Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Esai Morales on Fairly Legal, Brian Markinson & Zak Santiago to Blood & Chrome

There is a new story up at Beginning of Line and this time it comes with really cool opening credits. You can check it out here: Safe Journey: Hypatian's Bluff. It was written by Beginning of Line editor Teresa Jusino.

There are also a couple of new interviews, one with Rhesa Sealy (Twitter) who wrote the last two installments of "Caprica: Season 2," and the other with Juanita Martinez (Twitter), fan artist and author of "Prototype."

A new week of Caprica auctions started yesterday. The new items are on Ebay.

Battlestar Galactica Online has been launched today. You can read the full press release at The Futon Critic. Here is a snippet:

Based on the internationally popular Syfy television series produced by Universal Cable Productions, Battlestar Galactica Online is a free-to-play, browser-based space combat MMOG that combines high-quality, 3D graphics with intense gameplay. Following a successful closed beta period that started in late 2010, the free-to-play game can now be enjoyed by players worldwide.

David Eick, Executive Producer of "Battlestar Galactica," said, "Bigpoint has successfully embraced the spirit of 'Battlestar Galactica's' aggressive ship design, tactile physics, and its signature, vérité-style combat aesthetic, and taken it all to an entirely new level. Playing this game is like watching the most highly-adrenalized, nail-biting episodes of the series while chewing on a hunk of uranium. I highly recommend it - just make sure you don't have anything else to do for a few days..."

Esai Morales was at the CineFest in San Antonio over the weekend. There are a few fun clips from the festival on YouTube: clip 1, clip 2, clip 3.

A new interview with Esai appeared at Celestrellas the other day. It's mostly about Gun Hill Road. Here's a snippet:

What should moviegoers expect from 'Gun Hill Road?'
You will find a great humanity. At the end of the film, you get the sense that you're closer to understanding people you might not have otherwise had the time to; people who you might want to judge, even despise, you come to appreciate as different. There's a great deal of prejudice within the Latin community itself -- chauvinists against feminists, right against left. This film helps us reach a much-needed level of understanding for other human beings.

According to a couple of sites (TV Guide, Antipodal Araima), Esai will make an appearance on Fairly Legal this Thursday (10 pm, USA Network). He is not in the teaser, but he is supposed to be in the same ep as Eddie McClintock, who definitely is in one of the previews. Either way, here is a tidbit from an interview with Michael Sardo (executive producer):

DEDMAN: I do have to ask you about the "Battlestar Galactica" connection. Michael Trucco plays the assistant district attorney, Justin Patrick, and Esai Morales plays his boss, the district attorney. Trucco was on "Battlestar Galactica" and Morales was recently on [the "Battlestar Galactica" prequel] "Caprica." Is that a coincidence in the DA’s office on the show there?

SARDO: [Laughs.] I like that you’re looking deeper than we had time to think when we were casting. We were just looking for the best actors we could find, and the good actors work a lot, and they just happen to be in close proximity to each other, but it was not by design. Some of "Battlestar Caprica" people may want to believe it is.

Brian Markinson guest stars on the show next week.

Markinson is also the third Caprica actor who will be in Blood & Chrome. No official confirmation yet, but The Province reports:

Vancouver's Brian Markinson is among the stars of this currently-filming pilot, a prequel to the recently-ended Battlestar Galactica. He plays commanding office to a crew of space pilots.

According to the IMDb, he will play Silas Nash, the commanding officer who sends the young Adama and Coker (Ben Cotton's character) on the super secret mission.

Also unconfirmed, the fourth (and possibly not the last) Caprica actor who will be appearing in Blood & Chrome is Zak Santiago. According to the IMDb and Caprica City, he will play Armin 'High Top' Diaz. Wild guess, the character is a pilot.

Sanctuary, with Ryan Robbins, Chris Heyerdahl and (guest star) Polly Walker is coming back in April. Peter Wingfield will definitely be back on the show before the season is over.

Ryan Kennedy, Ben Cotton, and Aaron Douglas should be back on Hellcats tonight (9 pm, CW). Omar Madha ("Blowback") directed the episode. Here is a preview with Kevin Murphy:

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