Saturday, April 12, 2008

Stargate: Continuum - Video: RTL2 Germany Set Tour

Mark Dacascos - Video - The Crow: Stairway to Heaven - 'Dead to Rights'

Courtesy of HULU, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven's 'Dead to Rights,' starring Mark Dacascos and Katie Stuart, with guest stars Anthony Michael Hall and Tina Hildebrand.

Albrecht turns to Draven to catch a cowardly cop killer.

Torchwood - SciFi Pi:

From SciFi Channel Australia's SciFi Pi:

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John Barrowman Interview - The Secret World Of Captain Jack


When you say 'Captain Jack', some foolish people may respond with 'Jack Sparrow!'

But not the hardcore Torchwood fans - for them, there is only one Captain Jack - Captain Jack Harkness, the immortal, happy go lucky (most of the time) adventurer who leads the Torchwood team against several universes full of bad guys. Never to be outdone by that time-travelling interloper, Doctor Who, Captain Jack has garnered a legion of fans, as has the actor who playes him - John Barrowman.

We've managed to snare this interview from the BBC Worldwide where all things Jack are revealed, and by all, we mean 'all'. So now, when someone says to you - 'you don't know Jack!' you may reply, 'no, sir, I beg to differ - I do know Jack'.

Actor John Barrowman didn’t need a TARDIS to take him into space. All it took was the news that Captain Jack Harkness would be getting his own show and he was over the moon.

When viewers last saw Captain Jack in Doctor Who, he was stranded on a satellite many thousands of years in the future. He had heroically faced down a Dalek invasion to protect his new friends, The Doctor and Rose – but his fate was unknown.

Now Jack is back, and in Russell T Davies’s dark and sexy sci-fi thriller the Time Agent from the 51st century is at the helm of Torchwood, an elite, alien-fighting organisation on the front line in the battle to protect the human race.

“Jack heads up a team of secret agents who are separate from the Government, outside police jurisdiction and beyond the United Nations. At Torchwood, they answer to no one but themselves. They make their own rules,” explains John Barrowman, who plays the enigmatic action man with the mysterious past.

“Jack’s the leader and the glue – he keeps everyone together. He’s the hero … although I don’t think he’d call himself a hero, he’d just call himself a man who does the job because it needs doing.”

But, says the actor, the journey from his terrifying Dalek encounter to 21st-century Cardiff – home of the Hub, Torchwood’s top-secret HQ – has left its mark on Jack. “Jack’s a little bit darker and he’s a little bit angrier than when we last saw him. After all, he was ditched on that satellite and who wouldn’t be angry about that?” he says.

“Towards the end of Doctor Who, Jack was becoming more human – I mean human in the sense that he was starting to feel for other people rather than just thinking about himself. As Torchwood begins, he’s lost some of that. He doesn’t always consider other people’s feelings – his priority is the good of the world.”

Some things, however, never change. “He’s still fun, he still has his dry sense of humour and I think he’s still sexy,” says the actor, revealing that Jack is back to his old tricks, putting his moves on everyone and, well, everything. “It doesn’t have to have a pulse for Jack to fancy it. And if it’s got a zip code, he’ll sleep with it,” he quips.


Stargate Atlantis - NEW Season 5 Production Photos Apr 12 '08

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for April 12, 2008:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update and for the full-sized, higher-resoltion version of the season five production photos -- David Hewlett and Kavan Smith dusty, bloody, and thirsty!)

Major Evan Lorne (Kavan Smith)

April 12, 2008: Don't judge a book by its drop-dead gorgeous cover

Well, as expected, reaction to the Whispers casting news has ranged from excitement and anxious anticipation to "Hey, Joe. Couldn't you cast anyone hideous?" Well, sure, we could have - but rather than basing our casting decision on looks, we chose to pick the best actress for each of the three roles.

I envisioned Teldy as a strong, by-the-book, leader; someone capable of leading her team into battle and going toe to toe with whatever is thrown her way be it an off-world mystery, an alien threat, or Colonel John Sheppard. There were a number of interesting candidates in the running, but after viewing Christina Cox's late audition it was hard to see anyone else in the role. Those familiar with Christina's work on shows like Blood Ties, Bones, and House know that she's an accomplished performer possessed of a commanding presence. Exactly what we were looking for in this case.

The search for someone to play the part of Dr. Alison Porter proved surprisingly tricky. Although she's described as a "cute nerd", Porter is really the most nuanced character of the bunch. The only non-military personnel on Teldy's team, she is in some ways her own little island - the most vulnerable of the foursome and yet, at the
same time, the most dynamic given the circumstances. Nicole de Boer actually read for Teldy and, as we sat there watching her audition, Paul and I thought exactly the same thing: "We've found our Porter!".

Nicole is an actress who, I'm sure, needs no introduction, having been a regular on shows like The Dead Zone and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She is someone we've been wanting to get on the show for a while now and we're pleased the opportunity has finally presented itself.

Of all the characters, the tough, wise-cracking Dusty was the most fun to write - and the most frustrating to cast. The fact is, there were a lot of great candidates for the role and, in the end, it came down to two terrific actresses. Janina Gavankar got the nod on the strength of her ballsy read and wonderful comic timing. Those of you who may not be familiar with Janina's range should check out her run as Papi on The L Word.

Over the hiatus, I pitched out the idea of introducing an all-female team as a means of addressing the male-female imbalance on the show. I would introduce them in an early script and whoever survived the episode could potentially be brought back as a recurring character. As Martin started work on the season premiere, Search and Rescue, he suggested he introduce one of the team members in his episode - a character that eventually became Captain Alicia Vega. Leela Savasta came in and delivered a fantastic audition for the role. Our reaction upon watching the video of her session was something along the lines of: "Hey, where the hell did she come from?" After 11+ years of Stargate, you think you've pretty much seen everyone in town - and then some young and talented newcomer appears on the scene. The last time we had a "Hey, where the hell did she come from?" reaction, it was a couple of years ago while watching an equally talented young up-and-comer audition for a two-line part on SG-1. We didn't cast her because it was such a small part that we figured we could give her a meatier role later in the season. When later came, I called up our local casting director and asked if we could see her again. "Sorry," he replied. "She's shooting a pilot in Hawaii." The pilot: Lost. The actress: Evangeline Lily. And, yep, I think Leela has the potential to be just as successful.

Today's pics: Have I already posted these? Didn't think so.



PG15 writes: "What do you think about removing one of Atlantis's piers, permanently, during some battle or explosion or something? Do you guys think you'll ever do something like that, damage one of the show's vehicles permanently?"

Answer: It's possible, but I'm reluctant to make a change for the sake of one episode that would effectively render all of our existing city establishing shots useless.


David writes: "Are the new characters going to reocurring throughout the entire season, or just one or two episodes?"

Answer: That depends on a lot of things. First and foremost = who survives the episode.

Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett)


Angel234 writes: " Since the SG1 movies are now completed, what has become of the standing SGC sets?"

Answer: They're still standing. But when it comes time to tearing them down and tossing out the old gate, I'll give you a heads up. Do you think you'd have room for it in your backyard?

SingsingandBeakman writes: "Speaking of monster personalities: how is Jason M's personality really?"

Answer: He's a sweetheart.

David Oulton writes: "Quick question…is David Hewlett as bad as what everyone says he is?"

Answer: If by "everyone" you mean yourself, then - no. I've never known David to be anything but great in interviews and the special features.

Star Trek - SciFi Talk: Audio Interview Archives

From SciFi Talk:



* Linda Park - Enterprise

It was great to have been there at the start of this series speaking to this talented actress on her rare off day. We discussed her role of Hoshi Sato and some key episodes for her early on. There's some interesting thoughts about her and the new crew joining the Star Trek family. We also briefly discuss her role in Jurassic Park III. Special thanks to Paramount Television. Music is Space by Victor Stellar.

* Dominic Keating - Star Trek Enterprise

A conversation with this talented actor who was Lt Malcom Reed on Star Trek Enterprise. Discussion about the first and second season and some of the key episodes like Shuttlepod One, Communicator and Minefield. Also discussed some of his other film roles. Closing music by Cagey House. From 2002.

* Season One on DVD - A special that looks at the release of season one of Enterprise featuring Tony Tellado's conversations with actors Linda Park, John Billingsley, and Dominic Keating. Added bonus includes comments by John Fleck who was Silik, the Suliban leader and Admiral Forest himself, Vaughn Arnmstrong. This special compiles interviews from 2001-2004. Great way to remember this cast and series.

* Vaughn Armstrong - Trek At 40 Celebration

To kick off my celebration of Star Trek's 40th birthday SciFi Talk will be showcasing interviews done with members of each generation. This edition has Vaughn Armstrong who in addition to playing Admiral Forest on Enterprise, has the distinction of being the actor who has played the most aliens on Star Trek. Nice candid conversation with a bona fide professional actor. The conversation is from 2003 at the end of season three of Enterprise.


* Jeri Taylor - Star Trek Voyager

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek in 1996, Jeri Taylor, who was an executive producer on Star Trek Voyager, discusses the then new fourth season and her novel, Mosiac, looking at the back story of Voyager's captain, Kathryn Janeway. Also joining is Star Trek Editor, John Ordover plus comments by Dr Marc Okrand on Star Trek Klingon CD Rom game. Nice Star Trek memories to enjoy Voyager on DVD.


* Chase Masterson

A chat with the former Dabo girl turned First Lady at Icon about her CD, The Thrill Of The Chase plus a look back at Star Trek Deep Space Nine. From 2003.

* Alexander Siddig And Andrew Robinson - DS9

Alexander Siddig then known as Siddig El Fadil, played Dr Julian Bashir on Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Tony Tellado spoke with him about his character, Star Trek Fandom and his relationship with Garak, the lone Cardiassian on the station. Additionally, Tony Tellado spoke with Garak's alter ego, Andrew Robinson, who talked about his first venture into Star Trek, his favorite episodes and over coming typecasting. Great conversations with two men who played two characters that had an interesting relationship in Star Trek. Taped in 1996 at Icon.


* Star Trek Nemesis Special Edition DVD

Tony Tellado attended the 2002 radio roundtables and along with fellow reporters interviewed the cast and part of the crew. Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Tom Hardy, Rick Berman, and Director Stuart Baird all give their insights.

* Star Trek At 40 - Part Two

More on SciFi Talk's coverage of Trek through out the years with Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes plus cast members and creators from other generations. Lots of good stuff plus comments on Star Trek Novels and Nit Picks. Nice memories.

* Star Trek At 40 - Part Three

Conclusion of Star Trek At 40 specials with a look at some great guest stars like John DeLancie, Alice Krige, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard and Brad Dourif. Plus more soundbytes on make-up woes of the trek stars. Special thanks to all involved. Music provided for the special series by Cagey House.


* James Doohan

A great time was had by all during this 1996 interview with Scotty himself conducted in New York City. Ernest Lilley joined Tony Tellado as Mr Doohan went back to his days serving for the Royal Canadian Air Force and of course, Star Trek. Nice tribute to this fine actor.

* Star Trek At 40

Compiled from many of the interviews SciFi Talk has done in the last few years, many of the actors and creators associated with every generation of Star Trek give their views on the franchise. Featured are James Doohan, George Takei, Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Rene Auberjonois. John Billingsley, Andrew Robinson plus Herb Wright, STNG Producer, Herb Solow, Executive in charge of production of the original series and more...A true labor of love for SciFi Talk to celebrate Star Trek's birthday. First of Three Parts.

Battlestar Galactica - Total SciFi: “We are at the top of our game…”

From Total SciFi:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

“We are at the top of our game…”

With the fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica finally upon us, executive producers Ron Moore and David Eick, along with cast members Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Tricia Helfer and Lucy Lawless chat to Tara Bennett about the fallout from the Cylon revelations, the return of a nasty character and the heartbreak of eventually saying goodbye.


Q: How has the news of this being the final season affected the way you are writing stories? Are there any storylines that you have found you've had to get rid of?

Ron Moore: "We always end up creating more things than we can use. The longer we talk in the writers’ room, the more tangents we can spin off of for a long time. It’s always about paring down to what is the actual show.

The fact that it’s the final season just means that we are really focusing on each episode and we don’t have any room for an episode that doesn’t work. There is a more intense focus and I feel that from the writing staff and the cast, who are very involved in the stories this year. You can just feel that there is a different vibe in Vancouver that this is it and everybody really wants to go out strong."

Q: Are there any stories that you’ve held back that could turn into something else later on?

Ron Moore: "I don’t think so. I think the show will end and we’ll sit around and talk about stories we could have told or things we didn’t get around to, but the decision is to end the show when we are at the top of our game.

We want to end it strong, on our terms, to a natural conclusion, and that choice precludes other choices. I think if the show was going on for two more seasons, there would be other stories and we would come up with all kinds of other things, but the stories would start to attenuate and wouldn’t be quite as strong as they are now. You always go off stage with them wanting more, and that is the same for us as well."


Stargate: Continuum - Video: MGM Stargate Sneak Peek

Stargate SG-1 - Tom McBeath (Harry Maybourne) - Vancouver Play

From Ruby Slippers Theater:

The View From Above

co-produced with Theatre la Seizieme
By James Long • Directed by Diane Brown
Dramaturgy by Marcus Youssef
featuring Tom McBeath (Stargate SG-1's Harry Maybourne), Karin Konoval, Donna Soares and more

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Stargate SG-1 / Atlantis / Battlestar - SciFi Hobby: 2008 Trading Cards Release Schedule

From SciFi Hobby:


• Stargate SG-1 Season 10 (June 2008)
(2 Autograph cards and 2 Costume cards per box)


• Stargate Atlantis: Seasons 3&4 Trading Cards (September 2008)
(2 Autograph Cards and 2 Costume Cards Per Box)


Battlestar Galactica: Season Three (May 28, 2008)

Legends of Star Trek: Captains Sisko, Janeway and Archer Sets (June 2008)

Star Trek: The Movies In Motion Lenticular Trading Cards (December 2008)
(2 Autograph Cards Per Box)

Women of Star Trek Trading Cards (2009)
(2 Autograph Cards and 3 Costume Cards Per Box)

Battlestar Galactica - Slice of SciFi: Michael Trucco Audio Interview

The Slice of SciFi audio interview with Michael Trucco is available for download:

Interview with Michael Trucco (”Samuel Anders”, BSG)

Interview: This week, our guest is Michael Trucco, who portrays Sam Anders on Battlestar Galactica, a fan favorite who’s recently discovered he’s truly a Cylon.

Michael talks to us about the shock of the revelation of his being a Cylon at the end of Season 3, and more, but don’t worry… we didn’t coerce any spoilers or story secrets from him and get him in trouble with Ron Moore and the gang.

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Stargate / Michael Shanks - "All Around the Town" airs Wed Apr 16 on LMN

Michael Shanks' '02 made-for-TV movie, "All Around the Town," co-starring Nastassja Kinski, Kim Schraner, Andrea Roth and Ellen Dubin, is repeated on LMN (Lifetime MOVIE Network) on Wednesday April 16 at 4:00pm, and again on Thursday April 17 at 6:00am (please confirm the times with your local listings).

Stargate / Amanda Tapping - "Life or Something Like It" Airs Apr 15 on FX

2002's "Life or Something Like It," (filmed partially in Vancouver) starring Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Tony Shalhoub, and Christian Kane, also has some familiar faces from SG1 in the cast, including Amanda Tapping.

The movie airs on the FX cable channel on Tuesday April 15 at 12:01am and is repeated at 10:00am.

A reporter, Lanie Kerrigan (Jolie), interviews a psychic homeless man (Shalhoub) for a fluff piece about a football game's score. Instead, he tells her that her life has no meaning, and is going to end in just a few days, which sparks her to action, trying to change the pattern of her life...

Battlestar Galactica - Video - HULU: James Callis Q&A

Courtesy of HULU, James Callis Q&A - Part 1.

James Callis answers fans' queries from the SciFi Channel's Battlestar Galactica Forum in this special Q&A series.

Battlestar Galactica - Video - HULU: 'Six of One'

Courtesy of HULU, Battlestar Galactica's 'Six of One.'

Internal conflicts plague both humans and Cylons as issues of faith and loyalty boil to the surface.

Stargate Atlantis - Win dinner with Dr. Keller and Dr. Beckett!

From the Official Jewel Staite website's blog:

Win dinner with Dr. Keller and Dr. Beckett!

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Stargate: Continuum - Video: Filming with the US Air Force

Battlestar Galactica - Ottawa Citizen: Tahmoh Penikett Interview

From the Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada):

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

Galactica actor has fond memories

Ben Carrozza

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2008

Like many fans out there, Battlestar Galactica actor Tahmoh Penikett isn't entirely ready to say goodbye to the critically acclaimed show, but he understands why this season has to be the last.

"It's about integrity and never losing it," he says, taking a break from filming an episode of the fourth season's second half. "(Show creator) Ron (Moore) and the writers have always said that Battlestar has a beginning, a middle and an end -- and if they say this is where the story should end, then I completely trust them."

He insists it becomes easier to accept as time goes by. "When I first heard, it was upsetting but we've all had time to accept it and have grasped the idea. There are so many incredible things happening already this season that I think the audience will accept it, too.

"But I'm excited about this season," Penikett adds. "I'm included a lot more and I've been able to act more with different members of the cast, which has been amazing."


With the end in sight, so too are new beginnings for Penikett, including a role on Dollhouse, the highly anticipated new Fox series from Buffy, Angel and Firefly creator Joss Whedon. The show, starring Buffy alum Eliza Dushku, follows an organization that employs mind-wiped agents known as "dolls" who are implanted with false memories and skills for various missions and tasks. Needless to say, the whole operation is highly illegal.

"I play an FBI agent who's on the trail of the 'dolls'," he says. "I'm honoured to be a part of this. I mean, Joss is the biggest there is, one of the brightest and most creative. I'm looking forward to working with Eliza, too. I'm really excited to start work on it."

© The Ottawa Citizen 2008

Doctor Who - Trailer: 'Voyage of the Damned'

Doctor Who - SciFi Channel : 'Voyage of the Damned" Fri Apr 18

The fourth season of Doctor Who premieres on the SciFi Channel (US) on Friday April 18 '08 at 8:30pm (and is repeated at 11pm), with "Voyage of the Damned."

Battlestar Galactica - Video: Trailer for 'The Ties That Bind'

Colin Cunningham - Video - The Crow: Stairway to Heaven - 'Brother's Keeper'

Courtesy of HULU, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven's 'Brother's Keeper,' starring Mark Dacascos and Katie Stuart. Guest stars include Colin Cunningham, Adam Harrington, and April Telek.

A nightmare leads Draven to someone he hasn't seen in many years.