Sunday, May 31, 2009
FCC Okays Nudity On TV If It’s Alyson Hannigan
But, in addition, please also enjoy this mashup of videos from Buffy and HIMYM created by Laerrry set to Garbage's "When I Grow Up".
Happy Sunday, Buffyfesters!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
dickbreath says: I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!! I WOULD RATHER WATCH BIKINI GIRLS WITH MACHINE GUNS!!!
cherrymuffinlove says: – Re: dickbreath – how inspirational.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Happy 500th post birthday, Buffyfest! 500 is pretty shocking. Michelle, Bitsy and I certainly didn't know what we were in for when we this humbly began. We just loved talking the Whedonverse, that was all it was. But now, 500 posts later - I can't even remember what we did before this blog. It's a part of us now. Here's to 500 more!
Thanks to everyone who listens to our ranting and laughs/cries with us when the news hits.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Upon arrival, you received a randomized Sunnydale Alum name and that was your name tag for the evening (photo at right). This came in to play later on during Trivia and stuff. There was trivia all night long and at the end the winning team received a box of stuff to hold a Buffy Sing-Along enough for 70 people! Also included in that prize box was a bunch of Whedonverse books and other loot. Fun!
Don't forget the "Bronze Edition" at Galapagos in DUMBO will be next Wednesday, June 4th. Have a feeling that event will be a lot crazier, since not only will there be booze involved, but it got a full page write up in this week's Time Out New York! Check that out here and here. If you want to attend, it might be best to reserve tix just in case. Go here for the full scoop on that.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Ausiello: The noise you're about to hear is the sound of the Whedonverse exploding. Joss confirms to me exclusively that, well, he's one step head of you. "If anybody thinks [bringing Summer onto Dollhouse] hasn't occurred to me already then they have not met me," he says. "I mentioned it to her before [SCC] was canceled. I was like, 'You know, we should get you in the 'house.' But first we have to come up with something that works." And casting her as a doll would not work, insists Whedon. "Summer would be perfect to play an active, but she's done that [type of role] a lot," he says. "I'd rather see her play someone who talks too much. The most fun I have is when I get somebody who's good and comfortable at doing something, and then I make them do something else. Summer said to me, 'I would like to play a normal girl before I die of extreme old age.'"
10 YEAR HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
Tonight @ 7:00pm
344 Amsterdam Avenue (76th st. & Amsterdam) NYC
High School edition (Free and all ages)
...and we'll be there! All of Buffyfest will be in attendance. Please let us know if you're attending too. If you see us, we always have some freebies and gift packs at events so don't be shy - come say hi!
Expect a full recap tomorrow. Maybe some live-blogging tonight too!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
As most of you are aware, the Kuzui's are considering rebooting Buffy as a film franchise without the involvement of any of the television cast or Joss Whedon himself. Our collective first reaction at Buffyfest was to assume that this, like past rumors, were baseless and false. Since this news comes to us from the Hollywood Reporter, however, we have to take it a little more seriously. We've spent so much time trying to save shows and trying to get movies made I wonder how it is that we can do the opposite? Do we rally in protest or do we all play apathetic? I think I can speak for almost everyone on earth, it's orbital moon, the rest of the universe, and all possible parallel worlds that a Buffy movie without Joss should never ever happen.
So what do you say, kids, how do we derail this sucker?
Update - now with more petition-ey goodness. Go here to sign, if you care.:
Monday, May 25, 2009
Samantha, now 8 years old and who has been featured on the blog before, surprised us with this little ditty over the weekend. Enjoy and Don't Spuff whatever you do!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend, all you Buffyfesters out there!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Buffy's house and Sunnydale high are both holding up quite nicely, doncha think? They are using Torrance high for the New 90210 show (just like the old Beverly Hills 90210 of yore.)
So if you're in the SoCal area and would like to visit these (and other) Buffy/Angel locations, here are the addresses:
Buffy's House (remember, people are living there.)
1313 Cota Drive
200 W. Carson Street
4121 Wilshire Blvd
Madison Avenue, at Washington Blvd.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I almost forgot to mention that Kelley Armstrong's penultimate issue of Angel: Aftermath came out this week. I picked it up yesterday and I'm still really enjoying it. It's been nice having Angel Inc. back in play and feeling like something will actually be resolved each issue while still moving the over reaching arc forward. I hope that, after the Gunn/Illyria and Drusilla arcs are done we'll see more from Angel's new time. I'm preemptively shipping a relationship between Dez and Gunn. I mean we already know Gunn has a thing for the big cats, right?
What did you think of this issue? How do you think Kelley's going to wrap this thing up?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
There are few things in this world that make me as happy as introducing someone to Buffy. We Buffyfesters have each done it to many someones in our lives but, on this occasion, I've decided to do things a bit differently. I recently sat down with a group all of whom, despite being colossal nerds, have never ridden the joy train that is Buffy (that came out dirtier than I'd intended). Realizing that Buffy Season One is a tad dated i thought it was important to remind them of the world that was back when the Slayer first hit our screens. Find the introduction I gave and a few first impressions after zee bump.
We're going to take a little trip, you and I, back in time to the tenth of March, 1997. Just think of me as the Doctor, H.G. Wells, Marty Mcfly, Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan all wrapped together in a shiny bow. Phone Box, Time Machine, DeLorean, or... you know... phone box again (GEORGE CARLIN in a phone box) what have you; time, traveling, backwards; come on, it'll be fun!
So, a little background. It's 1997. William Jefferson Clinton has just begun his second term as president and people are listening to Hanson sing MMMBop unironically. In fact the whole "doing things ironically" movement isn't even so much as a glint in an emo kid's eye because the word "emo" doesn't exist. It's the year Kate Winslet declared "I'll never let go, Jack. I'll never let go." and then promptly let go thus causing stereotypical women everywhere to cry into their popcorn whilst their equally stereotypical boyfriends were thinking back to the nude scene and wishing like hell this damned movie would end already.
Cell phones are like the bat phone: for emergency use only. Most of us are just getting this thing called the internet at a whopping 28kbps through AOL (or, dare I say it, Compuserve) so that we can look at porn for free and pretend to be lesbians in chat rooms. That last part may just be me.
Some people die. On the same day we nerds are mourning the passing of the great Terry Nation, the rest of the world is set ablaze at the murder of Christopher George Latore Wallace (better known as Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G).
Having been terrified by a photocopied sheep, federal funding is officially outlawed for research on any human cloning. Meanwhile a bunch of cultists castrate themselves and commit mass suicide because they think their ticket to heaven is on a comet for some reason.
Tony Blair is appointed prime minister which is as baffling as the whole castration/comet thing and Deep Blue beats the greatest human chess player reminding us, once again, that robots are totally going to overthrow us. Any day now... just you wait! Steve Jobs makes his triumphant return to a little company you may have heard of called Apple which was doing so badly that Microsoft had to buy $150 million worth of shares in it just to prevent themselves from becoming a monopoly. Princess Di passes away making us forget about the whole gang wars thing and remember how much the paparazzi kind of suck. The Marlins beats the Indians and nobody cares because neither of those teams are the Yankees. There's a worldwide stock market crash (imagine that)!
But more important than all those things is the transmission of the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
In our first sitting we ripped right through the first disc which, as a reminder, includes: "Welcome to the Hellmouth", "The Harvest", "The Witch", and "Teacher's Pet". For a first season that is often maligned as cheesy and uninspired, I was delighted to discover that these new fans took to the show like a newly sired vampire takes to multiple fighting techniques. On top of the intentional humor, they all had a good hearty laugh at how it was we were meant to believe Charisma Carpenter could ever pass for a high school student. Their favorite character by an overwhelming majority vote was Willow and there were some lewd comments about Buffy's breasts that will go unmentioned in this recap.
All in all, it was a surprisingly positive experience that will be repeated once monthly. Next time I hope to record their responses and edit it together in the most unintentionally hilarious way possible. Stay tuned...
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Make-A-Wish Foundation Benefit
Saturday, June 20, 2009
11:30 AM - Midnight
Dave & Buster's Gold Coast - Showroom
1030 N. Clark Street (Clark at Oak)
Monday, May 18, 2009
1. Denial: I just don't think it's possible for such a quality show to be canceled. Isn't artistic integrity more important that money? And what about those DVR #'s? They were impressive for a Friday night, right? Right?!
2. Anger: The original post I had written yesterday would have reflected my anger pretty well, but it would have also sent lots of hateful comments floating my way. Let's just say I was uncharacteristically pissed off.
3. Bargaining: It's possible they could still put out a straight to DVD Season 3, right? Right?!
4. Depression: I can't believe it's not coming back. I'll never watch TV again.
5. Acceptance: I'm not here yet. Probably next Fall when I go to look at my DVR menu, I'll come across the name Sarah Connor Chronicles and finally realize the truth. Then, I'll put my finger to the remote and....delete program.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
In other news, it looks as though T:SCC is officially canceled. Ausiello just updated his Fall TV Cheat Sheet. To this I say boo. Bitsy says "That really chaps my ass."
Chuck has been renewed but with massive changes/cuts.
What are your favorite TSCC moments? I really hope a miracle happens and it gets a third season. Happy Sunday, everybody.
Tara's note: In response to that I'm adding this (thanks DarthAngelus for the link!) Hey look at me! I'm on Fanvid Sunday!:
This year, many cities are also showing Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog in addition to the usual Serenity screenings at their events. Click here to see what's happening in your neck of the woods, and if tickets are available yet. The website is updated daily with registered cities and their status...but if there isn't an event in your city, you could always host your own - no matter how small!
What we've donated is a Dollhouse poster signed by the man himself, Joss Whedon, at the Apple store event in Soho, NYC. This was the one where he and Eliza recorded a podcast just prior to Dollhouse's premier, which you can hear at itunes. We're also very excited to be attending and donating to our local NYC Browncoats' CSTS event. We'll give more details about that shortly. In the mean time, watch this for some inspiration.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
(To be fair, during our podcast, the truth was revealed about who had become the true optimist and who checked their positivity about the show at the 2nd episode's door. That tidbit is about a quarter way through.)
Friday, May 15, 2009
Somehow, against all odds, Dollhouse will return for a second season with another thirteen episode order. Before most of you rejoice and do your little snoopy dances to the theme song of Perfect Strangers would you mind if I asked you a question?
Why? Why is this the show that gets another chance? Why not Firefly? Why, despite it having the highest ratings of it's entire run, did Angel get canceled in it's fifth season? The ratings for Dollhouse went down, down, down dwindling week after week and completely bottomed in it's season finale and yet, here we are, all but officially guaranteed a year two. Even if you're overjoyed doesn't that seem, I dunno, strange to you? Little odd? Anyone? Bueller?
Alright. Rant over. So! What do you think will happen next? Where do you see a second season taking our theoretically intrepid (anti) heroes? In what ways will Echo continue to change? Will any of the other dolls exhibit similar behavior? Do you realize that none of the main characters officially died this year? That's practically unheard of on a Joss show! Will there be double or triple death in year two to make up for it? Who will live, who will die? The steering wheel is in your hands, where you gonna take me?
UPDATE: Castle has also been renewed. Sure, it's a bit of a derivative procedural but Fillion is fantastic in it as are his daughter and mother. So hurray to this news as well! Looks like it's a victory for two out of three Whedonversers. I don't suppose I could wrangle a third season out of a certain show starring a ballerina/robotic death machine, hmmmm?
You may resume your Snoopy Dance. Here, I'll even help.
In a move that will please both lovers of spontaneously choreographed dance numbers and the interwebs (I suspect there's a cross section here), Neil Patrick Harris has been selected to host this year's Tony Awards on Sunday June 7th. While I'm sure NPH was selected for his past work in musical theater as well as his charismatic presence on "How I Met Your Mother", I can't help but feel like it was Dr. Horrible and his delightfully disturbed sing-along blog that really sold the American Theater on him. Will Joss's masterwork get a name drop? How singy and dancey will NPH get? Will I actually watch the Tony Awards????
Yes. Yes, I will.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
We did it!
In this episode:
We get drunk (which is probably why it's not nearly as PG rated as this blog)
We revisit some past interview bloopers.
Bitsy channels his inner Emma Caufield.
The truth about who stands where in the Dollhouse Death Watch is revealed.
We call the creator of the Buffy Sing-Along and talk about the NYC event, The Buffy HS Reunion.
Things we've learned about recording a podcast:
Don't drink Prosecco cocktails, or probably anything else.
Don't eat hors' dourves (nomnom)
Listen in the player above or:
Right click/save as here to download mp3
Right click/save as here to download m4a (itunes only)
Click here to subscribe at itunes (link will open itunes on your computer.)
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Here are those results:
Tara's Group (the bitter realists) - thinks Dollhouse will not make it to season 2.
Michelle's Group (the starry-eyed optimists) - who believes that Dollhouse get renewed for a second season.
Edited to add: I really cannot believe no one died in this show and so no one wins the poll that's on the right sidebar. Obviously most people thought it would be Dominic as he won with 34% (353 out of 1027 votes)...and he did get sent to the attic, but no classic Joss death. He probably doesn't want to play it out. Ok, I'm going to take the poll down now.
For the record, I voted for Dr. Saunders just b/c I was spoiled for Amy Acker being on only 6 or 7 eps, but nope! Didn't happen. Although she did come in 2nd in the poll with 27% of the votes (282) so clearly many were thinking the same.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Basically, the first event on 5/27 in Manhattan - the "Back to High School Edition" - will be a FREE All ages event. Tell everyone!
The second night - "The Bronze Edition" - will be 21 and over, as it is a club event at the lovely Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn.
Click here for all the deets.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Damien Valentine: The Chronicles of Humanity is an original science fiction animated web series, set in the 24th century. The idea is we're only just starting to get out into space and colonize new worlds. There has never really been any conflict, which is why the whole situation on Titan is dealt with so badly in the first episode. This first season really deals with the aftermath of that, which we'll be seeing from the perspective of three sets of characters. The story itself is planned out over a three season arc, although I can't really talk about the other two just yet, I don't want to give anything away.
B: We understand you approached Felicia Day to be appear pre-Dr. Horrible. Great timing!
DV: It was perfect timing and she was great to work with. The recording session was handled online between Felicia, Elizabeth (playing the part of Katherine) and myself. She was professional but also friendly, so we all enjoyed ourselves. Between takes the three of us chatted about all sorts of things, from The Guild to Star Wars and video games.
From that session and subsequent discussions, I've picked up quite a lot about producing video for the web, hopefully that shows up in the series.
She's in four of the ten episodes. The first one already released and the other three are later on in the season.
B: How was working with her?
DV: It's a great pleasure to have her involved and I hope she'll be back for the second season.
B: This is your first original Sci fi series (after working on quite a few Star Wars films.) Any plans for a Whedonverse one?
DV: The first time I tried this sort of animation, Angel had just ended so I tried my hand and a story with vampires and slayers called Consanguinity. It came about after talking to some online friends and wondering what it would be like if we were vampires. What can I say? Joss brings out the real geek in me. I may revisit those characters someday, if I can think up a good story for them.
New episodes of The Chronicles of Humanity are released every Tuesday (that's today!) and can be found on the site: http://www.chroniclesofhumanity.com/
For those people curious about Consanguinity, that's available in the videos section here: http://www.bathtub-productions.com/
And tweeps, you can also follow Damien on Twitter
Special thanks to The Jedi for the tip!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Happy Sunday everyone and don't forget to hook it up Hulu style and watch and rewatch Briar Rose till your eyeballs fall out.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
10 YEAR HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
Two nights! Two locations!
in Manhattan: Wednesday, May 27th @ 7:00pm
High School edition (all ages)
in Brooklyn: Wednesday, June 3rd @ 8:00pm
The Bronze edition (21 and up)
How fun? Go over here for the full scoop.
Which brings me to: I guess Fox has decided that next week's up is truly the finale, no changing their minds. In saying that, the jig is definitely up when it comes to "Finale Gate". I didn't realize the Minear wrote/directed ep 12 and the Whedon clan wrote 13 w Joss directing. I'm sorry but that is super telling. That mixed with the Felicia Day announcement at the Apple store has completely closed this case for me.
Last night's ratings? They were a little better and a little worse at the same time. Probably anything other than "amazingly better" won't help at this point. Hitfix.com says:
"While the Joss Whedon's drama's overall viewership was up slightly to an estimated 3.09 million (it fell just below 3 million last week), the rating in the 18-49 demo was down to a 1.1 and other young demos were also down. "Dollhouse," which has its season finale next Friday, at least beat The CW's "America's Next Top Model" repeat."
So, moving on to the Death Watch. 1 week to go but I guess we really won't have an answer to this until May 18th, when Fox will make announcements. So we'll keep the Death Watch open, but what in the shire is up with that poll on the right? Why has someone not died on Dollhouse yet? Perhaps Whedon feels he's becoming predictable after Penny's death in Dr. H, so maybe he feels a bigger shocker would be not to kill anyone at all!
Do you think Dollhouse will make it to season 2? Leave us a comment and let us know which group you belong:
Tara's Group (the bitter realists) - thinks Dollhouse will not make it to season 2.
Michelle's Group (the starry-eyed optimists) - who still believe that Dollhouse get renewed for a second season.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Make sure you read the interview with the show's producer Josh Friedman. He hasn't heard anything from Fox yet, but he still hasn't given up hope: "They're all people, too, and they hear what goes on [with stuff like Save One Show]. I don't think it's a futile effort at all for people to continue to fight for the show."
Read the full article here: