TRANSCENDENCE Writer Jack Paglen to Pen BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Movie

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Over two years ago, Bryan Singer was circling a film adaptation of the 1970s TV series Battlestar Galactica with John Orloff (Anonymous) set to write the script.  For those unfamiliar with Battlestar Galactica, it centers on a war between humanity and a race of machines called “Cylons”.  Since 2011, word on the film has gone quiet, Singer has moved on, and it looked like Ronald D. Moore and David Eick‘s excellent Sci-Fi series would be the only adaptation.  However, Variety is reporting that you can’t keep a good cylon down, and that Universal has brought on Jack Paglen (Transcendence) to write the screenplay.  Original series creator Glen Larson is still on board to produce.

Since I’m a big fan of Moore/Eick’s adaptation, I’m obviously a little skeptical of a movie.  But Battlestar is a premise with a lot of potential, and since I haven’t seen Transcendence, I have no frame of reference on Paglen’s work (he’s also attached to write the sequel for Prometheus).  Hopefully, he’ll have an interesting take on the material, and Universal will hire a good director to bring the script to life.  Hit the jump to see the opening credits for the original Battlestar Galactica series and the remake.

Holiday Geek Grab-Bag Giveaway Featuring KNIGHT RIDER and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

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If you’re coming up a bit short on ideas for your holiday shopping list, you might want to check out this Geek Gifts Grab-Bag Giveaway!  We’ve got a whole host of holiday collectibles from such cult favorites as Knight Rider, Battlestar Galactica and even Downton Abbey to giveaway.  Need a new ornament for the tree?  Want some new clothing to show off your starship allegiance?  Need a coffee table book that delves behind the scenes of a certain dramatic series about a wealthy British family in the early 20th century?  Hit the jump for your one-stop shop of holiday geek goodies!

Blu-ray Deal: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE COMPLETE SERIES Blu-ray for $89.99 (70% Off)

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If you’ve ever wanted to get into Battlestar Galactica, and also wanted to see the wealth of special features included on the discs, today is the day to get it.  Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series on Blu-ray for $89.99, a whopping 70% off the MSRP.  You probably won’t find it cheaper for a long time, and if you want to be a completist on a show that will probably have you hooked (if it hasn’t hooked you already, and you just want to own all of it on Blu-ray), then this is the way to go.  I’m a big fan of the series, and even though I have some problems with the final season, the show absolutely sticks the landing, which is an impressive accomplishment for a series that tries to balance both political intrigue and mythical prophecies.  Remember, the Gold Box Deal of the Day is good today only.  Click here to go buy the Blu-ray.

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Katee Sackhoff Talks How BSG Prepared Her for the Role, Her Peculiar Casting Process, and More on the Set of RIDDICK

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During a group interview on the set of Riddick last year in Montreal, Katee Sackhoff explained the differences between her character Dahl, and Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica:

“There’s a lot of big differences between Starbuck and Dahl.  Starbuck is extremely juvenile and she was very immature and she kind of grew up in that show.  Dahl is very mature, very much a woman.  She’s kind of been taking care of herself for a while and she’s extremely confident.  Starbuck was confident to mask her insecurities, there’s not an insecure bone in Dahl.  She’s by far the toughest, most deadly character I’ve ever played.”

During the rest of the interview, Sackhoff talked about filming the action scenes, being the only woman in the cast, interacting with creatures that’ll be added in later using CG, how she got cast, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Jamie Bamber Talks MONDAY MORNINGS, Working with David E. Kelley & Dr. Sanjay Gupta, His Thoughts on the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Finale, More

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Based on Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s acclaimed novel, the TNT drama series Monday Mornings, from award-winning producer David E. Kelley, follows the lives of doctors at Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Oregon, as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings.  The title refers to the hospital’s weekly morbidity and mortality conference, when doctors gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care.  The show stars Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan, Bill Irwin, Keong Sim, Sarayu Rao and Emily Swallow.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Jamie Bamber talked about how he came to be a part of the show, how working with David E. Kelley is in a whole other league, whether the medical jargon gets any easier to say, what it’s like to shoot the big meeting scenes, and which character relationships he finds the most fun to play.  He also talked about what led him to acting, and how satisfied he was personally with how Battlestar Galactica ended.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD AND CHROME Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 1 year, 41 days ago

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What a curiosity is Blood and Chrome, the red-headed stepchild of the Battlestar Galactica universe. Initially intended as a more “action-packed” series following the cerebral Caprica, it failed to impress the brass at Syfy, and ended up as an online release before a perfunctory screening as a stand-along movie. Now that it’s out on Blu-ray, its odd (and frankly justified) status can be viewed at leisure. Hit the jump for the full review.

Bryan Singer Talks JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, and More

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Over the past seventeen years, Bryan Singer been able to jump from genre to genre with great results.  While he’s previously made superhero movies (X-MenSuperman Returns), thrillers (The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil), and a film about trying to assassinate Hitler during WWII (Valkyrie), in his upcoming Warner Bros. fantasy Jack the Giant Slayer, he’s tackling a classic children’s fairy tale with a modern twist.  As usual, he’s delivered a fun ride that audiences will love.

Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Singer.  We talked about making the film, the CGI and 3D, his thoughts on 48fps, how they rewrote the whole film during pre-production, Twitter, X-Men: Days of Future Past, his Battlestar Galactica remake, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Watch The Final Episodes of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD AND CHROME

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The final two installments of the Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome prequel series have arrived (you can also catch up on Episodes 7 and 8 right here).  Blood and Chrome follows the pre-BSG exploits of Commander William Adama and takes places during the first Cylon war.  The series picks up ten years into the war effort, where the young and cocksure Adama (Luke Pasqualino), call-sign Husker, gets thrown into a covert op during his first “milk run.”  Joining him is his surly and war-weary co-pilot Coker (Ben Cotton) as well as Dr. Kelly (Lili Bordan), who draws the others into her work on a secret mission which turns deadly, fast.  Hit the jump to watch the finale episodes and read a brief spoiler-free summary of the action.

Watch Episodes 7 and 8 of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD AND CHROME

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It’s Friday, which means the two latest installments of the Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome prequel series have arrived (you can also catch up on Episodes 5 and 6.  Blood and Chrome follows the pre-BSG exploits of Commander William Adama and takes places during the first Cylon war.  The series picks up ten years into the war effort, where the young and cocksure Adama (Luke Pasqualino), call-sign Husker, gets thrown into a covert op during his first “milk run.”  Joining him is his surly and war-weary co-pilot Coker (Ben Cotton) as well as Dr. Kelly (Lili Bordan), who draws the others into her work on a secret mission which turns deadly, fast.  Hit the jump to watch latest episodes and read a brief spoiler-free summary of the action.

THE COLLISION: Episode 26 – The Past, Present, and Future of STAR WARS (Special Guest: Allison Keene)

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This week on The Collision, we’ll be talking with special guest (the show’s first!) Allison Keene (@keeneTV) about losing her Star Wars virginity, the series’ lasting influence, the interaction of the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy, and where the sequel trilogy will go.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Twilight Legacy and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Watch Episodes 5 and 6 of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD AND CHROME

by     Posted 1 year, 150 days ago

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The two latest installments of the Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome prequel series have arrived (you can also catch up on Episodes 3 and 4).  Blood and Chrome follows the pre-BSG exploits of Commander William Adama and takes places during the first Cylon war.  The series picks up ten years into the war effort, where the young and cocksure Adama (Luke Pasqualino), call-sign Husker, gets thrown into a covert op during his first “milk run.”  Joining him is his surly and war-weary co-pilot Coker (Ben Cotton) as well as a Dr. Kelly (Lili Bordan), who draws the others into her work on a secret mission.  Hit the jump to watch latest episodes and read a brief spoiler-free summary of the action.

Watch Episodes 3 and 4 of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD AND CHROME

by     Posted 1 year, 157 days ago

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The two latest installments of the Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome prequel series have arrived (you can also catch up on the first two here).  Blood and Chrome follows the pre-BSG exploits of Commander Adama (a sort of “Portrait of the Commander as a Young Man” if you will) and takes places during the first Cylon war.  The series picks up ten years into the war effort, where the young and cocksure Adama (Luke Pasqualino), call-sign Husker, gets thrown into a covert op during his first “milk run.”  Joining him is his surly and war-weary co-pilot Coker (Ben Cotton) as well as a Dr. Kelly (Lili Bordan), who draws the others into her work on a secret mission.  Hit the jump to watch the episodes.

Luke Pasqualino and David Eick Talk BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD AND CHROME, Producing a Web Series, How Big a Role Cylons Play and More

by     Posted 1 year, 159 days ago

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Executive produced by David Eick, the first two chapters of Blood & Chrome have premiered on the YouTube channel, Machinima Prime, with new episodes being added each week, until November 30th.  This highly anticipated chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war, as the battle between humans and the robotic Cylons rages across the 12 colonial worlds.  Gifted fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet – the Galactica – but he quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, Coker (Ben Cotton).  Once those 10 episodes have all been made available, a two-hour movie will air on Syfy, sometime in the first quarter of 2013, with a release on DVD/Blu-ray on sale on February 19th.

During this recent interview about the unique new project, executive producer David Eick talked about how this was always intended as an online project, planning out the entire story arc, having future ideas already developed for further episodes, what it’s like to produce a series like this for the web, why Battlestar Galactica/Caprica executive producer Ronald D. Moore is not involved this time, how big of a role the Cylons will play, and the relationship between Adama and Coker, while actor Luke Pasqualino talked about how grateful he is for this opportunity, his auditioning process for the role, and finding the emotional core of his performance while being surrounded by virtual sets and green screen.  Check out what they had so say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD AND CHROME Review; Watch the First Two Episodes

by     Posted 1 year, 164 days ago

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The road to Blood and Chrome, the Battlestar Galactica prequel (and technically Caprica sequel), has been a long one for fans and the series itself.  Originally pitched as a full series to run on Syfy, it wavered in limbo for awhile until the network decided to run it as an online series broken up into ten, 7-12 minute episodes to be released starting today on Machinima Prime’s YouTube channel (though it will also air as a movie on Syfy in 2013).

The idea that Syfy, the channel that brought you Sharktopus and Ice Spiders would turn down a series, and not just any series but a prequel to its frak’n most successful and critically-acclaimed series of all time, makes one truly stop and wonder: is Blood and Chrome even worth watching?  Most purist fans agree that the original series’ follow-up film The Plan as well as the prequel series Caprica can be filed under “take it or leave it” category, yet we Battlestar fans are also pretty much suckers for anything BSG-related.  Hit the jump for the synopsis and first two webisodes of Blood and Chrome, as well as my review.  So say we all …

New Trailer for BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME; First Episode to Be Released Online This Friday

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It looks as if the long-awaited Battlestar Galactica prequel Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is finally getting released.  The series takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war and centers on a young William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) as he’s assigned to one of the most powerful Battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica.  The show was commissioned following the immense critical success of the Battlestar Galactica series, but word on the show was nearly dead until Syfy announced earlier this year that they would not be picking the show up to series.

There’s a silver lining, though, as the pilot will be broken up into ten 7-12 minute episodes that will be released online starting this week.  The full two-hour version will then air on Syfy early next year, followed by the release of an unrated version on Blu-ray/DVD.  Hit the jump for more, including a new trailer.

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