TV Week reports on the BSG SDCC press conference presentation held after the public Battlestar panel for members of the media. (Some spoilers.)
Joe from IAmATVJunkie.com has a great recap of the Bionic Woman screening. And Daniel at TheTVAddict.com has full run down of the Bionic Woman panel.
In more non-BSG news, today is the day you can get a copy of the direct to DVD project, "Babylon 5: The Lost Tales". The CG Society ran a 3 part article about the B5 CG work done by Atmosphere, the same company that produces much of Battlestar Galactica's FX. Parts one, two, and three.
Watch a glimpse of Edward James Olmos in the trailer for the Blade Runner documentary "Dangerous Days."
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
"I've always said that if a woman can do it better, by all means let her."
– Katee Sackhoff
Wanna see how the journo fangirls cover these con thingies? (Especially a panel called “the Ladies of BSG”?) E!Online's Jennifer Godwin and Chicago Trib's Maureen Ryan show 'em how it is DONE - packed with good deets for us fans. Both also have plenty to say about BIONIC WOMAN. Ryan also discusses fangirl attendance at SDCC, which she eyeballed around 40% at the events she covered. So there.
Fangirl Nnaylime posted a very detailed writeup about her con experience. Nice.
Want photos? Fans are posting tons more as they get home, rest up, and clean out their cameras. Fan dryope found this great press shot off the wires.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Kamihamster has posted the video of the Battlestar Galactica panel to YouTube with Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff, Mary McDonnell, Lucy Lawless, Ronald D. Moore, David Eick, and Eric Storey, moderated by Entertainment Weekly writer, Marc Bernardin.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
MovieWeb has posted audio of the entire Saturday Ladies panel featuring Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Tricia Helfer, Ronald D. Moore, David Eick, and Erik Storey (VP, original programming, SCI FI). Moderated by Mark Bernardin of Entertainment Weekly. *glee*
TV Addict had the same response to yesterday’s panel – ie, “not much news here, move along.” I guess at a mainly fanBOY con, spending an hour with sci-fi’s coolest ladies just isn’t enough? (And krikey, that's a female writer.) *grumbly* Meanwhile, Roadrunner has put out the most detailed reporting so far…and photographer mhuang posted a flickr set of photos from the panel (nice shirt Eric!).
SyFy Portal has more about Richard Hatch’s comments on the Thursday panel.
Some of the fans from the TWoP and SciFi forums made a lovely plaque to present to the cast and crew yesterday. Well done! SO SAY WE ALL.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
The panel opened with a montage video featuring all the female characters swearing or, at least, saying "frak" a lot following the weighty words, "Well-behaved women rarely make history."
...The title RAZOR is taken from the movie PATTON in which George C. Scott looks over his troops and says, "We'll turn these guys into fanatics. We'll turn them into razors." It's a scene that Ron Moore and David Eick said they return to often when thinking about the Battlestar series.
W00T! And it sounds like they also showed the RAZOR footage shown last month at the Cinerama Dome event. If anyone finds it on YouTube today, let us know. Fans attending the Con are posting details at the skiffy forum starting on page 25 of this thread.
A few random comments from PopCandy via her twitter feed, including some choice McDonnell quotes.
IGN covers the Lucy Lawless announcement.
IESB has a video interview with Aaron Douglas from the booth he hung out in this week.
Sci Fi Wire has announced the return of Lucy Lawless:
SCI FI Channel announced that Lucy Lawless will return to Battlestar Galactica for a minimum of two episodes of the show' s upcoming fourth and final season, currently in production in Vancouver. Lawless will reprise her role as D' Anna, the religious zealot who was deemed defective.
[tip of the hat to Sci-fi Stream]
Friday, July 27, 2007
SDCC (aka Comic-Con) reports are trickling in…Roadrunner was at the BSG panel with Richard Hatch, Bear McCreary and Mark Verheiden yesterday – and Hatch had some VERY interesting things to say (IGN also covered it here). IGN talked to Mark Verheiden about BSG and his film script ARK. The skiffy forum members who are at SDCC made a thread for liveblogging throughout the week, and audio from the Hatch panel was posted last night.
Buddy TV ponders the deeper meaning of Ron Moore’s most recent interview statements.
DVDActive has a much nicer, hires photo of the UK R2 Season 3 DVD cover.
Word on the netstreet is that the BIONIC WOMAN pilot has “leaked” and BSG fandom has found it, are viewing it, and are loving Katee Sackhoff even MORE than they already do. My spirginal self is not partaking, and I’m not sharing those links. But there are some great Katee screen caps here and here. Looks awesome. [thanks ez-as-pi and syliasyliasylia!]
Today's OT: I love, love, love that LOST writers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof brought bells onto the SDCC stage with them – to ring if either thought the other was getting too spoilery. Adorkable. DVDActive has news of a fall release of a Stanley Kubrick Collection including 2001, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, EYES WIDE SHUT, FULL METAL JACKET, and THE SHINING. Several sites have published details about the upcoming BLADE RUNNER: FINAL CUT DVD release (Variety, Cinematical, IGN). There will be a limited theatrical run in NY & LA before the DVD arrives. Sssssswwwwwwweeeeeeet.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Ron Moore and David Eick talked to Starburst magazine about season 4 and Razor.
Trek Movie Report is starting to report from the Paramount presentation at SDCC. Reports indicate Leonard Nimoy (old Spock) and Zachary Quinto (new Spock) have been spotted. (Update: Cinematical has a full report from the Paramount presentation.)
Here are the new teaser posters for Star Trek and the mysterious J.J. Abrams production "11-18-08"
Ain't It Cool News has a review of the new Babylon 5 DVD project, "The Lost Tales".
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
For anyone attending Comic-Con this week, the Cinematical guys have some very good advice for newbies about parking and logistics. And for those who cannot get there: Pop Candy, FirstShowing.net, TV Squad, and San Diego Dreaming are all livebloggin' the action. There is a ton of BSG-related stuff going on - lets hope for some fun news by Monday morning.
Send us your tips, news, photos, links and sightings!
Katee Sackhoff will be a guest on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE on Wednesday, August 1st.
Since we posted when Katee got on AfterEllen’s Hot 100 List for women...I feel it is now our duty to report that Jamie Bamber has made #25 on AfterElton’s Hot 100 List for men. Well, DUH. Excuse me, I have to go back and oggle #21 one more time...Hee.
Per above, Amazon UK has posted the Region 2 DVD cover art for the Season 3 set. Release date remains September 3.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, wrote about how inept and broken the Emmy judging system is. And at the Television Critics Association gathering in Beverly Hills, Ryan reports on the television awards they recently handed out -- a far more interesting sampling of quality TV than the Emmys seems able to come up with.
Below, the president of the Emmy Academy announces the 2007 Emmy nominations.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Titles for upcoming season 4 episodes of Battlestar Galactica:
Razor (internally at BSG, Razor is considered episodes 1 and 2.)
Regular episodes starting in January 2008:
- He That Believath In Me
- Six of One
- The Ties That Bind
- Escape Velocity
- Into the West
A trailer and some photos from the movie TRICK R’ TREAT are up at IESB - Tahmoh Penikett is in this film, and he does show up in the trailer. The film opens early 2008. [via Cinematical]
Galactica Quorum did an interview with Aaron Douglas during his appearance at Shoreleave, and The Chief’s Deck has edited the original podcast down to just Aaron’s portion. That is so shiny and fannish of you, meshel73.
Mark Sheppard has announced on his Myspace page that he has been cast as a series regular on BIONIC WOMAN. OK, so if I never get that Romo-and-Starbuck-at-Joe's-Bar scene I am praying for...I may yet get a Mark Sheppard-Isaiah Washington-Katee Sackhoff scene? Niiiiice. [via TV Squad]
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Maureen Ryan spoke to Ron Moore and Michael Taylor this week and got some more (spoilery) tidbits about RAZOR, the "minisodes," and a new series Moore is developing for Sci-Fi Channel with BSG writer Jane Espenson, WAREHOUSE 13.
Walk All Over Me, a film Tricia Helfer co-stars in with Leelee Sobieski, will screen at this fall's Toronto Film Festival.
Mark Verheiden posted some notes from the set of BSG in Vancouver, and some praise for their hard-working crew.
Action Figure Insider is confirming the dates and times that Aaron Douglas will be signing autographs at the DST booth at ComiCon next weekend, promoting the release of the T-1 Chief Tyrol action figure.
Mary McDonnell will be a guest of the London Film & Comic Con, September 1-2, 2007.
The Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning in Los Angeles, and BSG garnered four:
- Outstanding Writing for a Series: Ron D. Moore for "Occupation/Precipice"
- Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Felix Alcala for "Exodus Part 2"
- Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series: "Exodus Part 2"
- Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series: "Exodus Part 2"
OT: I see that "Dick in a Box" has also been nominated (for best original music and lyrics). Hey, if "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp" can win an Oscar...dream big.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Katee Sackhoff is on the cover of the new TV Guide, which includes a Sci-Fi preview discussing the many, many sci-fi/fantasy projects on the nets and cable this summer and fall. Also in the issue: Jamie Bamber (thanks to wisteria and petzipellepingo for the scan)...and a couple of vague but spoilery comments from Ron Moore, which I've posted on my own livejournal here. I hope he's joking around, at least a little. And great news about Lawless, yay!
Televisionary noticed that Katee Sackhoff has signed a deal with NBC to continue her role on BIONIC WOMAN.
Nnaylime has posted a write up about seeing Aaron Douglas at Shoreleave last weekend. Barefoot.
Roadrunner noticed that Jamie Bamber’s sister Anastasia Griffith has been cast in FX’s new summer drama DAMAGES, which premieres soon.
SyFy Portal has more information and details on the pre-Razor "mini-sodes" about young Galactica Viper pilot, William Adama during the first Cylon War.
BSG exec producer David Eick talked about The Bionic Woman at the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills. And Michelle Ryan who plays Jamie Sommers in the series, talked about her fighting scenes with Katee Sackhoff:
"I loved working with Katee," Ryan said. "She has so much energy, and she's just so brilliant. And when she's fighting, she's so strong. I'd fight with the stuntwoman, and then Katee would come 'round, and it would be like, 'Wow, she can really fight.' And it was great, because when you're sort of fighting, you don't make too much contact. You don't want to hurt anybody. And part of the fighting was that I had to hit her in the stomach, and [I said], 'I can't. I don't want to hurt you.' And she was like, 'Just hit me!' And I did, and it was interesting how she was bringing that out [of] me, as Sarah brings the fighter out of Jaime. So I think it's going to be an interesting partnership."
...In non BSG news, creator of Babylon 5 J. Michael Straczynski talked to Sci Fi Wire about the SFX work on the new direct to DVD Babylon 5 release "Babylon 5: The Lost Tales".
This is a really cool trailer for a new documentary about the Apollo missions, "In the Shadow of the Moon."
On cable TV the other night I was watching the Harrison Ford bank heist flick "Firewall" and noticed that Ford's house in that movie, is also Baltar's house on Caprica.
Speaking of Harrison Ford, who of course worked with Edward James Olmos in Blade Runner, you can watch the first new footage of Ford suited up as Indiana Jones at the official Lucasfilm Indiana Jones site.
And with a new Star Trek film on the horizon coming from J.J. Abrams, a movement to resurrect Kirk from his untimely death at the hands of Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga in Star Trek Generations, is getting renewed attention and the BringBackKirk.com website has put this trailer they created on YouTube:
Thankfully, it's now only 75 days till the first Razor mini-sode airs. How do I know that, so exactly? Well, that's because I've downloaded the TV Forecast widget and the TV Countdown widget from the excellent folks at Big Bucket. If you use OSX 10.4 Tiger or have an iPhone (as they are working on an iPhone web app version) visit their site and check out their stuff.
75 days and counting...
Sunday, July 15, 2007
GateWorld is reporting that Sci-Fi Channel has announced BSG "mini-sodes" that will air in the 8 weeks leading up to RAZOR's November 24th airing. And - hold onto your hats - the return of FARSCAPE, in webisode form!
As fans of Battlestar Galatica get ready for the November 24 premiere of the telemovie "Razor" -- which will delve into the backstory of the Battlestar Pegasus, her crew, and Admiral Cain (Michelle Forbes) -- the network has another surprise. The movie will be preceded by an 8-week series of "mini-sodes."
Filmed in conjunction with "Razor," the two- to three-minute installments will air weekly in primetime on SCI FI Channel, and then be available online at SCIFI.com. The promotional shorts will premiere in October.
Written by Michael Taylor and directed by Wayne Rose and Felix Alcala, "these shorts will provide a sneak peek into the original Cylon War, when a young pilot named William Adama (Nico Cortez) discovers a dangerous Cylon weapon that will come back to haunt him and his crew 40 years later," SCI FI revealed. They will also be included in the DVD release of "Razor."
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Galactica.TV has a new lengthy interview with Edward James Olmos taking about season 4 of Battlestar Galactica.
Galactica.TV also has a full transcript of Ron Moore and David Eick's June 1st press conference.
They also talked to BSG's Emmy nominated sound editor, Daniel Colman.
Amazon is listing the street date for the S3 Official BSG Companion book for August 14, 2007.
This is pretty far away, but Farpoint organizers just announced James Callis will be their guest in February 2008. That’s near Baltimore, btw.
Wired's Epicenter blog uses BSG to argue that Mark Cuban's ideas about video content aren't totally correct. Adario is missing a couple of Cuban's points about the power of emotional connection for audiences experiencing a simultaneous broadcast. But his main argument is sound: internet delivery is changing the game now, and the networks and studios MUST deal with it. The Film & TV business is finally coming up against the exact same things that the Music biz had to face when audio downloading/sharing was perfected almost a decade ago.
Going back to BSG - Adario (and by extension Mark Pesce) support the argument that BSG may be a first, best example of game-changing corporate product, simply because of its seredipitous timing. Do the math: One excellent new show like BSG, plus the exactly perfect built-in geeked fanbase who could take to its immediate bittorrent distribution, plus UK airings (of season 1) proceeding airings in the rest of the English-speaking world. Equals? A perfect storm.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Matt and Nat of the BSGCast videocast caught up with Katee Sackhoff at Polaris 21 in Toronto, Ontario.
Wired as a brief preview and review of the BSG game for Xbox Live Arcade.
Buddy TV has some BSG wild speculation for season 4.
Sci-Fi Wire reports on comments Aaron Douglas and Michael Hogan made about being Cylons at the Sci-Fi Channel digital press tour.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
SyFy Portal reveals potentially major spoilers about events of BSG's season 4 storylines involving the Cylons. Read at your own risk.
Richard Hatch is interviewed by Gilles Nuytens of The SciFi World.
Battlestar Galactica the game is coming for Xbox Live Arcade soon.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Don't forget to watch Eureka tonight on Sci-Fi for a promo for "Razor" during the show. Maureen Ryan reviews the debut of Eureka. As soon as the BSG: Razor trailer is on YouTube or someplace I'll post it here.
If Magazine has part one of an interview with Ronald D. Moore, pretty spoiler free.
Sci-Fi Wire talks to Sci-Fi Channel execs about how the decision to end BSG in season 4 came about.
MeeVee and SyFy Portal speculate about the meaning of Michelle Forbes' contract with Battlestar Galactica. (Possible spoilers if the speculation were to be accurate.)
Check out some cool Battlestar Galactica art work based on motivational posters, created by Eric Saveau here, here and here. Very funny stuff!
Monday, July 09, 2007
Comic-Con has released its full 2007 programming list, and the rumored "Ladies of BSG" panel is indeed happening:
Saturday, July 28
2:15-3:15 - Battlestar Galactica
Michelle Tauber of People Magazine calls it "an instantly addictive, girl-powered show that packs emotional punch, rip-roaring adventure and surprisingly sexy heat." Come see what all the buzz is about as SCI FI celebrates the ladies of Battlestar Galactica. Panelists include Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin), Katee Sackhoff (Kara "Starbuck" Thrace), Tricia Helfer (Number Six), Ronald D. Moore (executive producer), David Eick (executive producer), and Erik Storey (VP, original programming, SCI FI). Moderated by Mark Bernardin of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Ballroom 20.
Meshel73 has culled all the BSG-related panels into a single list over at the Battlestar Blog. There are several other events that sound great, including the BIONIC WOMAN panel.
Mark Verheiden runs down all his appearances that weekend on his own blog.
Also, we hear from our beloved Browncoat friends that Mark Sheppard will be at the Browncoat booth on Saturday. (I love that they have their own booth. *glee*)
Beware of spoilers, but, Media Blvd. and Underground Online, have detailed reports and interviews from the recent BSG press tour of the Sci-Fi channel series sets in Vancouver, B.C.
And TV Squad wraps up the event with some final thoughts about the event, and includes a photo gallery from the tour. And Zap2it recounts the BSG cast's encounters with famous fans of Battlestar Galactica like Robin Williams and Quentin Tarantino among many others.
The Bucks Free Press in the United Kingdom reports that on Saturday, July 28th:
SCI-FI fans will be swapping ray guns for textbooks when they descend on High Wycombe to discuss cult classic TV show Battlestar Galactica.
A one-day talk about the space-based show is being held at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College and is expected to attract dozens of starry-eyed enthusiasts.
The talk is the first academic conference held in the country devoted to the revamped version of the 70s show, and has been organised by fan Ewan Kirkland, a media studies lecturer at BCUC in Queen Alexandra Road.
He said: "This ground-breaking TV series demands serious academic attention.
"Battlestar Galactica is the most politically, philosophically and artistically compelling television programme of recent years. The show combines thriller, space opera, war film and docu-drama, raising questions about the nature of humanity, governance, desire, technology and religion."
Lastly, according to Bear McCreary's site the Battlestar Galactica: Season Three original soundtrack will be released in October 2007.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
If you watch Universal HD you can watch the 2003 Battlestar Galactica mini series this weekend. (The schedule says it's the edited down to 3 hour version that aired on the NBC network once on a Saturday night.) The mini will be shown in Hi-Def, once at 2am Sunday and again Sunday afternoon at 3pm. Check out the BSG page at UniversalHD for some very well done old season 3 promos.
In other news, BuddyTV reports on some speculation and spoilers for season 4. At this stage, it's all just rumor as far as I can tell. I can be patient. It's only aprox. 118 days until Battlestar Galactica: Razor airs.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Buddy TV has an extensive interview with Mark Sheppard in which he discusses Romo, Romo's fans, and other TV experiences. The full interview is posted as an MP3 file, with an edited version printed on the page. Sheppard confirms he is attending ComiCon, DragonCon - and GenCon with his father, actor W. Morgan Sheppard.
Looks like the Emmy organization is a bit freaked that their short list leaked onto the internets. (Meanwhile: Defamer mentions BSG. Um. Wow.)
SyFyPortal drops more spoilers and spoiler rumors from the on-set pressday, including a really great one concerning the older Centurion model cylons. I will be very happy if it's true!
Off Topic for the day: Is this just some fanboy fun...or is it marketing? Is this just marketing...or is it something more? Either way, me likey.
Apparently this video was created by CGI artist Gabe Koerner who worked on Battlestar Galactica to demonstrate how he would reinvent the Starship Enterprise:
It seems to have a lot of armor like the Galactica does.
(Post revised to add link to Gabe Koerner's site.)
Monday, July 02, 2007
Edward James Olmos makes Maureen Ryan's list of favorite performances this season by actors in drama series:
Edward James Olmos, “Battlestar Galactica” (Sci Fi): As Adm. William Adama, Olmos provides the moral center of this sprawling, enthralling tale of human survival. Watchful, weary yet never losing sight of his goal — the continued survival of humanity — Adama gives gravitas to the series without ever weighing it down. Olmos’ gift is to never make the man, who’s nearly an icon to his crew, less than fully three-dimensional.
- IGN reports that Seth Green and friends are apparently plotting a BSG send-up for their 3rd season of Robot Chicken, and it sounds like several cast have been invited to voice it.
- TV Squad posted on the intricate details of the Adama’s Quarters set, and wonders about the secrets hiding behind this sheet in the costume department.
- Monsters and Critics chronicles their tour of the set led by the show’s production designer Richard Hudolin and art director Doug McLean.
- SyFyPortal discusses BSG’s Emmy chances, and how the actors feel about it at this point.
- MediaBlvd was at the press tour and wrote up some details of speaking with Aaron Douglas, who confirms he is attending San Diego Comicon this month.
- Meta from a couple of the bloggers who participated in SciFi Channel’s "digital press tour," as they ponder the meaning of a few of us “little people” getting Big Media access to these shows. (And yes, TeeVee.org, you are correct: we fans will NOT be impressed to hear "Vipers are smaller than they look, but Stargates are larger." LOL)
Sci-Fi BSG forum member hypokritical got a phone interview with Edward James Olmos for Galactica.TV, and has posted a partial MP3 over on the forum that includes the questions suggested by other forum members. The full interview will be posted soon on Galactica.TV.
Mo Ryan includes Mary McDonnell in her list of favorite performances this season by actresses in drama programs.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Wisteria has noticed that Gold Derby got their hands on the Emmy Best Drama nominee short list, and BSG is not on it. Sigh. Maybe the actors can still get noticed. On the positive side, I'm shocked and pleased to see Rome and Weeds on the lists.