In the just for fun department:
Not Canadian by any stretch of the imagination, the Watchmen graphic novel by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons continues to be a sales juggernaut — all in anticipation of the March 6 release of Zack Snyder’s motion picture adaptation. Snyder, Gibbons, and some actors from the film will be appearing this weekend at San Francisco’s WONDERCON.
HOWEVER, the film itself was mostly shot in and around Vancouver, British Columbia and includes a large number of Canadians in key lead and supporting acting roles, as extras and on the production team.
Although born in Sweden, Malin Akerman who plays Laurie Jupiter aka the Silk Spectre II grew up in Toronto, Canada. Young BC actress Haley Guiel plays Laurie Jupiter as a child.
British Columbia’s own Laura Mennell plays Dr. Manhattan’s first girlfriend Janey Slater.
Quebec actor Stephanie Belding plays a character known as Janet Black.
US-born and Peterborough, Ontario raised Matt Frewer plays Edgar Jacobi aka Moloch the Mystic.
Then there’s the nearly all Canuck MINUTEMEN team (see picture above):
Nova Scotian actor Stephen Hattie as the elder Hollis Mason / Nite Owl I.
BC actor Clint Carleton as the young Hollis Mason / Nite Owl I.
Slovakia native and BC resident Apollonia Vanova as Silhouette.
Canadian stuntman Daryl Schaellar as Captain Metropolis.
Canadian stuntman Glenn Ennis as Hooded Justice.
BC actor Dan Payne as Dollar Bill.
Alberta’s Niall Matter as Mothman.
SCOTT PILGRIM MOVIE TO START FILMING IN TORONTO IN MARCH 2009
We are, of course, following the news stories about the upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie which starts shooting in Toronto in late March, 2009. One hopes that this will spark a comparable interest in O’Malley’s graphic novel series published by Oni Press.
Director Edgar Wright will be hosting a series of film screenings and discussions at Toronto’s Bloor Cinema during the month of March before principal photography starts.
SEND IT TO THE SENATE FOR APPROVAL SCOTTY… PRIME MINISTER WILLIAM SHATNER?
In a completely unrelated story making the rounds, Captain Kirk himself — Canadian actor William Shatner would like to be Prime Minister of Canada.