Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Stargate: Continuum - Cinema Blend: Aircraft Carrier Premiere

From Cinema Blend:

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Comic Con: Aircraft Carrier Premiere Of Stargate Continuum

By Josh Tyler: 2008-07-31 01:13:05

This was Cinema Blend’s first year at the San Diego Comic Con, and we figured as long as we were there, we might as well do it up in style...We stood at the base of the USS Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier now permanently docked and floating in the San Diego Bay.

We were there for the world premiere of Stargate Continuum, a direct to DVD movie spun-off from the ever popular, yet still inexplicably cancelled television series Stargate SG-1...

To our right was a gigantic movie screen, set up on the landing strip, up against the conning tower, with a grand stand in front of it. To our left, a red carpet wedged between two fighter planes, where Richard Dean Anderson, Ben Browder, and the rest of the cast (minus the absent Claudia Black) lined up to endure our questions. Endure them they did (cheerfully even), and we grilled them on the MacGyver movie. All of them. Even though none of them save one have ever had anything to do with MacGyver. Blame Richard Dean Anderson, who suggested we keep asking the question to everyone who came behind him, until we got a scoopy answer. Oddly enough, most of the cast simply looked confused, except for Browder, who cheerfully latched onto the idea of replacing Richard Dean Anderson in yet another role.

New Amsterdam - Video: 'Golden Boy'

Courtesy of HULU, New Amsterdam's 'Golden Boy,' starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zuleikha Robinson, Alexie Gilmore, Stephen Henderson, and Chad Coleman. Guest stars include Anastasia Griffith, Casey Siemaszko, Charles Dumas and Rosalyn Coleman.

Amsterdam and Eva investigate the suspicious death of a student at a prestigious New York City private school which leads to the revelation of a twisted 'affair.'

Stargate: Continuum - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: DVD screening ship-shape

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA):

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DVD screening ship-shape

Thursday, July 31, 2008

By Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

SAN DIEGO -- The setting, even for a city with glorious seascapes, was breathtaking, taking the stars of "Stargate SG-1" where few premieres had gone before: aboard the USS Midway in San Diego harbor, for a red-carpet walk and special screening of "Stargate: Continuum."

The straight-to-DVD movie, in stores this week (see review), had taken the cast through a time-traveling adventure and far, far away from this breezy, clear sky -- to the Arctic.

With help from the U.S. Navy, director Martin Wood and stars Richard Dean Anderson, Ben Browder and Amanda Tapping landed in the Arctic Circle, where polar bears and frost bite were constant dangers and a nuclear submarine hit its mark, crashing through the ice for a rescue scene in the film.

...One thing you won't see again, says Anderson, is the return of MacGyver, which he has parodied in commercials and on "The Simpsons."

"I'd love to return to 'The Simpsons.' Dan Castellaneta [voice of Homer Simpson] is my hero. We met on 'Stargate,' " when Castellaneta was a guest star...

Stargate: Continuum - Movie Web: Video: Ben Browder Interview

From Movie Web:

Stargate: Continuum

Exclusive: Ben Browder Interview

Our exclusive 1-on-1 interview with Ben Browder who plays Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell on Stargate: Continuum.

Stargate: Continuum - Movie Web: Video - Brad Wright Interview

From Movie Web:

Stargate: Continuum

Exclusive: Creator Brad Wright Interview

We go 1-on-1 for an exclusive with creator Brad Wright to talk about Stargate: Continuum.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Video: Movie Trailer

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' opens November 21, 2008. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, David Bradley, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Natalia Tena, Julie Walters and David Thewlis.

Stargate Atlantis / Continuum - Canada's Space Channel: Video Reports Pending

From Canada's Space Channel:

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San Diego Comicon - In the edit suite


Wednesday, July 30, 2008 14:56

It is Wednesday, and most of us are all working on making the San Diego Comicon Special. We sent two crews (a producer, and host, and a cameraperson each) down to the show, and now we're back and our role has shifted to 'making' rather than 'gathering'. The other people in the office are working on the Star Wars: Clone Wars Special which will air the following week.

So, as you can imagine, we're busy!

I have just finished working with the editors on some 'modules'- tasty story chunks, if you will. We have nice pieces on Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate: Continuum, The Spirit, The Eisner Awards, Artist's Alley, Watchmen, and Fringe, just to name a few.

Stargate Atlantis - Cinema Spy: Jewel Staite Interview

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Exclusive Interview: Jewel Staite

Actress talks 'Stargate Atlantis' and shedding Kaylee

By Blaine Kyllo | Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Jewel Staite has been acting since she was a child, but it was the role of Kaylee Frye in Joss Whedon’s Firefly that cemented her status as genre fan favourite. She stepped in to play the role of chief medical officer Jennifer Keller on Stargate Atlantis after Paul McGillion (Carson Beckett) was exited.

In an interview with journalists at Vancouver’s Bridge Studios in May, Staite talked about returning home to work - she was born in White Rock and raised in the Lower Mainland. She also discussed how her character has changed since being introduced and since being established as regular cast member, and what it’s been like to try and shed the skin of the beloved Kaylee.

Question: With the start of the season [Season 5], now that you’ve been in the pack for a year, how does it feel coming back into having a stronger storyline and where you’re moving with your character?

Jewel Staite: It feels really good. I think that we’ve started a groove with Dr. Keller, and I feel like I know her more. I can start exploring different avenues of her personality more. I don’t have to stick with what’s in the script, I can start inserting more of me into the character. It’s nice to become familiar. And it takes a while to do that, especially on a series, because you never know what’s going to happen with your character from week to week.


Stargate Atlantis - SFX Magazine Issue 173: Stargate Atlantis Set Visit

From SFX Magazine:

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Wednesday July 30, 2008

Latest issue

SFX 173 – September 2008 - On sale Wednesday 30 July 2008


Two news-stand covers to choose from! To celebrate SFX's exclusive insight into the future of Star Wars, this month you can choose whether to go with the Light Side, represented by Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, or to follow the Dark Side with a cover graced by Count Dooku and the new villain Asajj Ventress. The two striking covers will be split and available randomly on the news-stand. Subscribers will receive an ultra limited third cover, not available in shops, featuring Jedi Master Yoda! Rollover the thumbnails above to get a decent look at each of the covers.


Each copy of SFX also comes with an exclusive Star Wars: The Clone Wars PocketModel pack from the new WizKids card game, featuring two cardboard ships from the new animated story for you to make and play with. NB: The cover bag on this issue incorrectly states that there are three ships in the PocketModel pack instead of two. This was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time the issue went to press, and we apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.


We’ve been on set for the fifth season! Check out our full report, plus details of DVD movie Continuum.






Enter, stranger! Your retrospective guide to Knightmare, TV’s Treguard-hosted classic adventure show. Five pages including rare pics and behind-the-scenes photos…

We take a scalpel to John Carpenter’s 1978 horror flick, Halloween.

SFX's Red Alert news section breaks the story about the forthcoming remake of The Prisoner (it won't be filmed in Portmeirion, fact fans)…


This month we interview Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica’s Boomer/Athena), Stephanie Meyer (the popular Twilight author) and Jorge Garcia (Hurley from Lost). Did you know that in school Garcia was a wrestler called The Baby Face Assassin? Fact!

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - Video: Act Three

Courtesy of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and HULU, Act Three.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - Act Three

Web Exclusive |(cc) |15:29 |

Captain Hammer's latest good deed earns him a statue, but Dr. Horrible has other plans for the self-centered superhero.

Sanctuary - Video: SciFi Channel Sneak Peek

The SciFi Channel's sneak peek of Sanctuary that aired during Eureka's third season premiere Tuesday, July 29.

Sanctuary premieres October 3 '08 at 10pm on the SciFi Channel (US).

Stargate: Continuum - SciFi Weekly: Review

From the SciFi Channel's SciFi Weekly:

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July 30, 2008

Stargate: Continuum

The SG-1 crew comes back for an adventure in the Arctic—and enters an alternate world

By John Sullivan

Cast/crew photo at the Arctic APLIS site

...The richness of a theatrical release

Continuum is the second direct-to-DVD SG-1 movie since the series wrapped. Where the earlier Ark of Truth concerned itself largely with wrapping up loose ends from the show, Continuum presents a stand-alone story. Writer and show runner Brad Wright has made no secret of his intent to use Continuum to demonstrate to MGM that Stargate can reach audiences beyond the series' fan base and convince the studio to green-light new movies for the big screen.

...The fans, on the other hand, are going to eat Continuum up with a spoon. It really does look like a theatrical release, with remarkable production values for direct-to-DVD. The producers have made much of how they got to shoot a key sequence on the real Arctic ice pack with a real nuclear submarine. It's an impressive sequence, but it's not the only one. There are also some excellent battle scenes aboard the freighter, some good-looking aerial action and more.

...Whether Continuum will lead to more big-screen Stargate movies remains to be seen, but between Atlantis, the possibility of another two direct-to-DVD movies and ongoing rumors of a third series, the Stargate franchise appears to be on solid footing. And Continuum is an entry it can be proud of. — John

Stargate Atlantis - SciFi Pi: Video - Stargate SpyCam!

From Australia's SciFi Channel's SciFi Pi:

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Stargate Spycam - Exclusive Forbidden Footage From The Stargate Studios!

Thursday, July 31

by Captain

On our recent trip to The Bridge Studios, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the World, we managed to sneak a little video spycam onto the set of Stargate!

Of course, by 'spycam' we mean the crappy video recorder function on our digital camera. So the quality's not the best. But for that, there's the essential flavour of 'truth'. Here now is the unvarnished reality of Stargate. And frankly - it's awesome!

Stargate: Continuum -

From Australia's SciFi Channel's SciFi Pi:

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Martin Wood Interview - Stargate: Continuum

Thursday, July 31

by Captain

Martin Wood has been directing Stargate for more than a decade - with forty six Stargate: SG1 episodes behind him, and thirty Stargate: Atlantis episodes under the belt, he was the natural 'go to' guy for the creator and writer of Stargate, Brad Wright, when it came to choosing the director for Stargate's first standalone feature, Continuum.

His career includes working on Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Earth: Final Conflict, Jeremiah, and the new SCI FI series, Sanctuary, starring Stargate's Amanda Tapping, where he is also producing and writing. We spoke to him about directing Stargate: Continuum - and he had a heck of a time!


One of the big pluses for the fans, despite the huge action scenes, are the character moments. But it's a difficult balancing act with the action and deliberately slowing the pace.
MW: "Originally in the script, Brad had much bigger scenes written than what you actually see now. Robert Cooper convinced Brad to cut down a lot of that. Knowing what was in there, I think a lot of fans would have enjoyed it, but also, I think a lot of them would have thought it was a bridge too far. What we saw was our a team not being a team, not being the characters that we know. So when Carter goes shopping, someone recognises her and she says no, no I'm not Samantha Carter. It was a bigger beat for her.

I think it was nice to get the taste that we did, but anyway, everything changes so quickly when the Alkesh shows up - we're back to the people that we know. I really liked that. The beats are so well thought out.

When you shoot a TV show, you don't have the opportunity to massage the writing in a way that we did here. A lot of the time you'll get on set and realise 'oh oh' this isn't going to work and you'll tap dance around it or wink at it, or just try to divert the audience's attention. In this case, all the pitfalls are thought out beforehand."

To read our review of Stargate: Continuum, click here

Battlestar Galactica - Video: NBC San Diego: Tricia Helfer Interview

At NBC San Diego:

'Number Six' Appreciates Loyal Fans

Comic-Con 2008

Actress Tricia Helfer, 'Number Six' of 'Battlestar Galactica, considers Comic-Con as the home for the sci fi series.

Battlestar Galactica - Video: NBC San Diego: Jamie Bamber Interview

At NBC San Diego:

Jamie Bamber In 'Awe'

Comic-Con 2008

Jamie Bamber, Capt. Apollo of 'Battlestar Galactica', talks about how Comic-Con has grown into a "captialist, euphoric wet dream."

Battlestar Galactica - Video: NBC San Diego: Katee Sackhoff Interview

At NBC San Diego:

Show 'Reinvents' Science Fiction

Comic-Con 2008

Katee Sackhoff, 'Starbuck' from 'Battlestar Galactica' talks about producer Ron Moore and how he has reinvented sci fi television.

The Dresden Files - Video: 'Soul Beneficiary'

Courtesy of HULU, The Dresden Files' 'Soul Beneficiary,' starring Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann and Raoul Bhaneja. Guest stars include Karen Cliche, Matt Gordon and Kerry Lai Fatt.

When a man who has been having premonitions that he's about to die drops dead in Dresden's office, Harry is plunged into a bizarre murder plot that ends up revealing a dark secret from Bob's past.

John Barrowman - Video: Comic Con - Singing from 'Miss Saigon'

Thanks to BBC America for the information.

During the Torchwood panel, a fan in the audience asked John Barrowman and Naoko Mori if they could sing a few bars from "The Last Night of the World" from Miss Saigon, the musical Barrowman and Mori had done together years ago. They obliged - beautifully. Watch and be impressed:

Stargate: Continuum - The HD Room: Contest for Blu-Ray - US & Canada

From The HD Room:

Stargate Continuum Blu-ray Giveaway

July 30, 2008

Twentieth Century Fox and MGM Home Entertainment has just released the second direct-to-video Stargate film featuring the SG-1 team on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Unlike the first, Ark of Truth, Continuum is a self-contained story accessible to series newcomers and hardcore fans alike.

Thanks to the fine folks at Fox and MGM we have five copies of Stargate Continuum on Blu-ray Disc (read our review) to issue to the lucky winners of this contest. You can take a shot at winning one by entering via the simple form below. Daily entries are encouraged to greatly increase your odds of winning.

Contest Rules

Simply complete and submit the entry form [at the site] to us with your name, physical and e-mail address where we can send the prize if you win.

This contest is open to all residents of the United States and Canada, and will close on August 27, 2008 at 9:59 pm PST.

You can enter this contest once every day until the contest closes.

Brendan Fraser - SciFi Weekly: The Mummy 3 Interviews

From the SciFi Channel's SciFi Weekly:

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Maria Bello and director Rob Cohen join Brendan Fraser for another Mummy adventure

By Cindy White

In the seven years since the second film in the revitalized Mummy franchise hit the big screen, Brendan Fraser was continually asked when he'd follow it up with a third installment. But it took a while to find a way to do it that honored the previous films and still provided audiences with a story that felt fresh and original. It wasn't until the producers hit upon the idea of moving the action from Egypt to China that everything started falling into place.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor takes place 13 years after the events of The Mummy Returns and finds married couple Rick (Fraser) and Evelyn O'Connell (Maria Bello) living a peaceful, if somewhat boring, life after retiring from the world of exploration and adventure. They eventually reconnect with their son Alex (Luke Ford)—now 21 years old and an adventurer in his own right—in China when they're sent on a mission to deliver an artifact to the Shanghai Museum. What they don't know is that Alex has become inadvertently involved in a plot to free an ancient, ruthless Chinese emperor (Jet Li) from a curse that sealed him forever in a terra cotta prison.

Besides the change in venue on screen, there were also a few off-screen personnel changes that distinguish the third film from the previous ones. Stephen Sommers, who directed the first two Mummy films, transitioned into a producing role this time, handing over the reins to director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious). Also, Bello was brought on to replace Rachel Weisz, who chose not to return to the role of Evie in the third.

SCI FI Weekly had the opportunity to chat with Fraser, Bello and Cohen at the press junket for the new film about shooting on location in China and what's in store for the O'Connells this time around. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor opens Aug 1.

Maria, were you a fan of this franchise? Did you go back and watch the previous films?

Bello: I didn't go back and look at them, not for any reason except that I'd already seen them, because I love action movies. [I have] my whole life. I mean, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. I mean, that's one of the reasons I got into acting. And, surprisingly, I've become known as this dramatic actress, but people would ask me throughout the years, "What role do you really want to do?" And I'd say, "Indiana Jones. I want to be an action hero." And it was a month before my 40th birthday, and I finally gave up. I thought, "You know, I've gotten everything I've always wanted. I've done these great roles, worked with amazing people, but I guess I'm not going to get that one, because how many roles are there for a 40-year-old action star?" And two weeks later, Rob Cohen called me and said he really wanted me to do this role. And I was thrilled. And I read the script and I realized the character was so different from the Rachel Weisz character. He always said, "If Rachel in those films was like Audrey Hepburn, this character was Katharine Hepburn," a little older and more sophisticated.

Rob, you have said you have a love of China and Chinese culture. So what did it mean for you to get offered this film, knowing you would be filming there?

Cohen: It was such a joy. It was such a gift from the movie gods. And it came as such an unusual and surprising package for me, because I've always said, "I don't do sequels. I'm never doing sequels, even to my own movies." And then suddenly comes a sequel. It's very much like life. When you say, "No, no, no. Never, never, never," you're sure something's going to happen. ... And here came one through the back door, that was just the greatest joy I've ever had as a filmmaker.

Brendan, was it fun, chasing mummies again?

Fraser: Yes. It's what I do! Actually, they chase me. I'm like, "Leave me alone already, will you?"

The last time you did this was 2001, so a lot of time has passed between then and now. Was it weird to get back into the role?

Fraser: No! I wanted to play Rick. I was missing it. I've been waiting for the call from the studio since then. I love it. You get to do so much fun stuff, as an actor. You get to go to great places. They strap you into harnesses and throw you around. You have to look like you really know how to take care of business and beat people up, when you're actually really a wimp. They're great fun movies. There's real appeal.