Stargate Planner: Week of August 15-21

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 15
Alphas posterALAINA HUFFMAN guest stars on Syfy’s Alphas tonight at 10/9c. The episode is called “Bill and Gary’s Excellent Adventure” and also guest stars PETER WINGFIELD, SG-1’s Goa’uld Tanith. The storyline: “Gary and Bill take an outside case, which puts their powers to the test.”
Tuesday,
August 16
Wednesday,
August 17
Thursday,
August 18
Friday,
August 19
Conan the Barbarian (final poster)JASON MOMOA’s break-out role as Conan in Conan the Barbarian can be seen today as the movie makes its wide release premiere in American theaters, in both 2D and 3D! The storyline: “A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.”

AMANDA TAPPING’s Sanctuary should be wrapping its principal photography today, according to the BC Film Commission. This is Season Four of the hit show, which will consist of 13 episodes and will air on Syfy this fall.

The Official Stargate Convention in Chicago starts today and runs through the weekend. Stargate guests include CHRISTOPHER JUDGE, JOE FLANIGAN, DAVID HEWLETT, PAUL McGILLION, BEN BROWDER, ALEXIS CRUZ, KAVAN SMITH, J.R. BOURNE, GARY JONES, ALEX ZAHARA, DAN PAYNE, and DAVID DeLUISE.

Saturday,
August 20
Today is JAMIL WALKER SMITH’s birthday! You can send your happy birthday wishes to his Twitter: @limajamil.
Sunday,
August 21

Solutions Features and Brief Updates

Michael Kenmore in THE KINDRED IIFor 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.

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 Planner: Week of August 8-14

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 8
We thought that ALAINA HUFFMAN‘s guest appearance in Syfy’s Alphas was this week, but all of the online schedules have been updated and her episode has been placed to air next Monday, August 15.
Tuesday,
August 9
White Collar posterBEAU BRIDGES guest stars in USA’s hit show Blue Collar tonight at 9/8c. He plays Agent Burke’s mentor, Agent Kramer, in the show’s mid-season finale.

Season 1 of JAMIL WALKER SMITH‘s animated series Hey, Arnold! is being released on DVD today.

Also being released on DVD and Blu-ray today is Steve Austin’s Tactical Force. You’ll get to see several Stargate alum in this one, including MICHAEL SHANKS, LEXA DOIG, STEVE BACIC, PETER BRYANT, PETER KENT, and MICHAEL EKLUND. Stargate stunt double DAN RIZZUTO also does stunts and has a “thug leader” role. It’s no surprise that so many of our Stargate actors appear in this movie since it was filmed in the Vancouver area.

Wednesday,
August 10
Thursday,
August 11
Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Con is this weekend, and several Stargate actors are due to appear: ALAINA HUFFMAN, MORENA BACCARIN, JULIA BENSON, SEAN PATRICK FLANERY, and LOUIS GOSSETT, JR.

Also this weekend, Star Trek is having an incredible celebratory convention in Las Vagas! There are several of this 45-year-old franchise’s actors who will be in attendance who also guest starred in Stargate: RENE AUBERJONOIS, NICOLE DE BOER, JOHN DE LANCIE, ALAN SCARFE, ARMIN SHIMERMAN, CONNOR TRINNEER, MUSETTA VANDER, and GWYNYTH WALSH.

Friday,
August 12
Saturday,
August 13
Sunday,
August 14

Solutions Features and Brief Updates

Falling Skies poster
Two Stargate vets have starring roles in TNT's FALLING SKIES, which has its 2-hour season finale tonight at 9/8c.
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.

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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It's a Double-Feature Night for David Hewlett

Today, August 5, is the day that two movies in which Stargate star DAVID HEWLETT has roles are opening on the big screen!

You’ll see him in The Whistleblower in a limited release (in California) in which he plays UN representative that’s involved in a sex scandal! The movie’s description at Yahoo! Movies: “Inspired by actual events, Kathy is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk.” If you’re in California, make sure to check out the times at the Yahoo! site.

In wide release is the highly-anticipated reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. We’ve posted an extended trailer that features Hewlett in his Apes role, so we won’t spoil it here just in case you’d like to go into the theater spoiler-free. Yahoo! Movies has an extensive feature page for the movie, including clips and photos. Their brief desciption: “A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other — and to the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.”

OPENING TODAY, AUGUST 5, 2011

Now Screening

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Now Screening

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Stargate Planner: Week of August 1-7

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 1
Jason MomoaHAPPY BIRTHDAY, JASON MOMOA! You’ll be seeing Jason soon in US movie theaters on August 19 when Conan the Barbarian is released! He’s been talking sequels, too, but before that, he’ll probably be seen next in the new action-crime-thriller film starring Sylvester Stallone, Bullet to the Head, currently slated for a 2012 release.

Arctic Blast posterThe MICHAEL SHANKS starrer Arctic Blast is being released on DVD in the UK today! Story: “When a solar eclipse sends a colossal blast of super chilled air towards the earth, it sets off a catastrophic chain of events that threatens to engulf the world in ice!”

Tuesday,
August 2
Wednesday,
August 3
Thursday,
August 4
Friday,
August 5
David HewlettAttention, fans of DAVID HEWLETT! Today is a double feature day as two of the films that he’s in make their US theater debuts! First, there’s the reboot sci-fi film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is being released nation-wide. Then, there’s the limited release of The Whistleblower. Check out both films from our new COMING SOON feature.
Saturday,
August 6
Sunday,
August 7

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.

Good Day for It posterOur 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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Extended “Apes” Trailer Features David Hewlett

A new, extended trailer for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” features David Hewlett in what is likely  his main scene in the film, and a pivotal scene for the plot as well. The trailer shows off the amazing advancements in special effects of the movie, in which motion capture and CGI are used to turn actor Andy Serkis into Caesar the ape, even out on location.

Beware, this might be the bulk of David’s scenes in the movie, so don’t watch if you don’t want to be spoiled about his involvement or the character he plays!

 

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Hewlett Talks Hissy Fits and SGU Jitters

Noted SciFi reporter Steve Eramo recently interviewed David Hewlett at Eramo’s site, SciFiAndTVTalk. David spoke at length about his great experience filming a small role on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the much-anticipating film opening world-wide on August 5. He chats about the film he shot in Bulgaria last year, Morlocks, and the hissy fit he threw on set when they wanted to shoot a cannon-load of bloody sponges at his face. He insisted they do it to a stunt man first and felt vindicated when it didn’t work correctly. 🙂

Perhaps most interesting was what David had to say about guest-starring on Stargate Universe. David had given an interview prior to his guest spot in which he’d joked that he wasn’t watching SGU because they were eating his sandwiches, likely a reference to the craft services food that’s served on sets. Well the SGU actors had read the quote, and it affected David’s reception on set:

“What’s interesting is when I first got on the set I definitely felt a little weirdness from people. Like we first did when we started on Atlantis, this cast got a lot of flack at the time about the fact that they had replaced Atlantis, and they were in a much tougher situation because they did replace Atlantis. We didn’t replace SG-1. As I had to keep saying over and over again, we were a complement to SG-1 throughout the same time. They got a good two more years out of that show while were on at the same time, right?

“So I picked up a little bit of initial weirdness on the SGU set. They were all very sweet and very nice and very welcoming, but I definitely felt that they weren’t sure how I felt about things. One day I was doing a scene with Lou Diamond Phillips [Colonel David Telford], and in-between takes he said to me, ‘So, you don’t mind us eating your sandwiches anymore.’ I was like, ‘What?” and Lou jokingly said, ‘I read that in an interview. Everyone knows what you said.’ In an interview I’d said, being typically Hewlett, that I hadn’t as yet watched SGU because they were eating my sandwiches.  It was a joke. With me it’s all about the food – food and resentment – and Lou called me on it. I said to him, ‘Wait a sec. You guys have to understand that we talk like that with one another about each other and our own show. That’s just our thing.’

All ended well, but it’s very interesting to have this insight from David on how actors from the two shows interpreted what was going on.

Visit SciFiAndTVTalk to read the entire, fun interview!

 

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Jewel Staite on the End of Stargate

Jennifer Keller and Rodney McKay together in ENEMY AT THE GATE
Staite and Hewlett together again?
Stargate star Jewel Staite has posted her latest entry on Blastr, giving her thoughts on the end of the Stargate franchise:

Honestly, I can’t really believe it’s actually over. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of a lot of cast and crews over the years, but I can truly say I’ll always look back on my time on SG:A with a special kind of fondness. That show was a total dream job for me—shooting in my hometown, sleeping in my own bed every night, working with a fabulous and hilarious cast and crew who made me laugh on an hourly basis, being handcuffed and kidnapped in the woods … Well, maybe not so much on that last part. Truthfully, I was accepted with open arms into that family, and I will always be so incredibly grateful and proud to be a part of it. And I hope the fans are proud, too, of all of those seasons of television they helped get produced. Without them, it wouldn’t have gone on as long as it did, and I really hope they know that. It’s their show more than it was ever ours, and I’m just so thankful I got to be along for the ride.

Just because the Stargate days are over, doesn’t mean that Jewel hasn’t had the opportunity to work with her former castmates. Staite let her fans in on a little secret that she and fellow Blastr blogger David Hewlett have been working together on a special project:

Lucky for me, and unlucky for him, David Hewlett was just as bored to tears as I was. So we decided to embark on a little super secret project of our own. I can’t tell you much about it, except that you may quite possibly love it. Or you may hate it, in which case, I’m going to go and join that tumbleweed in the middle of the road. Or move to England to be closer to Kate, whichever. Regardless, wish us luck, will you? And hopefully we’ll be able to show you something soon!

Staite has a busy convention appearance ahead of her next month, including Contagion in Omaha, Nebraska, from June 10-12, and Tulsa Trek in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from June 24-26 (Christopher Judge and Armin Shimerman also plan to be there).

As far as her wishlist of projects, Staite hopes she will work again with Amanda Tapping, perhaps making a guest appearance on Sanctuary, as well as with former Firefly co-star Morena Baccarin on V. At least the Sanctuary guest spot has potential, but unfortunately, ABC recently cancelled V at the end of its second season.

Make sure to visit Blastr: Jewel Staite: How I feel about Stargate’s end—and more!

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InnerSPACE Stargate Special to Air Tuesday, May 10

Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi just posted in his weblog, “…I hung around to do a quickie interview for Canada’s Space which will follow up Tuesday night’s series finale, Gauntlet, with a special Stargate-laden installment of Innerspace. From what I hear, they got A LOT of interviews with Stargate personalities – David Blue, David Hewlett, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Louis Ferreira, Alaina Huffman, Brian J. Smith, and Jewel Staite (to name a few) – who’ll be talking about the franchise and its fans. Don’t miss it!”

Canada’s Spacecast airs Stargate Universe (their SGU page) at 10 PM ET and InnerSPACE follows directly at 11 PM ET (their InnerSPACE page). All of the Stargate shows have enjoyed impressive viewer numbers, and currently, SGU is Space’s “most-watched series.”

“Gauntlet” will be a cliffhanger, unfortunately, which Mallozzi described as being in the same category of cliffhanger as SG-1’s “Camelot,” SGA’s “The Siege II,” and SGU’s “Incursion II,” and gave this “fair warning” about the conclusion of the Stargate franchise “as we know it”: “Gauntlet, in particular, is very touching and its conclusion will no doubt you leave you…among many other things…frustrated, incredulous, outraged, offended, annoyed, vexed, saddened, distressed, bitter, aghast, irritated, unsatisfied, pissed-off, melancholy, miserable, confused, furious, dejected, riled, shocked, heartsick, angry, surprised, exasperated, indignant, enraged, despondent, bewildered, dismayed, incensed, stunned, and grief-stricken.”

Hopefully, seeing the Stargate stars from all three shows afterwards will help ease the Canadian fans’ pain.

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Stargate Planner: Week of May 2-8

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 2
SGUStargate Universe on Sky One at 8 PM with “Hope.”

NEW TIME! Stargate Universe on Syfy at 9 PM ET with “Blockade.”

NEW DAY/TIME! AMANDA TAPPING‘s Sanctuary now follows SGU on Syfy at 10 PM ET.

Tuesday,
May 3
Stargate Universe on SPACE at 10 PM ET with “Blockade.”

DAVID HEWLETT wrote a piece in the new book The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family, which comes out today! Read more about the publication from the author’s blog Geek Dad.

Wednesday,
May 4
LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS guests as himself in tonight’s episode of Cougar Town! The episode is called “Lonesome Sundown” and premieres at 9:30 PM ET on ABC. Source: The Examiner.
Thursday,
May 5
Friday,
May 6
NEW DAY! Stargate Universe on Australia’s SciFi at 8:30 PM with “Blockade.”

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

Today is KAVAN SMITH‘s birthday! You can send your birthday wishes to him at his new Twitter account: @KavanJSmith.

Chevron 7.6 begins today in England and runs until Sunday, May 8! Stargate guests include RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON, TERYL ROTHERY, GARY JONES, DAN SHEA, and FULVIO CECERE. Visit the event’s website for the schedule.

Saturday,
May 7
BEAU BRIDGES and daughter Emily will be in Studio City, California, today at 2 PM to sign their published play Acting: The First Six Lessons. Here’s a portion of the announcement from Playbill: “Beau Bridges and his daughter Emily will appear at Samuel French Bookstore in Studio City, CA, May 7 at 2 PM to sign copies of their published play, Acting: The First Six Lessons, and partake in a reading and Q&A session. […] Samuel French Bookstore is located at 11963 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA.” The play was well received, and if you’re interested in the last performance they had, visit the Theatre West website for images and reviews.
Sunday,
May 8
BEAU BRIDGES will be returning as Nick Brody in the season finale of Brothers & Sisters tonight at 10:01 PM ET on ABC. The synopsis: “In the fifth-season finale, a surprise guest shows up at Sarah and Luc’s wedding; and Kitty faces a tough decision.”

Stargate and Solutions News

Actor and Crew Updates

  • Not too long ago, JOE FLANIGAN mentioned in an interview, “I separated my shoulder in a mountain biking accident. I was coming down a single track trail at a furious speed – I just got brand new handle bars that were extra long – they snagged a branch and they just kind of threw me over and I landed on my back. I actually feel pretty damn lucky that it’s just an AC separation and not something more serious.” He went on with the injury to the Vancouver Stargate Con, and then he finally had the surgery on April 27. All is well, as the actor kept his fans updated on his Twitter (including providing a picture of him in his hospital bed), joking that on the day after, “My new breasts look great.”
  • MARK SAVELA did an interview with Sci Fi and TV Talk Blog about his prospect pilot Echoes. This production has several former Stargate cast and crew involved. They filmed a 13-minute prospect piece from the two-part pilot script, hoping to use it as a pitch for the creation of a new series. This crew is very well put together as they transfer their many years with Stargate into their own production. Echoes features JENNIFER SPENCE and MIKE DOPUD in leading roles.
  • BRIAN J. SMITH did an interview with Redeye Chicago/Show Patrol about his upcoming Syfy movie Red Faction: Origins. Smith declares that this movie is not going to be your typical “MOW” and that “It’s definitely quality and it has really, really smart minds behind it.” Stargate alum ROBERT PATRICK also stars. Red Faction: Origins premieres Saturday, June 4, at 9 PM ET.
  • CHRISTOPHER JUDGE and JEWEL STAITE are scheduled to be at the Tulsa Trek Expo in June, according to Tulsa World.
  • JASON MOMOA has been interviewed a lot recently, covering his roles of Khal Drogo in HBO’s Game of Thrones (currently airing on Sunday nights) and of Conan in the upcoming Conan the Barbarian movie (coming August 19). These interviews are indexed in our SOLUTIONS LJ here: Conan Movie and Game of Thrones.
  • MICHAEL SHANKS did a video interview while he was in France a few weekends ago for the SciFi15 convention. Solutions LJ has the embedded video in which Shanks discusses Stargate and his most recent projects.
  • MING-NA is back in Vancouver shooting her recurring role in Syfy’s Eureka. Her new role is Alice Wen, a senator who arrives in Eureka to handle a sensitive matter within Global Dynamics.

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 (SGU actors are currently being added).

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.

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 April 18-24

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,
April 18
SGUStargate Universe on Sky One at 8 PM with “Twin Destinies.”

NEW TIME! Stargate Universe on Syfy at 9 PM ET with “Common Descent.”

Tuesday,
April 19
Stargate Universe on SPACE at 10 PM ET with “Common Descent.”

Today is David Hewlett‘s birthday!

Jason Momoa‘s HBO series Game of Thrones premieres in the UK on Sky Atlantic tonight at 9 PM!

Wednesday,
April 20
Thursday,
April 21
Friday,
April 22
NEW DAY! Stargate Universe on Australia’s SciFi at 8:30 PM with “Common Descent.”

Lou Diamond Phillips hosts the next installment of the Military Channel’s An Officer and a Movie: Victory. Check out the production’s homepage for more information.

Saturday,
April 23
Lou Diamond Phillips and Mark Dacascos will be presenters at the Thousand Hearts Benefit Concert Supporting Japan Disaster Relief in Pasadena, California. The program is being sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Visit PR-USA.net for times and ticket information.
Sunday,
April 24

News Notes

Stargate Universe News

Solutions News Blog Round-Up

Our News Blog posts since the last Stargate Planner (most recent listed first):

Solutions LJ Companion Background Articles

Last week, we posted a few background articles in our LJ Companion that you might be interested in. The articles listed in this section don’t have a companion piece in our News Blog here:

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 (SGU actors are currently being added).

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.

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

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