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The Phantom Premieres On Syfy In June

May 5, 2010

THE Syfy Channel’s original four-hour movie event The Phantom, produced by Muse Entertainment and distributed by RHI Entertainment, will premiere on Sunday, June 20th, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST/PST. In the Father’s Day broadcast, The Phantom’s iconic ring is passed from father to son in an all-new, updated adventure for the legendary character.

Ryan Carnes (Desperate Housewives, Doctor Who) stars as The Phantom and his alter ego Kit Walker in this re-imaginated version of the classic comic book transported to present day. Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet) guest-stars in a villainous turn as Lithia, the head of an experimental mind control program. Also starring are Sandrine Holt (24, The L Word) as The Phantom’s trusted advisor, Guran, and Cameron Goodman as Walker’s love interest, Renny.

A favorite costumed hero for nearly 75 years, “The Phantom,” created by Lee Falk, relies on his wits, physical strength and skill with weapons over superhuman powers. In this contemporary version, directed by Paolo Barzman (The Last Templar), young Kit Walker survives an attempt on his life, but his mother’s life is lost. Flash forward nearly 20 years and Kit, raised by loving adoptive parents, is now a young law student who, unbeknownst to him, is next in line to become The Phantom, a role passed down from generation to generation in his family since the 1500’s. Hoping to stop the ascension of the next Phantom, the notorious and deadly Singh crime syndicate sets a plan in motion to kill Kit and simultaneously start an international war.

The Syfy Channel’s 2010-2011 Original Movie Line-Up

March 25, 2010

DURING the 2010-11 season, the Syfy Channel, one of television’s most prolific producers of original films, presents a talent-rich Original Movies line-up showcasing stars such as Hill Harper (CSI NY), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings), Lauren Holly (NCIS), Colin Ferguson (Eureka), Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet), Jewel Staite (Stargate Atlantis), Alan Cumming (Tin Man), Felicia Day (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Ryan Carnes (Desperate Housewives, Doctor Who), Lance Henriksen (Aliens) and Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch).

Movies include Riverworld (previously reported on SciFiAndTvTalk), starring Alan Cumming in an epic adventure based on the award-winning series of Philip Jose Farmer novels; The Phantom, and 24 of the popular Stargate Original Movies, including Red, a re-imagining of the Little Red Riding Hood story starring Felicia Day, Roger Corman’s Sharktopus, starring Eric Roberts (also previously reported along with Red on this blog) and Lake Placid 3 – sequel to the most watched Saturday Original Movie ever (Lake Placid 2). Below are some highlights of these upcoming projects.

The Phantom – Four hours, premieres in June – Ryan Carnes stars as The Phantom and his alter ego Chris Walker in this re-imagined version of the classic comic strip transported to present day. A favorite costumed hero for more than six decades, The Phantom relies on his wits, physical strength and skill with weapons instead of superhuman powers. Isabella Rossellini guest-stars in a villainous turn as Lithia, the head of an experimental mind control program. Also starring are Cameron Goodman as Chris Walker’s love interest, Renny, and Sandrine Holt (24, The L Word) as The Phantom’s trusted advisor, Guran. Director: Paolo Barzman (The Last Templar). The Phantom is produced by Muse Entertainment and RHI Entertainment.

Mega Piranha – Premieres Saturday, April 10th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. An unusual alliance tries to stop a mutant strain of giant ferocious piranhas that have escaped from the Amazon and are eating their way to Florida. Stars Barry Williams, Tiffany and Paul Logan.

Mothman – Premieres Saturday, April 24th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. The legendary West Virginia monster returns to exact revenge on five childhood friends who covered up an accidental killing. Stars Jewel Staite.

Mongolian Death Worm – Premieres Saturday, May 8th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. A treasure hunter who has been searching for a tomb containing Genghis Khan’s treasure teams up with an humanitarian UN health worker to stop the Mongolian Death Worms, awakened by experimental oil drilling in the Mongolian desert. Stars Patrick Flannery and Victoria Pratt.

Witchville – Premieres Saturday, May 22nd @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. This first Syfy production in China is a sweeping fantasy tale of a kingdom besieged by witches who are sucking the very life out of the land. Only the new King can save his people, but his mysterious connection to the Red Queen of the witches may be his undoing. Stars Luke Goss.

Lake Placid 3 – In this sequel , a game warden, his wife and their young son move into their aunt’s cabin on Lake Placid, where the lonely boy stars feeding baby crocodiles he views as pets. Three years later, the crocs start looking at him and his family as their food. Stars Colin Ferguson.

Stonehenge Apocalypse – When the giant stones of Stonehenge begin to move and cataclysms occur all over the Earth, only a fringe radio talk show host who’s an expert in UFOlogy figures out that the ancient monument is really alien technology. Stars Hill Harper, Misha Collins and Peter Wingfield.

The Lost Future – In a post-apocalyptic world, both humans and animals have devolved back to the Stone Age. But a small group of wise men knows there is knowledge in the mysterious artifacts called books. Now they have found a young man who knows how to read. If they can defeat the warlord who rules the city where the books are kept, the young man can help them defeat the disease that decimated the world and restart the civilization. Stars Sean Bean.

Scream of the Banshee – An archeology professor unearths a dangerous relic, releasing a creature that can kill with her bone-splitting scream. Stars Lauren Holly and Lance Henriksen.

Morlocks – An experimental time machine opens a window into the future and mutated monsters (the Morlocks) use it to come back to the present and go on a murderous rampage. Stars David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis).

8th Voyage of Sinbad – Sinbad searches for the golden head of the long lost Colossus of Rhodes and, instead, finds an island where the mythical Minotaur still rules, protecting a vast treasure. Sinbad and his crew have to battle the creature and its minions to get the treasure and save their own lives. Stars Manu Bennett.

Casting Call and The Envelope Please…

April 8, 2009

Earlier today the Sci Fi Channel announced the casting of the lead roles in two of their four-hour back-door movie pilots. Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse) and Laura Vandervoort (Smallville) star in Riverworld, which is based on the popular award-winning series of novels by Philip Jose Farmer. Penikett plays Matt Ellman, an American war zone reporter who, together with his fiancee Jessie (Vandervoort), is killed by a suicide bomber. The two wake in a strange world where anyone who has ever died on Earth has been “reborn” along the banks of a seemingly endless river. Matt and Jessie team up with a female Samurai warrior named Tomoe (Jeananne Goossen) and American novelist Sam Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain (Mark Deklin). The foursome set sail on the river in an effort to find its source as well as more about this world and why they have been brought there. Alan Cumming (who played Glitch in the 2007 Sci Fi Channel miniseries Tin Man) guest-stars as the enigmatic Caretaker.

Stepping into the title role of The Phantom and his alter ego Chris Walker is Ryan Carnes,  whose credits include Doctor Who, Desperate Housewives and the daytime TV soap opera General Hospital. Carnes plays a re-imagined version of this classic comic strip superhero whose battle with the criminal element continues in the present day. His heroic alter ego matches wits with the villainous Lithia, played by Isabella Rossellini (High Priestess Thar in the 2004 Sci Fi Channel miniseries Earthsea). Rounding out the cast is Cameron Goodman (Mad Men, The Closer) as Chris Walker’s love interest Renny, and Sandrine Holt (24, The L Word) as The Phantom’s trusted advisor Guran.

Riverworld has begun production in Vancouver, B.C., while The Phantom is shooting in Montreal. Both TV movies are slated for a 2010 broadcast.

On Monday, the nominees for the 2009 Canadian Leo Awards were announced on the Leo’s official site. A Celebration Awards Ceremony will take place in Vancouver, B.C. on Friday, May 8th, with a Gala Awards Ceremony following on Saturday, May 9th. Among the nominees are a number of familiar names in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre including:

Best Direction in a Feature Length Drama – Martin Wood (Stargate Continuum)

Best Screenwriting in a Feature Length Drama – Brad Wright (Stargate Continuum)

Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama – Sebastian Spence (Ice Blues: A Donald Strachey Mystery)

Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama – Dan Payne (Mulligans), Roger Cross (Playing for Keeps), Michael Shanks (Stargate Continuum)

Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama – Amanda Tapping (Stargate Continuum)

Best Dramatic Series Reaper, Smallville, Stargate Atlantis

Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series – Sam Egan (Sanctuary – “Edward”), Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie (Stargate Atlantis – “Remnants”), Brad Wright (Stargate Atlantis – “The Shrine”), Alan McCullough (Stargate Atlantis – “The Queen”)

Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series – James Robbins (Stargate Atlantis – “Search and Rescue”)

Best Costume Design in a Dramatic Series – Valerie Halverson (Stargate Atlantis – “The Queen”)

Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series – Todd Masters, Nicholas Podbrey, Sarah Pickersgill, Harlow MacFarlane (Sanctuary – “Warriors”), Todd Masters, Holland Millar, Kyla-Rose Tremblay, Nicholas Podbrey, Brad Proctor (Stargate Atlantis – “Vegas”)

Best VFX in a Dramatic Series  – Lee Wilson, Lisa Sepp-Wilson, Sebastian Bergeron, Les Quinn, Matthew Belbin (Sanctuary – “Sanctuary For All”), Mark Savela, Shannon Gurney, Kodie MacKenzie, Vivian Jim, Dan Wier (Stargate Atlantis – “First Contact”)

Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series – Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary – “Edward”)

Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series – Christine Willes (Reaper – “The Leak”), Teryl Rothery (The Guard – “Sound of Loneliness”)

Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series – Tyler Labine (Reaper – “Coming to Grips”), Steve Bacic (The Guard – “At Sea”)

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series – Missy Peregrym (Reaper – “Coming to Grips”), Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary – “Requiem”), Jewel Staite (Stargate Atlantis – “Tracker”)

For a complete list of catagories and nominees check out www.leoawards.com