Get a Sneak Peek of Jewel Staite’s New Show “The L.A. Complex”

Jewel Staite as Raquel Westbrook in THE L.A. COMPLEX (Credit: Stephen Scott /Courtesy of Epitome Pictures Inc. ©Epitome Pictures Inc.)
JEWEL STAITE‘s new show, The L.A. Complex, has its American television premiere next Tuesday, April 24, on The CW, but you can watch the pilot online now! Visit The CW’s Video page for the show!

You can also watch the pilot, “Down in L.A.,” from HULU. Staite tweeted, “Be ahead of the crowd and watch episode 1 of @TheLAComplex before its premiere April 24 at 9pm on the CW. Just do it. http://bit.ly/IOaiXz.” She also provided the link to The Daily Buzz’s article “New CW Television Series: “The L.A. Complex” (Trailer)” so that you could get an idea of what the show is about.

The L.A. Complex has additional Stargate ties as Martin Gero executive produces, writes, and directs this new show that made its debut in Canada earlier this year. Originally six one-hour episodes, the “soapy” drama was given 13 more to fill out its first season. Production on these additional episodes started this month.

The story centers around young people trying to make it big in Hollywood. From its About page at The CW:

Small fish. Big pond. Huge dreams.

Every day, young people with stars in their eyes get off the bus in Los Angeles in search of fame and fortune. THE L.A. COMPLEX centers on a group of aspiring performers pursuing stardom in the City of Angels. Living in an apartment-style motel for displaced dreamers, each dubbed “most likely to succeed,” they all face the challenges and opportunities of a lifetime.

The young hopefuls who have become neighbors, friends and the closest thing any of them have to family, include Connor (Jonathan Patrick Moore, “Neighbours,” “All Saints”), an actor with drop-dead good looks and a dark past, who has just landed a leading role in his first series; Raquel, (Jewel Staite, “Firefly,” “Stargate: Atlantis”), a street-smart actress who had one big hit series, but is worried she’s quickly becoming yesterday’s news; Nick, (Joe Dinicol, “Murdoch Mysteries,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”), a struggling stand-up comedian who is always the best friend and never the boyfriend; Abby, (Cassie Steele, “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “Relic Hunger”), the naive but determined young actress who gave up a boyfriend back home to stay in L.A. until she gets her big break; Alicia (Chelan Simmons, “Smallville,” “Supernatural”) a sensitive, aspiring dancer who will do whatever it takes to make ends meet; Kaldrick (Andra Fuller, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Entourage”), the superstar Hip-Hop artist who hails from the streets of Oakland, California; and Tariq (Benjamin Charles Watson, “Todd and The Book of Pure Evil,” “The Listener”), the talented aspiring Hip-Hop artist who is hiding a secret.

For every bona fide starlet, there are countless cocktail waitresses. For every true rock star, there are hundreds of musicians playing for tips on the street. For every comedian with a hit sitcom, there are dozens of guys cracking jokes while pouring your coffee. In L.A., your life can change in the blink of an eye. On Monday, you might score some face-time with a big-shot producer. On Wednesday, you might sign that multi-million dollar contract you’ve been dreaming of, but until then, one thing is for sure: every month, the rent is due.

THE L.A. COMPLEX is executive produced by Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn of Epitome Pictures (“Degrassi,” “Instant Star”) and Martin Gero (“Bored to Death,” “Stargate Atlantis”). Directors are Martin Gero and Stefan Brogren. Writers are Martin Gero, Aaron Abrams, Matt Huether, Cole Bastedo, Karen Hill, and Brendan Gall. For Bell Media, Trish Williams is Production Executive; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production; Neil Staite is Vice-President and General Manager, Music and Entertainment; Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels; Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production, and Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

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Paul McGillion Guesting on "Once Upon a Time" Tonight

PAUL McGILLION will be playing the Knave of Hearts in tonight’s episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. The story, titled “Hat Trick,” is a modern-day interpretation of Alice in Wonderland, but with the twist that characters from fairy tales are actually alive and have been cursed by an evil queen to live in our world without having their “happily ever afters.”

SGU star ROBERT CARLYLE is among the regular cast, playing the dual roles of Rumpelstiltskin and Mr. Gold.

Once Upon a Time airs at 8/7c on ABC. Check your local listings for the times in your area. If you miss the episode, you can watch it online on Hulu and ABC Video.

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Reminder: Ben Browder Guests on "Chuck" Tonight

BEN BROWDER guest stars on NBC’s Chuck tonight at 8/7c in the episode “Chuck Versus the Bullet Train.”

According to ChuckTV.net, Browder told his fans at the recent Farscape convention that there are “lots of guns and bullets” in this episode, but didn’t go into detail as to what his role in all this mayhem would be.

TV Guide describes the storyline: “A mission in Japan gets derailed when Chuck and Sarah face off against menacing evildoer Nicholas Quinn on a speeding bullet train. Elsewhere, Casey must make a monumental decision.”

Here’s the episode’s preview:

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Stargate Briefing: The Alliance, Bridges, Carlyle, Judge, Mallozzi, Momoa, Mullie, Phillips, Staite, Tapping, Wood

Happy New Year!

Here’s hoping that 2012 brings you good health and great happenings!

Stargate, Australian Style

Australia’s getting a Comic-Con of their own this year: Oz Comic-Con! A few Stargate stars have already signed up: JEWEL STAITE and TERYL ROTHERY. They’re hopeful that many more celebrities will be signing up over the next few months in anticipation of the con’s debut on March 31.

Australia was also the home of the developers of the never-released Stargate SG-1: The Alliance video game. They haven’t let termination stop them from creating a trailer featuring their work, however. The Gaming Liberty has extensive coverage of the ill-fated game. Below is the trailer, but The Gaming Liberty article has much, much more.

Beau Bridges Debuts on Broadway January 3

BEAU BRIDGES will be making his Broadway singing debut as corporate tycoon J.B. Biggley in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” to a sold-out audience on January 3 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Bridges got lessons from voice and dance coach Ben Toth.

In other Bridges news, his film Outrun has been given an August 24 release date.

Update on Robert Carlyle

ROBERT CARLYLE’s Once Upon a Time returns from the holiday hiatus on Sunday, January 8, at 8/7c on ABC. He’s made an impression on many in his dual roles of Rumpelstiltskin and Mr. Gold. As noted in ScienceFiction.com writer Jessica Naki’s article “‘Once Upon A Time’: Why Robert Carlyle Won,” some people believe that Carlyle came out a winner after Stargate Universe’s untimely termination after only two seasons.

Mary Seah’s Today Online’s article “Big Stars, Small Screen,” has a few of Carlyle’s thoughts about his American television career:

Robert Carlyle, who currently stars in the series Once Upon A Time, was of the same mind [as Sean Bean’s that the snobbery of whether one was a film star versus a television star has diminished]. “I have always wanted to do a bit of US TV because in the past five to 10 years they’ve raised the bar incredibly. Probably when 24 came along – that changed everything. And then the advent of cable TV,” he said, adding that developments in communications technology also helped change the game. “In the past … there was still an attitude that if you did film, you didn’t do TV, and vice versa. That’s all gone now. I mean, look at it – you can watch movies on the Internet, on the phone, whatever. You don’t have to go to the cinema to see a movie.”

Christopher Judge’s Projects

CHRISTOPHER JUDGE co-stars in the last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight triology, The Dark Knight Rises. The movie premieres July 20.

Judge is currently filming To Have and to Hold. The movie has had several filming locations, including Virginia, Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas. Judge co-stars with Aiden Turner (“All My Children”), Kelly Greyson (“Alone Yet Not Alone”), Rusty Joiner (“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), Mark Dacascos (Hawaii Five-0) and John Rhys-Davies (“Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”). A release date has not yet been announced, but is set for this year.

Stallone About Momoa: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy move like this”

Catch a video interview with Bullet to the Head star Sylvester Stallone at Best Movies Ever News & Reviews as he talks about the physical demands of this action film that co-stars JASON MOMOA. The legendary action star praises Momoa’s moves in their fire-ax fighting sequence. Bullet to the Head is being released April 13 to American movie theaters.

Mallozzi & Mullie: Still Partners in Sci-Fi

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JOSEPH MALLOZZI and PAUL MULLIE joined the Stargate production crew during Season Four of SG-1 and were there when the television franchise ended. They’ve written a new comic book series, Dark Matter, which will hit shelves January 11.

Two articles centered around the writing partners can be found at Nerd Trek: Interview with Joseph Mallozzi (Stargate) covers the writing and production partners’ time with Stargate, while Teaser! – “Dark Matter” Comic Series by Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie (Stargate)” is an exclusive sneak peek at the Dark Matter comic book series.

Lou Diamond Phillips in Celebrity Cook-Off

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS can be seen tonight (January 1) in the premiere of the Food Network’s Celebrity Cook-Off at 9 PM ET. There are six episodes and six celebrities: Olympic gold medalist swimmer Summer Sanders; Golden Globe-nominated actor Lou Diamond Phillips (The King and I); recording artist-actor Aaron Carter (The Fantasticks); singer, actor and founding member of ‘N Sync, Joey Fatone (Rent); recording star-actress Taylor Dayne (Aida); Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Coolio; comedian, writer and actor Cheech Marin; and Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella. One of these celebrities will be sent home each week until there is only one still standing.

A brief interview about his secret weapon has been published at Zap2It Blog:’Celebrity Cook-Off’s’ Lou Diamond Phillips: ‘My new secret weapon: homemade Wild Turkey bourbon barbecue sauce’.

Interview with Martin Wood

MARTIN WOOD directed lots and lots of Stargate, and now he’s a producer, writer, and director for the hit sci-fi show Sanctuary, which stars AMANDA TAPPING and was created by Stargate vet DAMIAN KINDLER. Steve Eramo of The Morton Report got some time to talk with Wood about his career, which spans over 20 years, and the challenges he faced during Season 4 of Sanctuary. Although incredibly busy with Sanctuary, Wood had the opportunity to direct in Luke Perry’s Goodnight for Justice television movie series.

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Stargate Briefing: Bridges, Carlyle, Momoa

Beau Bridges Interview

BEAU BRIDGES co-stars with George Clooney in one of this year’s Oscar-hopeful films The Descendants. In response to the movie’s popularity, as well as the actor’s own, I Am Rogue got a chance to talk with Bridges about The Descendants, “working with director Alexander Payne, his love for Hawaii, George Clooney, how filmmaking has changed over the years, and the book his father gave him about acting that he has now passed on to his own daughter.” The introduction includes a brief mention of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.

Carlyle Film Debuting at Sundance

ROBERT CARLYLE’s independent film California Solo will debut at the Sundance Film Festival this coming January (January 19-29, 2012) in Park City, Utah. The film tells the story of a “Britpop ex-rocker now living on a farm outside Los Angeles [who] must deal with personal demons.” It was directed by Marshall Lewy and also stars Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez and Danny Masterson. Variety reports that the film does not yet have distribution rights in place.

If you’re interested in some of Carlyle’s previous work, Barbara Barnett of Blog Critics has compiled a list of must-watch projects, including Stargate Universe. She warns, “This little guide to the films of Robert Carlyle is hardly comprehensive. I struggled with which of his film and television roles to include, but decided to focus on those that have gotten to me on an emotional level, which is why I’ve suggested these as ‘favorites’ rather than ‘the best of…'”

First-Look Photo of Jason Momoa in Bullet to the Head

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Sylvester Stallone and Jason Momoa in fight scene in BULLET TO THE HEAD (IM Global)
Coming Soon has published the first image of its star Sylvester Stallone in a fight sequence for his new film Bullet to the Head. As it turns out, this fight sequence is with our very own Jason Momoa!

The movie’s storyline: “Stallone plays a New Orleans hitman who teams with a New York City detective in a high-stakes investigation that leads from the dingy back alleys of New Orleans all the way to the power corridors of Washington, D.C. The unlikely duo, brought together by two vicious murders, take on all who stand in their way, and are willing to sacrifice everything to exact revenge.” From the picture, you can guess that Momoa’s character is among those who “stand in their way.”

The movie premieres April 13, 2012.

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Reminder: Paul McGillion in "Christmas Magic"

Stargate star PAUL McGILLION portrays a widower who’s at the end of his hope when an angel is selected to intervene in Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Magic. The new movie premieres tonight, December 18, at 8 ET/PT and 7 Central.

Visit the movie’s homepage at HallmarkChannel.com for more about the movie, a photo gallery, cast profiles, and additional showtimes (at the very bottom of the movie’s page).

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Stargate Briefing: Huffman, Judge, Luttrell, McGillion

Alaina Huffman Video Interview

ABC.net.au has posted a video interview with SGU star ALAINA HUFFMAN, entitled “Alaina Huffman can’t fake that baby bump,” which was recorded while she was appearing at the Armageddon conventions. They talked about her getting the role of Lt. Tamara Johansen in Stargate Universe, working with ROBERT CARLYLE, being a “super hero” on Smallville, and doing her own stunts…and of course, the “baby bump” — her fourth child.

Update on Judge’s Colonial Period Film To Have and to Hold

Compass Cayman’s “Colonial Period Film Shoots in Cayman” identifies CHRISTOPHER JUDGE as one of the three principal actors in the movie To Have and to Hold, a story about the early settlers of Virigina in the 1600s. According to this article, the movie is based off of the 1900 best-selling novel by the same name written by Mary Johnston. This is the third film to be made that’s based off of the book; the first two were silent films made in 1916 and 1922. It tells the story of an English couple who must survive imprisonment, shipwrecks, and pirate and Indian attacks while seeking a new life together in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619.

Luttrell’s True Justice Picked Up by ReelzChannel for US Airing

Digital Spy announced that fans of action star Steven Seagal will get to see him in his new cop show True Justice when it makes its American debut on ReelzChannel in March 2012. RACHEL LUTTRELL appeared in the episode “Urban Warfare, Part 1” as Lt. Humphreys. She filmed the guest spot a little over a year ago. According to the announcement made at Reelz.com, True Justice will be Reelz’s “first original series,” which is set on the tough streets of Seattle, Washington. ReelzChannel is Dish 299 and DirecTV 238 and may be available on your local cable system.

Paul McGillion to Appear at New Orleans Comic Con

Wizard World’s New Orleans Comic Con is coming January 28-29, 2012, and the promoters have sent out a press release announcing that Stargate star PAUL McGILLION will be there! Other Stargate vets attending include ADAM BALDWIN and SEAN PATRICK FLANERY.

The press release also provides the 2012 schedule for other Wizard World Comic Con events:

April 14-15 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
TBD, 2012 – Big Apple Comic Con
TBD, 2012 – Austin Comic Con

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