June 22nd, 2010


Michael Shanks' ARCTIC BLAST at Film festival

If it wasn't so far (like across the globe!), I'd go see it.


or http://bit.ly/arcticice

THE Tasmanian film Arctic Blast will have its premiere at the fifth Canadian Film Festival in Sydney in August. The sci-fi action thriller, directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith, is an Aussie-Canadian co-production starring Canadian Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1) and Australia's Indiana Evans, Alexandra Davies and Robert Mammone. The eco-thriller, about a solar eclipse blasting super-chilled air towards the Earth, is Trenchard-Smith's first Australian film in more than a decade. "I am proud to have made a movie with a climatologist as the hero," he says. "Shooting in Tasmania with a crew of young enthusiasts and fellow old lags was a blast, an Arctic blast in fact." Sydney's Canadian Film Festival runs from August 2 to 8.


Richard Dean Anderson joins Twitter, and Stargate magazine to close

Finally got myself some Stargate SG1 icons :)

First, well, Richard Dean Anderson has taken the dive and joined twitter. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/andersonrdean. This morning he had about 300 followers. As I post now, he's over 2,000. And he's made just two tweets! Nice background picture though :)

Secondly, read today over at http://stargate-sg1-solutions.com/blog/2010/06/official-stargate-magazine-closing-down/ that The Official Stargate Magazine is shutting down. I must admit, it some respects it does not surprise me. First, the news is usually old and already known via the gazillion internet sources. Secondly, the issues are now $9.99 each. Even at only six a year, you sit back and go $10? $10 for a magazine? I can see the high price though, due to lower volume, which boils down to what I suspect is the real reason it's going under: lack of readership. That's my guess. When Stargate Atlantis got the axe, I can't tell you how many fans grumbled afar about not buying the magazine anymore because they wanted SGA, not SGU. Are SGU fans buying it? It's hard to tell. I must admit, as a completist I do have them all, figuring well, it can't last forever (how little did I know). So have two more issues to buy and that's it. Magazines devoted to a single show usually have a limited life. As much as I've enjoyed CSI, I just couldn't get into buying the magazines.

There is stuff in the magazine that's not on the web, but with the magazine closing, perhaps fan-run sites will get more interviews, or MGM, provided it doesn't go under too!

Books, books and a few more books

Just finished THE FOOTPRINTS OF GOD, good book! It's one I picked up at a library book sale for 50 cents. Money well spent. I do recommend that one.

So, back to the library. And unfortunately, so is everyone else. At this rate I won't be reading the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child 'Pendergast' novel FEVER DREAM until Fall! But then again, big library book sale at end of July so maybe I can pick it up for a few bucks... Just finished the thriller SEA CHANGE by James Powlik, about a 'slick' in the ocean that eats people and fish and even causing damage on land. It was a pretty good read, and everytime they used booms to contain the slick, all I could think of was the Gulf oil spill. ... next up is MUTANT by Peter Clement, a medical thriller of sorts about DNA and H5N1 and how people shouldn't muck about genetidcally engineering stuff as hoardes of folks will die horribly. Well, I'm only about 20 pages into book but it looks like it's heading that way :)

Last, saved for July 4th weekend, is the new Stargate Atlantis novel DEAD END. Am holding out on that  for the 3-day weekend (I hope I get time!) plus i'm also eagerly reading kristen999 's RED SANDS novella, which she's posting a part of every other day (it's 16 parts). Nice deep survival tale with Sheppard and Ronon. Good stuff!

And I suppose I should read the instruction manual for the DVR...