Thursday, 30 June 2011

June wrap: cast updates, new projects & interviews

A frakload of updates today. Let's start in Caprica City.

If you find yourself in Vancouver on Saturday, July 23, you can meet up with fellow BSG & Caprica fans for a guided tour of Kobol. For details, go to The 13th Colony blog.

CNN has a really great article about Ron Moore this week which is mainly about 17th Precinct, but pretty much covers most of his career. Here are a couple of quotes from David Eick and Jane Espenson:
"Ron is the scariest writer I know" his former producing partner recalls.
"I'm not sure there's anything he can't do remarkably well. Even within the context of 'Battlestar,' there was such a wild panoply of styles and emotions -- action, tragedy, melodrama, comedy, philosophy, even music -- all of which I watched him nail."

"But he's also weirdly unpretentious," Eick said. "We'd argue about whether something worked, but never whether or not it was 'good,' because if you tell Ron something's not good, he doesn't take it personally. He just says OK and then does something great."

Moore's sense of flexibility and vision were solidifying his reputation among his cast and crew.
Writer and Executive Producer Jane Espenson first met Moore while pitching show ideas for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" as a grad student at UC Berkeley. She later joined "Battlestar's" writing team.

"There could be a million distractions around him -- he could be on a bad phone connection, in an airport, running for a plane, and he'd immediately grasp a complex story as five of us shouted it into a speaker phone, and he'd have the fix," she said.
Moore was acquiring a dedicated following with the show's success. He understood how much the geek culture's acceptance by the mainstream had helped his own success as genre material had made the transformation from niche to widespread commercial viability.

Dean Devlin tweets that Leverage 4x01, with Eric Stoltz, is available on iTunes for free. (Currently being in Coyote Dial-up Nowhere, I can't confirm.)

Esai Morales metioned a new project in the live chat he did on Twitter the other day. No details, except that it's called Beautiful Now and he might be playing a subdued gay character. Esai also posted a clip from the red carpet for Los Americans on his FB page. A new episode, "Secrets," was posted earlier today. You can watch it on

After getting a standing ovation at the Frameline fest, Gun Hill Road is travelling to Germany, where it will be shown at the Munich International Film Festival this weekend. And has the announcement for the 2011 NewFest:
July 28 – NewFest closes with the parental drama Gun Hill Road. Returning from prison to find his son recast as Vanessa, Esai Morales decides to turn him into a tough man no matter the cost.
The Grimm pilot will be screened at Comic Con, with the cast in attendance. From Hollywood Reporter:
The series, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel writers and executive producers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, will hold its panel on Saturday, July 23.
Following the screening, a Q&A will be held with Kouf and Greenwalt joined by the cast including David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee and Sasha Roiz. has an article on Tekken, with John Pyper-Ferguson, as well as some clips from the film (no JPF), which will be out on DVD in a few weeks.

Several videos from James Marsters’ Q&A at Supanova 2011 have been posted on YouTube, starting here. There is also a short interview with him at

Judas Kiss with Richard Harmon and Genevieve Buechner will get a couple of screenings at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in August. And Philly Broadcaster has the festival announcement for the Philadelphia QFest, which opens next week (July 7):
This year’s festival kicks off with two opening films: The first, Judas Kiss, is a science-fiction film that tells the story of a washed-up filmmaker who travels back in time to meet his college-aged self. The film has been making festival rounds throughout the country and has consistently been one of the most well-received of the festival season
Kacey Rohl tweets that she is working on The Haunting Hour. has a new Q&A with her. Snippet:
IHD: You've had some dark roles recently! How do you put yourself in the mindset to play those parts?
KR: Prudence in Red Riding Hood came very easily to me, oddly enough. Acting mean (in that way) was easy for me. Sterling in The Killing was more difficult. She was more complex and damaged. For her, I went back to what my time in high school was like and really went to those icky 16-year-old self esteem places. I also used a lot of music to bring me down. The Antlers, The Cinematic Orchestra and I also got my best friend to compile a list of her favorite sad tunes and I used that to make me think of Rosie.
Meanwhile, The Province has a new article about one of Kacey's new films, Sunflower Hour, which includes a short interview with Ben Cotton. Snippet:
Cotton shows comic chops I hadn't seen from him before, handling both sides of an antagonistic relationship between a foul-mouthed guy and his even more colourfully foul-mouthed leprechaun puppet.

The cast took a couple of workshops from veteran puppeteer Jeny Cassady. "One of the things she said that I probably wouldn't have thought about was the puppet's breathing," says Cotton.
"She said if you stop moving, the puppet's dead. Let it breathe, make an inhale and an exhale for it, and always have the puppet be aware and looking, then it stays alive."
Cotton uses that technique in spades, notably in a hotel room scene set after a hookers-and-booze bender, in which his character is passed out but the puppet is awake.
Sunflower Hour will have its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic in July. The film has an official site where you can find all the info you need: had a great interview with Jamie Bamber last week, in which he talked about 17th Precinct among other things. A snippet or two:
"The saddest thing for us personally was that we were working with the people we had grown to love and respect [on Battlestar] again.

"It didn't work for whatever reason and you don't know. It's not a proven science. It was a difficult subject matter and I guess test audiences didn't quite sort of believe or understand the world that we were trying to create."

Bamber says it was the leadership on Battlestar that made the show such a unique experience.
"I really mean it - Eddie Olmos and Mary McDonnell and to some extent [producer] Michael Rymer as well and Ron.

"Eddie [who played Bamber's father, Bill Adama] is just a guy that creates a family vibe and empowers people. He doesn't feel threatened by them. He gives people confidence and tries to build people up. He created a lot of us, a lot of our younger cast, in particular.
"We were all sort of in a foreign town, which galvanised people to socialise together and the kind of story we were telling was conducive to that. We were all on this adventure together and didn't know which way we were going to be turning next."

While Battlestar finished two years ago, there has already been one short-lived spin-off, Caprica, plus the upcoming prequel series Blood & Chrome centred on a young Bill Adama played by Skins actor Luke Pasqualino.

Bamber's not miffed he wasn't asked to play the junior Adama?
"Oh, God no. Not at all,'' he laughs.

"I don't think I'd have volunteered myself for that. I think that would have been too much and I'm too old. I hear the guy playing it is great. I don't know him myself, but everyone said he did a fantastic job."
And The Morton Report had an article with lots of info on the production of Echoes, the new pilot with Mike Dopud. Here is an update, from Mark Savela (producer):
"[Composer] Joel Goldsmith is working away on the score; his ideas and suggestions are just amazing and we're really looking forward to seeing the finished product. Redlab in Toronto is doing the color correct on the show, while Atmosphere VFX and Darkroom Digital are working away on the VFX."

"We are looking to have the 13-minute pilot presentation and the two-minute trailer finished by the end of June. We've also been working hard behind the scenes, pitching and trying to sell the show. The concept and its players have been very well received out in the market, and we hope to have more announcements very soon."
Guillermo del Toro gave an update the other day on The Hulk remake, which he is producing with David Eick:
Is Hulk still happening?
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We turned in the outline to ABC about four weeks ago. And then we did a rewrite for ABC on the outline, and now we are lining up the pages.
Is it safe to assume this will be a different Hulk than we've ever seen before?
I think so. Or we wouldn't be trying it. Actually, one of the points of this project early on with Marvel, was "We're going to do this thing different, and here's how. Are you interested?" And they were.
ABC has announced the premiere dates for its fall shows, among them Jane Espenson's new show, Once Upon a Time, which kicks off on Sunday, October 23 at 8 pm.

Last not least, Torchwood: Miracle Day will premiere in the UK on on July 14th at 9 pm on BBC 1. BBC has put out the UK teaser and a press release for the pilot.

The show kicks off in the U.S. on Starz next Friday (July 8) at 10 pm. You can catch it a free screening in several cities, including Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia and Denver, on July 5. For details, hop over to Facebook.

Here is a new, 11-minute behind-the-scenes preview clip, with Russell T. Davies, John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman and Alexa Havins:

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