Thursday, May 1, 2008

Stargate SG-1 - Grasping for the Wind Blog: Karen Miller Interview

From the blog, "Grasping for the Wind," an interview with Karen Miller, author of several SG1 novels, including the upcoming, 'Do No Harm.'

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)

May 01, 2008

Godspeaker: An Interview with Karen Miller

Karen Miller, is the author of the bestselling Kingmaker,Kingbreaker trilogy, a couple of Stargate SG-1 novels, and of several more novels in those worlds as well as all new ones to come, as she elucidates in this interview. One of my favorite authors, Karen's stories are the kind readers of epic fantasy will love. For more of my thoughts you can visit these other pages on my site.


GFTW: You wrote a media tie in novel for the Stargate SG-1 TV series. Did you have to approach writing this novel differently from your other works? In what way?

KM: "Yes and no. I take the Stargate books very, very seriously. I know there are people out there who think folk who write media tie-ins are hacks without standards, but I utterly refute that claim. I’ve been a fan of the show ever since it started airing, and I consider myself enormously fortunate to be allowed to play in that sandbox, with those characters. I believe I have a huge obligation to do the very best job I can – I owe it to the producers, the actors, the crew and the fans to pour my heart and soul into the Stargate stories I write. And I do. At the end of the day I might come up short, in some fans’ eyes, but if I do it’s not because I didn’t take the work seriously. So in terms of being rigorous in the writing and rewriting process, it’s exactly the same. It’s absolutely not the case of chucking down any old sentence and letting it sit there on the page like suet. I polish and rewrite till the very last gasp!

I do a lot of research. Some of that involves rewatching pertinent episodes (there’s a hardship!) and sometimes it’s regular-style research. I’ve just done my second Stargate novel, Do No Harm, which is out in a few weeks, and I had to do a lot of medical research for that one. I just can’t stress enough – I don’t look at media tie-in work as some kind of poor relation. It’s as valid as any kind of storytelling, in my eyes, and I work as hard at it as I do at my mainstream fantasy novels.

Probably the biggest difference is that with the Stargate novels, you’re working in a shared world with a common frame of reference. So there’s less world-building, less exposition, because the writer and the reader already have an understanding of the environment. So that simplifies the writing process to a certain degree. But to balance that is the complexity of getting the characters right, keeping them true to the characters we see on screen. That’s the biggest challenge, and the most fun."


Stargate Novels

Battlestar Galactica - HypaSpace Podcast:: Rehka Sharma Audio Interview

From Canada's Space Channel's HypaSpace Podcast:


April 30- Rehka SharmA and Peter david discuss Battlestar Galactica: Episode 3- The Ties That Bind, Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz talk about The new X-Files movie, and director Frank Miller pays tribute to the creator of the spirit, Will Eisner.

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Battlestar Galactica - NEW Publicity Stills 'Guess What's Coming to Dinner'

Publicity stills from the Battlestar Galactica episode, 'Guess What's Coming to Dinner,' scheduled to air Friday, May 16 '08 on the SciFi Channel (US).

Col. Saul Tight (Michael Hogan)

Gaius Baltar (James Callis)

President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell)

Ensign Sam Anders (Michael Trucco)

Adm. Bill Adama (Edward James Olmos)

Stargate: Ark of Truth - Stargate Planet: Fabrice Grover Interview

From Stargate Planet:



(The link for the English version currently isn't working. I've translated the excerpt below using the Google Translator.)

A brief excerpt:

Interview with Fabrice Grover

Stargate-Planet, Mai 2008 Stargate Planet, May 2008

In the DVD movie "Stargate - The Ark of Truth" play the role of the "Amelius", the types of the ancient device invented. This film is in the U.S. mid-March 2008 on the market. What can you tell us about your role Stargate tell?

FG: "First of all, Amelius the type, the Stargate has invented. I think that is important for the classification of the role - why this role, the only relatively briefly in the film to see, with the object of the film the title, and with the Stargate mythology itself so closely connected. Can the use of a powerful technology, the manipulation of people justified? I belong to a highly developed civilization, the free will to believe. As the Alteran woman in the first scene of the film says: "We believe in the systematic understanding of the physical world through observation and experimentation, arguments and debates and in particular the freedom of the will." We have the power that I have developed technology to use to explore the attitudes of our opponents to change, but as the Ori believe our technology to use, everything we believe contrary, because everyone, including those with whom we do not conform, have the right to think independently. One would go on an equal footing with the Ori. So decided the Alteran, this technology is not against the Ori.

As an Alteran scientist, I have a problem with it. I do not know the absolute truth and others will not aufdrücken my opinion, but I know that the Ori on the wrong track and control the people. The Ori kill anyone who opposes them and justify with the Book of Origin, what they themselves have written. My role is of the opinion that the Ark very well against the Ori use. Robert Cooper, in an interview with World Gate said that it is not wrong in principle, to believe in something, but that it is wrong to kill someone because he does not believe what they themselves fit. My role is the same.


The Invisible Man - Video: 'Liberty & Larceny'

Courtesy of HULU, The Invisible Man's 'Liberty & Larceny,' starring Vincent Ventresca, Paul Ben-Victor, Shannon Kenny and Eddie Jones. With guest stars including Priscilla Barnes and Joel Polis.

Darien's mentor, a beautiful safecracker whom he hasn't seen for years, suddenly reappears in his life and asks him to pull one last job with her.

Stargate: Continuum - NEW DVD Cover Art May 1 '08

Courtesy of Amazon:

"While SG-1 attends the execution of Baal, the last of the Goa'uld System Lords, Teal'c and Vala inexplicably disappear into thin air. Carter, Daniel and Mitchell race back to a world where history has been changed: the Stargate program has been erased from the timeline. As they try to convince the authorities what's happened, a fleet of Goa'uld motherships arrives in orbit, led by Baal, his queen, Katesh (Vala), and his first prime, Teal'c. SG-1 must find the Stargate and set things right before the world is enslaved by the Goa'uld."

Stargate: Continuum is scheduled for a July 29, 2008 release. Stargate: Continuum stars Richard Dean Anderson, Ben Browder, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks, Claudia Black, Beau Bridges, Don S. Davis, Cliff Simon, Jacqueline Samuda, William Devane, Steve Bacic, Colin Cunningham, Peter Williams, Vince Crestejo, Jay Williams, and Ron Halder.

Stargate / Doctor Who / Battlestar - SciFi Channel's SciFi Friday May 1 '08

The schedule for the SciFi Channel's (US) SciFi Friday May 1, 2008:

STARGATE SG-1 - Season Two Mini-Marathon


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Stargate Atlantis - NEW "Whispers" Production Photos May 1 '08

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for May 1, 2008:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update and to view the NEW season five production photos from "Whispers" in their fuller-sized, higher-resolution format.)

May 1, 2008: Leaving the cold darkness for a whole other kind of cold darkness

Director Will Waring (center) and crew

I was really looking forward to today's Lynn Valley location shoot. Finally, we`d be out of the dark environs of the FX Stage and basking in the sun`s warmth. Well, not exactly. It was overcast for most of the day and, yeah, damn cold to boot. I spent most of the morning huddled up to the heater. "Just trying to warm up my green tea
latte,"I told anyone who happened by, smiling amiably and giving the empty cup a little shake. I think they bought it. I did venture out on occasion to field dialogue queries, address script concerns, and chase down the mobile snack station dispensing grilled reubens and chicken soup. Fortunately, it was only a half day for me as, by early afternoon, the three Whispers scenes were completed and the focus shifted to Tracker. While I would have loved to stick around for this one, I thought it would be presumptuous of me to be making productorial decisions on Carl's episode. Also, I couldn't feel my feet. Special Features Producer Ivon Bartok and I caught a lift with
one of the transport guys who ferried us out of the forest, down the road, over to the crew park, past the parking lot, up the road, into the forest and back to our departure point before realizing we were still in the van with him.

Christina Cox (back to camera), Nicole de Boer, Janina Gavankar, Leela Savasta

Well, I finally did make it back to the production offices in time to watch the producer's cut of The Shrine of Talus (Some really nice moments in this one. And it's nice to see Jeannie back.) and give Carl notes on his beat sheet (formerly The Red Shirt Diaries then First Day and now ???).

Leela Savasta

An early night tonight and an even earlier start to the day tomorrow (a 6:30 a.m. call!) for our last day on Whispers. On tap for Friday: Searching, a gunfirely interruption, the mist rolls in, and shadows and fog.

Mailbag -


Janet writes: "Just wondering, is it just the one episode for Amanda Tapping at the moment or are there going to be more later in the season."

Answer: There should be more than one Amanda appearance in season 5 - but, as I've said from the start, it all depends on her schedule.

Nicole de Boer


Shirt 'n Tie writes: " Have just heard that SGA will return earlier, (in July)…Is this true or just speculation? If true, any ideas on the UK/Ireland Sky One pick up date?"

Answer: I haven't heard anything official yet - but it sounds about right. As for when the show will air in the UK/Ireland - no idea.

[NOTE: The July 11, 2008 premiere date for Stargate Atlantis season 5 has not yet been confirmed by the SciFi Channel.]

Janina Gavankar


Caro writes: "Just wondering, we have heard a lot about Whispers, but could we have some pics/video from some of the other episodes being filmed please?"

Answer: We've heard a lot about Whispers because it's my episode and I have been on set for most of the production. Time permitting, I will drop by set and snap some pics of other episodes (ie. I've already posted pics from Search and Rescue and Ghost in the Machine).


Paul McGillion

Iron Man - Total SciFi: Robert Downey Jr.: The Iron age

From Total SciFi:

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)

Posted on Thursday 01 May 2008

Robert Downey Jr.: The Iron age

After three decades of dramatic ups and downs (both on-screen and off), Robert Downey Jr. is now appearing in arguably his most commercial role ever as the brilliant, self-absorbed businessman Tony Stark in Marvel’s Iron Man. “I dare anyone to find a movie where there is more heart,” Downey Jr. tells Tara Bennett.


Q; Do you like playing Tony Stark because he doesn’t turn into a Superman-style superhero?

RD: "Sure. He just starts off as a guy who is desperate to save his own life and he’s very surprised when he is put into a position where he has to do so. I don’t think he had a sheltered life. I think he was in a lot of denial about the ramifications of what he did for a living. I don’t think it’s a film about someone’s conscience getting the better of him. I think it’s a film about survival and being conflicted.

I think it’s a pretty apt metaphor for the 21st century and human beings. We have such a wealth of information, yet 20 years ago you couldn’t just go online and say, “Well that’s my opinion.” You tended to go out and do something about it or even write a letter about it. I just love that kind of action - of someone that is sheltered by choice and then takes action.

The whole film is about heart. It’s subtly about heart. I got it…everyday when they were gluing an RT to my chest. It’s the heart centre and I read a lot of Bodhi Tree bullshit and now I literally have it glued to my heart. I dare anyone to find a movie where there is more heart."


Iron Man opens in UK and US cinemas in 1 May 2008.

Sanctuary - Playback Magazine: Robin Dunne

From Playback Magazine:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

The Next 25 - Canada's Rising Stars and Dealmakers

Robin Dunne - Actor/Writer

Every Thursday over the course of eight weeks, Playback presents finalists for The Next 25 – emerging writers, directors, actors and producers whom you will be hearing from in 2008.

Robin Dunne
Age: 31
Residence: Los Angeles
Agency: Oscars Abrams Zimel & Associates
Buzz: Double-threat talent displays both his acting and writing chops on upcoming TV shows

Robin Dunne is making a name for himself as both an actor and screenwriter. He plays a lead role in the forthcoming series Sanctuary for Sci Fi Channel and The Movie Network/Movie Central, and also co-wrote the hit Nickelodeon Roxy Hunter movies premiering in May on Family Channel.

Dunne is hardly an acting newbie, his resumé including parts in The Big Hit (1998), The Snow Walker (2003), Species 3 (2004) and Just Friends (2005), and TV series Manchester Prep, Dawson's Creek and Dead Like Me.

But we'll see a lot more of the Toronto native later this year in Sanctuary, as he reprises the role of psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman, a character he played on the 2007 HD Internet version of the series, now migrating to TV. Production begins in Vancouver in May, shooting almost entirely in front of green screen, with Amanda Tapping of the Stargate shows starring as a doctor who, with the aid of Dunne's skeptical sidekick, seeks out monstrous creatures that walk the earth.

"This is the first time I have the responsibility of being a main player in a series," says Dunne, who has been acting professionally since he was a teen attending the Etobicoke School of the Arts. "I am really diving into criminology and psychology to portray this character as real as I can."

Damian Kindler, creator and executive producer of Sanctuary, is enthusiastic about Dunne's talent.

"He brings humor and gravitas and wonder to the character. He's a terrific actor who is thankfully undaunted by the huge challenge of doing a VFX-heavy sci-fi show. We feel lucky to have him on board. He's going to be a big star."


— Cheryl Binning

Stargate / Sanctuary - SciFi Guys: Amanda Tapping Audio Interview

From the SciFi Guys:


After a short break the Sci Fi Guys return this week at a different time (9pm) [GMT or 4pm ET and 1pm PT] and day (Friday) to celebrate a special occasion. That's right Sci Fi Guy presenter and DTRN general manager will be turning 30 and what better way to celebrate than with a special edition of The Sci Fi Guys!!

And special edition it is, as the Guys will also be joined by special guest, Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter, Stargate SG1 and Atlantis). Amanda will be joining the guys to talk about life on Atlantis but also the newly released (Available on From April 28th on DVD) Stargate SG1 movie, The Ark Of Truth!!

Update: The results of the Ark of Truth DVD contest will be announced this Friday from 9pm on The Sci Fi Guys. DTRN is proud to announce that, courtesy of 20th Century Fox, listeners can now win an exclusive Ark Of Truth poster that has been signed by Amanda Tapping!!

For more information on how you can win this exclusive prize tune in live tomorrow night from 9pm on!

However if you thought that was it then you are mistaken as the the Guys will also be premiering a brand new track from DTRN band of the year winners, The Longest Day*!!

There is also a chance for you to win, courtesy of our friends at Fox and MGM, a copy of the Ark Of Truth on DVD and all you have to do to be in with a chance is take part in the show! How? Well all you have to do is choose your two of your favourite interviews done by Stuart from a list that has been taken from our archives and then email your choices to competitions [at] and the winners will be announced live on the special show next Friday.

The List:

James Callis (BSG)
Rainbow Sun Francks (Stargate Atlantis)
Laura Beltram (Andromeda)
Teryl Rothery (StargateSG1)
Anthony Montgomery (Star Trek Enterprise)
John Billingsley (Star Trek Enterprise)
Jamie Bamber (BSG)

The party starts at 9pm this Friday live on and will also include all the latest news and discussions on everything from Sci Fi to Cult TV and movies as well as a few special guests from the DTRN team. In the meantime don't forget to check out the forums for all the latest DTRN news and off air discussion.

*=For more information on The Longest Day go to


A download of the interview should be available within a few days of broadcast.

Stargate SG-1 - Video Interview: Corin Nemec (Jonas Quinn)

From Blip TV:

Meet Actor Corin Nemic from Stargate SG-1

A video interview with Corin Nemec (SG1's Jonas Quinn) by Mark J. Gross -- appears to have been filmed at a convention appearance. Corin discusses his various roles, including 'Parker Lewis Can't Lose,' and Stargate SG-1.

Stargate / Sanctuary - Den of Geek: Amanda Tapping Interview

From Den of Geek (UK):

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)


Amanda Tapping interview: Stargate SG-1, Atlantis and Sanctuary

As The Ark Of Truth hits DVD, Stargate superstar Amanda Tapping - aka Samantha Carter - spares some time for a chat...

By Simon Brew

Amanda Tapping has played Samantha Carter in the Stargate SG-1 and now Stargate: Atlantis for well over a decade. As the closing chapter in the SG-1 saga, The Ark Of Truth, hits DVD, she spared us some time for a chat in the middle of London.


Q: Do you find with science fiction that it does by its nature have this habit of throwing up really strong female characters that other genres are weaker in?

AT: "Yeah, it does. It started way back. Gene Roddenberry introduced female characters, like Uhura. She was unprecedented on television. And I actually got called to task because I made mention of her and said that even though she still had to wear a short skirt, the fact of the matter was she was this incredibly strong, incredibly intelligent character who paved the way. Sci-fi has always done that, they’ve always put strong woman out there."


Q: When it came to the point where you moved away from Atlantis full time, to move onto Sanctuary, was it just because there was another project, or was this the time?

AT: "I had been asked about Sanctuary two years ago basically. And I read the script, loved it, loved the idea of it, we shot a test scene in July of 2006 just to see if it would work. It was going to be a show that was going to live entirely on the web. We shot the pilot in January of 2007. Put out eight webisodes. But it’s hard to monetise this kind of show, on the Internet. Especially a show of that calibre. The budget was huge and it was an entirely virtual show.

When my contract for Atlantis was about to be renewed, I knew that Sanctuary had a chance of being picked up for television. We hadn’t yet, so it was a massive leap of faith on my part. If I walk away from Sanctuary, it dies. All these people who put their money and time in, it goes away. If I stick with Sanctuary, then there’s a better chance of us getting a broadcast deal. It was a really difficult decision, long talks with Joe Mallozzi, long talks with the Sanctuary producers. And eventually I just had to make the leap of faith. It wasn’t that I was sick of Stargate, it was that I had to give Sanctuary a chance."

Q: Was it by choice then that you’ve kept your feet in the Stargate camp as well?

AT: "Yeah, absolutely. I’m hugely grateful that they’ve kept the door open, and they’ve been very gracious about it. Maybe Sam could come back toward the end of the season. So yeah, they’ve been amazing."


Q: And what’s next from you?

AT: "Sanctuary coming to ITV in the fall. Continuum being released in the summer. And that’s sort of my next year. Sanctuary, thirteen episodes. And of course Ark Of Truth out now, go buy it, thank you very much!"

Thank you very much…!

Highlander - Video: 'See No Evil'

Courtesy of HULU, Highlander's 'See No Evil, starring Adrian Paul, Alexandra Vandernoot and Stan Kirsch. With guest stars including Amanda Wyss, J.G. Hertzler and Tim Reid.

When a serial killer called "The Scalper" copies his crimes from an Immortal beheaded by Duncan in 1925, only MacLeod knows the clues that can catch the fiend.

Wall-E - Video: Wall-E Meets a Hula Clip

Wall-E opens June 27, 2008, and features the voice talents of: Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard and Jeff Garlin.

What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off? After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL*E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL*E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL*E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets an adventure into motion. Joining WALL*E on his journey across the universe is a cast of characters including a pet cockroach and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.

Battlestar Galactica - The Futon Critic: Interview with Mark Verheiden

From The Futon Critic:

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)


By Brian Ford Sullivan

Welcome once again to our second season of "On the Futon With...," a semi-weekly feature where I sit down and talk TV with some of my favorite people in the industry, all the while trying to give the impression I'm not some overgrown fanboy.

THIS WEEK'S GUEST: "Battlestar Galactica" co-executive producer Mark Verheiden

Brian Ford Sullivan: Let's start with the easy stuff - how did you get involved with the show?

Mark Verheiden: "With "Battlestar" it's not much of a story. I had worked with executive producer David Eick on a project, several projects actually, a number of years ago when he was still working with Sam Raimi, and for some reason he remembered me. [Laughs.] They were looking for someone to come on the show a few episodes into season two, someone who had some television experience and maybe some familiarity with science fiction concepts. They contacted my agents, I came in, I interviewed, and there you go. But... it's funny, I had not -- I don't know why, I guess I hadn't been paying attention, but until the call I didn't know "Battlestar" was back on the air. I hadn't seen any of season one. And when my agent called, I think I had the classic reaction a lot of people must have had to hearing there was a revival of "Battlestar." And I said, "You got to be freaking kidding me." [Laughs.] And then they sent me the first season of discs, I watched them addictively over a weekend and went, 'Where do I sign?'"

**snippity doo-dah**

Battlestar Galactica - See a 10-minute Battlestar sneak peek this Friday!

From a SciFi Channel e-mail announcement:

Watch a 10-minute sneak peek of this week's new episode!

Live Streams start each hour.

9am - 4pm ET this Friday on

To view the stream, you must have the latest version of Windows Media installed on your computer.

'The Road Less Traveled' premieres at 10pm on the SciFi Channel.