Edward James Olmos

June 10, 2014 | 1:16 p.m.

‘Battlestar Galactica’: Moore, McDonnell talk sci-fi gender equality

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’: Ronald D. Moore on its political edge [video]

“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’ cast, creator on series’ singular beauty [video]

“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.

Hero Complex Film Festival: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ tribute hits emotional note

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 […]
April 29, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.

James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver top Hero Complex Film Festival lineup

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 […]
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 […]
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