Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Crow: Stairway to Heaven - 'Souled Out'

Sanctuary - SciFi Wire: Sanctuary's Tapping Also Producer

From SciFi Wire:

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12:00 AM, 27-MARCH-08

Sanctuary's Tapping Also Producer

Amanda Tapping, star and executive producer of the upcoming SCI FI Channel series Sanctuary, told SCI FI Wire that she's an exceptionally hands-on producer.

"I am so hands-on that I wish I was just an actress again," Tapping said in an interview at the network's upfront presentation to advertisers in New York earlier this month. "I have been in charge of making sure that budgets get pulled together, getting our financing together, approving cast, everything. I'm way hands-on. I need to back off and just focus on the character for a while."


Stargate Atlantis - Season 5 Updates - Kate Hewlett, Photos and more!

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for March 26, 2008:

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March 26, 2008: Thank you's all around

Today, a round of thank-you's are in order.


Thank you to James Robbins who has been going all out on the designs and concept drawings for Whispers - and clearly having a hell of a time doing it. This morning, we took a stroll through the village set, the entrance to the cave network, the catacombs, the chamber, and the well. Creeptastic. We've done a number of "monster" episodes, but we have yet to do an out and out "horror" eppy. You know, the kind that
has you sleeping with the lights on for nights to come. That's what I'm going for.

Thank you to Marty G. who had us spinning in the writers' room for about twenty minutes over lunch today, trying to come up with a title for the mid-season two-parter. I kind of liked A Smattering of Scenes - but no one else did. So - still nothing. But that didn't stop him from putting out a first draft of part one.

Thank you to Carl for his continuing patience. We didn't get around to giving him notes on Tracker today either. Maybe tomorrow. In the meantime - here, have some chocolate.


Today's pics: Books, chocolate; Ivon Bartok, Tobias Slezak, Alex Levine, and Whispers construction.

[NOTE: Actor Tobias Slezak appeared in Stargate SG-1's "Heroes, Parts 1 & 2" as Tech Sergeant Dale James; Ivon Bartok was the assistant for Gecko Productions [Richard Dean Anderson's and Michael Greenburg's production company when they were executive producers on SG1] and is now the producer of the DVD featurettes for Stargate; and Alex Levine is the script coordinator for Stargate Atlantis, and is writing his first episode, "Inquisition," for SGA.]

I've got some time before the wife gets home. Quick! Let's squeeze in some mailbag -

mom2398 writes: "Any sign of Jeannie Miller in Season 5?"

Answer: The Shrine of Talus.

cool writes: "Are we going to see more of Todd the Wraith in Season 5? He always seems to be working on his own, which is interesting since the Wraith seem so hive-oriented. Does he have a Wraith Queen he answers to?"

Answer: Your last question will be answered this season. So far, we have Todd slated for three appearances.

[NOTE: Todd is portrayed by actor Christopher Heyerdahl.]


RW writes: "If you get notes from the network that suggest reworking a script - do you have to follow what they say or could you simply say that you are going to leave it exactly as is. "

Answer: Well, I like to consider any script a team effort. It would be silly to dismiss any input out of hand because. We have received some great notes in the past that have made the scripts better. That said, if implementing the notes will improve the script, I will do so. If I feel they will hurt the script, then I'll dig my heels in and fight. It rarely comes down to a fight in the latter case, more an involved discussion.

Stargate Atlantis / SG1 - SciFi Channel's Preliminary May Schedule Available

From the SciFi Channel's schedulebot:

The preliminary May schedule (through May 22nd) is now available,
episode titles not available as yet.


The 5pm Weekday Rotation episodes continue through May on the SciFi Channel.


The 6pm Weekday Rotation episodes continue through May on the SciFi Channel.

A daytime marathon scheduled for May 2nd and May 13th

SciFi Friday - SG1 episodes air at 7pm, and 1am and 2am early Saturday morning on May 2nd, May 9th and May 16th.

Stargate Atlantis / SG-1 - Vancouver Straight: Charity Dinner Auction for Babz Chula

From Vancouver Straight (Vancouver, BC, Canada):

March 26, 2008

David Duchovny, Gabrielle Miller, Matthew Good, and other stars lend helping hand to Babz Chula

By Craig Takeuchi

Local actor Babz Chula recently learned breast cancer has recurred and has spread to her liver. She has made plans to start an integrated healing program.

The film industry has rallied around her to help raise money to pay for her medical bills by creating The Babz Chula Lifeline for Artists Society.

The Society will launch an auction on eBay running from April 2 to 12. Auction items will include the opportunity to dine with stars, and movie and TV memorabilia.

Dinners to be auctioned off include:

• David Duchovny (Californication, X-Files) and Nicholas Lea (X-Files, Men in Trees)

•Chris Carter (X-Files)

• Callum Keith Rennie (X-Files movie, Battlestar Galactica)

Peter DeLuise (Stargate SG-1)

• Paul Adelstein (Prison Break, Private Practice) and Suleka Mathew (Men In Trees, Touch of Pink)

• Gabrielle Miller (Corner Gas, Robson Arms) and John Cassini (Intelligence, Robson Arms)

Paul McGillian and Jewel Staite (Stargate Atlantis)

• Matthew Good (musician)

• Tahmoh Penikett and Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica)

The winner will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation to meet with their host at a pre-selected restaurant. The dinner date can be scheduled between May 1, 2008 to December 1, 2009 subject to the availability of both parties.

TV and movie memorabilia includes:

• A limited edition slate from the new X Files movie signed by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Donated by Chris Carter.

• Two X-Files jacket belonging to and donated by Nicholas Lea.

• A one-of-a kind collector’s item Corner Gas gift basket, which includes: a limited edition ESQ Swiss ladies watch designed exclusively for the Corner Gas crew that will not be available in stores, a picture of the entire cast autographed by the entire cast, Seasons 1 to 4 DVDs, and a gas pump shaped Corner Gas bottle among other items.

• Signed scripts from X-Files.

• Original shooting scripts for:

1. Atlantic City, directed by Louis Malle film, written by New York playwright John Guare, and starring Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon.

2. Quest for Fire, directed by Jean-Jacques Arnaud, written by J.H. Rosny Sr. and GĂ©rard Brach, and starring Everett McGill and Ron Perlman.

3. Quintet, directed by Robert Altman, written by Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt, and Patricia Resnick, and starring Paul Newman. It is an extremely rare copy as it was never published.

A full list will be available at the Babz Chula Society Web site.

Star Trek - Playbill: Scott Bakula Interview

From Playbill:

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Mara Davi with Scott Bakula in rehearsal.
photo by Sandy Huffaker

STAGE TO SCREENS: Chats with Scott Bakula

By Michael Buckley
09 Mar 2008

Two decades after his most recent Broadway appearance (in Romance/Romance, for which he received a 1988 Tony nomination), Scott Bakula is taking a not-quite-"Quantum Leap" back to musical theatre.

Considered by many to be one of the nicest people in show business, Bakula stars in the world-premiere engagement (March 4-April 13) of Dancing in the Dark at San Diego's Old Globe. Might the show transfer to New York? Says Bakula, "That's what they've talked about since day one."

Douglas Carter Beane has adapted Betty Comden and Adolph Green's Oscar-nominated screenplay for "The Band Wagon" (1953). The popular M-G-M movie starred Fred Astaire as dancer Tony Hunter who, because of his fading film career, agrees to co-star with a ballerina (Cyd Charisse) in a Broadway musical.

Writers of the show are two of his friends (Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant) — a team not unlike Comden and Green — and the director's a theatrical Renaissance man (Jack Buchanan). Playing those respective roles at the Old Globe are Bakula, Mara Davi, Beth Leavel, Adam Heller, and Patrick Page. Among those also in the cast are Sebastian LaCause, Benjamin Howes and Jacob Ben Widmar.

Has Bakula seen the movie? "Yes, but not for a long time." I'd read that Bakula plays more a singing, rather than dancing, Tony Hunter, but he tells me: "I'm Tony Hunter, the singer and the dancer. I do a fair amount of dancing, but no one's Fred Astaire.

"Elements of the story are the same, but it's deeper. It has a new creative energy. Douglas has had the freedom to go in and, with Gary [Griffin, who's directing], flesh out the story, especially in the second act, so that it isn't just number after number [as might be said of the film]."

Featured in "The Band Wagon" score, by Howard Dietz (lyrics) and Arthur Schwartz (music), are songs first written for eight of their Broadway revues. Two songs deleted from the movie ("Bran' New Suit," "Sweet Music") have been reinstated. Numbers from Dietz and Schwartz shows were added: "Something You Never Had Before" (from The Gay Life) and "Rhode Island Is Famous for You" (Inside USA). "The Girl Hunt" ballet, danced by Astaire and Charisse in the movie, has been eliminated.

Due to his TV exposure, one could count Bakula among the most readily recognized actors. With which character do most people associate him — Sam Beckett, the "Quantum Leap" scientist (1989-93), or Jonathan Archer, the "Star Trek: Enterprise" captain (2001-05)? "Both," he replies, "but 'Quantum Leap' probably carries the day."

Each week, time-traveler Beckett leaped year to year, into the body of a different person, in order to improve matters. His guide was Al, a hologram, played by Dean Stockwell, with whom Bakula remains friends: "He's a good man."

"Quantum Leap" earned Bakula four Emmy nominations, and as many Golden Globe nods (winning the latter award in 1992). The actor directed three of the 96 episodes, and sometimes sang on the series. A 1989 show had him performing songs from Man of La Mancha. "That one had John Cullum and Janine Turner — before they did 'Northern Exposure' [their 1990-95 series] — and Michele Pawk was in it, too."

"Boston Legal" (in February) featured Bakula singing "Once Upon a Time" and playing piano. It reunited him with Candice Bergen, with whom he did 13 "Murphy Brown" episodes (1993-96). "Candice is a love, and great to work with." Will he appear again on "Legal"? "You never know. [Laughs] I didn't die at the end."

Shenandoah, "with John Cullum as the star, was the first Broadway show I ever saw." A few years later, Bakula made his professional stage debut in the musical "at a North Carolina dinner theatre. I've appeared in the show several times, playing various roles. I did it on the old straw-hat circuit, with John Raitt one year, and Ed Ames, another; a couple of national tours; twice at Paper Mill Playhouse." In 2006, at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., Bakula graduated to "the lead role of Charlie."

Following a turn as an understudy in Is There Life After High School?, Bakula's Broadway debut occurred as baseball's Joe DiMaggio in 1983's short-lived Marilyn: An American Fable. Does it bring back any memories? He laughs. "Many, but they're way too long."

On April 8, 1995, Bakula appeared as J. Bowden Hapgood, opposite Madeline Kahn (Cora Hoover Hooper) and Bernadette Peters (Fay Apple), in a Carnegie Hall benefit concert of the Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents musical Anyone Can Whistle. Angela Lansbury, who had originated the Hooper role, narrated.

Recalls Bakula, "It was extraordinary! It was almost impossible to step back and appreciate what was going on. I knew Bernadette, and had met Angela a few times, but I didn't know Madeline. She's greatly missed. It was wonderful to share that rare and magical night with her."

Born in St. Louis, MO, Bakula's the father of four. Daughter Chelsy and son Cody are the children of his marriage to Krista Neumann; Wil and Owen are his sons with actress Chelsea Field. Do any of them plan to follow in Dad's footsteps? "They all love [the business] in different ways, but I don't know what they'll end up doing."

His most recent musical theatre experiences include a May 2007 engagement of the Richard Rodgers-Samuel Taylor musical No Strings at UCLA's Reprise!, and An Evening with Scott Bakula, a January 2008 benefit concert for the restoration of Ford's Theatre.

Film appearances include 1999's Oscar-winning Best Picture, "American Beauty," in which Bakula and Sam Robards played Kevin Spacey's neighbors, a gay couple named Jim and Jim. His next TV stint is five episodes of "State of the Union," a sketch-comedy series, co-starring Tracey Ullman, that starts March 30 on Showtime.

Claims Bakula, "The Old Globe engagement [of Dancing in the Dark] gives us a great opportunity. It's a very big show, with a lot of numbers, and really great actors." Saying that it would be great to have him back on Broadway, Bakula laughs, and responds, "I hope to get there."


Stargate - Dan Payne You Tube Video from Irish TV

Stargate SG-1 - Total SciFi: Review Audio Drama SG1: Gift of the Gods

rom Total SciFi:

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Posted on Wednesday 26 March 2008

Stargate SG-1: Gift of the Gods

Audio CD review
Read by Michael Shanks
Release date 1 April 2008

A mission SG-1 don't remember, a Stargate that won't close and an impossible decision all spell trouble for Stargate Command…

The first in Big Finish's series of Stargate audio dramas, this sensibly goes for a single voice rather than the traditional full cast drama. Having Michael Shanks as that voice pays dividends, as he sensibly opts to mimic his castmates' vocal rhythms instead of their voices. The end result is that the story plays exactly as it's meant
to with Daniel recording his thoughts about events after the fact.



If the rest of the series is this good, then Big Finish have something very special on their hands.

Get Smart Trailer - Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway