Friday, October 30, 2015

New Vampire Documentary "A Place Among the Undead"

 photo Dru-Julie-Landau_l.jpg

The force behind the documentary "A Place Among the Undead" is none other than Juliet Landau (Drusilla from BTVS), with funding through IndieGoGo ~ send in the money to get this made!!!

Here's Juliet via Nerdist

I had the opportunity to play Drusilla on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and now, I am making A Place Among the Undead, which is fast becoming the most definitive vampire documentary ever made. The film is a tapestry with interlinking narrative films inspired by the conversations.
I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Anne (Rice) in Los Angeles and filming with her at the Vampire Ball in New Orleans last year. As I have been wending my way through the project, all roads continually lead to Anne. Each interviewee has talked about the influence of her writing and how her books inspired them to create. Without her, there is no modern interpretation of the undead. She has become as mythic as her beloved Lestat.
If Bram Stoker is the father of the genre then she is the mother, or should I say the queen… Yes, she is “The Queen of the Dammed.” We are all her children and grateful to be so.

Enjoyable discussion video concerning author Anne Rice, including comments by Joss Whedon, Tim Burton, and Charlaine Harris (author of the True Blood novels).

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Buffy Turns 18 ~ Tribute in The Atlantic

 photo tumblr_lhgweyKR121qb8jj3o1_500.gif

The Atlantic has a great tribute to Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the show turns 18 years old.

From The Atlantic
Buffy is ... unique in that, as much as Sunnydale is a Hellmouth, high school is hell. The monsters in the first season are literal manifestations of the demons that plague teenagers—a controlling mother who's so intent on living through her daughter that she switches bodies with her, a pack of teenage boys who become uncontrollably feral, an Internet boyfriend who pretends to be a normal kid but whose real identity is much more complex (in this case, he's a demon called Moloch who got accidentally uploaded onto the Internet). In the episode “Out of Mind, Out of Sight,” one of Buffy’s classmates is ignored to the extent that she physically becomes invisible. In transmogrifying common teenage issues into actual, tangible villains, Buffy makes them seem important, and worth agonizing over. It also makes them seem conquerable.

. . . Television has had lots of complex, admirable teenage heroines since Buffy, but it's hard to think of one so consistently empowered to take control of the circumstances around her, whether in the middle of a graveyard, surrounded by vampires, or in her bedroom, grounded. Buffy’s super-strength is a physical attribute endowed by the forces of destiny, but it's also a state of confidence and competence that carries her through the varying traumas of having the fate of the world always on her shoulders.

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Hide Behind the Chainsaws!" ~ Hilarious Geico Halloween Commercial

 photo tumblr_ndpxqz77Vu1tc8r6ho4_250.gif

There's a new commercial out from Geico that pokes fun at horror movie stupidity - you know, when someone is trying to run away from a knife-wielding psychopath but forgets they have a car in the driveway, or that they should lock the door behind them.

So if you enjoy Sarah Michelle Geller's "I Know What You Did Last Summer" or Joss Whedon's "The Cabin in the Woods," you will love this video:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Buffy Episode Guide on YouTube

 photo tumblr_mc81oaRMuk1qe5udso2_250.gif

There's a fantastic new channel on YouTube called The Passion of the Nerd that is taking Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode by episode. He also includes a video "Sermon" explaining why EVERYONE should watch the series NOW.

Watch, Like, Subscribe, Share! :)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rest In Peace, Nanoo, Nanoo, Robin Williams

 photo bf14f7ada821726078e0cd1232e38186.jpg

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:

 photo 12926.jpg

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."

 photo f5c8c761-9858-4c3f-8850-c42434cd502d.jpg

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.

 photo 174fd4c24bb1c0d7e53d5c2ad4dac4ec.jpg

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

 photo 8f362d0b-6405-4c05-8bda-4e0b8f22b8e1.jpg

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

"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! 

Link Within

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...