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Well, not entirely. In fact, some of these
are among the worst films ever made - something
the local media celebrities involved with
them would like to forget.
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David Duke's cult classic.
There's no hard and fast rule stipulating
that when Vancouver media figures are connected
to a film it has to be a bad film. Much Music
host Terry David Mulligan had a small role
in McCabe and Mrs. Miller, an early '70s
classic, and BCTV anchor Pamela Martin appeared
as a reporter in the decent 1988 Jodie Foster
vehicle The Accused. Meanwhile, back in 1973,
veteran film and TV executive Darryl Duke
directed a film called Payday that, although
obscure today, appeared that year on many
10-best lists and has been credited with
inspiring Robert Altman's thematically similar
Pamela Martin (right) in The Accused.
So it's not mandatory that the films be dismal
- just depressingly normal. Take CFUN host
Pia Shandel's first foray into film, 1968's
The Plastic Mile, which in a 1978 review
was granted half a star. Even Shandel minces
no words in describing how bad it was, though
she notes it attracted notoriety at the time
after the provincial censor banned it. Why
the kerfuffle? Pause. Nervous laugh. "There
was a scene in which I had an orgasm,"
explains Shandel, "and perhaps it was
Among he cast of The Plastic Mile: Beverlee
Miller (now Gray), Jace Van der Veen and
Or consider the thriller Dead Wrong, which
was produced by BCTV news anchor and VP Tony
Parsons (and which featured, among other
local lights, Toni Onley). Parsons says he
is pained to even think of the movie today.
And what about High Stakes, the 1986 thriller
with local journalistic legend Jack Webster.
In 1992 it was included on a list of the
worst movies ever made in Vancouver.
Interestingly, local actor Jackson Davies
has a connection to all three, including
starring roles in Dead Wrong and High Stakes.
He wasn't around for The Plastic Mile, but
swears he once did a sex scene with Shandel
- he just can't remember where.
THNIK OF THE RESIDUALS
What? You didn't catch Coquitlam actor Brian
Arnold in an Addams Family episode (crazed
building inspector) or Wrongfully Accused
(reporter)? Then no doubt you've heard him
nail his best-known line, done for BC Tel:
"The number you have reached is not
Think of the residuals.
THIS PLACE IS JUST, UH, DOOKIE
The exact location of the Hunger Hut will
and must remain a closely guarded secret
- suffice it to say only that it is somewhere
on Vancouver's east side. Dining at this
most exclusive of establishments is by invitation
only, and these are extended primarily to
folk from the film and music businesses.
Prices are extremely reasonable, and the
food is said to be extraordinarily good -
the proprietor, who hails from Winnipeg,
was once the personal chef to the band Green
SAVE IT FOR A RAINY EPISODE
David Duchovny never really apologized for
his comments that he wanted to move away
from a place "where it rained like 400
inches a day." Or did he? In season
five of the X-Files, filmed shortly after
Duchovny's remark, an episode called "Schizogeny"
has Scully asserting that a body found buried
in mud may have got there by slipping into
a mud trap concocted by the victim's stepson
following heavy rains. To which Mulder replies,
"That's some rainstorm." Scully:
"They say it rained 400 inches a day."
Mulder: "Now that sounds like an exaggeration,
don't you think?"