July 31st, 2010 by Scott
The SciFi Diner Podcast
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Tonight we sit down and interview Dominic Keating from Star Trek Enterprise and Heroes. We have some more Star Trek Trivia (I blame Miles). In news we chat about a potential Battlestar Galactica Web Series, Ron D. Moore comes clean on what really happened to Starbuck (You’ll hear what Katie Sackoff thinks of her demise as well), A trailer is out for Felicia Day’s Red, just who is playing Chuck’s momma?, You thought Children of Earth was dark? Wait till you see Torchwood season 4, Karl Urban on the Judge Dredd Remake, the Death Star is one ship to rule them all and the Dark Lord of the Sith has fallen on hard times and taken up bank robbery. Some Star Trek news in This Week in Star Trek and Miles brings you his top five strong female characters in the the SciFi Five in Five.
Born in Leicester, England, Dominic Keating’s early stage performances led his instructors to single him out as a “bright, young hope.” Nevertheless, his major studies at the University College in London earned him a B.A. with honors in history, not theatre arts. But Keating kept the acting flame alive through the academic years, participating in several University productions and pondering an eventual leap into the professional theatre.
Keating starred in the feature film “Jungle 2 Jungle” opposite Tim Allen and Martin Short. He also appeared in the Oscar-nominated feature film “Almost Famous” (though was cut out of the final edit) and starred with Raquel Welch in “Folle d’elle.” In the “The Hollywood Sign,” he played his first American role opposite Rod Steiger, Burt Reynolds and Tom Berenger. He co-stars in mocku-documentay “Certifiably Jonathan”, about American comedian Jonathan Winters, in “Beowulf” with Angelina Jolie and in the next chapter of a cult film series: “Species IV”. He stars in indie Horror film “Hollywood Kills” as a film director. His most recent outings are “The Ninong” and also Asylum Production’s “Sherlock Holmes” opposite Torchwood’s Gareth David-Lloyd.
His television credits include a lead role on Star Trek: Enterprise, a series regular for five years on Desmond’s, a recurring role in The Immortal, plus guest appearances on G vs E, Special Unit 2, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Poltergeist: The Legacy and Las Vegas among others.
His stage credits include University productions of “Life Class” and “Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead.” He won an award for Best Actor on the Fringe for his role as Cosmo in “The Pitchfork Disney” at the Bush Theatre in London. He also starred in the one-man play “The Christian Brothers” in King’s Cross and in “The Best Years of Your Life” at the Man in the Moon Theatre in Chelsea. He was awarded the Mobile Prize for his performance in “Amongst Barbarians” at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, which then transferred to the Hampstead Theatre in London. Other performances include roles in “Screamers” at the Edinburgh Playhouse Festival and in “Alfie” at the Tiffany Theatre in Los Angeles.
Dominic worked in a drag act called Feelings Mutual in order to get his Equity card.
This Weeks Trivia:
Trivia: In the tv show Star Trek Enterprise; the character of T’Pol was originally supposed to be a different name harkening back to a character in the original series. What was the original name for the T’Pol character?
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The Main Course:
New Battlestar Galactica series about the Cylon War coming!
Syfy is working on a new Battlestar Galactica series that will follow the exploits William “Husker” Adama during the Cylon War. According to the Chicago Tribune, the show is called “Blood and Chrome” and will be an online series with about 10 episodes, each around 9 minutes long.
According to Mark Stern, Syfy’s executive vice president of original programming and the co-head of original content for Universal Cable Productions, “Battlestar Galactica” and “Caprica” co-executive producer Michael Taylor will write the the script for the new venture.
“Blood & Chrome” is “about a young man’s initiation into war: both the realities of war as fought by soldiers on the ground (and in Battlestars and Vipers), and the somewhat less real version portrayed in the media,” according to Taylor.
“Blood & Chrome” would consist of nine or 10 episodes of nine or 10 minutes each, and it would make use of cutting-edge digital technology and special effects to depict the Cylon War. If it is greenlit to production, it will be filmed using green screens and virtual sets, not unlike Syfy’s “Sanctuary” or James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Before “Battlestar Galactica” ended, high-tech scans were made of all the show’s sets, so that the special-effects team will be able to re-create them (possibly even in 3D).
Taylor revealed some other details to the Tribune:
“I’ve seen the virtual, 3D version of CIC [‘Battlestar’s’ Combat Information Center] and it’s pretty damn cool,” Taylor said. “And yet the movie isn’t confined to Galactica. Far from it. It’s a story that will take us to new corners of the ‘Battlestar’ world (or worlds), and yet it aims to be a very contemporary war movie in a lot of ways. I would say I’m thinking as much of Afghanistan and Iraq–the reality of ‘Hurt Locker,’ Sebastian Junger’s ‘Restrepo,’ and similar movies–as I am about about the largely implied past of ‘Battlestar.'”
If the series is successful, more could follow.
Battlestar creator Ron Moore comes clean about Starbuck’s fate
That ambiguous ending of Battlestar Galactica sure stirred up a lot of debate. (A debate that’s still going on.) Whether you loved it or hated it, it sure got people talking. And one of the hottest topics was: What really happened to Starbuck?
Charlie Jane Anders got a chance to sit down with Moore at San Diego Comic-Con and asked him about our favorite blond fighter pilot. Here’s part of what he had to say:
I think she was a representative of an entity that didn’t like to be called God, but everybody else talked about it in godlike terms. If you want to call her an angel, you could say that. She went through a resurrection story that was very Christlike. And you know, what are the implications of that? I felt, as I went into the finale, that the more I defined exactly what she was, the less interesting she became.
Torchwood’s creator warns series’ 4th season will be ‘dark’
Thought Children Of Earth was as dark as you wanted Torchwood to get, what with the death of … well … you know who. According to series creator and producer Russell T. Davies, that’s just the beginning of the darkness we’re going to see as Torchwood gets ready for its fourth season.
In response to an interviewer’s question in SFX about the “darkness” of Children Of Earth, Davies responded that [spoilers ahead]:
Actually, this story is also very dark. I think with that, Torchwood found its feet. People found something very compelling and very chilling about it. I love the way people got on their high horse saying, ‘Oh, he killed his grandson!’ Hello! He saved every single child in the world! If you would fail to do that then you’re the monster, frankly. It’s this extraordinary treatment that only science fiction heroes get You find that. If ever a word is said out of place by the Doctor or Captain Jack, or even by Sarah Jane sometimes, people throw their hands up in horror, whereas in any other drama any character is capable of any thing at any time. That’s the only way to write, and it’s the same for these people as well. I thought it was fascinating and challenging what he did there, but hard—it was so hard. I do think with the whole of Children Of Earth we found a new heartland for Torchwood.
I don’t know about you, but if Torchwood gets any darker, we’re going to end up as a puddle on the floor. We’ll certainly be there when the new season premieres, but … what do you think about what Davies had to say?
Chuck gets a Mommy—and it’s Linda Hamilton!
It takes a special woman to be Charles Bartowski’s mom. After all, he’s the King of Geeks and needs parents (that is, actors) big enough to support his Nerd Herd status. Daddy (Scott Bakula) was the captain of a starship (Enterprise) and a noted time-traveler (Quantum Leap). So his mother should have some sci-fi street cred, too. And whoa mama, does she ever!
Chuck creators/executive producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak announced at San Diego Comic-Con that Sarah Connor … er, Linda Hamilton (sorry, got carried away there) would have a recurring role as Chuck’s missing mother, Mary Bartowski, in the upcoming Season 4.
In an interview posted on The Ausiello Files, Schwartz said, “If Chuck and Morgan were watching Chuck, they would be excited about Linda coming on board.” To which Fedak added: “Chuck was certainly a Terminator fan, and Morgan was a Beauty and the Beast fan.”
Season 3 ended with a pre-recorded video of Chuck’s dad giving an ominous message from beyond the grave which ended with: ” … it’s time you learned about your family.” And that’s the big question: Where has Mom been all these years?
Other noted guests in the upcoming season: Olivia Munn, Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Richie (returning as Sarah’s high-school nemesis), Isaiah Mustafa (the Old Spice Guy), and Jeffster covering Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”
Don’t worry, Chuck! Mom will teach you about guns, romance with furries and “No fate but what you make.”
Chuck premieres on Sept. 20, 2010, with “Chuck Versus the Anniversary.”
Chuck and Ellie wonder what Mom’s been up to
Felicia Day + werewolves = awesome 1st trailer for Syfy’s Red
An enthusiastic crowd in San Diego got the first peek at Red late last night when Felicia Day took the stage to introduce the awesome new trailer for her upcoming Syfy original movie. While we can’t replicate the Comic-Con experience by sending her over to your house to tell you about it herself, we CAN share the brand new trailer with you below!
Day portrays the descendent of the werewolf-hunting family from the classic fairy tale (you know the one) in the first of Syfy’s re-imaginings of classic fairy tales. Red will debut sometime in 2011.
So what did you think?
Karl Urban says HIS Judge Dredd won’t make you puke in your popcorn
We can understand why Karl Urban would want to star in a remake of Star Trek. But why would he want to remake Judge Dredd, that laughable 1995 megabomb from Sylvester Stallone? Why, Karl, Why? But we’re not to worry, says Urban—he promises that THIS Judge Dredd won’t be a disgrace to the source material.
Urban, who’s been reading Judge Dredd comics for 25 years, promises to be faithful to the original.
“I can’t say too much about it because we’re in the very early process of locking it down and making it happen, but I can say that the producers behind this movie are being 100% faithful to the source material,” Urban told movieline. “The creator is involved as a consultant, and the artist, Jock, who’s done some incredible work … he’s also involved in the development stage. I can tell you that in no way, shape, or form is it related to any other movie that’s come out called Judge Dredd.”
And just to show how committed Urban is to delivering a Judge Dredd that fans of the comics will recognize, he makes a promise—one that will resonate with those of us who cringed at the way Stallone altered Dredd.
“I can tell you that hypothetically—and this just gives you an idea of where our heads are collectively at—if I was to go see a movie called Judge Dredd, and the actor who played Judge Dredd was to take his helmet off and full-on reveal his face and identity, I would puke in my popcorn.”
So would we. So would we.
How about you?
Death Star beats out the Enterprise and TARDIS as best starship
Every year at the end of Comic Con a panel of august and learned sci-fi scholars debates the weighty issue of which starship would defeat which other starships in a fictional battle of bragging rights called Starship Smackdown.
The ships pitted against one another are chosen by a combination of panel and audience suggestions, and in later rounds fictional captains are added into the mix. This leads to fanciful match ups like last year’s NCC 1701 piloted by Captain Jack Sparrow squaring off against the Pegasus piloted by a combination of Captain Quint and Captain Crunch. (The NCC 1701 won that particular bout if you’re wondering.)
Last year the J.J. Abrams version of the Enterprise piloted by the William Shatner version of Kirk fought to an honorable draw with the NCC-1701 helmed by Jack Sparrow for the top co-honors.
This year the 16 ships (and things that dubiously met the criteria for “ships”) in contention included the first-round match ups of:
Sulaco vs Thunder Road
Death Star vs Battlestar Galactica (new)
Millennium Falcon (animated version) vs Enterprise 1701 (from the animated series)
Borg Cube vs ISS Enterprise (from “Mirror, Mirror”)
Kal-El’s Spaceship vs Green Lantern’s Ring
Yamato (new live-action version) vs Klingon D-7
NSES Protector vs Gunstar
Video of the entire event will be up on YouTube soon so you’ll be able to see the debate for yourselves, but Starship Smackdown XVIII winner was the Death Star piloted by Skynet, which bested the ISS Enterprise piloted by the MCP for the crown.
We strongly disagree with this and feel the Death Star would not have escaped the first round fight with the updated Battlestar Galactica, but a panel including Robert Meyer Burnett, Chris Gossett, Ashley E. Miller, Steve Melching, Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Kay Reindl, moderated by Mark A. Altman, thought otherwise.
What do you think?
Man robs bank while dressed as Darth Vader (Photos!)
Some guy in a Darth Vader suit (at least we think it was a guy) got very confused this morning. Instead of showing up in San Diego to attend Comic-Con the way all guys in Darth Vader suits were supposed to do this weekend, this Darth Vader decided to rob a bank on the opposite coast.
According to The Gothamist, Vader, armed with handgun, marched into a Chase bank on Long Island this morning and demanded cash. (What? No lightsaber?)
Vader is described as 6 feet, 2 inches tall and wearing camouflage pants. But we suggest if you see anyone fitting that description in San Diego this weekend … give ’em a pass, OK?
Batman: Under the Red Hood – Batman voiced by Bruce Greenwood
The TWIST :
Vegas Khhaaan!! Meetups, Orange County & Las Vegas Details
We can hardly believe that it’s less than 10 days until Vegas Khhaaan! showers it’s superior intellect upon us. We are really looking forward to meeting you, our awesome readers, or as we like to call you, blog-olians. Our first meetup will be in Orange County, CA., we’ll be in the area pre-khhaaan!! and figured what better place to get together with our So Cal fans.
Orange County, CA. Meetup (pre-khhaaan!!)Vegas Khhaaan! officially starts August 5th, so what better way to ring-in it’s genetically engineered splendor than with a bunch of Trek fans. The scuttlebutt is that we’ll be co-hosting a meetup with Trekcast & DVDGeeks. The only problem, we’ve been having some communication malfunctions and haven’t heard an official kick-off time. In any case, we’ll be there with our pointed ears on. Keep checking back, we’ll be updating this page if the time changes.
Orci & Kurtzman “Multitask”, Working On Star Trek XII During Lunch reported by MTV News
The writing duo of Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman are a hot commodity in Hollywood these days. Working on “Aliens & Cowboys” plus the new “Hawaii Five-O” television show and several other projects on top of writing the sequel to J.J. Abrams’s “Star Trek” has the writers’ days “regimented by the hour”. According to an interview MTV News at SDCC Orci & Kurtzman are spending time on their various work sets writing the next installment of Star Trek.
“Our [work] days are regimented by the hour, it’s the only way to get through it,” Kurtzman explained. “The good news is that on [the set of whatever we’re working on] we can step into the trailer and do work on ‘Star Trek.'” Orci added, “It’s been kind of a noon to 2 kind of thing for some reason. Lunch is nice.”
The two were unsurprisingly tight lipped about the upcoming sequel. No news about Khan or if Harry Mudd would be making an appearance, they did say though that they’re making “significant progress” and that all Enterprise crew members will be in the picture from start to finish. I wonder if this includes Lt. Leslie?
“Now that we’ve set up everybody– there were new characters in the last one, so we really want to focus in on them,” Orci said. “For example Scotty, who you met at the end of the last movie, who [was] so important to the crew but had the shortest screen time, now is going to be in the movie from the very beginning. In fact, the whole crew is in it from the beginning.”
One interesting tidbit that Orci & Kurtzman did reveal was the new movie’s focus will be on the main characters, first & foremost.
“Now the whole family is there and you want to focus on them first. Before you worry too much about new characters, make sure you have them taken care of.”
ScifFi Five in Five:
5 great leading ladies in Sci Fi Movies – Miles
5. Sigorney Weaver- Ripley- Alien Movies
4. Carrie-Ann Moss – Trinity- The Matrix
3. Carrie Fisher- Princess Lea star wars
2. Zoe Saldna- Uhura in Star Trek & Nevetiri in Avatar
1. Linda Hamilton- Sarah Connor-Terminator