Jensen Ackles of Supernatural comes back from Thanksgiving break.. as does Sara Canning.. his newest conquest on SPN
The man who plays the usually well shaved, sharp tongued monster slayer on the CW hit Supernatural, arrived back in Vancouver after his week long break with the makings of a beard growing.
Jensen chatted for a few minutes with those of us who waited around that night about his Thanksgiving weekend, the turkey coma he was working thru and his dogs, 1 of whom was seen with him leaving town, but did not return with him.
He described how 1 of his dogs looks like a seal pup when its all fluffed out. The smile on his face as he described the dog tells you he really likes the dog too. Jensen added that his dog is a great traveller "hes better behaved than most people" he added.
Jensen was the last of a long day of successes we had from the Thanksgiving weekend cavalcade of entertainers coming back to Vancouver to start woking on projects this week.
EDIT- I have added a few pics of Sara Canning who today was announced as a "one night stand" of Jensens character Dean Winchester in episode 13 this season.
I was lucky enough to catch the former The Vampire Diaries star about an hour before Jensen when 2 other local hounds noticed her coming thru. She talked with us for awhile. During the conversation, the topic of The Vampire Diaries conventions that Creation is starting to hold came up, which lead to talking about the Supernatural conventions we have here...and thats when she asked us if we watched the show with a hint of curiosity. Shortly after that I asked if she had any upcoming projects, she said yes. All she was willing to tell us at the time was it was a TV show & that "she didnt know if she could talk about it". Only show we know around here that makes such absurd demands of its guest stars is SPN. So we ut 1 1 together and decided it was probably going to be SPN...and sure enough, today, bam, she is confirmed as a guest star on an upcoming episode as Deans 1 night stand.
So below is a few pics of the slightly scruffy star on his arrival and his temporary fling...both coming in the same night.
A couple weeks ago I stumbled across a set for the film "The Company You Keep". The film stars a literal cornucopia of notable names like Brendan Gleeson, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Sam Elliott, Anna Kendrick, Terrance Howard, Nick Nolte as well as Shia Labeouf. To top it all off, the director is Robert Redford, who is pulling double duty as hes in the film as well.
On this particular day I caught a scene of (Robert Redford) Jim Grant, a small town lawyer suspected of murder leaving an apartment and getting into his car. Following Jim out of the apartment is Ben Schulburg (Shia Labeouf), a reporter for an Albany newspaper that is investigating the murder & Jim.
It is hard to hear what is being said because of traffic, but the scene is pretty easy to follow. Ben is pursuing Jim for info/answers to a question he has, and his body language suggests he didnt get it.
The Company You Keep is scheduled for release in either late 2012, or early 2013.
I apologize in advance to the actor playing the large man (Mr. Golds bodyguard) with Robert Carlyle in these scenes, but I never found out your name. Just that they referred to the towering man with a voice as deep as Andre The Giants as "John". I take that to be his real name as they usually refer to actors by their real names on set.
The large man (Mr. Golds bodyguard) and Robert (Mr. Gold) filmed a couple scenes, first 1 where the large man lets Mr. Gold out of his car.
While this scene was being filed, 1 crew member decided he reallllllllly wanted to be in my blog. Continually stepping infront of my MY camera (a very novice looking camera compared to the 3-4 more professional cameras out that day) and moving along with me. So "Steve" (heard someone calling you that I think), congratulations... you are now in my blog. Perhaps this newfound fame will help you get a friend? Sorry about your photo going last....my blog refused to put it ahead of any of the REAL photos.
Anyways, there was little to this scene. Just the guard letting Mr. Gold out of the car & Mr. Gold starting to walk down the street. Best part of this for me was, when the scene was done they said "ok, kill the car" meaning, thats a wrap on the car, take it away, Robert reacted to the comment by pretending to smash the cane over the hood....unfortunately, I didnt catch him in full swing, just only as he was pulling the cane back away.
Later they moved across the street to the autoshop. I left while they were still working on this scene, but it again had Mr. Gold and his guard walking across the street towards a man working near a towtruck.
During the wait for the set to be perfectly ready to shoot Robert was visited by a woman with a baby. Robert took a liking to the toddler and was quite fascinated with him for a few moments. Like I said in an earlier blog, this cast has been GREAT with fans, hounds & photographers.
A final bonus... a couple close up pics of Mr. Gold's cane while it was sitting on the props cart between takes.
My 2nd day of filming started off seeing 2 people I hadnt seen in awhile, Lana Parrilla (Mayor Regina/Evil Queen) & Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin).
The scene involved Mr. Gold walking across the street to where Regina was standing. They exchange a breif dialogue & then Mr. Gold goes on his way as Regina stares at himf rom behind for a lengthy time.
Later in the day I saw more scenes with Mr. Gold, which will come up in my next blog.... along with a nice close up look at his cane.
In this blog, I want to make note of how awesome the cast has been with fans & professional photographers & autograph hounds alike. I saw each member on the 2nd day (Carlyle, Parrilla, Goodwin & Dallas) all stop to take photos with fans who literally were walking right thru the set (during breaks obviously) as well as their willingness to sign for me. The crew has been, not withstanding a couple individual cases of "I Wanna be a noticed-itis" that were nothing more than small nuisances, terrific. They rarely object to fans or photographers being around long as you give them a little room to work when they need it (and still more often than not give you space to see the scenes being shot). It is terrific to see this appreciation. Only other set I have ever had this level (again with the exception of 1 or 2 rogue crew members) acceptance has been on the Fringe set. Usually, theres 4-5 crew members that feel its their lifes mission to alienate fans & photographers on sets, unaware what harm they are actually doing to a show. This show is (so far) understanding of the fans curiosity & the photogs/hounds desire for a result & dont purposely try to step on toes... too often.
Below is a few pics from the scenes with Parrilla and Carlyle, as well as a few of them just hanging around waiting.
If you do NOT want any spoilers about the show DO NOT read on or view the photos!!
So my 2nd day on the set generated another semi-spoiler. After yesterdays Emma driving the Sheriffs car shock, another interesting shock was about to be seen by those watching the scenes being shot with Ginnifer Goodwin (Mary Margaret Blanchard) & Josh Dallas (John Doe/David Nolan)
The scene involves Mary leaving Grannys diner and David meeting up with her. The pair walk down the street, engage in a chat a couple stores down, and then the spoiler..... David goes in for a kiss, and does Mary accept his advances??? No, she backs away from his attempt.
Of course, when you watch filming you only catch a short blip of a storyline, but from this quick shoot it is clear that David will pursue Mary more later this season & our school teacher appears unwelcoming of the attention.
Of course, the fairy tale world characters this pair play, Snow White & Prince Charming were seen recently acting as if they knew nothing of each other. Will there be a twist down the line that David kissing Mary will somehw re-unite the fairy tale couple? Who knows. The couple is up for "favorite couple" in the Best Of TV 2011 Awards on our site, could Mary & David be contenders for next years awards?
Below is a few photos from the scene and the pair hanging out between scenes.
If you DO NOT want any spoilers of the show.... DO NOT READ ON OR VIEW THE PHOTOS!
I have not seen 1 single second of filming for the ABC smash hit "Once Upon A Time" since they filmed scenes for the pilot in downtown Vancouver more than 7 months ago. http://canadagraphs.weebly.com/1/post/2011/03/jennifer-morrison-filming-scenes-for-abc-tv-pilot-once-upon-a-time.html
At that time it was an unproven pilot & most people didnt think much of it in the local celebrity spotting circles. Now, it has become a massive hit for ABC & looks headed to a 2nd season barring some type of curse by the Evil Queen.
Since then, finding the fairy tale based show has been nearly impossible because they dont need the downtown core for their show & I rarely venture past the dt area to find filming. The show is set in a small town in Maine. The show is filmed in smaller cities around the area like North Vancouver, Ft. Langley & Steveston, a small tourist nook at the far southwest corner of Richmond. Mostly known for its fishing industry, Steveston is very welcoming of the film industry & is used often by productions, and this year its primary tennants have been the cast & crew of Once Upon A Time.
So earlier this week a friend & I went out there determined to see something. We got a late start on Monday & got out there a little late to catch scenes out on the beach, as we showed up, I went out there to see where they were filming only to find the set being torn down & Jennifer Morrison & Jared Gilmore strolling by me back to the trailers.
It was exceptionally windy on this day & the cast & crew alike were doing all they could to stay warm, and so were we. We looked around & found their next location shortly after. It was in a private dock area and luckily, had a small area right where the scene was being shot to shoot pics of them filming it thru a fence about 200 feet away.
The scenes included Jennifer Morrison's character Emma Swan showing up in a Sheriffs car to interact with Jared Gilmore's character Henry. I find it interesting that Ms. Swan is driving the Sheriff car. In the last episode we see her get hired as a deputy, now driving the sheriffs car?? The scene itself I
Later on scenes were done with them & another man who my friend originally thought was Jamie Dornan, the sherriff. I have looked at those photos (sorry, didnt have them in time to edit for this blog...maybe later on?) since then & am not too sure, will have to watch a few scenes with him over again to be 100%, but my first look at them on a big screen has me uncertain.
Below is a few photos from that scene.
Last week I took a rare stroll out to New Westminster After an even rarer doctors appointment, I went over to find the SPN crew working at a court house. At that location the crew decided to pull umbrellas on me...even though I didnt even have a camera out yet. Despite that, I still saw Jared & Jensen leaving the set. I HAD planned to leave shortly afterwards, but when they decided to play games I decided I was spending my night hanging around New West as I knew they had another shoot later in an area just 1 block from where I grew up.... gave me a chance to see the old neighbourhood... as I havent really been back there since moving out of NW.
In the downtime I sent out a tweet to a certain bodyguard trying to diffuse any further shenanigans, since hes the primary demander of said foolishness. I pointed out how I knew where the stars trailers were, how I could have, if I so chose, shot them from 3 different sides unobstructed (and unseen) and how I have respected that boundary.... but, if the absurd games want to continue, I could be more intrusive (legally) in how I get photos. I never got any response from my observation. Which didnt surprise me too much, still a bit disappointing to think an olive branch would be disregarded with such defiance as to umbrella up an hr later again. Perhaps he never read it? Who knows. Perhaps next time I am at set, I will see the desired results of my suggestion? We've been told no autographs at set, so we respect that. I have respected that rule, I have avoided shooting them at their home away from home. I go to the set to get a few pics. I understand if, as I have been told before (legitimate request) that we're in the actors sightline or "in frame" (often exaggerated...but we accept it still most of the time) being asked to move or dont shoot. But, when your 150 ft back, behind the actor and the camera....theres zero excuse for these actions.
The shoot in the evening was down at the edge of a lot. It entailed current sexiest actor, best sci-fi actor & favorite character nominee in the Best Of TV 2011 Awards, Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) getting out of a car hesitantly. Not much to the scene, and I cant even be sure if someone else was in the car with him. I can say for sure Jared wasnt seen at that location.
The crew again was being aggressive in trying to stop ME and 3 fans that were there from seeing anything. As the evening went on 1 of the fans too the initiative to walk over to another corner that we were previously shooed from but was now clearly open as the camera wasnt shooting that way. This annoyed the set security guard Clif & his umbrella twirling sidekick. It then donned on everyone, spread out, and they will have to either put 4 people out trying to block us, or talk to us. They chose to send someone over to talk to us. I made the case that we didnt HAVE to co-operate...to an extent. I told him straight out, stop the umbrella BS, we stop spreading out, plain and simple. Lo & behold, the next (and final scene) of the night they stopped the games & allowed us a chance to get a few pics.
I got a couple (moderately grainy) shots & a person I know thru being at sets got a couple herself & volunteered them to me to use for no other reason than her own annoyance with how the set was dealing with her & the other 2 fans that were there just because they had cameras....despite being approx 150-200 feet away.
Its certanly not my largest set of SPN pics, but I know you fans want SOMETHING...so here they are.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.