Posts Tagged ‘Andromeda’

CSI: NY’s Hill Harper & Supernatural’s Misha Collins in Syfy’s Stonehenge Apocalypse

June 11, 2010

Hill Harper (as Leshem) in Stonehenge Apocalypse. Photo by Ed Araquel and copyright of the Syfy Channel

In Stonehenge Apocalypse, premiering Saturday, June 12th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST on The Syfy Channel, the ancient sandstone pillars of Stonehenge suddenly come to life, shifting along the Earth’s power grid and creating devastating natural disasters around the world. Is Stonehenge really an alien terraforming machine, orginally used to create a fertile, life-sustaining planet? And is its accidental re-activation going to destroy the planet? It is up to brilliant and eccentric radio host Jacob (Misha Collins, Supernatural) to prevent this by stopping a crazed cult leader named Leshem (Hill Harper, CSI: NY), eager for Armageddon. Also starring are Torri Higginson (Stargate Atlantis) as Kaycee, Peter Wingfield (Riverworld) as Dr. John Trousbale and Brent Stait (Andromeda) as Major Peatman. 

Jacob (Misha Collins) and Kaycee (Torri Higginson) work together to try to stop the end of the world as they know it. Photo by Ed Araquel and copyright of the Syfy Channel

Leshem is obviously pleased at what his Foreman (Nimet Kanji) and her team have uncovered for him. Photo by Ed Araquel and copyright of the Syfy Channel

As noted above, photos by Ed Araquel and copyright of the Syfy Channel, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!

David Winning Directs Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil For Space

May 11, 2010

PRODUCTION is wrapping soon on Canada’s SPACE Channel’s newest original series Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil, which was shot over 10 weeks on-location, in Winnipeg. The result will be a 13-episode, half-hour supernatural comedy that brings the age-old phrase “high school is Hell” to life. First developed for television through the National Screen Institute’s Totally Television Program, Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil was developed by SPACE with the assistance of the Canadian Television Fund. David Winning directed two episodes of the series.

Directing film and television for over 20 years, this production marks Winning’s 21st series. He is a veteran of 13 feature films and over 100 episodes for TV including Stargate Atlantis and the vampire-themed series Blood Ties for the Lifetime Network as well as multiple seasons on Andromeda with Kevin Sorbo. Winning also recently directed a trilogy of monster movies for the Syfy Channel, starring such actors as Robert Englund, Bruce Dern and Kevin Sorbo.

Above photo courtesy of and copyright of David Winning, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any kind. Thanks!

Veteran Sci-Fi Director David Winning Signing At Comic Con 2009

July 9, 2009
David Winning on the job! Photo courtesy of and copyright of David Winning

David Winning on the job! Photo courtesy of and copyright of David Winning

DIRECTING film and television for over 20 years, David Winning is also a veteran of 20 TV series and over 90 episodes of such shows as Stargate Atlantis and multiple seasons on Andromeda starring Kevin Sorbo. He was the 2002 recipient of the Director’s Guild National Award for Excellence in Television Drama, and was nominated again in 2006. Winning also spent four months in Hungary shooting the ABC Family series Dinotopia, which is now out on DVD. Most recently, he directed Kevin Sorbo, Robert Englund and Bruce Dern in a trilogy of monster movies for the Syfy Channel and Hallmark Entertainment, as well as episodes of the Lifetime Television vampire-themed series Blood Ties.

Winning will be appearing at Comic Con 2009 from Thursday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 26th and signing autographs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Table AA14.

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Emmanuelle Vaugier – Angell On My Shoulder

April 27, 2009
Actress Emmanuelle Vaugier - photo by and copyright of Beiron Andersson and courtesy of The Promotion People

Actress Emmanuelle Vaugier - photo by and copyright of Beiron Andersson and courtesy of The Promotion People

In 2006, a photo of the beautiful and talented Emmanuelle Vaugier graced the cover of Maxim magazine with a caption that read, “Don’t miss this girl, she’s gonna be huge.” True words were never spoken. Since getting her start in the acting industry over 14 years ago, this Canadian native has appeared in several feature films as well as such popular TV series as Two and a Half Man, Charmed, Monk and CSI: NY, where she can currently be seen helping uphold law and order in the recurring role of Police Detective Jessica Angell. While you may be familiar with her face, you might not know that Vaugier once considered pursuing a very different line of work.

“I’ve always loved animals and I briefly thought about going to school to become a veterinarian,” says the actress. “However, I don’t like seeing animals hurt or even thinking about one dying or being put down, so I probably wouldn’t make a very stable vet as far as my emotional state in that profession.”

Having taken acting classes and studied in Vancouver with British acting teacher Shea Hampton, Vaugier made her professional debut in the 1995 make-for-TV movie A Family Divided starring Faye Dunaway, Stephen Collins and Cameron Bancroft. “I was terrified and excited at the same time,” she recalls. “I only have a few scenes at the beginning of the film and then my character is raped and murdered. I remember being so thrilled that my first job was working with Faye Dunaway and all these other great people. I was like, wow, what a neat way to start out. One thing led to another and I’ve been very lucky to have kept on acting.”

While most of us were enjoying parades and barbecues, Vaugier spent one July 4th a few years back reading for her role of Jessica Angell on CSI: NY. “They [the casting people] had business to take care of, so they held auditions that day,” says the actress. “I went in to read for them and was then told that I had been placed on hold while my audition tape was sent to the producers in New York for final approval. The following day I found out the job was mine.

“Originally it was only supposed to be for two or three episodes, but they weren’t sure, and it has since turned into three seasons, which has been terrific. On my first day we were shooting downtown and I had to deliver some technical dialogue. I thought, ‘You’re a guest-star, so you can’t screw it up. You don’t get the leeway that the show’s stars get,’ or at last that’s what goes through your mind. Of course it’s not at all like that, but on your first day you want to do your best.

“So I was a bit nervous about making sure I had the dialogue down pat. It’s material that can sometimes be a little harder to memorize because it’s not anything that you really speak about in your normal day-to-day life. It was like the first day of school. You’re the new kid so to speak, which is always daunting and awkward, but the CSI cast and crew were very friendly and inviting, so everything went quite smoothly.”

Jessica Angell first arrived on the crime scene in the CSI: NY season three opener People With Money, in which Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and his people investigate the death of a man on the Brooklyn Bridge as well as a socialite who is found dead in a penthouse with another person’s blood on her body and LSD in her system. The youngest of five siblings, all brothers, and the daughter of a detective sergeant, part of Jessica Angell’s job is to brief the CSI team at various crime scenes.

“My character is a strong woman who’s very good at her job,” explains Vaugier. “She’s brought into this team of experts and not only fits in as one of the guys, but is also able to relate to the other females on the show. The biggest challenge on a program like this is trying to bring as much personality as possible to your character. Many times the [onscreen] relationships you have are business ones; your character is working with his or her partner and that sort of stuff.

“So there’s not a great deal of time for exploring personal relationships between characters other than what you see at the crime scenes. As such, you try to keep the person you’re playing interesting without infusing things falsely into a scene that don’t belong there.  It’s always exciting when you have a scene where you get to be a regular human being and talk about normal things as opposed to discussing the crime scene.”

Detective Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) and Detective Jessica Angell (Vaugier) in a scene from the CSI: NY episode "Dead Inside." Photo by David M. Russell and copyright of CBS/Paramount TV

Detective Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) and Detective Jessica Angell (Vaugier) in a scene from the CSI: NY episode "Dead Inside." Photo by David M. Russell and copyright of CBS/Paramount TV

Happily for Vaugier, CSI: NY writers have been developing a romantic relationship with Eddie Cahill’s character of Detective Don Flack Jr., and, in fact, at the end of the season five episode Dead Inside, the two finally share a kiss. “It started out slowly with a few quick lines between Jessica and Don,” notes the actress. “Then in one of the [fourth season] stories, the two characters were in a car together and chatting a bit and Eddie’s character made an attempt at flirting, which led to some flirty banter between him and Jessica. That was a great deal of fun,” she says with a laugh.

“Again, whenever it’s about the characters’ relationships and interacting in that way, I feel like that’s more of where the acting comes in, do you know what I mean? Yes, everything else involves acting, too, but it’s a bit more disconnected and about, say, the crime scene as opposed to anything else. One of my favorite scenes is in the episode [season four’s Happily Ever After] where a girl is killed after being caught between a taxicab and a school bus. There’s a scene with me and Danny Messner [Detective Carmine Giovinazzo] inside the bus where, for a moment, we actually focus on something real that is going on in his life. I thought that was just great.”

For those fans of Vaugier whose TV tastes lean more towards Sci-Fi and Fantasy, the actress has dipped her toe more than once into that genre, with, for example, a recurring role as Lex Luthor’s (Michael Rosenbaum) wife, Dr. Helen Bryce, on Smallville and a guest-spot playing Maura in the two-part Andromeda episode The Heart of the Journey.

Smallville was one of those situations where I was actually in Vancouver filming something else, and before I flew back to Los Angeles I got a call asking if I would like to come in that day to read with Michael Rosenbaum for the recurring role of his new girlfriend on the show,” she says. “So I went in and Michael came over from the set during his lunch break to read with me. They put my audition on tape and sent it down to Los Angeles for the producers there to look at, and in the meantime I flew back down there and home, too. A couple of days later I was offered the role and went back up to Vancouver. See, you move to L.A. from Canada and they just keep bringing you back,” jokes Vaugier, “which I have no problem with. Sure I’ll come back and see my family and friends in Vancouver.

“I had a lot of fun on Smallville,” continues the actress. “I always loved doing scenes with Michael and the two of us worked really well together. He had some interesting ideas about our characters’ relationship and it was wonderful to work with him on that level as well. Our storyline began to get really interesting when Helen tried to kill Lex and then the two of them reconciled and decided to have a second go at their marriage. That’s when the plot began to thicken so to speak. Their relationship could have gone in so many different directions, and acting-wise, I had a blast playing someone who kind of turned ‘evil’ all of a sudden.

The beautiful and talented Emmanuelle Vaugier - photo courtesy of The Promotion People

The beautiful and talented Emmanuelle Vaugier - photo courtesy of The Promotion People

“As for Andromeda, that was a number of early mornings in the make-up chair. Mental note:  don’t do a TV show that requires prosthetics. Your life will be over as of day one. I should correct myself on that – in this case it was face paint, extensive hand-painted face painting as opposed to prosthetics. So it took three-and-a-half hours in the make-up chair and then a hour having my hair made up. The end process, including the costume, was absolutely beautiful.

“The actors on that show were amazing, too. Some of them also had to endure hours of make-up, but on a consistent basis, so I had a lot of respect for them for that. I’ve actually worked behind prosthetics as well and it can be pretty challenging depending on the process. I had this job where one of my eyes was covered. I had a splitting headache, and by the end of the day my other eye was strained because you’re not used to using just one eye. The make-up takes forever to remove, too. The paint wasn’t bad, but any type of latex takes a couple of hours to take off, again, depending on how much you have on. So it’s a difficult process, but necessary in certain instances.”

Along with her work on CSI:NY, Vaugier recently finished shooting the upcoming movie Dolan’s Cadillac, which is based on a short story by Stephen King and also stars Christian Slater and Wes Bentley. “This is basically a tale of revenge,” says the actress. “My character meets an untimely death and then her husband [Slater] plots his revenge against her killer [Bentley]. In the end, though, who really is the villain? The entire movie is sort of a twisted mental trip. It’s also more of a thriller than it is a horror story in the true sense of Stephen King. I feel the performances are really strong, so I’m looking forward to seeing what people think of it.”

Steve Eramo

As noted above, all photos copyright of Beiron Andersson, David M. Russell and/or CBS/Paramount TV and courtesy of The Promotion People, so please no copying or unauthorized duplicating of any form. Thanks!