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Gordie Howe biopic starts shooting in city today

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A hockey icon and a horror icon are getting camera time in a pair of movies shooting in Winnipeg in the next few weeks.

Gordie Howe is the subject of a CBC biopic titled Mr. Hockey, which begins shooting in Winnipeg on Tuesday according to the Directors Guild of Manitoba website. The telefilm stars Vancouver actor Michael Shanks (Saving Hope) as Howe and concentrates on the hockey legend's return to the ice at the age of 45.

The script was written by Malcolm MacRury and will be directed by Andy Mikita, who worked with Shanks previously on the series Stargate SG-1.

The horror icon is none other than Chucky, the homicidal children's doll, first seen in the 1988 thriller Child's Play. Designated for the home video market, Curse of Chucky will be the sixth entry in the franchise, which will again feature the voice of Brad Dourif as Chucky, the spirit of a malevolent serial killer trapped in a seemingly innocent toy. The film will be written and directed by Don Mancini, who has written all the Chucky movies and directed the last entry, Seed of Chucky.

This movie is reportedly going to veer away from the campy direction of the last few films for a more serious horror entry in which a wheelchair-bound woman realizes members of her family are being systematically killed after she has taken delivery of a mysterious doll.

The film is being produced by Universal Home Entertainment in conjunction with local production company Original Pictures.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 28, 2012 C2

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