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 →
Evelyne Brochu as Aurora Luft and Connor Price as Harry James. The third and final season of X COMPANY will premiere 11 January at 9pm on CBC
Evelyne Brochu (Delphine Cormier) is Wendy in REMEMORY, a film about a well-known scientist named Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan), who is mysteriously found dead just after unveiling his newest invention, a groundbreaking device able to extract, record and play back a person’s unfiltered memories. Dunn’s wife (Julia Ormond), with help from an unlikely friend (Peter Dinklage), uses the invention to get to the bottom of her husband’s death. REMEMORY will premiere 25 January at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Tatiana Maslany will appear at WIZARD WORLD in Portland, Oregon, 18 & 19 February. She will participate in a Q&A Panel, sign autographs, and pose for photos with fans. — THE OTHER HALF, a 2015 romance with Maslany and Tom Cullen, will be released in the US, both in theatres and on VOD, on 10 March.
Nora McLellan on the set of SOMETIMES THE GOOD KILL, currently filming in Montreal . .
Nora McLellan (Brenda, the woman bribed by Prometheans to betray Mrs. S.) will be Genevieve (the innkeeper’s best friend) in a Company Theatre production of JOHN, written by Pulitzer-winning playwright Annie Baker. The story involves a cheerful bed and breakfast owner, and a young couple struggling to stay together. Hilton Als, writing for The New Yorker in 2015, said: “While most new plays run for two hours or less…Baker’s fourth full-length original script clocks in at three hours and fifteen minutes, the running time of, say, a short, late-career Eugene O’Neill drama. By not rushing things…Baker returns us to the naturalistic but soulful theatre that many of her contemporaries and near-contemporaries have disavowed in their rush to be ‘postmodern’.” JOHN will be at Toronto’s Berkeley Street Theatre (upstairs) from 29 January until 19 February.
Trenna Keating as “nouveau politico” Kim Campbell in THE DEATH OF MRS. GHANDI
Inga Cadranel (Detective Angela DeAngelis) will be Nancy Alpert in episode 12.6 of BONES due to air on FOX on 7 February at 9pm.
Trenna Keating (Vera the soccer mom from Season Three) is Kim Campbell in a Toronto production of THE DEATH OF MRS. GHANDI AND THE BEGINNING OF NEW PHYSICS, a satirical play by Kawa Ada about a meeting (which never happened) between some of the strongest female politicians of the past half century (Margaret Thatcher, Benazir Bhutto, and Imelda Marcos). The meeting occurs in 1984 at the funeral of Indira Ghandi. Playwright/director Ada looks at how these women wielded power and questions how they might have done so differently. THE DEATH OF MRS. GHANDI will be at Factory Theatre (128 Bathurst Street) until 15 January.
Trina (Allie MacDonald) talks to Sarah in Season four of ORPHAN BLACK
Allie MacDonald (Trina, the body-mod neolutionist) will portray Lillian Gish in THE FIRST, the life story of silent film star Mary Pickford, who co-founded the movie studio United Artists in 1919. The film is based on Eileen Whitfield‘s 1997 biography, “Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood“, and directed by Jennifer DeLia, who told Indiewire: “[Pickford’s] journey of going from the ‘unsophisticated’ world of vaudeville to working with D.W. Griffith as he experimented with the language of cinema makes this a universal story. It’s more complicated than a simple profile of America’s Sweetheart. She was constantly ahead of the game.” The film will be released sometime in 2017. — MacDonald also sings, and has released an EP called THANK YOU (under the name Sureilla) which is available on iTunes.
Maria Doyle Kennedy as Vera Bates in DOWNTON ABBEY (2011)
Maria Doyle Kennedy (Sarah’s foster mom) has an as yet unspecified role in three episodes of REDWATER, a spinoff of the British soap EASTENDERS, in which Kat and Alfie relocate from Walford to a town called Redwater in a effort to find Kat’s long-lost son. Series creator Dominic Treadwell-Collins, said this about the six-part series: “…viewers will witness several huge twists for Kat and Alfie Moon that will change their lives forever…My team here are very excited about creating a whole new drama that stands apart from EastEnders while taking our style of storytelling to a place of stories, myth, secrets and immeasurable beauty.” Shot in Dunmore East, a small fishing village in southeast Ireland, REDWATER will premiere on BBC One in early 2017.