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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – September 2017

The nights are starting to draw in.  Summer is definitely over.  Instead of running about outside settle in and read about the continuing careers of the Cold Case cast that aren’t Kathryn in September 2017’s Cold Case Cast Catch-up.

In the August CCCC-up I mentioned Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) appearing in a short film called Radio 88.  We had hint that the film would be premièred in mid-September at a film festival.  That may or may not have been correct.  However, on the 18th of September the 11 minute film was made available on YouTube as part of a promotion for a new very high definition Panasonic camera.  You can watch it in full HERE.  The cinematographer/producer Johnny Derango (Small Time Crime also starring Jeremy) is key to the film, hence the link to the camera equipment.  The story involves a young woman (Cyrina Fiallo, Temporary) making the final broadcast of a small radio station created by her father (Jeremy) and an equally young English man (Paul Holowaty, Hollyoaks) trying to see her again and get his record played.

It is not a promotion for a European hatchback car, it’s a movie by James Gray (Lost City Of Z) and it stars John Finn (John Stillman in CC).  The Brad Pitt (Lost City Of Z) starring sci-fi epic Ad Astra has been given a release date.  You’ve got plenty of time to save your pennies for a cinema ticket because that date, in the US at least, is the 11th of January 2019.  That makes it a futuristic film, I guess :-)  Brad (we’re on first name terms) plays an Army Corps engineer looking for his long-missing father.  Mr Tommy Lee Jones (Men In Black) is the man lost on an mission to find aliens 20 years previously.  Ruth Negga (Preacher), Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games), and Jamie Kennedy (The Hunger Games) also star.  James Gray is directing and co-wrote the feature.

Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) made her promised return as Monica Walker in Criminal Minds just a few days ago now.  It sounds like it might have been a really emotional one.  In the previous season finale Tracie starred as the wife of one of the main characters.  The dropping of that actor from the show meant he wasn’t going to be coming back.  This première episode of the 13th season dealt with that.  As we know a character key in a major plot development in a top rated TV show is not enough for Tracie.  That’s a Wednesday for constantly working Tracie.  Next up is another short film.  This one is called Top Ramen, a 20 minute drama about two girls forced to look after themselves when their mother (presumably Tracie) is arrested at a protest demonstration.  Long-time TV producer, mostly of reality shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Rebecca Hertz is making her directing debut with Top Ramen.  No news on a release yet.  If that wasn’t enough Tracie spent a couple of days at Dartmouth to star in a performance of Antigone In Ferguson.  The piece is a series of dramatic readings and gospel songs about the shooting by police in Ferguson, Missouri of Michael Brown in 2014.  The text is from the original 2,500 year old tragedy Antigone by Sophocles, which has plenty of parallels with more recent events.  Tracie spent time with students at Dartmouth College after performing.  Of course that is not enough for Tracie, oh no.  A YouTube video of Tracie and others performing a cover of the P!nk (is that right?) song Dear Mr President was posted the other day.  You can watch it HERE.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – August 2017

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The summer holidays, and possibly the summer itself based on the current weather forecasts, might be coming to an end but some people have been working.  August 2017’s Cold Case Cast Catch-up peruses the on-going careers the others in Cold Case.

I need to start things off with an apology.  Last month‘s CCCC-up I accused Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) of not doing much in July for me to post about.  I was wrong to doubt.  I should have known better.  Sorry Tracie.  If I had only checked my own notes properly before hand I could have avoided this hurt.

Let’s rectify this egregious error immediately.

In the middle of July Ms Thoms worked on a short film called Are We Good Parents?  This is the work of writer/director/producer Bola Ogun.  Bola looks like she’s been a one woman film industry in the past 10 years having worked as a production assistant, assistant director, writer, voice actor, actor, and is now moving into producing and directing her own films.  Initially this appears to be with a series of short film.  One of those films, The Water Phoenix, premièred at the LA Shorts Fest earlier this month.  Are We Good Parents? stars Brit actor Sean Maguire (Robin Hood in One Upon A Time) and Gabrielle Skye, alongside Tracie.  In England Sean is still best known for stints in kid drama Grange Hill and soap opera EastEnders.  He’s since moved to LA and had a string of guest roles in shows you may have heard of like CSI: NY and Cold Case?  He was in Two Weddings from season 7.  Are We Good Parents? is currently in post-production.

To get more up to date:  Waaaaay back in Feb 2016 (see here) I posted about a feature film called 9 Rides by Matthew A. Cherry :-)  At the time the film was looking for a little extra financing via Kickstarter to… errrr… get finished.  It went on to debut at the SXSW festival in March of the same year.  A week in to this August it was announced that the film had been acquired by Gravitas Ventures and Flourishing Films, presumably for distribution in some form.  For some reason the site hosting that announcement is no longer available so I can’t verify details.  9 Rides is about an Uber driver on New Years Eve.  I believe Tracie plays one of several sets of passengers the driver transports during the course of the film.  We’ll have to wait to see if anything comes of this news.

Tracie looks to be returning to the scene of the Criminal Minds in September.  She is set to reprise her role as Monica Walker, wife of a main character, in the première episode of season 13 of the show.  This is based on the IMDb listings.  However, I see that the actor playing the husband Damon Gupton has been dropped from the cast.  Tracie’s appearance, assuming it happens, may have a bearing on his character’s departure.  Another one to wait and see.

More Love will be heading Tracie’s way as the Judd Apatow created Netflix comedy drama Love has been given a third season.  Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Paul Rust (co-creator and writer) star as a mismatched couple in the warts-and-all relationship-based show.  Season 3 is due to air early next year.

Moving on from Tracie.  Recent birthday boy Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) has been making a short film called Radio 88.  The 12 minute-long piece by Kim Noonan and John Salcido centres on the closure of a radio station and a man trying to get to the studios in time to meet ‘the love of his life’.  Jeremy is listed as playing ‘Danger’ Dickie Defozzio, at a guess I’d say he’s a radio DJ.  A première date of 11th September this year is given for the work, presumably at a film festival, but I have yet to determine which.

Did I miss anything?

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – June 2017

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Can you believe we’re half way through 2017 already?  It’s surprising how much has happened and how little time it’s taken.  Our Cold Case cast that aren’t Kathryn continue to be busy and in our latest monthly catch-up with their on-going careers I hope to keep you updated.

Keeping it real with Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) after the news in April (here) that she would be recurring in the Lifetime network show UnREAL.  The previous season, number two, started airing over a year ago now.  The show was renewed for a third around that time.  With the first being a June baby as well the expectation was the pattern would continue.  Unfortunately for the fans this is not going to be the case.  Season 3 of UnREAL will now drop in early 2018.  UnREAL is a behind-the-scenes drama set around a TV dating show.  Sheri Appleby (Roswell High) and Constance Zimmer (House Of Cards) lead the cast.  Tracie is due to play Zimmer’s (as Quinn King) ‘lesbian friend’.

The movie Gifted came out in the UK a couple of weeks ago.  John Finn (John Stillman in CC) stars in the film, presumably in a relatively minor role.  I don’t think the film was a huge success at the box office, and was easily dismissed for being ‘worthy’ or ‘saccharin’, I certainly saw many favourable reviews of the piece.  Chris Evans took a break from his regular Captain America duties to lead this relatively small film which also stars the young Mckenna Grace (Designated Survivor), Lindsay Duncan (Rome), Jenny Slate (Parks And Recreation), and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures).  Chris is raising his gifted niece (Mckenna) and has to fight relatives and ‘the system’ to do the best for her.

Bit of late breaking news on Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC).  Late as in it happened a while ago.  Apparently he was a guest star on final ever episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, a recent spin-off in the series.  The show had a Russian element and Jeremy played a ‘Boris’.  In mid-May, a couple of days after the cancellation was announced, the show came to an end in a back-to-back double episode finale.  CM:BB was a short-run mid-season show.  Gary Sinise lead a team of FBI agents working abroad.  Isn’t that what the CIA is for?  The two seasons didn’t rate very highly so it was brought to a close.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – May 2017

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Make way for May 2017’s Cold Case Cast Catch-up.  News of the careers of the other major Cold Case actors must be heard.

Let us begin with John Finn (John Stillman in CC).  John (there’s been a lot of John in this post already!) has found himself in a film called Bent.  It’s a thriller about a jailed police officer (framed of course) out for revenge on those that helped put him away, who gets caught up in solving a connected murder.  Karl Urban (Dredd) leads the impressive cast, with Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), and Andy Garcia (The Untouchables).  John is currently listed as playing ‘Driscoll’, which doesn’t give too many clues as to the nature of the character.  No release date yet.

If you were to walk into a room that contained a certain Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) and shout “Is there a certain Jeremy Ratchford here?” he might very well run away.  Or, he might reply in a rather affected tone “I am that man.”  If he did it would help me out greatly in linking to this next item.  I Am That Man is a movie returned to our revenge theme.  It is the directorial debut of British actor Matthew Marsden.  He’s had quite a career already having had short stints in two of the UK’s biggest soap operas (Coronation Street and Emerdale) and gone on to star in some major American films (Black Hawk Down, Rambo (2008)) and TV (NCIS, Castle, Two And A Half Men).  And, he was in Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid with a certain special someone’s special someone.  Not being a complete fool (he is British after all) Matthew has cast himself in the lead role.  Alongside him are Christine Lakin (Family Guy), presumably as his wife, and Jeremy as Mike Spence.  Filming only started early in May so we probably have a bit of a wait for a release.

Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) returned to the small screen in America just the other day in the Starz network’s new drama/sci-fi/fantasy series American Gods.  It is available via Amazon Prime in some other countries.  They are throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at this one.  Lots of big special effects, big imagery, and big names in the acting world.  Relatively unknown Ricky Whittle (another Brit, Hollyoaks) is the latest ex-con in this post who, on his way to his wife’s funeral, meets Ian McShane’s Mr Wednesday.  Things take a turn for Ricky’s ‘Shadow Moon’.  That big name cast includes one of the hardest working actors today Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Crispin Glover (Back To The Future), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) and Pablo Schreiber (The Brink), Peter Stormare (Fargo), and Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein), to name just a few.  Tracie starred as a police detective (don’t know where they got that idea from!) in ‘Lemon Scented You’, the fifth episode of the 10 part run.

In other Tracie news the Broadway musical Falsettos that she appeared in has been nominated for several Tony Awards.  The Oscars of the theatre, the Tony Awards 2017 ceremony is due in a couple of weeks time.  It has already won several awards and is nominated for more.  Break a leg!

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – April 2017

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Let us take a walk down ‘It’s not her, it’s them’ Road in the April 2017 Cold Case Cast Catch-up.  What have the other major cast members been up to since our stroll this way in March?

There is always the danger that the CCCC-up could just turn into the Tracie Thoms Show.  We make no apologies for that.  She’s a very hard working and talented lady.  This month is no exception, it is exceptional though.

Where to start?  How about Wednesday the 26th of April?  No objections, so I’ll begin.  That day saw Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) appear as a guest star in the long-running CBS (them again!) drama series Criminal Minds.  Tracie recently let it be known that she had been working in Vancouver (much talked about around these parts of late).  Presumably this is what it was about as Criminal Minds is mostly filmed there these days.  Tracie played the wife of new comer to the show Stephen Walker (Damon Gupton), giving more background to his character.  The show is nearing the end of its 12th season and has already been given a renewal for number thirteen.  Now Ms Thoms is in the CM universe as Mrs Walker you never know when she might be called upon to reprise the role.

Sticking with the Tracie and TV theme: she has also booked a recurring role on Lifetime network’s UnREAL.  Tracie is going with the theme-sticking too as her character, Fiona, is an executive within the entertainment industry (as she was on Love) and close friend of main character Quinn King (Constance Zimmer).  Fiona is said to be “fun-loving, gorgeous gay woman with swagger”.  Two out of three for Tracie there.  UnREAL was co-created by Marti Noxon (probably best know for her work on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, now 20 years old!) and is set behind the scenes of a TV dating show.

From dating to The Drowing, but staying with Tracie and adding the month of May to the theme.  I’ve previously mentioned the movie based on a Pat Barker novel about a psychiatrist who saves a young man trying to kill himself.  Julia Stiles (Dexter) and Josh Charles (The Good Wife) star.  A trailer has been published for the oft-delayed film and you can watch it on YouTube here.  In other news a US release date has been given as the 10th of May.

Speaking of suicide but staying with Tracie (I don’t just throw this together, no matter how it looks :-) ).  No more talk of Canada, Tracie was back working very close to home last week.  Very, very close to home.  In her own home in fact.  I’m not sure of the nature of the project (possibly a short film) but Tracie filmed something apparently called Career Suicide.  She worked with a number of her friends, including a certain…

Thom Barry (Will Jeffries in CC), yes our old friend was back on camera with his squad-mate Tracie.  We get to see so little of Thom, he seems to take a very laid back approach in total contrast to Tracie, so it is good to see him working on a new project again.

Last month’s CCCC-up included news of Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) guest starring in a NCIS: New Orleans episode at the beginning of April.  I ended that piece not sure whether his character, Richard Marino, was a cop or a mobster.  It wasn’t obvious.  The opening scene of the show didn’t exactly clear that up.  Turned out to be a little from column A and a little from column B.  Marino was an old-school copper working under cover on a drug deal that goes pear-shaped.  Speaking of crimes, the movie Small Time Crime, in which Jeremy has a small role, had a premiere in the SXSW event back in March.  Since then the film which co-stars John Hawkes (The Sessions) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) has been purchased for North American distribution, which increases the chances of a general release in the near future.

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