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Since her debut in the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Faith, the more rebellious, hot-tempered, occasionally sociopathic Slayer who acts as a foil to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Buffy, was only ever unequivocally defeated by two people in a fight: Buffy, and, during season one of Angel, Angel. Which makes sense, since they’re both the title characters of their respective shows. Faith, portrayed by Eliza Dushku, was a fierce fighter who wrestled with demons both internal and external. But she never had to deal with the nefarious likes of One Direction.Dushku was two months into a film shoot in Pittsburgh, during which time she lived in the same hotel room. Then One Direction rolled into town like Hellspawn: “Don’t worry One Direction. It was super chill movin outta my hotel room so u can have the Entire Floor I’ve been staying on for 2 months, »
- Greg Cwik
Variety’s “Actors on Actors” on PBS was awarded the Emmy for best entertainment programming at the Television Academy’s 67th Los Angeles area Emmy Awards.
“Actors on Actors,” which is an interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft, was produced by PBS SoCal in partnership with Variety Media, LLC.
The winners were announced Saturday at the 67th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards at The Skirball Cultural Center Guerin Pavilion in Herscher Hall.
“We couldn’t be more excited to receive this honor from the Academy,” said Variety co-editors-in-chief Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein. “PBS SoCal was the perfect partner to showcase Variety’s dedication to in-depth coverage on the awards front.”
Other Emmy awards on Saturday night included honoring Kcbs anchor Pat Harvey with the Governors Award in recognition of her long run in the Los Angeles market. Kmex was the biggest winner of the night with nine wins, »
- Variety Staff
Juliet Landau appeared on 17 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" 144 episodes ... but man, did she make an impression. Joining the show in Season Two as one half of a killer couple, Landau's Drusilla and her on-screen love Spike (James Marsters) proved to be two of the titular character's most memorable foes. And, like her immortal character on the beloved series, the fandom love for the show never dies "The show has such a massive following. It seems to grow and grow and grow and people love to watch it over and over or bring their families into it," she tells toofab's Brian Particelli. "It’s amazing. and people are still really avid about it, it’s wonderful." But there is a line between "avid fan" and slight obsession. "I met a young woman who legally changed her name to Drusilla Summers," Landau exclaims. "She's got Dru and Buffy's last name, »
- tooFab Staff
Much like Ant-Man promises to do something different and have fun with the superhero movies, composer Christophe Beck (you’ve heard his work in everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel on t.v. to Tower Heist, The Muppets, and Frozen on the big screen) is planning a really fun and stylish score for Marvel Studio’s Phase Two capper. The man himself has posted the movie’s main theme to Youtube, and I for one absolutely love it. It’s (there’s that word again) fun, and a nice change of pace from the usual bombastic super hero fare. I’m having a great time just listening to it by itself, and can’t wait to hear it in the movie when it opens in a few days. Check it out or yourself below. Released: 17th July Synopsis: Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Writer/director Joss Whedon is a Comic-Con Icon, and even received an award while he was there, telling him so. While he was in San Diego, he spent some time chatting with fans at NerdHQ, joking, giving advice, and sharing insight into his work and career. During the panel, which benefitted Operation Smile, Joss Whedon talked about whether there might ever be a director’s cut of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Christian iconography in the film, masterminding character deaths, the impact Buffy and Angel have had on people, the possibility of more Dr. Horrible, whether he’d ever return to Firefly, Shakespeare adaptations, his experience working on Toy Story, the first story he ever created, how he approaches writing, the technology he’s excited about using in film, why he really left Twitter, and which Comic-Con panel he would have liked to have seen. Here are the highlights of what he had to say. »
- Christina Radish
So much yes! Ryan Murphy's highly anticipated Scream Queens has cast the parents of Ariana Grande's character (Chanel #2), and we are all about it. E! News has learned that Roger Bart (Revenge, Desperate Housewives) will play Chanel #2's father, and Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) has been cast as her mother. We screened the pilot episode of Scream Queens last night and can tell you it does not disappoint--and neither does Ariana. In fact, her scene (as well as Nick Jonas') got the biggest laughs of the entire first hour, as her character, #2, texted and social media'd her way through a ridiculous situation. From the looks of these photos that were taken »
Today is a good day to be a Scream Queen! Right after we found out that the series would be arriving on our TV screens on September 22, we got some more amazing news. Charisma Carpenter, also known as Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, has been cast in the horror/comedy series from Ryan Murphy as the mother of one very famous pop star named Ariana Grande! While not a lot is known about Grande's character, she seems to be playing one of Emma Roberts' sorority henchwomen. Absolutely everything we've heard about this show so far has only made us more excited, and this is no exception. The series, from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, »
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Carpenter will play the mother of Ariana Grande’s character in Fox’s forthcoming horror comedy, our sister site Deadline reports.
VideosScream Queens‘ Full Trailer Reveals the Show’s First Murder — and It’s Twisted
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These days, you can’t swing a mythical hammer without hitting a comic book property being adapted for the screen, with every major TV network and movie studio seeking the next pre-established franchise in the pages of DC, Marvel and Image.
But while “The Walking Dead” remains TV’s No. 1 scripted show and series like CW’s “The Flash” and Netflix’s “Daredevil” rake in critical acclaim, one question looms large over awards season: Can a comic book drama crack the Emmy race?
“When you sign on for genre, you definitely accept that fact that you are playing at a disadvantage when it comes to awards season,” says “Daredevil” showrunner Steven DeKnight, who cut his teeth writing for genre maestro Joss Whedon on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” — two critically beloved shows that failed to earn major Emmy recognition during their runs. “I think once you get to the Academy level, »
- Laura Prudom
The PBS SoCal special “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” is among the nominees for the 67th annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.
The interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft is a contender in the entertainment programming category. “Actors on Actors,” a co-production between Variety and PBS SoCal, will vie against Ktla’s “Live From the Oscars” and Kcbs/Kcal’s “Lexus: Music Uncovered” series.
In the competitive investigative reporting category, Fox’s Kttv is up against Kcbs and Univision’s Kmex, which has two nominations. Hard news reporting noms went to Kcbs/Kcal’s David Goldstein and Catherine Gelera; Kvea’s Azucena Gomez; Kmex’s Antonio Valverde; and separate noms for Knbc’s Robert Kovacik and Tony Shin.
In the competition for the three regularly scheduled newscast categories, there are no nominations; all stations that submit entries are contenders. The morning and daily newscast »
- Variety Staff
TV has a new superhero. Marvel’s Daredevil follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Starring Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk), Marvel’s Daredevil remains faithful to the long-running comic’s reputation as a realistic crime drama.
Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Angel) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, in addition to writing the first two episodes »
- Michelle McCue
Now here's a question that's the sort to get The Beast on The Chase rubbing his chubby hands in delight as a browbeaten contestant faces a wrong answer: What is a somnambulist?
It's not the sort of word that crops up in everyday patter. “Hello, I saw a somnambulist last night. Did you?” In fact, the only time I've come across this word was when I bought the CD version of Xtc's splendid Black Sea album which features a hypnotic, ambient B-side extra song called The Somnambulist. In fact, it's another term for a sleepwalker – so if by some minute chance, you read this and find yourself faced with this question on a big money quiz show, remember – you read it here!
Even Wesley is none too sure that his new boss is on the level. Having read the front pages of the papers, he's alarmed to find that the »
It's only mere weeks into the new millennium and already Rupert Giles is finding it a massive drag. The 21st century is promising big things and greater possibilities, and yet Giles is finding that he's about as relevant as an eight-track cartridge.
He may only be in his mid 40s – not approaching codger-dom by any means – but Giles hasn't really got much to show on his life CV. His only known job is to stamp books in a school which now no longer exists. His love life isn't exactly busy, given that Olivia's since gone back to Blighty with Gentleman-experience doubts in her head (we only see her in a dream sequence in Restless, so I guess that's another relationship over for Rupert). And his once close circle of friends seems to be sliding away from his reach. What with Xander looking to make ends meet and Buffy and Willow »
The Kaniacs were out in full force last night in St. Louis! Actor/singer-songwriter Christian Kane is in town! Christian, best known for his roles on the shows Angel, Leverage, and The Librarians, is a guest at this year’s Wizard World Comic Con here in St. Louis (for more detailed look at this year’s festivities, read our article Here). Kane also appeared in the movies 50 To 1, Just Married and Second Hand Lions
Kane took stage at The Hard Rock Café last night for a special concert and pre-con party. He took questions from his adoring fans, some of who had travelled to St. Louis from as far away as Oregon for the sold out event. He then grabbed his guitar and played a one-hour acoustic set of his music.
- Tom Stockman
During the heyday of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," I was an active advocate for studios to pick up on the wonder that was Joss Whedon. Watching "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," it feels like that is exactly what we were asking for when we asked for him to be in charge of our pop culture. And I mean that in both positive and negative ways. Joss Whedon has a great ear for clever dialogue, and that can be a wee bit of a curse. There is something about the way he writes that can make it feel like he's afraid to fully engage in some of the bigger emotion. When you're doing 22 episodes of a television series, you can take one episode to shift the tone to something darker, more somber, and it feels appropriate. In a 140 minute film, you can only find moments to downshift, and when it's surrounded by non-stop wisecracks, »
- Drew McWeeny
Back in 2010, Shadowlocked ran a piece entitled The lost film that accompanied The Empire Strikes Back. It was an excerpt from an in-depth with the short film's writer/director/producer Roger Christian, conducted by our Founding Editor Martin Anderson, and discussing the interesting behind-the-scenes story of the for-a-long-time-lost-but-not-forgotten fantasy short film Black Angel.
Not to be confused with James Cameron's TV series Dark Angel, or Joss Whedon's TV series Angel, Roger Christian's 25-minute short film Black Angel preceded Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, before the print was destroyed and the film thought lost to the world. In recent years, however, another print has been discovered, and now it's been made available for free on YouTube until the end of May.
The Black Angel team have teased “another exciting announcement coming on 2nd June.”
A post on the film's official Facebook page tells fans »
So, it's now been a couple of weeks since The Incident took place on Grey's Anatomy, and now that the dust has settled we're looking back on the other small-screen deaths that have left us similarly destroyed.
Below, we've listed 17 of the TV demises we're still not over. In no particular order. They all made us sad. We're not crying, it's just raining. On our faces.
Warning: Just in case this doesn't go without saying, spoilers galore lie ahead. Some of these shows are finished, some are still on, but all of the episodes referenced aired in 2014 or earlier.
Spoiler: Joss Whedon is going to show up a few times on this list. The man has a self-confessed cruel streak when it comes to offing beloved characters, but the death of Buffy Summers' mother is in a different league even by Whedon standards.
Five seasons in, we »
From the very beginning the Doctor has been a mysterious traveller who is accompanied on his adventures by a variety of companions. Sometimes they’ve been female. Sometimes they’ve been male. Sometimes they’ve been shape-changing robots. On one occasion, they were very nearly a talking cabbage (if the story is to be believed).
The role of the companion, as has been widely noted, is to be our viewpoint into the Doctor’s adventures. They ask the questions that we would ask, need the things explained to them that we would need explained to us, and allow us to experience the Doctor’s adventures vicariously through them. In the best cases, the companions are someone that we might pretend to be, roleplaying our way through the viewing experience and reassuring ourselves that we would be just as clever, just as brave. In other cases, however…
There are companions »
- Mikey Heinrich
“Person of Interest” aired what could be its final episode Tuesday – the program’s renewal prospects remain uncertain heading into CBS’ fall upfront presentation – and in some respects, the series offers a cautionary tale. Not just about artificial intelligence and the surveillance state, which provided the show’s cerebral foundation, but also the challenges in allowing what at its heart was initially a crime procedural, on a network overflowing with them, to morph into a more serialized drama, until the program practically choked on its own dense mythology.
Conceived largely as a two-character piece – Batman’s billions and brains (Michael Emerson) and brawn (Jim Caviezel) split into two guys – the series drew depth and strength from its expanded roster of players, including the since-departed Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman as two cops who gradually joined the operation. Then there was the cold-hearted mercenary Shaw (Sarah Shahi) and the villain-turned-uncomfortable-teammate »
- Brian Lowry
The day is finally here, and fans assemble for the follow-up to Marvel's 2012 Joss Whedon-directed hit movie The Avengers. This week's new release, Avengers: Age of Ultron, was also written and directed by Whedon, creator of hit TV franchises Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly.
Marvel continues to tie events in its film franchise to its TV series Agents of Shield, which provides a plausible reason for the group of superheroes to reunite in search of Loki's sceptre. The sceptre has fallen into dangerous hands in the wake of Shield's collapse, as witnessed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of Shield. The recapture of that artifact leads to the creation of Ultron, a new and deadly cybernetic enemy bent on the team's destruction.
James Spader voices Ultron, and it's hard not to like the villain perhaps more than the heroes with his matter-of-fact quips and insults, »
- Mike Saulters
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