Wednesday, 16 November 2011

New projects for Eric Stoltz, Polly Walker and Ben Cotton, and new interviews with Sasha Roiz and Christopher Heyerdahl

A bunch of updates today, most of which were supposed to go up over the weekend:

There is a new BSG site in town: Battlestar Galactica Filming Locations. It's a pretty thorough guide to all the places seen in the show's four seasons and two films, and very handy for anyone planning a trip to Vancouver, along with Visit Caprica. Check it out at

On TV tonight: Richard Harmon tweets that his episode of Clue airs tonight. That's 8 pm ET on the Hub TV Network. You can watch the series trailer on YouTube.

Yesterday's episode of Glee, "Mash Off," was directed by Eric Stoltz. Fox has released a couple of new behind-the-scenes clips today (embedded & linked below).

Shoot Online reported earlier this week that Eric has joined the production and design studio The Department of The 4th Dimension full time and has at least one project in development. The relevant bit:
Mr. Stoltz found the diversity of work and The D4D's focus on storytelling compelling, adding, "I'm always looking forward to telling stories with actors in new and different ways and the work The D4D has done has inspired me to venture into brand-inspired content—both commercials and longer format projects."

The D4D is Eric's first full time spot roost. He is currently prepping a comedy-dialogue driven project encompassing both spots and web content, and is slated to direct additional episodes of this season's Glee, having already helmed this year's premier.
And here is the Glee video:

There is another one without Eric on YouTube: Behind the Slap.

Polly Walker has been cast in Prisoners' Wives, a new BBC miniseries that will air early next year. The Mirror writes that the show "follows the lives of four women who connect – and clash – as their partners do time behind bars." No details on Polly's character yet.

The trailer for The Hunger Games was released this week. Paula Malcomson isn't in it, but here it is anyway:

Hiro Kanagawa's Christmas play The Patron Saint of Stanley Park is coming back for another run at the Arts Club this winter. If you are in Vancouver, you can see it from December 1 to the 24 at the Revue Stage.
A Magical Holiday Fable. On that infamously stormy Christmas Eve of 2006, a mysterious vagabond rescues two fatherless children in Stanley Park and takes them to a fantastical world beneath Prospect Point. During the course of the magical night, the children will experience wondrous visions—visions that may help them understand the truth about their father, their mysterious guardian, and the healing power of love.

The Patron Saint of Stanley Park, by Hiro Kanagawa, was born out of the Arts Club’s Silver Commissions Project, which provides funding and development resources to established Vancouver artists to create original works for the company. The resulting work premiered last year to critical and popular acclaim.

The play has elements of both fantasy and realism and will appeal to adults and youngsters alike with its emotion, action, and humour. Says Kanagawa, “The Patron Saint of Stanley Park is a contemporary variation on the stories told about Saint Nicholas of Myra, the protector of children who is now commonly associated with Santa Claus.”
More at

The Firm with Callum Rennie and Tricia Helfer (with Brian Markinson and Kate Vernon also making appearances) finally has a premiere date. The two-hour pilot will air on Sunday, January 8, on NBC and then the show will move into Prime Suspect's slot, Thursdays at 10 pm, on January 12. You can find NBC's midseason schedule on Deadline.

Grimm will stay where it is at mid-season (Fridays, 9 pm), and this just in: NBC has ordered two additional episodes.

Speaking of, Movieweb has a new interview with Sasha Roiz:

Still no air date for Sasha's episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, "The High School Reunion" (Part 1 & 2), but they will be the last two episodes of the season.

Also giving interviews this week: Christopher Heyerdahl. Most of them are about Hell on Wheels (check out the new BTS featurette if you're in the U.S.), but he also talks about Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, which opens this weekend. James Pizzinato also makes an appearance in the film.

AOL TV has a hilarious video interview with Christopher here. It can't be embedded, so hit the link. It's mostly about Twilight.

And here are some snippets from his other interviews. From AMC TV:
Q: It's pretty hilarious that your character is called The Swede, despite being from Norway.
A: It actually happens all the time! Whenever I travel anywhere, I'm constantly asked if I'm Swedish. It's the burden of most Norwegians. The Swedes have just got a better publicity agent, I think.

Q: What did you draw on besides your father's accent to create The Swede?
A: He's an amalgamation of all sorts of people I've met throughout my lifetime. Norway was occupied by the Germans in the Second World War, and I've met a lot of people who had to live through that occupation in varying degrees. In order to keep their theoretical sanity, they often have dealt with it by trying to control everything and everyone else around them.
HitFix: I interviewed Joe and Tony Gayton and we were talking about the villains in this story, whether Doc Durant is an antagonist or a villain, whether The Swede is an antagonist or a villain. How do you look at him?
Christopher Heyerdahl: Given the choice of those two words, "antagonist," I would say. Because you're giving two examples of people who are in a place of authority. Doc Durant, he's the boss. He's the president. He's the one laying down the rules. He's paying the bills. Everyone's gotta do what he says, or you take the track in the opposite direction. The Swede, his job is to play the part of the enforcer. Without him, the railroad is not going to be built. Without him, there's chaos, because someone has to keep these thieves and brigands and murderers and dipsomaniacs in line or hell will break loose.

HitFix: OK, I clearly gave you the wrong two words here. [He laughs loudly.] If I take "villain" and "antagonist" off the table, tell me about The Swede, then. Is he actually the hero of this story?
Christopher Heyerdahl: Well, the story is about him. It's just for some reason they keep cutting to other people. I don't really understand why. For me, he's a dream character, that I would have the opportunity to play a character who represents a huge part of my heritage in the form of someone who is complex and conflicted and joyful and terrifying and someone you cannot put a finger on... So is he a villain? Is he an antagonist? Is he a hero? Yes. He's all of those things. They've drawn out a very three-dimensional human being and so he's unpredictable.
And Red Eye Chicago:
I hear you had to go back and forth shooting both shows at the same time.
Yeah. It was great. [Producer] George Horie and the gang at “Sanctuary” were very, very good to me and allowed me to do “Hell on Wheels.” Without their support, without George and [“HOW” producer] Chad Oakes getting together and saying that this impossible schedule could be worked out, we wouldn’t be having this conversation about this subject.

I would arrive to work at “Sanctuary” at four in the morning, shoot all day, Gordy MacDonald, our first AD, would make sure that I was in the chair and out the door at 8 [p.m.]. The car would pick me up and drive me to the airport. I’d get on the 10:30 flight, arrive Calgary at 12:30, 1 in the morning. Get into the hotel; get picked up at 6 the next morning. Drive to set and either stay for a day or two and then jump on a plane, fly back the next night, get up at 4 in the morning, back on “Sanctuary.” And that was basically what it was like for five months. And it was fantastic. I was in heaven. (...)

Had you ridden horses before?
I grew up riding horses as a city slicker. I love that stuff. … I kind of was thrown into the saddle [for this]. I’d worked with the wranglers about five, six years ago on “Into the West.” And there, it was actually with [Ryan Robbins] and [John Pyper-Ferguson], and we were basically sitting on horses for, I don’t know, 10 hours a day on that show. And we’d set up a shot and we’d say to the guys, “OK, you can go like for 45 minutes, we’re going to take off on the horses.” And we’d just take off, had walkies, and then we’d just come back and shoot the scene and ride off on the horses again. It was pretty great.
^ Last paragraph corrected. (Ryan Reynolds wasn't in that show.)

James Marsters and Buffy co-star Juliet Landau were at the Austin Comic-Con last week. There are a bunch of videos from their Q&A on the Don't Kill Spike blog.

A couple of corrections: Jane Espenson's first episode of Once Upon a Time won't air this Sunday, but the next one (November 27), and Patton Oswalt won't be appearing in the Christmas episode of Raising Hope, but in the one airing on Tuesday, November 29, called "Bro-gurt." Here is a photo:

Patton also tweeted yesterday that he had recorded an episode of The Simpsons. And some new clips from Young Adult (in theatres on December 16) appeared online in recent days. Here is one with Patton and Charlize Theron:

The first trailer for Arctic Air with Carmen Moore, Leah Gibson and a bunch of other familiar faces, has been released. You can see it on the show's official page. Arctic Air premieres on January 10 on CBC. Aleks Paunovic has posted a photo from the set on Twitter (that's Adam Beach, the show's lead, to the left):

If you're in Vancouver, you can catch Leah Gibson in The True Heroines again at the Electric Owl on November 23. Teaser:

True Heroines- Show on the Run: A Comic Book Cabaret from TheTrueHeroines on Vimeo.

Ron Moore and Doug Drexler are among the Trek people who were interviewed for Trek Nation, a Star Trek documentary premiering on the SCIENCE channel on Wednesday, November 30 at 8 pm. More about the film at Screen Rant.

Doug Drexler mentioned on his blog a few days ago that the VFX work on Blood and Chrome was finally done. Still no word on when and where the pilot will air. If you're looking for spoilers and haven't seen the casting sides for the three leads, Sarah Deakins, who read for Beka Kelly (and played one of Laura Roslin's sisters in "Daybreak") posted a video of her audition on YouTube.

Ben Cotton has a few new projects on his list of credits: a guest starring role in Fairly Legal, which returns next spring on USA, and two films with Terry Miles, the western Dawn Rider and indie drama In No Particular Order. Mike Dopud, who is currently shooting a Syfy movie called Tasmanian Devils, also mentioned working on In No Particular Order.

Here is a behind-the-scenes clip, from the film's Tumblr page:

The Province has an article about the film.
This movie’s fictional wedding sparks the lead character’s reassessment of her life. Bennett and Lobo are the newlyweds, with Cotton as a nice guy who fixes on Cofsky’s character. The three actors are among the busier faces in Vancouver, and Cofsky says she was gratified when they signed on.

“This is as low budget as you can get, so I wasn’t sure whether anyone was going to want to do it,” Cofsky says. “It’s hard when you haven’t done a lot of writing to know whether what you’ve done is any good.”

Cotton, who is still awaiting word on a go-ahead for Blood and Chrome, a Battlestar Galactica prequel series for which he starred in the pilot, says Cofsky’s script gave him a rare chance to play a romantic lead.

“A grown-up guy, not the man-child,” says Cotton. “Something my mom could watch and go ‘See, that’s what I’m talking about. that’s my boy.’”
To see some BTS photos, go here.

The Divide with Michael Eklund won an audience award at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival last week.

Avan Jogia directed, produced and co-wrote a short film called Alex, available on YouTube now. He also stars in it. There are some BTS photos on his blog. Don't watch it at work:

Here is an interesting new review of Beyond the Black Rainbow with Eva Allan, from Slant Magazine:
Panos Cosmatos's Beyond the Black Rainbow is the aforementioned "mind-blowing imagery" film, a bizarre Reagan-era clash of wills between psychically-gifted Elena (Eva Allan) and Dr. Barry Nyle (Michael Rogers), her captor and tormentor at the Arboria Institute. He's studying her, hoping to get insight and control over her powers; she's seeking for a way to escape—but that plot is almost irrelevant in light of the power of the film's imagery. The promotional video-style opening immediately plunges us into a full-on '70s sci-fi aesthetic, Logan's Run by way of THX-1138. But that's only the starting point before the film explodes into a torrent of psychedelic images and hypnotic dilation of time, where at one point the film frame appears to literally disintegrate in front of our eyes.

Trying to get a handle on the film's avant-garde predilections is a bit like trying to get a handle on madness; one simple shot showing Elena crossing a hallway seems to stretch on for minutes, but it's captivating by the sheer force of its disconnect as a geometric motion study. In fact, it's almost anticlimactic when Cosmatos snaps the film back into some semblance of reality to push along Barry and Elena's cat-and-mouse game. In this visual maelstrom, Rogers as Barry is captivating in the way he positively oozes sinister inhumanity; in his turtlenecks and polyester suits, he's like an evil Carl Sagan.
And the synopsis and teaser for the next episode of Grimm, "Lonelyhearts:"
DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE LEAD TO A LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER'S DISTURBING SECRET - After investigating a strange cluster of female deaths and disappearances, Nick (David Giuntoli) sends Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) undercover to get a whiff of a hypnotic suspect. In the meantime, a stranger shows up looking to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a Grimm, but he'll have to get past Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz).

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