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22nd-Jul-2008 11:54 pm - Happy Birthday, Karen Cliche!

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Happy 31st Birthday, Karen Cliche!
22nd-Apr-2008 02:24 am - The end of Flash
There's good Flash news and there's bad Flash news.

The good news is that you can now check out Ed the Sock's hilarious interview with Karen Cliche on the set of Flash Gordon: here. :)

A sad report from TV Series Finale a couple of weeks ago:

Flash Gordon: Sci Fi Quietly Cancels Adventure Series

The latest TV series to be based on the classic comic strip Flash Gordon has gone where many sci-fi series have gone before — the cancellation galaxy. It turns out that Flash’s greatest nemesis this time around wasn’t Ming the Merciless but a lack of viewers.

The series debuted on August 10, 2007 on Sci Fi. It was the latest series based on the intergalactic hero’s exploits and stars Eric Johnson (Smallville) and Gina Holden (Blood Ties). Though many science fiction fans were looking forward to the series, most reviews were pretty negative. The producers took the criticisms to heart and worked on improving storylines and adding more Mongo action.

The premiere attracted approximately 2.1 million viewers (one of Sci Fi’s best-rated series premieres of the year) but fell as the season progressed. Flash Gordon’s first season finished airing on February 8, 2008 with the episode entitled “Revolution, part two.”

Sci Fi has been quiet on the subject of the show’s fate though, based on the show’s ratings, a second season hasn’t realistically been expected. As time’s gone on, it’s become apparent that Flash won’t be back to save the world next fall.

At Sci Fi’s recent upfront presentation, Sci Fi president David Howe briefly talked about Flash Gordon. He spoke about it in the past-tense and coupled it with previously cancelled series like The Dresden Files and Painkiller Jane. He feels that the series wasn’t developed enough and said that Sci Fi may try again in a few years — with a fresh take and a bigger budget.

Gina Holden, the actress who plays Flash’s girlfriend Dale Arden, was recently interviewed on The Doctor and Mrs Who show. Though the series does have its fans, the actress doesn’t hold out much hope for a resurrection campaign being effective. She said, “I think every effort that people make is great but really, unfortunately, it comes down to studio. And I think once they make their mind up, that’s it. That doesn’t mean that I’m not believing but, it’s a tough call. I would just say, enjoy the moment, enjoy what we did do.” Stay tuned!

© Series Finale
7th-Oct-2007 08:01 am - Moment at the LA Femme Film Festival

Pic from Karencliche.net

From PR Leap, here is a review of Karen Cliche's short film Moment, which recently aired at the L.A. Femme Film Festival, including some statements from one of the film's co-creators, Jill Carter.

A Great moment At The LA Femme Film Festival


(PRLEAP.COM) First time director/producer Jill Carter and writer/producer Suesan Danesh are very pleased that their film has been selected to screen at the LA Femme Film Festival. Ms. Carter stated that : “As female filmmakers we understand and appreciate the effort this festival and the people who support it, are putting forth to help women move forward in this industry.”

The short film beautifully captures the delicacy between a lost moment and a lived moment with charming simplicity. It tells the story of Anne, a young professional who is getting ready for her day, all the familiar images of morning are there. When two men show up at her door unexpectedly, Anne’s calm morning is filled with anticipation.

Long time friends, Ms. Carter and Ms. Danesh have always recognized and appreciated each other’s talents: Carter’s strong sense of visual story telling united with her knowledge of the arts, her extensive background in the film industry as a script supervisor on many feature films and television series (Saint Ralph, P2, Hitler: The Rise of Evil and Due South) and Danesh’s ability to express her ideas through the written word coupled with a keen business sense. So with a shared vision and enthusiasm of telling compelling stories that are universally accessible, the two put pen to paper and developed the script for moment. With the help of a group of 25 industry professionals that Carter had worked with in the past, the two were able to bring their stylistic vision to fruition.

Moment which was self-financed by a fundraiser organized for the film, was shot on S16 mm film over the course of two and half days. Key players include Executive Producer Wendy Grean (producer of It’s A Boy Girl Thing, Company Man and Picture Claire), Cinematographer D Gregor Hagey (Rub and Tug, Phil The Alien and Run Rob Run) and Chris Van Dyke an award winning commercial editor (Cannes Lions, Clios and The Canadian Besses). Canadian actress Karen Cliche (Flash Gordon, The Business, Mutant X and Adventure Inc.) convincingly plays the lead roll of Anne with great subtlety. Canadian independent musicians Amy Millan (Stars) and Todor Kobakov (Major Maker) delightfully contributed to the film. Todor’s mesmerizing original score marvelously echoes Amy’s song “Skinny Boy”.

“I am really proud of the way the film has turned out. For a first film you couldn’t ask for anything more and I am really glad people are responding to it,” Carter said. “This is the first story I’ve written and now we’ve made a short of it, somebody was supposed to stop me!” Danesh was quoted as saying. moment has screened at numerous festivals, including some of the most prestigious festivals on the continent where it was vying for Academy Award consideration: the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the LA Shorts International Film Festival. Building on this success, Carter and Danesh are ready to tackle their next projects. They have already begun collaborating on another short called “ninety-one” about childhood memories and have a number of features and television series in development.

© PR Leap

Last week, The SciFi World posted a new looong interview with Karen in which she shows off her French, reflects on each of her Flash Gordon co-stars, recalls past television roles, and announces her hopes to have children soon.

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Pic from Ask Men

Exciting news! Karen Cliche and the rest of the cast of "The Business" have been nominated for a best ensemble Gemini Award! The show, which is about segment producer Julia Sullivan's attempts to reform the owner of a small indie film company, has also been nominated for best direction in a comedy series. It's now in its second season. Though she wasn't in the pilot, Karen played the famous porn star-turned-actress Scarlett Saint-James in six of the eight episodes in the show's first season. We'll find out whether they've won at the 22nd Annual Geminis October 17th, so be sure to keep an eye out.

And from August's Eclipse Magazine, here's another of Karen's Flash Gordon talks; as she points out in the course of the interview, Moment continued its film festival tour at the largest festival for short films in the world, the L.A. Shorts Fest on the sixth of this month.

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Pic from Safesearching

Here's Karen's interview with Media Blvd where she talks a little more about what's in store for her Flash Gordon character, Baylin. Hope you guys are enjoying the show so far! :D

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From The Comic Book Resources, here is a longer version of the Arizona interview with Karen that I posted a couple of weeks ago, where she tells a little more about what's going to happen with her character, and her favorite episode.

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Anybody get a chance to catch the Flash Gordon premiere last week? I don't have cable, but I did watch part of the episode on SciFi.com, and it looks as if Karen will be wonderful in this! Happily, there will be a lot more of Baylin in the upcoming episodes.

If you missed it, you can also watch the Flash Gordon pilot on iTunes.

Here are two more cool interviews with Karen about Flash Gordon; you can check them out on Media Village and She Knows.com.

Many thanks to Jeantre on YBB for sharing the link, and to Cynthia for conducting the interviews! :D

Reminder note: Flash Gordon premieres on the Sci Fi Channel at 9 pm on August 10th. Set your VCRs! :)

From Arizona Central, here are some words from Karen about her role in the show and in sci-fi in general.

Karen Cliche hops aboard 'hipper, sexier' 'Flash Gordon'
Kerry Lengel, The Arizona Republic
Aug. 4, 2007 12:00 AM

Some are born into geekdom, but Karen Cliche, one of the sexy young stars of TV's latest Flash Gordon remake, had geekdom thrust upon her.

"I started doing sci-fi about five years ago, and I really didn't know that world at all," says the 30-year-old Cliche (pronounced Kleesh), whose screen credits Adventure Inc., Mutant X and Vampire High.

"My favorite show was Golden Girls growing up. But I have learned to appreciate" the sci-fi world, she says.

"Now when I play regular human roles, I'm like, 'Ooh, where are my superpowers?' I find it kind of boring just to play a regular human girl."

Premiering Friday, Aug. 10, on cable's Sci Fi Channel, the latest Flash Gordon is a departure from both the original comic, which blasted off in 1934, and the campy 1980 film best-known for its Queen soundtrack ("Flash! Ah-aaah!"). The new show stars Eric Johnson, who played Whitney Fordman on Smallville, so it may be no surprise that the series has a bit of a CW feel.

"This Flash Gordon is a hipper, sexier, modern take on the previous stuff," Cliche says. "There's a little less of the spaceships and all that, and a lot more concentration on story line and the different characters and their interaction together. . . . Instead of the campy vibe of the film in the '80s, this is a little wittier, and a little more dramatic."

Ditching the familiar rocket ship, Flash travels back and forth between Earth and the planet Mongo via a "rift" in space-time. His sidekicks, Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov, also have changed from past incarnations.

And Cliche's role is brand new. She plays Baylin, a tough bounty hunter sent to Earth by the evil dictator Ming who ends up switching sides.

"She's not bad, she just acts bad," says the Canadian-born former model, who likes playing smart, independent characters.

"My most loyal fans are young women. Not that I don't appreciate the male fans and their dedication, but it's really important for me to be that role model, and my characters to be that role model, for young girls."
22nd-Jul-2007 11:24 am - Happy Birthday!

Happy 31st Birthday to Karen Cliche!

Karen has posted a couple more messages on her official forum that her short film Moment has been selected for additional viewings: at the Rhode Island International Film Festival from August 7-12, and during the San Gio Video Festival in Verona, Italy on July 26th. How cool is that? :D

More information about the Rhode Island viewing, including directions and ticket sales, can be found here

Information about the San Gio Video Festival, which takes place from July 23-27, can be found here.
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