Posted at 03:00 AM in Ashley Godwin, Barry FitzGerald, Brandy Green, Dustin Pari, Entertainment, GHI, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International. The Sci Fi Channel, Grant Wilson, Jason Hawes, Joe Chin, Leap Castle, paranormal, Robb Demarest, Supernatural, TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society, Uncategorized, Wicklow's Gaol | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack (0)
Torchwood is separate from the government, outside the police, beyond the United Nations, more secret than MI5 or MI6. Not even the government is supposed to know about them.
The Torchwood hub is situated deep beneath the Cardiff Millennium Centre.
Torchwood was formed in 1879 by the Royal decree of Queen Victoria as a result of her experiences in the season two Doctor Who episode Tooth and Claw.
Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who. When the first season of the new Doctor Who (2005) was being made, TV pirates were desperate to acquire the preview tapes. one of the people in the office had the idea of labeling the tapes with the anagram Torchwood rather than Doctor Who as a security measure to disguise the tapes when they were delivered from Cardiff to London. Writer Russell T. Davies liked the idea so much that it later inspired him to use it as a title when creating this spin-off series.
John Barrowman first appeared as Captain Jack Harkness in Episode Nine (The Empty Child) of the first season of Doctor Who. He also appeared in The Doctor Dances, Boom Town, Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways in the same season, and again, in the season two stories Army of Ghosts and Doomsday.
The part of Gwen in Torchwood was written specially for Eve Myles. She first appeared as Gwyneth in Episode Three (The Unquiet Dead) of the first season of Doctor Who.
Gareth David-Lloyd's character of Ianto Jones began as the team's assistant who always sports a finely-tailored suite while ensuring the rest of the team has everything it needs, including a fresh pot of coffee. Ianto has since come to be an integral part of the team, especially after the loss of Tosh (Naoko Mori) and Owen (Burn Gorman) in season two.Torchwood fans can get an additional fix of their favorite program with a special Torchwood weekend. Captain Jack, Gwen Cooper, Ianto, Tosh and Owen Harper are all back on BBC America with a marathon leading up to the premiere event of Torchwood: Children Of Earth. Enjoy an action-packed, adrenalin-fueled weekend with every single episode of the Sci-Fi smash hit from seasons one and two. The Torchwood weekend starts with Season one on Saturday, July 18th beginning @ 7 a.m. EST/4 a.m. PST, and season two on Sunday, July 19th beginning @ 7 a.m. EST/4 a.m. PST. Last but not least, if you miss installment of Torchwood: Children Of Earth, you can watch the entire five-episode run again in yet another special marathon on Sunday, July 26th starting @ 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST. As noted above, photo courtesy of and copyright of the BBC, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any form. Thanks!
Posted at 03:00 AM in BBC America, Burn Gorman, Captain Jack Harkness, Doctor Who, Entertainment, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, John Barrowman, Liz May Brice, Naoko Mori, Owen Harper, Paul Copley, Peter Capaldi, Russell T. Davies, Torchwood, Tosh, Uncategorized | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
THE CREATURES OF PRIMEVAL - Dracorex is a dinosaur from the late Cretaceous era of North America. Only a skull and a few vertebrae have ever been found and named Dracorex hogwartsia, meaning "dragon king of Hogwarts." They were discovered in the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota. It belongs to the larger group of herbivorous or omnivorous Pachycephalosauridae, which are known for their thickened, domed skulls. There is much debate about why they had ornate skulls; one theory is that they used them to head-butt each other during mating rituals.
As noted above, all photos copyright of Impossible Pictures, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any form. Thanks!
Posted at 03:00 AM in Clea DuVall, Edge of Never, Entertainment, Erik jensen, Gene Farber, James D'Arcy, Jimmi Simpson, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Joy Bryant, Kerry Bishe, Michael Taylor, Nelson Lee, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Omar Metwally, Peter Berg, Ritchie Coster, Ronald D. Moore, Sienna Guillory, Uncategorized, virtual reality, Virtuality | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
Posted at 03:00 AM in Alan Cumming, Bill Nighy, Blackpool, Bright Young Things, Casanova, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Tennant, Doctor Who, Endgame, Entertainment, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, He Knew He Was Right, Jonny Lee Miller, Julie Christie, Laura Linney, Masterpiece Classic, Masterpiece Contemporary, Masterpiece Mystery!, PBS, Romola Garai, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, RSAMD, Stephen Fry, Stephen Poliakoff, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Uncategorized, William Hurt | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
Posted at 03:00 AM in Aiden Turner, BBC America, Being Human, Comic-Con, Dave Brown, David Tennant, Doctor Who, Doctor Who: Planet Of The Dead, Entertainment, Euros Lyn, John Barrowman, Julian Barratt, Julie Gardner, Lenora Crichlow, Michael Fielding, Noel Fielding, Rich Fulcher, Russell T. Davies, Russell Tovey, The Mighty Boosh, Toby Whithouse, Torchwood, Torchwood: Children of Earth, Uncategorized | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
[caption id="attachment_1475" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Always at the ready - Captain Becker (Ben Mansfield). Photo copyright of Impossible Pictures"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1476" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Connor (Andrew-Lee Potts) and Sarah Page (Laila Rouass) try to decipher the meaning behind the mysterious "artifact." Photo copyright of Impossible Pictures"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1477" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="All dressed up and walking into danger - Abby (Hannah Spearritt) and Sarah (Laila Rouass). Photo copyright of Impossible Pictures"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1478" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Danny Quinn (Jason Flemyng) tries to fight off the unwanted advances of a pair of Phorusrhacids. Photo copyright of Impossible Pictures"][/caption] THE CREATURES OF PRIMEVAL - Terror birds (Phorusrhacids) - The creature is a fairly accurate representation of an extraordinary group of animals that took over as top predators in South America after the dinosaurs died out. Titanis walleri , one of the largest species, has been found in North America, making it one of the comparatively rare examples of animals that evolved in South America but which managed to spread North after the Isthmus of Panama land-bridge formed. Their wings had evolved into meat hook-like structures that likely could be outstretched like arms to perform a hacking motion, which theoretically was helpful in bringing down prey. Most of the smaller and some of the larger species are believed to have been fast runners. As noted above, all photos copyright of Impossible Pictures, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any form. Thanks!
In Alien Trespass, noted astronomer Ted Lewis (Eric McCormack) is preparing for a special wedding anniversary dinner with his beautiful wife Lana (Thompson). Unfortunately, their plans are interrupted when a spaceship crash-lands across town and a dangerous creature known as the Ghota emerges. It is intent on destroying the entire human race unless a benevolent alien called Urp can stop it. In order to do so, however, he must temporarily commandeer Ted's body. With the help of Tammi (Jenni Baird), a local waitress, Urp sets out on his self-appointed task. When asked about her favorite scene in the film, Thompson is hard-pressed to choose between two.
"I loved working with Dan Lauria [Chief Dawson]," she says. "As an actor, he genuinely surprised me every time we did the scene. My character of Lana is supposed to act surprised, and sometimes a scene can get a little tired after you've done it a dozen times, but Dan always responded in such a way that kept it interesting, so it was wonderful to work with him.
"At the same time, there's the scene in the kitchen where Eric's character of Ted is taken over by Urp, and Eric was just so funny to play off of. It's too bad you haven't seen the outtakes, but the improv stuff he did was hilarious. The film is a serious one in a lot of respects, but when we were filming it, it was hard not to laugh. The chemistry with Eric was just effortless. Besides being super cute in real life, he's also very easy-going and so friendly. Eric doesn't have any Hollywood airs at all. The dialogue felt, not clunky, but, again, elevated, so I was worried about how it was going to come across because you usually play off the other actor. I needn't have worried, though, because Eric has the best timing. He just delivers the line like it's no big deal and you listen and respond and it comes out just right.[caption id="attachment_1449" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Jody Thompson (as Lana Lewis) and Eric McCormack (as Ted Lewis) in Alien Trespass. Photo courtesy of The Promotion People"][/caption] "And Bob Goodwin was there was our guide to bring us back if we got too big or if we were playing it too melodramatic. We were supposed to be earnest but not parodying the work of the period. This wasn't a Naked Gun 33 1/3-type thing. We were trying to do an accurate re-creation of something that would have been done in the 50s. So Eric and I just did our thing and, on occasion, it was way too much and other times it was far too contemporary, and Bob did a terrific job of keeping our performances on the straight and narrow as well as flowing from scene to scene. "Sometimes when you're on TV and not the star of a show, you end up sort of directing yourself in a sense because the director doesn't always have time to worry about every day player every day. So it was nice to have a director who was really dedicated to his actors and focused on keeping our performances in line so we didn't have to worry about them. That's a big part of what made our time on Alien Trespass so enjoyable and fun." An avid horse loved, Thompson originally thought she was going to be a veterinarian and planned to study veterinary medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. However, she ran out of money just before finishing her Bachelor of Science degree, so someone suggested that she try booking some TV commercial work in order to raise the necessary funds. Instead, Thompson ended up booking the lead in a made-for-TV movie. [caption id="attachment_1452" align="aligncenter" width="196" caption="To help pay for her schooling, Jody Thompson tried her hand at acting, and then never looked back. Photo courtesy of The Promotion People"][/caption] "That's when I thought, 'OK, I'd better take some acting classes," notes the actress, "and wow, there was just something so cool about using your mind and body in such a way and I was bitten by the acting bug. After that, there was no going back for me. Much to my surprise, my parents weren't even that disappointed when I decided to become an actor instead of a vet. Now I get to play dress-up for a living. How can you beat that? I have my very scientific, linear side and my creative side, and I guess the latter won out." Having played a variety of characters in a wide range of TV and film projects, the actress is especially well-known to TV Sci-Fi audiences. Perhaps her most recognizable role is that of Devon Moore, an employee at the 4400 center and one of Jordan Collier's (Billy Campbell) lovers in The 4400. "Devon was actually never intended to be a recurring character," says Thompson. "After my first appearance, I got a call from the producers asking if I would like to bring her back for another small bit in the next episode, and I said, 'Yes, I'd love it.' A few episodes later I had some discussions with the writers as far as her back-story and what could possibly be motivating Devon. She always secretly had a thing for Shawn [Patrick Flueger], even though she worshipped Jordan. My character originally went to the 4400 center because she was looking for a father figure. As the series went on, I feel like Devon came into her own in that she developed a bit more confidence in her own decisions. They weren't necessarily the right ones - injecting yourself with a strange toxin is probably not a good idea - but she became more confident and went from being a vulnerable child to a naive teenager, I guess you could say. [caption id="attachment_1453" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="Jody Thompson's character of Devon Moore on The 4400 was, sadly, looking for love in all the wrong places. Photo courtesy of The Promotion People "][/caption] "Having this character become a recurring one on The 4400 was one of the nicest surprises I've had so far in my career," continues the actress. "A lot of times when you know a part is going to be recurring you have big expectations, which are not always met. Here, however, the writers never told me what was going to happen with Devon, so I was always surprised to read from script to script what was happening to her. The scene where she has the aneurysm [after injecting herself with promicin in the hopes of acquiring a 4400 ability] was challenging as well as memorable for me. Had that scene gone into Devon's life flashing before her eyes, that's the moment when she would have realized that she was looking for a father figure in Jordan and trying to find acceptance by gaining a power rather than trusting in herself. Had Devon just followed her true gut instinct, she would have known that she was OK as she was and that she actually cared for Shawn. So it was an unexpected joy to find out that a small character like this was going to be reinvented and taken along on a journey for a few seasons." Thompson's other Sci-Fi credits include the warrior queen Azura in Flash Gordon, a sexy and toothy vampire named Glynnis in Blade: The Series and a bounty hunter in Stargate SG-1. "In Flash Gordon I was blue, really blue," she says with a laugh. "I was painted blue with an airbrush from head to toe, while the top of my outfit was a pair of coconuts and some string, and my character wore a small dog's skull on her head. The make-up artist and I had a good relationship by the end of the filming because I'd spend about four hours in make-up every day before filming began. All that really helped me get into that creepy witch mindset, which I think it would have for most people. I had fun with the role and it was a blast to have a whole bunch of extras cheer every time you said something. "Blade was awesome because I got to do all my own stunts. I was on wires, hanging from the ceiling and flipping off the walls. They had a stunt person there as well as we spent two days learning the fight. It was a lot like a dance routine in the way they taught it to us, and then we got to rehearse with the wires before putting it all together on the set. In the final cut they used my stunt-person a couple of times, but otherwise it's me, even for the roundhouse kick. I was like, 'Hey, look at me, I'm a bad-ass vampire.' The teeth were a lot of fun, too. I still have them and I wear them on Halloween and scare the kids when the come to the door," chuckles Thompson. "They're not the cheesy plastic ones either, but beautiful porcelain. So I got a nice pair of fangs out of the deal as well. [caption id="attachment_1456" align="aligncenter" width="196" caption="The beautiful Jody Thompson gives us a striking pose. Photo courtesy of The Promotion People"][/caption] "With Stargate SG-1 I especially enjoyed working with Michael Shanks [Dr. Daniel Jackson]. I'd known him for a while but had never gotten to act with him. The scene where my character is hit by a bus was interesting to do. They had a stunt coordinator there, and when I finished my line, he would push me and I'd fall onto a crash pad. The bus was then [digitally] put in later [during post-production]. The first time we did it I wasn't ready and landed on my face. Fortunately, there were no broken bones thanks to a nice squishy pillow." Along with her acting credentials, Thompson is also an accomplished filmmaker and president of The International Filmmakers Institute, a production company dedicated to the creation of movie and video artworks that endeavor to relieve social injustice and promote a message of hope, mercy and reconciliation. She made her debut as a documentary filmmaker with the 40-minute Montana de Luz, which is the heartfelt story about an Honduran orphanage that cares for children living with the HIV virus. "Working on that film really put things in perspective, and I can't begin to describe the wisdom of those seven and nine year olds," says the actress. "I'm really proud of that particular piece and it's done quite well in the festival circuit. At the moment, I'm working as a writer/director on a series of webisodes that deal with how cancer affects the entire family unit and not just the person who is struggling with the disease. The project has been commissioned by the International Psycho-Oncology Society [IPOS] and it's basically for doctors to log in, watch these webisodes and then discuss the various ways that they should be taking cancer patients' and cancer survivors' families into consideration as well in the treatment process. Festival circuits are terrific, but if you can also find a practical application for your project that's a bonus, and it fits the mandate of our company, too, so it's all good," she enthuses. For more information about Jody please check out her website - www.jodythompson.com Steve Eramo As noted above, all photos courtesy of The Promotion People, and while there are no specific copyrights on any of the photos, please refrain from any unauthorized copying or duplicating of any form. Thanks!
Posted at 03:00 AM in Alien Trespass, Billy Campbell, Blade: The Series, Bob Goodwin, Dan Lauria, Entertainment, Eric McCormack, Flash Gordon, Jenni Baird, Jody Thompson, Michael Shanks, Montana de Luz, Patrick Flueger, Stargate SG-1, The 4400, The International Filmmakers Institute, Uncategorized | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)