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Peter Outerbridge appearances

Hey guys,

I just joined here, and as a big fan of Peter Outerbridge, I saw that your last post about him is from 2010. In hopes of more folks here that like him, I'm setting out to change that. :-)

Some of you may know he plays the recurring character Ari Tasarov on the CW's reboot of Nikita. The show was just renewed for season 3, so there's a good chance Ari is going to be back next season.

He's recently been on the wonderful Canadian show Bomb Girls that aired earlier this year on Global TV. He played Meg Tilly's character's husband Bob Corbett. Bomb Girls has also been renewed, season 2 will start shooting in August and will air in early 2013. I can only recommend you watch it, it's a fantastic piece of Canadian television.

Anyone seen John A: Birth of a Country? I thought that was a great TV film, even though I'm not generally a fan of period pieces. The role of George Brown earned Outerbridge a 2012 ACTRA Award nomination for Best Actor (which ultimately went to Christopher Plummer).

As for upcoming things, there's the movie Haunter that they just finished shooting (I think it's up for a 2013 release), there's the Silent Hill sequel titled Silent Hill: Revelation 3D that's coming out the week of Halloween this year that he's in (not sure what role, thought there's a rumour it's Travis Grady), there's an upcoming guest spot on season 2 of Suits (which I am personally very happy about cause I love the show), he's going to be back as criminal mastermind Magnus on The Listener in season 3 (episode airs July 18, 2012), and last but not least, Twitter told me another rumour that he's going to be in the pilot of the reboot of The Beauty and the Beast (the one bought by the CW for their fall lineup).

If anyone's interested, I can keep you guys up to date since I caved and set up a Tumblr blog about him, even though I probably should be doing better things with my time. /o\
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First Weekend Club

Very late in posting this, but if you're interested in supporting Canadian movies, you might want to check this.

Here's what First Weekend Club's latest project is about: Having supported the theatrical releases of over 150 titles since 2003, we’re moving into a new frontier: the online world. We want to make quality Canadian feature films available to anyone, anywhere, anytime. We aim to transform the Canadian cinema landscape by launching a video-on-demand (VOD) streaming platform, which will feature a curated library of the very best Canadian films available.

And if you just want to read an intelligent take on Canadian cinema, they have great film critics, interviews etc. on their site.

x-posted wherever this is relevant :)
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Gross guest stars on Republic of Doyle

Paul Gross is headed Due East - as opposed to Due South - for the second-season finale of CBC’s Newfoundland-set series Republic of Doyle.

The episode, titled Family Business, airs Wednesday, April 6. Gross, of course, has been a staple on the entertainment scene since his breakout role on Due South in the early 1990s.

On Republic of Doyle, Gross guest-stars as the unstable John Crocker, a former police partner of Jake Doyle (Allan Hawco) from their days together on the force.

Crocker has returned to St. John’s to get some help from his old buddy Jake. But it quickly becomes apparent that Crocker is more than capable of backing up the awful things he threatens, which puts the entire Doyle family in jeopardy.

Gee, but Gross’ character on Due South, Constable Benton Fraser, was such a nice guy. Talk about losing your direction.



Mesmerizing ‘The Killing’ Continues AMC’s Quality Streak

CHICAGO – With echoes of “Twin Peaks” and the film “Insomnia,” AMC’s “The Killing” joins the lineup of one of the more respected networks on cable. It’s not quite as instantly captivating as “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” or “The Walking Dead” but that’s a tough standard to live up to and if the show continues to develop and expand upon what works on the first night, it could eventually join that esteemed group of critical darlings.

The advertising for “The Killing” has understandably focused on the question at the core of the show — “Who Killed Rosie Larsen?” The two-part series premiere, airing on AMC on April 3rd, 2011, lays out the suspects in atmospheric style. In fact, the first hour/episode details the discovery of the titular event. At first, poor Rosie Larsen is merely missing. A good student with little reason to give her parents concern, the teenager doesn’t come home one night and a bloody piece of clothing is found in a field. The end of the first episode leads to her discovery (which is not really a spoiler considering the title of the show) as the field of suspects continues to grow.

Based on the Danish show “Forbrydelsen,” “The Killing” is more than just a murder mystery. Like the best procedurals, it’s about the ripple effect of a brutal crime from the devastating effect on her immediate family to the political turmoil caused within a local race for mayor to even the way the men and women trying to solve the crime end up taking it home. The hook of who killed Rosie Larsen and the way the mystery is expertly unveiled will get people talking around the water cooler (if offices still have water coolers) but it’s the depth of character within the ensemble that makes the program emotionally rewarding.

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“The Killing” stars Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Michelle Forbes, and Brent Sexton. It premieres on AMC on Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 at 8pm CST.


Syfy readies Alphas for July premiere

Here’s one to watch:  Syfy Channel is prepping its new original drama Alphas for a premiere this July.  The announcement headlined the cable channel’s 2011 development slate, which was unveiled to the media at an upfront presentation this week in New York.

The new series stars David Strathairn as Dr. Leigh Rosen, who leads a team of people with supernatural abilities who work together to solve crimes.  The premise sounds a bit like Heroes meets Mutant X.  Here is the network’s description:

Alphas follows a team of ordinary citizens whose brain anomalies imbue them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities. Taking the law into their own hands, the unlikely team, led by Dr. Leigh Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Oscar nominee David Strathairn) investigates cases that suggest other Alpha activity to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able, or willing, to solve. These gifted individuals must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers as they work to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and catch the enemy.

Also among the cast is Laura Mennell, who had guest roles on both Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.  She played Mary in SG-1‘s “Demons,” and later turned up in the Pegasus Galaxy as Sanir in “The Brotherhood.”

The 30-year-old Canadian beauty plays Nina Theroux on Alphas.  “Seductive, intelligent and confident, Nina’s Alpha ability allows her to influence people into doing whatever she wishes,” according to Syfy — “but her power can sometimes spin out of control. Her skill also comes with a personal drawback in that she can never be sure if anyone’s feelings for her are real. Nina was the first team member enlisted by Dr. Rosen to whom she remains extremely loyal.”

“Strathairn plays the unconventional, eccentric Alphas team leader Dr. Lee (sic) Rosen. Though he comes across as somewhat of an absent-minded professor at times, he is also a cunning and manipulative power-player willing to bend the rules in pursuit of his objectives and in support of his Team.”

Malik Yoba (Defying Gravity), Warren Christie (October Road), Ryan Cartwright (Bones, Mad Men), and Azita Ghanizada also co-star. Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica) is another familiar genre face who will guest star in the pilot episode.

In a new interview at Syfy news site Blastr, Yoba talked about how the new show is setting itself apart from other recent shows and films. “We aren’t heroes. We aren’t mutants. We don’t have superpowers,” he said. “We have odd little behaviors that kind of collectively work as a unit and let us solve mysteries and crimes that the normal agencies can’t solve.”

Alphas also has an impressive pedigree behind the camera, with Zak Penn (writer of feature films such as X-Men:The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers) and Michael Karnow (Time Squad) as creators. Penn executive produces along with showrunner Ira Steven Behr (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), plus Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel), Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein for BermanBraun (The Cape, Accidentally on Purpose).

LOST‘s Jack Bender directed the pilot.

The first season of Alphas is filming in Toronto, and will be comprised of the 90-minute pilot plus 11 regular episodes.  Check out for the first (short) teaser!

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A happy Melody

Ten-year-old Vancouver actress Melody B. Choi came back a winner last week from the Young Artist Awards in Los Angeles.

Choi won best supporting actress in the kids-only awards for her role opposite Paul Gross in the B.C-filmed comic western Gunless. Competition included actors from the feature films Blue Valentine, Tooth Fairy, and Mother and Child. The awards were handed out March 13.

Says her mom Barbara: "When she heard her name announced, she bolted from her seat and ran like I've never seen her run, saying to herself along the way 'oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!' Melody wore comfortable leather flat ballerinas just for the purpose! She was so happy, excited and at the very same time, very cool & collected when she gave her very well spoken acceptance speech."

Other winners included Will Smith's son Jaden for lead actor in The Karate Kid and Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld for lead actress in True Grit.


What to watch for at the Genies: Who should win. Who will

he Genie Awards, honouring the best in Canadian movies, will be handed out Thursday in Ottawa.

The ceremony -which will feature appearances by such high-profile stars as best supporting actress nominee Minnie Driver, host William Shatner, and singer Melissa Etheridge -is the culmination of a good year for the industry.

Paul Giamatti, star of the comic drama Barney's Version, has already won a Golden Globe Award, and Denis Villeneuve's Incendies headlined a list of Canadians who got Oscar nominations.

But how will they do at the Genies? Here's how the main awards are shaping up:

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