Monthly Archives: August 2012
On a clear, warmish Thursday night in Steveston south of Vancouver, Once Upon a Time made rain and lightning as Lana Parrilla drove Regina’s vintage Mercedes to the main intersection of Storybrooke in take after take. Fans lined both sides of Moncton Street to watch and cheered when Josh Dallas came by to say Hello. The lovely woman beside me with the iPhone couldn’t contain herself, calling out, “You’re so cute.” Which he is. And real-life charming too. Fans also got to see [an unidentified double in the Daniel costume who I assumed was Noah Bean because he was on set later in the dark when we were asked not to take photographs of the scene. My apologies for the confusion.]. And then the main event: the biggest rain [...]
It’s been two-and-a-half weeks since The CW’s midseason drama Cult started filming as a series in Vancouver. And sightings have been rare until yesterday when several people spotted their production signs DARK out on campus at the University of British Columbia. Finding the set proved much more difficult, but here they are tucked away inside the Buchanan quadrangle to film a steadycam scene of Matt Davis and Jessica Lucas walking and talking through a crowd of student extras. Matt Davis (The Vampire Diaries) stars as Jeff an investigative journalist searching for his brother whose disappearance may be linked to the fans of a horror TV series called Cult recreating what they’ve seen on the show. Jeff enlists the help of Jessica Lucas’s [...]
The Prickly Pear Garden Centre. Yes that’s its real name. And just about the perfect location for a modern day fairy tale series like Once Upon a Time it is too. Here’s Robert Carlyle showing his real handsomeness. Don’t be fooled by his characters Rumplestiltskin./Mr. Gold – he’s only “acting” hideous. This is one great-looking cast: Meghan Ory as Red/Ruby and Josh Dallas as Charming/David joined Carlyle on set later in the afternoon. [Update: On October 9th, ABC released photos of Emilie de Ravin's Belle being kidnapped by Christopher Gauthier's Smee for season two's episode four, The Crocodile, and of the search party formed by Rumple, Charming and Red, so I don't have to withhold those spoilers any longer.] About a dozen fans, two from as [...]
How spooky is this? One week after this throwback to The Exorcist wrapped in 2011 all of the props, including the prop antique wooden box which contained the malevolent spirit that possesses a young girl, were burned in a fire that the Vancouver police still don’t know the cause of. I had no idea even the props were haunted when I photographed Vancouver actress Natasha Calis as young Emily, buying the box at a fake yard sale filmed at a corner ranch house near Langara College. Lesson learned. Don’t mock the box. This horror movie presented by Sam Raimi is “based on a true story” of terrible things that happened to real people who purchased a European antique box on eBay, as reported in the Los Angeles Times [...]
Congratulations to Continuum creator/showrunner Simon Barry, cast, crew and Artifex Studios on a second season renewal of the hit sci-fi series whose first season was filmed and set in Vancouver 2012/2077. Barry announced the renewal to an enormous crowd at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto today, a crowd a gazillion times bigger than the one I was in at Vancouver Fan Expo four months ago. But this was before Continuum debuted to record ratings on Showcase in Canada. Then Barry upped the ante in Toronto saying Continuum’s first season will begin airing on a “major US network” in the new year, which will “dovetail” into the show’s second season, which starts filming in 2013. [Major US network confirmed to be Syfy on Monday. Syfy UK [...]
At 4 p.m. today, I saw a @News1130Radio Traffic Tweet: “Everyone slowing down @232nd to look at the movie trailers @ on side of the road: Backing up past @264th”. Not long after, someone in the neighbourhood informed me this was The CW’s midseason series Cult doing a stunt with a car facing off against a train on the tracks. Oh how I wanted to go see it for myself but ask the daily commuters how much fun it is to get from Vancouver to Langley in rush hour. On a Friday. Cult started filming as a series two weeks ago in Vancouver but hasn’t been spotted on location in that time, as far as I know. Then today, hundreds if [...]
Midseason ABC series Red Widow started filming its first episode as a series today in a Yaletown townhouse opposite George Weinborn Park. Mob widow Radha Mitchell emerged from the townhouse after some scenes and chatted a bit with co-star Lee Tergesen while waiting for a ride back to circus under the Granville Bridge. She then waved off her star car and clambered into the one of the vans. But it seemed a bit early in the series for Lee Tergesen’s mob foot soldier Mike Tomlin to be strangling Radha Mitchell’s mob widow Marta Walraven, even in practice. I’m sure it’s just the angle of my photograph.
Seems I was wrong about Ryan Robbins (Falling Skies, Sanctuary) and Erin Karpluk (Being Erica) being on opposite sides of the law in hacker mini-series Delete. They looked very much a team today outside Vancouver Community College throwing fake rocks with Keir Gilchrist. In fact, Karpluk has a hell of an arm. The steadicam crew filming the scene in the intersection kept flipping around so that it was almost impossible not to be in the 360 degree scene even at a distance. One woman jumped behind a bush with her groceries until a take finished. And crew asked a real-life construction crew working on the street not to stare in the direction of filming. I think we may all be in a shot or two. Delete is the third [...]
If you’ve seen any of the teasers or trailers for upcoming The CW hospital drama series Emily Owens, M.D., then you’ll know that social nerd Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer) has conversations with her younger high school self through a chain link fence. I’ve seen the hospital side of these conversations at the University of British Columbia’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre made to look like Denver Memorial Hospital. And today I hoped to catch the school side of these conversations at Lord Byng High School made to look like Robert H. Johnson High School. But mis-timed it. Here’s the set. And here’s a link to the new show poster of frazzled Emily — Practicing Medicine. Working on Life.
Almost thought I’d witnessed a Claire-Hurley Lost reunion today on set in Steveston as Storybrooke. Yes that’s Emilie de Ravin in her now regular role as Belle on the modern fairy tale series. But that’s not Jorge Garcia with her, although showrunners do hope to bring him into the show sometime. I look forward to it. [Update 1: And it's happening sooner than I expected. Jorge Garcia has been cast as the Giant.] [Update 2: On October 9th, ABC released photos of Emilie de Ravin's Belle being kidnapped by Christopher Gauthier's Smee for episode four, The Crocodile, so I don't have to withhold that spoiler any longer.] This next photo should go on Once Upon a Time’s season two blooper reel. The season [...]
On Monday, Fringe transformed the area around the Clock Tower at the University of British Columbia into a checkpoint in 2036 – a time when Observer overlords rule the world – for the first day of filming of its second episode in season five. Ahead of the big Clock Tower scene, Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson wrapped a different scene which I’m not uploading photos from and not saying when it takes place. But here’s Torv delighting a Fringe fan (in town for The Fringe Event last weekend) by signing her Fringe fedora from Comic-Con in San Diego. And here’s Jackson making one of his zillion facial expressions. He’s one of the most animated people I’ve ever seen and I’m not alone in saying this.