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Pithy Notes from the Toronto Production Industry

By Dan Lytwyn
TO411 Daily Staff Writer

There are a couple dozen productions that will be shooting in the city over the next few weeks. For the average Torontonian film and television industry enthusiast, trying to keep track of all these things can be a daunting task. Luckily, TO411 has an ear to the ground and can help fill you in on a few shoots you ought to know a little more about.

As for features, Resident Evil: Afterlife began shooting last week and will reportedly be released in 2010. The film, starring the fetching Milla Jovovich, will be the fourth title of the R.E. franchise to shoot in the city. The most recent iteration, Resident Evil: Extinction, was released in 2007 and grossed just under $150 million worldwide.

This film series is undoubtedly a boon, not only for the Toronto production scene, but also for those who like to see recognizable city landmarks spectacularly destroyed onscreen. Most notably is the blowing up of City Hall in 2004’s Resident Evil: Apocalypse. This leads one to consider the film’s subtle, yet poignant commentary on the hogwash that is Toronto municipal politics.

CTV has started shooting the first season of their newest comedic endeavour, Dan for Mayor. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the program features a whole slew of Corner Gas alumni. It stars Fred Ewanuick and was created by C.G. scribes Mark Farrell, Paul Mather, and Kevin White. With all these award-winning funny people on board, it’ll be interesting to see if CTV can recreate the magic it found with the epically long running Corner Gas (six seasons is epically long in my eyes, at least by Canadian sitcom standards).

Battle of the Blades is also currently shooting over at the city’s foremost hockey temple, Maple Leaf Gardens. An interesting, yet entirely appropriate project for the CBC, the production is an ice dancing competition show that finally answers the age old question, “What happens when you pair up pro figure skaters with former NHL stars and make them perform choreographed routines?” Yeah, I know, timeless question.

What I find most intriguing is the decision to shoot at the Gardens. The place has sat more or less dormant for the last decade since the Leafs moved out. Feels great to see it back in the national spotlight. It’s finally being recognized (remotely) as a hockey venue again, rather just playing host to assorted movie shoots, concerts, and dilapidated vacancy, as has been the case for too long.

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Pithy Notes from the Toronto Production Industry

By Dan Lytwyn
TO411 Daily Staff Writer

There are a couple dozen productions that will be shooting in the city over the next few weeks. For the average Torontonian film and television industry enthusiast, trying to keep track of all these things can be a daunting task. Luckily, TO411 has an ear to the ground and can help fill you in on a few shoots you ought to know a little more about.

As for features, Resident Evil: Afterlife began shooting last week and will reportedly be released in 2010. The film, starring the fetching Milla Jovovich, will be the fourth title of the R.E. franchise to shoot in the city. The most recent iteration, Resident Evil: Extinction, was released in 2007 and grossed just under $150 million worldwide.

This film series is undoubtedly a boon, not only for the Toronto production scene, but also for those who like to see recognizable city landmarks spectacularly destroyed onscreen. Most notably is the blowing up of City Hall in 2004’s Resident Evil: Apocalypse. This leads one to consider the film’s subtle, yet poignant commentary on the hogwash that is Toronto municipal politics.

CTV has started shooting the first season of their newest comedic endeavour, Dan for Mayor. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the program features a whole slew of Corner Gas alumni. It stars Fred Ewanuick and was created by C.G. scribes Mark Farrell, Paul Mather, and Kevin White. With all these award-winning funny people on board, it’ll be interesting to see if CTV can recreate the magic it found with the epically long running Corner Gas (six seasons is epically long in my eyes, at least by Canadian sitcom standards).

Battle of the Blades is also currently shooting over at the city’s foremost hockey temple, Maple Leaf Gardens. An interesting, yet entirely appropriate project for the CBC, the production is an ice dancing competition show that finally answers the age old question, “What happens when you pair up pro figure skaters with former NHL stars and make them perform choreographed routines?” Yeah, I know, timeless question.

What I find most intriguing is the decision to shoot at the Gardens. The place has sat more or less dormant for the last decade since the Leafs moved out. Feels great to see it back in the national spotlight. It’s finally being recognized (remotely) as a hockey venue again, rather just playing host to assorted movie shoots, concerts, and dilapidated vacancy, as has been the case for too long.

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Headline, Industry News

Pithy Notes from the Toronto Production Industry

By Dan Lytwyn
TO411 Daily Staff Writer

There are a couple dozen productions that will be shooting in the city over the next few weeks. For the average Torontonian film and television industry enthusiast, trying to keep track of all these things can be a daunting task. Luckily, TO411 has an ear to the ground and can help fill you in on a few shoots you ought to know a little more about.

As for features, Resident Evil: Afterlife began shooting last week and will reportedly be released in 2010. The film, starring the fetching Milla Jovovich, will be the fourth title of the R.E. franchise to shoot in the city. The most recent iteration, Resident Evil: Extinction, was released in 2007 and grossed just under $150 million worldwide.

This film series is undoubtedly a boon, not only for the Toronto production scene, but also for those who like to see recognizable city landmarks spectacularly destroyed onscreen. Most notably is the blowing up of City Hall in 2004’s Resident Evil: Apocalypse. This leads one to consider the film’s subtle, yet poignant commentary on the hogwash that is Toronto municipal politics.

CTV has started shooting the first season of their newest comedic endeavour, Dan for Mayor. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the program features a whole slew of Corner Gas alumni. It stars Fred Ewanuick and was created by C.G. scribes Mark Farrell, Paul Mather, and Kevin White. With all these award-winning funny people on board, it’ll be interesting to see if CTV can recreate the magic it found with the epically long running Corner Gas (six seasons is epically long in my eyes, at least by Canadian sitcom standards).

Battle of the Blades is also currently shooting over at the city’s foremost hockey temple, Maple Leaf Gardens. An interesting, yet entirely appropriate project for the CBC, the production is an ice dancing competition show that finally answers the age old question, “What happens when you pair up pro figure skaters with former NHL stars and make them perform choreographed routines?” Yeah, I know, timeless question.

What I find most intriguing is the decision to shoot at the Gardens. The place has sat more or less dormant for the last decade since the Leafs moved out. Feels great to see it back in the national spotlight. It’s finally being recognized (remotely) as a hockey venue again, rather just playing host to assorted movie shoots, concerts, and dilapidated vacancy, as has been the case for too long.

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