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Archive for February, 2011

Space Releases Details on First Episodes of SGU 2.5

Saturday, February 26, 2011 @ 08:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 Take a read through,  Canada’s Space Network’s   release of descriptions on the first few of the final episodes  to come in the second half of  Stargate Universe’s current second and final season.

Please note  that the descriptions contain spoilers of the initial episodes  of SGU 2.5 and those readers who wish to maintain a sense of surprise on  the first viewing, should avoid further reading.

"Resurgence" (SGU 210) - Drone“Deliverance”[211]
The final 10 episodes pick up from December’s jarring cliffhanger, where the Destiny encountered two warring races and an ally thought dead returned. In the Season 2.5 premiere, ‘Deliverance,’ the Destiny is now locked in a battle with a Drone Command Ship and surprised by the arrival of the aliens that abducted Rush and Chloe.

“Twin Destinies”[212]
Excitement spreads through the ship as Eli believes he’s found a way to dial Earth. Dr. Rush has serious reservations about the plan and abandoning Destiny.

“Alliance”[213]
An attack on Homeworld Command traps Greer and Wray.

“Hope”[214]

Another consciousness finds it’s way into Chloe’s body through the stones while Volker succumbs to an illness Tamara may not be able to treat.

 Which episode are you the most excited for? Why?  What speculations  about specific storylines do you have? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Little Mosque on the Prairie Episode Details Released

Saturday, February 26, 2011 @ 08:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Take a read through, below, for excerpts on the upcoming final episodes of Little Mosque on the Prairie’s current fifth season,orginally released by Zap2It.

Please note that the following content contains brief spoilers which pertain to the  remaining episodes of the current season of  Little Mosque on the Prairie. Those readers who do not wish to be spoiled, should refrain from further reading.

February 28: “Love at First Fight: Amaar is on the outs with Rayyan after he supports a bylaw.”
March 7: “An Arranged Marriage: Amaar and Rayyan ask Sarah to arrange their quickie wedding.”
March 14: “The Bachelor Party: Rev. Magee arranges an Islamicly appropriate bachelor …party for Amaar”
March 21: “If You Leave Me Now: Amaar wrestles between being an Imam in Mercy and a dream job in Montreal

March 28Amaar’s Well that Ends Well: Baber lets the cat out of the bag about the happy couple’s plan to move

Which  storyline are you the most excited to  see explored? Why? Do you have any speculations  as to  how some of the specific storylines of the episode should develop? Sound off in the comments section, below!

SyFy Releases Trailer For SGU 2.5

Friday, February 25, 2011 @ 09:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed, SyFy has recently launched both a press release and a short , 20 second trailer for the second  half of the current second and final season of Stargate Universe. Keep scrolling below for the complete promotional items and be sure to tune in on  Monday, March 7  at 10:00pm eastern standard time,  to watch the  start of the final episodes, with the mid-season premiere of Stargate Universe, Deliverance.

Syfy’s drama-adventure series returns for its anticipated final ten episodes. The new episodes pick up with the Destiny crew in a battle with a drone command ship and the surprise arrival of the aliens that abducted Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle) and Chloe (Elyse Levesque). The final season culminates with a dramatic conclusion for the fate of the Destiny crew, who face a difficult crossroads when they realize the time has come for them to take a risky stand … or they will be left adrift forever.

Guest stars appearing in the final episodes include Victor Garber (Alien, Titanic), French Stewart (3rd Rock From The Sun), Robert Picardo (Stargate SG-1, Star Trek: Voyager, China Beach), Kathleen Quinlen (Apollo 13) and Julie McNiven (Supernatural, Mad Men)[ SyFy]

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RzRDu8Algk]

Discuss

What  are your thoughts on the brief details provided about the final episodes?What speculations or preferences do  you have for the dramatic conclusion of the series and what circumstances will prompt the crew to  take a stance? Which  of the guest stars are you the most excited for? What  are your thoughts/ reactions based on the short trailer provided by the network? Discuss.

Little Mosque on the Prairie -Episode 508 – Every Thorne Has Its Rose

Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 04:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

When Thorne starts acting oddly, Rayyan is convinced he’s up to no good and follows him. She discovers a newly tongue-tied Thorne has fallen for Mercy’s quirky librarian, Rose. Rayyan tries to bring the couple together — despite Amaar’s pleas to avoid meddling – and nearly torpedoes the awkwardly blossoming relationship. Meanwhile, Sarah and Fatima’s friendship is tested when Fatima hires Sarah to do renovations in the café.[ CBC]

 Airing tonight on CBC @8:00pm eastern standard time

What are you the most excited for in this episode and what speculations do you have for the  various storylines which will be presented in the episode?Drop us a line in the comments section of the post.

Interview With Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Aliza Vellani

Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 03:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Actress, Aliza Vellani has been leading a  distinguished career.Having had extensive experience in the arts through acting,dancing, improv and singing, Aliza first brought her talents and experience  to the entertainment industry in CBC’s  Little Mosque on the Prairie as  the  teenage character  of Layla Siddiqui.

With Aliza being kind enough to participate in a interview with us and  Layla’s return to Little Mosque on the Prairie  fast approaching we decided to  discuss how Aliza relates to the character, the challenges of playing Layla, the actress’ experience as a  role model , Aliza’s plans  for the future and much more!

1.Your parents immigrated to Vancouver, Canada from Tanga, Tanzania in East Africa. How do you relate to the character of Layla, especially given your family’s ethnic background?

When I first started the show, I was a typical 14-year-old teenager facing challenges with parents who were raised in an Indo East African culture.  In addition, there was the generation gap and some peer pressure.  In these respects, I related to Layla.   However, my parents are more liberal than Layla’s father Baber.   As I have gotten older, I have gotten closer with my parents in terms of communicating, understanding and accepting our differences.  As a matter of fact, when I look back into my teenage years, I can laugh at some of our events as they were just as comical as Layla’s.

2.What has been the most challenging aspect of playing the role of Layla and how have you coped with this challenge?

Layla faces many challenges in her life, and sometimes has to compromise her wants for values instilled by her dad. As I connected with the character personally, I appreciated the extent of her compromises.  Like any teenager she rebelled and tried tricking her dad to have her way.  In the end she made the right choices.  Layla is a great role model and a fun character.  I love playing her.

3. How do you think Layla has developed over the course of the series and how would you like to see her further develop?

She has certainly matured.  I would like to see her develop with a personality shaped by her own cheerful charm and individuality.  It would be wonderful to see how she interacts in her new environment at the university without her father constantly reminding her to behave according to his expectations.  I expect she will balance her life with the basic good values instilled by her father and community.

4.Could you please give us an idea as to the some of the challenges and surprises that are in store for Layla this season on Little Mosque on the Prairie?

This season Layla has returned from her first year at University.  Her personality has matured.  She is more confident of herself and yet retains that same mischievous charm we love.

5.How many episodes will you appear as Layla this season and in which episode can viewers expect to see you first reprise in the role?

I appear in the last two episodes this season. I am not too sure how much I can reveal about these episodes so lets say you will see Layla’s fun side.

6.Do you experience pressure as a role model, as a result of playing your character and why do you think the character of Layla is so influential?

The one major way Layla and I differ is how strict or conservative our respective cultures are. Layla is good role model and even inspires me to be a role model for others. Layla is a strong, confident character who, like any teenager, just wants to fit in.  While Layla is influenced by friends and peer pressure, she manages to stay true to who she is.  Layla shows us how to balance between two very different cultures and this has taught me to be a more confident role model as well.

7. What impact do you think Little Mosque on the Prairie has had on Canadian culture and why do you think the series has been such a worldwide success?

Little Mosque is a show that has proved that laughing about controversial matters is effective to both entertain and educate us about relevant issues in our community.  I think the comical approach to understanding both the Islamic community and ourselves, within the bigger community, makes the show both thought provoking and entertaining to audiences worldwide.

8.What message would you like to convey to viewers of the series?

Thank you for all the support you have given Little Mosque over the years. For me, it has been a wonderful feeling knowing that people are enjoying something I put my heart into.   I am very grateful for this entire experience.  Once again, Thank you all very much for your support and encouragement! J

9. Are there any other acting projects you have been working on which you would like to share with the viewers?

For the time being, I have committed my time to University.  I do audition and plan on pursuing a career in acting.  I would ask the viewers to keep on the lookout in the upcoming future; I’m still in the game! J

10.What activities do you enjoy during your spare time?

I have many hobbies and interests.  Like my mom, I have a very keen interest in the arts and have enjoyed many activities such as dancing, singing, painting/sketching, and even writing my own stories. If I had more time I would love to advance my Tae Kwan Do training and even learn to play the guitar.  Above all, I enjoy spending time with my friends: watching movies, bowling, girl’s night out, and other fun stuff.  Sadly there aren’t enough hours in the day so I try to do these things when I can squeeze the time.

Space Releases SGU 2.5 Trailer

Saturday, February 19, 2011 @ 09:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 Take a look at  Canada’s Space Network’s trailer for  SGU 2.5, which will make its debut  on the network on  Tuesday, March 8 at 10:00pm eastern standard time, with Deliverance. The brief 30 second trailer, features  some of the previous scenes from the current  second season, before giving fans a peak at some of the excitement to come in the final  10 episodes of the series.

Among this excitement, is the long-awaited  confrontation  between Sergeant Greer and Chloe as well as  yet another dispute between Dr. Rush and Colonel Young after another  opportunity to return   home arises.

 Take a look at the trailer directly below and share your thoughts in the comments section!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6BE1w06BEc]

 

Interview With Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Arlene Duncan

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 06:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed, actress Arlene Duncan   has been leading a prominent career as a  multitalented  Canadian  singer and  actress, who has appeared in numerous television and feature film productions , including  Puppets Who Kill, Regenesis, Degrassi: The Next Generation. The actress currently stars in  CBC’s hit sitcom, Little Mosque  on the Prairie, as the outspoken, strong-minded  café owner, Fatema Dinssa.

With  Arlene being kind enough to participate in a interview with us and Little Mosque progressing in its exciting fifth season, we took the chance to  discuss  the challenges of playing Fatema, how Arlene  relates to the character,  the actress’ experience  of being a  role model as a result of her role as Fatema , as well as the other acting projects which  Arlene has been involved in  and much more!

1.Although your previous roles have varied greatly from your current role as Fatima, how have you still been able to draw from your past experiences as an actress to enhance your performance as Fatima?

Coming from a Jamaican-Canadian background, I grew up surrounded by some very strong, independent women with gregarious personalities. I’d like to think I bring a lot of that experience to Fatima’s character. In the script she’s a ‘Nigerian Muslim café owner’, but to me, she is a mother, a businesswoman who speaks her mind and a woman who lives and expresses her faith and her culture. These qualities are pretty universal and I think that’s why so many people are able to relate to her

2. How familiar were you, with the religion of Islam, prior to being appointed the role of Fatima ?

I was only vaguely familiar with the Islamic religion but have learnt a great deal more while preparing for the role, through friendships I’ve made with Muslim women and with the help of our onset production advisors over the past five seasons.

3. How do you think Fatima has developed over the course of the series and what aspirations do you have for the character?

I think the character of Fatima has been pretty consistent over the past five seasons. I see her and the café as something of an anchor in the town of Mercy. She knows and has an opinion about everyone and everything, and can be depended on in her own quirky way, to give out comfort, a good meal and sound practical advice. I’ve also enjoyed the episodes where we find out more about her background and her personal life and would be thrilled to be able to explore that more! But it’s only a half hour comedy

4. How do you relate to the character of Fatima?

Playing Fatima is a lot of fun. I have always been attracted to other cultures, especially African culture and it’s a pleasure being able to bring to life such a strong-minded, straight-talking personality. Another one of the many benefits of playing Fatima is that unlike actresses on other television shows, due to her wardrobe, I have the luxury of never having to worry about a ‘bad hair day’ or stressing about my weight! Like a lot of people I was under the misguided impression that as a rule Islamic women were shy, quiet and reserved, so when I was offered the role I was a little apprehensive but Fatima and I do have a lot in common. We are both strong-minded, independent women, and I do love to cook–although I don’t have a team of clever writers giving me witty lines to say on a daily basis!

5. What has been the most challenging aspect in portraying Fatima and how have you coped with this challenge?

I feel that the most challenging aspect of playing Fatima has been of course, trying to consistently portray her African & Islamic culture authentically. With every script it’s my challenge to take the words off the page and ‘translate’ my lines into Fatima’s rhythm or accent.  We have Islamic advisors on set that are always available to answer questions, solve problems and do things like: make sure that when shooting in warm weather that we strike a compromise when I challenge them on just how many layers I really need to keep on! Every season I shop for the newest batch of Nollywood movies that I keep running in my dressing room as part of my ‘background atmosphere’—I somehow think Fatima also, would enjoy watching her Nigerian movies as a way to keep in touch with her homeland

6. Fatima has had intimate encounters with both the characters of Fred and Baber. Which of the two would you prefer to see Fatima in a romantic relationship and why? What challenges do you see Fatima facing with the chosen character?

While I love both characters Fred and Baber, Fatima has very different relationships with each of them. Fred has a heart of gold but is publicly very anti-Muslim & Baber loves to rant and challenge everyone’s religious correct-ness which I think keeps him from just being able to relax and connect with other people. In a nutshell, they are both very complicated men who are ‘works in progress’! As actors we don’t know what plans the writers have for our characters, but I think if Fatima was going to have a real relationship, it would be very interesting if it was with some mysterious new character who comes to town to be a real match for her personality. We might see a whole new side to Ms. Fatima Dinssa

7. Could you please give us an idea as to the challenges and surprises, which are in store for Fatima this season?

Isn’t it more fun to see what happens as the season unfolds?

8. What has been your experience as a role model and why do you think the character of Fatima is so influential?

As I said before, I was under the misguided impression, like a lot of people, that Islamic women were generally a very unassuming oppressed group and I think it’s very eye-opening for people to see a character like Fatima, who is so much like your mother, sister, aunt or friend…no matter what religion or culture you might be from. When people recognize me from the show they often comment on how they relate to the things she does or know people who are just like her. There are also so few prominent actors of color on television today that I’m often asked to speak at youth and cultural events encouraging young artists and inspiring them by my example that it’s possible to pursue their dreams of a career in the arts. In 2009, I was named Honorary Chairman of Literature for Life, a Toronto-based organization created to engage at-risk young families in building a culture of literacy and learning—to invest in their own families and futures. In 2010, I was awarded by the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton & the Government of Ontario, the Five Pillars Award for Arts & Culture.

9. Have you been working on any other acting projects, which you would like to share with viewers?

I have been able to work on a few other film and television projects since we finished shooting this season such as a comedic guest role as rival high school Principal Mooser on ‘Wingin’ It’ on the Family channel, and I’m looking forward to an upcoming musical theatre project later on in the year.

10. What message would you like to convey to fans of the series?

I would like the fans of Little Mosque on the Prairie and the   readers of your blog to know that we really appreciate the support they’ve given us over these past five seasons and hope that they continue to enjoy following the adventures of the residents of the town of Mercy.

SGU Returns on Space on Tuesday,March 8

Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 07:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed, the day following SyFy’s announcement of SGU’s return date in the USA, Canada’s Space Network, has announced that SGU 2.5, will debut on Tuesday, March 8 2011 at 10:00pm eastern standard time.

This new time slot marks the change from Friday nights to Tuesday nights.

Though SGU scored relatively poor ratings in the USA, which resulted in the series ‘ cancellation, the show has generated record breaking ratings for Space. A reason for the change in the timeslot is unknown.

Read the brief excerpt description of the first episode of the second half of the season, Deliverance, which was provided by the network below. Please note the description does contain spoilers and those who wish to maintain a strong sense of surprise, should avoid further reading.

The final 10 episodes pick up from December’s jarring cliffhanger, where the Destiny encountered two warring races and an ally thought dead returned. In the Season 2.5 premiere, “Deliverance,” the Destiny is now locked in a battle with a Drone Command Ship and surprised by the arrival of the aliens that abducted Rush and Chloe.

What do you think of the new time slot, in terms of ratings? What storylines, exploration and character dynamics do you think or at-least anticipate that the series will explore before it draws to a close.

Why do you think the aliens ,   who captured Rush  and Chloe have returned?What is their relation to the Drones, if any? Do you think that Chloe has fully transformed and what are her true motives? Are the Urinis still the allies of those aboard Destiny and what role do you think they will play  towards the current   battle? How will the crew  respond  to the crisis which  they are facing? Sound off in the comments section to  start the discussion/ speculation!

LOST’S Ken Leung To Appear as Persecuted Victim on CBS’,The Good Wife

Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 09:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

LOST actor, Ken Leung  has been cast for a guest role on  the popular  CBS series, The Good Wife, reports,TV  Guide.

Leung  will play a man who sues  a social networking  site for failing to protect his privacy, after he writes an anonymous   blog post about  the  lack of democracy   within the  confines of the Chinese government, only to end up in imprisoned by the government and  endure torture.

Ken , of course, played the role of  spiritualist,  Miles Straume  from the fourth  to sixth  seasons of LOST.

His character in The Good Wife will  be  represented by the attorneys of  Lockhart, Gardner and Bond.  Leung will star alongside,   The Big C’s, John Benjamin Hickey , who will play the role of CEO for the social networking site.

The episode, in which, Ken will appear in will debut on Tuesday, March 1.

What do you think of  Leung’s suitability for this role and will you be  tuning in? Drop us a line in the comments section , below.

Little Mosque on the Prairie Renewed For Season 6

Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 09:02 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Check out our follow up report  on Little Mosque’s final season, which  contains additional information based on a press release issued by CBC @ http://abbaskarimjeeweblog.com/2011/06/27/little-mosque-on-the-prairie-to-end-with-season-6/.

Indeed ,  Little Mosque on the Prairie has been renewed for a sixth season, according to a recent press release from CBC. Though the release did not provide specific details regarding the  sixth season, Little Mosque was among the 17 series , which were renewed for CBC’s 2011-2012  television lineup.

Further details regarding the sixth season will be released at a later  date.

Other series  which were renewed include, Dragon Den and Battle of the Blades, both of which  drew an average of 1.5 million viewers, this season.  Other notable renewals include,  The Rick Mercer Report,  which will continue in its ninth season and  The Nature of Things, which is being renewed for  its fifty first season.

Here is  a complete list of  CBC’s  other renewals, for next year’s television lineup.

  • Battle of the Blades
  • 22 Minutes
  • Being Erica
  • Best Recipes Ever
  • Doc Zone
  • Dragons’ Den
  • The Fifth Estate
  • George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
  • Heartland
  • InSecurity
  • Marketplace
  • The Nature of Things
  • Republic of Doyle
  • The Rick Mercer Report
  • The Ron James Show
  • Steven & Chris

Meanwhile,   CBC’s 18 To Life, Men With Brooms and Village on A Diet  are not apart of the  renewal list. According to a spokesperson  for  CBC, the future of these series remains to be determined.  Further information on CBC’s new series for the 2011-2012 season can be viewed at  TV eh?

Are you excited for the  sixth season of Little Mosque on the Prairie? Which storylines from the current season would you like to see further develop into the next season?What new directions would you like the  series to take and what specific storylines would you like to see to reflect these directions? Sound off in the comments section below