Thursday, October 2, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - Behind the Scenes Photos from 'Enemy at the Gate'

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for October 2, 2008:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update and to view the NEW behind-the-scenes photos [in their original format] from production of Stargate Atlantis' 100th episode, 'Enemy at the Gate.')

Making sure Todd (Christopher Heyerdahl) looks his best

October 2, 2008: What the Future Holds (No Spoilers!)

One of the great things about doing this daily blog is that it affords me the opportunity to head off rumors and fan concerns before. Today, for example, I see many a panicked reaction to a recent Vancouver Sun article that states: "Heavy machines are smashing the Stargate Atlantis TV series' set in Bridge Studios' 40,000-square-foot effects stage."

1st Assistant Director Alex Pappas

Well - yes, it's true and, no, it's not a big deal. We're not talking about Stage 2 (that houses the wraith hive/facilities) or stage 3 (that houses the Daedalus/Apollo) or, more importantly, stage 6 (where the Atlantis gate room, control room, infirmary, Woolsey's office, and various corridors are located). We're talking about the FX Stage, the location of the (well played-out) village set, cave sets, catacombs, and one of our cafeteria views. No big loss. Hell, Stage 5 (which holds the SGC gate room, control room, briefing room, and several corridors) is still up despite the fact that SG-1 was cancelled two years ago! So, fear not. The movie will not be take place entirely on some forested planet.

Director Andy Mikita

...Finally, to those of you asking about that super, secret project I mentioned in yesterday's blog entry - Nope, it's not Stargate-related.

Well, that's it for now. Here, enjoy some non-spoilery pics from our series finale.

An introspective Todd

Stargate SG-1 - GateWorld: Barry Campbell Audio Interview

At GateWorld:

(Please follow the link to download the audio interview and/or read the interview transcript.)


GateWorld talks with Barry Campbell

It has been over two months since the release of Stargate: Continuum on DVD. Whether you like it or hate it, the film would not have become what it was without the contribution of one fan, Barry Campbell.

Campbell, the head of the Navy's Arctic Submarine Laboratory in San Diego, approached producers at one of Creation's official Stargate conventions and piqued their interest in visiting the North Pole. After lengthy talks, Stargate productions spent a week on the arctic ice to shoot for the second direct-to-DVD SG-1 movie.

In our interview, Barry discusses the process of negotiating to get a skeleton Stargate crew to the arctic, his respect for the team during their production shoot, elaborates on the aftermath of the accident aboard the HMS Tireless, and much more!

GateWorld's interview with Barry runs over 21 minutes. Listen online at your leisure, download it to your MP3 player, or subscribe now to the iTunes podcast! The full interview is also transcribed [at the link above]!

A brief excerpt:

GW: How many people can APLIS hold? Generally how many staff it?
BC: Nominally we had staffed up for 40 people. But when we found out that the Stargate folks were going to come up we were going to have to build two more hooches.

GW: Oh you had to build?
BC: Yeah, we had to build extra hooches. And the Navy came to me and said, "In order to keep this from being a conflict of interest we have to get those guys to pony up whatever money it would take for us to boost up the camp."

So they did. We figured out on paper what it would take to host them, to get them up there and get them back from Prudhoe Bay, to feed them, and helicopter time, and all that stuff. And we told John what the number was and he said, "Yeah, that sounds reasonable to me. We'll be willing to do that."

GW: So this wasn't pro bono?
BC: Not at all.

GW: They treated it like a location shoot?
BC: Exactly right. Exactly right. Yeah. And so we boosted the camp up. At one point this time I think we had as many as 55 people overnight. Which is quite a large camp.

Eureka - S.A.R.A.H. Twitter Update

From S.A.R.A.H.'s Twitter site:

Sheriff Carter is a good man and he didn't deserve to be fired.

Officially suspending my confidence in General Mansfield.

Things are going to be so boring around here without Sheriff Carter. I'll miss his simple solutions to complex problems... and his smile.

Everyone, please reply if you want Sheriff Carter to be reinstated. I'll share the results with General Mansfield.

A Poll: Should General Mansfield reinstate Sheriff Carter?

Stargate Atlantis / SG1 - Stargate Official Magazine - Special Subscription Discount

Courtesy of Titan Magazine and MGM Stargate, fans can subscribe to the Stargate Official Magazine and using the following promo code, receive (for a limited-time) a discounted subscription:

At the time of checkout, you must also enter Coupon Code “MGMOPS” to obtain this discount.

Here's the link

Official Stargate Special Ops member

Stargate: Universe/ Heroes / Smallville - SciFi Now Magazine Issue #20

From Imagine Publishing:

Issue 20 - SciFiNow

£ 4.00

Included in this issue

- Heroes: Season 3
- 20 Reasons Why Kirk Is A God
- City Of Ember

- The Mutant Chronicles
- Babylon AD
- Eden Lake

Plus the best of
- Complete Guide To Sci-Fi Anime
- Interview: Smallville
- Retro Classic: Metropolis

David Boreanaz - Bones - Video: 'The Crank In The Shaft'

Courtesy of FOX and HULU, Bones' 'The Crank In The Shaft,' starring Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, T.J. Thyne, John Francis Daley, Michaela Conlin and Tamara Taylor. Guest stars include Ewan Chung, Edward James Gage, Pete Gardner, David Greenman, Katharine Leonard and Devin McGinn.

A cantankerous office manager turns up dead and it’s up to Booth and Brennan to find out if a disgruntled employee did the deed.

Fantastic Flesh - STARZ: The Art of Make-Up EFX


October 7th '08

Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh

The Art of Make-Up EFX

It’s an evening of delicious and deplorable depravity. Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh is wrapped inside two gritty movies that use SFX to full effect; Grindhouse Presents Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror at 8:15pm et/pt, and Grindhouse Presents Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof at 11pm et/pt. Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh premiering October 7th at 10pm et/pt.

The Colbert Report - Video: Sept 3 '08 Episode

Courtesy of The Comedy Channel and HULU, The Colbert Report's September 3 '08 episode.

Stephen welcomes presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Supernatural / Stargate Atlantis - TV Guide Online: X-Files' Mitch Pileggi Gramps it Up for Supernatural

At TV Guide Online:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

TV Show Blogs

TV Show Previews

X-Files' Mitch Pileggi Gramps it Up for Supernatural

It's the hour that might drop the collective jaw of Supernatural fans who think they have the CW series' mythology all figured out. "In the Beginning," airing this Thursday at 9 pm/ET, guest-stars Mitch Pileggi as Samuel Campbell, the Winchester boys' maternal grandfather. The Back to the Future-esque tale finds Dean face-to-face with not only Gramps but also his would-be parents, as light is shed on the dark truth about That Night. invited Pileggi to preview his visit, reflect on his least-appreciated TV role, and ponder the prospects for X-Files 3. — Matt Mitovich You and Jensen Ackles have a very tense face-off at one point. Is that a scene you rehearsed and he knew exactly what you would be throwing at him, or was there some element of surprise to your performance?
Pileggi: He had no idea what I was going to be doing until I did it. It was... fun, man. [Laughs] To be quite honest, I didn't know what I was going to be doing. It kind of just "happened." Usually when I don't know what I'm doing is when I'm the happiest with it. What lies ahead for Colonel Caldwell during this final season of Stargate Atlantis?
Pileggi: I just got done doing the final episode, and I'm still flying around the Daedelus. I'm just a cab driver. [Laughs] Just more space battles and saving Sheppard and the others...

Sanctuary - Video: Inside Sanctuary

Courtesy of the SciFi Channel and HULU:

Sanctuary - Inside Sanctuary

Web Exclusive |04:05 |

The cast and creators talk about what it takes to create the world of 'Sanctuary.'

Supernatural - Buddy TV: Exclusive Audio Interview: Mitch Pileggi

At Buddy TV:

(Please follow the link for the complete interview transcript.)

Exclusive Interview: Mitch Pileggi of 'Supernatural'

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I was lucky enough to attend the San Diego Comic-Con this year, where Supernatural creator Eric Kripke announced that actor Mitch Pileggi would play Mary Winchester's father on an upcoming episode of the series. Many of the geeks in the room, myself included, reached nerd nirvana when the news was announced. The man who so perfectly embodied the bad-ass Walter Skinner on The X-Files is an amazing choice to play Sam and Dean's grandfather. Viewers will get a chance to see Pileggi in the role on tomorrow night's Supernatural episode, entitled "In the Beginning."

I recently had a chance to sit down with Pileggi to discuss his role on the CW series, as well as his stints on Brothers & Sisters and Sons of Anarchy.

A brief excerpt:

What can you tell us about your character on Supernatural? I know you can't reveal too much.
"Well, I'm playing their grandfather. Castiel sends Dean back in time to -- why he sends him back in time is revealed later on at the end of the episode, but he's back in Lawrence, Kansas in 1973, and because of that he runs into his father, and his mother, and his grandparents on his mother's side. There's a lot that happens as a result of that."

Is there something in particular that keeps you coming back to the sci-fi and horror genres?
"I've always been a big fan of sci-fi and horror, and I've been a big fan of novels that are sci-fi and horror. It's what I like. It's not necessarily all I want to do, but I think because I have pretty substantial exposure in it that's why they keep thinking, let's bring Mitch into this. He's a sci-fi guy! It's all fun. In Stargate: Atlantis I get to be Captain Kirk. It's stuff I really enjoy doing..."

Podcast Link

Stargate SG-1 / Atlantis - TVNZ : Armageddon Expo - Contest for Tickets

At TVNZ (New Zealand):

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Armageddon Expo

Win 1 of 10 double passes to Auckland's Armageddon Pulp Expo!

by Darren Bevan

...Over the past few years, there's not really been the option to do nothing as the Armageddon Expo has rolled into Auckland's Aotea Centre.

For many, it will appear a place where the geeks and nerds gather; as a collection of the comic, anime, gaming, sci-fi and fantasy community come together to celebrate the best the alternative worlds have to offer.

But it's not just about that - there are always some big names of the different genres who are attracted to New Zealand to take part in the 3 day event, which runs this year from October 25th - 27th at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.

Win 1 of 10 double passes to the Armageddon Expo on Monday 27th October here!

This year's event is as big as ever with International stars including Doug Jones (Abe Sapien in Hellboy 1 and 2), Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1), Margot Kidder (the original Lois Lane from the first four Superman films), David Anders (Heroes and Alias) and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters 1 & 2) heading to Aoteraoa to brave the crowds who queue to have pictures taken with them and questions posed over their respective choice of roles...

Check out the Armageddon Expo website for more information!

And don't forget our competition to win 1 of 10 pairs of tickets to the show - details here!

Sanctuary - Amanda Tapping Gives a 'Sanctuary' Preview

At's SciFi/Fantasy Guide:

(Please follow the link for the complete two-page article.)

Amanda Tapping Gives a 'Sanctuary' Preview

What viewers and fans can expect from the Sci Fi version of 'Sanctuary'

By Mark Wilson,

In advance of the premiere of Sanctuary on Sci Fi, star and executive producer Amanda Tapping talked with reporters about what viewers can expect from this incarnation of the show and how it evolved from a web-only series to a big television production...

On whether they have a multi-season plan:
"We don't actually. I'm sure that Damian [Kindler] actually in his head has a grander scheme for the whole thing. But at this stage, we've sort of started mapping out where we want certain character relationships to go.

It's that superstitious feeling of let's not plan too far ahead because we may be derailed, you know. Like let's think really intelligently how we want this series to move forward.

We don't want to be rushed into anything but also by the same token, people are like, "What would happen in Season 2?" and I'm like. "I don't want to talk about Season 2."

Let's hope next year we get a pickup for Season 2. Let's get through Season 1. Come on everybody, just calm down, calm down. I'm a bit of a fatalist.

We've all been in this industry long enough to know. I mean, I just kept thinking Stargate would get canceled and it never did. And the one year that we thought it would get picked up again we got canceled.

So I'm of the mind that I'm just going to think that -- you know, think the worst and be really pleasantly surprised. But I think Damian has a grander scheme for it. We just have to dig it out of his little brain."

Also: Sanctuary Cast List

Journeyman - Video: 'Emily'

Courtesy of HULU, Journeyman's 'Emily,' starring Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood, Reed Diamond, Brian Howe and Charles Henry Wyson. Guest stars include Lisa Sheridan, Paul Schulze, Raphael Sbarge and Indigo.

Dan starts to garner support from Jack when he changes the timeline and erases the progress.