I know it is early but I am working on choosing a charity for the birthday fundraiser. Ben Browder fans have raised over $12,000 in the last years. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a great group and they have now added an option with no minimum and Paypal. I have been trying to find a national veterans suicide prevention/help charity. The VA Crisis center is helping me now find one that meets our needs. Many groups are local and most not set-up for what we have done in the past — they are focused on individual donations. Most of the regular donors I know well and then there are surprises which I love (as does whatever charity!). As has been the tradition the last few years the drive will start on September 1 and run until midnight on Ben’s birthday. If anyone has ideas please contact me or post a comment! Many of you have had your first Ben in person experience this year at Starfest and Fedcon or will at Armageddon or Creation’s SG con —- remember to celebrate and support a good cause (whatever it ends up!).
I know it is early yet but I am thinking of the birthday fundraiser already. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has added a new tool that allows donations of $1 or more instead of the previous minimum and I believe it also takes Paypal. We have raised alot with them as the charity. I wanted to find a group that works with the military/vetrans suicide issue that Freeze Frame deals with and that Ben mentioned in his interview with the Ben Browder Portal. I reached out to Jonas McCord , the producer of Freeze Frame, and he suggested Gold Star Mothers. It wasn’t what I am looking for though looks to be a good group. TAPS and Wounded Warrior are highly rated and deal with the issue as part of larger programs. I am looking for a national program and if anyone has suggestions please post them or email me. I will likely stick with BCRF unless a good choice preferably with a high rating on Charity Navigator is found. There will be more auctions this year—already have heard of a very unique item being created by Crash at terrafirmascapers! Scapers I think that is a challenge 🙂
Ben Browder’s role on Chuck was smaller than his fans would have liked BUT we got our favorite actor on screen! Other pluses: Josh Scwartz and Chris Fedak(producers) are good guys to know. Chuck is cancelled but is a critical favorite somewhat so there will be press mentions such as this one from the Boston Herald . Ben has often spoken about the fickleness of the industry and nothing is certain until you actually see it(and the escrow check clears!). He has a couple of exciting projects “in the works” that we know of—Freeze Frame 4 Vets and Naught For Hire. Until then, having Ben working on a show produced by someone with a current successful scorecard like Josh Schwartz is hopefully a platform to show other producers and finance people who he is now. Chuck features three other over 40 actors—- Ben showed nicely next to them. Is the superficial? Yes. Is the industry superficial? Yes. Many Ben fans are criticizing the script and waste of their favorite. It is important to see this appearance for what it is. Being a Chuck fan as well I loved it! Leave comments at NBC, chucktv.net and any other sites discussing the ep!
I want to comment on Ben’s statement about not understanding why someone would want his autograph. I think the reasons differ from person to person. For some it is a chance to tell him face to face that they enjoy his work. Many of us are too nervous to start a conversation with someone we admire and the autograph is an icebreaker of sorts. There is also a rivalry of sorts between fans of various actors,shows,books,movies etc. to keep your guy/girl on top of the fan dogpile. One very obvious (albeit crass) way is the autograph value. I like it when Ben is a higher tier autograph at a convention. When his line is longer than another actor we view as “competition” there are toasts and high fives that evening accompanied by “We win!!”. Are there more important things in life to worry about? To quote John Crichton “Hell yeah”. Farscape has given me hours of escape and many friends over the last 12 years. I have joined with some of these friends to raise money for important causes. Ben is the face of Farscape to me and attending appearances, getting autographs, and photo ops is a way to show support. It is surely a surreal experience for him but one we fans, many of whom are serious professionals in “real life”, become giddy about!
While we wait (not soooo patiently!) for more set pictures from Bad Kids Go To Hell just an opinion and a reminder. The studios want to use social media to judge fan reactions and anticipation but what media? They mention the known giants, Facebook and Twitter, but many of the targeted demographic are on lj, Tumblr etc. I hope they realize and are looking to these as well. Meanwhile just spread Ben’s name whatever communities you hang out in! If possible get those people to visit Ben’s page on Facebook—apparently these numbers are being watched currently. Of course it is doubtful the studios understand how things can be manipulated by having multiple accounts !
The people behind Naught For Hire are pushing for social media presence for both Naught For Hire and Ben. So if you haven’t “Like”ed Ben’s FB page or the official NFH one do so (get friends to do so—no spam from either and very little feed). I am still curious how Paramount will use any information derived from social media. They are behind Naught For Hire and One Shot. Every social media site that posted/blogged about Cruise being possibly cast as Jack Reacher has mostly negative comments—will that outweigh what they perceive as big box office? For now though I can play the game.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Tom Cruise is interested in playing Jack Reacher, the main character in the Lee Child novels. This isn’t being greeted well by fans. This is where it will be interesting to see how Paramount reads these posts. Fledgling projects with no “names” attatched to them are being told to show that “insert name” can carry a project by their presence on social media sites. So what happens whe “the name” draws criticism across the board? It will be interesting to see IMO. Meanwhile I visited the Facebook Lee Child page and commented as well as responded to The Hollywood Reporter’s FB article and Twitter post on this. I will post on leechild.com forum when I resolve my login issue 🙂 but the news is not being met with positive comments there either!
I am hoping Ben being cast in Bad Kids Go To Hell may influence the producers of other projects with which he is associated .
Ben’s project, Naught For Hire, got a nice blurb from the people at stargate-sg1-solutions.com ! I think the incredible speed with which information in spread today via the internet gives the impression that a project is “stalled” or something is wrong. I am on the fence whether knowing something is better than knowing nothing. I remember at the first Farscape convention listening to Rockne O’Bannon, David Kemper, and Brian Henson talking about how long it was between the first pitches of the show until they started casting.Years! Was it worth it? Yes — because what we got was a unique show with a great cast. Rockne O’Bannon has many times said if the show had been picked up by FOX (the first network it was pitched to) it would not have been the show we eventually watched. When I get impatient about projects I read about like Naught For Hire, Freeze Frame, or even the Lee Child novel/film One Shot,( I still maintain Ben would be perfect for) I try and remind myself of this! So for now talk up Ben’s projects on open social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and IMDB or any other sites you frequent. This goes for other actors you enjoy seeing. Honestly not sure if the studios get LiveJournal( I find it cumbersome and frustrating often and consider myself fairly net savvy) or Tumblr but if you use those link the discussion to more mainstream sites if possible. I have started a new Ben as Reacher thread on IMDB if anyone wants to join me 🙂