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HBO Canada Celebrates Canadian Screen Week with Women Who Act with Patricia Rozema

From a media release:

HBO Canada marks Canadian Screen Week with WOMEN WHO ACT WITH PATRICIA ROZEMA, a new documentary that celebrates Canadian film and television talent. Written and directed by Barry Avrich (The Last Mogul), the special is hosted by celebrated Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park) as she sits down with four iconic Canadian film and television actresses to talk candidly about their craft. The 72-minute special premieres SaturdayFeb. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, just one day before the 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS broadcast.

The documentary features intimate interviews with Emmy®-winner, Canadian Screen Award-nominee and 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS host Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding); Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominee Ellen Page (Juno); Critics’ Choice Award and Canadian Screen Award-winner and Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-nominee Tatiana Maslany (ORPHAN BLACK); and Golden Globe-winner and Emmy-nominee Sandra Oh (GREY’S ANATOMY).

As part of Canadian Screen Week, on Friday, Feb. 27 The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, together with The Movie Network and Movie Central, presents the world premiere  screening of WOMEN WHO ACT WITH PATRICIA ROZEMA at TIFF Bell Lightbox in TorontoHost Patricia Rozema and director Barry Avrich will introduce the film.

WOMEN WHO ACT WITH PATRICIA ROZEMA is an original production from The Movie Network and Movie Central, produced in association with the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Review: Open Heart goes for the heart

It’s been four weeks since the debut of Open Heart on YTV, and after being impressed with the first double-dose of episodes on Jan. 20, I decided to sit down and revisit the series. Not that I haven’t been watching—I have a day or two after the fact via PVR—but I wanted the series to simmer for a bit, for the characters and story to evolve before breaking it down and analyzing it. Are the characters still compelling? Is the mystery still interesting? Is anyone getting on my nerves? Has Open Heart kept up the drama it promised in Night 1?

Absolutely.

“In Plain Sight” picked up seconds after last week’s instalment, with Dylan making a quick list of the people who most likely knew about the drugs her father was taking. It was a short list: Nana, Papa, Mom and a big question mark after London. (Can I take a second to throw some kudos towards the on-screen messages that flash up every time Dylan is on a computer, tablet or cell phone? It’s an ingenious way of storytelling without wasting a camera shot over her shoulder all the time.)

What a doozy of an episode to pick to review. By the time the half-hour had closed out Dylan and London confirmed Richard was schizophrenic, taking meds and seeing a psychiatrist, they learned their mother was sleeping with Dr. K and Wes told Dylan he loved her.

It was a lot for Dylan to take in and I can’t help but worry for the girl’s health, both mental and physical. Discovering she could inherit her dad’s issues was bad enough, but uncovering his secret place—jammed with maps, sketches of a soldier, numbers, keys and the name Agent Sheppard scrawled over and over again—clearly rattled her. Luckily, London was there to support her both in the storage locker and when they confronted Jane about what she knew.

Speaking of London, I didn’t take any pleasure in her decking Dr. K. He had, after all, asked Jane to reveal their relationship to the girls. K just happened to be there at the wrong time and bore the brunt of London’s rage.

And while I’m happy Wes revealed his feelings to Dylan, I think Mikayla was too hasty when she told him to do it right away. With so much on her plate right now, Dylan could push Wes away until she can fully process her feelings toward him. Don’t get me wrong. I was thrilled that he built up the guts to do it—with some help from those cute seniors and Casablanca—but I worry she’ll spurn him and he’ll back off completely.

Notes and quotes

  • Despite initial reservations (I thought he was too geeky), London and Seth have turned into a fantastic couple.
  • I may be a little out of touch, but I’m pretty sure Mikayla was wearing Nikki Sixx’s pants from Mötley Crüe’s Theater of Pain tour.
  • I cried a little bit when Mikayla and Wes didn’t know what a VHS tape was.
  • “What happened to ‘Eat all the fries London?'”
  • “What in the hell?” I’d been waiting for that reaction from Dylan ever since Jane’s phone said she was at a hotel.

Open Heart airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on YTV.

TV eh B Cs podcast 13 – Tim Southam is Omnidirectional

TimSoutham

Tim Southam has directed dramas, comedies and documentaries exploring life on the land, life in politics and life in the arts. He has also worked as a director on several of the world’s most-watched series.

His films include The Bay of Love and Sorrows, Drowning in Dreams, Trudeau: Maverick in the Making, The Tale of Teeka, Perreault Dancer, Satie and Suzanne and One Dead Indian. Recent series include Bates Motel, Bones and House.

He is developing his third feature, Hey 45 with writer Morwyn Brebner and producer Anna Stratton.

In addition to regular successes with audiences and critics, awards for his work include three best directing Geminis, two best program Geminis and nominations for the Genie, Jutra and Grammy.

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Tonight: Rick Mercer Report, 22 Minutes, Schitt’s Creek, Mr. D

22 Minutes, CBC
This week on 22 Minutes a special Ottawa episode featuring Thomas Mulcair: The Musical; and an insider’s tour of Parliament Hill.

Rick Mercer Report, CBC
Rick goes to Ottawa to help set a Guinness World Record for making the most snowmen in an hour before going to the new velodrome in Milton, ON, to join cyclists training for the upcoming Parapan Am games.

Schitt’s Creek, CBC – “Wine and Roses”
Moira is hired as the spokesperson for a local winery. Alexis gets a little too close to Mutt, while David struggles with a mysterious health problem.

Mr. D, CBC – “Callaghan’s Daughter”
Callaghan’s daughter is in town visiting, and after seeing her old graduation photo, Gerry wants take her out on a date. Bobbi takes the lead on a photoshoot for Xavier’s new marketing campaign, and Robert cracks down on dress code violations.

Presenters announced for 2015 Canadian Screen Awards

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From a media release:

The Academy of Canadian Cinema &Television (ACCT) and CBC Television today announced the first group of celebrity presenters for the upcoming 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS. This year’s gala will be hosted by Emmy-award winning comedy legend Andrea Martin at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and broadcast on CBC-TV on Sunday, March 1st at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT).

Presenters for the evening represent some of Canada’s best and brightest stars of film and television, including CBC’s Eugene Levy (Best in Show, Schitt’s Creek) and Daniel Levy (Schitt’s CreekThe After Show), as well as Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Megan Follows (Reign, Anne of Green Gables), Patrick J. Adams (Suits) and Arisa Cox (Big Brother Canada). This group joins Kiefer Sutherland (Pompeii, 24), announced previously, as the first group of presenters for this year’s gala broadcast. Additional presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Canadians can watch these stars and more at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards, airing Sunday, March 1st at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT). For a full list of Canadian Screen Awards nominees, visit academy.ca.

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