Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Q and A: Week of Jan. 16

Q: I have such a crush on Karen Gillan of “Doctor Who.” Can you tell me what else I can see her in? — Jonathan F., Bangor, Maine

A: The ravishing redhead, who plays Amy Pond in the hit sci-fi series, can be seen next month on Ovation television in the network’s first original movie, “We’ll Take Manhattan.” The movie — which airs Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m. ET — is set in the 1960s world of fashion photography and is based on a true story. It follows upstart photographer David Bailey as he persuades British Vogue to hire his unknown model and girlfriend, Jean Shrimpton (played by Karen), for a major fashion photography layout in Manhattan. Over the course of the shoot, they shatter every established rule of fashion photography, outraging Vogue fashion editor Lady Clare Rendlesham (played by Helen McCrory of “Harry Potter” fame).

Q: When I lived in Canada, there was a show on CTV called “Flashpoint.” Now that I am back in the States, I’ve been told I can catch it on TV here, but I haven’t found it. Can you help? — Judy T., via e-mail

A: All four seasons of “Flashpoint” have aired in the U.S. on Ion Television (check your local listings for channel info). The network recently announced that it has renewed “Flashpoint” for a 13-episode fifth season, which will begin shooting in February. CBS also aired the show here and there — as a midseason replacement or to fill an empty slot when needed — but the series has no set schedule on that network. “Flashpoint” centers on a highly skilled tactical team, trained in negotiating and getting inside the subject’s head to understand the emotional breaking point (the “flashpoint”) that triggered the crisis. The series stars Hugh Dillon, Enrico Colantoni and Amy Jo Johnson.

Q: A while back I remember reading on your website about a movie with Will Ferrell spoken entirely in Spanish. Is this still happening? — Dave R., via e-mail

A: The movie you are referring to is called “Casa de mi Padre,” which also stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Efren Ramirez (see my interview with Efren here). It is indeed in the style of the “telenovela” and is entirely in Spanish (with English subtitles for us gringos). The movie hits theaters March 16, and you can see the first trailer on the movie’s Facebook page and on YouTube (search “Casa de mi Padre”).

Q: I loved “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Are there plans to film the second book in the series? I hope so! — Stephanie S., Hollywood, Fla.

A: Although the box-office returns for “Dragon Tattoo” aren’t blockbuster material, you can bet 10,000 kronor that “The Girl Who Played with Fire” is indeed in the works, with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara set to return, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal confirmed. “Fire” is set for a 2013 release. Fingers crossed for “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”

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