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October, 2010:

Syfy cancels Caprica, last five episodes pushed back to 2011

Bad news:

“The remaining first run episodes of Caprica – airing Tuesdays at 10/9c – will be removed from the schedule as of next Tuesday, November 2,” said the network in a statement. “These final five episodes of the season will be re-scheduled to air at a to be announced time in the first quarter of 2011, and will conclude the run of the series.”

“We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for Caprica and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series,” said Mark Stern, EVP of original programming at Syfy. “Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.” – Ausiello


Fort McCoy wins Best Feature Film prize at Hollywood Film Festival

Fort McCoy has won the award for Best Feature Film at the Hollywood Film Festival.


The winners of the festival’s film competition were announced Sunday night at the “Hollywood Discovery Awards® Presentation Ceremony at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. This year’s winners are: “FORT MCCOY” by Kate Connor and Michael Worth — Best Feature Film; “RECONCILIATION: MANDELA’S MIRACLE” by Michael Henry Wilson — Best Documentary; “WILD TARGET” by Jonathan Lynn — Best Comedy; “EL ARMADILLO FRONTERIZO” by Miguel Anaya — Best Animation, and “THE DESPERATE” by Ben Hur Sepehr — Best Short Subject. – Hollywood News



Photo from the set of Off the Map

Eric posted a picture from the set of Off the Map (embedded):

Working with @edbegleyjr on Off the Map. on Twitpic

P.S. According to a report posted a few days ago, Ed Begley Jr. guest stars in episode 1.05.

Behind the scenes of Glee 2.04, “Duets”

There is a short behind-the-scenes video on YouTube.

Fort McCoy – first reviews

The Film Yap:

“McCoy” is a slow burn. Frank’s issues are the most pronounced (he feels inadequate because he can’t fight, some of the soldiers look down on him because he has a German last name, and he worries that his wife will be attracted to the rugged boys in uniform that he services), but the rest of the family has them as well.

Things ramp up when a German soldier escapes the camp and makes his way to the Stirn home when only Ruby is home, leading to the film’s climax, which is perhaps a bit unlikely, but just crazy enough that it would be allowed to happen.

The acting is uniformly strong. Fonseca has the look of a star, Stoltz is the film’s unstable emotional center, and Connor and even the children are solid.

It’s also full of leisurely moments that capture the realities of life on an army base. Tensions are at times high with the prospect of men leaving and never returning (or if they do, they’re likely missing an appendage or are in a box).

“McCoy” is high on drama, light on melodrama.

Hollywood Reporter:

The film begins with Frank (Eric Stoltz) and Ruby Stirn (Connor), their two children, Lester (Marty Backstrand) and Gertie (Gara Lonning), and Ruby’s younger sister, Anna Gerkey (Lyndsy Fonseca) ,moving to Fort McCoy, where Frank will do his part for the war effort as a barber. When Gertie befriends the young German Heinrich, darker parts of the outwardly idyllic base come into view, including the presence of ideologically unrepentant SS soldiers and child molestation among the prisoners.

“Fort McCoy” only touches lightly on these subjects, mostly because it is mired in several other subplots: Anna finds love in the form and shape of handsome G.I. Sam (Andy Hirsch); Frank feels jealous and inadequate because he cannot fight in the war; and a dangerous SS man threatens Ruby. (…)

Fortunately, most performances are more than up to par with the film’s lofty ambitions. Stoltz is entirely convincing as a man humbled by his German heritage and prevented from showing his American patriotism on the battlefield. Connor clearly proves that she can carry a lead, especially if it’s tailored to her period-piece-friendly looks. Fonseca is delightful as a young girl in love, with executive producer Hirsch also showing great potential as her paramour.

Private Practice season three gag reel

First Back to the Future footage released

Universal has released a few short scenes from the first Back to the Future film, which will be included in the BTTF 25th Anniversary Trilogy set. According to the guys at Cinematical, this is all the footage that’s getting released in this round.