James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver top Hero Complex Film Festival lineup

April 29, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.
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Nicola Scott created the artwork for the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival poster. (Nicola Scott)

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Sigourney Weaver will appear as a special guest of honor at the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood. (Liz O. Baylen/ Los Angeles Times)

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James Cameron will appear as a special guest of honor at the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood. (Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times)

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"Battlestar Galactica" mastermind Ronald D. Moore will be a guest of honor at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. (Sony Pictures Television)

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The Hero Complex Film Festival will feature a "quote-along" screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." (Python Pictures)

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"Alien" will screen as part of the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival, with star Sigourney Weaver on hand to discuss her remarkable role as Ellen Ripley. (Fox)

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Joe Dante, who spoke about his work on "Gremlins" at a matinee presentation at the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

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"Aliens" will screen as part of the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival, with star Sigourney Weaver on hand to discuss her remarkable role as Ellen Ripley. (Fox)

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"Battlestar Galactica" actors Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell will appear at a tribute to the landmark sci-fi series at the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival. (Carole Segal/Sci Fi Channel)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." The film will screen as part of a special tribute to James Cameron at the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival. (Artisan Home Entertainment)

Revolutionary filmmaker James Cameron, groundbreaking actress Sigourney Weaver and venerable writer-director Joe Dante will be among the special guests at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, set to take place May 30-June 1 at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood.

Festival programming also will include a special tribute to the recent TV series “Battlestar Galactica,” with actors Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell and Jamie Bamber and creator Ronald D. Moore; a preview of the animated sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2″; and a special “quote-along” Sunday matinee showing of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Nicola Scott created the artwork for the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival poster.  (Nicola Scott)

Nicola Scott created the artwork for the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival poster. (Nicola Scott)

Celebrated Australian comics artist Nicola Scott (“Birds of Prey,” “Secret Six”), who currently illustrates DC Comics’ “Earth 2,” created the out-of-this-world image for this year’s festival poster, pictured at right.

The festival will open May 30 with a free screening of the 2003 “Battlestar Galactica” miniseries, which rebooted the late 1970s franchise and provided the foundation for the acclaimed 2004-2009 show that chronicled the efforts of a band of resourceful survivors to find a new home planet after a devastating attack by a race of beings called Cylons nearly eradicated humanity.

The miniseries will be shown in two segments; following the first segment, stars Olmos, McDonnell and Bamber will discuss their work with Moore. (Moore is currently readying a new series for Starz, “Outlander,” based on Diana Gabaldon’s beloved novels about a 20th century nurse who travels back in time to 18th century Scotland.)

On May 31, Cameron will appear in person between screenings of “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” to talk about his work on the sci-fi franchise and his remarkable career in fantastic cinema.

The Oscar-winning director now is, of course, preparing to add to his filmography with three sequels to his massive box-office blockbuster “Avatar.” In an interview with Hero Complex, Cameron said that the sequels to his film about life on the alien moon of Pandora will introduce new environments, creatures and characters, and will build on the technology he and his crew developed for the first movie.

The May 31st programming will begin with a preview screening of the DreamWorks Animation sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” followed by a Q&A with actors Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and director Dean DeBlois; Fox will release the film on June 13. Dante’s “Gremlins” provides the afternoon’s entertainment, with the filmmaker set to take the stage following the screening of the fan-favorite horror comedy on its 30th anniversary.

A special double-feature presentation of “Alien” and “Aliens” will close out the festival on June 1, with actress Sigourney Weaver set to appear on stage between the films to discuss her iconic role as Ellen Ripley.

“Everything began for me with Ripley,” Weaver told Hero Complex in a 2010 interview. “When people talk about her, a lot of them say, ‘It must be odd for you to have done so much work and have people always talk to you about Ripley.’ But she made it possible for me to do all of these other genres and yet I always got to come home to her. So, no, I never get tired of her.”

Prior to that, we’ll begin the day on a more humorous note with “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” where attendees will be invited to quote their favorite lines from the 1975 comedy aloud during the screening. Shrubbery is welcome, though not required for admission.

Tickets for all of the screenings go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30.

To purchase tickets or see more details about the programming lineup, visit www.herocomplexfilmfest.com.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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