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Last week, Felicia Day's YouTube channel Geek & Sundry debuted their latest live-action scripted show, Caper. Created by Amy Berg (Leverage, Eureka) and Mike Sizemore (Slingers), it concerns a team of impoverished superheroes who reluctantly turn to a life of crime, only to quickly find that it's a big mistake...
Based on the first two episodes of the show's nine-episode first season, here's why you should be watching, and how it comments on the superhero genre and tells its own story within it.
First off, it's fun. The series is directed in a fittingly comic book style, and even capers gleefully into motion comic-style animation for the action sequences; presumably not only to save on budget (superpowers can be pricey), but also as an effective stylistic choice. Our heroes (or protagonists, at least—more on that later; or, to put it another way: to be continued) are the underdogs, at »
Back before he became the director of The Avengers, Joss Whedon was between projects. During the 2008 Writer's Guild strike, Whedon and his brothers Jed and Zack conceived the musical web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog, which would go on to launch the career of Felicia Day while stoking the celebrity of both Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion. The series went on to mainstream success and all involved have had fruitful careers since. But, the question remains: where is Dr. »
- Alex Maidy
In 2008, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" became one of the first successful pieces of Internet-only entertainment. Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day, "Dr. Horrible" has gotten more than 50 million views.
Whedon and his collaborators have been hinting at a sequel for years, but it hasn't happened. Will it ever? According to Jed Whedon ("Agents of Shield"), the answer is yes. A "Dr. Horrible 2" will be made.
It just might not be any time soon.
Here is Whedon's statement to EW.com on the matter:
"We know we have spoken publicly about a sequel in the near distance and our passion to create it, and I promise we have not been insincere. 'Horrible' is still one of our favorite creations by humans who were also us. We have many songs written and the plot outlined, but needless to say, »
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is a very unique case that’s unlike other the shows in Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue, which explores the odds of fan-favorite shows returning.
For starters, Dr. Horrible was not a TV show (though its 42-minute length is nearly the same as one episode of broadcast television). For secondsies, Dr. Horrible wasn’t canceled — it was created as a stand-alone story. In fact, the story’s ending is satisfying and fitting, unlike the frustrating conclusions of many axed shows on our list (like Firefly). Thirdsly, there’s no huge impediment to actually doing a sequel — the actors are willing, »
- James Hibberd
Whedonverse fans are sure to flock to writer/director/producer Anton King’s new rom-com Lust for Love, which reunites quite a few Dollhouse alumni, including actors Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman. Kranz leads the cast as Astor, a lovable yet hopeless guy who ruins his chance at a happily ever after with his childhood crush, Mila (Tron Legacy’s Beau Garrett). Convinced that the reason he’s so unlucky in love is because of his lack of experience with women, Astor enlists the help of Mila’s ex-best friend, Cali (Lachman), to teach him a thing or two about wooing the opposite sex. »
- Pamela Gocobachi
The Geek and Sundry channel has always been closely tied to YouTube, featuring heavily in the site's Original Channels Initiative as well as its themed Geek Week. For its latest series, however, Geek and Sundry is branching out. Felicia Day's nerd-centric hub will make its Hulu debut through Caper, a sci-fi series about three "immortals" and their human roommate. Caper, created by TV vet Amy Berg, stars Justified's Abby Miller as Penny, a human who must fit in with her three roommates, all of whom are super-powered, immortal beings. Not to be outdone, Penny herself is a superhero, possessing an Iron Man-like metal suit. The lack of financial compensation for crime fighting causes rent to become tight, so the four roommates decide to pull off a heist, though they call it a Caper because that sounds better. Caper will run for nine total episodes, with the first two arriving on Hulu, »
- Sam Gutelle
Saving the day might be noble work, but it doesn't pay the rent -- which is exactly the problem that forces the crime fighters in Amy Berg's new web series Caper to switch sides for the ultimate heist …or so they hope. The trailer for the Web series created for Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry channel was unveiled during a fan event held at L.A.'s Meltdown Comics yesterday, with Berg and the show's lead cast -- Beth Riesgraf, Harry Shum Jr., Hartley Sawyer and Justified's Abby Miller -- in attendance (you can watch the trailer below). Story: 'Glee' Alum, 'Justified' Actress
- Graeme McMillan
We're happy to host the exclusive premiere of a new poster for debut feature writer-director Anton King's romantic comedy, Lust for Love. In order to win over his lifelong crush, a man enlists her ex-best friend in order to train him in the ways of wooing women and pointing out his awkward failings. When he discovers the true cause behind the women's ruined friendship, all three of them are forced to reexamine their conceptions of love. Lust for Love stars Dollhouse alumni Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman, Enver Gjokaj, Miracle Laurie, and Felicia Day. The film also stars Beau Garrett (Tron: Legacy) and will be available across a wide variety of digital platforms starting February 7th. Hit the jump to check out the full poster, along with the recently released trailer. Here's our exclusive premiere of the new poster for Lust for Love along with its synopsis. You can find »
- Dave Trumbore
The world is no stranger to individuals of the “Whedonverse” — a.k.a., those who have starred in movies or television shows helmed by the legendary Joss Whedon and his team (Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon). And if you’ve been missing a few of your favorite familiar faces, despair no more! Lust for Love, a new romantic comedy directed, written, and produced by Anton King, reunites a number of Whedonverse actors with a cast that includes Dollhouse favorites Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman, as well as Beau Garrett (Tron Legacy), Caitlin Stasey (Reign, I, Frankenstein), and Felicia Day (Supernatural, »
- Andrea Towers
Just like vinyl records are making quite the comeback, analog board games are in the midst of a renaissance in an age where digital (and often times isolating) technologies (and styles of games) are becoming increasingly prevalent and popular. Leading the charge is Wil Wheaton. The on-screen son of Beverly Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation and current host of Geek & Sundry’s weekly TableTop series - in which Wheaton introduces a board game and proceeds to play said board game with a handful of web and/or television personalities - just announced International TableTop Day is set to become a yearly event. April 5, 2014 will be the date of the event's second annual iteration and is set to boast a massive gathering in La with festivities emceed by Wheaton and Geek & Sundry founder Felicia Day. In addition to big board game gala in La, more than 6,000 local meetups and »
- Joshua Cohen
Actress Danica McKellar is best known for her role in The Wonder Years, but she's also a big time math nerd who has written several books advocating for her favorite subject. Her latest attempt to make numbers fun is Math Bites, a Nerdist web series with lots of educational value and a nonstop slew of guest stars. Math Bites is clearly intended for a younger audience, and while that definitely puts it at odds with some of the channel's other shows, it is lined up to scored lots of views if parents and educators learn it exists. McKellar and Nerdist are clearly taking the Muppets approach to children's entertainment: There's a light and easy tone to appease the kids, and tons of cameos to appease everyone else. The first episode discusses everyone's favorite irrational number (unless you're a big phi fan), pi. The guest appearances are numerous; there's Jim O'Heir »
- Sam Gutelle
Birthday greetings go out to Danica McKellar, who the world fell in love with as Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years." The actress and mathematician, turning 39 on Friday (Jan. 3), has done plenty in her careers and life to be proud of and has easily eclipsed Winnie as the idea life companion.
To celebrate, here are 10 reasons McKellar's "Wonder Years" counterpart doesn't hold a candle to her.
1. She's a child actor made good.The story of the child actor disaster is too well known. That's why it's so refreshing when someone like McKellar comes along, showing that young stars can grow up to become well-adjusted and productive members of society. She's an actress, college graduate, a mom and all-around awesome.
2. She loves math.McKellar studied math and even has a physics theorem named after her, along with a professor and fellow student, which they discovered.
3. No, she really loves math.She »
Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.
We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:
Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II
Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!
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13 items from 2014
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