Thursday, June 30, 2011

'Switch' Released In France on July 6

The thriller Switch will be released in France's theatres on July 6. This film has a Canadian connection. In fact, Switch is the first French film in which Canadian actress Karine Vanasse plays.

In this film, she stars as a Montrealer named Sophie Malaterre. She decides to go live in Paris. In order to do so, she exchanges on a web site her apartment with someone else. However, once in Paris, the police tells her that a corpse has been found in Sophie's new apartment in Paris.

The film also stars Eric Cantona, Mehdi Nebbou, Aurélien Recoing, Karina Testa, Bruno Todeschini and Niseema Theillaud. Other Canadians in the cast include Maxim Roy and Sophie Faucher.

First Trailer of 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

Entertainement One Films, a Canadian film distributor, has released the first trailer of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. This cinematographic remake of the miniseries of the same name will come out in the UK on September 16. As for the U.S. release, it will be on November 18.

This film is based on a novel written by British writer John Le Carré. It takes place during the Cold War. George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is taken out of his semi-retirement to uncover a mole within the MI-6, the British foreign intelligence agency. Moreover, that mole happens to be a Soviet agent.

The cast also includes Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Ciarán Hinds, Lauren Carmichael, Simon McBurney and Amanda Fairbank-Hynes.

This film also marks the English directorial debut for Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In).

'The Border' Season 1 Premieres July 8 in the USA

CBC, a Canadian TV network, surely didn't renew the TV series The Border for a fourth season last year. However, the TV series' first season will premiere in the USA on ION Television, an American cable network.

The show will premiere on July 8 with two back-to-back episodes starting at 10 PM.

In this TV series, we follow a squad of the fictitious Immigration Customs Security (ICS), a Canadian federal agency responsible of the security on the border between Canada and the USA. Major Mike Kessler (James McGowan) heads his team and does his best to maintain a clear-eyed decency while responding to the call of duty. He often clashes with agent Bianca LaGarda (Sofia Milos), an agent sent by the American government to work with the ICS.

The show also stars Graham Abbey, Nazneen Contractor, Jonas Chernick, Mark Wilson, Jim Cordington, Catherine Disher, Sarah Gadon and Nigel Bennett.

The first season of The Border premiered on CBC in winter 2008.

Olivier Masset-Depasse on "Illegal" Immigration

Belgian director Olivier Masset-Depasse's interest for illegal immigration led him to do his second feature film, Illégal. According to him, "illegal immigrants" deserve a chance to get its host country's citizenship as long as he/she isn't a criminal.

It tells the story of Tania, a Russian illegal immigrant (Anne Coesens). She's been denied by the Belgian government as a political asylum seeker. One day, when she can't produce her papers in front of two Belgian cops, she orders her son to run and she's brought to a detention centre for illegal immigrants.

Political views

His interest came when he saw a news story on TV about a detention centre for illegal immigrants. "I was so shocked, because the centre featured in the story looked like a prison for child. Usually, I forget the news I see on TV." He then decided to investigate for one year with a journalist and a lawyer to see how illegal immigrants are being treated.

"These detention centre are uneffective, because our government keeps under locks innocent people" Masset-Depasse believes. "The criminality rate among illegal immigrants in Belgium is only at 15%." He also suggests that Europeans have no reason to be afraid of immigration given that Western European countries "only receives 5% of the international immigration".

While he's born in Belgium, Masset-Depasse also relied on his own experience to walk in the shoes of his film's lead character, Anna. At 18 years old, he wanted to live in the USA. Once there, he lived a homeless Chilean friend. When he no longer got some news about this friend, he feared being taken in custody by American immigration officials.

"I decided to have an European character, a Russian I should say. Most stories you hear about illegal immigration are about Arabs, Africans and Asians. Yet, there are "illegal" immigrants coming from Europe itself" he says. "By having a white lead character, I wanted white viewers to be able to relate to Tania as much as possible whilst they think about what should be done with "illegal immigration". Besides, Russians are culturally Europeans."

Masset-Depasse also adds that "there is a strong Russian community in Belgium". At the same he lives well with the fact that his lead actress, Anne Coesens, isn't of Russian heritage. "I believe that Anne did a great job at sounding like a Russian." What matters, he thinks, is the film's message.

On welcoming immigrants

Through this journey, Masset-Depasse also came to believe that we don't have to know why immigrants come in a given country. Hence, the reason why we never know why the character of Tania immigrated to Belgium, he says. "Nobody has to know why an immigrant left his native country. They just starve in their native country and that's all there is to know. Knowing more is acting like a government official. It's a display of shamelessness."

"Our government should grant the citizenship to innocent people who are considered as being illegal immigrants. In return, these new citizens must promise to blend in our society," he believes.

"The real problems are the organized criminal groups who use illegal immigration to make a killing. They corrupt European government officials to get fake papers and I fear the criminals' growing power in European politics." Before we end our conversation, Masset-Depasse said that the exploitation of illegal immigrants by organized criminal groups can be the subject of his next film.

Illégal (2010)

Olivier Masset-Depasse's Illégal, which comes out tomorrow in Montreal, probably won the SACD Award during the Directors' Fortnight at last year's Cannes International Film Festival more for the issue it addresses than its substance.

We follow Tania (Anne Coesens), an illegal immigrant from Russia who's been living in Belgium for eight years with her 13-year-old son Ivan (Alexandre Gontcharov). This is because the Belgian government denied Tania's political asylum request. Moreover, this former French teacher in Russia burnt her fingerprints.

She wants her son to always speak to her in French in public to avoid rousing suspicion. On her son's birthday, she bends that rule just to please him. Unfortunately, two cops ask Tania to produce her papers, which she doesn't have. She's brought to a detention facility for future deportees and Ivan is on the run.

Although Belgian actress Anne Coesens bent over backwards to sound like a Russian, I had some reservations. This is because director Olivier Masset-Depasse didn't bother to hire a real Russian for the lead role. Nonetheless, what Coesens lacks in ethnic genuineness, she makes up for it with her ability to convey the pains and fits of paranoia an illegal immigrant might go through.

By showing us what the Belgian authorities are ready to do, the film is akin to an interesting documentary and a social critique unashamedly in favour of illegal immigrants. Unfortunately, Illégal misses the opportunity to bring new angles of thoughts to the ongoing debate regarding illegal immigration in Europe. It doesn't explain why Anna left Russia, a country which is regarded as a democracy by our leaders.

With that said, Illégal is a so-so film which is in sync with what we see in the news. With his hand-held camera, Masset-Depasse shakes us up by casting a light on what's going on in detention facilities. However, I wasn't entirely shaken up, because I felt I was kept at an arm's length from the film's heroine.

Rating: 3/5

Origin:Belgium/Luxembourg/France (2010)
Length:90 minutes
Screenplay:Olivier Masset-Depasse
Director:Olivier Masset-Depasse
Starring:Anne Coesens, Alexandre Golntcharov and Esse Lawson

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

5 Canadian Films Going to the Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival

Five Canadian films will be presented at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which will run from July 1 to 9.

The Canadian embassy had a role to play in bringing these Canadian films to Czech Republic. Moreover, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will present a tribute to Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies).

World premieres

Among the five films that will be screened, four will have their world premiere. In the official competition, Canada will be represented by Martin Donovan's Collaborator and Ivan Grbovic's Roméo Onze.

The teen drama Laurentie will be presented out of the competition while Aaron Houston's Sunflower Hour, a mockumentary, will be screened in the Forum of Independents.

Denis Villeneuve

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival's tribute to Denis Villeneuve will consist in screenings.

Four of his feature films will be presented: Un 32 août sur terre, Maelström, Polytechnique and Incendies, which was nominated at the last Oscar ceremony for the Best foreign language film. Also in the tribute are two of his shorts, Next Floor and REW-FFWD.

Denis Villeneuve will also drop by to meet the festival-goers and journalists during the tribute given to him.

Hey Montreal: 'Amazon Falls' In a Theatre on July 1

The independent Canadian film Amazon Falls, directed by Katrin Bowen, will be released for a short period of time in Montreal on July 1.

The film will be available at the Parallèle Movie Theatre from July 1 to 3.

Bowen's first feature film, which was made with a budget of $60,000, tells the story of a fading B-movie starlette named Jana (April Telek). She dreams to become a famous Hollywood star. However, she's getting closer to her fourties and personal income gets smaller. Will she leave her acting dream behind?

The film also stars Anna Mae Routledge, Gabrielle Rose, Zak Santiago, Benjamin Ratner, Matty Finochio, Tom Braidwood, Alexandra Staseson, William B. Davis, Drew Scott and J.D. Scott.

The DVD release date of the film has yet to be announced.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

'Chasing Madoff' In U.S. Theatres on Aug. 26

Would you like to know how white-collar criminal Bernard Madoff stole so much money? Jeff Prosserman's documentary Chasing Madoff will bring you to front seats and show you how he came to be arrested in 2009.

The documentary will show us the ten-year struggle of Harry Markopolos, the financial investigator who brought down Madoff, and his team. Markopolos's efforts led to the exposure of the truth on Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

Moreover, the documentary is based on the book No One Would Listen, which was written by Markopolos.

Viewers will also how Markopolos felt threatened during his investigation.

For the moment, a Canadian release date has yet to be announced.

'Pour l'amour de Dieu' In Theatres On Sept. 2

The release of Micheline Lanctôt's next film, Pour l'amour de Dieu, will be on September 2.

The film takes place in Montreal in 1959. Léonie, a young girl, attends a religious school in order to keep her anti-religious mom at bay. She's taught by Sister Cécile. One day, a Dominican priest, Father Malachy, arrives in the school. Both Léonie and Cécile fall in love with Father Malachy. Will the love for God triumph over that for Father Malachy?

The film stars Madeleine Peloquin, Victor Andrés Trelles Turgeon, Lynda Johnson, Ariane Legault and Rossif Sutherland.

Besides, the film will very likely get a limited release in Quebec.

Monday, June 27, 2011

'Flashpoint' Season 4 Premieres July 8 On CTV

CTV, a Canadian TV network, announced that the fourth season of the hit TV series Flashpoint will premiere on Friday, July 8 at 8 PM.

This episode will begin where the third season's finale left us. One officer of the Strategy Response Unit (SRU), a tactical unit, is facing death. Moreover, a military psychologist (Victor Garber) is hell-bent on disbanding Team One, a group of the SRU, because of so many mistakes the team did.

During that moment, the members of Team One are running after the person who shot their fellow officer. Moreover, in this season, there will be new a new recruit called Raf (Clé Bennett).

Regular cast on the show will still include Hugh Dillon, Enrico Colantoni, Amy Jo Johnson, Sergio Di Zio, David Paetkau and Michael Cram.

Moreover, CTV has already ordered a fifth season for Flashpoint.

Fantasia Film Festival: First Announcements On Line-Up of Films

Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, which will be held from July 14 to August 7, will kick off with Kevin Smith's Red State.

Fantasia also made the first announcement about the films that will be part of this 15th edition's line-up.

People can see the anthology film Theatre Bizarre. This coproduction between Canada, France, Germany, the UK, the USA reunites Richard Stanley (Hardware), Karim Hussain (La belle bête), Douglas Buck (Cutting Moments), Buddy Giovinazzo (Life Is Hot in Cracktown), David Gregory (Plague Town) and Tom Savini, as directors.

The festival will also hold the world premier of The Wicker Tree, from Robin Hardy. Moreover, a book launch is also expected because The Wicker Tree is based on the novel Cowboys for Christ, by Hardy.

As for a Canadian premiere, Ryoo Seung-wan's The Unjust will be screened. Besides, Ryoo will be invited by the festival's organizers to teach choreography for action films.

In the first announcement, two other Canadian films were mentioned. The first one is Vampire, the first film in English from director Shunji Iwai, and Monster Brawl, by Jesse T. Cook.

Finally, here's the rest of the films that were in the announcement:

ATTACK THE BLOCK - UK - Dir: Joe Cornish
This insane laughfest depicting a British teen street gang defending their block against an alien invasion became an overnight sensation after its launch at SXSW in April. Co-produced by Edgar Wright, starring Nick Frost and featuring some of the funniest moments you'll encounter anywhere this year - on or off this planet. Quebec Premiere.

BRAWLER - USA - Dir: Chris Sivertson
Fantasia veteran Sivertson (THE LOST, I KNOW WHO KILLED ME), will be returning to Montreal for the World Premiere of his latest knockout, BRAWLER, set in the world of extreme fighting, starring and co-produced by Marc Senter (RED WHITE & BLUE, THE LOST). World Premiere hosted by Director Chris Sivertson and Actors/Co-producers Nathan Grubbs and Marc Senter.

DEADBALL - Japan - Dir: Yudai Yamaguchi
From the cult director of such bizarre greats as MEATBALL MACHINE and BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL comes... something best experience without spoilers! World Premiere hosted by Director Yudai Yamaguchi, Producer Yoshinori Chiba and Actor Tak Sakaguchi.

THE DEVIL'S ROCK - New Zealand - Dir: Paul Campion
The feature directorial debut from gifted New Zealand visual effects artist Campion (the LORD OF THE RINGS and NARNIA films, CLASH OF THE TITANS remake) is an intense occult thriller taking place in WW2 on the eve of D-Day, with a single soldier uncovering a Nazi plot to conjure supernatural forces with which to win the war. A satanic Nazi chamber piece featuring three characters and bottomless tension. North American Premiere hosted by Director, Screewriter and Executive Producer Paul Campion and Actors Matt Sunderland and Karlos Drinkwater.

DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART - Hong Kong - Dir: Johnnie To
The working relationship of longtime collaborators To & Ka-Fai is best known internationally for their gonzo action thrillers (RUNNING ON KARMA) and more taut, character-based work (MAD DETECTIVE), but this time out, they tackle the romantic comedy, with surprising results. Opening film of the 2011 Hong Kong International Film Festival. North American Premiere.

EXIT - Australia - Dir: Marek Polgar
Taking place in a labyrinthine city where many individuals are looking for a mystical door that could lead them to a better world, this promising genre film from a visionary director explores the theme of urban alienation while remaining a poignant piece of cinema that will audiences breathless. Splendid and cerebral, EXIT opens the door for a distinctive new voice in fantastic cinema. World Premiere, hosted by Director Marek Polgar and Screenwriter Martyn Pedler.

A LONELY PLACE TO DIE - UK - Dir: Julian Gilbey
This film hits levels of intensity that are absolutely exhilarating. Think CLIFFHANGER with characters you actually care about, fuelled with the adrenaline and panic of THE DESCENT. Bafta-nominated director Gilbey (RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER) trained himself in rock climbing in preparation to shoot this film the right way, and does it ever show. The imagery, stunts and staging he manages here will suck the breath clean out of your lungs. Winner of Jury Awards for Best Feature and Best Director when it launched at ActionFest earlier this year, it stars Melissa George. Canadian Premiere, hosted by Director, Screenwriter and Editor Julian Gilbey.

LOVE - USA - Dir: William Eubank
Opening this year's edition of Fantasia's Camera Lucida section, LOVE is a marvel. Rebuking the current conventions of science-fiction cinema coming from Hollywood with a cerebral approach to the genre closer to Kubrick's 2001, it questions Man's place in the universe through a fascinating tale that alternate between two distinct epochs, a violent past and an uncertain future. Produced by Angels & Airwaves (the alt-rock effort led by Blink-182's Tom DeLonge) LOVE conjures pictorial perfection, promising to be an unforgettable experience. International Premiere, hosted by Director, Writer, Cinematographer and Production Designer William Eubank, Actor Gunner Wright and Executive Producer Mark Eaton.

MARIANNE - Sweden - Dir: Filip Tegstedt
In recent years, Sweden has begun emerging as a country to watch when it comes to hypnotic, adult genre filmmaking, and MARIANNE continues this pathway. A guilt-ridden father, grieving over the death of a wife he had been cheating on, finds himself haunted by more than his conscience in this eerie, character-driven supernatural horror film. World Premiere hosted by Director, Screenwriter and Producer Filip Tegstedt.

NINJA KIDS!!! - Japan - Dir: Takashi Miike
Japan's maniacal master of movie magic Takashi Miike has banged out about three films a year over the last two decades, from ultraviolent yakuza pictures through off-kilter genre pastiches to, well, possibly his most brutal, bash-'em-up work yet. That's right, maestro of mayhem Miike's gone and made a kiddie flick again! It merits its three exclamation points and rates five razor-sharp ninja stars out of five! Canadian Premiere, hosted by Distributor Shochiku.

RABIES - Israel - Dir: Navot Papushado & Aharon Keshales
Israel's first horror feature is all about subverting expectations as a blood-soaked black comedy/horror/thriller that understands the genre conventions and uses them as sleight-of-hand to deliver one surprise after another like a twist-ripped celluloid corkscrew ground into your skull. A major hit at the Tribeca Film Festival, RABIES is heaps of misanthropic fun, with spikes of social commentary and a surprisingly affecting sense of tragedy stabbed into the mix for maximum potency. Canadian Premiere. Hosted by Co-Directors and Screenwriters Navot Papushado & Aharon Keshales.

RETREAT - UK - Dir: Carl Tibbets
Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton star as a couple who journey to an island retreat in order to heal recently-opened wounds. They are completely isolated from the world. Alone. That is, until a blood-spattered man (Jamie Bell) washes ashore with terrible news of an airborne plague sweeping across Europe. A brilliantly-staged slow-burn thriller that builds to absolutely ferocious horror, RETREAT is one of this year's strongest discoveries. World Premiere hosted by Director Carl Tibbetts.

SAINT - Netherlands - Dir: Dick Maas
Santa Claus is coming to town, and that's bad news for everyone in this stylish Dutch oddity from the maker of THE LIFT. SAINT is a very Dutch horror film, packed with many Christmas stockings full of local flavor and bizarre terror sequences. Meanwhile, the moments with SAINT's teen protagonists have the feel of an '80s Wes Craven film, making for a very fun death dance in horror's global melting pot! Canadian Premiere.

UNDERWATER LOVE - Japan - Dir: Shinji Imaoka
An inspired hybrid of musical comedy, classical fairy tale and pinku eiga (Japanese softcore sex film), UNDERWATER LOVE may well be the most oddball entry in Fantasia's schedule this year (and that's saying something!). Features gorgeous cinematography by Wong Kar-Wai's regular Director of Photography Christopher Doyle. Sweet, kooky, sexy and completely feel good, this UFO of a film is truly something to be cherished. Canadian Premiere.

URBAN EXPLORER - Germany - Dir: Andy Fetscher
Beneath the city of Berlin is an extraordinary network of abandoned bunkers and tunnels, shadowy remnants of the Nazi era. This film - one of the most unsettling that you will find in our 2011 lineup - opens with four young urban explorers from different countries meeting up at a Berlin nightclub, beneath which is rumored to be a pathway of catacombs that lead to a legendary Third Reich bunker. They descend into the tunnels and.... We won't reveal another beat! North American Premiere.

You are about to encounter what very well may be the single most successful H.P. Lovecraft adaptation ever to lick fear across a screen. Shot with an aesthetic, production design and performance style angled to emulate the feel of a '30s/'40s Universal horror film - without falling into camp - WHISPERER arrives like shadows out of time, a discovered relic from another dimension. A genuinely scary film and a hellishly great time. Canadian Premiere.

Kevin O'Leary Talks About His New Show 'Redemption Inc.'

In this promo video from the CBC, a Canadian TV network, multi-millionaire Kevin O'Leary talks about the concept of his new show.

Besides being a judge/investor on Dragons' Den and the comic relief on The Lang O'Leary Exchange, a business-centred news show, Kevin O'Leary will launch a new reality show called Redemption Inc..

The show will premiere in winter 2012 on the CBC. In this show, O'Leary will fund the business of one of the ten ex-cons. By the time the show wraps up, this ex-con will have Kevin convince that his business can survive the real world. See the video above.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday's Top 5: Quebecker Novels Worth Adapting Into Films

Happy birthday Quebec! I normally offer you a quiz that allows you to test your knowledge about Quebec's History and culture. Today, I rather decided to tell you which Quebecker novels deserve to be adapted to the big screen:

#1: De Niro's Game, by Rawi Hage

It's official: this novel WILL head to the big screen. Despite the Hollywood-like ending, De Niro's Game openly talks about the Lebanese Civil War while a film like Incendies takes place in an unnamed Arabic country during what APPEARS to be the Lebanese Civil War.

#2: Le libraire (Not for Every Eye), by Gérard Bessette

Published in 1960, this magnificent novel depicts so well the cowardice of Quebec's intelligentsia during the Great Darkness, a time when the Catholic Church reigned over the province.

#3: L'énigme du retour, by Dany Laferrière

Although Dany Laferrière is an idiot who doesn't consider himself as a Quebecker (or a Canadian) despite living in Montreal and having his books published by a company from Montreal, the fact remains that he can write. The narrator of his novel L'énigme du retour really tries to understand why he's regarded as a foreigner in a country he used to live in (i.e. Haiti) when he "returns" there. Very philosophical, but enlightening.

#4:, by Patrick Senécal
Perhaps his harshest novel on our society. Somehow, it's a particular study of the excess of financial wealth.

#5: Tsubame and Hotaru, by Aki Shimazaki

That counts for two novels, but Hotaru is actually the sequel of Tsubame. Both novels are so short that they can be put together. I loved this novel, because it tackles a touchy issue in Japanese history: most Japanese's incapacity to accept their ethnic minorities as full-fledged Japanese.

Beginners (2011)

Mike Mills's Beginners deals with homosexuality. He offers a rather sharp character study, but his analysis is sometimes close from drowning into a sea of anecdotes.

The film takes place in 2003. Oliver (Ewan McGregor), a man in his forties, is shaken by two things his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), tells him. Hal comes out of the closet and reveals that he has cancer. Oliver hardly understands it, because his father was once married to a woman.

Hal decides to see a young man named Andy (Goran Visnjic) and meet other gays. As he copes with the eventual death of his father, Oliver sees Anna (Mélanie Laurent), an eccentric French woman he met at a party. Unfortunately, while Hal is on cloud nine with Andy, Oliver doesn't know if he wants to be in a serious relation with Anna.

As Oliver compares his love relation with that of his father, we see Mills's droll analysis on how some people born in the 1960s might live their love relation today. Hal sets himself free by loving Andy. In fact, the 21rst century offers him the opportunity to display his homosexuality in public without fearing to be arrested by the police. Coming to the realization that he lives in an uninhibted society, Oliver, as a straight man, wonders if love is still relevant.

While there's nothing wrong with having a slow pace, Beginners becomes unfortunately dull at time. By attempting to depict the quotidian life of Oliver, Mills gives a touch of realism to Beginners. Unfortunately, we're sometimes bombarded with boring anecdotes about Oliver's life at work and with anyone who is neither Anna nor Hal.

Nevertheless, Beginners is a diamond in a rough. In fact, in order to appreciate it, one has to forget that Mike Mills could have trimmed his film for brevity's sake.

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:USA (2011)
Length:105 minutes
Screenplay:Mike Mills
Director:Mike Mills
Starring:Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I Tested It for You: UltraAVX Screen

Yours truly received free tickets through my mail to attend a screening in an UltraAVX screening room. Here are the thoughts that came to me as I watched Super 8.

However, before I give you an idea of how it looks like to see it, here are a few things you should know about the UltraAVX system:

Q: What does UltraAVX mean?

R: Ultra Audio Visual Experience.

Q: Who owns it?

R: Cineplex, a movie theatre chain in Canada.



Gone are the days when you saw grainy and dark images on a 35 mm screen. Most screens I've seen in Montreal now use a digital screen, which gives a clearer image. Because I haven't tried a 3D screen or an IMAX screen, I can't make any comparisons.

What I can say though, is that the image on an UltraAVX screen is very clear, even nocturnal scenes. It's like watching a huge HD television in the dark. In addition to that, your ears get banged during the action sequences of a film. So, just imagine how it feels like to see a train accident and an explosion. In fact, the sound was so loud that I thought I was actually witnessing a train ramming a car in Super 8.

However, despite the undeniable quality of the images, the UltraAVX screen doesn't necessarily match the Blu-Ray as you can see it on an HD television. In fact, the images of an UltraAVX screen aren't necessarily as quick (or fluid) as those of a Blu-Ray disc on an HD television.

In short, I won't be repeating the experience on a regular basis, even though the seats in an UltraAVX screening room are more comfortable than the average seats you're used to.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

'Combat Hospital' Premiered In Canada with 2 M Viewers

Canada has a new millionaire TV series in terms of ratings.

The Canadian medical drama Combat Hospital debuted yesterday in Canada on Global, a TV network, with over 2 million viewers. This is the second highest-rated premiere behind Rookie Blue, another original drama from Global.

Besides, Combat Hospital was the most watched show last night in Canada. We remind you that Rookie Blue will premiere tomorrow at 10 PM on Global.

The drama Combat Hospital follows Major Rebecca Gordon (Michelle Borth), a doctor of the Canadian army. In the first episode, Rebecca arrives in Kandahar, in war-torn Afghanistan.

The show stars Teddy Chen, Elias Koteas, Luke Mably, Arnold Pinnock and Deborah Kara Unger.

Let's see if Major Gordon's adventures will sustain the same ratings. As for the USA, Combat Hospital premiered with 5.2 M viewers on ABC, an American TV network.

'Le projet Omertà' In Quebec's Theatres In Summer 2012

In production since May 24 in Montreal, Luc Dionne's film, Le projet Omertà, will wrap up on production on July 18. Moreover, the film will be released in Quebec in summer 2012.

The film, which is based on a TV series showrunned by Luc Dionne himself, will be centred on the character of Pierre Gauthier (Michel Côté), an federal agent who's specialized on organized crime.

He's now the head of Pulsar International, a high-level private security agency. One day, he's called by Gilbert Tanguay (Michel Dumont), his former boss, to investigate on a conspiracy. Tanguay also recruits Sophie (Rachelle Lefevre), a former agent of the Canadian secret service, so that she infiltrates the Montrealer underworld.

Sophie has to earn the trust of Steve Cohen (Stéphane Rousseau) and Steve Bélanger (Patrick Huard), two known associates of the Italian mafia of Montreal. Cohen and Bélanger wants to steal the gold supply of all the major North American banks.

The film also stars René Angélil, Paolo Noël, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxime Denommée Alan Fawcett and Andreas Aspergis.

Moreover, the film was shot with a $7 M budget.

'Roméo Onze' Will Premiere at Karlovy Vary

Ivan Grbovic's first feature film, Roméo Onze (formerly De grandes espérances) will have its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on July 7.

For the moment, the film's theatrical release hasn't been announced.

Nonetheless, we know that the story takes place in Montreal. We follow a young man (Ali Ammar) of Lebanese heritage who is in a wheel chair. Despite having a very protective father (Joseph Bou Nassar), the young man tries to follow his path.

The film also stars Sanda Bourenane, Éléonore Millier and May Hilal.

Trailer of David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'

The trailer of the film A Dangerous Method is now online. The release date for this film from Canadian director David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises) is set for December 23 in Montreal.

The story takes place on the eve of World War I in Austria. At that time, psychology, as a science, was still in its infancy. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), respectively a Swiss psychologist/psychiatrist and an Austrian neurologist, meet for the first time. This is because Freud is enthralled by Jung's favourable views on psychoanalysis, a method that Freud pioneered.

The film will mostly document the moment when Carl Jung treats Sabiena Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a patient who suffers from hysteria. Despite being married to Emma Jung (Sarah Gadon), Carl Jung gets into a extramarital relationship with Sabina Spielrein. In 1909, this relation might become public and Jung talks about it to Freud.

This film, which was based on the play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton, also stars Vincent Cassel, André Hennicke and Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey.

Moreover, the film will premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Posters for 'Servitude'

Maple Pictures, a Canadian film distributor, revealed two posters of the upcoming comedy Servitude, which was directed by Warren P. Sonoda.

For the moment, the release date hasn't been announced.

The story is about a group of waiters of a popular steakhouse. They're so frustrated that they decide to take over the steakhouse they're working in when they discover they're about to get fired.

The film stars Dave Foley, Joe Dinicol, John Bregar, Kristen Hager, Linda Kash, Jeigh Madjus, Enrico Colantoni, Rachel Skarsten, Margot Kidder, Lauren Collins, Aaron Ashmore and John Boylan.

Moreover, Servitude will be screened at Montreal's Just for Laughs Film Festival on July 28 at 9 PM at the Du Parc Movie Theatre.

On the Set of 'Combat Hospital'

Kim D'Eon, a cultural reporter for the show ET Canada, visited the set of the Canadian TV series Combat Hospital. The show will premiere in simulcast tonight at 10 PM on Global and ABC, respectively a Canadian and American TV networks.

While shot in Toronto, the show takes in Kandahar, in the South West of Afghanistan. We follow a group of Canadian, American and British militaries.

The show stars Michelle Borth, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger, Luke Mably, Terry Chen and Arnold Pinnock

'La grande séduction' Will Have 3 Remakes

The Quebecker comedy La grande séduction will have an English Canadian, French and Italian remakes.

The film La grande séduction will have 3 remakes shot in Canada, France and Italy. However, the remake in English will be shot before those from France and Italy. Besides, Ken Scott will direct the English Canadian version.

The English Canadian version will be shot in Newfoundland-and-Labrador, an Atlantic province of Canada and will be known as The Grand Seduction. This film with a budget of $11 M will be shot between August 28 and November 15.

Michael Dowse (Fubar) was supposed to direct The Grand Seduction, but he left "because of an artistic divergence" with producer Roger Frappier. This is why Ken Scott, the scriptwriter of the original film, will direct the film.

Unlike the original film from 2003, The Grand Seduction will take place in a city called Dunfield rather than Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne. However, the story might be about inhabitants from a small town trying hard to convince a doctor to settle down.

Negotiations with potential cast members are underway. Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting) was approached, but turned down his role. This is because of schedule conflicts.

As for the French and Italian remakes, they will begin production on spring 2012. In France, the film will be produced by Djamel Bensalah. As for Italy, the remake will be in the hands of the company Cattleya.

The release date for The Grand Seduction, which will aim an "international audience" according to Roger Frappier, has yet to be announced.

Monday, June 20, 2011

X-Men: First Class (2011)

After the disaster of X-Men 3: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fox brings the X-Men franchise back on the right track.

In the 1962, the world doesn't know that mutants, human beings with particular powers, exist. Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), a CIA agent, investigates on a conspiracy from the Hellfire Club. This secret society led by Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), a former Nazi scientist who leads a group of mutants, wants to turn the USA and the USSR against each other in a Third World War.

MacTaggert seeks the help of Charles Xavier (James MacAvoy), a mutant who can read people's mind or control it. Xavier also asks his sister Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), a shape shifter, Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender), a mutant who can control metal and create magnetic fields, and other mutants to join the fight against the Hellfire Club. Unfortunately, Xavier and Lensherr will become enemies.

Although this film, which is supposed to reboot the X-Men movie franchise, it recycles an old material: the rivalry between Xavier and Lensherr. Given its simplicity, one might find the story somehow thin, because it's only at the end of the film that Erik Lensherr finally develops his abhorrence for human beings. Most of the time, the film focuses on Xavier's team being in a hurry to stop the threat to world peace. Nonetheless, the film's story slowly and marvellously shows, with few action scenes, the failed attempt by Xavier to convince Lensherr that peace can be achieved.

Besides, given that this film is a reboot of the X-Men franchise, its story paves the way for interesting upcoming adventures. For a summer film, X-Men: First Class is also quite entertaining.

Rating: 4/5

Origin:USA (2011)
Length:132 minutes
Ashley Miller, Zack Stenz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Sheldon Turner and Bryan Singer
Director:Matthew Vaughn
Starring:James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Rose Byrne

'The Mountie' In Theatres on July 1

Wyeth Clarkson's The Mountie will come out in select theatres in Canada on July 1, which happens to be Canada Day.

The story takes place in Whitehorse, Yukon, during the 1894.

According to the film's Facebook page, this is the story:

A lone Mountie has come to town to clean up the crime and corruption after finding an innocent man dead. As he sets up home, in town, he discovers endless amounts of illegal activity taking place behind closed doors. Once he uncovers the men behind the crimes he prepares to take them down one by one in the most vicious showdown this town has ever seen.

The film stars Andrew Walker, Jessica Pare, John Wildman, George Buza, Earl Pastko and Tony Munch.

Friday, June 17, 2011

'Laurentie' Will Compete at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Mathieu Denis's and Simon Lavoie's Laurentie will be part of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. This event will be held in the Czech Republic from July 1 to 9.

While no release has been announced, it should be in fall 2011 in Quebec.

According to the press release The Cultural Post received, the film is about a 28-year-old guy (Emmanuel Schwartz) living in Montreal. This guy, named Louis, hates his life, Quebec and everything that surrounds him. He doesn't know what to do about his life. One day, he sees his neighbour (Jade Hassouné) and has a crush on him. Unfortunately, Louis doesn't speak English and believes he can't reach his neighbour.

The film also stars Eugénie Beaudry.

Bande-annonce de 'Laurentie' par theculturalpost

Thursday, June 16, 2011

FNC Will Celebrate its 40th Anniversary

Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) will take part from October 12 to 23. The FNC will celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Moreover, the FNC will launch its program and reveal its line-up of films on September 27.

'Café de Flore' In Theatres on Sept. 23

Alliance Films, a Canadian film distributor, has revealed that Jean-Marc Café de flore will hit Quebec's theatres on September 23.

The film's story takes place in the Paris of the 1960s and nowadays' Montreal. The fate of Jacquelines (Vanessa Paradis), a single Parisian woman raising one kid on her own, and Antoine, a DJ from Montreal, is obviously different. However, their odissey have on thing in common: the search for love.

The film also stars Evelyne Brochu, Hélène Florent, Marin Gerrier, Alice Dubois, Evelyne de la Chenelière and Michel Dumont.

The film's release in France has yet to be announced.

Bande-annonce de 'Café de Flore' (2011) par theculturalpost

List of Nominees at the Gémeaux Awards

The nominations for the 26th Gémeaux Awards, Quebec's equivalent of the Emmy Awards, have been revealed today.

1. Best dramatic TV series:
* 19-2.
* Les rescapés.
* Malenfant.
* Prozac, La Maladie Du Bonheur.

2. Best soap opera:
* Destinées.
* La promesse.
* Providence.
* Yamaska.

3. Best comedy series:
* La galère.
* Les Parent.
* Mauvais Karma.
* Penthouse 5-0.
* Tout sur moi.

4. Best actor in a dramatic TV series:
* Claude Legault in 19-2.
* Réal Bossé in 19-2.
* Roy Dupuis in Les rescapés.
* Luc Picard in Malenfant.
* Éric Bruneau in Toute la vérité.

5. Best actress in a dramatic TV series:
* Maude Guérin in Belle-Baie.
* Guylaine Tremblay in Les rescapés.
* Julie McClemens in Malenfant.
* Isabelle Blais in Prozac, la maladie du bonheur.
* Maude Guérin in Toute la vérité.

6. Best actor in a soap opera:
* Sébastien Delorme in La promesse.
* Bernard Fortin in Providence.
* Hugo Dubé in Providence.
* Normand d'Amour in Yamasca.
* Denis Bernard in Yamaska.

7. Best actress in a soap opera:
* Marie-Chantal Perron in Destinées.
* Michèle-Barbara Pelletier in La promesse.
* Monique Mercure in Providence.
* Élise Guilbault in Yamaska.
* Chantal Fontaine in Yamaska.

8. Best actor in a comedy series:
* François Papineau in La grande bataille.
* Luc Senay in La grande bataille.
* Daniel Brière in Les Parent.
* Rémi-Pierre Paquin in Mauvais Karma.
* Éric Bernier in Tout sur moi.

9. Best actress in a comedy series:
* Anne Casabonne in La galère.
* Geneviève Rochette in La galère.
* Anne Dorval in Les Parent.
* Julie Le Breton in Mauvais Karma.
* Isabelle Vincent in Penthouse 5-0.

10. Best supporting actor in a dramatic TV series:
* Sylvain Marcel in 19-2.
* Benz Antoine in 19-2.
* Louis-Philippe Dandenault in 19-2.
* Benoît Girard in Les rescapés.
* François Chénier in Malenfant.

11. Best supporting actress in a dramatic series:
* Véronique Beaudet in 19-2.
* Catherine Bérubé in 19-2.
* Céline Bonnier in Les rescapés.
* France Castel in Prozac, la maladie du bonheur.
* Julie Le Breton in Toute la vérité.

12. Best supporting actor in a soap opera:
* Claude Prégent in L'auberge du chien noir.
* Germain Houde in La promesse.
* Robert Toupin in La promesse.
* Stéphane Brulotte in La promesse.
* Michel Dumont in Yamaska.

13. Best supporting actress in a soap opera:
* Brigitte Lafleur in Bienvenue aux dames.
* Pierrette Robitaille in La grande bataille.
* Marilyse Bourke in Mauvais Karma.
* Geneviève Brouillette in Mauvais Karma.
* Brigitte Paquette in Penthouse 5-0.

14. Best director for a dramatic series:
* Podz for 19-2.
* Claude Desrosiers for Les rescapés.
* Ricardo Trogi for Malenfant.
* Lyne Charlebois for Toute la vérité.
* Brigitte Couture for Toute la vérité.

15. Best director for a soap opera:
* Richard Lalumière for Destinées.
* Paul Carrière for Destinées.
* Stéphane Beaudoin for La promesse.
* Régent Bourque for Providence.
* Louise Forest and Richard Lahaie for Yamaska.

16. Best director for a comedy series:
* Sophie Lorain for La galère.
* Alexis Durant-Brault for La galère.
* Louis Saïa for Les Boys.
* Claude Desrosiers for Penthouse 5-0.
* Stéphane Lapointe for Tout sur moi.

17. Best writing for a dramatic series:
* Joanne Arseneau, Réal Bossé and Claude Legault - 19-2 (episode 3).
* Joanne Arseneau, Réal Bossé, Danielle Dansereau and Claude Legault - 19-2 (episode 9).
* Frédéric Ouellet - Les rescapés.
* Claude Paquette - Malenfant.
* Bernard Dansereau, Patrick Lowe and Annie Piérard - Toute la vérité.

18. Best writing for a comedy series:
* Renée-Claude Brazeau - La galère.
* François Bernier, Jacques Davidts, Jean-François Léger, Jean Pelletier and Mélissa Veilleux - Les Parent.
* Isabelle Langlois - Mauvais Karma.
* Richard Blaimert - Penthouse 5-0.
* Stéphane Bourguignon - Tout sur moi.

19. Best writing for a soap opera:
* Danielle Trottier - La promesse.
* Chantal Cadieux - Providence.
* Anne Boyer and Michel d'Astous - Yamaska.

20. Best special comic show:
* Bye Bye 2010.
* Gérard aux pays des merveilles.
* Infoman 2010.
* La classique de la LNI.
* Messmer, drôlement mystérieux.

21. Best comic show:
* 3600 secondes d'extase.
* Et Dieu créa... Laflaque.
* Infoman.
* Les appendices.
* LOL ;-).

22. Best variety show:
* 4e Concerto - André Mathieu.
* Belle et Bum.
* En direct de l'univers.
* Les enfants de la télé.
* Spectacle de la fête nationale dans la capitale - édition 2010.

23. Best talk show:
* Bons baisers de France.
* Le verdict.
* Les grandes entrevues.
* On prend toujours un train pour la vie.
* Tout le monde en parle.

24. Best game show:
* Génial!.
* L'union fait la force.
* Le cercle.
* Le moment de vérité.
* Taxi payant.

25. Best reality show:
* Les chefs!.
* Ma maison Rona.
* Un souper presque parfait.

26. Best cultural magazine:
* Mange ta ville.
* Voir.

27. Best social interest magazine:
* Club social.
* Des kiwis et des hommes.
* Le code Chastenay.
* Les francs-tireurs.
* Second regard.

28. Best service magazine:
* Job de bras.
* L'épicerie.
* La vie en vert.
* Le cuisinier rebelle.
* Légitime dépense.

29. Best public affairs show:
* Découverte.
* Enquête.
* Huis clos.
* Tout le monde en parlait.
* Une heure sur terre.

30. Best biography or profile:
* L'art en action.
* La bête volumineuse.
* Les dames en bleu.
* Quand je serai vieille, je rangerai mon stylo.
* Roger Pelerin, là où l'on s'arrête en passant.

31. Best documentary: Society:
* Aimer son enfant malgré tout.
* La part d'ombre.
* Stastny.
* Terre d'accueil... 30 ans plus tard.
* Vous n'aimez pas la vérité - 4 jours à Guantanamo.

32. Best documentary: Culture:
* Bull's Eye, un peintre à l'affût.
* Les murs du son.
* Roméo Savoie - La peinture au corps.
* Se souvenir des cendres, regards sur Incendies.
* Zed à Tokyo.

33. Best documentary: Nature and sciences:
* Aliens des fonds marins.
* Catastrophe écologique dans le golfe du Mexique.
* La reine malade.
* La Terre perd le Nord.

34. Best documentary series:
* Enquêtes.
* La ruée vers l'or.
* Le sexe autour du monde.
* Naufragés des villes.
* Urbania: Le Québec en 12 lieux.

35. Best Youth Series:
* L'horrorarium.
* Tactik.
* Toc toc toc.
* Une grenade avec ça?.
* Vrak la Vie!.

36. Best Youth Variety Show:
* Fan Club.
* Karv, l'anti-gala 2010.
* Mixmania 2.
* Radart.
* Zooville.

37. Best sport show:
* Football universitaire.
* La coupe du monde FIFA Afrique du Sud 2010.
* Le tour de France 2010.
* Tellement Sport.

38. Best animation series:
* 3 et moi.
* Petit lapin blanc.
* Vie de quartier.
* Walter et Tandoori.

Full list of nominees

Radio-Canada Renews '19-2' for a 2nd Season

After many months of speculation, Radio-Canada, a French Canadian TV network, has finally confirm that it will renew the procedural series 19-2.

According to Richard Therrien, a journalist from Le Soleil, Jocelyn Deschênes saved the show by joining it as a producer. After all, even though the first season was produced by Luc Châtelain et Pierre Beaudry, Radio-Canada wanted the inclusion of "an experienced producer" in order to renew 19-2 for a second season.

However, Therrien didn't confirm if Châtelain and Beaudry will return for the second season of 19-2 as producers.

The production on the show will begin in Spring 2012.

With the renewal, we will still follow the daily life of two cops from Montreal who happen to be partners (Claude Legault and Réal Bossé). Even though they hate each other, they learn to work together. Moreover, the first season left us when Ben Chartier (Claude Legault), a mole from the Sûreté du Québec (Quebec's provincial police), learnt that one of his colleagues or superiors in the Montreal police department is a mole from the mafia.

The series also stars Sylvain Marcel, Benz Antoine, Louis Philippe Dandenault, Véronique Beaudet, Fred-Eric Salvail, Catherine Bérubé and Julie Perreault.

Crime Series 'King' Heading to France

M6, a French TV network, announced that it has acquired the broadcasting rights for the Canadian procedural series King. No premiere date has been announced yet.

The TV series is about Jessica King (Amy Price-Francis), a detective of the Toronto police. When the head (Alan Van Sprang) of the major crime task force has a break down on national TV, King is called in to replace him. Moreover, Jessica King also tries to cope with her third marriage with a police constable (Gabriel Hogan).

The series also stars Tony Nardi, Aaron Poole, Zoe Doyle and Suzanne Coy.

Besides M6, the series King has also been licensed to Séries+, a French-speaking cable network from Quebec.

Moreover, the show has been renewed for a second season by Showcase, the Canadian cable network that airs King.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

3 Canadian Authors' Novel Heading to TV

Bell Media, which owns the Canadian TV network CTV, would like to adapt three crime novels into TV series.

The media group has optioned TV rights for two novel series written by William Deverell and Giles Blunt, two Canadian mystery writer.

Moreover, Bell is currently working on the development of Old City Hall, written by Robert Rotenberg.

The former uncovers the complexities and human drama of the criminal justice system when a popular radio host from Toronto is arrested for the murder of his wife in a seemingly open-and-shut case. For the moment, a scriptwriter has yet to be hired.

The second project based on a novel series by Vancouver-based writter William Deverell will follow lawyer Arthur Beauchamp defending his clients in taut urban courtroom dramas while trying to balance his personal and home life in a Gulf Island community full of eccentric and complex characters. Canadian screenwriter Andrew Wreggitt (Mayerthorpe) has been attached to the project to adapt Deverell’s work for television.

The third project is based on a crime series by Giles Blunt featuring Det. John Cardinal. Blunt’s first storyline delves into the mind of a serial killer and the tormented police officer assigned to the case. Moreover, Giles Blunt will adapt his own storyline.

For the moment, Bell Media hasn't announced which TV or cable network will air these three upcoming TV series.

'Snow & Ashes' In Theatres on Sep. 9

The release of Snow & Ashes has finally been announced.

According to Films du Québec, Snow & Ashes, Charles-Oliver Michaud's first film will be in theatres on September 2011.

This release takes place two years after Snow & Ashes' premiere on the festival circuit.

This is the synopsis according to A-Z Films, the distributor:

Blaise Dumas, war correspondent, covers an armed conflict in Eastern Europe. When he wakes from a temporary coma in his home town of Quebec City, Blaise discovers that his long time collaborator and photographer has not come back with him. He then sets out to recapture the events that led to his friend's disappearance and his own narrow escape from the war zone.

The film stars Rhys Coiro, David-Alexandre Coiteux, Marina Eva, Marianne Farley, Frédéric Gilles, Alex Kudrytsky, Jean Lapointe and Lina Roessler.

Monday, June 13, 2011

"À trois, Marie s'en va" Coming In Montreal On June 17

Anne-Marie Ngô's À trois, Marie s'en va will have a limited release. After a run on the festival circuit, it will finally come to Montreal on June 17.

The film will be at the Parallèle Theatre from June 17 to 23. Its screening times are 3 PM and 8 PM according to the Facebook page of Locomotions, the film's distributor.

The film talks about three people (Delphine Bienvenu, Marie-Laurence Moreau et Simon Rousseau) who need to find soothe their sorrow.

Moreover, Anne-Marie Ngô will take part in a Q&A after the screenings of June 17 and 18.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bruce Croxon On Taping Season 6 of 'Dragons' Den'

For the sixth season of the Canadian reality show Dragons' Den, a new judge/investor will be part of the adventure. Meet Bruce Croxon, the founder of the dating web site

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Kevin O'Leary Will Help an Ex-Con In a Reality Show

Multi-millionaire Kevin O'Leary will host his own reality show.

Kevin O'Leary will take part in a third TV show this winter on CBC, a Canadian TV network. In this show called Redemption Inc., he'll help ex-convicts to to start a business of their own.

Kevin O'Leary, who also appears on CBC's Dragons' Den and ABC's Shark Tank, is convinced that certain former criminals have what it takes to succeed as legitimate businessmen and that society discard them too quickly.

Deserve the money!

In this eight-part series, O'Leary will pit a group of ex-cons against each other. They have to prove that they have what it takes to succeed as businessmen and Kevin O'Leary will judge them.

At the end of the series, Kevin O'Leary will crown a winner and back that person with his own money. That winner will be able to launch his own dream business venture. Howver, this is not charity; this is real business!

A busy man

Kevin O'Leary will still be a judge on Dragons' Den (CBC) and Shark Tank (ABC), two shows where entrepreneurs come to seek investment from five wealthy investors. We'll also see him on the Lang & O'Leary Exchange, a business-centred news show on CBC News Network.

Moreover, his book Cold Hard Truth will hit the shelves in Canada on October 25. In this book, he'll share his secrets to succeed in business.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Details on Script of 'Being Erica' Season 4

The drama series Being Erica will return this fall on CBC, a Canadian TV network, for a fourth season.

In the fourth season, Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk), a woman in her thirties from Toronto, is trained by Dr. Tom (Michael Riley). In her fourth phase of her therapy, Erica learns how to be a doctor who helps people fix their regrets.

Her trial patients get to be her own friends and family relatives. She travels back in time to help them and they're not aware that she's treating them.


Erica is still with her new boyfriend Adam (Adam Fergus). However, when Kai (Sebastian Pigott) comes back, she finds herself torn.

Erica also has to live with growing pains at 50/50 Press, a publishing company she founded with her business partner Julianne Giacomelli (Reagan Pasternak).

Erica's parents (John Boylan and Kathleen Laskey) go further in their reconciliation. As for Samantha (Joanna Douglas), Erica's younger sister, she's still with Lenin (Brandon Jay McLaren).

Also returning in Season Four are former colleague Brent (Morgan Kelly); Dave (Billy Turnbull) and Ivan (Michael P. Northey), partners and owners of Goblins café; Josh (Adam MacDonald), Samantha’s soon-to-be ex-husband; and Jenny (Paula Brancati), Erica’s former friend from high school and Ethan (Tyron Leitso), Erica’s ex-boyfriend.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Teaser of 'Marécages'

While no release has been announced for Guy Édoin's Marécages, its teaser is already online.

The story is set in a rural area of Quebec's Eastern Townships. However, there isn't much details about the film's story.

On a dairy farm, the Santerre family face a drought. The family lives a drama and they have to learn how to forgive each other.

The film stars Pascale Bussières, Gabriel Maillé, Luc Picard, François Papineau, Angèle Coutu and Denise Dubois.

Production Over On 'Moon Point'

The trailer of the Canadian film Moon Point is now online. However, no specific date has been announced for the film.

According to the film's Facebook page, the story is about a boy named Darryl Strozka (Nick McKinlay), an ambitionless 24-year old who travels hundreds of miles in a wagon hooked onto the back of his friend’s (Kyle Mac) electric wheelchair.

He embarks on this quest in hopes of tracking down Sarah Cherry (Kristen Gutoskie), his elementary school crush, now an obscure B-movie actress shooting a horror film in Moon Point. Darryl believes that taking Sarah to his cocky cousin’s upcoming wedding will finally prove to his family that he isn’t as worthless as they make him out to be.

The film also stars Paula Brancati, Art Hindle, Jayne Eastwood, Kristin Fairlie, Tony Nappo and Jessica Holmes.

Friday, June 3, 2011

'Combat Hospital' Premieres June 21 on Global and ABC

The medical-military drama Combat Hospital will premiere in simulcast on June 21 on Global and ABC, respectively a Canadian and American TV network, at 10 PM.

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.

Global Orders a TV Series on Housewives During WW2

Global, a Canadian TV network, ordered an original period drama about women living during the Second World War (1939-1945).

The show will be called Bomb Girls and it will take place in Toronto during the 1940s.

The series, which will premiere in winter 2012, will be centred on a group of women who have to work in munition factories. They have to build guns and bombs on the assembly line, because their husband went to war to serve in the Canadian army.

For the moment, the casting and the production schedule haven't been announced.

Smallville's Erica Durance to Star in a Canadian TV Series

After so many years of working on American TV series, Smallville's alumni Erica Durance got cast in the pilot of an upcoming Canadian TV series.

She'll be in a pilot of a TV series called Saving Hope. Production will begin in Toronto on June 22.

CTV, the Canadian TV network which ordered the show, didn't give much details about the show or Durance's involvement in it.

However, we know that the story takes place in a hospital of Toronto. Moreover, while the show was produced by Ilana Frank and written by Morwyn Brebner, who both work on the hit Canadian TV series Rookie Blue.

Which Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Should Go to the Next TIFF?

If you plan to attend the next Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held from September 8 to 18, you may think of voting for the Canadian film from an emerging director you'd like to see.

Here's the list of the five films:

* Esther and Leib - Sean Wainsteim - (Toronto, Ontario).
A raw portrait of Esther and Leib, a couple who met when escaping Europe, as they reflect on the passing years and each other.

* My First Movie - Gabriel Taraboulsy - (Montréal, Quebec)
Tasked with making a video portrait of her family, a young filmmaker plants a hidden camera, capturing a vision of her family that is far different from anything she imagined.

* Next of Kin - Kara Blake - (Montréal, Quebec)
Documenting the parallel lives of two sisters surviving a long, cold winter in Montreal.

* The Revenge Plot - Jared Raab - (Toronto, Ontario)
After Matt and his friends are dissed in the schoolyard by a group of girls, they set to work on an elaborate and merciless plan for revenge.

* Saturday Night - Kaveh Nabatian - (Montréal, Quebec)
New Year's Eve. Boy meets girl. A film about unprotected sex, destiny and soul music.

The voting process already began. It goes on to June 30 until 11:59 PM EST.

The winning director receives $15,000 while the one in second place gets $10,000. The winner gets to have his film screened at the TIFF'S RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition.

Michael Tully's 'Septien' Will Open in New York

Michael Tully's independent film Septien will open in New York on July 6.

The release will be handled by IFC Midnight, a branch of the American distributor IFC. The theatrical release will take place at the IFC Center in New York. If you don't live in the Big Apple, you may view the film on demand via IFC Midnight.

Here's the script according to the press release.

Eighteen years after disappearing without a trace, Cornelius Rawlings returns to his family's farm. While his parents are long deceased, Cornelius's brothers continue to live in isolation on this forgotten piece of land. Ezra is a freak for two things: cleanliness and Jesus. Amos is a self-taught artist who fetishizes sports and Satan. Although back home, Cornelius is still distant. In between challenging strangers to one-on-one games, he huffs and drinks the days away. The family's high-school sports demons show up one day in the guise of a plumber and a pretty girl. Only a mysterious drifter can redeem their souls on 4th and goal.

Besides directing his film, Michael Tully also stars in it. Other members of the cast include Robert Longstreet, Onur Turkel, Jim Willingham, Mark Darby Robinson, Rachel Korine and John Maringouin.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

'Good Neighbours' In Canadian Theatres on June 3

Jacob Tierney's Good Neighbours will come out in select theatres in Canada on June 3.

Speaking about the story, the film is adapted from the novel Chère voisine, which was written by Chrystine Brouillet, and takes place in 1995, the year of the second referendum on the separation of Quebec. In the dead of winter, a serial killer is on the loose in the small Montreal neighbourhood of Notre Dame de Grace. The tenants of an old apartment house must figure out who they can trust and who they can't.

The film stars Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman, Emily Hampshire, Xavier Dolan, Gary Farmer, Kaniehtiio Horn, Anne-Marie Cadieux, Pat Kiely, Nathalie Girard and Sean Lu.

The following is the trailer and it contains a few spoilers.

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