Laura Vandervoort and Gabriella Lopez in the 2014 film COFFEE SHOP, about a romance between a Connecticut coffee shop proprietor and a New York playwright. It can be streamed on Netflix (US)
Laura Vandervoort narrates the short film THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD WHALE, a documentary about Granny, a killer whale who was born in an era when her family members were being harpooned. She survived in the waters of the Salish Sea for more than a century, and during her lifetime, the world of whales changed completely. The fifteen minute film was written and directed by Mark Lieren-Young, and a trailer is available on Vimeo.. THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD WHALE can be pre-ordered, and will be available on demand on 21 July, from Vimeo.
Vandervoort will be Sarah in RABID, the Soska Sisters’ remake of the 1977 David Cronenberg film. Sarah is a seamstress for a well-known fashion designer, and wants nothing more than to be noticed for her own designs. After an upsetting experience at a party, she is severely scarred in a traffic accident. Sarah undergoes a radical and untested stem-cell treatment which seems to succeed, but sets off a spiraling contagion of which she is unaware, as her lovers become violent spreaders of death and disease. (In the original film, the main character was named Rose, and was played by Marilyn Chambers.) Twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska are best known for their 2012 horror classic AMERICAN MARY. Production on RABID began in June. Continue reading →
Michelle Nolden (Freya) is Dr. Laura Stevens, an obsessive peak-performance trainer, in RUN TO ME. a thriller about an amateur triathlete (Claire Forlani) who convinces the doctor to take her on as a client. Once she does, she gets more from Dr. Stevens than she bargained for. The film’s trailer is quite compelling. Nolden is also CIA Agent Carmen Reese in a sci-fi thriller about a time-travelling terrorist, PRISONER X, which will have a theatrical release in Canada on 15 April, and in the US on 6 April. And the 2013 horror film HAUNTER, which also stars Nolden, can be streamed on Netflix (US).
Lara Jean Chorostecki in X COMPANY. The series has been renewed by CBC for a third season, which will air in winter 2017.
Lara Jean Chorostecki (the opera singer in LOST GIRL episode 4.6), is Krystina Breeland on the CBC World War II spy series X COMPANY, and she is in two films coming out this year. She will be Kris in the sci-fi movie RENAISSANCE, scheduled for US release on 31 December. In the film, an accidental death forces two genetic researchers to create a clone of the deceased in a desperate effort to maintain funding for their work. And Chorostecki is Michelle in THE MASKED SAINT, which was inspired by true events in the life of former wrestler and pastor Chris Whaley and is based on his bestselling book about an ex-wrestler turned priest turned vigilante. The film premiered in US and Canadian theatres last January, and can be pre-ordered from iTunes (release date 5 April).
Christine Horne in HYENA ROAD
Jadyn Wong (Trick’s old friend Dao-Ming) will be Altagracia in Me estás matando Susana (YOU’RE KILLING ME, SUSANA), the story of a man’s quest to find and recover his wife, Susana, who has, without a word, left Mexico City to attend a writer’s conference in Iowa. It is a funny, painful, and romantic journey. The film is a Canadian/Mexican production, shot in Winnipeg and Mexico City, and will have its Mexican release on 5 May. Director Roberto Schneider told John Hopewell of Variety: “…the film is about someone who loves his wife, who is not a macho but labors under the import of a machista ideology which impacts some situations. José Agustin, the novelist, took this idiosyncrasy to the center of the U.S., where such attitudes are not so normal.”
Dao-Ming (Jadyn Wong) from LOST GIRL episode 4.9. She and her sister Wai Lin are Luduan (Fae with the ability to compel the truth)
The Paul Gross film HYENA ROAD with Christine Horne as Jennifer is now available on iTunes. Horne is also Ellie in the latest Jeremy LaLonde film, HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN, which opened the Canadian Film Fest in Toronto on 30 March and will get a Canada/US release in theatres and on VOD on 13 May. (In Australia, ORGY has already been released on DVD and digital.) Horne’s character Ellie appears in two other LaLonde films: BASTARDS, and SEX AFTER KIDS.
Hardwick is now co-owner of a B&B in Picton, Ontario called The Ferg. (The name derives from the first owner of the land, a woman named Anna Ferguson, who bought the property from the Crown for fifty pounds in 1813.) The child friendly and pet friendly B&B opened on 18 March.
Jadyn Wong as Dao Ming, a Luduan Truth Fae who makes Trick admit to war crimes. We saw her sister Wai Lin (Kyra Harper) in Barometz, Trick, Pressure
TAMSIN:In 5th century Japan, a fisherman, Hiroshima Tara met a turtle. This turtle was the cursed daughter of an Emporer. She gave the fisherman a magical box. If I’m not mistaken, it’s this magical box. KENZI:Like, make a wish magical box, or just, like, have a late period magical box?
Kenzi and the magic box.
Tamsin and Kenzi locate a Japanese folding box in which Trick keeps some of his blood, in case he needs to quickly rewrite history. (Apparently Fae blood doesn’t go bad for quite a while even if stored at room temperature.) Kenzi, who doesn’t know what she’s doing, uses some of the blood to fingerpaint Bo’s name on a page of Trick’s book, which likely has no effect. If someone else writes with Trick’s blood, it probably does not change history, because it would be simple to knock out the Blood King and borrow a pint.
Trick is busy trying to uncover memories that he himself has blocked. He consults Dao Ming (Jadyn Wong), a Truth Fae, whose sister (it is implied) was once his lover. Dao Ming hates Trick, not for wronging her sister, but for choosing her sister over her. She requires the Blood King to truthfully answer whatever questions she might ask as a condition of her assistance.
Trick is made to describe the last time he used his blood to rewrite history and how many were killed as a result. He responds ‘more than 200,000’, and justifies the deaths by saying that his actions avoided a larger catastrophe. 200K is the approximate number of deaths in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (by conservative estimates), and a similar justification is used by the US for the bombings. Remember the name of that 5th century Japanese fisherman?
Glenda MacInnes and Adrienne Kress – crows
Bo is off counting crows and that is another story entirely. The LOST GIRL version of the rhyme goes this way:
One for sorrow
Two for mirth
Three for a funeral
Four for birth
Five for heaven
Six for hell
And seven is the devil
His own self
Tamsin discovers a Tametabako under some squeaky floorboards in Trick’s lair.
The general notion of this cautionary verse is that a few crows (or magpies, or ravens) are harmless, but a bunch of them can be dangerous. If you’re counting crows and get up to seven, you might be in for a devil of a time. The lead crows are Hugin (Jonathan Watton) and Munin (Joris Jarsky) and those are the anglicized names of Odin’s advance scouting birds, which mean ‘thought’ and ‘memory’, respectively in Old Norse. The birds, which are able to shift into human form in a cloud of black smoke, are depicted as not particularly intelligent, and this is an insult to Magpies and Crows, both of which species have been shown to be quite bright.
OBSERVATION: It is interesting that black smoke is used by The Wanderer’s minions for teleportation and for shape-shifting. It indicates that some sort of technology is involved in both processes. Remember that the only Loki to show up on the show (Ryan Lambert played by Anthony Lemke) also was a techie. Loki and The Wanderer are part of the same mythology.
Bo meets the birds in a Fae graveyard, and we learn that all of the graves are portals to the underworld. Bo escapes the treacherous but apparently dimwitted murder of crows by calmly falling backwards onto one of these portals. Arriving in Irkalla (the Babylonian underworld) she meets Leviathan (Jennifer Dale), the keeper of that place who does not look in the least dragon-like. Levi challenges Bo to a riddling contest, which Bo wins, though perhaps unfairly, as Bo could not answer her own riddle. Levi lets Bo leave Irkalla, but tells her that someone very close to her will be dead soon, and that she will be back.
Bo is returned to the graveyard where she quickly reduces the number of crows to three, but is still outnumbered. Interestingly, she remarks “Three for the girl” which is a reference to another version of the nursery rhyme that goes this way:
The full murder of crows, led by Hugin and Munin
One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret, never to be told
The numbers of crows in this version were a predictive omen regarding pregnancies, but it might be used to predict any unknown gender. It might, for instance, be an indicator of the gender of Bo’s friend who is soon to die.
Leviathan (Jennifer Dale), looking most undragonlike.
Lauren and Dyson show up to even the odds and force the crows to help Bo get back on the train. She does that, and frees Rainer (Kyle Schmid) from Trick’s curse before Trick, who now remembers who Rainer is, can warn her not to do that.
Stunt person Casey Hudecki with Anna Silk
Glenda MacInnes (Hugin’s wife) appeared in episode 9 of BITTEN as an unnamed blonde woman. She will be Amber Solaire in the film CHAMBERS GATE, which was filmed in Toronto and Copenhagen, and seems to be about the inadvertent corruption of an idealistic government official. No official release date yet.
Other crows were portrayed by the following stunt persons: Jason Gosbee, Casey Hudecki (who will make a credited appearance in episodes 4.12 and 4.13 as Rosette), Toronto author/actor Adrienne Kress, who was described in a previous post), Chris Mark, and Alain Moussi.
Kyle Schmid (Rainer) will star in the NBC drama pilot BABYLON FIELDS which is about a town’s residents coming back from the dead, and sounds a bit similar to ABC’s RESURRECTION. Schmid will play Thomas Wunch, a scientist working for the CDC.