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CinCin Ristorante & Bar continues to be the premiere celebrity hangout. Last week Dean Cain of Lois And Clark fame dined with two friends. (Cain was in Victoria late last year shooting the CBS TV movie, Crossroads, about a tragic drag racing accident that kills a wife and her child, leaving the husband to pick up the pieces.) Meanwhile, Andy Summers of The Police also supped at CinCin, taking a break between the band’s Vancouver concerts.
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O’TOOLE PULLS DOUBLE DUTY IN VANCOUVER: Filming on the Lionsgate drama, The Christmas Cottage — about the inspiration behind American painter Thomas Kinkade’s painting The Christmas Cottage — wrapped last week, but the film’s supporting actor, Peter O’Toole, won’t be leaving town just yet. The legendary star of Lawrence Of Arabia will stay just long enough to complete work on the CBC mini-series, Iron Road, which wraps June 14. In the Canada/China co-production, a poor Chinese girl, searching for her father who is working on the North American railroad, falls for the son of a Canadian railroad tycoon. The mini also stars Sam Neil (Jurassic Park) and Vancouver actor Ian Tracy (Intelligence).
SANCTUARY SETS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD: Stage 3 Media Inc., Vancouver’s independent production company specializing in new media entertainment, announced late last week that its web-based science fiction series Sanctuary has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records as having the “Highest Budget for a Direct-to-Web Broadcast.”
The series — which cost $4.5 million for eight, 15-minute webisodes — stars Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1) as Dr. Helen Magnus, a mysterious woman who seeks out all manner of terrifying and monstrous creatures along with her reluctant protégé, Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), and her intrepid, if somewhat reckless, daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup).