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Along with the second season of Reaper, Labine has a lead role in the upcoming feature film A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, currently in post-production. The actor also has several new movie projects pending, the starting dates of which are dependent on his involvement in a new TV pilot he shot, Sons of Tucson, which has been picked up by the Fox Network.
"This would be a first for me as I'd be the lead of a show, which is incredibly exciting," enthuses Labine. "I worked my buns off on that pilot and gave it everything I had, so I'm hoping it turned out well, which it sounds like it has. The director, Todd Holland, has worked on lots of shows including Malcolm in the Middle, which the producers and writers were involved in as well, and they're all amazing. I've noticed a bit of a trend lately where people are once again coming up with well-written, clever and 'clean' comedies. With Sons of Tucson we're not doing pee-pee-poop-poo jokes. It's a funny, heartfelt comedy, so we'll see what happens."[caption id="attachment_941" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="A very happy Tyler Labine of Reaper. Photo courtesy of and copyright of the CW Network"][/caption] There has been some recent Internet buzz that if Reaper is not picked up by the CW for a third year, that the show might continue in first-run syndication. If, however, this is the end of the line for Sock and his buddies, Labine will take with him many fond memories from his time on the series. "I can't say enough how lucky I feel to have been involved with the show," he says. "The best thing about Reaper for me was the chemistry among the cast, and when you go off to film something else, you sometimes forget how fortunate you were to be working with people who you can genuinely connect with. That's rarer than you might think. I know every cast says, 'Oh, our cast is the best,' and it probably is for them, but this for me has been the best working experience I've had with a cast and crew that I can ever hope for in my career." Steve Eramo As noted above, all photos courtesy of and copyright of the CW Network, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any form. Thanks!
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[caption id="attachment_828" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Prepping for some on-screen work. Photo courtesy of and copyright of MGM Studios"][/caption] After their six-week-long summer 2008 hiatus, Bamford was back on-set with the Atlantis cast and crew to start work on The Prodigal, an action-packed episode with some intense fights involving the half-human, half-Wraith Michael (Connor Trinneer). "We shot our first big fight sequence on our second day back from hiatus," recalls Bamford. "So everyone had been traveling about and had to return to work and try to remember some fight choreography. "I had rehearsed the fight sequences and put the footage on an instructional DVD that I gave to Jason and Connor. Yes, they had that to study, but even though you might have something in your head, it doesn't give you the actual rehearsal time needed to build true muscle memory. So the actors had very little time to practice and sort of had to go off their memory of the DVD. It's like learning Kung Fu from a book, which is very difficult unless you're a master. So the hiatus ate into most of our rehearsal time, but, once again, the actors pulled things off and there are some amazing fights in this episode. [caption id="attachment_830" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Bamford runs through a fight sequence from "The Prodigal" with Jason Momoa. Photo courtesy of and copyright of MGM Studios"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_832" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Bamford gives his actors some instruction on hand-to-hand combat. Photo courtesy of and copyright of MGM Studios"][/caption] "Following The Prodigal, we went into Remnants, which features a well-known character [Acastas Kolya, portrayed by Robert Davi] that you'll recognize. At the moment [mid-August 2008] we're filming Infection as well as prepping for Identity and Vegas. James Robbins, Rob Cooper [Atlantis co-creator/executive producer] and John Smith [executive producer] are actually in Las Vegas doing location scouts for certain scenes. Part of Vegas is set in the desert and there's some driving involved along with plenty of stunts. Then after that is the season [and series] finale Enemy at the Gate, which should be a lot of fun to do." While working on Atlantis, Bamford was asked by writer/director Robert C. Cooper to also serve as fight coordinator for the first made-for-DVD Stargate SG-1 feature film The Ark of Truth. "Ark was a great opportunity for me because I got to work with Robert Cooper, which I love," says the stunt coordinator. "He writes for himself to direct, and he writes things a little bigger because he knows exactly what he wants to see, so we get to do things on a grander scale for Rob. [caption id="attachment_834" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Jason Momoa hanging around on-set with Bamford. Photo courtesy of and copyright of MGM Studios"][/caption] "I think we had three days scheduled to do the main fight involving Ben Browder [Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell], which is way over and above what we usually get. I mean, we usually get four to six hours to do a fight, so three days was fantastic. Because SG-1 is such a well-oiled machine, we managed to get it done in a day-and-a-half, which was terrific. I had previously worked with Rob on [the season three Atlantis episode] Doppelganger, which had a large fight sequence. He enjoyed the choreography that I'd brought to Atlantis and wanted to extend that type of feel and look onto Ark of Truth. Needless to say I had a blast." Steve Eramo As noted above, all photos courtesy of and copyright of MGM Studios, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any form. Thanks!
A couple of years ago, Ellis was one of the musical artists invited by Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber to perform for Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family at London's St. Paul's Cathedral as part of The Best of Andrew Lloyd-Webber. "I got to sing two solo songs, which was pretty neat," he says. "First of all, singing at St.Paul's with its acoustics, history, architecture, etc. is just incredible, and to then have the Queen and the Royal Family there to meet afterwards made for a truly unforgettable night.
"It was many years later, but my childhood TV experience of singing for Princess Diana came around full circle as well," adds the actor. "It was, I think, the third preview of the musical Miss Saigon where I got to meet her backstage and found her to be a really lovely person."
Currently, this verstile entertainer is keeping busy with a few new projects, including the recurring role of Simon Cochran on the TNT series Trust Me, and a guest-spot on Nip/Tuck. "I've been back in the prosthetics chair again for that show, but only for a couple of hours," says Ellis. "I have a writing partner in England and we've written a couple of things that seem to be moving forward. So I've been very lucky work-wise and, touch wood, long may it continue."
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Looking back at Henry's inaugural day on the Trek set, it was all-go for her. "We were shooting out at Long Beach Power Station, and there was myself, Jennifer Morrison, who plays Winona Kirk, KelvinYu, who plays one of the med techs, and another actor, whose name escapes me at the moment, I'm afraid, playing a second med tech," says the actress. "We were basically running full-speed down a corridor, stunt people running in the opposite direction, with things exploding and sparks flying everywhere. I had so much [styling] product in my hair and all I could think was, 'Oh, no, my first day working with J.J. Abrams and I'm going to go up in flames, I just know it,'" jokes Henry."We did a number of takes, and during one of them the timing was totally off. We left too late, so did the stunt people, and one of the biggest stuntmen ran full-speed right into Kelvin, who went flying into the air. Of course, there was that moment of, 'Oh,crap,' and everyone came running up to Kelvin to make sure that he was all right, which he was, thank goodness. "What I remember most about the entire shoot was being nervous and wanting to do a good job. There was also the secrecy surrounding the film. We wore these over-sized trench coats and were driven around in golf carts covered with little tents so that people couldn't see us. On the second day, the paparazzi managed to find us, which was amusing. Someone must have tipped them off because you just don't turn up at Long Beach Power Station hoping to find actors filming a movie or whatever." The actress chuckles when talking about the actual "birthing" scene she shot with Jennifer Morrison. "I'm sure it's not as uncomfortable as having to do a love scene, but it's right up there," muses Henry. "That was an interesting day and, I think, the same day that Leonard Nimoy [Spock] visited the set along with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth, the Australian actor who plays Kirk's father [George]. They hadn't started shooting yet, but you could feel the energy and excitement about being involved in this amazing project." Having a mom who was a huge fan of old Hollywood movies, Henry was brought up watching Audrey Hepburn films until, according to the actress, she could quote them by the age of seven. Not surprisingly, Henry longed to one day work in the industry, but her dreams had to be postponed for a bit. "I grew up in a very small town in England, and you just didn't do that [act] for a living," she says. "You did community theater, and that's fine on the weekends, but otherwise you had a 'real' job. [caption id="attachment_765" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Sonita Henry. Photo courtesy of and copyright of JSquared Photography"][/caption] "So I put acting in the back of my mind and figured that I'd be an English teacher. Then, however, I went to college and graduated with a degree in journalism and media studies, which encompassed film, so I thought I'd try to get a job as a journalist. I moved to New York and interviewed with newspapers as well as [TV] networks, but one day I decided, 'I really had fun doing The Fifth Element; I think I'm going to become an actor.' Having made up my mind, I threw myself into acting school and began studying, and I'm still studying. You never stop. There's always something to learn. So from English teacher to journalist to actor, and here I am today." It was while still in college that Henry made her professional debut playing the President's Aide in the aforementioned 1997 Sci-Fi movie The Fifth Element. "I had done a tiny bit of modeling and really didn't enjoy it," notes the actress. "Then one day I found this ad in a magazine saying that [writer/director] Luc Besson was looking for people for his latest movie. "I'd studied Luc Besson's work in film class and thought he was a genius. Funnily enough, it was my Mom who sent my picture to him and I ended up getting a call from the casting director asking me to come in for an audition. So I went down to London, met with the casting director, and a couple of weeks later I was told that Luc Besson wanted to meet me. We met at Pinewood Studios and he offered me the role while I was there. Of course, that's not how you typically get an acting job, but in my mind it was. I took two weeks off from college, shot the movie, then returned to school and finished getting my degree. I enjoyed doing the film, but didn't think any more of it until I had moved to New York, and you know what happened next." Besides Star Trek, Henry is also working on a video game, the specifics of which she has to keep under wraps for the moment. "I would love to tell you all about it because it's going to be so much fun," she enthuses. "I get to do motion capture work, which I've never done before, where you wear the suit with all the weird dots on it. So my character is going to look like me, move like me and sound like me. It's not anything to do with Star Trek, but it is Sci-Fi and a really well-known video game." [caption id="attachment_767" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Sonita Henry. Photo courtesy of and copyright of JSquared Photography"][/caption] Although the actress is new to the Trek world, she has already received a warm response from the franchise's many fans. "Before any details about my character were revealed, people were trying to guess who I was, and that was a neat thread to read on the [Internet] forums," says the actress. "The overall response so far from fans about the movie seems to be 50/50. Some of them don't think it should have been made, while others are really looking forward to it. "So I'm sure it's an interesting time for J.J. Abrams, but I know he's trying to reach as broad an audience as possible. I'm hoping the fans will be happy and that they'll be curious about my character, especially because of the fact that she's the first one to hold, touch, whatever you want to call it, James T. Kirk. I just think that's pretty cool in the arc of Captain Kirk and the Star Trek lore." Steve Eramo As noted above, all photographs courtesy of and copyright of JSquared Photography, so please no copying or unauthorized duplicating of any form. Thanks!