Stargate Universe Wins Best Series Constellation Award

Stargate Universe has received the 2011 “Best Series” Constellation Award!

Here’s the announcement from the Constellation Awards via Market Wire:

July 19, 2011 06:00 ET

The Constellation Awards: Canada’s Annual Viewer-Voted Sci-Fi Film/TV Awards Winners Revealed

Critically Acclaimed Thriller Inception Multiple Winner at 2011 Constellation Awards

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – July 19, 2011) –

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor

FILM/TV AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT – The TCON Promotional Society announced the winners of the Fifth Annual Constellation Awards, honouring excellence in science fiction film and television, at ceremonies held on Saturday at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel hosted by Teddy Wilson and Ajay Fry of InnerSPACE.

Inception was the evening’s big winner. Taking home two trophies for Best Film and Best Overall Script, Christopher Nolan’s story of subconscious industrial espionage had led film nominations with six. However, it failed to cash in on any of its three acting nominations. Best Male Performance went to Johnny Depp for Alice in Wonderland and Best Female Performance went to Chloe Grace Moretz for Kick-Ass, beating out past winners Robert Downey Jr. and Emma Watson.

In the television categories, Doctor Who – despite a record leading nine nominations – was virtually shut out, bringing home a single victory in the Technical Accomplishment category for composer Murray Gold. In another upset, Best Series went to the recently cancelled series Stargate Universe. Anna Torv scored a Best Female Performance win for CityTV’s Fringe, while Jewel Staite was on hand to present her friend and Firefly co-star, Adam Baldwin, with his Best Male Performance trophy for his work on Chuck.

Actor Paul McGillion of Stargate Atlantis presented the most prestigious award of the evening, Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film and Television in 2010, to this year’s hosts, Teddy Wilson and Ajay Fry for their work on SPACE’s flagship entertainment show InnerSPACE. After the ceremonies, Wilson announced to his fans via Twitter: “Such ridiculous fun! I can’t believe we won an award!”

For more information about The Constellation Awards, please visit http://constellations.tcon.ca or email constellations@tcon.ca/.

Congratulations to all involved with Stargate Universe!

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Stargate’s Primetime Emmy Nominations

Stargate fans have some cheering on to do at this year’s 63rd Annual Emmy Awards!

Stargate Universe VFX Team

Ursini of Stargate UniverseThe VFX team who brought the alien species Ursini to life and introduced us to the Stargate-manufacturing Seed Ship in Stargate Universe‘s “Awakening,” have been nominated in the “Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series” category. The team members include:

  • Mark David Savela, Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Craig VandenBiggelaar, Digital Effects Supervisor
  • Adam de Bosch Kemper, Lead Animator
  • Krista McLean, Digital Effects Supervisor
  • Luke Vallee, Key Visual Effects Compositor
  • Erica Henderson, Lead Compositor
  • Michael Lowes, Lead 3D Artists
  • Wes Sargent, Key 3D Artist
  • Kodie MacKenzie, Key Visual Effects Compositor

Congratulations, VFX Team!

Veteran Stargate Actor Beau Bridges

Congratulations are also in order for Beau Bridges, who was nominated in the “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series” category for his recurring guest role as Nick Brody in ABC’s Brothers and Sisters. Unfortunately, we won’t get to see more of Nick’s story since the show was not renewed for a sixth season.

Bridges has recently made two more guest appearances on other primetime shows that hold promise for recurring: Leonard Franklin in TNT’s Franklin & Bash (recently aired) and Agent Kramar in the upcoming midseason finale of USA’s White Collar (August 9). Even if these roles are not recurring, Bridges may still be nominated just like he was for his single guest appearance as Eli Scruggs in ABC’s Desperate Housewives a few years ago.

Award Ceremony

Make sure to visit the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards website for a complete list of nominees and a schedule of events. The Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will be broadcast on FOX on Sunday, September 18, starting at 8/7c.

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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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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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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.

Calendar

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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Stargate Planner: Week of June 6-12

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 6
SGU S2 BlockadeSTARGATE UNIVERSE on Sky One at 8 PM with “Blockade”: After discovering that the drones have found a way to pinpoint the stars that Destiny is planning to draw power from, Eli comes up with a plan: a high-risk one…

PAUL McGILLION guest stars in the first season finale of Canada’s Showcase’s Endgame. The episode is called “Deadman Talking” and premieres tonight at 10 PM ET. Paul plays Sebastian Wilks, a powerful lawyer who might be a murderer. This role was meant to be recurring, but the show has been cancelled.

AMANDA TAPPING‘s Sanctuary returns to Syfy at 10 PM ET with “Carentan.”

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS will be on stage this week (June 6-12) to reprise his role as the King of Siam in The King and I at the Kansas City Starlight Theatre.
Tuesday,
June 7
MICHAEL SHANKS‘s Australian film Arctic Blast is released today on DVD in North America.

JOE FLANIGAN‘s Syfy original movie Ferocious Planet is released on DVD today in Region 1 (North America)!

Wednesday,
June 8
A Fine Young ManTonight is the Leo Award’s Celebration Awards Ceremony and we’ll find out if PAUL McGILLION has won any of the four nominations received by his short film A Fine Young Man. Visit the awards’ homepage for the details.

Today is LEXA DOIG‘s birthday! Tweet happy b’day wishes @LexaShmexa.
Thursday,
June 9
SGU star ALAINA HUFFMAN will be attending the SUPERMAN CELEBRATION in Metropolis, Illinois, which starts today and runs until the 12th. Huffman play Black Canary in Smallville. Make sure to visit the con’s website for details.

Friday,
June 10
JEWEL STAITE is scheduled to attend the CONTAGION: OUTBREAK! con in Omaha, Nebraska. The con starts today and runs until the 12th. Visit the con’s website for more information.

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS hosts the next installment of the Military Channel’s An Officer and a Movie: Code Name: Emerald. Check out the production’s homepage for more information.

Today is MIKE DOPUD‘s birthday. Tweet happy b’day wishes @MikeDopud.
Saturday,
June 11
SGU MaliceTonight we’ll find out if SGU’s JENNIFER SPENCE will receive her LEO AWARD for her performance in “Malice.”

AMANDA TAPPING is also up for an award for her performance in the Sanctuary episode “Breach,” which is one of the 17 nominations the show received this year. Visit the awards’ homepage for the details.

Sunday,
June 12

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.

The cast of Stargate SG-1 in Season EightOur 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 May 30-June 5

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,
May 30
United States

Memorial Day (Traditional and Observed)

SGU S2 EpilogueSTARGATE UNIVERSE on Sky One at 8 PM with “Epilogue”: Destiny arrives at Novus, an abandoned planet caught in the throes of seismic destruction. Curiosity gets the better of the crew though, which has dire consequences.

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, AMANDA TAPPING‘s Sanctuary will not be on tonight, but will return to Syfy at 10 PM ET next week.

From PR-USA.net: “Documentary Channel (DOC) commemorates U.S. soldiers with a line up of outstanding military themed documentaries in a two-day tribute to Memorial Day on Monday, May 30 and Tuesday, May 31. Never seen before on television, the two-hour theatrical version of “Operation Homecoming” airs Monday, May 30, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). […] The Oscar nominated “Operation Homecoming” is a unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American troops through their written words, and offers a profound window into the human side of the war in Iraq. “Operation Homecoming” evolved out of a National Endowment for the Arts project that gathered the writing of soldiers and their families who have participated in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Interviews and dramatic readings by such actors as Robert Duvall, Josh Lucas, BEAU BRIDGES, Blaire Underwood and Justin Kirk transform selections from this collection of writing into a deep examination of the experiences of the men and women who are serving in America’s armed forces.”

Tuesday,
May 31
SGU S2 DVDStargate Universe Season Two is released on DVD today in Region 1 (North America)!

Solutions’ Summary: Through many difficult situations, the crew of the Destiny finally become a family, working together to continue Destiny‘s original mission. Along the way, they encounter remarkable civilizations and technology, and eventually have to resort to incredible measures to ensure their continued safety and existence.

Wednesday,
June 1
Today is PATRICK GILMORE‘s birthday! Tweet happy b’day wishes @PatrickGilmore.
Thursday,
June 2
Today is JEWEL STAITE‘s birthday! You can tweet your happy b’day wishes to her @JewelStaite.
Friday,
June 3

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS hosts the next installment of the Military Channel’s An Officer and a Movie: Kelly’s Heroes. Check out the production’s homepage for more information.

Saturday,
June 4
BRIAN J. SMITH and ROBERT PATRICK star in Syfy’s original movie Red Faction: Origins tonight at 9 PM ET. This movie bridges the gap between the video games Red Faction: Guerrilla and Red Faction: Armageddon. It follows the hero Alec Mason (Patrick) and his son Jake (Smith) as they search for Jake’s sister Lyra (Tamzin Merchant) only to find that she has become their enemy twelve years after her kidnapping.

CORIN NEMEC will be at the SALUTE TO SUPERNATURAL convention in Nashville, Tennessee, that is being held this weekend. Make sure to visit the website for the scheduling details.

Sunday,
June 5

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 May 23-29

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,
May 23
STARGATE UNIVERSE on Sky One at 8 PM with “Common Descent”: In an action-packed instalment, the crew stumble upon a human settlement, before discovering that the Drones have figured out a way to track Destiny.

AMANDA TAPPING‘s Sanctuary continues on Syfy at 10 PM ET with 3.17 “Normandy.”

Tuesday,
May 24
Wednesday,
May 25
Thursday,
May 26
PAUL McGILLION will be at the PHOENIX COMICON, which starts today and runs until the 29th. Additional Stargate stars scheduled to be there include William Atherton, Adam Baldwin, Aaron Douglas, and Ernie Hudson. John Scalzi, creative consultant for SGU and award-winning sci-fi author, is also scheduled to attend.

Friday,
May 27

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS hosts the next installment of the Military Channel’s An Officer and a Movie: Heartbreak Ridge. Check out the production’s homepage for more information.

DAVID BLUE is scheduled to appear at the COLLECTORMANIA 17 convention in Milton Keynes, England, which starts today and runs until the 30th. Additional Stargate guest stars will also be there, including Nicole de Boer, Robert Patrick, and John de Lancie. (Lou Diamond Phillips had to cancel.)

Saturday,
May 28
Sunday,
May 29

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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