VFX: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, EX-MACHINA & MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Panels at SPARK FX 2016 in Vancouver

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Team Bear from The Revenant won’t be at tomorrow’s SPARK FX conference in Vancouver but Team Ava from Ex Machina will be represented, and there will be presentations from other visual effects Oscar nominees Star Wars: The Force Awakens and  Mad Max: Fury Road. Plus a screening of the fifth visual effects nominee The Martian. Place: Vancouver International Film Centre, VanCity Theatre. February 6th. 9:00 a.m. Group from Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) Vancouver present the visual effects of the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Winner of VES Award. (sold out) Motion-captured Maz. Environments. 11:00 a.m. Oscar nominee Paul Norris from Double Negative will talk about making android Ava, star of Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. 3:00 p.m. [...]

RESHOOTS: Steven Spielberg’s THE BFG With Bill Hader Expected Back in Vancouver for Additional Photography This Spring?

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Is legendary director Steven Spielberg’s The BFG,  a big-screen and big-budget Disney live-action adaption of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, coming back to Vancouver for some additional photography this Spring? In the 1982 book, the people-friendly giant (Saturday Night Live alumnus Bill Hader) teams up with a little girl Sophie (10-year-old Brit Ruby Barnhill) and the Queen of England to capture evil, people-eating giants invading the human world. In the first teaser, a scary-looking giant hand comes for Sophie in the orphanage, but the Big Friendly Giant  is not out to harm her. He has been ostracized by his kind because he refuses to eat children. Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall and Jermaine Clement co-star. Related: Steven Spielberg’s The BFG with Bill [...]

NOTICES: FIFTY SHADES DARKER Expected to Film Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) & Others in Gastown From Mid-February to March 8th

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Updated: Are you ready for more Fifty Shades in Vancouver? Look for Seattle-billionaire-with-singular-tastes Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and the-girl-who-said-No Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) around town for about five months, filming sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Free. Fifty Shades Darker, codename Further Adventures of Max & Banks 2, is expected to film scenes of Ana Steele (Johnson) and others in Gastown starting in mid-February until March 8th. Production distributed a polling letter in the neighbourhood and a small crew is at work building a set inside 110 East Cordova. Could these be the future offices of Seattle Independent Publishing (SIP) where Ana will work as an assistant to Jack Hyde? Or could this be the future location for Ana’s friend [...]

CASTING: Noah Hawley’s LEGION Casts Dan Stevens as David Haller/Mutant Legion Filming in Vancouver

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Fargo show runner Noah Hawley knows how to cast. Dan Stevens will play Charles Xavier’s son David Haller and the multiple-personality mutant Legion — whose hundreds of personalities have different powers — on the FX series filming in Vancouver. Noah Hawley chose troubled David Haller/Legion from the many super-human characters in the Marvel universe because he wanted to tell the story of an in-and-out-of-mental-institutions character who “doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not real”, according to TV Insider. Is David a schizophrenic with a mental illness or is he a mutant with powers? Both. David Haller has one friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient who believes his visions could be real. And a therapist Melanie (Jean Smart) on his side. Related: [...]

SHOOT: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Big SPFX Explosions of A Train Oil Tanker at South Richmond Set

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1st Due Media video. It looks like War for the Planet of the Apes set off its huge SPFX explosion of a train oil tanker on its south Richmond set Tuesday. Part of the Great Ape Escape? Tower Rock Armoury. Fight. Weakness. Perish. Filming at its Ape prison set on Monday night before the SPFX explosions.. War For The Planet of the Apes — the third instalment of the rebooted billion-dollar Planet of the Apes franchise starring motion-captured Andy Serkis as Ape leader Caesar– started filming in metro Vancouver in mid-October. We first met Caesar as a genetically-enhanced baby chimp living in San Francisco with humans until he is captured and placed in a primate shelter where he leads an [...]

TONIGHT: SUPERATURAL’s Wayward Daughters — Sheriff Mills (Kim Rhodes), Claire (Kathryn Newton) & Alex (Katherine Ramdeen)

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Dinner with the Wayward Daughters. Supernatural’s Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) join Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) and two teenage girls, Claire (Kathryn Newton) and Alex (Katherine Ramdeen), for home-cooked chicken and mashed potatoes, with a little awkward sex talk thrown in. Wayward daughters #Supernatural@cw_spn@kimrhodes4real@jarpad@JensenAcklespic.twitter.com/Vue0KjYamB — Sarah (@Hellredsky) February 4, 2016 The case involves Alex’s school (Vancouver’s Gladstone Sernior Secondary), its janitor (Ben Cotton) and Alex’s boyfriend. Alex’s boyfriend on right. After the case is solved and the monsters killed the Wayward Sons say goodbye to the Wayward Daughters. Kim Rhodes and Jensen Ackles crack up. CW image. CW image. Jody Mills house. Wayward Daughters spinoff?      

VFX: THE REVENANT Bear Bests Chappie, the Hulk & Maz at the Visual Effects Society Awards

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The Revenant Bear is killing it, winning outstanding animated performance last night at the Visual Effects Society Awards over The Avengers’ Hulk, Chappie, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s Maz. Industrial Light and Magic animators Matt Shumway, Gaelle Morand, Karin Cooper and Leandro Estebecorena took home the trophy. The Bear attack also won outstanding compositing in a photoreal feature for Industrial Light and Magic compositors Donny Rausch, Alan Travis, Charles Lai and TC Harrison over teams from Mad Max: Fury Road, San Andreas, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Tomorrowland. The Revenant picked up an overall award for outstanding supporting visual effects in a photoreal feature for its VFX team — Industrial Light and Magic’s Rich McBride, Ivy Agregan, Jason Smith, Nicolas [...]

CASTING: POWER RANGERS Movie Casts Elizabeth Banks as Villain Rita Repulsa To Film in Vancouver

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Lionsgate’s big-budget Power Rangers movie has cast Elizabeth Banks (actress and director of Pitch Perfect 2) as the villainous Rita Repulsa, joining Becky G as the Yellow Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, RJ Cyler as the Blue Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger and Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger. The movie’s three-month shoot in Vancouver is expected to begin at the end of February. Elizabeth Banks hosts Saturday Night Live. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers have been around since the early 1990s.The pop culture phenomenon launched in 1993 as a TV series about a group of teens who can morph into super-powered primary-coloured warriors and is still in production two decades later, with an ever-changing cast. More than 200 actors [...]

SHOOT: THE FLASH With Grant Gustin Back at Rathaway Industries Near Vancouver’s Olympic Cauldron

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Deja vu? Flashback? Time travel? Earth-Two? Season Two production is filming a scene with The Flash and the Pied Piper aka Hartley Rathaway at Rathaway Industries almost identical to one shot for season one. And in the same location near Vancouver’s Olympic Cauldron. Related: Season One The Flash Vs The Pied Piper Near Vancouver’s Olympic Cauldron. Season One The Flash vs The Pied Piper. Season Two The Flash vs The Pied Piper. Grant Gustin. Pied Piper on set: Watching the set of the #Flash in a standoff #yvrshoots @CW_TheFlash pic.twitter.com/0odgupY1Yu — Zachary Richardson (@_Zakkariah) February 2, 2016   Pied Piper on set and some Central City policemen. #TheFlash @yvrshoots pic.twitter.com/RGFM2eTyhM — Stacey (@hushrules) February 2, 2016 Views from afar: Looks [...]

TONIGHT: LUCIFER (Tom Ellis) Compels L.A. Paparazzi To Confess Sins Filmed in Downtown Vancouver

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What if the Devil decided to quit …. and moved to the City of Angels. Tonight Lucifer helps investigate the death of a Hollywood movie star’s son, killed while being chased by paparazzi. Production shot paparazzi scenes on Vancouver’s Granville Street on the first day of shooting the series here last summer. A celebrity arrives. Detective Chloe Decker faces the paparazzi and her past. And here’s the decamped King of Hell (Tom Ellis) compelling an L.A. paparazzo to confess his sins at Oceanic Plaza, filmed earlier in the day. Related: Lucifer’s Tom Ellis and Lauren German Film at Oceanic Plaza. Lucifer got off to a good start  last week in its post-The X-Files time slot,  with 7.15 million viewers and a [...]

SHOOT: Mark Palansky’s REMEMORY Films Peter Dinklage & Henry Ian Cusick at Vancouver’s Sunrise Market

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The widow of a professor discovers one of his inventions is able to record and play a person’s memory. Mark Palansky’s indie film Rememory is in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside this morning with Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Henry Ian Cusick (The 100) shooting a sequence at the Sunrise Market. Dinklage is the widow’s friend who helps her use her husband’s invention to solve the mystery of his death. Does this have anything to do with the steel case he’s carrying? Related: Rememory with Peter Dinklage Films in Gastown. Henry Ian Cusick. Rememory was expected to begin production in 2012 with Catherine O’Hara as the widow Carolyn and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as her friend who helps her use her [...]