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Hero Complex's 2014 Fest Lineup Boasts 'How to Train Your Dragon 2,' James Cameron, 'Battlestar Galactica' and More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 29, 2014 at 1:41PM

The LA Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival, launching into its fifth year, has unveiled its genre-happy lineup for the 2014 edition. The screenings and live Q&As run May 30 through June 1 in Hollywood, all hosted by HC editor Gina McIntyre.
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'How to Train Your Dragon 2'
'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

The LA Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival, launching into its fifth year, has unveiled its genre-happy lineup for the 2014 edition. The screenings and live Q&As run May 30 through June 1 in Hollywood, all hosted by HC editor Gina McIntyre.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening:

Fri. May 30:

·A 10th anniversary big screen presentation of 2003’s "Battlestar Galactica" miniseries and reunion of creator Ronald D. Moore with actors Jamie Bamber, Edward James Olmos, and Mary McDonnell

Sat. May 31:

·Special advance matinee of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and conversation with writer/director Dean DeBlois and stars Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera

·The beloved horror-comedy "Gremlins" followed by discussion with director Joe Dante

·Oscar winner James Cameron will reflect on the franchise that launched his blockbuster career between screenings of "Terminator" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"

 Sun. June 1:

·A rare theatrical showing of the legendary "Monty Python & the Holy Grail" (and yes, there will be coconuts)

 ·Sigourney Weaver will discuss becoming one of the world’s most iconic – and first female – action stars between a double feature of "Alien" and "Aliens"

Tickets will go on sale April 30. Members of the Hero Complex mailing list have 24-hour access starting April 29.

 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.