July 24, 2010 | 1:29 a.m.
Moderating a big panel at Comic-Con International is a bit like big-wave surfing — flashes of stomach-wrenching terror and moments of go-with-it thrill. A few hours ago, in front of a few thousand fans in Ballroom 20, I moderated the panel on SyFy’s “Caprica.” The lineup featured four cast members and the show’s co-creator, Ronald D. Moore, and executive producer, David Eick. I don’t how it played in the audience, but from the stage it was an absolute blast — brisk, insightful, funny and candid. Eick brought a bottle of tequila onstage and he and Moore did a few shots at the start of the 11 a.m. panel. The two longtime collaborators were candid and charismatic as they talked about the show’s future (they are optimistic about a second season but it’s not a done deal yet) and analyzed the religious, ethical […]
June 01, 2009 | 7:04 p.m.
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” 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 […]
March 17, 2009 | 1:17 p.m.
There’s a somewhat odd event today at the United Nations, where Whoopi Goldberg will moderate a panel discussion on the social and political issues that lace throughout the grim television epic "Battlestar Galactica." The series concludes Friday night with a two-hour special finale. Cast members Mary McDonnell and Edward James Olmos will join series executive producers Ronald D. Moore (who, presumably, is pals with Goldberg from their "Star Trek: The Next Generation" days) and David Eick. Heavy stuff — I don’t recall NASA hosting a Gil Gerard discussion of space-shuttle hazards when "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" gave up the ghost … but, well, "BSG" is a show that delved into sanctioned torture, religious cults, abortion bans, political assassination, labor disputes and, uh, water management during its startling run, which began back on the Sci Fi Network in 2003 […]
Jan. 31, 2009 | 5:11 p.m.
Welcome to the latest edition of Everyday Hero, your roundup of handpicked headlines from across the fanboy universe…. THE NEXT BIG ‘THING': The Sci Fi flagship show "Battlestar Galactica" is winding down (we’ve already told you how the channel will try to soldier on without it) so what is Ron Moore going to be up to while he waits to launch "Caprica"? According to Michael Fleming, writing in the trades, Moore will be taking on a script about the alien who came in from the cold: "Universal will add a new chapter to ‘The Thing,’ lining up another take on the paranoid horror classic most recently brought to the screen by John Carpenter in 1982. Studio has set ‘Battlestar Galactica’ exec producer Ron Moore to write the script and commercials director Matthijs Van Heijningen to direct the re-imagining. New project […]
Jan. 20, 2009 | 7:32 p.m.
The first of the final 10 episodes of "Battlestar Galactica" aired last Friday with huge revelations and some shocking developments (not least among them the naming of the Fifth Cylon, who we got the exclusive interview with here at Hero Complex). The episode was directed by Michael Nankin who earlier sent us a nice gallery of behind-the-scenes photos from Season 2 of "BSG" and now he has given us some more set photos, these all from the Vancouver shoot of Friday night’s "Sometimes a Great Notion" episode. The captions are from Nankin and all of the shots were from the camera of Paul Sanchez Yates. In this photo, actor Michael Hogan (Col. Saul Tigh) wades into 35-degree water for the big final scene: Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck) in the five minutes of sun we saw in the three days […]
Jan. 20, 2009 | 2:24 a.m.
It’s an MLK Day edition of Everyday Hero, your roundup of headlines from across the fanboy universe… "LOST: IN TIME: The countdown continues to the return of "Lost" this week. Here’s a tidbit about the general direction of the show: "The producers of ‘Lost’ say the new season will emphasize time shifting along with Sawyer, the repentant con man played by Josh Holloway. ‘Lost’ executive producer Carlton Cuse says navigating between the past, present and future is a challenge but the potential for exciting storytelling makes it worthwhile. Cuse and fellow executive producer Damon Lindelof told a meeting of the Television Critics Association Friday that the character of Sawyer has a lot to do this season — and viewers will see a lot of him from the start. Cuse says there’s even something in the show for people who aren’t […]
Dec. 05, 2008 | 12:32 a.m.
This Sunday (Dec. 7) the Los Angeles Times Calendar section features a special package of science fiction stories that include a piece on Keanu Reeves and his alienated role in “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” an article on Sci Fi (the cable channel) facing a crossroads with the end of “Battlestar Galactica” and even a fun look at the fashion of sci-fi cinema through the decades. That’s just the start — there’s plenty more in the section. I wrote a cover centerpiece for the package, which is a look at three venerable franchises — “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and “Battlestar Galactica” — looking for new life and new audiences. Here’s an advance excerpt of that story. I will put a link here to the entire story this weekend. It’s a great section on Sunday, get a copy if you […]
Oct. 20, 2008 | 11:41 p.m.
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: […]