Sunday, March 24, 2013

James Callis News! (Lots of)

My Arrow post isn't advancing too well (I'm switching SSRI's and a full post with pictures is apparently too much right now. Long story short: he was great as usual, but barely in the episode, so it was pretty blah). But I just wanted to make a post about all the news we've been seeing!

Firstly, James will appear on CSI! I'm not a huge fan of formulaic crime shows, but instead of playing a murderer or a crazy cult leader, he's going to be a reporter who wants to reveal the corrupt truth about the CSI team! This sounds like a pretty different role for James, and one that might bring some life into the old show. His episode is the final one of the season, and the air date has not been announced yet.

Then, several con reports! It will be a busy spring for James. Full con reports will follow at a pace depending on how I'm doing.

Firstly, Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo in Calgary, Canada, April 26-28! Mark Sheppard is also attending, out of his BSG co-stars. There's a wide range of stars from other shows, e.g. Wil Wheaton from Star Trek (and perhaps more importantly The Big Bang Theory), Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey from Game of Thrones, Richard Dean Anderson from McGyver and Stargate, Eliza Dushku and Nathan Fillion from, I'm too lazy to check but Buffy, Firefly and Dollhouse? Also interestingly, "Weird Al" Yankovic who I was briefly a fan of before James. Funny coincidence. (Or maybe a cosmic crash of planets and deeply meaningful? Moving on.)

Denver Comic Con in Denver, Colorado, May 31-June 2! Wil Wheaton will also be in attendance there, as well as Felicia Day from Eureka and George Takei himself. I don't really recognize any of the other stars, but many seem to be better known from comics. I should know more about comics. Hey, Stan Lee sounds familiar! I'm not a total ignoramus.

Last but definitely not least, Galacticon III in Houston, Texas, May 23-26! The guest list is almost the same as the full BSG cast: James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber, Michael Hogan, Rekha Sharma, Kate Vernon, Aaron Douglas, Nicki Clyne, Michael Trucco Kandyse McClure, Leah Cairns, Luciana Carro, Richard Hatch.  People keep saying "mini BSG reunion" about every project two BSG actors do together, but this is a true BSG reunion. Only Mary Mc, Grace, Tahmoh and AJ missing, really. I'm stunned. In addition, they will have stars from the original BSG and Caprica.

It's nice to see the Denver Comic Con site use a picture of James from Arrow, which is the most up-to-date public photo of him. It might be slightly misleading, given he was barely even on one episode. But it's how he looks today, as opposed to the ca. 2005-2006 BSG promo shots picked by the other sites. On the other hand, the original BSG's stars all have head shots taken in the 70's, so maybe that's apt. I wish they used Dennys Ilic pictures sometime. Like say, this one. "He'll be there all wet and dripping!" It would be a nice incentive. A lot of people don't actually realize how handsome James is, maybe because Baltar was always so weaselly and greasy-haired. It was nice to hear people say how hot he was in Arrow.