Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Battlestar Galactica - Media Blvd Magazine: Aaron Douglas Interview

From Media Blvd. Magazine:

(Please follow the link for the complete interview. There are also photos and an embedded video -- a portion of the interview -- at the site.)

An Exclusive Interview With Aaron Douglas

Wednesday, 07 May 2008

By Jamie Ruby

Jamie Ruby of MediaBlvd conducted a one-on-one private interview during the Pittsburgh Comicon with Aaron Douglas of Battlestar Galactica, which is in its fourth and final season. Aaron plays the part of Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol, “The Chief,” who it was recently revealed was one of the hidden Cylons.


Jamie>I know you said you ad-lib, I heard you talking about that.

Aaron>Yeah, it’s a rarity when writers really give actors as much freedom as we have on Battlestar, I doubt there’s a show on TV that has as much freedom as we have. Ron Moore and his team of writers are so amazing that you really don’t feel like you need to change anything, but you need clarification, and Ron will always answer your call, the writers will always answer your call, answer your email, they’re on set, they’re open to suggestions, ideas, changes. “I don’t feel like I would say this,” and they’ll either explain why – and they’re setting something up for later, or they will listen to you, and say, “Well what else would you say?”

I mean, I don’t know that I’ve ever said a line as written. I mean, I always change something, it just sort of puts it in your own vernacular, it’s easier for me to speak this way. And they say, “I don’t care, that’s fine, as long as you’re getting the point across, the message across,” and that’s it. Some actors, they really let go, and you can just say whatever you need to say, other ones they kind of reel in and they want to keep them on book a little bit more, because they get a little off point.

But we just did an episode with Ron Moore, his first directing, ever, and he realized just how much we change things and move things around, and you know, in the episode, I’m going to the executive producer, creator of the show, head writer, everything, and I just say, “I don’t think I’d say that,” and he’d just look at me and go “OK.” It was great. I mean, it’s such a testament to them to really trust the people that they’ve hired, and I think it’s that collaboration which makes this such a special show.

Battlestar Galactica - Video: Excerpt from 'Faith'

Courtesy of the SciFi Channel and HULU, watch a clip from this week's episode, "Faith" and tune in to Battlestar Galactica every Friday at 10/9C on SCI FI.

Battlestar Galactica - Video/Audio: 'He That Believeth in Med' Audio Commentary

At the SciFi Channel's SciFi Rewind site, watch 'He That Believeth in Me' and listen to Ron Moore's audio commentary for the episode:

Indiana Jones - Video: TV Trailer #3

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull opens May 22 '08.

Batlestar Galactica / Eureka - SciFi Channel's NEW Game Center

From the SciFi Channel's NEW Game Center:

Welcome to SCI FI's Game Center!

Your favorite SCI FI Channel show can be your favorite game, too. We created all-new games and updated some great classics. Unwind with Galactica crewmembers playing Frakjack. Help Eureka's Sheriff Carter through his own version of Frogger, and more!

There are currently 10 games, some of the games include:



It's a friendly game of 21 … until Starbuck hits the hooch.

Welcome to Eureka

Follow the clues, solve the puzzles, and you can move into town.

Carter's Car Dodge

Why did the Sheriff cross the road? Hold on, how about we get him across first?

Stargate: Ark of Truth - NEW Behind the Scenes Photos May 7 '08

With many thanks to Andreas at GateWorld Forum for these behind-the-scenes publicity stills from Stargate: The Ark of Truth (please follow the link below for the full-sized, high-resolution version of these stills):

Tim Guinee (Tomin) and Julian Sands (Doci)

Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson), Ben Browder (Cameron Mitchell) and Christopher Judge (Teal'c)

Tim Guinee

Director of Photography Peter Woeste and Christopher Judge

Michael Shanks

Chris and Michael


Beau Bridges (Maj. Gen Hank Landry) and Douglas Abrahams (Prior)

Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carater) and Tim Guinee (Tomin)

DOP Peter Woeste, Robert C. Cooper, the legs of Morena Bacarin (Adria) and Claudia Black (Vala Mal Doran)

Stargate: Continuum - Eight NEW Photos May 7 '08

With many thanks to Andreas at GateWorld Forum for these publicity stills from Stargate: Continuum (please follow the link below for the full-sized, high-resolution version of these photos):

Damiel Jackson (Michael Shanks)

Cameron Mitchell (Ben Browder), Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) and Daniel Jackson

Ba'al, Goa'uld System Lord (Cliff Simon)

Lt. General George Hammond (Don S. Davis)

Alternate timeline Teal'c (Christopher Judge)

Qetesh (Claudia Black) and Jaffa

Major General Hank Landry (Beau Bridges)

Samantha Carter, Cameron Mitchell and Michael Shanks

Stargate SG-1 - Apex Book Company - Tuckerize yourself into a SG1 Novel

[NOTE: Apex Book Company is currently holding a subscription drive for their magazine, and "prizes" are being offered by authors they represent. Subscriptions are $20 for 4 issues in the US. $24 for Canada/Mexico. $34 for the rest of the world.]

From Apex Book Company:

(please follow the link for the complete article.)

More subscriber prizes!

Steven Savile has offered to tuckerize five people into his next Stargate SG-1 novel who subscribe.

Stargate Novels Site

The Spirit - Video: Trailer

"The Spirit" a Frank Miller film, starring Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes and Gabriel Macht. Tentative release date (US) January 16 2009.

Official web site: The Spirit

Stargate SG-1 - SciFi Talk: Blu Mankuma Audio Interview

[NOTE: Blu Mankuma portrayed Sheriff Knox in SG1's 'Nightwalkers,' and provided a character voice in an episode of Stargate Infinity. A US actor who resides in Vancouver, he has appeared in over 150 TV and Film productions, including Supernatural and MacGyver.]

From SciFi Talk:

Wed, 7 May 2008

Blu Mankuma

Sheriff Knox (Blu Mankuma) from Stargate SG-1's 'Nighwalkers'

Talented actor in front of a camera or microphone who has racked up some serious genre credits, joins me from Vancouver, BC. Blu chats about his role in Tin Man, plus roles in Blood Ties, The Collector, Gene Roddenbery's Andromeda, The Dead Zone and Beast Wars. Special Thanks to Bill Wanstrom of Wanstrom And Associates. Music is by Victor Stellar.

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Stargate Atlantis - Video: Conan O'Brien: Democractic Presidential Primaries?

Courtesy of NBC and HULU, from the May 6 '08 episode Late Night with Conan O'Brien, a skit ("Nerding It Up For Pierre") with Conan O'Brien and the show's graphic artist, Pierre Bernard, contrasting the political mythologies of various TV series, including "Stargate Atlantis" and "Battlestar Galactica" - to the US 2008 Democratic Presidential Primaries.


Unfortunately, the video clip is apparently only available for those viewers within the US. I've typed a quick transcript, this is not verbatim.

Conan: The biggest story in the country right now is the crucial Democratic Presidential Primaries - Indiana and North Carolina...A lot of young people seem excited, interested and involved...But we have one person here at our show, one person who just doesn't seem that interested, Pierre Bernard, one of our graphic designers. (Introduces Pierre)

Conan: So Pierre, is it true that you're not particularly interested in today's Democratic Primaries?

Pierre: I couldn't care less.

Conan: But you do care passionately about SciFi television shows and Japanese Anime, is that correct?

Pierre: Yes, I do.

Conan: Okay, then I have an idea. Let's discuss the Democratic Primaries in terms that you can really relate to in a segment we like to call, "Nerding It Up For Pierre."

Conan: All right, Pierre, let's just say Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are mortal enemies, kind of like the Wraith and the Athosians on season one of Stargate Atlantis.

Pierre: Oh, so Obama wants to destroy Hillary by deciphering the Ancient technology, like Major Sheppard and Athosian leader Teyla? [Except poor Pierre can't pronounce Athosian, he stumbles over the word. Audience and Conan laughs.)

Conan: I thought you were interested in this crap! Why can't you pronounce it? Anyway, actually he's just trying to keep her from taking over like season three's self-replicating Asurian nano-bots.

Pierre: Okay, now I understand.

Conan: And today's primaries could be a big turning point, kind of like the trial of Gaius Baltar on Battlestar Galactica.

Pierre: I hope Obama doesn't perjure himself like Lt. Gaeta.

Conan: Well, don't worry, he won't. And remember, Pierre, both Obama and Clinton are hoping to gain the favor of super-delegates, kind of like the super-cyborgs on Mobile Suit Gundam or Mazinger Z.

Pierre: Oh, I had no idea that the Democratic Primaries were so incredibly fascinating. (Completely deadpan. Audience and Conan laugh)

Conan: I'm glad this crowd knows true feeling when they see it. And I'm glad you feel that way, Pierre, maybe you'll even vote in the next election.

Pierre: Well, I would Conan, but due to an internet misunderstanding, I'm now a registered sex offender. So long everybody!

Buck Rogers - Video: 'Plot to Kill a City Part 2'

Courtesy of HULU, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century's 'Plot to Kill a City Part 2,' starring Gil Gerard, Erin Gray and Tim O'Connor. With guest stars including Frank Gorshin, James McEachin, Markie Post and James Sloyan.

Part 2 of 2. Buck faces mortal danger when his true identity is discovered.

Esai Morales - Hollywood Reporter: Cast in 'Caprica'

From The Hollywood Reporter:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

'Battlestar' prequel lands Esai Morales

Will play Joseph Adam in 'Caprica'

By Kimberly Nordyke and Nellie Andreeva

May 7, 2008, 01:00 AM

The project, from Universal Media Studios, is a prequel to the network's "Battlestar Galactica." Morales will play Joseph Adama, the father of William Adama (played in "Galactica" by Edward James Olmos)...Joseph is described as a deeply passionate man with a strong sense of justice -- and someone you wouldn't want as your enemy.