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Published June 13, 2013 on Vancouver is Awesome The fifteenth anniversary of the Leo Awards, celebrating the best of B.C.-made television and film, couldn’t have been more homegrown from start to finish. Vancouver-cop-from-the-future television series Continuum and darkly comedic film Camera Shy, about a corrupt Vancouver city politician,won the big awards. Both sprung from the creative minds of University of British Columbia film grads –Continuum creator and showruuner Simon Barry and Camera Shy director and writer Mark Sawers. Inside the Westin Bayshore Hotel gala, hometown comedy couple Brent Butt and Nancy Robertson entertained the BC Film crowd with non-stop jokes, as well as pitching projects and making mild jabs about the BC election and resulting loss of promised tax incentives. Jackson Davies took the stage at [...]
Each season of The Killing brings a whole new set of Vancouver actor suspects on the rain-soaked Seattle-set series. Season three introduced Ben Cotton as “Pastor” Mike who runs a shelter for street kids called Beacon Home (actually a building in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside). On screen Pastor Mike rejects the characterization of himself as a “light at the end of the tunnel” for these kids. He says he’s more like the guy trying to pull them off the tracks of a speeding train heading towards them in the tunnel. And what’s with the tattoo “Ephesians 1:7,” on his arm. He does seem too good to be true, doesn’t he? When I suggested to Cotton on the red carpet that he [...]
Becoming Redwood which came in with 14 nominations for its popular 1970s-era coming-of-age story won a Leo for Jennifer Copping’s lead performance as young golf-obssessed Redwood (Ryan Grantham)’s mother. Vancouver-born-and-bred writer and director Jesse James Miller, Copping (Miller’s wife) and Grantham (shorn of his long hair) walked the red carpet together.
Crimes of Mike Recket is about failed real estate agent Mike Recket (Nicholas Lea) whose beautiful, pampered wife Jasleen (Agam Darshi) has dumped him and barred access to their daughter. In a bid to solve his money woes, he tries to scam widow Leslie Kemper (Gabrielle Rose) so that when she goes missing, Recket becomes the lead detective (Paul Skrudland)’s prime suspect in her disappearance. Agam Darshi, (below) won a Leo for her supporting performance in the film. Her next project: a co-starring role as tech expert Khali Bhatt in upcoming Toronto crime drama Played. Darshi was on stage at the CTV Upfront last week in Toronto, where the thirteen-episode series is filming from early May through September.
It’s no surprise that Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time & Intelligence) was the most photographed woman on the red carpet at Saturday’s Leo Awards, celebrating the best of B.C.-made film and television. While she came to support her nominated husband John Reardon, Ory is BC Film’s breakout star, vaulting from a supporting role as Ruby/Little Red on ABC’s Once Upon a Time to main cast on CBS’s upcoming series Intelligence. And trading Josh Dallas for Josh Holloway and a Vancouver production location for a Los Angeles one. So there will be long-distance commuting in this couple’s future (who met 8 years ago on an independent film). Reardon, who’s supporting cast on Arctic Air, will start filming the aerial adventure [...]
Arctic Air star Adam Beach missed the red carpet coming from the airport and went straight into the Westin Bayhore Hotel but he may have been the only one. The Vancouver-and-Yellowknife filmed CBC aerial adventure series owned the long media gauntlet for a good half-hour or more with nominated leads Pascale Hutton and Kevin McNulty, nominated supporting actor John Reardon and his American-network-star wife Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time and Intelligence), nominated supporting actress Emilie Ullerup, supporting actress Carmen Moore, nominated guest actress Chelah Horsdal and nominated guest actor Aleks “the Griz” Paunovic. Lexa Doig, nominated for performances on both Arctic Air and Continuum chose to enter with the futuristic Continuum gang. With so much crossover the two dramas [...]
Vancouver-cop-from-the-future series Continuum came away the big winner at the Leo Awards last night. Creator and showrunner Simon Barry was scheduled to do red carpet interviews but by the time he began the media gauntlet the event had dissolved into happy chaos and was cut short so that the gala ceremony could wrap before midnight. As it was, Continuum won its Leo for Best Dramatic Series at around 11:30 p.m., the last award of the evening. Performance nominees Richard Harmon, Lexa Doig, Brian Markinson and Ian Tracey all ditched the red carpet too and hurried into the Westin Bayshore Hotel. Only performance nominee Jennifer Spence, with husband Benjamin Ratner, made it to the end with time to spare. Continuum took [...]
Random Acts of Romance director Katrin Bowen and her star Amanda Tapping walked the red carpet together at the Leo Awards. The tall pair became fast friends years ago when Bowen worked as Tapping’s photo double/standin on the first Stargate TV series, Stargate SG-1. Bowen was nominated for a Leo for directing her “Sex, Abduction, Stalking and You Thought Romance Was Dead” movie, set in Vancouver in all of its “rain, sex and awkwardness.” Sonja Bennett (not photographed) was nominated for her performance in the feature as a wacko stalker. And the film was one of six nominees for Best Motion Picture. Amanda Tapping’s suit.
Vancouver’s dinosaurs-run-amok series Primeval: New World debuted on Syfy tonight in the U.S. as leads Niall Matter and Sara Canning attended the Leo Awards, the best of B.C.-made film and television. Looking-very-dapper Matter was nominated for his performance as Vancouver software genius Evan Cross and lead dino hunter in the show. Canning plays predatory animal control expert Dylan Weir, a woman who seems destined to be with Cross in future seasons. Seeing the actors together on the red carpet makes it easier to imagine. Miranda Frigon was nominated for her supporting performance as “Boss Lady” Ange Finch. She agreed this is a very un-Ange dress, not something her character would wear. Also spotted co-showrunner Martin Wood schmoozing on his way [...]
Catherine Barr (Vancouver Events Gal) photographs pals Brent Butt and Nancy Robertson on their way in to co-host the Leo Awards tonight. As expected the pair kept the crowd in fits of laughter. @LeoAwards just tweeted: “Nancy has gotten changed and is heading out because the show is just too #%^&* long!” And here’s Jackson Davies ahead of taking the stage to present the 40th Anniversary Tribute to The Beachcombers. Apparently, the Leo Awards lost sound and so Jackson started quoting lines he remembered from the 19 seasons of 357 episodes in Gibson’s Landing. He told me Molly’s Reach is still a big tourist attraction there, so many decades after the series wrapped. *************************************************************************************************************************************************
Published May 29, 2013 on Vancouver is Awesome Hometown comedy couple Brent Butt and Nancy Robertson are set to co-host the 15th anniversary of the Leo Awards, celebrating the best of B.C.-made film and television, at the Westin Bayshore Hotel on Saturday, June 8th. Expect more than the usual hijinks with professional comedians as hosts and and a crowd of outstanding homegrown nominees led by Vancouver born-and-bred Jessie James Miller’s feature film Becoming Redwood with 14 nominations, Vancouver-cop-from-the-future series Continuum with 16 nominations and filmed-in-Vancouver-and-Yellowknife aerial adventure series Arctic Air with 14 nominations.. For tickets, click here. The 1970s era coming-of-age film Becoming Redwood‘s 14 nominations include well-deserved director and writing nods for Jesse James Miller and performance nods for Ryan Grantham as the young golf-obsessed long-haired title [...]