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May 30, 2009

Newsbites: The hiding-in-Canada edition!

1. Vancouver-based artist Stan Douglas is developing a film based on Raymond Chandler's Playback; it will take place in the 1950s and concern "an American woman who crosses into Canada to escape imprisonment for a murder she didn't commit, only to find herself in the same situation - prime suspect in a murder - in Vancouver." Douglas plans to shoot against a green screen and fill in the backgrounds -- including the downtown Granville Street strip -- with computer-generated locations based on archival photographs. -- Hollywood North Report, Globe and Mail

2. Paul Gross is starring in Gunless, a comedy Western in which he'll play "a notorious American gunslinger who turns up in a rural British Columbia town" that has "no working weapons" and is "populated by sundry eccentrics." The film is currently being shot in Osoyoos, B.C. -- Hollywood Reporter, Globe and Mail

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