Lauren Holly (Sadie in “Midnight Lamp“) will be Monique, director of the Archer School of Ballet, in TINY PRETTY THINGS, an hour-long drama series based on the 2015 novel by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. Monique is described as ambitious, ruthless, and powerful, using her “dark capacities” to defend the school by any means necessary (and to bring out the best in her students). Jess Salgueiro (Robin on THE BOYS) plays Isabel, a cop searching for the truth about what happened during a mysterious accident at the Academy. In the book, Bette, June, and Gigi are the three top students at the school. In the series, sisters Bette and Delia Whitlaw (Casimere Jollette and Tory Trowbridge) seem to be featured characters, along with their boyfriends Oren (Barton Cowperthwaite) and Ramon (Bayardo De Murguia). June is played by Daniela Norman, and the role of Gigi has not been cast. Production is underway in Toronto, and TINY PRETTY THINGS will be on Netflix sometime in 2020. Continue reading →
Florence Faivre (Julie Mao) is The Muse in AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY (the title is a reference to William Wordsworth’S “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood“). In the film, Susan Sarandon sits for a portrait by Armenian post-modern hyperrealist painter Tigran Tsitoghdzyan, and as he paints, they discuss how beauty and aging are seen to be in conflict in modern society. AMERICAN MIRROR was written and directed by Arthur Balder. (Mark Petrie wrote the original soundtrack.) Filmed over a period of three years, it will next screen at the ARPA International Film Festival (4 November at 2:30pm at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood). The Canadian premiere will take place on 17 November at the Pomegranate Film Festival Gala in Toronto. A trailer (in three parts) is available on Instagram. Continue reading →
THE EXPANSE – Season 3 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
Save The Expanse Campaign — Thomas Jane in A.X.L.
Amos (Wes Chatham) executes a (mad?) scientist, bringing back memories of Miller and his execution of Anthony Dresden (the scientist in charge of researching the protomolecule on Eros) in “Doors & Corners” (Episode 2.2). Afterward, Miller said that he killed Dresden, “not because he was talking crazy, but because he was making sense.” Scientists have not fared well on THE EXPANSE. Those that went to Venus to investigate following the impact of Eros on that planet, were killed when their ship was disassembled by the protomolecule (which itself seems mad-scientist-like, often showing a disregard for the well-being of living things). Interestingly, the scientist who remains alive is Paolo Cortazar, who had his capacity for empathy surgically removed. He is still (so far as we know) in the custody of Anderson Dawes on Ceres. Continue reading →