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April 19th is getting better and better. First we get the premiere of Season 2 of the so-very-excellent Orphan Black on BBC America, and now comes news of another premiere that follows directly after: a new docu-series entitled The Real History of Science Fiction.
BBC America Premieres New Original Docu-Series The Real History of Science Fiction on April 19 As told by the genre’s greatest pioneers, the four-part docu-series explores recurring science fiction themes: Robots, Space, Invasion and Time
New York –, March 10, 2014 – BBC America delves into the real history of science fiction with filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown. The new original documentary series is a »
- Erin Willard
Director: Rob Thomas.
Running Time: 105 minutes.
Synopsis: Having put her time growing up in Neptune, California behind her, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) is on the cusp of becoming a high-class lawyer. The same day she completes an important interview, she finds herself drawn back to her hometown after ex-boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring) asks for her help in clearing his name when he finds himself on murder charges.
First things first, you do not need to be a huge fan of the television series to enjoy this film. Much like Joss Whedon’s big screen adaptation of Firefly, Serenity, the film manages to include fans of the original format without alienating the uninitiated. The opening minutes act as a kind of ‘previously on Veronica Mars’, refreshing those that haven’t seen »
- Kat Smith
Every Sunday Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below by price. Some of these deals won’t last, so if you see something you like don’t wait too long. Up to 74% Off Joss Whedon shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse Airplane! [Blu-ray] - $4.99 (68% off) Captain Phillips (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) - $14.00 (63% off) Dallas Buyers Club (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $17.99 (40% off) The Sopranos: The Complete Series - $139.99 (50% off) All In The Family: The Complete Series - $79.99 (60% off) Gilligan's Island: Complete Series Collection - $24.99 (78% off) Over 200 DVDs Under $5 Over 700 Blu-rays Under $10 [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.] »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Feature Stefan Mohamed 10 Mar 2014 - 06:00
Joss Whedon, it’s fair to say, is not short of fans. Between Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Cabin in the Woods, Dr Horrible, and latterly his work with Marvel (not to mention his adaptation of a play by that little-known writer Will Shakesman), he has an enviable back catalogue, and Whedonites (as I promise not to refer to them again after this sentence) rank among the most devoted, rabid and occasionally frightening fans in geekdom. If you want an idea of just how passionate people are about the man’s work, write the phrase “I am a leaf on the wind” in any comment thread below a Whedon-related article, and hang on to something. Said thread may experience some slight turbulence and then explode. »
Director: Rob Thomas; Screenwriter: Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero; Starring: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Krysten Ritter, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III; Running time: 107 mins; Certificate: 12A
The task of resurrecting any beloved franchise brings with it a certain degree of responsibility to the fans. The closest counterpart to the Veronica Mars movie, which resurrects Kristen Bell's sharp-tongued teenage sleuth from the small screen against all odds, is Joss Whedon's 2006 sci-fi Serenity, the long-awaited theatrical sequel to his short-lived space western series Firefly.
But where Whedon owed Firefly fans (aka the Browncoats) a figurative debt for their ongoing support, Mars creator Rob Thomas owes his fans (aka the Marshmallows) in a much more specific and literal sense – the film is funded entirely by them via a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. So what's most impressive about Veronica Mars is that for all this history, it plays as much more than fan service. »
Frozen has just won Best Animation and Best Original Song (for Let It Go) at the Oscars, as well as crossing the $1 billion mark at the global box office ($388.7 million domestic and $611.5 million international). It's Disney's seventh film to cross the $1bn mark, and the second highest-grossing animated film of all time, after Toy Story 3's $1.06 billion.
Frozen is an awesome movie regardless, but it's nice that the film is getting the commercial success and critical plaudits it deserves. It's enough to give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside, whether you're a snowman or not. Some movies are worth melting for. Just maybe not right this minute...
Out of the animated films released last year, Frozen is a worthy winner, but so would have been Despicable Me 2, and The Croods isn't far off in terms of quality. The aptly-titled Epic would also have been a worthy winner, but didn't even receive a nomination, »
The majority of TV shows never last past the first season. Usually, it’s because they suck. But every once in a while a show comes and goes in an instant that actually warrants being remembered, that is far better than its short life would indicate and, after that cruel early cancellation, develops a massive cult following. Few shows better fit that model than Firefly, Joss Whedon’s thoroughly inventive 14-episode space-western saga. Let’s explore it.
The world of Firefly
Captain Malcolm Reynolds is a gun-slinging, quip-zinging former soldier on the losing end of a war for independence in the year 2517. Unwilling to live under the thumb of a totalitarian regime, he acquires a spaceship, Serenity, along with a ragtag crew of fighters, technicians, passengers, and nuisances, and flies to the outer reaches of the colonized universe looking for any kind of job he can get (but mostly smuggling, »
- Spencer Barnes
Serenity Leaves on the Wind #2
Written by Zack Whedon
Pencilled by Georges Jeanty
Inked by Karl Story
Colors by Laura Martin
Published by Dark Horse Comics
The Serenity Leaves on the Wind miniseries isn’t new reader friendly, but it is a great place for fans of the Firefly TV series and Serenity film to reconnect with their favorite characters and ship. Zack Whedon has a solid handle on the various characters’ voices and even introduces some of the moral dilemmas that made Firefly such an engaging show. In Serenity #2, Whedon explores different character’s relationships, like Mal and Zoe and Simon and River, while progressing the main plot of the crew of Serenity trying to heal Zoe as the New Resistance movement and Alliance look for them. Sometimes Georges Jeanty’s figures sometimes don’t look like the characters in the show, but he uses close-up panels to capture the characters’ emotions without dialogue. »
- Logan Dalton
A few weeks back you may have read me talking about the entertainment package that Now TV were now offering alongside movies and sport accessible through their box or online that was £4.99 a month and gave you access to shows from HBO showing in the UK through Sky Atlantic. Unless you have been in outer space for the last month, you may have also heard a little buzz about some small show from HBO called True Detective. Well good news if you heeded my recommendations and invested in a subscription because the first episode of True Detective is now available on Now TV.
I don’t normally review single episodes of anything but I have watched the first episode of True Detective and feel like it should be mentioned, it could well be the best thing to come from television since Game of Thrones. True Detective is an eight part »
- Chris Holt
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, Arrow, Constantine, Son of Batman, Teen Titans Go! and more...
Well, they sure made us wait, but this week Marvel Studios gave us our first look at August's cosmic superhero adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, and boy did they deliver, with the reveal of the first trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! leading to what's been described as a "social media smash", with more mentions in the first 12 hours across Facebook and Twitter following its release than Man of Steel managed in 24 hours. The fun got underway on Monday with the arrival »
- Gary Collinson
Adam Baldwin garnered praise for his roles in Full Metal Jacket, and Joss Whedon’s Angel and of course Firefly, but his online outburst against marriage equality isn’t making him a ton of fans on the Web.
On Friday, Baldwin—no relation to Alec, Stephen, et al—tweeted that same-sex marriage was on par with incest and fraud.
What’s wrong, now, with a father marrying his son for love & to avoid tax penalties?
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) February 21, 2014
The 52-year-old actor claims to have been a Democrat since back in 1980, but now considers himself a “small government conservative libertarian.” He has written for Huffington Post and Breitbart.
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- Dan Avery
TV news and notes:
- Krysten Ritter is joining the space race. The former "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" star has taken a lead role in NBC's comedy pilot "Mission Control" as a woman who comes into conflict with a macho astronaut during the run-up to Nasa's missions to the moon in the 1960s. Ritter will also be a producer on the project.
- Now that she's no longer a series regular on "Homeland," Morena Baccarin has found her next TV role. The "Firefly" alum will star in "Warriors," an ABC drama pilot about military doctors and nurses. Her character is a psychiatrist and expert on post-traumatic stress who's also suffering from the disorder following a stint in Afghanistan.
It has been announced that the latest chapter in Warner Bros.' DC Universe Animation Original Moies line, Son of Batman, will receive its world premiere at WonderCon Anaheim, which is set to take place between April 18th and April 20th. Check out the official press release from WonderCon, after a brand new still:
The world is turned upside down when Batman—one of the world’s greatest superheroes—finds out he is a father in the newest DC Universe Original Animated Movie, Son of Batman. This all-new, PG-13-rated film will have its world premiere at WonderCon Anaheim with a screening and panel discussion.
The screening at WonderCon marks the sixth DC Universe Animated Movie premiere at the event. Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment have premiered Justice League: The New Frontier (2008), Wonder Woman (2009), Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011), Superman vs. The Elite (2012), and Superman Unbound (2013) exclusively at WonderCon over the past 6 years. »
- Gary Collinson
Can you believe it’s been six years since Joss Whedon’s 3-part supervillain musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog was released? Written by Whedon, his brothers Jed and Zack, and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen during the Writer’s Strike in 2008, Dr. Horrible was produced exclusively for internet distribution and became a huge cult hit, winning a few awards (including a Creative Arts Emmy) and reaching over 50 million viewers.
Like most of Whedon’s projects, it created a pretty devoted fanbase, too. A sequel was announced to be in the works all the way back in 2009 but unfortunately, that sequel seems to be stuck in development hell (another thing Whedon famously juggles with). According to his brother Jed though, it is going to happen. Eventually.
“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. »
- James Garcia
Fox doesn’t exactly have the most solid history when it comes to bringing science fiction to the small screen. Fans no doubt still haven’t forgotten that the network was responsible for prematurely cancelling a perennial fan favorite in Joss Whedon’s Firefly (a series some are still hoping to revive, twelve years after it went off the air).
So Fox’s latest sci-fi offering, Almost Human, had an uphill battle ahead of it to begin with. The series may share some of the creative team as the network’s cult hit Fringe, including Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams as executive producer. Furthermore, it has Dredd‘s Karl Urban and Think Like ...
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
In 2002, one of the greatest crimes in television history was committed: Firefly was cancelled after only one season.
Because of disputes between Joss Whedon and 20th Century Fox, episodes of the space western were shown out of order; this made it difficult for viewers to feel that the show had a consistent plot line, tone, and/or character development, which led to poor viewing figures. Fortunately, after the show was released on DVD and on Netflix and the episodes could be watched in the right order, its genius was clear. Fans – “Browncoats,” after the name for the Independent soldiers fighting against the unjust Alliance – rose up in protest of its cancellation. This resulted in the movie Serenity, where the characters and story lines were given some closure. It still remains a shame that a brilliant show that could have easily lasted six or seven seasons only lasted for one, »
- Cailin Coane
Damn you Tim Minear. The writer and producer of Firefly has teased fans of Joss Whedon's cult classic television series in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, suggesting a possible return as a limited series. While discussing the show, he said:
"I would never foreclose the possibility [of a return]. The fact that it was even a feature film after it spectacularly failed on Fox was a miracle. And of course it lives on in other forms. In terms of getting the band back together to make a new adventure, who knows? I would love it. It would be great. But first everybody has their respective projects that limits them from crossing over into other things. It’s just trying to coordinate everybody’s obligations so they could somehow participate... I think a limited series of some kind would work best. Something like that could also work if, say, 20th could partner with Netflix, »
- Gary Collinson
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
It's not easy being a romantically-minded TV viewer. Sure, sometimes you get invested in a couple and they finally get together and it's everything you hoped it would be. But equally often, the pairing you're rooting for gets sidelined by a different relationship, or vetoed for weird canonical reasons, or the show gets cancelled before the tension is ever resolved.
To celebrate Valentine's Day, we've listed a few of our favourite 'coulda, shoulda, woulda' couples. Some of these are vintage unresolved relationships with which we've had to make our peace, but for others, there may still be hope...
[Additional reporting by Morgan Jeffery]
Joey and Phoebe (Friends)
We're not saying Joey and Phoebe definitely should have been together, but it would have been an improvement on the terrible decision to pair him up with Rachel (the only good thing that came out of that was Ross being fine). Friends has always been pretty clear: Ross »
Having worked with Joss Whedon on three of his beloved TV shows, it was only ever a matter of time before Firefly’s writer-producer Tim Minear weighed in on the question of a reunion/reboot, and he’s now thrown a very interesting possibility into the ring.
Interviewed by EW on the topic of TV shows that deserve a second life, Minear says that, whilst there are currently no plans underway at the moment, he thinks that the short-lived Firefly would do very well as a limited series if ever it were to be rebooted. And to tease fans even more, he says that nothing is impossible when it comes to bringing the cast of Firefly back together.
I would never foreclose the possibility. The fact that it was even a feature film after it spectacularly failed on Fox was a miracle. And of course it lives on in other forms. »
- Kenji Lloyd
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