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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – September-ish 2014

john_finn_001_430x180Turns out my research for the September 2014 CCCC-up was a little lacking.

I could have waited until the next edition at the end of October but, in this case, it would have been too late.  So, I thought I’d sneak in a special ‘September-ish’ update.

In July I posted the latest news about the Irish drama An Bronntanas which stars John Finn (John Stillman in CC).  After being originally filmed as a TV drama series for broadcast early this year, it was turned into a feature length film for showing at the Galway Film Fleadh.  Then, a 5 part showing was planned for the Xmas holiday period.  That is what I had in mind when I quickly checked to see if John had any new projects in the pipeline for CCCC-up September 2014.  An Bronntanas was ignored.

Something made me look into An Bronntanas again in the past couple of days and I found, much to my surprise, that the broadcast has been brought forward to late October.  The Irish-language channel TG4 will start the series on the 23rd of this month at 9:30pm.  See the TG4 website for details.

An Bronntanas (which translates as ‘The Gift’) is about the crew of a lifeboat who, on answering a distress call in a storm, discovering an abandoned boat containing a body and a large haul of drugs.  This creates a lot of dilemmas and issues within the small community.

My slightly more thorough investigations turned up a trailer for the show on YouTube.  John appears towards the end of the video.  It looks like he is playing a police office.  Typecasting hey? 😉

I must do proper research…

I must do proper research…

I must do proper research…

I must do proper research…

I must do proper research…

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – July 2014

danny_pino_001_430x180Looking back at last month’s Cold Case Cast Catch-up (aka CCCC-up), as I do to refresh my memory of upcoming things and check for updates, I spotted a lot of (now corrected) typos.  Not my best work.  This month I’ll try to make fewer mistooks as we look at the on-going careers of the other stars of Cold Case  :-)

The one bit of Danny Pino (Scotty Valens on CC) news last time out was his nomination in the 2014 Imagen Awards, which celebrate the portrayal of Latino culture in the media.  Danny is up for his role on the long-running TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.  The show is due to start its 16th season, Danny’s 4th, in the autumn.  The Imagen awards are taking place on Friday (August 1st).  Good luck to all those nominated, especially Danny.

It looks like the indie movie Death Valley, which sees Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera on CC) don a cop uniform, was screened for a select few people earlier this month.  So far there is no actual release date listed for the film.  Hopefully the screening will boost the film’s profile and help with distribution etc.

At the time of writing there has been no sign of Thom Barry (Will Jeffries on CC) making his debut on the TNT drama series Perception.  We reported last month that Thom had scored a recurring role as a senior FBI field office boss.  Perception stars Will & Grace‘s Eric McCormack as neuropsychiatrist with schizophrenia Daniel Pierce who assists the FBI with difficult cases through his ex-student, and now FBI Special Agent, Katie Moretti played by Rachael Leigh Cook (Josie & The Pussycats).  This week’s episode was number seven of the season’s 12 so there are still a few to go.  Maybe next week.

The complicated history of the Irish drama An Bronntanas which stars John Finn (John Stillman in CC) is becoming a little clearer.  Made last year as a five part drama series it was due to be shown early in 2014.  That time came and went.  A couple of weeks ago (as reported previously) a 2 hour film edit was screened on the closing night of the Galway Film Fleadh (festival).  Apparently it went down a storm (pun very much intended).  Now it is looking like the 5 episode version will be broadcast over the Xmas period on the TG4 Irish TV network that part-funded the production.

I doubt those of you interested need to be reminded by me but writer and producer on CC Veena Sud‘s follow-up show The Killing will start the end on Friday.  The drama, which was on the AMC network for its first three seasons, was picked up by the Netflix streaming service for one more short six episode run.  After a very successful first season the show has been a mixed bag for viewers who, I’m sure, hope it goes out on a high.  Of course if it is a success for Netflix (they never release audience figures) who knows if it really will be the last that will be seen of it.  On a side note: just last week the lead actress Mireille Enos (World War Z) gave birth to her second child with husband Alan Ruck (Spin City).  Congratulations to them both.

It almost feels wrong to do so but I am going get through a CCCC-up without mentioning Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller on CC).  Damn!  So close!  :-)

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – June 2014

thom_barry_001_430x180Welcome to the latest of KM UK’s highly acclaimed (well I think it’s great, I exclaimed, whilst acclaiming it :-) ) look at the burgeoning careers of those Cold Case cast members that aren’t Kathryn.  Yes, even I noticed a few others on screen with her :-)  Or, as I called it the Cold Case Cast Catch-up or CCCC-up.  This month it’s June so this is the June edition.  Clever huh?

One of the least regular appearers here is Thom Barry (Will Jeffries on CC).  More’s the pity as we all like him.  As busy as I am sure he is he doesn’t often trouble the headline writers.  However, this month we get to report on Thom’s return to the small screen as he is due to start a recurring role on the TV drama series Perception.  Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce a lecturing neuropsychiatrist with enough of his own mental health issues to fill many a peer-reviewed paper.  Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) is the no-nonsense FBI Agent.  He’s Pierce.  She’s an exception…al detective.  Together they are… Perception.  Or something like that.  Anyway, Thom Barry will be starring in the TNT network series as the Chicago (where the show is set) FBI office boss.  Two episodes of the 3rd season run have aired so far with no sign of Thom.  Still 8 more to go.

Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) is another of our less commonly talked about CC cast members in this monthly feature.  After a special première screening to close out the LA Film Festival last week, the new film Jersey Boys went on general release in the US, Canada, and the UK last Friday (20th June).  Jeremy is credited as ‘police officer’ so probably doesn’t have a particularly large role in this new Clint Eastwood-directed telling of The Four Seasons formation story.  He’s not playing one of the singers (those roles have largely gone to less well known but experienced stage performers) but the biggest name in the cast has to be Christopher Walken as Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo.  Gyp was a ‘wise guy’ that helped the group lead by Frankie Valli in the time before they became a hit in the 70s.  There’s at least one other Cold Case alumni in the cast. Kathrine Narducci who is Frankie’s mother in Jersey Boys was in CC episode The War At Home.  Like a few of the other actors Katherine was in The Sorpranos.

Finally there is signs of life from the Irish drama An Bronntanas which stars John Finn (John Stillman in CC).  Filmed last year,  An Bronntanas (“The Gift”) was due to shown as a 5 part drama series early this year.  Then it looked like it had been push back to the end of the year.  The latest news is that it will be screened as a 2 hour film at the closing night of the Galway Film Fleadh in mid-July.  Fleadh, pronounced “flar”, means festival.  The drama is about a lifeboat crew that discover a huge haul of drugs and a dead body on a boat found at sea, and moral dilemmas it causes.   Presumably this means it be released in that form at some point afterwards, whether that will be on the Irish TG4 TV channel or in cinemas is not clear.

Danny Pino (Scotty Valens on CC) next.  Not much to say about Danny at the moment.  We covered the return of L&O:SVO for a 16th season last month.  It is for his role as Detective Nick Amaro on the show that Danny has been nominated for an Imagen Award in the Best Actor/Television category.  The Imagen Foundation that created the award promotes the Latino culture within the media.  An amusing element in the other nominations that the show Devious Maids is almost guaranteed to win the Best Actress/Television category.  All but one of the 6 named ladies is from that show!  The Imagen Awards ceremony will take place on the 1st of August.

And finally Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller on CC) but very much not leastly.  We certainly say she seldom features here :-)  She is currently in Montreal with a travelling production of the For The Record: Tarantino show of music from Quentin’s films, we’ve mentioned previously.  Last weekend Tracie was doing a 24 Hour Play (mentioned here last month).  Starting ‘off Broadway’, which means smaller theatres near the famous area of NY, Tracie is taking a lead role in a new play called Lost Lake by awarding playwrite David Auburn.  John Hawkes (The Sessions) will co-star.  Veronica (Tracie) has takes her kids on a lake side holiday.  Hawkes is the troubled owner of the establishment.  Hilarity no doubt ensues… or maybe not.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – April 2014

danny_pino_001_430x180I’ve left it rather late this month but there is just time to squeeze in our regular post on the careers of the Cold Case cast members that aren’t Kathryn.  It’s April so we’ll make this the April update.

In an effort to stop this becoming the Tracie Thoms Twelve Tributes (it’s monthly) or the T4, or 4T, or Double TT (OK, that just got weird 😉 ) we’ll try and up the non-Tracie content this time.  It might be difficult though.  Don’t worry, we still love you Tracie 😉

Danny Pino (Scotty Valens on CC) is coming to the end of his 3rd season on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.  It’s difficult to believe it has been that long already.  Makes me feel older just thinking about that.  There’s a joke in there somewhere about policeman looking younger every year.  So far there is no word on whether L&O:SVU will get another season or not.  As we know from Kathryn’s work on Cold Case you do a job on a show like that pretty much at the exclusion of everything else so there is little time for side projects.  At the moment there doesn’t appear to anything in the pipeline from Danny.  If you want wall-to-wall coverage on Danny’s work check out the great site Danny Pino Online.  Tell them I sent you and say ‘hi’ from me.

Going up in rank we’ll move on to John Finn (John Stillman in CC).  John is listed as being in the pilot for a possible new CBS TV series based around the machinations of Wall Street.  Actor John Cusack (High Fidelity) is set to star and produce.  The writers and exec producers from the TV series Justified are also behind the project.  Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) leads with David Morse (Treme), Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) and Maggie Grace (Taken) co-starring.  Morse’s character will be a powerful banker no doubt tapping into the world’s current distrust of financial institutions.  Cox is to be an Iraq war vet turned banker, so we know he’ll be a good guy.  Okonedo plays an assistant attorney general charged investigating the murky world of money.  John Finn’s character is just down as Ritter at the moment.  As of now the show is just known as Untitled Wall Street Project and is on IMDb as a “TV movie” which is often the case with pilots for series.

Next we’ll cast (see what I did there?) our net a little wider before pulling it back.

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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – March 2014

tracie_thoms_001_430x180Time for another update on the work of the other main cast members of Cold Case in KM UK’s monthly round up we call the Cold Case Cast Catch-up.  Appropriately enough for the time of year this is March’s round-up :-)

The first official trailer for new the movie remake of comedy musical Annie hit the Interwebs in early March (it seems so long ago already).  Cold Case star Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) is in the movie but she doesn’t feature in the nearly 3 minute long promotional video.  At least as far as I can see, let us know if I’m wrong.  There is some singing, dancing, and the comedy stylings of one Cameron Diaz (The Mask).  If you don’t know the story of Annie, and want to keep it that way until the movie is released, then it is probably best to avoid watching the clip on YouTube.  Otherwise, go for it.  (Question: Why is he wiping the inside of the window of his limo at the end?)  Young starlet Quvenzhané Wallis (12 Years A Slave) is Annie.  Django Unchained star Jamie Foxxxxxxxxx (delete as applicable) is the business man and mayoral candidate using Annie to boost his popularity, Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) his assistant.  Lilly Rush heart stealer Bobby Cannavale (Eddie Saccardo in CC) is in there too.  In the last couple of days Tracie has been promoting another musical production.  This time it is on the stage rather than screen and takes her back to her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof.  ‘For The Record’ take iconic film scenes and scores from films and recreate them on the stage.  Having previously done productions based around movies like Boogie Nights, and the works of John Hughes, the Coen Brothers and Baz Luhrmann; now FTR are trying For The Record: Tarantino.  Quentin’s work so often revolves around the music and has been responsible for re-introducing artists and genres to the great unwashed (that’s you and me).  It starts tonight (27th Mar) in LA at the DBA (previously Voyeur) and continues on each Thursday to Sunday until mid-May.

Finally some movement on the An Bronntanas, the Irish TV drama starring John Finn (John Stillman in CC), front.  More specifically that movement is around 6 months in that direction.  No, no, left a bit.  You got it!  With no signs of a proper announcement, it looks like broadcast of the drama about the crew of a lifeboat with a large ethical quandary on their hands has been moved to the autumn.  John’s appearance in the new TV series Believe first aired in the US nearly two weeks ago now.  According to IMDb ‘CIA Deputy Director Randall Comstock’ went uncredited suggesting that it was quite small, perhaps reduced in the editing room from the original plan.  If you know more about either project please let us know.

To cast our net a little wider for a change, clearly Cold Case is the launch pad for many a global mega-star.  A mere five years after starring in a season 4 episode of CC, Jennifer Lawrence went on to massive success in The Hunger Games and it’s sequels (one of which, in 2 parts will be released this year and next).  She also did alright with Silver Linings Playbook (she won an acting Oscar for it) and American Hustle.  Now, Shailene Woodley, who you will of course know as Amish girl Sarah Gunden in CC episode Running Around has hit the very big time in her new movie Divergent.  To the uneducated like myself the premise for Divergent sounds rather similar to The Hunger Games: young woman fighting the system.  The fact that Divergent; based on novel by Veronica Roth and starring Theo James (Golden Boy), Kate Winslet (Titanic) and Ashley Judd (Missing); already has sequels in the works shows the film company was very confident of success.  Don’t let the other roles the two actresses did after CC fool you though, it was clearly the experience gained from working with Kathryn and the crew that got them job :-)

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