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Wednesday, January 25, 2006       Other Cities
Zeta-Jones calls in to Vancouver
By DARREN PARKMAN


One of Hollywood's biggest names suddenly appeared in Vancouver this week on a whirlwind visit. The stunning Catherine Zeta-Jones was in town to shoot TV commercials for a U.S. cellular phone company.

A casually dressed Mrs. Michael Douglas was spotted trying to duck the cameras at Vancouver International Airport, while being flanked by a team of very protective security people.

Jones was also spied arriving at the trendy Opus Hotel in Yaletown where she stayed for a couple of days.

She was in Vancouver last year with singer Tom Jones, shooting commercials for the same company.

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The B.C. government's recent decision to keep up tax credits for the local film industry means even more movies will be made here this year. One of those just announced, is the action thriller Rogue which reunites Jason Statham (The Transporter) and Jet Li (Kiss of the Dragon) in Vancouver. It's the brutal story of organized crime and the hunt for a deadly assassin. The pair previously starred together in The One, and both have worked in Vancouver before. Statham was just here a few months ago shooting Dungeon Siege with Ray Liotta, and Li made Romeo Must Die in town a few years ago. Rogue will shoot through late spring.

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Gillian Anderson says she still loves Vancouver, but she's finally cutting a big tie with the city. Anderson has just sold the luxurious home she bought here back when she was working on The X-Files with David Duchovny. Unlike her co-star, Anderson doesn't mind all our rain and remains close to the city. She still considers Vancouver a refuge away from Los Angeles.

Duchovny caused an uproar during filming of the series when he publicly whined about our weather, and pushed to have filming of the show moved to L.A.

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Watch for Vancouver stunner Emmanuelle Vaugier in an upcoming episode of the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men with Charlie Sheen. Vaugier also recently appeared in the feature Saw 2 and had a starring role in Painkiller Jane shot here last year. As if all that weren't enough, her stock is about to rise even more with a coveted appearance on the cover of Maxim magazine next month.



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