Stargate Planner: Week of August 29-September 4

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,
August 29
Tuesday,
August 30
Wednesday,
August 31
Thursday,
September 1
Friday,
September 2
Red Riding Hood PosterMICHAEL SHANKS‘s Red Riding Hood comes out on DVD and Blu-ray today in Germany!

Dragon*Con starts in Atlanta this weekend. Stargate guests include BEAU BRIDGES, DAVID BLUE, LOUIS FERREIRA, ADAM BALDWIN, NICOLE DE BOER, AARON DOUGLAS, SAMANTHA FERRIS, and SEAN PATRICK FLANERY. JOE FLANIGAN had to cancel because he’s in Bucharest filming a new movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme entitled Six Bullets (see LJ article links below for more).

Saturday,
September 3
GAME TIME TitleBEAU BRIDGES stars in Family Movie Night’s Game Time: Tackling the Past, premiering at 8/7c on NBC. The movie’s home page has promos up, so make sure to visit. Here’s the storyline: “Personal and professional issues rock a football star, who returns to his small North Carolina hometown and reconnects with the family, friends and community he abandoned in favor of gridiron glory.” Bridges plays the football star’s father, whose heart attack prompts the hero’s return to his hometown where he must face his troubled past.
Sunday,
September 4

Solutions Features and Brief Updates

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the STARGATE TWITTER SUPERFEED for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And our feature BEYOND THE EVENT HORIZON consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe.

Ba'al in 'Summit'
Ba'al, an appealing evildoer? Visit our LJ for a discussion.
Our LJ COMPANION has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits. Some of our recent posts in this LJ, as well as from the related SGU DESTINY, a Universe-specific community, include:

Our new COMING SOON feature gives you advance notice as to when our Stargate actors will be making appearances in movies and television productions. We’ve had some updates from the previous week, so make sure to visit often for the latest in release news.

And for the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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Select Your Top Stargate Icons

SFX Magazine did a survey to find out who their readers’ sci-fi favorites were, and the results show that many of their readers are Stargate fans!

SFX Magazine’s Top 100 Sci-Fi Icons: Stargate Icons

99. Nicholas Rush

Nicholas Rush in MALICEA recent addition to the Stargate saga, Dr. Nicholas Rush, portrayed by Scotsman Robert Carlyle, is the type of character that you don’t know whether to love or to hate. Always thinking ahead several moves—he is a chess player, after all—Rush saw the discovery of Destiny as one of the most significant events in human history—and he had a major part in that discovery. His goals were often out of sync with the rest of the Icarus Project’s personnel, but he was depended upon to get them through the tough spots, and he often did.

95. Jack O’Neill

Jack O'Neill in ONE FALSE STEPHe was the first to walk through the Stargate in the movie and has been with us ever since to watch our backs! A Sci-Fi Icon list would not be complete without him. We got to love him as Colonel Jack O’Neill, leader of the flagship team SG-1, and now he’s all grown up to become Lt. General Jack O’Neill, commander of Homeworld Security. As the only military man who could say he’s been there and done it all, Jack has always been there for his people. Portrayed by TV legend Richard Dean Anderson, we cannot imagine anyone else filling Jack’s boots!

63. Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson in THE PEGASUS PROJECTIt’s only appropriate that the man who opened the Stargate and made regular travel through it possible should be the top representative of Stargate in the poll. Dr. Daniel Jackson might have been a “dweeb,” but he certainly knew his stuff and learned how to adapt quickly to his changing role as the expert on human cultures that had been transplanted across the galaxy by the Goa’uld. And after the defeat of the System Lords, Jackson continued to show how closely linked he was to the Stargate by becoming the foremost expert on the Ancients, the builders of the Stargates, Destiny, and Atlantis. Ever resourceful and quick-thinking, Daniel’s ability to solve riddles and puzzles, as well as negotiate treaties, made him Stargate Command’s most respected civilian employee the military had ever had and his actor Michael Shanks one of the Internet’s most closely followed television actors.

Our Own Stargate Icon Poll

Admittedly, we don’t have the same readership as SFX, but we thought that it might be fun to choose our own Icons, limited to our main Stargate characters. We can have another poll for Top Villain, Top Secondary, etc., later—just let us know—but right now we’re concentrating on the main cast of characters. Choose your Top 5 here:

The Rest of SFX’s Poll

You can see the rest of the 100 Sci-Fi Icons as declared by SFX readers by visiting SoEntertain.Me: Science Fiction News: SFX Names Top 100 Sci-Fi Icons, wherein you’ll see that Ben Browder’s John Crichton made 49th. Thanks to our LJ subscriber ivanov_vladimir for the heads-up and link.

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Stargate Planner: Week of August 22-28

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,
August 22
Red Riding Hood PosterMICHAEL SHANKS‘s Red Riding Hood comes out on DVD and Blu-ray today in the UK!
Tuesday,
August 23
Wednesday,
August 24
Thursday,
August 25
FanExpo Canada – August 25-28 – Toronto – MICHAEL SHANKS, LEXA DOIG, MICHAEL ROOKER, and MARINA SIRTIS.
Friday,
August 26
Salute to Supernatural – August 26-28 – Vancouver – CORIN NEMEC, CHRISTOPHER HEYERDAHL, COLIN LAWRENCE, STEVEN WILLIAMS.
Saturday,
August 27
Trek-Gate To Your Star – August 27-28 – Dusseldorf, Germany – TORRI HIGGINSON and ROBERT PICARDO.

Today is Stargate co-creator DEAN DEVLIN‘s birthday! He can be reached @electric44 on Twitter. (Thanks, IvanovVA.)

Sunday,
August 28
Today is AMANDA TAPPING‘s birthday! You can send your happy birthday wishes to her Twitter: @amandatapping.

Solutions Features and Brief Updates

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the STARGATE TWITTER SUPERFEED for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And our feature BEYOND THE EVENT HORIZON consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe.

Daniel Jackson monitoring the Stargate in 'New Order'
Daniel Jackson among SFX's Top 100 Sci-Fi Icons
Our LJ COMPANION has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits. Some of our recent posts in this LJ, as well as from the related SGU DESTINY, a Universe-specific community, include:

Our new COMING SOON feature gives you advance notice as to when our Stargate actors will be making appearances in movies and television productions. For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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Stargate Solutions Announces New "Coming Soon" Feature

Stargate Solutions Coming Soon FeaturevSolutions is excited to present a new feature to our website: Coming Soon! It’s like walking into the lobby of a theater and looking at all of the movie posters for features that are showing or are “coming soon”!

Here’s the link: http://stargate-sg1-solutions.com/blog/coming-soon/. You can also get there by clicking on the words “COMING SOON” on our Blog’s white menu bar (above). We’ve also included access to it from our home page.

We’re excited because this new page fills a gap between our regular weekly feature “Stargate Planner” and our actors’ feature pages in “Beyond the Event Horizon” by letting you know in advance about the upcoming movie or television appearances of our Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Universe main cast members.

The movies may be coming soon to theaters, video, or television, while the television appearances include regular, recurring, and one-time guest appearances. As always, if you have news to add, please contact us and we’ll gladly update the feature.

Enjoy!

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Stargate Planner: Week of July 4-10

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,
July 4
SGU S2 DVDSTARGATE UNIVERSE SEASON TWO is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray in Region 2 (UK) today!

United StatesHappy Independence Day, USA!

Tuesday,
July 5
Wednesday,
July 6
Thursday,
July 7
Friday,
July 8
Shore Leave 33 meets in Baltimore, Maryland, starting today and ending on the 10th. CHRISTOPHER JUDGE is scheduled to be in attendance, as well as guest stars JOHN DE LANCIE and CLIFF SIMON.

The London Film and Comic Con starts today and runs until the 10th. Stargate guest stars include stunt coordinator JAMES BAMFORD, SGU guest star ROBERT KNEPPER, and SG-1 guest star CARY-HIROYUKI TAGAWA.

Creation Entertainment’s Salute to Supernatural gets underway today in Parsippany, New Jersey, and ends on the 10th. CORIN NEMEC and STEVEN WILLIAMS are scheduled guests.

Saturday,
July 9
Sunday,
July 10

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the STARGATE TWITTER SUPERFEED for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature BEYOND THE EVENT HORIZON, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe.

Our LJ COMPANION has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits. Some of our recent posts include:

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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Stargate Planner: Week of June 27-July 3

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,
June 27
Tuesday,
June 28
Wednesday,
June 29
BEAU BRIDGES guest stars on TNT’s Franklin & Bash tonight at 9/8c. He’s portraying Franklin’s father in the episode “You Can’t Take It With You”: “A family feud rages when one side sues the other over a prized home-run baseball.” (TV Best Bets…)
Thursday,
June 30
As TV Line puts it, “BEAU BRIDGES sighting No. 2! This time, he’s playing a dad trying to console his son (Drop Dead Diva‘s Ben Feldman) over a breakup (with True Blood‘s Anna Camp…). Chris Parnell (30 Rock) and Cristian de la Fuente (In Plain Sight) also guest star.” The episode is called “Stand and Deliver,” wherein Bridges plays Hal Sacovitch. Love Bites airs at 10/9c on NBC.
Friday,
July 1
Canada Happy Canada Day!
Saturday,
July 2
Sunday,
July 3

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the STARGATE TWITTER SUPERFEED for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature BEYOND THE EVENT HORIZON, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe.

Ori Warship in SG-1 CAMELOTOur LJ COMPANION has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits. Some of our recent posts include:

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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Will Dean Devlin Get the Stargate Reboot?












Is it possible that MGM will give Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich the green light to finally see their vision of a Stargate movie trilogy become a reality? That seems to be the hope of Devlin, who was interviewed by Collider as he was attending the Saturn Awards to accept the Dr. Donald A. Reed Founder’s Award.

Originally a Trilogy of Movies

“Well, the irony is that we actually wrote it as a trilogy of movies, but we were never able to do Parts 2 and 3,” Devlin responded when asked if he had thought about making Stargate into a television series or making more than one movie. “So, our hope is now that the series is starting to wind down, that maybe it will be time to get to do Parts 2 and 3. So, we’re still hopeful that we’ll get to come back and tell the rest of that story.”

A Different Mythology

Devlin said that the continuation of the story in these sequels would use the actors from the movie, not the television series. At the end of Stargate, Col. Jack O’Neil, played by Kurt Russell, had led a mission to a planet on the other side of the known universe and helped the natives, who were descendants of those taken from Ancient Egypt of 10,000 years ago, revolt against their alien-with-a-human-host overlord Ra, played by Jaye Davison. Familiar faces from the movie include Alexis Cruz and Erick Avari, who went on to play Skaara and his father Kasuf, respectively, in the television series Stargate SG-1.

Playing the pivotal role of Dr. Daniel Jackson, the one who unlocked the Stargate and made travel through it possible, was James Spader. At the end of the movie, Jackson stayed on the planet to be with his new wife, Sha’uri, played by Milli Avital, but viewers were left with the feeling that Jack and Daniel would be reunited for new adventures through the Stargate. That hint was picked up by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, leading to the creation of the television franchise with its fourteen years’ worth of mythology.

In the original Stargate mythology, the Stargate was part of Project Giza that was housed deep inside Creek Mountain and led by General West (Leon Rippy). General West was mentioned in SG-1‘s pilot “Children of the Gods,” and was replaced by General George Hammond (portrayed by the late Don S. Davis), and the location of the Stargate was changed to be Cheyenne Mountain underneath NORAD. Even with some of these changes, the television series did stay true to most of the mythology set in motion in the movie and fleshed out the lives of some of the other characters, although played by different actors: Catherine Langford, Ferretti, and Kawalsky.

What would Stargate be like without the Goa’uld, Jaffa with symbiote pouches, and the Ancients? In the Devlin/Emmerich vision of Stargate, Samantha Carter and Teal’c don’t exist, and neither do the city-ship Atlantis and the Ancients’ exploratory vessel Destiny.

So what would this new Stargate universe look like? “Well, I think it’ll change a little bit from our original ideas since so many years have passed, but we wanted to explore the idea of how the Stargates were built originally and where else in the universe they exist and why they exist and where else they exist on Earth. We had originally planned it out as a trilogy of films to allow this mythology to grow bigger and bigger.”

Indeed, the mythology grew bigger and bigger, but in a direction that its original creators had not envisioned. Perhaps this “alternate reality” that they plan will reopen the Stargate to new adventures and perhaps even spawn another fourteen years of television history.

Let’s Talk About It

How do you feel about the possibility of a “reboot” of the Stargate mythology? Would you go to see these movies? Would you be able to get the television mythology out of your mind to carry the concept in another direction? Will you be able to get Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks out of your mind when watching Jack and Daniel? Does your heart break at the thought that maybe the Goa’uld, Ancients, Asgard, Atlantis, and Destiny don’t exist in this vision of the franchise? What other things concern you about the possibility of these movies and the impact they could have on the franchise that we’re attached to?

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Stargate Planner: Week of June 20-26

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,
June 20
Tuesday,
June 21
Wednesday,
June 22
Thursday,
June 23
Friday,
June 24
CHRISTOPHER JUDGE and JEWEL STAITE are scheduled to appear at the Trek Expo this weekend (24-26) in Tulsa. SG-1 guest star ARMIN SHIMERMAN is also slated to attend.
CORIN NEMEC and DAVID NYKL are scheduled to be in Perth for Australia’s Supanova Pop Culture Expo being held at the Claremont Showgrounds starting today and ending the 26th. MORENA BACCARIN had to cancel.
There are several conventions happening this weekend that many of our Stargate guest stars are attending. Check the websites for The Official Star Trek Convention: The Celebration of the 45th Anniversary being held in Parsippany, New Jersey; CONtamination in St. Louis, Missouri; and the Albuquerque Comic Expo in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

StarCon, which was to be held in Vancouver, had to be postponed.

Saturday,
June 25
Sunday,
June 26

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the STARGATE TWITTER SUPERFEED for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature BEYOND THE EVENT HORIZON, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe.

Our LJ COMPANION has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits. Some of our recent posts include:

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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The Auctioning Off of Stargate

Stargate fans can mourn, but at the same time Stargate collectors can rejoice! There will be an auction of many of the franchise’s props this coming Friday and Saturday (June 17 and 18).

The Province declares, “You could own a part of the universe.”

Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi wrote about the event in his recent weblog entry: “[H]alf of the FX stage (that once held the village and hive ship sets) is filled with stuff from the shows.” The Province has a picture of the stage, so visit the website to see which props you can readily identify.

The Province got quotes from actor David Nykl (Dr. Radek Zelenka, Stargate Atlantis) and producer John Lenic, who worked on all three shows in the franchise. Lenic described the auction:

Some of the furniture key to Stargate Universe and Atlantis, that stuff will go fairly quickly. There’s monitors that were built into the set, people saw them for years. There’s a lot of military clothing. Basically the majority of the stuff being sold is stuff that we’ve used in the three shows over the 14 years that isn’t specific to any episode.

VIP Auctions, out of Chicago, are running the auction and will be selling the Stargate itself, either in pieces or as a whole. The finality of this struck Mallozzi as well when he commended the efforts of the Save SGU campaign, but at the same time admitted, “Can’t tell you how touching it is to read that fan efforts are still ongoing despite what most (myself included) consider very long odds.”

About the auction Mallozzi concluded, “Sad, sad, sad. :(”

We couldn’t agree more.

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Stargate Planner: Week of June 13-19

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,
June 13
SGU S2 GauntletSTARGATE UNIVERSE on Sky One at 8 PM with “Gauntlet”, SGU’s series finale: The suspenseful space saga drops out of orbit and comes to an end. In a satisfying conclusion, Eli devises a high-risk plan to outwit the drones once and for all.
Tuesday,
June 14
MICHAEL SHANKS‘s Red Riding Hood is released today on DVD and Blu-ray in North America.
Wednesday,
June 15
Thursday,
June 16
BEAU BRIDGES is part of the Honorary Committee of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), which will be having its national conference starting today and ending on the 18th in Los Angeles. Bridges was selected for this honor because of his “deep engagement and significant commitment to live theatre over the years.”

Friday,
June 17
ALAINA HUFFMAN will be attending Wizard World’s Comic Con in Philadelphia that starts today and runs until the 19th. Supporting and guest stars will also be present, including Julia Benson, Adam Baldwin, and Sean Patrick Flanery. Visit Wizard World for more information.
CHRISTOPHER JUDGE will be attending the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, which begins today and runs until the 19th. SG-1 guest star Julian Sands is also scheduled to attend.
Saturday,
June 18
Sunday,
June 19
Colin Cunningham in FALLING SKIES (TBS)COLIN CUNNINGHAM co-stars in the new Noah Wylie starrer Falling Skies, which premieres tonight at 9/8c on TNT. The show is about survivors of an attack by aliens that Earthlings call “Skitters.” Wylie plays Tom Mason, a history professor who forms a resistance group named the 2nd Mass because of its location in Boston. Cunningham’s character is described at his site ColinCunningham.com: “John Pope, the leader of a band of marauders, introduces himself to the 2nd Mass by taking a group of hostages and offering to exchange their freedom for weapons. For reasons known only to him, this smart, resourceful and charismatic ex-con takes great pleasure in killing skitters, even hunting them like wild game. A shameless opportunist, Pope considers the invasion the best thing that ever happened to him. He also happens to be an excellent chef.”

BEAU BRIDGES and his daughter Emily Bridges will be at Theatre West in Los Angeles at 7 PM PT for the musical reading of Something for the Boys, “featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter and a book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields,” according to Broadway World.

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the STARGATE TWITTER SUPERFEED for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature BEYOND THE EVENT HORIZON, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe.

SG-1 and General Hank Landry in 'Ripple Effect'Our LJ COMPANION has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits. Some of our recent posts include:

  • Joseph Mallozzi has started reminiscing about Stargate SG-1‘s SEASON NINE. Visit the excerpts at Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. There’s more to come.

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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