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It’s awards season again, folks. Sundance kicks off tomorrow, the Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday, and the SAGs (Screen Actor’s Guild Awards) follow shortly thereafter.
So if you’re among the few who didn’t tune in this past Monday evening to watch hours two and three of the smash hit series 24 — kicking off its sixth season on Fox — odds are it’s because you were probably watching the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards, where you might still have caught a glimpse of 24 star Kiefer Sutherland. The Ontario-raised actor was once again nominated for his portrayal of unremitting counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer, and was among several Canadians recognized this year at the prestigious awards show — even though none actually took home a statue. Nominated along with Sutherland was Vancouverite Evangeline Lilly for her role on ABC’s Lost; B.C. musician Bryan Adams, who co-wrote a nominated song for the motion picture Bobby; and Ottawa’s Matthew Perry, up for his work on the TV mini-series The Ron Clark Story.
Anne Hathaway may have been a trifle disappointed at not being able to personally cheer on her The Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep, who won Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture for Prada during Monday night’s ceremony. Hathaway, you see, is preoccupied shooting the crash survivor drama Passenger here in town, opposite Patrick Wilson (Running With Scissors). Still, the vivacious young actress did manage to unwind last Saturday night and partake of the culinary delights at Cin Cin Ristorante & Bar.
Also in town last week dining at Cin Cin was another Lost cast member, Terry O’ Quinn. If you don’t watch the hit ABC series, you might remember O’Quinn from his appearance on a couple of popular episodes of The X-Files, and his starring roles in two of Chris Carter’s other locally-shot, but short lived series, Millennium and Harsh Realm.
One thing we can say with relative certainty is that Sci Fi Channel loves Vancouver. In addition to Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica and Eureka (the latter set to begin filming season two this spring), the cable network has also shot miniseries here in town, including Steven Spielberg’s Taken and The Legend Of Earthsea. You can now add Flash Gordon to the list of properties that the network is sending our way. Sci Fi has greenlit production on 22 one-hour episodes set to start production in B.C. early this year. The project (not to be confused with 1974’s Flesh Gordon) is based on Alex Raymond’s popular 1934 comic strip franchise, and will be produced by Reunion Pictures. The series is slated to debut on Sci Fi in July of ‘07, with a broadcast syndication window to follow.
Robert Falconer is a Senior Editor atHollywoodNorthReport.com, Canada’s leading independent film and TV news website.