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What are you renting this week? Let us know in the comments! To get you started, here's our look at more than a dozen new releases.
Joss Whedon's TV series Firefly inspired a rabid fan base, myself included. The sci-fi Western featured good-looking, likable characters, witty dialogue, and a breezy pace. The 2005 movie was a thrilling, fitting capstone for a series that ended far too soon, but stands on its own just fine. Previously released on DVD and HD-DVD, the Blu-ray version adds several new features (detailed by Peter Bracke at High-Def Digest). Serenity is buoyant entertainment and rewards repeat viewings. Buy it.
Woman on the Beach
A sublime tale, Woman is a leisurely, dramatic battle of the sexes that's funny and insightful. J. Hoberman of the Village Voice described it as "a rueful tale of karmic irony, self-deceived desire, squandered second chances, and unforeseen abandonment." He noted »
- Peter Martin
The movie based on one of the best science fiction programs in the history of television, the short-lived “Firefly,” suffered a similar fate as its source material - not being appreciated during its initial release. When “Serenity” hit theaters, it certainly earned critical acclaim and adoration of fans of the show, but most audiences ignored it. Like the show, the film earned a cult following after fans caught up with it at the video store and is regularly voted one of the best sci-fi films ever made.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed I can't say I am upset this is a light week for DVD and Blu-ray releases and I am hoping next week I will have my new format in which I post two articles - one for DVD and one for Blu-ray - ready to go, but that all depends on work schedule as I am also hoping to catch up watching a few movies I haven't had a chance to peruse. For now, check out this week's limited selection and perhaps browse last week's article or even the week before for a few older buying options. Paramount Catalog Blu-ray Wave #2
Ghost / The Last Holiday / The Truman Show / Event Horizon / Days of Thunder Ghost: If someone asked me I would say this is probably considered one of the most romantic films of all-time for many people. Personally I haven't »
- Brad Brevet
Adding its voice to the year-end summing-up, the American Film Institute on Sunday declared eight "Moments of Significance" that had an impact on the moving image in 2008.
They ranged from "Slumdog Millionaire," cited as an example of global filmaking," to TV and the web's coverage of the presidential election to the broadcast of the summer Olympics to Tina Fey, dubbed "America's First Lady of Laughs."
"Slumdog" was cited as "a momument to the possiblities of cross-cultural storytelling," along with such other films as "Gran Torino," "The Visitor," "Australia" and TV's "Heroes."
Pointing the presidential race, the AFI said, "television and web coverage played to each other's strengths, as every nuance of the long, arduous campaigns was accessible for public celebration and scrutiny."
Of NBC's coverage of the Olympics, the AFI said, "The opening ceremony, directed and staged by acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, marked the most significant live event of »
- By Gregg Kilday
The cancelling of Joss Whedon’s superb cult sci-fi series Firefly is possibly one of the most truly misguided and baffling decisions (that’s if you don’t count the ‘Star Wars Holiday TV Special’ in 1978) by a Fox TV executive, in history. So while we take a moment to mourn its passing there’s solace to be found in a shiny new Blu-ray release of Serenity, the film that capped off the series oh so short life. We for one would love it if Whedon would finally get of the fence as to whether or not there ever will be a sequel. But for now it's time for us to revel in hi-res sci-fi goodness. »
A good part of the charm of Joss Whedon’s 42-minute “Internet miniseries event” Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is that its small scale, low-fi stunts, cheap props, and enthusiastic tone capture the aesthetic of something a bunch of teenagers cobbled together and put up on YouTube, hoping their peers would love it. Which is about what happened, except the teenagers were industry professionals, and their peers were anyone they could lure in for an experiment in Diy production and distribution. Written and directed during the writers’ strike as a side project for Whedon, his brothers Zack and Jed, and Jed’s fiancée Maurissa Tancharoen, Dr. Horrible launched online as a free three-part serial, starring Neil Patrick Harris as an adorably gawky supervillain who can’t bring himself to confess his feelings to crush object Felicia Day, even when she takes up with his cheesy archnemesis, Nathan Fillion. Whedon’s legion of Buffy The Vampire. »
- Tasha Robinson
“Did I fall asleep?”
“For a little while.”
Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse is about a young woman, Echo (Eliza Dushku), who is a member of an illegal organization, has her memories and personality wiped clean and imprinted with new ones in order to fulfill assignments catering to the wealthy and powerful.
The show is coming at us in February and fans are a bit concerned about the show since it was relegated to its newest time slot on Fridays. But for now, we await its premiere. Now We haven’t seen this yet, but Eric Goldman over at IGN.com got himself a preview copy of the first episode of Dollhouse (I’m so jealous) and gave his take on the episode, which we’ll summarize for you here.
Roughly speaking, he says it doesn’t feel like any of Whedon’s previous shows but he is creating a completely new mythos, »
- Bruce Simmons
Tuesday Top Ten: For the listmaker in me and the listlover in you
First things first, this disclaimer: I watch so little television that I'm rather like a SAG and movie awards show voter voting on the best of the film year having only seen 15 movies or so... (oh, come on, you know that's how they do. How else to explain the tiny pool of films they award or their lack of imagination in what to honor within those same films?) so with a huge grain of salt... my ten favorite TV-amajigs of the year
biggest anxiety: Joss Whedon's Dollhouse comes out in 2009. I've spent too much time in 2008 thinking about it. The reports of trouble on set are not surprising. This is the pinpoint reason I can't invest in TV... it's not safe to love anything. It's too emotionally draining to love TV. Movies last forever but »
- NATHANIEL R
"Oh, God, I wish I could say there was going to be a Dr. Horrible sequel, but I know there's so many people involved in the creation of it that have a lot of other stuff going on right now," Neil Patrick Harris told Sci Fi Wire. "Mainly, Joss [is doing] Dollhouse, and he has another movie, Cabin in the Woods, that he's doing at the same time. So I don't know that anything would happen soon. But everyone has been super-enthusiastic about it, and I think that means that hopefully something will come."
Dr. Horrible just hit stores as a DVD after becoming one of the most talked about Internet sensations of the year, appearing on numerous Best Of lists. Harris, as the super-villain, recognizes that once you work with Whedon, you tend to get cast in his future projects.
- Robert Greenberger
Chicago – This 11-image slideshow contains official press images and schedule information for the recently announced slate of films to be released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2009 including new films starring Isla Fisher, Bruce Willis, Robin Williams, John Travolta, Ryan Reynolds, Josh Duhamel, and the newest Pixar film.
These 2009 Walt Disney Pictures include “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,” “Race to Witch Mountain,” “Hannah Montana The Movie,” “earth,” “Up,” “The Proposal,” “G-Force,” “When in Rome,” “Surrogates,” “Toy Story in Disney Digital 3-D,” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Old Dogs,” and “The Princess and the Frog”. Not all films have images released, but release details and dates were announced for the entire 2009 slate.
The release dates, cast lists, and filmmaker information for these Walt Disney Pictures films can be found below in chronological order, followed by a slideshow of available images.
Cast: Isla Fisher, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I knew that there would be something to love about Joss Whedon's new show Dollhouse. And now, thanks to a clip that debuted over on Entertainment Weekly, I know exactly what it is -- genetically engineered, secret organization controlled call girls that look like Eliza Dushku. Now that sounds fun. As »
- Neil Miller
There are many reasons to be excited bout 2009: Avatar, Star Trek and Watchmen, to name but three. One thing that’s had our Spider Sense tingling for quite some time, though, is the triumphant return of Joss Whedon (we are not worthy) to the small screen. Whedon’s his first sojourn into television since the criminally cancelled Firefly, Dollhouse stars Eliza ‘Faith from Buffy’ Dushku as Echo, one of a number of human ‘dolls’ who are programmed to fulfil clients’ fantasies before having their memories erased and being returned to the waiting area that gives the show its name. Entertainment Weekly has posted an exclusive clip from the pilot episode, where we see Echo emerging from a recent memory wipe. You can watch the Dollhouse clip here.Reports of rewrites and altercations from the set have caused some to worry abour Dollhouse but indications are that Whedon had simply »
Entertainment Weekly has a new video clip from the February 13th premiere of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. In the clip, we see “the first time we see Echo (Eliza Dushku) wake up after having her memories wiped in the special memory-flushing chair” which “leads into a discussion between lab tech Topher (Fran Kranz) and Echo’s handler Boyd (Harry Lennix) about her last “date,” delving into just what being a doll/active means.” I’m still not excited for this show, as much as I would like to be. What do you guys think?
New Trailer for Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse Joss Whedon Updates Fans on Dollhouse Progress Jj Abrams’ Fringe and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse: New Info, Photos, Posters, Trailers, and More TV: Dollhouse’s Friday Death; Graysons Canceled; Aylesworth is Lost; McDermott in Line Joss Whedon Shuts Down Dollhouse Production for Two Weeks Could Twilight »
- Peter Sciretta
It’s an early Christmas for Joss Whedon fans. The highly anticipated DVD of the Buffy and Angel aeuteur’s wildly successful Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog ships today (at least if you live in the Us). The disc comes replete with musical commentary, Wiccan (yes, Wiccan) subtitles, the Making of Dr. Horrible Featureettes, a ton of easter eggs, and (my favorite part) the latest inductees into the Evil League of Evil. Earlier this year, Bad Horse announced his organization would officially accept applications for entry, and the 10 most immoral, wicked, and punny evildoers around would be welcomed into the League. Out of some 500+ entries I chose my fave five (and got one of them right!), but below is the nefarious set who actually made the cut. Enjoy these “seriously not good men (and women).” Mr. Terrible Calamitous Orphan Princess Zombie The Reverend L’Enfant Terrible Duchess of Defeet Tur Mohel »
- Joshua Cohen
Comics publisher Studio 407 has announced two new horror titles to hit shelves in January 2009, and sent along some covers and exclusive samples of what you’ll find inside (see those at the bottom of this page). The first, Shadow Cronicles, adopts the anthology format, while Golem will be a tale of monsters, magic and the stomping out of evil.
Chronicles will consist of three stories, which serve as previews for a trio of individual series that debut in the months after Chronicles hits the shelves. Netherworld (written by Chad Jones and illustrated by R.B. Silva) is about specialists on a distant planet investigating the remnants of a lost extraterrestrial culture and on the edge of finding out its horrible secret. The Night Projectionist (written by Robert Heske and illustrated by Diego Yapura) revolves around a small town’s movie theater on its last night of business. The venue is »
You know, we're going to look back one day and remember Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog as the one that kicked original web series into the entertainment big leagues. This year Joss Whedon's brilliantly aberrant creation—a musical superhero love story in three acts—won the hearts of millions, vaulting the indie web series to the top of the charts both as a "TV" show and a full-length soundtrack. (If you're somehow still not convinced this is a big deal for web entertainment, it even made the cover of Time magazine.) And now, just in time for the holidays, Joss gives fans one more evil little treat: a completely original, special-feature-packing DVD edition. If you stop reading right now, take 30 seconds and go buy one (right now) for someone you love (or even just like a little), they will thank you in ways I don't want to know about. For »
- Marc Hustvedt
Instead of layoffs like many of the other studios are doing, 20th Century Fox Television is instead asking some of its shows to slice off 2 percent from their production budgets. The shows affected include ABC's "Life On Mars" as well as Fox's upcoming mid-season series from Joss Whedon "Dollhouse." But it's not just genre shows that are getting cut. "Family Guy" and "24," which both air on the Fox network, also will experience some budget trimmings to reduce costs, according to TV Week. "In these challenging economic times, we've asked all of our showrunners to trim their budgets by 2 percent, an assignment which they have all embraced," a Fox spokesman told the industry magazine. "Everyone understands that revenues are down and these steps are necessary to protect our business." »
The Washington Post recently posted their lists of best comics of the year and they include:
The Alcoholic, By Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel (Vertigo/DC Comics, $19.99)
Bottomless Belly Button, By Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics, $29.99)
The Complete K Chronicles, By Keith Knight (Dark Horse, $24.95)
Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes, By Geoff Johns and Gary Frank (DC Comics, $24.99)
Among their best DVDs, they included:
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Not rated (Weinstein, $24.95)
30 Rock: Season 2, Not rated (Universal, $39.98)
The Big Lebowski (10th Anniversary Edition), Rated R (Universal, $19.98)
Control, Rated R (Weinstein, $28.95)
The Darjeeling Limited Rated R (20th Century Fox, $29.99)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Rated PG-13 (Miramax, $29.99)
Flight of the Red Balloon, Not rated (IFC, »
- Robert Greenberger
Before Whoopi Goldberg was in the profession of making Elisabeth Hasselbeck cry, the Academy, Emmy, Golden Globe, and many other awards-winning actor played a good listener. Her role on Star Trek the Next Generation as wise Guinan marked the culmination of a childhood infatuation with Lt. Uhura from the equal-opportunity, original Star Trek series. It also gave Goldberg a status of niche, sci-fi celebrity to accompany her mainstream success. It’s that kind of pedigree that makes for a wildly successful online series (see Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible), and come early next year we’ll see if Goldberg’s popularity on daytime TV and in the science fiction genre can translate to a big audience for a horror/thriller on the web. On January 15, viewers can watch Goldberg star in FEARnet’s latest online original series, Stream. The action unfolds over six, five-minute episodes. Here’s the premise: “Stream »
- Joshua Cohen
This Monday at 8 pm/Et, Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles presents a midseason finale which reveals one character's shocking secret, sets the stage for other surprises, and ultimately leaves Sarah herself in perhaps one of the last situations you'd imagine to find her in. Summer Glau shares a peek at the episode, shedding light on Cameron's "issues" with John's girlfriend and teasing insight into one of the series' biggest mysteries of all. (After this week, Sarah Connor returns Friday, Feb. 13, leading into the debut of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.) TVGuide.com: Cameron isn't liking John's girlfriend Riley (played by Leven Rambin) too much these days, is she?
Summer Glau: No, and I think it's more than her just being worried that Riley's a threat. She doesn't like having her place taken over by somebody else.
TVGuide.com: And what do you mean by "her place"?
Glau: Well, Cameron »
- Matt Mitovich
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