Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rest In Peace, Nanoo, Nanoo, Robin Williams

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We lost a national treasure on August 11 with the death of Robin Williams. :( I share the same birthday, July 21, and that connection always made me smile.

That Williams chose to take his own life is a horrible tragedy, yet how can we judge him? Not only was he suffering from depression, but also from the early stages of Parkinson's disease, a malady he knew all-too-well after making the film "Awakenings," in which he played a caring doctor who dealt with the most desperate form of that disease. He knew that any cure was a stop-gap measure at best.

Michael J. Fox, another actor stricken with Parkinson's had this to say:



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To some, Robin Williams will always be the inspirational teacher from "Dead Poets Society," or the caring psychiatrist in "Good Will Hunting." Some choose to recall his more hilarious moments, such as "Mrs. Doubtfire" or "The Bird Cage." My kids loved him as the aging Peter Pan in "Hook." But for my 70s generation, Robin Williams will forever be Mork from Ork, the whimsical alien trying to understand humanity while falling in love with Pam Dawber in "Mork and Mindy."

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Williams was an entertainer first and foremost. Yet like many actors and comedians he put on a jovial face to mask his depression and anxiety. Whatever lesson we get from his death, one thing we have to understand - every human being has pain of one kind or another, and all the success in the world is often not enough to kick depression.

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Sarah Michelle Geller, his costar in the recently cancelled comedy "The Crazy Ones" made this statement via People
"My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams," Gellar said. "To my children he was Uncle Robin, to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the Father I had always dreamed of having. There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him. I will miss him everyday, but I know the memory of him will live on. And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him. Us crazy ones love you."

From CNN
Actor Robin Williams was cremated and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay, according to his death certificate.
Williams was found dead in his Northern California home August 11 from what investigators suspect was a suicide by hanging. The certificate, obtained by CNN on Thursday, says his ashes were scattered off the coast one day later.
It also says the cause of death is "pending investigation."
According to Marin County Assistant Deputy Chief Coroner Lt. Keith Boyd, investigators believe Williams used a belt to hang himself from a bedroom door.
Boyd would not confirm or deny whether Williams left behind a letter, saying that investigators would discuss "the note or a note" later.
The coroner's investigation "revealed he had been seeking treatment for depression," Boyd said.

From NBC
Robin Williams was sober but struggling with early stages of Parkinson’s disease at the time of his death, his wife said Thursday.
“Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid,” his wife Susan Schneider said in a statement.
. . . “Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly."
. . . Parkinson’s is caused by the loss of brain cells that produce a message carrying-chemical, or neurotransmitter, that is important for movement. Symptoms can start with a barely noticeable trembling but worsen to difficulty walking and talking, depression and other disability. There’s no cure and the drugs used to treat the condition usually stop helping over time.



Friday, August 1, 2014

New Whedon Biography Gives the Scoop on Firefly

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The new biography of Joss Whedon penned by Amy Pascale is being released today, giving us a world of new insights into the Whedonverse. I can't wait to read it!



Read the Firefly Chapter Here on io9

Excerpt:
"I wanted to play with that classic notion of the frontier," Joss said. "Not the people who made history, but the people history stepped on—the people for whom every act is the creation of civilization." And he wanted to do it on a spaceship.
That concept, he hoped, would elevate Firefly above the average sci-fi series. Though he'd clocked countless hours watching movies set in faraway worlds, most TV examples of the genre failed to engage him. Even his love of British television didn't extend to science fiction. "Never watched any British sci-fi," Joss says. "People were always talking to me about [Blake's] 7, Red Dwarf, even Doctor Who, and I just never watched them. I watched one episode of Doctor Who and I was like, 'Did they film that in my basement?' because it looked cheesy." His series aimed to be anything but.

Other tidbits:

  • There are nine people in the Firefly crew because that was the number of passengers in the John Ford movie western, Stagecoach. 
  • He named the show after the spaceship because he knew that any of the crew members might suddenly leave (or be fired)!!! 
  • He wanted a "Preacher" on board to explore the theme of faith.
  • Whedon identifies the most with Mal, but every character is part of his personality.
  • He insisted that Zoe and Wash had to have a happy marriage, over the protests of the Fox executives who thought it would limit the drama.
  •  Nathan Fillion's first impression of Whedon was "little guy in the corner, in a purple sweater with a rip in it. With scraggly hair and a scraggly beard."
  • Fillion, who was turned down for the role of Angel in the Buffy series, had to audition 5 times for the role of Mal.
  • Adam Baldwin said the director told him the character of Jayne was "not the sharpest tool in the shed."
  • To prove his loyalty to both his Mutant Enemy production company, as well as the new show Firefly, Whedon turned down the role of director on the first Iron Man movie! 



Sunday, May 18, 2014

Slayer Soundtrack Sunday ~ I'll Remember You by Sophie Zelmani

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Episode 7 of Season One - called "Angel" - revolves around the growing love between Buffy and Angelus and they have their first kiss! But then Angel turns into a Vamp and has to jump out the window. Truly a classic Beauty and the Beast moment.

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Later Buffy thinks that Angel has bitten her mother, Joyce, when really he was saving her from the evil Darla, his sire, who has been helping The Master. This leads to a dilemma as Buffy vacilates between loving Angel and wanting to stake him. In the end, he explains that the Romany Gypsies have cursed him with a soul and while he wants to continue biting people and drinking their blood, he is so full of remorse that he never does.

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The song "I'll remember you" by Sophie Zelmani, plays at the Bronze as Buffy and Angel say goodbye - but of course this is only the beginning of their long complicated relationship.

Sophie Zelmani Official Site


Monday, April 21, 2014

New Joss Whedon Movie on Vimeo for Five Bucks

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Joss Whedon premiered his new movie "In Your Eyes" at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend.

The video is available on Vimeo for the new low price of $5.

From Moviefone
In Whedon's latest movie, "In Your Eyes," which he wrote and executive produced, two strangers on opposite coasts share a metaphysical, inexplicable connection. The first three minutes of the movie, directed by Brin Hill, has been released ahead of its premiere this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In the opening scene, a girl named Rebecca is sledding, while a boy named Dylan is attending school. As Rebecca races down the hill, suddenly Dylan can see through her eyes. And when Rebecca crashes into a tree, Dylan experiences it, too.

Most of the movie follows Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) and Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) as adults, when they become aware of their unique, supernatural link.



From USA Today
In lieu of theatrical distribution, he's making his new movie, In Your Eyes, available now for a $5 digital stream at InYourEyesMovie.com. It is the second indie release from Whedon and partner/wife Kai Cole's Bellwether Pictures production company.
"It's exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another new form of distribution — and we get $5," says Whedon, who directed The Avengersand wrote the screenplay for the new movie.



Buffy Writers Reunite for Hollywood Reporter Photo

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Joss Whedon and his Buffy writing team reunited for a photo shoot for Hollywood Reporter. They appear in this video talking about their craft with other teams from X-Files, Murphy Brown, and Shield.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy 37th Birthday, Sarah Michelle Geller

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Wishing best wishes and happy times to Sarah Michelle Geller on her 37th birthday!





Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Slayer vs. Kim Kardashian and Kenye West

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Actress Sarah Michelle Geller didn't care too much for the Vogue cover of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. And I guess lots of people agreed with her - 9,832 Retweets 13,729 favorites!

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Other critics are chiming in, as well as spoofing the cover:
Here on Today and on YahooTV



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