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Joss Whedon explained thus: “I really want to make something tiny. You know, get back on the internet. Just something really home-baked...It’s going to be something that I put out there because I feel like I have to, and I don’t have to rely on anybody else to let me...Right now, [the internet is] the punk rock of filmmaking. And I want to be a part of that.”
But what about the singing? Two of Joss’ best pieces of work, ‘Once More, With Feeling’ and Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog, »
Either someone is having fun with us, or Joss Whedon has made a movie based on Shakespeare.s comedy Much Ado About Nothing. What.s more, the cast list is pretty amazing, especially if you.re a fan of Joss Whedon.s TV series. Nathan Fillion tweeted the link to MuchAdoTheMovie.com late Sunday night, as though whispering some delicious little secret through a bull-horn. The one-page site includes the phrase .Bellwether Pictures is proud to announce the completion of principal photography,. followed by a long list of names, some more recognizable than others. Among them is Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof (Fred and Wesley!), Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Tom Lenk, Clark Gregg and Fran Kranz. Below the list of names is a photo of a man standing in the water, wearing snorkel gear and holding a cocktail. Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible.s Sing-Along Blog) confirmed on her Facebook »
[If you consider the identity of guest stars to be a spoiler, then stop reading after this paragraph, but be sure to watch The Guild Season 5 Episode 6, 'Revolving Doors'...]
Felicia Day’s web series The Guild, centring around a group of gamers whose lives revolve around the game, rendering them quirky and dysfunctional in the real world, has become one of the internet’s most popular series, with over 100 million views to date. Its broad appeal can be attributed to the strength of the writing (by creator/producer/writer/star Felicia Day), the humour and likeability with which each of the cast bring their characters to life, and the balance between gaming in-jokes and more accessible character-based humour.
Following on from the casting of geek hero Wil Wheaton in a recurring role in Seasons 3 and 4, the latest episode of The Guild features three similarly squee-worthy guest stars: Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Serenity, Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog, Castle, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Doug Jones (Hellboy 1 & 2, Pan’s Labyrinth, the Buffy episode ‘Hush’), and Maurissa Tancharoen (Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog, Dollhouse »
Like always, Comic Con International is revealing the schedule of events day by day. It certainly makes planning a lot easier. But that's neither here nor there. There's a lot of panels to cover, so let's just get to it. Check out the pertinent film and television panels set for the first two days of the show after the jump.
The first "day" of the show is Preview Night only, so there's only a couple things happening that night:
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated TV series pilots of the 2011-12 television season — Alcatraz, Person of Interest, and The Secret Circle — as well as Supernatural: The Anime Series, »
We're less than two weeks away from the 2011 San Diego Comic Con, and convention organizers have finally released the schedule for the first day of programing. You can find the full schedule on comic-con.org , or after the jump I've listed the film and television highlights, which includes the Masters of the Web panel which I've been invited to be a panelist on (In full disclosure, I've been asked to be on this panel for a few years now, but I've only just recently gotten over my fear of speaking in front of large audiences). It should be a fun panel, and I hear they will be giving away some really cool prizes as well. Wednesday (Preview Night) 6:00-9:00 Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings: Alcatraz, Person of Interest, The Secret Circle, and Supernatural: The Anime Series— Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night »
- Peter Sciretta
While Whedon’s had deserved cult success up to this point, The Avengers is his chance to really break into the mainstream and hopefully get the levels of success that his talent deserves. With great box office will surely come great opportunities. Warren Ellis said that after The Avengers, Joss Whedon would be able to print his own money. Come to think of it, that would be awesome, with a picture of Joss’ face on it (which non-geeks wouldn’t recognise, and then we could educate them!), and a quote like “Grr Argh!” or one of literally hundreds (and probably thousands) of others. And we could do the Dance of Capitalist Superiority every time we spent it.
Not that I’m »
Mortal Kombat: Legacy: Season 1, Episode 8: Scorpion and Sub-Zero (Part 2) has premiered. Episode 8 of Kevin Tancharoen‘s Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011) stars Ian Anthony Dale, Kevan Ohtsji, Maurissa Tancharoen, Brandon Nomura, Michael Rogers, Johnson Phan, Victor Kimura, and Yoko Tatara. Mortal Kombat: Legacy: Season 1, Episode 8′s plot synopsis: “With the Shirai Ryu clan murdered by the hands of Sub-Zero and the Lin Kuei, Hanzo Hasashi has failed to protect his village. With his eternal soul destined to rot in the depths of hell, he is visited by a mysterious sorcerer. Will vengeance be enough to get Scorpion to enter the Mortal Kombat Tournament?”
I liked this episode of Mortal Kombat more than the last one, Mortal Kombat: Legacy: Season 1, Episode 7: Scorpion and Sub-Zero (Part 1), but Mortal Kombat: Legacy: Season 1, Episode 6: Raiden is still my favorite. Watch Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Season 1, Episode 8: Scorpion & Sub-Zero (Part »
Kevin Tancharoen's Mortal Kombat web series is almost at its end! Here's the latest chapter - the second part of "Scorpion and Sub-Zero." With the Shirai Ryu clan murdered by the hands of Sub-Zero and the Lin Kuei, Hanzo Hasashi has failed to protect his village. With his eternal soul destined to rot in the depths of hell, he is visited by a mysterious sorcerer. Will vengeance be enough to get Scorpion to enter the Mortal Kombat Tournament? Directed by Tancharoen from a script by Todd and Aaron Helbing, the episode stars Ian Anthony Dale as Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion, Kevan Ohtsji as Sub-Zero, Maurissa Tancharoen as Kana, Brandon Nomura as Jubei, Michael Rogers as Quan Chi and Johnson Phan as Shang Tsung. »
Kevin Tancharoen's "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" web series is almost at its end! Here's the latest chapter - the second part of "Scorpion and Sub-Zero." With the Shirai Ryu clan murdered by the hands of Sub-Zero and the Lin Kuei, Hanzo Hasashi has failed to protect his village. With his eternal soul destined to rot in the depths of hell, he is visited by a mysterious sorcerer. Will vengeance be enough to get Scorpion to enter the Mortal Kombat Tournament? Directed by Tancharoen from a script by Todd and Aaron Helbing, the episode stars Ian Anthony Dale as Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion, Kevan Ohtsji as Sub-Zero, Maurissa Tancharoen as Kana, Brandon Nomura as Jubei, Michael Rogers as Quan Chi and Johnson Phan as Shang Tsung. »
Mortal Kombat: Legacy: Season 1, Episode 7: Scorpion and Sub-Zero (Part 1) has premiered. Episode 7 of Kevin Tancharoen‘s Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011) stars Ian Anthony Dale, Kevan Ohtsji, Maurissa Tancharoen, Brandon Nomura, Michael Rogers, Johnson Phan, Victor Kimura, and Yoko Tatara. Mortal Kombat: Legacy: Season 1, Episode 7′s plot synopsis: “Hanzo Hasashi, better known as the warrior Scorpion, is summoned to meet with the Shogun of Kumamoto Castle. While traveling, the fearless General of the Shirai Ryu clan encounters his mortal enemy, Sub-Zero. Scorpion realizes too late that this trap has led him away from his village and family, leaving them without means to defend themselves. He knows that he must defeat Sub-Zero and return to his village before it is too late.”
This is one of those set-up episodes with exposition and very little action. The next episode, hopefully, will have much more action. I am really looking forward to the Scorpion, »
This news may be a bit late, but for Gleeks, it’s definitely something to sing about. Fox’s film and TV divisions will team up to release Glee Live! 3D!, a film based on the Glee live tour Glee Live! In Concert! featuring most of the original cast. The film is to be directed by Kevin Tancharoen (Fame, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, Mortal Kombat: Legacy), and will include both concert and behind the scenes footage.
Glee doesn’t strictly need to be in 3D. It works very well as it is, but if the 3D’s done right, then it could really enhance the experience, potentially making the choreography even more stunning. It could be a spectacular show. (Will there be slushies thrown at the camera in 3D?)
However, what Glee could really benefit from is the recently announced cutting edge 3D audio technology. Even if the technology’s not ready for commercial use yet, »
Those are just a few of the highlights from Whedon’s chat with The New York Times about the upcoming three-year anniversary of his hit web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
“No, but boy am I going to tell people that now,” he told Arts Beat. “I’m going to run that theory up a flagpole. There’s other things like High School Musical that were more influential. However, let’s just say I invented television and leave it at that.”
- Lesley Goldberg
Joss Whedon is a little busy at the moment, what with "The Avengers" about to start production. But he's not so swamped that he can't take time to talk about a sequel to "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" -- which looks like, someday, that it could actually happen.
It's just a question of when.
Asked if he'd ever consider producing a stage version of "Dr. Horrible," Whedon tells The New York Times that the idea has been brought up, but "my heart is more in the idea of the sequel. We've done a lot of work on it.
"We've got several songs near completion and we've got a very specific structure. We've just all got jobs," he says, referring to himself, brothers Zack and Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who collaborated on "Dr. Horrible" during the 2007-08 writers strike. "And it's not like Neil [Patrick Harris], Nathan [Fillion] and Felicia [Day] ain't busy either. We »
Andrew Chambliss, the lead writer on Buffy Season 9, has revealed a few details on the next chapter of Buffy Summers. While the scripts are still being ironed out, Whedon and Co. have worked out the structure of the next series; it will run 25 books, and be formatted in 5 issue arcs with a few one-shot stories peppered throughout.
At the end of the day, I’m just excited to write Buffy and where she is in her journey as a character coming off Season 8 where she was running this huge army and it literally was “the world’s going to end.”…She always thought she was going to die, but now she has to answer all of these questions that hit when you normally enter your 20s. Who am I? What am I going to do? Will I be a slayer all of my life? … I’m discovering Buffy as a »
- Brandon Johnston
Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog © 2010 Time Science Blood Club LLC. All Rights Reserved. Unit photography by Amy Opoka. Joss Whedon directs, from left, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day.
This July marks three years since the upstart web series “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” debuted to the masses via the minds of writer-producer-director Joss Whedon, fellow writers (and siblings) Jed and Zack Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen. A zany, heartfelt, three-part musical confection starring Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother »
- Tara DiLullo Bennett
Joss Whedon gave the world something special with Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog, his Writer’s Strike circumventing Internet Supervillian Musical Mini Series, and now he’s giving you a little more with the release of the companion book.
Titan Books have gone to town with this tie-in which is essential reading for budding evil geniuses everywhere as you not only get the complete script with a load of production stills but you also get the sheet music for the songs. I can see a million uploads hitting Youtube thanks to this book, and I’m sure Joss Whedon would be pleased at the geekery he has inspired.
If you’ve seen Dr. Horrible (and really, you should – it’s silly, subversive and full of Whedonesque charm), or were a fan of the season six episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Once More With Feeling, then you’ll eat this up »
- Jon Lyus
Joss Whedon fans have reason to celebrate this week. .Dollhouse. has come to comics, compliments of Dark Horse Comics and Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. .Dollhouse: Epitaphs. is a one-shot issue, but it leads into an upcoming special series that will be released later this year. The story is meant to be a prologue to the events of the episodes of .Epitaph 1. and .Epitaph 2,. which ended each of the show's two seasons. Readers will finally see the actual events that led up to these episodes, particularly how the mind-wiping technology of the Dollhouse was released into the general population, and what happened after that fateful moment. Three characters from the show, Mag (Maggie), Zone and Griff, are the central characters for this comic. When much of the world is mind-wiped, »
This week featured the arrival of Dark Horse Comics' "Dollhouse: Epitaphs" comic book on shelves, returning fans to the world of Joss Whedon's over-too-soon television series in a one-shot comic written by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. However, as Dark Horse editor Scott Allie told MTV News earlier this year, the return to the dollhouse doesn't end there.
"Epitaphs" will be followed by a five-issue miniseries that kicks off in July, and MTV Splash Page is proud to bring you the exclusive announcement of the series' creative team, and an early peek at some of the issues' covers. So, without further ado, please join us in welcoming Andrew Chambliss back to the "Dollhouse" universe!
A story editor and writer on more than half of the "Dollhouse" episodes (including "Epitaph One" and "Epitaph Two"), Chambliss currently serves as Executive Story Editor on the hit series "The Vampire Diaries" (as well »
- Rick Marshall
The good news about The Boy Behind the Gate by Larry Jacobson (Buoy Press, $27.95), a memoir about a gay man's actual five-year journey around the world by sailboat, is that it includes a wealth of detail about the journey, taken from actual emails and journal entries written during the journey itself.
The bad news about The Boy Behind the Gate is this wealth of detail.
On one hand, you have a very real sense of what Larry went though, the problems big and (mostly) small that a person might encounter on a journey sailing around the world.
On the other hand, the book isn't a "story," with a theme and a beginning, middle, and end, so much as a list of actual chronological events, some admittedly interesting, others not so much.
Worse, there isn't a enough detail about some of the most interesting things in the book, like Larry's relationship with Ken, »
- Brent Hartinger
It's no surprise that Joss Whedon has a magic touch. I will be the first to admit that his creations are not always infallible, but the man has an eye for doing new and exciting things that end up working like we couldn't have predicted.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog wasn't the first made-for-web mini movie/series, but it took a cute idea and put it on a platform that allowed it to flourish. The little web series that could ended up winning multiple awards, including an Emmy, a Hugo, a Steamy and a People's Choice Award.
Titan Books has produced a companion guide to the web series, which is now available for purchase. The book is a treasure for fans of Dr. Horrible, and should have you laughing from the very first page, which features a Forward from Captain Hammer himself (who seems to have a little trouble recalling the »
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