Posted: April 26th, 2015 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, cliff simon, Farscape, Michael Shanks, Oz Comic Con, SG1 | No Comments »
I have a few more pictures from the trio panel in Adelaide , hopefully a bit clearer! The panel was fun and different from the one the week before in Perth not just because of the questions but the actors themselves and spending a week together. Michael Shanks is always pretty honest and was on a roll this trip, which Ben mentioned at the beginning of the panel. My favorite question of the con was asking Ben if his personal experience in moving to Australia was like Crichton’s experience in arriving in the Uncharted Territories. David Kemper has alluded to this but it is the first time I remember this question being asked either as an audience member or watching a video of a con. Ben warmed to the question with an enthusiastic Yes! He went on to discuss the language issues and how every day there were words and phrases he didn’t get even when he thought he did. At Adelaide once again he, Michael Shanks and Cliff Simon lamented their lack of romantic scenes with Claudia Black. At his solo panel Ben once again spoke of the project he is working on — a video game (newest installment of a popular one) and the incredible technology that will keep him looking 27 years old More info coming in June at E3.
Posted: April 18th, 2015 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Bad Kids Go to Hell 2, Ben Browder, Farscape, john crichton, Michael Shanks, Oz Comic Con, SG1 | 1 Comment »
I attended OzComicCon Adelaide today. Ben was in great form. Billy Boyd was in the next auditorium and his room made a lot of noise when he was introduced and Ben went to the connecting door and stuck his head through and called out to Billy who came over and int our room while Ben went into his. They chatted. Then resumed their own panels with Ben promising to be quiet. He comes back on stage and asks if there are any Farscape fans(he was billed primarily as a Stargate guest). Crowd roars and he shushes them. He then asks if he can get a “Hell Yeah”. He gets one There were several good questions including one about the rumored movie. He promised if it happens and he is in it he won’t stop talking about it! He also told about discussing it with Rockne O’Bannon saying his son was of an age to play the son because he was tall enough—-Rockne replied the Luxan genes were showing A fan asked if she could ask Cameron a question. Ben straightened up and said “Yes ma’am”. The question was how would Cam give SG1 a pep talk. Ben said Cam was just happy to be on the team like the Galaxy Quest character. Then he said if Cam did try and give one —Carter would go —he rolls his eyes. Jackson would do this — double eye-roll. Teal’c would just—-stoic look. He also discussed directing Bad Kids Go 2 Hell. He said it is a grown-up job because people pretend your opinion/decisions are important. Of course he didn’t want to end and asked who was on next. Sanctuary was the reply. He said ohhh she’s hot with a big smile ( referring to Agam Darshi). More pictures to come —they had a 5 minute limit and were pretty strict.
Ben with Billy Boyd
Posted: April 12th, 2015 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Farscape, Oz Comic Con, SG1 | 2 Comments »
I attended Perth Comic Con this weekend. Ben was one of the guests and was in good form Saturday. Sunday featured a n SG1 panel with Ben, Michael Shanks and Cliff Simon. Lots of stories including the discussion of how Daniel could have refused Vala in the red underwear resulted in laughter from the stage and the audience both! Apparently Ben went to the writers ad volunteered Mitchell for the mission! Both men lost their train of thought and said at the same time “What was the question?”. Filming was not allowed and photos of any kind only allowed the first 5 minutes. (at an earlier panel this caused Billy Boyd to question whether that applied to ALL of Australia!) However a dvd will be mailed out so I wll share then. Here are a few pictures thanks to Laura O
Posted: March 29th, 2015 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, john crichton, SG1 | 1 Comment »
I am hoping to continue relating some moments from the past for those who are new. It is important to remember that though there was a robust online community it was nothing like what exists today. AIM and mIRC were the real time social media. Many people found out about the first Farscape convention because it was advertised at the end of the episodes leading up to the convention. I subscribed to Creation’s email list which I had signed up for years earlier for Star Trek and X Files. I admit to being jaded as I have said before and was a bit stunned at Ben’s enthusiasm on stage. I decided even if it was faked I was impressed! The SciFi Channel message board or “The Dom” (for Dominion) was the main place to discuss Farscape. They had an mIRC chat room and on Fridays might have 200 or more people when a new episode aired. The actors had locked handles so if they were there you knew it was actually them. The channel hosted official chats with actors, writers, directors, and producers. All involved were pretty savvy so it was a very natural flowing chat, not stilted or heavily moderated like many were at the time. David Kemper in particular would question the questions and the fans. Ben was like he is when you see him at a con — very good on the details of episodes and answering the questions fully and honestly. Ben’s handle was “Black_Tee”. Magazines like SciFi, Starlog, Dreamwatch and Cinefantastique were the go to “official” sites for interviews with Ben. Now there are so many sites and blogs providing interviews it is amazing! I started this site in fall of 2000 because there were Farscape sites and BritAngie’s site for Ben and that was it. Today there are pages on Livejournal, a Tublr full of creative Ben Browder GIFs, conversations on Twitter from around the world. Below is one of the first appearances of Ben on a cover —- the Sydney Herald TV Magazine.
Posted: March 28th, 2015 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, Francesca Buller, SG1 | 1 Comment »
I know many of you are new fans so this is a flashback to 1989. Ben and new wife Francesca Buller were cast in Dustin Hoffman’s Merchant of Venice on Broadway. Francesca had also been in the London production. She told a wonderful story at one of the Farscape cons about one of the early rehearsals in New York. The cast is all crowded in a room and Dustin Hoffman makes the suggestion on the direction someone comes on stage for swordplay. She panics as she hears a familiar voice saying No no as they have just moved here and need the job! Ben proceeds to demonstrate and Dustin Hoffman see his point . Special thanks to Auntie Nora for helping my memory on this!
Posted: March 26th, 2015 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, Ben Browder, Dr Who, Farscape, john crichton, Oz Comic Con, SG1 | 3 Comments »
I will be having the birthday fundraiser this year after a hiatus last year due to personal issues. There will be several auctions again of signed photos/items as these seem to be the most popular. The charity will be Alex’s Lemonade Stand . We have raised money for this charity before and it has maintained it’s high rating. The donation system is much more user friendly than many other charities and does allow Paypal which will allow auction winners to pay the charity directly as well as many fans who prefer Paypal. The page will open on 1 October and run until midnight 11 December. Ben fans have contributed almost $10,000 over the last few years to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Fisher House. So save some money for a good cause!
Posted: March 15th, 2015 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, john crichton, SG1 | No Comments »
I added many picture to the appearances gallery. Some may seem like duplicates and may be but some were from people who took continual shots and offered them and I liked them all! Special thanks to Tina Gill (surfwidow), Musical Gal, pk Patti, Roger Hallas, Bob Tebbe, Gravastar, Brigitte, and any others I may have missed. Again be courteous if you are going to post, pin, or tumble these! Personally when I see a great or unusual shot that I want to use sometimes it is impossible to find the photographer! Speaking of which I am looking for a really good shot of Ben kissing Michael Shanks and / or Ben kissing John Barrowman. I would like to get them signed for the auction. I did find a couple on Google but would love a better resolution. Thanks!