Published June 13, 2013 on Vancouver is Awesome The fifteenth anniversary of the Leo Awards, celebrating the best of B.C.-made television and film, couldn’t have… Read More »BIG READ: Best of BC-Made TV & Film at LEO AWARDS from CONTINUUM to CAMERA SHY
It’s no surprise that Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time & Intelligence) was the most photographed woman on the red carpet at Saturday’s Leo Awards, celebrating the best of B.C.-made film and television. While she came to support her nominated husband John Reardon, Ory is BC Film’s breakout star, vaulting from a supporting role as Ruby/Little Red on ABC’s Once Upon a Time to main cast on CBS’s upcoming series Intelligence. And trading Josh Dallas for Josh Holloway and a Vancouver production location for a Los Angeles one.
So there will be long-distance commuting in this couple’s future (who met 8 years ago on an independent film). Reardon, who’s supporting cast on Arctic Air, will start filming the aerial adventure series this August in Vancouver and Yellowknife. Ory says she hasn’t had a chance to visit him when he’s shooting above the Arctic Circle but wants to experience the beauty of the Northwest Territories. Still, that’s a very long way from L.A. When production starts, they’ll have to make do with odd weekends in either Vancouver or L.A. Luckily, Ory will return as Ruby/Little Red on Once Upon a Time here but says she doesn’t know when. Later rather than sooner?
Arctic Air star Adam Beach missed the red carpet coming from the airport and went straight into the Westin Bayhore Hotel but he may have been the only one. The Vancouver-and-Yellowknife-filmed CBC aerial adventure series owned the long media gauntlet for a good half-hour or more with nominated leads Pascale Hutton and Kevin McNulty, nominated supporting actor John Reardon and his American-network-star wife Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time and Intelligence), nominated supporting actress Emilie Ullerup, nominated supporting actress Carmen Moore, nominated guest actress Chelah Horsdal and nominated guest actor Aleks “the Griz” Paunovic. Lexa Doig, nominated for performances on both Arctic Air and Continuum chose to enter with the futuristic Continuum gang. With so much crossover the two dramas are one seamless show for Vancouver actors, with Continuum starting filming as Arctic Air wraps or vice-versa. Lexa Doig, John Reardon, Stephen Lobo and Brian Markinson are four cast who have roles on both and Pascale Hutton even guest-starred on Continuum in season one as a Carlos hookup and Liber8 murder victim. I convinced Arctic Air showrunner Gary Harvey (below) to come over to the media wall to be photographed by mentioning that Continuum showrunner Simon Barry would be walking the red carpet later.
Pascale Hutton (Krista Ivarson)
Pascale Hutton & Kevin McNulty (TV father-and-daughter Krista and Mel Ivarson).
Published May 29, 2013 on Vancouver is Awesome
Hometown comedy couple Brent Butt and Nancy Robertson are set to co-host the 15th anniversary of the Leo Awards, celebrating the best of B.C.-made film and television, at the Westin Bayshore Hotel on Saturday, June 8th. Expect more than the usual hijinks with professional comedians as hosts and and a crowd of outstanding homegrown nominees led by Vancouver born-and-bred Jessie James Miller’s feature film Becoming Redwood with 14 nominations, Vancouver-cop-from-the-future series Continuum with 16 nominations and filmed-in-Vancouver-and-Yellowknife aerial adventure series Arctic Air with 14 nominations.. For tickets, click here.
The 1970s era coming-of-age film Becoming Redwood‘s 14 nominations include well-deserved director and writing nods for Jesse James Miller and performance nods for Ryan Grantham as the young golf-obsessed long-haired title character Redwood; Jennifer Copping (Miller’s wife) as Redwood’s mother; Chad Willett (producer) as Redwood’s draft-dodging, pot-dealing father; Derek Hamilton as Redwood’s red-neck stepfather Arnold and Scott Hylands as Arnold’s basement-dwelling elderly father Earl. Miller shot the Vancouver International Film Festival’s most popular Canadian feature in rural Langley for 24 days in the late spring of 2011. By contrast, Random Acts of Romance, the only other motion picture nominee I’ve seen on screen, filmed in several downtown and East Van locations like the Waldorf Hotel, as befits a movie whose tagline is “Sex, Abduction, Stalking and You Thought Romance Was Dead” about interconnected Vancouverites. Director Katrin Bowen is nominated for the twisted romcom, as is Sonja Bennett for her performance as a wacky stalker.
- Becoming Redwood production still – courtesy of Jesse James Miller
In the television category, Continuum dominates with 16 nominations for its first hit season, including nods for creator and UBC grad Simon Barry for his season finale script End Times about time traveller Kiera Cameron’s failure to stop “terrorist” group Liber8 from blowing up a downtown tower, a definitive moment in her corporations-rule-the-world future. Continuum digitally-imploded an Arthur Erickson-designed tower on West Georgia on screen and then filmed the aftermath on a blast-and-rubble set at CBC Vancouver.
Last night’s Leo Awards nominations, celebrating the best of B.C.-made film and television, favour Jesse James Miller’s 70s-era coming-of-age film Becoming Redwood, Vancouver-cop-from-the-future TV series Continuum and northern adventure TV series Arctic Air. The many tweets of congratulations to all the nominees today are a great way to recognize B.C.’s creative talent ahead of tomorrow’s provincial election. So please go vote and as the hashtag says, #SaveBCFilm.
Becoming Redwood‘s 14 nominations include well-deserved director and writing nods for Vancouver-born-and-raised Jesse James Miller and performance nods for Ryan Grantham as the young golf-obsessed long-haired title character Redwood; Jennifer Copping (Miller’s wife) as Redwood’s mother; Chad Willett (producer) as Redwood’s draft-dodging, pot-dealing father; Derek Hamilton as Redwood’s red-neck stepfather Arnold and Scott Hylands as Arnold’s basement-dwelling elderly father Earl. Miller shot the Vancouver International Film Festival’s most popular Canadian feature in rural Langley for 24 days in the late spring of 2011.
In the television category, Continuum dominates with 16 nominations, including nods for creator and UBC grad Simon Barry for his season one finale script End Times and for performances by Richard Harmon, Brian Markinson, Jennifer Spence and Liber8 “terrorist” Lexa Doig. Lead cop Rachel Nichols is not nominated but she is American and not considered a BC actor, even though she lives here for half-a-year each season and owns Vancouver Canucks season tickets (what more do you need?)
Over at Arctic Air, bona fide BC actors Kevin McNulty and Pascale Hutton are nominated for their lead performances on the filmed-in-Vancouver-and-Yellowknife aerial adventure series, two of 14 nominations for the CBC show. Read More »LEO AWARDS: Film BECOMING REDWOOD & TV series CONTINUUM & ARCTIC AIR Top 2013 Nominations
- Sunday, March 3rd – Red Widow 2-hour premiere. No Time to Mourn. Widow must work with her husband’s killers in order to repay $1.5 million debt and protect her family. Radha Mitchell & Goran Visnjic. Red Widow mob posters.
- Sunday, March 3rd – Once Upon a Time 2×15 The Queen is Dead. One death in present day. One death in the Fairy Tale Land past. Guest-starring Bailee Madison (Ginnifer Goodwin mini-me) as young Snow White; Rena Sofer as Snow White’s mother and Downton Abbey’s Lesley Nichol as servant; TVLine has my favourite sneak peek clip of the Rumple family — grandfather Rumple, father Bae, mother Emma and son Henry — walking and talking. The same Rumple family scene I photographed in Gastown as Manhattan.
- Sunday, March 1st – Motive 1×04 Against All Odds. Victim is lawyer whose wife gets $1 million insurance payment. Guest stars Liane Balaban.
- Sunday, March 1st – Vancouver’s Continuum and Arctic Air nominated at Canadian Screen Awards airing on CBC. Arrow‘s Stephen Amell presents.
- Sunday, March 3rd- Once Upon a Time panel at PaleyFest with creators & cast Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle, Emilie de Ravin & Colin O’Donoghue. Livestreamed at 1:30 p.m. PT.
- Sunday, March 3rd – Vancouver cop-from-the-future series Continuum-athon on Syfy in the U.S. First seven episodes of season one.
- Friday, March 1st – Once Upon a Time films in Steveston. Day shoot: Jennifer Morrison & Jared Gilmore cross street & talk in Emma’s yellow VW bug. Fraturday night shoot on the docks with Lana Parrilla.
- Friday, March 1st – Showcase announces Continuum‘s season two premiere date is Sunday, April 21st. Meantime, crew films scenes in the rain in Victory Square park w/ Rachel Nichols & Ian Tracey. And a night shoot in Shanty Town set on top of Gastown parkade.
- Friday, March 1st – Kokanee’s The Movie Out Here gets a blue carpet premiere at International Village with Glacier Girls and star Robin Nielsen but no Sasquatch. a
- Friday, March 1st – Casting call for military extras for two-day Godzilla shoot in Nanaimo.
- Friday, March 1st – Casting call for wild west extras for ABC pilot Big Thunder in Maple Ridge and Squamish.
- Friday, March 1st – Gary Oldman joins cast of Apes sequel Dawn of Planet of the Apes filming here in April.
- Friday, March 1st – Feature film Godzilla starring Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Read More »WEEK: February 25 – March 3, 2013