There is a one-page article about Martha MacIsaac in August’s issue of Famous (a magazine offered free at giant movie theatres across Canada). MacIsaac played the leading role in Emily of New Moon (1998-1999, 2002-2003) and now appears in the movie Superbad, which opens later this month. Thanks to Elizabeth MacLeod for bringing the article to our attention.
This is from the Edmonton Journal:
Green Gables creators search for Anne
Elizabeth Withey, edmontonjournal.com
Published: Wednesday, July 25
EDMONTON – The creators of award-winning mini-series Anne of Green Gables are in Edmonton today on their nation-wide talent search for a girl to play the fiery red-haired orphan in a prequel.
Filmmaker Kevin Sullivan wrote original story about Anne Shirley’s childhood life before she went to live with the Cuthberts on Prince Edward Island. Sullivan’s story predates the events in Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel.
Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning will tell the story of Anne’s biological family and how she ended up in an orphanage.
The mystery will unfold when Anne finds a secret letter in the floorboards at Green Gables more than 50 years after she went to live there.
The film is set at the turn of the 20th century but is bookended by scenes of Anne as a woman in her sixties. In the story, her husband Gilbert died at the end of World War Two and her three children are far away, pre-occupied with families of their own. Anne has almost completely lost touch with her adopted son, Dominic, who is living in France.
Sullivan Entertainment will travel to seven Canadian cities to conduct auditions for girl between the ages of 10 to 12.
They are also conducting an extensive casting call on YouTube at www.youtube.com/group/screentest.
Anne of Green Gables (1985) won an Emmy and starred Megan Follows and Colleen Dewhurst. After the mini-series was broadcast, tourism on P.E.I. rose by 30 per cent.
The L.M. Montgomery Land Trust is organizing The Great Big Cornboil, a fundraising event to be held Sunday, August 19th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cavendish Boardwalk in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island. There will be live entertainment, and plenty of corn on the boil. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Jason reminded me of these two YouTube videos that he noticed some time ago. Since they speak for themselves, I won’t speak for them. [Update: One of the videos is no longer online.]
Monika B. Hilder’s paper “Imagining the Ultimate Kindred Spirit: The Feminist Theological Vision of L.M. Montgomery” will appear in Feminist Theology with a Canadian Accent: Canadian Perspectives on Contextual Feminist Theology, edited by Mary Ann Beavis, with Elaine Guillemin and Barbara Pell and forthcoming from Novalis Press in Fall 2007.
McClelland and Stewart will reissue its New Canadian Library edition of Anne of Green Gables early in 2008. This edition, first published in 1992, includes an afterword by Margaret Atwood. Here are the covers for both the current edition and the new one. Their NCL edition of Emily of New Moon (with an afterword by Alice Munro, first published in 1989) will likewise be reissued, in late 2007, but the new cover is not yet available.
From CBC News:
The site of the Rainbow Valley amusement park, now a new entrance to P.E.I. National Park, reopens Friday at 10 a.m.
The property is now called Cavendish Grove and will include walking and cycling trails as well as access to Cavendish Beach.
Barb MacDonald of Parks Canada told CBC News that while the amusement park rides are gone from the land, the feeling in the park is still the same.
“The highlight of the property is still there,” said MacDonald.
“The trees are beautiful and very prominent. It will be a wonderful place for people to relax and maybe have a picnic and just enjoy the natural beauty.”
The 16-hectare amusement park was sold to Parks Canada two years ago.
Last summer, some tourism operators in the area complained it was taking Parks Canada too long to reopen the site.
Eventually, Parks Canada intends to make Cavendish Grove the main entrance to this section of the national park, meaning a longer walk to Cavendish Beach.
Thanks to Beth C. for bringing this news to our attention.
Fitzhenry and Whiteside will publish The Anne of Green Gables Puzzle Book! Written by Marion Hoffman and illustrated by Muriel Wood, the book will be published in August 2007. For more information, visit the Fitzhenry and Whiteside website.