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Celeb train keeps chuggin’

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Miguel Ferrer

With the news that the Spice Girls will be kicking off —now there’s a bad pun — their reunion tour here in Vancouver, one would think that Vancouver’s celebrity train might just keep chugging forever. Particularly if you’d been dining at Cin Cin last week, when Miguel Ferrer, Will Yun Lee, and the controversial Isaiah Washington — all of whom are appearing in NBC’s re-imagined Bionic Woman series — made appearances at the popular restaurant. Even Smallville’s
Kristin Kreuk was observed enjoying a lovely multi-course dinner on the terrace with a friend.

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Isaiah Washington

But there’s rising concern these days that the status quo we’ve all enjoyed for the past two decades could suddenly and permanently change. Our rising Canadian dollar has been the chief reason why feature film production has dropped markedly in B.C. this year. Industry leaders are keeping a keen eye on the situation, though some fear waiting until the fall to implement countermeasures may be too late, and frankly, none of the potential solutions — such as pegging the dollar at $0.88 — have much popular support anyway.

Fortunately, for the time being at least, television production continues largely unabated…

Reality TV spawns scripted drama: MTV has begun shooting its single-camera, half-hour scripted series Kaya here in town. The show tells the story of a musically gifted young woman who struggles with becoming an overnight sensation, a la American Idol. Told through a series of flashbacks, present-day moments and occasional flash-forwards, the skein will wrap production in early September. Yesterday the series was observed shooting in and around the sidewalk and loading zone of the Vancouver Art Gallery; on the west side of Hornby Street; and in Robson Square.

The boys are back in town: Meanwhile, Supernatural kicked off its third season a couple of weeks ago, which means Sam and Dean (played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, in case you’ve been living in total seclusion these past two years), are back fighting assorted ghouls and demons, and have thus been showing up around the Lower Mainland, from Tsawwassen to Delta and points in-between. Late last week, they were spotted filming around 156 Avenue in South Surrey/White Rock.

robert.falconer@metronews.ca

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