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Finally! #Stargate coming back to life with film trilogy reboot! | Blastr


Finally! Stargate coming back to life with film trilogy reboot!

Trent Moore Thursday, September 5, 2013 – 4:14pm

A whole lot of sci-fi fans have been bummed ever since the most recent Stargate series, Universe, went off the air a few years ago. Well, we have some good news: The franchise is coming back to the big screen.

But it won’t be a continuation of Stargate SG-1, Atlantis or Universe. Heck, it won’t even be connected to the original 1994 film that started it all. Get ready for a reboot.

Director Roland Emmerich has revealed that he is prepping a trilogy of new Stargate films meant to reboot the franchise. Originally Emmerich had envisioned Stargate as the first part of a trilogy — but MGM opted to make Stargate SG-1 instead, which ran for a decade and led to the two additional TV spinoffs.

Now that the franchise has been dormant a few years, Emmerich decided it was time to come back and give it another shot. Though the rebooted trilogy could borrow from some of his original plans, Emmerich was quick to point out that the new films will not be connected to the original Stargate film, noting “the actors look totally different … it would not work.”

The films will almost certainly not connect to the SG-1 universe, either, since Emmerich has never really been a huge fan of the small-screen version of the franchise. To this day, he maintains it is not a “canon” continuation from his film.

Here’s what he told Digital Spy:

“We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot… and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”

via Finally! Stargate coming back to life with film trilogy reboot | Blastr.

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Ming-Na To Star In Joss Whedon’s ‘Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Pilot!


Ming-Na S.H.I.E.L.D. CastingEXCLUSIVE: Joss Whedon has recruited ER alumna Ming-Na Wen for one of the leads in his ABC drama pilot Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., which he is co-writing and directing.

The project, from Marvel TV and ABC TV Studios, is based on a peacekeeping group found in both the comic book and feature film universes, including the blockbuster 2012 movie The Avengers. Ming-Na will play Agent Melinda May. Soulful and slightly damaged by her combat experiences, Melinda is an ace pilot, a weapons expert and a soldier who can — and has — gone beyond the call of duty.

The character was originally listed on the pilot’s casting breakdown as Agent Althea Rice, aka The Calvary. Ming-Na is the second actor cast in S.H.I.E.L.D., joining Clark Gregg, who is reprising his Iron Man, Thor and Avengers role as Agent Phil Coulson.

Whedon is co-writing the pilot script with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. The three executive produce with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb. Ming-Na, who is reverting to her full name, Ming-Na Wen, comes to S.H.I.E.L.D. with solid sci-fi credentials after recent stints on Syfy’s Eureka and Stargate Universe. She is repped by Innovative Artists, KLWGN and Jackoway Tyerman.

TV Editor Nellie Andreeva – tip her here.

via Ming-Na To Star In Joss Whedon’s ‘Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Pilot.

 

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Firefly’s Summer Glau Talks Alphas’ Big Season 2 Finale – IGN


Already beloved by genre fans for her memorable roles in series like Firefly, The 4400 and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Summer Glau has been appearing on yet another super-cool show of late, Syfy’s Alphas.

Summer Glau as Skylar Adams in Alphas

Glau plays Skylar Adams, whose Alpha ability allows her to create technology years beyond our most advanced modern tech – and improvise some very formidable weapons from the most innocuous of objects.

With Alphas going into its big Season 2 finale this Monday, I spoke to Glau about portraying Skylar, what’s in store for the finale and more. And yep, I asked the frequent Joss Whedon collaborator what she thought about Whedon returning to TV with S.H.I.E.L.D. – and if there could potentially be a role there for her.

IGN TV: You appeared in one episode of Alphas in Season 1, but has it been fun to come back and flesh her out more and to see different facets of Skylar in Season 2?

Summer Glau: It has been. It’s been a great season for Skylar. I love doing TV, and I love being a part of a team. I really enjoy the process of getting to live in a character for an extended period of time and watch them grow, and I think that’s really happened for Skyler this year. Throughout this final episode, I think she evolves even more. I like where it’s going, and I know I’ve said this before, but I really, really enjoyed the challenges of playing a mother for the first time. That’s been very inspiring for me.

IGN: I wanted going to ask you about that. What’s it like playing a mom, and can you talk about that amazing little girl playing your daughter?

Glau: Oh my gosh, Skyler [Wexler] and I are pen pals online. She is a brilliant, brilliant young lady. When I originally took the role, that was one of the main reasons why, because I thought, “Oh, I wonder what it would be like to play a parent.” Once I got on set and I started working with Skyler – and it’s funny because I play Skylar — I realized once we started workshopping scenes that it created a whole other layer of depth and inspiration for me as an actress. It really, really helped drive my scenes. I’m not a mother yet. I have a little dog, and that’s closest thing I have to someone that truly belongs to me. So it really helped push me along through these last two seasons of Alphas, being able to focus on the fact that Skylar is an absolute loner. She only has herself to count on, and that’s how I play it and that’s how I see her storyline before you meet her in the show. But now that she has a daughter, she just can’t think that way. So it’s a lot of mixed feelings for her, and it just helps me as an actress.

IGN: What really impresses me about little Skyler’s acting is that she’s very natural. There was that funny moment in the last episode where Gary was saying, “This place is gross,” and just the way she said, “Yeah, it is…”

Glau: [Laughs] I know! Yeah, she’s such a natural. She’s really smart.

IGN: You’ve been in a lot of genre shows, specifically where you got to play an ass-kicker. Skylar has very impressive powers, but they’re more mental. Do you miss getting out there and fighting next to the people with the more physical powers sometimes?

Glau: I do. It’s funny that you mention that because Michael Karnow, who is one of the creators of Alphas, he’s a friend of mine, and we were discussing this, it came up in one of the episodes – I think it was actually the episode that just aired this week. They had written the episode — and we always tend to workshop it and rehearse and make some changes — and we were thinking, you know, Skylar doesn’t really get physical. Should we involve her more physically in this storyline? I talked to Michael about it, and he said, “You know what, we specifically want to veer away from that for you as an actress, because people are always going to expect that from you. This is going to be a new challenge for you to be part of the team and make an impact and be a power player without using a physical ability.” So it was actually done on purpose, and that’s good for me because I always want to rumble and throw down; it’s just natural for me as an actress. So this is a good exercise for me.

via Summer Glau Talks Alphas’ Big Season 2 Finale – IGN.

 

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Meet the Dev Team of SyFy’s Defiance, & news on the H. G. Wells Spin-off


As a true fan of SyFy Channels golden child,Warehouse 13, myself and many fans have been asking about the spin-off with Jaime Murray.
The proposed series would be based on Jaime’s character, H. G. Wells and be set in the Warehouses past.

Meet the Dev Team – Special Edition: Nathan Richardsson, Executive Producer | Defiance

Many have asked yours truly where the series is going, and if it’s happening at all. I spoke with Jack Kenny last night and sadly, the news is less than desirable.
According to Jack:

Jack Kenny Dead in the water, as far as I know… alas…

When I mentioned how lovely it would be to see Jaime Murray’s name in the new series, Jack had this to say:

Jack Kenny  I mean, never say never, and networks change their minds all the time… but she’s currently a regular on “Defiance.” it’s on hold indefinitely…

Which brings us to the “Defiance” part of this article. although we won’t be seeing Jaime on her own show, we can enjoy her in SyFy’s newest project.

Meet the Dev Team – Special Edition: Nathan Richardsson, Executive Producer | Defiance

For the full article, media, cast and much more, go to Defiance.com today!

As announced last week, all-star gaming industry veteran, Nathan Richardson, has joined the Defiance team as Executive Producer. We were lucky enough to get him to sit down and share with us a bit about who he is and what he brings to Defiance!

Elizabeth Tobey:Can you tell the folks at home who you are and what you do at Trion?

Nathan Richardsson:I’m a mildly insane Icelander that missed the meeting about taking myself very seriously but did find myself working on serious spaceship business once. I’m involved in general game development at Trion as VP of Development, but my primary focus is Executive Producer of Defiance.

Elizabeth: What does an EP do? What does your day or week look like?

Nathan:Besides being responsible for everything that is Defiance, like ordering pizzas and pointing seriously at the pictures the artists create and asking for more blue, an Executive Producer should be making sure that there are great people on the team and that they have what they need to fulfill their responsibilities.

The week is usually packed with meetings (surprise!), but I try to make sure that they are 30 minute meetings and that most of them are either spent in 1on1s with team members or dealing with obstacles that need to be cleared. For me, being an EP involves active listening, facilitation, and clearing blockers so we can achieve our goals. I think a big part of leadership is simply being there for someone.

So while the core duty is leadership and vision, people are often surprised that it’s not all about jumping around in a spandex suit, dancing, and pointing in the direction where we all should be going (while looking strikingly handsome). It’s about leading in the direction we should be going, and having people trust you. Otherwise you’re just a guy pointing somewhere. And then nothing happens. I can do both quite well.

Elizabeth:We’re closing in on the release of Defiance. What are some of the things you’re focusing on right now?

Nathan: Defiance is so massive that we still have quite a few things to take care of. It’s easy to get derailed. The most important part right now is keeping our content and feature pipeline flowing so we can ramp up alpha and start beta on all three platforms. Then we can get solid feedback and go through our polish phase.

We are also planning all the features and content to be deployed in the years after we go live. It’s a pretty ambitious schedule, but since we have the entire team working on Defiance after we launch as well, I think we can deliver some amazing experiences.

Alongside this, there is the operational side of everything Defiance. Making final adjustments to our game operations platform and our server hardware and hosting so we can start beta. I’m trying to keep us focused on distribution, sales, and marketing as well since they are very tightly integrated into the game. I’m also personally pointing at some pictures of the collector’s edition items that we’re creating.

Elizabeth: What is the most exciting thing for you about this project?

Nathan: I think, with something like a massive online co-op shooter experience on three platforms that’s integrated with an international TV show the size of Battlestar Galactica, the lunch options and weather here in San Diego really stood out for me.

The cast and crew of the show didn’t exactly hurt either. When I found a team that understood launching an online game is basically when all the fun starts, and that you can constantly evolve the game and expand to even further platforms, that was exciting. Still, the lunch and weather really got me.

Elizabeth:How about the scariest thing?

Nathan: The size of the freaking bugs here.

Elizabeth: What’s it like making an online game of this scale for consoles?

Nathan:It’s immensely fun. There are a ton of challenges as there aren’t that many groups out there that have created a game the way we’re doing it. From the features we have, to the content, the server architecture and how people interact, to all the dirty details on how to make the interaction with the console platforms work, there is a lot of uncharted territory for this kind of large-scale co-op and player-versus-player game on consoles. I enjoy that kind of work.

Elizabeth:What were you doing before you came to Trion?

Nathan: I was making games with an Icelandic company called CCP before this, involved with EVE Online, DUST 514, and The World of Darkness. Before that I was in telecommunications where I was involved with a lot of new things back then, like Video on Demand, fiber optics, DSL, gaming services, online communities, and even gaming tournaments. Gaming has always been in my blood but so has product development, so when I got the opportunity to work on EVE, I took a loooong time to think about it. Almost like, three seconds.

That isn’t exactly true though. Both companies were great and I learned a lot. I have very strong feelings towards them – I stayed almost eight years at both. I guess that’s part of my personality.

Elizabeth: What games are you playing right now?

Nathan:Last game I pressed play on was League of Legends. There’s also Paper Planes, some Firefall and I need to do more of Faster Than Light and Borderlands 2. I also end up buying an unhealthy amount of games on Steam that I still need to start playing. And then there is my Blood Angels army that I have to paint so I can start the new Chaos Marines in Warhammer 40,000. Oh, and if Hawken would give me beta access, the bastards, I’d be playing that as well.

Elizabeth: Outside of work (and games!) what do you do for fun?

Nathan:Eat, drink, love. Or, you know, I love travel and being with family and friends. I also watch way too many movies and television shows.

Elizabeth: What’s the next item on your agenda when you head back to your office?

Nathan:Sleep. It’s midnight and I was fortunate enough to have a great dinner with Syfy and other partners, so I just have to wrap up a couple of things, then head to bed. I intend to watch a Sons of Anarchy and a Revolution episode first though. Or fall asleep trying. Then it’s a fresh day, starting with a series of 30-minute meetings with my managers and four 1on1s, then checking in with the community team, the video team, and also our game platform team.

Elizabeth: Last question: What’s something we don’t know about Defiance, that only you could tell us?

Nathan: That I intend to infuse Defiance with the rich heritage and cuisine of my homeland so that I get my own species. Titan zombie-mech rotten sharks.

And that’s it for this installment of the Defiance “Meet the Dev” series. Be sure to drop by the forums to discuss Defiance with your friends, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest news and updates.

 

Jason Priestley to Direct Syfy’s HAVEN Special Halloween Episode (tv.broadwayworld.com)


Wednesday, Oct, 17, 2012; 10:40 AM; – by TV News Desk

Syfy’s popular series Haven joins the frightful holiday spirit with a ghoulish Halloween program on Friday, October 26 at 10PM (ET/PT), directed by Jason Priestley (Call Me Fitz, Beverly Hills 90210). In the episode, Audrey (Emily Rose), Nathan (Lucas Bryant) and Duke (Eric Balfour) are trapped in Haven’s most infamous haunted house while investigating a mysterious murder. Secrets are revealed when their captor begins pitting them against each other.

Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) also guest stars as Roland Holloway, a troubled man bent on vengeance against one of Haven’s own.

Haven, based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King, follows former FBI agent Audrey Parker, who becomes a cop in the small town of Haven, Maine, and soon discovers the town’s many secrets, which also hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of her lost past.

From leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), Haven is co-commissioned by Shaw Media in Canada and globally via Universal Networks International (UNI).

The creative team behind Haven includes executive producers John Morayniss (Rookie Blue, Hell on Wheels) from eOne Television and David MacLeod (Legends of the Fall, The Ray Bradbury Theater) of Big Motion Pictures, who are joined by Lloyd Segan, Shawn Piller, Scott Shepherd (Stephen King’s The Dead Zone, Greek) of Piller/Segan/Shepherd and Matt McGuinness (Journeyman, Dark Blue) as well as Sam Ernst & Jim Dunn (Stephen King’s The Dead Zone), who also developed the series.

Haven is produced by Entertainment One and Big Motion Pictures in association with Piller/Segan/Shepherd and airs on Syfy in the U.S., Showcase in Canada and internationally on Universal Networks International’s channels. Entertainment One controls the worldwide distribution rights to the one-hour series and concluded a deal with Germany’s Tele München Group (TMG) for the television rights in Continental Europe.

via Jason Priestley to Direct Syfy’s HAVEN Special Halloween Episode (tv.broadwayworld.com).

 

Fans attempting to get Amanda Tapping on Canada’s Walk of Fame


Amanda Tapping – National Nomination

The Canada’s Walk of Fame Award is bestowed annually to Canadians who have demonstrated the true essence of the Canadian identity.
The Grand Empress of Sci-fi, as so lovingly named by her many adoring fans, would join inductees from 2012 such as Sarah McLachlan, Phil Hartman, and former inductees like Nelly Furtado, Kim Catrall, and James Cameron.

One of Amanda’s biggest supporters, Mike Carvalho, @GateworldRocky on Twitter, is working very hard to make this happen. Using YouTube, Mike sings the praises of Amanda’s infectious personality and magnanimous attitude.

As a fan myself, I can completely understand his passion. Amanda Tapping is not only beautiful, but conveys a strength and intelligent female role model for today’s young women. Her role in the Charitable Foundation “Sanctuary for kids” has successfully raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes both worldwide and locally in Vancouver.

Amanda is joining “Supernatural’s” eighth season in a major recurring role. She will play Naomi, an angel who wears a business suit and has her hair pulled back.   Amanda’s character will make her first appearance in the seventh episode of the new season entitled “A little slice of Kevin”.

Best know in Sci-Fi circles as Captain / Major / Colonel Samantha Carter in the highly successful MGM television series “Stargate SG-1” – Amanda enjoyed a starring role in the SyFy Channels much loved series “Sanctuary,” where her character led a team of extraordinary people whose mission was to protect the “abnormals” of Earth.

If you, like so many adoring fans, believe Amanda deserves her own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, you can do your part by going to canadaswalkoffame.com and submitting your nomination for Amanda.

I myself have already put in my nomination, and I urge all my Faithful Followers to do the same. It takes mere moments, and I can think of no one more worthy of this prestigious honor than our beloved Amanda!

 

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Syfy Renews ‘Face Off’ For Fourth Season – Deadline.com


Syfy Renews ‘Face Off’ For Fourth Season

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Monday October 8, 2012 @ 12:48pm PDT

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Syfy has announced it’s renewing Face Off for a fourth season. Hosted by McKenzie Westmore, the competition/elimination series explores the world of special-effects make-up artists and the imagination that allows them to create works of living art. Judges for the competition include Ve Neill, special make-up effects artist Glenn Hetrick, and feature film creature designer Neville Page. Scheduled for guest appearances in the 2013 season are Bryan Singer and Lightstorm’s Jon Landau. Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton of Mission Control Media will return as executive producers.

via Syfy Renews ‘Face Off’ For Fourth Season – Deadline.com.

 
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