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KM UK Xmas Message 2016

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I like to headline the annual KM UK Xmas message with an appropriate image or two.  An illustrative representation of the year gone by.

Errr… it’s been a bit of a quiet one.  Whilst so much was going on in the rest of the world (much of probably best not discussed here), we Kathryn Morris fans were left largely bereft.

Join us as we look back at 2016 in the world of KM UK.

January got us off to a strong start though with a brand new sci-fi-ish drama series for the US network USA Network starting.  Kathryn was set to have a recurring guest starring role as we found out in the summer of 2015.  Colony brought Lost star Josh Holloway back together with Lost producer/writer Carlton Cuse.  Aliens have taken over the Earth.  Unknown numbers of humans have perished as the new rulers corral those left into city sized ‘blocks’ surrounded by huge walls.

Colony_S01E04_still_002It looked like we would get to see Kathryn sooner than expected as she appeared in a promo trailer for episode two shown after the première outing.  Sadly, our hopes were dashed.  A few of Colony’s ‘coming next on…’ videos were misleading like that.  We had to wait until the 4th episode in early February for Charlotte to make her entrance.  Quite the impression she made too, with some us left sitting rather uncomfortably as a result  😉

Charlotte was an socialite art collector married to Adrian Pasdar’s (Marvel Agents Of Shield) politician.  I say ‘was’ because she was caught hoarding some paintings for herself and not handing them over to the creatures in charge as she was supposed to.  Last we saw her she was being dragged off by the fuzz.  She probably met her end, one way or another, but it is possible she lives on at the mercy of the human race’s new masters.  There has been no news so far on Kathryn returning for season two amongst the other cast announcements.

Kathryn’s role in Colony was oh-so brief in just a few scenes spread across three episodes.  Her character did help give a feeling for the haves and have nots in the society.  You could look at it as an allegory for sections of real life, albeit with even those in power fearful of those above them.  Still, it was nice to have Kathryn gracing our small screens again.

roommate_wanted_dvd_3d_001News broke in April of a possible film role, albeit a likely small one.  Production was said to be under way on the teen drama You Get Me starring Bella Thorne (Shake It Up!), Halston Sage (Bad Neighbours), and Nash Grier (The Deleted), when further casting were revealed.  Named alongside Jennifer Esposito (NCIS) there was Kathryn.  The release date for the film has been pushed vaguely into next year and there has been no further news on Kathryn’s involvement.

A project we featured quite heavily last year as part of our birthday celebrations (Exclusive video and everything!) made a few more appearances on these pages this year.  The DVD/Blu-ray of the drama Roommate Wanted was let out of the house in a few parts of the world.

blu-ray_box_003Around the same time that Charlotte started chewing scenery the western horror film Bone Tomahawk was in cinemas on general release in the UK.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day.  How sweet.  Or should that be ‘cannibalee’?  It had taken its time getting ther after featuring in film festivals since the première the previous autumn.

Bone Tomahawk DVD and Blu-ray release news cropped up several times through 2016 culminating in the UK Netflix release just last week.  Does it feature in your Xmas stocking or ‘best film’ list this year?

Against all the odds the short film The Coin managed to continue making its presence felt in 2016.  The 9-minute stocking filler was at least two more festivals during the year.  Writer/director/producer/friend of the site Fabien Martorell has largely moved on now to doing much the same with The Coin‘s unrelated follow-up short Unbelief, as well as making music videos.

There was some Cold Case news.  The Japanese TV network WOWOW, which has been broadcasting the original version for years, made their own local one.  It is called Cold Case: Shinjitsu no Tobira (the subtitle meaning something like ‘doorway to the truth’) and was announced in April.  It was first broadcast a couple of months back in late October.  The story lines are said to be new but the overall tone of the show is retained with Japanese versions of each of the squad members we know and love, yes even that one!  :-)

As far as I can tell Kathryn made no public event appearances all year.  We’ve not had complete blank like that since records began in 2000.  Even in 2015 there was one.

This year has been a trying one many reasons.  Let us hope that things improve for 2017, difficult as it may be to believe based on the trend of recent years.

Happy Xmas to all our readers.

KM UK Xmas Message 2015

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These two images  sum up the year in KM/KM UK in many ways.

On the one hand (left in this case) we have the one and only public appearance.  For some reason it involved a dog with a target for an eye patch and a man with an upside down face.

On the other hand (right) we have an image from a very special video that made our year.

It was a bit famine and feast.  As in “feast your eyes on her” and doesn’t she make you very, very hungry! 😉

Join us as we look back at 2015 in the world of KM UK.

The year started early.  In January to be precise :-)  It was only in September of 2014 that news broke of Kathryn joining the cast of Bone Tomahawk.  Filming got under way around that time and was completed before the end of October.  In January the likes of Ain’t It Cool News were featuring the horror western amongst their ‘ones to watch in 2015’ lists.  In what became a running theme for the year short film The Coin was announced for a showing at a film festival in April.  A US release date for The Perfect Guy also made the news this month.  It was quite a late addition with dates for many other countries already being known.

The end of the third week in February saw the first and only public event appearance of the year by Kathryn.  She attended the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s annual The Night Before The Oscars Party on February the 21st.  Some bloke was with her.  See the image above.  A bit of intrigue regarding The Coin‘s first festival outing of 2015, as reported in January.  We later found that the festival was moved to April.

roommate_wanted_dvd_3d_001March finally saw news about the movie previously known as 2 Br/1 Ba and now renamed as Roommate Wanted.  Almost a year after the last report we got a double hit of dispatches.  First the name change and a DVD release date in May.  Some time previously a trailer was published, but only picked up by me a week after the release date news.  Sadly Kathryn didn’t feature in the video clip.  Speaking of not appearing: The Protocol, a short film/TV show pilot/show concept video/not sure what, was removed from IMDb in March, six months after being added.  Even quite recently one of the stars, Xen Sia, talked about the project as though it is going to become a TV series.  We’ll see.  The Coin was shown at two festivals Speechless in Minnesota and at an event accompanying the skiing world championships in Sweden.  Doesn’t get much more diverse than that!

Bone Tomahawk began being showcased at trade events like the Cannes Film Festival in April.  The producers were shopping the movie to distributors for the various territories around the world.  Alongside a teaser for the latest Bond film and a new George Clooney starrer The CinemaCon event in Las Vegas The Perfect Guy was previewed.  Not sure it got the response it wanted.  The Coin finally made its appearance at the delayed festival in Ohio and was also shown at an event in Lilly Rush’s home town of Philadelphia.

poster_001_1014x1500May was a big month for KM UK.  We celebrated our 6th birthday in amazing style with an EXCLUSIVE (and I really mean that folks) Roommate Wanted on set video message to us fans from the amazing lady herself: Ms Kathryn Morris.  Does it get any better than that?  Thank you again to Kathryn and everyone that made that possible.  It will come as a surprise to those that have read this far that May did not see The Coin appear at a film festival.  There was an announcement of one coming in June though and it became available to Canadians for less than a dollar via a streaming service.  Another thing we did get was a first poster for Bone Tomahawk.  It won many plaudits from fans and professionals for its classic look and increased the anticipation for the horror western.

Our roll of Kathryn-on-video good things continued into June with a trailer for The Perfect Guy.  It included a glimpse of Kathryn.  Sometimes a glimpse is all it takes  😛  A set of posters for The Perfect Guy were added to the publicity campaign.  Initially they kept things reasonably under wraps, unlike the trailer.  The month concluded much more laid bare on the poster front 😉  I managed to piece together a comprehensive review of Roommate Wanted and, I believe, gave it a fair judgement after going in to it with limited expectations.  The Coin was at a festival.

We’re half way through.

still_003The big news for Bone Tomahawk in July was the announcement that it would be receiving its world première at the Fantastic Fest genre-crossing film festival in Austin, Texas in October.  The big news for us here at KM UK was the release of some movie stills and an on set photo!  Actual pictures of actual Kathryn in an actual movie.  Four of them actually.  Count them!  The Perfect Guy was made official with ratings from the US and UK classification boards (PG-13 and 15 respectively).  The Coin wasn’t at any festivals, but two future showings were announced.

The KM UK headlines continued to be dominated by Bone Tomahawk throughout August.  Theatrical (and VOD) and home (DVD) release dates were revealed.  They weren’t official announcements, more like minor leaks by retailers.  They turned out to be dead on the money.  Prior to that Bone Tomahawk would be at some more festivals.  A second poster for the western was let out into the world.  Kathryn’s return to a television was the unexpected news.  She was reported to have been cast in the USA Network’s new sci-fi drama series Colony.  It is not a leading role and little has been heard of the character’s involvement since.  Broadcasting begins in mid-January.  The Coin attended two festivals and took away silverware at one of them.

interview_soundbites_044The very much pending release of The Perfect Guy in US cinemas saw a set of interviews and featurette videos being made public.  Two featured Kathryn.  One was a brief interview about her character of Karen, a friend of the main character.  The second was a back to the brief glimpse, albeit different, of the trailer.  The Perfect Guy ended the month with some very impressive box office figures.  The relatively small budget made the numbers even better.  There was more Bone Tomahawk upcoming festival news, including the première here in the UK, but amazingly we managed to get through the whole of September without, yes without, any news of The Coin!  I know!  Freaky!

Bone Tomahawk at a festival soon.  Bone Tomahawk at a festival tomorrow.  That was most of October except for the release of a trailer for the horror film in Kathryn made the briefest of appearances.  Until the 23rd that is, when the film was made available to the wider public in a limited US cinema run and on video-on-demand services like iTunes.  A classic bit of KM UK screencappery followed.  Little in the way of box office figures have been released as the majority of views were via VOD but the film had a tiny, tiny budget so that stands it in good stead to make some money.  Another upcoming festival appearance for The Coin was announced this month.  That’s 9 out 10.

The movie gods give with one hand whilst taking with the other.  The Perfect Guy was finally released in the UK but Bone Tomahawk was noted as being delayed until next year for the Brits.  Back in generous mood film festivals across the UK showed Bone Tomahawk in November.  The Coin was at a festival!  Who’d a thunk it!

Which brings us to December.  Proven to be the best month to end the year.  It comes to an end with both Bone Tomahawk and The Perfect Guy‘s DVD releases in the US of A.  The Coin was at a film festival in England just yesterday.  For a short film made three and a half years ago it has had a remarkable run, and there is no telling how much longer it could continue.  Something to watch out for in 2016.

Kathryn made no movies, only one public event appearance, and may have done a bit of filming for a TV show due next year.  Not on the face of it a promising summary of the year.  But, as the details above show it was a long way from that.

Happy Xmas to all our readers.  Oh, what the hell:  Happy Xmas to everyone.  Let’s not exclude the minority that don’t drop by once in a while.

KM UK Xmas Message 2014

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Oh yes…

Happy Xmas!

2014 has been a relatively quiet year on the Kathryn-front but we’ve still had plenty to talk about.  Here is the KM UK round-up of 2014.

poster_002The winner of the most talked about project award goes to The Coin, the short film by Fabien Martorell (writer/director/producer) starring Kathryn, Christopher Lloyd (Taxi) and young Jack Ryan Shepherd.  The Coin featured in a dozen film festivals across the year, a process it started after premièring in mid-2013.  It must say something about the 9 minute long film that it continued to be accepted by festivals all over the world, including France and England.  What’s more Fabien’s mini-drama won three best short film awards and one for best director along the way.  It is like a good ‘bad penny’ that just keeps turning up.  Very much the little movie that could.  We’ve not heard the last of it yet, despite Fabien’s focus having shifted to promoting his new short film Unbelief.  Evidence of that is a newly updated 3rd poster and 3rd trailer (both now in the Gallery).  There will no doubt be more to say in 2015 as well.

Thanks go to Fabien for his assistance during the year on all things The Coin related.

We also have to thank The Coin for giving us Kathryn’s only public appearance of 2014 (see photo above).  Kathryn attended the Newport Film Festival in April along with Fabien, Jack and Will Kemp.  Will has a small role in The Coin and was also a co-producer.  Of course we know Will from when he worked with Kathryn in the movie Mindhunters, not to be confused with the Cold Case season 2 episode Mind Hunters.

Three other projects starring Kathryn that we first talked about in 2013 or before bubbled up a few times during ’14.

Drama 2 Br/1 Ba looked like it might make an appearance before the end of this year after a distribution deal was announced with Grindstone Entertainment and Lionsgate.  A little bird tells me that things are progressing towards a spring release for 2 Br/1 Ba.  More on that when we can bring it to you.  It’s on the list of projects to throw things at in 2015 :-)

In July 2013 Kathryn filmed something called The Protocol.  Her partner and father of her twin boys, Johnny Messner, apparently also starred in it and his own production company was said to be involved.  Exactly what The Protocol was, beyond a near-future drama, was not clear at the time.  It might be have been a short film or a TV show pilot.  An appearance in September of The Protocol on IMDb as a TV series of unknown episodes nailed it down somewhat.  This was followed by lead actress Xen Sia doing an interview at the September New York Comic Con in which she talked about it.  Despite describing The Protocol as being “syndicated all over the world” we’ve not seen any further mention.  Another on the ‘to do list’ for 2015.  It will comply or be banished :-)

Horror movie director Dante Tomaselli’s remake of his own uncle’s scary classic Alice Sweet Alice had gone quiet quiet quiet but came back with a BANG and a surprise appearance on IMDb back in February.  Since then it’s been quiet quiet quiet again.  Its lying in wait for the production to get the go ahead and Dante to make time for it.  Kathryn’s linked to this project as an actress playing the mother of the lead character and at the producer level.  The torch is ready to check the dark corners for this in 2015 :-)

And now to upcoming films we first learnt about this year.

In August there was news that Kathryn had joined the cast of movie drama The Perfect Guy, starring Michael Ealy (Almost Human) and Sanaa Lathan (Nip/Tuck).  The filming was just about to start.  We know that Kathryn is playing Karen, a close friend of the main character Leah (Sanaa).  Leah ends a relationship and then meets ‘the perfect guy’.  As this is a movie it can’t be that simple, and it isn’t.  He goes all psycho stalker on her.  Since the news broke we’ve had various updates on release dates across Europe from October 2015.  No news on the home territory of the US of A as yet though.  The likelihood is that The Perfect Guy will be out there before everywhere else so I’m thinking August/September.  Now we’ve heard about this film we will not be leaving it alone :-)

People sometimes say that the process of making a particular movie, often a big epic, could form the basis of a movie in of itself.  Bone Tomahawk could almost be one of those.  It is not a huge, multi-million dollar, blockbuster epic but it has had a protracted development.  Prior to it coming onto our radar in September when Kathryn was added to the cast, the film had already had a full cast announced two years earlier.  Delays and scheduling conflicts caused re-castings.  Further delays meant that some of the original cast were now free to re-take their roles.  One constant has been Kurt Russell (Sky High), he’s been connected to the film from the beginning.  Kurt will play a Wild West Sheriff setting out with a rag-tag crew to rescue hostages taken by cannibalistic cave dwellers.  It’s a horror western.  Kathryn will have another small role as the wife of Kurt’s Sheriff Hunt.  Production wrapped back in October.  With Bone Tomahawk and Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight (also starring Kurt Russell) due out next year, 2015 could be big year for Westerns.  The KM UK horses are saddled-up and ready to ride into the sunset for the 2015 release of Bone Tomahawk :-)

On more personal note Kathryn’s twin boys, Jameson and Rocco, had their first birthday in August.  No doubt this Xmas will be much more fun for them than the last one as they’ll be far more aware of what going on.  It’s all about the kids really.

I think that wraps up our round-up of KM UK in 2014.  Feel free to leave comments on your highlights of 2014.

Thank you to everyone that’s visited during 2014, especially those that have contributed in some way.  It is all very much appreciated.

Let’s be careful out there, be good to yourself and each other, don’t have nightmares, don’t do anything I wouldn’t do, boldly go where no man has gone before.

‘Appy

Has it really been 8 days?  Amazing!  We should celebrate this arbitrary offset in time!

Just over a week ago I posted about a Cold Case-themed app on the Google Play store.  It was an extremely poor quality looking word puzzle game.  The given description was barely in English and a linked to video was not even related to the TV show beloved of our readers.

My intention in posting was to warn about the dangers of installing such applications on our mobilephones, which contain increasing amounts of personal information.  When allowed to apps can access that data, post messages (which could incur charges) or be used in online attacks.  How careful are we about that?  As I said last week, there is a trick the less scrupulous use of releasing a harmless free app and then later an update which is far less benign.  If you’re happy with v1 then why would you question ‘bug fix’ v1.01 update?

I tried to do all that without ridiculing those that, without any critical assessment, sought to encourage installing the app.  Others had a different view on it.

Now the only thing notable about the app is its absence from the Google Play store.  It ain’t there no more.  I can’t remember the name of the developer but I’ve been unable to find any of the other apps they had listed so presumably they have all gone.  Did they jump or were they pushed?  We have no information to explain why the app was removed.  Perhaps it was full of bugs that caused users problems.  Maybe an attempted update included malicious code.  Or it just violated the T&Cs.  We’ll probably never know but someone’s done the right thing.

‘opefully no ‘arm was done.  Copy that!

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Sigh.  Looks like I have to defend myself and this site against someone that doesn’t understand what they are complaining about again.

Last night I posted about an piece of crapp on the Google Play store.  I didn’t credit where I had found this information and this seems to have upset someone that posted about it before me on their Facebook page.  Apparently being second equates to plagiarism.  If so we need to have words about other things on that page, and meaning of plagiarism.

The person in question is called Lisa.  I’ve posted before about her and her Facebook page.  You may remember it as the one only for “good Kathryn fans”.  The rest of us (presumably bad fans) have to put up with sites like this one.  You know, ones with original content, facts, and opinions.  Lara (Lisa’s sister?) pointed out my timing via Twitter.  She/they completely missed the point.

So, did I find out about this app from Lisa’s FB page?  Yes.  Did I credit her in any way?  No.

Why?  Because, if I had explicitly named Lisa, and not used the more vague “it has come to my attention”, then I would have had to make it clear that I was actually posting about the very poor job I thought she did.  How was that going to go down with Lisa and her sister?  Linking to content like that and encouraging readers to “Download the app on your Android cellphone immediatelly!!” is very bad advice.  Where was the review?  Where was the warning of the possible dangers?  My post was about those dangers.  That’s why my Tweet about the post included the phrase “public information message”.  A point lost on some.  I even used teh “Editorial” category (look below, next to the date).  Another missed fact.  It wasn’t news.

I followed Lisa’s link to the app store page.  The first thing I did was look for details on the developer (AgungMedia) and what else they’ve done (more of the same).  I looked for evidence that it is an officially endorsed app (it’s not, as they make clear).  I read the description which states:

Cold Case Game, This game is a game that is in between the two images and words. guessing and analyzing images. Do not miss this game, just download this game and free.play fun. It is an addictive game. games played this game for the fans Cold Case Game

Utter nonsense.  This is a puzzle game based around English words and that text is the written by the developers!  And don’t get me started about the promo video.  Too late.  It’s not even about Cold Case.  It’s a trailer for Cold Case Files on the A+E channel!  Does that give you cause to question the quality of the app?  Was it written with input from an actual fan?

Would you buy a house from an estate agent/realtor that described the property like the following?

A house that is a house you can live in.  Dont miss this house, just by it and live it. live fun. it is a grate hosue for people that like houses.

What if they then showed you a video that was a trailer for the TV show House?  What would you think of a person that sent a link to the seller’s website telling you to buy the house?

I’m certainly not letting that app near my phone.  As I said before, there is a reason it is not in the Apple App Store: it wouldn’t even pass their initial tests.  It took all of 10 seconds checking by me to come to those conclusions.

The least someone in a position like myself or Lisa can do is some basic research into what they are posting.  It’s journalism 1-0-1.  I’m not claiming to get it right all the time.  I’m sure I don’t.  But if I don’t know something then I either don’t post it or make it clear where I stand.

Lisa, if what you wanted was credit, there you go.  I’m always happy to give credit where credit is due.

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