NEW SERIES: Syfy’s THE MAGICIANS with Jason Ralph to Film in Vancouver This Summer

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Photo: The Magicians films at 19th century mansion called the Round Table Club in New Orleans. Harry Potter for adults? Levitating sex? Twenty-somethings at a secret college for magic party like any other students but with something extra. Syfy’s new fantasy series The Magicians will film in metro Vancouver this summer, after shooting its pilot late last year in New Orleans. Based on books by Lev Grossman, The Magicians follows Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) as he leaves Brooklyn to attend the Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy in upstate New York where he and his friends learn how to practice magic and then travel to the magic land of Fillory. Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta and Summer Bishil co-star. Former Supernatural show runner Sera Gamble [...]

SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME Season 4 Finale Overnight Shoot with Jennifer Morrison, Colin O’Donoghue, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla & Sean Maguire in Steveston

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Once Upon a Time’s 2-hour season finale next Sunday pulls a giant switcheroo when the Author writes villains as heroes — Knight Rumplestiltskin — and heroes as villains — Evil Snow White. ABC synopsis: Operation Mongoose, Part 1 and Part 2:  The Author proves to be a formidable wild card and forges an alliance with Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin. Emma/the Saviour, her parents Snow and Charming, Hook and Regina scramble to stop them, but when Mr. Gold and the Author turn the tables on heroes and villains alike, the prospect of any happy outcome appears worlds away. Henry discovers he has big shoes to fill as he steps up to save his family before the story’s final page is turned. It’s a [...]

SHOOT: THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE Films Luke Kleintank at North Vancouver’s Cleveland Dam

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Alternate history? What if the Germans and Japanese won WWII?  Amazon Prime’s The Man in the High Castle — based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel — shot scenes of what looks like Nazi double agent Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank) on North Vancouver’s Cleveland Dam Friday night. The backstory: double agent Joe Blake travels to the Rocky Mountain states from German-controlled New York to infiltrate the resistance where he meets Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) from Japanese-controlled San Francisco. Produced by Ridley Scott and set in 1962, the 10-episode series filmed its pilot in Seattle and Roswell, Washington, and is now shooting its series in metro Vancouver. Sun sets at Capilano River Park as Colorado. Double agent Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank) [...]

SHOOT: Ryan Robbins & Kacey Rohl Film MOTIVE at Former Pappas Furs Building in Vancouver

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Tonight’s  Vancouver whydunit Motive had this scene of murder suspect Eric Sharpe (Ryan Robbins) arrested and marched out of his photography studio on the west side of Victory Square downtown. Motive filmed it last December in a rainstorm and I withheld these photographs because it seemed too much of a spoiler. But Eric Sharpe (Robbins) is not the Killer, even though he wakes up in bed to find the Victim — his assistant — stabbed and dead beside him. The making of #Motive pic.twitter.com/hC9BU48QRN — MotiveTV (@MotiveTV) May 4, 2015  He’s the prime suspect, at first. But it’s the victim’s best friend Stacey (Kacey Rohl) who’s The Killer. What’s her motive? Brave @MotiveTV III crew defying the weather. CC @yvrshoots [...]

IN THEATRES: Fake Pregnancy Comedy PREGGOLAND with Sonja Bennett in Theatres Today

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At Cineplex Odeon International Village in Vancouver: 12:20-3:00-5:35-8:05-10:45. Tweet from Continuum star Rachel Nichols. So excited to see @Preggoland and the amazing @sonjabennett123 tonight. Go lady, GO! Love you! In my seat already! @kershaw_m #Vancouver — Mrs. Rachel Kershaw (@RachelNichols1) May 3, 2015   Jacob Tierney directs Preggoland but this fake pregnancy comedy belongs to Vancouver actor Sonja Bennett who wrote the screenplay and stars as 35-year-old grocery worker Ruth, who pretends to be pregnant after being de-friended by all her friends after trainwreck behaviour at a baby shower. James Caan is the deliriously-happy-father-who-thinks-he’s-going-to-be-a-grandfather. Danny Trejo (Machete) plays against type as a doctor-who-can’t-practice-in-North-America who blackmails Ruth to keep his job as a grocery store cleaner. Preggoland filmed most of this movie in [...]

START DATE: Zombie Herds in Vancouver? FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Expected to Start Filming Mid-May

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Will there be zombie herds on the streets of Vancouver this month? Not right away. Fear The Walking Dead — expected to film here from May 11th to June 19th — starts off as  a prequel. But over time the companion series will catch up to the full zombie apocalypse of The Walking Dead, creator Robert Kirkman told an SxSW (South by Southwest) crowd in March. Screencap of The Walking Dead herd in Atlanta. Set in Los Angeles, Fear The Walking Dead reveals what happens in another corner of America, as the zombie outbreak begins.  ”A strange virus is going around…” Fear the Walking Dead. Kim Dickens (Gone Girl) described her character as a “bad-ass, Sigourney Weaver-type character” to Entertainment Weekly. Cliff Curtis, Frank [...]

SEASON PREMIERE: Dating Show Dramedy UnREAL with Shiri Appleby Premieres June 1st on Lifetime

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Everyone Will be Exposed. Marti Noxon’s dramedy UnReal is about a Bachelor-esqe dating show called Everlasting where producer Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby)’s job is to amp up the drama by manipulating the female contestants and provoking the outrageous footage demanded by the executive producer Quinn King (Constance Zimmer).  At the centre of the show-within-a-show is bachelor Adam Cromwell (Freddie Stroma). SXSW got a sneak peek at the premiere in mid-March and UnReal had a big role to play at the A+E Networks Upfront today. UnReal filmed in and around Vancouver, with an extensive shoot at a Surrey mansion as the House. It premieres June 1st on Lifetime in the U.S and Canada.    

SATURN AWARDS: CONTINUUM, Carlton Cuse (BATES MOTEL & THE RETURNED), Grant Gustin (THE FLASH) & Noah Wyle (FALLING SKIES) are Special Awards Honourees

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Is Vancouver the genre capital of the world? Sometimes it seems that way, like when the Saturn Awards announced this year’s special awards honourees earlier this week: Vancouver’s own timey-wimey series Continuum; showrunner Carlton Cuse of filmed-in-BC Bates Motel and The Returned, Grant Gustin star of shot-in-Vancouver DC adaption The Flash and Noah Wyle, star of filmed-in-Vancouver Falling Skies. Humbled by this special award for #Continuum. Saturn Awards: Noah Wyle among special honorees http://t.co/FTCkqy4vTd via @LATherocomplex — Simon Barry (@SimonDavisBarry) April 30, 2015 Simon Barry’s time-travelling Continuum will be honoured with a Special Recognition Award for its ripped-from-the-news series about future police officer Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) who gets swept up in an escape from 2077 by “terrorists” Liber8 who set out to [...]

CANADIAN FILM DAY: Mommy, Songs She Wrote About People She Knows, The Valley Below, Ben’s At Home, Being Canadian & Violent at VanCity Theatre

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Mommy Ever since Xavier Dolan’s Mommy won a special Jury Prize at Cannes and swept the Canadian Screen Awards, I’ve looked for a way to see it. And finally found it today at  Canadian Film Day at VanCity Theatre. It’s their first feature this morning. What’s Mommy about? It’s the story of a deeply troubled and sometimes violent teen Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon) and his relationships with his single Mom (Anne Dorval) and the part-time teacher (Suzanne Clement) who agrees to tutor him. Screening: 10 a.m. Songs She Wrote About People She Knows Related: Songs She Wrote About People She Knows Debuts at Vancouver International Film Festival. Revenge songs left on voice mail. How does a movie about quiet office worker [...]

TV PILOTS: FLARROW Spinoff, NBC’s HEARTBREAKER, ABC’s ORIGINAL SIN & 6 Other Pilots Vie For Network Slots at NYC Upfronts in May

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The frantic but fun American TV pilot season in metro Vancouver is over for another year and now we wait until May for the networks to unveil their 2015-16 primetime schedules to advertisers and the media at the New York Upfronts. How many of the new pilots we saw filming will make it to series? ABC mystery Original Sin starring Joan Allen has strong buzz but only  the Flarrow (The Flash and Arrow) spinoff with Brandon Routh, Wentworth Miller, Caity Lotz and Victor Garber seems a sure bet for next season. Caveat: even if Vancouver-shot pilots are picked up there is no guarantee that the series will film here. Update: From Deadline, NBC officially picks up medical drama Heartbreaker (formerly Heart Matters) with Melissa [...]

SEQUEL: Crackle’s DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER With Jesse Metcalfe Gets Sequel Expected to Stream in 2016

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Dead Rising: Watchtower – dubbed “Indiana Jones with Zombies” — gets a sequel expected to stream on Crackle in the Spring of 2016. Based on the hit video game, the action/horror flick is about a massive zombie outbreak after  a mandatory government vaccine from  FEZA (Federal Emergency Zombie Authority) fails to stop the infection from spreading.  Who’s left to kill zombies? Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas, Desperate Housewives) — who reportedly did all his own stunts — Meghan Ory (Intelligence, Once Upon a Time) and Dennis Haysbert (Backstrom, 24). Crackle announced the sequel at its April 14th Upfront. Dead Rising: Watchtower filmed in and around BC Place and out at the old Watchmen set in south Burnaby, so hopefully the sequel will too. Dead Rising: Watchtower (the most kick [...]