Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Ben Browder / Matthew Fox - Video: Party of Five - 'I Declare'

Courtesy of HULU, Party of Five's 'I Declare,' starring Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, Lacey Chabert, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Alexondra Lee. Guest stars include Mitchell Anderson, Ben Browder, Virginia Capers, John Pleshette, Raphael Sbarge, and Tamara Taylor.

Julia makes an unexpected decision about college, as Claudia exposes a gay teacher; Charlie and Grace struggle with their a new relationship.

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: First plot info for 'Outsiders' - Paul McGillion returns!

From GateWorld:


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First plot info for 'Outsiders'


GateWorld has received the first details for the upcoming Atlantis episode, set to air in the second half of Season Five.

A brief excerpt:

GateWorld has received the first story details for "Outsiders," an upcoming episode of Stargate Atlantis now in pre-production and set to air in the second half of Season Five.

Written by Alan McCullough, the episode is expected to go before cameras in July, just after the crew's mid-season hiatus. "Outsiders" features the return of Paul McGillion as Dr. Carson Beckett.

Stargate Atlantis' 'Outsiders' is scheduled to air Friday October 17 at its new time at 9pm on the SciFi Channel (US).

Stargate Atlantis - NEW Season 5 Production Photos May 27 '08

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for May 27, 2008:


(Please follow the link for the complete blog update. NEW photos from Stargate Atlantis season five production at the link above in their full-size, high-resolution format.)

May 27, 2008: Man Wills Fortune to Dog. Dog Blows it all on Coke and Whores.

Apparently, I've been drafted by the Atlantis 100th Episode Party Planning Committee to help in the planning of, you guessed it, the Atlantis 100th Episode Party. Lawren informed me that, in the coming weeks, I'll be expected to take part in the "strategic imaginings" for the big event. Hmmm. To be honest, I'm not really sure what I'll be able to add to the big prep session as my planning skills are better suited to story outlines, menu selections, and daring jungle escapes. Still, just off the top of my head, here are a few suggestions:

**snippity doo-dah**

Daniella Alonso as Katana

Over the weekend, I promised to give you all the scoop on Katana, the Traveler who will be making her first appearance in the mid-season two-parter. Well, I'm pleased to tell you that Daniella Alonso has been cast in the role. Those of you not familiar with Daniella's work may want to check out her 11-episode arc in season two of Friday Night Lights. She was excellent in FNL and is doing a wonderful job for us on The Lost Tribe.

Sharon Taylor (Amelia Banks) and David Nykl (Radek Zelenka)

Another introduction of sorts and one that's long overdue. Sharon Taylor plays one of our gate technicians on Stargate: Atlantis. She first caught our eye playing the role of a replicator in the episode Lifeline. She had such a unique look that we brought her back as a real, flesh and blood member of the expedition. A line here, a line there, and then it was only a matter of time before something else struck us about Sharon. She's damn good. We continued to bring her back, increased her face-time, and, as a true indication that she had really made it, finally gave her character a name: Amelia Banks. And the fact that Sharon is a black belt kick boxer and could probably kick all of our asses had nothing to do with it.

By the way, great feedback on The Android's Dream. Keep it coming and make sure you get your questions in before mid-day Wednesday when I'll be sending them Mr. Scalzi's way. As for what's been said so far:


Mailbag returns tomorrow.


Director Andy Mikita

Amanda Tapping - Video: 'Dancing Trees'

With many thanks to the Official Amanda Tapping Web Site for the heads up!

'Dancing Trees' is a feature movie written by Joseph Nasser and directed by Anne Wheeler, with music by Stu Goldberg. In this drama, Amanda plays a mother of an autistic savant. As events of the movie unfold, Amanda's character is murdered and those memories will bring her daughter to despair.

The cast includes Amanda Tapping as Martha's Mother, Katie Boland as Martha, and Nicholas Lea, Brooke Burns, Scott Heindl, Fraser Aitcheson, Melanie Papalia and Silvio Pollio.

Nasser Entertainment Group is the production company.

Stu Goldberg's web site has two video clips from the film.

Video Clip #1 ('Dancing Trees' main titles)

Video Clip #2 (Martha's concert)

Michael Shanks - RTL2 (German TV) - Video Interview

From RTL2 (German TV):


A video interview filmed during FEDCON XVII in Bonn, Germany (April 18-20 '08), that is divided into two segments.

FEDCON XVIII will also be in Bonn, Germany, on May 1-3 2009.

For those who are not able to view the video interview, I've typed quick transcripts (this is NOT verbatim): Interview video #1 (approximately 3:01 [minutes] in length)

RTL2: So nice that you are here, Michael Shanks, from Stargate. Is this a first time at a German convention for you?

Michael Shanks: "No, actually, this is I think my fourth. I've been to Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Hamburg...so I think this is my fourth German convention. Where are we now? In Bonn, yes, thank you."

RTL2: Are German fans different than the fans in other countries, like in Asia or the USA?

MS: "I would say they're in general -- that they're a lot more passionate about their show than in America. I've never been to Asia, so I'm not really sure about that market. So I'd say they're very similar to the UK in their passion for their genre shows. So, I think that that differs from the American audience."

RTL2: If you go back to yesterday, when you entered the stage for the first time here in Bonn, and to see the faces of 6,000 people applauding and crying for you, so what kind of emotional feelings for you?

MS: "I hope to say I'm not getting used to it, but it's always great. Every time I do it it's always an interesting experience, because I never have the same reaction to an audience, they're always their own unique animal. I think this audience is very similar in that way. It's always great. It's flattering you know. What are you supposed to do, smile and nod and answer the questions the best you can."

RTL2: How do you feel after ten years of Stargate, what kind of memories do you have? What kind of highlights maybe in ten years of Stargate?

MS: "Oh boy! Uhm, there's a lot...I mean, there's a lot. Ten years of doing anything. We shoot the show nine months a year. There's a lot of memories. I mean, you know, empires have risen and fallen in the decade that we've done the show.

You know, people had entire careers in the real world, and with us it's no different. Babies have been born -- somebody did a count, and there was like 40 something babies on the set of Stargate. There were numerous deaths, not only people who worked on the show, but of relatives and things like that.

Almost every episode that we we've done is marked by some occurrence where you can always say, 'Hey, I remember.' That's when 9/11 happened. We were filming that ("Menace"). Or that's when Rick's (Richard Dean Anderson) dad passed away ("Lifeboat"). Or that's when I had my appendix taken out ("Crystal Skull").

Everything is kind of marked in some way by some occurrence and you can always -- you know, little secrets -- this is where Rick was written light in this episode because his daughter was born ("Spirits"), or this is when Daniel was written light because my daughter was born ("A Matter of Time") during that time.

This is where I asked for time off because another child was born ("Line in the Sand"). So there's all sorts of "in" jokes in the history of the show that go along with the making of it for ten years. The memories are too bountiful to pick just a couple of them."

From interview video # 2 (approximately :58 (seconds) in length):

RTL2: What are your new projects after Stargate?

MS: "Oh boy. In about a week I start filming a movie called "The Last Treasure of the Grand Canyon" in my old home town of Kamloops (Canada), which is doubling as the Grand Canyon. After that, I do a couple of episodes of Stargate Atlantis. And then Christopher Judge and I are carrying on producing, or trying to get produced, the script's been sold, for our project "Rage of Angels," which is a fantasy story where angels have battled it out on Earth. Where Christopher will be playing the Arch Angel Gabriel and I will be playing Lucifer. So hopefully that will be on television hopefully, but now we're hearing that they want to turn it into a feature. So we'll have to wait and see."

RTL2: And what comes next for you? Maybe a guest role for you in Stargate Atlantis season five?

MS: "As I was saying before, in about three weeks I start filming two guest spots on Stargate Atlantis. And I have no idea what they planned for the character in that. But if they kill him, for good, I'm going to be very angry."


FEDCON.TV has video clips at:

http://fedcon.tv/clips/index.htm that include: FedCon XVII-DVD - Trailer, FedCon XVII - Steve Basic (Andromeda), Leah Cairns & Nicki Clyne (Battlestar Galactica), Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5), Michelle Forbes (Battlestar Galactica), Peter Jurasik, Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica), John de Lancie (Star Trek - The Next Generation), Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1), William Morgan Sheppard (Babylon 5), Kevin Sorbo (Andromeda), FedCon XVI-DVD - Trailer, FedCon XVI - Opening Ceremony.

Firefly - Video: 'Bushwhacked'

Courtesy of HULU, Firefly's 'Bushwhacked,' starring Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau and Ron Glass. Guest stars include Doug Savant, Branden R. Morgan and Jared Poe.

The Serenity crew drifts upon the ruins of a colony ship and goes on a salvage mission. The expedition turns from bad to worse when they discover dead crew members and that they are not actually alone.

Kung Fu Panda - Video: Movie Trailer

'Kung Fu Panda' stars the voice talents of Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Ian McShane, James Hong, Angelina Jolie, Wayne Knight and Seth Rogen. Movie opens June 6 '08.

Battlestar Galactica - Total SciFi: Grace Park Interview

From Total SciFi:


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Posted on Tuesday 27 May 2008

Grace Park: “A lot of people will die…”

Battlestar Galactica fans will all know Grace Park for playing the two Cylon characters Boomer and Athena in Battlestar Galactica. The actress recently attended a Q & A session at the Creation Entertainment Grand Slam Convention in Burbank, California. Abbie Bernstein was there to hear what she had to say…


Is it ever hard to keep track of which version of Sharon you’re playing in any given scene?

It was easier when Athena was on the planet pretending to be Boomer when she was in a barn or running through the woods. Boomer thought she was human, so she’d say, “Oh, my Gods.” Athena [knowing she’s a Cylon] would say, “Oh, my God.” There’s a bit of a schism with the Cylons…Sometimes they wouldn’t say whether it was Sharon or Athena, but you know she wouldn’t be hanging out with these characters [if she was the other character].


In one word, what’s Helo and Sharon’s relationship?


Do you think the fans will be happy with how Battlestar Galactica ultimately ends?

I don’t know. Do you guys think you’ll be happy with anything? This is Battlestar Galactica – a lot of people will die and there will be a lot of questions. But if you’ve liked it so far, you won’t be disappointed.


Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: Close Up: Jewel Staite

From MGM Stargate:


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Close Up: Jewel Staite

May 27, 2008 (Actors)

This year Jewel Staite will join the regular cast of Stargate Atlantis. So how will Doctor Jennifer Keller deal with life on the front line? The actress took time out from filming season five to tell us.

A brief excerpt:

...the actress reports that she jumped at the chance of signing on for more screen time.

“They called in the fall and told me that we had been picked up for a fifth season,” recalls the actress, “and once contract negotiations began, they asked if I was willing to come on for more time. It’s a great show, a great cast, the hours are great… It’s a very easy set to be on but at the same time, there’s all these extreme situations that we’re playing out every week, so it’s kind of fun. You never really know what your character is going to go through next, so it’s a bit of a challenge as well, which is good. It shoots in my home town and I’ve bonded with everybody – I definitely wasn’t ready to say goodbye, so I was happy to keep exploring the character.”


Staite also hints that the season will hold a few shocks as far as Keller is concerned. “There’s a surprise coming,” she teases. “I think Keller’s definitely going to take the audience by huge surprise! She has some skills that we don’t know about – and that’s all I’ll say about that!”

This year will also see the return of Carson Beckett, whom the Keller character was designed to replace following his untimely demise. Staite couldn’t be happier to welcome both Beckett and his alter-ego, actor Paul McGillion, back to the Stargate Atlantis fold.


The Invisible Man - Video: 'Diseased'

Courtesy of HULU, The Invisible Man's 'Diseased,' starring Vincent Ventresca, Paul Ben-Victor, Shannon Kenny, Eddie Jones and Michael McCafferty. Guest stars include Joel Bissonnette, Dan Cashman and Mark Sheppard.

The evil terrorist Arnaud reappears with a diabolical new plan to steal the Quicksilver gland from Darien's brain.

Stargate: Continuum - GateWorld: Continuum shows different side of Jackson

From GateWorld:


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Continuum shows different side of Jackson


Actor Michael Shanks hints at what is in store for his character in the DVD movie.

A brief excerpt:

If the events in Daniel Jackson's life had gone in a different direction, how drastically would it change and affect the character?

Michael Shanks says that's one of the questions that may be answered when Stargate: Continuum arrives on store shelves in both DVD and Blu-ray formats on July 29. GateWorld sat down for an exclusive interview with the actor during a break from his appearance schedule at Creation Entertainment's Vancouver Stargate convention last month. Without going into spoilers, Shanks did mention that the character we see in the upcoming movie could be substantially different from the Dr. Jackson that fans have grown accustomed to.