Actor and Stargate News

More updates from the past couple of months, in case you missed them elsewhere on the web!

In exciting and mysterious news, both Michael Shanks and Amanda Tapping have tweeted that they’re voicing their SG-1 characters for an SG-1 game or app. Michael tweeted: Rumors are true: voicing new SG1 app game. #stargateUnleashed #epicness#badassery pic.twitter.com/OMOfCTS2 We haven’t found other news about the app, but this would be at least the 3rd attempt at a Stargate game, and we hope it finally comes to pass!

Michael’s show, Saving Hope, has been renewed for 18 episodes for Season 2. It will air in Canada and has been sold to foreign markets, while as of now it hasn’t been picked up by a US network. NBC canceled it just before the end of its first season run, but perhaps another network will pick it up for next summer.

Ming Na has been cast as a lead in Joss Whedon’s upcoming super-hero Avengers’ spin-off series, S.H.I.E.L.D. This is a huge deal, as the show is highly anticipated in the US markets at least. We give Ming our hearty congratulations!

Paul McGillion appeared in an episode of Fringe a few weeks ago. Try to catch it if you missed it — it’s called “The Recordist”. Paul was also recently filming another episode of Once Upon a Time, presumably to reprise his role as the Knave of Hearts. Keep an eye out for that one.

Joe Flanigan recently traveled to Austin, Texas to film a pilot for a possible new series on the Lifetime network called The Secret Lives of Wives. He would play the husband of Reed, who is played by Salli Richardson, who co-starred on Syfy’s Eureka.

Ben Browder will appear in an episode of the hit series Arrow. More details here.

Brian J. Smith tweeted that he’ll be appearing in the Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie with Zachary Quinto and others, in a Boston, MA production. More details here at Playbill. He will also be in one episode of the new Syfy series Defiance.

Louis Ferreira appeared in four episodes of the second season of The L.A. Complex. Fans should look for the show on-line or hopefully soon on DVD.

Finally, Stargate writer-producer Carl Binder will be heading back up to Vancouver, this time to be the show-runner for Hallmark’s new series Cedar Cove, starring Andie MacDowell.

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Stargate Actor Updates

Hey, we’re still here! Here’s a round-up of the various bits of news that have come out recently about our beloved Stargate actors.

In disappointing news, the US network NBC dropped the final two episodes of Saving Hope from its summer schedule. But US fans of Michael Shanks and Erica Durance can watch the episodes on-line at NBC.com’s Saving Hope videos page. Episode 12, “Ride Hard or Go Home” is up now, and we expect the season finale, “The Sleeper Awakes” to be up later this week. The show has been renewed by CTV in Canada for Season 2, to air next summer. We hope the show will be released in the US in some form, if not on a network! It’s a pity that 3 million viewers were not enough to keep it on the air in the states.

Meanwhile Michael Shanks has stayed very busy since Saving Hope Season 1 finished filming. As he has been tweeting (@MichaelShanks), he’s currently in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada filming a bio-pic. He’s playing the lead role of Gordie Howe in the film, called Mr. Hockey. Gordie Howe is a hockey legend, and Michael is clearly thrilled to be playing the iconic role, while using his real hockey skills as well. No word on a US release yet, but we will keep an eye out.

Jewel Staite continues to co-star in The L.A. Complex, which airs on The CW in the US. Martin Gero, a writer and producer on Stargate, is the creator and executive producer of the show, which is set in L.A. and is filmed in both L.A. and Toronto, Canada. There is no word yet on a Season 3. US ratings were low on Tuesdays, but improved when it recently got moved to Mondays. Follow Jewel on twitter here: @JewelStaite

Jason Momoa has been cast as a villain in the upcoming film Wolves, as reported here. He’ll play the evil werewolf patriarch of a town. This project was recently announced, so no word on release date yet. Jason appears in Bullet to the Head with Sylvester Stallone. It’s scheduled for release on 1 February 2013.

Paul McGillion is a new daddy of baby Hugh, born in early August! And he just filmed an episode of Fox’s Fringe. Follow Paul on twitter: @PaulyMcGillion.

Joe Flanigan has a couple of things coming up for release. First is Six Bullets, which he filmed with Jean Claude Van Damme in eastern Europe a while back. The film will be released on DVD in the US this Wednesday September 11 (order from Amazon here). A review of the movie is here, and has this nice thing to say about Joe:

One of the biggest surprises in the movie was Joe Flanigan who was great as the desperate father willing to do anything to get his daughter back. He definitely has the potential to become the next big action star.

Joe’s other role filmed a while back was an episode of Metal Hurlant Chronicles, which appears to be nearing release in France, then possibly in Germany and the UK. There’s no word on a US release yet. You can view a trailer here at Collider.

Many Stargate actors attended DragonCon 2012 in Atlanta last month, including Richard Dean Anderson, Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Cliff Simon, Robert Picardo, Tony Amendola, Peter Kelamis, and probably others we don’t know about! We didn’t hear word of any new projects from the actors, but that could simply be because we’re not watching the right internet spots. Likewise Joe Flanigan, Michael Shanks, Paul McGillion, and others attended the Creation Stargate convention earlier in August, but not much word of new work has gotten out. If you heard of any big news, please let us know!

 

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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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Paul McGillion Joins Twitter Too

Paul McGillionJust a day after @MichaelShanks, Stargate Atlantis’s own Paul McGillion has joined twitter as well! Follow him at @PaulyMcGillion. It seems @JewelStaite convinced him to join:

Holy shit guys. Guess what? I finally did it! Follow Paul McGillion on twitter @PaulyMcGillion. I am the puppet master. Thank me later.

After gaining hundreds of followers in just a few hours (he’s got over 1700 as of this post), Paul had this to say:

Holy shit this is crazy!!!!

So give Paul a follow and make him feel welcome!

 

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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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Update on Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges and George Clooney in THE DESCENDANTS
Beau Bridges and George Clooney in THE DESCENDANTS
Hardly a day goes by that we don’t get an alert about BEAU BRIDGES, so we’ve gathered just a few links here for your perusal:

Christopher Judge’s Filming Projects and Convention Appearances

CHRISTOPHER JUDGE’s The Dark Knight Rises finished principal photography on November 14, according to Super Hero Hype, who has monitored co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s social media comments. The movie stars Christian Bale as Batman in this final installment in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. Super Hero Hype said, “In addition to India, the international shoot took place in England and Scotland and in the United States in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New York and New Jersey.”

Speaking of filming projects, Judge canceled his appearance for the Official Stargate Convention in Los Angeles that was held this past weekend because “shooting his new movie prevents him from appearing at the show.” This new movie project might be To Have and To Hold, which Judge tweeted about starting on October 11. But given the time frame, this new movie project could be something else. We’ll let you know what we find out.

The next convention that Judge is scheduled to attend (that we know of) is the 2012 Emerald City Comicon, being held March 30 through April 1 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Paul McGillion in Christmas Magic

PAUL McGILLION stars as a widower who is just about to give up on life because his restaurant is failing. He’s saved through the workings of angels in this new Hallmark Christmas movie. We just received notice that it will be premiering Sunday, December 18, at 8/7c on Hallmark.

Jason Momoa is One of the “Sexiest Men Alive”

JASON MOMOA was just named No.9 as People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive”! Now, we already knew that Momoa is one fine-looking guy, even under his dreads as Ronon Dex, but it’s good to know that he’s finally getting noticed by the rest of the world! Congrats, Jason!

Momoa’s sword-wielding, well-built body is on display in Conan the Barbarian, which you’ll get to see on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D when they are released Tuesday, November 22!

Update on Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks as Dr. Charlie Harris in SAVING HOPE (CTV/BellMedia)
Michael Shanks as Dr. Charlie Harris in SAVING HOPE (CTV/BellMedia)
MICHAEL SHANKS co-stars with Erica Durance in the new Canadian series Saving Hope, which will be broadcast on CTV, but might also make it to American television like Rookie Blue, which was also created by Ilana Frank. MSOL got a photo of Shanks in his new role as Chief of Surgery Dr. Charlie Harris, and we thought we’d just pass it along.

MSOL has also confirmed that Michael’s guest spot on Flashpoint will be aired Tuesday, November 22, on CTV at 8 PM Eastern. The storyline: “Spike responds to a distress call from Sam’s sister and finds himself in a hostile situation. The rest of Team One races to a call at the ultra-secure Metro Evidence Depot and finds a deadly connection between the two cases – one that puts Spike’s life on the line.” Shanks plays David Fleming, a major participant in Spike’s “hostile situation.” US viewers will probably be getting this episode on December 6, 2011, on ION.

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