Lina Roessler (Tania in “Shaft“) will direct BEST SELLERS, which will star Michael Caine as a sharp-witted, irascible writer of novels who hasn’t had a best seller in a while, enjoys scotch and cigars, and lives with an orange Tabby cat. He is persuaded by an ambitious young editor to go on one final book tour in an attempt to save a boutique publishing house. The screenplay (by Anthony Grieco) won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship award. BEST SELLERS will begin filming in Canada in mid-July.
And Roessler will be Adelina in TAINTED, a film about Lance (Alan Van Sprang), who once worked for the Obtshak (Finnish mafia). Recently released from prison, Lance is trying to stay out of trouble, but soon finds himself entangled with a neighbour whose son is being threatened by his old crime boss. Sara Waisglass (Quin in “Reckoning Ball“) is also in the cast. Written and directed by Brent Cote, TAINTED recently wrapped filming in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. No release date has been announced. Continue reading →
Allie MacDonald (Trina) has been cast as Kelly Bailey in MISFITS, a science fiction series inspired by the award winning British series that ran for five seasons in the UK on E4 (2009-2013). The show is about a group of young offenders sentenced to work in a community service programme, who gain supernatural powers after being struck by lightning. In the original series, Kelly is quick-tempered and violent, and the superpower she gains is telepathy. (In a sort of inverse wish fulfillment, the lightning strike gives each character the superpower they would least like to have.) All five seasons of the British series can be streamed on HULU.
Kristin Baldwin (Trenna Keating) is interviewed by Detectives Cardinal and Delorme in Episode 5 of CARDINAL
Others cast in the reboot so far are Ashleigh LaThrop, Tre Hall, and Jake Cannavale. Diane Ruggiero (creator of iZombie) wrote the two-part pilot, which will be directed by Victoria Mahoney. If the series is picked up, it will air on Freeform Network (formerly ABC Family) later this year.
Geza Kovacs in BORN DEAD, a film by Robert Gulassarian, due for release later this year, about a down and out Toronto actor bent on suicide. (A trailer is available on YouTube.)
Géza Kovács (The Messenger) will be Talbot in Michael Melski‘s supernatural thriller THE CHILD REMAINS in which an expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover that the country inn where they’re staying is haunted because it was once a maternity home where unwanted infants and mothers had been murdered. The film was inspired by the true story of the ‘Butterbox Babies‘. Writer/director Melski told Sea and Be Scene: “I’m a huge fan of old-school horror movies like The Shining and Rosemary’s Baby, and this film is an homage to those creepy classics,”. Shot in Elmsdale and Windsor, Nova Scotia (some distance inland from East Chester, where the Butterbox Babies scandal took place), THE CHILD REMAINS will have its world premiere at the 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival.
James Frain and Diana Argon on the set of HEADLOCK
James Frain (Ferdinand Chevalier) will be James Hooker in THE JESTER FROM TRANSYLVANIA, a fantasy about an American scriptwriter (played by Emmett J Scanlan) who picks up an English hitchhiker in the middle of a Transylvanian forest. The hitcher turns out to be Touchstone (Jordan Prentice), the ghost of a former court jester, who turns the pacifist screenwriter into a cold blooded serial killer. JESTER should be released later this year.
Frain will also be Dr. A in the spy thriller HEADLOCK, which stars Diana Argon as Mary, the wife of an injured CIA recruit. Herself a former CIA operative, Mary becomes determined to find out just how her husband (Mark Polish) sustained the injuries that left him in a coma. Producer Juan Pablo Reyes told Dave Rolland of the Miami New Times: “We shot the wife’s story for twelve days in Los Angeles, where the husband is in a coma and Andy Garcia plays an intense government agent as a character you’ve never seen him play before. Then we tell the husband’s story.” The husband’s part of the story was shot in twelve different countries. Reyes said he is hopeful that the film will screen in Miami this summer.
Melanie Nicholls-King as Amelia in ORPHAN BLACK Season One
Melanie Nicholls-King (Sarah and Helena’s surrogate mother) is Lou in MARY GOES ROUND, a film written and directed by Molly McGlynn. Mary (Aya Cash), a closeted alcoholic and substance abuse counselor, is a few months away from getting married when she’s arrested for a DUI and loses both her job and her fiancé. She returns to her home town in New Jersey where she begins to take responsibility for herself and her family after learning that her estranged father is dying of cancer and is desperate for Mary to form a bond with her teenage half-sister. Filming of MARY GOES ROUND was completed last December. No word yet on a release date. A trailer is available on Vimeo.
Allie MacDonald as Lillian Gish and Adam Fergus as Mary Pickford’s husband Owen Moore in Jennifer DeLia’s upcoming Pickford biopic THE FIRST
Allie MacDonald will be Edie Soames, a young woman whose suffering seeks an outlet in brutal violence, in the last five episodes of CARDINAL, a six-episode miniseries based on Giles Blunt‘s award-winning mystery novel Forty Words for Sorrow. John Doyle, writing about CARDINAL for The Globe and Mail, called MacDonald’s performance “fiercely good”, and went on to say that CARDINAL :…is about duality. The two cops, Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Delorme (Karine Vanasse), opposites yet united. One’s an Anglo, the other is Québécois. There is Cardinal’s personal life and his public life. There is a series of contrasts between couples who are bound together for different reasons.” Directed by Daniel Grou (who also directed the award-winning series 19-2), and filmed in North Bay, Ontario, CARDINAL premiered on CTV in Canada on 25 January. It will be released in Sweden on 15 February.
Tammy Gillis in MENORCA
MENORCA, starring Tammy Gillis as the restless soccer mom Claire, will be screened at Cinequest at the Century 20 Theatre in Redwood City, California. Showtimes are: 1 March at 9:25pm, 2 March at 4:45pm, 4 March at 10:35pm, and 10 March at 4pm.
UNLEASHING MR. DARCY, a modern version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with Cindy Busby as Elizabeth, and Gillis as Jenna Scott (Elizabeth’s older sister) will be released on DVD on 2 May (pre-order not yet available). The film will next air on The Hallmark Channel on 9 February at 8pm.
Greg Bryk as the murderous Cobbs Pond in the Netflix series FRONTIER
Greg Bryk (WYNONNA EARP’s Jack the Ripper) stars as Jack Davis, an architect’s husband, in HIGH RISE RESCUE, the story of Beth Davis (played by Catherine Bell), a successful architect who receives news while on a business trip that her family is trapped on the 55th floor of a towering inferno that she designed. Beth returns to Chicago and sneaks into the burning building in an effort to get them out. Filmed in Hamilton, Ontario, HIGH RISE RESCUE should be released later this year. — Bryk is also Cobbs Pond in FRONTIER, an intense depiction of the North American fur trade in the early nineteenth century. The six episode first season of that aired last year on DISCOVERY CANADA, and can currently be streamed on Netflix in the US. (The cast of FRONTIER also includes Raoul Max Trujillo, who played LOST GIRL’s season two uber-villain The Garuda, and Shawn Doyle, who was Isaac Taft, LOST GIRL’s big bad in season three.)