Monday, September 29, 2008

Stargate: Ark of Truth / Continuum - Spring 2009 Air Date SciFi Channel


Stargate Films Acquisition


'The Ark of Truth' and 'Continuum' To Have U.S. Television Premiere on SCI FI

New York, NY – September 29, 2008 – SCI FI Channel has acquired the U.S. television rights to the two highly successful Stargate films Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum, which will mark their U.S. television premiere on the Channel. Both films are set to air in Spring 2009.

Continuing the legacy and thrilling journey of the popular Stargate SG-1 television series, Stargate: The Ark of Truth picks up after "Unending," the SG-1 series finale. Searching for an ancient weapon which could help them defeat the sinister Ori force, SG-1 discovers it may be in the Ori's own home galaxy, and the crew finds themselves fighting two powerful enemies. The film stars series favorites Amanda Tapping (2005 Saturn Award, Best Supporting TV Actress), Golden Globe® winner and three-time Emmy Award® winning actor Beau Bridges, Michael Shanks, Ben Browder, Christopher Judge, and Claudia Black. Robert C. Cooper serves as writer/director and co-executive producer along with Brad Wright. Both men are the co-creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and currently serve as executive producers on Atlantis.

Stargate: Continuum, the adrenaline-driven, action adventure film, has members of SG-1 returning to a world where their history has been dramatically altered. Continuum reunites Richard Dean Anderson as Jack O'Neill, with all the series favorite crewmembers. The most northern filmed movie production in history, Stargate: Continuum features incredible visual effects, out-of-this-world battle sequences and breathtaking scenes shot on the Arctic ice. Directed by Martin Wood (Sanctuary) and written by Brad Wright, the film finds Ba'al as he travels back in time and tries to prevent the Stargate program from ever being started. The SG-1 team must somehow restore history and once again save the galaxy from oppressive domination.

The Simpsons - Video: 'Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes'

Courtesy of FOX and HULU, The Simpsons' 20th season premiere episode, 'Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes,' featuring the voice talents of guest stars Robert Forster, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Mantegna.

Homer tries his hand at bounty-hunting and finds an unlikely partner in anti-crime.

The Colbert Report - Video: Sept 2 '08 Episode

Courtesy of The Comedy Channel and HULU, The Colbert Report's September 2 '08 episode.

Stephen welcomes Laura D'Andrea Tyson, former National Economic Adviser to President Clinton.

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: One New Photo From 'First Contact'

At MGM Stargate:

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Battlestar Galactica Classic - Video: 'The Lost Warrior'

Courtesy of HULU, Battlestar Galactica Classic's 'The Lost Warrior,' starring Tichard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herb Jefferson Jr., John Colicos, Maren Jensen, Noah Hathaway, Laurette Spang, Tony Swartz and Terry Carter. Guest stars include Katherine Cannon, Lance LeGault, Claude Earl Jones, Red West, Johnny Timko and Larry Manetti.

Apollo is marooned on a Western Frontier-like planet, where he meets a woman and her son...and a notorious gunslinger known as Red-Eye.

Sanctuary - SciFi Weekly: Amanda Tapping/Damian Kindler Interview

At SciFi Weekly:

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Executive producers Amanda Tapping and Damian Kindler blaze a new trail with their virtual masterpiece, Sanctuary

By Kathie Huddleston

Actress Amanda Tapping has gotten herself into a pickle that no Stargate teammate can get her out of. As the mysterious Dr. Helen Magnus on Sanctuary, she's not taking orders from anyone as she and her team hunt for "abnormals," strange and often terrifying creatures hiding among the human race. But on her new series she's also tackling something every bit as scary as an Ori mothership ... she's an executive producer on the first primarily virtual series. SCI FI's Sanctuary kicks off in a two-hour premiere on Friday, Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

In Sanctuary, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman loses his position with the FBI and finds himself working tenuously with a homicide squad. When the things that forced him out of the bureau continue to haunt him, he is recruited by Dr. Magnus, who has a "sanctuary for all," a place where the extraordinary abnormals can be safe. In her sanctuary, they can be protected from the world, or if necessary the world can be protected from them. Now all Zimmerman has to do is "dare to believe in the unbelievable." Sanctuary was created by Damian Kindler.

Beyond starring as Air Force colonel Samantha Carter for 11 years on Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, Tapping has appeared on SCI FI's Proof Positive, The X-Files, Forever Knight, Millennium, and The Outer Limits. The actress was also a regular on Disney's Flash Forward and appeared in The Vagina Monologues.

Kindler has written or produced numerous television projects, including Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Earth: Final Conflict, BeastMaster, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal and both Stargates.

Tapping and Kindler chatted with SCI FI Weekly about moving from the web to television, English accents and virtual trailblazing.

...How is the television series different from the Web series?
Kindler: Well, it's quite different, but quite the same. It is interesting. Conceptually it is identical, and cast-wise it is identical. Basically, a lot of the creative changes were driven by a relationship with the SCI FI Channel in that they wanted a show that was a little bit broader, little bit deeper, little bit more based in reality. Less of a Frank Miller feel and more of an accessible, "this is our world" feel. We welcomed that. We have no [preconceived] artistic feelings about it. I want as many people to see and enjoy the show as possible, because that is what helps shows live long lives. We've spent a lot of time, myself, Martin Wood, Sam Egan, and Amanda, working on reshaping the show and finding different motivators for the characters and different ways into stories. So the show you'll see premiere is very familiar, but very different, deeper in tone and a little bit more mature in its sensibilities. ... But it also creates a real sense of originality and creates more of a special feel for the original eight webisodes, which were kind of their own concept.

Tapping: The characters are fleshed out a lot more than what you see on the Web. The backstories, especially Will's backstory, [are] dived into a lot more. We're repurposing some of the flashbacks and saving them for use throughout the series. In the pilot, for example, I think there is only one flashback, as opposed to the many that we had in the Web series. John Druitt is a bit different. Magnus is a little softer ... a little more approachable. Still mysterious and still sexy in a really intelligent, scary kind of way [laughs]. Her backstory is delved into a lot more. What the Web series allowed us to do is flesh it out. We took a very finite story and expanded it. So the Web series, the webisodes you saw online have now been expanded to a two-hour premiere and almost completely rewritten. We repurposed very little of it. ... We used some scenes. Will's introduction to the Sanctuary and the characters are all the same. The relationships are all the same, still got that dark edgy sort of quality to it, but we fleshed it out a lot more. I actually think it's a better story. It is a better story than it was...