Thursday, March 31, 2011

Second Trailer of 'Daydream Nation'

The second trailer of Michael Goldbach's Daydream Nation is now online. While the film will come out in Canada on April 15, it will be released in the USA on May 6.

The film follows a teenage girl named Caroline (Kat Dennings). Along with her father, she moved from a big city to a drab small town.

Caroline's classmates at her school like to get high out of boredom. Eventually, she becomes involved in a love triangle. Thusrton (Reece Thompson), one of Caroline's classmates, has drug problems and loves Caroline the first time he sees her. Moreover, Caroline is also in a sexual relation with her favourite teacher (Josh Lucas).

The film also stars Rachel Blanchard, Quinn Lord, Natasha Calis, Calum Worthy and Katie Boland. The film's DVD will be released on May 17 in Canada.

Monday, March 28, 2011

'Rookie Blue' Season 2 Premieres June 16 on Global and ABC

Global, a Canadian TV network, announced that its hit series Rookie Blue will premiere on Thursday, June 16 at 10 PM. Obviously, the series will also be aired on ABC, an American TV network.

The first seasons follows five rookies from a police department (Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Charlotte Sullivan, Travis Milne and Enuka Okuma). In the second season, they've got more experience, but they face other challenges in the streets.

Other regular cast members include Eric Johnson, Matt Gordon, Noam Jenkins, Ben Bass, Lyriq Bent and Melanie Nicholls-King.

Facebookians Can Rent 5 Additional Films from Warner Bros.

After The Dark Knight, Warner Bros., an American movie studio, has decided to offer five additional films for direct rental on its Facebook page.

These films are Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Inception, Life as We Know It and Yogi Bear.

Obviously, these films are only offered in the USA for now. Besides, the rental of a given film only last for 48 hours.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

'Daydream Nation' In Canadian Theatres on April 15

The release date of Michael Goldbach's Daydream Nation in Canada is finally out. While Americans will see the film on May 6, Canadians will have Daydream Nation released on April 15.

The story is centred on Caroline Wexler (Kat Dennings), a young teenager who is bored by her life in a small Canadian town. Along with her single father, Caroline moved from the city to a small town.

Caroline's classmates at her school like to get stoned. Eventually, she becomes involved in a love triangle. Thusrton (Reece Thompson), one of Caroline's classmates, has drug problems and loves Caroline the first time he lays her eyes on her. Moreover, Caroline is also in a sexual relation with her favourite teacher (Josh Lucas).

The film also stars Rachel Blanchard, Quinn Lord, Natasha Calis, Calum Worthy and Katie Boland. The film's DVD will be released on May 17 in Canada.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

'King' Premieres April 17 on Showcase

The dramatic series King will premiere on Showcase, a Canadian cable network, on April 17 at 9 PM. The show was created by Bernard Zukerman and Greg Spottiswood.

In this procedural drama, we follow Jessica King (Amy Price-Francis), a detective from the Toronto Police Department (TPD). When Sgt. Derek Spears (Alan Van Sprang) has a televised meltdown, the TPD's Major Crimes Task Force designates her as its new lead investigator. King accepts the challenge even though she survived 8 years in the Homicide section, two marriages and multiple stab wounds.

This eight-part series also stars Gabriel Hogan (The Kennedys), as Danny Sless, Jessica’s third husband and fellow police officer; Tony Nardi (Cra$h & Burn), as Police Chief Peter Graci; Suzanne Coy (Dan for Mayor), as Eleni Demaris, King's trusted subordinate; Zoe Doyle (The Border), as Det. Mk Gordon; and Aaron Poole (ZOS: Zone of Separation) as Det. Jason Collier.

3 Canadian TV Series Nominated at the Monte Carlo TV Festival

Three Canadian TV series are nominated at the upcoming Monte Carlo Television Festival. In dramatic series, the nominees are Durham County and Rookie Blue, two procedural dramas. The only comedy that made it into the nominees is Call Me Fitz.

Dramatic series

Besides being nominated for the award of outstanding international producer, Durham County and Rookie Blue are also nominated for best actors and actresses.

For Durham County, the nominated cast members are Hugh Dillon, Michael Nardone, Hélène Joy and Laurence Leboeuf. As for Rookie Blue, they're Missy Peregrym, Charlotte Sullivan, Gregory Smith and Travis Milne.

Comedy series

This year, the only show of that genre representing Canada will be Call Me Fitz. The actors nominated for this show are Jason Priestley, Ernie Grunwald, Kathleen Munroe and Brooke Nevin.

Finally, the Monte Carlo Television Festival will be held on June 6 to 10 at the Grimaldi Forum.

Friday, March 18, 2011

'Sortie 67' In Theatres In English Canada on April 1

After a limited release in Quebec, Jephté Bastien's Sortie 67 will be released in select theatres of other Canadian provinces on April 1.

The film takes place in St-Michel, a poor district of Montreal also known for its problems of criminality. Ronald Paquet (Henri Pardo), a young mulatto, saw his dad murder his mom when he was eight years old. This is why he waits for the day when he can finally avenge his mom's death. However, before the release of his dad, Ronald had always been tied to a violent street gang. In fact, this is why he's trying to make a choice: remain a criminal or pull himself together.

The film also stars Benz Antoine, Natacha Noël, Alain Lino, Mic Eli Bastien, Edouard Fontaine, Fabienne Colas, Sophie Desmarais, Danny Blanco-Hall, Natacha Noël, Anthony Clerveaux, Lansana Kourouma and Scott Jimmy Beaubrun.

'Mulroney: The Opera' In Select Theatres on April 16

Brian Mulroney, one of Canada's most hated politicians and former Prime Ministers, will be portrayed on the big screen in a dramatic and humoristic opera. The film Mulroney: The Opera will be released in select Canadian theatres on April 16.

The story begins in 2002 when Canada's Prime Minister Jean Chrétien (Colin Mochrie) unveils the official portrait of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (Rick Miller).

During that day, Mulroney is seen telling his story to a security guard. He brings us back in his young days. He also talks about his political career and the controversies that have plagued him ever since.

Other members of the cast include: Stephanie Anne Mills as Mila Mulroney; Michael Murphy as Col. McCormick; Geordie Johnson as John Turner; Ted Dykstra as Ed Broadbent; Janet Laine-Green as Nancy Reagan; Joe Matheson as Ronald Reagan; Sean Cullen as Robert Coates; Dan Lett as John Fraser; and Joanne Boland as Kim Campbell.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Global's 'Hot Zone' Begins Production

Global, a Canadian TV network, announced yesterday that production on its new dramatic series Hot Zone (formerly known as Combat Zone) has begun. This will be done in Toronto until July 2011.

This medical drama takes place in 2006 in a military hospital in Southern Afghanistan. We follow the life of doctors, surgeons and nurses from Canada, the USA, the UK and other allied countries.

Global also revealed the identity of the show's ensemble cast. We will see Elias Koteas (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as Colonel Marks; Michelle Borth (Hawaii Five-0) as Canadian surgeon Dr. Rebecca Gordon; Luke Mably (The Gates) as neurosurgeon Dr. Simon Hill; Deborah Kara Unger (The Hurricane) as Australian army psychiatrist Major Ada Pedersen; Terry Chen (Sanctuary) as trauma team leader Captain Bobby Trang; and Arnold Pinnock (The Listener) as Commander Will Royal, Chief of Nursing.

Moreover, a premiere date will be announced eventually and this Canadian TV series will be broadcasted in the USA on the TV network ABC.

'Daydream Nation' In U.S. Theatres May 6

Michael Goldbach's Daydream Nation will have a limited release in the USA on May 6.

This Canadian film with Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Andie MacDowell and Josh Lucas can be seen at New York City's Village East Cinema and Los Angeles's Laemmle Sunset 5.

Neiter a roll out in major American cities nor a Canadian release have been announced.

The film tells the story of a smart teenager (Kat Dennings) in a small town of British Columbia. She's bored and she's in a love triangle. The latter involves a teacher (Josh Lucas) with whom she likes to have sex and a classmate (Reece Thompson). Eventually, things spiral out of control for the girl.

The film also stars Rachel Blanchard, Quinn Lord, Natasha Calis, Calum Worthy and Katie Boland.

Monday, March 14, 2011

List of Winners at the 13th Jutra Awards

Yesterday, the winners at the 13th Jutra Awards, Quebec's Oscars, were revealed. Denis Villeneuve's Incendies dominated the show with 9 awards, especially the Jutra Award for best film. The following is the full list of winners.

Best film: Incendies

Best direction: Denis Villeneuve (Incendies)

Best leading actress: Lubna Azabal (Incendies)

Best leading actor: Claude Legault (10 1/2)

Best supporting actress: Dorothée Berryman (Cabotins)

Best supporting actor: Jean Lapointe (À l’origine d’un cri)

Best screenplay: Denis Villeneuve, with the collaboration of Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne (Incendies)

Best cinematography: André Turpin (Incendies)

Best art direction: André-Line Beauparlant (Incendies)

Best sound: Sylvain Bellemare, Jean Umansky et Jean-Pierre Laforce (Incendies)

Best editing: Monique Dartonne (Incendies)

Best original score: Guy Bélanger et Benoît Charest (Route 132)

Best costume: Sophie Lefebvre (Incendies)

Best make-up artist: Adrien Morot (Barney's Version)

Best hairdressing: Réjean Goderre (Barney's Version)

Best documentary: Pierre Falardeau (Carmen Garcia et German Gutierrez)

Best short film: M’ouvrir (Alberic Aurteneche)

Best animation film: Les journaux de Lipsett (Theodore Ushev)

Film with the most outstanding career outside Quebec: Les amours imaginaires (Xavier Dolan)

Golden ticket award (most profitable film at the box office): Piché: entre ciel et terre (André Dupuy et Sophie Aird)

Special Tribute: Jean Lapointe

Canada's Most Controversial Novel Heading to the Big Screen

The cinematographic adaptation of Marian Engel's controversial and award-winning Bear is currently in development. The film's screenplay will be written by William D. MacGillivray.

As in the novel, which won the Governor General Literary Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Pullitzer Award) in 1976, the film will take place during summer on an island in Northern Ontario. A middle-aged woman retires to a shack. Once there, she notices that a bear lives by.

Eventually, she starts playing with the bear in order to kill boredom. Afterwards, she'll engage in an odd, and yet liberating, sexual relation with the bear.

The cast and the rest of the crew have yet to be announced.

Friday, March 11, 2011

List of Winners at the 31rst Genie Awards

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT) revealed yesterday the winners at the 31rst Genie Awards (Canada's Oscars) in Ottawa. Two films, Incendies and Barney's Version, dominated the race.

Best Motion picture:
* Incendies

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
* Paul Giamatti in Barney's Version

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
* Dustin Hoffman in Barney's Version

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
* Lubna Azabal in Incendies

Best Actress In a Supporting Role:
* Minnie Driver in Barney's Version

Best Adapted Screenplay:
* Denis Villeneuve for Incendies

Best Original Screenplay:
* Jacob Tierney for The Trotsky

Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design:
* Claude Paré and Élise De Blois for Barney's Version

Achievement in Cinematography:
* André Turpin for Incendies

Achievement in Costume Design:
* Nicoletta Massone Barney's Version

Best Director:
* Denis Villeneuve for Incendies

Best Editor:* Monique Dartonne for Incendies

Best Make Up:
* Adrien Morot and Micheline Trépanier for Barney's Version

Best Original Score:* Pasquale Catalano for Barney's Version

Best Original Song:* Mary Milne for Already Gone in The Trotsky

Best Overall Sound:
* Jean Umansky and Jean-Pierre Laforce for Incendies

Best Sound Editing:
* Sylvain Bellemare, Simon Meilleur, Claire Pochon for Incendies

Best Documentary:
* Last Train Home

Best Live Action Short Drama:
* Savage

Best Animated Short:
* Les journaux de Lipsett

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"The Dark Knight" Available Directly on Facebook

You don't want to go to your local film store? Are you registered on Facebook? Warner Bros. announced today that Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight can be rented directly on Facebook.

The renting costs 30 Facebook credits (3$) and you keep the viewership right lasts for 48 hours on your Facebook account.

However, this offer is only for the USA. Moreover, Warner Bros. will eventually offer other of its films on Facebook.

2 Sisters Succeed in their Crowdfunding Campaign

Victoria and Jennifer Westcott, two budding filmmakers from Victoria (British Columbia), will make a film funded with money donated by people on the Internet. Their film will be called Locked in a Garage Band.

By March 5, the deadline, the Westcott sisters convinced 148 people to fund their film on, a web site allowing artists to get funding for a project. The two sisters got $20,101, which is $101 higher than their initial objective.

However, getting all these pledges of donation in order to secure a funding from wasn't easy. On March 1, four days before the deadline, the Westcott sisters were at about $5,000, which was 20% of their objective. In fact, in the night of March 4, Victoria Westcott intensively campaigned on her Twitter page.

Tomorrow, Everybody Left, Jell and Handsome Distraction, three music bands, will hold a fundraising night for the film Locked in a Garage Band. The event will be at Lucky Bar in Victoria.

Finally, the filming of the film will begin on April.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Documentary on Margaret Atwood Going to San Francisco

The first San Francisco Green Film Festival will screen a documentary on Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, who is known for her environmentalist views. The screening of the film will be tomorrow at 4 PM at the Landmark Theater.

This documentary, which was directed by Ron Mann, follows Margaret Atwood. We get to see her, in 2009, when she was promoting her dystopian novel The Year of the Flood.

Moreover, the screening of the film will be followed by a satellite Q&A period with Atwood.

In the Wake of the Flood (Teaser) from filmswelike on Vimeo.

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