Monday, May 19, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - Cinema Spy: 'Stargate Atlantis' Dresses Up For Season Five

From Cinema Spy (Canada):

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'Stargate Atlantis' Dresses Up For Season Five

New episodes will include a new Wraith and a new look for some Atlantis team members

By Michael Simpson | Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Members of the press were introduced to some of the costumes that will grace Season Five of the SCI FI Channel series Stargate Atlantis at a recent set visit in Vancouver attended by CinemaSpy. During the visit, costume designer Val Halverson revealed some highlights that Stargate fans can look forward to in the new season. One of the costumes that she presented was a full-length leather jacket-and-robe combination. Black in colour and regal in design, it will be worn by what sounds like a particularly unpleasant variation on a recurring menace, the life-sucking Wraith.

"One of our new Wraith that we introduce are called Wraith Hunters," said Halverson. "They've been established hunting Ronon the first time we met him. This is the new look we did for them and they are real, real nasty guys, as Wraith are. We really like the new look. A little bit different. Obviously the Wraith are very distinctive, but we added a little depth."


Look out for more reports on the set visit in the run-up to the DVD releases of Stargate Atlantis Season Four on July 8 and Stargate Continuum on July 29.

The Invisible Man - Video: 'Ghost of a Chance'

Courtesy of HULU, The Invisible Man's 'Ghost of a Chance,' starring Vincent Ventresca, Paul Ben-Victor, Shannon Kenny, Eddie Jones and Michael McCafferty. Guest stars include Rob Aigner, Idalis DeLeon and Sonya Eddy.

This episode was written by Jonathan Glassner (Stargate SG-1) and directed by Ken Girotti (who has directed episodes for Stargate SG-1 and is directing several Stargate Atlantis season five episodes).

Darien impersonates the ghost of a soldier to prevent a South American Prime Minister from deploying a dangerous new defensive weapon against the United States.

Robert Picardo - SciFi Wire: Picardo Goes Dark In Sensored

From SciFi Wire:

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12:00 AM, 20-MAY-08

Picardo Goes Dark In Sensored

Longtime SF actor Robert Picardo (Stargate Atlantis) told SCI FI Wire that he takes on a darker persona in the forthcoming horror movie Sensored, in which he plays Wade Mixon, a seemingly normal children's-book illustrator who's hiding a terrible secret within his suburban ranch house.

Speaking during a press preview for Atlantis' upcoming fifth season in Vancouver, Canada, last week, Picardo said that his character is "your neighbor down the block who seems kind of like Mr. Rogers, who is torturing someone in the basement. Or maybe he's not. You don't know whether I'm a CIA deprogrammer or whether I think I'm a CIA deprogrammer."


Battlestar Galactica - Video: Sneak Peek 'Sine Qua Non'

Courtesy of HULU, a sneak peak of Battlestar Galactica's next episode, 'Sine Qua Non,' which airs Friday May 30 '08 at 10pm.

Bones - Video: TJ Tyne Interview

Courtesy of HULU, TJ Thyne Is Still Hodgins.

We used to be a team, now we're a family.

Hugh Jackman - Video: Trailer for 'Australia'

A romantic action-adventure set in northern Australia prior to World War II, AUSTRALIA centers on an English aristocrat who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver to drive 2000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country’s most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier.

Australia was filmed in Queensland, Australia and stars Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Bryan Brown, Bruce Spence and Jack Thompson.

November 14 '08 release date.

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman

Battlestar Galactica - HULU - NEW Episodes Schedule

For the past several months, I've been posting new Battlestar Galactica episodes the day after they aired on the SciFi Channel, courtesy of HULU.

However...HULU has abruptly changed their availability of the episodes.

Here is the schedule for upcoming episodes:

So...'Guess What's Coming to Dinner' will be posted here on May 24 '08.

However, the HULU schedule doesn't match the SciFi Channel:




Supernatural - Video: Behind The Scenes Videos

From Canada's Space Channel:

Exclusive Spacecast Videos!

On set of 'Supernatural' Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and writer Ben Edlund give us some insight into the upcoming season 4, and what has given the show some of its huge popularity over the past three years. In the second clip, they wax poetic about urban legends, their own belief in the paranormal, and the impact the fans have had overall.

Clip 1 2:26

Clip 2 2:21

Stargate: Continuum - THREE NEW Photos May 19 '08

From the MySpace Stargate Central Command site:

Three NEW photos from Stargate: Continuum:

Teal'c (Christopher Judge), Vala Mal Doran (Claudia Black) and Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks)

Sam Carter (Amanda Tapping)

Cameron Mitchell (Ben Browder) and Sam Carter

And two photos previously published (these might be slight variations of them):

Cameron Mitchell

Maj. Gen. Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), Sam Carter, Cameron Mitchell, Daniel Jackson

EDIT: 5/19/08 @ 6:55pm

With many thanks to Mala at GateWorld Forum for providing "clean" versions of the MySpace photos:

(Please follow the link for full-sized, high-resolution versions of the following photos)

Stargate: Continuum - NEW Behind the Scenes Photos May 19 '08

From the Facebook Stargate Official Fanpage site:

(Please follow the link above for the full-sized, high-resolution format of the photos.)

Three NEW behind-the-scenes photos from Stargate: Continuum.

Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter), director Martin Wood and a US Air Force Reserve F15

Stargate: Continuum crew and the alternate timeline Giza Stargate at the Arctic

Ben Browder (Cameron Mitchell) and a US Air Force Reserve F15

Marc Guggenheim / Eli Stone - Video: SpaceBlog Interview

From Canada's Space Channel's SpaceBlog:

Eli's coming back (and other "soft" SciFi)


Thursday, May 15, 2008 16:10

I am a big fan of 'soft' Science Fiction- movies like Run Lola Run, Sliding Doors, and The Prestige. There have been a few attempts to translate soft sf into tv- Journeyman, Pushing Daisies, and New Amsterdam. You could even argue that Lost is a further example of the genre. Some have even suggested that The West Wing was an alternate world were a Democrat was elected instead of a Republican...

Last year a new show called Eli Stone debuted, and while it isn't obvious, I think it's a soft SF show. While the tv blurb made it sound as if it was another show about lawyers, I recognized the name of one of the creators- Marc Guggenheim. Marc wrote a Wolverine comic book illustrated by Howard Chaykin, and he's currently writing Young X-Men. Marc co-created Eli Stone, and is one of the writers and Executive Producers of the show.

Eli Stone is a lawyer, but he has an inoperable brain tumour, and he has strange visions (the most memorable of these include singer George Michael!), and we soon realize that Eli could be a modern day prophet.

Today ABC announced that despite low ratings Eli Stone will return for a second season! I'm thrilled for Marc, and the season one cliffhanger left a lot on the table (as it were), I'm glad to see that the show was renewed.

I interviewed Marc a few weeks ago at the New York Comic Con, and I asked him about the very 'genre' feel of the show.

Video Interview

Eureka - Video: Eureka Unscripted

From Eureka Unscripted:


May 19 '08


OK, folks.

As promised, here’s the first VIDEO CLIP from Week One of Production. Just click [the link] above and you, too, will be there the night before shooting begins at a special cast dinner. Hear Co-Creator/Executive Producer Jaime Paglia give a special Season Three toast to kick off the fun!

Yes… July 29th is right around the corner!

Moonlight - Media Blvd Magazine: Sophia Myles Interview

From Media Blvd Magazine:

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Sophia Myles On The Set Of 'Moonlight'

Friday, 16 May 2008

By Christina Radish

The CBS television series Moonlight is British actress Sophia Myles’ first experience with doing U.S. television, and she’s loving every minute of it. No stranger to the sci-fi/fantasy genre, Myles has had memorable roles in Underworld, Thunderbirds, Doctor Who and a BBC production of Dracula. Now, as Beth Turner, she is the love interest of vampire private investigator Mick St. John (Alex O’Loughlin).

Myles took time out of filming the second to last episode of the season to talk to MediaBlvd Magazine about what’s in store for her character.

MediaBlvd Magazine> Were you surprised by the success of the show?

Sophia Myles> Yeah. Coming into it, none of us really had any expectations and the success of it all has blown my mind. It’s really, really thrilling. The one thing that we love the most is that our fan base is so huge. I hear they’re giving blood now, and that says something, in itself. They’re donating blood to the Red Cross to try to make sure CBS gives us a second season.


MediaBlvd> You have a Viking/science fiction film, called Outlander, coming out? Can you talk about what that is?

Sophia> It will be out sometime this year. It’s set in 709 A.D. I play a Viking warrior princess in a small Viking village. Right at the beginning of the story, an alien ship crash lands onto Planet Earth, and onboard is Jim Caviezel, from The Passion of the Christ, and this terrifying Morwin, that looks like a dragon/bull. He’s brought that with him, from a galaxy far, far away. It’s an epic adventure, where we try to slay the beast. I haven’t seen that mixture of period and science fiction before, so that was interesting to me.


Trailer for "Outlander"

Babylon 5 - Video: 'A Voice in the Wilderness, Pt. 1'

Courtesy of HULU, Babylon 5's 'A Voice in the Wilderness, Pt. 1,' starring Michael O'Hare, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Andrea Thompson and Peter Jurasik. Guest stars include Craig Barnett, Langdon Bensing, Joshua Cox, Kelly Coyle and Jim Ishida.

While investigating seismic activity on a supposedly uninhabited planet, Sinclair and Ivanova discover the remnants of a technically advanced ancient civilization, guarded by a dying alien, who threatens to destroy Babylon 5.

Stargate Atlantis - Starlog: Robert Picardo Interview Excerpt

From Starlog Magazine:

Please follow the link for the complete interview excerpt.)

"Stargate is a fun, smart show..."

"There's a lot of potential in Woolsey, and I hope the fans will check it out."



Sitting in a Pasadena coffee shop, Robert Picardo runs through a gamut of emotions as he talks on his cell phone: happy, concerned, laughing. Is he doing a scene?

“No,” he replies, “just arranging to pick up my daughter after school!”

A longtime STARLOG favorite, the versatile character actor with the expressive eyebrows and rubbery face is immediately recognizable from numerous roles: Eddie Quist in THE HOWLING, Coach Cutlip of THE WONDER YEARS, Dr. Richard on CHINA BEACH, the holographic Doctor on board STAR TREK: VOYAGER and Richard Woolsey, STARGATE SG-1’s panicky government bureaucrat.

“I’ve been acting professionally for 32 years,” he says. “I got my first job in 1976, an Off-Broadway play with Diane Keaton. That was a kick, to work with a talented pro my first time out. But, yeah, people seem to really love me in science fiction.”

That love continues today, with his work on SG-1 and its spin-off, STARGATE ATLANTIS.

“Richard Woolsey is a government administrator—a think tank type of personality,” Picardo begins. “I like to think of him as a neoconservative who plans the best way to do something, but then when you put him in the field, in the actual situation of real danger, he immediately falls apart!

He’s the guy who’s good at intimidating other people in the conference room, but in the real world, he just doesn’t have it. Richard is my tribute to people who plan military conflicts, but have never been in one.”


Check out Robert Picardo's complete interview, with more details about STARGATE, and his years as the Doctor on VOYAGER in STARLOG #366 ON SALE NOW at newsstands and bookstores near you.


Lisbeth Scott - SciFi Talk: Audio Interview

From SciFi Talk:

Mon, 19 May 2008

Lisbeth Scott - Biomusique

Former classical pianist that found her gift in her voice, and is using that gift as the vocal part of the group Biomusique. Lisbeth has a extensive background in films singing for films like The Chronicles Of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe and its sequel Prince Caspian. She sang a solo written especially for her by composer John Williams for the film, Munich. Lisbeth also collaborated with composer John Debney for his memorable score for The Passion Of The Christ. Visit Lisbeth's official site. You can get more information on Biomusique at Kosmic Music site. Special thanks to Costa Communications.

Podcast link

The Simpsons - Video: 'All About Lisa'

Courtesy of HULU, The Simpsons' 'All About Lisa.'

As Krusty's new assistant, Lisa steals the spotlight and gets her own television show, leaving Krusty behind.

Eureka - SciFi Weekly - Cast Interviews

From the SciFi Channel's SciFi Weekly:

(Please follow the link for the complete interviews.)


May 19, 2008

It's a whole new season of strange for the cast of Eureka

By Ian Spelling

It's one of the coolest, quirkiest and most inventive shows on television. And, unlike most shows on the air, it's actually growing in popularity. It is Eureka, the SCI FI Channel series that follows the residents of the show's title town, a mysterious, off-the-map place that's home to some of the world's most brilliant scientists ... and a regular-Joe sheriff trying to keep everyone—the locals, the outsiders and, in fact, the whole world—safe. Production on season three of Eureka is underway, with new episodes set to debut on July 29.

SCI FI Weekly recently caught up with stars Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Jordan Hinson and Erica Cerra, who took the time to discuss the show's success, its future, and what they hope to see for their respective characters.

Colin Ferguson, how would you say the show has built from season to season?

Ferguson: Going back to season one, I loved season one. Season one was scary because we didn't know if it was going to work. Part of it was funny and part of it was dramatic, and we were making it, really, in this sort of void. So when it hit, it was great. And then season two we just tried build on it. I think for season three what we're going to try to do is to really broaden things out. There are some characters that are leaving. There are some others that are coming in. So it's going to be really sort of tumultuous, and at the same time we'll continue with a lot of the arcs that we did for my character, anyway. We'll continue with my daughter and grow in that direction.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield, what would you like to see this coming year, in general and for Allison?

Richardson-Whitfield: I think I would like to see a little more with Carter again. I think we got away from each other. I'd like to see a little more dirt, just getting her hands a little dirty and see how far we can go with that.

Jordan Hinson, what are you eager to see for Zoe as you head into the new season?

Hinson: I think Zoe is going to get a job, which is really cool because it's kind of a new maturity level for her. So I'm really excited about.

Joe Morton, what would you like to see on Eureka as you approach year three?

Morton: There's always something we haven't done. The first year was sort of very light and kind of quirky. The second year we were darker. So I suppose for the third year ... You know, what I'd like to see is, I guess, more true science fiction that deals with what's going on. There's a Tesla automobile that I would love to have come on the show, for one of us to drive. The greening of America seems to be a big deal this year, so maybe that's something we can involve in terms of what Eureka does and what it tries to contribute to the rest of the world. Certainly there's an election going on, which maybe we could have something to do with. There are all kinds of global problems, economic problems, all these kinds of things. It would be interesting from a scientific point of view to use our show as a metaphor for what's going on, I suppose, in this country and the rest of the world.

Erica Cerra, Eureka, in many ways, came out of nowhere to become one of the SCI FI Channel's most popular shows. Did the show's hit status come out of the blue for you, or did you anticipate it?

Cerra: I'm thrilled, and I think it's wonderful. It's one of those things, and I keep saying this, where when I first saw the script I really enjoyed it myself. I thought, "It's going to be a good show and it's going to be a keeper." I can't say I'm too surprised, but I'm thrilled all at the same time.