Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Leading Cast Confirmed for 'Good Dog'

At last, the identity of the leading actors of the upcoming Canadian half-hour comedy series Good Dog has been announced. The show is currently in production in Toronto until August and will premiere on The Movie Network, a Canadian premium cable network, in 2011.

Obviously, those who keep an eye on what's going on in the Canadian showbiz industry have known for quite a while that writer/actor Ken Finkleman will be the lead. He'll play a character named George, a rich and old man who's got his own TV show about him that he wants to call Embrace your Enthusiasm. Besides, he's dating Claire (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's Lauren Lee Smith), a gorgeous former model who is half George's age. It’s a hot May-December relationship in which George discovers he must be a “Good Dog” if he wants it to work out. Did we mention Claire has two young children and a nanny, who over time come to live with them? George’s friend, Doug (Jason Weinberg), bears the brunt of most of George’s “bright ideas,” which generally end badly, but not without revealing a nugget of truth.

Finally, The Movie Network has ordered 13 episodes of this show that will be written, directed and also produced by Ken Finkleman, who is best known for writing the acclaimed Canadian TV series The Newsroom.

Full-Length Trailer of 'Filière 13'

More than one week ago, we saw the poster and the teaser of the upcoming film Filière 13. Now, full-length trailer is online.

The story, which was penned by Claude Lalonde and Pierre Lamothe, follows three cops. Thomas (Claude Legault) has a headache that stops him from getting the job done correctly. Besides, because he committed a serious blunder, his boss, Benoît (Paul Doucet), reassigns him to one simple job: keeping an eye on the mother of a notorious criminal who is at large. After all, the Montreal police expects that criminal to get back to his mother so that they can catch him. Obviously, Thomas will have a partner: Jean-François (Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge), the police's PR who cracked on television while he was trying to explain Thomas's last blunder. Besides, Jean-François has difficulties to talk to anyone.
The film also stars Jean-Pierre Bergeron, Elisabeth Locas, Marie Turgeon, Anik Jean, André Sauvé, Sharlène Royer, Laurent Paquin, Monique Spaziani, Luc Senay and Widemir Normil.

Finally, the film will hit theatres on August 6, 2010.

Monday, June 28, 2010

'Loose Screws' on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 27

Severin Films, an American distributor, announced that the Canadian film Loose Screws, which was made in 1985, will make its debut on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 27.

This comedy belonging to the genre of Canuxploitation (Canadian B-films) follows four boys named Brad Lovett (Bryan Genesse), Steve Hardman (Lance Van Der Kolk), Hugh G. Rection (Alan Deveau) and Jason Warren (Jason Warren). They're forced to attend summer school at Cockswell Academy under the watchful eye of Principal Arsenault (Mike MacDonald). While there, the boys play a game where they earn points for scoring with a girl. Each decides to go for the ultimate 100-point score, Mona Lott (Cynthia Belliveau), the new French teacher. But when they're unable to get a shot at her, they end up in Principal Arsenault’s unforgiving clutches. After all is lost, they take one final chance during the school's anniversary celebration.

Finally, the film will be available at retailers July 27 for a list price of $24.95 for the Blu-Ray and $19.95 for the DVD.

Whistler Film Festival’s Soirée raises $35,000 for Future in Focus campaign

From a press release

Vancouver, B.C. – The Whistler Film Festival Society’s third annual Soirée Gala & Auction was held on June 24th at Nu Restaurant + Lounge in Vancouver. Playing host to 250 of BC's movers and shakers, the third annual event raised over $35,000 in net proceeds to directly support the WFFS’ Future in Focus Campaign.

Soirée was truly a feast for the senses. Festivities started with a decadent cocktail reception, followed by a fine wine and food experience of hand passed hors d'oeuvres and Pacific Northwest cuisine. Amidst a spectacular sunset backdrop, the evening evolved with live entertainment by legendary bluesman and accomplished actor Jim Byrnes as well as live art by Chilli Thom. TV Personality Erin Cebula hosted the festivities and set the stage for an unforgettable silent and live auction that featured priceless items and experiences, including an exclusive package for 10 days of Whistler, a private 3-course dinner for 10 in the Wine Room at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, an exclusive Rivers Inlet Sportsman's Club Fishing trip, a golf weekend at the Four Seasons Resort & Spa in Whistler and Nicklaus North Golf Course, a Brewmaster's Private Dinner at Whistler Brewing Company, and a luxurious Shangri-La Retreat - plus two tickets to see Michael Bublé in concert.

“In 2009, the we launched our Future in Focus Campaign to raise $2.5 million dollars to transform Whistler's defunct Rainbow Theatre into to one of Canada’s most digitally advanced theatres, and to implement plans for even greater international impact, which includes increasing the profile of the Festival and establishing advanced training programs for screen-based entertainment,” says Shauna Hardy Mishaw, Executive Director Whistler Film Festival Society. “The Future in Focus Campaign will create a permanent home for the Whistler Film Festival and its year round programming. We are thrilled with the success of the Soirée in helping to support this vision.”

The Whistler Film Festival Society celebrates Canadian films, nurtures filmmakers and attracts the best international talent. The 10th anniversary of the Whistler Film Festival takes place December 1 to 5, 2010 and has become a must attend event with over 11,000 audience members including 500+ key industry insiders. The 2010 Festival features up to 80 films from Canada and around the world comprised of about 40 features and 40 shorts, selected from over 1,000 submissions, and will award $45,000 in cash prizes. Renowned for its intimate nature, the Festival is complete with world premieres, renowned guests and an innovative industry conference.

Soirée Gala & Auction was sponsored by American Express, the Whistler Brewing Company, Kettle One Vodka, Sterling Vineywards, Shangra-La Vancouver and Nu Restaurant + Lounge.

The Whistler Film Festival is presented by American Express, and is sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada - British Columbia, Whistler Brewing Company and Whistler Blackcomb, and is supported by Telefilm Canada, BC Film and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Magnificent Warriors (1987)

Boy, have martial arts films from Hong Kong come a long way! Since Magnificent Warriors is a kung fu film from the 1980s, there's no doubt that it hasn't aged really well. Nonetheless, if you're a fan of fighting films, then this is for you.

The film starts in 1938, a time when there were conflicts between Japan and China. Fok Ming-Ming (Michelle Yeoh) is a spy for the Chinese resistance movement who is asked to fly in the region of Inner Mongolia. Her job is to find a spy codenamed Sky Number One (Richard Ng) and cooperate with him in flying out Youda (Lowell Lo), a lord who rules the city of Kaal. Besides, the resistance movement sent a flashy watch through a pigeon.

However, the watch falls into the hands of Wong (Yee Tung-Shing), a tramp and a gambler, because he killed the bird and ate it. Obviously, Ming-Ming follows Wong but they both get trapped by the Japanese army. Afterwards, they get the help of Sky Number One. Together, they'll join Youda and will try to drive the Japanese army out of Kaal. In fact, the Japanese army, which is led by Gen. Toga (Matsui Tetsuya), wants to manufacture poison gas.

Obviously, like most martial art films from the 1970s to the 1990s,Magnificent Warriors' production value leaves a little bit to be desired. During the fight scenes, the sound effects are often way too loud. In fact, just imagine what it's like to hear a punch or kicks in the film.

However, the worst thing about Magnificent Warriors is definitely its storyline, because it fails at trying to simultaneously be a martial arts flick, a war drama and a comedy. As an action film, Magnificent Warriors offers us action sequences – be they well-choreographed fight scenes or ordinary gunfights – separated by a window of time of about five minutes. Therefore, don’t expect any great performance from the cast or any character development. On that previous matter, don’t be surprised if the film presents the characters in a black-and-white approach: most Chinese protagonists are inveterate patriots; the few Chinese “traitors” don’t help us to fully understand why they collaborated with the Japanese army in the first place during the Second World War; and there’s nothing to say about the Japanese army itself.

In conclusion, I’m so elated that I borrowed the film for free at the library. Because of Magnificent Warriors’ lack of elaborated storyline, who would pay two to five bucks to rent it? Oh right, there are the fight scenes.

Rating: 2/5

Origin:Hong Kong (1987)
Length:91 minutes
Screenplay:Kan-Cheung Tsang
Director:David Chung
Starring:Michelle Yeoh, Richard Ng and Yee Tung-Shing

Friday, June 25, 2010

First Thoughts on Global's 'Rookie Blue'

Apparently, Global, that Americanized private Canadian TV network, is airing an original series. It's called Rookie Blue, a crime dramedy that tries to be Grey's Anatomy with guns and uniforms. In comparison with Southland's pilot, Rookie Blue's indicates that the show will just be a modest summer time killer.

The show takes place in an unknown Canadian city (Toronto) that epically fails at passing off for an American city.* While the pilot is focused on Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym), a rookie constable in the police of Toronto, Global's press materials indicate that we follow five rookie cops. Joining Andy are Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), a thrill seeker; Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan), a rookie who wants to be the chief of police; Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma), a rookie who secretly smooches a detective (Noam Jenkins); and Chris Diaz (Travis Milne), a walking-talking police manual.

In the pilot, three of the rookies are paired up with training officers (Matt Gordon, Melanie Nicholls-King and Lyriq Bent) who look at them with condescension while two of them (Gail and Dov) are stuck with a desk job. During an investigation in a tenement with her training officer (Matt Gordon), Andy arrests the wrong suspect after a shooting.

He turns out to be an undercover cop, officer Sam Swarek (Ben Bass), who is getting closer to crack a drug trafficking case and Andy ultimately blows his cover. Obviously, in order to fix her mistake, Andry will go after a young gunman (Devon Bostick). Even though they're stuck in the office at the headquarters, Gail and Dov face challenges too. For instance, they argue over who should frisk a transgender.

For a summer TV series from a TV network, Rookie Blue is neither abysmal nor outstanding. Indeed, its creators definitely wanted to play safe by exploiting a formulaic and a little bit predictable narrative formula: rookie cops making mistakes on the job and fixing them by the end of the episode. In all fairness, it certainly isn't a bad thing if you're just looking for a summer entertainment.

Besides, even though the details about the other four rookies revolving around Andy are kept under wraps, one just can't wait to see the other episodes to have a better understanding of them. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention that the characters of the rookies are played with a certain ounce of charisma - especially by Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith and the lovely Enuka Okuma - that you believe in them.

Finally, this is a show that should please to male and female viewers who just want to have fun. In fact, along with its decent, humorous and unoriginal writing, Rookie Blue many of us will certainly watch it to feast our eyes on either the leading ladies or men. Furthermore, even though it's not in the league of great Canadian cop shows like Durham County, Flashpoint or Intelligence, Rookie Blue proves that a police show doesn't need to be dark and extremely violent to catch our attention. And it works just fine that way. Of course, expect to hear some annoying and insipid pop songs during the emotional moments.

NB: Rookie Blue is simulcasted on Thursday nights at 9 PM on Global (Canada) and ABC (USA).

Child Book 'Horrid Henry' to Head to the Big Screen

Sourcebooks, an independent publisher, announced yesterday that Horrid Henry, a bestselling British childbook, will be made into a 3D live-action film. This also means that Horrid Henry will make the transition from an animated series aired by the British children channel CITV to a live-action film.

First of all, the film project will be a jointventure between Vertigo Films and Novel Entertainment. The director will be Nick Moore (Wild Child).

The story of this book series written by Francesca Simon is about a kid who's in a war against adults. In the film, while the adults seem to be determined to get him, Horrid Henry must seal an unlikely alliance with his irritating brother, Perfect Peter, and an unsympathetic girl next door, Moody Margaret.

Finally, casting has already begun, with filming scheduled to take place during October and November this year. The film, to be shot entirely on location in the UK, is slated for release in 2011.

Other than that, the latest Horrid Henry book is slated for publication in August 2010 in North America. The book is titled Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman. Moreover, in Great Britain, the book won the Galaxy British Book Award’s Best Children's Book of the Year* in 2008.

*: Past winners of this award include J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter novel franchise.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

'The Border' Season 3 on DVD on Aug. 10

The Canadian distributor VSC has sent a hi-res picture of the DVD artwork of The Border's third season. This Canadian espionnage series - which was aired on the public TV network CBC - will come out on DVD on August 10.

Despite the good reviews the shot has gotten, CBC didn't renew The Border for a fourth season.

The show tells the story of the fictional Immigration and Custom Security (ICS). The group is led by Maj. Mike Kessler, a former soldier of the Joint Task Force 2 (Canada's elite army). While Det. Sgt. Layla Hourani (Nazneen Contractor) died in the second season's finale, she'll be replaced by Khalida Massi (Athena Karkanis), a polyglot agent. Other than that, the ICS is under investigation by the Canadian Public Security ministry because of the screw-up that occured during a border operation at the end of season two.

The show also stars Graham Abbey, Jim Codrington, Catherine Disher, Mark Wilson, Grace Park, Alberta Watson, Sofia Milos, Nigel Bennett and Sarah Gadon.

Les amours imaginaires (2010)

Given the success J'ai tué ma mère, Xavier Dolan's first feature film, received the expectations for this film were high. However, Les amours imaginaires looks like a draft version of an upcoming film project. However, we can't deny the good performance from the cast.
Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri) are two inseparable friends. At the beginning of the film, they meet Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a guy from the countryside who moved to Montreal in order to study literature at the McGill University. Obviously, a friendship between the three of them rapidly grows. Besides, both Francis and Marie fall for Nicolas. In fact, Francis and Marie both believe that Nicolas is sending signals. However, the question that they'll be asking themselves is this: is Nicolas actually into one of them?

If J'ai tué ma mère was fairly good, Les amours imaginaires, on the other hand, embodies a regression in Xavier Dolan's ability to write a script and to make a film. Of course, the problem is not the fact that we don’t get a full assessment of Nicolas’s intentions or who he is. The story is a rather simple (and a little bit predictable) story about two leading characters subjectively reacting to ambiguous signals from the mysterious object (i.e. Nicolas) of their love and also the conflicts between the two leading characters that follow. While the conflicts could have been more elaborated, one always feel that Dolan has inserted conflicts between Francis and Marie just for the sake of it.

Therefore, Les amours imaginaires feels a little bit like a soap opera in that the performance are a little bit contrived at times. Yet, as far as the good stuff goes, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Xavier Dolan's and especially Monia Chokri's performance. In fact, with their performance they allow us to study the sexual arousal of their characters and their naivete.

All in all, Les amours imaginaires looks a little bit like a draft. In all fairness, the film is mostly a collage of trademarks from acclaimed directors (ex: Wong Kar-Wai) that tries to overshadows the simplicity of the film's storyline. Honestly, while Xavier Dolan is currently Quebec's most over-rated director, let's hope that he's on the right path.

Origin:Canada (2010)
Length:95 minutes
Screenplay:Xavier Dolan
Director:Xavier Dolan
Starring:Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri and Niels Schneider

Happy Birthday Quebec!

Hi there everybody, this is the day that we, Quebeckers, celebrate the birthday of Quebec. Here's my wish for this day: one day, I hope that most Quebeckers from the ethnic majority will stop acting like idiots who have no confidence in Quebec's ability to culturally survive. Now that I've made my wish, I'd like to leave you with the traditional 10-question quiz. So you think you know Quebec?

1. In 1961, Quebec's government created an inquiry commission in order to fix all the problems of the provincial educational system. Who was the president of this inquiry commission?
a. Jean-Denis Gendron
b. Gérard Bouchard
c. Alphonse-Marie Parent
d. Lawrence Poitras

2. Read the following lyrics of a song written by Stéphane Venne in 1970:"C'est le début d'un temps nouveau/La terre est à l'année zéro/La moitié des gens n'ont pas trente ans/Les femmes font l'amour librement/Les hommes ne travaillent presque plus/Le bonheur est la seule vertu." Who sang it?
a. Renée Claude
b. George Thurston
c. Diane Dufresne
d. Édith Butler

3. This Quebecker playwright received the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres (France) in 2002, wrote the play Incendies and is one of the founders of Abé carré cé carré, a creation company. Who is it?
a. Serge Boucher
b. René-Daniel Dubois
c. Michel Tremblay
d. Wajdi Mouawad

4. This Quebecker poet is known for having edited an anthology book that gathers a variety of "separatist" texts. Who is it?
a. Andrée Ferretti
b. Émille Nelligan
c. Jacques Ferron
d. Marie Laberge

5. Listen to this song and indicate which Quebecker singer originally wrote and performed it:

a. Steffie Shock
b. Leonard Cohen
c. Rufus Wainwright
d. Martha Wainwright

6. According to the Gagnon-Tremblay-McDougall Agreement, a document that draws the line between Quebec's and Canada's powers regarding international immigration, Quebec DOES NOT have any control over what?
a. The immigration examb. Refugees
c. The annual number of immigrantsd. Temporary foreign workers

7. This former head coach of the Montreal Canadiens has always been mocked for his incorrect uses of French proverbs and idioms. Who is it?
a. Alain Vigneaultb. Mario Tremblay
c. Jacques Demersd. Jean Perron

8. Who am I? I'm Catholic priest of Montreal and I'm a leading figure of oecumenism. I became the head of the Commission diocésaine d'oecuménisme de Montréal in 1962. Moreover, I'm also known for trying to build a bridge between Catholic and Protestant Quebeckers.
a. Irénée Beaubienb. Lionel Groulx
c. Paul-Émile Légerd. Marie Victorin

9. What is it? This Quebecker candy is traditionally prepared on November 25.
a. Pouding chômeurb. Cipaille
c. Tire de la Ste-Catherined. Queue de castor

10. The Official Language Act - or Bill 22 - was promulgated under the rule of which Premier?
a. Jean Lesageb. Robert Bourassa
c. Daniel Johnson Sr.Jean-Jacques Bertrand

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

'Death Comes to Town' On DVD On Aug. 3

Fans of the Kids in the Hall - a Canadian comedy troupe made of Mark McKinney, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch and Scott Thompson - no longer needs to wait. In fact, CBC, a public Canadian TV network, announced that the miniseries The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town will be out on DVD on August 3, 2010.

This show, which was aired on CBC this winter, takes place in the fictive Canadian town of Shuckton, Ontario. After the town's demand for hosting the Olympics had been rejected, the mayor is found murdered. As a trial is held in the town, many people's secrets start to come out.

Finally, the DVD will be available in Canada on August 3. No American release date has been confirmed. However, Americans can see Death Comes to Town, because it will be aired on IFC, an American cable network, in August.

MTV.com Will Live-Stream Hollywood Premiere of 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

Fans of badly written romantic films, tomorrow night's the night. In fact, MTV.com will live-stream the Hollywood premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The streaming will be going on between 6:30 to 8:30 PM (June 24).

In addition to that, viewers will be accompanied by Josh Horrowitz, MTV News Movie Editor, and Kimmy West, a "Twilight expert" and founder of HisGoldenEyes.com. They will both talk with the stars of the film including Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke and Gil Birmingham, as well as author Stephenie Meyer (she wrote the Twilight books).

Other expected guests include Britney Spears, Jamie Foxx, Lindsay Lohan, James Franco, Emile de Ravin and Ke$ha, amongst others. By the way, note that the following embedded video player can only be viewed in the USA.

Finally, The Twilight Sage: Eclipse will be in North American theatres on June 30.

Just for Laughs Festival Augments Its Program

Before it begins in Montreal, the Just for Laughs Festival has decided to spice up its menu for us. In fact, expect to see more in the line-up of the Insider Series and

First of all, the festival's organizers announced that The Second City will celebrate its 50th anniversary and will be given the Just for Laughs Lifetime Achievement Award. Those who will be on stage to accept the award are Colin Mochrie, Fred Willard, Andrew Alexander and other names to be announced. Moreover, members of The Second City will take part in a live discussion at the Cinquième salle of the Place des arts on July 15 at 9:30 PM.

A second award will also be presented. In fact, Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, the producers of the TV series Glee, will give to Ian Brennan

Two new awards

Aziz Ansari, who is currently starring in NBC's Parks and Recreation will be the first recepient ever of the Just for Laughs Breakout Comedy Star of the Year. As for Donald Glover (30 Rock), an actor, a writer and comedian, he'll be the first recipient ever of the Rising Comedy Star of the Year.

Obviously, note that all awards will be presented during the Comedy Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Friday, July 16 at 12 PM.


As for previews and screenings, Just for Laughs also announced that we'll see the docu-comedy Exporting Raymond. It follows Phil Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, in his attempt to translate Everybody Loves Raymond into a Russian sitcom. Besides, add to that the cultural clash between the American and Russian culture as experienced by Phil Rosenthal in Moscow. This sneak peek screening will be followed by a Q&A session with writer/director Phil Rosenthal and Exporting Raymond's producer John Woldenberg. The film will be screened Wednesday, July 14 at 9:30 PM at the Cinquième Salle of the Place des arts.

Monday, June 21, 2010

HBO Renews 'True Blood' for 4th Season

HBO, an American premium cable network, announced its intention to renew its hit vampire TV series True Blood for a fourth season. Production on the show should begin "early next year in Los Angeles" and True Blood's fourth season will premiere in summer 2011.

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, TRUE BLOOD takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The show follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts, and her boyfriend, 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), who went missing at the end of season two, and is now the object of a frantic search.

The show also stars Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, William Sanderson, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston and Alexander Skarsgård.

Canadian Promo Poster for 'Rookie Blue'

My colleague Diane Kristine Wild over at TV Eh? revealed the Canadian promo poster of the upcoming Canadian TV series Rookie Blue. The show will premiere on simulcast on Global, a private Canadian TV network, and ABC, an American TV network, this Thursday at 9 PM.

The first episode of this show created by Tassie Cameron documents the first day on the job of a group of five rookie police constables.

Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) does a serious mistake and ruins a long-running undercover drug sting. In order to fix her mistake, she decides to go face to face with a gunman related to the drug sting. The other four members of the group of five rookies are Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma), Andy's best friend and a single mom; Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), a thrill-seeker who has been raised by hippie parents; Chris Diaz (Travis Milne), a by-the-book constable; and Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan), the group's politico who thinks about the day she'll be the chief of police.

Add to this Detective Sam Swarek (Ben Bass), a rogue training officer, and Luke Callaghan (Eric Johnson), a charming workaholic homicide detective, and Andy will have more on her hands on and off the beat then she could have ever foreseen.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hitler Is Devastated by Halak's Departure

I'm a little bit fed up of seeing on YouTube spoofs of Downfall, a German film on the last days of German dictator Adolf Hitler in his bunker in 1945 as the Allies (USA, USSR, British and Canada) were closing in on Germany. However, thanks to the folks over at the Sportnographe, I'd like to share with you this video in which Hitler tells us how he feels about the fact that Jaroslav Halak, the Montreal Canadiens' leading goalie, got traded to the St-Louis Blues in return of forwards Ian Schultz and Lars Eller.

With that said, how did you feel about this trade?

Take Care of My Cat (2001)

At the first look Goyangileul butaghae might look like a formulaic coming-of-age dramedy. However, if we look at a bigger picture, Take Care of My Cat has some charms in its light script. Indeed, despite a few flaws, the film manages to ring true.

The story of this South Korean film takes place in Incheon, a city of the Seoul metropolitan area. We follow a group of five close friends - five girls - a year after their graduation from high school. Now that they're gradually moving towards adulthood, these girls deal with the changes in their life and the pressure to enter South Korea's workforce.

Hye-ju (Lee Yu-won) works as an office clerk at a brokerage company in Seoul, plans to move to Seoul and tries hard to find time to see her four friends. Bi-ryu (Lee Eung-sil) and Ohn-jo (Lee Eung-ju), two twin sisters, cheerfully sell object on the streets and accept their monotonous life in Incheon. Ji-young (Ok Ji-young), the shy girl in the group, is looking in vain for a job in order to study textile design. As for Tae-hi (Doona Bae), the young rebel, she works for free in her family's business, is looking for another job and tries to keep the group of friends tight.

Even though this is Jeong Jae-eun's first film, Take Care of My Cat is definitely a film that deserves to be watched. Besides, the pace is rather fluid even though the story aims to follow the leading characters in their quotidian life almost like a documentary. With all the different personality of each leading character, the film implicitly exposes its depth. In fact, the characters sound so true because they themselves face questions that we ask(ed) ourselves: Will I find a job? Will I keep my current job forever? Will I always be able to enjoy life despite working? Will I remain tight with my friends? Will I become a beggar? What does adulthood has in store for me?

Finally, although the film is made on a relatively light tone, many will find the story really charming. Although Take Care of My Cat doesn't contain a lot of extremely dramatic scenes, the leading actresses' performance looks so natural. This is why it's very easy to relate to these characters in their transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Rating: 4/5

Origin:South Korea (2001)
Length:112 minutes
Screenplay:Jeong Jae-eun
Director:Jeong Jae-eun

Saturday, June 19, 2010

First Poster of 'Funkytown'

A few days ago, Alliance Vivafilm, a film distributor, released the first poster of Funkytown, a film helmed by acclaimed director Daniel Roby (La peau blanche) and penned by Steve Galluccio (Mambo Italiano).

In the 1970s, Montreal was the wealthiest city in Canada and was at the centre of the disco movement. The film follows the life of a bunch of successful people who are destroying themselves.

The film - which was made with a budget of $7.3 million - reunites a star-studded cast: Patrick Huard, Paul Doucet, Sarah Mutch, Justin Chatwin, Raymond Bouchard, Genevieve L'Esperance, Janine Theriault, Romina D'Ugo, Geneviève Brouillette, Lina Roessler, François Létourneau, Sophie Cadieux and many more.

Finally, the film will be released in Quebec's theatres on December 17, 2010.

TV Series 'Musée Eden' on DVD on Oct. 26

Fans of procedural dramas, have in mind that Musée Eden, a TV series created by Gilles Desjardins, will come out on DVD in Canada on October 26. The show was aired this spring, after the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, on Radio-Canada, a French Canadian public TV network.

In this TV series that takes place in the Montreal of the 1910s, we follow Camille (Mariloup Wolfe) and Florence Courval (Laurence Leboeuf), two sisters who hail from Manitoba. They both decide to come to Montreal in order to inherit the Musée Eden, a crime museum, from their deceased uncle, Félix Courval. However, it appears that Mr. Courval got murdered under very fishy circumstances. Needless to say that the Courval sisters will take interest in solving their uncle's murder.

This will lead the two sisters to come across many people who are interested by the investigation on Félix Courval's murder. In the Montreal police department, they meet Det. Dagenais (Guy Nadon), a corrupted lawman who has ties to the mayor; Dr. Edmond Boyer, a forensic expert who is ahead of his time and who loathes Det. Dagenais; and Coroner Boutet (Benoît Brière). Moreover, the Courval sisters also meet Étienne Monestier (Éric Bruneau), a young journalist who is hellbent to expose the corruption in Montreal.

The show also stars Vincent-Guillaume Otis, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Gaston Lepage, Suzanne Champagne, Hugo Giroux, Nico Gagnon and Patrick Lauzon.

Finally, Radio-Canada hasn't announced if it will renew Musée Eden for a second season. All in all, don't forget that the first season will come out on DVD on October 26, 2010.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Splice (2010)

Without a doubt, Splice is a film that is likely to divide the public. However, we can all agree that Vincenzo Natali's latest film is rather entertaining and that the cast does a great job.
Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley) and Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody) are two married genetic engineers who work for a pharmaceutical company. Their the task is to develop a medical protein by using a mix of animal genes from various species. In the process, Elsa adds human DNA despite their boss's (David Hewlett) warning against human cloning. As a result of that, a new organism comes to life. Clive wanted to kill that creature, but Elsa convinces him that it's worth keeping that creature alive in order to study it. As she grows quickly, the creature - which will be called Dren by Elsa - becomes a deformed female infant (Abigail Chu).

Afterwards, she ends up being more or less a human female (Delphine Chanéac) who has the characteristics of many animals. In fact, Dren is an amphibian, has deployable wings and a retractable stinger in her tail. Because they don't want Dren to be exposed to the public, Elsa and Clive bring Dren to the farm of Elsa's dead mother. Moreover, they lock Dren in the barn and often come to see her. At the first look, Dren exceeds the couple's expectations. For instance, although she can't talk, Dren manages to communicate by forming specific words with Scrabble tiles. However, as time goes by, Dren becomes extremely savage because she desperately wants to go outside.

In Splice, Natali clearly unleashed his imagination and wonders what's the worse that could happen if human DNA was combined with animal genes. However, while the film doesn't take a stance on our desire to play God, it rather plays the entertainment card you'd expect from a blockbuster. As a result of that, we get a reversed - and a little bit predictable - Frankenstein because Dren is fairly good looking and she doesn't have any contact with the society. Furthermore, we get to see Elsa and Clive experience the joy and, eventually, the difficulty inherent in parenting a creature that hasn't lost the savage facet of her nature.

However, the true magic of the film is the three leading actors' ability to have their thespian skills in sync with Splice's entertainment factor. In fact, as two scientists who ends up becoming psychologically damaged, Sarah Polley and Adrian Brody are believable when their respective character becomes frightened by Dren. However, the tour de force definitely comes from Delphine Chanéac. As a non-talking character, Chanéac does an incredible job with her facial expressions that give life to Dren.

In short, Splice doesn't really stand out because of how Vincenzo Natali directed it with simplicity. However, even though the ending might put a grin on your face, Splice is blessed to have a decent script that you'd expect from a summer blockbuster (a Canadian one in this case). Moreover, Splice will definitely make you feel uncomfortable if you think of all the dangerous things that has been done in science in the last 70 years.

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:Canada/France/USA (2010)
Length:104 minutes
Screenplay:Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant and Doug Taylor
Director:Vincenzo Natali
Starring:Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac, Brandon McGibbon, Simona Maicanescu, David Hewlett and Abigail Chu

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Steve Martin Will Make His Anticipated Debut at the Just for Laughs Festival

At last, American actor and comedian Steve Martin will make his anticipated at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival. In fact, he will host two special shows on Saturday, July 17 at 7 PM and 10 PM at the St-Denis Theatre.

During the special show, there will be a special appearance by the band The Streep Canyon Rangers and "a sterling selection of today’s top comedians from around the world" according to a press release from the Just for Laughs Festival.

Finally, the tickets for these two special shows will be on sale this Saturday at 10 AM and the lowest price will be $45.50 (taxes includes + applicable service charges). In order to buy your ticket(s) here are three options:

  • In person.

  • Online at hahaha.com.

  • By phone at 514-845-2322.
Here's the address of the St-Denis Theatre:

1594 St-Denis Street,
Montreal, Quebec,

Nominees for the 2010 Gémeaux Awards

Yesterday, the Quebecker section of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television revealed its full list of nominees at the 2010 Gémeaux Awards, the Quebecker equivalent of the Emmy Awards. Moreover, the award ceremony will be held in September. The following is a list of nominees mostly related to the entertainment sector of Quebecker television.

Best dramatic series:
* Aveux.
* C.A.
* Le Gentleman.
* Mirador.
* Musée Eden.

Best game show:
* Bluff.
* L'union fait la force.
* Le cercle
* Le moment de vérité.
* Tous pour un.

Best reality show:
* En route vers mon premier gala.
* Loft Story 6 - La revanche.
* Ma maison Rona.
* Rock n’Road II.
* VJ recherché.

Best comedy series:
* La galère.
* Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin.
* Les Parent.
* Rock et Rolland.
* Taxi 0-22.

Best soap opera:
* Destinées
* L'auberge du chien noir
* Providence
* Yamaska

Best humour show:
* 3600 secondes d'extase
* Comicographie
* Et Dieu créa... Laflaque
* Infoman
* Les appendices

Best direction in a dramatic series:
* Aveux. (Claude Desrosiers).
* C.A. (Nicolas Monette).
* Le Gentleman (Louis Choquette).
* Mirador (Louis Choquette).
* Musée Eden (Alain Desrochers).

Best leading actress in a dramatic series:
* Danielle Proulx (Aveux).
* Catherine Proulx-Lemay (Aveux).
* Isabelle Blais (C.A.).
* Laurence Leboeuf (Musée Eden).
* Mariloup Wolfe (Musée Eden).

Best leading actor in a dramatic series:
* Maxime Denommée (Aveux).
* Guy Nadon (Aveux).
* Benoit Brière (Musée Eden).
* Paul Doucet (Musée Eden)
* Vincent-Guillaume Otis (Musée Eden).

Best supporting actor in a dramatic series:
* René Gagnon - Aveux.
* Steve Laplante - Aveux.
* Alexandre Goyette - Aveux.
* Guy Nadon - Musée Eden.
* Patrice Robitaille - Toute la vérité.

Best supporting actress in a dramatic series:
* Evelyne Brochu - Aveux.
* Marie-Ginette Guay - Aveux.
* Muriel Dutil - Le gentleman.
* Catherine Trudeau - Mirador.
* Maude Guérin - Toute la vérité.

Best leading actor in a comedy series:
* Rémi-Pierre Paquin - Bienvenue aux dames.
* Marc Messier - Les Boys.
* Daniel Brière - Les parents.
* Emmanuel Bilodeau - Ni plus ni moi.
* Patrick Huard - Taxi 0-22.

Best leading actress in a comedy series:
* Anne Casabonne - La galère.
* Hélène Florent - La galère.
* Suzanne Clément - Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin.
* Anne Dorval - Les Parent.
* Édith Cochrane - Ni plus ni moi.

Best supporting actor in a comedy series:
* Jeff Boudreau - La galère.
* Luc Guérin - Les Boys.
* Éric Bernier - Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin.
* Émile Proulx-Cloutier - Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin.
* Jean-Nicolas Verreault - Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin.

Best supporting actress in a comedy series:
* Élise Guilbault - Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin.
* Christiane Pasquier - Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin.
* Isabelle Vincent - Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin.
* Lina Blais - Météo+.
* Monique Miller - Ni plus ni moi.

Best leading actress in a soap opera:
* Marie-Chantal Perron - Destinées.
* Josée Deschênes - L'auberge du chien noir.
* Monique Mercure - Providence.
* Chantal Fontaine - Yamaska.
* Élise Guilbault - Yamaska.

Best leading actor in a soap opera:
* Sébastien Delorme - La promesse.
* Bernard Fortin - Providence.
* François Arnaud - Yamaska.
* Denis Bernard - Yamaska.
* Normand d'Amour - Yamaska.

Best writing for a dramatic series:
* Serge Boucher – Aveux.
* François Avard and Louis Morissette - C.A.
* Isabelle Pelletier and Daniel Thibault – Mirador.
* Gilles Desjardins - Musée Eden.
* Bernard Dansereau, Jacques Diamant and Annie Piérard - Toute la vérité.

Best writing for a comedy series:
* Renée-Claude Brazeau - La galère.
* Richard Blaimert - Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin.
* Jacques Davidts - Les Parent.
* Sylvie Bouchard - Ni plus ni moi.
* René Brisebois, François Camirand, Benoit Chartier, Patrick Huard, Paco Lebel and Pierre Ouimet - Taxi 0-22.

Best writing for a soap opera:
* Sylvie Lussier, Pierre Poirier - L'auberge du chien noir.
* Chantal Cadieux – Providence.
* Anne Boyer and Michel D’Astous – Yamaska.

Best webseries:
* En audition avec Simon.
* Les aventures interactives de Didier Ze Mime.
* Les chroniques d'une mère indigne.
* Remyx.
* Temps mort.

Best cultural/sport/public affair magazine produced for the web:
• Dans ma télé - http://dansmatele.ca - Pierre-Luc Cloutier, Annie Fortin and Marie-Claude Lévesque.
• KWAD9 - http://www.kwad9.ca/ - Pierre Blais and François Veillette.
• Le journal Techno - http://www.journaltechno.com - Jean-Michel Vanasse.
• Le tapis rose de Catherine - http://www.letapisrosedecatherine.tv - Catherine Beauchamp.
• PIB - L'indice humain de la crise économique canadienne - http://pib.onf.ca - Hélène Choquette and Marie-Claude Dupont.

Best public affair magazine:
* Bazzo.tv.
* C'est juste de la TV.
* Club social.
* Kilomètre zéro.
* Second regard.

Best public affair/investigation show:
* Découverte.
* Enquête.
* La semaine verte.
* Les années Derome.
* Une heure sur terre.

Best companion web site for a dramatic series, humour, variety or animation show:
* C.A.
* Les appendices.
* Musée Eden.
* Peut contenir des Rachid.
* Yamaska.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Warner Bros. Will Develop Live Action Digital Series 'The Clique'

This morning, Warner Bros., a major American production studio, announced its intention to develop a live action digital series adapted from The Clique, a book series written by Lisi Harrison.

Fans of The Clique should expect to see new characters. Besides, the all new episodes will be written by Justine Bateman (Easy to Assemble) and Emmy Award-winner Jill Kushner (Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show).

As for the story, no details have been revealed. However, let's have in mind that The Clique, as a book series, targets "young adults". The story takes place in a prestigious private school for girls. Among the students, a clique dominates: the Pretty Committee, which is led by Massie Block. The four members of this clique see themselves at the top of the food chain and makes a point in wearing designer clothes. As time goes by, Claire Lyons who just moved to Florida will join the Pretty Committee despite not being able to afford designer clothes.

The Clique will be available through online digital retailers and is being distributed by Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Additional details about the series will be announced in the coming months.

Monday, June 14, 2010

HBO Canada Renews 'Living in Your Car' for 2nd Season

HBO Canada announced that it renewed its half-hour series Living in Your Car for a second season.

With the unstable economy as a backdrop, we follow Steve Unger (John Ralston), a fallen corporate executive whose rule of the financial world comes to an abrupt halt when he is arrested and charged with fraud, obstruction and racketeering. After cutting a deal to get out of prison, Steve quickly realizes his old life no longer exists: his former colleagues shun him, his wife, Lori (Ingrid Kavelaars), and daughter, Kate (Mariah Horner), don’t want to live with him, and even his own parents refuse to help him. As he clings desperately to the last vestige of his former self – a luxury sedan – Steve finds himself under court order to teach an ethics class, forbidden from working in any position that involves other people’s money, and making a new home for himself in his car.

The show also stars Joe Cobden, Kathryn Winslow, Ivo Canelas, Colin Cunningham and Lúcia Moniz.

The Movie Network Renews 'Call Me Fitz' for 2nd Season

Even if Call Me Fitz's first season will premiere on The Movie Network, a Canadian premium cable network, on September 2010, the show has been renewed for a second season.

In fact, The Movie Network made this announcement as it also announced its slate of new and returning original TV series.

In this half-hour comedy, we follow Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick (Jason Priestley), a second-hand car salesman. Richard has a knack for having a morally unacceptable behaviour while thinking that his life is perfect. After Fitz botches a test drive and puts his latest customer in a coma, he finds himself face to face with a new salesman on the lot: Larry (Ernie Grunwald), a man with a heart of gold. Besides, Larry believes he's Fitz's conscience and that Fitz can change. However, does Fitz really want to change?

The show also stars Kathleen Munroe, Rachel Blanchard, Brooke Nevin, Joanna Cassidy, Peter MacNeill, Donavon Stinson, Tracy Dawson, Mark A. Owen and Gillian Ferrier.

Production on the second season will begin this fall. Finally, here's the trailer of the first season.

British TV Series 'Skins' Will Have a Canadian Remake

The possibility of seeing the hit British TV series Skins have have a remake is no longer a rumour. In fact, The Movie Network, a Canadian premium cable network, announced its intention to make a Canadian remake of Skins.

The Canadian Skins is executive produced by Charlie Pattinson, George Faber, John Morayniss and Laszlo Barna, with the pilot written by Bryan Elsley, a co-creator of the original UK version. Elsley also serves as showrunner.

The show follows the lives of a group of charismatic, but troubled youth as they lurch towards adulthood. This involves partying hard, having sex, consuming drugs, drinking, studying and other things you can imagine.

Finally, production on the Canadian remake of Skins begins in Toronto this summer. Moreover, the Canadian remake will premiere on The Movie Network some time in 2011.

'L'appât' Will Begin Production in August

Comedian Rachid Badouri and Guy A. Lepage will be the leading actors in L'appât, an upcoming film by Canadian director Yves Simoneau ([1], [2]). Moreover, production on the film should debut in Montreal in August.

The screenplay was penned by Yves Simoneau and writer William Reymond.

The story follows a team of two policemen. Prudent Philibert Poirier (Guy A. Lepage) is a Lieutenant of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the provincial police of Quebec. Because of his idealism, gets into trouble more than he makes arrests. As for Ventura (Rachid Badouri) is an elite agent of the French secret service and masters a lot of languages. Whether they like it or not, Prudent and Ventura will have to work together on a case.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

On the Set of CTV's 'The Borgias'

Showtime, an American premium cable network, uploaded on its YouTube page a video that brings us on the set of the upcoming Canadian TV series The Borgias. In this video, Jeremy Irons, who play Rodrigo Borgia, and Neil Jordan, who directs some episodes of the TV series, talk about the leading characters of The Borgias.

The TV series follows the Borgias, a very powerful family at the time of the Italian Renaissance. In 1492, Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons) becomes the pope of the Catholic church in 1492 until his death in 1503. In our conscience, the Borgias are synonym of immorality, criminality, nepotism and corruption. In fact, did you know that pope Alexander VI - or should I say Rodrigo Borgia - tried to place members of his family in the Catholic clergy of Italy? Did you know that even as a pope, Alexander VI had mistresses?

Joining Irons will be Colm Feore, as Giuliano Della Rovere (Rodrigo Borgia's arch nemesis); Holly Grainger, as Lucrezia Borgia (the family's daughter); François Arnaud, as Cesare Borgia (one of the sons); and David Oakes, as Juan Borgia.

Finally, The Borgias will premiere at some point in 2011 on Showtime and CTV, a private Canadian TV network.

Friday, June 11, 2010

'Durham County' Season 2 DVD Artwork

For those who visit Amazon.ca, have in mind that the DVD artwork of Durham County's second season is already online. While no release date has been announced for the USA, the second season of this TV series from The Movie Network, a Canadian premium cable network, will come out on DVD in Canada on July 27, 2010.

In this TV series, Forbes plays Dr. Peneloppe Verity opposite Hugh Dillon, who plays Det. Mike Sweeney. Even though Sweeney is newly promoted, his wife (Helene Joy) wants a divorce and his daughter, Sadie (Laurence Leboeuf), is shaken after she had nearly gotten trapped by a serial killer in the first season. At work, Mike comes across Dr. Pen Verity (Michelle Forbes), a troubled forensic psychiatrist. Moreover, Mike busts his ass in finding a smarter and more ruthless murderer.

Finally, the second season of Durham County also stars Mike Dopud, Claudia Ferri, Greyston Holt, Romano Orzari, Geordie Johnson and Alex Cardillo. Moreover, the show will return for a third season this fall on the Canadian premium cable network HBO Canada.

Michelle Forbes Wins a Golden Nymph Award at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival

A few months ago, we learnt that Durham County was nominated for some awards at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival. Now, The Cultural Post got some news that Michelle Forbes won a Golden Nymph Award at this festival for her performance in the second season of the Canadian procedural drama Durham County.

In this TV series, Forbes plays Dr. Peneloppe Verity opposite Hugh Dillon, who plays Det. Mike Sweeney. Even though Sweeney is newly promoted, his wife (Helene Joy) wants a divorce and his daughter, Sadie (Laurence Leboeuf), is shaken after she had nearly gotten trapped by a serial killer in the first season. At work, Mike comes across Dr. Pen Verity, a troubled forensic psychiatrist.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Just for Laughs Festival Reveals its Feature and Short Films Line-Up

From July 13th to the 18th, the Just for Laughs Festival will hod its 14th edition of Just for Laughs Film in Montreal. Besides, The Cultural Post got wind of Just for Laughs Film's line-up.

First of all, speaking about Canadian feature films, there will be two ones: Alain Desrochers's Cabotins and Seth W. Owen’s Peepers. The first film stars Rémy Girard, Yves Jacques, Dorothée Berryman, Gilles Renaud and Pierre-François Legendre. It tells the story of a ruined ex-showman and actor who would like to get back in the world of burlesque theatre with his former colleagues and organize a tour. As for Peepers, it stars Joe Cobden, Paul Spence, Jessica Paré, Janine Theriault and Ricky Mabe. It tells the story of three men who sneak across Montreal's rooftops with binoculars. However, a young female student gives to these men a taste of their own game.

Furthermore, the line-up of films also includes American: The Bill Hicks Story, directed by Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas; Winnebago Man, a film about the Internet phenomenon Jack Rebney; Just Like Us, a documentary about comedian Ahmed Ahmed stand-up performances in the Middle-East; and also John Brady's documentary I Am Comic.

However, the biggest surprise of the Just for Laughs Film is the American remake of Le dîner de cons, which is Jay Roach's Dinner for Schmucks. This comedy starring Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Bruce Greenwood. We follow an office worker who, in order to get a promotion at his job, must bring an idiot at his boss's dinner as his guest. Besides, this office worker must win the contest of the employee who has the perfect idiot. The highly-anticipated comedy also features hilarious appearances by Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Ron Livingston, David Walliams, Lucy Punch, and Quebec’s own Bruce Greenwood.

Besides, there are also short films that will be presented. Finally, here are the screening schedule for the feature films:

Name of the film

Screening date

Where to see it
Dinner for Schmucks July 15 at 8 PM Imperial Theatre (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie et André Chagnon)
Cabotins July 18 at 2 PM
American: The Bill Hicks Story July 15 at 7 PM NFB CineRobotheque
Peepers July 14 at 9 PM
Just Like Us July 15 at 9 PM
I Am Comic July 16 at 9 PM

Warner Bros. Might Reboot 'Mortal Kombat' As a Film

Rumours has it that Warner Bros., an American major production studio, is preparing another film based on the cult fighting video game Mortal Kombat.

In fact, a short film called Mortal Kombat: Rebirth has been released online. According to George Roush, a folk over at LatinoReview.com, this short is a test video shot for Warner Bros.

Thus, the test video, which was directed by Kevin Tancharoen, is under review at Warner Bros. before the film project for Mortal Kombat: Rebirth gets any funding. Besides, unlike the previous Mortal Kombat films (i.e. Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation), Mortal Kombat: Rebirth is likely to be as gory as the video games it's based on.

See it for yourself.

Finally, here are the actors appearing in this short:

* Jacks is played by Michael Jai White.

* Sonya Blade is played by Jeri Ryan.

* Baraka is played by Lateef Crowder.

* Scorpion is played by Ian Anthony Dale.

* Johnny Cage is played by up and coming martial artist Matt Mullins.

* As for Reptile, it appears that nobody knows who plays him.

* The fight scene was choreographed by Larnell Stovall. It looks like Donnie Yen, Yuen Woo-Ping, Corey Yuen, Ching Siu-Tung and Sammo Hung - who I consider as great fight choreographers - have some competition!

Defendor (2010)

Although Defendor's trailers are not legendary, the film is certainly worth your time. In fact, director Peter Stebbings certainly delivered a humorous take on the genre of superhero films. At the same time, he managed to breathe depth into his first feature film by pulling out a deliciously ineffable performance by the cast led by Woody Harrelson.

The film begins when Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson), a construction worker, is evaluated by Dr. Ellen Park (Sandra Oh), a psychiatrist. At first, she asks him why he assaulted a dry cleaning store owner, Mr. Debrofkowitz (Bryan Renfro). As he opens to Dr. Park, Arthur reveals that he has assumed the identity of a superhero without powers called Defendor. During the night, Defendor/Arthur roams the street of Hammer City to fight criminals. In the process, he befriends Kat (Kat Dennings), a young prostitute, and has to face Chuck Dooney (Elias Koteas), a corrupted police officer. In his fight against crime, Defendor is looking for some Captain Industry. Besides, Arthur believes that Captain Industry killed his mom (Charlotte Sullivan).

With the existence of all the films that more or less ridicule the genre of superhero films, Defendor certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel. Obviously, one should expect to see some speeches about the true meaning of heroism or even Defendor's clumsiness while he's in action. However, the fact that Arthur is a delusional man who believes he makes a difference by being a vigilante is a an added value. In this film, Woody Harrelson's performance shifts between a humorous and dark tone. As a result of that, while we have difficulties to take Arthur/Defendor seriously, Harrelson makes us feel empathy for his character.

With that said, the film's smart storyline is a brilliant study of character made on a shoestring budget. By following Arthur/Defendor, we see a man who rationalizes his desire to fight crime while facing the society's mixed opinions about him. Besides, Harrelson is well supported by great supporting actors like Kat Dennings, Michael Kelly and Sandra Oh.

Finally, without being boring, Defendor sometimes has a problem with its pace. Hopefully, Defendor is quite entertaining for anyone who needs to laugh at the genre of superhero films that has been massively exploited by Americans.

Rating: 4/5

Origin:Canada (2010)
Length:101 minutes
Genre:Comedy/Crime drama
Screenplay:Peter Stebbings
Director:Peter Stebbings
Starring:Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas and Kat Dennings

'Being Erica' Will Have a British Remake

According to the online magazine TV.com, the hit Canadian TV series Being Erica will be remade in Great Britain.

First of all, the British remake will be titled You Again. Like in the original series, the leading character, a 30-year-old woman, will travel back through time to fix her regrets. However, we should rather expect to see a leading character who lives in Glasgow and is an NHS worker.

As for the creative team, the lead writer will be Nicole Taylor (Ashes to Ashes and Secret Diary of a Call Girl). Of course, Being Erica's creators - Jana Sinyor and Aaron Martin - will have their hands in You Again as consultants.

Finally, the British had the occasion to see Being Erica's first season on E4, a British digital channel. In Canada, Being Erica will return for a third season.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The World's First Pixel Movie Will Come Soon

Are you looking for an animation film that doesn't look like an old Walt Disney film or a film from Pixar? British director Chris Blundell is preparing the world's first pixel movie and it will begin production.

The film The Hit Squad has been in preparation for two years and will begin production. It combines retro pixel animation and High Definition 3D.

The film The Hit Squad tells the story of a band that had success in the 1980s. Roddy Stones and his songwriting team have hit rock bottom. They no longer have the fame they had in the 1980s, now they have 30 days to save their studio from their arch rivals Scourge. Can they get back their fame and fortune?

In order to have a part in the film, you must fund it by going on the film's Indiegogo page. Besides, here's what you get depending on how you decide to fund the film.

$9 or more = Digital Download and credit
You will get: HD digital copy of the finished movie Your name in the credits!

$20 or more = Signed DVD
A signed DVD copy of the finished movie. Plus everything above!

$70 or more = You're an extra in the movie
You will be drawn and animated into the movie as an extra. Plus everything above!

$120 or more = Premiere Ticket
A ticket to the official premiere of the film (held in London) Plus everything above!

$200 or more = Speaking Role in the movie
A speaking part in the movie! You will be drawn and animated into the movie and be selected to record lines in the movie. Plus everything above!

$1,500 or more = Official Movie Sponsor
Your company name included in all of the materials accompanying the movie including DVD covers and press material. You get 3 x DVDs of the movie and 3 x premiere tickets. plus all of the above!

Finally, hurry up, because the major parts in the film - depending on how you choose to fund the film - are limited! No release date has been announced for the film.

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