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Arrow does have the best fight scenes on TV right now - Ken Tucker, former EW TV critic.
No argument from me. Arrow has my favourite fight scenes and stunts on TV.
Arrow Fight Designer James “Bam Bam” Bamford recently presented a Top 20 Action Moments Countdown in three videos. Absent are any sequences from tonight’s season finale so there is no spoiler alert.
The Top 5 includes my personal favourite- the huge Parkour Sequence with Stephen Amell and stunt double Simon Burnett filmed in Gastown.
Who is the human? And who is the android?
Human John Kennex (Karl Urban of Star Trek) and android Dorian (Michael Ealy) are police partners investigating crimes in Los Angeles 35 years from now. But in this partnership, the android displays more emotions than the human because John is shut down after getting seriously hurt on a mission. From J.J. Abrams and former Fringe showrunner Joel Wyman, this new series pays homage to Fringe in so many ways. The production used many of the former Vancouver Fringe crew as well as its production signs BELLY. Some of the set dressing looked familiar too, with futuristic kiosks like Quick Volt electric car stations and Quick Stands offering everything from Experience Enhancers to Intellect Expanders and Synthetic Pets on set. Almost Human filmed for three weeks in the Vancouver area in familiar Fringe locations from the downtown business district to Gastown’s Winters Hotel to under the Cambie Bridge to the Terminal City Ironworks complex dressed like a Blue Light district.
Secret service agents turned private investigators Sean King (Jon Tenney) and Michelle Maxwell (Rebecca Romijn) are the leads in the upcoming TNT series King & Maxwell, based on popular characters from best-selling author David Baldacci. In the episode filmed this week, the pair investigate an explosion at a Washington, D.C. eatery. One which impacts King nearby.
King & Maxwell crew spent five days at Incendio in Gastown this week either preparing or filming before-and-after-explosion scenes. They did everything but the SPFX explosion itself, which had been filmed two years before for the CW pilot Heavenly, which was not picked up to series. All King & Maxwell had to do is match the original set dressing on the patio.
And then distress the windows for the aftermath of this SPFX explosion and cover the pavement in debris.
In scenes filmed Monday, Sean King (Jon Tenney) drove up to the Italian restaurant just as it explodes.
And in yesterday’s scenes, an upset Michelle Maxwell (Rebecca Romijn) rushes to her partner. ”Sean,” she cries as she walks towards him standing in the debris.
Update: Sounds like King & Maxwell bought footage of the SPFX explosion below. Glad a good blast won’t go to waste.
Two years ago TV pilot Heavenly blew out the windows of Gastown’s Incendio restaurant in a controlled explosion.
I hoped for a repeat performance today from upcoming TNT series King & Maxwell. But it was not to be. Instead I watched as Washington, D.C. secret-service-agent-turned-private-investigator Sean King (Jon Tenney) drove up in his Lexus to park opposite Incendio, got out of his car talking on his phone and then ducked on cue. I assume he ducked from an explosion that will be added because he did it in take after take and tomorrow crew will dress the street with post-explosion debris to film on Wednesday.
Continuum staged a big protest scene in Gastown’s Blood Alley today with Vancouver-cop-from-the-future Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) shoved around in a crowd as hundreds of protester extras battled police extras in full riot gear. In one scene, Kiera ran out of the melee in her black high-tech cat suit, boots and a sky-blue jacket. But this was a rare sighting. Most of the time you couldn’t see her in the throng of up to 250 background performers.
Luckily, there’s another chance to see her at the Continuum panel at Fan Expo Vancouver this Saturday, April 20th, at Canada Place. Cast Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen, Lexa Doig, Luvia Petersen, Stephen Lobo, Jennifer Spence and Omari Newton are scheduled to be there at noon in Ballroom A. And fans are promised a sneak peek of season two, which premieres this Sunday, April 21st, at 9 p.m. on Showcase in Canada.
Clive Owen is shooting a father-and-son scene for feature film Word and Pictures in Gastown today directed by Fred Schepisi. A not-exactly-close father-and-son scene from the looks of it. I watched a rehearsal from the other side of Alexander Street before all the scrims and umbrellas went up and tried to contain myself. This man is my Brad Pitt- or Ryan Gosling- equivalent. Owen would have made a great James Bond, although Daniel Craig inhabits the more thuggish and damaged new Bond perfectly.
Words and Pictures is a smaller film about a private school English teacher (Clive Owen) and art teacher (Juliette Binoche) who complicate their lives with a rivalry that blossoms into romance.
Logline: Jack, a charismatic writer/poet, and Dina, an enigmatic, well-respected painter, are past their peak years as critical darlings when they meet and clash as teachers at an established prep school. As Jack’s extroverted wit clashes with Dina’s private nature, mutual dislike turns into rivalry and the battle of Words and Pictures begins.
Words and Pictures began filming here during March break in the temporarily-empty St. George’s private school on the west side of Vancouver and still films there on weekends. A local student got the chance to play an extra in one of Jack’s classes. Who wouldn’t want to be taught by Clive Owen? She was the lucky one who got scolded in class for texting. Hopefully that little scene will make the movie.
My personal Clive Owen filmography: Chancer, Close My Eyes, Croupier, Closer, Sin City, Inside Man and Children of Men.