Voice Correspondent Alison Haislip Dishes on The Voice

By Jamie Ruby

Alison HaislipAlison Haislip is probably best known for her work on G4, where as a correspondent she has covered everything from E3 to Comic-Con, and where she also is also a cohost of Attack of the Show! Haislip's newest endeavor is as the Social Media Online Correspondent, also known as the V Correspondent, for NBC's new reality competition, The Voice.

Haislip recently talked to the digital press about her work on the series.

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Exclusive: Cody Deal Talks "Almighty Thor" and His Journey to Success

Fandom Access: Exclusive Interview with Cody Deal  - 5/5/11
Interview by Jamie Ruby, Karen Moul, and AJ Grillo
Written by Jamie Ruby

Cody DealThis weekend marks not just the release of the highly anticipated Thor in theaters, but also a smaller budget version of the Norse myth called Almighty Thor, premiering May 7th, on Syfy. The Marvel version may have a much larger budget (Almighty Thor was shot for around $500,000 and in an impressive twelve days), but Syfy's version has something that Marvel's doesn't. Cody Deal, an amazing new comer, whose enthusiasm and charm are enough to make Almighty Thor, a different take on the myth, worth a watch.

Deal was born in Oklahoma. After only a few years he and his family moved to the small Midwestern town, Sedan, Kansas. He graduated in 2004 as valedictorian as well as a 1st-Team All-Star athlete.

Deal was an athlete for most of the early part of his life and had a desire to play in the NFL, and went to Butler College in El Dorado on scholarship in both basketball and football. Unfortunately, his sports career camed to an end when he fractured his hand and forearm during football and also sustained other injuries from his other hobby of free-diving.

It was then that Deal and his brothers began creating short films, a step up from their younger years of filming their own 'Pay Per View' wrestling matches. His mother suggested at this point that he should take acting seriously, but Deal did not take her advice and moved to Wichita, and later, to Las Vegas to pursue a modeling career.

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Star Cody Deal & Director Chris Ray talk "Almighty Thor"

Almighty ThorWhile Marvel's Thor is premiering in theaters across the country, Syfy will be premiering their own version, Almighty Thor, this Saturday, May 7th, at 9/8c pm. The film follows Thor as he is forced to become a warrior and hero to retrieve the Hammer of Invincibility and save Asgard and The Tree of Life. The film, which was written by Eric Forsberg and directed by Christopher Ray, stars new comer Cody Deal as Thor, Richard Grieco as Loki, Patricia Velasquez as Jarnsaxa, and Kevin Nash as Odin.

Cody Deal and Christopher Ray recently sat down with the digital media, including Scifi Vision and Media Blvd, to talk about film.

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Exclusive: Writer Eric Forsberg Talks "Almighty Thor"

Fandom Access: Exclusive Interview with Eric Forsberg  - 5/4/11
Interview by Jamie Ruby and Karen Moul

Written by Jamie Ruby

Eric ForsbergAlmighty Thor follows the title character, played by Cody Deal, as he becomes the hero that we know him to be today. The movie will premiere tonight on Syfy. The writer of the film, Eric Forsberg, joined Fandom Access this week to discuss the movie.

The Almighty Thor is different than the marvel movie, because is based on the Norse myth as opposed to the comic books. "It's Almighty Thor; it's the Norse myth. There's a big difference between this Almighty Thor and the Thor Marvel movie that's coming out. That movie is based on the comic book, and that comic book took the character from the myth, and then created a story that imposed upon the character in order to create the identity of the human that was secretly Thor. And I didn't go that route at all; I went straight for the myth. The end of the world. One of the things about the Norse myths is that they're all about the Tree of Life supporting all the worlds on it until finally the fated and predetermined end of all time will occur in a great and final battle called Ragnarok. And when it's over, boom, the universe is gone. And so I took that theme and built on that and I have Thor being a young inexperienced god, the youngest son of Odin (Kevin Nash), and he because Ragnarok comes upon them is forced to step up to the plate and find the powerful god of the Asgard, or Valhalla, he has to find that god within him and really he fights and struggles through the whole movie to discover his inner power and he perseveres. So that's much more like the type of Thor that is in the myth than the comic book Thor."

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Fandom Access Welcomes Two "Almighty Thor" Special Guests

This week SciFi Vision is proud to be able to bring you two live podcasts on Fandom Access for Syfy's upcoming Almighty Thor, which premieres on Saturday.

First, tonight we will be joined by writer Eric Forsberg, who also wrote the Syfy movie Mega Piranha, which he also directed, that will be airing on the 27th, as well as Snakes on a Train, which will air this Friday on Syfy. Also be sure to stop and visit his site and check out the trailer for Mega Piranha.

On Thursday we will be joined by star of the movie, Cody Deal, who has briefly appeared in both The Hangover and Get Him to the Greek, and has landed a role in the upcoming Cinemax series A Girl's Guide to Depravity, airing in October, as well as the part of Mark HardOn in the action-comedy Superseeds. Be sure to check out his sites as well, including  his personal site and Hollywood & Beyond, his site about his journeys and "making it in Hollywood." 

Both podcasts are available at Talkshoe through Fandom Access and air live at 10pm eastern time. Both guests will be taking questions, so please make sure you join the live chat to participate and call in if you would like to ask questions. To join the chat, you must either chat as a guest or register at Talkshoe.

I will also be talking with Deal and the director of Almighty Thor, Chris Ray, today, for which an article/transcript will be posted soon.

I will also be cohosting with Kenn Gold from Media Blvd. (and possibly some others) an interview with Deal on Saturday May 7th before the premiere of Almighty Thor on Syfy (exact location and more details to be announced).

Last but not least, join Deal live again at 9pm eastern during the east coast premiere of the movie during his virtual viewing party on Saturday when he will be tweeting live throughout the movie.

And my review of the movie is also forthcoming, as well as of course articles for the upcoming interviews! You can also see a trailer for Almighty Thor on the sidebar of the site and read the press release in the previous post.

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Syfy's "Almighty Thor" & "Sinbad and the Minotaur" Press Release & More

SciFi Vision has quite a bit of press coverage coming up this week for Syfy's Almighty Thor, including interviews and more, starting with the official press release below, which also includes a release for Sinbad and the Minotaur.


April 27, 2011
MAY SYFY SATURDAY ORIGINAL MOVIES SHOWCASE RICHARD GRIECO (21 JUMP STREET) IN ALMIGHTY THOR AND MANU BENNETT (SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND) IN SINBAD AND THE MINOTAUR

NEW YORK – April 27, 2011 – Richard Grieco (21 Jump Street) tries to destroy Los Angeles with a big hammer, while Manu Bennett (Spartacus: Blood and Sand) battles a scary Minotaur in the May Syfy Saturday Original Movies.

Starring Richard Grieco, Cody Deal (The Castle) and Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy), Almighty Thor premieres Saturday, May 7, at 9PM (ET/PT) on Syfy, the same weekend Thor opens in movie theatres. In Almighty Thor, a volcanic fissure bursts open in the fortress of Valhalla, freeing the demon God Loki (Grieco), who steals the Hammer of Invincibility. Loki plans to obliterate Los Angeles using the Hammer -- and Thor (Deal) is the only one who can stop him. Almighty Thor is a production of The Asylum.

Manu Bennett plays the title role in Sinbad and the Minotaur, premiering Saturday, May 21, at 9PM (ET/PT) on Syfy. Sinbad and his men search tirelessly for the lost treasure of the Colossus of Rhodes, which is guarded by a terrifying Minotaur. Along the journey, Sinbad meets Princess Tara, a slave in the evil sorcerer Al-Jibar’s harem. Now Sinbad must find the treasure, rescue the Princess and conquer the Minotaur, while defeating the enraged sorcerer. Sinbad and the Minotaur is a production of American World Pictures.

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Bobby Flay on "America's Next Great Restaurant"

Bobby FlayBobby Flay is well known in the food world, and for most is a household name. He not only owns multiple restaurants around the country, has appeared on many shows, and published multiple books, but he has also had quite a few of his own cooking shows, and hosted many as well. He is probably at the moment best known for his series Throwdown with Bobby Flay and as one of the Iron Chefs. He also recently hosted The Next Food Network Star, which will enter its seventh season this June. He even guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Flay now hosts America's Next Great Restaurant on NBC, which will air its season finale tonight. America's Next Great Restaurant is a reality competition where contestants compete to make their restaurant concepts become a reality. The winner will have their idea turned into three restaurants in Los Angeles, New York City, and Minneapolis, all of which will open for business tomorrow.

Flay sat down with the digital media to talk about America's Next Great Restaurant's season finale.

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Amanda Tapping & Robin Dunne on the Return of "Sanctuary"

By Jamie Ruby

SanctuaryAnyone who has watched Syfy in recent years already knows who Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne are. Stars of Syfy's Sanctuary, Tapping, probably best known for her work in Stargate: SG-1 and more recently Syfy's web series Riese, and Dunne, who fans should recognize from his lead role in Syfy's Beyond Sherwood Forest, sat down with the digital media last week to talk about the series. As of Friday, Sanctuary premiered the second half of its third season. The series has already been renewed four a fourth season, for which the cast has already begun table reads.

Sanctuary was originally written as a web series before it was made into a full television series, but things have changed since then, according to Tapping. "We were I think a bit ahead of our time in terms of how to monetize on the web, in terms of utilizing - social networking even has changed since Sanctuary first came out. I mean Twitter and Facebook and all that has blown up way bigger than what it was when we started.

"So, I think the possibilities on the web are far greater now than they were. And, I think it's an amazing tool. Riese is another prime example of a web series done well - with good production value...They've got amazing production values and they were able to utilize the web as an advertising tool. And it brought them the notoriety of the networks, which is much the same as what happened with Sanctuary. And I think it's just going to happen more and more. It's an amazing tool.

"But what I think is going to happen - I think the paradigm really is starting to shift, where shows will live and breathe and stay on the web. That they don't necessary have to transition to television. That there will be a whole contingent of not just you know, the squirrel riding a skateboard on You Tube kind of shows, but real production value on the Web in ongoing series."

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Joe Flanigan Talks "Ferocious Planet"

By Jamie Ruby

Joe FlaniganJoe Flanigan has appeared in both film and television, but he is probably best known for his work on television, most notbably for his character of Lt. Colonel John Sheppard on Syfy's Stargate: Atlantis, for which he also served as writer on for two episodes.

Flanigan's newest role is in the new Syfy creature feature, Ferocious Planet. He recently sat down with the digital media to discuss his newest indeavors.

Flanigan did not plan to be an actor growing up. "[It was] by accident. I actually ran out of money - I was in New York City and I was working at Interview Magazine and I managed to get myself fired -- don’t ask me how -- and I was pretty much out of money. And I had a neighbor who happened to be an actor, and he was always enjoying himself not working nearly as hard as me, and apparently making much more money than I was.

"And I said, "What is it that you do?" He said, "I'm an actor." I said, "Well, what does that mean?" I didn't quite understand what that meant. Now granted he was a commercial actor, but anyway he put it in my head that maybe this is something I should try out, since I was "in between jobs", and I did.

"I went to the Neighborhood Playhouse and I just thought to myself, "Well, if I'm going to try this, I might as well try it now," and I just happened to get very lucky."

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Are You "Tough Enough?"

By AJ Grillo

WWE Tough EnoughI haven't consistently watched wrestling for quite a few years, but that doesn't mean I've forgotten who the Rattlesnake is. Six-time WWE Champion, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, is hosting the latest installment of USA Network's WWE Tough Enough, the first since 2004. In this reality series, contestants will compete to become the new WWE superstar. I for one think Austin is a perfect choice, because when talking about being tough enough, Austin is one of the toughest S.O.B.s you'll ever meet. Just ask him, he'll tell you.

We start by meeting our fourteen contestants: Martin Casaus, Matt Capiccioni, Christina Crawford, Michelle Deighton, Rima Fakih, Andy Leavine, Eric Watts, Mickael Zaki, Ariane Andrew, Ryan Howe, AJ Kirsch, Jeremiah Riggs, Luke Robinson, and Ivelisse Velez. There is an interesting mixture of experience and celebrity among the contestants. Some, like Capiccioni and Velez, have wrestled in the independent circuit, while Fakih has no experience and is the reigning Miss USA.

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USA Network's "WWE Tough Enough" Press Release

USA NETWORK ORDERS "WWE TOUGH ENOUGH®"

Non-scripted Series to Discover Next WWE® Superstar Debuts Monday, April 4

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – January 3, 2011 – USA Network has given a ten-episode order to WWE TOUGH ENOUGH, a non-scripted series in collaboration with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and Shed Media US.  WWE TOUGH ENOUGH, slated to debut April 4, 2011, will feature a group of twelve individuals looking for an once-in-a-lifetime shot to become the next WWE Superstar or Diva. The grand prize winner will be awarded a contract with WWE, joining its roster of talent.

WWE TOUGH ENOUGH will premiere at 11/10c the day after WrestleMania® XXVII and immediately following USA's ratings juggernaut WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW®. It will then move to its regularly scheduled slot, Mondays at 8/7c, starting on Monday, April 11.

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Lance Henriksen Returns to Syfy with Scream of the Banshee

By Jamie Ruby

Lance HenriksenIf you watch science fiction or horror, it's a good bet you know who Lance Henriksen is. He has appeared in well over 150 films, in a variety of genres, but is probably best known for his roles in science fiction, in film most notably for his role as Bishop in Alien. Some other well known movies he has worked on include The Terminator, Pumpkinhead, Scream 3, and AVP: Alien vs. Predator, just to name a few. His name is also well known in television. He is probably most known for his role as Frank Black in Chris Carter's series Millennium (and subsequently in an episode of The X-Files), but has appeared in many other series as well, including the popular series NCIS and Castle.

Henriksen has also appeared in various Syfy Saturday original movies, including Abominable, Sasquatch Mountain, Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes, Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud, and now, Scream of the Banshee, number 200 for Syfy, which airs tonight.

Henriksen sat down to discuss this upcoming creature feature, as well as his autobiography, Not Bad for a Human, which will be released on his birthday, May 5th.

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"Fringe" Season Four Renewal Press Release

FOX RENEWS "FRINGE" FOR FOURTH SEASON – IN BOTH UNIVERSES

FOX has renewed critically acclaimed thrilling drama FRINGE for a fourth season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company.

"FRINGE has truly hit a creative stride and has distinguished itself as one of television's most original programs. The series' ingenious producers, amazingly talented cast and crew, as well as some of the most passionate and loyal fans on the planet, made this fourth-season pickup possible," said Reilly. "When we moved the show to Fridays, we asked the fans to follow and they did. We're thrilled to bring it back for another full season and keep it part of the FOX family."

FRINGE co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams said, "We could not be happier that the fans of FRINGE (and our most excellent partners at FOX) have allowed us to continue telling stories from the fringe for another season!"

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Fact or Faked Returns with Leader Ben Hansen & Newest Member Devin Marble

Devin Marble & Ben HansenThe team of Syfy's Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files returns this week for the season premiere. Former FBI agent Ben Hansen returns as team leader, as does lead scientist Bill Murphy, journalist Jael de Pardo, photography expert Chi-Lan Lieu, and stunt expert Austin Porter. Joining the team for the first time is the newest member and tech expert Devin Marble. Together they review and investigate videos of paranormal and unexplained phenomena, to prove whether they are fact or faked.

In the season premiere, the team focuses on two cases. The first, which was inspired by the feature film Battle: Los Angeles, is investigated by Ben, Jael, and Devin. For the second case, Bill, Chi-Lan, and Ausin head to the Queen Mary to investigate the haunted luxury liner.

Both Ben and Devin recently sat down with the digital media to discuss the upcoming season.

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Fringe Gets Picked Up For A Full Season Order!

It's official. Fox's sci-fi cult drama Fringe has been renewed for a fourth season. The series has gotten the full order of 22 episodes next season, regardless of the drop in ratings since the series moved to Fridays earlier this year. Executive producer of the series J.H. Wyman revealed the news last night by tweeting "Fringe was picked up!!!! Thanks Fringedom!"

Wyman and the other showrunner Jeff Pinker go on to say, "This early pickup comes at a perfect time as we start production on the season three finale. We join the cast and crew in thanking our loyal fans and Fox for allowing us to have this much fun telling stories we love."

Fox sent out the official press release this morning. Co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams has said, "We could not be happier that the fans of 'Fringe' (and our most excellent partners at Fox) have allowed us to continue telling stories from the fringe for another season!"

New episodes of Fringe continue tonight at 9pm ET on Fox.

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Syfy's March Monster Madness Creature Tournament

In celebration of Syfy's 200th Original Movie, Scream of the Banshee, on Saturday night at 9pm, Syfy has put together the ultimate creature feature tournament, titled March Monster Madness. Beginning today, thirty-two abominations including Mansquito and Sharktopus will be pitted against each other with fans voting to determine the eventual winner and ultimately the champion of the Syfy creature pantheon. You can also find more info reading the press release below (with some awesom creature art) and  by going to http://www.syfy.com/monstermadness.

Make your choices now and share with your friends! Who will you be picking as the ultimate winner?

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Scream of the Banshees - 200th Syfy Saturday Movie

SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE WILL BECOME THE 200TH SYFY SATURDAY ORIGINAL MOVIE, PREMIERING MARCH 26 AT 9PM (ET/PT)

New York, NY -- February 28, 2011 -- Since 2002, Syfy viewers have experienced mutated sharks, mosquito men, alligators as big as blimps, vengeful demon moths, pterodactyls, werewolves, dragons and really, really big snakes. Plus earthquakes that split the U.S. in half, man-made volcanoes, space storms, tornados made of ice, magnetic meteors and plagues of killer locusts -- every unnatural disaster imaginable.

Now Syfy celebrates its bi-weekly assault on humanity with the premiere of its 200th Saturday Original Movie, Scream of the Banshee, on Saturday, March 26, at 9PM (ET/PT).

In Scream of the Banshee, when a college professor opens a mysterious and ornate box discovered hidden in the tunnels under her university, she and her students hear the horrifying scream of a bloodthirsty Banshee. Everyone who hears the scream is fated to die a strange and terrible death. Now the professor, her daughter and a few of her students must try to stop the Banshee. A production of After Dark Films, Scream of the Banshee stars Lauren Holly (NCIS) and Lance Henriksen (Alien).

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Enter to Win a "Meet & Eat" with Marcel Vigneron!

Enter to win a "meet and eat" with Marcel's Quantum Kitchen's Marcel Vigneron. Presented by Syfy and Chow.com. There is also a video for the sweepstakes below. Good luck:)

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Marcel Vigneron Talks "Quantum Kitchen," Premiering Tonight

Marcel's Quantum KitchenTop Chef all-star Marcel Vigneron is back on the air this week with his new reality show, Marcel's Quantum Kitchen. The series premieres tonight (Tuesday, March 22) at 10 pm on Syfy.

That's right, a personality-driven reality cooking show on Syfy. As the network strays further from its science fiction roots, critics and viewers have been scratching their heads wondering how this show fits into Syfy's plan. But Marcel's focus on molecular gastronomy – using scientific techniques and tools to create innovative dishes – could make sense if the show plays up the science enough.

"I know it seems kind of like an abstract fit," says Marcel. "But once you see the show I feel like it's totally going to make sense. We focus on a lot of the same things. Syfy is all about 'imagining greater,' which is essentially what I and my culinary team are all about."

The series focuses on Marcel creating fabulous events for the well-heeled clients of his new catering company. In addition to creating the menus, Marcel will work with clients and party planners to create an entire experience.

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Josh Gates LIVE From Ireland with "Destination Truth"

By Karen Moul

Josh GatesSyfy's going green for St. Patrick Day with a special four-hour live episode of Destination Truth. On Thursday, March 17, host Josh Gates and his team will broadcast from Ireland, where they will brave the crumbling ruin of Duckett's Grove Castle in search of the banshee, a female spirit whose scream is believed to be an omen of death.


Gates is eager to return to Ireland; last March he and his team visited the Emerald Isle is search of leprechauns. "There's this really intense connection in Ireland to their folklore," he says, "and you meet a lot of people who really are invested in these paranormal reports. They really believe that these ghosts are there, they believe that the banshee is there, and they claim to have had these first-person experiences that are really compelling when you listen to them."

The bansee is a ghost who likes to be seen as well as heard. Gates describes the "piercing wail that really defines the banshee. And the sound of the banshee is something that if you walk down the street in Ireland and polled 100 people and asked them about the banshee's wail, you'd be amazed at how many people will have something to say about it."

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