Monday, September 22, 2008

Eueka - S.A.R.A.H. Twitters - Blueprints & Sketches

From the S.A.R.A.H. Twitter site, S.A.R.A.H. has posted links to photos of her blueprints:



Early Design Sketch


Stargate Atlantis - Alex Levine's Blog Update Sept. 22 '08 - 'First Contact'

At Alex Levine's blog for Stargate Atlantis:

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September 22, 2008

Heists and Fast Talkers (First Contact)

...I asked Martin [Gero] what it was like writing for the character of Daniel Jackson, and he reminded me that he had written two Stargate SG-1 episodes, including “Bad Guys” in which Daniel Jackson was central to the story. As it turns out, he likes writing that character a lot. And of course he likes writing the McKay character also. But one of the issues that arises when McKay meets SG-1 is that he becomes focused on Samantha Carter, as you may recall from any of the McKay episodes of SG-1 or especially in the Stargate Atlantis episode “Grace under Pressure”. But in these episodes Martin got to focus on McKay and Jackson without Carter in the mix which, in his words, gave the characters a chance to grow.

Of course David Hewlett and Michael Shanks happen to be the two fastest pseudo-science talkers in the business. Martin actually directed the second unit for part of these episodes, which including some scenes with these two actors. And try though he did, he simply could not slow them down. Case in point: the scripts for this two-parter were 64 and 65 pages long – a good five pages over our usual page number, and yet the episodes were ‘to time’.

There will be more on these episodes in the next installment. For now, enjoy the first part!

Posted by Alex Levine at September 22, 2008 5:10 PM

Sanctuary - NEW Video: Dr. Helen Magnus


Dr. Helen Magnus


Meet Dr. Helen Magnus. Series premiere October 3 9/8C. Friday October 3 9/8C

Sanctuary - ITV (UK): Press Pack with Episode Synopses

With many thanks to Katana at SG1-Spoilergate for the heads up!

ITV have a downloadable Press Pack in Word (.doc) format to download here.

Includes episode synopses:


Episodic Synopses (1-7)

Episode # 1&2: “Sanctuary For All”
Story By: Damian Kindler
Teleplay By: Damian Kindler & Sam Egan
Directed By: Martin Wood

Short synopsis: The enigmatic Dr. Helen Magnus (AMANDA TAPPING) recruits an insightful forensic psychiatrist Will Zimmerman (ROBIN DUNNE) to join her in the quest to track, study and protect the strange, and often terrifying creatures that secretly populate our world.

Episode #3: “Fata Morgana”

Story By: Damian Kindler & Martin Wood
Teleplay By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood

Short synopsis: Dr. Helen Magnus (AMANDA TAPPING), her daughter Ashley (EMILIE ULLERUP), and new to the Sanctuary, Dr. Will Zimmerman (ROBIN DUNNE) release three women from a mysterious crypt in Scotland, bringing them back to the Sanctuary for refuge. Unbeknownst to the team, and the women themselves, they have extraordinary powers. And their disappearance does not go undetected by a powerful cabal, resolute on reclaiming what it determines is theirs.

Episode #4: “Folding Man”
Written By: Sam Egan
Directed By: James Head

Short synopsis: An investigation into a string of bizarre robberies leads Magnus (AMANDA TAPPING) and Will (ROBIN DUNNE) to a crime ring of thieves who seem to be able to slip between the cracks of the law…literally.

Episode #5: “Kush”
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood

Short synopsis: Returning with an abnormal captured in the Himalayas, Magnus (AMANDA TAPPING) and Will (ROBIN DUNNE) are stranded from civilization and aid after their plane goes down in a desolate mountain range. While anxiously waiting for a rescue team, the surviving passengers begin to fall victim to vicious and deadly attacks throughout the night. It becomes chillingly apparent that surviving the cold is the least of their worries and no one, not even Magnus and Will, is above suspicion.

Episode #6: “Nubbins”
Written By: Sam Egan
Directed By: Peter DeLuise

Short synopsis: When a mating pair of cute, furry and seemingly harmless abnormals is brought in for scientific study, the Sanctuary team begins to exhibit some hidden animal attractions for one another.

Episode #7: “The Five”
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood

Short synopsis: While leading a covert meeting in Rome, Magnus (AMANDA TAPPING) encounters Nikola Tesla (JONATHAN YOUNG), an old friend from her past who confides that the Cabal has come to exact revenge on her for the events in "Fata Morgana". But Magnus realizes that Tesla’s loyalties may not be as steadfast as in their college days when the two became part of an exclusive order called The Five – a group in which each is connected by a secret they have carried for decades.

Sanctuary - Canada - Space Channel's The Circuit - Sept 26 at 7:30pm

From Canada's Space Channel's new current event series, The Circuit:


This week: Smallville's Doomsday; Sanctuary; Holiday Gadget Preview and more!

Join us Fridays 7:30et/4:30pt.

Stargate SG-1 - Richard Dean Anderson Web Site Updates Sept 22 '08

From a Richard Dean Anderson web site e-mail announcement:

Updates at RDAnderson:

There are several new additions to the RDAnderson website this weekend.

First, I have added a few promotional images and videos from Continuum, courtesy of MGM. Most of these have already been seen elsewhere on the Web, but I have tried to make them in a friendly format for those who may wish to save or download.

Last week, on very short notice, Richard appeared in New York City as part of a promotional campaign for the launch of Best Buy's new Geek Squad Black Tie Protection. A few pictures and a video clip from the event have been posted in the Updates section.

I am slowly working my way through material from Gatecon - many thanks to all the fans who have offered to share their pictures on the site. I am still nowhere near ready to upload images, since there are hundreds and hundreds to sort through, and more are coming in, but the photo gallery is under construction. In the meantime, however, I have completed the first transcript. I have uploaded a transcript from RDA's Saturday panel at Gatecon, and I have included just a few pictures for now until the others are ready to be added.

Finally, after he returned from New York, RDA sent a message thanking the fans for the wonderful Gatecon weekend. His latest "Note From Rick," with a picture, has been added to the Updates.

As always, you'll find links to the latest updates on the main page.

Thanks for visiting!

Richard Dean Anderson Website

Life - Video: Sneak Peek: 'Find Your Happy Place'

Courtesy of NBC and HULU, a video sneak peek of Life's second season premiere episode, 'Find Your Happy Place,' starring Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Adam Arkin, Donal Logue, and Brent Sexton. Guest stars include Aurelius DiBarsanti, Kim Director, Noel Fisher, Anya Monzikova, Jessy Schram and Titus Welliver.

In the season two premiere, detectives Charlie Crews and Dani Reese are on the hunt for a serial killer when three numbered trunks containing suffocated bodies are found scattered across Los Angeles.

Chuck - Video: Sneak Peek: 'Chuck Versus The First Date"

Courtesy of NBC and HULU, a sneak peek of Chuck's second season premiere episode, ' Chuck Versus The First Date,' starring Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster and Adam Baldwin. Guest stars include Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonita Friedericy, Julia Ling, Tony Todd and Vik Sahay.

Chuck prevents Colt from obtaining the Cipher -- a device that would ultimately lead to a new Intersect. Chuck is told that this successful mission marks the end of his espionage career and the beginning of a normal life.

Sanctuary - Newsarama: Sci-Fi Queen Amanda Tapping

At Newsarama:

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From Stargates to Sanctuaries: Sci-Fi Queen Amanda Tapping

By Steven Eramo

posted: 22 September 2008

Flashlights in hand, Dr. Helen Magnus, her associate Dr. Will Zimmerman and daughter Ashley search the darkened interior of a warehouse, whose floor is spotted with blood. An object on the ground catches Will’s eye and his picks it up to examine it. Suddenly, the three hear something moving behind a nearby shelving unit. Pulling out her gun, Magnus cautiously moves forward as a figure stumbles out of the shadows and knocks over various items on a metal trolley in front of him. Using a hand to shield his eyes from the probing beams of three flashlights, the man looks up at Helen. Although he denies knowing her, she clearly recognizes him.

“Cut! That was great!” says director Brenton Spencer.

The above is a scene from a first season Sanctuary episode entitled "The Warriors", in which Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne) is forced to literally fight for his life, while Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) has an unexpected reunion. “This story brings back someone from my character’s past,” reveals Tapping, sitting down in a corner of Helen’s Victorian-inspired library for a chat. “It’s a weird kind of mind warp for her because nobody believes who she says this person is, and even he doesn’t believe who she says he is. So Helen must try to convince those around her of his true identity.
“At the same time she, Will and Ashley [Emilie Ullerup] are dealing with a big threat to everything they do in the form of this not-so-secret society called The Cabal, who we’ve touched upon in previous episodes. This particular story starts out with a search for a friend of Will’s who has gone missing. In the process, Will is kidnapped and has some horrific things happen to him. It’s quite an emotional journey for him and Helen. It’s that slow burn where something is happening, no one is buying it and nobody believes us. It’s a very cool episode,” she enthuses...

Sanctuary premieres on the SciFi Channel on Friday, October 3 '08 at 9pm.

Stargate Atlantis / SG1 - Diamond Select Toys: Blog Update Sept 19 '08

From Diamond Select Toys' Art Asylum Blog update for September 19, 2008:

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Stargate Atlantis series three action figures, available Nov. 26 '08

September 19, 2008 : Ask DST Q&A #7

This week it's all about Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica! Chuck answers your questions about character selection (we get it, you like Carson!!!), likeness rights and approvals as well as the status of classic Battlestar Galactica figures!

...Leesa Perrie
Please can we have more Stargate: Atlantis figures? Especially Carson Beckett and Radek Zelenka, though Major Lorne and Chuck the technician as well would be great! In fact, the more the better. Even though the show has been cancelled, fandom is and will still be going strong for some years, as the fandom for Stargate: SG1 is still going strongly, so please don't abandon the franchise. Thank you.
DSTChuck: As of now we have no plans to stop making Stargate figures of either franchise.

...Brian Petersen
For the sake of Matching, will we ever get to see a bare-armed and tattooed Starbuck figure to match with the Sam Anders? Or is it possible we might see a Viper Pilot Anders? It'd be great to see the couple match. Will Laura Roslin and Bill Adama be featured with or without glasses? If they are, will the glasses be removable much like Daniel Jackson in the first wave of Stargate? I really love the increase in interesting accessories that come with the Stargate lines and I noticed in the past that whenever a wave gets delayed, usually we get more accessories than originally shown at Toy Fares and Comic Cons. Was Wave 3 of Atlantis delayed because of some new accessories we may be receiving? Any Anti-Replicator Guns (that were prominent in Season 4) by chance? In a past toy show, I saw a photo of potential garrison uniforms Carter and Teal'c that had a tag marked "pending approval." Will we eventually see these? Why was the field Ops Weir changed to a black ops paint job? I was really looking forward to the one with original paint job. Any chance of this being an exclusive release in the future? Will the Season 10 2-pack Teal'c figure include accessories that didn't come with the Black Ops Teal'c or no accessories at all? Also: Is his hair painted or is it a simple re-release. Sadly, none of the existing pictures of the figure show the white patch the character has in Unending.
DSTChuck: Umm ok WOW that's a bunch of questions! Let me see if I can cover them all..

We have no plans to "match" all the characters we do, but yes there are some more cool versions we can do for Starbuck and Anders.

We're not sure about the glasses yet but if we do them we'd lean towards removable.

There is no relationship between delays and accessories. The main reason you end up seeing more as we go along is we don't like to bring lots of accessories to shows, they end up getting lost and are hard to display well.

The BDU outfits were shown when we first started with the license to gauge interest in exclusives. We sold some exclusives but decided to pull back on that idea for SG and keep it tighter. We've releases SOME of those outfits as time has gone on and if we can we'll get as much of the original team out as we can.

Honestly I don't remember the reason for the Weir change, sorry.

The Season 10 two pack will come with the much requested transport rings.

And last… yes, Teal'c's hair will have the white streak in it.

...Kevin Gomolchak
After Stargate: Universe premieres, will there be figures made for the show like the other series?
DSTChuck: We're interested for sure! We'll have to see what the show looks like and how the fans respond before we commit to figures.

Diamond Select Toys

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer - Video: 'Innocence'

Courtesy of HULU, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer's 'Innocence,' starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Anthony Head and Kristine Sutherland. Guest stars include Seth Green, Robia LaMorte, Brian Thompson, Vincent Schiavelli, James Marsters and Juliet Landau.

Buffy must battle not only The Judge but also Angel, who has lost his soul after experiencing a moment of true happiness.

Heroes - SciFi Weekly: Sendhil Ramamurthy Interview

At's SciFi Weekly:

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September 22, 2008

Sendhil Ramamurthy flexes his genetic code in volume three of Heroes

By Ian Spelling

Mohinder Suresh spent the first two seasons of Heroes as a mere mortal among the superpowered characters who populated NBC's blockbuster hit series, but all that will change in season two, says Sendhil Ramamurthy, who's played the sensible, compassionate geneticist since the show debuted.

Among the many developments to come when season three of Heroes kicks off on Sept. 22—which it will do with a two-hour premiere consisting of the episodes "The Second Coming" and "The Butterfly Effect"—Suresh will shoot himself up with a serum that will make him as powerful, in his own unique way, as Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar), Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere), Sylar (Zachary Quinto) or any of the show's assorted heroes and villains. In fact, the big question is this: Will Suresh use his newfound powers for good or evil?

SCI FI Weekly recently chatted with Ramamurthy about Suresh, the ramifications of the character gaining powers and what it's meant to the Indian-American actor to be part of a global sensation like Heroes.

Volume 3 of Heroes is called "Villains," and Suresh apparently will head down a dark path, at least for a while. How have you enjoyed exploring that side of the character?
Ramamurthy: Certainly, as an actor, to get to explore all facets of a character is great. The fact that I've got that opportunity is huge for me as an actor, but I also think that fundamentally the character is the same. You're just going to see a little bit of a darker side to him that I think any good character has. It's just that usually you don't get a chance to see it on TV, because if a character is good, a character is good, and that's it. It's usually black and white, whereas we're getting into gray territory for a lot of the characters.

The way that it's done, I think, is going to be kind of gripping for the audience. They have to deal with the consequences of their actions. It's kind of what the season is about for a lot of the characters. I think Suresh starts to question his morals a little bit because of what's happening around him, to the people around him, and what's happening to him. There are changes happening to him because of this power. He's out of control, and Suresh, if anything, has always tried to be in control of his emotions, because that's all he's got. He didn't have a power. He was the moral compass of the show, and his compass goes a little bit askew this volume.

The Colbert Report - Video: August 27 '08 Episode

Courtesy of The Comedy Channel and HULU, The Colbert Report's August 27 '08 episode.

Stephen welcomes former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: Full Coverage: Tracker

At GateWorld:

Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite) and Kiryk (Mike Dupod)



Episode Guide

A brief excerpt from the Production section in the Episode Guide:

Actor Mike Dopud ("Kiryk") has appeared twice before on Stargate SG-1: He played the Russian officer Colonel Chernovshev in Season Eight's "Full Alert," and the bounty hunter Odai Ventrell in Season Ten's "Bounty."



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Battlestar Galactica Classic - Video: 'Lost Planet of the Gods - Part 2'

Courtesy of HULU, Battlestar Galactica Classic's 'Lost Planet of the Gods - Part 2,' starring Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herb Jefferson Jr., John Colicos, Maren Jensen, Noah Hathaway, Laurette Spang, Tony Swartz and Terry Carter. Guest stars include Ed Begley Jr., Sheila DeWindt, Janet Julian, Jane Seymour, Larry Manetti, Sarah Rush and David Greenan.

While Commander Adama leads the rag-tag fleet of ships to the planet Kobo, Starbuck is taken prisoner by the Cylons as an important part of a renewed peace plan plot by Baltar.

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate - 5 NEW Photos from 'Tracker'

At MGM Stargate:

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Five new photos from 'Tracker.'

Celise (Neela Todd)

Celise and Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite)

Celise, Keller and Kyrik (Mike Dopud)

Exosquad - Video: 'Target: Earth'

Courtesy of HULU, Exosquad's 'Target: Earth,' starring the voice talents of Robby Benson, Gary Chalk, Michael Donovan and John Payne.

J.T. and Exosquad help Sean and the Resistance team dismantle Phaeton's GRAF shield, but run into some problems with Neosapiens along the way.

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: NEW Behind the Scenes Photos - First Contact

At MGM Stargate:

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Three NEW behind-the-scenes photos from 'First Contact.'

Writer Martin Gero

Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson) and David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay)

Director Andy Mikita

The Closer - Video: InFANity: The Closer 3

Courtesy of TV Guide's InFANity and HULU, InFANity: The Closer 3.

TV Guide Specials - InFANity: The Closer 3

Special |06:05 |

Ever wonder if you have what it takes to run an interrogation? Kyra Sedgwick and the rest of THE CLOSER cast show you how to get what you want. Plus, show secrets from people in in the know, the makeup artists!

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: NEW Photos for 'First Contact'

At MGM Stargate:

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17 NEW photos from 'First Contact.'

Col. Steven Caldwell (Mitch Pileggi), Richard Woolsey (Robert Picardo) and Maj. Marks (Christopher Martin)

Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) and Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett)

Todd (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Maj. Marks

McKay and Jackson

Teyla Emmagan (Rachel Luttrell) and Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan)

Dr. Radek Zelenka (David Nykl) and Shep

Stargate Atlantis' 'First Contact,' airs Friday, September 26 at 10pm on the SciFi Channel, and guest stars Michael Shanks as Dr. Daniel Jackson, Mitch Pileggi as Col. Steven Caldwell, David Nykl as Dr. Radek Zelenka and Christopher Heyerdahl as Todd.