Monday, October 6, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: Video: Episode Trailer for 'The Lost Tribe'

At MGM Stargate:

(Please follow the link to view the episode trailer in its original format.)

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

Official Stargate Special Ops member

Sanctuary - Space Podcast: Martin Wood Interview

From Canada's Space Channel's Space Podcast:

Space Podcast - Latest Podcast

October 3 -

The director of Sanctuary, Martin Wood, discusses the new technology behind the groundbreaking show. We celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Street Fighter video game with Erik Ko, Jim Zubkavich, Alvin Lee, Eric Kim, and the members of Mackenzie King, a cool band that do a medley of Street Fighter tunes! The vault features an interview with Green Lantern screenwriter Marc Guggenheim.

Podcast Link

Stargate Atlantis - Behind the Scenes Video Clip

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update October 6, 2008:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update and to view the NEW behind-the-scenes video clip of an active Stargate Atlantis stargate.)

October 6, 2008: Insomnia, Stargate, Guests, Books, and Mailbag


Went into the office today and watched the producer's cut of Enemy at the Gate. A fitting end to a terrific series, and one that'll segue nicely into the movie - which Paul [Mullie] and I continue to spin. To those of you asking, it will ideally include all the familiar faces - and then some.

Rob Cooper was back from the Vegas shoot looking very tired but very satisfied. What I've seen of the episode looks fantastic (a true big screen quality production) and I look forward to watching the finished product. Special Features Producer Ivon Bartok was also on location with them, and he came back with tons of behind-the-scenes footage. And speaking of behind-the-scenes footage, Lawren Bancroft-Wilson was on hand as well to snap some great pics of the shoot - great pics that he has promised to share along with a personal account of the Vegas adventure whenever he finds the time.

Speaking of finding the time - Brad was dropping none too subtle hints about his impending Q&A here on this blog. Essentially, he said that he'd waited so long for me to get around to it that, in the interim, he had to ask and answer his own questions. Well then, let's not let him wait any longer. If you have questions for Brad Wright, the creator and executive producer of Stargate: SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, and the forthcoming Stargate: Universe, let's see `em.

... Today's video: Way back in the early days of SG-1, any shot that showed the active gate was always a visual effect. Eventually, the production created a practical puddle that would obviate the need to call in the VFX team or re-use existing shots. The practical puddle has come a long way from its early, not-wholly-convincing, incarnation. Today, after much fine-tuning, it looks incredibly convincing - even when shot by a non-professional on his SONY handycam. Check it out at the [at the link above]...

Battlestar Galactica - SFX Magazine: Jamie Bamber Interview

At SFX Magazine:

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)

Jamie Bamber interview on BSG season four

Monday October 06, 2008

As we all gibber with excitement about the final part of Battlestar Galactica's fourth season, due on our screens at the start of 2009, SFX was able to catch up with star Jamie Bamber who plays Lee "Apollo" Adama. We were able to quiz him about the first 10 episodes of the final series, which aired earlier this year (out this week on DVD), and about what lies in store at the end of the journey...

SFX: You've just finished filming the last part of season four, the end of Battlestar Galactica. Were there any plot twists this year that really wrong-footed you?
Jamie Bamber: "Well, when there's a good plot twist on our show and you're wrong-footed that's when the show is right! So yes, in this season: absolutely. The ending didn't wrong-foot me really in terms of the plot, but in terms of the way it's delivered I was gobsmacked. Ron [D Moore] wrote these scripts on his own, independently of the writers room and the whole process, and the turn of it wrong-footed me absolutely. The ending I really got because Ron is a friend and we'd been bashing out ideas, so I got a piece of his mind; it's only because I had a front seat that I could really figure the ending. I don't think anybody else will. That will be a wrong-footing for the viewing fans!"

... The DVD box set of the first 10 episodes of season four are available on DVD imminently. You can find out more news about Battlestar Galactica's future in SFX issue 176, on sale Wednesday 22 October.

SGA - MGM Stargate: Close Up: Kavan Smith

At MGM Stargate:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

Close Up: Kavan Smith

October 6, 2008 (Actors)

Who can imagine the City of Atlantis without Maj. Evan Lorne? Kavan Smith talks about the character that he has quite literally made his own

A brief excerpt:

... As Stargate Atlantis has continued, viewers have seen more and more of Lorne. Season four’s “Tabula Rasa” even managed to showcase what a scary character the soldier could be if he wanted – certainly an eye opener!
“I found him a bit scary too,” admits the actor. “I think that was the one episode where he sort of went military, straight-up soldier boy. I guess trying to combat whatever it is wiping everybody’s minds would be a really nerve-wracking thing. You wipe the slate clean and you have no idea who you are or where you are. The one thing that he does know is that he’s a soldier. Even if he doesn’t remember his training or how he got there, he identifies that he’s in this outfit and he’s got a gun, so that gives him a bit of a crutch. It would be terrifying to not know who you are all of a sudden. So this guy is not going to have a sense of humor, he’s going to be very paranoid, he’s going to be very sketchy and uppity.”

Thankfully, Lorne was soon returned to normal – ready to continue protecting Atlantis and her occupants into season five.

Written by Sharon Gosling

Sanctuary - NBCUMV: Viewers Seek 'Sanctuary' on SciFi



Published: October 6, 2008

#1 Program Among Adults 25-54

2.7 Million Tune In For Series Premiere

New York, NY – October 6, 2008 –SCI FI's groundbreaking new original series Sanctuary, which premiered on Friday, October 3 (9-11 pm), was the #1 primetime cable entertainment program among Adults 25-54 and the #4 among Adults 18-49. Sanctuary delivered more than 2.7 million total viewers (P2+), 1.08 million Adults 18-49, and 1.4 million Adults 25-54. With its 2.2 HH rating, Sanctuary is the highest rated original series premiere since Eureka made Channel history in July 2006.

Sanctuary helped to make SCI FI the #1 cable network airing entertainment programming in 8-11 pm primetime with Adults 25-54, and among adults 18-49 the Channel was ranked #2. also had record highs. Since measurement began in 2006, Sanctuary is the best performance online for any SCI FI series debut in all key metrics. Sanctuary's web performance boosted to 1.2 million page views, 208,000 uniques, and 287,000 video streams on Friday, October 3, 2008.

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 hide among humans. Along with her new recruit, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), her quirky tech wiz Henry (Ryan Robbins) and her fearless daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup), Magnus seeks to protect this threatened phenomena as well as unlock the mysteries behind their existence. The series also stars Christopher Heyerdahl as the sinister John Druitt.

Created by Damian Kindler (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis), Sanctuary is produced in association with SCI FI Channel and is distributed by Tricon Films and Television. The show is executive produced by Damian Kindler, Sam Egan, Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Keith Beedie, and N. John Smith.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site ( and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

The Simpsons - Video: 'Lost Verizon'

Courtesy of FOX and HULU, The Simpsons' 'Lost Verizon.'

Bart makes the ultimate prank call.

Michael T. Weiss - The Pretender - Video: 'Hazards'

Courtesy of HULU, The Pretender's 'Hazards,' starring Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau and Jon Gries. Guest stars include Donzaleigh Abernathy, Sam Ayers, Theodore Bikel and Paul Dillon.

An engineer attempts suicide after he is made the scapegoat for a hazardous chemical spill that claimed the lives of three co-workers. Sydney threatens to kill an old enemy.

Battlestar Galactica Classic - Video: 'The Magnificent Warriors'

Courtesy of HULU, Battlestar Galactica Classic's 'The Magnificent Warriors,' starring Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herb Jefferson Jr., Noah Hathaway, Tony Swartz and Terry Carter. Guest stars include Brett Somers, Dennis Fimple, Eric Server, Ed Begley Jr., Barry Nelson and Rance Howard (Ron Howard's father).

When a Cylon attack destroys most of the fleet's food supply, Galactica must trade equipment for grain on a rural planet plagued by the Borays, a group of pig-like marauders.

Exosquad - Video: 'Scorched Venus'

Courtesy of HULU, Exosquad's 'Scorched Venus,' starring the voice talents of Lisa Ann Beley, Robby Benson, Michael Benyaer, Gary Chalk, Michael Donovan, Janyse Jaud and David Kaye.

As Marsala rescues J.T. and his crew from an ill-fated journey to the sun, Nara learns that except for a brother, James, now a Resistance leader, her family on Venus has been eliminated.

Life After Mars - SciFi Weekly: Jason O'Mara Interview

At SciFi Weekly:

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)


October 06, 2008

Jason O'Mara and company travel back in time—or do they?—to import (and remake) the British hit Life on Mars

By Mike Szymanski

Detective Sam Tyler wakes up in 1973 after suffering a car accident. He's not sure how he got there, or why he is there, but he knows that he can fight crime and solve mysteries with the knowledge he carries over from the 21st century.

Life on Mars originated in the United Kingdom, but the American version is updated and set in New York. Tyler is played by Jason O'Mara (Resident Evil: Extinction), and his Manhattan counterpart is played by Michael Imperioli, with Harvey Keitel also in the cast.

O'Mara, Imperioli and executive producers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec gave interviews at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at the same time that they were working on the pilot episode of the show, which airs this fall on ABC-TV.

A brief excerpt:

Do the same characters exist from the original pilot?

O'Mara: I'm the only survivor from the original pilot. Call it Irish luck. But I think a lot of fans of the British show will be happy to see that Ray and Chris are in the script. They're back. I think we wanted Phyllis in the pilot, but there may not be time for Phyllis.

Appelbaum: She'll show up eventually.
Nemec: Annie is certainly in the pilot, and Maya's in the pilot as well. Our goal really was to the BBC series. They did a phenomenal job making that show, and we're very excited to just really be of the spirit of that show into New York in 1973.

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate - NEW Stills 'The Lost Tribe' & 'First Contact'

At MGM Stargate:

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48 NEW Stills

Episode 11 - The Lost Tribe - (Preview)

(however, there are some stills in this folder that are clearly from 'First Contact')

Stargate Atlantis' 'First Contact' airs Friday, October 10 at its NEW time -- 9pm -- on the SciFi Channel (US), guest starring Michael Shanks as Daniel Jackson, Christopher Heyerdahl as Todd, and Mitch Pileggi as Col. Steven Caldwell.

First Contact

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



The Lost Tribe

Amelia Banks (Sharon Taylor)

Chuck (Chuck Campbell) and Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan)

Shep, Nurse Marie (Linda Ko), Teyla Emmagan (Rachel Luttrell) and Dr. Radek Zelenka (David Nykl)


Shep, Katana (Daniella Alonso) and Zelenka

Richard Woolsey (Robert Picardo), Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa) and Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite)