We have a little more information on Amy’s Christmas movie, titled Dear Santa, thanks to a recent interview with Jason Priestley where he confirmed that he directed the movie; extract posted below. And according to IMDB, the release date is still scheduled for December 1, 2011.
Priestley also begins production on Season 3 of his series “Call Me Fitz,” shown on DirecTV in the U.S., in September; he’s filmed a guest role for the upcoming season of USA’s “Psych”; and he’s putting finishing touches on “Dear Santa,” a romantic-comedy movie with Amy Acker (“Angel”) that he has directed for the holidays.
The first ever still from The Cabin in the Woods was released yesterday — it doesn’t feature Amy so I haven’t added it to the gallery — but feel free to check it out over at MovieWeb.
I shall definitely keep you guys up-to-date on this movie as more stills etc, should slowly trickle out, and hopefully a few will feature Amy, too. :)
EDIT: Poster removed as it’s apparently fan-made.
Amy Acker says Angel fans are a special sort of breed.
Acker played Fred in Joss Whedon’s Buffy spin-off for four seasons and says the fans she encounters from that television series are different than ones on other shows she’s worked on such as Alias.
“I don’t feel I ever meet fans of Alias that are ever the same as the fans from Angel,” she says.
“The Angel fans are so connected to the show and they know so much about the show.”
She credits Whedon’s writing as one of the reasons the fans become so invested in the show.
“Joss has always made shows where there’s all these different types of people and you can always find yourself in at least one of the characters,” Acker says.
The actress has been in a number of Whedon’s productions including the short lived Dollhouse, in which she played Dr Claire Saunders and she counts the director as one of her closest friends.
Acker says as a director he is able to get the exact performance he wants from his actors.
“Watching him work with the actors and the crew it’s pretty amazing to see the way he communicates ideas and I think it’s pretty remarkable how he changes performance from one take to the next,” she says.
Continue reading… Angel star Acker at Supernova
Twitter has revealed that Amy appeared on the Australian daybreak show, Sunrise, along with Sean Maher & Gareth David-Lloyd yesterday morning.
If anyone could provide a clip and/or screencaptures, it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance. :)
@a_c81: #Supanova guests Amy Acker, Gareth David-Lloyd & Sean Maher on #Sunrise this morning [Sunday]
The Sunday Morning Herald has an article about this year’s Supernova – Pop Culture Expo convention in Sydney, Australia — which mostly features an interview with Amy’s Angel co-star, James Marsters — and has revealed that Amy is also attending the convention; extract posted below. :)
Tom Felton, from the Harry Potter movie series, will be there, while Marsters’s stablemate from the Buffy spin-off show Angel, Amy Acker, is coming down, as is conference newcomer Julie White, who plays Judy Witwicky in the Transformers movie series.
The official website further confirms this and also mentions that Amy will be attending both the Perth & Sydney events!
Amy looks forward to meeting all her fans at both the Sydney and Perth events in 2011. There are signing and photo sessions throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) excluding breaks. Amy is conducting a general admission Q&A each Saturday and an exclusive Whedonverse Q&A each Sunday (Whedonverse & VIP Passes only).
The good news is that Common Law is nearing a series order at USA Network, but the bad news is that Amy’s role will be recast. :( Full article is below.
UPDATE: Medium executive producer Craig Sweeny has come onboard Common Law as executive producer. He will serve as co-showrunner on the series alongside co-creators/exec producers Cormac & Marianne Wibberley through his overall deal at CBS TV Studios.
EXCLUSIVE 5 PM: I hear USA Network is finalizing a series pickup of comedic buddy cop drama Common Law starring Michael Ealy. The project, from CBS TV Studios and Jon Turteltaub’s Junction Entertainment, centers on polar-opposite LAPD homicide detectives Travis Marks (Ealy) and Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole), whose nonstop bickering and acrimony prompts their no-nonsense captain Phil Sutton (Jack McGee) to send them to a couples therapist. The role of the therapist, played in the pilot by Amy Acker, will be recast, along with another, smaller part. There will be some reshoots, and I hear the action quotient on the show will be pumped up. With the series order for Common Law, expected by the end of the week, USA will maintain its perfect pilot-to-series batting average. Common Law was one of three cast-contingent pilots ordered by USA last summer, along with Necessary Roughness and Suits (formerly A Legal Mind). The other two have already been picked up to series. Of the three pilots from USA’s second batch, Eden has been completed, while Over/Under and Wild Card are still casting. Common Law was written by Cormac & Marianne Wibberley, who are executive producing with Turteltaub.
Exciting news! It looks like Cabin in the Woods will, definitely, finally, be released. Details are below.
Lionsgate is making a deal with MGM to distribute The Cabin in the Woods, putting an end to an unexpectedly long shelf life for a horror film that has a terrific creative pedigree and a high degree of fanboy wanna-see. Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard directed the film and co-wrote it with Joss Whedon. The film’s cast includes Chris Hemsworth, who made it before he was set to star as the title character in Marvel’s Thor. Ironically, Whedon and Hemsworth are reuniting, with Whedon directing The Avengers, and Hemsworth reprising his hammer-swinging role. It’s unclear when Lionsgate will release the film, but October is a good bet.
The delay has little to do with the quality of the film. It was once slated to be released by MGM on Oct. 23, 2009, but was pulled back because it was going to be converted to 3D. Then, everything froze at MGM because of the strangling debt load, and The Cabin in the Woods was among several pictures that languished. By the time the picture is released, Thor will have established Hemsworth’s star value, which will certainly help a film that also stars Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.
Amy posted on her official Twitter a few days ago to let us know that she is currently filming a new movie in Calgary, Canada, for a few weeks titled Dear Santa — a Christmas comedy — and as a result, sadly isn’t able to attend the ‘Echo 2’ convention in the UK this week.
Amy also stated that she’s still waiting to hear if her new series, Common Law, has been picked up.
Exciting news! Looks like we may have some new material coming our way soon. :)
EDIT: (April 28) According to IMDB, Amy’s character is called Crystal & the movie has an expected USA release date of December 1, 2011.