Legends Memorabilia announces Eye of Ra pendant

Legends Memorabilia announces the arrival of the new ‘Eye of Ra’ pendant.

Following several months of development, Legends Memorabilia announces the launch of its new Stargate licensed ‘Eye of Ra’ replica prop pendant. This long-awaited item is an exact replica of the prop that was used in the Stargate SG-1 season 8 finale episode, MOEBIUS.

The pendant measures 1.75″ in diameter and is made from a heavy zinc/alloy material which has been finished with antique gold plating. The necklace is 24″ long with 570 individual gold plated links and 57 black bead separators to exactly match the chain used in the show. The pendant and necklace are supplied in a luxurious black velvet case with a satin liner.

The company has produced an initial production run of 100 units which are available on its website catalogue for a special introductory price of $95.00 (+ s/h).

For more details and to view this item please visit the Stargate Collectibles catalogue here.

Legends Memorabilia
www.stargateprops.com

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Stargate 2007 Canstruction charity auction now open

THE LEGENDS MEMORABILIA/STARGATE
CANSTRUCTION 2007 CHARITY AUCTION IS NOW OPEN!

Legends Memorabilia has once again teamed up with Industrial Brand Creative to enter the CANSTRUCTION 2007 charity event in support of the foodbanks of Greater Vancouver.

Each year Legends Memorabilia/Stargateprops runs a charity auction to raise funds for the purchase of cans of food which we use to build a unique 10′ x 10′ structure made entirely from cans of food! After the displays have been displayed to the public for one week, they are dismantled and all of the food is donated to the local foodbanks.

This is our fourth year and in all previous years we have come away as prizewinners in the process of donating more than 40,000 food items!

• In 2004 our structure was called ‘Cans Film Festival’ and this entry won us the prestigious ‘Can Do’ award.

• In 2005 we built ‘More than Just Peanuts’ and won the ‘Juror’s Favourite’ award — the top prize in the competition. This structure was also was also an award winner at the National event where we competed with more than 50 cities throughout North America!

• In 2006 our structure was called ‘Catch Me If You Can’ and once again we brought home the ‘Juror’s Favourite’ award.

But none of this is possible with you, the fans of Stargate who have so generously supported this project for the past 3 years. This year we have the support of the Stargate Production Studio as well as the principal cast members of SG-1 to bring you some unique items to bid on. We shall be offering autographed set-worn items from ‘the original 6’: RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON, MICHAEL SHANKS, AMANDA TAPPING, CHRIS JUDGE, DON S. DAVIS & TERYL ROTHERY.

But the highlight of this great charity event is a very special VIP Stargate Studio Tour for 2 people!

Through the generosity of STARGATE PRODUCTIONS, we are delighted to bring to this auction the ultimate dream for Stargate fans: Your own personal and private VIP tour of the Stargate production studios!

This tour (for you and a friend) will occupy a full day of Stargate related entertainment that will be sure to leave an indelible mark in your memory! This will be your opportunity to look behind the scenes of both Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis as you get a personal insight into the many factors that have made this historical series so great.

Your private VIP tour will have many memorable highlights including:

• A visit to the SGC production set which includes the Gateroom, the master Control Centre, offices used by O’Neill, Hammond and Landry; as well as the labs, medical center and more.

• The Stargate: Atlantis Gateroom production facility and stage.

• Various other sets including Daedalus, Goa’uld Mothership, Puddle Jumper, Wraith Hive, the Ori set and more.

• Behind the scenes tour of the Costume and Art departments.

• Visits to off-studio location sets.

Other highlights will include personal visits with some of the stars (subject to their availability) as well as various production crew members. You will also have photo ops, autographs, set-used memorabilia gifts and more. We’ll also fit lunch in there too!

Your VIP tour will be arranged for a date that is mutually convenient to you and the studio. Our recommendation is that the date of the tour should be before June 2007 as you will then be able to visit the studio whilst both SG-1 and Atlantis are being filmed.

For further details or any questions, please contact Paul Brown at: stargate@legends-memorabilia.com

We look forward to having you join us in this great sale and for your convenience, you may click here to visit the auction site which is now live!

Good luck in your bidding!

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Save Stargate SG1 campaign statement

The following is a statement released by the Save Stargate SG-1 campaign after MGM’s announcement that SG-1 would continue in movies rather than with a Season 11:

“The stated goal of the Save Stargate SG1 campaign is “Supporting MGM in securing the future of Stargate SG-1, be that an 11th season, movies or miniseries, via TV, direct to DVD, ground breaking online distribution or download service.”

The hope of the campaign was to secure at very least a proper ending to Stargate SG1, denied it by the speed of the cancellation by SCI FI Channel. The announcement of two movies at least offered closure to the huge Ori storyline. But it wasn’t enough for fans, who wanted our SG1 team to have a future.

Now the final word is in from MGM: there IS a future for Stargate SG1.

The studio is committed to producing an ongoing series of movies – as long as we, the fans, support those movies. DVD sales for the first two movies, going into production in April and June 2007, will be CRITICAL to ensure MGM can afford to commit to the third and fourth, the fifth and sixth movies, and more.

Some disappointment is natural: the ideal was always to secure an 11th season if at all possible. We’ve worked hard for that goal, explored every avenue and option. But SCI FI Channel, overseas broadcasters and now MGM itself have all spoken on this. In a pragmatic campaign, always grounded in reality, always telling it to you straight, we have to admit that Season 11 is officially off the table.

SG1 will continue in the form of a DVD movie series. Atlantis and the new third series are the future of Stargate on television.

SG1 will continue. It has its own future. The dedication and passion of the international community of fans have made it impossible for MGM not to hear us, not to make that commitment to continuing the story of the SG1 team through the series of movies.

We have spoken and we have been heard; now our actions will speak louder than all our words. We’ll celebrate our team by watching Season 10 episodes live on SCI FI Channel and buying the DVD releases or iTunes downloads, but we must, MUST support the DVD movies. They are the future of Stargate SG1.”

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MGM planning ongoing SG1 movies, no Season 11

GateWorld.net reports today:

Stargate owner Metro Goldwyn Meyer is planning an on-going Stargate SG-1 movie franchise, a production source tells GateWorld. MGM and the show’s Vancouver-based producers are no longer pursuing an eleventh season for the hit television series, which was cancelled by U.S. broadcaster SCI FI Channel in August.

The cast of Stargate SG-1 has now signed on for the first film, though an exact list of confirmed actors is not yet available. The film begins shooting April 15 in Vancouver, followed by a June 1 start date for the second movie, according to a new IGN interview with actor Michael Shanks.

Though perhaps a disappointment to fans rallying for an eleventh season at SaveStargateSG1.com, the news does offer a silver lining: should DVD sales justify the plans to make an on-going series of movies, the adventures of SG-1 will continue.

The studio was previously exploring its options for an alternate way to finance and distribute Season Eleven in the U.S., calling Stargate its most important franchise second only to James Bond.

The producers announced in October that two SG-1 movies, likely direct-to-DVD, had been greenlit. The first will serve as the climax of the Ori story line, according to executive producer Brad Wright. It will be written by executive producer Robert C. Cooper. The second film will be written by Wright, and is said to deal with time travel.

The studio is targetting a fall 2007 release for both films — just a few months after Stargate SG-1 ends its historic, 10-year run on cable television.

They hope for at least one new SG-1 movie each year thereafter, a source tells GateWorld.

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Shanks speaks of unfounded rumour

The Michael Shanks-devoted site MSOL reports today:

Over the last few days there has been some speculation regarding a 3rd series in the Stargate franchise, and the reported news that Michael Shanks has been approached to star in the series.

We have just received confirmation from Michael via his publicist that the information regarding his reported involvement in the series is “completely unfounded and unsubstantiated. No one has contacted Michael with any such news/offerings/ideas, etc.”

As far as Michael is concerned, this is “just an unfounded rumor.”

Solutions naturally is extremely disappointed by this development. We’ve had a long relationship with a completely trusted source close to the production who has never led us astray. For example, we were the first site to ‘scoop’ the exploration of Arthurian mythology and the revelation of Merlin as an Ancient in Season 9. While others scoffed and impugned our integrity, Season 9 unfolded exactly as we predicted.

We had the assurance of our source that their comments were accurate. Their comments have always been accurate. We have the assurance, now, from Michael Shanks, that they were not accurate. Whatever’s happening behind the scenes, we no longer know.

Our apologies to one and all for this; we posted as we have always done, in good faith. The last thing we wanted for Daniel fans was an emotional high to be followed by a fall. We are deeply sorry for that.

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Shanks approached to star in 3rd Stargate series!

SOLUTIONS EXCLUSIVE!

Popular fan site GateWorld reports today that a third Stargate spinoff series is in development at Bridge Studios, Vancouver.

From GateWorld:

“A production source informs GateWorld that the new series is in the concept phase, and is being actively worked on by the Vancouver creatives behind Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. No concept for the show has yet been revealed.

The third TV series is also not likely to be rushed into production for a 2007 premiere in order to replace SG-1, which takes its final bow with 10 new episodes this spring. Instead, a premiere in 2008 or later is more likely at this point.”

The Save Stargate SG1 campaign site previously reported that Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, showrunners for Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, had withdrawn from those productions to concentrate on the two SG1 TV/DVD movies, contending that the Stargate ‘big guns’ could be involved in no less than the development of the long-rumoured third spinoff series.

In that report, the Save SG1 campaign site argued:

“They could afford to move over a cast member, a beloved character, or even two, but they need new blood – cheaper talent. That’s reality.”

Now Stargate SG1 Solutions can exclusively reveal that SG1’s Michael Shanks, who plays Dr. Daniel Jackson on the show, has already been approached to star in the third Stargate series! We were informed by a source close to the production that Shanks would be lead actor and Daniel Jackson the main character in the spinoff.

Fans of the actor and the character will be thrilled to note that Shanks was approached to star in the spinoff before the concept has even been firmed up!

There’s no word yet on whether Shanks will be accepting the role. The actor has proven savvy in the past, wanting to commit only to projects that have ‘legs’ and will be more than a one-season wonder, and is also protective of the character he portrays, having left the production for its 6th season when he felt Daniel was being under-utilised. He would be wise, however, to consider the cachet being a series lead would add to his resume for future projects. In the entertainment industry, lead naturally carries greater weight and status than second lead.

The many fans of the sizzling chemistry between Daniel Jackson and the roguish Vala Mal Doran, played by Claudia Black, will no doubt be gearing up to lobby The Powers That Be at Bridge Studios in Vancouver urging Wright and Cooper to secure Shanks and Black as their male and female leads.

SG1 leading lady Amanda Tapping will be moving across to sister production Atlantis as Samantha Carter for a yet to be confirmed number of episodes of its fourth season while actor and writer Christopher Judge is working on a pilot script.

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Write SCI FI's wrongs!

Save Stargate SG1.com has learned that in its 3rd week, Battlestar Galactica, critically acclaimed flagship show of the SCI FI Channel, has shed more viewers.

Airing Friday 20 October, Exodus Part 2 obtained a 1.4 HHR according to the Nielsen fast overnight ratings. This is a drop of approximately 11.1% from the 1.6 HHR for Exodus Part 1, and a drop of approximately 22.2% from the 1.8 HHR gained by the Season 3 premiere episodes.

No one here wishes ill of Battlestar Galactica, any more than we wish ill of Stargate SG-1 or Atlantis. Many of us are fans, or at least viewers, of all three shows. As campaigners, Save Stargate SG-1 have been arguing since the cancellation that, together, the Gates and Galactica had a natural synergy, a must-see triad in the SCI FI Friday lineup that strengthened the ratings of all.

SCI FI fixed what wasn’t broke. They were wrong.

Stargate SG-1, Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica have all shed viewers since the separation. Together, they were thriving, holding their audiences, gaining viewers, riding high. Separated by SCI FI’s scheduling decisions, they’re suffering. Stargate SG-1 has been cancelled. Even more expensive to produce, Galactica is bleeding viewers week on week. The proof is in the Nielsens, not the media hype.

It’s time to call SCI FI Channel on its bad decisions. Time to tell it straight to Bonnie Hammer and Mark Stern. They were wrong. Dead wrong. Let’s help them right that wrong.

Now is the time to tell them to save not just Stargate SG-1, but themselves.

SCI FI Channel needs to reinstate its SCI FI Friday lineup NOW: Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica.

SCI FI Channel needs an 11th season of Stargate SG-1. Or it might not make it into a 4th season of Galactica.

Parent company NBC Universal’s poor performance has seen them launch a $750 million restructure, including shedding 700 jobs, in a bid to restore profits. They cannot afford for SCI FI or Galactica to fail.

WRITE NBC

Randy Falco, President
NBC Universal Television Group,
30 Rockefeller Plaza,
New York, NY, 10112

WRITE SCI FI

Bonnie Hammer, President
NBC Universal | Sci Fi Channel,
30 Rockefeller Plaza,
New York, NY, 10112

Mark Stern, Executive Vice President Original Programming
NBC Universal | Sci Fi Channel
100 Universal City Plaza
Bld. 1440, 14th Floor
Universal City, CA 91608

FAX or PHONE SCI FI

FAO: Bonnie Hammer, President
NBC Universal | Sci Fi Channel
Fax: (212) 664-3890
Tel: (212) 664-4444

FAO: Mark Stern, Executive VP Original Programming
NBC Universal | Sci Fi Channel
Tel: (818) 777-1000

Spread word as far as you can. Encourage everyone to write SCI FI’s wrongs.

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New fandom poll: SG1 character crossovers into Atlantis

Just as there has been talk of SG-1 finishing up with a couple of TV/DVD movies since the cancellation, there’s also been talk of SG-1 characters possibly moving over to Atlantis.

Without going through the formalities of collecting data through a survey, the Save SG1 campaigners are still interested in how fans feel about this issue, so they invite you to participate in their new poll at the SaveStargateSG1.com site:

Which SG1 character would you most like to see transition to Atlantis? Go here to place your vote.

Please do spread word of the poll to all of your SG1 and Atlantis sites, lists, forums, LJs and Bboards. Even if you’re adamantly opposed to any character transitioning from one show to the other, there’s an option for you to vote too!

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Take the new SG1 'digital future' survey

This post is from the SaveStargateSG1.com campaign, written by the steerers of that campaign.

Options for an 11th season of Stargate SG-1 are closing off to us. Based on all the insider information and evidence gathered by the Save Stargate SG-1 campaign steerers, we believe the only way to ensure an 11th season for Stargate SG-1 is for first-run episodes to debut exclusively on the Internet from download services like Amazon Unbox and Apple iTunes.

For some US fans, those without DSL/broadband Internet connections, this will mean waiting a year after Internet release to view episodes on syndicated TV. But not all fans in the US receive the SCI FI Channel and are unable to watch first-run episodes now. Many watch Stargate SG-1 through syndicated televised episodes only so nothing will change for those US viewers.

Most likely, international fans, those outside the US, will not be able to access the Season 11 downloads, but will get their televised seasons as normal. These fans have always had to wait until the US finished its first-run season episodes, so there is virtually no change.

The question for US fans is this: is it better for some to have to wait a year to see a Season 11 in syndication, or to have no Season 11 at all?

The question for US and international fans, those with the necessary DSL/broadband Internet connection, is this: would having access to first-run episodes on the Internet deter you from watching episodes on TV or buying the DVDs?

To help answer these key questions affecting the future of our show – if there is to be a future for our show – take the new campaign ‘digital future’ survey – link below.

All questions are required and we ask you to participate responsibly and constructively, answering as accurately as you can. Only take the survey once. We will be sending this data to senior executives at MGM and we hope it will have a direct bearing on Stargate SG-1 continuing, rather than bowing out after a TV movie.

Please spread word as far as you can. We want to at least equal our previous 4,000+ samples.

Take the new digital future survey here.

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TV movies the future of Stargate SG-1?

SaveStargateSG-1 has been hearing unofficially from its sources that the future of Stargate SG-1 lies in TV movies, rather than the 11th season so many had hoped for.

We do see benefits to the TV movie format: it allows for bigger and stronger stories to be told, it uses the cinema-quality production standards of the show to best advantage, and gives everyone the opportunity to focus exclusively on telling the story, not fitting in around the grind and scheduling issues of daily episodic television production.

Of course the airing of the movies on TV would only be the start: 86% of respondents in our fan demographics survey have bought Stargate SG-1 DVDs while MGM makes much of the return on its investment in SG-1 through DVD sales, the franchise second only to Bond in importance to the studio.

It’s encouraging to think that as fans, our buying power will finally outweigh those Nielsen families, ratings woes and bad decisions by an insignificant US cable channel.

This is perhaps the best and most direct way we as fans can help secure a long-term future for Stargate SG-1: a TV/DVD movie franchise.

Cautious as we are in posting news that has yet to be confirmed by official sources at MGM, we were delighted to learn today there is some corroboration: staffers from popular entertainment website IGN.com have been on the Stargate set at Bridge Studios in Vancouver, posting this exclusive report:

IGN.com TV staff, 25 September

MGM has reportedly been shopping the series around to other networks but there don’t appear to be any takers at this time.

IGN TV recently visited the set of Stargate SG-1 and we asked everyone if they know what’s going to happen with the series. Pretty much all the cast members told us that, while nothing’s definite yet, it sounds like there will be several Stargate TV movies produced after the series ends.

Read the rest of this report at IGN.com TV

Here’s hoping that our dream of securing the future of Stargate SG-1 is a step closer to reality!

We’d like to ask you to write Mr. Charles Cohen at MGM as soon as you can:

(1) Reference the reports emerging that the future of Stargate SG-1 lies in TV movies.

(2) Express your support for a **long-term franchise** of TV movies.

(3) Encourage prompt release of these movies on DVD and commit to buying.

(4) If you’re an overseas fan who already has Season 9 on DVD, or a US fan who has the boxset on pre-order, let Mr. Cohen know of your financial support for the show. It is perhaps the most important thing we have to offer the studio at this point.

You can write Mr. Cohen here:

Charles Cohen, Executive Vice President
MGM Television Entertainment,
10250 Constellation Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA, 90067

Make October 3rd Stargate Day!

Buy Season 9 on DVD *NOW* – make October 3rd’s release date for the Season 9 box set Stargate Day and leave no one in doubt of the financial clout and commitment of Stargate SG-1’s fans! Order from Amazon.com, help boost Season 9 higher in the top 20 DVD sales.

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