on ‘Continuum’ in 2013. Will has recently been working in Australia, directing second unit on the Syfy mini-series ‘Childhood’s End’.
Raugi Yu – Nominated for Direction in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series. This is Raugi’s first Leo Nomination. He is particularly excited and honoured because it is his first time directing for Television. Raugi starred in three seasons of ‘Mr. Young’ as Dang, guest starred on shows such as ‘Spooksville’ and ‘The Stanley Dynamic’. He is still fondly recognized on the streets for his recurring role in ‘jPod’ as ‘Kam’ Fong.April 21, 2015
Paul Johansson Recurs on Final Block of AMC’s Mad Men
Award-winning actor, writer and director Paul Johansson has played many interesting roles throughout his career but his recurring turn on the final season of Mad Men may be one of his favorites. We think it’s kind of a big deal, and since his episodes began airing he has been inundated with interview requests, many from his home province of B.C.
Johansson told the Victoria Times Colonist that landing the role of McCann Erickson executive Ferguson Donnelly wasn’t that easy: “It was two weeks before I found out I got the job. It wasn’t like I walked out of the room saying: ‘I nailed it.“
Perhaps best known for the villainous father role of Dan Scott on nine seasons of One Tree Hill, Johansson has also starred in Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Beverly Hills 90210, Lonesome Dove and has guest starred on several hit TV series, including 7th Heaven, The Drew Carey Show and CSI. In film, he has appeared in Soapdish, John Q, Alpha Dog and The Notebook.
Johansson was recently in Victoria shooting the movie The Last Resort opposite Teri Polo (Meet The Parents). He is back in LA (with his son Quinn) where he continues to navigate the talk show and interview circuit.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOG
Some of Lucas Talent’s stars of tomorrow have shown that their careers are already off to an impressive start. If this year’s inaugural Joey Awards are an indication, “the kids are alright” (we almost used that title for this article). Here are some quick-hit highlights of what the kids have been up to lately.
Joshua J Ballard just returned from the LA premiere of Disney’sPANTS ON FIRE. As one of the leads in the movie, he was there to help promote the film and celebrate its release.
Rhys Bond worked on the Lifetime MOW, BEHIND THE HIT: THE UNAUTHORIZED, UNTOLD STORY OF SAVED BY THE BELL and was a Joey Awards winner for his work on that movie. Hours after receiving his award in Vancouver, he was on a flight to Toronto, having just been cast in a recurring role on the Hallmark series THE GOOD WITCH.
Rustin Gresiuk has had an amazing year, booking a supporting lead on the independent feature SUSPENSION and then a lead role in the Rainmaker pilot REBOOT. He followed that up by landing the lead role in the movie for television PAPER ANGELS,which has had 1.5+ million viewers and ranks as the #1 original movie on UP this year. Together with Matthew Settle of GOSSIP GIRL fame, Rustin spent a recent weekend in Nashville at the premiere celebrating the movie’s success.
Karissa Ketter won the Joey Award for Best Actress in a Short Film(Ages 9-10) for her role in DAISIES.
Mitchell Kummen won a truckload of Joey Awards for his individual and ensemble work onHallmark’s WHEN CALLS THE HEART, for his recurring role on the CW’s THE TOMORROW PEOPLE and the web series TIME TREMORS. Mitchell has just returned from LA where he attended the premiere of HORNS in which he starred as the younger version of Daniel Radcliffe.
Leo Award nominee Nick Purcha who already has one series lead on his resume (SPOOKSVILLE) will be seen in early 2015 as a recurring guest star on the CW’s iZOMBIE. Nick plays Evan, the younger brother of series lead Rose McIver (ONCE UPON A TIME).
Quinn Van De Keere won the 2014 L.A. Young Artist Award and a JoeyAward, both for THE CHRISTMAS COAT for Best Young Actor in a Live Theatre Performance
Will Verchere is a Joey Award winner for his work on SyFy’s CONTINUUM. He also recurs on the TV series WHEN CALLS THE HEART (Hallmark) and THE GIRLFRIENDS GUIDE TO DIVORCE(Bravo).
.October 29, 2014
Movin’ & Shakin’
Lucas Talent Inc. BLOCKBUSTER! Party and Publicity
It was a busy October for Lucas Talent Inc. as the Big Team celebrated its 28th birthday and the recent merger with its new family of agents and clients. On Saturday, October 4th the red carpet was rolled out and Celebrities Nightclub was filled to capacity with actors, casting directors, media, producers and directors. The “Hollywood Chic” themed- evening, hosted by SHAW TV’s Fiona Forbes, was a mix of mingling, eating, dancing and electrifying performances. “Once Upon a Time” star Beverley Elliott brought the house down with her inspiring and self-deprecating song “This Girl is for Hire”. Tracey Bell transformed herself into Janis, Marilyn, Celine and Cher and raised the roof! The crowd stayed late and it was truly a night to remember!
While the merger had already created a seismic event in the industry, there was continued buzz leading up to the party, including this big feature in the Vancouver Sun.
It’s a busy summer and fall for our Matt Frewer and Sophia Lauchlin Hirt as they star in the new SyFy series Olympus. Reunion Pictures is producing and creator Nick Willing helms this mythical tale about an Athens that is under attack by Minoan warriors from the outside and scheming assassins within its own walls.
Cable Ace and Gemini Award winning Frewer plays the iconic Daedalus, the brilliant architect and sculptor. This isn’t Matt’s first rodeo with Willing, having worked with him before, starring as the White Knight on the SyFy mini-series Alice. Matt says, “Nick Willing is not only a great friend, but a visionary talent. Olympus is the result of his singular, wildly creative voice. This guy never bunts to get on base. He swings for the fences. No fear.”
Matt has been very busy this year, shooting his second season of BBC America’s Orphan Black and recurring on TNT’s The Librarians alongside Noah Wylie and Rebecca Romjin. He can also be seen opposite Clive Owen on Steven Soderbergh’s new highly rated Cinemax series The Knick. Look for him in theatres this Christmas in Night at The Museum 3.
Sophia plays Ariadne, a calculating and manipulative smooth talker that men and women find irresistible. This is sure to be a breakout role for Sophia who is new to Vancouver and fairly new to showbiz, having booked her first professional role last year on Discovery’s mini-series Klondike. “It is a pleasure to be working on Olympus with its team of dedicated cast and crew”, says Sophia.
We can’t wait to see what happens when great casting, cutting-edge special effects and the genius of Nick Willing all come together in Olympus.July 22, 2014
Where There’s Smoak, There’s a Career on Fire for Emily Bett Rickards!
Timing is everything when writing about what’s happening with the career of Vancouver actor Emily Bett Rickards. Ever since she became a series regular on “Arrow” (as Oliver Queen’s I.T. expert, Felicity Smoak) our Google Alerts have been pinging full time.
Emily wrapped season 2 of “Arrow” in April and spent the hiatus shooting the upcoming feature “Brooklyn” with Saoirise Ronan (based on the novel by Nicholas Hornby) and traveling the world promoting “Arrow” for the CW, including another trip to the network upfronts in New York.
Now she’s back on set for season 3 with an intriguing love interest (Brandon Routh), at least two crossover episodes of “The Flash” and an MTV Teen Choice nomination for “Choice TV Female Breakout Star”! A few weeks ago it was announced that Felicity will be a major part of future Green Arrow comic books.
Olicity fans (Google it) are tweeting overtime trying to keep up.
It’s been an amazing ride and…this just in…Emily is on an “Arrow” panel at Comic-Con in San Diego this month.
Luke Camilleri Adds More Heat to “Hemlock Grove”
Luke Camilleri is the new bad-boy in the Netflix original series “Hemlock Grove”. He plays Andreas Visilescu, a love interest for sexy psychic/con-artist Destiny (Kaniehtiio Horn). Luke will recur throughout season 2 and viewers will want to find out for themselves if he is simply a pleasant distraction for Destiny or if there is more to this mysterious gypsy?
“Hemlock Grove” is based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name and stars Famke Janssen and Dougray Scott. The show received two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for its first season.
A Vancouver boy, Luke relocated to Toronto for several months during shooting. As is the way of Netflx, all episodes are now up for viewing. Luke is a familiar face on television, with guest star appearances on CW’s “Supernatural”, USA’s “Facing Kate” and his Leo Award nominated performance on CBC’s “Arctic Air”. He has also appeared on “Fringe”, “Eureka”, “Caprica” and “Once Upon a Time”.March 25, 2014
Fab Fiona – Lucky Lady
Don’t take our word for it, just ask her yourself and she will tell you. “I feel so lucky to do what I do for a living.” Fiona is best known for her many years on Shaw TV’s THE RUSH and loves her work: “I get to meet so many interesting people every day and hear their stories. I’ve lost count, but I think I’ve interviewed over 20,000 people over the last 18 years!”
Since the early days of her career when Regis Philbin told her “You’ve got something kid!”, she knew that making a turn (on a whim) in her career choice felt right. Having received a degree in History at the University of British Columbia, she had planned to go to Law School and instead decided to enroll in the Journalism Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Before graduating from the program, Fiona got her first job by accident when she auditioned on a dare and landed an on camera gig as a TV host.
She is both a proud fashionista and a geek…perhaps best described by Hollywood guru Larry Moss who called her a woman with “chutzpah who reminds me of Lucille Ball” (it’s no wonder that Richard Lucas is her agent – see last month’s blog to get that reference). In addition to THE RUSH, Fiona has also hosted several other shows including DAYTIME on Rogers, AUTOMOTIVE MORNING on Life Network and BREAKFAST TELEVISION on City-TV. She has appeared as a guest on MARILYN DENIS, CBC NEWSWORLD, CBC RADIO and on CKNW’s THE SHIFT as a contributor and fill in host for her former URBAN RUSH co-host and friend Michael Eckford.
While Fiona loves her work, her passion lies with supporting many charities with her talents. Among her favorites are the CKNW Orphan’s Fund, Pink Shirt Day, Variety Club, Timmy’s Telethon and Easter Seals.January 15, 2014
WATCH RICHARD & “LUCY” on CBC’s FOUR ROOMS
In August the producers of Dragons’ Den flew Richard, his Lucille Ball gown and his personal “Lucy” stories to Toronto to appear on their new series FOUR ROOMS.
His episode airs Sunday night January 19 at 8 PM. The producers have said the segment is one of the best of the season so they also took the extra trouble to get some really cool location shooting AFTER the taping. We have to be pretty cheeky about what exactly happens on the show but can definitely tell you that Richard got back to BC with much lighter baggage! Best of all, what actually happens on the show is of great benefit to two of our top BC ARTS non-profits, the Canadian College of Performing Arts and PAL (The Performers Arts Lodge).
On the new CBC show Four Rooms, watch Richard negotiate with Canada’s top buyers, each of them ready to spend money on the next great collectible. But there’s a catch. He can only visit one buyer at a time and if he turns down an offer, it’s off the table for good. There’s no going back!
Four Rooms, four buyers, four chances to make-or lose- a fortuneDecember 17, 2013
Tricia Helfer and Mark Lutz get audiences in the holiday spirit with Hallmark Channel’s “Finding Christmas”.
You can watch Thursday, December 19 at 10PM on Hallmark, or why not just pour an eggnog and watch it on ctv.ca NOW: click here.
Tricia is the star of the new TNT series “Killer Women” (premiering on January 7 @ 10PM on ABC). Check back in with us in January for more news on Tricia and the series! Mark is very well known for his recurring role in “Angel” as The Groosalugg. Canadian audiences will fondly remember him as Victor Davis in “Victor”, which he also produced and wrote.
Here’s the lowdown on “Finding Christmas” from Hallmark Channel: Single mother Ryan (Tricia Helfer) has just about given up on dating after her divorce, happily accepting her young son as the most important man in her life. That all changes when Ryan’s brother Owen (JT Hodges), also feeling unlucky in love after a bad breakup, swaps his home in their small North Carolina town with New York City adman Sean (Mark Lutz). Ryan feels an instant spark with her new neighbor, but Sean, who signed up for the temporary home swap after a proposal gone wrong, is out of his comfort zone in his new rural surroundingsNovember 8, 2013
MATT FREWER is ending 2013 with a bi-coastal BANG!
Busy Mr. Frewer has been jetting between BC, Toronto & New York as he juggles roles on Stephen Soderbergh’s new project The Knick and Season 2 of Orphan Black.
The Knick is a look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century amid the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. It stars Clive Owen, whose films include Gosford Park and Children of Men. Soderbergh is the executive producer on the series, & the pilot episode is written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (Big Miracle, Raising Helen). Matt tells us that it is “Wonderful working with Stephen! He’s directing, operating the camera, lighting, and editing. He has an astounding energy and concentration that translates to every aspect of production. I’ve never been on such a quiet, focused set…it really encourages you to do your best work.” Watch for a BIG debut in 2014!
Meanwhile in Toronto Matt aka Dr. Aldous Leekie, returns to lens Season 2 of Orphan Black as the edgy philosophical professor who is the head of The Dyad Institute and the face of the Neolution movement. Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical women who are revealed to be clones. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning and its impact on issues of personal identity. It received a 2013 prestigious nomination from the Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding New Show.
BBC America has renewed the series for a 10-episode second season so watch for the premiere in April 2014! Matt says “It’s great to be back on such a hip and homegrown show!”September 18, 2013
In August, some clients had the good fortune of shooting in various exotic locales such as Hawaii! Thailand! and… Winnipeg… and… Duncan, BC.
Barclay Hope worked on the Tim Burton feature “Big Eyes” opposite Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams. Following a day’s shoot in Vancouver, Barclay later flew to Honolulu to shoot his scenes.
Dan Payne went from one extreme to the other, shooting a series of days on “The Hunters” with Michelle Forbes and Alexa Vega in Thailand. Later in the month, he found himself in Winnipeg, guest starring on CBC’s “Arctic Air”. Don Thompson also travelled to The Peg to guest star on “Arctic Air”.
Frank C. Turner was back and forth between Vancouver and Duncan all summer, recurring as “The Mayor” on The HUB’s “Spooksville”.
Some of our clients have shot in South Africa, Poland, Romania, Mexico, North Carolina, China and many, many more exciting locations, but most will tell you that work anywhere, is good.
***And later in September… Tricia Helfer relocates to Albuquerque, New Mexico to star in a new ABC series. “Killer Women” will be shot in the same studio where ‘Breaking Bad’ was filmed and many of the same crew will be working with Tricia. Very exciting indeed!June 12, 2013
Of Nominees, Winners and Showstoppers… our clients at the 2013 Leo Awards
With 12 nominations, Lucas Talent clients were prominently featured at this year’s Leo Awards.
Anne Wheeler took home a Leo for Best Direction in a Television Movie for CTV’s “The Horses of McBride”. Anne had also been nominated for screenwriting this based-on-a-true-story feature length drama starring Aidan Quinn. William Waring (photo to right) won Best Direction in a Dramatic Series for his work on the “Continuum” episode “Family Time”, and that episode also earned Alison Grace an award for Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series. Alison was a double winner, also taking home heavy hardware for Best Picture Editing in a Television Movie (Reunion’s “Ring of Fire”).
Katrin Bowen was nominated for Direction in a Motion Picture and Screenwriting in a Motion Picture. Sarah Deakins, who set the red carpet ablaze with her haute chapeau, was nominated for Performance by a Female in a Short Drama (photo to left). Mark Lawrence got a nod for Direction in an Information or Lifestyle Series. Louis Moon was nominated for Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series. Dan Payne, who charmed audiences on both nights as a presenter, was nominated for Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama. David Winning was nominated for Direction in a Dramatic Series.
Beverley Elliott, who plays Granny on ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”, brought the house down on Saturday Night with her performance of “Filming in BC”, a parody performance sung to the tune of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. WATCH IT HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyH2e0K_UJM
We congratulate all our winners and nominees!
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Kandyse McClure Flies to Tar Heel Country for her Next Adventure
Kandyse McClure, who TV EQUALS calls “stunningly beautiful and wickedly talented”, continues to jet from one exciting project to another. Having just attended the North American premiere of Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove” in Toronto, Kandyse has now landed in North Carolina to begin shooting the scandal-filled thriller “Careful What You Wish For” opposite Nick Jonas, Dermot Mulroney, Isabel Lucas and Paul Sorvino. Elizabeth Allen will direct Kandyse in the role of ‘Angie Alvarez,’ the beautiful and tenacious investigator for an insurance company that’s paying out a large sum of money to ‘Lena’ (Lucas) as a result of her husband’s death.
“Paul Sorvino is a living legend”, says Kandyse from the set of “Careful…”, “I’m excited to work opposite him in so many scenes – having the opportunity to learn as much as I can from him. Also, I’m so proud to be working with Liz Allen – there is a tone of creativity and collaboration right from the get go- being on her set is an absolute joy.”
Kandyse’s character Dr. Chausser and “Hemlock Grove” are LIVE NOW, as Netflix has just released all 13 episodes at once on its web based network.
Coming up… anticipate a fall release for Kandyse’s Vancouver-shot feature film “Seventh Son” opposite Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges.
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Louis Ferreira News: MOTIVE to kick off after the Super Bowl!
While football fans eagerly await the ultimate contest between the 49ers and Ravens on Sunday, February 3, Louis Ferreira followers are looking forward to the post game series premiere of CTV’s MOTIVE, to be followed at a later date on ABC.
Also starring Kristin Lehman (THE KILLING, PRISON BREAK) as Detective Angie Flynn, MOTIVE is described as “an unconventional crime show”. Each episode begins by revealing not only the victim, but the killer as well. It’s not a “whodunit,” it’s a “whydunit,”. How are the victim and killer connected? What is the motive?
Louis Ferreira is a Gemini Award winning actor, and a familiar face on television from his work in many series including leading roles in SGU STARGATE UNIVERSE, HIDDEN HILLS, FIGHTING FITZGERALDS, TRINITY, and MISSING. Most recently he has been seen in a guest starring role on TOUCH, and has played recurring characters on hit shows BREAKING BAD and NCIS.
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New Christmas Feature Starring Dan Payne an Instant Classic
Anyone who’s met Dan Payne will tell you that his smile and charm could melt the frost off the harshest of cynical hearts. In the new-on-DVD feature, “Thomas Kincade Presents: Christmas Miracle”, Dan and his fellow cast mates, including Allison Hossack, Aaron Pearl and Canadian Country crooner George Canyon, do just that.
From Vivendi Entertainment: Due to an unforeseen road closure, eight strangers are forced to take refuge in an abandoned church during a snowstorm. During their time together, they learn from one another how to manage through various personal dilemmas, and that despite their differences, by working together, they can make even the most unlikely miracles happen. This upliftingholiday story shows the real meaning of the season – kindness, understanding and love.
“Thomas Kincade Presents: Christmas Miracle” was produced by Nasser Group North and directed by Terry Ingram. To view the trailer, just click:
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Congratulations to Susin Nielsen!
Susin Nielsen has won many major awards in her career as a television writer, but she has just added another to her collection – this time for her book writing.
Susin has recently been announced as the winner of the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature, for her third young adult book, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen. The book deals with serious subjects – bullying, the loss of a sibling and the disintegration of a family. Despite the sombre themes, Susin brings her own compelling writing style to the story, and even manages to inject more than a little humour. The result is a great book, which the GG jury described as “Thought-provoking and relevant, it addresses the effects of bullying in a realistic, compelling and compassionate way, exemplifying the adage ‘There are two sides to every story. Henry’s journey is moving and weirdly, wildly funny.'”
A career as an award-winning novelist would be enough for some people, but Susin is as busy as ever in the television world. As well as being in active development on several new projects, she has recently finished writing for Arctic Air (Omni/CBC) and is currently writing an episode for a new 1 hour drama to be shot here in Vancouver.
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INVITATION TO CELEBRATE OUR JULIE
Place: Langley Fine Arts School Theatre: 9096 Trattle Street, Langley (actually in Fort Langley)
Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm
We are beginning to put together a plan for the “Celebration of Our Julie”. The goal is to celebrate the memorable, fun, tender and light-hearted times in Julie’s life.We would like to invite all of Julie’s friends and our family and friends. In order help us plan, please indicate by responding to this message by August 7.
Please respond in one or more of the following ways:
a) I/we will be attending
b) I/we would like to participate in the program by:
i) speaking about your memories of Julie
ii) singing, playing music, presenting a slide show, reading a poem or other presentation
iii) create a collage or photo display
By email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Further announcements to follow as the program is put together.June 8, 2012
2012 LEO AWARDS
CONGRATULATIONS to our LEO AWARD WINNERS and NOMINEES!
Susin Nielsen – WINNER
Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series for ARCTIC AIR
David Winning – WINNER
Best Direction in a Musical, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series for TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL
Luke Camilleri – NOMINEE
Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for the episode entitled HIJACKED in the series ARCTIC AIR
Mary Frymire – NOMINEE
Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series for the episode entitled BERLIN in the series TRASHOPOLIS
May 25, 2012
As many of you now know our beloved friend and client Julie Patzwald recently passed away. Our dear Julie was a familiar face in both films and on television where she performed leading roles in TV movies for ABC, CBS, NBC, Lifetime and MTV. She was a series regular playing the role of Amy on THE GUARD for Global Television, and she guest starred in more than thirty series for which she was twice honored with LEO Awards for Best Actress. Julie was also one of Vancouver’s most highly regarded acting coaches.
Her family is planning a memorial service where her many friends and colleagues can gather together to celebrate the life of this truly beautiful spirit. Please contact Eric at email@example.com for details.
Please feel free to send any cards, memories, or messages of condolence to her family c/o Lucas Talent Inc. and we will be happy to ensure that they are forwarded.March 23, 2012
Crazy for Camille!
We are proud to boast that Camille Mitchell is one of the finalists in this year’s Crazy 8s competition for her short film “A Mother’s Love”. Camille wrote and directed this story, which will screen Friday, March 30 at the Crazy 8s Screening Gala being held at The Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver. Five other short films, selected after hundreds of submissions were adjudicated, will screen at the gala. Camille says, “Crazy 8s is so special because of the supportive people involved who give you the courage to step out and grow.” Camille’s son and fellow Lucas Talent client Charlie Mitchell stars in the film alongside Susan Hogan.
Camille is an award-winning actress, who is a familiar face on television, from her continuing leading roles on Smallville and Life Unexpected, and onstage, as a leading lady (Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Vancouver Playhouse). Last spring, she starred as Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate” at the Arts Club Theatre. However, she also resumed studies in recent years in Documentary Filmmaking at Capilano University; Screenplay Writing at Langara College; and Theatre and Television Directing at the University of British Columbia, where she also directed the play, Seams for Brave New Play Rites. She has written and directed several short documentaries (Interview with An Actor; Mozart Waterfall; No Boys Allowed) and is thrilled to be a part of Crazy 8s 2012.
Ticket and Gala information is available here: www.crazy8s.cc
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ALEXANDER LUDWIG is hungry for HUNGER GAMES
Our Alexander Ludwig plays Cato in one of the most anticipated releases of 2012 as Suzanne Collins’ celebrated book comes to the screen.
In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch.
Alexander says…‘Portraying Cato in The Hunger Games has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Gary Ross was exceptional to work with and worked extensively with me on character development. We really developed a back story for Cato which helped me feel incredibly comfortable in the role.
All of the tributes in the movie bonded both on and off the set. When we weren’t filming we were going on weekend trips away and exploring North Carolina. Mostly I hung out with Jack and Dayo, and we will definitely be friends for life.
I pulled a joke on Isabelle Fuhrman, (who is the sweetest girl) when I pretended to be lost while driving back from Nashville. Poor Isabelle – I had her map quest me directions from Nashville, to Arizona, to Denver – where I told her I was going to fly back to N. Carolina. She spent a good hour helping me out before I told her I was just kidding…I thought she was going to kill me….she is such a good friend…
Alexander first came to movie goers attention as the lead in The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) and notably starred with Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock” in Race to Witch Mountain (2009).
THE HUNGER GAMES is set to be released on March 23, 2012.
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REAL LIFE FAIRY TALE FOR BEVERLEY ELLIOTT
UPDATE: Beverley Elliott “killed it” in this episode!…That comment may or may not be both a literal and figurative reference because I don’t want to spoil the shockers in this episode so… if you have not yet seen it, here is the link! We knew our Beverley was handy with a great dramatic role and tricky dialogue…but who knew she was such a pro with a crossbow? !!! Entertainment Weekly said “Granny is as much of a ball-buster in this reality as she is in Storybrooke!” Congrats Beverley, can’t wait to see what you and “Red” get up to before the end of the season!
ONCE UPON A TIME has featured our Beverley Elliott in seven episodes so far but Granny is BIG news in the upcoming March 11 show! Of course we can’t say much, but if you have not yet watched this break-out hit of the season, now is a great time to start! ONCE UPON A TIME stars Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of Fairy Tales just may be real. Is everyone in Storybrooke a fairy-tale character under a curse? Is Emma the long lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and the one who can save them all? Is our Beverley just Ruby’s Grandmother, and is this a clue to what fairy tale character she will be revealed to be? Find out as the timeless battle of good vs. evil heats up in the episode Red Handed airing on Sunday March 11. (7PM on CTV/8PM on ABC)
Says Beverley…”What a joy to go to work where everyone, cast and crew, is genuinely happy to be there and believes in the show!”
Beverley Elliott is a familiar face on television where she has been a regular on such past series playing Nurse Brick Bannerman on Stephen King’s KINGDOM HOSPITAL on ABC and Maggie Krell in HARPER’S ISLAND for CBS. Beverley is delighted to return to the stage during the OUAT hiatus and will be co-starring in HENRY & ALICE, INTO THE WILD, opening April 25th at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre.March 2, 2012
WELCOME Jim and Darren!
Lucas Talent is very excited to welcome Jim Gordon and Darren Parkman…”The Travel Guys”
“The Travel Guys” is a witty, personality driven show providing insight into popular and undiscovered destinations around the world, with tips on how to get you there, where to stay, what to do, and what to avoid (sometimes avoiding them is a wise insight!).
Since launching their television show, they have filmed in over 100 destinations including Australia, Malaysia, Caribbean, China, England, France, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Thailand, U.S.A. and – of course – Canada.
As well as co-hosting, co-writing and co-producing, Jim and Darren bring a host of other skills to the table. Jim can be seen as resident Film Critic on CTV Vancouver/CTV News Channel. You can also read his articles in “Vancouver View” and “Wineries Refined” magazines. Darren boasts over 20 years of media experience in radio, television and print. He was co-host of a prime time radio show and has written several travel stories for print. When he’s not on the road with “The Travel Guys” he writes an entertainment column for “24hrs”, “TV Week” magazines and a weekly, national travel column for “Metro” newspapers.
“The Travel Guys” launched in 2004 and airs nationally on Shaw, OLN and in 33 markets across Canada. The show is available in over 4 million homes on CHEK and CHCH TV.
Check out their website at www.travelguystv.com.
We are looking forward to working with these two very talented and charismatic personalities.January 27, 2012
Robert Cuffley Gets FEROCIOUS!
Congratulations to the talented Robert Cuffley, who has just finished shooting his latest movie! Directed and written by Robert, FEROCIOUS is a riveting thriller, examining the dark side of ambition.
Amanda Crew stars as Leigh Parrish, a successful actress on a trip home to visit her small town roots. While dodging the careful eye of her manager (Dustin Milligan), Leigh steps out from the lights and cameras and into the shadows of her old life, confronting her unsavory past and ex-employer, Maurice (Kim Coates). He has got something of hers, and she has to get it back…. at all costs.
Also starring Michael Eklund and Katie Boland, Ferocious is produced by Carolyn McMaster (CHAOS a film company inc.) and Anand Ramayya (KarmaFilm), and was shot in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The film is now in post – so look forward to FEROCIOUS premiering later this year.
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Mike Eckford is Rocking 2012
Mike is the new wingman on Rock 101’s The Bro Jake Morning Show. Brother Jake says, “The minute Mike Eckford and I first went on the air together, the comedy skies opened up and laughter poured out.” Sure he’ll be a busy man as he continues co-hosting television’s award winning Urban Rush, something he’s been doing for 13 years alongside Fiona Forbes.
“I have been a fan of Classic Rock 101 and The Bro Jake Show for as long as I can remember and couldn’t be any more excited to join Jake and Alece in the mornings”, says Mike. Congratulations to our Mr. Eckford and please check out this great new FM tag-team on Rock 101 weekdays 6-10am.
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LUCAS clients SOAR in new CBC series ARCTIC AIR premiering January 2012
Congratulations to Omni Film Productions and CBC-TV upon the on-time arrival of ARCTIC AIR, Ian Weir’s Yellowknife set ensemble drama about renegade bush pilots in Canada’s Far North. This new series is a wonderful throwback to the adventure series of yesteryear and stars Adam Beach as Bobby Martin.
Plenty of our talented clients are involved in the series, both in front of and behind the camera.
Jordan Wheeler, Gemini-winning writer, brought his talents to the story room, working as a story editor for the whole season and writing (or co-writing) two episodes along the way. As an Aboriginal writer, Jordan brought his unique skills and insight – not to mention contacts in the throat-singing community – to the series. The wonderful Susin Nielsen also wrote for the series – with her episode set in the more urban environs of Vancouver.
Anthony Atkins was lucky enough to direct one of Jordan’s episodes, and had great fun flying back and forth to Yellowknife. He also directed webisodes for the series, which you can catch on the CBC website as the series progresses.
Lorne Cardinal, a well-known face from his long running CORNER GAS series has a recurring role as Zachary Ward, a successful businessman who has some dark secrets that will be revealed over the course of the season. Lorne says “The writers are fantastic, the scripts are wonderful and ARCTIC AIR will have a very unique and edgy look.” Our Kandyse McClure also has a continuing role as pilot Shontal Hicks, a cool and confident Iraq veteran who has traded in her F16 for a DC3.
Also appearing in guest roles this season are clients Luke Camilleri and Malcolm Scott. Watch ARCTIC AIR on CBC-TV Tuesday nights at 9 ET/PT.
Click on the link below for an interview with Jordan Wheeler, talking about the series.
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Many of you may not be aware that two time Emmy nominated casting director Stuart Aikins has a background in directing of a different kind. This fall he’s going back to his roots, directing the theatrical play ASYMMETRY written by Rick Robinson. Asymmetry chronicles the halting first steps of three fledgling relationships as six damaged people fumble for intimacy and balance. Each of these relationships comes to a head in one night, in the same physical space, each couple unaware of the others even as their stories intertwine.
We’re incredibly proud to report that our very own Paul Piaskowski is part of the ensemble cast which also includes Jerry Wasserman, Cara McDowell, Leah Gibson, William C. Vaughan and Jessica Charbonneau. “I feel incredibly honoured and blessed to have the opportunity to work with this amazing group of ridiculously talented and ridiculously generous people”. Paul is our very own Aussie, well kind of, he was born in Poland, raised in Australia, and moved to Canada in 2007. He most recently worked with Japanese cult director Shunji Iwai on his first english language film “Vampire” which premiered at Sundance this year.
Asymmetry opens at the Havana Theatre October 25 and runs through to October 30th. For ticket information visit www.realitycurve.com.
Much Merdre to Stuart & Paul and the Cast & Crew!
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______________________________________________________________________________September 10, 2011
Lucas Blog from Deb’s Desk
If you’re going to be on my roster you’d better be prepared to “fly”….
The incredible Owen Best (Young Sam Flynn in “Tron”) will be jetting off to Toronto to play the title role of Young Stephen Leacock in CBC’s “Sunshine Sketches of a Little
The amazing Josh Ballard went from a lead in “The Haunting Hour” to a lead in a feature entitled “Redwood”, an inspiring story of an 11 year old that thinks he can beat Jack Nicklaus at the 1978 Masters.
Older brother Jeff Ballard is no slacker himself; he just booked a lead in a feature opposite Abigail Breslin. The talented Mr. Jeff Ballard may have to borrow Snooki’s eyeliner to play a Goth teenager who gets involved in a murder plot and turns state’s evidence to save himself in “Class Project, How to Kill a Mother”.
The lovely Ms Brenda Crichlow is doing back-to-back-to back projects, from “Mommy’s Little Girl” to “Shrinking Violet”, to currently shooting a lead in “The Heart Healer” on Vancouver Island.
One of the youngest and newest actresses on my roster, the adorable Lucy Jeffrey recently booked two large roles in “Trading Christmas” & “Girl Fight”. Lucy is 6 years old.August 17, 2011
Gemini Awards 2011
Congratulations to our Gemini Nominees!
Awards will be presented in Toronto at the August 30th and 31st Industry Galas, and at the September 7th Broadcast Gala.
Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Series – A HEARTLAND CHRISTMAS
CONGRATULATIONS to Dean Bennett on his well deserved Gemini nomination. Dean directed the pilot of HEARTLAND, and has directed numerous episodes over the last five seasons. He has also directed the CBC feature length productions of WAKING UP WALLY – THE WALTER GRETZKY STORY and DISTANT DRUMMING, along with multiple episodes of series such as DINOSAPIEN and NORTH OF 60.
Phil Ivanusic-Vallée and Davila LeBlanc
Best Writing in a Children’s Youth Program or Series – THE LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL
CONGRATULATIONS to Phil and Dav, who also created this awesome series THE LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL. Phil and Dav have just completed writing and story editing episodes for the third season of the series, and are developing several other new and exciting projects. They have also been nominated for two WGC screenwriter awards and have won a Leo Award for their writing on THE LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL.April 19, 2011
Family Matters: Surviving the Bipolar Journey
Mary M. Frymire directs Mars Entertainments’ documentary Family Matters: Surviving The Bipolar Journey, following four families struggling to help loved ones with this devastating mental illness. The stark and moving reality is that when one member of a family has a mental illness, every member of the family is at risk themselves of depression, suicide, or other disorders. The inspired truth is that while these families fight, often alone, to stay together, amidst crushing depressions and terrifying manic highs, they show us the true meaning of love and family.
Mary Frymire is an award winning director with more then 25 years of experience. She has developed, directed and produced documentary and dramatic projects in over 50 countries working fluently in four different languages. Specializing in issue oriented, documentary-based subjects, she draws on her cross-cultural experience when developing and directing character-driven, visually evocative, films that tell compelling stories. Mary has a very personal connection to this story: both her mother and sister suffer from Bipolar Disorder.
In support of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s “Mental Health Week”, FAMILY MATTERS will be premiering on Knowledge Network on MAY 3rd, at 9PM
Click here to watch the trailer and find out more about this film.
FAB FIONA VOTED #1 TV PERSONALITY
Our Fiona Forbes took the top spot in the WE 14th annual Readers’ Poll!
Savvy readers of WE, Vancouver’s urban weekly, named Forbes the #1 television personality and she also graces the cover of this prestigious edition! The WE headline exclaims…”You like her. You really like her”. And if you’d like to see more…don’t forget you can watch Fiona every day with her partner in crime Mike Eckford on URBAN RUSH, which was also recognized this year by WE as Vancouver’s #1 show! Fiona and Mike serve up the best dish, repartee, fashion, sports, foodie and celeb check-ins! And if you would like even more…did you know you can hire Fiona and Mike to host your event to make it a true evening to remember! Contact Eric Edwards for more details!…and Congratulations Fiona!December 9, 2010
Director Dean Bennett
DEAN BENNETT Directs HEARTLAND CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Alberta-based Dean Bennett directed the original pilot of Heartland and has gone on to direct many episodes of this ratings-winning family drama. His numerous credits include directing Waking Up Wally: The Wayne Gretzky Story and Distant Drumming: A North of 60 Mystery.
Lou (Michelle Morgan) is trying to forget that her new husband Peter may not be able to spend Christmas with her due to his father’s illness and so she obsesses even more than usual about making everything perfect for a traditional family Christmas.
But Lou’s plans are altered by an anonymous call about starving and abandoned horses trapped in an avalanche in the remote Rocky Mountain area of Pike River. Amy (Amber Marshall) of course insists that they go and check the situation out. Lou is not happy, but with Amy’s assurance that they’ll be back in plenty of time for Christmas, she and Ty (Graham Wardle) head off on the long trek to Pike River.
Sunday December 12th at 8:00 PM (8:30 NL)
Saturday December 25th at 9:00 PM (9:30 NL)
Congratulations Tihemme Gagnon for winning gold in this years PAGE awards for her TV Drama Pilot THE LAST GATE.
“The Last Gate” follows a Metis military prisoner who is transferred to a remote, one-of-a-kind civilian women’s prison camp as the newest member of an all-inmate disaster response crew.
Tihemme graduated from the ‘Writing for Film & Television’ program at VFS. Now an instructor in their VFS Writing department, Tihemme has written for such locally produced series as X-Weighted and Crash Test Mommy. Before focusing on her writing career, Tihemme spent three years in the Canadian Forces, during which time she became one of the first women to earn a top candidate award for a combat arms course.September 27, 2010
25th ANNUAL GEMINI AWARDS
Congratulations to our Nominees!
Awards will be presented in Toronto at the November 2nd and 3rd Industry Galas, and at the November 13th Broadcast Gala.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role – STARGATE UNIVERSE
CONGRATS to our Louis Ferreira who is a former Gemini award winner for his chilling work in Season One of the highly acclaimed DURHAM COUNTY. Louis is hard at work filming Season 2 of STARGATE UNIVERSE as Colonel Everett Young continues his journey as one of science fiction’s most complex and fascinating leaders. The new season premieres Sept 28 AT 9PM ON SyFy and Oct 1 at 10PM on SPACE.
Louis says – “This season the Destiny journeys through space and time taking its prisoners deeper into their own minds and ultimately their own destinies. In this case it is all about the destination…getting home.”
For a sneak peak of the exciting new season, click below:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini Series – ALICE
CONGRATS to our Matt Frewer who is also a former Gemini winner! Matt loved shooting ALICE with Nick Willing and the wonderful cast, including Oscar winner Kathy Bates, and he is honoured to have this work recognized with a Gemini nod.
Matt has been busy in 2010 with his recurring role on the series EUREKA, a tour-de-force guest lead as “Pestilence” on SUPERNATURAL, a co-starring role in Seth Rogan’s untitled new film and he has just wrapped a Hallmark Christmas movie, starring with Daniel Stern (HOME ALONE, CITY SLICKERS etc) in BATTLE OF THE BULBS.
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ANDREW GENAILLE’S FEATURE FILM @ VIFF
UPDATE: – TWO INDIANS TALKING received the ROGERS PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD: Best Canadian Film
We are pleased to announce that the feature film TWO INDIANS TALKING, written by our own Andrew Genaille, will play at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. It will also be playing at the Edmonton International Film Festival world premiere, the Calgary International Film Festival and the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.
Two Indians Talking
A humorous, uncensored conversation between two First Nations men who are about to take part in their community’s roadblock. Each man fiercely wants to do the right thing, but struggles with the question, “When you do something for the right reasons, does that make it the right thing to do?”
Click on the link below to view the main website and trailer for this film
A short bio about Andrew Genaille
Andrew Genaille’s script CLEAN FIGHT was granted sponsorship by CHUM Television and then filmed as a television series pilot for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). Short films such as THE GREAT WHITE BEAR BAITER and THE GIRL IN THE RED MAKE-UP not only prominently feature his First Nations heritage, but also showcase his trademark stinging cross-cultural wit. Andrew wrote the Kitchen Sink / Brightlight / CHUM co-production, JOHNNY TOOTALL. This feature film, directed by Shirley Cheechoo, screened at the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, premiered in Toronto, and was awarded Best Film at the 30th edition of San Francisco’s American Indian Film Festival. Recently, Andrew completed work on BACK IN THE DAY: ON THE MIGHTY FRASER, a six-part documentary series for APTN.
Vancouver International Film Festival
Wednesday, October 6th 9:15pm @ Empire Granville 7
Friday, October 8th 12:40pm @ Empire Granville 7
Click on link below to buy tickets for this film
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RICHARD’S RANT SEPT 2010
I am telling you right now…I am NOT going to rant…I could, but it would kind of be like kicking a puppy because the state of our industry in BC still stinks. Our domestic industry remains decimated, but thank you Jesus for our American friends who continue to shoot here!
So…instead of a rant I want to talk about the theatre because that is where many of us, including me, come from. Here’s some good news! We have some amazing clients doing some amazing things coming up this season.
Andrew McNee, Amber Lewis and Charlie Gallant have been trodding the outdoor boards at BARD ON THE BEACH this summer. Amber was described by reviewers this year as “strikingly saucy” and “brilliantly vulnerable” and Charlie, while admittedly not as pretty, is simply one of the most popular young actors around…soon he will be back in rehearsal for BRIEF ENCOUNTER for the Playhouse Theatre and the Manitoba Theatre Centre.
The exciting news for Kayvon Khoshkam is that following his Blue Bridge Rep summer in Victoria at the Macpherson Playhouse he will be co-starring in THE GRADUATE next season for the Arts Club Theatre. Plus…our very own Camille Mitchell has been invited to play the immortal Mrs Robinson in that same production!
David Adams opens soon in Electric Company’s exciting multi media production of TEAR THE CURTAIN at the Stanley Theatre
This fall Valsy Bergeron is playing Michelle in the Arts Club Revue production of THE PATRON SAINT OF STANLEY PARK.
Lorne Cardinal will be performing his two man “tour de farce” THUNDERSTRUCK throughout the western provinces this fall.
William B. Davis will be directing a production of the very challenging WASTE for the United Players
Ari Cohen is happily in Toronto performing in DEATH OF A SALESMAN for the prestigious Soulpepper Theatre until late November.
Beverley Elliott was at JUST FOR LAUGHS in Montreal this summer performing in MOM’S THE WORD REMIXED and is preparing to go to Winnipeg for a remount of her title role in BACK TO YOU, THE LUCILLE STARR STORY
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