Posted: September 12th, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Farscape, john crichton | 1 Comment »
I asked Ben if he would share his thoughts about what he remembered and here they are (with permission):
My most enduring moments from 911 are ones of compassion and hope. Horrible things happen and we are witness to the great wrongs that people can commit. In the aftermath, there was so much good and caring.
I saw the buildings come down, staring down the avenues of New York.
I watched the people stream North out of the city, rubble and dust covered, their eyes glazed in shock.
I walked through an eery and silent times square the evening of 9/11.
But what sticks in my soul was watching strangers and acquaintances caring for their fellows.
For every terror there is a balm in beauty.
Special thanks to Dani from Farscape.world who found the post!!!!!!!!!! I think I knew the coffee from Ben’s email to me—-
Ben, Claudia, David, and company safe in NYC
by Mary Wood – Wednesday, September 12th 2001
Category: Old News
Claudia Black just posted to the scifi.com bulletin board:
The purpose of this message is two-fold.
Firstly, thank you for a successful and very enjoyable convention tour.
Secondly we would like to send out our best wishes to everyone in New York. We walked into town and lit a candle on the steps of a closed church last night. What else is there to do but try and give blood and pray for everyone.
We are here in town until the planes start running and are being taken care of by a large and caring group of collegues from the Henson Group. So lucky to have members of our work family with us at this time.
As much as I have wondered how Aeryn would be dealing with this the very human me has been a little teary, a lot scared and very grateful to be alive.
Ben has plying me with chocolate and has firmly established himself as a real life hero.
Chick with gun and black tee signing out for now somewhere in nyc…..
This a flashback post to September 2001. There was a Farscape Convention held in New York City that year the week after the Burbank one. On that fateful morning of September 11th, Ben and his family as well as Claudia Black were at their hotel in the city, all planning travel to the United Kingdom. Claudia posted later in the week on the Scifi Channel Farscape board (under her handle chickwithagun) that she was fine and Ben had brought her coffee and chocolate. This site posted a message from Ben that they were alright as well. I misplaced discs containing many of my old posts and at times like these am very annoyed at myself!! I also didn’t foresee still running this in 2016! Below is a classic photo from that con courtesy of CaScaper Sandy who attended.
Posted: September 10th, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, Hoax the movie | 2 Comments »
Gotta love this! Not much news but Ben had said the wifi at this location is iffy but Brian Thompson got this to Instagram :
Actor Brian Thompson, Ben’s co-star on Hoax, posted this on his Instagram with this caption :
brianearlthompson”Ben, could you get your pants on? We need you for the next shot…
You can see more photos etc by following Hoax the movie on Facebook and @hoax_movie on Instagram. Here is a sample……..
Posted: July 31st, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, Hoax, SG1 | 2 Comments »
A new Ben project for 2017 —- Hoax, a Bigfoot thriller directed by Matt Allen and written by Allen and Scott Park. Ben says he couldn’t turn down the remote Colorado filming location. As you all know this is not Ben’s first film that featured Bigfoot 😉
Posted: July 16th, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, Outlaws and Angels | 2 Comments »
I attended a showing of Outlaws and Angels in Dallas last night and am going to share my thoughts. The film is available also on iTunes and VUDU in the US. I highly recommend seeing it in the theater as it was intended if at all possible (besides The Eyes on the big screen are so worth it!). I have been a fan of westerns since I was kid — all of them from Gunsmoke to The Wild Bunch. Two of my favorites are both dark and slightly disturbing Hang ‘Em High and The Beguiled. Outlaws and Angels falls into this darker category. Dirty, gritty, violent. The characters, all of them are well drawn, even those we barely encounter. To me the story really focuses on Florence (Francesca Eastwood) and her father George (Ben Browder). The arrival of the outlaws led by Henry (Chad Michael Murray) is the catalyst Florence needs to change her future. Secrets are revealed and the primary players all are affected. There is cold,calculated violence and there is very dark humor. Ben fans, as you know he doesn’t look like you have ever seen him nor is this his usual role. It confirms what we know that there is great depth to his abilities. The two outlaws that are part of Henry’s gang ( played fabulously by Keith Loneker and Nathan Russell) also surprise in that they aren’t just two dimensional cronies, but rather are given some layers of their own. Teri Polo as the mother and Madisen Beatey as Florence’s older sister, also convince you they are of this strange family in the New Mexico territory. Francesca Eastwood utilizes any genetic gifts she has received from her parents (mom Frances Fisher is also in the film) along with her own skills to make Florence a character that arouses both your compassion and fear.
There was a short Q and A after the Los Angeles showing and a few Scapers reported that the director said he would take criticism of the film but not his cast. Her is a photo of director/writer JT Mollner from the Q and A courtesy of tiggerscaper!
Posted: July 14th, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, Outlaws and Angels, SG1 | No Comments »
Tonight was an invitation only premiere for Outlaws and Angels held by MGM. The movie will be out this Friday July 15th in select US cities as well as online. I will have a review after I see it and there will be report from the director’s panel after a screening in Los Angeles. Here are a couple of photos — if you have seen the trailer you will be relieved to see the Ben we “know” 😉
Premiere of Momentum Pictures’ ‘Outlaws And Angels’ – Arrivals
Featuring: Ben Browder
Where: Beverly Hills, California, United States
When: 12 Jul 2016
Posted: May 4th, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Essie Davis, Farscape, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Nathan Page, SG1 | 1 Comment »
This is just an opinion piece. No new Ben news so feel free to move on
I have LOVED two shows this century. The first, Farscape, came as no surprise to me as I was a life long scifi fan. The second, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, blindsided me with the intensity of my reaction to it. I am no kid, I have experienced life. The two shows share a common denominator in that except for Ben Browder, they are all Australian casts. My two favorite actors are Ben Browder and Claudia Black who I have seen play scenes that still bring me to tears after 15 years and I have seen them bring to life more standard 2D characters on other shows. I spent most of my life in southern California where as I have posted before I had friends who had parents in The Industry as it is referred to. Then I had friends and neighbors who were as I became an adult. It gives one perhaps a different perspective, more grounded in the reality of the business side. If you admire an actor such as Ben, Claudia Black, Essie Davis or Nathan Page and are angry they are not working more, it is important to remember that they are in a profession where only 5% are working at any given time. Just like any of our professions the “stars” aren’t always who we would choose. What I hate to see is fans judging actors for their choices professional or personal in public forums and on social media. The arrogance that fans know better than an actor how to choose roles is ludicrous. Would any of you trust a stranger to pick your next job? These are grown professionals with decades of experience in their chosen career. Some actors make a choice for personal reasons. Richard Dean Anderson did not want to miss his daughter growing up. Essie Davis has admitted hating to miss trying for roles but her commitment with her husband that they will keep the family together while their daughters are growing up. Both these actors are criticized by their fans for making a hard choice. I am not privvy to opportunities any of these actors have declined but I respect their choices despite the fact I want to see them every week on my TV !! Is it okay to be upset? To quote John Crichton “Can I get a Hell Yeah?”. I would caution my fellow fans to adjust their fan glasses before judging your favorites or assuming you could help their career by doing anything more than supporting their projects. Unless you are a director or producer then meddle!!!
Posted: April 27th, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | 2 Comments »
Still no news on Ben’s new project So many things going on in Vancouver ! Outlaws and Angels will be released July 15th in limited markets including Los Angeles.
Now to say something long overdue. I attended my first Dragon Con in 2010. While waiting in line for the Farscape panel I met two great young women, Dizzy and Mav. Despite them being my daughter’s age we have become friends. I want to thank them for helping me establish this page’s tumblr which has grown with their help and suggestions from 99 followers to 271 in less than a year!! Still a long way to go and much for this old dog to learn! I do this mostly for my own entertainment and because I think Ben deserves attention but it is great that others enjoy it as well>
Dizzy and Mav you rock!! Thank you !!
Posted: March 26th, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, Ben Browder, Farscape, john crichton | 7 Comments »
Ben was unable to appear at Wonder Con yesterday where he was scheduled to participate in a panel promoting Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, as he is starting a new film project. I did get a chance to speak to executive producer/writer Bazz Wernick who said the official premiere date is being decided. The film will differ from the first and according to both Wernick and director Ben, should appeal to a bit broader audience. When you are a fan of an actor sometimes their choices disappoint you other times surprise you. Ben’s enthusiasm for his directing debut makes me very interested in this film even if it wouldn’t normally be something I would seek out. Do tell your younger , modern horror genre friends to keep an eye out for it! If you only want to see John Crichton fine but as I have lamented before don’t bash projects because they aren’t Farscape because nothing will be Farscape!!
The recent X Files revival has made me ponder whether I would want to see more Farscape. Part of me doesn’t want the uniqueness messed with and part of me screams Hell Yea! I loved John and John/Aeryn. I am uninterested in a film about the child now a teen lost or in trouble. A film with a more settled John and Aeryn reuniting with their friends to search for the kid would be acceptable to me 😉 I do look forward to seeing Ben pursue other roles with wider exposure so everyone will get a chance to appreciate his talent!
Ben in 2016 :
Posted: March 12th, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Bad Kids Go To hell, Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, Ben Browder, Farscape, WonderCon2016 | 2 Comments »
Ben will be appearing at Wonder Con in Los Angeles on March 25th and there are tickets still available! He will be there to promote Crestview Academy, the sequel to Bad Kids Go to Hell, which he directed and appears in. In the photo below (Perth 2015 thanks vinegardog!) he is sporting his hat with the original title, Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, that he wore while directing.
Posted: February 16th, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, Naren Shankar, The Expanse | No Comments »
This past weekend was the Gallifrey Convention in Los Angeles. Scaper and Whovian, Musicalgal attended and asked if I had any questions for Naren Shankar, one of my favorite Farscape writers. He is now the executive producer of The Expanse, Syfy Channel’s fabulous new series based on the books by James S.A. Corey (which I recommend). After the panel she got to ask him a few questions, including when was he going to cast Ben in a guest role? His reply, “I love Ben!” Questioned about the difference between working on Farscape and The Expanse , he replied that working on The Expanse felt a lot like working on Farscape, in the sense that cast and crew were close. Ben, Claude and others of the cast and crew seemed to enjoy each other’s company and the same holds true with the people who work on this show he stated.When asked about how he felt about returning to the scifi genre after a long hiatus, he explained that the project had been brought to him. He read the books and then met the authors and was excited about the story. Seeing that SyFy seemed to be committed to be doing serious scifi again, he was on board.
The panel consisted of Mr. Shankar, Ty Frank (co-writer) and Phil Plait who writes the blog “Bad Astronomy” for Slate magazine. Naren had brought some clips of the show to illustrate how the show strives to get the real-world physics of space travel as well as the impact of the vast distances of space during battles. There was some interesting discussion of the use and application of rail guns, plasma energy and firing such a weapon using a small fighter versus a large destroyer. And why using a weapon that throws projectiles is still the most effective weapon and why sealing small holes in space ships is relatively simple, but gravity and thrust presents its own unique challenges. Very cool stuff for the serious science buff.
Mr. Shankar conceded that they went with sound for the battle scenes, because though it may not be scientifically accurate, dramatically to lose the sound would lose half the impact of the stories they were telling. But by the excitement (yes there was a lot of squeezing) exhibited by Naren, Ty and Phil while viewing the clips, it looks like the show is achieving the goal of getting the science right.
Many thanks to Musicalgal for this report!!