Mary McDonnell

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 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 […]
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