Kate Drummond (Sajen in “The Dwarf Star Conspiracy“) stars as Claire Porter in the mystery/thriller NOWHERE. Claire’s teenage daughter Sarah vanishes after a basketball team hazing goes wrong. She is joined in her search for Sarah by the team’s coach (Rya Kihlstedt), whose desire to protect the team conflicts with her desire to help. First time director Thomas Michael co-wrote the script with Paolo Mancini. NOWHERE completed filming in and around North Bay, Ontario in June, and will be released in the US and Canada next year.
Drummond is also Fun Fanny in FRAT PACK, a comedy about Elliot (Richard Alan Reid), a shy British guy who just graduated university. He travels to the US for his mother’s wedding (she is marrying into a prominent American family), and is taken on an impromptu road trip by his future stepbrothers to a fraternity party. Along for the ride is their neighbor, Skylar (Rachel Risen), who catches Elliot’s eye. FRAT PACK is available on Amazon Video, and on iTunes. Daily Motion has a trailer.
Jessica Sipos (Tash in “One Last Card To Play“) is Jessica in TO THE ALTAR, the twelfth SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED movie. In this one, Shane (Kristin Booth) retrieves an undeliverable package that is earmarked for auction. The package contains a lace wedding gown and Shane wants to purchase it outright, but, when she tries it on she discovers a hidden pocket with a letter inside. It becomes clear that, with this new clue to consider, the team must make another attempt to reunite the dress with its rightful recipient. Also, Oliver (Eric Mabius) and Shane kiss, and Bill (Barry Bostwick) presents Rita (Crystal Lowe) and Norman (Geoff Gustafson) with an unusual wedding gift. Directed by Kevin Fair, TO THE ALTAR will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on 15 July at 9/8c.
Ruby Rose (Wendy the pleasure bot in Episode 1.7) is Jaxx Herd, marine research team member and engineering genius, in THE MEG, a film based on the 1997 book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror“, by Steve Alten. A 75 foot long prehistoric shark known as Megalodon attacks a deep-sea submersible, disabling it and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific. With time running out, rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by Chinese oceanographer Dr. Minway Zhang (Winston Chao) to save the crew, and Zhang discovers that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same creature. A trailer is available on YouTube.
After the trailer was released, some fans of the book complained that the shark in the film is quite different from the one in the novel, and that some of the characters have been modified. Author Alten told Kevin Burwick of MovieWeb: “I know there are some of you who are disappointed that the movie varies from the book. I completely understand, and take it as a compliment. However, you are basing your opinion on a few minutes of trailers…As far as the Meg being albino – they tried. Albinos in real life don’t look natural, in CGI they look fake. I applaud their decision.” THE MEG will be released in the US on 10 August.
Inga Cadranel (Alicia Reynaud in “We Were Family“) will be Jane in THE REST OF US, a film about a group of four women struggling with their own truths, flaws and secrets. Heather Graham plays a divorced woman who, along with her teenage daughter Aster (Sophie Nélisse), invites her ex-husband’s second wife (played by Jodie Balfour) and her daughter Talulah (Abigail Pniowsky) to move in with them following her husband’s unexpected death. It will be the first feature directed by Aisling Chin-Yee. THE REST OF US is currently filming in North Bay, Ontario, and is aiming for a 2019 release.
Chin-Yee produced the award winning feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, directed the 2015 documentary Synesthesia, and is co-creator (with Mia Kirshner) of #AfterMeToo, a movement working towards ending workplace sexual violence.
Anne Mroczkowski (GNN Anchor in “Kill Them All“) is a CNN Reporter in THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F DONOVAN, the story of a young actor (Jacob Tremblay) who reminisces about the written correspondence he shared with an American TV star and the impact those letters had on both their lives, a decade after the star’s death. The film was originally supposed to debut at the 2017 Toronto Intenational Film Festival, but director Xavier Dolan decided a major revision was necessary, and postponed the release, and explained why in a series of Instagram posts. “The ‘villain’ subplot,” he said, [which had Jessica Chastain playing a ruthless tabloid editor] “albeit funny and entertaining didn’t feel like it belonged to the rest of the story, which ended up not being on heroes or their nemesis but rather on childhood and its drama. There was a time when we thought we’d premiere this past fall, but the film wasn’t ready. To be completely transparent – or funny – I will say that this film’s first cut topped four hours! We loved every of the assembled scenes but knew a more profound reflection on the film’s form and focus awaited us.” THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F DONOVAN will premiere at a festival this September.