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It’s taken five weeks of Western Wednesdays, but The Duke has finally arrived. I haven’t meant to neglect him. In fact, half the reason I took on this feature is because my knowledge of Wayne is so very poor. He’s all over my Netflix queue, but I kept putting him off simply because he’s a bit daunting. He has cast such a long shadow over this genre that I thought I ought to watch films he wasn’t in in order to better appreciate his stature.
This week, I had decided that the last column 2009 had to go out with Wayne. As divine providence would have it, Justin Gray suggested The Comancheros. Gray has wonderful taste in film, and he’s the co-author of DC’s Jonah Hex which gives him Eastwood stature. When he suggests a Western, you watch it immediately.
The Comancheros is a great, »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Here's an idea! How about a Hillbilly horror movie told from the other perspective? That's what we're getting in this Canadian horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil that was selected to show at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Through completely wacked out scenarios, Tucker and Dale (two hillbillies from West Virginia), are mistaken as crazed killer mountain men when a group of college kids invade their scenic hideaway. Read more to watch the trailer.
Directed by Eli Graig and co-written by Morgan Jurgenson, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil stars Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk (FireFly) and co-stars Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Brandon Jay McLaren, Christie Laing and Chelan Simmons.
Sundance synopsis: “The hillbillies from the store captured Alison!” Tucker and Dale, two hillbillies heading to their “fixer-upper” cabin for some relaxin’, discover they ain’t alone in them woods. They encounter an SUV full of vacationing college kids, and Dale unintentionally creeps them out. »
Eli Craig, director of the acclaimed short film The Tao of Pong, makes his feature directorial debut with the Canadian horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, one of the films selected for the Park City at Midnight category of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Co-written by Morgan Jurgenson, the story follows two West Virginian hillbillies who go on vacation to their dilapidated mountain cabin, but their peaceful trip goes horribly awry when a bunch of college kids show up. Basically, it's the story of the typical hillbilly horror film told from the other side. And as it turns out, the hillbillys aren't evil, and are only mistaken as psycho killers through a series of misconstrued circumstances. The film stars Tyler Labine, who most people will recognize from the television series Reaper, alongside Alan Tudyk, who most people will recognize from the television series Firefly. The film co-stars Katrina Bowden, Jesse »
- Peter Sciretta
The year is winding down, and it's time to look back on 2009 with our favorite spooky, scary, bloody moments on television. Some of them are the usual suspects, like Dexter and True Blood. Others are a little unlikely. Read on for our list presented in alphabetical order and let us know if you agree... Castle – "Vampire Weekend" Firefly hero Nathan Fillion pays homage to the role that made him sorta-famous when his Halloween costume is "Space Cowboy" – something his daughter reminds him was something he wore "five years ago" and "it's time to let it go." He and Beckett look into the murder of a young "vampire" (complete with fangs) who »
Zap2it's favorite TV episodes of the decade series continues with my picks for what moved me in the 2000s.
Let me preface my list with a shout out to my colleague Rick, who kicked off the series with numerous excellent examples, ranging from "The Wire" to "Freaks and Geeks." I actually agreed with quite a number of his selections, but since this is a very personal endeavor, full of unfounded opinions, naturally I must include some episodes I feel he overlooked or at least didn't value as much as I.
"The Body" ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
Although "Hush" and its creepy Gentlemen freaked me out (and earned "Buffy" its only writing Emmy nom), it aired in December 1999, just »
Fox Broadcasting just released this new promo poster for “Dollhouse” Season 2 from creator Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) and starring Eliza Dushku (Open Graves, Sex and Breakfast), Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica), Olivia Williams (X-Men: The Last Stand) and Fran Kranz. Series Synopsis: The show follows an organization that employs mind-wiped DNA-altered humans known as Dolls who are implanted with false memories and skills for various missions and tasks. When they are not ‘at work’ they are living in a real life Dollhouse which gives the show the name. One of those mind-wiped humans, a young woman named Echo, is slowly starting to become aware of herself and what’s [...] »
- Brian Corder
If Fox had canceled Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse halfway through the show’s first season, I wouldn’t have shed a tear. It looked like the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog had finally created a dud. The concept was intriguing, but the episodic adventures of a gorgeous body that could be filled with whatever personality her handlers created for her were a little silly and a lot creepy. The main Doll, Echo (Eliza Dushku), would go on engagements as a hostage negotiator, a bodyguard or, most often, a lover, and it felt a lot like »
Bioware is one company that takes its voiceover work seriously. For Star Wars: The Old Republic, Bioware hired over 100 actors to voice over 40 novels worth of written material. And now Bioware has announced that it has hired several top-notch voice actors for the heavily-anticipated sci-fi sequel, Mass Effect 2.
“[e]motionally engaging narrative is a key design pillar for Bioware, and the top-notch voice talent in Mass Effect 2 helps drive this goal. Credible, powerful personalities are vital to delivering a compelling story experience in Bioware’s games, and we have assembled an amazing ensemble cast that surpasses the very high bar set in the original Mass Effect!”
- Jason Weissman
A new episode of Dollhouse will be airing on December 11th and Fox has released five sneak peeks for your viewing pleasure. You can also view promo photos that I previously posted.
The House Fears Alpha Has Returned On An All-new “Dollhouse”
Friday, December 11, On Fox
In the aftermath of her entanglements at the D.C. Dollhouse, Echo finds herself out in the world struggling to keep her multiple personalities under control. Adelle finds her grip on the house challenged by Harding, and Boyd receives a mysterious phone call. Meanwhile, when Echo’s past romantic engagements are murdered, suspicion falls on Alpha, whose return leaves one member of the house permanently mind-wiped in the all-new “Meet Jane Doe (Part 1 of 2) / A Love Supreme (Part 2 of 2)” episode of Dollhouse airing Friday, Dec. 11(8:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox. (Dol-207/208) (TV-14 D, »
A lot of people are saying that Dollhouse is getting awesome now that it's been canceled, which is sad. But isn't that Whedon's way? Sometimes you gotta give the man some time to get into a grove, but once he does, it's glorious.
Fox has released promo photos for the two-hour episode that will be airing on December 11th, along with a short synopsis. You can view both of them below.
The House Fears Alpha Has Returned On An All-new “Dollhouse”
Friday, December 11, On Fox
In the aftermath of her entanglements at the D.C. Dollhouse, Echo finds herself out in the world struggling to keep her multiple personalities under control. Adelle finds her grip on the house challenged by Harding, and Boyd receives a mysterious phone call. Meanwhile, when Echo’s past romantic engagements are murdered, suspicion falls on Alpha, whose »
With its world premiere happening at the Sundance Film Festival, some new stills have oozed online for Voltage Pictures' latest horror comedy Tucker and Dale vs. Evil starring Alan Tudyk ("Firefly") and Tyler Labine ("Reaper") and directed by Eli Craig (The Tao of Pong). Dig 'em while they're warm!
In the vein of Shaun of the Dead, Tucker & Dale is a wild, wonky tale of two hillbilly buddies trying to survive their vacation in the woods when they are mistaken for killers by a gang of college kids. Our heroes valiantly save one of the college girls from drowning but are accused of wrongdoing. The chase ensues, not treating the students too well, leaving us with a gory but hilarious tale of two hillbillies and their hearts of gold.
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- Uncle Creepy
Tim Minear has inked a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, solidifying his position as one of the top writer-producers at the studio where he has been based for more than 12 years.
Under the seven-figure pact, which kicks in after the end of Minear's current deal in June, he will join "Terriers," Fox 21's new comedic drama series for FX from creator/executive producer Ted Griffin and executive producer Shawn Ryan. Minear will serve as an executive producer and No. 2 to Ryan in running the buddy Pi show.
Additionally, he will develop new projects.
"Tim has been such a great partner to the studio," 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. "He is as versatile as any writer we've ever been in business with -- he can do genre, action, relationship, drama -- and he has worked on an incredible number of series for us."
By bringing him onboard "Terriers, »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Episode Titles: "The Public Eye" & "The Left Hand"
Synopsis: Senator Daniel Perrin (Alexis Denisof) continues his investigation into the Rossum Corporation, but what he finds — and what the Dollhouse crew expects — turns out to be drastically more deadly and life-changing than he could have ever imagined.
In light of the revelation that Perrin isn't who he thinks he is, the senator finds an unlikely ally in Echo (Eliza Dushku) as the two attempt to escape the clutches of the D.C. branch of the Dollhouse — but beyond the authorities looking to recapture them, Perrin and Echo must contend with the brilliant Bennett Halverson (Summer Glau), the D.C. Dollhouse's technician who has a score to settle with Echo.
The Rossum Candidate: The reveal that Senator Daniel Perrin, the man leading the charge against Rossum and the Dollhouse, is in fact a doll himself was pretty darn cool. »
- Josh Wigler
Sideshow Collectibles have teamed with Quantum Mechanix to produce a Serenity - 'The Big Damn Replica' Scaled Prop Replica. The titular ship of Joss Whedon's sci-fi western television series/movie has existed only in digital form only - until now. More than three years in the making, Serenity - The Big Damn Replica, has been painstakingly crafted to be absolutely screen-accurate in every aspect. Unlike most ships from science fiction, Serenity was designed from the ground up to be as realistic as possible, from her floor plan to her construction, using real-world components and manufacturing processes. As one of her creators observed, the idea was to make Serenity so real, fans could see themselves walking her decks. With such a sense of place and familiarity, viewers would never feel lost in this Firefly-Class Transport. Now for the bad news: This highly detailed scaled prop replica is limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide, »
- Peter Sciretta
On Us telly this month, V gets a bland reboot, Wanda Sykes heads a rash of uninspiring new late-night talkshows, and Sex Rehab marks a new low in reality TV
Probe a geek of a certain age about his recollections of the cult 80s alien invasion series V and he – there's no question it'll be a he – will have only one response: the moment the alien commander extended her jaw until it was a foot long and then swallowed a gerbil. Over the course of two miniseries and a sporadically scheduled season of one-hour episodes, V chronicled the occupation of Earth by a seemingly benign race of visitors who swiftly revealed themselves to be evil lizards hiding under lifelike rubber flesh fomenting plans to take over the planet and colonise the flabbergasted inhabitants. V's journey from insanely addictive to entirely unwatchable was speedy. But it remained on the air long »
- Jonathan Bernstein
In case you missed the preview on Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Warner Premiere has offered up complete details including the announcement of an exclusive Spectre short for the special edition. Here's the release:
Burbank, CA (November 23, 2009) – To save our world and all those like it, Superman, Batman and their caped colleagues must go toe-to-toe with their evil mirror images in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the seventh entry in the successful ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies coming February 23, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation. The full-length animated film will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Special Edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def for $24.98 (Srp) and $29.99 (Srp), respectively, as well as single disc DVD for $19.98 (Srp). The film will also be available On Demand and Download.
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is an original story from award-winning »
- Robert Greenberger
Warner Home Entertainment’s newest animated effort featuring DC Comics Heroes and villains: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, arrives on DVD February 23rd, 2010. The film features villains from the classic DC Crime Syndicate. Check out an image and the trailer after the jump.
Created back when goatees marked your obvious ill intent, the Csa is made up of evil, alternate reality versions of Earth’s own heroes, who didn’t wear masks! Though the Csa met it’s end in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, they none-the-less returned years later in a classic story arc by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely.
Like Green Lantern: First Flight and Warner’s other recent DC Comics Home Entertainment entries, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, will carry a rating of PG-13, reminding us that Warner doesn’t just consider these super hero adventures as “strictly for kids”. Though February seems far away, »
The Producers Guild of America will honor Joss Whedon with its 2010 Vanguard Award at the 21st Annual PGA Awards ceremony January 24 at the Hollywood Palladium according to The Hollywood Reporter. The creative force behind the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Angel , Firefly and Dollhouse , his next feature will be The Cabin in the Woods , a horror-genre riff he co-wrote with Drew Goddard that MGM will release on January 14, 2011 in 3D. (Check out some teaser posters at our previous news post here .) "Joss Whedon has mastered the art of melding the newest technology with inspired storytelling, truly exemplifying the spirit of the Vanguard Award," said David Friendly and Laurence Mark, co-chairs of the PGA Awards. "This is an honor I didn't expect »
Joss Whedon has done so much more than just work in the TV and film industry. He's created entire meticulous universes for his characters and fans to explore, and that's no easy task. Thankfully the man is about to get his due.
Variety reports that The Producers Guild of America has selected Joss Whedon as the recipient of its Vanguard Award, which recognizes achievements in new media and technology.
Whedon is a producer, writer, director, and creator for TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Firefly," and "Dollhouse" with film scripts including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Toy Story, Alien Resurrection and Titan A.E. He's penned the comic book series Fray and created and produced Internet series "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog."
His next feature Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote with Drew Goddard, is currently in post-production and is scheduled to be released sometime in 2011 by MGM. Given the studio's recent financial problems, »
- Uncle Creepy
Filmmaker Joss Whedon, who created the Internet buzz monster "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," will be honored with the Producers Guild of America's Vanguard Award, which recognizes acheivements in new media and technology.
- Daniel Frankel
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