Kiana Madeira (Poppy in “Whiskey Lullaby“) will be Clara in LEVEL 16, a dystopian science fiction thriller about sixteen-year-old Vivien (Katie Douglas), who finds herself trapped in a prison-like boarding school called The Vestalis Academy, run by Dr. Miro, played by Peter Outerbridge (Captain Martins on THE EXPANSE). Vivien keeps to herself until she is reunited with Sophia (Celena Martin), a former friend who once betrayed her. Together, the girls begin to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment (Sophia has discovered that they are being sedated nightly without their knowledge) and the two are soon running for their lives. LEVEL 16 is written and directed by award winning filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy. Production began in Toronto in October, and the film should be ready for release in March, 2018. Continue reading →
WYNONNA EARP – Season 1 Episode 13 – SPOILERS
An Emily Andras episode is a lot like a Bob Dylan song. The story is specific enough to keep you interested, and ambiguously vague enough to keep you guessing about what things mean. Willa’s motivations, for instance, could be speculated upon endlessly. She seemed irredeemable when she shot Nicole to delay Wynonna’s pursuit, but she could just as easily have shot Wynonna, and probably at least suspected that Nicole was wearing a bullet-proof vest.
Then there’s Juan Carlos, who assures us that he is not Jesus Christ (“right initials, wrong fella”). Bobo reminds Juan that he’s “not allowed to interfere”. It is not known just who Juan Carlos is, and what prevents him from interfering. The whimsically inclined might point out that those initials also belong to someone connected with the episode’s title: “I Walk the Line”. Near the episode’s end, there was this mysterious exchange:
JUAN CARLOS: “The Triangle is not only a prison. It’s also a sanctuary.”
WYNONNA: “For who?”
JUAN CARLOS: “Not a who. A what.”
Bobo (aka Robert Svane) clearly loves Willa, and has sufficient concern for Waverly that he conceals her from Willa at the treehouse. Bobo did poison the entire population of Purgatory to facilitate his escape, but he also put all the other revenants in Shorty’s Bar to “guard” the poison, setting them up for Dolls and company to capture or kill, and making the poison easy to find. Bobo most likely did not want the other revenants to escape The Triangle.
The biggest revelation of the episode has to be that Waverly is not an Earp. We have only Bobo’s word for this, but it fits with Waverly’s annual height measurements not being marked on the doorway at the Earp homstead. (See previous post). This means that Ward’s wife may have had an affair that resulted in a pregnancy. Problem with that is that Ward Earp was not a nice man. (We find out that he beat his wife.) Why would he take in her illegitimate offspring? We have not met Wendy (Wynonna’s mother). If Wendy left the homestead because of Ward, wouldn’t his death make her come back to see her children? Bobo might be Waverly’s dad, but why wouldn’t he simply tell her that, having already told her she was not an Earp?
Doc Holliday tells Wynonna that he once had a one-eared black and tan coon hound named Plucky who contracted rabies and had to be put down. He uses the story (which he may or may not have made up) to inspire Wynonna to go after her sister. Doc uses his memory of of a horse named Lavender to select which of two chemicals to inject into Dolls. (The lavender liquid was the right choice. It seems to give Dolls super strength.) When Dolls tries to keep Nicole out of the loop, Doc gives her a quick update on the situation: “Purgatory’s overrun by demon revenants, aka Wyatt Earp’s resurrected outlaws. Bobo Del Rey is their leader. I am Doc Holliday. Yes, that Doc Holliday. And Dolls here, he is just a dick.”
Agent Lucado (Kate Drummond) hates Dolls, not because he is a dick, but because he survived Kandahar (possibly by acquiring some demonic powers). It seems that others, presumably persons to whom Lucado was emotionally attached, did not survive. Defeating the Earp Curse is not a priority for Lucado, who warns Wynonna not to interfere with Black Badge business. “I know what you did,” she tells her, and the implication is that it was a very bad thing. (Wynonna does not seem overly concerned about it.)
When Willa crosses the line with Peacemaker, she is almost devoured by a large, tentacled thing that rises from the ground, but before that can happen, Wynonna shoots her sister in the head. The tentacled beast disappears with Willa’s body, leaving behind a puddle of black goo into which Waverly will eventually poke her finger. Once that happens, Waverly’s eyes turn black, suggesting something has possessed her. Waverly smiles as she walks toward Wynonna and Doc, then pulls a gun and fires. (She’s probably firing at something behind Wynonna. We need to have a season two to find out for sure.)
Sarah Troyer (Kiersten Lesko in episode one) will be Kali in ON THE ROCKS, a film about Grace (Carlee Ryski) and Adam (Riley Alexander), two runaway teens whose relationship is put to the test when they are stranded in the Alberta badlands. ON THE ROCKS was filmed in and around Edmonton, Alberta, and should be ready for release in the fall. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Michael Eklund (Bobo) is Mack the safe-cracker in the crime thriller DEAD DRAW, which is about a twenty-five million dollar heist gone wrong. Mack finds the getaway pilot dead, and he and his cohorts are stranded in a frozen hangar, held hostage by unknown parties outside. The band of theives must discover which of their number has betrayed them in order to escape. Director Brian Klemesrud said: “We shot DEAD DRAW in two locations: the heart of Chicago and a small town airplane hangar in downstate Illinois in brutal weather…I wanted this film to be brutal, to look like the arctic, to feel cold. I kept talking about the breath. I wanted to see it, and I was obsessed and worried it would be too warm.” DEAD DRAW should have a limited US release later this year.
According to IDW Entertainment President David Ozer, there will be a WYNONNA EARP cast panel at San Diego Comic Con 2016 on 23 July at 2:30pm, and Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Shamier Anderson, and Dominique Provost-Chalkley will participate. There will be cast signings and more.
Megan Heffern (Tabitha in Fae-de to Black) will be Evelyn in CHOKESLAM, a wrestling movie filmed in Regina, due to be released later this year. Producer Anand Ramayya, speaking to CTV News, described the story as “…a romantic comedy about a female wrestler with a bad temper and her nerdy delicatessen boyfriend who’s trying to win her love back. It’s a really sweet story and it’s really funny, and it’s a really smart script.” Among others in the film are WYNONNA EARP‘s Michael Eklund, and semi-retired wrestler Mick Foley.
Brittany Allen (Della in Delinquents) is Naomi in the science fiction film INCONTROL, which, according to writer and director Kurtis David Harder, delves somewhat playfully into the theme of addiction. “We’re hoping to make a fun film, you know a sci-fi thriller that people can enjoy,” Harder told Jeremy Simes of Calgary Metro News during production. “But it also plays into asking moral questions and the deeper meaning behind it all.” Now in post-production, INCONTROL will tour North American film festivals later this year. Among others in the cast are Sarah Troyer and David LeReaney
(both of whom have appeared on WYNONNA EARP), and Anja Savčić (Mary Collacut on CBC’s STRANGE EMPIRE).
Eve Harlow (Epona in Origin) will appear as an as yet unspecified character in 12 MONKEYS episode 2.9, will be on SyFy and Showcase 13 June at 9pm. She is the recurring character Taylor Kravid on NBC’s HEROES REBORN.
Kirsten Comerford (bridesmaid in Let the Dark Times Roll) is Jessica DeBlance in WHITE HOT, a film based on the 2004 suspense novel by Sandra Brown, which will next air on The Hallmark Channel on 12 June at 11pm.
Eliana Jones (Teen Tamsin in LOST GIRL Season 4) will be Mel in episodes six and seventeen of Disney Channel’s BACKSTAGE, a show created by Lara Azzopardi (who wrote LOST GIRL episode 5.12 Judgement Fae). BACKSTAGE is about students at a fine arts high school dealing with self-image difficulties, tough teachers, and competitive friends. Episode six will be on Disney in the US on 9 May at 4:30pm. The series premiered in Canada on the Family Channel in March.
Inga Cadranel will appear in three of the first four episodes of DARK MATTER Season 2. Her character’s name will be Alicia Reynaud. DARK MATTER will premiere on SyFy (US) and Space Channel (Canada) on 1 July.
Nadine Djoury (Lisa, the nurse at Lauren’s clinic in Big In Japan) is Julia in CBC Punchline’s comedy NEWBORN MOMS, the “untold story of what it’s like to be a new parent struggling with sleepless nights and self-doubt”. Created by Djoury and Aurora Browne, the series follows two moms as they reconcile the kind of mothers they thought they would be with the kind of moms they actually are. All nine episodes aired on CBC last November and are currently available to stream on CBC’s website. Regrettably, NEWBORN MOMS is not available in the US. Vanessa Matsui appears as Cecelia in the ninth episode. Kris Siddiqi (delivery man in LOST GIRL episode 2.18 Fae-nted Love) is Paolo.