Monthly Archives: June 2012
In recent years, San Diego Comic-Con has become less about blockbuster movies and more about cult television series, many of which have been upgraded from the upstairs Ballroom 20 to Hall H, the annual geek fest’s marquee location. That’s where panels for Vancouver-filmed TV shows Supernatural and Fringe will be on Sunday, July 15th.
Of course panels for three Vancouver-shot features will be in Hall H as well. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2 gets Hall H’s first official slot at Thursday lunchtime, July 12th. That’s by design so that Twihards don’t ruin Comic-Con like they’ve done in the past. Last year Twilight fans started lining up outside the San Diego Convention Center three days early (on Monday) to be among the six thousand lucky enough to get into Hall H to see the main trio: Kristin Stewart, Robert Pattison and Taylor Lautner.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2 panel & screening: 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 12th in Hall H.
On Friday afternoon, July 13th, Vancouver director Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium will be part of the Sony Pictures panel in Hall H with stars Matt Damon (link to first official photo) and Jody Foster and Blomkamp on hand to give a first look at this mysterious project. It’s been revealed recently that Elysium is the name of the vast, luxurious space station constructed by a company called Armadyne where the very rich live in the year 2159 (want-ads for Armadyne popped up at last year’s Comic-Con, the start of a viral campaign for the movie). The rest of us –- the 99% if you will — live on the over-populated, ruined planet Earth below. A bald, buff Damon is Max, who takes on the mission to bring equality to these polarized classes. He’s going up against Foster as Minister Delacourt [corrected], a hard-line govenment official, who will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the grandious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium in space.
Sony Pictures panels & screenings: 4:35 to 6:35 p.m. on Friday, July 13th in Hall H.
And on Saturday afternoon, July 14th, Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel will be part of the Warner Bros and Legendary Entertainment panel in Hall H. The Superman reboot stars a well-cast Henry Cavill as the iconic superhero – seen shirtless below doing a green screen rescue scene in North Vancouver last year — and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. As soon as details about this panel are available I’ll update this post.
Warner Bros Pictures & Legendary Pictures panels & screenings: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14th in Hall H.
So Vancouver productions will be well-represented in movies as well as TV series at Comic-Con 2012.
Start Dates for Vancouver Filming of Fall TV: SUPERNATURAL, ONCE UPON A TIME, FRINGE, ARROW & EMILY OWENS M.D.
American network TV series return to Vancouver this summer, with Supernatural scheduled to start filming of its eighth season on July 9th; modern fairy tale series Once Upon a Time of its second hit season on July 16th; Fringe of its fifth and final season on July 18th; kickass Arrow of its first season on July 18th; and Ally McBeal-esque Emily Owens M.D. of its first season on August 1st.
July 9th: Supernatural left us with separated Winchester Brothers. Dean is trapped in Purgatory. That won’t stop his alter ego Jensen Ackles from directing the first filmed episode, as he’s done for the past two seasons. Ackles returned to Vancouver this Tuesday to get started on his director’s prep for what will be episode three. Supernatural’s season eight premiere airs on Wednesday, October 3rd, on The CW.
July 16th: There will be magic in Storybrooke when Once Upon a Time starts filming its second season next month. Expect to see some green screens on Moncton Street in Steveston, which usually doubles for Storybrooke. And expect to see more of Emilie de Ravin as Belle, the better half of RumBelle (fans’ single name for Rumplestiltskin and Belle as a couple). Plus we can look forward to an unusual family reunion – between Snow White, Prince Charming and their daughter Emma Swan — now that the curse is broken and fairy tale characters know who they really are.
July 18th: Fringe is expected to leap forward to the year 2036 when bad-ass Observers rule the world in its fifth and final season. This time we hope Anna Torv’s Olivia will find a way to join John Noble’s Walter Bishop and Joshua Jackson’s Peter Bishop to fight the future. The season premiere airs Friday, September 28th, on FOX and City-TV.
July 18th: Arrow star Stephen Amell is already in town prepping for the start of his super hero reboot in the style of the Dark Knight Trilogy. The much-anticipated series premieres Wednesday, October 10th on The CW and CTVTwo.
August 1st: Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter)’s new medical drama series Emily Owens, M.D. has a later start. The many fans of Justin Hartley (Smallville’s Green Arrow) will have to wait a little longer to see him on location. And even longer to see him on screen. Emily Owens, M.D. debuts on Tuesday, October 16th, on The CW.
Two other American network shows — Cult and Red Widow — are both slated for mid-season, so there’s no word yet on their start dates.
PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD Season Finale Turns Gastown Into London for PRIMEVAL’s Andrew-Lee Potts – Updated
Sometimes our city doesn’t play itself in upcoming Vancouver-as-Vancouver series Primeval: New World. Tonight a section of Gastown doubled as a London square and street with a prop red double-decker bus, prop black London cabs, prop red post box and a real British star.
Andrew-Lee Potts, aka Conner Temple from the original British series Primeval, is back to film another episode of the Vancouver spinoff, more than three months after guest-starring in the series premiere. He and Robert Lawrenson (Sanctuary) and two other ARC actors did take after take of the four of them chasing what will be a computer-generated dinosaur through Maple Square and along Alexander Street for half a block. It was a long run, especially when repeated over and over again (I did not envy the guy carrying the big case). Here are the ARC foursome walking back to the start point on Carrall Street, looking a bit like the cover of The Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road album (should be a zebra crossing but it’s not part of the scene).
After an almost three-month hiatus, word is that one of the Winchester Brothers is back in Vancouver today, a few weeks early for director’s prep. Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) will be directing the upcoming season’s first filmed epsiode for the third year in a row. Shooting starts on Monday, July 9th.
Jensen Ackles clearly enjoys directing. Last summer it was a Sam-centric episode three of season seven called The Girl Next Door, featuring co-star Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and sci-fi goddess Jewel Staite of Firefly and Stargate fame (Amy).
Ackles is said to be directing the third episode of season eight this summer, but I don’t know much about it yet. I do know he got rave reviews from his actors for last season’s episode three: Jewel Staite, aka @JewelStaite, tweeted “Wrapped, headed to TO! Jensen Ackles simply rocks as a director. And I’m not saying that simply cuz he’s hot (What am I saying?? Need sleep)” and Jared Padalecki, aka @JarPad, tweeted “What. A. Week. Ackles directed (and kicked ass).”
(No offence to Jensen Ackles, but I haven’t forgiven Dean for killing Jewel Staite’s Amy, even if Sam has.)
Six thousand lucky fans at San Diego Comic-Con hould get a sneak peek of some of this summer’s Ackles-directed footage at the Supernatural panel in Hall H on Sunday, July 15th. Joining the Winchester brothers will be Misha Collins (Castiel), Jim Beaver (whose character Bobby might be really gone this time, making this panel a chance to say goodbye) and Mark A. Sheppard (Crowley). Departed showrunner Sera Gamble will not be there of course, making way for new executive producer Jeremy Carver and writer-producer Ben Edlund.
Supernatural moves to a new night this fall: season eight premieres on Wednesday, October 3rd at 9 p.m. on The CW.
Update: Jensen Ackles returned to Vancouver at suppertime. A fan told me she spotted him at LAX airport with his golf clubs heading to a mid-afternoon Air Alaska flight which landed at YVR airport around 5:30 p.m.
Update 2: Zap2It’s Carine Adly MacKenzie has some details about this season’s episode three called Heartache. Sam will be investigating a series of murders involving the Occult and somewhere along the way will meet a new love interest and doctor named Amelia, who has yet to be cast.
Vancouver Canadians fans who stayed after the game in Nat Bailey Stadium a year ago to play extras in a Psych series baseball episode can see themselves in the crowd tonight on Global TV.
Psych’s fifth epsiode — Dead Man’s Curve Ball — of the sixth season is about the mysterious death of the fictional minor league Santa Barbara Seabirds’ hitting coach, with Danny Glover (of Lethal Weapon fame), Michael Trucco (Fairly Legal/Battlestar Galactica) and Baseball Hall of Famer and 1996 World Series Champ Wade Boggs as guest stars. James Roday’s “psychic” detective Shawn Spencer infiltrates the team as a hitting coach and Dule Hill’s Burton “Gus” Buster as Sammy the Seagull, a big white bird mascot with giant yellow webbed feet (looking very much like Mascot Hall of Famer, the San Diego Chicken).
Trained tap dancer Dule Hill performs some tap dance moves in a routine that doesn’t please the fake fans but ends with him face down on a platform near the field doing the worm as his giant yellow feet flop up and down.
Michel Trucco plays the Santa Barbara Seabirds catcher and a childhood idol of Shawn Spencer’s.
Upcoming sci-fi series Primeval: New World has a little more than three weeks of filming left before wrapping its first season here, so it seems like a good time to revisit the Coal Harbour location shoots that will feature in its series premiere.
Andrew-Lee Potts, aka Conner Temple from the original British series Primeval, flew in this past March to guest star on the first episode of the Vancouver spinoff. From what I saw of a scene at Harbour Green Park in Coal Harbour, Potts’s Temple walks from the sea wall towards the crime scene and shows something to Niall Matter’s rich Vancouver software genius Evan Cross near the yellow crime scene tape. It’s all very serious, as it should be, considering the prosthetic body of a parachutist victim of some kind of flying dinosaur attack lying on a gurney by the washrooms. Matter’s Evan Cross confers with Sara Canning’s Predator Control Officer Dylan Weir and Danny Rahim’s Mac Rendell. Canning’s Weir then walks back to the fake corpse and that was it, as far as I could see.
On Sunday’s night’s Continuum, entitled A Test of Time, our terrorists-from-the-future Liber8 decide to test a theory that they might cease to exist if their ancestors are killed. They target Kiera Cameron’s grandmother to see what would happen to Cameron if her grandmother died.
I saw Rachel Nichols’s Kiera Cameron filming a scene for episode five in early March at The Centre dressed as fictional Pacific Coastal University in downtown Vancouver. She talks to some of the students and then puts one of them in the back of the blue uunmarked Vancouver Police Department car. When I learned the epsiode logline, I wondered if this young woman could be Kiera’s grandmother in 2012.