Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Zachary Levi - Chuck - Amazon Armchair Commentary: Video Interview

At Amazon's Armchair Commentary:

Exclusive Interview: "Chuck" and Awe

by Stephanie Reid-Simons on October 07, 2008

So the thing you won't see in the interview below is the adoration in my eyes as I stare at Zachary Levi, star of Chuck. But that's OK. He's the one you should be watching anyway. He talks about where the show is headed in season two (find new episodes here), his character's romance with superspy Sarah and bro-mance with supergeek Morgan (Joshua Gomez, who appears in this interview as well). And stick around to the end to hear from "Captain Awesome" (Ryan McPartlin), who discusses the appropriate use of his character's favorite word. -- Stephanie Reid-Simons, TV Demander

Stargate Atlantis / SG-1 - GateWorld: Podcast: Episode #13

At GateWorld:

GateWorld Podcast: Episode #13

Tuesday - October 7, 2008 | by Darren Sumner

Visit the GateWorld Podcast page for more about the show!

The GateWorld Podcast returns this week with "First Contact," the first half of Stargate Atlantis's fifth and final season! Darren and David discuss the new episode, Daniel Jackson's big arrival, the new alien race introduced in the episode, and some important questions about the Wraith's identity and future.

The podcast also gives you a recap of the latest news from the Stargate universe and the latest additions to GateWorld. We'll also open up the mailbag again for lots of comments from listeners.

Also this week, check out an exclusive preview of GateWorld's upcoming interview with "Bra'tac" actor Tony Amendola.

This Week's Listener Question: Watch "The Lost Tribe" this Friday night, and then call the GateWorld Podcast Hotline and tell us what you think of the new bad guys' secret identity. Is it a good move to bring in this race, or not?

Leave us a voicemail on the GateWorld Podcast Hotline any time, day or night, and we'll play some of your responses in the next podcast! Just dial:

(Long distance rates apply)

Listeners outside the U.S. can use Skype to call for just 2 cents per minute. Or, record a brief message on your computer and e-mail the MP3 or WAV file to us.

You can also leave a comment [at the link above], or post on the Podcast Feedback thread at the forum.

Next Week: We'll charge into the second half of Season Five with our discussion of "The Lost Tribe," with special attention to the shocking identity of the new bad guys.

Look for a new episode of the GateWorld Podcast every Tuesday, and thanks for listening!

Stargate SG-1 - GateWorld: Alexi Cruz Video Interview

At GateWorld:

(Please follow the link to view the video interview in its original format and/or the complete interview transcription.)


GateWorld talks with Alexi Cruz

When you think of important Stargate characters that have been around since the very beginning, only a select few can qualify. These are characters that appeared not just in the early years of Stargate SG-1, but also in the major theatrical feature film that preceded it.

Two actors hold the distinction of playing those characters in both the film and series, one of which is Alexis Cruz. The actor originated the role of the Abydonian Skaara in the 1994 film, and reprised it five times during SG-1's first six years.

GateWorld's Chad Colvin sat down with Alexis twice over the past few months, at both the Vancouver and Chicago stops for Creation Entertainment's Official Stargate Convention tour. During the interview, Alexis discusses his entry into show business, how he came into the role of Skarra for the film, the change that took place in the character when SG-1 began, and much more.

Our video interview with Alexis runs approximately 16 minutes, and requires QuickTime 7.0 or higher. The interview is also available at GateWorld Play!

The interview is also transcribed at the link above.

Alexis Cruz as Skaara/Klorel

A brief excerpt:

GW: Your final episode of SG-1 was Season Six's "Full Circle," and that's [when] Skaara and the remaining Abydosians ascend at the end. Was that title especially relevant for you? Was it a full circle moment for you in your career? Knowing that, for the most part, the character had come to a conclusion?
AC: It was. It was. I think having lived with the character for so long, and then seeing and being a part of the phenomenon of the fandom, and how it reaches people, there's always a part of you that wants it to continue. There's always unfinished business with the character when you've lived with it for so long and know it so well. So there's a little bit of that.

But there was the full circle closure. The fandom and the phenomenon was there, and we can now move on from that. And my career could move on a bit, too, in other ways, as well.

Stargate / Sanctuary / Fringe / Heroes / Battlestar Galactica - Creation: John Noble Joins May '09 Los Angeles Con

From a Creation Entertainment e-mail announcement:


Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble from Fringe

It's certainly the hottest show of the new television season and we're on it! Today we are happy to announce that breakout FRINGE star JOHN NOBLE (Dr. Walter Bishop) will be a headliner at the upcoming 17th Annual GRAND SLAM: THE SCI-FI SUMMIT Convention beaming into Los Angeles on May 1-3, 2008. John, who also appeared in the LOTR saga as Denethor, will be with us Saturday. [NOTE: John Noble also guest starred on Stargate SG1's 'Camelot.']

John joins already announced stars:

STARGATE: ATLANTIS & SG-1’s Lt. Col. Samantha Carter; SANCTUARY’s Dr. Helen Magnus. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Amanda back to our events after a long absence!

HEROES’ Mohinder Suresh

TWILIGHT’s Emmett Cullen; PROM NIGHT’s Rick Leland; ACCEPTED’s Dwayne; STICK IT’s Frank; 90210’S George Evans (appearing Sunday)

TWILIGHT’s Mike Newton; STAR TREK: INSURRECTION’s Artim; JOAN OF ARCADIA’s Luke Girardi; STARGATE SG-1's young Jack O'Neill (Appearing Sunday)

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION’s Ensign Ro Laren/Dara/Ro Laren; BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Admiral Helena Cain; TRUE BLOOD’s Maryann; PRISON BREAK’s Samantha Brinker; 24’s Lynne Kresge


BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Crewman Specialist Cally Henderson/Cally Tyrol

with lots more to come!

CLICK HERE to get full details on GRAND SLAM: it isn't the same without you!


Fri. Sat. & Sun. May 1 - 3, 2009
Marriott Los Angeles Airport
5855 West Century Blvd.

Stargate SG-1 / Atlantis - Creation - Michael Shanks Joins Vancouver Con '09

From a Creation Entertainment e-mail announcement:


We're very happy today to announce that MICHAEL SHANKS (Dr. Daniel Jackson) will be joining the fun at Creation Entertainment's Official STARGATE SG-1/ATLANTIS Convention coming to Vancouver, BC on April 2 to 5, 2009.

Michael joins the stellar line-up of celebrities (with many more to come) that includes AMANDA TAPPING, JOE FLANIGAN, ROBERT PICARDO, TERYL ROTHERY, CONNOR TRINNEER and N. JOHN SMITH.

Although Gold Weekend Packages are now sold out (thanks!) we have other options available now at the official website at: http://www.creationent.com/cal/sgvan.htm

Don't miss what is sure to be the best Stargate Convention ever! Avoid a sell-out: about 70% of all available tickets are sold already.



Thurs., Fri., Sat. & Sun.
April 2 - 5, 2009
Hilton Metrotown Vancouver
6083 McKay Ave.
Burnaby, BC

Sanctuary - Slice fo SciFi: Robin Dunne Audio Interview

At Slice of SciFi:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

Slice of SciFi Interview with “Sanctuary’s” Robin Dunne

October 8, 2008 by Sam Sloan

Actor/writer Robin Dunne stars as psychiatrist Will Zimmerman in the highly anticipated SCI FI Channel series “Sanctuary.” The show, part science and part supernatural, follows the exploits of a mysterious physician and scientist who seeks out all manner of extraordinary and terrifying creatures to study them and redefine the reality in which we live. The series was originally developed for the internet and ran on the web before being acquired by SCI FI to produce original episodes. This year, Dunne also appeared in the film “Jack and Jill vs The World” alongside Freddie Prinze Jr. ...

... Our intrepid reporter Linda Craddock was able to sit down with Robin and talk with him about “Sanctuary,” which also stars Amanda Tapping, Emilie Ullerup, Christopher Heyerdahl and Ryan Robbins. The show airs every Friday on the SCI FI Channel at 10/9C. The interview took place at a busy local Toronto cafe so please forgive some of the minor background noise.

Podcast link

Stargate Atlantis - NEW Publicity Stills from 'Infection' - Oct 7 '08

NEW publicity stills from Stargate Atlantis' fifth season episode, 'Infection,' scheduled to air later this fall on the SciFi Channel, guest starring Kavan Smith as Major Evan Lorne. (Please click on photo for a larger format.)

Maj. Lorne (Kavan Smith), Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) and Teyla Emmagan (Rachel Luttrell)

Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa)

Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite)

Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett), Lorne, Ronon and Shep

Teyla and Lorne

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Video: 'Goodbye To That'

Courtesy of FOX and HULU, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' 'Goodbye To That,' starring Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau, Brian Austin Green, Richard T. Jones, Garret Dillahunt, Jonathan Jackson, Shirley Manson and Leven Rambin. Guest stars include Beau Billingslea, David Cheaney, Johnny D'Agostino, Rene Heger, Patrick Kilpatrick and Dean Norris.

After a serious case of mistaken identity, John, Sarah and Derek work to protect a member of the Resistance.

Damian Lewis - Life - Video: 'The Business of Miracles'

Courtesy of NBC and HULU, Life's 'The Business of Miracles,' starring Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Adam Arkin and Donal Logue. Guest stars include Hector Luis Bustamante, Tilda Del Toro, Victor Rivers, Jennifer Siebel and Marsha Thomason.

Charlie and Reese work a case so cold it's frozen.

Chuck - Video: 'Chuck Versus the Seduction'

Courtesy of NBC and HULU, Chuck's 'Chuck Versus the Seduction,' starring Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin and Sarah Lancaster. Guest stars include Melinda Clarke, Bonita Friedericy, Scott Krinsky, John Larroquette, Julia Ling and Ryan McPartlin.

To help Chuck learn the art of seduction, the team enlists the help of a legendary lothario - but is he one martini past his prime?

Heroes - Video: 'I Am Become Death'

Courtesy of NBC and HULU, Heroes, 'I Am Become Death,' starring Milo Ventimiglia, Adrian Pasdar, Masi Oka, James Kyson Lee, Hayden Panettiere, Zachary Quinto, Jack Coleman, Ali Larter, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Greg Grunberg and Cristine Rose. Guest stars include David Anders, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Randall Bentley. Adam Jamal Craig, Brea Grant, Malcolm McDowell and Dania Ramirez.

While Matt dreams of the future, Peter meddles in it to gain Sylar's abilities.

Stargate Atlantis - Alex Levine's Blog Update: 'The Lost Tribe'

At Alexi Levine's SciFi.com Stargate Atlantis blog:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update.)

From The Lost Tribe - Teyla Emmagain (Rachel Luttrell) and Nurse Marie (Linda Ko)

October 6, 2008

VFX and Mark Savela

The gang was in watching a cut, and Mark Savela was waiting to show them a temp of one of the visual effects shots for The Lost Tribe, so I dragged him into my office to find out more about our VFX department. Now I don't know how much you know about VFX, but I certainly learned a lot by talking to Mark. He's our VFX Supervisor and he's primarily responsible for the amazing effects you see each week on Atlantis. For his efforts, he has been rewarded with an Emmy nomination, and the constant, unceasing worry that goes into making sure the effects represent the writers' and directors' vision. He told me First Contact and The Lost Tribe were the hardest Atlantis shows he's worked on as far as visual effects, and when I asked him why he named the culprit: Martin Gero ...

... Mark told me he is extremely proud of the shot in First Contact where the hyperspace window opens up over the water. I recall when we were watching it one of the producers didn't exactly understand why the water was being pushed down until it was clarified. When someone asked, "why are we doing that?", Martin Gero turned around and said, "Cuz it's awesome!" I have to agree.

Posted by Alex Levine at October 6, 2008 7:36 PM

Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) and Katana (Daniella Alonso)