Friday, April 17, 2009

'Impact' trailer

Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2009 18:58:38 GMT by: agentorange

This fall, ABC is bringing us director Mike Rohl's (Smallville, Eureka, Supernatural) epic apocalyptic 2-part mini-series event called Impact and we've got the trailer for ya! It's full of all the mass CGI destruction and over-acting you've come to expect so enjoy. While the entire world watches the largest meteor shower in 10,000 years, a brown dwarf, hidden by the meteor field, smashes into the moon in a tremendous explosion of rock and debris. Fragments of the moon itself, penetrate Earth's atmosphere and make impact. Even though the initial damage is minimal, nerves are frayed throughout the planet. Then strange anomalies begin to manifest themselves on Earth. It starts small - cell phone disruptions, unusual static charges and odd tidal behavior. Then, gravity on earth is effected. The world now has 39 days to stop it or Earth, and all of mankind, will perish!

Impact stars Natasha Henstridge, David James Elliott, James Cromwell and Steven Culp.

(click on above link to watch the trailer)

SciFiandTVTalk's Blog by Steve Eramo

Here's a link to a nicely written behind the scenes look at 'Knights of Bloodsteel.'

Definitely a blog worth keeping an eye on. interview with DJE about Knights of Bloodsteel

David James Elliott Plunges into Sci Fi's Knights of Bloodsteel
Apr 17, 2009 12:56 PM ET
by Erin Fox

JAG's David James Elliott has traded his buzzcut and pressed uniform for a flowing mane and leather battle-wear to star in Sci Fi's two-part movie event Knights of Bloodsteel (Sunday, April 19 and Monday, April 20, 9 pm/ET, Sci Fi). Elliott stars as freedom fighter John Serragoth in this tale about the continent of Mirabilis, where humans, goblins, elves and dwarves seek bloodsteel, an ore that imparts magical abilities to anyone who can draw it from the Earth. spoke with Elliott about making the leap into the fantasy genre, training for sword-fighting scenes and talking up the idea of a JAG reunion. Knights of Bloodsteel could not be more different from JAG. What drew you to the project?

David James Elliott: I'm a fan of the genre and I'm always looking for something my 6-year-old can watch. I thought it was right up his alley. He's always asking me to be in a movie, because he's a big movie watcher. Did you read all the Lord of the Rings books?

Elliott: I read The Hobbit, all the Tarzan books when I was a kid, and Conan the Barbarian — all that fantasy stuff. Did you pass that love of the genre on to your kids?

Elliott: Well I have a 16-year-old daughter, so she was never aware of any of that, although I think she's reading Twilight. But my son is certainly into it, you know Star Wars and all that, and that's a similar realm, I guess. How long did it take you to learn how to sword-fight?

Elliott: I grew up in the theater — the classical theater — I went to theater school and studied swordplay. I worked with a man named Patty Crane who was Errol Flynn's stand-in back in the '30s in Hollywood. So I wasn't a stranger to sword-fighting, but it had been a while. It seemed pretty intricate. Were you ever nervous you'd get hurt?

Elliott: Well it's choreographed, so hopefully it comes off like a dance. ... The swords were made of steel and they were sharp. I had one glance off my eyebrow — ripped through my eyebrow and just missed taking my eye out. So I had one mishap, but it's pretty amazing that with all the fights we had, that was the only disaster. Usually in fistfights you get punched in the face. I remember on JAG, Joe Jackson punched Stephen Culp and shattered his nose. You know, we were going into our 18th hour of shooting, and they had a sequence where he had to pretend to punch him in the face, and he landed it and they had to take him away in an ambulance. Would you ever return to series television or are you happier doing smaller projects now?

Elliott: I guess if the series was right, I'd like to do it. It's tiring though. At the time, at the end of 10 years [on JAG] it felt like, "never again will I do this to myself." But you miss it too. You miss that everyday practicing of your craft and it's a big family. But I do enjoy the freedom of doing a movie and then having some time off. Any chance of a JAG reunion movie in our future?

Elliott: I'm not aware of any in the works, but that would be interesting. I've never actually had that question posed before. But maybe it's that time now when people are thinking, "You know what? Maybe there will be a movie."

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I'd love to see a JAG reunion movie!!! I think all of the fans would too!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Interview with DJE about 'Gooby' on SciFiWire

Edward James Elliott (SCI FI's Knights of Bloodsteel) told reporters that he's completed another genre project, the family fantasy Gooby.

Gooby certainly sounds like it falls into the fantasy realm. How would you explain the story to someone?

Elliott: It's a family picture. Robbie Coltrane [Hagrid in the Harry Potter adventures] is in it, and Eugene Levy and myself. It's about ... a family having lost their way, for lack of a better explanation. The communication between parents and children was confused. And so Gooby, this monster of the imagination, comes in, and he winds up helping everyone. It's a cool picture. You'd have to see it. It's not like anything I'd read before, and Wilson Coneybeare wrote, directed and produced this piece. That's his genre, children/family films, and he's really good at it [having done Monster Warriors and Timeblazers]. So I had a ball doing it.

So you had an actor on the set playing the bear-like creature ...

Elliott: Yeah. There was an actor playing the monster, and then Robbie [Coltrane] laid his voice in later. So that was an interesting process. I saw it and my 5-year-old saw it, and he loved it. It's a really lovely, touching film. It's fun.

And what's happening with it?

Elliott: I just had an e-mail the other day saying that it just got a limited release. I'd have to dig it up for you. I'll tell you in one second what's happening with it. [Elliott taps at his computer] Here we go. Yes, AMC has picked it up for a limited theatrical, and Harkins and Carmike Cinemas. It's going direct to the exhibitors, and they also got into the Toronto and Houston movie festivals, and they won a bunch of citation awards. Stuff is starting to happen.

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Barrie hits the big screen at children's film fest

Google alert from
Author: Leigh Blenkhorn, STAFF
Date: Apr 16, 2009

Gooby, a new children's movie starring the city of Barrie, will make its debut at Sprockets, the Toronto International Film Festival for Children this weekend.

The film, written and directed by Wilson Coneybeare, was shot in Barrie last summer and stars Robbie Coltrane, David James Elliott and Eugene Levy.

Coneybeare said the film came about because he wanted a movie he could take all four of his children to see.

"The story itself came about from my own son, who was about seven at the time," Coneybeare said. "I basically wanted to write a story for him that would be fun but also have something to say to kids and parents about the importance of imagination."

Gooby is the story of Willy, an 11-year-old who is afraid of moving to a new house and the evil space aliens that live there. Willy wishes for someone to save him and then Gooby, a full-size furry creature comes to life. The film is the story of their adventures together.

Gooby was shot in a number of locations in Barrie, including Sunnidale Park and downtown.

"Everyone was extremely co-operative; the cty reached out to help us in anyway they could and we were able to shoot right downtown without any problem," Coneybeare said. "We were able to find a factory for rent where we could shoot our interiors. We just had a fantastic time."

Coneybeare said one of the best things about filming in Barrie was that no one was really star struck. Most people just went about their normal day, ignoring the cameras.

"There was one day we were filming at Dunlop and Bayfield with Gooby, who looks like a six-foot furry monster. We had the camera on one side of the street with Gooby and the boy walking along, and I thought for sure we were going to cause traffic accidents. We start rolling and the cars just kept going by. It amazed me."

Coneybeare is no stranger to filming in Barrie; his company Coneybeare Stories filmed the YTV show Monster Warriors in the city as well.

For more information on Gooby or Coneybeare Stories Inc., visit .

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

BMW Charity Pro-Am

Swinney among celebrities who will play in BMW
Actors Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear will also be in Nationwide tournament field

By Eric Boynton
Published: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 9:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 9:35 p.m.

The list of celebrities was announced Wednesday for the BMW Charity Pro-Am to be played May 14-17 at The Carolina Country Club, Greer’s Thornblade Club and Bright’s Creek Golf Club in Mill Spring, N.C.

The tournament is the lone Nationwide Tour event pairing celebrities with the professionals. The first eight tournaments have raised $6.7 million for area charities. Here’s who will be appearing, with a schedule to be released later.

Making his debut in the tournament will be Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney. Joining him will be actors Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear, Oliver Hudson, Dave Coulier, Lucas Black, Catherine Bell, David James Elliott, Jason Dohring, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Pena, Kevin Sorbo, Gary Valentine, Janet Jones-Gretzky and Paula Trickey.

Athletes include Wayne Gretzky, Sterling Sharpe, Kordell Stewart and George Rogers. Musicians are Steve Azar, Javier Colon and Joe Don Rooney.

Also in the field are golf television journalist Jennifer Mills, and golf course designer Ben Wright.

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Interview with David James Elliott about 'Knights of Bloodsteel'

How JAG's David James Elliott became a hero in Knights of Bloodsteel

By Ian Spelling6:00 AM ON 04/15/09 on Sci Fi Wire:

David James Elliott told reporters that his latest project, the upcoming SCI FI Channel two-night movie event Knights of Bloodsteel, is about as far removed as possible from JAG, the television military drama that made him famous.

Knights of Bloodsteel is set in Mirabilis, a world dependent on the rare metal bloodsteel for its magical power. There's little bloodsteel remaining, however, and the evil Dragon Eye (Mark Gibbon) has set his sights on claiming the remaining supply. That leaves the elf wizard Tesselink (Christopher Lloyd) to call upon a quartet of everyday people to save the day. Among them are an elf bounty hunter (Natassia Malthe) and a human vigilante named John Serragoth (Elliott).
SCI FI Wire was on the line late last month when Elliott spoke to journalists in a conference call.

The movie premieres this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with the second half airing the following Monday at 9 p.m. The following are edited excerpts of the call with Elliott.

As an actor, every job is make-believe, but are there notable differences working in the fantasy genre, or does it not really matter if there are elves on set?

Elliott: Well, certainly the dialogue is different on the set. Everything is different. Notable difference: ... We look completely different than I did on JAG, for instance. We're dealing in a fantastical world with different values, and ... there's swordplay. I've worked with swords before. It had been a little while since I had, and I had a little mishap one day. ... I almost lost my eye. Whenever you're fighting with swords—especially real swords, or even swords that are just not as sharp as they might've been in the day—they're still pretty sharp, and somebody is swinging them with some vigor. You're always on the edge of a mishap, and I had one of the swords slice through my eyebrow and just miss my eye. But that was the worst.

What was it that actually interested you in the project? The project as a whole? The role?

Elliott: I grew up a fan of the fantasy genre. I read Tarzan and Conan the Barbarian books. I always found it to be a fun thing to do, and it's certainly a great departure for me, having not done anything like it on film ever. I was sent the script, and it was really well written. And I was looking for a job. So all those things combined.

Do you think people will be surprised to see you in a fantasy project like this?

Elliott: Oh, I'm sure. It's a funny [town, Hollywood]. I was talking about this the other day. You know, they go, "Wow, can he do anything else?" You go, "Well, I just, ... I mean, I'm an actor." I've done many roles, but most people know me from JAG, so I guess maybe it's human nature to assume that you're only capable of playing a military man.

You mentioned the swords, but in general how physical a shoot was Knights of Bloodsteel?

Elliott: I loved it every day. I loved showing up every day. It was a pretty physical shoot. We were tramping through the forest, and we were all over the province of British Columbia. There was a lot of swordplay and action sequences. But it was good fun. And the cast, we all got along very well. So it was a nice deal. The crew were great. I just had a really good time, and the weather was outstanding, which is certainly not always the case in British Columbia. So, you know, the fates smiled on us.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Alcatraz Swim possible for DJE

Had this in a Google alert from Bend Weekly:

STAR ATHLETE: David James Elliott has been going from project to project with little break in between for most of the past year, but the triathlete and former "Jag" star isn't letting that stop him from taking on physical challenges. Next up: "I'm getting ready to do the Alcatraz Swim," he tells us, referring to this summer's 1.5-mile race from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco's Presidio Park. Next up in terms of Elliott's viewability: his starring role in the Sci Fi Channel's April 19 and 20 "Knights of Bloodsteel" miniseries.

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