Monday, March 27, 2017

Vamps on TV: Eddie Money Music Video from 1982

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The great Eddie Money sounds as love-struck as Spike in this atmospheric video from 1982 for "I Think I'm in Love.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

In-Depth Interview with James Marsters (Spike)

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A.V. Club has a wonderful in-depth interview with James Marsters talking about his Buffy days with great thoughts on fandom and his days filming the show.

Here he talks about his favorite episodes which are also fan favorites: "The Body," "Tabula Rasa," and "Beneath You." I especially enjoyed this insight into "Beneath You," the scene of Spike on the cross in the church and how hard it was to get the right amount of "shame" into that scene because Spike had earned back his soul:

What is your personal favorite—and least favorite—Buffy episode?

JM: Oh, I’ve got so many favorites. One of them is “The Body,” because: Wow. So different than other episodes. Really proving that the show can be just a very serious drama occasionally. And I had a week off, which, when you’re doing 12 to 20 hours of 22 episodes—I’m not joking—having the week off is life-saving. “Tabula Rasa.” That’s just an awesome show. Loved that one. I have very fond memories of the first one I was in. That was just such an intense experience. I think the director committed career suicide. He got so excited by what was happening in the episode, and birthing this character with me, that he started adding shots. And he was blowing budget, and Gareth Davies came down and told him, “If you don’t rein it in, you are never coming back on this show.” And he came to me and he said, “Look, they just told me I’m never going to be on this show if I don’t rein it in. I’m not reining it in. I don’t care. This episode is going to be amazing. And I’m going to get so much work off it in other places. But I’m going to make this really cool.” And he really did. I think part of the reason the character broke out quickly is because that first episode was so tight, as far as how many shots he got.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Happy Birthday to Sarah Michelle Geller!

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I'd like to wish Sarah Michelle Geller a wonderful 39th birthday!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Slayer Soundtrack Sunday ~ Bellylove

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The song "Back to Freedom" is played on the Bronze stage by the group Bellylove in the Season Three opening episode called "Anne." While the song plays in the background, Xander says "Welcome to depressing night at the Bronze." Reason for his depression? Buffy has been forced to leave town after being wrongly accused of killing the alternate slayer Kendra, who was actually murdered by the vampire Drusilla at the end of Season Two. Left behind in Sunnydale, the Scooby Gang consisting of Xander, Oz, Willow and Cordelia are learning to kill vampires on their own, and they aren't too happy about it.

The song is somewhat prophetic because while Buffy is "free" in the sense of being on her own for the first time, she has discovered the tragic world of poverty-stricken runaways living on the edge of society. After she frees a group of homeless people being held forced to work as slaves by demons in the bowels of Los Angeles, she finds her way home again after having her name cleared, which means back to responsibility and school, but also the freedom of being a kid at home with Mom again.

Nineteenth Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Nineteen years! How time flies!!! Happy Anniversary Cast and Fans!

From Sarah Michelle Gellar on Facebook:

19 years ago tonight, I got to introduce you to Buffy The Vampire Slayer (and #mrpointy too) thank you for taking the incredible journey with me and continuing still. I am and forever will be #grateful

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Friday, October 30, 2015

New Vampire Documentary "A Place Among the Undead"

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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).

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