Kate Corbett (Stacey in three episodes of LG Season 5) is Lady in the thriller ONCE THERE WAS A WINTER, a film about a young biology student (Corbett) who finds herself trapped in a double-wide trailer with a hunter, a welder, a plumber, and a cabinet full of guns, and learns the hard way about surviving in the Canadian north. Writer/director Ana Valine told Dana Gee of the Vancouver Sun that while writing the script, she drew on her own memories of landing in the midst of a very male world and needing to change the way she presented herself. “In my late 20s I worked up on the pipeline in northern Alberta,”, Valine said. “I had heard of a few situations and had some tense nights myself. It sat with me for years and years, and I basically let my imagination go with it and I wrote it in three weekends…I was the only female on the crew up there. You are in a very masculine world. It’s no place to sort of assert feminism and still be safe. So you have to kind of roll with a lot of it.” A trailer is available. Filmed fifteen miles outside of Dawson Creek, ONCE THERE WAS A WINTER will next screen at the Vancouver International Film Festival on 6 October at at 4:30pm. Continue reading →
WYNONNA EARP – Season 2 Episode 1 – SPOILERS
Waverly stares down a Bulgarian Devourer of Souls, possibly indicating that her own soul, currently clouded with the tentacle goo she absorbed at the end of last season, is inedible. (In further evidence of this, after she and Waverly kissed, Nicole remarked that Waverly had a different taste.)
Wynonna has been keeping track of revenants, and says that 62 of them remain alive (there were 77 to begin with). Also, a demon takes a big bite out of the brim of Doc’s hat, and Rachel Skarsten turns up as Black Badge Agent Eliza Shapiro, a friend of Dolls, who has excellent taste in underwear.
The gang rescues Dolls from the clutches of Agent Lucado (Kate Drummond), and we find out that Lucado hates Dolls because he and Eliza survived a firefight near Kabul and her husband (who was under Dolls’ command) did not. Eliza tells Wynonna that without his medication, Dolls will “devolve”. During the rescue operation, the exchange below revealed that Eliza and Dolls were both modified in some unknown way by Black Badge.
WYNONNA: “Look, we came all this way for him. Just tell me what Dolls is.”
ELIZA: “He’s what Black Badge made him. Though they lied to him about that too. That’s why I was in Purgatory. I was trying to help him find out what he — we are. What they did to us.”
In the most charming sequence of the show so far, Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), speaking in her natural British accent, and towing the head of the demon that (partially) ate Doc’s hat in a wheelie bag, impersonates an emissary from Scotland Yard. It is in this scene that she stares down the Devourer of Souls. (Was she intending to conceal this power? Or did she just realize that she had it?) She tries, hilariously and without apparent success, to flirt with Jeremy (Varun Saranga) and ends up hitting him over the head and failing to knock him out. (The blow does draw blood, and we learn that the demon can smell that.) Waverly also casually mentions that the demon whose head she was transporting was shot with silver bullets. If she was not making this part up, then all of the bullets for Peacemaker must be silver, since there was no time to get new ammunition.
It is noteworthy that both Waverly and Doc shot the beast with conventional guns and had no effect. Peacemaker killed the demon, but did not send it on a firey trip to the underworld. At the end of the first season, Juan Carlos said: “The Triangle is not only a prison. It’s also a sanctuary.” Is it a sanctuary for these demons? If so, should Wynonna be killing them?
Doc frees Dolls (after determining that he has not devolved). Lucado wants to kill Wynonna and everybody who aided in his escape but is stopped by Moody (Kevin Hanchard) who only shoots Eliza. (Given that Eliza had been modified genetically, like Dolls, one cannot be entirely certain that the bullet killed her.) Moody, about whom we know almost nothing, demands that Wynonna, Waverly, and Doc sign a contract, in blood, agreeing to rid the Ghost River Triangle of the dozen or so demons that entered the place when Willa opened the gateway. In exchange, the contract requires Black Badge to help Earp locate and destroy the remaining revenants (which Moody says have scattered to the four winds since the departure of BoBo Del Rey).
At the very end of the episode, We see a hand wearing a Victorian finger glove (that’s what Emily Andras, who wrote the episode called it in an interview with The TV Junkies) extend itself from an air vent in a crate in the storeroom at the facility where Dolls had been held. Before the hand sets off some dynamite that Doc had left behind, we see the label on the crate, which was shipped from London to New York, and it bears what appears on close examination to be the signature of Black Badge Agent Robert Svane (aka Bobo Del Rey).
About that contract. Bobo told Waverly (in Episode 1.13) that she’s “not even an Earp”. Will her signing of the contract in blood cause Moody to find out that she does not have Earp DNA? It is unclear why Jeremy was required to sign, since he already worked for Black Badge. Though she feels slighted, It’s a good thing that Nicole wasn’t forced into that blood oath. Not signing it frees her to act against Black Badge without supernatural consequences.
Dana Hollenbach (Nedley’s daughter Chrissy) stars in the psychological thriller EXTERMITY. Hollenbach plays Alison Bell, an emotionally troubled woman who was once sexually assaulted by her father. Believing that confronting her trauma might relieve her pain, she signs up for a trip to The Manor, an extreme haunted house which promises an experience of absolute, undiluted terror. But the most frightening thing on display at The Manor turns out to be Allison’s own twisted psyche. Kelsey Andries (the woman in charge of cleaning out Dolls’ office who gets punched a couple of times) appears in the film as Morgan Leycock. Director Anthony DiBlasi told Blumhouse.com: “We really approached this as an art-house film, so we used these vintage Cinemascope lenses…The images these lenses can deliver are gorgeous. Design and composition were a very critical part of the process.” EXTREMITY is expected to be released in 2018.
Dominique Provost-Chalkley will be Terri Marshall in SEPARATED AT BIRTH, which is about Lucy (Brittany Allen), a woman who grew up believing she had a normal childhood, until one day she discovers (from reading old news articles) that she was abducted when she was very young. Lucy tracks down her biological mother, who is running for Governor of Pennsylvania, and becomes a media sensation. Her mother Elizabeth (played by Paige Turco) is happy to be reunited with Lucy, but Elizabeth’s other daughter, Terri, is not. Feeling jealous and threatened, Terri realizes that if she can’t bring herself up to Lucy’s level, she must bring Lucy down to hers. and Lucy soon finds herself in the middle of a police investigation. Directed by Jean-Francois Rivard, SEPARATED AT BIRTH finished filming in Montreal on 9 June. It should be in Canadian theatres later this year.
Rachel Skarsten will be Madelaine Krug in the romantic comedy MARRY ME AT CHRISTMAS. Krug is a bridal botique owner in the town of Fools Gold, who loves the challenge of finding the perfect dress for the bride and orchestrating an exquisite event. In the midst of designing a Christmas wedding, she unexpectedly falls in love with the bride’s brother, movie star Jonny Blaze (played by Trevor Donovan). But will the action star feel the same way? The film will air on The Hallmark Channel sometime in December.
Tammy Gillis (Marissa in Table for Fae) will be Jill (of Jack and Jill) in episode 6.9 of ONCE UPON A TIME, titled “Changelings“, which will air on ABC Sunday 27 November at 8pm. The episode is directed by Marizee Almas, who directed three episodes of LOST GIRL, the most recent being “Let Them Burn” (episode 5.15).
Emily Andras, Zoie Palmer, Rachel Skarsten, and Ali Liebert will all be guests at CLEXACON, a media and entertainment event for LGBTQ women, which will run from 3-5 March, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. TICKETS are now on sale. — That same weekend, Anna Silk will be a guest at Emerald City Comic Con at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
Shauna MacDonald (Dean Peretti in O Kappa, My Kappa) will be Fräulein Stumpf in the dark comedy BUSINESS ETHICS, which is about a man (Larenz Tate) who sets out to run a Ponzi scheme. He is assisted in his efforts by Edwin Murk, a wealthy but crooked investment manager, and Veronica, his loyal but unsuspecting assistant who develops unrequited feelings for him. (Murk is played by Gil Bellows, who starred in the original short film.) Alyssa Veniece, (Riley, the hotel maid whose uniform was appropriated by Bo in Like Hell, Part 1) will play a character named Cellar. No word yet on a release date.
Lisa Berry (Serena in ArachnoFaebia) will be Candace Cranston in POWER RANGERS (the latest installment in that franchise) which follows five high school teens with unique superpowers who learn that their small town of Angel Grove (and the world) is on the verge of being obliterated by aliens. The five quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome personal issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it’s too late. It seems possible that Candace Cranston is in some way related to Billy Cranston (the original Blue Power Ranger). A trailer is available on YouTube. POWER RANGERS will be released in the US and Canada on 24 March 2017.
Emmanuelle Vaugier (The Morrigan) will appear in two films coming out next year. She will be Lauren in the dark, supernatural thriller MASKS DON’T LIE, the story of Nora and her friend Daniela (Anna Hutchinson). The two women are invited to celebrate Carnival at a masked ball in Venice (Italy). Daniela wakes to find herself drugged and in a room filled with men who are celebrating something else entirely; and while searching for her friend, Nora follows someone she thinks she knows, and discovers that on a previous visit to Venice, she left a deadly secret behind.
Vaugier is also Gabrielle in WASHED AWAY, a TV movie about a recently widowed woman who, while on a business trip, spots her deceased husband alive and well and comes to realize that he has faked his death. Written by Roslyn Muir (who also wrote THE BIRDWATCHER) the film is set in San Francisco, and began production in Winnipeg last August.