That’s right! Only four more days until the SGU premiere! And, as we count down toward Friday night, we have not one but two big cast Q&A’s coming your way. Buckle in! We’re headed for the finish line!
Hey, you know who’s on Stargate: Universe? Lou Diamond Phillips! Oh, you aready knew that? Well, I bet you didn’t know that Lou is a major foodie. Oh, you knew that as well? What gave it away? The fact that fully 90% of his twitter posts (http://twitter.com/louDphillips) revolve around food, its preparation and consumption?
Then, did you know he’s a terrific actor? Okay, that much is obvious if you’ve seen any of his many, MANY movies (including my favorite: The Big Hit), but wait until you see him as SGU’s Colonel David Telford. He takes “terrific” to a whole other level. Lou is not only wonderful in those big, meaty emotionally draining scenes, but really excels at the smaller stuff – a look here, a reaction there – the subtle little additions to a performance that add subtext and hint at so much more. He’s a master at delivering those nuanced instances that the average actors would simply ignore or fail to realize, the mark of a truly great performer. AND top it off, he’s a wonderful guy – upbeat, relaxed and incredibly friendly. Presumably a great cook to boot, but at present that’s just a rumor – that could be easily confirmed if he was to bring one of his culinary creations to work one day. Like, say, sometime next week when I’m on set. Something spicy for instance. Just saying.
Hey, check out Curt Wagner’s “outta this world” review of Stargate: Universe at ChicagoNow.com (http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/show-patrol/2009/09/sgu-week-stargate-universe-is-outta-this-world.html). Then continue to check back over the course of this week for character details on the Destiny crew. Oh, and while you’re there, post a comment. It’s more than likely Curt will respond.
Deni writes: “Lulu looks like she’s just about had enough of her “youthful enthusiasm”! Does she ever put Brie in her place?”
Answer: Nope. Lulu is surprisingly patient with Brie, putting up with her constant harassment and, occasionally, provoking it.
Debra writes: “…while I don’t think spanking makes kids stupid, I do think children who have parents who use spanking as a routine response have uneducated parents or bullies or lazy parents who don’t bother to bring their kids up better or have more creative less physically punitive responses.”
Answer: Like Nyquil mixed with apple juice, an oldie but a goodie.
Juralas writes: “When do the Kino webisodes begin? Will they begin with Air?”
Answer: Yes, I believe the kino segments will appear online around the time the show premieres. Ivon Bartok, incidentally, will be shooting another round tomorrow morning.
Pilota writes: “Any plans to visit LA again?”
Answer: Alas, not in the near future. We wrap season one in October, spin stories for season two (ever hopeful we’ll get that pick-up) in November, then I’m off to Tokyo for two weeks followed by Montreal. In early January, we are back in the office – reading scripts, providing notes, and spinning more stories. I will have two weeks off when the Olympic circus rolls into town however. Maybe then.
DP writes: “Are they pugs or French bulldogs?”
Answer: The scrappers are French bulldogs. The peaceful onlookers are pugs.
Sparrow_hawk writes: “Kids who are spanked have a lower IQ than kids who aren’t? They may have left out researching an important variable. Did they check the parent’s IQs as well?”
Answer: This was Fondy’s point.
Sprinkles writes: “Also Joe I noticed on IMBD for Michael Shanks and RDA that they in an additional episode of SGU : Subversion, knowing how unrealiable that site can be any chance of confirmation from your good self?”
Answer: I can neither confirm nor deny the rumor. However, if I were to confirm (which I’m not), I’d say Michael was on location today and in excellent spirits following his several weeks of shooting in Tasmania.
Janet writes: “BTW – who is the baby pram for?”
Answer: Believe it or not, Fondy picked it up for Jelly. The old gal’s hips are so bad that walking long distances are a chore so, in the event we want to take the pack out for a lengthy stroll, she can come along for the ride.
Andria writes: “I too wondered what could possibly be in those huge boxes… new props for your Halloween decorations? Are you taking after your little sis and decorating this year?”
Answer: Yes, I’m decorating the house with boxed planters. You like?
PG15 writes: “Hey Joe, what do you think about the Seinfeld “reunion” that’s happening on Curb Your Enthusiasm?”
Answer: Looking forward to it.
Ponytail writes: “In that video is that a doggie pee pee pad? I’m trying to get my puppy trained to use them, but its hit or miss and she keeps tearing up new ones. Got any advice, dog man?”
Answer: Sorry, I’m the wrong guy to ask. It’s fifty-fifty whether Brie actually uses them for pee purposes or simply chews them to bits.
StellaByStargate writes: “And speaking of food…will Mr. Waring be continuing his pineapple tradition in SGU or are they too un-alien for the Universe universe?”
Answer: I haven’t asked Will, but I think it’s unlikely the tradition will continue.
Angelus writes: “What would you recommend, Watch the SGU premiere next week or wait an extra week and watch all 3 parts of SGU’s “Air” in one row?”
Answer: Definitely watch it when it airs, then download from iTunes and watch again.
Lcshepp writes: “ Will the ATA gene be a factor in SGU?”
Answer: At present, it does not factor in.
Airelle writes: “Is that an actual theatre downtown or is there one on your studio lot?”
Answer: Last year, we watched the two SG-1 movie premieres at a downtown theater. This past weekend, we went to another theater to watch the SGU premiere. Next weekend, I’m inviting everyone down to my basement home theater for Darkness and Light.
Anais33 a ecrit: “Verra t’on Sam en Brune dans sgu?”
Translation: The character of Sam Carter will not be a brunette in her SGU appearance.
Dave D. writes: “Seriously? No Hell’s Kitchen?”
Answer: No, it’s on my list, but it’s not a show I HAVE to watch every week. Those promises of “You won‘t believe what happens next!” lose their appeal after a while. Like last week’s episode in which Gordon Ramsay did something he’d never done before on Hell’s Kitchen! He…left and took a walk in the parking lot and then came back. Unbelievable!!!
RandomQ’s writes: “Will SGU have any audio adventures?? […] Do you and the other producers have any involvment with these? If so, how much? And do you consider these as officially taking place within the TV franchise?”
Answer: I don’t know whether any have been planned. The producers have no involvement in them and, like the tie-in novels, we don’t feel tied down to them creatively when we’re spinning stories.
Dodoalda writes: “Hi Joe, Can you bring us some photos with RDA? And what´s going on with David Blues Q and A?”
Answer: I should have both David and Brian’s Q&A’s before week’s end.
SnowDog1942 writes: “Hi Joe. I was wondering what your thoughts are on the current MGM financial situation in terms of the Stargate Franchise, specifically, more seasons of SGU.”
Answer: Meh. Just another in a long line of “the sky is falling” reports. Hey, everyone is having a rough time given the economic downturn but the only factor that’s going to dictate whether or not we produce more seasons of Stargate: Universe are the fans.
Michelle writes: “I think you once mentioned Mad Men — have you stopped watching?”
Answer: It’s a wonderful, well-written show, but was never able to get over the surprise pregnancy in the first season finale. I know it does happen, but it was such a departure for an otherwise grounded show (and intelligence character) that I had a hard time swallowing the possibility that a) she didn’t realize she was pregnant and b) didn’t realize she was in labor!
AscendedTauri writes: “Is there an e-mail address I could send a picture of it to you?”
Vvv0472 writes: “Have you ever seen True Blood?”
Answer: I watched the first three episodes.
Becca writes: “Just finished watching 1969, and remembered something that has been bugging me since the first time I saw it. Did you all ever revisit the character “Michael” who was about to get shipped out to Vietnam? Curious about what happened with him.”
Answer: Ha! That was the very first question I asked Brad Wright when I joined the Stargate writing staff. He didn’t have an answer. I like to think Michael settled down somewhere in Canada where he lived happily ever after.
Teal’c_PI writes: “1. How exactly is your last name pronounced? I have three possible versions at the moment: ma-LOW-zi, ma-LOWT-zi, and ma-LOT-zi.
2. I’m attempting to write my first serious screenplay at the moment, and I’m having a bit of a problem with the ‘acts’ part. I’m almost certain that there are five acts in a 42-minute show, so how would those acts be notated, if they’re notated at all? Do you simply type up END OF ACT 1 at the end of the first 10 pages, or are the acts added in later, by way of the cutting process after it’s filmed?
3. I also have another screenplay question, one which could probably be answered elsewhere…but I’d rather ask you since you’re the authority. I usually just use Times New Roman in 12pt when I’m writing any sort of screenplay, short story, etc. but I think I read an answer to someone else’s question that mentioned Garamond, or something like that. So what font and font size are normally used for screenplays, or do they vary with the writers/shows?
4. Lastly, I have a somewhat desperate, last-ditch plea. I would love to send some fan letters to some of the actors and writers involved with Sanctuary, but unfortunately I’ve learned (through many, many fruitless searches) that they don’t work at a studio, so I have virtually no way to send any fan letters to them. Since you live and work in the same city as they do, do you have any information on where to send a letter?”
Answers: 1. The last one is correct.
2. One hour shows can have four or five acts. And you guessed it – ACT ONE appears at the beginning of the first act and ends with END OF ACT ONE (whether it be at the ten page mark, earlier, or later).
3. Courier 12 pt.
4. Sorry, can’t help you there. Might I suggest checking out their official sites.
Seahen writes: “Joe, as a UW grad can I just say I love whoever made Carl wear the Husky shirt?”
Answer: You can thank his brilliant daughter, a future UW grad.
Pol writes: “Ever had those, Joe? Bacon chocolate-chip cookies?”
Answer: I haven’t, but I’d certainly love to. Hint, hint.