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Fantasia 2011: Die (2011)

Although Dominic James's Die isn't an original thriller, it sure is entertaining and well acted. Nothing less. Nothing more.

In a generic American city, six persons find themselves locked in a dark chamber.

Billionnaire Robert Moretti (Fabio Fulco) raises funds for the needy, but behind closed doors, he likes to get rough on prostitutes.

Mark Murdock (Elias Koteas) is a police detective who wants to commit suicide.

Dr. Diane Robinson (Patricia McKenzie) still can't get over her daughter's death.

Dr. Zach Emmett (Karl Prunner) unintentionally killed a patient by over-prescribing a medication. Besides being under investigation from his professional order, he's been battling depression.

Lisa (Emily Hampshire) lost a lot of dough at the casino and tried to slit her wrist while she was naked in her bathtub.

Melody Chambers (Katie Boland), a prostitute, is a addicted to love and feels that nobody loves her.

Jacob Odessa (John Pyper-Ferguson
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A New One-Sheet and Trailer to Die For!

It's been a few months since last we checked in on Domenic James' latest psychological thriller, Die, but the passage of time brings forth many a goodie. In this case a new trailer and poster!

Emily Hampshire, Elias Koteas, John Pyper-Ferguson, Caterina Murino, Patricia McKenzie, Patricia McKenzie, Karl Pruner, Simone-Elise Girard, Fabio Fulco, Peter Miller, Alexander Bisping, Ruth Chiang, Larry Day, Jayne Heitmeyer, Debbi Larkins, Elliott Larson, Vincent Messina and James Stevens all star.

No word on a release date yet, but stay tuned! In the interim follow the mysterious Jacob Odd on Twitter.

Synopsis

Six people, each of them on the road to self-destruction. They wake up in cells in a surreal facility without knowing how they got there or why. Are they in denial? Are they crazy? What happened?

As they try to figure things out, a mysterious man forces the six abductees to participate in a disturbing experiment call the Trials.
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Trailer of 'Die'

The trailer of the Canadian thriller Die is already online. Its distributor, E1 Entertainment, hasn't confirmed a release date for Die.

This is what the story looks like as provided by the distributor:

Six people, each of them is on the road to self-destruction. They wake up in cells in a surreal facility, without knowing how they got there or why. Are they in denial? Are they crazy? What happened? As they try to figure things out, a mysterious man forces the six abductees to participate in a distrubing experiment called the Trials. During the experiment, the unwilling participants will come to face disturbing truths about themselves and decide each others' fate in a game of dice. As the storyline unfolds, we discover that something greater connects them all.The story of this Canadian-Italian co-production was penned by Nick Mead and Domenico Salvaggio. The film will be helmed by Canadian director Dominic James.
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The 19th Wife: Polygamy Under the Gun

The 19th Wife: Polygamy Under the Gun
The 19th Wife is a Lifetime original movie based on the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff. It is the story of a murder in a Morman community and the issue of polygamy is the backdrop. Chyler Leigh, Patricia Wettig and Matt Czuchry head up an impressive cast that brings life and credence to this fascinating story of murder and faith. A murder starts the story with a woman being accused of murdering her husband. BeckyLyn (Wettig) was the nineteenth wife of polygamist Sawyer Scott (Karl Pruner). He had one child by BeckyLyn and his name is Jordan (Czuchry). When he was a teenager Jordan was excommunicated from the faith and sent to live on his on in the secular world. Jordan's best friend from childhood is Queenie (Leigh) who still lives in the community with her husband Hiram (Jeff...
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First Images and Artwork E1 Entertainment's Die

More people are getting set to play a madman's deadly terror game in Domenico Salvaggio latest thriller, Die, and we have some early artwork, stills, and a plot crunch to help you play along!

Emily Hampshire, Elias Koteas, John Pyper-Ferguson, Caterina Murino, Patricia McKenzie, Patricia McKenzie, Karl Pruner, Simone-Elise Girard, Fabio Fulco, Peter Miller, Alexander Bisping, Ruth Chiang, Larry Day, Jayne Heitmeyer, Debbi Larkins, Elliott Larson, Vincent Messina and James Stevens all star.

Synopsis

Six people, each of them is on the road to self-destruction. They wake up in cells in a surreal facility, without knowing how they got there or why. Are they in denial? Are they crazy? What happened?

As they try to figure things out, a mysterious man forces the six abductees to participate in a disturbing experiment call the Trials. During the experiment, the unwilling participants will come to face disturbing truths about themselves and decide
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First Details on Die Starring Elias Koteas

Domenico Salvaggio is in post-production on the thriller Die and we've got a full synopsis for you as well as some early artwork (to the left). Shot in Canada, the production stars John Pyper Ferguson, Emily Hampshire, Elias Koteas, Caterina Murino, Fabio Fulco, Katie Boland and Karl Pruner. Six people, each of them is on the road to self-destruction. They wake up in cells in a surreal facility, without knowing how they got there or why. Are they in denial? Are they crazy? What happened? As they try to figure things out, a mysterious man forces the six abductees to participate in a disturbing experiment call the Trials. During the experiment, the unwilling participants will come to face disturbing truths about themselves and decide each other's fate in a nerve racking game of...
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First Images of 'Die'

Les Films Séville, a Canadian film distributor, has released on its web site the first images of the upoming Canadian thriller Die. It should be make its theatrical debut on September 1rst, 2010.

This is what the story looks like as provided by the distributor:

Six people, each of them is on the road to self-destruction. They wake up in cells in a surreal facility, without knowing how they got there or why. Are they in denial? Are they crazy? What happened? As they try to figure things out, a mysterious man forces the six abductees to participate in a distrubing experiment called the Trials. During the experiment, the unwilling participants will come to face disturbing truths about themselves and decide each others' fate in a game of dice. As the storyline unfolds, we discover that something greater connects them all.The story of this Canadian-Italian co-production was penned by Nick Mead and Domenico Salvaggio.
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Contest: Win Cry of the Owl on DVD

Cry of the Owl will be released on DVD June 8 and we're celebrating this brand new indie horror release. We have a brand new contest running and we're giving away copies of this brand new DVD to our readers. You know these thrilling discs will fly out of here fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

Cry of the Owl DVD

to win this new DVD today.

Obsession, betrayal, suspicion and murder. A young woman (Julia Stiles) finds herself inexplicably attracted to a mysterious stranger (Paddy Considine) who has been stalking her. But when her boyfriend suddenly disappears and her enigmatic stranger becomes the prime suspect, she gets caught in an intense and dangerous game of deadly deception. Based on the novel by suspense master Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley), this powerful psychological thriller will keep you guessing right up to its mind-blowing conclusion.

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WGA strike ripples north to ACTRA

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OTTAWA -- The U.S. writers strike has left Canadian actors in a quandary.

Members of ACTRA, the country's actors union, on Monday took to the streets in Ottawa to protest the high number of U.S. network series that dominate primetime schedules here.

At the same time, the WGA strike also has given Canadian actors pause to consider a possible drop in work later this year and next if fewer U.S. TV series shoot north of the border.

"You can't rent a camera now in Toronto. We currently have a glut of work that will stop with a prolonged American writers strike," Karl Pruner, president of ACTRA's Toronto branch, said as he led a march outside the annual convention of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters in Ottawa.

The domestic performers called on Canada's broadcast regulator to force Canadian private broadcasters to commission and air more homegrown TV dramas.

At the same time, Pruner said a prolonged U.S.

ACTRA, producers trade contract proposals

TORONTO -- Canadian actors are set to launch a possible strike Monday that they insist they will mostly work through, thanks to individual deals with North American producers guaranteeing continued shooting.

Canadian actors and North American producers on Sunday evening were still bargaining on a new labor deal at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto ahead of a midnight deadline for ACTRA, which represents 21,000 performers, to call a strike.

But late Sunday night, the crunch talks between ACTRA and American producers, the Canadian Film and Television Production Assn. and Quebec producers with the Association de producteurs de films et de television du Quebec appeared on the verge of breaking down as both sides traded proposals on the thorny issue of digital media compensation for Canadian actors.

As the midnight deadline drew near, the actors and producers had still to begin negotiating a possible wage increase for ACTRA members, another potential deal breaker.

ACTRA and CFTPA have both scheduled news conferences for Monday in Toronto.

But rather than launch a walkout Monday, ACTRA's leadership insists its members will remain on the job at 34 film or TV projects in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan -- with an immediate 7% wage increase.

Producers on the 34 projects have signed continuation letters that spare them labor disruption in return for a guarantee that ACTRA members will receive an immediate 5% increase in performer fees, an additional 1% increase in insurance benefits and another 1% increase for retirement benefits.

"They get the best of both worlds," Karl Pruner, president of ACTRA's Toronto performers branch, said of his members possibly striking on Monday, but remaining on the job with a wage increase, thanks to the continuation letters.

Canadian producers, frustrated by ACTRA rebuffing its latest new media compensation proposals this weekend, blamed the performers for the lack of a new Independent Production Agreement.

"The actors are out of step with the budget realities in the new business environment," CFTPA chief negotiator John Barrack said Sunday night.

Barrack added that the producers will approach the courts to declare the continuation letters unlawful, and to challenge the right of actors as independent contractors to stage a strike.

"If they walk away from the bargaining process, all bets are off," he said ahead of possible legal action this week.

ACTRA taps Crewson for honor

ACTRA taps Crewson for honor
TORONTO -- Canadian performers union ACTRA on Friday said it will give Canadian actress Wendy Crewson ("24," Air Force One) an award of excellence this February in recognition of her on-screen work and backroom lobbying to raise Canadian TV program expenditures.

ACTRA Toronto Performers, the guild's largest national local, which represents about 13,000 performers, said Crewson will receive the tribute Feb. 23 during an awards gala in Toronto.

"Wendy Crewson is so deserving of this honor for her ongoing contributions to our film and television industry -- both as an award-winning actor and as a star who graciously leads the fight for our culture," Karl Pruner, president of ACTRA Toronto Performers, said in a statement.

In recent years, Crewson has been a frequent visitor to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to lobby federal politicians for more program expenditures by domestic broadcasters on homegrown dramas and more exposure for Canadian actors.

ACTRA calls for stricter labor rules

TORONTO -- Canada's performers union Tuesday urged the Ontario provincial government to enact new legal protections for film and TV workers, especially child actors, in line with the federal government's existing status of the artist legislation. But Karl Pruner, president of the Toronto branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, representing 21,000 performers nationwide, said his union wanted to isolate questions of collective bargaining for film and TV artists to avoid a repeat of the current impasse between Hollywood studios and local producers in neighboring Quebec. "We don't want to put our foot into the same kind of traps," Pruner said.

Pruner to head ACTRA branch

TORONTO -- Canada's largest performers union, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, said Wednesday that veteran actor Karl Pruner has been voted in as president of its Toronto branch for a two-year term, replacing fellow actor Richard Hardacre. Pruner, an ACTRA member for 25 years, most recently took part in negotiations with independent producers on workplace rates and conditions. His film and TV credits include Total Recall 2070, The Elizabeth Smart Story and Dick. ACTRA, representing around 13,000 domestic actors, maintains reciprocal relationships with the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and members of both Hollywood unions can qualify for ACTRA membership when working in Canada.

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