Evelyne Brochu (Delphine) will play the (so far unnamed) mistress of the French President in PARIS POLICE 1900, an eight episode crime drama inspired by true events. The corpse of an unidentified young woman is found in the Seine, and a young inspector (played by Jérémie Laheurte) launches an investigation and in the process uncovers a major government secret. As he investigates, he crosses the path of Brochu’s character, a courtesan who has been drawn into espionage. The show’s costume designer Anaïs Romand and set decorator Pierre Quéfféléan are both César Award winners. Directed by Julien Despaux (who directed eight episodes of BLACK SPOT), PARIS POLICE 1900 will be filming in Paris until January.
Tatiana Maslany will be Sister Alice, leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, in HBO’s PERRY MASON reboot, which will be set in 1932 Los Angeles when Mason (played by Matthew Rhys) was a struggling private investigator traumatized by his wartime experiences in France and recovering from a broken marriage. Sister Alice gives three sermons every day to a national radio audience. Her mother and closest advisor is Birdy McKeegan (Lili Taylor), a pious and deeply devout woman who keeps things running smoothly at the Pentecostal church.
Chris Chalk has been cast as Paul Drake, a beat cop with a flair for detective work. (The character who corresponds most closely to the Paul Drake in the novels is Pete Strickland, played by Shea Whigham). Mason takes on “the case of the decade” which has something to do with the kidnapping of the one-year-old child of grocery store owner Matthew Dodson (Nate Corddry). Dodson’s wife Emily (Gayle Rankin) is described as a very religious person, and might be a follower of Sister Alice. It is not known if Mason’s secretary Della Street will appear in the new series. (Street did appear in the first Perry Mason novel, “The Case of the Velvet Claws“, which was published in 1933.) HBO has not yet announced a release date. Continue reading →
Maria Doyle Kennedy in “Striking Out” — Ari Millen and Jess Salguiero in “I’ll Take Your Dead”
Nora McLellan as SHIRLEY VALENTINE .
Nora McLellan will star in a production of the Willy Russell comedy SHIRLEY VALENTINE. Shirley is a bored, lonely, working class Liverpool housewife. As she prepares dinner, she ponders her life and speaks aloud (though no one else is present) about her family, her past, and an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece. Shirley secretly packs her bags, heads for the sun and begins to see the world and herself very differently. The production will run from 22 May to 10 June at the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia, Ontario (about 30 kilometers southeast of Sarnia). Tickets are now on sale. A video of McLellan in rehearsal for the play is available on Vimeo. McLellan tweeted on 15 May that “Shirley Valentine opens with a song by @mariadkennedy and Kieran Kennedy!”Continue reading →