Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: PREVIEW: 'Identity'

At GateWorld:

PREVIEW: 'Identity'


Stargate Atlantis - The Final Episodes

Find out about the new episode airing Friday at 9 p.m.!

A brief excerpt:

GateWorld is counting down the final five episodes of Stargate Atlantis, a series that over the past five years has helped to make the SCI FI Channel a top ten cable network.

This week is the premiere of "Identity," the eighteenth episode of Stargate Atlantis's final season. When Dr. Keller begins acting strangely, the team discovers that someone else -- a woman named Neeva -- has taken control of her body. Meanwhile, Jennifer herself winds up in Neeva's body on another planet -- and finds out that she is a wanted criminal.

Here is how the SCI FI Channel describes this week's episode ...

Lost - Paley Center for Media: Lost without "Lost"?

At the Paley Center for Media:

Lost without "Lost"?

The ABC show finally returns for its fifth—and penultimate—season on January 21, but if you’re like us, you can’t wait much longer. Good news, then: The NY Paley Center will host a Lost Saturday on January 17, where we will screen the two best episodes from the entire series, as determined by … you!

Below we’ve listed 30 of our favorites; now all you have to do is pick the two you like best—we’ll screen the two episodes that get the most votes. Then come to the NY Paley Center for Lost Saturday—see the episodes on the big screen along with your friends and other fans and experts of the show, AND get a sneak peek at the season five premiere!

P.S.: Can’t find your favorite episode here? Write in your vote in the Comments field [at the link above]; this is a democracy!

Voting is open December 9, 2008, to January 5, 2009.

The LA Paley Center will screen the two winning episodes on alternate days at 3 pm beginning on Wednesday, January 14, and will screen the series pilot and both winning episodes beginning at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, January 21 (the day of the fifth season premiere).

Stargate Atlantis / Star Trek - UGO: Video - Robert Picardo Q & A's

At UGO TV Blog:

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Robert Picardo Answers Some Fan Questions

Posted by Rene Rosa (aka Evil Adam) on 12/10

Stargate Atlantis / Sanctuary - TV Guide Magazine: 2009 SciFi Preview

From the December 15-21 '08 issue of TV Guide Magazine's 2009 SciFi
Preview, page 33:


Stargate Atlantis / Stargate SG-1 - Stargate Legacy Auction

At EBAY (in conjunction with MGM Stargate and Legends Memorabilia):

Items currently up for auction include:


Tok'ra Door Opener

Ori Soldier Helmet

Tretonin Vials
Gerrak's Prior Staff
Nerus' Holo-Projector
Goa'uld Pain Stick


Doppelganger Containment Tanks

Stargate Atlantis / SG1 / Universe - Merchandise: Quantum Mechanix: Replicator Chip

At Quantum Mechanix:

Stargate Low-Res Replicator Chip

This is NOT a replica. It's a real prop.

The “Low-Res” Stargate Replicator Chip was made exclusively for QMx by Stargate SG-1, Atlantis and Universe’s prop shop Artifice Cinematic Fabrication. It’s not a replica. It’s the real thing, exactly as used on the show, and made by the same folks who made what you see on-screen:
"Over the years the replicator pieces have evolved from a single original chip hand- carved in jeweler's wax, based on a concept drawing created by the Art Dept. That first piece was reproduced to create the parts needed for the original replicator bug and the numerous pieces used for the aftermath of the bug’s demise. The current version of the replicator chip is digitally designed for better crossover with the CGI and was produced in a cut sheet form for larger set builds, as well as this polycarbonate 3D print version, used for practical close up camera shots." — Gordon Bellamy, Artifice Cinematic Fabrication (Designer and Manufacturer of Stargate's Screen-Used Props)

Part of a limited-edition run of just 500 chips, the "low-res" replicator chip is 3D printed and prepped in Artifice's shop. Artifice refers to this version of the chip as low-res due to the "roughness" of the printing. These are typically made in quantity for scenes that require piles of inert chips. For close-ups, much more expensive "high res" chips are typically employed.

We place each chip in a velvet bag and wrap that up in metalized tissue paper inside a white translucent box, perfect for isolating highly dangerous samples of Alien technology. Each chip comes with a numbered, "mini" certificate of authenticity inside the box. The entire ensemble includes one chip and costs just $24.95 for a real prop directly from the Stargate prop shop!

The Stargate "Low Res" Replicator Chip is part of QMx's Real Prop series of studio-made collectibles.

WARNING: QMx has made every effort to verify that these chips are inert. We are not responsible for any chips that spontaneous reactivate nor any damage done to your starship as a result. Handle with care.

Battlestar Galactica - Video: Katee Sackhoff Q & A

Courtesy of the SciFi Channel and HULU:

Battlestar Galactica- Katee Sackhoff Q&A

Web Exclusive |04:51 |

Katee Sackhoff (Kara Thrace "Starbuck") answers fans' queries in this special Q&A series.

Keanu Reeves - SciFi Weekly: Behind the Scenes with Cast & Crew

At SciFi Weekly:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)


Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew as they update the 1951 classic. See who jokes about the possible sequel, Six Months After the Night Following the Day That the Earth Stood Still.


December 10, 2008

Keanu Reeves and company stand up to build a better Earth

By Patrick Lee

Director Scott Derrickson took on a daunting challenge in remaking Robert Wise's much-lauded 1951 classic SF movie The Day the Earth Stood Still, but he was persuaded by the chance to update it for a 21st-century audience.

The remake, starring Keanu Reeves as the alien Klaatu and Jennifer Connelly as astrophysicist Dr. Helen Benson, also makes use of 21st-century visual-effects technology to bring to life Klaatu's otherworldly ship and robot guardian, Gort.

Derrickson, Reeves, Connelly and co-star Jon Hamm spoke with reporters in Beverly Hills, Calif., over the weekend about the remake, which opens Dec. 12. Following is an edited version of that news conference.

A brief excerpt:

... Was the chalkboard scene with John Cleese designed to be musical?

Reeves: That was intentional. We were thinking about it as a kind of dance and conversation.

Derrickson: It's a real math equation about a real significant high-physics theory about the universe, and we tried to be truthful to the scientific aspects. I just did an interview with Discover, and the interviewer was really surprised at little things in the movie, but that being the biggest one. We had an astrophysicist who worked with Keanu and John. I still remember watching them for quite a long time. I don't remember where we were in the production, but for quite a long time in a room working out the back-and-forth of that, and then we added material to make it longer at one point ... just to get that kind of flow and rhythm to it. I didn't have much to do with that. I'm just remembering, because it was really Keanu and the math guy, the theoretical physicist, and John Cleese. The three of them just kind of figured that out, and I saw it and thought it was fantastic ...

And there's a companion article at SciFi Wire.

The Colbert Report - Video: Nov 12 '08 Episode

Courtesy of The Comedy Channel and HULU, The Colbert Report's November 12 '08 episode.

Stephen welcomes Bob Woodward, author of "The War Within."

DaVinci's Inquest - Video: 'Little Sister - Part 1'

Fantastic! New to HULU, season one of Canada's 'DaVinci's Inquest.' A marvelous, wonderful series, filmed in Vancouver, BC. The character of Dominic Da Vinci was based on the real-life B.C. Chief Coroner Doctor Larry Campbell, who after his tenure of coroner acted as a technical advisor on the show. A blend of CSI and Law & Order, top notch story arcs and terrific acting.

The series was nominated 56 times for awards by the Directors Guild of Canada, the Gemini Awards (the equivalent of the US Emmy), the Leo Awards (local British Columbia industry awards), Writer's Guild of Canada...and won 34 of the awards they were nominated for.

The series stars Nicholas Campbell, Donnelly Rhodes, Venus Terzo, Ian Tracey, Sarah Strange, Alex Diakun, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Gerard Plunkett, Suleka Mathew, Gwynyth Walsh, Kimberly Hawthorne, Peter Williams, Jewel Staite, Colin Cunningham, Robert Wisden, Stephen E. Miller, Alisen Down, Bill Dow, Kandyse McClure, Brian Markinson and Max Martini.

Guest stars in this episode include: Hrothgar Mathews, Mitchell Kosterman and Fulvio Cecere.

Hugh Laurie - House - Video: 'Let Them Eat Cake'

Courtesy of FOX and HULU, House's 'Let Them Eat Cake,' starring Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer, Peter Jacobson, Kal Penn and Olivia Wilde. Guest stars include Samantha Shelton, Becky Baeling, Brad Grunberg, Lori Petty and David Lengel.

House and the team treat a fitness fanatic with a slimming secret.

Stargate Atlantis - Season Two Marathon Fri Dec 12 '08

From's schedulebot, a Stargate Atlantis season two mini-marathon scheduled for Friday, December 12 '08:

08:00A INSTINCT - Guest starring Jewel Staite



11:00A GRACE UNDER PRESSURE - Guest starring Amanda Tapping



2:00P COUP D'ETAT - Guest starring Ryan Robbins and Colm Meaney

3:00P MICHAEL - Guest starring Connor Trinneer