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 tower I’ve ever seen deluged Regina’s Mercedes with water again and again.
Once Upon a Time had spent the afternoon filming scenes on Moncton Street in front of Granny’s Diner and inside Mr. Gold, while other crew
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 production assistant from the show-within-a-show. ”When the line between the imagined and reality is broken” is the meta tagline.
Below is a slumbering racoon high on the ledge outside the windows where a handful of real UBC students watched the filming.
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 far away as California, waited patiently up the street for a chance to meet the actors and have them sign handmade artwork and other memorabilia. I hope one was enterprising enough to buy and bring the season one DVD/Bluray of Once Upon a Time, released today.
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 article, A Jinx In A Box. The box in the movie is haunted by a dispossessed spirit called a Dibbuk, which is bent on taking over and then devouring Emily — hence the movie’s working title Dibbuk Box.
Of course Emily refuses to give it up, forcing her divorced parents – Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgewick – to work past their hostility to save their youngest daughter. I caught one scene of them bickering at a house in Kerrisdale with Sedgewick chasing after Dean Morgan to bark a list of instructions on how to care for their girls, such as no pizza and vegan diets. If I’d returned for the third day of filming there I’d have seen some special effects scenes of wind machines blasting Natasha Calis as the Dibbuk possesses Emily.
Since Dibbuks have featured in Yiddish folk stories for centuries, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Clyde Brennick must turn to rabbis for help to exorcise the spirit from his daughter. Crew transformed an empty downtown building into a Jewish temple with extras dressed as Hassidic Jews hanging out on West Hastings between scenes and then dressed Front Street in New Westminster as a New York street below.
And the former high school and university basketball star — who’d expected to make a career in the sport until a knee injury shattered that dream — got to play some hoops in Simon Fraser University’s central gym in between setups of scenes of him as a college basketball coach.
I met Jeffrey Dean Morgan (now starring in Starz’s Magic City) at the ranch house near Langara College on the first day of filming, as he was making plans to catch up with his former TV sons, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki from Supernatural. I had no idea then that this easy-going star was a magnet for the kind of female fans who would steal his discarded cigarette butts on location here (funny and true).
The Possession is in theatres this Friday, August 31st.
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 starts airing Continuum in September.]
No wonder #Continuum trended across Canada this afternoon. Who knew back at Vancouver Fan Expo in April that this homegrown show would hit it this big? That’s Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster, Jennifer Spence and Stephen Lobo from left to right. Sitting on the other side of Barry were the Liber8 cast and Eric Knudsen.
I’m so glad we can look forward to a 13-episode second season of Continuum airing on Showcase next year.
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 not thousands of drivers got a good, long look even though most didn’t know what they seeing, besides white trucks lining the road. This car versus train scene sounds like one of the reenactments by the rabid fans of the horror TV series who take their favourite show too literally. The tagline is: When the line between the imagined and reality is broken. “You have no idea how many followers are out there,” says Robert Knepper’s creepy cult leader in the show within the show in the extended promo of Cult.
Matt Davis of The Vampire Diaries (a CW example of a cult horror TV show with its own fanatical followers) stars as Jeff an investigative journalist searching for his brother whose disappearance may be linked to the fans of Cult recreating what they’ve seen on the show. Jeff enlists the help of Jessica Lucas’s production assistant.
I did see Matt Davis filming the pilot for the series last March downtown in Victory Square. And later, at a window seat in Gastown’s Alibi Room talking to someone who tells him Cult is “not just a TV show. It goes beyond that. Way beyond that.” The meta-ness of this show within a show with followers re-enacting the horrors of the show within the show is beyond me until I see it. All I know is that the many @ErnestORiley fans are hoping that I’ll see him filming again soon.
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 in a trio of “Disaster Pack” mini-series filming here this summer. This is a story of a digital disaster where the world wide web becomes self aware and intent on destroying mankind so that a second artificial intelligence must be created to stop it. I was hoping to see Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on set as hacker activist Lucifer.
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 one blooper reel is on the DVD/Blu-ray, available August 28th, and TheInsider.com has a sneak peek of several cast sticking out or waggling their tongues as they flub lines.
Just as I was leaving Steveston, Josh Dallas and Robert Carlyle strolled by me on their way to set. So I’ll have to wait for another day and another episode to see RumBelle (Carlyle’s Rumplestiltskin and de Ravin’s Belle) in the same scene.