Friday, July 25, 2008

Stargate: Continuum - GateWorld: The Stargate Continuum: Viewer's Guide

From GateWorld:

GateWorld: The Stargate Continuum: Viewer's Guide

The wait is nearly over. The long-anticipated movie Stargate: Continuum makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray disc on Tuesday, July 29! GateWorld's editors had a chance to see the movie early, and while we can't spill the beans, it does give us the chance to present this handy viewer's guide.

What follows is a Stargate SG-1 refresher course, a primer in the important points of show mythology to get you back up to speed for SG-1's biggest adventure ever. Before you sit down to enjoy Continuum, you'll want to know certain things about time travel, Earth's allies the Tok'ra, and where things were left with a certain nefarious System Lord.

While Continuum is a stand-alone movie that doesn't necessarily require a lot of back-story (it's a good one to use to introduce friends to the Stargate franchise), there are some key episodes from SG-1's 10-year television run that we recommend you watch before Continuum arrives. While not absolutely vital, it will help to make the most of your movie experience.

While you will not find any spoilers for the movie here, be warned that you might be able to figure out some things based on what we talk about.

If you would rather skip the primer, we recommend jumping straight to the recommended episodes and our inventory of GateWorld's Stargate: Continuum coverage over the past year.

Let's begin!

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld Play: Video: The Phenomenon - Ivon Bartok

From GateWorld Play:

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Video: The Phenomenon - Ivon Bartok

The producer behind Stargate DVD special features talks about the legacy of the franchise and working a dream job.

Battlestar Galactica - Pssst! Wanna buy a Viper?

Beginning in 2009, props from Battlestar Galactica will be auctioned.

A Viper is included in the auction. No details as yet. Unknown on the MPG for the vehicle, or what it would take to get it licensed to fly in the US.

Please click on the photos for a larger size.

Stargate Atlantis - Questions for Mark Dacascos?

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for July 25, 2008:

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July 25, 2008: With Special Guest - Award-Winning Artist/Illustrator/Designer John Picacio

Tyre (Mark Dacascos) and Ronon (Jason Momoa)

Just a reminder to tune in to Sci Fi at 10:00 p.m. tonight to catch this week’s episode, Broken Ties. Jason Momoa acted his heart out in this one, giving his best performance to date, so be sure to check it out. The episode also offers nice moments for fans of the Sheppard-Ronon friendship, explores certain aspects of the wraith feeding process, focuses on Teyla’s struggle to reconcile motherhood with her off-world exploits, and even gives a glimpse of a more sympathetic Woolsey. It also features one of the most beloved guest stars in Stargatedom (so far as the crew is concerned), Mark Dacascos, who reprises his role as Tyre, the former Satedan last seen in season four’s Reunion. Despite an incredibly busy schedule (and I’m sure he’ll fill us in on what he’s been up to), Mark will be doing a guest spot here sometime next week. Starting tomorrow, once the episode has aired, I’ll start gathering questions for Mark and gather them over the next couple of days. So if you have a question for Mark, let’s hear it.

Mark Dacascos as Tyre


The mailbag:

Rose writes: “I’m just curious why you decided to go in a different direction for Atlantis. I’m not saying that a McKay/Keller romance is necessarily a bad thing but it seems like a pretty risky venture.”

Answer: By and large, our interest in a possible storyline rests on its potential to develop as-yet-unexplored facets of our characters. We ask ourselves “Is this story worth pursuing?” and “Why?”. In the case of this (or, in fact, any romantic arc), we also have to ask ourselves whether it is “good” for the characters involved, be they McKay, Keller, or Ronon. Does the storyline allow us to flesh out their characters by placing them in atypical situations? Can the storyline give us a glimpse of the characters at their most human and vulnerable states? If the answer is yes, then that particular storyline will get the go-ahead. One of our aims over the past couple of years has been to focus on the relationships between the various members of the expedition. In real life, friendships form over time. But, occasionally, so does romance.

Thornyrose writes: “Could you re-list the scheduled guest bloggers, and when questions for them will be taken, and/or about when they are going to appear on the site?”

Answer: I’ll give you the heads up as we get closer to their various appearances. For the guest authors, simply check the right-hand border. Robert C. Cooper is presently working on the fan questions I sent his way. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be gathering questions for Mark Dacascos. Some time next week, it’ll be questions for Stargate Atlantis Director of Photography Jim Menard and Production Designer James Robbins.


Squall78 writes: “I read an article that MGM wants a new series and a pair of new movies here…

What does this mean for SGA or is this article just taking info out of context? It seems MGM has approved SGU and 2 new movies. Any clarification would be appreciated.”

Answer: It’s no secret that MGM is very eager to do Stargate Universe, the second Stargate spin-off. Now, it’s just a matter of finding a home for the potential series. Given that Stargate: Continuum looks like it’ll follow Stargate: The Ark of Truth’s lead and blow away projected sales estimates, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that MGM would want to do a couple of more SG-1 movies. The Atlantis season 4 dvd box-set is also selling well, so it’s hard to imagine MGM not wanting to do another season. But this decision rests with the network.


Twilight - Max Payne - The Day the Earth Stood Still - Empire Magazine: Comic Con Videos

From Empire Magazine's Comic Con coverage:

Video: Twilight Panel

This is supposed to be a Q&A panel for the adaptation of the wildly successful vampire novel Twilight, but we figure from the screaming that somebody must have set the hall on fire and locked the doors. It was really very professional of the cast to carry on in the face of such danger.

Video: Max Payne Panel

Watch Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and director John Moore discuss making the video game adaptation Max Payne. This video is rated PG for excessive whooping.

Video: The Day The Earth Stood Still Panel

Scott Derrickson, Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves and Keanu Reeves' beard talk about their remake of the 1951 movie about an alien who comes to Earth in peace and finds humans to be less than welcoming.

Max Payne - The Day the Earth Stood Still - Knowing - Videos from Comic Con '08

From Comic Con coverage:

SCI FI Wire Exclusives

The Day the Earth Stood Still - Comic Con 2008

SCI FI Wire talks to the cast and filmmakers of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" at Comic-Con San Diego 2008

Max Payne - Comic Con 2008

SCI FI Wire talks to the cast of "Max Payne" at Comic-Con San Diego 2008.

Knowing - Comic Con 2008
SCI FI Wire talks to the director of "Knowing" at Comic-Con San Diego 2008.

Stargate: Continuum - Various articles on Continuum Screening at Comic Con

A variety of web sites are reporting on the special screening of Stargate: Continuum Thursday night at the San Diego Comic Con. Many of these articles also have photography from the event.

Following is a list of links to these articles. I'll try and update this list as more become available, so please check back later in the day for updates.

Associated Content
: The San Diego Comic-Con Unveils Stargate: Continuum

Cinema Blend
: Comic Con: Aircraft Carrier Premiere Of Stargate Continuum

dryope live journal: Stargate Continuum Screening - July 24, 2008

Film School Rejects: Comic-Con Red Carpet: `Stargate' Continues with Continuum

IGN: SDCC 08: Stargate: Continuum Red Carpet

iO9: See Stargate SG-1's Beginnings In A Shiny New Light Plus New Stargate Movie In The Works

Pop Culture Zoo: San Diego Comic Con 2008: `Stargate: Continuum' World Premiere

Publishers Weekly Blog: Comic Con: Star-STUDded Day

Web Petals live journal: I love the X-Men, but Jack O'Neil and Sam Carter? DUDE.

TV Guide Online: From Comic Con 2008, Stargate: Continuum Premieres on the USS Midway

TV Verdict: Comic Con: Day One


Barbara Vey - Publishers Weekly - with Richard Dean Anderson

Barbara Vey - Publishers Weekly - with Christopher Judge

Stargate: Continuum - Pop Culture Zoo: Photos from Comic Con Continuum Screening

With many thanks to Anais for the heads up!

From Pop Culture Zoo:

TEN pages of photos from the screening of Stargate: Continuum at Comic Con on the USS Midway.

Jeffrey Donovan - Burn Notice - Video: 'Trust Me'

Courtesy of USA and HULU, Burn Notice's 'Trust Me, starring Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless. Guest stars include Don Abbatiello, Assaf Cohen and David Fine.

To save his client, Michael pretends to be the perfect mark for a con artist - then pulls a con of his own.

Farscape - TV Guide Online: Ask Matt July 25 '08

From TV Guide Online's Ask Matt column for July 25 '08:

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Ask Matt

Matt Roush

Friday, July 25, 2008

Question: I just wanted to let you know that, like you, I am also waiting for a Farscape movie. I think Farscape would translate brilliantly to the big screen. I haven't lost hope, but, like you, I am not holding my breath. Heck, I am still waiting for news about the Farscape webisodes! By the way, you wouldn't have heard anything about them, would you? It has been nearly a year since they were announced, and while I understand the writers' strike slowed things down a lot, we should be seeing/hearing something soon, right? — Nicola
Matt Roush: Not soon enough, I'm sure. I asked a Sci Fi Channel executive earlier this week, during a NBC-Universal party, if there was news to report on this front, and I was assured that the online Farscape project remains in active development. The problem, I'm told, is in getting all the creative players assembled to figure out the format, the content and to see who's available. No timetable on this one yet, I'm afraid, but don't lose hope. It's probably our last best chance to re-enter that fabulous world.

Stargate: Continuum - MGM Stargate: NEW Behind the Scenes Photos July 25 '08

From MGM Stargate's Behind the Scenes gallery for Stargate: Continuum (please follow the link to view the six photos in their original full-size, high-resolution format):

Director of Photography Peter Woeste, 1st Assistant Director Alex Pappas, Director Martin Wood and to far right Executive Producer N. John Smith

Ben Browder (Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell)

Amanda Tapping (Col. Sam Carter)

Ben and Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson)

Amanda and Martin