Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sarah Jane Adventures - Digital Spy (UK): Elisabeth Sladen Interview

At Digital Spy (UK):

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Elisabeth Sladen ('Sarah Jane Adventures')

Friday, September 26 2008, 09:24 BST

By Neil Wilkes, Editor

The Sarah Jane Adventures - CBBC's Doctor Who spinoff for kids - is back for a second series. We say "for kids", but a large number of fully-grown Whovians may well disagree. The new run of 12 episodes promises to deliver a Smörgåsbord of delights for all ages, from a Sontaran in episode one to the much-anticipated return of The Brig in the series finale. We paid a visit to the set of the show to find out more from the lovely Elisabeth Sladen.

How would you say this series of Sarah Jane Adventures is different from the first?
"It comes in the dialogue. It's just more explanatory and it doesn't cut off quite so quickly. There are more grown-up stories and it's much harder hitting, I think. We stay with the problem this time, therefore we have to have dialogue that will not patronise."

Have you learnt more about Sarah Jane this series?
"I learn more about her every day. Russell [T Davies] said 'There are so many places she can go. We're only just starting to find out about her'. When the series started, I did think 'where is this going?' Quite honestly, when the pilot went out, I thought I was going to get so much stick from journalists. I love the programme, and always thought it was very good, but that's not always other people's perceptions. It's lovely how people have been so embracing of it..."

The Sarah Jane Adventures begins Monday at 4.35pm on BBC One.

Media Blvd. Magazine: Amanda Tapping Talks About Sanctuary

At Media Blvd. Magazine:

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Amanda Tapping Talks About Sanctuary

Saturday, 27 September 2008

The British-born Vancouver resident recently spoke to MediaBlvd Magazine about the extraordinary visual effects of this new series

By Christina Radish

The Sci-Fi Channel’s newest original one-hour drama, Sanctuary, follows the adventures of the beautiful, enigmatic and always surprising Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping). A brilliant scientist who holds the secrets of a clandestine population -- a group of strange and sometimes terrifying beings that live in hiding among humans -- the 157-year-old Helen, along with forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), quirky tech-wiz Henry (Ryan Robbins) and her fearless daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup), seeks to protect this threatened phenomena, as well as unlock the mysteries behind their existence.

Following a record-breaking 10 seasons as Air Force Colonel Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1, as well as a season on the series’ popular spin-off series Stargate Atlantis, Amanda Tapping is branching out as both executive producer and star of Sanctuary. The British-born Vancouver resident recently spoke to MediaBlvd Magazine about the extraordinary visual effects of this new series.

A brief excerpt:

MediaBlvd> You’ve had experience working with special effects, but is it weird to work in such a minimalist set-up, where almost everything in the room is just a green backdrop?
Amanda> Initially it is, but it feels more like doing theater than anything else, and that was my training. It actually feels like you’re putting on a play because you don’t have a huge set to play with. The hardest thing with shooting an almost entirely virtual show is getting a sense of the scale. We’ve shot in the catacombs under Rome, and we’ve shot in huge chapels. The Sanctuary itself is this massive structure. It’s really hard to get a sense of just how big it all is. And so, when we started to see the fully finished effects, we were like, “Wow, the Sanctuary really is huge!”

SGA - Cinema Blend: Video: Amanda Tapping Talks About Sanctuary

At Cinema Blend:

Amanda Tapping Talks About Sanctuary

By Kelly West: 2008-09-28

I’m writing this from Colorado where the Scifi channel is hosting a digital press event. This weekend we were fortunate enough to spend some time with Amanda Tapping, star of Stargate Atlantis as well as the new Scifi series, Sanctuary. Tapping, who is just as gorgeous in person as she is on the small screen, is equally friendly. She’s also very enthusiastic about Sanctuary and was kind enough to talk with us about the show. We’ve got the video of the interview for your viewing pleasure.

Tapping talks about Sanctuary as well as her thoughts on fan-fiction, being a working mom, and leaving SGA to do Sanctuary.

[NOTE: Two videos at the Cinema Blend site. Please follow the link to view them in their original format.]

Sanctuary premieres on Scifi this Friday, October 3rd at 9:00 p.m. Scifi has videos and info about the new series up on their website. There’s a great Sneak Peak video on there as well.

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: Full Coverage: First Contact

At GateWorld:

FULL COVERAGE: First Contact


Episode Guide

An excerpt from the Production section in the Episode Guide:
"It was the most cryptic, enigmatic pitch of a story I've ever heard. The pitch was: 'You go to Atlantis and something happens and Daniel has to help everybody to get rid of the bad guys that are coming.' I was like, 'Wow, did you spend a lot of time thinking that one up?' But it's one of those things. Stargate is like old home. It's always nice to be able to revisit that universe and those individuals and to play that character again."
(Actor Michael Shanks, in an interview with The National Ledger)



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David Hewlett: A Request to Vote to Donate!

From David Hewlett's 'A Dog's Breakfast' blog:

This is not an update...

Written by dgeek

Friday, 26 September 2008 22:12

Sorry, just wanted to pass this on to you all and your friends and families:

Vote to Donate!

No donations necessary!
Just vote for Doctors Without Borders and they get a portion of a million dollar donation!...all you have to do is leave your email address to prove your vote...if you get a second, it's an easy and cheap way to help out my favourite charity!

I'll give you the post Atlantis wrap-up when I get a second...freedom is time consuming!




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Sanctuary - Comics Online: Amanda Tapping/Robin Dunne Interview

At Comics Online:

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CC 2008: Interview with Sanctuary's Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne

SciFithe_matt writes "Amanda Tapping (Stargate's Samantha Carter) returns to SCIFI Channel this fall with a new original series Sanctuary. The show was originally conceived as an internet series but now has made the jump to television.

This year at Comic-Con we had the chance to once again speak with Amanda Tapping as well as her co-star Robin Dunne about the new project.

...CO: Is there an over-arcing story for this first season or is a series of stand alone episodes?
AT: There is a story throughout the season but I can't tell you too much about it right now...I have to be cloak and dagger about it. There is a 13 episode arc. We bring in Helen's back story and explain a lot about who she is and how she is. Things are just fleshed out. We also really get to explain the Sanctuary and why it exists.

This year at Comic-Con we also had the chance to speak with Amanda Tapping's co-star Robin Dunne about the new project.

...CO: Previously the series started out online. Have you incorporated those episodes into this new show or will this be totally separate from the online work?
RD: There are similarities but the show has been totally revamped. We are getting into the characters more and we are making a show that is set in this fantastical world with such spectacle, but at the same time we have these characters and stories that are really compelling. We hope that the characters are easy to relate to even though they are set against this crazy background. I think that this show is that wonderful combination of glitz and eye candy mixed with really compelling storytelling. For an actor its really just amazing...

Stay tuned to for more coverage of Sanctuary!

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: Behind the Scenes: Tracker

At MGM Stargate:

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

Behind the Scenes: Tracker

September 26, 2008 (Episodes)

Writer and producer Carl Binder gives fans an insight into how ‘Tracker’ came to the screen.

It’s been over a year since Dr. Jennifer Keller joined the personnel of Atlantis, and in that time she’s had quite a ride. So much has happened to the young Dr., in fact, that she’s almost a different person – and that was exactly what writer Carl Binder wanted to explore with ‘Tracker’.
“I’d always been wanting to do a follow up episode to ‘Missing’, like a year later,” he explains. “I was trying to come up with a story in which I could once again throw Keller into some sort of difficult situation, facing adversity, so I could show how being a part of Atlantis for a year has changed her. She’s no longer the fish out of water, but somebody who can roll with it and face it. So I really wanted to show how she had changed. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to do that. Obviously, she’s afraid, but she’s also taking charge of the situation. One, she’s trying to escape, and two, she’s trying to deal with this guy, and show some strength in the middle of this adversity...”

Sanctuary - Space Channel: The Circuit - Video Clip from Sanctuary Behind The Scenes

At Canada's Space Channel's new current events series, The Circuit, a video clip is up from this week's broadcast, and contains a whole 15 seconds of video from the behind-the-scenes look at Sanctuary, at the very end of the video clip.

The video clip is of Sanctuary Creator/Writer Damian Kindler, discussing the state-of-the-art technology used to make the show.

"We use a lithograph and we use stone tablets for our scripts. And, once in awhile we send a balloon and/or carrier pigeon to make it to the next equinox's change, so that the studio can get their notes back by the summer solstice."

HypaSpace Podcast:: Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Peter Jurasik Audio Interview

From Canada's Space Channel's HypaSpace Podcast:


September 26 -

Tom Green, Neil Gaiman, Christopher Paolini, Frank Miller, and Peter Jurasik are featured in interviews this week.

Podcast Link

Psych - Video: 'Black & Tan: A Crime of Fashion'

Courtesy of USA and HULU, Psych's mid-season finale, 'Black & Tan: A Crime of Fashion,' starring James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson and Corbin Bernsen. Guest stars include Amanda Detmer, Melanie Lynskey, Jilon Ghai, Amanda Pays, Corey Sevier and Katharine Isabelle.

It's Fashion Week in Santa Barbara, and all around town it's models, parties, and death by electrocution. Shawn and Gus go undercover as male models to investigate the murder of a prominent designer.

Stargate Atlantis - Cinema Blend: Video clip from 'The Lost Tribe'

At Cinema Blend:

A video clip from 'The Lost Tribe' -- with major spoilers!

Stargate Atlantis' 'The Lost Tribe' airs Friday, October 10 at its NEW time -- 9pm -- on the SciFi Channel (US).