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Jan 13

SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 123 – Our Interview with Christopher Judge (Teal’c from Stargate SG1 and SGA and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises)

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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 123

Our Interview with Christopher Judge

(Teal’c from Stargate SG1 and SGA

and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises)

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Music at the end of this week’s episode is the theme from SG1.

The Menu Tonight:

  • Our Interview with Christopher Judge (Teal’c on Stargate SG1 and SGA, Batman: the Dark Knight Rises)
  • Trivia: Chris Judge Trivia.
  • TV News:  Star Wars Live Action Series, TV this week.  Fringe!
  • Real Science News
  • Movie News: Which movie should win best visual effects award? Katee Sackoff in the new Riddick movie!
  • TWIST: The Shat fires back at George Takei!
  • SciFi Five in Five: Top Five movies Colin is looking forward to this year.

Promos

Trivia:

January 24th Trivia

Trivia Question: Name a TV show that Christopher Judge guest starred in with another one of his co-stars before they all did Stargate SG-1.
Prize: A signed Christopher Judge print
You will have until January 27th  to answer this question. Send your answer with your mailing address to scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com, call us at 18885084343, or DM us on Twitter at @scifidiner. Make sure you include your e-mail with all entries! Only one entry per person.   The SciFi Diner is not responsible for any injuries occurring if you secretly decide to go all shiny and dress in a browncoat and walk into your local bar.  BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE CODE WORD mentioned in the first 15 minutes of the podcast.

Our Interview with Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He has one younger brother, Jeff Judge, also an actor. Judge harbored the desire to become an actor at an early age, studying drama in high school. “The television set was my babysitter growing up. I can remember wanting to invoke the feelings that I was getting from television—I wanted to be the one who was the catalyst for those feelings in other people. Performing was something I’ve always known I was going to do.” He always knew that sports would be a stepping stone to an acting career.

Judge received a scholarship from the University of Oregon and played defensive back and safety for the Ducks from 1982 to 1985. He led in kickoff return yardage for 1983-84 and interceptions in 1984, and earned the Casanova Award in 1982, given to the freshman or newcomer of the year. While at Oregon, Judge was a three time All American, a Pacific-10 ConferenceSelection in 1984 and played in the 1985 Hula Bowl.

Judge initially considered majoring in pre-med, in the event that his acting aspirations were not successful, but he found he had trouble with the required math, and changed his major, first to psychology, and then to telecommunications and film with a minor in psychology.

Judge won a contest to host a radio show in Oregon, and in his senior year he won a regional contest to host the West Coast FOX KLSR Morning Show,  an “MTV talk show type thing”; he used this experience to get an agent and move to Los Angeles.

In 1989 Judge began studying at the Howard Fine Studio in LA.  A few of his early roles were in the 1990s Bird on a WireCadenceNeon Rider and MacGyver with future Stargate SG-1 star Richard Dean Anderson. In the ensuing years, Judge had small parts in various television shows and movies such as 21 Jump Street (with future SG-1 director Peter DeLuise), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and House Party 2, and as a regular on Sirens from 1994 to 1995.

Judge’s largest role came in 1997 with Stargate SG-1. While at a friend’s house, he saw his friend’s roommate practicing for an audition and was intrigued. While the roommate was away, Judge looked at the audition notes, then called his agent and insisted he get him an audition, or lose him as a client. At the audition there were three sets of actors for each of the principal roles, but eight or ten for the role of Teal’c. Judge was confident he got the part when they dismissed everyone who read for the part except him. Out of all the actors in Stargate SG-1, Judge has been in the most episodes.

More recent works of Judge’s include guest spots on Andromeda and Stargate Atlantis, the television movie Personal Effects, and the films Snow Dogs and A Dog’s Breakfast, the latter written and directed by fellow Stargate actor David Hewlett.

Judge appeared in “Anonymous”, the October 26, 2010 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles.

TV News:

The long-awaited Star Wars live-action TV series finally gets a name!

The long-awaited Star Wars live-action TV series finally gets a name!
Attention Star Wars fans! (And that’s everybody, right?) The live-action television show we’ve talked about? As of now, it has a title (well, a working title). And it’s called …

… Star Wars: Underworld!

IGN interviewed producer and George Lucas right-hand man Rick McCallum, who spoke about the direction the series will take:

“They take place between Episode III and Episode IV, that 20-year period when Luke is growing up. It’s not about Luke, but it’s about that period when the Empire is trying to take things [over].”

The characters are criminals and gangsters within a shady government. When the interviewer said the characters were akin to pyramid schemer Bernie Madoff, McCallum said, “Exactly.”

Lucas and crew are sitting on 50 one-hour scripts, each “bigger than any of the prequels were. … They’re complex, they’re dark, they’re adult.” But McCallum says they need to keep costs to $5 million an episode. And until the technology matures, Lucasfilm—and those lovely, lovely scripts—will wait.

McCallum also spoke about the delivery system of the show; that is, he doesn’t know exactly how it will air. Will it appear on network television or cable? If so, it means Lucasfilm may have to give up a certain amount of control of their work, and as we know, George isn’t big on compromise. Will it appear as a digital download? “iTunes isn’t the panacea that we thought it would be,” McCallum said. And Netflix, according to McCallum, doesn’t have enough viewers for them to recoup their costs.

Right now, Lucasfilm is taking a wait-and-see approach about Star Wars: Underworld.

And as that happens, we fans will also be waiting. We just hope that we’ll eventually be seeing.

 

TV THIS WEEK: Peter faces Walternate on Fringe, The Fades and more!

TV THIS WEEK: Peter faces Walternate on Fringe, The Fades and more!
Sci-fi TV is back in action as Peter travels Over There on the return of Fringe, Nicholas Lea goes all Eliot Ness on Supernatural, and The Fades premieres on BBC America.

Also, Charisma Carpenter pops up on The Lying Game, Erica Durance sports a Wonder Woman outfit on Harry’s Law, Ghost Hunters returns for an eighth season, Face Off heads to Oz on the show’s second premiere, Caroline turns 18 on The Vampire Diaries, Faye taps into her dark side on The Secret Circle, Carter joins the team on Person of Interest, Bo Derek kisses Morgan on Chuck, an ogre has issues on Grimm, Lancelot tries to save Merlin on Merlin, the animated Blade premieres, Syfy explores what happens when worlds collide in Collision Earth, and Hansel and Gretel get the Once Upon a Time treatment.

Here’s what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and spy-fi TV, and a look at non-sci-fi shows that feature sci-fi stars or subject matter.

 

TV THIS WEEK: Peter faces Walternate on Fringe, The Fades and more!
Sci-fi TV is back in action as Peter travels Over There on the return of Fringe, Nicholas Lea goes all Eliot Ness on Supernatural, and The Fades premieres on BBC America.

Also, Charisma Carpenter pops up on The Lying Game, Erica Durance sports a Wonder Woman outfit on Harry’s Law, Ghost Hunters returns for an eighth season, Face Off heads to Oz on the show’s second premiere, Caroline turns 18 on The Vampire Diaries, Faye taps into her dark side on The Secret Circle, Carter joins the team on Person of Interest, Bo Derek kisses Morgan on Chuck, an ogre has issues on Grimm, Lancelot tries to save Merlin on Merlin, the animated Blade premieres, Syfy explores what happens when worlds collide in Collision Earth, and Hansel and Gretel get the Once Upon a Time treatment.

Harry’s Law (NBC) 9 p.m. – “Gorilla My Dreams”

Erica Durance alert! Wonder Woman alert! Okay, it’s an Erica Durance/Wonder Woman alert! Durance plays a vigilante who takes on Wonder Woman’s persona to avenge abused women. Meanwhile, Harry decides to adopt a gorilla.

 

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On CBS’s The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m.), Penny offers some boyfriend advice after Sheldon hurts Amy’s feelings.

Chuck (NBC) 8 p.m. – “Chuck Versus Bo”

Bo Derek alert! While we’ll have to wait to see if 55-year-old Bo Derek is still the perfect 10 (go look up the movie 10 if you’re confused), the actress joins the gang playing herself during a mission to Vail, Colo., which deals with Morgan running into more issues for once being the Intersect. Elsewhere, Jeff and Lester continue with their own spy mission to find out what’s really going on at the Buy More. Angus Macfadyen guest-stars.

Fringe

When Fringe finally ends—if it ends well—we may look back and realize it was perhaps the best sci-fi television series ever. There’s been plenty of discussion today about the possible cancellation of Fringe because Fox is losing money by airing it. So if you’re a Fringe fan, dig in and enjoy what’s left of this amazing series. One way or another, either being canceled this year or being given a few episodes a la Chuck, its days are certainly numbered.

As for this episode, it looks like another great mythology story which has Peter making a dangerous journey to the alt-verse to have a chat with Walternate. Meanwhile, Olivia is paid a visit by the Observer, and he has an ominous message for her.

 

 

Movie News:

 

POLL: Which of these 10 films should win the Best Visual FX Oscar?

POLL: Which of these 10 films should win the Best Visual FX Oscar?

In a blinding stampede of wizards, robot boxers, mutants and magical automatons, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its list of 10 films still alive for nominations in the Best Visual Effects category at next month’s 84th Academy Awards.

Competition was fierce this season, as genre pics were among the highest-grossing movies in 2011, with billion-dollar babies like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. With no obvious favorite, the race is wide open to claim the shining statuette.

According to Academy bylaws, voting members representing the visual effects division are allowed to screen 10-minute clips of the shortlisted films on Thursday, Jan. 19. When the battle smoke clears, the SFX clan will cut the roster in half, nominating five selections for the prestige and honor of Oscar-night consideration.

So which deserve to be the last films standing when the Final Five are chosen live on Tuesday, Jan. 24?

Check out the complete list below of the 10 semi-finalists still in the hunt for the Golden One, and let us know who your winner would be.

Which of these 10 films deserves to win the Best Visual FX Oscar? Captain America: The First Avenger Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Hugo Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Real Steel Rise of the Planet of the Apes Transformers: Dark of the Moon The Tree of Life X-Men: First Class Hey! They forgot my favorite!

Look who’ll be hunting Vin Diesel in Riddick 3: Katee Sackhoff!

Look who'll be hunting Vin Diesel in Riddick 3: Katee Sackhoff!

Everyone’s favorite hot-headed fighter pilot has just been cast in the third Riddick movie.

Deadline reports that Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff is in “final negotiations” to play the female lead in Riddick, the third film to star Vin Diesel as the title galactic outlaw. Sackhoff will play Dahl, described as a “Nordic mercenary” who is hunting Riddick.

The role bring Sackhoff back to sci-fi after she spent the past couple of post-BSG years with parts on 24 and CSI. She also has two movies, The Haunting in Georgia and Evil Sexy Genius, waiting to arrive later this year.

With Sackhoff coming on board, it looks like the financial problems that plagued Riddick in the early going have finally been put to rest. The movie was shut down late last fall after the production had problems paying the bills, but the issue was sorted out and work resumed shortly after the holidays.

So what do you think about Starbuck herself going toe to toe with the mighty Riddick?

Real Science:

Thanks JP Harvey for sending us this story from the BBC

 

Former astronaut to lead starship effort

By Sharon Weinberger Science reporter

Solar sail starship
The foundation aims to foster the research necessary to build a starship

The Pentagon’s premiere research agency has chosen a former astronaut to lead a foundation that is designed to take humanity to the stars.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) and Nasa are sponsoring the project, known as the 100-Year Starship.

Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to go into space, was notified last week that she had won, according to a copy of a Darpa letter obtained by the BBC.

Since leaving Nasa, Jemison has been involved in science education programmes, and is known as a space travel enthusiast and long-time Star Trek fan.

Her organisation, the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, is partnered on the Darpa project with Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to interstellar travel, and the Foundation for Enterprise Development.

Mae JemisonMae Jemison worked on a Spacelab missionSince it was first announced last year, the 100-Year Starship project has been met with trepidation by some, and excitement by many.

With Nasa scaling back its manned space programmes, the idea of a manned trip to the stars, which is well beyond any current technology, may sound audacious.

But the goal is not to have the government fund the actual building of spacecraft destined for the stars, but rather to create a foundation that can last 100 years in order to help foster the research needed for interstellar travel.

The money for the winning team, $500,000, is small, but is designed to help jumpstart the effort. According to a copy of the notification letter, Jemison’s proposal was titled: “An Inclusive Audacious Journey Transforms Life Here on Earth & Beyond”.

A spokesman for Darpa declined to comment on the award, which has not been publicly announced.

This Week in Star Trek:

 

William Shatner Responds to George Takei’s Call for Peace [Video]

William Shatner Responds to George Takei

The ongoing video battle continues, as William Shatner reponds to his former co-star George Takei’s call for interstellar peace between Star Trek and Star Wars fans.

Last November, Shatner posted a video on Youtube poking fun at and discussing his thoughts on Star Trek vesus Star Wars. That video prompted Carrie Fisher to respond in her own comical way.

After a few verbal elbows had been thrown between the two, Shatner’s former co-star and recent addition to the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice, George Takei to interject. Takei called for peace between the two franchises and asked them to direct their sights toward a “common enemy” — the recent Twilight Series.

In today’s video, Shatner responds to Takei, saying that this battle “cannot be resolved in a matter of words,”

“Retribution must be paid, George. I need retribution.” said Shatner.

 Con News

Check out Subspace Communique for news about cons that have some Star Trek actors there.  There’s New Orleans Comic Con January 28-29, 2012.,  Dallas, TX Comic Con on May 19-20, 2012, & BayouConJune 30 – July 1, 2012.

Sci Fi 5 at 5

Hello Scott and Miles
Well getting back into the swing of things over here, so before I fire up the     Editing software tonight for a few more you tube clips I thought I would send you 5 films I’m looking forward to this year.
1) Prometheus I loved the first two Alien films, knowing Ridley Scott is handling this fills me with hope.
2) The Avengers. If anyone can massage all them egos into one cohesive mass it’s Joss Whedon.
3) The Hobbit. If your still not sure go watch the trailer roll on December the 14th.
4) The Dark Knight rises A Welshman and a Englishman fighting er sorry, Batman and Bane fighting will he break Batmans back? I guess we will find out.
5) mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol. I know it opened at the end of 2011, but I won’t get to see till now so thats 2012.

One final note I pondered Battleship, but when you Market it with the tag line , “from Hasbro the company that brought you Transformers” and “featuring Rihanna”. I kind of lose hope.

Live long and podcast

Colin


 

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