April 07, 2014 | 11:02 p.m.
“Battlestar Galactica” is coming to the big screen. Universal is planning to reboot the sci-fi franchise, with Glen A. Larson, who created the original 1970s series, set to produce. Jack Paglen will write the screenplay for the film, which is designed to completely reinvent the franchise. Paglen is a sought-after voice in cinematic sci-fi these days — he wrote the upcoming Paramount techno thriller “Transcendence,” starring Johnny Depp as a scientist whose consciousness is uploaded into an artificial intelligence that gains sentience. The film is due out later this month. The original “Battlestar Galactica” television show starred Dirk Benedict and Richard Hatch as hotshot pilots Starbuck and Apollo, respectively, and Lorne Greene as Commander Adama. It ran for one season after premiering in 1978 (with a short return as “Galactica 1980″) and was reborn decades later on SyFy (then known […]
March 20, 2014 | 8:01 a.m.
As a classical-music ensemble with a sterling critical reputation and a flair for the contemporary, the Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet is used to playing at some of the most prestigious concert venues around the world. On a recent winter morning, however, the musicians were in a modest studio in a not-so-glamorous stretch of Glendale dominated by shabby industrial warehouses. Passing freight trains emitted a repetitive ka-chink as they moved through the area on rusty tracks. Inside, a rhythm of a different sort was at play. The quartet was recording (and re-recording… and re-recording) a staccato passage for the soundtrack of the Starz drama series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Leading them from the podium was the series’ Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary. The 35-year-old McCreary demanded the musicians repeat the passage several times, suggesting slight changes in their interpretation with each take. “Maybe […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
NEW YORK — At the Javits Center in Manhattan this past weekend, the Frodos and Jokers were easily outnumbered by the Heisenbergs and Khalesis. Reflecting television’s place on top of the pop-culture food chain, the lineup at New York Comic Con was dominated by the small screen, with panels about shows such as “Game of Thrones,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” proving a major draw among the estimated 130,000 attendees. Although it began as a more narrowly focused celebration of comic books and anime, like its behemoth West Coast rival, San Diego’s Comic Con International, NYCC is increasingly dominated by pop culture — particularly television. “I definitely have seen a really strong increase in the TV presence over the past couple of years,” said Kim Mueller, content and talent director at ReedPOP, the company that produces the 7-year-old […]
Feb. 23, 2013 | 10:15 a.m.
Actress Lili Bordán was living and working in Budapest, Hungary, when she got her first taste of “Battlestar Galactica,” taking note of “what an amazing opportunity it would be for an actor in this series.” With “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” she found her opportunity, playing Dr. Beka Kelly, a Graystone Industries scientist who helped improve the Cylons. Set between the events of “Caprica” and “Battlestar Galactica,” “Blood & Chrome,” which aired on Syfy Feb. 10 and was released earlier this week on DVD and Blu-ray, retells the first mission of rookie pilot William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) at the beginning of the Cylon War. Adama, his new co-pilot Coker (Ben Cotton) and the mysterious Kelly detour from a simple “milk run” into a full-fledged covert operation on a foreign world. “This planet and this war are uncharted,” Bordán said. “It’s […]
Dec. 08, 2012 | 12:01 p.m.
“Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome,” the Web series that will also air as a two-hour uncut premiere on Syfy in February, posted its final two episodes Friday. The story of the first military mission for young William Adama also introduced us to Adama’s first flight partner, Coker Fasjovik. With a stint on “Stargate Atlantis” and even a small role in “Battlestar Galactica: Razor,” actor Ben Cotton is no stranger to science fiction shows. Hero Complex caught up with Cotton to ask a few questions about his “BSG” experience. HC: Were you a “Battlestar Galactica” fan before signing on to “Blood and Chrome”? BC: I was a fan of “BSG” when I read for Coker, though I’ll admit, I had some catching up to do. When people mention “BSG” it often comes with the story of having just dedicated two weeks […]
Nov. 16, 2012 | 12:49 p.m.
Luke Pasqualino’s British accent is in stark opposition to the gruff, gritty voice of Edward James Olmos, but both portray different sides of the complex character William Adama in the “Battlestar Galactica” franchise. Olmos’ “So Say We All” speech in the re-imagined “Battlestar” series (2004-2009) helped define the admiral as the wartime commander he turned out to be, but it is Pasqualino who will help viewers see what events mold a young, self-secure pilot into a war-weary soldier in the “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” Web series on Machinima. The second batch of online episodes of “Blood & Chrome” launched Friday, and Hero Complex contributor Jevon Phillips caught up with Pasqualino earlier to talk about his introduction to the “Battlestar” universe. HC: How long have you been involved in the show? LP: We shot the pilot in February 2011 up […]
Nov. 09, 2012 | 1:33 p.m.
“Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome,” a highly anticipated sci-fi show that follows young military pilot Ensign William Adama (played by Luke Pasqualino) on an important mission during the first Cylon War, launched Friday morning online with two episodes (seen below) on Machinima. The YouTube channel, which earlier launched a couple of Halo Web series and made a splash in 2011 with Mortal Kombat: Legacy, may not have been the medium that “Battlestar” fans expected, but it has always been the show’s destination. “The challenge initially from the network to me was ‘Can you come up with an idea that would serve an online distribution platform?’ X-Box, Netflix — I can’t remember the actual venues and outlets,” said executive producer David Eick. “The catch was they wanted a concept that would serve this 10-episode structure that could later be cut into a movie. […]
Aug. 01, 2012 | 4:43 p.m.
Mad scientists and mechanical men, space cowboys and time travelers, man-monsters and man-eating aliens — clearly this is our kind of crowd. We came up with a list (in no particular order) of 50 essential characters from the sci-fi small screen. Check them out in the gallery above, or better yet, head to the iTunes store and download our Hero Complex Magazine app, which features our Sci-Fi 50 as well as interviews with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“The Dark Knight Rises” and “Looper”), Jonathan Frakes (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock Holmes” and the upcoming “Star Trek” sequel), a story about Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “Prometheus”) and more. The magazine app also features extra behind-the-scenes photos, video and an interactive “Star Trek” quiz. The invasion from above began on June 27, 1949. On that evening, as America sat down to […]
July 03, 2012 | 8:46 a.m.
No matter how many female fans come onboard the Millennium Falcon (or the USS Enterprise, or the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, or the Serenity, or the TARDIS…) it’s hard to change old perceptions. “People outside of the sci-fi genre think that the average fan is the guy in the basement, and that’s just not the case,” says actress Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” With Her Universe, Eckstein is trying to help women change minds and look good doing it. Eckstein joined with the Araca Group to create a merchandising brand (clothing, accessories and cosmetics so far) geared toward female sci-fi fans — and they plan to debut a limited sampling of their newer material, including highly requested “Dr. Who” wares, on July 11 at Comic-Con and online at www.heruniverse.com. “For us, the challenge is getting the retailers and the companies that make decisions out there to allow […]
March 17, 2012 | 12:20 p.m.
The acclaimed SyFy show “Battlestar Galactica” aired its final episode nearly two years ago but the deep-space (and deep-thinking) epic was still echoing at WonderCon, the pop-culture expo that opened Friday in Anaheim. The first day of the convention featured two Q&A sessions devoted to the show, one with Richard Hatch, who acted in both the original 1978 series and the re-imagined SyFy series that launched in 2004. The other panel featured Kevin Grazier, the scientific advisor for the more recent show. Grazier, who worked for a time at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, got a foothold in the entertainment business when he co-wrote a “Star Trek: Voyager” spec script that got him in the pitch process at Paramount. That led to a meeting with “Battlestar” co-creator Ron Moore and, eventually, a gig as scientific advisor. More recently, he’s been a hired brain for Alfonso Cuarón’s […]