Robert Falconer

Depp under the weather

Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus seems to be one of those productions fraught with problems. The latest difficulty to beset the shoot revolved around actor Verne Troyer (aka Mini Me) who collapsed on the set after an alleged night of partying at a local strip club. The actor was...

Thursday, April 10, 2008, 4:17 AM

Stars line up to fill Ledger void

Getty Images file photoMegan FoxLast week we reported that the fate of Terry Gilliam’s latest feature, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus was still up in the air. Shooting difficulties seem to have been finally ironed out, however, and the film will complete its shooting schedule here in Vancouver....

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 1:24 AM

Local productions back on track

getty images filephotoTerry GilliamWith only 14 productions shooting in Vancouver right now — running the entire spectrum from features and series, to MOWs, animation and reality — it’s welcome news to learn that the Hollywood writers strike is concluding after a long and acrimonious negotiation....

Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 11:47 PM

Tax credits for B.C. film biz

Getty images file photoJohnny DeppLast week I reported that B.C.’s diminished film industry was set to receive a much-needed shot in the arm in the form of tax credits designed to match Ontario and Quebec. That booster arrived Friday when the provincial government announced that it plans to raise...

Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 12:22 PM

Traveler causes traffic mess

Getty images file photoAaron EckhartThose attempting to navigate Burrard Street between Pender and Georgia last Sunday afternoon might have found themselves growing a bit cross. The currently lensing Traveler feature caused something of a traffic snafu during the afternoon, with locals being...

Thursday, January 24, 2008, 3:52 AM

Shire dines on Dim Sum

Bai Ling (The Crow) and Talia Shire (Rocky) have joined the cast of Anna Chi’s Dim Sum Funeral, a Canadian feature currently shooting here in Vancouver. The story concerns the lives of estranged adult siblings from a Chinese-American family who return home after the death of their mother. Ling...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 6:50 AM

Traveling with Eckhart, Aniston

getty images file photoJennifer AnistonActors Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston are both in town to film Traveling, a romantic drama about a widower (Eckhart) whose book about coping with loss turns him into a best-selling self-help guru who then falls for a woman (Aniston) attending one of his...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 2:49 AM

The Canuck connection

Lyle Stafford/reutersPamela Anderson makes a new friend at a Canucks game.With 600,000 Canadians living in Los Angeles, it could almost be considered the sixth largest Canadian city. One of our more infamous celebrity transplants was back home in Canada last Thursday night to watch the Canucks shut...

Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 6:50 AM

Celebrities descend on city

dave hogan/getty imagesKeanu ReevesAs we begin a brand new year, I thought I’d run down the latest production news from Hollywood North...Movies in townSix features are shooting in Vancouver:•The Day The Earth Stood Still remake, starring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates and Mad Men...

Wednesday, January 2, 2008, 9:22 PM

Hollywood stars out in force

Getty Images file photoHalle BerryIt’s the holiday season and the stars are out in force in our fair city, some filming projects here, others merely stopping by for a little shopping. Take Halle Berry, for example, who flew in just to do some retail procuring (didn’t anyone tell her about the...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007, 3:27 PM

Aniston set to film Traveling

getty images file photoSteven SeagalLast Tuesday night, Men In Trees star Sarah Strange dined with a male companion in the Oyster Bar of So.Cial at Le Magasin, Gastown’s renovated 1912 Parisian-style restaurant. Meanwhile, at Le Terrazza in Yaletown last week, Steven Seagal and guests didn’t hold...

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 3:17 PM

Strike hits local shows

Seventeen days into the Hollywood writer’s strike, and with a press blackout effectively in place for the time being, Vancouver has already witnessed the loss of two high-profile shows. NBC’s Bionic Woman, which shut down Nov. 9, well ahead of its scheduled Dec. 12 finish, and Sci-Fi Channel’s...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 3:25 PM

Scripts present dilemma

There’s an old saying in Hollywood, “Nobody knows nothing.” And there’s no better example of this adage than the current Hollywood writer’s strike, in which neither the Writers Guild of America, nor the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, seem to know how to solve this crisis....

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 3:31 PM

Fairchild wraps Trees gig

getty images fileMorgan FairchildMorgan Fairchild — who often played sultry ‘80s TV vixens on series such as Falcon Crest — was in Vancouver early last week wrapping an episode of the ABC drama, Men In Trees. Meanwhile, veteran director John Badham (Blue Thunder) is in town helming an episode of...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 11:09 AM

Setting the stage for Keanu

Getty Images File PhotoKeanu ReevesThere’s lots of production activity around town these days…First up, in the neighborhood of Byrne Road and Marine Drive, you may have noticed the facade of an entire town being constructed, akin to what Hollywood studios used to build for their old westerns. It’s...

Thursday, November 1, 2007, 2:22 PM

Eateries attract celebs

Dining remains pastime of choice for hot stars The recent rain has apparently put the kibosh on location shoots for a number of productions over the past week, and we hear a number of stars are using the down time to catch up on their home lives back in L.A. for a few extra days.For those who are...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 4:56 PM

Bionic Woman not dead yet

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty ImagesDaniel Dae KimLast week we reported that Bionic Woman — with its perilous 27 per cent second episode drop across all demographics — was on life support. Well, it seems NBC has decided there are a few breaths left in the fledgling franchise. Last Wednesday night’s episode...

Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 1:04 PM

Gore enjoys local seafood, water

getty images photoFormer U.S. vice-president Al Gore.As many of you probably already know, last week former U.S. vice-president Al Gore was in town to promote the environment and host a live presentation of his An Inconvenient Truth documentary. Afterwards, he dined with a Vancouver businessman at...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 2:26 PM

Plenty of films to see at VIFF

getty images file photoTricia HelferIt’s VIFF season once again, and while the Vancouver International Film Festival may not have the global cachet of its larger cousin in Toronto, there’s a certain intimacy with the Vancouver festival that makes it a popular draw nonetheless. Last Saturday night,...

Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 12:47 PM

Wesley relaxes at Absolute Spa

Getty images file photoWesley SnipesRemember Wesley Snipes, and how the Blade star was ‘on the lam’ back in late 2006? He was wanted for allegedly defrauding the IRS in the United States? Well, after finally being apprehended, and after being charged with tax evasion in a Florida court last week,...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 3:14 PM