Thursday, March 5, 2009

Star Trek: March 6 '09 - NEW Movie Trailer

Courtesy of the Trailer Addict:

Star Trek is currently scheduled for a May 8 '09 release, and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Simon Pegg, Winona Ryder, Karl Urban, John Cho, Zoe Saldana, Bruce Greenwood, Ben Cross, Anton Yelchin, Leonard Nimoy, Jennifer Morrison, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, Paul McGillion, Christopher Doohan and William Morgan Sheppard.

Michael Shanks - Burn Notice: Various Articles on Second Season Finale

[NOTE: The articles include spoilers for the Burn Notice second season finale episode.]

At the Newark Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ):

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Burn Notice, "Lesser Evil": I guess this means we're not going to Disney World

by Alan Sepinwall/The Star-Ledger

Thursday March 05, 2009, 11:00 PM

Spoilers for the "Burn Notice" season two finale coming up just as soon as I ask On-Star for the nearest hardware store...
"You have no idea what hell will rain down if we stop watching out for you." -Management
"I'll take my chances." -Michael

And so an outstanding season of "Burn Notice" comes to an appropriately outstanding ending...

... The finale takes care of both Carla and Victor, the former in one of those aforementioned "Hell yeah!" scenes (Fi was probably speaking for half the audience when she said, "Finally!" after putting a bullet in her), the latter in a moment that was deliberately the opposite of satisfying. Victor was introduced as Michael's opposite number -- just as competent, but crazy and overheated where Michael is cool and controlled -- and here we find out he's just another poor bastard who got a burn notice at a bad time, and the poor fortune to lose his family in the bargain. This could have been Michael, and he knows that, and that's why he hesitates so long before letting Victor help him pull the trigger. A great moment for Jeffrey Donovan and Michael Shanks.

... I just feel incredibly satisfied by this whole season, and I can't wait to see how things play out next season now that Michael's unquestionably a man without a country. Was Mahoney exaggerating about the threat level, or will we see his weekly missions constantly being disrupted by disgruntled former colleagues popping up to take a shot at Michael, Fi and Sam? And how long do we have to wait, anyway.

Bravo, "Burn Notice."

What did everybody else think?


At Entertainment Weekly Online:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

Michael Shanks and Jeffrey Donovan

'Burn Notice' goes out with a bang and a splash

Mar 5, 2009, 11:05 PM | by Ken Tucker

... In an earlier post I'd complained about how the Carla/Victor stuff was getting in the way of Burn Notice's momentum -- snipping the satisfying snap of Michael's voiceovers, as he described tricks of the spy trade while we watch him craft weapons or execute bone-snapping punches and kicks. But last night, everything clicked into place. In an hour written by creator Matt Nix and directed by Tim Matheson (yes, the actor who must be weary of being credited as Animal House's Otter, and a darn good TV director), Michael united with his nemesis Victor (Michael Shanks) against his handler-against-his-will Carla (Tricia Helfer). We got some backstory -- Carla killed Victor's family, which is why he hates Carla -- but most of the time, we got the action we craved.

... So what did you think of the finale? Satisfied? Not?

Sanctuary - TV Squad: TV's hottest female non-humans

At TV Squad:

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TV Squad Ten: TV's hottest female non-humans

Posted Mar 5th 2009

by Mike Moody

Would I date a homicidal robot? Do I find a one-eyed cartoon mutant attractive? Is kissing a sexy demon worth losing years of my life?

Those were some of the questions I had to ask myself while writing this list.

There are many non-human women on TV – demons, vampires, machines and Real Housewives – but not all of them are hot. And what makes someone hot? I side with Stanley from The Office who once said that a "hot" woman should be healthy, sexy, pretty and strong. I'd also say that brains, maturity and passion should be in the mix -- even if that passion is for killing monsters or blowing up evil cyborgs. Click through for a list of the hottest robots, aliens and "abnormals" currently on TV.

... 9. Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping), Sanctuary

A super intelligent, immortal doctor who kicks evil ass and looks good in leather? She might be 157 years old, but Dr. Helen Magnus is definitely hot. I'm sure most Sanctuary fans would agree. Some might not consider Dr. Magnus a "non-human," but a normal person juiced up by vampire blood. But once you inject yourself with enough vampire blood to become indestructible and gain other super-human abilities, you're no longer human, you're an "abnormal."

Dr. Magnus is an admirable leader and she's committed to her cause – helping and protecting the misunderstood abnormals of the world. She's tough, mysterious and she's played by Amanda Tapping, already a geek sex symbol thanks to her years on the Stargate franchise.

... 5. Ashley Magnus (Emilie Ullerup), Sanctuary

Helen Magnus' abnormal daughter has a killer instinct – which she inherited from her pops, John Druitt, aka Jack the Ripper – that comes in handy when she's hunting monsters in tight leather outfits. Ashley has a lot in common with Buffy Summers. She's strong and fearless in battle, but she hides a vulnerable side from her friends and family. She's also a weapons expert and kind of a techie. I'm looking forward to seeing her recent turn to the dark side play out when season two premieres.

Stargate SG-1's Michael Shanks - Fangoria: Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon DVD

At Fangoria:

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A bunch o’ horror DVD covers emerge

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Michael Gingold News - DVD & Blu-Ray

The covers for several assorted DVDs we’ve told you about over the past few weeks have recently cropped up, and we figured we’d show them to you all in one place (i.e., below the cut). A new title has come up as well: LOST TREASURE OF THE GRAND CANYON, a Sci Fi Channel creature feature that Anchor Bay releases May 26.

In that movie, Shannen Doherty and Michael Shanks star as two of a group of archaeological researchers who travel deep into the titular natural landmark in search of the father of Doherty’s character. There they encounter not only an ancient tribe that likes to dabble in human sacrifice, but a mythical monster that also enjoys snacking on people. With no special features announced, the disc retails for $19.97 ...

Stargate Atlantis / SG1 - Creation: Chicago Con Aug 21-23 '09 - Michael Shanks!

From a Creation Entertainment e-mail announcement:


Great news today for those attending the annual Creation Entertainment Official STARGATE SG-1/ATLANTIS Convention coming to Chicago on August 21-23, 2009.... Michael Shanks has been added to our guest list which already includes Amanda Tapping, Joe Flanigan and Paul McGillion (with more to come)! It is going to be a wonderful weekend of Stargate fun, don't miss it!


Fri., Sat. & Sun. August 21-23, 2009
Wyndham O'Hare
6810 N. Mannheim Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Sanctuary - Writer's Guild of Canada Magazine: Damian Kindler Interview

At the Writer's Guild of Canada:

Their current Writer's Guild of Canada magazine has an article with the creator/writer of Sanctuary, Damian Kindler (his photo is on the magazine cover).

Taking Sanctuary: from Internet to TV

In 2006, revisiting a spec script he’d written a few years back, Damian Kindler decided to see where the web could take it. In the end, it took him right back to TV.


Damian Kindler’s sci-fi fantasy Sanctuary went from webcast to conventional television in two years. True, the original script, written as a spec sample in 2001, collected virtual dust for six years on a hard-drive until Kindler opened the file again in 2006. Kindler then took Sanctuary to the web and, before long, the coffee-breakers and the time-stealers watching online were hooked in real numbers.

Not that money was exchanging hands. Like many other artists to hit the web, Kindler’s work was getting downloaded free. Nobody was paying (well, except him and his partners). In hindsight, that’s the best Kindler should have expected. With files of all sorts bootlegged quickly, sales and encryption came to look like losing propositions. No, by the time Sanctuary hit the web, the only thing Kindler hoped for was enough freeloaders to make the networks say, hmm. Seems an estimated three- to four-million coffee-breakers and time-stealers gets that reaction. And he got their attention.
“Nobody could have done anything as daunting and foolish,” says Kindler, pausing, adjusting the settings on his iPhone from BC–“okay, there.”

“In 2006, we hired a company to design some midlevel special effects to put together a five-minute tease. We had this little pipedream. You know, ‘If we can get enough people worldwide for something they can’t get on TV, there’s a potential business model.’”

There was also potential for an ongoing story with fewer borders, both in terms of setting and viewers. Shot on a green screen with a red camera and virtual sets, Sanctuary has essentially gone from a well financed Do-It-Yourself production to an international hit, largely thanks to a running-start web push offering networks a new series with a built-in audience ready and wanting more.

Starring Amanda Tapping of Stargate SG-1, Sanctuary revolves around a hot 157-year-old, Dr. Helen Magnus, a scientist seeking to protect a secret population. Given that the internet also thrives on building secret and not-so-secret societies of people, the medium made sense as the venue in which to deliver the message. In 2006,Kindler was raising enough Burnaby dollars to bring it life, he just hadn’t quite figured out a way to make it a living, and draw cash-money from the web. With the world of online, Kindler says, “the ground is totally moving beneath your feet.”

Please see print edition for the full article.


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Sanctuary - VFX World: Sanctuary Goes International, Preps Season Two

At VFX World:

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Sanctuary Goes International, Preps Season Two

Thursday March 5, 2009

Toronto-based producer and distributor Tricon Films & Television has signed a series of major international deals for the series SANCTUARY, whilst at the same time preparing for production on season two. The show was recently commissioned for a second season by Sci Fi Channel in the U.S. and by the Space channel in Canada.

Tricon has pre-sold SANCTUARY to ITV4 in the U.K., which also had success with season one, and has inked a major deal for seasons one and two with E1 Ent. for distribution of worldwide home video. Season one has been sold to TV3 Russia and NRJ 12 in France. AXN has also snapped up the series for Central Europe, while Sci Fi will air the series internationally in Asia, Australia and Europe ...

Stargate / Star Trek / Moonlight / Battlestar - SciFi Friday Line Up Mar 6' 09

From's schedulebot, the SciFi Channel's (US) SciFi Friday line up for March 6, 2009:

06:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 (SEASON 9) PROTOTYPE - Robert Picardo guest stars

07:00 PM STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION THE HUNTED - James Cromwell guest stars

08:00 PM STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION CAPTAIN'S HOLIDAY - the introduction of Vash (Jennifer Hetrick)


10:00 PM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SEASON 4.5 ISLANDED IN A STREAM OF STARS - Tobias Mehler (Stargate SG1's Lt. Simmons) and Leela Savasta (Stargate Atlantis' Capt. Vega) guest star





Stargate: Universe - Justin Louis in 'Grey Gardens' - HBO Apr 18

At Playbill News:

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HBO Announces April Premiere for "Grey Gardens" Film

By Adam Hetrick
05 Mar 2009

The new HBO film "Grey Gardens," starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as the eccentric Beales, will premiere on the cable network April 18.

Directed by Michael Sucsy, who co-authored the teleplay with Patricia Rozema, HBO's "Grey Gardens" utilizes the original 1975 Maysles brothers documentary as a framing device for the new film that traces the lives of the Beale women from the 1930s through the mid 1970s when the documentary was filmed and released in theatres.

... For the HBO non-musical film, Drew Barrymore stars as Little Edie Beale, with Academy Award-winning actress Jessica Lange as Big Edie Beale. The film also stars Tony nominee Malcolm Gets as George Gould Strong, Jeanne Tripplehorn as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Ken Howard as Phelan Beale, as well as Arye Gross and Justin Louis, as Albert and David Maysles, respectively.

... For further information, visit HBO.

[Note: Click on HBO FILMS CLIPS and there is a behind-the-scenes making of featurette at the site.]

Stargate Atlantis / Sanctuary - MGM Stargate: Stargate Magazine Interviews Samantha Carter

At MGM Stargate:

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Stargate Magazine Interviews Samantha Carter

March 5, 2009 (Actors)

Read an excerpt of Stargate Magazine's interview with Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter) - on sale now!

Amanda Tapping is a busy woman. Not only is she the lead actress and Executive Producer on the hit show Sanctuary, but she still finds time to occasionally don Sam Carter's uniform. Despite Carter's departure from Stargate: Atlantis in the first episode of season five, she came back for the series finale. Shooting Sam's return during the show’s final week must have been bittersweet.
"I was there for the last day!" exclaimed the actress when we spoke just after the show wrapped. "I wasn’t there for the last shot, I have to be honest, because it’s a hard shot to watch. I had just wrapped Sanctuary, so I came off my new show and back on to Stargate: Atlantis, and I started feeling weird. It was sad. I was really shocked when it got canceled. The show was doing well, the episodes this season are really good, it was getting good ratings and everything was in place – it made sense to keep it going. They’re a great crew and I hope that they manage to keep a lot of that crew on for Universe."

... Read the full interview in issue 27 of The Official Stargate SG-1/Atlantis Magazine - on newsstands now! Click here to subscribe today!