Nathan Fillion in UPS Delivery Shorts!

YVRshoots has given us a first look at Nathan Fillion as he appears playing the Greek god Hermes in Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters. Keeping true to the idea of Hermes as the God of messengers, Fillion’s character pops up in a fake UPS store wearing those iconic delivery boy shorts. The question is, does he wear the shorts to pass as mortal, or is he trying to demonstrate that he’s a god?


MGM Snatches Stargate SG-1 From the Jaws of Obscurity

Just as the final Creation Stargate convention was about to close the iris for good, an announcement from independent producer Darren Thomas could change everything. His company, Ordino Studios, which based out of Andorra, is collaborating with MGM on a Stargate SG-1 app for tablets and smartphones. According to the official Stargate Facebook page, there are more details to the announcement that will be revealed at the San Diego Comicon in July. This could mean anything from the whole series streaming over tablet apps to a full-blown 3D action game. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on this!


Nathan Fillion Plays Hermes in Percy Jackson Sequel


According to the Hollywood Reporter, Nathan Fillion is set to play the Greek God Hermes in the sequel to the 2010 Percy Jackson movie. I for one consider this a point in the film’s favour. Not only does the film franchise have 100% more Fillion in it, Hermes also happens to be the father of one of the book series’ main villains. That means that they might actually introduce Kronos like they were supposed to in the first movie. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters is now filming in Vancouver.

Nathan Fillion Joins Percy Jackson Sequel « Reviews on the Run.

Vancouver Man Sues James Cameron over Avatar for $100 million

It must have been a slow news day if this made it to the front page of the Vancouver Sun. Vancouver restauranteur Emil Malak claims that James Cameron ripped off his script, called Terra Incognita to create his Billion-dollar blockbuster Avatar after Malak sent the script to Cameron in 2002.

It seems like one of these stories comes out every time there’s a major cultural blockbuster. It happened with the Matrix and it’s happened with Harry Potter. Usually we never hear about these cases being won, and we never hear about the plaintiffs going on to create anything culturally significant. No matter how this case ends up, can we all agree that real creators don’t engage in this kind of crap? If you’re really concerned with entertaining the world with your stories, you don’t want to deal with lawyers and court cases that could go on for decades, you want to get back to your laptop and make more stories.

Source: Vancouver Sun.

BC Film Production Keeps on Growing

Despite a US Dollar at par, increased competition from neighbours to the south and an overall economic downturn, film production facilities just seem to keep growing in BC’s Lower Mainland. Sony Imageworks doubling the size its CG production facility in Vancouver to over 32,000 square feet. The building will be used to add post-production special effects and 3D conversion to Sony’s Blockbuster and Animation projects. Randy Lake, the executive vice president of Sony Imageworks cited Vancouver’s talent base and government incentives among the reasons for expanding the facility.

If that wasn’t enough, Capilano just opened the $31 million Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. The 69,000 square foot facility will house  film and sound editing bays, 3D production equipment, animation labs and 8,000 square foot sound stage.

Source: Vancouver Sun.

Washington State Senate Passes Film Production Bill

Seattle may once again be able to play itself in TV and Film thanks to Senate Bill 5539, which extends a tax credit for film companies operating in Washington State. The program has already resulted in $72 million worth of economic activity. It appears to be an uphill battle from here on out, with competitive bids coming from Idaho, Oregon, and Hollywood North itself, British Columbia. There are more factors to this issue than just tax incentives. Would production in Seattle benefit from experienced crews and production facilities in neighbouring Vancouver?


Lion’s Gate Films Share Price Rises due to Hunger Games

According the Bloomberg, Vancouver-based company Lion’s Gate films is experiencing a surge in share price due to the upcoming release of the Hunger Games movie. While the movie was filmed in North Carolina, could Lion’s Gate Films’ good fortune translate to more production in Vancouver?

Source: Bloomberg