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Stargate Snippets

May 21, 2010
 

Calling All Richard Dean Anderson Fans:

 

The “Meet The Man” event in August of 2010 organizers have agreed to personally hand RDA a small video for him to view and keep, made of photos of his fans from around the world. This idea belongs to two fans from the rdanderson.com. forum who are already in the process of making the video.

Go to rdanderson.com and click on the Forum button at the top. The thread for the project can be found under Richard Dean Anderson

For information and tickets: 

http://www.gabitevents.co.uk/meettheman.html

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In other new RDA news.

Mr. Anderson is now on Twitter.  Finally!

http://twitter.com/andersonrdean

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Richard Dean Anderson To Recur On New USA Series
by Matt Webb Mitovich
Jun 20th, 2010

What happens when you combine bicarbonate of soda, a wad of chewing gum, white vinegar, and a makeshift fuse fashioned from a Marlboro Light? You get Richard Dean Anderson guest-starring on the upcoming USA Network series`Facing Kate.’ 

Fancast has learned exclusively that the star of yes, MacGyver, as well as`Stargate SG-1` will appear on at least five episodes of the fall series, which stars the totally gorgeous Sarah Shahi (‘Life’) as Kate Reed, a top-flight litigator who leaves her firm to become a mediator. Anderson’s `Facing Kate‘ role is that of David Smith, a charismatic but secretive man who enters Kate’s life shortly after the death of her father. In short order, it is revealed that David has deeper connections to the Reed family.

Earlier this month, Anderson reprised his role of `SG-1’s Jack O’Neill onSyfy’s `Stargate Universe.’ Shahi’s `Facing Kate’ costars include Michael Trucco (‘Battlestar Galactica’), Virginia Williams (‘Monarch Cove’) and Baron Vaughn (‘The Awkward Comedy Show’).

Production began June 16 in Vancouver.

Sources:

http://www.fancast.com/blogs/2010/tv-news/scoop-richard-dean-anderson-to-recur-on-new-usa-series/

http://www.dtvusaforum.com/content/168-richard-dean-anderson-un-retires-real.html

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Robert C. Cooper is leaving the Stargate Franchise!

Monday – June 21, 2010

by Darren Sumner

Robert C. Cooper directs the penulimate episode of Stargate Atlantis, "Vegas."

Robert C. Cooper directs the penulimate episode of Stargate Atlantis, “Vegas.”

Following this weekend’s news that long-time Stargate writer, producer, and director Robert C. Cooper will leave the franchise after his appearance at Comic-Con next month (story), we contacted him to find out just why he’s made the decision, what Stargate has meant to him — and what he plans to do next.

First things first: Cooper clarified that, at least for the remainder of SGU Season Two, he won’t be entirely absent.  “I’m not leaving completely, actually just stepping back to more of a consulting role for the end of this season,” he said. “However, my credit will remain Executive Producer. We’ve already developed most of Season Two and I feel very confident leaving the show in good hands.”

In addition to the already filmed “Aftermath” and “Malice,” he told us: “I will be writing one more episode for late Season Two. as well as giving notes on scripts, cuts and mixes. The guys won’t be getting rid of me that easily. It just might be a little easier to ignore me.”

So why is Cooper calling it quits — especially now, after Stargate Universe was supposed to give the writers a different kind of show to work on?

“To be honest this has been a very difficult decision,” he said. “I love Universe as a show and working with this cast and crew has been the best experience of my career thus far. However, it’s been a long time working on one franchise and a number of factors have contributed to my feeling that it’s time to move on.”

Cooper with actor Joe Flanigan, at the New Mexico location shoot for “Vegas”

Cooper said that he isn’t being lured away by another project that is already lined up, but will take advantage of a break to make some decisions about the future of his career — be it in writing, producing, or doing more directing.  “My head has been so full of Stargate for so long I’m really going to need some time to figure out exactly what I want to do next,” he said.

It would be hard to over-estimate Cooper’s contribution to the fabric of this franchise, which spans all of Stargate’s 14 years of production, 17 seasons (including the unaired second season of Universe), and two DVD movies — including The Ark of Truth, which Cooper wrote and directed.  He began as a writer and story editor in the first year of Stargate SG-1, and went on to run that show and to create Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe with Brad Wright.

So it’s no surprise that Stargate and its faces leave an indelible mark on Cooper, as well.

“It’s been almost my entire career,” he told GateWorld. “It’s meant the world to me. So has the support of the fans, you and your site. Some highlights looking back would have to include ‘200′ and the party that went with it; ‘Unending,’ as much for the experience as the final product; ‘Vegas’ because of Vegas; ‘Time,’ one of the most challenging and yet smooth and easy shoots I’ve ever been a part of — the cast was amazing; and most recently, ‘Malice’ in New Mexico.

“I can’t really say directing Robert Carlyle [‘Nicholas Rush’] is a privilege because it’s not so much directing as it is just getting to watch a great performance up close.”

Rob on the set of his 2008 movie Stargate: The Ark of Truth

Cooper added that his decision is not the result of any conflict with the network or the studio. “I feel lucky to call Charles Cohen at MGM a friend,” he said. “He has never been anything but a whole-hearted supporter of myself and everything Stargate. And I owe a great deal to the support and confidence from everyone over at Syfy including Mark Stern, Dave Howe, Tom Vitale, and the always awesome Erika Kennair.”

Whatever projects await the multi-talented writer, producer, and director in the years ahead, Cooper has cut his teeth and built his career on that Ancient portal to other worlds.  And he isn’t leaving Stargate with the firm intention of never coming back.

“I keep telling people this is not good-bye,” he said. “In fact, I can’t rule out returning to Stargate in the future.”

Sources: 

Gateworld.net

http://www.airlockalpha.com/node/7545

(Personally, I salute Mr. Cooper for his good taste and for realizing that SGU is sinking the Stargate franchise ship….it’s better to get out now).

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Official Stargate Magazine Closing Down

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Source:

http://stargate-sg1-solutions.com/blog/2010/06/official-stargate-magazine-closing-down/

(Another clue of the state of Stargate franchise)

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Propworx2 Stargate Auctions

http://shop.ebay.com/propworx2/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340

Check out their site:

http://stargateartifacts.com/

(And if the above two items were not enough to convince everyone about the state of the franchise, Propworx2 have been selling off everything related to Stargate over the last few months)

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Small Replica of Stargate

DIY Stargate Austrailia 2010 

 
This homebuilt replica of a stargate was made by one Australian guy for his son.

Source:   Visboo – http://visboo.com

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Other News from GateWorld:

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“Ask Colin Cunningham!”, a brand new recurring GateWorld feature.

Colin Cunningham (Stargate SG-1’s Major Paul Davis) has graciously agreed to field questions from GateWorld readers.  And when we say questions, we mean questions.  No question is off the table.  He’s ready, and he’s waiting!

Simply send an e-mail to him at: askcolincunningham@yahoo.com, and we’ll pass it his way.  (Please use this method only, as any questions posed to Colin in the comments section below won’t be considered.)  Also, as a reminder, please use respect with your question submissions.  Questions and comments to Colin that are inappropriate, disrespectful or crude will not be passed along to him.

Keep watching GateWorld for updates as our inaugural edition of “Ask Colin” is coming soon!

Source:  Gateworld.net

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Check Out Jason Momoa As Conan In This First Look!

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Jason Momoa looks good though and certainly is different than the look that was instilled in cinematic legend by Schwarzenegger.

Check out the photos:

http://www.fusedfilm.com/2010/05/check-out-jason-momoa-as-conan-in-this-first-look/

Sources: 

fusedfilm.com

http://www.worstpreviews.com/headline.php?id=18039&count=0

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‘Faces in the Crowd’ Begins Filming, Full Cast Revealed

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Oscar-nominated writer/director Julien Magnat’s feature length debut Faces in the Crowd began principal photography in and around Winnipeg, Canada this past weekend.

Joining the previously announced Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, The Fourth Kind) and Julian McMahon (“Nip/Tuck”, Fantastic Four) are Michael Shanks (“Stargate”, “24”), David Atrakchi (Transporter 3), Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”) and Marianne Faithful.

The concept behind this thriller is pretty cool as Jovovich stars as a woman who has a severe case of face-blindess — and there’s “someone” after her. You can find the full plot details below.

http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/20162/

Source:  bloody-disgusting.com

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Ben Browder to star in new Web series

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Former Stargate SG-1 and Farscape star Ben Browder is slated to star in a new “noir” Web series entitled “Naught for Hire”.

Browder played Colonel Cameron Mitchell on SG-1.  In the new series, he’ll play down on his luck private detective Nick Naught.

The show will have the feel of old school style detective stories, and will consist of 13 six-minute episodes.  The show is set about 20 years from now in a world where humans and artificial intelligence objects such as cars and answering machines live at peace with one another.

The Web-based series  will also star Juliet Landau, who played Drusilla in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel.

Naught for Hire goes into production this summer and is planned to premiere online in December. Check out the official Web site at NaughtForHire.com, and stay tuned to GateWorld for more on Naught For Hire as info becomes available! (And click on the poster image above to see a larger version.)

Source:  Gateworld.net

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Smallville Season 10 to break Guinness World Record

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Season ten of Smallville will beat the Guinness World Record for longest consecutive running US Sci-Fi TV show, that currently is held by Stargate SG-1 currently at the 20th episode of the season, and 215th overall episode in the series.

Source: providingnews.com

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Jewel Staite in New Movie

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On Syfy, Jewel Staite (“Stargate: Atlantis”) and Alan Dale have been added to the original movie “Doomsday Scrolls,” which starts production in Vancouver.

A book editor tries to figure out how to stop Armageddon.

Source:  hollywoodreporter.com

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Sanctuary, Stargate lead Leo nominations & Win BIG

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Science-fiction programs Sanctuary and Stargate Universe each received 17 nominations for the 2010 Leo Awards, which honour the best in B.C. film and television.

Both series received nods for best dramatic series, as well as direction, screen-writing, picture editing, visual effects and production design.

Competing with them for best dramatic series is Smallville, which received six nominations.

Sanctuary’s Amanda Tapping goes up against Being Erica’s Erin Karpluk for best female in a dramatic series, while Heartland’s Graham Wardle and Sanctuary’s Robin Dunne compete in the male actor category.

On the movie side, Alice and The Thaw lead the way with 13 nominations each, including for best feature-length film. They compete against Cole (10 nominations), Excited (nine nominations) and A Shine of Rainbows (six nominations).

Matt Frewer ( Alice), Richard de Klerk ( Cole), Jared Keeso ( Keep Your Head Up Kid — The Don Cherry Story), Tahmoh Penikett ( Riverworld), Aaron Ashmore ( The Thaw) and Michael Eklund ( The Making of Plus One) are up for best lead actor in a feature film. There are only two nominees in the actress category: Cole’s Kandyse McClure and Excited’s Laara Sadiq.

The awards will be handed out over two nights, June 4 and 5.

Check it out:  www.leoawards.com

Source:  theprovince.com

And the outcome:

DRAMATIC SERIES

Best Dramatic Series
Stargate Universe
Brad Wright, Robert Cooper, Carl Binder,
Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mulle, John G. Lenic, N. John Smith – Producers

Best Direction
in a Dramatic Series
Brenton Spencer
Sanctuary – Pavor Nocturnus

Best Screenwriting
in a Dramatic Series
Brad Wright
Stargate Universe – Light

Best Cinematography
in a Dramatic Series
Michael Blundell
Stargate Universe – Human

Best Picture Editing
in a Dramatic Series
Rick Martin
Stargate Universe – Human

Best Production Design
in a Dramatic Series
Bridget McGuire
Sanctuary – Kali Part 2

Best Costume Design
in a Dramatic Series
Christina McQuarrie
Sanctuary – Pavor Nocturnus

Best Make-Up
in a Dramatic Series
Todd Master, Holland Miller, Harlow Macfarlane,
Werner Pretorius, Yukio Okajima
Sanctuary – Fragments

Best Visual Effects
in a Dramatic Series
Mark Savela, Shannon Gurney, Brenda Campbell,
Craig Vandenbiggelaar, Krista Mclean
Stargate Universe – Air

Best Guest Performance by a Male
in a Dramatic Series
Christopher Gauthier
Sanctuary – Hero

Source: http://www.leoawards.com/winners_by_name_2010.html

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Creation Entertainment announces:

NEW CONVENTION OPENS:  STARGATE MINNEAPOLIS

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In MINNEAPOLIS on JUNE 12-13, 2010. The guest list is complete with JOE FLANIGAN, DAVID HEWLETT, GARY JONES, ALAINA HUFFMAN and BRIAN J. SMITH and your host for the weekend, the hilarious DAN SHEA!

Source:  creationent.com/cal/sgmn.htm

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Savi Travels at Warp Speed Into Sci-Fi

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SANTA ANA, CA, May 03, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Savi (PINKSHEETS: SVMI) is pleased to announce another shareholder and DynoValve owner has experienced a 10% fuel savings and enhanced performance with the DynoValve: Robert Picardo, an internationally known Science Fiction actor.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/savi-travels-at-warp-speed-into-sci-fi-2010-05-03?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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For Cryin’ Out Loud: MGM’s Financial Crisis

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http://www.gateworld.net/news/2010/04/for-cryin-out-loud-mgms-financial-crisis/

(Looks like no more Stargate movies Folks!)

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Paul McGillion Talks Stargate, Recent Projects

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See full interview at this link: Q&A with Stargate Atlantis’ Paul McGillion.

http://stargate-sg1-solutions.com/blog/2010/04/paul-mcgillion-talks-stargate-recent-projects/

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Los Angeles Times:  ‘MacGyver’s’ pop cultural hold on us

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http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-ca-macgyver-20100516,0,6153547.story

….And As Always….

Have A Very Stargate Day!

 

Stargate Snippets

March 4, 2010

 

Lexa Doig To Join The Cast of “V”

Joining fellow Stargate SG-1 actress, Morena Baccarrin, Lexa Doing will be joining the cast of the new series when it returns to television on March 30th, 2010 after a mid-winter hiatus… (sheesh, since when did TV shows starts taking extra breaks???…)

Source:

http://www.stargatearchive.com/journal/index.php/2010/02/lexa-doig-to-join-the-cast-of-v-with-fellow-stargate-actress/

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Stargate Universe Writer Asks For Your Help With The New Season

Stargate writer and consulting producer for SGU Joseph Mallozzi took to his blog asking the Gaters for input while he’s scribbling away on the new season. Here’s your chance to tell them to throw the stones out the airlock.

http://io9.com/5459054/stargate-universe-writer-asks-for-your-help-with-the-new-season

http://www.ifmagazine.com/new.asp?article=9258

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Stargate Universe Gets An Old School SG-1 Villain

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Looks like some of your Stargate writing tips sunk in, the second season of SGU is adding a new big bad.

Spoilers ahead.

Source:

http://io9.com/5470247/finally-stargate-universe-gets-an-old-school-sg+1-villain

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Syfy’s Sanctuary Help To Save Haiti’s Children

 

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Two of the principals behind the hit Syfy series Sanctuary are urging fans of the show and of science fiction in general to do their bit for Haiti. Star and executive producer Amanda Tapping and creator, writer, and executive producer Damian Kindler are behind the campaign, conducting it under the banner of the non-profit foundation Sanctuary for Kids.

Source:

http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/principals-on-syfys-sanctuary-help-to/

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Jason Momoa Cast as “Conan, The Barbarian”

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Jason Momoa of “Stargate Atlantis” has been cast starring in the title role as the Cimmerian swordsman and adventurer, “Conan, The Barbarian”, along with Mickey Rourke….

Sources:

http://movies.insidepulse.com/2010/02/25/mickey-rourke-joins-the-cast-of-conan/

http://theflickcast.com/2010/02/22/conan-next-film-to-get-3d-makeover/

http://movies.insidepulse.com/2010/02/02/crom-conan-casting-news/

http://www.shockya.com/news/2010/02/24/sean-hood-to-rewrite-conan/

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Stargate Pyramid PC

A built-from-scratch PC that resembles the Pyramid starship in the TV series, Stargate…..

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Created by science fiction fan/modder Henk Hamers (aka “Gup”), this incredible casemod gets its inspiration from the famous pyramid/spacecraft from the Stargate series.

 
 
 
 

Sources:

http://technabob.com/blog/2010/02/26/stargate-pyramid-pc-casemod/

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Stargate-Pyramid-PC-Intel-Nvidia,9754.html

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MacGyver Creator says “NO” to MacGruber Film

 

Lee David Zlototof, the creator of the popular 1980’s TV show “MacGyver”, makes some big noise over the release of the SNL film which features, “MacGruber”…

Sources:

http://screencrave.com/2010-02-02/macgyver-wants-macgruber-to-pay-up/

http://lifehacker.com/5480477/the-man-behind-macgyver-swiss-army-knife-or-duct-tape

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See Michael Shanks on “Supernatural”, hear about his “dream” ‘Five-O’ role and read about his view of the next SG-1 movie…

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Michael Shanks, who is best known for his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1, will soon be gracing the world of “Supernatural”.

Source:

http://www.buddytv.com/articles/supernatural/supernatural-whats-in-store-fo-34456.aspx

Michael Shanks has also admitted that landing the part of Danno on the new Hawaii Five-O remake would be a “dream come true”.

Source:

http://www.digitalspy.com/ustv/news/a202135/michael-shanks-wants-dream-five-o-role.html

Michael Shanks Thinks ‘Stargate SG-1’ May Be History

Actor Michael Shanks is pessimistic about reprising the role of Dr. Daniel Jackson in future DVD movie spin-offs of the sci-fi series Stargate SG-1, according to SCI FI Wire. Shanks was part of the regular cast for most of the series’ 10-season run and appeared in two direct-to-disc movies, The Ark of Truth and Stargate Continuum, that were released in 2008.

Sources:

http://www.cinemaspy.com/article.php?id=3995

http://brusimm.com/2010/02/16/michael-shanks-thinks-3rd-stargate-movie-iffy/

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Louis Gossett Jr. Being Treated for Prostrate Cancer

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E! News reported Gossett was diagnosed as having the early stages of the disease.

The 73-year-old Oscar winner is best known for his work in the movies “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Toy Soldiers” and “Iron Eagle,” as well as for his roles in TV’s “Roots,” “Sadat” and “Stargate SG-1.”

Source:

http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/Movies/2010/02/09/Gossett-Jr-treated-for-prostate-cancer/UPI-22201265761774/

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Scoregate: Composer Says He Composed Music for Stargate SG-1, Denied Cue Sheet Credit

Film and television composer Alex Wilkinson says he composed original music that has been used in 30 episodes of the hit television series “Stargate SG-1” and is being denied cue sheet credit for his music by series composer Joel Goldsmith. Goldsmith strongly denies the claim and says Wilkinson’s work on the series was orchestration only.

Source:

http://www.filmmusicmag.com/?p=4927

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Stargate studio files for C11 bankruptcy

CEO shown the door after serious accusations of wrongdoing…

The future of Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment was thrown into doubt over the weekend after it was discovered the studio has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Sources:

http://www.develop-online.net/news/33950/Stargate-studio-files-for-C11-bankruptcy

http://www.warcry.com/news/view/98584-Stargate-Worlds-Developer-Filing-for-Bankruptcy

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An Interview with Amanda Tapping

November 15, 2009

(Excerpts from an interview with Jenna Busch of the Huffington Post)

Just when you thought sci-fi legend Amanda Tapping couldn’t get any cooler…for eleven years, she starred as Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1.  Colonel Sam also appeared in twenty five episodes of Stargate Atlantis.  She’s guest starred on Stargate Universe.  And she’s currently starring in one of my favorites, Sanctuary.  If you’re not watching it, and you should be, Tapping plays Dr. Helen Magnus, a hundred-and-fifty-seven-year-old English scientist who runs a sanctuary for non-human creatures (vampires, mermaids … the kind you don’t see in zoos).  The show is largely filmed in front of a green screen and was the first North American show to use the RED camera exclusively.

 

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Ryan Robbins and Amanda Tapping in “Fragments”

 

“I know the last time I spoke to you at Comic Con, we talked about guest stars that you’d like to have on Sanctuary.  And when I spoke to David Blue from Stargate Universe, he said he loves you and he’d love to be a guest on your show.

Would he really?  That’s awesome!  [laughs]  We’ll have to get him on the show then!  
 

I actually wanted who else you have coming up or who you’d like to get.

 Jonathan Young comes back as Tesla in a big way.”

 

It’s got to be great to do something different.  After playing a role for eleven years, some people would get stuck.

I mean, all I can say is that I’ve been totally blessed.  To have Sam Carter at that time in my life that I got that part, and as long as I got to play her, what a blessing.  Because she’s an amazing character.  And I sort of thought, well, how do you top Sam?  Where do I go from here?  And then Sanctuary  came along and Damian handed me the script with this amazing character, and now, at this time in my life, is sort of perfect timing.  So yeah.  And now I’m saying to myself, where would I go after Helen?

 Speaking of Sam, I wanted to ask you about your guest spots on SGU and how many of those you’re going to do.

Well, I’ve done two episodes.  I did their first two-parter and I’m at the very end of their season.  And I just shot that a few weeks ago.  So I started their season and I’m ending their season, which was very cool. But I didn’t get to play with anyone.  That was my one, you know…if they were ever to have me come back, I’d want to be with people.  [laughs]  I’m kind of off on my ship, which I think is awesome.  I have to say, when I got to work, and I saw the uniform and the General Hammond crest on it, I teared up.  I think it’s a great honor to, not only Don, but to the character.  (note: Don S. Davis, who played Major General George Hammond passed away in June, 2008.)  So that was very cool.  But I’m up in my ship and I don’t get to play with anyone. 

 

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Michael Shanks and Amanda Tapping in “Penance.”

To find out about Michael Shanks’ upcoming guest appearance on Sanctuary and much more, read the entire article at: Interview With Amanda Tapping

 

Sources:  Amanda Tapping Online, Huffington Post Online

Film Grad Produces “Stargate Universe”

November 12, 2009

Since the first film of the franchise was released in 1994, Stargate has captured the imagination of sci-fi fans the world over. Each incarnation of the franchise – including the mega-successful Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis – carries the hefty responsibility of steering the massive fan base to a new cast of characters and set of circumstances.

Film Production grad John G. Lenic is one of the key players doing just that for the franchise’s newest series, Stargate Universe. The series debuts on Space on October 2, 2009.

John recently took some time out of his schedule to shed some light on how he contributes to the Stargate world.

Hi, John. Could you start off by explaining your role in Stargate Universe, and what kinds of responsibilities it entails?

JGL:   My role at Stargate Universe is that of the Producer.  That means that along with my showrunners, Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, I am responsible for the financial well-being of the series.  That includes the budget, management of the cast and crew, making sure we can bring in the series on budget and on schedule after shooting 20 episodes per season.  We spend approximately $50 million per year and employ approximately 250 people during the course of our shooting season, which runs from February until October.

You’ve been with Stargate for a while now. How has the franchise changed?

John G. Lenic

JGL:   I have been with the Stargate franchise since December of 1996.  It has changed so much yet so little over the past 13 years.  In my opinion the biggest thing to change over the course of the 3 series has been the cast.  The cast really set the tone for how well a show can work.  We have been so lucky, for the most part, to have a wonderful cast to work with everyday.  Folks like Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Chris Judge, David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell, Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, and Ming-Na are a few of the people that have made the last 13 years such an amazing experience for me… such a pleasure to be around them and see them everyday.

The stories on Stargate Universe are also so different then the last two shows.  The scripts this year have been more about relationships and the people as opposed to fighting the bad guy of the week.  The dilemmas are much more internal and far deeper.  I have to applaud the writers for the job they have done on the scripts thus far. The episodes are nothing short of ingenious.

For those who love Stargate, you are going to love this reinvention of the franchise, and for those of you who have never watched an episode, please watch the pilot as you will see that this show really is something new, and Robert Carlyle is phenomenal.  I am personally very proud of the work we have done this year.

For the benefit of current students and recent grads, could you describe your start in the industry? How did you make the transition from VFS grad to Producer?

JGL:  After VFS, my start in the industry came when a Canadian producer, Raymond Massey, came to scout my parents’ house for use in the feature film Whale Music.  I told him that if he needed any help, I would do anything. He told me to come to his office the following week and he would buy me lunch. Well, after that lunch, I never left his office.  I worked with his other assistant, Shauna Bryan (another VFS Film Production grad),  except I did it for free for a while, just absorbing anything I could – from budgeting to scheduling – he showed it all to me.  When we started prepping the movie, the company was able to pay me $25/week.  I learned so much, and with the other friends and VFS grads that were hired on the show, I loved every minute of it and made some great life long friendships.

After that, I went on to be Tracey Jeffrey’s assistant on several TV movies of the week.  I worked with her on 11 of these ultra low budget ($1,650,000 — 16 day shoot) movies.  This was all about being creative, as we didn’t have much money.

In September/October of 1996, I remember hearing that Stargate was going to be shooting in Vancouver and wanting to work on it, because I knew it would give me the opportunity to learn so much about working with everything from special effects explosions to visual effects and green screens.  I got a meeting with Michael Greenburg and Richard Dean Anderson and they hired me to run the day-to-day workings of their personal production company (Gekko Film Corp.) and take care of them on Stargate as well as development for their company, and all the other projects they had on the go at that time.  As Gekko had a financial interest in the show, and with my knowledge of budgets and numbers, Mike and Rick relied on me to stay on top of the budgets and cost reports with their interest in mind.

Stargate Universe

From there, MGM announced during the first season that the show was going for four seasons, and we decided that development for Gekko should be put on hold while Stargate was still happening.  At that point Brad Wright and MGM offered to get me a DGC membership and move me into a Unit Manager role, as I was performing that role already.

From that point on, I worked under N. John Smith and Brad Wright and they groomed me to take over as a Production Manager in Season 3 and so on and so forth, until they moved me into a Producer/Production Manager role in Season 8 of SG-1.  After that, I went on to Atlantis as the Producer/Production Manager, and then into the position of Producer on Stargate Universe.

It was while working on Atlantis that David Hewlett and I became friends, and went on to produce a low-budget movie between seasons.  We made A Dog’s Breakfast for $120,000, and MGM distributed it.  We decided in October that, come hell or high water, we were going to make a feature in January and set that as the start date.  David wrote the script, cast his sister and some Stargate alumni, and that was that. We did it. We set our minds to it and just made it happen.

What do you think is the most common mistake young film professionals make?

JGL:  I know it will sound cliché, but it’s not truly believing in yourself.  Never lose focus of what your end goal is, but know that it is going to take baby steps to get there.  Make sure you really take the time to enjoy, learn, and focus on each step you take along the way.

Stargate has a large, vocal fan base. How does that affect your job?

JGL:  The fans are fantastic and for as much as they are vocal about things that they don’t like, they applaud and are even more vocal and supportive about the things they like.

It has been hard with the new cast recently because they read everything and often get down on themselves when they read that people aren’t even going to give the new show a chance if Chris Judge or David Hewlett aren’t on it.

I feel bad for this new cast because they shouldn’t be made to feel that way.  It isn’t fair when people knock something before even giving it a chance. The new cast is doing such a fantastic job, it is amazing how these fans affect their mood just by writing those sorts of things.  It happened on Atlantis when SG-1 ended too, but it has been the topic of conversation several times in the last few months.

The Cast of Stargate Universe

It looks like you’ve recently joined fellow Stargate alum David Hewlett on Twitter (twitter.com/jglenic). Why did you sign up?

JGL:  Hewlett has been on there for a year or two, and I never really cared about telling people what I was up to, but now, most of the cast from Universe are on there, and I have had so much fun hearing and listening to the things they have written about on a daily basis.  I guess you could say that I gave into the peer pressure to try it out.  So far my favorites are David Hewlett, Ming-Na and David Blue. They always have something interesting to say.  If my perspective can help people, or if I can answer questions that help others on their career path, then I am glad to be a part of it.

After one look at your IMDB page, it’s clear that there’s been a steady upward progression in your career. What do you hope to do next?

JGL:  For now, I love the show I am working on and the people I work with.  It is important to me to focus on working with people that I want to be around and developing projects that I would want to see.  I have a few things in development, and I think it is time to make another feature.  I will keep you posted.

Please do!

Best of luck with Stargate Universe, John!

Source:  Vancouver Film School Blog

…..and as always….

Have A Very Stargate Day!

Sanctuary For Kids!

November 12, 2009

Amanda Tapping

has once again shown herself to be a real class act

 

Ms. Tapping, Damian Kindler and Jill Bodie of the popular SyFy television show, Sanctuary, have gotten together to create “Sanctuary For Kids” (S4K), a non-profit organization whose mission “is to improve the lives of children around the world who need protection and are in crisis – those who are exploited, dispossessed and threatened.”

According to their website, they will accomplish this by doing the following (great for us too!)

S4K will accomplish this mission in two fundamental ways:

  • Fundraising through online auctions and donations
  • Donating those funds to existing programs around the world where it has been determined an immediate need is evident and a tangible difference will be made by applying these funds

And so to that end, here is their November Auction List:

1.  Skype Chat
This entitles the highest bidder to a twenty minute personal Skypechat with Amanda Tapping, Damian Kindler, and Martin Wood via Skype. Valid for 6 months. Details to be arranged after the auction.

2. Set Tour:
Win a behind the scenes tour and lunch with Amanda Tapping, series star and executive producer, on the set of Sanctuary in Vancouver.

3.  Sanctuary Memorabilia:
Bid for a Sonic Stunner, a prop weapon seen on several episodes on Season two.

4.  Name a Character
The highest bidder of this auction will win the rare opportunity to choose the name of a character in the third season.

        Way to Go, Amanda Tapping!  Keep up the great work!

Source:
www.sanctuaryforkids.org

Gemini Awards Industry Gala 2009, Stargate Atlantis & Sanctuary Win Awards

November 12, 2009

 

The 24th annual Gemini Awards Industry Galas was held on October 19-20 in Toronto, Ontario at the Sound Academy was and hosted by Ennis Esmer (The Listener) and Zoe Palmer (The Guard).

43 awards were presented in children’s and youth, comedy, drama, and variety categories.

On October 19th, 44 awards were presented in news, sports, documentary, and lifestyle categories.

Vancouver-based series Stargate Atlantis picked up two awards and Sanctuary received one.

The final broadcast gala will be presented on November 14 at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta (shown on TV at 9 p.m. PT).

Here are the Stargate winners of the awards presented that evening:

Best Achievement in Make-Up
Todd Masters, Leah Ehman, Brad Proctor, and Kyla Rose Tremblay, all of Burnaby, and Holland Miller of Vancouver for Stargate Atlantis (Vegas)

Best Visual Effects
Lee Wilson, Caleb Ashmore, Matthew Belbin, Sebastien Bergeron, Ken Lee, Lionel Lim, Mladen Miholjcic, Lisa Sepp-Wilson, and Philippe Thibault, all of Vancouver, and Les Quinn of Burnaby for Sanctuary (Sanctuary For All Pt.1)

Best Writing in a Dramatic Series
Brad Wright (White Rock, B.C.) for Stargate Atlantis (The Shrine)

 

Sources:  Various

Michael Shanks to Guest on Sanctuary!

June 15, 2009

On Twitter today, Lexa Doig, Michael Shanks’ wife announced that Michael will be making a guest appearance on Sanctuary in Season 2. 
The episode is called "Penance"  Today was his first day on the set.

Michael Shanks also won a Leo Award this year




Best Lead Performance by a Male
in a Feature Length Drama

Michael Shanks
Stargate Continuum

In other news:

As Stargate Fans are eagerly awaiting the third installment in the franchise,
MGM and the Sci-Fi Channel have put out another
Stargate Universe Video


Check it out here

 http://www.scifi.com/universe

Here are a couple of photos from SGU

Cast in the desert

Photo provided by David Blue from the set of Stargate Universe

 

Stargate News!

October 22, 2008

Watch Another Terrific Video of Watch the Reactions of Cast & Crew During the Stargate Continuum Premiere in Vancouver

http://stargate.mgm.com/specialops/link.php?urlid=25&id=2256

ContinuumPremiere-2-1.jpg picture by BillieO

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Stargate Now has an Official Stargate Fan Page on Facebook!

Check it Out Now and Don’t Forget to Tell All Your Stargate Friends….

http://stargate.mgm.com/specialops/link.php?urlid=24&id=2256

facebook logo by AJC1.

….and as always….

….Have A Very Stargate Day!

Respectfully Submitted by a Member of the Stargate Special Ops Team.  If you want to have lots of Stargate fun, click below and join the Special Ops Team today!

http://stargate.mgm.com/specialops

Stargate Continuum and Stargate Atlantis

September 11, 2008

Special Continuum Featurette – Filming in the Arctic

Amanda Tapping

http://stargate.mgm.com/specialops/link.php?urlid=11&id=2256

 

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Watch the last season of Stargate Atlantis every Friday night on the Sci-Fi Channel….

 

Sheppard and Beckett get terrorized by a deadly creature on a planet with that has one of Michael’s nefarious research facilities.

Stargate Atlantis’ ‘Whispers’ airs Friday, September 5 at 10pm on the SciFi Channel.

Guest stars include Paul McGillion, Christina Cox, Janina Gavankar, Nicole De Boer and Leela Savasta.

 

http://stargate.mgm.com/specialops/link.php?urlid=12&id=2256

 

and as always….

Have A Very Stargate Day!

 

Courtesy of MGM

Stargate Continuum Premiere in Vancouver

August 13, 2008

See the reactions of the Cast & Crew at

the Stargate Continuum premiere in Vancouver

 

 

http://stargate.mgm.com/specialops/link.php?urlid=5&id=2256

 

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And check out the latest exclusive SGA video clip for…

This week’s new episode of Stargate Atlantis….

“The Ghost In The Machine”

 

 

http://stargate.mgm.com/video.php?id=143

 

New episodes of Stargate Atlantis every Friday,

at 10/9C, only on SCI FI

 

Enjoy!
 
….And as always….

Have A Very Stargate Day!