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. Continue reading →
Billy MacLellan (Temal Danker in “Wish I’d Spaced You When I Had The Chance“) is The Reverend in John Leonetti’s horror film THE SILENCE, based on the 2015 novel by Tim Lebbon about a plague of mutant bats. (After being attacked by a parasitic organism, the bats morph into a new lethal species called Vesps, which rapidly increase in number and attack the human population.) The story follows Ally (Kiernan Shipka), a deaf teenager, whose heightened senses enable her to know when the Vesps are nearby. She and her family retreat to the woods where they must live in total silence, because even the slightest noise attracts the creatures. Filmed in Toronto, THE SILENCE will premiere in Germany on 6 September.
MacLellan will also be Arielle’s father John in ICE BLUE, a film about the unexpected return of Arielle’s mother, Maria (played by Michelle Morgan). Maria had vanished some ten years previously, and her return causes Arielle (Sophia Lauchlin Hirt) to question everything that her father has ever told her about their family. Director Sandi Somers told Jessica Melnychuk of Local Drop Magazine: “One of the last times I saw my mother before she died, she asked me if I’d heard this message. She didn’t tell me what it was – she said ‘I’ll tell you about it the next time I see you’. And I still don’t know what it was. What was it she wanted to spend focused time with me to tell me about? It triggered the inspiration for some of the film’s themes.”ICE BLUE had its premiere last September at the Calgary International Film Festival. Continue reading →
Melissa O’Neil (Two) will be Los Angeles rookie police officer Lucy Benitez (the last name is tentative) in the ABC TV series THE ROOKIE. Nathan Fillion will star as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD by about twenty years. Nolan’s effort to work with the other, younger trainees makes his life dangerous, unpredictable, and sometimes humourous. Lucy is (we are told) intelligent, tough, and compassionate, and a possible love interest for Nolan. (She may have taken up law enforcement as an act of rebellion against her family, who are decribed as “law_breakers”.) Lucy’s partner will be Tim Bradford (played by Eric Winter), and Nolan’s partner will be Talia Bishop (Afton Williamson). Liz Frielander will direct the first episode. There is no word yet on when THE ROOKIE will premiere.
Ellen Wong (Misaki Han-Shireikan in 9 episodes of DARK MATTER), seen here as Jenny Chey in the Netflix series GLOW, will be Sarah Tan in CONDOR.
O’Neil will also be Janice in CONDOR, an AT&T original series inspired by the film THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR. The 1975 film centered on Joe Turner, an idealistic young CIA agent, who returns from lunch one day to find all his co-workers murdered, and then goes on the run in an attempt to outwit those responsible. (One of the murdered co-workers in the film is a data analyst named Janice Chong.)
In the reboot, Turner (Max Irons) is a millenial who joined the Agency in hopes of reforming it from within. He uncovers a brilliant but horrific conspiracy that threatens the lives of millions, and, shortly after that, the massacre of his co-workers happens and Turner is forced to do battle with shadowy and dangerous elements of the military-industrial complex. The leader of the plotting cabal (Brendan Fraser) is a fanatical bigot who believes that the government needs to wage war on Islam. The first of CONDOR’s ten episodes will air on Audience Network on 6 June. Continue reading →