Photo: At the Toronto Zoo today for an interview about Disneynature's Bears and also saw this bear, and a wee polar bear.

Logitech launches G502 Proteus Core tunable gaming mouse

Logitech revealed the very customizable Logitech G502 Proteus Core tunable gaming mouse earlier this week, which features a 12,000 DPI sensor that can be tuned to any surface thanks to their Delta Zero technology.

On top of that, gamers can customize the balance and weight on the G502 using small 3.6 gram weights, and program the mouse for special functionality like one-button triggers,…

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Photo: My parting gift from last week's Trailer Park Boys interview: their new board game!

MuchMusic Video Awards celebrate 25th anniversary on June 15

MuchMusic Video Awards celebrate 25th anniversary on June 15

The MuchMusic Video Awards will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, taking over the corner of Queen and John in downtown Toronto on Sunday, June 15, and for the first time the event will be simulcast live on CTV and MuchMusic.

Featuring red carpet arrivals, musical performances, and stars from film and television, the MMVAs delivers the awards show to the street for all the fans to get up…

Carice van Houten seems like a normal actress, if you meet her in person, but on HBO’s Game of Thrones she’s the wickedly powerful Melisandre, servant to the Lord of Light, and one of the characters who seems most likely to inspire fear among all other mortals.
Last year, during the Toronto International Film Festival, Houten answered a few questions about filming the fourth season of the epic series, and it’s almost easy to forget while you’re chatting with her that her counterpart on screen is downright frightening. Beautiful, but darkly foreboding in almost every way.
During a recent interview about season 4 of Game of Thrones, Houten talked about Melisandre first appearance this season, her character’s goals, and the fact that this deadly woman also calls upon magic from time to time–unlike most of the other heroes and villains. But, some of the best moments in the interview are when Houten opens up about playing this part, the fan reactions to her character, and the fact that she’s actually allergic to horses so a stunt person fills in for her when they need to show Melisandre on horseback.

Question: Set the scene for your character as we begin season 4.
Carice van Houten: “We start by seeing her doing a certain ritual–I can’t be more specific than that–and then we get a little peek behind the scenes of Stannis’ [Baratheon, Stephen Dillane] household. So you see Stannis and his two wives–basically, me and his own wife Selyse [Tara Fitzgerald]–and you get to enjoy the dynamics between the three of us.”

seems like a normal actress, if you meet her in person, but on HBO’s she’s the wickedly powerful Melisandre, servant to the Lord of Light, and one of the characters who seems most likely to inspire fear among all other mortals.

Last year, during the Toronto International Film Festival, Houten answered a few questions about filming the fourth season of the epic series, and it’s almost easy to forget while you’re chatting with her that her counterpart on screen is downright frightening. Beautiful, but darkly foreboding in almost every way.

During a recent about season 4 of Game of Thrones, Houten talked about Melisandre first appearance this season, her character’s goals, and the fact that this deadly woman also calls upon magic from time to time–unlike most of the other heroes and villains. But, some of the best moments in the interview are when Houten opens up about playing this part, the fan reactions to her character, and the fact that she’s actually allergic to horses so a stunt person fills in for her when they need to show Melisandre on horseback.

Question: Set the scene for your character as we begin season 4.

Carice van Houten: “We start by seeing her doing a certain ritual–I can’t be more specific than that–and then we get a little peek behind the scenes of Stannis’ [Baratheon, Stephen Dillane] household. So you see Stannis and his two wives–basically, me and his own wife Selyse [Tara Fitzgerald]–and you get to enjoy the dynamics between the three of us.”

HBO’s hit series returns Sunday night for its fourth season of blood, heartache, misery, and mind-blowing television, and after all of the teasers, it’s looking like a huge season ahead, dragons and all. [x]

The Orphan Black press kit that Space sent out in Canada. It is a beautiful thing. Read my thoughts over in The GATE’s blog.

"As press kits go, this one is fairly impressive. If you somehow didn’t know anything about the show, this kit alone could bring you up-to-speed on some of the big details, including who died in the first season, and it also happens to include the first four episodes, which I’m about to sit down and watch tonight."

Check out the toothy cookie that greeted me on the set of–what else–Hemlock Grove last week here in Toronto. Thanks to the folks at Netflix, I got a sneak peek of the second season, a tour of the set, and interviewed most of the cast, including Joel de la Fuente, Bill Skarsgård, Dougray Scott, and Famke Janssen.
Yes, it was a big day, and everyone was really wonderful. I have to say a big thank-you to the stars, and the show’s behind-the-scenes team who met with us as well to talk about next season’s effects and what it takes to make the show a reality.
You’ll just have to wait a while for any of the best tidbits about the set visit–until the second season is set to return, actually–but it was an eye-opening day. There’s nothing like spending a full eight-plus hours on a set to really get an understanding for what’s going on.
The only tidbit I will say is that new showrunner (essentially, for those who don’t know, the person responsible for the show’s direction and overall concept) Charles “Chic” Eglee gave us some of the best insights into the upcoming season, and he was absolutely wonderful to interview. Stay tuned for more in a few weeks, once season two of Hemlock Grove gets a release date.
(Also, in case you’re wondering, the cookie was delicious. There were also cupcake treats that had bloody slash marks across them, but the cookie was my personal favorite.)

Check out the toothy cookie that greeted me on the set of–what else–Hemlock Grove last week here in Toronto. Thanks to the folks at Netflix, I got a sneak peek of the second season, a tour of the set, and interviewed most of the cast, including Joel de la Fuente, Bill Skarsgård, Dougray Scott, and Famke Janssen.

Yes, it was a big day, and everyone was really wonderful. I have to say a big thank-you to the stars, and the show’s behind-the-scenes team who met with us as well to talk about next season’s effects and what it takes to make the show a reality.

You’ll just have to wait a while for any of the best tidbits about the set visit–until the second season is set to return, actually–but it was an eye-opening day. There’s nothing like spending a full eight-plus hours on a set to really get an understanding for what’s going on.

The only tidbit I will say is that new showrunner (essentially, for those who don’t know, the person responsible for the show’s direction and overall concept) Charles “Chic” Eglee gave us some of the best insights into the upcoming season, and he was absolutely wonderful to interview. Stay tuned for more in a few weeks, once season two of Hemlock Grove gets a release date.

(Also, in case you’re wondering, the cookie was delicious. There were also cupcake treats that had bloody slash marks across them, but the cookie was my personal favorite.)

Monsters and creatures of the night come in all shapes and sizes, although not if you’re talking about werewolves. For a very long time, werewolves have been macho monsters, which is why it is more than a little refreshing to see a woman ripping into the throats of her enemies in the new Space channel series, Bitten.

Drawing on the novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, Bitten takes place in a similarly male-dominated world where our hero–Elena Michaels, played by Laura Vandervoort–discovers that she is the world’s first and only lady werewolf. In her Pack–her family of werewolves–Elena has to stand up next to lots of testosterone as she also has to learn about her new abilities, while learning how to find some kind of control over the wolf inside her.

Late in 2013, near the end of filming for the show’s first season, I took a trip to visit the set of Bitten and to chat with some of the show’s stars, and one of the producers. Speaking with Laura Vandervoort between takes, the star revealed some of the back-story for Elena, while also chatting about the physicality of the role, and being part of a gang of guys on the show.

“I’ve always been a tomboy,” Vandervoort said in the interview, “so it’s sort of nice–I get competitive and it challenges me, as the only female, to sort of prove that I can do what they do.”

When I asked her what was more challenging, the role or the physical demands of the show, Vandervoort said, “Elena’s so, like I said, layered, that every day I’m finding myself challenged with scenes. They’re very dramatic and very emotional, and she’s always torn, and there’s turmoil, there’s deaths in the show, so there’s always something that she’s really struggling with.”

“So it’s nice to be challenged in this way,” Vandervoort said. “The action is just a whole other beast. It’s very specific, getting it down to a science and working with these amazing stunt people, so I wouldn’t say one is more challenging than the other. They’re very, very different forms of what we do here.”

Watch the interview with Laura Vandervoort below to hear more about Bitten, and you can catch the series Saturdays on Space at 9:00 PM (ET), and Mondays at 10:00 PM (ET) on SyFy in the United States.