Friday, April 23, 2004

New Casting Info and an apology... 

So those last few days in Canada were a bit more hectic than I'd imagined, and I ended up returning to the hotel in Toronto with only enough time to fall asleep before waking up the next morning and getting back out to set. At some point, I'll go through the days bit by bit, but suffice it to say that the shoot was great, and that everyone involved, I think, had a blast.

SciFi saw fit to release the following information a few days ago, and I'm happy to say it made a big splash in papers all across the country (and internationally, in fact, which I always dig):

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - A pair of Oscar winners, Faye Dunaway and Isaac Hayes, have signed on to the Sci Fi Channel movie/back-door pilot "Anonymous Rex."

The pair will make cameos in the movie, based on Eric Garcia's award-winning novels where dinosaurs have continued to exist to the present day, evolved down to human size and live among us by means of elaborate disguises.

Dunaway will play Shin, the head of a secretive dinosaur governing council. Hayes will also play a member of the tribunal. "Anonymous Rex" stars Sam Trammell ("Going to California") as dino private eye Vincent Rubio and Daniel Baldwin ("Homicide") as his partner, Ernie Watson. Stephanie Lemelin ("The Mullets") is also part of the cast.

Garcia's novels tip their hat to hard-boiled detective fiction, and Sci Fi says "Anonymous Rex" will do the same to "film noir gold standards 'Chinatown' and 'Blade Runner,'" so who better to have in the cast than Dunaway, who earned one of her three Academy Award nominations for "Chinatown." She won a best actress Oscar two years later for "Network."

More recently, she's made guest appearances on "Alias" and co-starred in "The Thomas Crown Affair." She stars in CBS' adaptation of "Back When We Were Grownups" later this year.

Hayes' "Theme from 'Shaft'" won the best original song Oscar in 1972. These days, he's best known for providing the voice of Chef on "South Park." Other acting credits include the 2000 "Shaft" remake, "Escape from New York" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka."

So there we go. I'd known about the Isaac Hayes thing for some time, but the Dunaway signing was basically last-minute, and I was just as surprised as anyone. It's the only casting decision in which I had no say ('cause I wasn't around for it), but obviously I'm thrilled. The dailies are smashing, darlings...

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