New restaurants, familiar faces: Last week Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and a guest dined at one of Vancouver’s newest culinary hot spots, Metro, on Burrard Street. Across town, Laurence Fishburne and Joe Maddin dined on local seafood at Social, the new restaurant in the historic Le Magasin building in Gastown, while downstairs in the Oyster Bar, Irish Author Trevor White dropped by for a book signing.


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Jennifer Beals

Meanwhile, last week over at Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar, the cast and crew of the L Word celebrated a wrap party for their fifth season. Joining the cast for the festivities were veteran actresses Jennifer Beals and Cybill Shepherd, both of whom have guest-starred on the Showtime series.

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Arielle Kebbel

‘Two Sisters’ set to shoot:
Arielle Kebbel (The Grudge 2) has landed a lead role in DreamWorks’ A Tale Of Two Sisters, shooting in Vancouver this month. Elizabeth Banks (The 40 Year Old Virgin) and Emily Browning (Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events) also star in the flick, about two sisters whose return home after a stint in a mental hospital is jeopardized thanks to their cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home.

Vancouver local ‘On the Lot’: Fox’s ratings-challenged reality series On The Lot may not be the breakout hit executive producer Mark Burnett had envisioned, but a few sparks of talent are emerging here and there. In this case, ‘here’ refers to Vancouver and 23-year-old local, Zach Lipovsky, a true special effects whiz with a visual flair that is getting him noticed. Thus far, Lipovsky has made two competition films: a fable about a girl who captures the sun in her hands (Sunshine Girl) — with a pastiche reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s ’80s series, Amazing Stories — and his most recent effort, Die Hardly Working, in which some “Office”-like drones engage in mock warfare from their cubicles that escalates in intensity.

When he’s not busy frantically making films for the Fox series, Lipovsky operates Zeeworks Media here in Vancouver. On The Lot airs Tuesday nights on Fox.

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