Saturday, September 20, 2008

Stargate/Sanctuary - Amanda Tapping Web Site Updates

From an Amanda Tapping Official Web Site e-mail announcement for September 20, 2008:

AmandaTapping.Com Newsletter for Saturday, September 20, 2008

Issue: 62

Most recent updates:

FRONT PAGE: When coming to the site, you might have noticed that the front page image has changed a bit. In fact, there is more to this: there are now 229 different images there and they are chosen at random every time you enter the website. The three images at the bottom of the image represent an item from Amanda's filmography, everything from The Newsroom through Stargate SG-1 to Sanctuary.

GALLERY: There are many new things here. The images from seasons 7 and 8 have been finally replaced with DVD captures (better image quality) and the Amanda in Person / DVD materials albums have been redesigned and now cover screen captures from all special feature materials found on Stargate SG-1 DVDs. Also, make sure you check out a couple of photos from the recent Tropicana Field event (promoting Sanctuary) that Amanda attended. The link is below.

EVENTS: Added one item to the Upcoming Events - Amanda's future trip to New York to promote Sanctuaryand added two items to the past 2008 events. (Further work on this section to follow soon, check this space.) There is a report written by Karen on the Tropicana Field event, so make sure you find it!

ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS: Three of recently published articles and interviews with Amanda are now on the site: two from SFX: Fannish Inquisition and Sanctuary and one from Deathray: Sam I Am.

LINKS: You will find here the category Gifts from Fans . The links to greetings sent to Amanda by her fans for various occasions such as birthdays, Christmas holidays or Easter holidays are now back up on the site.

ONLINE ACTIVITIES: WORDS OF APPRECIATION: A number of messages of appreciation from Amanda's fans have been added as well.

Amanda's reply to your birthday greetings and most recent news...

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wow and wow and wow.

I can't believe it. It's so beautiful. I am still crying. Seriously.
I still find it hard to believe that people go out of their way to support me. And that people take time out of their busy lives to send a message. I'm so amazed.

We just wrapped Sanctuary Season One on Friday night. It was very emotional and very rewarding. I am so proud of our cast and crew. We had a phenomenal team supporting us.

I am now starting post production for Sanctuary. ( a whole new learning curve for me!) I will also be travelling to promote the show. It airs October 3rd. Aaaahhhhhhhh! It's very exciting and scary putting our baby out into the world.

I hope the fans enjoy it. It looks astounding. The VFX will blow people's minds! Please watch! :)

I shoot Stargate Atlantis this week. I am very excited to be going back to my old stomping grounds. I definitely miss the people there!

And I also get to spend precious time with my family. The simple joy of watching swimming lessons or gymnastics. (Bouncy 3 yr. olds in leotards! Too cute!) I cherish every moment.

I have to say it again and again and again ..... Thank you! In my darkest hours of self doubt and fear, I can feel the love and support. You have no idea what it means to me.

Humbly and with much love,

Stargate Atlantis - The SciFi World: Christina Cox/Janina Gavankar Video Interview

At The SciFi World:

Janina Gavankar & Christina Cox interview

Date of publishing: 21st September 2008

Click on the image [at the site] to watch our exclusive video interview!

The video is Quicktime format, 15Megas, 12min 47.

Stargate Atlantis - NEW Behind the Scenes Video CIip Sept 20 '08

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for September 20, 2008:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update and to view the new behind-the-scenes video clip from production on Stargate Atlantis season five.)

September 20, 2008: With Special Guest Author Justina Robson

Today, I turn this blog over to author Justina Robson who join us from a quaint little place called The U.K. (You may have heard of it. It was featured heavily in the early Bond movies.). Enjoy Justina’s insightful Q&A, post any questions for writer-producer Carl Binder if you have ‘em, then check out the video at the bottom of this entry for a peek at how the crew spent their final hours - giving each other rides in the F-302! Over to Justina...

Supernatural - HypaSpace Podcast: Audio Interview with Jared and Jensen

At Canada's Space Channel's HypaSpace Podcast:

HypaSpace Podcast

September 18

- This week we interview Supernatural actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. From Smallville we have Allison Mack, Justin Hartley, and Cassidy Freeman. We have an interview with Midnight Madness programmer extraordinaire Colin Geddes, and the star of a new film called Sexy Killer, Macarena Gomez. Actor Sam Witmer ('Crashdown' on BSG) discusses the new Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game.

The vault features an interview clip from 1997 with author Douglas Adams, and host Mark Askwith is joined by on air reporter Teddy Wilson to discuss Zombies, and more!

Podcast link

Stargate Atlantis - Stargate Official Magazine - David Hewlett Interview Extract

At Titan Magazines:

(Please follow the link for the complete extract.)



Exclusive extract from an interview with David Hewlett…

The Official Stargate SG1/Atlantis Magazine: How did you feel last season about McKay developing a relationship that led to a marriage proposal?
David Hewlett: It was neat. That episode was so funny because I came onto the set and was like, “Look, here’s the deal. You have a beautiful botanist on a little tropical paradise on Atlantis and what do I do? Panic? C’mon!” That’s what they are so good at doing with McKay. They put him in situations where anyone else would either enjoy themselves or excel. It’s like Moonlighting. You don’t want those things to work out where there is no tension any more. McKay single is a much more dangerous and entertaining character than when he was comfortable in a relationship. I’m hoping it will be revisited because it was such a final thing for her, and I don’t think McKay has figured it out...

Read the full interview in The Official Stargate SG1/Atlantis Magazine #24.

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Sanctuary - Seen It: Amanda Tapping discusses latest sci-fi role

At Seen It (UK):

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)

Amanda Tapping discusses latest sci-fi role

By Staff ⋅ September 19, 2008

Stargate: SG-1 star Amanda Tapping discusses her latest role the 157-year old Dr. Helen Magnus in ITV4’s latest sci-fi signing, Sanctuary.

...The creatures in the Sanctuary are what most people would call monsters – why do you think Helen sees them differently? Her interest seems to go beyond dispassionate scientific enquiry.
AT: "Absolutely. She has a huge humanitarian passion and that’s why she brings on board Will Zimmerman. She sees that he has a gift that she doesn’t have, an ability to connect things and find out the real story, to empathise with these creatures and the ability to get them to open up. So she’s definitely a humanist. She chooses to surround herself with people that can do the things she may not necessarily be as good at, and it’s all because she cares about these creatures."

...And what about Helen and Will? What do they make of each other?
AT: "I think Helen finds him fascinating. He’s so idealistic, she see in him all the qualities that she admires, but all the qualities that she knows will probably get beaten out of him over the course of time. His idealism and purity of thought and the way he analyses things… she absolutely respects that, but I think she also realises that there’s going to come a time when he’s going to become a bit jaded. The world is not as kind as Will Zimmerman would like it to be! But she has a lot of respect for him.

There are a couple of episodes where there’s been this bizarre sexual tension between the two of them, and it’s by virtue of what’s happening in any given episode, especially in an episode called Requiem where Magnus goes a bit crazy. But generally there’s just a huge healthy respect – he’s the first real protégé she’s had..."

The Closer - TV Guide InFANity - Video: Part One

Courtesy of TV Guide's InFANity and HULU, InFANity: The Closer 1

TV Guide Specials

Special |06:02 |

InFANity takes you past the yellow tape and onto the crime scene with its up-close look at THE CLOSER! Lisa Joyner shows you everything you need to know about cable's most successful show, and goes one-on-one with star Kyra Sedgwick!

Stargate Atlantis - Joseph Mallozzi's Blog Update Sept 19 '08 - NEW Photos!

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for September 19, 2008:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update and to view the NEW behind the scenes photos [in their original format] from Stargate Atlantis season five production, including photos of Amanda Tapping, Colin Cunningham, Robert Picardo...and someone sitting in a F302.)

September 19, 2008: Last Call

Production on Stargate Atlantis wrapped today for most of our cast and crew. As the sets go dark here at The Bridge Studios, the scene shifts to Vegas for a few more days of filming after which work on the series is finally complete. Well, almost complete because work continues for post, viz, the producers, and Joel Goldsmith who still have weeks to go before they can sail off into the sunset.

Yesterday, Bob Picardo came by the office after he wrapped and, as promised, took the time to sit down and answer some of your questions. Rather than do a video interview, we opted for a written Q&A which I’ll be posting next week as part of a special Bob Picardo guest blog. Speaking of guest blogs - Executive Producer/Writer Carl Binder has kindly agreed to field your questions and comments on Tracker. So, if you happen to catch tonight’s episode of Atlantis and feel like raking Carl over the coals on this one, let’s hear from you.

Amanda Tapping
also swung by the office this morning to say goodbye. She’s been working very hard these past few months but still found the time to put in an appearance in our final episode. And it was a pleasure having her back. Colin Cunningham also wrapped his guess stint and made it a point to pop his head into the writers’ room and thank us...

...Final scene as per today’s call sheet:

INT. F-302 COCKPIT 1: Sheppard

Push in on the screen, word ARMED flashes