Monday, May 31, 2010

First Poster of 'Wrecked'

The first poster of the Canadian film Wrecked has surfaced online. No release date or a presence at a film festival have been confirmed for this thriller directed by Michael Greenspan and Christopher Dodd.

A man (Adrien Brody) awakens in a mangled car-wreck at the bottom of a steep cliff. He’s injured, his legs are trapped, and he has no memory of who he is or how he got there. His only company – a crackling radio broadcast of a violent bank robbery gone wrong and a corpse in the back seat with a wallet identifying him as one of the perpetrators. As the man ventures beyond the wreckage, he must rely on his primal instincts, using anything he can find in the surrounding wilderness to increase his chances of survival. Confronted with overwhelming obstacles, both real and imagined,the Man must discover his identity and face the consequences of what that might be.
The film also stars Caroline Dhavernas, Ryan Robbins, Adrian Holmes and Jacob Blair.

Schedule of the 2010 Leo Awards

In a few days, the 2010 Leo Awards will take place. This event aims to celebrate the talent in the film and television industry of British Columbia, a province of Canada on the West Coast. The following is the schedule of this event.

Celebration Awards Ceremony - Friday, June 4th
Reception: 4:30 pm
Awards Show: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 8:00 pm

Gala Awards Ceremony - Saturday, June 5th
Red carpet / reception: 4:00 pm
Awards show: 6:00 pm
Gala dinner: 8:00 pm

Event: 2010 Leo Awards Red Carpet Ceremony
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Time: 4:00pm–6:00 pm
Location: Westin Bayshore Hotel (1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver)

Finally, the Leo Awards Red Carpet will feature some of this year's Presenters and Nominees including Steve Bacic, Michael Eklund, Matt Frewer, Colby Johannson, Erin Karpluk, Kristen Kreuk, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ryan Robbins, and Amanda Tapping to name a few.

Hollywoodland (2006)

While Hollywoodland doesn't learn much about the murder of George Reeves, the actor who played Superman on TV from 1951 to 1958, Hollywoodland offers a good exploration of North America's cultural mentality at the end of the 1950s.
In 1959, in Los Angeles, George Reeves (Ben Affleck) is found dead in his bedroom. Obviously, the LAPD closes the investigation and concludes that Reeves committed a suicide. However, Helen Bessolo (Lois Smith), Reeves's mother, hires Louis Simo (Adrien Brody), a private detective, to shed the light on her son's death.

As Simo advances in his investigation, we see through flashbacks George Reeves' last days. He wanted to leave Superman behind and be a movie star. No wonder Reeves had an affair with Toni Manix (Diane Lane), the wife of MGM's general manager (Bob Hoskins). In fact, Reeves hoped that Toni will convince her husband to offer him a role in a film.

As a thriller, Hollywoodland doesn't aim to knock your socks off. As Louis Simo constructs in his head possible scenarios about Reeves's death, scriptwriter Paul Bernbaum proposes three hypothesis about how Reeves died. In the end, Bernbaum had the common sense of only exposing these theories and recognizing that it's impossible to tell which one is the truth. After all, you don't interpret a truth with conjectures that you can't prove! Moreover, the fact that Simo stumbles on these hypotheses brilliantly illustrates the fact that in the Hollywood at the end of the 1950s, the cat hardly got out of the bag.

However, the film wouldn't be worth watching if it wasn't for Ben Affleck's performance. With his multi-layered performance, Affleck's depiction of Reeves shows us a man who felt that his dreams were not fulfilled and that the society wouldn't let him do it. Although Reeves enjoyed his fame, he wanted to be a movie star, because there was a time when TV was considered as being sub par to cinema and also being a last resort, for an actor, to earn a living.

Finally, Hollywoodland is a display of talent from its star-studded cast. Besides, Hollywoodland is a proof that Ben Affleck, when cast in the right film, can do a hell of a job. With that said, this film is also one of the most subtle biopics and murder films that one is likely to see. In fact, you'll be elated to see a film that tries to shed light on the dead victim as well as the investigation's progress.

Rating: 4/5

Origin:USA (2006)
Length:127 minutes
Screenplay:Paul Bernbaum
Director:Allen Coulter
Starring:Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Ben Affleck and Bob Hoskins

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Details on the Script of 'Being Erica' Season 3

Yesterday, Temple Street Productions, the production studio being the hit TV series Being Erica, revealed some details about the script of Being Erica's third season.

Those who have seen the second season knows that Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk), a thirty-two-year-old woman from Toronto, broke up with her boyfriend, Ethan Wakefield (Tyron Leitso). Besides, she got fired from her job as a junior editor at River Rock, a publishing house along with her boss (and also friend), Julianne Giacomelli (Reagan Pasternak). As the second season's cliffhanger suggested it, Erica and Julianne have decided to found a publishing house of their own.

Brent Kennedy (Morgan Kelly), Erica's and Julianne's former colleague, is now the editor at River Rock. Because he holds a grudge against Erica and Julianne, he'll stop at nothing to put them out of business. As for her therapy with Dr. Tom (Michael Riley), Erica will talk about "transformation" with him. This means that Erica must find the right thing to do in order to fulfill her destiny.

For the third season, we should expect to see returning characters like Erica's fellow time-traveler Kai (Sebastian Pigott), Erica’s mother Barb (Kathleen Laskey), father Gary (John Boylan) and Erica's sister, Samantha (Joanna Douglas). Newcomers for the third season include Adam (Adam Fergus) who both befriends Erica and is a thorn in her side; Lenin (Brandon Jay McLaren), a new love interest for Samantha; the “bear” couple Dave (Bill Turnbull) and Ivan (Michael Northey), new owners of Goblins café; and the all-powerful Dr. Arthur played by Oscar-nominated actor Graham Greene.

Finally, the third season will premiere this fall on the CBC, a Canadian public TV network, on Tuesday at 9 PM. Of course, no exact premiere date has been announced. Besides, if you missed the second season, the CBC will rebroadcast it on July 14, 2010.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

[News] Trailer of Upcoming Film 'Lance et compte'

After Dans une galaxie près de chez vous, Quebeckers will see another cinematographic adaptation of a homegrown hit TV series. In fact, Lance et compte's trailer is already online and the film will hit Quebec's theatres on November 26, 2010.

The film talks about the National, a professional hockey team hailing from Quebec City. After an exhibition game in a small town, the players of the National must go back to Quebec City on the team's bus. However, because of an accident, half of the players in the team are dead. Besides, the team's general manager has to rebuild the National.

As always, Réjean Tremblay will pen the film's story and will be the producer alongside Caroline Héroux. Speaking about the director, it will be Frédéric D'Amours.

The film will star Marc Messier, Marina Orsini, Carl Marotte, Jason Roy-Léveillée, Denis Bouchard, Raymond Bouchard, Yvan Ponton, Hélène Florent, Pat Kiely, Elias Scoufaras and James A. Woods.

1. The film's official web site.

2. The film's Facebook fan page.

Friday, May 28, 2010

[News] Production Complete for 'Amazon Falls'

Canadian director Katrin Bowen announced on the blog of her next film, Amazon Falls, that its production is over. Besides, the film should be in film festivals.

It tells the story of Jana (April Telek), a B-movie actress. She has made a name for herself by playing "pre-Xena warrior-princesses". However, even though Jane is getting closer to her forties, she still believes that acting in B-movies is the job she deserves. As new roles become rare for her, will Jana throw the towel or keep fighting?

Other stars of the film include William B. Davis, Gabrielle Rose, Adrian Holmes, Lisa Marie Caruk, Gary Chalk, Zak Santiago, Anna Mae Routledge, Tom Braidwood, Benjamin Ratner, Matty Finochio and Alexandra Staseson.

Finally, no release date has been confirmed for this film that was shot in Burnaby, Vancouver (both are cities from British Columbia, Canada) and Los Angeles. Nonetheless, here's a behind the scene clip of the film.

[News] TV Series 'The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour' Begins Production

If you liked the TV series Trailer Park Boys, you'll probably be delighted to hear that Showcase, a Canadian cable network, is preparing a new original comedy series. In fact, yesterday, Showcase announced that its new comedy series The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour has been in production since May 26 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This show will be made of six episodes of half an hour. Besides, according to Showcase, The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour "builds on the success and popularity of the stars of the seminal Showcase comedy series Trailer Park Boys, inspired by comedy classics like Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the more recent British import The League of Gentlemen".

Set in the sleepy fictional town of Port Cockerton, the series catches up with Mike, Robb and JP in the midst of shooting their new sketch-variety TV show called “The Happy Funtime Hour.” Disastrously, an actor hired to play a wacky German scientist (Maury Chaykin) assumes the personality of his character after synthesizing a powerful and addictive hallucinogen derived from local berries. Chaos ensues in the town as the cast ingests the drugs and begins to believe they really are the characters they portray on the show – including deranged pirates, drug-addled playboys from an 80’s television show and a group of not-so-super superheroes. The three stars play a total of 24 characters throughout the series.

The series’ impressive lineup of guest stars includes Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, How to Train Your Dragon), Genie and Gemini Award winner Maury Chaykin (Entourage). Trailer Park Boys alumni Pat Roach and John Dunsworth will also guest star in the series.

Note that the show's stars Mike Smith, John Paul Tremblay and Robb Wells are also the writers and producers of the series.

Finally, no premiere date has been announced for The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mount Pleasant (2006)

Many people reproach Hollywood films for being too formulaic. However, despite being an independent film, Mount Pleasant looks like a product taken out of an assembly line. In fact, the only thing the film is able to look like a caricature of an independent film taking place in a North American metropolis.

The film takes place in Vancouver, the second largest city of Canada, in the neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant. This sector is mostly inhabited by poor people, but Doug (Benjamin Ratner) and Sarah (Camille Sullivan), a middle-class couple with a daughter (Haley Guiel), form an exception. While their daughter, Courtney, played in the backyard, she finds a junkie's discarded needle. After that moment, the Camerons's life becomes intertwined with that of other people. They come across Nadia (Katie Boland), a fifteen-year-old prostitute who dropped the discarded needle in front of the Camerons' house.

Then, there are also Anne (Kelly Rowan) and Stephen (Shawn Doyle) Burrows, an upper-class couple. Their daughter, Megan (Genevieve Buechner), has an adolescence crisis. Anne works with Sarah in an organization fighting the consumption of drugs in Vancouver's schools. As for Stephen, he cheats on his wife for Nadia. Besides, Doug and his fellow night street vigilantes try to get Nadia out of prostitution.

In all fairness, this is the kind of film that one would want to like. However, the final result shows that Mount Pleasant is a rather superficial film. The film starts by dealing with people's potential exposure to discarded needle in huge cities (Vancouver in this case). Unfortunately, by superficiously dealing with this serious problem affecting poor areas of major Canadian cities, the film doesn't try to explain how such an unfortunate thing can happen. For isntance, have you ever wondered why a prostitute - who doesn't have to reply to a pimp - would choose to consume drugs rather than going to a grocery store?

Furthermore, the film slowly becomes a disorganized mess. In fact, it tries to deal with other sub plots that talk about other topics. Even though these topics are interesting, the film is simply too short to fully develop them. For instance, you might not give a business about Megan's attempt to dress "like a girl" in order to please to her mom who is played by Kelly Rowan because it adds no interest to the main plot: 1) the problem with drugs in Vancouver; and 2) how every characters are either unconsciously maintaining this problem (Stephen seeing a prostitute), living with it or fighting it.

Despite not having a good storyline, Mount Pleasant can rely on a decent performance from a cast that does the best it can. After all, the storyline is itself is pretty thin. This goes without saying that I rented this film, because I'm a huge fan of Camille Sullivan (Intelligence).

Finally, Mount Pleasant is an urban drama à la Paul Haggis's Crash that should have been made into a TV series for a cable network. In fact, the film has too much interesting topics aboard that it doesn't manage to fully develop them within 87 minutes. Besides, Vancouver has never looked so bleak in a film or a TV series.

Rating: 2.5/5

Origin:Canada (2006)
Length:87 minutes
Screenplay:Ross Weber
Director:Ross Weber
Starring:Katie Boland, Genevieve Buechner

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[Video] Teaser of 'Hors-la-loi'

After he had made the war film Indigènes back in 2006, French director Rachid Bouchareb said that he wants to make a film about the Algerian war of independence. Well, we can now see the teaser of this anticipated film in question that will be called Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law).

The story takes place after the Second World War (1939-1945). After this war, there are many demonstrations in Algeria against the French colonial rule. Three Algerian brothers - Saïd (Jamel Debbouze), Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) and Abdelkader (Sami Bouajila) - decide to immigrate in France because of their political activities. Therefore, these brothers will be separated from their mother.

Messaoud joins the French army and is sent in French Indochina (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) to fight Vietnamese nationalists. In Paris, Abdelkader leads a group in favour of Algeria's independence. As for Saïd, he becomes wealthy in bars with a bad reputation and boxing clubs of Pigalle, a neighbourhood of Paris. Their fate, which lies in their love for their mother, will collide with that of a nation that seeks its independence.

The cast also includes Sabrina Seyvecou, Jean Reynès, Ahmed Benaissa, Bernard Blancan, Assaad Bouab, Chafia Boudraa, Samir Guesmi, Mourad Khen and Corentin Lobet.

Finally, the film will be released in France on September 22, 2010.

[Video] Trailer of 'Charlie St. Cloud'

Since summer is already at our doorsteps, Hollywood has other movies in store for the summer. In fact, a summer release is expected for the teen-romance drama Charlie St. Cloud.

According to, the story can be described like this:
Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) is a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother (Charlie Tahan), Sam. So much so that he takes a job as caretaker of the cemetery in which his brother is buried. Charlie has a special lasting bond with his brother though, as he can see him. Charlie meets up with his brother each night to play catch and talk. Then, a girl (Amanda Crew), who is a sailor, comes into Charlie's life and he must choose between keeping a promise he made to Sam, or going after the girl he loves.
The film also stars Kim Basinger, Chris Massoglia, Julia Maxwell, Donal Logue, Tegan Moss, Augustus Prew and Brenna O'Brien.

Finally, as for the release date, it appears that it has been brought from October 15, 2010 to July 30, 2010.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

[News] Cast Confirmed for Bilingual Comedy 'French Immersion'

Yesterday, the Winnipeg Free Press published an article about the casting of Canadian director Kevin Tierney's upoming comedy, French Immersion.

This will be the directorial debut of Kevin Tierney who has always worked as a producer. The film will talk about the old topic about the division between French and English speakers in Canada.

The story follows five English-speakers: one each from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, Ontario and New York. The five of them decide to go in a small town of Quebec to learn French in a school. Besides, the school is run with an iron fist: everything must be done in French. Besides, the five participants are under constant surveillance, because they have to live in an adoptive family of the village during their two-weeks stay. However, those who escaped from the school's grip in order to speak English at the village's Indian restaurant will realize that everybody in the village is a spy.

The cast will be made of Canadian director Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky), Martha Burns (The Trojan Horse), Fred Ewanuick (Black Eyed Dog), Colm Feore (Changeling), Olunike Adeliyi (Flashpoint), Gavin Crawford (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Two and a Half Men), singer Robert Charlebois and Karine Vanasse (Polytechnique).

Other members of the cast will include Yves Jacques (Le banquet), Rita Lafontaine (Noémie), Marcel Leboeuf (Virginie), Laurence Leboeuf (Durham County), Diane Lavallée (Maurice Richard) along with Monique Spaziani (J'ai tué ma mère).

Finally, the film's shooting will take place over the next six weeks in St-Césaire, which is about 60 km East of Montreal. Moreover, French Immersion will be released on Canada Day in 2011 (i.e. on July 1rst).

[News] 'The Pillars of the Earth' Premieres July 23 on Starz and The Movie Network

Simulcasting deals are not just done between TV networks; it can also be done by two premium cable networks. In fact, the eight-parts miniseries The Pillars of the Earth will premiere on July 23 at 9 PM on The Movie Network and Movie Central, which are respectively two Canadian premium cable networks from Eastern and Western Canada, along with Starz, an American premium cable network.

The miniseries is obviously based on a novel by Ken Follett. Moreover, it's a co-production between Canada and Germany that was made with a budget of $40 million. Speaking about the shooting locations, the show was shot in Budapest and Austria.

The story takes place during the 12th century in England. It's set against a backdrop of war, religious conflict, power struggles and human drama, Follett weaves love-stories and clashes between heroes and villains. The characters we follow are Tom (Rufus Sewell), the master builder, Aliena (Hayley Atwell), the noblewoman, the sadistic Lord William (David Oakes), Philip (Matthew Macfadyen), the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack (Eddie Redmayne), the artist in stone work and Ellen (Natalia Wörner), the woman from the forest who casts a curse.

Other stars of the miniseries include Donald Sutherland (The Italian Job), Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her), Alison Pill (Milk) and Sarah Parish (Merlin).

Finally, here are the Canadian broadcast details:
  • The first two episodes of The Pillars of the Earth will debut as a two-hour special on Friday, July 23 at 9 p.m., day-and-date with Starz in the U.S.
  • On Monday, July 26, the two-hour special will repeat at 9 p.m., the miniseries’ regular timeslot.
  • For the following four weeks, new one-hour episodes will premiere Monday nights at 9 p.m.
  • The miniseries will conclude with a special two-hour finale on Monday, August 30 at 9 p.m.

[News] 'The Bridge' Premieres July 10 on CBS

After a Canadian premiere on the TV network CTV, the Canadian TV series The Bridge will finally arrive in the USA. In fact, the show will premiere July 10 on CBS, an American TV network, at 8 PM.

The TV series is loosely based on the experience of Craig Bromell, the former head of the Toronto Police union. We follow Frank Leo (Aaron Douglas), a street cop who is tired to see that the union's bark is worse than its bite while facing "the brass". Because his colleague finds him charismatic and that he organized a massive walk-out, Frank is elected as the head of the police's union.

As a head of the union, Frank promises that the union will always be there for the cops and that the whole police force will be cleaned from the top to the bottom. In his quest, Frank will be helped by Abby St-James (Ona Grauer), a beautiful lawyer, and Tommy Dunn (Paul Popowich), his partner. However, Ed Wycoff (Michael Murphy), the chief of police, will not let Frank have his way.

The show also star Theresa Joy, Inga Cadranel, Frank Cassini, Genadijs Dolganovs, Arnold Pinnock and Fiona Highet.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

[News] Tickets Now Available for the 2010 Leo Awards

Are you interested in what's going on in the movie and television of British Columbia, a Canadian province on the West Coast? Well, have in mind that the Leo Awards' 2010 Celebration and Gala Awards Ceremonies take place June 4 and 5 at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver. Besides, tickets for both events are already on sale.

Tickets for the Celebration Awards Ceremony are available for $125 and those for the Gala Awards Ceremony, $200. Students, Leo Awards 2010 jurors and nominees are eligible for reduced price tickets.

Ticket order forms can be downloaded from the LEO AWARDS web site at, or tickets may be purchased by calling the LEO AWARDS office at 604-688-3721 ext. 36. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Finally, here's the full list of nominees at this year's Leo Awards.

[News] '24' Season 8 Comes Dec. 7 on DVD

In a press release sent to the web site, the DVD distributor Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced that 24's eighth season will arrive on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 7, 2010 in North America.

In the final season, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), a former agent of the fictive Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU), lives in New York with his daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert). Besides, Jack is embracing a new role: being a grand-father. However, a mysterious man and a reborn CTU seek his help to prevent the assassination of a Middle Eastern president, Omar Hassan (Anil Kapoor), at the United Nations' headquarters. In fact, the USA and some predominantly Muslim country (Iran?) are about to sign a peace treaty.

This peace treaty stipulates that the Muslim country must give up its nuclear ambitions in the name of peace in the Middle East. Nevertheless, there are people within the Muslim country's delegation, government and extremists who would like to have president Hassan killed rather then seeing their country kneel before the West. Besides, as the CTU's and Jack's investigation advances, it appears that non-Muslims also had a hand in the assassination attempt on president Hassan.

The show also star Elisha Cuthbert, John Boyd, Katee Sackhoff, Mykelti Williamson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Freddie Prinze Jr., Annie Wersching, Gregory Itzin and Chris Diamantopoulos.

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[News] Season 2 of 'Flashpoint' Resumes June 4 on CBS

According to the folks at The Futon Critic, the Canadian TV series Flashpoint will return on CBS, an American TV network, on June 4 at 9 PM (8 central). This means that CBS will air the remainder of Flashpoint's second season, which hasn't been seen by Americans for now.

In the first episode called One Wrong Move, the Strategic Response Unit (SRU) is called in because a bomb exploded in downtown Toronto. However, the team discovers that it's the first in a wave of bombings by a mysterious eco-terrorist organization. Ed Lane (Hugh Dillon), Sam Braddock (David Paetkau) and Kevin "Wordy" Woodsworth (Michael Cram) must hunt down the terrorists, while bomb defusing experts Spike Scarlatti (Sergio Di Zio) and Lou Young (Mark Taylor) must defuse two bombs simultaneously at the University of Toronto. However, a member of the SRU's team will not see the end of the day...

The show also star Amy Jo Johnson and Enrico Colantoni.

While the episodes CBS will air are considered as being part of the second season in Canada, CBS considers them as being part of the third season.

So far, CTV, a Canadian TV network, hasn't officially announced the renewal of Flashpoint for a third season. However, The Cultural Post revealed in April that the show's third season has been in production since January 13, 2010. Besides, its production should be over on May 28.

Finally, to the American fans of Flashpoint enjoy what we, in Canada, have already seen!

[TV Review] 24 - Season 8

In all fairness, 24's eighth season is not the best season nor the worst one. Although 24 is entertaining, Fox, an American TV network, did the right thing by pulling the plug on this action show. After all, from a creative perspective, 24's pencil-pushers are out of gas.

In the final season, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), a former agent of the fictive Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU), lives in New York with his daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert). Besides, Jack is embracing a new role: being a grand-father. However, a mysterious man and a reborn CTU seek his help to prevent the assassination of a Middle Eastern president, Omar Hassan (Anil Kapoor), at the United Nations' headquarters. In fact, the USA and some predominantly Muslim country (Iran?) are about to sign a peace treaty.

This peace treaty stipulates that the Muslim country must give up its nuclear ambitions in the name of peace in the Middle East. Nevertheless, there are people within the Muslim country's delegation, government and extremists who would like to have president Hassan killed rather then seeing their country kneel before the West. Besides, as the CTU's and Jack's investigation advances, it appears that non-Muslims also had a hand in the assassination attempt on president Hassan.

The eighth season is a proof that 24's concept was bound to reach the end of the road. In fact, while there's a minimum of originality (i.e. the peace accord) in this season's story, the scriptwriters decided to recycle many old ideas seen in previous seasons:
  • A nuclear bomb might explode in New York.
  • There are people within the American government who will disobey the president's orders.
  • There's a mole inside some law-enforcement agencies (which ones?).
  • Jack can smell a cover-up being cooked.
  • Some American-born citizens are willing to help the "bad guys".
  • Jack is misunderstood by the CTU along with the president herself.
  • To top it all, Jack will be chased by law-enforcement agencies, because he decided to go on his own.
Of course, just have that in mind, because you definitely don't want to have all the plot twists given to you on a silver platter.

Although 24's final season isn't a serious candidate for the Emmy Award for best screenplay, it deserves some nominations in the acting department. In fact, here are potential candidates: Mary Lynn Rajskub, Bob Gunton, Anil Kapoor, Cherry Jones, Annie Wersching and Gregory Itzin, who returns as former president Charles Logan.

Finally, while still being entertaining, 24's final season wasn't bad and couldn't really be improved speaking about the story. Nonetheless, who cares if the final season is not the best one? At least the whole show will rest in peace.

What did you, dear readers, think about this season? Was there anything you hated? Was there anything you liked?

Rating: 3/5

Monday, May 24, 2010

Harry un ami qui vous veut du bien (2000)

Somestimes, you just have to do a lot of research to find a nice thriller. Even though its script could have been improved, Harry un ami qui vous veut du bien will more than entertain you. Besides, it's rare to see a thriller in which the cast's performance always hits the right note.

Michel (Laurent Lucas) and his wife, Claire (Mathilde Seigner), are going to their summer house for their vacation. However, the temperature is hot and Michel's car has no air conditionning. No wonder their three kids are insufferable. Obviously, Michel stops his car at a gas station in order to have a break from his children. While he's in the men's bathroom of the gas station, Michel is approached by Harry (Sergi López).

According to Harry, Michel and him both went to high school together. However, Michel has no recollection of such a thing. This doesn't stop Harry from persuade Michel to let him sleep at his summer house. Besides, Harry's Mercedes has an air conditinning system and he brought Michel's kids in. During the first days at Michel's summer house, things with Harry are smooth and Michel's three kids appreciate the company of Prune (Sophie Guillemin), Harry's fiancée. However, as time goes on, Harry seems to be trying to cause harm to Michel's family.

Obviously, without being the best psychological thriller on the market, Harry un ami qui vous veut du bien still knows how to fascinate us. Although the script doesn't have enough flesh around its bones, the film fascinates us because of the cast's performance, especially Sergi López's. In fact, this actor has a knack of maintaining the facade of a nice person while looking, in actuality, like a manipulative psychopath with the expressions in his creepy eyes.

Besides, the film, at the beginning, efficiently keeps things under wraps that you just want to know what Harry wants to do with Michel. Remember: Harry remembers Michel so well that he can recite by heart a poem Michel wrote in high school. Besides, because he admired Michel, Harry wants to be Michel's literary patron and, besides that, wants to be serviceable to Michel.* Unfortunately, the subtlety defining the characters is Harry un ami qui vous veut du bien's own worst enemy at times. Indeed, it leaves some questions unanswered. For instance, did Harry secretly harbour a crush on Michel?

Finally, fans of Alfred Hitchcock won't have any difficulty to adore such a finely paced and unpredictable thriller. Even though the back story on Michel's and Harry's past days at their high school is kept in the dark, the script is nothing short of solid.

Rating: 4/5

Origin:France (2000)
Length:117 minutes
Genre:Psychological thriller
Screenplay:Dominik Moll and Gilles Marchand
Director:Dominik Moll
Starring:Laurent Lucas, Mathilde Seigner and Sophie Guillemin

Sunday, May 23, 2010

[News] Trailer of 'This Movie Is Broken'

The trailer of the Canadian film This Movie Is Broken, the next film from director Bruce McDonald, is online. Besides, the film will be released in Canada this summer.

According to the dudes at Twitch, the story can be described like this:

Unbelievable! Bruno (Greg Calderone) wakes up in bed next to Caroline (Georgina Reilly), his long time crush. But tomorrow she's off for school in France, and maybe she only granted this miracle as a parting gift for her long time friend. So tonight -- tonight is Bruno's last chance. And tonight, as it happens, Broken Social Scene, her favourite band, is throwing a big outdoor bash. Maybe if Bruno, with the help of his best pal Blake (Kerr Hewitt), can score tickets and give Caroline a night to remember, he can keep this miracle alive.

Besides, the film also stars Stephen McHattie, Tracy Wright, Lyndie Greenwood and Mayko Nguyen. As for the story, it was written by Don McKellar.

Finally, many of you, dear readers, have probably seen it at the latest SXSW Film Festival. Although the Academy's Canadian Film Listings hasn't announced the release date for this film, Northern Stars, the Canadian IMDB (sort of), indicates that This Movie Is Broken will be released in Canada on June 25.

PS: Secret handshakes to Todd, from Twitch, and Brian, from The Film Cynics, for the informations on the film.

[News] Two New U.S. Trailers for TV Series 'Rookie Blue'

Yesterday, The Cultural Post learnt through the Twitter page of the Canadian TV series Rookie Blue that ABC, an American TV network, has released two new trailers of this series.

The show Rookie Blue follows a group of five rookies (Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Travis Milne, Charlotte Sullivan and Enuka Okuma) from the police of Toronto. Enjoy watching these trailers.

Finally, Rookie Blue will premiere in simulcast on Global, a Canadian TV network, and ABC on June 24 at 9 PM (8 central).

Other informations:

1. Rookie Blue's Facebook page.

2. Rookie Blue's Twitter page.

[Video] Kris Booth Talks About Funding 'At Home by Myself... with You'

In this interview given to Samantha Gutstadt, from the online magazine RealTVfilms, Canadian director Kris Booth talks about the way his independent film At Home by Myself... with You got funded.

The story is centred on a beautiful woman (Kristin Booth) who has many phobias. The biggest of them all is to leave her apartment. During one day, this woman meets the nephew (Aaron Abrams) of one of her neighbours (Rosemary Dunsmore). Besides, both of the young people fall for each other. Will that guy manage to get this girl outside of her apartment?

The film also stars Shauna MacDonald, Ryan Blakely, Raoul Bhaneja, Jefferson Brown, Brandon Firla, Andrea McCulloch and Gordon Pinsent.

Finally, At Home by Myself... with You is already available on DVD in Canada.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

[Video] Kris Booth Talks About His Film 'At Home by Myself... with You'

In this interview given to the online cultural magazine Real TV Films, Canadian director Kris Booth talks to Samantha Gudstadt about his independent film At Home by Myself... with You. This film, which was made on a shoestring budget, is being showcased at the 2010 Cannes Film Market.

The story is centred on a beautiful woman (Kristin Booth) who has many phobias. The biggest of them all is to leave her apartment. During one day, this woman meets the nephew (Aaron Abrams) of one of her neighbours (Rosemary Dunsmore). Besides, both of the young people fall for each other. Will that guy manage to get this girl outside of her apartment?

The film also stars Shauna MacDonald, Ryan Blakely, Raoul Bhaneja, Jefferson Brown, Brandon Firla, Andrea McCulloch and Gordon Pinsent.

Finally, At Home by Myself... with You is already available on DVD in Canada.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Many have said that Mike Newell's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire left out many important details from J.K. Rowling's novel. However, if you haven't read the book, you won't be lost and will still be entertained by this adaptation.

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) along with his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) are preparing to start their fourth year at Hogwarts, a British wizardry school. Besides, this school is welcoming a group of students from two wizardry schools (from France and Bulgaria) and is holding the Triwizard Tournament. During this event, each school must choose one student - who is at least 17 years old - to represent it.

However, by a quirk of fate, a piece of paper with Harry's name on it gets out of the Goblet of Fire. Because he doesn't have the required age to participate in the tournament, Harry couldn't have registered in the first place. Besides, he has to take part in the Triwizard Tournament, perform dangerous tasks to win the Goblet of Fire and prepare to face Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), the most feared evil wizard in the world.

Despite being one of the most entertaining films in the Harry Potter movie franchise, the fourth instalment leaves a bitter taste in our mouth because of its storyline. While Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire also simultaneously tries to show the crisis of adolescence for Harry, Ron and Hermione, the film doesn't manage to make the three leading characters as interesting as they are in the novel. Indeed, because the story was hugely trimmed, the leading characters' psychological growth take a back seat at the expense of the action sequences. Nonetheless, the film still manages to hint some fascinating things about the stormy relation between Hermione and Ron.

Therefore, the fourth film in the Harry Potter franchise is a sad proof that it's hard to adapt a voluminous novel. Of course, one can't blame J.K. Rowling for writing entertaining novels that care a lot about details.

Finally, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is your usual entertainment flick that doesn't aim too high nor too low in terms of artistic quality. Despite that, the film should entertain people who are in for action scenes and dazzling special/visual effects. Besides, the film does contain some small lovely performance by two supporting actresses: Miranda Richardson, as a journalist of a tabloid, and Katie Leung, as Cho Chang (Harry's love interest).

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:UK/USA (2005)
Length:157 minutes
Screenplay:Steve Kloves
Director:Mike Newell
Starring:Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Ralph Fiennes

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Friday, May 21, 2010

[Video] Making-Of 'Leslie, My Name Is Evil'

Today is the release of the Canadian film Leslie, My Name Is Evil in Canada. For this occasion, The Cultural Post would like to give you a look at the film's making-of.

Perry (Gregory Smith), a sheltered chemical engineer, falls in love with Leslie (Kristen Hager), a former homecoming princess, when he is selected to be a jury member at her hippie death cult murder trial. Perry has always done what is expected of him. He was a straight A student who got a good job at a chemical company and proposed to his virgin Christian girlfriend, Dorothy (Kristin Adams).

Leslie took a different path after she was traumatized by Kennedy’s assassination, her abortion and the divorce of her parents. She took LSD, joined a hippie death cult and helped murder a God-fearing citizen in her own home. When Perry and Leslie lock eyes in court, Perry is forced to confront the darkest deepest parts of himself and by extension, the American society.

Other stars of the film include Ryan Robbins (jPod), Peter Keleghan (Coopers' Camera), Kaniehtiio Horn (The Trotsky), Sarah Gadon (Siblings), Anjelica Scannura (Nothing Really Matters), Travis Milne (Rare), Tom Barnett (The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day), Peter MacNeill (The Stone Angel), Tracy Wright (The Five Senses) and Don McKellar (Blindness).

[News] Production Underway for Season 2 of 'Bienvenue aux dames'

As V, a Quebecker TV network, announced it in December 2009, that it has renewed the sitcom Bienvenue aux dames for a second season. Moreover, the production for the second season has already begun.

This TV series follows Kevin Matteau (Peter MacLeod), a single and a publicist living large in Montreal. On the day of his 40th birthday, he realizes that his life is empty. When he look back on his life, he's slept with 234 different women, has never had the time to live a "private life" because of his work and doesn't have true friends in Montreal. Besides, he also realizes that he has no wishes regarding his future.

However, despite his boss' (Marie Turgeon) desire to bring him back, Kevin will stay in Lac Touchet, the small town where he was born. Besides, with the help of his friend Ti-Louis (Rémi-Pierre Paquin), Kevin will try to revive his late uncle's tavern. Unfortunately for Kevin, Carolanne Bernier (Anick Lemay), a local business woman, and other investors believe that this tavern - which has been empty and for sell for quite a while - is a nuisance to Lac Touchet's economic development. In fact, Carolanne and other people want to demolish the tavern and build a historical park in honour of Lac Touchet's founders.

The TV series also star Véronique Bannon, Sylvie Boucher, Bruno Marcil, Brigitte Lafleur, Simon Boudreault and Dan Bigras.

Finally, we should expect Bienvenue aux dames's second season to be broadcasted during this fall. By the way, the trailer of the first season is tucked under the seat.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

[Video] Sarah Polley Talks About 'Splice'

In this short video, Canadian actress Sarah Polley talk to cultural reporter Steve Gow about the Canadian film Splice, Vincenzo Natali's next sci-fi film that will be released in theatres in North America on June 4.

The story - which was penned by Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant and Doug Taylor - follows Elsa (Sarah Polley) and Clive (Adrien Brody), two scientists who wish to conduct an experience bordering on human cloning (something that is illegal). Therefore, they splice together human and animal DNA in order to create a new organism. As a result of that, a creature called Dren is born. This creature came to life as a deformed female infant (Abigail Chu) and it will age quickly to the point of becoming a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera (Delphine Chanéac).

[News] First Images and Trailer of 'Tromper le silence'

Yesterday, Les Films Séville, a film distributor, revealed on its Twitter page ([1] and [2]) that Tromper le silence, the third film directed by Julie Hivon (Crème glacée, chocolat et autres consolations), will be in Quebec's theatres on September 3, 2010.

At the same time, the people at Les Films Séville were also nice enough to give the URL of the film's official web site.

The story of the film follows Viviane (Suzanne Clément), a photograph. Ever since Frédéric (Sébastien Huberdeau), her brother who accepted to pose as a model for her, no longer wants to see her, Viviane has had the feeling that her career is in a dead end. Indeed, her conflict with her brother has made it hard for Viviane to move on.

However, after her encounter with Guillaume (Maxime Dumontier), a young mechanic, Viviane believes that her creative mind is back. Besides, Viviane has the feeling an energy comparable to that of Frédéric oozes from Guillaume. At the same time, because he's tormented by a tragedy that tore his family apart, Guillaume often violently behaves. Obviously, Viviane is disturbed by this, yet fascinated.

Finally, the film also stars Claude Prégent, Pascale Montpetit, Sophie Cadieux, Thomas Lalonde and Benoît Gouin.

[News] Télé-Québec to Present Quebecker Short Films

Télé-Québec, a Quebecker TV network, announced that it will air a selection of shorts produced in Quebec in the last year. These shorts will be presented in a special show of Voir, a cultural magazine, on Sunday, May 30 from 8 to 9:30 PM.

Here's the list of shorts that we'll see:

* L’homme et la bête, by Martin Thibaudeau.
* L’homme qui dort, by Inés Sedan.
* Buddies, by Louis-Alexandre Martin.
* Next Floor, by Denis Villeneuve.
* Léger problème, by Hélène Florent.
* Mon nom est Victor Gazon, de Patrick Gazé.
* Le technicien, de Simon-Olivier Fecteau.

Finally, this special will be hosted by Sébastien Diaz and Manon Dumais. Besides, before the presentation of each short, Diaz and Dumais will give some details about the given short so that we can fully appreciate it.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

[News] 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' Season 1 on DVD Sept. 21

Anchor Bay Entertainment, a DVD distributor, announced that it will release the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 21, 2010.

In this original series from Starz, an American premium cable network, Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) is separated from his wife, Sura (Erin Cummings), by the Romans. Both of them are forced into slavery by the Romans and Sura is sold to a Syrian slaveholder. While in Rome, Spartacus - who is now a gladiator owned by Batatius (John Hannah) and his wife Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) - strives to survive in the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. However, Spartacus must also battle outside of the arena in order to become a legend.

Other members of the cast include Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker, Jai Courtney, Nick E. Tarabay and Antonio Te Maioho.

Speaking about bonus materials the show's executive producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight take fans even deeper into the deadly brutality of gladiator games and the decadent machinations of Roman society with hours of bonus features delving behind the scenes into the making of a modern epic. This will be accompanied by interviews and commentaries from the actors and filmmakers, augmented with rare production footage exploring the series' ground-breaking visual effects, production and costume design.

Besides, some episodes can be seen with enhanced special effects. On the Blu-Ray, four episodes have been personally selected as "Directors' Cut Extended Episodes", featuring content too risqué, even for cable TV.

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[News] The Just for Laughs Festival Launches Two New Events

The Just for Laughs Festival's organizers have announced the creation of two events: the Insider Series and the Comicpro – The Just For Laughs Ultimate Fan Package. Besides, film screenings and the Zoofest Comedy shows will be returning this year. The festival will be held in Montreal from July 12 to 18, 2010.

Without further ado, let's have a look at what we should expect the Insider Series and the Comicpro – The Just For Laughs Ultimate Fan Package.

Insider Series

It will feature casts and show creators who’ll let us into their private world of anecdotes and stories about their films and TV shows, as well as performances by your favourite TV and film stars. First up is Kevin Smith, a writer/director/producer and all-around cool guy. He's got his hands in films such as Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, Chasing Amy and the more recent Cop Out. A Late Afternoon with Kevin Smith will be presented on Thursday, July 15 at 3 PM in the Grand Salon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. It’s a no-holds-barred Q&A where the audience is the catalyst for the entertainment and hilarity that will ensue.

Secondly, get up close and personal with Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Erinn Hayes, Lake Bell, Rob Huebel and others for a live presentation of the upcoming Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital, an irreverent satire about a group of doctors with healthy libidos. Their relentless dedication to their personal lives is interrupted only by the occasional need to treat sick children. The show will feature a preview screening, a live reading with audience participation, a Q&A session and more on Saturday, July 17 at 7PM at the Cinquième Salle of the Place des Arts.

Thirdly, Curb Your Enthusiasm's fans should unite because J.B. Smoove is coming to take the Insider Series by storm... in character as Leon Black. Leon (aka Jewish attorney and Groats survivor Danny Duberstein who is "good at two things") will take the stage in An Evening with Leon Black and Friends to host a special night with their friends from the Festival on Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17 at 7 PM at the Cabaret Juste pour rire.


The Just For Laughs Comedy Conference is going public with the launch of COMICPRO - The Just For Laughs ULTIMATE FAN PACKAGE. This year for the first time in Festival history, the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference can be attended by comedy enthusiasts, students and young professionals who want to know more about what goes on inside the comedy world. The package includes the Insider Series, Zoofest Comedy, Just For Laughs Films, panels discussing TV and film, keynote speaker Lewis Black, Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry Address, the Onion Presentation – a slideshow presentation of their fake history, and the Comedy Conference Awards Ceremony, providing the ultimate behind-the-scenes, on-screen, and live comedy experience for the ultimate comedy fan. It’s a rare opportunity to learn from, and mingle with, the giants of the industry, while enjoying some great shows.

Finally, here's what you have to pay.

For only $99 the COMICPRO Fan Pass includes:

  • Access to the Insider Series.
  • Access to the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference panels and speakers.
  • Access to Zoofest Comedy shows including sketch, solo shows, international acts and more.
  • Access to Just For Laughs Films
Don’t forget: Early registration for Industry passes also continues until June 10. Stay tuned for more information about the Conference in the near future!


[Video] Jay Baruchel and Jacob Tierney Talk About 'The Trotsky'

In this video, Canadian director Jacob Tierney and actor Jay Baruchel talk about the Canadian teen comedy The Trotsky to Teri Hart during the show Movie Entertainment. The film talks about a seventeen-year-old teenager (Jay Baruchel) from a rich family of Montreal. This guy believes that he's the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky, one of the Soviet Union founding fathers (1917). Besides, at his school, this teenager will try to unionized students.

The film has been in theatres in Canada since May 14.

It also stars Emily Hampshire, Saul Rubinek, Geneviève Bujold, Colm Feore, Michael Murphy, Anne-Marie Cadieux, Jesse Camacho, Kaniehtiio Horn, Ricky Mabe, Tommie-Amber Pirie and Jesse Rath.

Finally, here's my review of The Trotsky.

[News] 'Les amours imaginaires' Will Be Distributed in the USA

IFC, an American distributor of independent films, announced on its blog that it has acquired the American distribution rights for the Canadian film Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats), the second film from award-winning director Xavier Dolan.

First of all, IFC acquired the distribution rights thanks to its representatives that were at the Cannes International Film Festival. In fact, Les amours imaginaires is in competition in the category Un certain regard.

The film tells the story of Francis (Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri) who are good friends. One night, they meet Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a young man from the country who has just settled in Montreal. From encounter to encounter, from moment to moment, troubled by innumerable signs — some real, some imagined — Francis and Marie fall deeper and deeper into a fantastical obsession with him. Soon, Francis and Marie find themselves on the precipice of a love duel that threatens the friendship they once thought indestructible.

Finally, IFC will release Les amours imaginaires on its via its IFC in Theaters platform. This means that the film can be seen on-demand at home in the USA the same day it hit theatres.

PS: It appears that IFC has a love relation with Canadian cinema. In fact, the distribution company has the U.S. rights for films such as Pontypool, Les sept jours du talion, My Winnipeg, Cairo Time, L'âge des ténèbres, Ce qu'il faut pour vivre, One Week and Mothers and Daughters just to name a few.

[News] Trailer of 'The Con Artist'

If you're an enthusiast of heist flicks, the upcoming Canadian film The Con Artist should interest you. For that matter, the trailer of the film can be seen.

Vince (Rossif Sutherland) is an ex-con on parole after a five year stint in prison. Unable to go straight due to a vicious crime boss (Donald Sutherland) on his heels, Vince returns to stealing cars. But his luck begins to shift when Belinda (Rebecca Romijn), a sexy art dealer, discovers Vince has more to offer than just a tricky past.

The film also stars Sarah Roemer, Russell Peters, Mac Fyfe, Jed Rees, Mary Walsh, Deborah Theaker, Cory Lee, Terra Vnesa, Pedro Miguel Arce and Joel Hynes.

The story was penned by Michael Melski and Collin Friesen.

Finally, no release date has been announced for this film directed by Risa Bramon Garcia. However, the film is currently being showcased at the 2010 Cannes Film Market.

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