Anna Hopkins (Fairuza in “Johnny Dangerously“) will be Angela in 2 episodes of FOR THE RECORD, a series of six, ten-minute episodes is about the “life playlist” of an interconnected cast of characters. Each episode focuses on the album or song that provides a soundtrack for a pivotal moment in the characters’ lives. In the first episode (titled “There’s Always Spotify“) Angela and Ray, who have recently broken up, reconnect to divide their prized record collection. One album, “Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys, seems non-negotiable, forcing the couple to address the root cause of their breakup. Karen LeBlanc (Banyon Grey in “Attack the Rack“) appears in episodes three and four as Henrietta, mother of Sara (Moni Ogunsuyi). All six episode of FOR THE RECORD will be available on Snackable TV in Canada on 24 October. Continue reading →
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 →
RED ROVER – a film by Shane Belcourt – SPOILERS
This is the story of Damon (Kristian Bruun), a Toronto geologist who lives in his ex’s basement and spends his spare time with a metal detector on the beach. (It is a nice beach and surprisingly there is almost never anyone else visible on it.) Later we will find out that he is on that beach looking for something specific, and he will find out the real reason he’s looking for it.
One evening, Phoebe (Cara Gee) goes walking on that same beach. (She is wearing a spacesuit costume because she is passing out flyers for a project called Red Rover, which sounds a lot like the now defunct Mars One initiative to send humans on a one-way trip to Mars. (For some reason, the Mars One website is still active.) Phoebe is an aspiring singer, and has been on this beach before, because after handing Damon a flyer, she asks him to look for her missing earring. Continue reading →