Grant Bowler (Joshua Nolan) is Nua’s father Gideon Hamilton in “Side Effects” and “Blowout”, two episodes of the recently cancelled ABC series THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY (the American version of the 2013 Israeli comedy Lehiyot Ita which translates literally as “Being With Her”). The show is about an improbable relationship between Daniel, a baker, and Nua, a supermodel. In “Blowout”, the bakery is shut down because of asbestos, and Noa travels to see her father. There is an online petition to save the show and at this writing it has more than 156,000 signatures. “Baker and the Beauty is a show that depicts Latin families as warm, lovable, full of joy and compassion and humor,” said Nathalie Kelley (who stars as Nua) in a statement. “A cancellation by ABC means that there are now no shows on the networks with a Latinx cast. At a time when the public is marching in the streets demanding representation and diversity this is an extremely tone deaf decision.” All episodes of THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY can be streamed for free on the ABC website. Continue reading →
Rhona Mitra (Commander Kiva in “Subversion“) co-stars with Theo James and Stacy Martin in ARCHIVE, a film set in 2038 in a remote and secret research facility where scientist George Almore (James) has been trying to produce a human-like machine intelligence. What George isn’t telling anyone is that his true purpose is to bring back his wife (who died years previously in a car accident) using her digitized consciousness and a lifelike robot. The robot, it seems, has some objections to his plans. A trailer is available on YouTube. ARCHIVE will be released digitally in the US on 10 July.
Mitra is also Martha in the surrealistic mystery THE OTHER ME. Jim Sturgess stars as Irakli, a young architect diagnosed with a debilitating eye disease which distorts his vision and eventually causes him to believe that he can see other people’s true motives. He meets Nino (Andreja Pejic), an artist who lives alone in the forest. She becomes his artistic muse and their relationship quickly develops into love. Meanwhile Irakli’s wife Nutsa (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), who works three jobs, begins a relationship with her new boss, a socialite from America who is also trapped in an unsatisfying marriage. THE OTHER ME was written and directed by Giga Agladze, and filmed in Tiblisi, Georgia. No release date has been announced. Continue reading →
Elyse Levesque (Chloe Armstrong) is Jackie in Scott Wiper’s crime drama THE BIG UGLY. British crime boss Harris (Malcolm McDowell) strikes a deal with an old friend, American oilman Preston (Ron Perlman), and the two soon find themselves in the hills of West Virginia celebrating their new enterprise. But the deal sours when the girlfriend of Harris’ enforcer Neelyn, disappears, and the last person she was seen with was Preston’s notoriously unreliable son, Junior (Brandon Sklenar). THE BIG UGLY will release in UK theaters and VOD on 24 July, and will be available in the US on 31 July.
Levesque is also Tamara in THE DARKER THE LAKE, a crime thriller about a normally peaceful town where two detectives are suddenly tasked with solving strange, possibly supernatural murders. Directed by Janice Lo Kwok Woon from a screenplay by Z. Zoccolante (who also appears in the film as a therapist), THE DARKER THE LAKE completed production in Austria’s Salzburg region late last year. No release date has been announced.
David Blue (Eli Wallace) is Sam in the dark comedy A TYPICAL WEDENSDAY. J. Lee (Lt. Commander John LaMarr on THE ORVILLE) writes, directs, and stars in this story about Gabe, an apparently successful man in his 30’s who sets out on an adventure with another patient (9-year-old Alec, played by Cooper J Friedman) whom he meets at his therapist’s office. (Gabe has regular Wednesday appointments.) The film is loosely based on Lee’s personal experiences. Alec convinces Gabe that his mom forgot him at the office, and this sends the two of them on a complex misadventure. A TYPICAL WEDNESDAY is scheduled to be released digitally on 26 June, and is now available for pre-order. A trailer is available on YouTube.
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