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The Reelist: David Brind on Teen Angst

10 November 2009 7:30 AM, PST | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Dare: Zach Gilford and Emmy Rossum Dare, the new film directed by Adam Salky, opens this Friday after its premiere earlier this year at Sundance. Written by Tribeca Film Festival alum David Brind (Twenty Dollar Drinks, Tff 2006), Dare follows the story of three teens caught up in a tempestuous love triangle. With so many influences evident in the story, we asked Brind to share his inspiration with us. We are pleased to present our first-ever guest-hosted Reelist. From the classic Rebel Without A Cause to seminal 90s hits (Election, The Ice Storm, Welcome to the Dollhouse) to the more recent Mean Girls, he's picked a gem of a list, and we have updated our Netflix queue accordingly. I've been a fan of the high school movie genre for as long as I can remember. Adolescence, for me, was a time of extremely heightened emotions, desires, and drives. The tricky »

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Girls on Film: The Hollywood Dollhouse

2 November 2009 6:32 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Being an actress can be a real pain in the ass. By definition, the gig is simple. You pretend your someone else; you perform. In reality, however, there's a whole added can of worms -- especially when Hollywood is involved. There's this ridiculous and particular mold an actress has to fit into, and pitfalls she must deal with -- especially in terms of superstardom.

There is literally no way to completely avoid the possible pitfalls of celebrity -- especially if you choose to be involved with any film project. We live in a world where potential blockbusters can tank and the $11k, uber-small Paranormal Activity can become a phenomenon. There's always a chance -- the possibility of being thrust into the ever-scrutinizing public eye, finding any semblance of privacy fly out the window as the paparazzi camp out at your front door and fandom rains down.

Welcome to the Dollhouse. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Sound On Sight Radio #156 - Tiff ‘09 Report: Life During Wartime

28 September 2009 10:16 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Since his 1995 breakthrough Welcome to the Dollhouse, director Todd Solondz has been one of the most audacious and controversial voices to come out of recent American independent cinema, and thanks to the arrival at Tiff of his latest, Life During Wartime, Ricky and Simon decided to take on three of his demented, blackly funny films, including Dollhouse, Wartime and his 1998 critical smash Happiness, to which Wartime is more or less a direct sequel - with a completely different cast. listen now [1] Download the show in a new window [2] Listen on I-Tunes [3] RSS feeds [4] Sound On Sight Forum [5] Twitter [6] Facebook [7] [8] [1] http://www.soundonsight.org/SoundReviews/Episode156.mp3 [2] http://www.soundonsight.org/SoundReviews/Episode156.mp3 [3] http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=301023002 [4] http://www.soundonsight.org../feed/ [5] http://www.popsyndicate.com/forums/viewforum/94/ [6] http://twitter.com/sound_on_sight [7] http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/group.php?gid=38526697477 [8] http://click. »

- Ricky

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Sound On Sight Radio #156

28 September 2009 9:26 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Since his 1995 breakthrough Welcome to the Dollhouse, director Todd Solondz has been one of the most audacious and controversial voices to come out of recent American independent cinema, and thanks to the arrival at Tiff of his latest, Life During Wartime, Ricky and Simon decided to take on three of his demented, blackly funny films, including Dollhouse, Wartime and his 1998 critical smash Happiness, to which Wartime is more or less a direct sequel - with a completely different cast. Coming Soon! [1] [1] [1] http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=DNHFgIiNa10&offerid=129871.10000190&type=4&subid=0 [2] http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=DNHFgIiNa10&offerid=129871.10000190&type=4&subid=0 »

- Ricky

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Dollhouse Season 2 Discussion

25 September 2009 3:37 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Joss Whedon has been making the rounds in various media forms and chatting about the upcoming 2nd season of Dollhouse.  I’ll talk touch on some generic issues then a little bit later. Beware, there’s a section marked spoilers, you can pass over that part and onto more good stuff with the skip/jump link I’ve included.

Joss truly didn’t expect to be working on a 2nd season of Dollhouse, but all the non-traditional ratings numbers such as DVR viewing added up and the idea that fans will gravitate to the show in such a way that the revenue stream from DVD sales and such won’t dry up were all factors that nudged Fox towards renewing the show.

 

Even though some of the writers, Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft, that worked on season 1 headed off to work on the show Lie To Me, Joss nabbed the creators of Reaper, »

- Bruce Simmons

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Featurette on Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime Starring Paul Reubens

12 September 2009 1:24 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Update: Buzz continues to build as the film just won Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival. I like how Todd Solondz talks. In the below featurette---ideal for a Saturday afternoon in both length and Puerto Rico palm casualness---the writer/director of Welcome to the Dollhouse discusses his new film, Life During Wartime. Yep, titled after the Talking Heads' classic. You may or may not know that Wartime is being cited in early reviews as a return to form for Solondz, the rare American director who is unwaveringly committed to exploring the fringes and norms of society. There was a time in the mid '90s when I actually confused Solondz and Wes Anderson, due to their media-buzz indie predilection and similar disheveled nerd-artist appearances. Funny that in 2009, that seems like such an odd and off mix-up. Perhaps tellingly so. Wartime stars Paul Reubens, in sickly make-up, the swell Allison Janney, »

- Hunter Stephenson

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Looking Forward To Season 2 Of Dollhouse?

7 September 2009 3:59 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Now that Joss Whedon has control of Dollhouse on Fox, we aren’t going to get any more stand alone episodes.  Instead, the story will start making sense as Joss tells his tale the way he envisioned it.

Season 2 is going to pick up where season 1 left off, in the aftermath of how Alpha left everything. The Dollhouse will continue with business as normal, but the staff will be waiting for the other shoe to drop because they know that Alpha is out there.

 

It will also be nice to see what Joss does from here on out.  Even being on Fridays, my hope for its success is not diminished.  In the meantime, enjoy these season 2 promo pictures.

Dollhouse season 2 premieres on September 25th on Fox.

Source:  Sci Fi Wire, Photos: Whedonesque

You Might Also Be Interested In:Joss Whedon Gets Control Over His Dollhouse Dollhouse Comic-Con 2009 Panel Joss Whedon »

- Bruce Simmons

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Welcome to the Dollhouse: A Glimpse Inside the Making of The Fantastic Mr. Fox

3 September 2009 2:30 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Just how painstaking was production on The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson's stop-motion adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic about a vulpine family man facing a minor midlife crisis? Perhaps it would be easier to show, not tell, and this official featurette does just that. Narrated by Jason Schwartzman, who voices young Fox family member Ash, the mini-doc features Anderson holding court over his miniature sets with the same giddy and particular authority he displayed marching through the grounds of an English manor house in that amazing American Express ad. »

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Dollhouse Comic-Con 2009 Panel

26 July 2009 2:15 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

When Joss Whedon came out for the beginning of the Dollhouse panel at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con, he received the only standing ovation I’ve seen up at this massive event in the San Diego Convention Center.  It’s really awesome, unless you’re trying to take pictures, but it was cool to be part of that.

During the first hour, we were treated to the 13th episode of Dollhouse, called “Epitath 1.”  Eliza Dushku was also the producer for this episode.

 

I have to say: good job there Eliza.  It was an awesome episode with a dark, futuristic theme.  That ‘hour’ went by fast.  It was very compelling, but I have to wonder if non-Dollhouse fans understood it?  I had a non-fan next to me.  She didn’t understand the underlying premise of the show but found the episode entertaining.  So there you go.  Still entertaining to non-fans of the show. »

- Bruce Simmons

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Exclusive Interview with Homecoming Director Morgan J. Freeman

18 July 2009 12:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Read our exclusive interview with director Morgan J. Freeman on his upcoming film “Homecoming” Starring Mischa Barton (”The Oc”, CW’s “The Beautiful Life”), Jessica Stroup (CW’s “90210″) and Matt Long (ABC’s “The Deep End”) which opened on July 17 in New York, Los Angeles and Louisville. 1. Tell us about yourself, where are you from, and what is your background in directing? Born And Raised In Long Beach, California. Partied In Uc Santa Barbara Then Went To School In New York. Breakthrough Film Job Was 2Nd Ad On Welcome To The Dollhouse Where I Met Brendan Sexton III And Subsequently Wrote Hurricane Streets For Him — The Rest Was History. 2. [...] »

- Brian Corder

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TV Renewal And Cancellation Notes To Date

17 May 2009 10:36 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Though the networks are making official statements in the coming week, news is coming out slowly but surely on what is going to happen with shows like Dollhouse, Chuck, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Scrubs among others.

Here’s the news that’s come out of this weekend about some of our favorite shows…  after the break.

 

Dollhouse

As we reported Friday night, Dollhouse is renewed on a limited budget, for 13 episodes.

Chuck

Chuck has been picked up for at least 13 episodes.  Yet, there is a “but” in that good news.

There will be budget concessions involved.  It includes cutting back on the episodes and supporting cast members, possibly eliminating one actor altogether and it looks like two of its staff writers will be let go.

Terminator:  The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Sadly, The Sarah Connor Chronicles is being reported as being officially canceled. On top of that, Warner Brothers isn’t »

- Bruce Simmons

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Might Fox Actually Renew Dollhouse? [Updated]

15 May 2009 6:48 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The word on the street is that the Fox network is thinking about renewing Dollhouse.  Color me shocked.  Even Eliza is holding her head in shock!  (Read this article carefully.  There’s a surprise tidbit in here.)

Despite miserably low ratings in its Friday night time slot, Dollhouse brings in strong online streaming numbers and DVR viewings.  Initially thought to be a non-issue to advertisers, it’s still apparently an influence on the waffling of renewals.

 

On top of that, sci-fi shows bring in good revenue when it comes to DVD sales.

If you dwell on it, isn’t that a conundrum?  Networks tend to have so little patience with the slightest bobble in the ratings that they’re pretty quick to dump shows based on the latest numbers.  Then we have to buy the DVDs.  Hmm…  Do we smell a conspiracy maybe?

Anyhow, the rumor floating around…  you really »

- Bruce Simmons

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Dollhouse Finale Goes Out On A Ratings Whimper

13 May 2009 11:31 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Disclaimer:  The front half of this article is spoiler free.  There will be a warning as you approach the time-shifted spoilers and a link that allows you to skip the spoilers altogether when you get near them.

To answer my own question about whether Dollhouse was about to get good, oh yea. It became good… no, it became entertaining and fun.

 

When Dollhouse was first going to air on Mondays, the Whedonverse was excited about Joss Whedon’s new project where he will undoubtedly question core values yet again. Then it found itself shoveled into a Friday night slot, a known graveyard for television.  It seemed that even though Fox spent some cash on the show, it was nothing but lip service - Kind of like playing the lottery.  What’s a few bucks? If it pays off, it’s worth it. If it doesn’t, we can throw the ticket away. »

- Bruce Simmons

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Solved: Dollhouse - The Mystery Of The 13th Episode

10 April 2009 9:48 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

So… what, exactly, is the deal with Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse?

Thursday and Friday, the Internet went nuts with worry that the number of episodes the Fox Television Network is said to be airing for Dollhouse was being short changed. The info distilled into a hyperbole of rumors saying Dollhouse was canceled because the season was being cut short. The truth of the matter is that Fox paid for 13 episodes, but only planned on airing 12.

Which makes us wonder: What’s up with that?

The Dollhouse History

June 4th 2008, Screen Rant reported that Fox was going to give Whedon a 7 episode run of Dollhouse, without airing a pilot for the show. They also gave it a Monday time slot, being the lead-in show for 24.

June 15th 2008, we reported that Fox “asked” for the first episode of Dollhouse to be reshot. It’s here that we felt something was up.

Late »

- Bruce Simmons

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Dollhouse & Sarah Connor Ratings Better Than We Think

3 March 2009 10:28 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

When we all heard that Fox was going to put The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dollhouse on Friday nights, we all went ballistic. We know that Friday nights are a death knoll for a show. It’s hard to ignore the fact that when your favorite gets to replace reality skeins Cops, or My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad, it just ain’t good news. Just start saving up for that single season DVD pack. Right?

Well hold your horses on this one folks. There may be a glint of light at the end of the usually very short Friday night tunnel, or is there?

Despite ratings not looking so hot for either The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Tscc) or Dollhouse for Friday nights, the time shifted viewing numbers are giving the shows some serious bump!

The premiere of Dollhouse saw an increase of viewers by 30% with time shifted viewing. »

- Bruce Simmons

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Weekly TV Wrap Up - February 19th, 2009

19 February 2009 7:02 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

As we all know, ratings weren’t too hot for Dollhouse and Sarah Connor Chronicles. Dollhouse did better than expected, while The Sarah Connor Chronicles did suffer the consequences of the dreaded Friday night time slot. That’s an ouch. But I also touch a little on what I saw on Battlestar Galactica, have a bit of Smallville cast news and more cast has been hired for the NCIS spin-off that everyone waiting for. And a few other tidbits & dribbles along the way.

Dollhouse

I think we need to chalk up ratings to a very narrowly focused group of people. With the blinders on, the advertisers trust in them pretty blindly considering how the viewing technology has changed. Why am I yet again (like I always seem to do), bashing the ratings system? Because even though Dollhouse underperformed in its Friday night time slot, it has found its way to »

- Bruce Simmons

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