Actor Dan Payne is everywhere: From Legends of Tomorrow and Star Trek: Beyond to The Descendants and Welcome to Nowhere

DAN PAYNEFather, king, super hero, and alien are among a few of his latest roles

Dan Payne’s many appearances in 2016 are hard to keep track of, as he is busy with roles that cover most genres, including sci-fi, horror, and comedy, on both the big and small screen. Dan’s upcoming characters include a king, a father, a villain, a super hero, and more!

This fall watch Dan as Obsidian in CW’s ‘Legends of Tomorrow’. The CW TV series stars Victor Garber, Brandon Routh and Arthur Darvill. When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, Rip Hunter (Darvill) will desperately try to prevent certain events from happening, by time-traveling; Now Rip is tasked with assembling a desperate group of heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – not only is the planet at stake, but our timeline itself. The Great Question being asked here is can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever faced?

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-8-56-32-amDan will be in Toronto on a press junket on October 31st to promote his role as Wadjet for the November 1st DVD release of ‘Star Trek: Beyond’, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Uran. In this installment, the USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them – and everything the Federation stands for – to the test.

Dan has just reprised his role as King Beast for Disney’s second installment of ‘The Descendants’, alongside Queen Belle (Keegan Connor Tracy) and his son Ben (Mitchell Hope). Ben’s first proclamation as he prepares to take the throne in the Kingdom of Auradon is to give amnesty to the teen descendants of banished Disney villains Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), Jafar (Maz Jobrani), Cruella De Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy) and ask them to join descendants of Disney heroes at the same prep school. What could go wrong?

coverDan also wrapped the feature film ‘The Plateau’, which follows two brothers as they enter the woods for a hunting trip. The tides turn quickly as they become the hunted. The depth of the characters in the film, combined with the survival element created an emotionally heightened acting experience for Dan.

In the New Year you will see Dan in ‘Welcome to Nowhere’, with Sara Canning (The Vampire Dairies, Remedy); ‘Everything, Everything’ with Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson; and the TV Movie ‘Dying to be Loved’ which airs in April 2017, in the role of Connor Hodges. In the MOW Jill Yates’ (Linda Hartley) daughter Emily (Paloma Kwiatkowski) takes up with bad boy Gary (Jedidiah Goodacre), whose violent behavior lands him and Emily in trouble. To avoid prison, Gary and Emily appear to commit a double suicide, but Jill sets out to prove Gary has gone on the lam, taking Emily with him. Dan has also just booked the role of a new villain on Disney’s ‘MECH X-4’.

Dan has portrayed many memorable roles in his impressive career, a highlight of which include: Clansmen in ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’, Nathan Davidson in ‘Mulligans’, and John on CTV’s ‘Alice, I Think’, which marked his first foray into a leading role in a TV series and gave Dan the chance to use his comedic timing. He has created a wonderful relationship with Hallmark as well that includes two films: ‘All Yours’ (Nicolette Sheridan) and ‘A Time to Dance’ (Jennie Garth), as well as a series regular role on the 2nd season of ‘Good Witch’ with Catherine Bell.

Payne was born in Victoria, B.C., Canada and moved a great deal while growing up. Dan went from a professional volleyball career in Holland to a professional photography career in Australia, before finding his path to acting with stand-up comedy and performing on stage in London. Armed with a greater sense of self and some foreign film credits, he returned home to Vancouver, Canada to get into acting full time.

Dan now resides in North Vancouver, BC with his wife and two sons. His family fosters dogs through Furever Freed, an organization that finds permanent loving home for the puppies they foster. He also fundraises for Covenant House: Sleep Out Vancouver Edition and Sea Shepard. Armed with the mentality as a former pro athlete, Dan works out and plays hockey to keep in shape. Dan’s career continues to enjoy growing success. With two LEO nominations for Best Male Lead in a Feature Length Movie, the future looks promising for Dan as his leading man good looks, versatility and sense of humor are making Hollywood take notice.

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Busy Actor Viv Leacock has roles in three upcoming TV productions BBC America’s ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’, Hallmark Channel’s ‘Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder with Love’ and CW’s ‘Frequency’

ldp_5015-aWith over ninety roles in film and television productions Viv Leacock has a busy fall season ahead on three TV shows that include BBC America’s “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”, Hallmark Channel’s “Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder with Love”, and the CW’s new series “Frequency”. Then following up in January 2017 on ABC TV Viv is part of an ensemble cast in the TV series “When We Rise”.

On the much anticipated “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”, created by Max Landis, premiering on BBC America and AMC on October 22nd, Viv takes on the role of ‘Gripps’, part of a group of supernatural beings called ‘The Rowdy 3’ – all four of them – composed of the aloof Martin (Michael Eklund), the manic Vogel (Osric Chau), the ever-stoic Gripps (Viv Leacock) and the deranged Cross (Zak Santiago), are vampires.  Not the night walking bloodsucking kind, but rather something much stranger…if that’s possible. They feed on emotion and the electrical energy of the human mind, which they extract in blasts of crackling electricity.  Ex-test subjects, the Rowdy 3 have tried to make a life for themselves out in the real world, forever hunting Dirk Gently; deliberately entering his life in moments where it will cause him the most emotional terror.

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-3-16-40-pmA four-member clan of ‘energy vampires’, Gripps showcases his dominance and strength. “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” centers on the titular holistic detective (Samuel Barnett) who investigates cases involving the supernatural alongside his reluctant sidekick, Todd (Elijah Wood). Based on the ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ novel series, written by Douglas Adams and published by Simon and Schuster in 1987.

In "Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder, With Love," Hailey Dean (Martin) is a bright, disciplined and acutely observant former prosecutor who has found a new way to help others when she becomes a therapist. Always motivated to get to the heart of the matter, Hailey suspects foul play when one of her patients' parents tragically dies. Hailey finds herself invested in seeking justice and discovering the truth, while aided by her two secret weapons: telegenic good looks and a generous supply of charm. Photo: Kellie Martin Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Sergei Bachlakov

On October 23rd on the Hallmark Channel’s “Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder with Love” he plays ‘Fincher Garland’, an investigator for Altanta’s D. A. a work husband and sometimes bodyguard for Hailey Dean (Kellie Martin). Former prosecutor-turned-therapist Hailey Dean is a powerhouse, Mensa bright, and acutely observant. During a tragic week, one of her patients loses her parents to separate fatal accidents along with millions of dollars that has seemingly vanished into thin air. When the police begin to question Hailey’s patient, she knows she is innocent. But who is the culprit?

CW’s series “Frequency” follows a police detective, Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) who discovers that in 2016 she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father; Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith), a detective who died in 1996. The two must work together to change the history of tragic events to come while also getting the chance to heal their complicated relationship. Viv plays ‘Chester’ a dirty cop with a guilty conscience who is a reluctant co-conspirator.

Set to air in January 2017, Viv is part of an ensemble cast on the ABC TV series “When We Rise” an upcoming ABC TV series written, created and directed by Dustin Lance Black and starring Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker and Rachel Griffin. It chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the US Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. Viv plays a father whose daughter writes a poignant letter to President Obama.

In the early 90’s his first love was Stand Up Comedy. Viv credits being an actor to his brother Richard Leacock (Doc, Lake Placid, Saving God) as the reason he is in the entertainment industry. He wouldn’t be here without him. Acting came to him in 1997 just after his mother passed away. Although Viv hasn’t had any formal training, in addition to his brother, he also credits Mark Brandon, Jeff Seymour and Ben Ratner for being instrumental in helping him find his way as an actor.

It is his role as ‘T. J.’ in the feature film “I Spy”(2002) with Eddie Murphy that paved his way. Eddie Murphy had to approve Viv in his role of T. J., one of Kelly Robinson’s (Murphy) entourage. Eddie’s first words to Viv were “You’re really funny man!” Something that Viv still treasures today. Growing up, Eddie Murphy was his idol, so working along side him was an amazing experience. Both he and his brother booked supporting leads, but Richard’s TV schedule prevented him from doing the role but the fact that they booked it together meant a lot to both of them.   They did have the opportunity to work together on TV series “Doc” with Richard starring in a lead role.

Other memorable roles in feature films include the comedy “Intern Academy” (2004) starring Dave Thomas of SCTV fame, Dan Aykroyd, Dave Foley, Matt Frewer and Maury Chaykin. In 2010 he was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “The Thaw” starring Val Kilmer. Viv plays Bart, a helicopter pilot that will do anything to save everyone.

Currently on the film festival circuit “Dark Harvest”(2016) is screening to rave reviews. The film stars Cheech Marin, James Hutson, Hugh Dillon and Alan J. Pederson, Viv plays Earl Freeman, a partner in a Grow Op, with dreams of getting out alive. In the Award Winning feature “Becoming Redwood” (2013) Redwood Forrest Hanson dreams that if he can beat Jack Nicklaus at the 1975 Masters of golf, he’ll reunite his parents forever. Starring Chad Willett, Ryan Grantham, Jennifer Copping and Derek Hamilton Viv plays Ruben Malone a figment of Redwood’s (Grantham) imagination that is literally the voice in his head.

“On The Farm” (2016) is a TV Movie that hit Viv hard, as he was a close friend with one of Robert “Willie” Pickton’s victims. He plays Sgt. Sarin, the forensic investigator that was instrumental in the DNA finds that put Pickton away. The character was an amalgamation of a few different real life officers and ironically would have been the person responsible for identifying his friend’s DNA remains.

Although he has a successful acting career it is his family life with his wife Divina, and their three children, Vienna 10, Lennox 8 and Elias 6, that Viv cherishes the most. He claims it is his reason for being. He credits his wife for taking care of them and his kids for keeping him fit. Viv currently resides with his family in Vancouver.

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Gritty mystery Dark Harvest, starring James Hutson and Cheech Marin, hits New York City Cannabis Film Festival on October 16th

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 12.15.59 PMThe critically acclaimed feature has won a number of accolades on its festival tour, including Best Picture (Audience Choice & Best of the Fest) at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, and Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Cheech Marin, and Best Thriller at the Oregon International Film Festival

The gritty marijuana murder-mystery, Dark Harvest, is set to screen at the New York City Cannabis Film Festival on October 16th, following an impressive festival run brimming with critical acclaim and festival accolades.

The feature film stars an impressive ensemble cast, including: James Hutson, Hugh Dillon, Tygh Runyan, Bernie Coulson, Alan C. Peterson and Cheech Marin. The film marks the first feature from James Hutson (Insomnia, Reindeer Games), a passion project that he not only stars in, but also wrote, directed and produced.

Dark Harvest chronicles the struggles of two growers and a suspended narcotics officer as they deal with a series of murders on the eve of marijuana legalization. When Carter Holmes (Hutson), a veteran marijuana grower determined to retire, is robbed of a quarter million dollars worth of weed, he goes against the advice of his mentor (Cheech Marin; Up in Smoke, Desperado) and seeks out a legal medical cultivation license to secure an income stream. Violent crimes, murders shrouded in mystery, and a race to find who is responsible, leads Carter to work with an unlikely partner to survive.

578572_227006580810214_1910513238_nHutson was inspired to write Dark Harvest while working at his former job that involved acting out scenarios for the Vancouver Police Department to train new officers. While on the job, he would ask veteran cops to share stories with him. After hearing about a drug bust that went sideways, the story for Dark Harvest began to brew in the filmmakers mind. The film was then cast with an ensemble of award winning actors that bring years of experience and engaging performances to the project. The movie, which takes audiences on a dramatic, 87-minute ride, was shot in Vancouver, Toronto, Cuba and Mexico.


screenshoteditDark Harvest has screened at festivals across North America to audience and critical acclaim alike, including at the Portland Film Festival, Williamsburg International Film Festival, Oregon Independent Film Festival, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, and Edmonton International Film Festival.

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David Lewis appearing across networks this fall in multiple television roles

screen-shot-2016-08-05-at-5-52-06-pmDavid has roles in ‘Zoo’, ‘Motive’, ‘Rogue’, and the new series ‘Travelers’ and ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’

Veteran actor David Lewis is appearing on television screens across North America this fall on a number of popular returning shows and two anticipated new series poised for premieres this month.

Having recently played the role of Dr. Vickers in the CBS drama ‘Zoo’, David is switching gears to the land of law when he appears in the new season of the CTV hit, ‘Motive’, as Sergeant Gavin Saunders. David also has guest starring and recurring roles on ‘Travelers’, ‘Rogue’, ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ and ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’, all airing this fall.

Coming up next for David is the role of Agent Weedle on the anticipated new series ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’, starring Elijah Wood, which premieres later this month on BBC America and on Netlfix in November. Elsewhere on the small screen, David plays Major Gleason in the original time-travel sci-fi series ‘Travelers’, starring Eric McCormack, airing on Showcase in Canada, and streaming on Netflix internationally. David also returns for a second season in his recurring role as Mitchell, an over-the-top magazine editor in the series ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’.

David will also be hitting the big screen at the Austin Film Festival in the short ‘The Goodnight Kiss’, screening on October 16 & 18. David co-wrote and stars in the film, which follows two people who fall in love, but the belief that successful love is forever turns their love into misery and only a catastrophic event can bring them back together.

screen-shot-2016-03-30-at-4-30-17-pmThe Leo Award-winning actor has garnered industry acclaim while amassing almost 200 film and television credits to his name. Career highlights include working with Harrison Ford, Paul Giamatti, Ben Affleck and William H. Macy on films such as ‘Door to Door’, ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, ‘Paycheck’ and ‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever’. He has written and directed a number of short films including ‘Stalled’ and ‘Theatrics’. David also had a lead role in the Cannes Film Festival Best Short Film award-winning short ‘Shoes Off’.

Other film and television credits include ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Lake Placid’, ‘The Butterfly Effect 2’, the ‘Fairly Odd Parents’ string of movies, and the CBS mystery series ‘Harper’s Island’.

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Brandi Alexander joins the stellar cast on CBC TV’s The Romeo Section premiering October 5th

brandi-hsBrandi Alexander joins the cast of the critically acclaimed espionage crime drama series The Romeo Section in season two. Though you may already know Brandi from Fifty Shades of Grey, Canada’s Next Top Model, and Deal or No Deal, her new leading role on The Romeo Section highlights another new benchmark in her career. The show is created by renowned show-runner Chris Haddock (Intelligence, Da Vinci’s Inquest) and has already won an outstanding number of Leo awards. The second season premieres on Wednesday, October 5th at 9:00 pm on CBC TV and will also be airing on Netflix this fall.

The Romeo Section’s season two will consist of 10 new one-hour episodes in which the players get played, the powerful stumble, and the meek rise to power. Brandi plays Lana, the skeptical girlfriend of a downtown east side drug dealer and manager to the front for his heroin business. Lana reunites with her old flame Rufus, played by Juan Riedinger (Narcos, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour), when he is sent to make a deal with her current boyfriend. The show also stars Andrew Airlie who returns this season portraying the role of “Wolfgang McGee’. Chris Haddock sums up his thoughts on what the fans can expect from The Romeo Section’s second season with just three simple words: “It gets nasty.”

Brandi has also starred in many other popular TV shows which include Motive, Blackstone, ,Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Supernatural, and Smallville, to name a few. A ground-breaking point in Brandi’s career came when she was given the opportunity to be a part of the frenzy that came with the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon.  Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic romance novel, the first installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy. Fifty Shades of Grey has topped best-seller lists around the world, selling over 125 million copies worldwide by June 2015. Brandi played the flight attendant in the film adaptation of the book who informs Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) on the plane that she has a seat in first class as she is on her way to visit her mother after a whirlwind of her experiences with Christen Grey. Brandi says, “Playing a role on this film to an audience with such an enormous following was definitely an experience I will never forget!”

brandi-fall-lookBorn to a Filipino mother and mixed father of African/Aboriginal and European decent, this model turned actress was born and raised in Vancouver. As a young child she expressed herself through different forms of art, particularly drawing and painting. But after taking part in school performances and attending acting classes, she discovered her deep love for acting. Brandi’s love for acting is what has brought her to where she is today. However, her path took a unique turn when she was approached to model at the age of 13. She started working as a fashion model for print, commercials and runway. She even immersed herself into the pageant world, competing in several pageants. This experience gave her a dose of competition which would prepare her for what was to come next – Canada’s Next Top Model.

From Canada’s Next Top Model, Brandi went on to being selected as one of the suit case models on the game show Deal or no Deal when they did a special spin for Canada with the dynamic actor/comedian Howie Mandel as the host. Brandi says, “Working on a game show was a new experience for me. The show was fun, upbeat, and always exciting! Each of the game show players was so very unique and the results were always surprising!”

In 2015, Brandi had the opportunity of filming in Russia when she booked a recurring role on a mini-series called Insomnia which is still currently in the editing works. This role enabled Brandi to work with Al Sapienz from House of Cards/ Sopranos as well as Max Topplin from Suits. Brandi also worked on the action thriller film Phantom and just recently wrapped her work on a short crime drama The Orchard.

Aside from acting, Brandi is also a registered holistic nutritionist. She emphasizes the importance of health. To her, this means eating very nutritious and also hitting the gym on a regular weekly schedule. Brandi eats healthy and stays fit as part of her lifestyle.

Brandi currently resides in Vancouver, BC. She is also a foodie and loves nature, travel, and to binge watch Netflix.

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Lighthouse Pictures present The Hottest Event during VIFF The Annual RED Carpet Film Party

This exclusive event, hosted by ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli, will take place October 1, 2016 at the Imperial Theatre 

screen-shot-2012-10-11-at-12-49-14-pmOn Saturday, October 1stLighthouse Pictures will roll out the red carpet at the Imperial Theatre for their Annual Red Carpet Film Party during the Vancouver International Film Festival. Always the hottest party at the festival featuring A-List filmmakers, international producers, directors and actors, the event is a must for festival partygoers and industry VIP’s.

Regarding the upcoming event, Lighthouse Pictures’ Jamie Goehring says, “Once again we are excited to welcome the entertainment industry to celebrate with us.  It is a wonderful event and a great way to showcase our local talent. Our Red Carpet has become a tradition at VIFF.”

rick-campanelliThis year Rick Campanelli, as seen on ET Canada, returns to host the red carpet movie party during the Festival! Media are invited to attend the red carpet to interview and photograph celebrities between 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. The party will continue until 1:00 a.m.

This VIP Party, presented by Lighthouse Pictures in conjunction with event partners Sim Group, William F. White Int’l, Finale, Integro Entertainment, Bridge Studios, and Strategex will consist of industry decision makers and will bring together incredible cinema, amazing fashion and music. With a reputation as being the best party during the Vancouver International Film Festival, this is an event you do not want to miss.

Annual RED Carpet Film Party during the VIFF

When: Saturday, October 1st, 2016
8:00pm to 10:00pm – Red Carpet hosted by Rick Campanelli
8:00pm to 1:00am – VIP Party

Where: Imperial Theatre
319 Main St., Vancouver, BC

Jamie Goehring and Shawn Williamson are available for interviews. Celebrities will be available for photo opportunities and interviews on the Red Carpet.

Media are welcome to attend the Red Carpet Party to interview & photograph local and international celebrities and industry professionals.

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Lighthouse Pictures is a venture that specializes in producing genre and mid- to small-budget film and television projects. Industry leaders Shawn Williamson and Jamie Goehring helm Lighthouse Pictures. Lighthouse recently produced a powerful tribute to single moms The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story from executive producer Queen Latifah, This Is Your Death from director Giancarlo Esposito starring Famke Janssen and Josh Duhamel, Scorched Earth from director Peter Howitt starring Gino Carano and John Hannah and the overwhelming successful Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart (Lex Scott Davis).

Other past productions include the Oscar-nominated Nebraska scribe Bob Nelson’s directorial debut, The Confirmation (Clive Owen, Maria Bello, Patton Oswalt, and Matthew Modine). Lighthouse also produced Twist of Faith starring 6-time Grammy award winning artist Toni Braxton and Mykelti Williamson (Forrest Gump), and The Wishing Tree which premiered as Hallmark Channel’s highest rated original movie of the year. In 2013, Lighthouse produced its first foray into the horror genre with Scarecrow (Lacey Chabert). Lighthouse also produced Let It Snow (Candace Cameron-Bure) which garnered enough viewers to make it the 2nd highest watched film in the history of the Hallmark Channel and The Color of Rain which became Hallmark Movie Channel’s highest rated and most watched original film in network history. Year after year Lighthouse projects have receive industry praise including Canadian Screen Awards nominations for Twist of Faith, and Leo Award nominations for “Best Television Movie” and “Best Direction” for The Color of Rain, while Scarecrow won a Leo in the category of “Best Overall Sound”. Lighthouse productions received seven Leo Awards nominations in 2015 & 2016.

With a production team that has decades of experience in the film business, Lighthouse is able to leverage our numerous relationships in the industry to provide feature film quality on smaller budgets.


In 2007, after more than a 2.5 million dollar renovation, Oscar nominated film producer Bill Vince (Capote) re-opened the once Golden Harvest theatre as District 319. Gutting the old theatre to its foundation, Bill was able to successfully turn the rundown Chinese theatre into one of the coolest boutique theatres in the city, maybe even the country.

The theatre’s current incarnation, now called the Imperial, is a cross between your typical art-house screening room and a high-end steak house. Its lobby features a full-service bar as a centre piece to facilitate the fully licensed premises. Miniature replicas of Qin Dynasty terracotta warriors line a shelf encircling the bar’s counter: a tasteful touch of chinoiserie that acknowledges the venue’s past. In addition to its unique design the theatre was renovated to include a state-of-the-art theatre with 35-mm and HD digital projectors, and Dolby THX surround sound.

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“Hello Destroyer” featuring Paul McGillion heads to VIFF following an acclaimed run at TIFF


Photo Credit: Aaron Smedley

Multi-award winning actor Paul McGillion, who has over 100 film and television credits to his name, and has roles in two acclaimed films that premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Hello Destroyer – his third film with celebrated director Kevan Funk – and the film (Re)Assignment, directed by the renowned Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours).

In Hello Destroyer, Paul plays Ron Burr, the stern father of Tyson Burr, played by Jared Abrahamson (Awkward, Fear the Walking Dead). The father and son struggle with communication, a trait handed down through the generations. Hello Destroyer raises deeply troubling questions about how society teaches boys to become adults, particularly within the context of Canada’s national obsession: hockey. The film will be screening at the Vancouver International Film Festival on October 1st at 6:00 pm and October 6th at 3:45 pm.

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In the jaw-dropping audacious revenge thriller (Re)Assignment, Paul plays District Attorney Paul Wincott lobbying to keep Sigourney Weaver’s character behind bars. Sigourney Weaver plays a score-settling surgeon who puts a lowlife killer through full male-to-female reassignment surgery.

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Upcoming roles in feature films include Midnight Sun (2017), where Paul plays entrepreneur Blake Jones alongside Patrick Schwarzenegger; Day to Night (2017) where Paul stars opposite Camille Sullivan and Robert Maloney as Will Sheen, a gregarious vice principal that tries to keep the peace during one very awkward evening; and in the comedy Big Fat Liar 2 (2017), where he is cast as Tom Sheppard, the father of the mischievous genious Kevin Sheppard (Ricky Garcia), directed by Ron Oliver (Universal Studios)

Paul has just recently wrapped one of his most adventurous film experiences to-date with his lead role in the Hollywood/Bollywood romance Heartbeats (2017) from the creator of the Step Up franchise and Save the Last Dance. Paul plays Richard Andrews, opposite Daphne Zuniga (Melrose Place, One Tree Hill), who travels to Mumbai, India, with his family for a wedding. Romance, drama and dance ensue.

Paul’s work on the small screen is extensive, with credits including: ABC’s Once Upon a Time,  Fox’s 24, AMC’s TheKilling, BRAVO’s Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Fringe, Supernatural, When Calls the Heart and the cult-classic The X-Files. Paul is widely recognized for his role in the award-winning sci-fi series Stargate Atlantis, where he played the lovable Scottish physician, Dr. Carson Beckett for five seasons.

Over the years, Paul’s storied acting career has led him to work with some of the industry’s top talent, including Chris Pine and Karl Urban in Star Trek, directed by JJ Abrams, George Clooney and Britt Robinson in Tommorowland, directed by Brad Bird, and Academy Award winner Sally Field, in A Cooler Climate.

Born in Paisley, Scotland, the sixth of seven children, Paul immigrated to Canada with his family as a child. Paul was raised in southern Ontario (Niagara region). While pursuing his acting career, Paul obtained two degrees (B.A. and B.Ed) and was a member of the National Champion Brock Badgers varsity wrestling team.

Paul currently resides in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and two children.

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Reviews are in for ‘Hello Destroyer’:
TIFF 2016 Review: Hello Destroyer
‘Hello Destroyer’ puts hockey’s culture on display
Hello Destroyer ruminates on our thirst for violence in hockey – until it all goes wrong
Quiet hockey film, Hello Destroyer, helps put Banff-born filmmaker Kevan Funk in the big leagues
TIFF 2016 Movie Review: HELLO DESTROYER (Canada 2016)

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Actress Alison Wandzura Plays With Vampires in Van Helsing SyFy Series Premiering September 23rd at 10/9c

alisonwandzura_n2a1359_creditjamesfrystakActress Alison Wandzura will be lighting up the screen in the highly anticipated TV series Van Helsing. From the Producers of Emmy winning Fargo and Hell on Wheels, Van Helsing features Alison Wandzura as a key character in an apocalyptic vampire world. The new series premieres on September 23, 2016 at 10/9c on the SyFy network.

Van Helsing is described as “a twist on the classic vampire adventure tale”. In Van Helsing, Alison’s character was originally written only into the pilot episode but was expanded over the first season. Alison plays the recurring character Nicole alongside Kelly Overton (True Blood), Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), Christopher Heyerdahl (True Blood), David Cubitt (Medium, Ray Donovan), and Aleks Paunovic (Continuum). Vanessa Helsing, distant relative of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, is resurrected only to find that vampires have taken over the world. She is humanity’s last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.

“I fell in love with the Van Helsing characters and their journeys”, says Alison. “The show is gritty and unpredictable, and the stakes (pardon the pun) are always high. As an actor, you’re entering a world where your life is constantly in danger, with vampires gnashing at the gates, and you have to make that authentic to you, so it’s authentic to the audience.”

“It’s a gift to be part of the Van Helsing family, as it is the best crew and cast I’ve worked with,” reflects Alison. “Kelly Overton, our leading lady, is incredibly down-to-earth and gracious,” Alison continues. “The vibe on any set trickles down from the top, so when the star of the show is as warm a person as Kelly, that spirit is contagious.”

Alison is currently working on the movie Story of a Girl, which is Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut, and part of Lifetime network’s “Broad Focus” initiative to promote female directors, writers, and producers. Alison plays a well-to-do former colleague of the character played by Jon Tenny (Scandal, The Closer). Alison will also be appearing on The Magicians (SyFy) and Rogue (DirecTV), both airing in 2017. Other credits include The X Files, iZombie, Mistresses, Age of Adaline and Once Upon A Time.

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This year Alison co-produced and co-starred in Singer Sisters, a comedic short film that won a $10,000 grant from Telus Storyhive. In the film she plays Sarah, an actress who’s being pressured to go under the knife in order to land a role on a TV show. This film specifically created opportunities for women, as the producers, writer, director and many of the crew were female.

Alison grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Early signs of a future in acting began around the age of six when Alison started improvising shampoo commercials in her bathtub. As a kid she loved putting on puppet shows for whoever would watch. The turning point came in University while she was majoring in Business and minoring in Drama. She began performing in stage plays, which she considers to be the best training ground for an actor. “In a two-hour stage performance, you have to give a lot of yourself, and the stamina required for a three-week run with nightly performances is huge,” says Alison.

In her personal life, Alison has a 2-year-old Chihuahua named Cheetah, which she adopted through a group called “Big and Small Rescue”. She encourages people to save an animal’s life by adopting. Alison sticks to a regular workout regimen to stay in shape, often doing push-ups with her 10-pound Chihuahua on her back for a fun and further challenge.

Alison continues to pursue her acting career with the goal of telling thought-provoking stories, particular those with strong, empowering portrayals of women.

Alison is available for interviews and photographs upon request.

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Alison Wandzura’s Links  

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Fresh off multiple roles in “Sausage Party”, in-demand voice over artist and veteran actor Nicole Oliver stars as Kathy in “Marrying the Family”

nicole“Marrying the Family” will have its world premiere at VIFF this month

Nicole Oliver continues to expand her diverse entertainment career, balancing voiceover work in a high-profile Hollywood animated feature film with a lead role in an indie-gem, while simultaneously booking roles for a number of upcoming projects.

Nicole recently voiced the roles of Sally Bun, Ice cream, Watermelon and Female Shopper #1 in Seth Rogen’s buzzed-about adult animated comedy “Sausage Party”. The movie also features the voices of James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, and Selma Hayek. This isn’t Nicole’s only recent work alongside impressive A-list actors: She also has a role in “Wonder”, a feature film starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay.

Nicole can next be seen in the indie film “Marrying the Family”, which is set to make its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival. “Marrying the Family” unites Nicole with many of the ensemble cast from the Film Festival darling “Leap for Your Life”. The film follows Dylan (Taylor Hill), as she is getting ready for her wedding to her high school sweetheart Corey (Adam Di Marco). However, any plans for a simple wedding are put on hold when her wedding planner mother Kathy, played by Nicole, steps in to design a wedding Dylan will never forget. “Marrying the Family” is a sweet comedy about love, family, growing up and letting go. It is directed by Peter Benson (What An Idiot).

10736341_new-sausage-party-extended-tv-spot-released_b5252f2b_mThe multifaceted entertainment veteran has countless film and television credits to her name. She is the recipient of the UBCP/ACTRA award for Best Voice for her work in animation.

Nicole has guest starred on numerous television series including “Supernatural” and “Rogue”. She has also starred in many MOW’s including “Radio Hype” starring Alison Sweeney, Lifetime’s “Ungodly Acts”, “The Christmas Ornament” starring Cameron Mathison and Kellie Martin, “The Woodcarver” with John Ratzenberger; “Taken Back – Finding Haley” with Amanda Tapping and “Innocent” with Bill Pullman and Marcia Gay Harden. For four seasons, Nicole was also the host on the hit Slice Network series “Crash Test Mommy”. A highlight for Nicole was acting alongside her young son, William Ainscough, who starred as Billy in City TV’s “Seed” for two seasons.

jamm0295Well known throughout the world at Brony and Fan Conventions as Princess Celestia and Cheerilee on “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” and Zoe on the cartoon “Littlest Pet Shop”, her acclaimed voice-over work continues to thrive. In animation, she has popular roles on “Max Steel”, “Martha Speaks”, “Strawberry Shortcake”, and “Superbook”. She has provided her voice to over 100 companies including American Express, Starbucks, Salon Selectives, Club House, and IKEA.

Nicole Oliver has worked for over twenty years in the entertainment industry as an actor, producer, and director. This multi-talented, incredibly busy mother and professional has mastered the balance between family and work, and has furthered her education with a Masters of Arts in Communication from Royal Roads University (2011). She is the recipient of both the Founders Award for leadership and sustainability and the Chancellors Award for highest academic achievement.


Nicole Oliver is available for interviews upon request.

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William Ainscough stars as Milton in the feature film “Milton’s Secret”, based on the book by Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman

picture_1“Milton’s Secret” has its World Premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival and opens in Theaters across the United States on September 30th

Thirteen-year old actor William Ainscough is a rising child star who is making headlines starring as Milton alongside the distinguished and legendary Donald Sutherland in the feature film Milton’s Secret. Opening in select theatres throughout the United States, and On Demand/ Digital HD on Friday, September 30, 2016, Milton’s Secret will have its World Premiere as a Family Gala feature at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival.

The feature film Milton’s Secret, is an adaptation of Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman’s book of the same name. William plays 12 year-old Milton Adams, who is growing up in an uncertain world. Milton feels as if his whole world is in crisis – his parents are stressed about their careers and finances and Milton is being bullied at school. However, when his Grandpa Howard (Donald Sutherland) comes to visit, he discovers anxiety about the past and worrying about the future only make things worse and prevent him from finding true happiness moment to moment.

094William initially auditioned on tape, followed by a Skype session for the role of Milton. Award-winning writer-director Barnet Bain, best known as producer of What Dreams May Come starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr., very quickly found himself blown away by the young man’s emotional openness. “It was so powerful that I kept forgetting it was over Skype. It felt like a live session.” The director wanted to see if this young performer could connect to the story. “I asked him if he had grandparents and something caught in his eye. I asked William what he was thinking of just then and he said, “Well yeah, I had a grandpa.” I asked him to tell me about him and – well, it was like a fire hydrant – an explosion of emotion and tears.” Bain relays what happened next. “I asked his parents if they would be comfortable if I did a scene with William from this place. And when we did, I’ve just never seen anything so powerful. It had so much energy – it was so raw, and it was so real. And I knew we had received a great gift: that’s our Milton.” William’s talent is definitely deep and beyond his years.

William began in the entertainment industry following his parent’s footsteps (Nicole Oliver, actress; Chris Ainscough, composer/film editor). It was after watching his mother in action during visits to the sets of some of her film projects that William’s interest in the acting world began. Nicole inspired him to try acting for himself and he began taking classes.

It was clear after booking his first two auditions that for William, acting was a path well chosen. William’s very first attempt at acting was a success, when he landed his first audition in an open casting call for the feature film Hidden. William was successful in landing the role of Joey, a slightly shy and soulful boy and close friend and neighbor of Zoe’s (Emily Alyn Lind). The feature film, which follows a family hiding in a bomb shelter after a mysterious outbreak devastates civilization, stars Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, Battleship) and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, Made in Dagenham). The film Hidden was directed by The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things).

William soon followed that experience with playing Billy on the CW/City TV series Seed for two seasons. William received many award nominations for Seed including a Leo Award and UBCP/ACTRA nomination. William won the Joey Award in 2014 for best leading role youth actor (9 and under) in a TV series Comedy/Action. Other recent highlights for William include playing the iconic role of John Darling in ABC’s Once Upon a Time, a major supporting role in Zapped the television feature for the Disney Channel starring the US pop music sensation and actor Zendaya, a guest star role in The Haunting Hour, and a supporting role in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original program The Christmas Secret. William is also the voice of Sean on the PBS Kids series Ready Jet Go, which has now been renewed for a second season.

William has just completed principal photography on Radu Mihaileanu’s sweeping epic, The History of Love, an adaptation of Nicole Krauss’ 2005 book of the same name. The movie will be the first English-language film for Radu Mihaileanu, a Bucharest-born French filmmaker whose previous film La Source des femmes competed at the Cannes film festival in 2011. William plays Bird Singer. He is a preoccupied, strangely serious child, concerned by the woes of the world; he is convinced he is a “lamed vovnik,” one of the thirty-six holy people, carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, and perhaps even the Messiah.

William is currently working on the second season of the PBS Kids hit animation series Ready Jet Go, providing the voice for the character Sean. The new season will feature 24 new episodes, an hour-long special and a collection of new web games and mobile apps, and is set to launch in late 2017. Since Ready Jet Go’s February premiere, the series has reached 22 million viewers, including 7.6 million kids on linear TV, and its content has been streamed more than 93 million times since January. In addition to airing on PBS stations, full-length segments from the show are available for streaming on and on the free PBS KIDS Video app on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. The series is also on Amazon Prime Video.

Aside from acting, William is an accomplished drummer, loves soccer, Medieval combat and Parkour, and is a huge fan of the online game Minecraft.

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William Ainscough Links:

Twitter: @will_ainscough

‘Milton’s Secret’ Links:
Twitter: @MiltonsSecret

‘Milton’s Secret’ Theatrical Run – Friday September 30, 2016
Los Angeles – Arena Cinema
Denver – Westminster Promenade 24
Chicago – Streets of Woodfield 20
Houston – Willowbrook 24
Kansas City – Town Center 20
Philadelphia – Cherry Hill 24
Minneapolis-St. Paul – Iver Grove 16
Boston – Liberty Tree Mall 20
Seattle-Tacoma – Cascade Mall 14
San Franscio-Oak-San Jose – Deer Valley Stadium 16

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