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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
8:31 pm
Well don't I suck?

First of all, congratulations to Sam80853 for her two year Canuckiversary. Here's to many more :)

Secondly, I completely missed Paul's birthday showing that I do truly suck at fandom. This was a big birthday as well, and I wasn't even there to pop out of his birthday cake. So happy belated birthday Paul (and Martha, come to think of it, whose birthday is also in late April)! Keep doing what you're doing and you won't go far wrong.

Thirdly, Paul's Governor General NAC award thing is this weekend, so hopefully there'll be some art to go with the reports. Hurrah! It must be nice to go to an awards ceremony knowing that you are definitely going to win.

Fourthly, Passchendaele won lots of Rosies - Alberta's film awards, last weekend as well.

Fifthly, the National Post did a horoscope based on "If you share your birthday with..." thing. Their one for April 30th was just someone writing about Paul, sod the horoscope part:

Actor/writer/director Paul Gross (1959) shares your birthday today. You have a strong, dominating personality, in part because you believe in duty. (Even though you would love to lead a relaxed, gracious life.) You value family and friends; and you need their respect. In return, you are highly protective. In the year ahead, you will finish or let go of something you've been involved with for about nine years to make room for something new.


So, how are all of you?
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
10:25 pm
Interesting Part II
"I have to also confess that I was kind of irritated with Harper Collins for presenting the [Passchendaele] book as though I had actually written it -- I thought it was a little cheeky and not entirely honest." - PG on the First Weekend Club Q&A.

Makes me wonder how much control 'authors' or names have over book publications once a big name publisher gets involved - seemingly none. It's fraud, isn't it, on some (moral) level? What do you think? Good job he benefited from it, I guess, otherwise he'll be causing more of a stink. Ahem.

And he shows off his decency and moral side in answers like this, in response to a slightly odd question about whether Germany will be on the 'good' side during the next war (WW4??!). The blatant underlying xenophobia of the question itself made my eyes water a lot a little, but the answer was great. Emphasis mine, BTW, for a thought you rarely hear in public life, particularly with military interventions.

"I have no crystal ball and can't quite imagine what shape, if any, the next global conflagration will take. At the moment it seems unlikely that western Europe will splinter entirely so whatever happens it would seem that Germany will be on our side, whatever might happen. If we're on the wrong side they will be right with us. I'm very leery of using terms such as good and evil when it comes to the First World War. It was a very complex and tragic series of events that led to that cataclysm and the finger of blame can be pointed with ease in any number of directions. In terms of the actions of individual soldiers they were no better, no worse than the allies. It was a slaughter yard where easy distinctions such as good and evil had little purchase. As to its deeply enigmatic nature, I would direct you to ‘The Pity of War' by Ferguson." 

This is why I like him. Also, reading his words is like watching a really good porn film and eating chocolate cake. Just to bring the tone down a little.
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
7:12 pm
Paul's Q&A answers are up
here: http://www.firstweekendclub.ca/index.php?option=com_fireboard&Itemid=86&func=view&id=402&catid=40

I've only just started reading them but already have a huge grin on my face as he writes exactly like he talks. :) More answers will be posted over the next few days apparently. Any comments here welcome!

P.S. I know he is a very eloquent and erudite person, but he's really taking his time answering these - either he's finished with Eastwick or he's really bored on-set.

ETA: "We will release in the UK – I’m not sure when." Oh come on, I so called that one with my previous post. I deserve a prize.
Monday, April 20th, 2009
10:05 pm
...Passchendaele has just been given a 15 (age) rating by the British Film Classification people today.

Not that the rating matters, but what is interesting is WHY they have been asked to classify it...do I sense a UK release on theatre or DVD (more likely) somewhere in the future?


P.S. High Flyers are a (v. small) film distribution company, so yeah, something could be happening.
Saturday, April 18th, 2009
10:13 pm
How did I manage to miss this report of bakaknight meeting Paul at the Ottawa prem of Pass back in September? Amazing photos.


P.P.S. I so didn't know this:

"This year, he was joined by spokesperson for the SickKids Foundation, actor Paul Gross"


Oh and VIDEO! http://www.sickkidsfoundation.com/multimedia/VideoPage.asp?ID=3
8:41 pm
DS pilot script draft
Probably familiar to the rest of you, but I've just come across a draft script of the pilot episode/movie of DS!


Heh, well at least some of that was correct.

I can't read it all, but feel free to post here any more differences that you can see. It's rather fun!
Friday, April 17th, 2009
9:55 pm
imeem doesn't seem to like your Show Must Go On vid now - it's still the very best fanvid I have ever seen in my life, and had a sudden urge to watch it again....help please? pretty please?

(and I'm going to keep posting this pic so it is forever at the top of my lj. It makes me smile)
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
6:18 pm
Just because.

Monday, April 13th, 2009
10:21 pm
Help me out!
A few weeks ago, when we were still talking about the Genies and various other things, we heard that Paul had been nominated for a few other awards as well. One in particular was due to be awarded on his birthday, but I can't find what on earth this was. I think he's up for a Writer's Guild Award (as well as Martha!) and these are due to be given out on April 20th. The NAC Governor's award thing is on May 8th/9th...was there anything else I've missed?

Let's hope he turns up to one of these events, I'm starting to get the bends again. [Feel free to temporarily relieve my condition with pictures BTW] :)
Saturday, April 11th, 2009
7:12 pm
I swear to god...
...wherever he is at the moment, Paul is squeeing like a little girl.

Courtesy of Wheaton College, Mass.

Thursday, April 9th, 2009
7:24 pm
...seriously, keep just interviewing Paul. It's a damn sight easier to interview someone who is gracious, intelligent and...erm...sane:

Sunday, April 5th, 2009
9:03 pm
Happy Birthday _scally!
Sorry it is a little late, but I hope that you had a lovely day :)
Saturday, April 4th, 2009
7:49 pm
Didn't realise that the Genies were tonight. I'm not expecting great results for Pass. given the current climate, but you never know. Feel free to make comments, post pics etc here as soon as you read or see anything.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
7:39 pm
Saturday, March 28th, 2009
6:43 pm
Ever since...
...some twits from Fox News made fun of Canadian Troops, all I keep reading are really positive, patriotic comments about Canadian military history, and all are glowing about Passchendaele. Seems people have finally realised what the film was intended to be.
Friday, March 20th, 2009
6:48 pm
Playback Magazine: Paul Interview, March 09

The first line pretty much sums up the interview!

Paul Gross stops short of calling Toronto's filmmaking community a bunch of snobs. He says unabashedly, however, that Toronto's artistic "intelligentsia" has "made trouble in making our artistic output relevant to the population that pays for it."

Read more...Collapse )Another interesting stat from playback, in a separate article, was that Passchendaele alone accounted for 50% of English Canada's film box office in 2008.  

Also, on the shallow level, Paul is on the cover of Playback this month with what looks to be a great photo...but I can't see it apart from a photo on  flickr.
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
6:32 pm
Is this...
Eastwick thing really our Paul? I can't think of something less likely for him to do (Hollywood, supporting role, pile of crap), yet ABC have been after him for a while...argh! Plus, wouldn't have the Canuck media picked up on this if it was him?

Current Mood: confused
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
8:04 pm
I do like...
...recent photos of him. Taken at the NAC Award thingy on Monday.


A close-up reveals a pleased little face. I think he's actually happy about this particular award!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
7:34 pm
Tale of Three Episodes
The Boat Show, The Train Show, Call of the Wild.

All are double-length episodes on DS, all written by one man. So here are 5 6 things that we can learn from these episodes and the writer:

1) All the main characters cross into Canada from the US during the episodes. Reveals that Paul can't even bear for his fictional characters to be away from the homeland, never mind himself.

2) Boat, trains, submarines. Are these central plot devices to a Canadian drama-comedy, or toys that a 5 year old boy plays with? The plots have a delightfully cartoon-like/child-like quality about them, and even the baddies are rejects from Scooby-Doo. I was half-expecting Ken Welsh to pull off a mask and say "I would have gotten away with it to, if it weren't for those meddling mounties".

3) The world is saved by  men in Uniform. It could be something to do with the Army background, but it could also indicate a fascination with large groups of men in leather boots.

4) Damn the dog. Rather like many fic writers, Paul never knew where to stick Diefenbaker in the action, so tended to leave him outside of the whole thing until the last 5 minutes where he invariably saved the day. This is despite Paul often mentioning his own dog in the same breath as his wife and children.

5) Likes making out in inappropriate places. This theme continues to this day, but Paul always wrote in a scene of close contact between Fraser and Inspector Thatcher...even going to the desperate lengths of writing a ghost's fantasy dream sequence (!) to shoe-horn in the inevitable. I think this was less to do with Camilla Scott than a fascination with strong women who are challenging to him , See: MWB, Trojan Horse, H20, Pass. etc. [As with everything with him,  it does tend to be about Martha in the end.]

6) He's completely barmy. No evidence needed here, just watch the episodes.
Friday, February 27th, 2009
7:54 pm
Just to show...
...their inseparableness (what? it's a word!), both Paul and Martha have been nominated in the WGC Screenwriting Awards this year.

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