Edward James Olmos

June 06, 2010 | 8:53 p.m.

Ridley Scott: ‘Blade Runner’ has ‘echoed through pop culture in a very special way’

FROM THE ARCHIVE: 2007 RIDLEY SCOTT INTERVIEW Ridley Scott is one of three directors I’ll be interviewing on stage next weekend at the first Hero Complex Film Festival and we’ll be screening two of his landmark films: “Blade Runner“ and “Alien.” Three years ago, I talked to the filmmaker for a Los Angeles Times Calendar feature on “Blade Runner,” and I thought now might be the perfect time to revisit the piece and reprint it here on the blog. Thanks to all of you for the great support for the festival and I’m really looking forward to seeing many of you there. — Geoff Boucher   Ridley Scott was living in London in 1980 but looking for a leading man for his first Hollywood movie. The script was a strange one — it was a surreal tale adapted from a 1968 novel about murderous artificial people in futuristic […]
Jan. 08, 2010 | 3:19 p.m.

Battlestar Galactica’s ‘The Plan’ airs Sunday night on SyFy

Make sure this is on your DRADIS screen: The two-hour “Battlestar Galactica” movie “The Plan” makes its broadcast premiere Sunday night. Here’s an extended clip from the Cylon-centric movie directed by the admiral himself, Edward James Olmos and starring Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Dean Stockwell, Michael Trucco, Kate Vernon and Olmos himself.   – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Edward James Olmos on the “Blade Runner”/”Battlestar” connection Edward James Olmos: “The Plan” is not the end for “Battlestar” Starbuck speaks! Katee Sackhoff on the end of “BSG” VIDEO: “Battlestar” panel in L.A. with Olmos and McDonnell PHOTO GALLERY: What’s next for the “Battlestar” cast? “Battlestar” finally gets some trophy love So say we all: Inside the cast party for “BSG” finale Kate Vernon on her life as Ellen Tigh, the Cylon cougar
Oct. 24, 2009 | 10:28 p.m.

‘Battlestar Galactica’ brings ‘The Plan’ to the Scream Awards

SCREAM AWARDS, airing 10 p.m., TUESDAY, OCT. 27 on SPIKE TV “Battlestar Galactica” will be back from the dead on Tuesday. The best-written sci-fi show in the history of television ended its 75-episode run last March, but it won’t feel like it Tuesday, not with a special tribute to the show airing during the 2009 Scream Awards broadcast and a new “Battlestar” film, “The Plan,” hitting store shelves that day as a DVD and Blu-ray release. That’s the trailer for “The Plan” above. At the Scream Awards taping last week at the Greek Theatre, amid plumes of pyro and a vigorous ovation, the stars of “The Big Bang Theory” introduced a good-sized contingent of “Battlestar” cast members and, somehow, it already felt like it had been too long since we’d seen them together. Backstage, I got to catch up with some of the show’s […]
Sept. 29, 2009 | 4:35 p.m.

Edward James Olmos says ‘Green Hornet’ is ‘finally coming together’

EXCLUSIVE Yvonne Villarreal caught up with Edward James Olmos and wrote up this Hero Complex report on the seemingly snakebitten (or is it bee-stung?) production of “The Green Hornet.“… – G.B.  It’s been easy to get dizzy while watching the shaky flight path of “The Green Hornet” film project. The movie was planned as a serious mystery-man action film but then became a comedy. Stephen Chow came in as both a co-star and director, but now he is off the project completely. A few weeks ago, word spread that Nicolas Cage was in negotiations to play the movie villain, but he says that in the end, he didn’t find what he wanted in the role. The movie, with Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind“) in the director’s chair, is now filming in Southern California (and even dropped by the Los Angeles Times offices for a scene the other […]
Sept. 25, 2009 | 10:17 p.m.

Documentary reminds fans to ‘Dig Comics,’ not just superhero movies

SATURDAY: FREE SCREENING OF “DIG COMICS” AT MELTDOWN It seems comic book heroes are bigger than ever. In 2007, “Spider-Man 3” topped the charts with a $891 million in worldwide box office. The following year “The Dark Knight” grossed more than $1 billion while “Iron Man” rang up $585 million. But while heroes are flying high in theaters, comic book publishing is on the verge of being a mere footnote to the cinematic franchises it spawned. That is deeply alarming to Miguel Cima, who wants to preserve the lore of the truly American pop-culture phenomena – and he has the help of someone who knows about endangered species, namely actor Edward James Olmos, who led the ragtag fleet of human survivors in the critically acclaimed series “Battlestar Galatica” and, back in 1982, was a key cast member in “Blade Runner,” regarded by some as simply the best […]
July 25, 2009 | 4:42 a.m.

Edward James Olmos: ‘The Plan’ is not the end for ‘Battlestar Galactica’

A grateful and hopeful Edward James Olmos told an enthusiastic crowd that because of their support, he knew this wasn’t the end for “Battlestar Galactica.” “When it comes out, it’s going to be huge,” Olmos said. “They’ll have to do another.” He uttered the phrase at the panel that both introduced the Comic-Con crowd to the “BSG” prequel “Caprica,” and showed them a glimpse of “Battlestar Galactica: The Plan,” the TV movie replaying the entire”BSG” saga from the Cylons’ point of view. The panel also gave out the date for the premiere of “Caprica” — Jan. 22, 2010. Esai Morales, who plays Joseph Adama in “Caprica,” was on the panel alongside Olmos, head writer-showrunner Jane Espenson, producer David Eick, and show creator Ron Moore (who had more to say over at The Watcher). Grace Park came out later as a surprise guest. Morales spoke […]
June 01, 2009 | 7:04 p.m.

Meet the stars: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ free event this Thursday in Hollywood

A reminder that this Thursday night I will be moderating a very special “Battlestar Galactica” panel with Mary McDonnell, Edward James Olmos, Ron Moore and David Eick along with some representatives of the United Nations. That may sound like an odd mix, but anyone familiar with the late, great television series knows that it delved into some harrowing human rights issues and was laced with heavy social and ethical themes. This will be the second panel of this kind — there was a New York edition moderated by Whoopi Goldberg that set a starting point for this West Coast conversation. Here’s a video that will give you a sense of that first event… We’ll be doing the panel in a 500-seat venue at Mann Chinese 6 Theatres (6801 Hollywood Blvd.) and you can find out about the ticketing process and other details at the Envelope Screening Series […]
May 27, 2009 | 6:08 p.m.

‘Battlestar Galactica’ event on June 4 in Hollywood

“Battlestar Galactica” may be gone, but it’s not forgotten. On June 4, “Galactica” stars Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell will join key creators Ron Moore and David Eick on a panel that revisits the darker story lines of the show and address real-world human rights issues. I’m moderating the panel at Hollywood and Highland and hope to see a lot of you Hero Complex readers in the audience. The event is part of the Envelope Screening Series, which brings in Los Angeles Times writers to moderate panels featuring the elite talents behind top television shows. (“The Shield,” “Californication” and “Rescue Me” are among the other panels this time around.) The “Battlestar” discussion will be different than the others, with an emphasis on taking the show’s themes and re-framing them as a human rights commentary — and a call to action. This panel will be a follow-up event to the April […]
Oct. 20, 2008 | 11:41 p.m.

Jules Verne Festival this weekend in downtown Los Angeles

The Jules Verne Festival kicks off this weekend in downtown L.A. with classic movie screenings, some intriguing documentaries and several events that have guests and themes that will certainly appeal to the Hero Complex audience. You can check out the extensive (and inexpensive!) programming at the official website but here are a few scheduled events that jumped out at me. Disney fans will be excited about a Friday 7 p.m. screening of "Fantasia 2000" but even better is the Saturday afternoon bill with its two grand classics of science fiction cinema: "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951) at 1 p.m. and "Forbidden Planet" (1956) at 3 p.m. All screenings at the Edison. Alfred Gough ("Smallville") will be on hand for a special screening of Richard Donner’s "Superman" and his re-edited version of its sequel, which is called "Superman II: […]
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