Cast your mind back… No, further than that… Woah there! Not that far! Nobody needs to see that!
Where to begin with this? The beginning sounds good.
The best part of four years ago now we first heard about The Protocol. It was a short film made by Johnny Messner’s (Kathryn’s partner) own production company. A then very pregnant Kathryn had a role alongside many-named Xen Sams and Max Ryan (Sex And The City 2). Nepotism abounded as Xen’s partner was also a producer. It looked like it involved some near future, almost sci-fi setting with Xen Sams as Agent Amanda Chase. The images we saw were set in an interrogation room, with the tables turned on Kathryn on for a change.
For the following couple of years we’d occasionally pick up snippets of info about the project. Mainly from Xen giving interviews in which it was mentioned. At some point The Protocol looked to have become a small pilot for a planned TV series. I even went to the trouble of moving what content we had in the KM UK Gallery from the movie section to the TV area!
After a couple of years the film had dropped off the radar, with its IMDb page being removed. So much for the TV series!
Well would you Adam and Eve it! A few weeks ago I became aware that the project might be resurrected. A new IMDb page has appeared, with very scant information on it, other than a two person cast list (Xen and Max) and describing it as a short film again. I’m not moving the Gallery album until I know more!
This led to tracking down a short clip (which ends abruptly) from the film which I can bring to you today. It’s the Xen and Max show but Kathryn makes a silent showing for a few seconds. Not a lot of acting involved unless you include acting pregnant. And she really didn’t need to act that! The small video (and a few screenshots from it) are now in the KM UK the Gallery. Look at the TV screen we see in the room with Kathryn. There are some odd images on it that I can’t make out. Any thoughts?
Hopefully this is a sign of bigger things to come from The Protocol.
The Coin, the short film by Fabien Martorell that stars Christopher Lloyd and Kathryn, is roughly one fifth (1/5) the length of a single episode of Cold Case.
There were 156 episodes of Cold Case meaning you could watch The Coin nearly 800 times in the duration of a still imaginary Cold Case boxset.
Despite that disparity I’ve managed to post just less than half as often about this small film project compared to CBS’s long-running TV drama. Admittedly this site came into existence towards the end of CC‘s run.
Amazingly I’m still given occasional reasons for report on The Coin‘s progress. Now in the latest.
Yesterday Fabien evening let it be known that his mini-epic has been selected for another film festival. This time it is the Concours de Courts held in Toulouse in south western France.
The screening is due to take place at the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, apparently one of the oldest universities in France, on Thursday the 23rd of March at 7pm.
Find out more about event on the Concours de Courts website HERE.
It only seems like days since the last DVD delay. That time was only a few weeks ago. This was is more like two years.
For some reason, best known to the gods of the movie distribution industry, the film we original came to know as 2Br/1Ba (short for 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom) and was finally released as Roommate Wanted, has now been released in the UK as The Lodger.
It is not as though roommate is a specifically American term and the name required an English translation. It looks like Frontline Home Entertainment have decided to try and re-brand the film as a horror film, rather than the dark comedy it really is. As you can see from the DVD artwork on the right they’ve ramped up the ‘here’s Johnny!’ factor.
A large copy of the artwork (see right), along with other lots of other 2Br/1Ba / Roommate Wanted / The Lodger related material, can be found in the Gallery. Check out the second version of the DVD box graphics I found. It is clearly an earlier version with the most obvious difference being the position of the woman’s head in the gap. Can you spot the mistake?
The film’s gallery pages include the amazing on set video message that Kathryn record espescially for us here at KM UK. Full details HERE.
The Lodger is available from Amazon UK HERE and a review by Phil Wheat at the Nerdly website can be found HERE.
It’s a little thing but it makes a big difference.
Nearly a year ago, almost in passing, it was announced that Kathryn was due to have a role in the upcoming teen-thriller You Get Me. It’s a vehicle for young stars Bella Thorne (Shake It Up!), Halston Sage (Bad Neighbours), and Nash Grier (The Deleted). The plot sounds a bit Fatal Attraction, set in high school.
Kathryn’s name was dropped into reports of the cast expanding alongside the recent NCIS addition Jennifer Esposito. Subsequent reports didn’t mention Kathryn and it felt increasingly likely that her part had suffered at the hands of the editing process, never to see the light of day.
Now we have the small but important piece of evidence that we may yet see what ever character Kathryn is playing in this movie (at the time of writing we don’t yet have a character name or any description of the role). Kathryn has been added to the listed cast of You Get Me on the Internet Movie Database website (IMDb). It may not seem much but it carries some weight. The film’s page is HERE.
The other piece of news evident from the information on the IMDb page is that You Get Me is now a Netflix movie, suggesting the film will be released exclusively on the streaming platform. Still no signs of a release date though.
What better way to get over those winter blues than a nice Paycheck? 😉
A regular one is nice too. The BBC seem to have dropped into an 8 month cycle with the John Woo sci-fi action drama Paycheck as it was back in May 2016 when they last broadcast it. Before that is was September 2015. At this rate we can book in for another viewing next September. By then we’ll definitely need the memory wiping technology the film uses. With luck it’ll be in mass production by then…
It’s a late one this time, or may be very early. Hence the ‘Saturday/Sunday’ subject. 00:25/12:25am may be technically very early on Sunday morning but to all right thinking people it’s still just quite late on Saturday night. Unless, on this occasion you are in Scotland. Sorry to our north of the border friends. No Paycheck for you. The BBC’s website has details of the broadcast.
As you’ll no doubt know by now Kathryn’s role is quite short in this film. She’s an important part of setting up the premise in those opening 10 minutes though. The unforgettable performance by her Rita Dunne proves the memory wiping device works. It would take a significant medical procedure to remove what is etched onto our brains
KM UK being as comprehensive as it is will mean it is no surprise that the KM UK Gallery already cover the film is some detail already.
Time (pun very much intended) for a classic KM UK countdown timer to the start of the Paycheck broadcast on BBC1 this weekend.