Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Robert Patrick - The Unit - Video: Interview

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Celebrity Interviews - The Unit: Robert Patrick

Interview |04:46 |

He's gone from TERMINATOR to Mamet, Robert Patrick of CBS's THE UNIT drops by Hollywood 411 to talk with Chris Harrison about his character's affair. Also, find out why he's rolling with Jay Leno, The Foo Fighters and George Clooney.

Doctor Who - Digital Spy (UK): David Tennant quits 'Doctor Who'

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David Tennant quits 'Doctor Who'

Wednesday, October 29 2008, 21:15 GMT

By Neil Wilkes, Editor

David Tennant has announced his decision to quit Doctor Who at the end of 2009.

The actor confirmed the news while collecting the award for 'Outstanding Drama Performance' at the National Television Awards.

"In January I go back to make four new specials which take Doctor Who through to the end of 2009," he said. "But when Doctor Who returns in 2010, it won't be with me. The 2009 shows will be my last playing the Doctor."


Daniel Craig - Quantum of Solace - Moviehole: Interview

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Interview : Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig may be one of the world's hottest stars these days thanks to a certain secret agent he plays, but donning the 007 mantel hasn't been all smiles and roses.

Sporting a shoulder injury but a smile, the affable and eloquent British actor talked to Paul Fischer about the pros and cons of being the world's foremost secret agent as his latest Bond adventure, "Quantum of Solace", a direct sequel to "Casino Royale", is about to take the world by storm.

A brief excerpt:

Question: Were you surprised or knew in advance that this would be a direct sequel to a Bond movie?
Craig: It just seemed to me when we came down to it, and we all agreed that to my mind, at the end of Casino Royale, it was sort of the beginning of the story as opposed to the end of a story. He'd fallen in love, he'd had his heart broken, this organization that they'd discovered, they'd just sort of started peeling back the onion skins of. To do another movie and just sort of go, "Oh, there was this chick once," seemed to be the wrong thing to do. So it just fit. I don't know when the idea came up. I have no idea.

Quantum of Solace is scheduled for a November 14 '08 release.

Neil Gaiman - SFX Magazine: Exclusive Interview

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Wednesday October 29, 2008

Neil Gaiman exclusive! Part 1

To mark the publication of Neil Gaiman's latest novel, the magical, macabre and moving The Graveyard Book, SFX is proud to present an exclusive interview with the Dream King. Jayne Nelson asks the questions in an entertaining ramble that takes in the beauty of cemeteries, undying schoolboy resentments, the lingering terror of Kia-Ora adverts and, tantalisingly, the possibility of a Neil Gaiman penned episode of Doctor Who....

So, I read the Graveyard Book and I absolutely loved it.
I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done; I am just so happy with it. Normally when I do things you have a platonic ideal in your head and you measure success by how much you fell short of that platonic ideal. Right now it’s my Batman comic and I have this wonderful, marvellous, glittering, glistening, golden idea and I’m just wrestling with the thing and it lies there on the page and I say, “No, you’re meant to be marvellous!” And it’s all about how close to marvellous you can actually get. And with The Graveyard Book I achieved everything that I set out to write. The themes are big themes. I did them justice, and I loved all of the characters, I’d love to go back and do more stories with them. I think it’s really special.

Neil Gaiman exclusive! Part 2

Neil Gaiman exclusive! Part 3

Battlestar Galactica - Starburst Magazine # 365 - Michael Trucco Interview Excerpt

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Starburst Magazine Issue 365 - Michael Trucco Interview Excerpt

Identity Crisis

Hero, celebrity, husband... Cylon! Now Anders’s secret is in the open, can he dare to hope for a better future? Actor Michael Trucco discusses…

Some people spend half their lives trying to ‘find themselves’ and figure out their place in the world, but for professional-Pyramid-player-turned-resistance-fighter Sam Anders that seemed obvious, even as the world was turned upside down around him. At least it did, until Battlestar Galactica’s third season finale revealed that he was, in fact, a humanoid Cylon, one of the Final Five. But, with the Cylons attacking, he didn’t have time to dwell on it, as the newly trained pilot showed where his loyalties lay by flying his Viper into battle against the machines.
“...It’s acting at its most definitive. You really have to create the whole world around you because you’re just looking out at a stage and being told, ‘You’ve got bogeys high right, off your six, behind you,’ etc. Whatever the case may be, you have to react accordingly with your eyes and play the forces of the ship as well as the intensity of the combat. And with Anders, he was also dealing with his newfound identity along with his overwhelmed state of flying a Viper and being in combat for the first time. As an actor there were so many levels I had to wrap my head around, and for me, personally, it made for a great time as well as great scenes. I also enjoyed working with our Michael Rymer,” the director of the Season Four opener, He That Believeth in Me, “on this episode. He explained to me, ‘OK, this is what we have to do and the story we have to tell,’ and then kind of just let me run with it.”

Read the full interview, plus an interview with Edward James Olmos in Starburst #365

Hugh Laurie - House - Video: 'Lucky Thirteen'

Courtesy of FOX and HULU, House's 'Lucky Thirteen,' starring Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer, Peter Jacobson, Kal Penn and Olivia Wilde. Guest stars include Michael Weston, Ali Damji, Angela Gots and Helena Barrett.

One of Thirteen’s one-night stands falls ill after a night of partying and lands at Princeton-Plainsboro under the care of House and the team.

Supernatural - Ed Martin TV Buzz: 'Supernatural' Soars on its Masterful Mythology

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"Supernatural" Soars on its Masterful Mythology

By Ed Martin

Why doesn’t the mainstream television press pay more attention to The CW’s Supernatural?

The occasional story about this four-year-old franchise appears from time to time, but from its humble beginnings back on The WB, Supernatural has never received the kind of outsize coverage enjoyed by such genre series as ABC’s Lost or NBC’s Heroes, not to mention The X-Files during its nine-year-run on Fox or the vampire drama Moonlight during its all-too-brief single season on CBS. Fox’ brand new suspense drama Fringe, which continually crosses a moving line between science fiction and science fact, became a media darling even before it premiered and remains a favorite, even though it has yet to prove that it will over time live up to the early hype. (That’s not a slam against Fringe. It’s a perfectly decent series. It may evolve into a great series. But, to date, it is hardly the groundbreaking effort that the media mania surrounding it would suggest.)


Well, I’ve been watching Supernatural this season and I am here to say that this series about demon-hunting brothers Sam and Dean Winchester currently offers the strongest and most satisfying mythology storytelling of any genre show at present. That’s an incredible accomplishment, given the problems that so many series with intense mythologies suffer after one or two seasons. Here’s another plus: Supernatural doesn’t extend its mythology simply by layering mystery upon mystery upon mystery, a storytelling construct first overdone by Twin Peaks, and then by The X-Files, and more recently by Lost and, now, Heroes. (Does anyone understand what is happening on Heroes this season? More to the point, does anyone any longer care about any of the characters on that show?) Rather, Supernatural simply extends and deepens a story that is always very easy to follow, even when the plot turns and makes clear that everything one might have thought one knew about the central characters may not be true at all...

Synechdoche, NY - Video: Charlie Kaufman & Catherine Keener Interview

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SCI FI Wire - Synechdoche, NY

Web Exclusive |04:08 |

SCI FI Wire talks to director Charlie Kaufman and actress Catherine Keener from the film "Synecdoche, NY."

Sanctuary - SciFi Wire: How Did The Fall TV Shows Fare?

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12:00 AM, 29-OCTOBER-08

How Did The Fall TV Shows Fare?

As the fall TV season hits its stride, the winners and losers have emerged, and it's a bloodbath out there. Ratings in general are horrible, and the major networks are still reeling from last year's writers' strike and a splintered viewership.

Three series have already been pulled from the airwaves, including CBS' The Ex List.

Herewith, the first of two SCI FI Wire assessments of how new and returning SF&F shows made the grade, in descending order. Today, we look at the new shows. Tomorrow, returning series.

(In the past if a TV series was on one of the four big broadcast networks, it needed to bring in 10 million viewers or so to prove it was worthy. For The CW, the number was lower, and 3 million viewers did the trick. Oh, how things have changed!)

The Mentalist (CBS) Premiered with 15.55 million viewers. Last week, 15.29 million viewers. OK, he's a fake psychic, and it's not really science fiction, but we'll claim any show that does this well. It's the only certified hit for the new season, drawing great numbers against Fox's Fringe. Beyond that, it manages to keep 90 percent of its viewers from lead-in NCIS. That sounds like a match made in TV heaven. Grade: A+

Sanctuary (SCI FI) Premiered with 3 million viewers. Television's first mostly virtual series kicked off great, and it looks like a worthy successor to exiting SCI FI Friday shows Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica. Grade: A

... That's not all folks! There are more new series headed our way in the coming months, including the syndicated Legend of the Seeker, which premieres this Saturday, and Joss Whedon's highly anticipated Dollhouse, set for Fox early next year. Stay tuned! --Kathie Huddleston

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: Tech Journal - Ancient Control Chair

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Tech Journal - Ancient Control Chair