Thursday, August 7, 2008

Burn Notice - Video: 'Scatter Point'

Courtesy of USA and HULU, Burn Notice's 'Scatter Point,' starring Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless. Guest stars include Odeh Fehr, Tricia Helfer, Maurice Compte, Robin Givens, Audrey Landers and Joe Hess.

When his client can't back out of a crime ring, Michael must join the planning for a jewelry heist and destroy the group from within.

Stargate Atlantis - NEW Behind The Scenes Photos from 'Brain Storm'

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for August 7, 2008:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update. NEW 19 behind-the-scenes photos from the NEW Stargate Atlantis episode, 'Brain Storm,' including guest stars Dave Foley, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. The photos are available in their original full-size, high-resolution format at Joe's blog.)

August 7, 2008: Road Triiiiip! And The Weird Food Purchase of the Day


...We pulled into the parking lot, right behind Special Features Producer Ivon Bartok who was documenting Martin Gero's foray into the dark side of directing, and followed him into the high school - down a flight of stairs, around a corner, and into the gymnasium that - through the magic of television - had been transformed into the Carl Binder Memorial Theatre. Extras milled about in tuxes and cocktail dresses while Marty G. set up his next shot. Jewel Staite looked, well, nothing short of drop-dead gorgeous in her evening best while David Hewlett exuded the roguish charm of a nerdy James Bond in his flash jacket and pants. Sitting by the monitor was former Kids in the Hall/News Radio alum Dave Foley who, for reasons unknown, had been given a way-too-early call and was good humouredly killing time until his first scene. As we were chatting, I received a call from the production offices informing me that a network employee named Averie was a HUUUUGE Dave Foley fan and would it be possible for me to get him to sign something, anything for her? Hearing this, Dave suggesting going one better. So, I phoned up Claire at SciFi who put me through to Averie's cell. Unfortunately, I got her voice mail. "Hi, Averie," I greeted her. "This is Joseph Mallozzi, the show-runner of Stargate Atlantis. I hear you're a big Dave Foley fan. Well, I have Dave Foley sitting right here."

At which point, Dave took the phone and left his own message: "Hi, Averie. This is Dave Foley. How are you? Sorry I missed you but if you have time, swing by set. I'm here all day."

And I capped off the message with: "Doesn't this just call you? If you leave L.A. right now, it'll take you maybe three hours to fly, an hour to clear customs, and then another hour traveling time to get here."

Dave Foley = Class Act.

Equally pleasant and engaging were the sovereigns of science Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye. They turned out to be a lot of fun both in front of and away from the camera, regaling the rest of the cast and crew with stories of their empirical exploits. They seemed to be as happy to be there as we were to have them.


Thanks to everyone who posted questions for Stargate Atlantis Director of Photography Jim Menard. He is working on them as we speak. And now, on to our next guest blogger…Andromeda's A.I., SG-1's Dr. Carolyn Lam, The 4400's Wendy Paulson, and Michael Shank's wife, the lovely Lexa Doig will be swinging by to answer your questions next week. So if you have anything you'd like to ask her, start posting. I'll be gathering your questions through Saturday.

Also - finish up Cordelia's Honor. Discussion begins on Monday when I'll start gathering questions for author Lois McMaster Bujold who is the guest of honor at the WorldCon in Denver happening NOW until August 10th. If you're in the area, go check it out and report back on the Stargate-14 Boot Camp being held on Saturday

Today's blog entry is dedicated to husband-to-be Kyle Hanson. Best of luck, buddy.

Today's pics: Brain Storm - A Marty G. Joint.

Today's video: The Weird Food Purchase of the Day - Shrimp Chips. In case the video [embedded at the link above] doesn't play…¤t=ShrimpChips.flv

Today's mailbag:


PG15 writes: "1. Chris Judge recently said that it's possible that the 3rd movie might start shooting in January of next year. Is there any truth in this? 2. Any new info regarding the Ancients' war with the Wraith in Season 5? 3. Will the Wraith try to get to Earth again in Season 5?"
Answers: 1) Hey, anything is possible. We're a long way from an actual production date but I'd be VERY surprised if a third SG-1 movie wasn't in production in 2009. 2) Off the top of my head - nope. 3) Wouldn't that be interesting!

Jean writes: "Seems like SciFi is going to air all 20 episodes without a large break as usual after the mid-season cliffhanger. From a producer's point of view, do you prefer this or rather a longer break between the 2 halves of the season? Do you think it impacts ratings at all?"
Answer: Although it is a bit more work for the production, I think running the show straight through is preferable to taking an extended mid-season hiatus. I find that the hiatus tend to break a show's momentum. As for how it impacts the ratings - time will tell.


Smiley_face06 writes: "Thanks for answering my question about Ba'al. It makes me feel better knowing Sam isn't sulking after being relieved of command in Atlantis."
Answer: One of the things we wanted to make sure of was that Carter's being relieved of the Atlantis command isn't seen as a demotion because, as our team pointed out in The Seed, she was actually a victim of her own success. As such, the next time we see Carter (in episode 20), she'll have assumed another command position.

Sandra writes: "First question: What would be the Daniel, Mitchell, Vala, Teyla, and Ronon commercials be for "With a Little Stargate Anything is Possible?" Second: If you could write a crossover episode with any other book or TV show what would it be? Third (and this is new): what, in your mind, happened to SG-1 while Sam was on Atlantis? Now that she's back, will she rejoin the team?"
Answers: 1) Not a clue. 2) Dr. Who. 3) With the Ori dealt with, things were decidedly quiet on the Milky Way front. While not disbanded, SG-1 (made up of Daniel, Teal'c, Mitchell, and Vala) curtailed their off-world exploits.

Stargate Atlantis - The Sun: Sci-fi hunk: I feel betrayed + Video

From The Sun (London, UK):

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Sci-fi hunk: I feel betrayed


Published: 07 Aug 2008

STARGATE: ATLANTIS actor Jason Momoa says being in the show let him feel what it’s like to be betrayed.

The 29-year-old, who plays soldier Ronon Dex in the SG-1 spin-off series, told The Sun: “I’ve never been betrayed by someone so it’s interesting as an actor to think about it and spin it around in your head.”

The warrior experienced betrayal from other characters masquerading as his friends during the fourth series of the sci-fi show...

Stargate: Continuum - DigiGuide (UK): Stargate Continuum Airs August 12

From DigiGuide (UK):

UK TV Programme Highlights For August 12th

* Stargate Continuum

History may never repeat itself again

Stargate Continuum, showing Tuesday August 12th on Sky One at 8:00pm

This programme has been rated 4 stars (4 Star)
(Production Year: 2008) (USA / Canada)

While SG-1 attends the execution of Ba'al - the last of the goa'uld system lords - Teal'c and Vala inexplicably disappear into thin air.

Carter (Amanda Tapping), Daniel (Michael Shanks) and Mitchell (Ben Browder) race back to a world where history has been changed: the Stargate program has been erased from the timeline.

As they try to convince the authorities what's happened, a fleet of goa'uld motherships arrive in orbit, led by Ba'al, his queen, Qetesh (Vala) and his first prime, Teal'c.

SG-1 must find the Stargate and set things right before the world is enslaved by the goa'uld.

Did you know? The film is dedicated to the memory of Paul McCann, 32, and Anthony Huntrod, 20, of the HMS Tireless, who died in an accident during the filming of the arctic scenes.

Stargate Atlantis - DigiGuide (UK): Film 24 - Set Visit - Friday, Aug 8 '08

(Note: I believe this is a repeat of a special that aired in June '08.)

From DigiGuide (UK):

Stargate Atlantis


Friday, August 8th, 20086:55pm to 7:30pm

DVD Showcase 2.

Craig Austin takes a trip to Vancouver to present an exclusive look behind the scenes of the second TV spin-off from the classic 1994 film.

Stargate: Continuum - - SciFi Now Magazine Issue # 18 - Continuum Interviews

From Imagine Publishing:

SciFi Now Magazine Issue # 18

(Please follow the link for the complete Table of Contents.)


Officially on sale 7th August, SciFi Now Issue 18 is the latest issue of the UK's fastest growing and biggest science fiction magazine. Here's a small taster of what's in store in our huge 148 page issue.


• Brave New Worlds - Exclusive interviews with Amanda Tapping and Chris Judge for the release of Stargate Continuum.

• An exclusive set access and cast interviews feature in our big red feature on Big Red - Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

• A Force-powered mega-feature on one of the most divisive films this year - The Clone Wars.

• Unleaded is for wimps! Our own preview of Vin Diesel's return to science fiction with Babylon AD.

• It's all very Freudian, really: The year of 1956, Doomwatch, The Ring and a suitably complete tribute to Stan Winston head up this month's Timewarp.

• The Fanboys section continues to cover all the hottest convention and memorabilia news, including a guide to the novels of Star Trek Voyager.

• We nitpick our way through Santa Carla with The Lost Boys.

Chevron seven is locked, and issue 18 goes through the wormhole into all good newsagents on 7th August!

Those lucky enough to be subscribers will have made a huge 30% saving, so why not pop on over to our eShop and join them today at:

The X-Files - Imagine Publishing: Video - UK Premiere

At Imagine Publishing - SciFi Now Magazine:

NEW - EXCLUSIVE Video - Premiere Footage

The X-Files: I Want To Believe - UK premiere report

We hit the red carpet to catch up with the cast and crew of this, the second X-Files movie.

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: Morgan is a Friendly Replicator

From GateWorld:

(Please follow the link for the complete GateWorld article.)

Michelle Morgan as Fran

Morgan is a Friendly Replicator


Actress Michelle Morgan is set to return to the city of Atlantis in the next all-new episode -- in a surprising way.

Beware of SPOILERS for Season Four's "Be All My Sins Remember'd" and Season Five's "Ghost In the Machine" in the report at the link above.

A brief excerpt:

She won our hearts with the surprisingly compelling role of Fran (the "Friendly Replicator Android") in Season Four's "Be All My Sins Remember'd," and now actress Michelle Morgan is set to return to the city of Atlantis in the next all-new episode.

Battlestar Galactica - NBCUMV: Two-Hour Battlestar Galactica Event in 2009



Published: August 7, 2008

NEW YORK – August 7, 2008 - SCI FI Channel today announced an all-new Battlestar Galactica special event, set to air in 2009 following the conclusion of the series and then released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment shortly thereafter. Directed by series star Edward James Olmos and written by Battlestar Galactica's Jane Espenson, the two-hour event will begin shooting in Vancouver at the end of this summer. The cast includes Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas and Dean Stockwell, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Starting before the events of the miniseries, our story focuses on familiar characters including Cylon Number One, known as Cavil (Stockwell), Resistance Leader Sam T. Anders (Trucco) and Chief Galen Tyrol (Douglas). In the beginning, the Cylons had a plan, but it didn't account for one thing: survivors. During the chaotic aftermath of the destruction, two powerful Cylon agents struggle with plots and priorities on the human ships that got away, and among the resistance fighters who were left behind.

Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, Battlestar Galactica's intensity, issues-driven topicality, and command performances have garnered it unprecedented critical acclaim. In addition to winning a prestigious Peabody Award, the series has been honored as one of the 10 Outstanding Television Programs of the Year by the American Film Institute (AFI) for two years running. This year, the series was honored with six Emmy nominations, including a nod in the prestigious category for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Battlestar is also responsible for introducing the expletive "frak" into the pop culture lexicon.

The series is from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.

The final 10 episodes of Battlestar Galactica will begin airing on SCI FI Channel in 2009.

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer: Video: 'Halloween'

Courtesy of HULU, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer's 'Halloween,' starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz and Anthony Head. Guest stars include Seth Green, James Marsters, Robin Sachs, Juliet Landau and Armin Shimerman.

After renting Halloween costumes from an unusual shop, Buffy and her friends literally begin turning into whatever costume they are wearing.

The Dresden Files - Video: 'Walls'

Courtesy of HULU, The Dresden Files' 'Walls,' starring Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann, Raoul Bhaneja and Conrad Coates. Guest stars include Steve Byers, Kerry Dorey, Odeen Eccleston, Matt Gordon and Tyrone Savage.

Harry investigates a group of thieving college students who have discovered a supernatural method to bypass the most sophisticated of security systems. But there's madness in their method, because it is slowly killing them off, one by one.

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: Tech Journal New Photo

From MGM Stargate's Tech Journal:

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