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Between August, 2003 - Dec, 2004

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Name: Anna Nardini
E-mail address: annalily97@yahoo.com
Comments:This is a great site. I love it. I am interested in television shows or movies that Andrew Airlie has done. Is there also any way that I can get some of these shows - the episodes he is in on tape.
Friday, December 3rd 2004 - 12:47:35 PM
Name: maria aparecida barbosa
E-mail address: cidak@centroin.com.br
Comments:FAITE ARRIVER CE MESSAGE A VALERIE JEANNERT
je suis bresilienne. j'ai habité en france - 1973 - chez mme jeanneret av. mozart à paris. je crois que valérie jeanneret, que je viens de découvrir actrice, est la petite fille blonde que j' aimais beaucoup.
elle avait perdu son père et sa mère voyageait très souvent, alors elle restait avec sa grand-mère et moi.
je l'ai cherché aujourd'hui sur internet parce que ma fille - qui a 25 ans - va faire ses études à rennes e je voulais la rencontrer.
Tuesday, October 12th 2004 - 05:42:35 AM
Name: onyegbu
E-mail address: mumu@maga.co.nr
Comments:lovely site thanks mumumumumumummumumumumm
Tuesday, September 28th 2004 - 02:18:04 AM
Name: captain canuck
Comments:Somebody's on a tirade and exposing the Canadian film industry bigwigs on imdb! amazing! she/he is all over there with different messages nailing everybody and giving a real education:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388285/board/thread/11449823

Friday, September 3rd 2004 - 08:01:39 PM
Name: Pacificgrrl
E-mail address: greenelaw@msn.com
Comments:HELP I am in search of a name of a TV series I uesd to watch late at night in 1990 (on US channels camin in around 1am, likely repeats)..likley filmed in late 80's maybe to 1991

It was a TV drama which took place in a TV news Station, I believe it may have been in Hamilton but Hamilton is not in the title...Drama had cutting edge stories for the day and acting was quite good...charaters included the TV station owner, new director, anchors, reporters and esp. the camera woman and man..Anyone recollect the name of the Series....series may be named after call letters of station or maybe even the camera used??? not quite sure...Have been trying to figure it out for years...Thanks for any help
Tuesday, August 24th 2004 - 04:24:19 PM
Name: jana
E-mail address: jana27@gmx.net
Homepage URL: http://www.adore.nu
Comments:filesharing und emule file sharing emule adressen liste
Tuesday, July 20th 2004 - 02:47:54 AM
Name: Name
E-mail address: E-mail address
Homepage URL: http://Homepage URL
Comments:RE: Secret Lie of Canadian Entertainment

This is a pretty specious essay. You are ignoring thousands of competing factors. Some Canadian shows do better than others because they are better produced, run in different time slots, and have different levels of promotion. To compare Due South (a series that ran in prime time) to Total Recall 2070 (a series which wallowed in Saturday afternoon hell) as proof that Canadian settings sell better than American ones is flat out misleading.

I agree that it doesn't matter to an American audience if a film/TV show is "set in Canada"-- but only because their main criteria is "good entertainment" and not "setting." If the industry focuses on quality, it really doesn't matter where a show or film takes place.

Wednesday, May 26th 2004 - 06:21:52 AM
Name: Frank
Comments:Interesting essay on the "secret lie of Canadian entertainment". However, here is something you should consider. Take a look at the Quebec entertainment industry. Their movies and TV shows are almost all distinctly Canadian, unlike English Canada. However, they have an extremely difficult time selling these shows out of the province. Even France turns their nose at Quebec movies and TV shows almost every time. Sure, there is the occasional "Barbarian Invasions", but such instances are rare.
Monday, May 24th 2004 - 08:28:42 AM
Name: Dave Stohler
Comments:No review of "Mambo Italiano" yet? It's the second highest-grossing English-Canadian movie to date, with over $5 million at the Canadian box office. Though it may be telling that over half of that gross was made in Quebec alone - apparently it's still a struggle to convince English Canadians to watch Canadian films, especially when you factor recent poor grossers like "Foolproof", "Decoys", and "The Snow Walker".
Saturday, May 8th 2004 - 03:49:37 PM
Name: Gilbert Collins
E-mail address: gcollins@magma.ca
Comments:Great Site! By the way, I can think of at least two Canadian TV series that should be added to your site. "Radisson" which was a CBC production I think and was filmed in the lated 1950's. Also the series "Quentin Durwood MP" starring Gordon Pinsent.

Keep up the good work!
Monday, May 3rd 2004 - 03:55:38 PM
Name: PlaidPenguin
E-mail address: PlaidPenguin03@aol.com
Comments:Hello,
Anyone who is reading this:
I am desperatly searching for one of the movies on this page. It is called Million Dollar Babies. It is about the Dionne Quints and was made in 1994. If you know anyone selling a copy, please please write me. My email is PlaidPenguin03@aol.com
Thank you.
Saturday, May 1st 2004 - 06:16:54 PM
Name: verena
E-mail address: verena301@gmx.de
Homepage URL: http://www.detmylius.dk
Comments:cool website. will recommend it to friends. thanks.
Friday, April 16th 2004 - 02:35:35 AM
Name: mugu mugu
E-mail address: MUGUMUGU@@@MUGMUG
Comments:I DON WAKA PASS HEREOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Wednesday, March 31st 2004 - 10:20:40 AM
Name: Roger Banks
E-mail address: roger@excelmail.net
Comments:Hi Guys,

I think your site is great and I'd like to advertise on it if possible. I run a number of consumer sites which I think would be great for your visitors. Please email me back if you are accepting new advertisments.
Monday, March 22nd 2004 - 10:40:29 AM
Name: Will Thomas
Comments:STATELINE MOTEL (1975) Fabio Testi and Eli Wallach rob a Canadian jewellery store and head for the American border. Also stars Ursula Andress,Barbara Bach and Celine Lomez.
Friday, March 19th 2004 - 01:22:52 PM
Name: mairi
E-mail address: 00684783@napier.ac.uk
Comments:hi, i really want to buy we all fall down by martin cummins in vhs format- live in scotland, dvd not compatible. Anyway, can't find any anywhere, tried this site that had it for $120 but it had gone. Will pay up to this probably, depending on condition etc. All help and info welcome and received with thanks.
Monday, March 15th 2004 - 01:57:45 AM
Name: kevin
Comments:Good site. Interesting and provocative reviews.
Sunday, February 29th 2004 - 08:52:56 AM
Name: tommy
E-mail address: tah0217@att.net
Homepage URL: http://2getitnow.com
Comments:Great Site
Saturday, January 10th 2004 - 07:39:47 PM
Name: The Masked Truth
E-mail address: GlenRinker10@hotmail.com
Comments:Seems you still can't give Trailer Park Boys the credit it deserves. It's pretty clear to see you have editied your first critiques of the show because they were so wrong, clearly revealing you are out of touch. It seems to be with chagrin that you accept it. I guess thats your problem. I heard it just sold big time in the US.

Stay cynical, bitter and out of touch.

The Masked Truth
Sunday, January 4th 2004 - 07:01:12 AM
Name: patti
Comments:yeah where's canadian idol
Monday, December 22nd 2003 - 09:28:40 AM
Name: a
E-mail address: a@a.com
Comments:Just a small correction. That's Suki Kaiser acting under the name Suzi Kaiser in "The Girl From Mars".
Thursday, December 11th 2003 - 03:06:02 PM
Name: oko
E-mail address: okomugu@yahoo.com
Comments:love your site
Wednesday, November 19th 2003 - 03:47:35 AM
Name: Marvin Taaylor
E-mail address: taylor_marvin@hotmail.com
Comments:I would appreciate any sites containing Canadian VHS tapes for sale.
Wednesday, October 29th 2003 - 09:10:28 AM
Name: Thomi
E-mail address: Thomas_monu@web.de
Homepage URL: http://www.one-zero-one.com/
Comments:Hi! Echt gut geworden die Seite, werde in Zukunft mal häufiger vorbeischauen, bis denne!
Tuesday, October 21st 2003 - 04:43:21 AM
Name: Uve
Homepage URL: http://www.zooartikel.org
Comments:hi from me. this website is cool. go on with the good work.
Tuesday, September 30th 2003 - 11:32:00 AM
Name: steffi
E-mail address: steffi692@gmx.de
Homepage URL: http://www.gutversichern.net
Comments:today i found your website and was surprised. you did a very good work.
Tuesday, September 30th 2003 - 11:23:54 AM
Name: lena
E-mail address: lena67@lycos.de
Homepage URL: http://www.rg2.cc
Comments:This site is great. keep up the great work..
Tuesday, September 30th 2003 - 11:03:28 AM
Name: Johnny
E-mail address: webmaster@suchexpert.de
Homepage URL: http://www.suchexpert.de
Comments:today i found your website and was surprised. you did a very good work, so go on with it.
Tuesday, September 30th 2003 - 10:46:58 AM
Name: Dave Stohler
Comments:Don't forget "Canadian Idol". Or "ReBoot", one of the most successful shows exported to other countries!
Monday, September 22nd 2003 - 12:45:43 PM
Name: Keith Bailey
E-mail address: kei_bailey@hotmail.com
Comments:You bring up some interesting ideas in your latest essay re: how to save Canadian TV. In fairness to the production companies, it should be pointed out that there are still a number of people trying to make Canadian drama.

Though they had a problem recently, when the Canadian Television Fund was slashed. Because of the lack of funds, many shows found themselves without the handout they needed to complete funding, and many shows were threatened with being cancelled. From what I gathered, the producers simply weren't able to find funding elsewhere - the networks had already agreed to big license fees (much higher than the advertising revenue they would ultimately get), and the producers had no money to dig in their own pockets.

The shows did ultimately get the money... but only because the fund "borrowed" from next year. Of course, when next year comes, there will be even less to hand out.

So while you might complain that the producers are getting so many handouts, the reality is that even with these handouts producers still find it difficult to raise private funds. Who will invest in a TV show that will make little, if any profit? How can you force a production company to invest profits into Canadian productions if they are not, say, actually producing anything?

So it's not just that some companies are getting away from drama to maximize profits. It's also that many producers are simply finding it harder than ever to raise the funds. And with the hassles and headaches of raising funds (it's notoriously difficult to apply for those handouts), it's no wonder some are feeling it's not worth it.

Though you mention the networks should be made to spend more on Canadian programming... you also say they should be made to increase the number of hours of CanCon. With those two together, I fear that the dollars would be spread thinly. And that even with the license fees, the producers of these shows would still be short on a budget.

I should also point out that even top-rated Canadian shows don't make profits for the networks. When "DaVinci's Inquest" started, it had ratings rivaling that of some American shows. But despite that, the network found they had to sell advertising time for the show at a *much* lower rate than those for American shows on Canadian channels. (This was also a factor with "Due South".) It's actually about as much as it is now that the ratings have dropped. So "making it hurt" in Cancon really won't make networks try to succeed. They are going to lose the same amount of money more or less, no matter the success of the show.

This is why there has been the proposal to let advertisers have a tax write-off for ads put on Canadian shows if they spend more than they usually do - if the networks find they can make a profit on Canadian drama, they may then be encouraged to show it more.

Forcing shows to have more of a Canadian narrative has some problems that must be smoothed out before being considered. Like: how "Canadian" must a show be in order to be approved by the CRTC? How do you measure something like that? There have been debates for years as to how something can be considered "Canadian". What if a show briefly mentions a character's Canadian origin in the first episode, but never mentions it again? What if the character is made to come from Miami (Saskatchewan) or London (Ontario)? You can see the problems there.

Also... what about the CBC? They are pretty much all-Canadian. Yet they have problems funding Canadian drama series. In fact, they have been showing more American product (blockbuster movies, the "TAKEN" miniseries) because they need the profits in order to simply keep the network running! How do you force the CBC to make more drama under these circumstances? Treating them differently may make the other networks legitimately protest.
Sunday, September 7th 2003 - 11:33:06 AM
Name: Jokes Witze Spass
E-mail address: robert33@gmx.de
Homepage URL: http://www.spassprogramme.com
Comments:This site is great. keep up the great work!
Monday, September 1st 2003 - 12:03:53 AM
Name: Handylogos SMS
E-mail address: angel1970bw@lycos.de
Homepage URL: http://www.handyklingeltoene24.de
Comments:loved your website. will visit again soon.
Sunday, August 31st 2003 - 11:58:35 PM
Name: Robert
E-mail address: megacalmnospamme@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://megacalm.aipotu.nl/
Comments:THANKYOU for helping me find Le Siege D'Ame. I needed this movie to help me get started on my Gnosticism essay but couldn't remember the title. I was sure however that it was made in Quebec. So I typed "movies made in Quebec" into Google and found you, typed "Egyptian mummy" into your search engine, and voila, there it was, the elusive movie.

Thanks again!

Robert
Tuesday, August 26th 2003 - 04:33:47 PM


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