Monthly Archives: April 2012
Among the first to arrive at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner gala last night were Once Upon a Time couple Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, looking like something out of a fairy tale in black and white, with Goodwin’s lipstick providing a splash of red.
It’s not news in Vancouver that Snow White and her Prince Charming are dating in real life. Here they are as their affectionate real selves in between takes in the village of Steveston. After filming their scenes, Goodwin and Dallas walked past me hand-in-hand on Moncton Street back to circus.
The course of true love ran much smoother for them in Vancouver than it has for their Storybrooke characters Mary Margaret Blanchard and David Nolan, whose reunion will be thwarted yet again tonight by Lana Parrilla’s Regina/Evil Queen.
After Regina’s plan of implicating Mary Margaret in the murder of David’s “wife” Kathryn didn’t work out (Kathryn resurfaced alive if not completely well), you’d think Regina would take a break from sabatoguing this meant-to-be couple. But Mary Margaret is a long way from forgiving David for believing she killed his wife and that leaves an opening for Regina to attempt to seduce David. Does it start with a Mercedes, conveniently broken-down outside the Storybrooke Pet Shelter where David works?
Hands off Regina! This isn’t going to work.
Sounds like The Killing cast and crew had a few too many rounds from the special Drink Menu at last night’s season two wrap party in Vancouver. What a clever idea. A series of drinks named after the victim, the Rosie (vodka, cranberry, soda, lemon); the detectives, the Linden (gin, soda, lime juice) and the Holder (rum, coke, lime juice); the prime suspect of season one, the Richmond (rye, ginger, orange); and the as-yet-unknown the Killer (shots of tequila). Some party photos are now surfacing on Twitter including one of Patrick Gilmore and Billy Campbell sandwiched between three young women, with victim Rosie Larsen herself on the right, aka Katie Findlay.
Congratulations all. The wrap party means that after a two-season investigation The Killing has finally filmed the answer to the question: Who Killed Rosie Larsen? That might sound sarcastic. It’s not meant to be. When we find out who killed Rosie in June, it will be only Day 26 or so of the investigation, which isn’t that long in the real world. It just seems slower because it’s been spread out over two 13-episode seasons.
Of course I’ve seen some great spoilers of the last seven “days” being filmed here, which I won’t share right now. Except one. Last Sunday, Billy Campbell’s Darren Richmond vowed to destroy Mayor Lesley, after learning that he was the one who framed him with the fake toll booth photo which got Richmond arrested, shot and confined to a wheel chair. It should be no surprise to anyone that the Seattle Mayoral race is back ON.
The main cast for the Percy Jackson sequel Sea of Monsters had a lot of fun working yesterday. Logan Lerman’s Percy Jackson, Douglas Smith’s Tyson and Alexandra Daddario’s Annabeth jumped on the spot to warm up for a morning scene of the trio running from 500 Beatty Street in downtown Vancouver dressed as the Delaware School of Culinary Arts. And then in the afternoon, they moved a block east for fun scenes with Nathan Fillion as god Hermes in shorts in a fake UPS store. A very good day, indeed.
Fixing the flag.
Warming up for the run.
Since the scenes of Cortexiphan kid Nick Lane’s return are in the promos for tonight’s Fringe, I’ve restored Lane, played by David Call, to my photos of the shoot in Yaletown. The is one where first Joshua Jackson, then Seth Gabel slipped on wet grass, ruining takes. No one found it funnier than them. It was one of those wonderful Fringe shoots where fans watched up close as cast and crew went about their business of making this out-of-this-world show, just renewed for a fifth and final season.
Tonight’s @Fringenuity hashtag is the episode title #WorldsApart.
Whoever thought of making Nathan Fillion’s god Hermes a UPS courier in shorts is brilliant. What a great twist on the idea of Hermes, the messenger of the Gods, giving Percy Jackson what he needs to head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical golden fleece to save Camp Half-Blood from attack by monsters, the second in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians franchise.
Nathan Fillion flew into Vancouver yesterday to do his cameo but he wasn’t easy to spot inside a fake UPS Store at Pender & Abbott in downtown Vancouver. He may have gone undetected if a friend hadn’t suggested he could be inside behind the counter. And sure enough from across the street through the glass I caught glimpses of him laughing with the main cast - Logan Lerman”s Percy Jackson; Douglas Smith’s Tyson and Alexandra Daddario’s Annabeth.
And then in between setups I saw Nathan Fillion exit out the back and spotted the bare legs. I’d hoped for those short brown shorts but these are more than fine and he wore them well. Don’t you agree?
A couple of fans got his attention earlier in the day yelling, “Hey Captain Tightpants!” And here he is signing another fan’s Firefly DVD and returning her blue sharpee. Nice Canadian boy that he is despite all his success.
UPDATE: On his second day as the god Hermes, Nathan Fillion filmed in Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park dressed in a sharp suit with slicked-back hair not as a UPS courier in shorts. He cocked an eyebrow, looking devilish, in a photo with one lucky fan who works in the area. And that was a wrap for his cameo on Percy Jackson 2. Short but sweet for the many Fillion fans.
This Fall on FOX: Witness Fringe Division’s Last Stand.
Fringe: The Final Season.
Joel Wyman/ @JWFringe: OFFICIALLY PICKED UP FOR 13 EPISODES! Our team thanks FOX/WB and our INCREDIBLE fans.
See the FOX teaser here.
”Fringe is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television’s most imaginative dramas. Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve. The amazing work the producers, writers and the incredibly talented cast and crew have delivered the last four seasons has literally been out of this world. Although the end is bittersweet, it’s going to be a very exciting final chapter.” — FOX president Kevin Reilly.
Could I be any more excited? Thirteen more episodes of Fringe filmed in Vancouver this summer and fall for its fifth and final season.
I only have a couple of requests.
Are there peacoats in 2036?, Joshua Jackson tweeted after hearing of the renewal. Let’s hope so.
And one more thing I’d really like to see in 2036. Olivia Dunham alive and well, please.
Thankyou in advance. A round of milkshakes and red vines on me.
How did Continuum creator Simon Barry conceive of a Vancouver in 2077 which has become North America’s financial centre in a world where corporations have taken over failed governments? By reading and watching the news, of course. He calls it more science fact than science fiction. In this dystopian future, rising seas from global climate change have wiped out the east coast but Vancouver is protected by a dam across English Bay.
So why hasn’t the Lions Gate Bridge been dealt with in 2077?, joked one of the Continuum panel at Vancouver Fan Expo last Saturday. Is the city all bike lanes in 2077?, joked a fan during the Q & A, prompting Barry to respond that there are no cars at all in his future Vancouver.
We’ve been specualating for a while that Eion Bailey’s August W. Booth, aka The Stranger, could be Rumplestiltskin’s long-lost son Baelfire. It turns out he’s not, but Robert Carlyle’s Rumpelstiltskin/Mr.Gold has some hope early on in episode nineteen called The Return.
It opens with a seemingly-disabled August struggling to get out of bed and to walk. He meets up with Jared Gilmore’s Henry across the street from Mr. Gold’s Pawn Shop, asking for the boy’s help in “accelerating the plan” while pretending it’s part of Operation Cobra. “We’re a go,” he says as Henry runs into Mr. Gold’s to buy a gift for Miss Blanchard “since she didn’t kill that woman” (one of the funniest scenes is the accompanying ”We’re glad you didn’t kill Mrs. Nolan” card from her class), while August searches Mr. Gold’s back office. I saw them film the exterior scenes in a mid-February downpour in Steveston dressed as Storybrooke, and then move inside Mr. Gold’s for interior scenes with Robert Carlyle.
Once Upon a Time intercut these scenes with the fairytale world where Bae tries to get his now clearly evil father Rumple to return to his original self, untainted by magic. They make a deal that if Bae can find a way to rid him of the Dark One’s powers, his father will go along with it.
Back in Storybrooke, a suspicious Mr. Gold decides to follow August out of town to the local convent. That’s Eion Bailey on the motor bike below but his stunt double rode it down the Moncton Street in Steveston. And that’s Mr. Gold’s ride, the big Cadillac parked outside his pawn shop.
Bae obtains a special bean from the Blue Fairy which will open a portal to a land without magic where his father will have no dark powers. But when Rumple sees the gigantic swirling vortex he loses his nerve, reneging on his deal
Published April 20, 2012 on Vancouver is Awesome
Tonight’s Fringe — called Letters of Transit — promises to be epic, apparently set in the year 2036 in the world of the Observers, with big scenes of background performers dressed in their grey suits and fedoras filmed at the Olympic Village and on a concourse in B.C. Place stadium. Can you remember any TV production ever renting out even part of new B.C. Place for filming?
This is huge. Why is John Noble’s Walter Bishop in the future with Lost’s Desmond, aka Henry Ian Cusick? Vancouver’s own Fringe star Joshua Jackson has said this is where “the door to [Fringe's] fifth season is opened” and plays into the decision to film two season four endings, one that would be used if Fringe is renewed (presumably related to the future Observer world) and the other if the show is cancelled.
.Joshua Jackson will be live-tweeting tonight with his handle @VanCityJax using the Fringenuity hashtag #FighttheFuture, along with Fringe showrunners Joel Wyman, @jwfringe, and Jeff Pinker, @jpfringe.
The Fringe Campaign, launched by Fringe fans at Fringenuity and adopted by Fringies the world over, is now backed by Fringe
Why was there a cab with ancient greek lettering at the Vancouver Art Gallery? It could only be for the Percy Jackson sequel Sea of Monsters, the second in the film franchise about Percy Jackson and friends, who embark on a series of adventures based on Greek mythology.
It drew a crowd of spectators to the north-west corner of the plaza to watch the scene being filmed with a tracking camera of cast (from left to right) Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith and Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson watching as the cab, with strange white-faced creatures inside, speeds away in a cloud of smoke. Earlier, downtown workers got a kick out of watching crew on ladders clipping leaves to bare trees and rolling out their own grass turf for the shoot.