Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Battlestar Galactica - Cinema Spy: Exclusive: Sneak Peek Coffee Table Book

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Exclusive: The 'Battlestar Galactica' Cast & Crew Coffee Table Book

A sneak peek at intimate, behind-the-scenes reflections

By Robert Falconer | Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Battlestar Galactica wrapped production here in Vancouver earlier this year, ending a four year run that has not only transformed the landscape of science fiction, but garnered repeated critical acclaim both from mainstream news organizations and the blogisphere alike. As a special commemorative, the production published a beautiful, hardcover tome this summer in which cast & crew recounted their experiences working on the series.

Only intended as an internal publication for those who worked on the show (don't bother looking for it on Amazon, you won't find it), the book is filled with wonderful, intimate anecdotes from producers Ron Moore and David Eick, to almost every member of the production personnel and, of course, the cast.

CinemaSpy was fortunate enough to get our hands on a copy of the book, and since most of you will never get a chance to see it, we thought we'd share a few excerpts and photos from it herewith so that devout fans can partake in some of the wonderful behind-the-scenes thoughts and memories experienced by those who happily toiled on this grand project.

A few notable names surprisingly escaped the publication, among them Concept Illustrator Eric Chu, who was responsible for designing the new Galactica, Centurions, Raiders and Basestar, along with CG Supervisor Lee Stringer (Zoic) who worked on the miniseries, and Digital Effects Supervisor Emile Edwin Smith (Zoic).

Those omissions aside, however, it's a fascinating examination of the inner workings of a series, told through the ruminations of those who brought it to life. Broken into several sections, it also includes story summaries for each of the four seasons.

One of the more interesting extracts comes from Ronald D. Moore, who below cogitates over his first experience directing (the forthcoming episode "The Oath"), which is where we begin...

Stargate Atlantis - David Hewlett's Twitter Update Sept 17 '08

From David Hewlett's Twitter site:

Just wrapped 5 years of Atlantis...very sad. I have never worked with such a wonderful cast, crew and audience. Thank you and goodnight!

Supernatural - SciFi Weekly; Season Four Premiere

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(SciFi Weekly rates Supernatural with an A.)

September 17, 2008

Supernatural Season-Four Premiere

When Dean gets out of hell, he and Sam have a hell of a time ahead as a new battle looms on the horizon

Supernatural Season-Four Premiere
"Lazarus Rising"
Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Jim Beaver
Created and written by Eric Kripke
Directed by Kim Manners
The CW
Premieres Thursday, Sept. 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

By Kathie Huddleston

At the end of season three, Sam, Dean and Bobby lost the battle against Lilith to save Dean's life as hell hounds ripped him apart and sent him to hell. While Sam discovered that Lilith's power against him didn't work, he'd lost his brother...
"Lazarus Rising" is a must-see for Supernatural fans. It's apparent that Kripke has a plan for where Supernatural is headed, so let's hope he gets a chance to play it out with another couple of years. —Kathie

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Video: Recap: Automatic For The People

Courtesy of FOX and HULU, for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a video recap of 'Automatic For The People.'

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Automatic For The People - RECAP

Recap (s.2 : ep.2) |01:37 |

A quick recap of the "Automatic For The People" episode.

Heroes: Video: 'Who Shot Nathan?'

Courtesy of NBC and HULU, Who Shot Nathan?

Heroes - Who Shot Nathan?

Sneak Peek |02:02 |

After months of investigating, we've narrowed it down to this list of suspects...

Stargate: Universe - GateWorld: Meet the Stargate Universe team!

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Meet the Stargate Universe team!


Casting calls have gone out for the third series' main characters. Here's who they are.

A brief excerpt:

Casting calls have gone out for the third series' main characters, and today the short character break-downs arrived at GateWorld.

Note that while this information doesn't come from our usual source of casting sides, it does come from a source with a proven track record. But until we have more solid confirmation, it should be considered rumor...

Stargate Atlantis - Video: Paul McGillion Says Goodbye

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for September 16, 2008:

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September 16, 2008: My Simple Meal Plan Goes Out the Window, Keeping It Real, and Paul McGillion Says Goodbye


Thank you to everyone who has weighed in with their thoughts on Keeping It Real. Just a reminder that you have one more day to post your questions for author Justina Robson

Today's video: A goodbye message from Paul McGillion.

Fringe - Video: 'The Same Old Story'

Courtesy of FOX and HULU, Fringe's 'The Same Old Story,' starring Anna Torv, Kirk Acevedo, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Blair Brown and Lance Reddick. Guest stars include Mark Blum, Derek Cecil, Betty Gilpin and Jasika Nicole.

A woman conceives, carries to full-term and births a baby in the span of hours.

Richard Dean Anderson - Video: Geek Squad Promotion

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MultiVu Video Feed: Best Buy Launches Geek Squad Black Tie Protection In Star-Studded Manhattan Event

Steven Seagal, Richard Dean Anderson and Tanya Roberts will be descending on the 62nd Street and Broadway Best Buy store to kick off the national launch of Geek Squad Black Tie Protection, the next generation of protection service plans, featuring support to help activate, protect and maximize their technology. The celebrity "Icons of Protection" will make their grand entrance in black Denalis flanked by Geek Squad Agents and black and white Geekmobiles.

Geek Squad has more than 20,000 technicians available nationwide who support consumers with install, optimization and repair for computing, home theater, auto electronics, mobile devices and appliances. Never before have so many protectors from the past and present gathered together in one place. And now here they are, ready to tackle technology malfeasance.

[NOTE: This event already happened on September 16th.]

Videos are available here

There are two videos, Richard Dean Anderson is interviewed in the first interview, and is seen briefly in the second video.

Tanya Roberts, Richard Dean Anderson and Stephen Seagal

Richard Dean Anderson and Geek Squad employee

Eureka - Video: 'Phased and Confused'

Courtesy of the SciFi Channel and HULU, Eureka's 'Phased and Confused,' starring Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson, Joe Morton, Jordan Hinson, Erica Cerra and Neil Grayston. Guest stars include Chris Gauthier, Niall Matter, Vanya Asher, Ever Carradine, Frances Fisher and Mark Hildreth.

Carter's job is made more impossible when a superhero begins 'saving' the day around Eureka with disastrous consequences.

Heroes - C21 Media: Video: Tim Kring Video Interview

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C21TV profiles Heroes creator Tim Kring

C21TV catches up with Heroes creator Tim Kring to find out how he developed three-dimensional storytelling with NBC, following the show's websites winning last weekend's primetime Emmy for

This interview, the first of a series of one-on-one executive profiles under the C21's Content Lab brand, uncovers how Kring was given freedom by US broadcaster NBC to use Heroes as a test-bed for 360-degree storytelling.

That strategy paid off, with Heroes and Heroes Evolutions sites beating those of Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock and others to give its first primetime Emmy for outstanding achievement in interactive media last weekend.

In our exclusive interview Kring takes us on a creative journey to explain how the experience has altered his approach to programme making and how he wants to develop communities around entertainment brands to help save the world.

Click here to view the show on iTunes and subscribe to C21Media's C21TV podcast. This will mean you can watch all our shows on your iPod. You can also view the show on C21screenings - the world's leading online content portal - by clicking here. (NOTE: You must be registered with the site to view the video. Interview runs 14 mins 30 secs.)

Tahmoh Penikett - Newsarama: Interview

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Battlestar to Dollhouse: Tahmoh Penikett Talks Helo, Whedon

By Tara Bennett - posted: 16 September 2008

Genre television has been very good to actor Tahmoh Penikett. In only six years he’s appeared in everything from Dark Angel to Stargate SG-1 to Smallville, but it’s been his four season stint as Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon on Battlestar Galactica that’s really put him on the map. His intense and layered portrayal of the idealistic captain has scored him loyal fans both with the audience and in the industry. So much so that his work on BSG has directly led him to his current roll as Agent Paul Smith on Joss Whedon’s upcoming midseason Fox drama, Dollhouse.

An avowed BSG fan, Whedon saw just what he needed in Penikett to play a FBI agent obsessed with finding and exposing a secret company called the Dollhouse, which programs humans called “Dolls” to be anything or anyone a paying client wants them to be.

Recently Penikett talked about the odd transition of finishing the last episodes of his beloved Battlestar Galactica and moving on to the new world of Whedon’s Dollhouse.
“It was sad. It was a grind,” the actor emotionally realls shooting the BSG series finale in July. “We were bumping scenes every day and trying to get it done in a very short amount of time. I just wanted to be present and enjoy every minute of it. This was the last time I was ever going to work with these people, probably for a long time – maybe forever with some of them. I just wanted to be there. We worked hard. I finished on a Friday night at 4 o’clock in the morning. It was a grind but good. I enjoyed it. I was there and like, ‘Let’s get this done! Let’s work our asses off!’ We were all exhausted but [executive producer] Ron Moore came to the end and celebrated with us after...”

Stargate Atlantis - Starburst Magazine #365 - Paul McGillion/Nicole De Boer Interviews

At Visimag:

Starburst Issue 365

pre-print edition

Only $2.99 (print price $7.99)

Starburst #365 • 148 packed pages, including

Battlestar Galactica
The Final Season
Exclusive interviews - Michael Trucco, Edward James Olmos interviews.

Moonlight - Jason Dohring interview

Stargate Atlantis - Exclusive Paul McGillion and Nicole De Boer interviews, Stargate Universe

Doctor Who

• Plus reviews and more features, including Fear Itself, tv Terminator, Fred Barton, Hellboy 2, Prince Caspian and Robot Chicken

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: Tech Journal: Wraith Hive Ship

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Wraith Hive Ship Schematic