Thursday, February 24, 2011

Brett Wilson Leaves Reality Show 'Dragons' Den'

Canadian investor W. Brett Wilson will not return next year on the venture capitalist reality show Dragons' Den. CBC, the Canadian TV network that broadcasts the show, is now looking for a new "dragon" and that person will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Up until today, Wilson has been part of Dragons' Den for three seasons.

Apparently, CBC and Wilson haven't reached a common ground for the renewal of his contract.

All four other Dragons, Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary and Jim Treliving are in place for next season.

Production on the sixth season will begin in spring. Pitchers’ auditions for season six are currently underway across Canada. For more details, visit

'French Immersion' In Theatres July 1

The teaser of the upcoming Canadian comedy French Immersion, which will be directed by Kevin Tierney, is now online. The film will be released on Canada Day, which means on July 1rst.

The film was shot in St-Césaire, Québec.

The story takes place in the fictitious small town of Saint-Isidore-du-Coeur-de-Jésus. The inhabitants of the town will welcome for two weeks a group made of four English Canadians and an American from New York in order to give them a "French immersion". While they live with their adoptive family, the five WASPs must follow one rule: not to speak English during their stay.

However, any of the WASP who manages to escape to their French school's iron fist go in the town's new Indian (as in India) restaurant. In fact, they feel free to speak English. However, the five WASPs learn that every inhabitants of the town are, in actuality, spies who constantly keep an eye on them.

The films stars Jacob Tierney, Martha Burns, Fred Ewanuick, Colm Feore , Olunike Adeliyi, Gavin Crawford, Emmanuelle Vaugier, singer Robert Charlebois and Karine Vanasse.

Other members of the cast will include Yves Jacques, Rita Lafontaine, Marcel Leboeuf, Laurence Leboeuf, Diane Lavallée, Monique Spaziani, Amélie Grenier, Sylvain Marcel and Pascale Bussières.

Musical Performers Announced for the 31rst Genie Awards

Yesterday, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced the musical performers for the 31rst Genie Awards, Canada's Oscars. Unlike last year, the event will be broadcast live on Thursday, March 10 at 8 PM on CBC, a Canadian TV network.

The first performing duo will be made of Melissa Etheridge and Serena Ryder. They'll deliver an exclusive performance of their new song Broken Heart Sun.

Country singer Johnny Reid will play his new hit song Let's Go Higher.

As for the Montreal-based music band Karwa, it will paired up with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Together, they'll pay tribute to the film with the most nomination, Barney's Version.

These performers will join William Shatner (Boston Legal), the host of the event, and actress Rachelle Lefebvre (Barney's Version), who will be "the voice of the event".

Other performers and presenters will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

William Shatner Will Host the 31rst Genie Awards

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT) announced today that actor William Shatner ($#*! My Dad Says, Star Trek) will host the ceremony of the Genie Awards, Canada's Oscars, on March 10.

“I’m so looking forward to coming to Canada as the host of the 31st Annual Genie Awards and seeing a lot of my old friends,” said Shatner. “Unfortunately, most of them are dead of old age.” While other guests have yet to be prensented, the organizers of the ceremony promises a star-studded cast of presentators.

Moreover, seven years after it dropped the Genie Awards, CBC, a Canadian TV network, will live-broadcast the ceremony.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Victoria Westcott's Road to Filmmaking

Victoria Westcott, a budding film producer from Victoria (British Columbia), wants to convince you to finance her first film Locked in a Garage Band on, a web site that allows artists to get funds for their project. Between two breaths, Ms. Westcott took the time to talk to The Cultural Post.

For this film about a garage band on the cusp of a breakup that inadvertently gets locked in a garage for a day, Victoria Westcott participates as a producer while her sister, Jennifer, will direct and write the story. “My sister, Jennifer, is a professional photographer with an M.A. in History. Since she won the 2009 Praxis Screenwriting Competition, I trust someone who is much better than me in writing.”

The two sisters once tried to get a $25,000 investment from Brett Wilson, a judge/investor on the venture capitalist reality show Dragons’ Den: “It was a contest organized by CBC Vancouver”, explained Victoria Westcott. “Contestants had to convince Brett through a video pitch. In the end, it was some businesses that won the chance to pitch their idea to Brett in person.”

Although Ms Westcott’s approach is similar to that of American director Matthew Lessner, whose crowdfunded film (The Woods) made it to the latest Sundance Festival, she said that she heard about and crowdfunding at the Austin International Film Festival. Moreover, added Victoria Westcott, she considers herself lucky that she was at the right place at the right moment: “Crowdfunding is well known among many independent American filmmakers, but not in Canada.”

Therefore, the two sisters don’t intend to ask for public funds from Telefilm Canada and British Columbia Film, which are respectively a federal and a provincial cinematographic funding agencies. As for private funds, they won’t turn to Movie Central and The Movie Network, two Canadian premium cable networks which have a tradition to back films from the Great White North.

Why? Build a track record first, recommends Ms Westcott: “We’re not excluding the option to get public funds on future projects. However, speaking about Locked in a Garage Band, we didn’t ask Telefilm Canada and British Columbia Film to back us, because we’re new.” As for Movie Central, Victoria Westcott upholds that “they don’t know much about us (her sister and her)”.

If their film gets done, Ms Westcott isn’t afraid that Locked in a Garage Band would get a limited release in Canada. “We’re not really worried about that. We’re focused on making an outstanding film.” Moreover, Ms. Westcott believes that independent filmmakers ought to explore new avenues to make money: “We could sell the DVD directly on the film’s web site, sell the screening rights to cable networks, iTunes, Amazon or even NetFlix.”

While Victoria Westcott is confident that her film will get the $20,000 she needs before March 4, she says that she might postpone the filming of Locked in a Garage Band if that's not the case. So far, out of the required $20,000, the Westcott sisters has $3,671.

Friday, February 11, 2011

CBC Renews 'InSecurity' for a 2nd Season

CBC, a Canadian TV network, announced today that it will renew its half-hour spy comedy InSecurity for a second season. For the moment, tno premiere date has been announced for the second season.

The show is centred on Alex Cranston (Natalie Lisinska), the team leader of a group of spies. Together, they work for a fictitious Canadian federal organization called the National Intelligence Security Agency (NISA). While these spies always screw up on a mission, they always find a way to succeed at the end of the day.

The show also stars Richard Yearwood, Grace Lynn Kung, Matthew MacFadzean, William deVry and Rémy Girard.

CBC Renews 'Being Erica' for a 4th Season

CBC, a Canadian TV network, announced today that its original series Being Erica will return for a fourth season. No premiere date for this season has been announced, but the show is likely to return next fall.

In the third season, Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk), a woman of Toronto in her thirties, was in the second phase of a therapy with Dr. Tom (Michael Riley). This doctor has the power to make Erica re-visit her past in order to fix a regret and learn something about life.

In her personal life, Erica works hard, along with her business partner Julianne (Reagan Pasternak) to make their independent publishing house succeed.

The show also stars Joanna Douglas, Vinessa Antoine, John Boylan, Kathleen Laskey, Morgan Kelly, Devon Bostick, Billy Turnbull, Adam Fergus and Brandon Jay McLaren.

Here's the U.S. trailer of the third season.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Nominations for the 2011 Jutra Awards

Yesterday, the nominees for the 13th Jutra Awards ceremony were revealed. The winners of this Quebecker Oscar will be revealed next month. The following is the full list of nominees.

Best motion picture:
* 10 1/2
* Les amours imaginaires
* Curling
* Incendies
* Les signes vitaux

Best director:
* Denis Côté- Curling
* Xavier Dolan- Les amours imaginaires
* Kim Nguyen - La cité
* Podz (Daniel Grou) - 10 1/2
* Denis Villeneuve- Incendies

Best leading actress:
* Lubna Azabal - Incendies
* Suzanne Clément - Tromper le silence
* Mélissa Desormeaux-Poulin - Incendies
* Évelyne Rompré- 2 fois une femme
* Guylaine Tremblay- Trois temps après la mort d'Anna

Best leading actor:
* Jay Baruchel - The Trotsky
* Emmanuel Bilodeau - Curling
* Jacques Godin - La dernière fugue
* Claude Legault - 10 1/2
* François Papineau - Route 132

Best supporting actress:
* Dorothée Berryman - Cabotins
* Marie Brassard - Les signes vitaux
* Geneviève Chartrand - Le journal d'Aurélie Laflamme
* Isabelle Miquelon - La dernière fugue
* Danielle Proulx - Reste avec moi

Best supporting actor:
* Martin Dubreuil - Les 7 jours du talion
* Yves Jacques - La dernière fugue
* Jean Lapointe - À l'origine d'un cri
* Alexis Martin - Route 132
* Gérard Poirier - Reste avec moi

Best screenplay:
* Robin Aubert - À l'origine d'un cri
* Michael Konyves - Barney's Version
* Claude Lalonde - 10 1/2
* Ian Lauzon - Piché : Entre ciel et terre
* Denis Villeneuve, with the collaboration of Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne - Incendies

Best cinematography:
* Nicolas Bolduc - La cité
* Bernard Couture - Les 7 jours du talion
* Michel La Veaux - Trois temps après la mort d'Anna
* Claudine Sauvé - Tromper le silence
* André Turpin - Incendies

Best artistic direction:
* Andre-Line Beauparlant - Incendies
* Dominique Desrochers - Cabotins
* Claude Paré - Barney's Version
* Michel Proulx - L'enfant prodige
* Patrice Vermette - La cité

Best overall sound:
* Martin Desmarais, Luc Mandeville, Dominique Delgust - Cabotins
* Simon Poudrette, Christian Rivest, Stephane Bergeron, Isabelle Lussier - Filière 13
* Sylvain Bellemare, Jean Umansky, Jean-Pierre Laforce - Incendies
* Michel Lecoufle, Pierre-Jules Audet, Luc Boudrias - Les 7 jours du talion
* Patrick Rousseau, Louis Gignac - Oscar et la dame rose

Best editing:
* Michel Arcand - La dernière fugue
* Carina Baccanale - À l'origine d'un cri
* Monique Dartonne - Incendies
* Xavier Dolan - Les amours imaginaires
* Valérie Héroux - Les 7 jours du talion

Best original score:
* Guy Bélanger, Benoît Charest - Route 132
* Michel Cusson - Reste avec moi
* Philippe Heritier - La cité
* Julien Knafo - Lucidité passagère
* Martin Leon - Le journal d'Aurélie Laflamme

Best costume:
* Carmen Alie - Cabotins
* Mariane Carter - La cité
* Francesca Chamberland - L'enfant prodige
* Sophie Lefebvre - Incendies
* Julie-Anne tremblay - Le journal d'Aurélie Laflamme

Best make-up:
* Adrien Morot - Barney's Version
* Jo Pat Parris - Les signes vitaux
* Marlène Rouleau, C.J. Goldman - Les 7 jours du talion
* Micheline Trépanier - Oscar et la dame rose
* Mélanie Turcotte, Mario Soucy - 2 fois une femme

Best hairdressing:
* Andre Duval - Le poil de la bête
* Réjean Goderre - Barney's Version
* Réjean Goderre - Oscar et la dame rose
* Sabin Paradis - Cabotins
* Philippe Sarfati - Les amours imaginaires

Best documentary:
* La belle visite
* Le coeur d'Auschwitz
* Pierre Falardeau
* Les porteurs d'espoir
* Vous n'aimez pas la vérité : 4 jours à Guantanamo

Best short feature:
* Felix et malou
* Mokhtar
* M'ouvrir
* Vapor - Kaveh Nabatian

Best animation feature:
* Higglety pigglety pop ou la vie a surement plus à offrir
* La fête
* Mamori
* Les journaux de Lipsett
* Un vortex dans face

'Rookie Blue' Season 1 on DVD and Blu-Ray May 31

The first season of the Canadian TV series Rookie Blue will come out on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 31rst.

This dramedy, which was simulcasted on the Canadian and American TV networks Global and ABC, follows five rookie cops from a Canadian city (Toronto) which epically fails to pass off as an American city. They're led by Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym), a very lovely female rookie with a good heart. Together, these rookies (Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, Travis Milne and Charlotte Sullivan) often have to face the condescension from their training officers.

The show also stars Matt Gordon, Eric Johnson, Noam Jenkins, Melanie Nicholls-King, Ben Bass and Lyriq Bent.

Moreover, Rookie Blue will return for a second season on ABC and Global this summer. No premiere date has been announced by Global and ABC.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

V Renews 'Prozac' for a 2nd Season

V, a French Canadian TV network, will renew the half-hour dramatic comedy Prozac, La Maladie Du Bonheur for a second season.

The first season's finale left us at a moment when Philippe Racine (Patrice Robitaille), a fallen columnist of a prestigious newspaper, was making some progress in his therapy. After all, he wanted to commit a suicide after he knowingly plagiarized an article of a French newspaper.

Also returning for the second season will be François Létourneau, Isabelle Blais, Louis Morissette, Gilles Renaud, France Castel, Louise Portal, Jean-Pierre Bergeron, Martin Laroche, Sophie Cadieux and Sandrine Bisson.

For the moment, V hasn't announced any premiere date for Prozac, which was written by Sophia Borovchyk and Karina Goma. However, the show will probably return next fall.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

'Good Dog' Premieres March 6 on HBO Canada

The Canadian half-hour comedy Good Dog - which was written, showrunned and directed by Ken Finkleman (The Newsroom) - premieres Sunday, March 6 at 8 PM with the first two episodes back-to-back on HBO Canada, a premium cable network.

The TV series follows a self-absorbed, neurotic TV producer played by Ken Finkleman himself. His character named George is involved with a gorgeous model, Claire (Lauren Lee Smith), who is half his age. George also pitch a reality show centred on him and his life.

However, the network executives want Claire to move in George's house, George is forced to escalate the relationship and, consequently, his fears of commitment. When the pitch and his life go sideways, he frets, vents and re-evaluates by soliciting questionable advice from his best friend, Doug (Jason Weinberg).

Friday, February 4, 2011

Two Films Nominated for a Juno Award

The films Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, a documentary by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, along with This Movie Is Broken, a feature film directed by Bruce McDonald, received a nomination at the Junos (Canada's Grammy Awards) for the Best Music DVD of the Year.

Other nominees include:
* The Lost Tapes, a music DVD by Ferry Corsten.
* The Virtual Haydn.
* Celine: Through the Eyes of the World, a documentary about Céline Dion's 2008-2009 Taking Chances world tour.

Below are the trailers of Rush: Beyond Lighted Stage and This Movie Is Broken.

'Incendies' Premieres In LA and NYC on April 22

The web site iTunes Movie Trailers announced that the Canadian film Incendies, which is nominated for the Oscar of Best film in a foreign language, will be released in Los Angeles and New York on April 22.

For the moment, nothing indicates that the latest film from director Denis Villeneuve will get a rollout in other major American cities.

The film is about a mother's last wish which sends Jeanne and Simon, two twins living in Canada, on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots.

The film stars Lubna Azabal, Maxim Gaudette, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Rémy Girard and Abdelghafour Elaaziz.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nominees for the 31rst Genie Awards

Yesterday, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) announced the nominees for the 31rst Genie Awards, Canada's own Oscars.

Best Motion picture:
* 10 1/2
* Les amours imaginaires
* Barney's Version
* Incendies
* Splice

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
* Jay Baruchel in The Trotsky
* Paul Giamatti in Barney's Version
* Robert Naylor in 10 1/2
* Timothy Olyphant in High Life
* François Papineau in Route 132

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
* Martin Dubreuil in 10 1/2
* Dustin Hoffman in Barney's Version
* Alexis Martin in Route 132
* Callum Keith Rennie in Gunless
* Rossif Sutherland in High Life

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
* Lubna Azabal in Incendies
* Tatiana Maslany in Grown Up Movie Star
* Molly Parker in Trigger
* Rosamund Pike in Barney's Version
* Tracy Wright in Trigger

Best Actress In a Supporting Role:
* Sonja Bennett in Cole
* Anne-Élizabeth Bossé in Les amours imaginaires
* Minnie Driver in Barney's Version
* Terra Hazelton in Fubar 2
* Mary Walsh in Crackie

Best Adapted Screenplay:
* Michael Konyves for Barney's Version
* Lee MacDougall for High Life
* Vic Sarin, Dennis Foon and Catherine Spear for A Shine of Rainbows
* Patrick Senécal for Les sept jours du talion
* Denis Villeneuve for Incendies

Best Original Screenplay:
* Louis Bélanger and Alexis Martin for Route 132
* Claude Lalonde for 10 1/2
* Adriana Maggs for Grown Up Movie Star
* Peter Stebbings for Defendor
* Jacob Tierney for The Trotsky

Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design:
* Gilles Aird for 10 1/2
* André Line Beauparlant for Incendies
* Arv Greywal for Resident Evil: Afterlife
* Myron Hyrak for Fubar 2
* Claude Paré and Élise De Blois for Barney's Version

Achievement in Cinematography:
* Bernard Couture for 10 1/2
* Ronald Plante for Piché: entre ciel et terre
* Claudine Sauvé for The Wild Hunt
* André Turpin for Incendies
* Stéphanie Weber-Biron for Les amours imaginaires

Achievement in Costume Design:
* Denise Cronenberg for Resident Evil: Afterlife
* Mario Davignon for The Trotsky
* Nicoletta Massone Barney's Version
* Patricia McNeil for The Wild Hunt
* Beverley Wowchuk for Gunless

Best Director:
* Xavier Dolan for Les amours imaginaires
* Richard J. Lewis for Barney's Version
* Vincenzo Natali for Splice
* Daniel Grou (aka Podz) for 10 1/2
* Denis Villeneuve for Incendies

Best Editor:
* Michele Conroy for Splice
* Monique Dartonne for Incendies
* Matthew Hannam for Trigger
* Valérie Héroux for 10 1/2
* Yvann Thibaudeau for Piché: entre ciel et terre

Best Make Up:
* Katryn Casault for Incendies
* Paul Jones, Leslie Sebert and Vincent Sullivan for Resident Evil: Afterlife
* Adrien Morot and Micheline Trépanier for Barney's Version
* Hélèene-Manon Poudrette for The Wild Hunt
* Marlène Rouleau and CJ Goldman for Les sept jours du talion

Best Original Score:
* Brendan Canning for Trigger
* Pasquale Catalano for Barney's Version
* Jonathan Goldsmith for High Life
* Keegan Jessamy and Bryce Mitchell for At Home, By Myself... With You
* Sook-Yin Lee, Buck 65 and Adam Litovitz for Year of the Carnivore

Best Original Song:
* Buck 65 for Year of the Carnivore: What's Wrong With that?
* Mary Milne for The Trotsky: Already Gone
* Cherie Pyne for Crackie: Tender Steps
* Mark Sasso, Casey Laforest and Stephen Pitkin for Grown Up Movie Star: West End Sky
* Paul J. Spence for Fubar 2: There's No Place Like Christmas

Best Overall Sound:
* Christian Cooke and Steve Moore for Defendor
* Leon Johnson, Stephan Carrier and Kirk Lynds for High Life
* Michel Lecoufle, Daniel Bisson, Luc Boudrias, Jean-Charles Desjardins for Les sept jours du talion
* John Thomson, Andrew Stirk, Andrew Tay, Mark Zsifkovits for Resident Evil: Afterlife
* Jean Umansky and Jean-Pierre Laforce for Incendies

Best Sound Editing:
* Pierre-Jules Audet, Michelle Cloutier, Natalie Fleurant, Nicolas Gagnon for Les sept jours du talion
* Stephen Barden, Steve Baine, Kevin Banks, Alex Bullick, Jill Purdy for Resident Evil: Afterlife
* Sylvain Bellemare, Simon Meilleur, Claire Pochon for Incendies
* Mark Gingras, Tom Bjelic, Katrijn Halliday, Dale Lennon, John Smith for Defendor
* Dave Rose and David McCallum for Splice

Best Documentary:
* Last Train Home
* La belle visite
* In the Name of the Family
* Leave them Laughing
* You don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo

Best Live Action Short Drama:
* File Under Miscellaneous
* Marius Borodine
* Out in that Deep Blue Sea
* Savage
* Vapor

Best Animated Short:
* Les journaux de Lipsett
* La tranchée

Special Awards
Golden Reel Award:
Resident Evil: Afterlife ($7,026,559 at the Canadian box office in 2010)

Claude Jutra Award:
* Jephté Bastien for Sortie 67
* Honourable Mention: Peter Stebbings for Defendor

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bit of 'Flashpoint' Season 3 Finale Leaked Online

Today, someone released a bit of Flashpoint's third season finale on YouTube.

The season finale will be broadcasted on Sunday, February 6, at 10 PM on CTV, a Canadian TV network, after the Super Bowl.

In this episode, an elite tactical team of the Toronto Police Department might be broken up. As that team is working, a military psychologist and "team breaker", Dr. Larry Toth (guest star Victor Garber), tries to get under the skin of each of its member. Moreover, Sgt. Greg Parker's (Enrico Colantoni) leadership is questioned.

The show also stars Hugh Dillon, Sergio Di Zio, Michael Cram, David Paetkau, Amy Jo Johnson and Janaya Stephens.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2 Canadian Sisters Want to "Crowdfund" Their Indie Film

Victoria and Jennifer Westcott, two sisters and filmmakers from Victoria (BC), will begin production on their first independent feature film in April, which is called Locked In a Garage Band.

However, before the beginning of their project, the Westcott sisters are trying to "crowdfund" their film on Kickstarter, an online platform for independent producers who seek fundings.

So far, the two sisters have got $2,400, which is 12% of the required $20,000 that is needed by March 4 to get funds from Kickstarter.

Their film tells the story of a high school rock band which gets locked up by accident in a garage for a whole day. Besides, the members of this band are on the verge of a break up.

The members of this rock band will be played by Ella Simon, Luke Jennings and Duncan Polson.

Finally, for your information, Victoria Westcott mentions that Locked in a Garage Band, which was written and will be directed by her sister Jennifer, is close to teen films from the 1980s like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Can't Buy Me.

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