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Sep 26 2010

Lou Diamond Phillips And Ming-Na Dont Spill The Beans

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For two veteran actors like Lou Diamond Phillips and Ming-Na Wen, being on the cast of Stargate Universe is an opportunity to flex their skills by tackling mind and body swaps, being brainwashed, exploring their sexuality, being tossed into gun fights, coping with disabilities, and of course being neck deep in good old human drama.

Syfy Channel’s Stargate Universe is the latest television series addition to the Stargate franchise (Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis). It tells the story of a group of civilians and military personnel who accidentally get stuck on the spaceship Destiny without any way of getting back to Earth as the ship has been pre-programmed to travel across the universe.

When we last left the crew of the Destiny, their fate seemed to be up in the air after being attacked by the Lucian Alliance, an interstellar gang of smugglers and mercenaries.

We learn that Colonel Telford (Phillips) had been brainwashed into spying for the enemy but regains control of himself after being killed then revived by Colonel Young, played by Louis Ferreira. The season ended with the military personnel about to be executed.

Poptimal had a chance to participate in a recent interview where both actors were careful not to reveal any spoilers to the detriment of the writers. But Phillips assures us that we will see a lot more of him in season two and that audiences will get to know a whole different side of his character.

“What’s been interesting is that we get to know him a little bit better. We sense the dynamic between himself and (Rush) and Young and Camille Wray how he operates with them become slightly different. But what we haven’t discovered about Telford yet, and I don’t think I’m spoiling anything, is we haven’t gotten a lot of details about his personal life just yet so that I find that very intriguing,” he said.

Wen explains the challenges her character Camille Wray faces in season two.

“She has to come to terms with her situation. I think for season one her ultimate goal was to get everybody back home including herself back to earth and back to a world that she’s comfortable in, she’s familiar with. And now I think with season two it’s the realization that perhaps there is something else that is going to take over as the more important mission in her life and to just start moving forward and embracing that as her world for a while.”

She also elaborates more on this new mission not just for her character, but also for the rest of the Destiny crew as now they have to protect Earth from a Lucian Alliance attack.

One of the biggest challenges that faced Wen’s character last season was being inside a paraplegic body. To prepare for it she did research and went on YouTube to observe actor Christopher Reeve, who became quadriplegic in an equestrian related accident.

“But ultimately I think for me the challenge was to portray someone who’s not used to that body. That was the hardest thing and to be able to kind of not bring the sense of doom and gloom into being a paraplegic,” she said.

When asked what their favorite episode of this season was so far, both actors were still careful to not give any specific details. Phillips did comment that there would be a lot more action coming up.

“I think that there’s a definite membership out there in the fandom that will appreciate the action adventure aspect of some of the episodes coming up. We blow a lot of stuff up. And, yes, get into major firefights,” he said.

They also talked about some of the challenges that came with working on a digital effects heavy show, primarily what it’s like to act with a green screen. Wen felt that on the one hand, her inner five-year-old came out to play by pretending to be in outer space and then at the same time really believing in the circumstances to be able to sell it to the audience. Phillips added that you had to fully commit to what you were supposed to be seeing or else viewers wouldn’t buy it.

“Everything has to go to that place of completeness and utter believability,” he said.

Most of the time descriptive explanations are given to help set up scenes as well as art and effects departments providing renderings. Still in some instances the actors are just staring at nothing with the director yelling at them.

“He’ll be like okay you see something light up and now it’s coming at you really fast. And now it zooms up overhead!” Wen said.

Both actors agreed that they never knew what exactly they were going to get whenever they got a new script. Phillips comments that it was both fun and a little daunting while Wen recalls trying to understand the mind-swapping component of the communication stones (the stones allowed people on the Destiny to switch bodies with counterparts on Earth) and laughs at how confused she first was.

“By the third time of doing it I was still thoroughly confused. I was really like wait, wait, wait. Now who…” she explains in amusement.

While Colonel Telford is only slated as a recurring character there’s no denying the big impact he has made to the storyline and it will be interesting to see his evolution and Wen’s Wray in the upcoming new episodes.

Season two of Stargate Universe premieres on September 28, 2010 at 9/8c on Syfy.

Interview Courtesy Of Poptimal »

Aug 01 2010

Former Stargate Production Team Members Devloping New Show Sherwood

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Former members of the Stargate production team are prepping a brand new science fiction series for the SyFy Channel. Its been reported that Damian Kindler, Martin Wood, and Amanda Tapping are pencilling in Sherwood to their production rosters in 2010.

The new series is set to re-imagine the popular story of Robin Hood which has already been done before, however this time it is due to be set in the 23rd Century. In Sherwood, “a young man of privilege teams up with a misfit spaceship crew to right the wrongs of his family.”

May 09 2010

Stargate Universe Looking For Local Extras

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The Syfy Channel television series “Stargate Universe” is currently looking for local actors to appear in an upcoming and un-named episode of season 2.

The cast and crew of Stargate Universe will be in Farmington from May 17 to 21 to shoot scenes for an upcoming episode. The Vancouver-based production previously shot scenes in Alamagordo area for the season 1 episode “Air (part 3).”

The show is looking for actors interested in playing background extras during the locally shot scenes. Those hired will earn $8 an hour plus overtime for their work.

Those interested are asked to upload their headshots at www.egcasting.com.

Apr 30 2010

MGM Finanical Woes A Possible Threat To Stargate Universe

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It appears James Bond might not be the only franchise hurting in light of MGM Studios’ recent financial woes. According to Airlock Alpha, who spoke to an unnamed source, the cast and crew of Stargate: Universe know that their number could be up next. Though in Vancouver for the Syfy Channel, Stargate: Universe is still an MGM production.

Said the source, who works on the show, “We come in, do the best job we can, but in the end, we could be out of work tomorrow simply because of something that’s totally out of our control.”

But just because the producers decided to ditch plans for a third Bond film in the wake of MGM’s failure to find a buyer to take over the studio’s debt, doesn’t mean that Stargate: Universe is necessarily facing the same demise. Though MGM faces the daunting debt of $3.7 billion, the fact that the show is already on its second season and is part of a successful TV franchise, spells a faster return on investment than putting millions upon millions into the next Bond film might.

Apr 17 2010

Stargate Universe Moves To New Fall Schedule In 2010

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The SyFy Channel will be moving its Friday night dramas to Tuesdays starting in October 2010; it has been confirmed this week.

Stargate Universe, Sanctuary and Caprica will all on Tuesdays nights from the 1st October 2010, where the network has had great success in the summer months with hot shows such as Eureka and Warehouse 13, its two highest rated original drama series.

What is the reason behind the change? Well the SyFy channel has purchased the rights to WWE Friday Night SmackDown, one of the largest and well known wrestling franchises.

With Tuesday nights being a big success elsewhere in the world especially in the United Kingdom, it looks like a win, win situation from the Stargate Franchise when typically the Friday night timeslots in The United States of America have earned the nickname “The Graveyard”.

Only time will tell.

Dec 23 2009

SyFy Channel Cancels Christmas Day Stargate Universe Marathon

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In an unusual turn up for the books in the 7 year history of the Stargate franchise being on the popular cable television providers network, SyFy has decided to cancel their planned Christmas day marathon.

Dec 14 2009

Stargate Universe Renewed For A Second Season

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The SyFy channel and MGM studios have expanded their commitments to the Stargate Franchise by renewing Universe for a second season.

The shows writing department have already begun spinning possible new episode titles and complete episode line-ups prior to the show being given the green light for production on 20 new episodes.

The second season of Stargate Universe is scheduled to air in the fall, with filming commencing around February / March time.

Stay tuned to the Stargate Archive for all the latest news as and when it breaks.

Dec 02 2009

Stargate Universe Marathon Coming On Christmas Day

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The SyFy channel is gearing up for an all out science fiction blast in the United States of America, kicking off the festive season with the entire first half of season one airing from 8:30am untill 5:30pm (ET/PT).

Aug 28 2009

Meet Stargate Universe’s Resident Geek David Blue

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Brad Wright, the co-creator of Syfy’s upcoming Stargate Universe, told a Comic-Con audience that the show got not only an actor in the person of star David Blue, but also a technical adviser: Blue—who plays Eli, a genius slacker—has been a fan of the franchise from the beginning and has seen every episode of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.

“Our first day of weapons training, actually, we did it on the Atlantis set, in front of the Atlantis gate,” Blue told us in an exclusive interview, adding: “It’s hard when your castmates were not as huge fans beforehand, because you can’t geek out in front of them without feeling like an idiot. I kind of had to wait for lunch, when everyone walked away, and go to the Stargate and touch it and take pictures of myself in front of it.”

Stargate_Universe_David_Blue-thumb-550x335-23098Blue added, “I love any scene the Stargate is in. … When you see on Eli’s face that he’s really excited about the gate, that’s actually me. … I keep telling people that this place seems far too real, and the place is so cool, there’s no way we’re not government-funded. It’s just to throw people off the scent that this actually exists. … Somewhere up there, there are people on spaceships, and they’re going through Stargates, and these things are actually happening.”

SGU, from Wright and Robert C. Cooper, follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an Ancient ship, the Destiny, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship’s Stargate to survive. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.

“Stargate Universe takes place in the same world and the same universe as SG-1 and Atlantis, but essentially it’s a group of people who are brought on to do some research,” Blue said. “Scientists brought in to figure out this mythical ninth chevron address, … a nine-digit phone number, and nobody knows where it goes. And through a course of events, [he] ends up having to pick up and go, and the right people who are supposed to go on this mission to explore don’t necessarily end up going.”

Blue added: “You end up with a group of people who weren’t supposed to be there, … counting on each other, who aren’t necessarily the ones with the skill sets for survival … on the far side of the universe, trying to figure out how to survive. How to not die. How to not kill each other. And genuinely having to deal and cope.”

The show differs from previous installments in the popular franchise. “Unlike past shows, where you have rubber-faced, British-speaking aliens, it’s more about the ensemble cast,” Blue said. “The people you become invested in. Who you get to relate to and find catharsis in, … it’s great, because you can see all these new layers and levels to situations you normally get the chance [to see] in shows these days.”

SGU has been described as darker in tone then its predecessors, but Blue has a different way of looking at it. “I tend to say it’s not as much darker as it is more real,” he said. “And maybe that’s a pessimistic way of looking at the world, but I think that … reality itself is darker. It’s not just shiny, ‘Hey, we survived again! Woo-hoo!’ There are more levels, where you look at the person sitting next to you, and you start thinking to yourself, ‘Do I trust them today?’ And you look at someone sitting next to you and start to see a spark and go, ‘How do I really feel about that person?’ And when your life is being threatened, you tend to actually, in a weird way, find humor to make yourself cope. You can say ‘darker,’ because in some ways it is, … but when you really get down to it, it’s like everyday life. That’s kind of what I like about it.”

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Meet Stargate Universe’s resident geek, David Blue

Brad Wright, the co-creator of Syfy’s upcoming Stargate Universe, told a Comic-Con audience that the show got not only an actor in the person of star David Blue, but also a technical adviser: Blue—who plays Eli, a genius slacker—has been a fan of the franchise from the beginning and has seen every episode of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.

stargate_universe7_jpg“Our first day of weapons training, actually, we did it on the Atlantis set, in front of the Atlantis gate,” Blue told us in an exclusive interview, adding: “It’s hard when your castmates were not as huge fans beforehand, because you can’t geek out in front of them without feeling like an idiot. I kind of had to wait for lunch, when everyone walked away, and go to the Stargate and touch it and take pictures of myself in front of it.”

Blue added, “I love any scene the Stargate is in. … When you see on Eli’s face that he’s really excited about the gate, that’s actually me. … I keep telling people that this place seems far too real, and the place is so cool, there’s no way we’re not government-funded. It’s just to throw people off the scent that this actually exists. … Somewhere up there, there are people on spaceships, and they’re going through Stargates, and these things are actually happening.”

SGU, from Wright and Robert C. Cooper, follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an Ancient ship, the Destiny, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship’s Stargate to survive. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.

“Stargate Universe takes place in the same world and the same universe as SG-1 and Atlantis, but essentially it’s a group of people who are brought on to do some research,” Blue said. “Scientists brought in to figure out this mythical ninth chevron address, … a nine-digit phone number, and nobody knows where it goes. And through a course of events, [he] ends up having to pick up and go, and the right people who are supposed to go on this mission to explore don’t necessarily end up going.”

Blue added: “You end up with a group of people who weren’t supposed to be there, … counting on each other, who aren’t necessarily the ones with the skill sets for survival … on the far side of the universe, trying to figure out how to survive. How to not die. How to not kill each other. And genuinely having to deal and cope.”

The show differs from previous installments in the popular franchise. “Unlike past shows, where you have rubber-faced, British-speaking aliens, it’s more about the ensemble cast,” Blue said. “The people you become invested in. Who you get to relate to and find catharsis in, … it’s great, because you can see all these new layers and levels to situations you normally get the chance [to see] in shows these days.”

SGU has been described as darker in tone then its predecessors, but Blue has a different way of looking at it. “I tend to say it’s not as much darker as it is more real,” he said. “And maybe that’s a pessimistic way of looking at the world, but I think that … reality itself is darker. It’s not just shiny, ‘Hey, we survived again! Woo-hoo!’ There are more levels, where you look at the person sitting next to you, and you start thinking to yourself, ‘Do I trust them today?’ And you look at someone sitting next to you and start to see a spark and go, ‘How do I really feel about that person?’ And when your life is being threatened, you tend to actually, in a weird way, find humor to make yourself cope. You can say ‘darker,’ because in some ways it is, … but when you really get down to it, it’s like everyday life. That’s kind of what I like about it.”

Blue said the show is part of a greater trend in television for shows to reflect the world around them. “Look at reality shows,” he said. “They want to feel like they’re a fly on the wall, watching a situation happen. So when you can do that with something that’s also sci-fi-related, I think it’s even cooler for the fans. Because it makes you feel more like the gate actually exists. Like it’s Wormhole Extreme, and these people are going to come and kidnap you any minute because they need your help.”

When I told him that I’d certainly be OK with that, he laughed and said, “Me too! And it happened! I’m actually calling you from a real spaceship.”

At Comic-Con, the show’s creators told the audience that viewers of SGU don’t have to be familiar with the earlier shows to watch. Blue agreed. “I think it’s great, because the truth is, a lot of my friends and family do not watch a lot of sci-fi, or specifically Stargate,” he said. “They keep asking me, ‘Should I watch it all?’ And I say, ‘Feel free to.’ It’s almost like easter eggs. But the truth is, you don’t need to. That’s one of the things I really love about Eli, my character. I’m there to be the audience. I’m there to be the heart and the eyes and the ears of the audience who are thrust into this situation they weren’t expecting to be in and have to go, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa! What are the Ancients?’ And have it explained to them.”

But loyal fans will find plenty of references to earlier series, with familiar guest stars, inside jokes and “little tidbits” of information, Blue promised. “You can feel special on that note,” he said. “I hate to make this reference, but for some reason it’s sticking out. It’s kind of like The Muppets. You know how as a kid you watch, and you think it’s great and funny? … And then you grow up and watch and you go, ‘Oh, that’s a lot dirtier than I thought it was?’ It’s kind of like that.”

Interview courtesy of Sy Fy Wire

Aug 11 2009

David Hewlett’s Starcrossed Has Been Axed By The Sy Fy Network

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David Hewlett’s pet project for his next big role has been officially axed by the Sy Fy channel.

After two full years in development limbo, the Sy Fy channel has decided not to make the science fiction themed comedy series a hit show.

The Syfy channel picked up the airing and producing rights to the show back in 2007, intending to develop it as a half-hour comedy. Later, the network changed its decision with the hope Starcrossed would premiere as a Web series.

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