July 08, 2014 | 5:54 p.m.
“Sharknado 2: The Second One” may not officially touch down on the shoreline of New York until its official release date of July 30, but Comic-Con attendees looking to celebrate the highly anticipated sequel can attend a panel with the film’s stars. Syfy announced its programing for the pop-culture exposition today, beginning with a panel featuring the stars of the follow-up to 2013’s shamelessly campy “Sharknado,” including returning headliners Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard) and Tara Reid (April Wexler), plus new-to-the-‘nado actors Vivica A. Fox (Skye), Kari Wuhrer (Ellen Shepard Brody) and Judah Friedlander (Bryan) on Thursday, July 24. They’ll be joined by returning director Anthony C. Ferrante. The panel will run from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. in Room 6BCF of the San Diego Convention Center. A new trailer for “Sharknado 2” premiered this week. You can watch it below. On […]
June 10, 2014 | 1:16 p.m.
When “Battlestar Galactica” creator Ronald D. Moore first considered rebooting the late-1970s franchise, he was intrigued by the idea of upending the dynamic between pilots Apollo and Starbuck — so he opted to cast Katee Sackhoff as rogue fighter pilot Kara “Starbuck” Thrace. Switching up the character’s gender proved to be a controversial move at the outset, but at a recent appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival, Moore said the decision spoke volumes about the world he wanted to create. “It became something that was a hallmark of the show that this society in this world, they have a different history than we did — [gender inequality] is not part of their history,” Moore said. “It’s not really part of their cultural conversation.” The fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, which took place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in […]
June 06, 2014 | 1:09 p.m.
“Battlestar Galactica” executive producer Ronald D. Moore said that the political realities of a post-9/11 world were very much at the forefront for him when shaping the series. “It was extremely important to me that the show was relevant to our time, that it was commenting on our time, that it was asking hard questions about it, and that it was asking the audience to sort of challenge your ideas about peace and freedom and security and liberty,” said Moore, speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. “The show was going to be something dealing with the pulse of what we were going through as a nation,” he said. Taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off a weekend of programming with a free fan event on May 30 celebrating “Battlestar […]
June 03, 2014 | 2:34 p.m.
“Battlestar Galactica” creator Ronald D. Moore said he knew almost instantly that his reboot of the late-1970s sci-fi franchise was blossoming into something unique and memorable. Speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival over the weekend, Moore described watching the first footage from shooting, and knowing then that he and the cast of the show were on the cusp of crafting something important. “I put in the tapes, and it took my breath away,” Moore said last week. “It was so much better than the script… I remember at that moment literally feeling like … ‘Look how beautiful this is.'” Taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off a weekend of programming with a free fan event celebrating “Battlestar Galactica,” which also featured a free screening of the 2003 “Battlestar Galactica” miniseries. […]
May 31, 2014 | 9:53 a.m.
Speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival on Friday, the cast and creator of “Battlestar Galactica” emphasized the emotional connection they still felt to the groundbreaking Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy) show that went off the air in 2009. “As far as I’m concerned, this is an experience that will never be repeated, and I’m very grateful that I had it once in my life,” said Edward James Olmos, who played the series stalwart father figure Commander William Adama. “It held up really well. It held up just as well as ‘Blade Runner’ did. This thing will hold up better 20 years from today than it does today. It’ll speak louder and clearer to the humanity that it represents.” Olmos joined show creator Ronald D. Moore, actress Mary McDonnell, who played president Laura Roslin, and Jamie Bamber, who played Lee […]
May 12, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
Actress Katee Sackhoff and composer Bear McCreary will take part in a “Battlestar Galactica” tribute that will kick off the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival May 30. Sackhoff, who played Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, and McCreary will join the show’s creator Ronald D. Moore and stars Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell and Jamie Bamber at a sold-out event designed to honor the creative achievements of the science-fiction series. The evening will include a free screening of the 2003 “Battlestar Galactica” miniseries, which rebooted the late-1970s franchise and provided the foundation for the acclaimed 2004-2009 program that chronicled the efforts of a band of 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 installments. After the first segment, the stars and McCreary […]
April 29, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.
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.” 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 […]
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 […]