North American VA Sightings March 2009 – Part 2!

A few more sightings for you this last Friday in March! Sadly, it looks like Part 3 is going to come sometime in April.

Sug Makes Triumphant Return to Animation!

This is a sighting you have to hear to believe – Stephanie Beard (Rini #2) appeared on a recent episode of Fox’s King of the Hill entitled “Uncool Customer”. She played Michael Savage, the daughter of a trendy mom, and Bobby’s main interest in his Cotillion class. Yes, even we thought that the name Michael was weird for a girl – we wondered if this was a play on Michael Jackson’s daughter (Paris Michael Katherine Jackson), but we later learned that it was a play on a conservative radio talk show host. This was a major role, and initially her voice didn’t sound anything like the characters she usually voices. This one reminded us of a more refined version of the older Rini she did in SuperS episode “Pegasus Revealed”. However, at the end of the episode when Bobby freaked out her character with what he was wearing at her very classy birthday party, her screaming was very much like the Rini we have all come to know and love! The episode would have been that much sweeter had we seen a scene where Nancy Hicks-Gribble called Michael “Sug”. Her infamous moniker for anyone and everyone would have had a special meaning with us Sailor Moon fans! This episode is currently being streamed for US viewers at Fox on Demand, however Canwest Global has no episodes of the show online for viewers in Canada. We suggest Canadians check their local listings to see when this episode will be repeated!

Roland Parliament Teaching in New Program in Niagara College!

I told you a really long time ago that Roland Parliament (Melvin, 1st Voice Director) had plans to teach at Niagara College, in the small town of Welland, Ontario (half an hour from Niagara Falls). The College’s Acting for Film and Video Program officially launched last Fall, and Roland is just one of many renowned greats teaching students. Others on staff include Second City alumnus Robin McCulloch, singer Barbara Mantini, and Ving Tsun Kung Fu Master Sifu Chris Hader. Roland has always had a special passion for teaching acting, and I have had the privilege to attend one of his sessions in 2004. He has a wealth of experience in the entertainment industry and has a very dynamic way of sharing these in a form that students can learn from and expand their acting horizons. ACTRA has even sent him around to different parts of Canada to teach workshops. For more information on the program, click here!

Linda Ballantyne is a Parrot!

Linda Ballantyne (Sailor Moon #3) has a new cartoon role – as a feathered friend! She plays Tulip the Parrot in the National Geographic Kids Entertainment cartoon, Toot & Puddle. This show is named for two pigs, who are best friend. Toot likes to travel the world and learn about different cultures, and send a postcard to Puddle who likes to stay at home. Tulip, is their pet. This cartoon is based on the popular book series by author Holly Hobbie. The show currently airs on Treehouse (Canada) and Noggin (USA).

Robert Tinkler Can Be Heard Soon in A New Cartoon and Video Game!

Currently in production is Kung Fu Magoo – an updated version of Mr. Magoo featuring the bumbling character and his 12-year-old nephew Justin, as they “dodge giant robotic spiders, ninjas on jet skis and the mutant ‘Beasteens,’ which are half animal and half teenage girl, all before the Evil-lympics even begin”. This is definitely a lot different than the Mr. Magoo we all grew up watching! You know your old when….. tangents aside, Robert Tinkler (Rubeus, Pupuran) can be heard as various characters in the series. The show also stars Olsen Twins successors Cole and Dylan Sprouse. Robert will also have various roles in the upcoming Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion video game. Once again, Marvel heroes unite to save New York City from Latveria and Lucia Von Bardas.

More coming soon – we’ve saved the best for last!

Flashpoint News Roundup!

Who caught tonight’s episode? What a twist and a sad ending :(. I quite enjoyed the banter between the SRU in the workout room in the beginning! Leave us your thoughts below!

Flashpoint Nominated for More Awards

Unfortunately, the show didn’t win the award it was nominated for at the CFTPA Indie Awards (Season 2 of Intelligence won). Sarah Gadon, who played Tasha in the episode Attention Shoppers, was nominated for an ACTRA Toronto award, but unfortunately didn’t win either (we really loved her performance in it too :(). On a side note, Robert Tinkler (Rubeus, Pupuran) was also nominated for his voice work on Cyberchase (and also didn’t win). Flashpoint however it has other award noms on the horizon! Two episodes have been nominated for the Writers Guild of Canada’s Screenwriters Awards! And they are: Tracey Forbes for Attention Shoppers and Adam Barken for Who’s George?. The show is against episodes from ReGenesis and Murdoch Mysteries. The Awards will be held on Monday, April 20th – we wish Flashpoint the best of luck!

IGN Posts Interview with Enrico Colantoni

We’re just going to link you to this one with a warning that Enrico Colantoni uses some nasty words in this interview that are censored. We recommend all our readers who are old enough to read this check it out – he gives out a lot of hints about the new season and also what it’s like behind the scenes. He talks about how he feels a certain kinship to the show since his brother was a cop. At the end of the interview he makes special note about how the show is “allowed to be in Toronto” and how relieved the crew is to not have to hide certain things that are “Canadian”, and how the show has been able to adapt and become a city that could be anywhere in the world. We especially like how there has been such a variety in the different cultures of the characters on the show.

And Finally, Last Week’s Canadian Ratings…

We are so elated to read on BBM that Flashpoint has risen! The show went up from having 910K viewers the week before to having 1.339 viewers last week – rising from the 24th most watched program to the 12th most watched program in Canada! We can all breathe again and hopefully the show will rise even more! Keep watching the show, Canadian fans!

NA VA News (Part Two)

Rino Romano in Spaceballs?!

The 80’s movie Spaceballs was a parody of Star Wars. It wasn’t very popular in theaters, but gained more popularity when it was released on home video (and subsequently DVD). The movie also poked fun at tons of other Sci-Fi productions that were popular during the day. Fast forward to this year, and there is an animated series in the works. The series was due to start in June on G4 but has since been postponed with no premiere date as of this writing. In Canada though, the series airs on Super Channel. Playing the leading role of Captain Lone Starr is none other than Rino Romano (Tuxedo Mask #1). Captain Lone Starr is a combination of the personalities of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. He has a companion, a half-man, half-dog (mawg) named “Barf” (short for Barfolomew) which is a parody of Chewbacca. Fans awaiting the series can check out a trailer here!

Robert Tinkler in New Movie!

Set to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is Cooper’s Camera! This one is about a family’s Christmas celebration in 1985 that becomes horribly dysfunctional when an estranged uncle shows up. The story is told through the Cooper family’s youngest son Teddy’s “eyes” – aka his Christmas present, a second-hand video camera. Robert Tinkler (Rubeus) plays the supporting role of Officer Malette alongside The Daily Show‘s Samantha Bee and Canadian comedian Dave Foley. This looks hilarious from what we have read and we hope to hear more about this soon!

Jeff Lumby Featured in New Red Green Special and Book!

I’m sneaking in this quick edit this morning! Meg Ruffman is an actress who has an interesting hobby – carpentry! She has even written a few books about simple how-to projects for beginners. She is nearly finished writing a book called We’re All In This Together, a biography on Steve Smith. Last week she was featured as a Special Guest Co-host on Jeff Lumby’s (Professor Tomoe, Kakeru, Mischa) radio show, Lumby in the Morning. While she was there, she also shot an interview to be aired on The Comedy Network in October as part of We’re All In This Together: The Red Green Story a tribute to Red Green. The show definitely ranks up there with long-running Canadian TV shows and we were sad to see it go when it did. We look forward to watching this special and hopefully we’ll see a few “brilliant” moments from Jeff’s character, Winston Rothschild III of Rothschild’s Sewage and Septic Sucking Services. Picture courtesy of SOS, pointing out our favorite evil professor in court (of course, not for his monster engineering).

More February VA Sightings!

And In Motion Too!

Robert Tinkler Spotted In Notes From the Underbelly Again!

It’s too sad, really. Notes From the Underbelly in our opinion is an under appreciated comedy. With many TV critics predicting that it will not be renewed for the next season, we’re sad to see it go. Robert Tinkler (Rubeus, Pupuran) appeared in the penultimate episode, which aired not too long ago. His character Ben, has grown tired of Cooper’s (played by Rachael Harris) bossy and demanding behaviour, and decides to work for her rival, Beverly. Beverly is also dating the nutter of the group, Danny (but Ben does not know this). Soon Ben is left to deal with the bossiness and demands of both Beverly and Dan, and he realizes that as much as he hates being Cooper’s assistant, it truly was a lot better than being Beverly’s assistant. At the end of the show, he comes to apologize to Cooper and to ask for his job back, by doing what he does best! Bringing a bouquet of flowers to congratulate Lauren and Andrew on the birth of their daughter – of course, on behalf of Cooper! We’re really sad that this show will probably not be renewed, but were pleasantly surprised at how great a comedic actor Robert has turned out to be! We hope to see more of you on TV soon Robert!

Stephanie Beard Posts New Video of Her Eating… Corn?

Stephanie ‘Sugar’ Lyn Beard (Rini #2) has posted some new videos in the last few weeks. The first one is an extended tour of her old loft in downtown Toronto, complete with Sug’s Commentary. We had already seen this one before a long time ago, in what we presume was probably a promotional video. The second one she posted, really got us thinking. Two minutes and seven seconds of Sugar sitting in front of her webcam, eating corn! The video’s synopsis says (and we quote) “heres what i’ve been up to since i moved to LA.” Awhh… poor Sug. If only we could help! Maybe you’d be happier munching on some Sailor Moon Pasta, a Chocolate Sailor Moon just in time for Easter, or Sailor Moon Ice Cream all washed down with Sailor Moon Soda from Japan. In any case, we’re not quite sure if there’s some subliminal message in this video, or if this is some kind of inside joke that we don’t understand. Or perhaps it’s a belated homage to National Corn Day? It’s all up to you readers, what do you think Stephanie is trying to say?

VA Sightings December 2007!

Robert Tinkler Appears on Season Two of Notes From The Underbelly!
Season two of ABC’s hit pregnancy comedy, Notes From The Underbelly began on November 26th, in the wake of the still looming Writers Guild Of America Strike. Robert Tinkler (Rubeus) appeared as Cooper’s (played by Rachel Harris) assistant on the second episode of the season, The Blackout. During a blackout, Julie (Melanie Deanne Moore) reveals that she has a video blog on the internet, dedicated to her newborn son. Cooper learns from her boss that her coworkers, or “cubicle drones” are quitting because she is just too rude to them. She is told that if another one quits because of her, she will lose her bonus. So in an attempt to get to chummy with her coworkers, she calls on Ben, or rather their “King”. She learns that the coworkers were all enjoying a movie about babies acting stupid, and mentions Julie’s blog to them in an attempt to socialize. Eventually Cooper becomes popular with the crowd, even inviting them into her office to watch the blog. She even brings in Julie (their newly found idol) for a couple visits! But her plan falters when she snaps at one when she quits to move with her husband to another town. Cooper thought she was quitting because of her! Nonetheless, we hope to see more of Robert Tinkler this season than we did in the last one – we really like seeing him in comedy! Robert is the one holding the can on the right side, seated on the floor next to Cooper on the sofa.


Liza Balkan Is Directing All Around Ontario’s Theater Circuit!

Liza Balkan (Sailor Mercury #2) just finished directing the Waterloo Entertainment Centre’s production of Bunnicula and it was met with rave reviews. It was based on the popular children’s book series by James Howe about a rabbit that sucks the juice out of vegetables. If only they really existed, then every child wouldn’t have to eat their dinners! She thought she was going to play Chester the Cat, and was initially disappointed that she was asked to direct. But later she was thrilled to do it! The show implored a puppeteer who manipulated the bunny, and a cast of six talented actors. Though seemingly aimed for children, it entertained all ages, even having a few adult references for humor. She described it as “a wonderful mix of Bugs Bunny, the Far Side, a little bit of the Marx Brothers and lots of music.” Liza will next be directing Opera on the Rocks, on January 8th and 9th . This is an opera that takes place amidst a bar, where the singers are sitting among others, and singing about love, life, and loss. It will be taking place at the Pauper’s Pub in the heart of downtown Toronto! If any of our readers have attended any of her productions we would love to hear from you!

We Find Something Old And Something New About Stephanie Beard!

We really wish we could tell you lot hanging out in the cold of Stephanie Sugar Lyn Beard’s official forums what she’s been up to – and we really hope to hear something big soon. In the meantime, we discovered something old and something new. Before Stephanie broke out into the world of voice acting with her role as Rini in Sailor Moon S, she was a radio DJ for former radio station KISS FM in Toronto. On the side, she also did a show with DJ Smylz called SugaSmylz Radio, where they would showcase whatever music they felt in the groove for! We stumbled upon a few lost episodes on podcasts at Red Monkey Radio and on Smylz’ official website. We don’t hear her voice, but fans can get a look at the very diverse taste Stephanie has in music! And now for the something new, we stumbled upon Stephanie’s page at Voice123, a website where voices are for hire! Fans can see her credits, what she can do, and hear a demo. We’ve never heard her do any European accents and we’d love to hear that on a demo! We’ve heard about sites just like this on the news and that they are the first place a business will turn to if they need a voice for their advertisements as they don’t have to deal with the hassle of going through a talent agency. They can here the voices here for themselves and hire them “on the spot”. We’ll caution fans though that unless they have a serious, paying voice job for Stephanie, don’t contact her through this website. It’s never a good idea to send fanmail to a business site. You’re probably better off catching her by leaving a comment on her MySpace.

Konnichiwa from Emilie-Claire Barlow!

Picture Credit: Official Site.
Official Site.

Emilie-Claire Barlow (Sailors Mars & Venus #2) is having a great time in Japan! She is going around to different cities and performing Christmas shows! She has been chronicling her adventures on her blog, and fans can read about her shows, sightseeing, and a few clips here. We really love the shots of the strange signs she’s seen when she’s out and about! We wonder if she payed homage to Sailor Mars by visiting the Hikawa Shrine when she went to Tokyo? For those who want to listen to some of her excellent renditions of Christmas tunes, click here for the iTunes link to last year’s Winter Wonderland – which we reviewed here. It’s a really good album and all of you should check it out! For more of Emilie-Claire’s tunes, click here.