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On the advent of the 10th anniversary of Serenity, and the release of Whedons sequel to the 3rd biggest film of all time – The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Grimm Up North bring Serenity back to the big screen at Odeon Printworks on May 12th.
For those unfamiliar with the tale of Serenity, the film follows on from the critically acclaimed 2002 TV show Firefly. Upon first airing the show garnered a small but passionate fandom, who had latched onto the show’s captivating ensemble cast, fleshed out universe, and the unique blend of intergalactic travel & western film iconography. However, Fox TV did not see the show’s potential and killed the series after 12 episodes. In the following years millions of people discovered and fell in love with Firefly, mourning its premature cancellation, so passionately that in 2004 Universal Pictures agreed to finance Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers 1&2) to wrap »
- Phil Wheat
The filmmaker signed off from the social media service with two final messages to his 1.15 million followers.
Avengers: Age of Ultron takes $187m in massive opening weekend
"Now I may me down to sleep I pray the lord my soul to keep If I should die before I wake 'kay," he initially wrote in reference to the Avengers sequel finally being released.
A final tweet read: "Thank you to all the people who've been so kind and funny and inspiring up in here."
Whedon has been criticised by some Avengers fans and critics for using Scarlett Johansson's international spy Black Widow in a typical 'damsel in distress' role in a few key scenes late in Age of Ultron.
The filmmaker did not directly address the Black Widow backlash on Twitter before leaving the micro-blogging website. »
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
First of all, I was lucky because I got to go. I was lucky to hear Joe Quesada introduce the film, not only because he was amusing but he was gracious enough to thank the event planners before he thanked the Hollywood bosses. Trust me, as someone who has worked events for more than 20 years, it’s unusual when someone says “Thank you.” He also thanked all the people who worked on the books, the source material for the movies.
And I was lucky because of the audience. The people in Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Theater on Tuesday were Marvel (and Disney) employees, freelancers, and their plus-ones. It was the kind of audience that cheered the coming attractions (Ant-Man), of course. They cheered the created-by credits. They cheered Stan Lee. From their cheers, I could »
- Martha Thomases
Chicago – Whew. There is so much going on in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” that you practically need a program to keep up with the players. This mixed bag has overwrought comic book action, head shaking plot points, and the usual Marvel angst that includes some riveting scenes.
Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) is the writer and director on this chapter, and adds layer upon layer to the copious amount of superheroes. Relying on the insight that the audience is fully invested in the Avengers – Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow – Whedon piles on some new super faces and a prickly villain named Ultron. The story is comic book epic, but depends on the audience to keep up with it, while throwing in the usual titanic battle sequences. These confrontations are vast in scale, sometimes reducing the heroes to acrobatic CGI cartoon figures. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Rick Grimes takes aim from the shotgun seat in the Wizard World Philadelphia variant cover for The Walking Dead #1, drawn by artist Clay Mann (X-Men, Gambit).
Press Release -- "Philadelphia, April 28, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, today announced that Batman Eternal and Harley Quinn artist Clay Mann has drawn the ninth in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, May 7-10. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Pennsylvania Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic. »
- Derek Anderson
Developers Spark Plug Games and Quantum Mechanix have announced that Nathan Fillion is set to reprise the role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds for the upcoming Mmo Firefly Online. The game will reunite him with several original Firefly cast members for Firefly Online, including Adam Baldwin (Jayne Cobb), Summar Glau (River Tam), Ron Glass (Shepherd Book), Morena Baccarin (Inara Serra), Alan Tudyk (Wash) and Jewel Staite (Kaylee Frye).
Here’s a video of Fillion providing voicework for the game…
Firefly Online (Ffo) is a multi-user strategic roleplaying game set in the universe of Joss Whedon’s cult classic TV show, Firefly. Players take on the role of a ship captain as they hire a crew and lead missions, while trading with and competing against millions of other players like themselves. Much like the crew of Serenity, the Firefly-class transport ship featured in the original show, players must do whatever it »
- Gary Collinson
After months of anticipation, audiences are finally getting to see Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye together on screen again. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron is setting the stakes even higher with a very global scale and a villain as iconic as Ultron putting humanity at risk of extinction. It will also mark Joss Whedon’s second and final time directing the Avengers for the big screen.
Delivering one of the highest grossing films in history with The Avengers, Joss Whedon proved to the world what fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly already knew. He is a master storyteller, able to juggle rich characters, balancing drama, humour, action and horror in equal measure.
He also demonstrated that he isn’t afraid to kill off a good character, something that didn’t surprise fans of his shows. Across Buffy The Vampire Slayer, »
- Baz Greenland
Director: Joss Whedon
Running Time: 141 minutes
Synopsis: Tony Stark (Downey Jr) creates the ultimate artificial intelligence in an attempt to defend the world. Sadly the AI decides the only way to protect the world is by destroying the human race. The Avengers team must join forces once more in an attempt to stop it from achieving its goal.
Joss Whedon has always been good. Some might know that he was the (uncredited) master behind Keanu Reeves mega-hit Speed as well as adding the best bits to Alien Resurrection. Then came Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Serenity; passion projects that saw him enter the circle of worship to many a TV geek. None of us were prepared for what came next though, his comic book caper The »
- Kat Smith
RelatedMay Sweeps Bloodbath: At Least 19 Characters Will Bit the Dust!
An ABC spokesperson confirms that Nathan Fillion has signed a new deal to continue on as the title character for Season 8, if the show is picked up for the 2015-16 TV season.
However, the status of co-lead Stana Katic, whose contract also is up this spring, remains a big question mark.
RelatedCastle Finale Mystery: Fringe Vet to Guest-Star — But as Whom?
ABC also confirms that David Amann would not »
You’re unlikely to come across a more fervent fandom than the surprisingly active Browncoats. The fans of Joss Whedon’s prematurely cancelled sci-fi Western series Firefly – and its brilliant-but-tragic cinematic sequel – are still tirelessly campaigning for its return, in the meantime making do with comic books and other spin-offs that continue the story. As they wait for a proper resurrection, their adoration goes elsewhere.
Mainly wherever the stars of Firefly go, with star Nathan Fillion’s current crime series Castle probably kept on air solely from devoted Browncoats, Whedon’s significant fanbase continuing to grow outside of his Buffy work thanks to those Avengers film, but the one actor who’s managed to continue a career of cult sci-fi work?
- Tom Baker
Well, that didn’t take long.
Two days after Game of Thrones veteran Michelle MacLaren left Wonder Woman, DC has found her replacement in another displaced former superhero director. The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday that Patty Jenkins, known for Monster, is set to takeover the film.
Jenkins has history with superhero tentpole films as she was originally supposed to helm Thor 2 for Marvel before moving on from the project and being replaced by Alan Taylor. It was reported on Monday that MacLaren left Wonder Woman over creative differences.
With her most well-known project being Monster with Charlize Theron, Jenkins does not have any other feature film credits with most of her work being in television with Arrested Development, Entourage, and The Killing. That hasn’t been a huge hurdle though for recent directors in superhero movies with Anthony and Joe Russo making the jump from TV to movies with »
- Zach Dennis
Actor Tom Towles has died at the age of 65.
Our buddy Tom Towles has died. He was a nice funny guy. We will miss him. #riptomtowles #halloween2007 #houseof1000corpses #thedevilsrejects
A photo posted by RobZombieofficial (@robzombieofficial) on Apr 5, 2015 at 1:57pm Pdt
Zombie announced Towles's death on Sunday (April 5) on Facebook.
"I just got word that our buddy Tom Towles has died," he wrote. "He was such a great guy and I am so grateful that we got to work together several times. He will be really missed."
Zombie announced Towles's death on Facebook on Sunday, writing that he had just learned of the actor's passing. No details about Towles's death were made available.
"He was such a great guy and I am so grateful that we got to work together several times," Zombie wrote on Facebook. "He will be really missed."
I just got word that our buddy Tom Towles has died. He was such a great guy and I am so grateful that we got to work together several times. He will be really missed.
Posted by Rob Zombie on Sunday, April 5, 2015
Towles and Zombie collaborated on several horror flicks, including "House of 1000 Corpses," "The Devil's Rejects," and the 2007 "Halloween" remake. The late actor also starred in "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, »
- Katie Roberts
Even if you don’t recognize the name Tom Towles — and few outside the alcoves of esoteric horror will — you may recognize his face if you watched any television in the ’90s: broad brow, ears jutting out just slightly too far, perpetually furrowed eyes and a hooked nose hanging just above a big bushy mustache. Towles, who passed away today at the age of 65, had a singular look and a singular presence that appeared, with varying degrees of brevity, on Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, ER, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager, and Firefly. But those initiated into the cult of indie horror know Towles as Otis from John McNaughton’s notorious, nefarious Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Quickly shot on 16mm on an emaciated budget of $110,000 in 1985, the film didn’t soil screens until 1990, when it carved its way into horror history. Michael Rooker, then an unknown, »
- Greg Cwik
Agents of Shield, Season 2, Episode 15: “One Door Closes”
Directed by David Solomon
Airs Tuesdays at 9pm (Et) on ABC
The episode title “One Door Closes” is a play on the old saying, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Agents of Shield is focused almost exclusively on Agent-now-Director Coulson and his team, even more so after the fall of Shield. In “One Door Closes”, the writers of Agents of Shield ask the audience a lot of important questions. Are Coulson and his team in charge because they are the best people for the job, or does the audience want Coulson in charge because it is the only possibility they have been presented with? Is he only the director »
- Rachel Kolb
Leave it to Vancouver funnyman Ryan Reynolds to have the most ridiculous and charming superhero suit reveal.
This isn’t the first time Reynolds has played a superhero – he played Green Lantern, after all – but it’s also not the first time he’s played Deadpool, the "merc with a mouth." In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Reynold’s Wade Wilson was more of a 2000s bro with some samurai swords.
For Deadpool’s standalone film, the filmmakers are pushing the cargo pants aside. There's a brand new look for Deadpool, and you can almost hear Reynolds's character whispering, “Draw me like one of your French girls.”
Deadpool also stars Haywire’s Gina Carano and Morena Baccarin of “Firefly,” Serenity, and probably other things that aren’t “Firefly” and Serenity, but those aren’t nearly as important because they're not “Firefly” and Serenity. The film is currently filming in Vancouver, and set »
- Sasha James
On top of this morning’s exciting (and eerily saucy) reveal of Ryan Reynolds in costume as Deadpool, 20th Century Fox has kickstarted what appears to be the beginning of the marketing campaign for the film, which includes the launch of the movie’s official Twitter account and website, along with the first logo and synopsis.
The logo itself is pretty straightforward, and what we’ve come to expect from a comic book adaptation. The synopsis is the real gem here, as it gives us the overall story for the film and confirms that the Merc with a Mouth will indeed have his trademark sense of dark humor when he finally gets the solo outing we’ve been waiting for:
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that »
- James Garcia
Posing in a way that would make Rose DeWitt Bukater proud, the photo sees Reynolds don the superhero guise for a rather intimate still. Here’s what the actor had to share.
With great power, comes great irresponsibility. #firstname.lastname@example.org/MPM89bYz1B
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 27, 2015
For the film, Reynolds will play the part of Wade Wilson, Marvel’s idiosyncratic anti-hero that earns his title as the Merc with a Mouth for his quirky one-liners and devastating physical abilities. The project has flirted with development for some time, particularly after the actor’s cameo in the otherwise poor X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it was the tidal wave of support that rose to the fore following the release of last year’s excellent test footage. »
- Michael Briers
It is a well-known fact here at Thn that I’m somewhat a fan of Firefly. The sci-fi western starring Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk combined a great world, intriguing narrative and some utterly brilliant characters with a typically snappy Joss Whedon script. What’s not to love? Who knows, but Firefly was cancelled after a limited run in 2002, despite its Browncoat army of fans protests.
Since the show’s farewell movie Serenity, Joss Whedon has successfully assembled The Avengers on the silver screen already and is overseeing the upcoming sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron, while it’s cast has been busy on films like I, Robot, Dodgeball and Wreck-it Ralph, not to mention starring in hit shows Castle, Suits and Homeland. Had everybody moved on and forgotten their love of Firefly and its cast? Of course not!
- Mike McCarthy
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