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The What?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation.
This Week: Split into TV (Rebels) and Movies (Episode VII) sections, we look at what "Droids In Distress" added to the universe and talk about Joss Whedon's Firefly. Then in movie town, everything we thought we knew about the villain might be wrong or not-so-right and a bunch of illegal stuff leaks.
First off, television - Star Wars: Rebels!
The “Spark of Rebellion” 2-episode broadcast did so well for Disney that Rebels is in no real trouble, which is great. “Droids in Distress,” Monday’s episode was another step in the correct direction. Like some of my favorite children’s cartoons (Legend of Korra), Rebels found a way to talk about genocide for a bit with the backstory of Zeb and his Lasat kind. All but exterminated by the Empire with some really nasty weapons, »
QMx has revealed an amazingly detailed replica model of the ship Serenity from Joss Whedon's Firefly. This is a must own collectible for any fan of the series, and it's one of the most detailed replicas of Captain Mal's ship that exists anywhere.
The Artisan Serenity is a massive 1:125 scale model that is created directly from the 3D models that were made for the 2005 movie. One of the things that makes this so unique is that each order is handmade in a process that takes about 130 hours, which is why it looks so damn incredible.
I'm sure you're wondering how much this bad boy actually costs. Are you ready for this? $7,495! If you want one, and can afford it, it's available for pre-order here. As much as I would have to love this, there's no way I could afford that price. It's still freakin' cool though! I've included »
- Joey Paur
Easter eggs are little in jokes and references that only fans of a property will really recognize most of the time. A number of television shows feature them (Fringe has several, including a nod or two to The X-Files). Buffy and Angel, however, are just full of them.
That’s not surprising. Buffy and Angel’s writing team, and production company Mutant Enemy, were some of the most meticulous planners around, often plotting episodes (or at least plot points) years in advance. To put that in comparison, many shows are just write-as-you-go, down-to-the-wire productions with scripts coming in just weeks in advance of episodes shooting. And while Buffy had its share of last minute changes, the forethought of the writers was simply unparalleled in prime time television at the time (and for the most part, since).
A large part of that can be laid at the feet of »
- Jay Anderson
In the first part of this article, we looked at the idea of "What will they become?" and what it represents in terms of the show's commitment to arc-based, character-driven storytelling, as well as applying the question to the character of Coulson. We'll now go on to ask "What will they become?" about each of the show's other five main characters. As before, spoilers for Season 1 follow.
May (Ming-Na Wen)
Season 1 showed us three different sides to Melinda May. The first is Ninja May, an awesome, highly capable Shield operative, who's so concise, efficient, and just plain cool that she's basically a ninja. She's essentially Mulan meets Chuck Norris (because she's played by the same actress as the former, and has a meme-generating quality to rival the latter), and is easily the show's most comic-book character not derived from the comics.
The second is Angsty May (not to be confused »
• Chris Hemsworth has optioned the film rights to Steve Earle’s novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which he will star in. Benjamin Grayson adapted the novel for the screen, and will be making his directional debut with the indie. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who is haunted by Hank Williams’ ghost after his hand in the country singer’s death in 1953. Doc subsequently has his medical license revoked. Ten years later, now in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, Doc performs illegal medical procedures in order to purchase morphine, while still experiencing visits from Williams. »
- C. Molly Smith
“Firefly” and “Serenity” alum Sean Maher has been set for a lead role in director Thomas Zellen's indie sci-fi thriller “Isra-88,” an individual with knowledge of the project confirmed to TheWrap. “Isra-88” tells the story of the fictional spaceship Isra 88 and their crew of two, whose mission is to find the end of the universe. Maher will play Dr. Abe Anderson, a scientist who begins to lose his mind during the years-long mission. Also read: Joss Whedon's ‘Firefly’ Cast Will Lend Voices to ‘Firefly Online’ Game The film starts shooting in Michigan later this month. Maher is best known for his role. »
- Linda Ge
I think it's safe to say that Joss Whedon's Firefly series isn't going to come back anytime soon, if ever. Thanks to the fans, though, that universe will never die! Loot Crate has released a 15-minute short film called "The Verse" that is set in the world of Firefly, and it actually turned out really cool.
The short features a new crew, a new Serenity inspired ship called the Overland, and, of course, a story that features a little bit of misbehavin’.
The dialogue and tone of the short feel very familiar, and I'm sure fans of the series are really going to enjoy what it has to offer, especially when it comes to the humor. Even though this is a different crew full of characters with different names, they are obviously based on the lovably awesome crew of the Serenity, and it works really well in this.
I hope you enjoy the show! »
- Joey Paur
Since its launch, Loot Crate has nerds of the world provided monthly gift boxes related to specific franchises. The company's latest box has a galactic theme, and it is accompanied by a Firefly fan film produced by the Loot Crate team. The film is called "The Verse", and as with the show it is based off, it takes place aboard a transport spaceship inhabited by a ragtag collection of crewmembers and passengers. The characters are not the same as the ones in Joss Whedon's cult classic, but there are very clear analogues between the original show and the fan film. Included in the cast are a captain with a military history, a genius ship mechanic, and a stowaway with far-reaching connections. Sound familiar? "The Verse" is available for free on Loot Crate's YouTube channel, which also offers unboxing videos of the company's monthly offers. "The Verse" essentially serves as »
- Sam Gutelle
Gallery 1988 (West) is currently hosting a new show dedicated to the oeuvre of Joss Whedon (sans the Marvel stuff, I noticed). What attendees get is a mix of everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer - both the feature film and television incarnations - to Firefly to The Cabin in the Woods. Usually, at shows like this, I expect artists to gravity to one property more than the other. In this case, however, everything Whedon had his fingerprints on was evenly represented...and the artists were clearly excited to take a crack at The Cabin in the Woods. I snapped some pics at (most) of the art representing the film - check 'em out in the gallery below.
The post Some Killer Cabin in the Woods Art Was Made for This Joss Whedon Gallery appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The teaser trailer for Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of Shield was released online the other day, and avid Shield fans may have watched it a ridiculous number of times more than once. But there's no judging in the Whedonverse.
[The following analysis and trailer contain significant spoilers for Marvel's Agents of Shield Season 1. The first season, particularly the later episodes, where it crosses over with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is worth watching ahead of Season 2.]
The teaser mostly contains footage from Season 1 (which is fair enough, since not much of Season 2 will have been shot yet, and they don't want to give away too much--besides, the point of a teaser trailer is mostly to convey tone, which this does). However, we do get a few new shots, such as Agent Skye being a ninja. Skye's come a long way from her Rising Tide days, and Season 1 hinted heavily that there are significant revelations and changes in store for her character.
Couson's (Clark Gregg) speech in voice-over is awesome, despite being made up entirely of cliches:
"This is a make-or-break moment. The enemy has the advantage. But we have to fight on, »
Gallery 1988 is putting on an art show that pays tribute to the work of Joss Whedon. Several artist have come together to create a collection of illustrations inspired by the films and TV shows that Whedon has created. I've included seven very cool Firefly pieces from the art show for you to check out now.
The Joss Whedon Art Show opens September 5 and will remain on display everyday from 7-10 p.m. through September 27 at Gallery 1988 West, 7308 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles CA. The leftovers will go on sale at www.gallery1988.com on Saturday.
Lyndon Willoughby »
- Joey Paur
Angel (sometimes referred to as AtS, or Angel the Series) was a spin-off of Buffy that began with Angel, the vampire with a soul, leaving Buffy and her home town of Sunnydale and heading to Los Angles looking for… something. A new start. Redemption. Solid ratings.
For four seasons, Angel was the yang to Buffy’s yin, and after Buffy went off the air, Angel continued on for a fifth and final season. While the two parted networks towards the end, the early seasons were rife with crossovers, including characters such as fan favourites Spike and Oz in the show’s first season (Spike would return in the fifth and final season with James Marsters added as a starring member »
- Jay Anderson
If it's two things we love, it's Joss Whedon and pop culture-inspired artwork. So the fact that Los Angeles' Gallery 1988, home to some of the very best pop culture artwork on the planet, is hosting a show devoted entirely to the creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly," "Dollhouse," "Cabin in the Woods" and "The Avengers" (amongst many others) and well, it's almost too good.
The show runs from tonight until September 27th, and you can pick up artwork from the show online starting midday tomorrow. If you're in La and don't have any plans, the opening ceremony, going on from 7 to 10 tonight, is undoubtedly worth your time. Plus you get first dibs on buying stuff, which is always very cool. Check out a selection of the available artwork below. Which one will you be taking home?
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- Drew Taylor
Showrunners is the first ever feature length documentary film to explore the fascinating world of Us television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. The film, produced by Irish company Black Sheep Productions, opens exclusively at Light House Cinema Dublin on October 17th, and will be available on VOD on Volta and iTunes from October 31st. The film will feature as the closing presentation of the Stranger than Fiction documentary film festival at the Ifi in Dublin on September 28th. The film features contributions from Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Firefly), J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias), Kurt Sutter (Sons Of Anarchy), Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers), Ronald D.Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Jane Espenson (Once Upon A Time, Husbands), Jonathan Nolan (Person Of Interest), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Robert & Michelle King (The Good Wife), J.H. Wyman (Fringe, Almost Human), Hart Hanson (Bones), Steven. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Marvel are continuing to attract plaudits for looking beyond the conventional and predictable when selecting directors for their films. Whether recruiting directors from a predominantly small screen background, or those with prestigious Shakespearean adaptations on their CV, or those with left-field cult work in their recent past, it continues to work to great effect. As much of a shame as it is to see Edgar Wright move on from Ant-Man, he has been replaced with just as interesting a director in Peyton Reed, who has Yes Man, The Break-Up and TV’s The Weird Al Show on his resume.
What Marvel seem to appreciate is that a track record as a really good director is worth a lot more than a track record with big budgets, special effects or comic brook properties. Indeed, some really smart thinking seems to be going into tracing a thread from some of the thematic »
- Dave Roper
A rumor started speading that Patrick Warburton may be coming back to the Cathode Ray Tubes of our hearts!
The Tick was originally created in 1986 by Ben Edlund as a mascot for the New England Comics newsletters. He quickly won the hearts of the American people and became a successful Saturday morning cartoon through the Fox network in 1994, lasting 3 seasons.
After the shows success Fox decided to up the ante by making it a live-action show starring Patrick Warburton as The Tick, David Burke as Arthur, Nestor Carbonell as Batmanuel, and Liz Vassey as Captain Liberty. However, true to form, Fox, pulled the plug after only nine episodes...Nine...even though everyone loved it and so did the cast and crew.
Toon Disney and ABC Family picked up the cartoon in 2005 before it was finally released on DVD.
Friday, August 29th, 2014 the rumor started jumping rooftops that Amazon is going »
- email@example.com (Mike Petty)
Before Joss Whedon was the undisputed king of geekdom, responsible for making an Avengers film not just possible but awesome to the nth degree and finally proving that the Incredible Hulk could actually work on the silver screen, he worked on a couple of TV shows that you might have heard of.
Well, “worked on” is a bit of an understatement, much like “TV shows”. What he actually did was create a number of groundbreaking cultural phenomena that still have a huge impact on the pop cultural landscape even though they’ve been off the air for a decade or more. And, er, Dollhouse.
These series – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, spin-off Angel, the cancelled-too-soon Firefly and to a lesser extent the aforementioned Dollhouse – were full of Whedon’s trademark humour, snappy dialogue, pathos and explorations of topics including but not nearly limited to existentialism, gender, isolation, makeshift families, misogyny and, »
- Mark Allen
A lot of TV shows which were prematurely cancelled deserve a comeback, but is The Tick among them? I'll have to leave that up to you guys to decide, but rumour has it that the series which aired for only nine episodes on Fox from 2001 to 2002 is set to find a new home on Amazon. The source (People) is questionable, but here's what they say. Original star Patrick Warburton has apparently signed a deal with Amazon and Sony to return as The Tick and original creator Ben Edlund will produce and write the series which will then air on the online streaming service. Edlund also penned the comic book which spawned an animated series back in the 90s, and the live-action show - which also starred Lost's Nestor Carbonell - has gained a bit of a Firefly-like cult following. By all accounts, it wasn't a bad series, but »
If you pick up Bungie’s highly anticipated new game Destiny this September, you might hear some familiar voices on your journey across the universe. The voice cast is stacked with actors from much-loved TV shows like Firefly and The Walking Dead, lending their voices to a number of characters players will interact with in Destiny’s sci-fi universe.
One of those actors is Lance Reddick, of The Wire and Fringe fame. Reddick voices a character named Commander Zavala, who will give players who choose the game’s Titan specialization their marching orders. It’s not Reddick’s first video »
- Joshua Rivera
Even though ratings were only tepid after its first resurrection by CBS, "Jericho" has won HitFix's first Uncanceled Showdown as the series fans would most like to see get a second (or, in this case, third) chance on air. After three weeks of voting, which saw over 900,000 votes cast, "Jericho" had no trouble conquering "Almost Human" in the final round and claiming our crown. The result had, we confess, been a bit of a foregone conclusion after "Jericho" pulled off its stunning quarterfinals upset over presumptive winner "Firefly" on the Multi-Season Arcs bracket. In the final, "Jericho" scored a whopping 86 percent of the vote again "Almost Human," which Fox cancelled this spring after 13 episodes. Although "Jericho" hasn't aired new episodes since March of 2008, the show's dedicated fanbase remains mobilized after 2007's now-legendary nut-generated push which caused CBS to reconsider its initial cancellation. CW repeats, plus two "seasons" in comic book »
- Daniel Fienberg
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