Thursday, 25 August 2011

Blood and Chrome update, new interviews with Esai Morales & new projects for Eric Stoltz, Leah Gibson, Patton Oswalt, John Pyper-Ferguson and Ryan Robbins

I go on vacation and all this happens:

Eric Stoltz might be coming back to weekly TV. He has been cast as the lead in a new Lifetime pilot, Modern Love. Report from Deadline.com:
[Modern Love] follows newspaper science editor Simon McElvane (Stoltz) as he faces a deteriorating marriage, the ramifications of potentially starting over and balancing his relationship with his adopted 15-year-old daughter. Unexpectedly handed the job of editor of the newspaper’s Modern Love column, Simon discovers he has a lot to learn about life and love.
NWCN has a video report from the set of Grimm in Portland. Sasha Roiz mentioned they’ve started working on episode four today.

Sasha will be back on Warehouse 13 next Monday. Alessandra Torresani will join him the week after that.

Esai Morales did a few more interviews while promoting Gun Hill Road in San Francisco. There is one at SFBayTimes.com and a longer one at SFWeekly.com. Snippet:

How have parts for Latinos changed?
La Bamba was supposed to change everything. Oh, the Latino wave. It was a good movie, and then they tried to imitate it with Lambada and The Forbidden Dance. You notice Hollywood takes something that hits and tries to do a cheap knock off.

But they've changed in that you may have more opportunities now. There's Jay Hernandez in Saw. He was a Latino guy, but it wasn't about being Latino. That's what I'd like to see. It's gotten better, but it's still hard to get meaningful and centered role, not just the flavoring. Hollywood insults its audience's intelligence by assuming if there's a Latino name up there it becomes a Latino movie. You don't call Al Pacino movies Italian movies.

One thing I love about this movie is look at this -- I'm Puerto Rican, Judy Reyes is Dominican, and Harmony Santana is half Puerto Rican, half Dominican. It's like a sort of synchronicity. And by the way, Harmony is an actual transitioning person. It would not have worked with an actor-- Daniel Day Lewis, Laurence Olivier, it would not have worked. This movie works because it's the real thing, and the heart and soul that was evinced from Harmony is something people will identify with.

Using a real transgender person lets us in. You see her getting ready, and you see her putting things on. It was so informative. You see what she goes through to get her injections and to get her hormone blockers. This is a movie from our community for all communities to better understand and embrace our own children.
And there is also a video interview with him:


The first footage from The Hunger Games, with Paula Malcomson, will be shown at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 28, 9 pm).

TNT has announced the air date for Deck the Halls, with Luciana Carro and Hiro Kanagawa:
Deck the Halls – Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Based on the first book in Mary Higgins Clark and daughter Carol Higgins Clark’s series of holiday mystery novels, this warm-hearted story brings together two of the authors’ most popular characters: Cleaning-woman-turned-private-eye Alvirah Meegan (Kathy Najimy) and Detective Regan Reilly (Scottie Thompson). The women investigate the kidnapping of Regan’s father and a young female driver just before the holidays. The race is on to rescue the pair and get them home in time for Christmas. Two-time Emmy® winner Jane Alexander plays Regan’s mother, famed mystery writer Nora Regan Reilly. Ron Underwood (Tremors, City Slickers) will direct from a script by Howard Burkons (John Q, TNT’s The Ron Clark Story), who also serves as executive producer with Brenda Friend (Joan of Arc, TNT’s The Ron Clark Story) and Frank von Zerneck (We Were the Mulvaneys, Miracle on Ice).
Leah Gibson started work on yet another project over the weekend, a short film called In Good & In Bad. She tweeted a pic from the set:

The New Zealand DVD release date for A Night for Dying Tigers has changed to February 15, 2012.

John Pyper-Ferguson will make an appearance in the Alphas season finale, which airs on Monday, September 26 at 10 pm. Maureen Ryan at AOL TV has the report:
Another veteran of the 'BSG' universe, 'Caprica' actor John Pyper-Ferguson, will have a key role in the season finale of Syfy's 'Alphas,' a drama about people with extraordinary abilities.

Pyper-Ferguson, who also appeared on ABC's 'Brothers and Sisters,' will play Stanton Parish, the man whose writings inspired the members of Red Flag, an organization of Alphas who don't want to play ball with the authorities. The Red Flag will be a growing presence in the Syfy show's first season, and if 'Alphas' returns for a second season, expect the Red Flag faction to return.

Pyper-Ferguson played the tech titan Tomas Vergis in the 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel 'Caprica,' and he's also got a role in another 'BSG' project, 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.' In the latter project, he plays a character named Xander Toth, and, just to provide a bit of clarity for the 'BSG' super-nerds like myself, the roles of Vergis and Toth are unrelated.
The same article has an update on Blood and Chrome, which is still in post-production (Doug Drexler mentioned a couple of weeks ago that there were about 2,000 unfinished VFX shots). As it turns out, it still might end up being a web series:
Given the amount of work still being done on 'Blood and Chrome' (which was written by 'BSG' scribe Michael Taylor and will act as a possible pilot for a TV series), it sounds as though 'Blood and Chrome' is still something of a work in progress and an announcement about a release date is not particularly imminent. Stern said Syfy is still weighing whether to release this combat-oriented 'BSG' prequel as an online series (which was the original plan back when the project was first commissioned) or to bring it to air as a backdoor pilot, which is still a possibility.
Side note here: last June, Michael Taylor said the plan was to release it as an X-box movie and possible backdoor pilot. The online series announcement wasn’t made until Comic-Con.

Riese: Kingdom Falling (with Ryan Robbins, Leah Gibson, Alessandro Juliani, Richard Harmon and Ben Cotton) will be released on DVD in Australia on September 14.

Ryan Robbins has a new project in the works, called The Philadelphia Experiment. No details yet, but Emilie Ullerup and Gina Holden are also involved.

Richard Harmon mentioned that he will be working on The Haunting Hour again. Meanwhile, a couple of new festival dates have been added for Judas Kiss:
• Judas Kiss screens at the Winnipeg Reel Pride Film Festival on Saturday, October 8, at 7 p.m., at the Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave., in Osborne Village. A Q&A and reception will follow the screening featuring star Charlie David. Tickets are $8.
• Norrk√∂ping Filmfestival Flimmer will screen the film during its run from September 30 to October 9. The Screenings page and Facebook Event Page will be updated when Flimmer announces its schedule.
Patton Oswalt has been cast in a new untitled comedy that starts filming this week. He will play Johnny Knoxville’s brother. From Deadline:
Knoxville and Oswalt will play battling brothers who attempt to honor their ailing father by taking a troop of boys on a camping trip. It all goes awry.
Patton was also spotted on a movie set in New York, but it’s a little unclear what he was filming. Caught on Set has some photos.

He also did a video for The Ettes' new single, "The Excuse." You can watch it on Spin.com.

The first photo of James Marsters on the set of Supernatural has appeared online. You can see it here.

Super Hybrid with Ryan Kennedy was released on DVD and Blu-ray yesterday. If you want a free copy, Movieweb is holding a contest.

Syfy has announced the return date for Sanctuary, which will be back in its Friday slot this fall:
SANCTUARY (SEASON 4 PREMIERE)
Friday, October 7 at 10PM (ET/PT) -- The 13 all-new episodes of Season 4 change everything. With the arrival of the Hollow Earth refugees, the balance between Abnormals and humans is severely upset. In order to keep the peace, Magnus and team must throw out the rulebook. But forging their own way means they're not just dodging dangerous Abnormals anymore, now they've got world governments and new villains nipping at their heels. Sanctuary stars Amanda Tapping as the brilliant Dr. Helen Magnus, Robin Dunne as forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman, Agam Darshi as Kate Freelander, Ryan Robbins as Henry Foss and Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt.
Sanctuary: The Complete Third Season will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on September 13.

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