Monday, 30 May 2011

Caprica soundtrack update & cast news

To start off, some much awaited news about the season one soundtrack. Bear McCreary tweeted that he is working on a new Caprica album. No details or tentative release dates yet, but it seems to be happening and you can follow Bear on Twitter for updates as they come.

And on the film/TV/theatre front:

The nominations for the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards were announced last week and several Caprica actors are on the nominees list.

Hiro Kanagawa has been nominated for Outstanding Original Script for his play, The Patron Saint of Stanley Park. Also nominated, Tom McBeath (GDD's Agent Alpert) for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role for Death of a Salesman (Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company) and Dmitry Chepovetsky (Cerberus) for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for This (also Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company). The Arts Club Theatre Company's production of Glengarry Glen Ross, with John Pyper-Ferguson and Brian Markinson, has been nominated for Outstanding Production - Large Theatre, and Tear the Curtain! with Hiro Kanagawa has scored 11 nominations across the categories. Congratulations to all!

Alessandra Torresani is working on a new show. No word on what it is yet, but she posted a photo on her blog.

Fort McCoy with Eric Stoltz has won Best Drama at the Cannes Independent Film Festival.

Gun Hill Road with Esai Morales will open the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival on June 16. Details at

Grimm, with Sasha Roiz, will continue to be filmed in Portland after all. Daily Journal writes that production is scheduled to start in mid-July.

Homorazzi has a review of last week's The True Heroines live performance, with Leah Gibson, as well as a bunch of pics from the show.

Kacey Rohl tweeted that she wrapped filming Ghost Storm, a new Syfy disaster flick. According to The Chief's Deck, Aaron Douglas is also in it.

Meg Tilly is now blogging for Huffington Post Canada. You can check out her first post here.

If you haven't seen it on yet, here is the first episode of Los Americans, with Esai Morales:

And a longer trailer for Hart of Dixie, with Scott Porter:

Last not least, a video from James Marsters' panel at the Big Apple Comic Con last weekend, which includes an update on Three Inches and a nice bit about Caprica toward the end. For a list of reports, photos and videos from the event, go to

Monday, 23 May 2011

Caprica season 1.5 DVD gets a UK release date

With Caprica finally back on TV in the UK, season 1.5 also finally has a DVD release date: July 18. You can pre-order the DVD on Caprica - Season 1, Volume 2 [DVD]

There is a new Caprica story over at Beginning of Line, written by Lotte Somerset. Check it out: Those Who Live and Die For the Game

Gun Hill Road with Esai Morales will be shown at the Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto tomorrow (Tuesday, May 24) at 7:15. Details and tickets at Last week, the film was selected to open the Outfest -- it will be screened at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A. on July 7.

Los Americans premieres on in a couple of days. There are a bunch of behind-the-scenes photos on the show's Facebook page.

If you're in Vancouver, you can catch Leah Gibson in The True Heroines live show tomorrow. Details on Facebook.

John Carter of Mars with Polly Walker has had a title change and is now known simply as John Carter.

Dread Central has a longer synopsis of Snowmageddon, with Magda Apanowicz and Michael Hogan, which premieres in December:
When the Miller family discovers a mysterious gift outside their home on Christmas Eve, they could never imagine it would contain the power to doom their idyllic mountain community. The gift contains a snow globe with a perfect reflection of their own town inside. When they shake it, snow even begins to fall - whatever happens inside the snow globe happens to their town for real. But when buttons on the snow globe unleash a series of terrible disasters on the town, the family must band together and find a way to destroy it - before it’s too late.
Adult Swim has picked up a new show with Patton Oswalt for the fall. Here is the description, from Collider:
The Heart, She Holler is a new live-action soap opera about folk who ain’t never used soap or seen an opera. It’s a satire on the emotional Hee-Hawification of America, set in a town so inbred, the folks have become almost supernaturally wrong. The series is produced by PFFR, and stars Patton Oswalt and Heather Lawless. The Heart, She Holler premieres this fall on Adult Swim.
In not-so-good news, United States of Tara won't be returning next season.

The Charlie Da Clown Show, a short film with Ryan Robbins and Aleks Paunovic, is available on Funny or Die (embedded below, not safe for work):

Hart of Dixie with Scott Porter will air on Mondays at 9 pm (after Gossip Girl) on the CW this fall. MovieWeb has a longer description of the show, Seat 42f has the promotional stills, and Spoiler TV has photos from the upfronts. Here is the trailer:

Here are the teaser and sneak peek from tonight's Sanctuary (10 pm, Syfy), with Peter Wingfield guest starring:

The long trailer for Torchwood: Miracle Day:

And a Falling Skies behind-the-scenes video, with Mark Verheiden, among other people:

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Jane Espenson joins Once Upon a Time

A bunch of stuff has happened since yesterday.

First, an update on Alessandra Torresani's new movie, Playback, from Dread Central (hit the link for more info):
Bennett Robbins Productions has completed post-production of Playback, an independent horror thriller starring Toby Hemingway, Johnny Pacar, Ambyr Childers, Jonathan Keltz, Alessandra Torresani, Jennifer Missoni, and featuring Christian Slater. The producers are currently seeking distribution of the film.

The film features music from The Sounds, Shiny Toy Guns, AWOLNation, innerpartysystem, My Passion, Kill Hannah, High Tension Wires, K.Flay, Guadalupe Plata, Carol Bui, Youth Mass, and Playback star Johnny Pacar's own band Forever the Day.

Synopsis - While digging into their town’s infamous past, a group of high school students unwittingly unlock an even darker secret. Now an evil spirit has been awakened to possess and destroy its victims through video playback, stopping at nothing to find his true heir.
Check out the film's website at

Gun Hill Road with Esai Morales opens in New York and Los Angeles on August 5.

An episode of Los Americans was screened at the Reel Rasquache Film Festival on Saturday. There are photos from the event on the show's FB page.

Frak Earth has an interesting snippet about 17th Precinct:
As of the time this article was written, NBC has yet to say yes or no to the Ron D. Moore futuristic drama. Most online journalist are claiming that Precinct won't be picked up because NBC picked up Grimm, which is a cop drama, which is produced by Buffy and Angel alums! I talked to Tricia Helfer at WizardWorld a few weeks ago, and asked her what would happen if Precinct didn't get picked up. She said there was a possibility that Syfy might be able to broadcast it, just because NBC owns SyFy.
There is a new screening date for Judas Kiss, with Richard Harmon and Genevieve Buechner: June 6 at the 13th Annual Fort Worth, Texas, Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival.

Zap2it has an interview with Sean Hayes, one of the executive producers on Grimm. Hit the link to see the entire clip. A snippet from the article:
Despite the fairy-tale hook, though, "Once Upon a Time" and "Grimm" are pretty different shows. Hayes explains that "Grimm" is basically a cop show: "We're saying the Brothers Grimm are profilers, and they wrote these stories down to warn us about things that are going to happen in a cryptic form. So our lead [David Giuntoli] is a descendent of the Grimm family and is going to solve all these crimes of the week based on these fairy tales."
Oregon Live reports that there is a chance that the show won't be filmed in Portland after all.

Zap2it also has a report from the press junket Kevin Murphy and the Hellcats cast did a few weeks ago that sheds some light on what season two would have looked like.

Movie Mikes has a new interview with Aleks Paunovic. Here is a snippet about Mortal Kombat: Legacy:
MG: Where you familiar with character of Shao Kahn before this project?
AP: I was and I was apprehensive about doing that role. I didn’t quite understand how I would fit in the mold. It was so great the route that Kevin took “Rebirth” and with “Legacy” opened where this project can go with his fresh vision. I was scared at first if the fans of “Mortal Kombat” would jump on board with me being Shao Kahn. Once I understood the vision Kevin had I was very comfortable and confident playing him.

MG: What do you like most about the character?
AP: Kevin was one a shoe string budget and we were just trying to understand it. For me, just knowing the immense popularity of that role and basically the baddest bad guy. In this we find in Kevin’s vision how bad Shao Kahn can be and how involved the character can do. That to me was excited knowing that from the ground floor you can get some really good character development.
Pizquita has the first teaser for Torchwood: Miracle Day.

Jane Espenson tweeted earlier that she has a new job, on ABC's Once Upon a Time, which premieres this fall. Here is ABC's description:
And they all lived happily ever after – or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She's a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who's been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything starts to change. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma's help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming's missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen's curse, which trapped the fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. Of course Emma doesn't believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It's a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close… where fairytale characters are alive, even though they don't remember who they once were. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, but for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.
Jennifer Morrison stars as Emma, Ginnifer Goodwin plays Snow White, Josh Dallas is Prince Charming, Lana Parrilla appears as the Evil Queen and Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin. The show was created by Lost's Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.


And more good news today:

Mary McDonnell is getting her own show next year. Entertainment Weekly has an interview with her and TNT released this earlier today:
This year marks the beginning of production of the final season of the blockbuster hit The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick. TNT confirmed today that it has ordered a 10-episode season of Major Crimes, a series set in the Los Angeles Police Department that promises to become television’s next great crime drama. The seventh and final season of The Closer will include 15 episodes in 2011 and six in summer 2012, leading into the launch of Major Crimes, starring Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica). McDonnell has been featured on The Closer as Capt. Raydor, who was often on a collision course with Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, played by Sedgwick. Major Crimes will be executive-produced by James Duff, creator of The Closer, along with Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin. Major Crimes and The Closer come to TNT from Warner Bros. Television.
Patton Oswalt has been cast in a new romantic comedy, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Here are a few snippets from the press release:
Production begins this week on Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria. The pre-apocalyptic comedy stars Golden Globe Award winner Steve Carell and Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley.

Confirmed as joining the two lead actors in the cast are – in alphabetical order – Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Adam Brody (Damsels in Distress), Roger Aaron Brown (The District), Tonita Castro (The Sarah Silverman Program), Rob Corddry (Mandate’s Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), two-time Academy Award nominee Melinda Dillon (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Rob Huebel (Human Giant), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Derek Luke (Focus’ Catch a Fire), Melanie Lynskey (Focus’ Away We Go), T.J. Miller (Cloverfield), Mark Moses (Desperate Housewives), Patton Oswalt (United States of Tara), William Petersen (CSI), Lindsay Sloane (Horrible Bosses), and Bob Stephenson (Jericho). (...)

Set in a too-near future, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World explores what people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand. Can one man find his greatest love at the worst possible time? As the respective journeys of Dodge (Mr. Carell) and Penny (Ms. Knightley) converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten.
Patton made an appearance on Craig Ferguson yesterday. Clips:

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Hellcats finale airs tonight

A few quick updates.

The Hellcats finale airs tonight at 9 pm on the CW. From the previews and IMDB credits, Magda Apanowicz, Teryl Rothery, Ben Cotton and John Pyper-Ferguson should all appear in it. The episode was written by Kevin Murphy and directed by Omar Madha.

This will be the last episode of Hellcats. The CW has made it official -- the show is not getting a second season. Hope the cast and crew land new gigs soon. Tuesday nights won't be the same without you, Hellcats.

The network has also announced its new shows today and Hart of Dixie with Scott Porter is one of them. Here is how THR describes it:
The doctor drama centers on a young New York doctor (The O.C.’s Rachel Bilson) after she inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town inhabited by eccentrics. The project comes from Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz (O.C., Gossip Girl, Chuck), Stephanie Savage (OC, Gossip Girl) and Len Goldstein. Frequent collaborators Leila Gerstein (OC, Gossip Girl) will write and executive produce with fellow executive producer Jason Ensler (Chuck, Gossip Girl) who directed the pilot.
Meanwhile, Starz has released some new info on Torchwood: Miracle Day, which kicks off in July. The guest stars this season will include Nana Visitor, John de Lancie, Ernie Hudson, Mare Winningham and Frances Fisher. You can read the press release on Jim Halterman's blog.

And there is a new episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy up on YouTube. Ryan Robbins stars. Check it out:

Monday, 16 May 2011

Grimm, Los Americans, Showrunners and other updates

To start off, a reminder to the UK fans that Caprica is back with the second half of the season tonight on Sky1.

And a quick round of cast updates before we get to Grimm:

There are a couple of new screening dates for Gun Hill Road with Esai Morales and Fort McCoy with Eric Stoltz.

Fort McCoy travels to the Cannes Independent Film Festival, where it will be shown this Wednesday (May 18). Details at

Gun Hill Road will be shown at the 1st Annual Bronx Film Festival this Thursday (May 19). Details at

The trailer for Los Americans, also with Esai Morales, has been posted on YouTube (embedded below). The show premieres on May 26.

Seat42f has the teaser for next week's Game of Thrones, "A Golden Crown," written by Jane Espenson. The episode airs on Sunday (May 22) at 9 pm on HBO.

Ryan Robbins says he is filming a super secret project with Zak Santiago.

Riese premieres in Australia this Friday (May 20) on ABC2, after Sanctuary. (New episode in the U.S. tonight!)

And finally a few more details about Grimm:

"Grimm" is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm's Fairy Tales. Remember the fairy tales your parents used to tell you before bedtime? Those weren’t stories -- they were warnings.

Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli "Turn The Beat Around") thought he prepared himself for the realities of working as a homicide detective until he started seeing things he couldn’t quite explain. When his ailing Aunt Marie (guest star Kate Burton, "Grey’s Anatomy") arrives, Nick's life turns upside down when she reveals they are descendants of an elite group of hunters, also known as "Grimms," who fight to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world.

As Nick digs deeper into her past, he realizes that he will have to shoulder the responsibility of his ancestors -- and contend with a larger-than-life mythology of the Brothers Grimm that is now all too real. Russell Hornsby ("Lincoln Heights"), Bitsie Tulloch ("Quarterlife"), Silas Weir Mitchell ("Prison Break"), Reggie Lee ("Persons Unknown") and Sasha Roiz ("Caprica") also star.

"Grimm" is a production of Universal Media Studios and Hazy Mills Productions. Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner ("Hot in Cleveland") serve as executive producers, Jim Kouf ("National Treasure," "Angel") and David Greenwalt ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel") are the creators/executive producers and Marc Buckland ("My Name Is Earl") is the director.

Grimm will air Fridays at 9 pm on NBC, after Chuck (and yes, against Fringe on Fox). The rest of the season will be filmed in Portland, too.

Sasha was at the upfronts earlier today. Here is a pic of him with his new cast mates (embedded from Spoiler TV):

Sean Hayes also posted a photo from the panel here.

There are several previews and cast photos at The show also has a Facebook page and an official Twitter account: @NBCGrimm.

Here is the trailer they showed at the upfronts:

And back to Los Americans:

And this is the trailer for Showrunners, a new feature-length documentary about TV execs that will be released next year (David Eick and Ron Moore were among the execs interviewed for the film):

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Weekend wrap

To start with the good news, Sasha Roiz will be back on TV every week this fall. His new show, Grimm, has been picked up to series by NBC. Spoiler TV has the first still from the pilot, which was written and exec produced by David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, and we'll probably get more details about the show after the upfronts. For now, here are the basics, from TV Line:
A fantastical drama, Grimm stars David Giuntoli (Privileged) as a detective whose mission is to protect humans living in a world where Grimm’s Fairy Tale characters actually exist. Silas Weir Mitchell (Prison Break), Sasha Roiz (Caprica) and Kate Burton also star.
The bad news from NBC is that 17th Precinct didn't make the cut. Not much to add that hasn't been said at the Battlestar Blog.

David E. Kelley's take on Wonder Woman hasn't been picked up either. (Jeff Reiner directed the pilot.) Deadline has an article on if/how this could affect David Eick's remake of Hulk for ABC.

The first photos from Los Americans, Esai Morales' new web series, have been posted on MySpace. The show premieres in less than two weeks (May 26). For updates, you can keep checking at and the show's FB page.

The official trailer for Gun Hill Road briefly appeared on YouTube, but has been removed. If you didn't catch it, there is a slightly different version still up on YouTube.

The Hunger Games, with Paula Malcomson, starts filming these days in Hildebran, North Carolina.

The Orange Country Register talked to Eric Stoltz about Glee. Snippet:
Orange County Register: What is it like directing the young cast of ‘Glee’?
Eric Stoltz: It’s fantastic. It’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I love directing young actors. Many actors have the experience of not having been directed very often or very well. For the most part, directors are technically proficient and a little bit afraid of the actors. So, having been an actor for a long time, I can see things from their perspective.

Directing is something that I think i’m more suited for. I’m a better director than an actor. I love crews, I love talking to actors. After sitting in the trumpet section for many years, it’s nice to have the whole score in front of you. You can either inspire or not. I’ve spent a great many years in the trenches of independent film. You learn a lot there. Television is actually much closer to the independent film process.
James Marsters will be at the Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con next weekend (May 21-22) and he has joined a few more WW events: Chicago Comic Con in August, Mid-Ohio Comic Con in October and the Austin Comic Con in November. For details and tickets, visit Big thanks to Caprica Times for the heads-up. According to James' official FB page, he will also be at the Montréal Comic Con in September.

Tekken with John Pyper-Ferguson will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 19. Details at

Comedy Central Insider has a few Futurama storyboards with Patton Oswalt's character, Unattractive Giant Monster.

Judas Kiss, with Richard Harmon and Genevieve Buechner, is getting screened at the Boston LGBT Film Festival tonight and there is a new festival date for the film: June 4 at Out Twin Cities, Minnesota’s Second Annual GLBTQ Film Festival in Minneapolis.

Judas Kiss got picked up by a couple of distributors this week. Wolfe Video has bought the DVD/VOD rights for North America and Pro-Fun Media picked the film up for distribution in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More at the Judas Kiss blog.

Michael Rymer's Face to Face keeps winning stuff at festivals. This month alone, it won Jury Awards for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress at the Newport Beach fest and, just the other day, it also won a couple of prizes at the Monaco Charity Film Festival (Best Film, Best Ensemble Cast). You can check out the trailer at and, for updates, go to the film's official FB page.

Michael Nankin's Red Faction: Origins premieres on Saturday, June 4. A snippet from the new press release:
Red Faction: Origins stars Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Kate Vernon (Battlestar Galactica), Danielle Nicolet (The Starter Wife), Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood), Tamzin Merchant (The Tudors) and Devon Graye (Dexter) in the epic adventures of the Mason family, Martian colonists battling for survival and freedom.

In Red Faction: Origins, Jake Mason (Smith) embarks on a dangerous quest to bring justice to the vengeful enemies that killed his mother and kidnapped his sister. Jake is the son of Alec Mason (Patrick), the rebel hero who led the colonies of Mars to freedom.

Directed by Peabody-Award winner Michael Nankin (Battlestar Galactica), the Red Faction: Origins screenplay was written by Andrew Kreisberg (Warehouse 13), based on a story developed by THQ Director, Fiction Development Paul DeMeo (The Rocketeer) and THQ Executive Vice President, Core Games, Danny Bilson (The Sentinel). Kreisberg also serves as executive producer.
Episodes titles for Torchwood: Miracle Day have been revealed. They are: The New World, Rendition, Dead of Night, Escape to L.A, The Categories of Life, The Middle Men, Immortal Sins, End of the Road, The Gathering and The Blood Line. The show premieres on July 8 on Starz. Spoiler TV has some cool new cast promotional photos, but I can't post a direct link because Blogger has been randomly frakking with permalinks these days, so do a search in the image gallery to see them.

Deadline writes that Falling Skies will probably get picked up for a second season next month. TNT will make the definite decision when the show premieres (June 19) and, in the meantime, they have hired Remi Aubuchon to assemble the writing staff since most of the writers who worked on season one have moved on to other projects (the show was picked up a while ago, in January 2010). Here is a snippet from Deadline:
Aubuchon admits that trying to put together a writing staff for a cable show is difficult as hiring falls outside of the normal network staffing cycle and not many scribes are available, but he believes that Falling Skies has an extra draw. "Steven (Spielberg) is very involved in the show, which is one of his pet projects; he has a lot of passion for it," he said. "I think it is exciting to work with him, and I think a lot of writers would be looking forward to that." WME-repped Aubuchon started off working on character-driven dramas, including Chicago Hope, 24, Summerland and The Lyon's Den, which he created, before gravitating toward genre shows. "In the last few years, I've been trying to combine my training in character drama and figure out a way to assimilate that into the genre world, and I think I had some success with Caprica," he said.
Spoiler TV has a new trailer (the link should work) for the show and you can keep checking on TNT's site for new clips.

Last not least, there is the Hellcats finale preview with Kevin Murphy. Magda Apanowicz and Teryl Rothery are in the clip and John Pyper-Ferguson and Ben Cotton should also appear in the episode.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

The Leo nominations & new Caprica story

The nominations for the Canadian Leo Awards have been announced today and several Caprica and BSG actors scored nods in different categories, for different projects. The Leos are presented by the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia.

Genevieve Buechner has been nominated for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series, for her work in Caprica 1x05, "There Is Another Sky." Huge congratulations to Genevieve and everyone else who has been nominated.

Here is the list:
  • Carmen Moore - Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series - Blackstone ("White Bread, Red Class")
  • Ryan Robbins - Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series - Sanctuary ("Animus")
  • Brian Markinson - Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series - Shattered ("Out of Sorrow")
  • Richard Harmon - Best Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series - The Haunting Hour ("Nightmare Inn")
  • Callum Keith Rennie - Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series - Shattered ("Out of Sorrow")
  • Michael Eklund - Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series - Fringe ("The Plateau")

Additionally, several films and TV shows also earned a nomination or two or seven.

Transparency, with Kendall Cross, Aleks Paunovic and Anna Galvin scored five, including Best Feature Length Film.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, with Alex Arsenault and Philip Granger, got six nominations, also including Best Feature.

A Night for Dying Tigers, with Leah Gibson and John Pyper-Ferguson, scored seven, including Best Direction, Screenwriting, Cinematography, and Production Design.

Amazon Falls, with Zak Santiago and William B. Davis, earned two nominations, for Best Lead & Best Supporting Performance by a Female (April Telek and Anna Mae Routledge).

Two Indians Talking, starring Carmen Moore, who is also credited as associate producer, is also up for a couple of Leos (Best Screenwriting, Best Lead Performance by a Male).

The Hostage, with Aleks Paunovic and Tahmoh Penikett, has received nominations for Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama (Chelah Horsdal), Best Makeup and Best Overall Sound.

And on the TV front, Blackstone, Sanctuary and Smallville are all up for Best Dramatic Series.

The awards will be presented in June. For the complete list of nominations, go here.

And outside Canada:

A new Caprica story has been posted at Beginning of Line. It's the second part of last week's installment, written by Dóra Kecskés. You can read it here: Gara Singh: Cloak of Deceit, Part 2 of 2.

Final reminder: Eric Stoltz directed tonight's Glee (8 pm, Fox) and Magda Apanowicz guest stars on Hellcats (9 pm, the CW).

And here is the new episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, with Aleks Paunovic:

Monday, 9 May 2011

New projects for Magda Apanowicz and Esai Morales, Sasha Roiz guest stars on Castle tonight

All right, this week, everyone either has a new job or guest stars in something. Or both.

Let's start with what's on TV tonight.
  • Castle 3x23, "Pretty Dead," with Sasha Roiz, airs at 10 pm on ABC.
  • Patton Oswalt is probably on United States of Tara again at 10:30 pm on Showtime.
  • The very last episode of Stargate Universe airs at 9 pm on Syfy. IMDB says that Mike Dopud is in it.
  • Ryan Robbins and Christopher Heyerdahl are on Sanctuary at 10 pm, as usual.
And tomorrow:
  • Magda Apanowicz is back on Hellcats at 9 pm on the CW.
  • Glee kids go to the prom at 8 pm on Fox. The episode was directed by Eric Stoltz. (Side note here: Just caught up with last week's Glee and that episode was directed by Tim Hunter.)

More cast updates:

Esai Morales and Magda Apanowicz are both working on new films for Syfy.

According to the IMDb, Esai will star in Seattle Superstorm, a sci-fi disaster film that started shooting in Vancouver a little over a month ago. There is still not much info about it out there. Meanwhile, Gun Hill Road is still doing festival rounds and will get a couple of screenings at the Seattle International Film Festival at the end of the month. Details at

Magda Apanowicz has confirmed on Twitter that she recently wrapped Snowmageddon, also a disaster flick for Syfy. A press release released in March describes it as "a story about a mystical snow globe that makes very bad things happen in the real world when it is shaken." The film will air in December.

Patton Oswalt will voice a character on the new season of Futurama, which kicks off in June. There is a picture of the character here.

Eric Stoltz will be appearing on Wilfred after all. Victor Nelli, who directed the episode, pretty much confirmed it on Twitter the other day. It will be one of the episodes in the second half of the season and will probably air some time in late August.

Paula Malcomson has joined Twitter. You can follow her here: @PaulaMalcomson. And Hitfix has a most excellent cheat sheet for her new movie, The Hunger Games.

According to the latest report from Deadline, we might be seeing Grimm with Sasha Roiz and Hart of Dixie with Scott Porter on TV in the fall, but 17th Precinct probably won't be getting picked up. The NBC upfront is in about a week. Until then, you can shower NBC with tweets and hope for the best. has seven new clips from Falling Skies, which premieres on June 19.

Alessandra Torresani and Pee Wee the dog filmed a short video for the Spread the Heart campaign:

And here is a new clip from Judas Kiss, with Richard Harmon and Brent Corrigan:

Friday, 6 May 2011

Friday round-up: cast news & previews

Here is what happened since the last update:

Bear McCreary has announced that he will be at the 7th International Film Music Festival Ciudad de Úbeda in Spain in July. Here is what he says on his blog (there is more, hit the link):

I was nominated for four of the festival’s Goldspirit Awards, including BEST COMPOSER and BEST SCORE. I am truly honored to be awarded BEST TELEVISION SCORE for my work on “Human Target.”

I will take part in the Úbeda festival in a number of exciting programs. On July 21st, I will conduct a chamber orchestra in an intimate recital setting. This up close and personal concert will feature world-premiere arrangements of music from “Caprica,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” ‘The Walking Dead” and “Battlestar Galactica.“

Eric Stoltz has posted a bunch of new photos on Twitpic, including a few behind-the-scenes pics from Glee 2x20, "Prom Queen," which airs on Tuesday (May 10, 8 pm, Fox, teaser). You can see the photos here. Let's embed a few:

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Sasha Roiz guest stars on Castle on Monday (May 9, 10 pm, ABC), in episode 3x23, "Pretty Dead." Spoiler TV has four new sneak peeks (no Sasha this time).

Leah Gibson has been cast in American Mary, a new horror from the sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska, who will also direct it.

The film follows the story of a medical student, played by Katharine Isabelle, "who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with the medical school she attends and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends her into the messy world of underground surgeries, which leaves more marks on her than her so-called freakish clientele."

Leah will play a character named Beatress Johnson. They start filming next month in Vancouver. For more info, visit the Twister Twin Productions blog and Dread Central. For updates, there is the film's FB page.

Born to Race, John Pyper-Ferguson's new film, is going to the Cannes Film Festival. More updates on Facebook.

BSG and Caprica writer/producer Mark Verheiden, who is working on TNT's Falling Skies these days, has joined Twitter. You can say hi and follow him here: @MarkVerheiden.

And a couple of videos. Magda Apanowicz will be on Hellcats again this Tuesday (9 pm, CW), in episode "Land of 1,000 Dances." Here is a clip with Kevin Murphy previewing the episode:

And a sneak peek from the next episode of Sanctuary, "Wingman," with Ryan Robbins (Monday, 10 pm, Syfy):

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Magda Apanowicz is back on Hellcats tonight

A regular round of Tuesday updates:

Magda Apanowicz guest stars in tonight's episode of Hellcats, "Warped Sister" (9 pm, CW) and she'll be back on the show next week, too. Daemon's TV has the preview and photos.

Hellcats has only three episodes left this season. The show still hasn't been picked up and, since it came back from the break, it has been chalking Caprica's Friday night ratings. (If you're a fan, it's probably time to start spreading the word.)

A quick update on Eric Stoltz appearing on Wilfred, since the news was picked up by Spoiler TV, several other sites, and even Wilfred the Dog himself -- the original tweet from the show's casting director has been removed, so possibly daddy Graystone won't be making that appearance after all. (Thanks to the visitor who pointed this out.)

In more verified Stoltz news, he definitely did make an appearance at the Fort McCoy screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival over the weekend. There are pictures to prove it. And his episode of Glee airs a week from now.

Michael Rymer is also at the Newport Beach fest this week with Face to Face. He will be at the Q&A tonight and, if you're in the area, there will be another screening on May 5.

Less than a week from today, Sasha Roiz guest stars on Castle. ABC has released the teaser (without Sasha, you can see it on and there is also a sneak peek on Spoiler TV (embedded):

ScriptShadow has a review of an early draft of the pilot for 17th Precinct. Deadline reported earlier this week that its prospects for getting picked up to series aren't so good, while Grimm is looking stronger. We'll know for sure on May 16 (NBC upfronts) if not sooner.

Fairly Legal with Michael Trucco has been picked up for a second season. They start production this summer and the show will be back in the first quarter of 2012. Hopefully, the rest of the Caprica and BSG cast will get a chance to guest star.

Episode four of Mortal Kombat: Legacy is online. Aleks Paunovic finally makes an appearance:

Here is a preview of next week's Sanctuary:

Red Eye Chicago has a cool behind-the-scenes clip with Ryan Robbins and Robin Dunne showing how they filmed yesterday's episode.

Bear McCreary has posted an entry about the Battlestar Galactica Piano Book and his YouTube channel, saying he wants to feature BSG fans' performances on it. Details on Bear's blog if you're interested.

The trailer for his latest (known) project, Red Faction: Origins, directed by Michael Nankin and starring Robert Patrick, Kate Vernon, SGU's Brian J. Smith and Gareth David-Lloyd from Torchwood, is available on Entertainment Weekly.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Weekend wrap: cast updates, previews and the Kevin Murphy interview

A round of updates to end the week.

First off, The Caprica Times has a fantastic new interview with Kevin Murphy that covers tons of lingering questions about the show, about Murphy's work in the second half of the season, some of the challenges they faced in production, and the plan they had for Caprica season two.

In the interview, Murphy lays out the main storylines for most of the main characters and throws in a few interesting tidbits about the first season that I don't think we've heard yet on the podcasts or elsewhere (the last minute retcon of Teryl Rothery's character, for instance). The article is a must-read, check it out on The Caprica Times.

He also confirmed that John Pyper-Ferguson will show up on Hellcats this season. Magda Apanowicz will guest star in the next two episodes and Brian Markinson has pretty much taken over Aaron Douglas' role, so he might show up again next week, too. Previews of the next episode are embedded below.

Here is what the actors are up to this week:

Eric Stoltz will be back on TV this summer in an episode of Wilfred, a new FX sitcom with Elijah Wood that looks insane, according to a tweet from the show's casting director. No word yet on which episode, but the show premieres on June 23, so there's plenty of time for someone to squeal.

Magda Apanowicz is working on a new project. No info on what it is yet, but she tweeted this photo the other day:

The first preview of Los Americans, Esai Morales' new web series, has surfaced on It includes some footage from the show and a brief interview with Esai. Los Americans premieres on May 26 on

Gun Hill Road will get a screening at the Lincoln Center on May 5. Details on Facebook. And has a nice long article with some new info on 17th Precinct and Esai's character.

James Marsters will soon be recording another book in The Dresden Files series, Ghost Story.

MovieWeb has a clip from Daydream Nation with Calum Worthy. The film opens on May 6. Genevieve Buechner and Luke Camilleri are also in it.

Final reminder: Brian Markinson guest stars on The Killing tomorrow. He is credited as "Man in Suit."

And two other really great interviews showed up online this week.

Aleks Paunovic talked to Shogun Gamer about some of his recent projects; Mortal Kombat: Legacy, The Hostage, This Means War, In the Name of the King 2 and his 2009 film, Personal Effects. Here's a snippet or two:

Ian: You’ve done a lot of sci-fi, action and dramatic work so is there something that you haven’t done yet that you really want to jump in to or would like your career to be known for or do you want to continue doing more genre based work?
Aleks: I love the sci-fi community. The sci-fi community and the fans are nothing but amazingly generous so I have no problem staying on the sci-fi end of it. But there are some roles that I would really like to do, I would love to do a dirty and down cop show. That to me is a huge thing and just trying to figure stuff out and everything; I love that type of stuff and I would love to get more into that kind of stuff.

Ian: Somewhat of a riff on the last question but is there anyone in the industry that you would really like to collaborate with in the future?
Aleks: Clint Eastwood, hands down man. A friend of mine just finished working with him and he said it was nothing but great and that he’s an actor’s director and it was great. Something like that you know, you’ve seen this persons work be acclaimed all over the world and you’re stepping into those shoes and getting direction from Clint Eastwood would be awesome.

Ian: Besides Mortal Kombat, what upcoming projects do you have in the pipeline that you’re really excited about or you want people to check out?
Aleks: Tahmoh and I have a few more things that we’re working on feature wise to do because we’re going to keep on doing the executive producing end of it and trying to get our own projects out there. Mortal Kombat is coming out, this film I did called Charlie is coming out, and This Means War. I’m also trying to create my own stuff also. I love getting into the room and love working networks and studios but I also love the indie aspect of doing your own dream type thing.

The Phoenix New Times has a new interview with Patton Oswalt.

Who are some artists, in your opinion, who never lost their cool?
I think The Onion is a good example of something that has kept being good, never lost its level of quality. Cormac McCarthy has had a really good run of writing great stuff. [Yasujirō] Ozu with his films, that was a long career that never got bad. Again, it just depends on the individual. I don't think there's a universal "sell by" date that applies to all artists.

In addition to releasing your book [Zombie Spaceship Wasteland] and touring, what other projects do you have in the works?
I've got a new album that I'll record next month so, I'm doing as many shows as I can leading up to that.

And here is Kevin Murphy previewing this Tuesday's episode of Hellcats, "Warped Sister," in which we'll finally get some background on Nasty Kathy:

And another sneak peek from Spoiler TV: