Posted: July 16th, 2017 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Farscape, farscapenow, john crichton, SG1 | 1 Comment »
A bit of a follow up to my editorial rant. I believe in showing respect in public forums to both your fellow fans and the actors being discussed. That said there is nothing wrong with appreciating their sex appeal and physical attributes as well as their talent. For me there some beautiful actors with zero talent that have no appeal. That is where I question Hollywood’s choices sometimes but then I realize great abs or hair are enough for many viewers. A group I am in (not Farscape or Ben related) had some people posting that they knew the partner of an actor was jealous of them because they were so much more fun than she as they attended a wrap party and she couldn’t be bothered (their words). They had no facts and the couple has 2 younger kids and it was during school. She is also a performer. It was said in fun I am sure but repeated and discussed in depth. The fans are happily married women. It passed the line in my opinion because they demeaned the partner so as an extension the actor . However saying you would “hook up,do etc” an actor is different in my mind. It is usually said as a compliment , off the cuff and in a setting where one is comfortable. I have posted that myself especially back in the early days of Farscape on the Dom. If any producer types are reading fan groups they want to know the actors are appealing and often sex appeal draws more viewers than just talent. Farscape was blessed with a group of actors that had both. They were various types, ages and some in prosthetics yet all had and still have followings who find them and the characters they played “sexy”. Well maybe not Rygel though Jonathan Hardy was adored by fans. Most of us who make the comments are not sexist in real life and treat people with respect. I am sure this sounds a bit hypocritical but I think most of us think along the same lines. There are lines not to be crossed. Comments that are truly offensive usually generate many negative responses that let the poster know a line has been crossed. A pet peeve of mine is conventions where all guest questions are vetted. The same goes with fan boards. Farscape and Ben fandoms are usually pretty mellow and self-regulating. Heated discussions may call for a nudge from the mod now and again. Trekbbs use to ban people for a week at a time when things got ugly and heated ( and it was worth it when I responded rudely to someone who said Connor Trineer was a better actor than Ben !).
Right now we need to band together to get more Farscape. You can bet that Producers and investors want to know the leads still have “it” and people want to see them back in their leathers! #farscapenow !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: May 10th, 2017 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, john crichton, SG1 | 4 Comments »
I just want to express my thanks to all who stopped by and read the interview with Ben about Guardians. The over 500 of you!! I have had this for almost 17 years and it is for fun. Ben is a class act and I would say we are discerning fans. I hope, as I am sure many of you do as well, that this cameo will lead to more exciting projects. We know he is the original Star Lord. I get how Hollywood thinks, I don’t agree but I get it. I watch a lot of British and Australian TV and find it interesting that not every story is changed to have a 20 something lead. I also get that studios want a “bankable” star for films they are investing millions if not hundreds of millions. Emma Watson is a fabulous actress yet Beauty and the Beast would have worked with an unknown or lesser known actress. An actor draws his or her base in but many people react to the idea shown in a trailer or described in a blurb in my opinion. Granted not sure if it was my checkbook I would trust viewers that much but I like to think good acting and good stories sell themselves as much as an actor’s name. I go to James Bond films no matter who plays Bond. I am not going to the New Mummy film because all of Tom Cruise films blend together as a series of stunts and effects and his “don’t worry we’re going to get out of this face” (and he should have never played Jack Reacher despite owning the rights!). Sermon over!
Until Hoax is released ( not sure of the distribution details at this point) in March we can re-watch Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 🙂
Posted: April 10th, 2017 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Farscape, john crichton, SG1 | 3 Comments »
Scaper Patricia posted a promo photo that brought back a flood of memories! The convention center at the Burbank Hilton had windows and we were lining up to go in and could see the vendor table with the new official photos! Squeeing was heard as each group saw them!! It was 2001 and jaded scifi fans were still disbelieving of a “ship” early in a series no matter what was seen and that the producers/writers/actors said! A couple of months before I had listened to creator Rockne O’Bannon explain at SDCC that he felt it wrong when shows ignored chemistry or were afraid to write an adult relationship (he cited X Files). Then these incredible season 3 promo photos came out! Farscape was good solid drama and had a love story that was organic not just an occasional plot device. This first photo is the one I got signed — Ben signed in Claudia’s hair saying “It is all about the hair” !
Posted: December 27th, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, Ben Browder, Farscape, john crichton, SG1 | 8 Comments »
WOW!!!! Great catch by alittledizzy !!!
Posted: December 6th, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, john crichton, SG1 | No Comments »
Just a reminder that the birthday fundraiser to benefit IAVA, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, ends Sunday night at midnight. The plight of veterans is a cause Ben feels is important. IAVA works especially to help those contemplating suicide upon their return. It is a top rated charity and well supported by veterans themselves. I know this is a busy time of year and everyone is watching their money. So many causes to choose from. So donate small and think of the young man or woman debating whether to face another day rather than a grande or a venti. Donate. Special thanks to PKGirl for the photo!!
Posted: November 23rd, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, john crichton, SG1 | No Comments »
Tomorrow Americans give thanks for what they have in their lives. It is a time of loneliness for many, especially those soldiers who have returned from war and having trouble being home. War rarely ends for soldiers just by stepping foot on American soil. IAVA, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, are there for them to steer them find the right kind of help for their unique situation. So make a donation for Ben’s Birthday — help us help them. DONATE YOUR THANKS
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: 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: December 31st, 2015 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, Ben Browder, Call of Duty Black Ops III, Farscape, john crichton, Outlaws and Angels, SG1 | 1 Comment »
As the year ends it is time to look back on 2015 and look ahead to 2016. In December 2014 Ben told of an exciting project he was working on. He was full of boyish enthusiasm over the tech involved! But he could not divulge any info. Fast forward ahead to April in Perth,Australia where he tells us that it is a big video game. Some disappointment for those of us who don’t game! In Adelaide I was sitting next to a young man who said he guessed it was Call of Duty Black Ops III. When I returned home I began an internet search and found a leaked clip with a character who looked like Ben! I was quite excited! Ben also presented at the Saturn Awards where his date was his daughter, who though still at university is breaking into the business like her parents, though on the production side. Next up I get an email from Ben saying he won’t be at the Chicago con because he is filming a movie and the schedule is tight. He told me where he was so I of course tried to find out what was filming there ( damn non-disclosure agreements!) with some luck but ….then the project is announced and a photo of Ben that startled and dismayed some fans. The film is Outlaws and Angels and will be premiering next month at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Ben also was featured in Bad Kids of Crestview Academy which is also his first foray into directing and he has been doing the post production editing of this project which will be released in 2016 as well. He loved directing and is hoping to do more in the future.
Ben and daughter
Posted: December 12th, 2015 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Farscape, john crichton, SG1 | 1 Comment »
Final total for fundraiser was $2305 !!!
I let Ben know and he was glad so much was raised !