Posted: September 29th, 2014 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, Bad Kids Go to Hell 2, Ben Browder, Farscape, SG1, Syfy Dead Still | No Comments »
October 6 viewers in the U.S. will get to see Ben in their living rooms! Syfy channel at 9 P.M. ET. In case you haven’t seen the behind the scenes videos, here is a link. Part three features alot of Ben.
I have had the chance to ask Ben about directing Bad Kids Go 2 Hell and he LOVED IT. Moviehole did a good interview — some really good questions so check it out if you haven’t already.
Don’t forget to check out the Six Degrees of Ben Browder page — this week celebrating the premiere of Once Upon A Time.
Posted: September 11th, 2014 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, john crichton | No Comments »
A day of remembrance and learning for Americans of all faiths and origins. Many of you may have attended the Farscape convention that weekend and had stayed in the city as Ben, his family, Claudia Black and other cast members did. It served to put things in perspective for many of us. My life was my family, my job and my fandom. This website was a less than a year old and a fun hobby. I was raised that the world doesn’t revolve around me and that I should be aware of said world. Still it was a shock as every attack around the world should be.
Here is a photo from the NYC Farscape con courtesy of slybella :
Posted: August 25th, 2014 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Bad Kids Go to Hell 2, Ben Browder, Farscape, Sean Astin, SG1, Syfy Dead Still | No Comments »
Update on Ben’s upcoming Syfy Channel horror film Dead Still—if you live near Lexington,KY there will be a special screening :
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: SCAREFEST LEXINGTON, KY SEPTEMBER 12-14th: The Booth Brothers will be showing an exclusive sneak preview of their new horror film DEAD STILL at the speakers conference at ScareFest in Lexington, KY on September 12-14th
The rest of us in the US can see Ben starring along with Ray Wise (everyone’s favorite Devil!) and Gavin Casalegno (Noah) October 6th on the Syfy Channel.
Meanwhile Ben continues work on Bad Kids Go 2 Hell where he is both acting and directing. Sean Astin and his daughter were late additions to the cast which according to Ben features some great kids.
A favorite picture of mine ( hey it has Sean Astin so sort of on topic!)from Jewel Stait’s Twitter :
Posted: August 7th, 2014 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, Guardians of the Galaxy, john crichton, SG1 | No Comments »
Those of you that have seen Guardians of the Galaxy may have picked up on some similarity in tone to Farscape. Several reviewers have mentioned this as well. I think Quill is a bit Crichton-lite. I also think we all know who should play Quinn’s daddy in the sequel
Let Marvel know what you think!
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Posted: June 2nd, 2014 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, john crichton, SG1 | No Comments »
I know it is only June but I am thinking about the fundraiser for 2014. I had planned to stop but then felt guilty. I am thinking of returning to the first charity I chose , Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which raises money for pediatric cancer research. It is rated very high by Charity Navigator, accepts Paypal and the money goes straight to the charity. I have searched for years for a good veteran’s group that is set-up for events like I want to organize. There are sites like Fundly that would work but they understandably have fees (3.9% plus 3% of credit card charge) and do not accept Paypal. Anyone with feedback or suggestions I would love to hear from you. I do have some auction items already sooooo…….
Posted: May 23rd, 2014 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Farscape, john crichton, SG1 | 8 Comments »
Farscape 15th Anniversary Interview with Ben Browder
I was lucky enough to get to interview Ben (I also interviewed him for the 10th anniversary here). remember I am a microbiology lab tech not a journalist!
Me : In 2009 I asked you if your pride in Farscape had changed and you replied No and in some ways you were more impressed as time passed. So same question after 15 years— to me as a fan it seems your pride and love of Farscape remains steadfast– is it?
Ben : I remain faithful. I still love Farscape, warts and all.
Me : Along the same lines when the show first aired and you interacted online and at conventions did you imagine a future with fans continually discovering Farscape anew 15 years later?
Ben : I never really thought about the future, I was too gobsmacked by the initial reaction and fan support. It kinda freaks me out that people younger than my kids have just discovered Farscape… or more freaky, tell me that they grew up watching Farscape. Is it really 15 years? That’s almost the exact timeframe for the debut of Star Trek to its first movie. Guess its time for the reboot.
Me : I asked some close friends for some question ideas and this is one –Have you ever had a Farscape dream? Many of us have “work” dreams when working long or intense stretches and you certainly did alot of that when the show was filming!
Ben : I had a few work dreams back in the day. The classic actor’s nightmare is that you show up for work, naked or only in your underwear, and don’t know your lines… Oh wait, that wasn’t a dream, that actually happened to me on a couple of occasions on Farscape. After 15 years… it is possible given the malleable nature of memory, that what I take as true Farscape work memories are really only my dreams from those short sleeps between work days.
Me : Would you have liked Crichton to return to Earth had there been more seasons?
Ben : Only for a visit to pick up chocolate and milk. The uncharted territories are home for him now and far more interesting than Earth… In my opinion.
Me : What is your take on all of the outlets for for original television/films today (HULU,Netflix,Amazon etc.) is this a good thing as there is more work or does it hurt the market to be flooded? (hope that makes sense!)
Ben : Its great for the audiences, more choice. Its great for creativity as there are more formats and styles being produced. It does tighten budgets, making shows like Farscape a more expensive gamble. I think it does mean there are fewer (or none) blockbuster series like MASH, Dallas, or Cheers were 20 to 30 years ago. Networks used to aim for that show that was “must see TV” because everyone was talking about it around the water cooler the next day. DVRs, on demand, and billions and billions of channels have virtually eliminated “must see” TV. But there are few pleasures greater than binge watching “House of Cards” or DVRing Game of Thrones and re-watching the juicy bits
Me : In this era of remakes, what classic TV character would you like to play?
Ben : Archie Bunker cause he’s so politically incorrect. Fred Sanford cause his “heart attacks” were epic. I Hotlips Hulahan… I don’t really want to play Hotlips… I just love the name and wanted to see it in print as MASH was the greatest TV show ever. Honestly… we may be in the golden age of TV right now… The last 15 years have seen some epic TV shows.
Me : If you were to write a non-John centric episode of Farscape which character would you choose?
Ben : Aeryn. Because Claudia Black kills it every time and no matter how bad my writing might be she would make me look good
Me : I asked the Twitterverse for questions and here they are:
Lynelle : Why aren’t you on Twitter?
Ben : #Fear. I really fear what I might say given that my #filter for stupidity is #broken. Also… I generally have a problem saying anything in #lessthan140characters, as I usually need to go around the horn to get to the #point of what I meant to say and then I’d have to #apologize and #trytoexplainwhatIreallymeanttosay. Twitter might teach me brevity, but aside from poetry, which twitter is not, brevity is not my strong suit or interest. If I get a job which requires twitter I shall try to learn twittering, Hollywood seem to think its important, though more likely for the publicity than for it’s socially redeeming qualities. There are certainly some very clever twitterers… But most of twitter strikes me as #BS. Not that I have anything against #BS. #Itsprobablyreallyimportant #Becomingaludite #Olddognewtricks
Dona Rae :What winter Olympic sport would he like to play?
Ben : Hockey! I can’t play Hockey and really can’t skate… but its my favorite Winter Olympic Sport. My only real hope at this stage of my athletic career is curling… I’m pretty good with a broom and yelling at rocks.
Sar33na : f Stargate sg1 had continued what direction/story lines would he have liked his character to have?
Ben: I’m actually really intrigued by what Mitchell would have been getting up to during the 1930s. As you may suspect, Mitchell may actually be related to himself, because of the quirks of the time continuum… But given that he was running around in the 1930s for a decade or so… I would love to have him breaking into the Stargate project as it existed back then. Maybe he was there when they dug the gate up
RaySP : Any new TV or film projects?
Ben : I did a horror film which is due out later this year… Not sure what its eventual title will be. There are a few potential things swirling in the air, but my biggest project is getting the kids through high school and college.
Me : What are you reading now?
Ben : Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch. The Black Death, The Intimate Story of a Village in Crisis, 1345-1350 by John Hatcher. The online Sermons of my old friend Robert Fields who is an Episcopalian Priest in Brevard North Carolina. A few Scripts. The Yiddish Policemans Union by Michael Chabon. I seem to be having trouble focusing one thing at a time.
Posted: April 21st, 2014 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape | No Comments »
The scifi community has been buzzing since Saturday when Farscape creator, Rockne S. O’Bannon, confirmed the rumor of the feature film penned by Justin Monjo . It is apparently in the early script stage and far from production. Nerdacy.com has a short clip here from Wonder Con. The internet gives us information very quickly sometimes which leads us to a “hurry up and wait” game. I am trying to confirm whether there is funding etc. In 2010 funding was literally hours away and then didn’t happen so until more is known I will be cautiously optimistic The Farscape news is trending on Facebook(in the U.S. anyway) so let’s get it trending on Twitter as well! #Farscape #BenBrowder