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TIFF: Robert Redford’s THE COMPANY YOU KEEP is Tonight’s Gala Presentation at Toronto International Film Festival

Robert Redford’s political thriller The Company You Keep gets a Toronto International Film Festival gala presentation tonight at Roy Thomson Hall. Filmed last fall in the Vancouver area, The Company You Keep stars Redford as widowed civil rights lawyer Jim Grant, who’s really a former Weather Underground militant and fugitive wanted for over thirty years [...]

BIG READ: LEO AWARDS Live-Tweets its Hotel Vancouver Gala

Published May 31, 2012 on Vancouver is Awesome Live-tweets turned out to be the best thing about last weekend’s Leo Awards celebrating the best of B.C.-made film and television. Tweets from @LeoAwards gave an award-by-award account plus details of all the hijinks in between at both the Celebration and Gala Awards: hijinks that ranged from [...]

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS in Torrential Rain at Camp Half-Blood in Robert Burnaby Park

Tuesday in Vancouver started out sunny but by the time I reached the Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters set in Robert Burnaby Park, a huge black cloud had covered the suburb of Burnaby and unleashed a torrential downpour. And I mean torrential — as in rain-bouncing-a-foot-high-off-the-pavement-of-Edmonds-Street torrential. That didn’t deter a dozen fans sheltering under [...]

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Camp Half-Blood Cabins in Robert Burnaby Park

West of the amazing Greek ampitheatre set (built on tennis courts) are some charming Camp Half-Blood cabins and ancient Greek signposts in the woods of Robert Burnaby Park. Once filming of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters moves to these sets it won’t be possible to see much, so I did a quick photo walk while I still could. [...]

SEVENTH SON Starts Filming on its Mega Medieval Castle Set – Updated

After months of construction, dark fantasy movie Seventh Son started filming today on its gigantic medieval castle set at Kent Hangar field in Vancouver. In addition to the huge wooden set, I counted eight generators and several giant blue screens attached to a wall of forty-two stacked shipping containers (crew had turned one of the bottom containers into a [...]

LEO AWARDS Nominations 2012 – Film Edition

For the first time in a long time, I have seen four of the feature films nominated for Leo Awards on the big screen, thanks to a Vancouver International Film Festival pass from Vancouver is Awesome dot com. As expected, Carl Bessai’s Sisters & Brothers, the third in his trilogy about dysfunctional Vancouver families, leads the [...]

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS’s Ancient Greek Cab at Vancouver Art Gallery

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 [...]

SHOOT: A SINGLE SHOT’s Sam Rockwell method-acting in Langley

If you meet Sam Rockwell coming out of his trailer for the film A Single Shot, he’s a pleasant, genial guy, happy to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans. But as he crosses the street to set he turns into his surly character John Moon, a hunter who’s being tracked by hardened backwater crooks after stumbling into a deep woods campground filled [...]

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Cast Ride Green Hippocampus Rainbow at Ambleside Pier in West Vancouver

For all those asking, Nathan Fillion has not been spotted on set yet. I’ll be looking for Fillion on a Vancouver beach (hopefully not Ambleside beach yesterday) since he’s playing the Greek god Hermes, who meets Percy Jackson at a beach and gives him what he needs  to head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical golden fleece [...]

SET: Big-ass Medieval Castle Set for SEVENTH SON

Fantasy-adventure movie Seventh Son is building one gigantic medieval castle set on the gravel field at Boundary and Kent in Vancouver, known as the Kent Hangar field. Seventh Son, which began filming in Vancouver almost a month ago, is about an apprentice Tom (Ben Barnes) — the seventh son of a seventh son — to the County [...]

Vancouver-as-Vancouver film Sisters & Brothers Screening in Theatres

What are you doing Hump Day? Why not catch a screening of the Vancouver-as-Vancouver film Sisters & Brothers at International Village Theatres in Vancouver or at AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 in Toronto. This time, the third in indie director Carl Bessai’s trilogy about dysfunctional Vancouver families “taps the power of Glee” with our own Cory Monteith, [...]