(Jed's a writer on DOLLHOUSE...Zack used to work on David Milch shows and is now on FRINGE...squee.)
2) I shoulda-coulda-woulda watched DOC HORRIBLE first thing this morning -- cuz now the site is jammed and I cannot get on. Boooo. Laters.
You can submit questions to TV Squad to ask at the BSG panel at Comic-Con...but only till THIS THURSDAY...so hurry up!
Q. Battlestar Galactica's Blonde Tomboy Space Girl (AKA Starbuck) is so clearly Wheadonian with her hot, hot fighting abilities and messianic visions... The BSG writers love you. When are you doing a cameo?
A. When Ron Moore stops admiring his shiny mane long enough to realize Starbuck could never love Lee as she would love pasty me.
IGN: I know you're a big Battlestar fan. Was it great for you to get to work with Tahmoh Penikett?
Joss Whedon: I'm gonna go out on a limb here and tell the truth – I've had a man-crush on Tahmoh since the first episode of Battlestar.
IGN: From the moment he stayed behind on Caprica?
Whedon: I had a feeling about him. I just had a feeling about him. I know, he gave up his seat to Baltar! Not bright, but cute! But no, he just has a presence. Tim Minear watched the dailies and he said, "I can't believe you found this guy. This guy is so hard to find. A leading man that has a real soulfulness and a real unique quality" and I just felt that from Battlestar, and he brought it completely [to Dollhouse]. When I spoke to him, he was the first person to mention Never Let Me Go, the novel, just from hearing the premise of Dollhouse. The beautiful sadness of that novel so suffuses what we're trying to do, and it was so beautiful when he brought it up that I just knew this guy [was right]. And it follows my rule with Nathan [Fillion]. Hire a Canadian! They're gentlemen and they're very tall.
Hope you all had a great weekend...I did lots of full on chillaxing, hanging out in Brooklyn eating at amazing restaurants and seeing bizarrely cool Steampunkery in action, going to the very enjoyable kinda-new Brooklyn Flea, and making "urban hikes" all over the place during perfect weather. I avoided INDY (cuz, blech)...and didn't get to THE FALL quite yet.
Also, I had way, way too much fun helping everyone on Whedonesque get hooked on transmedia for new Fox shows. F.T.W. !!!! I highly recommend reading that thread all the way through if you're interested in the FRINGE and DOLLHOUSE transmedia - it's all Fox approved and the thread has become bloated with excellent research and links. *glee*
Btw you may have heard that the great Sidney Pollack has passed away after fighting serious illness for some time now. The guy is cinema royalty, go over here for a few samples of his whole scene. He directed THE WAY WE WERE, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, TOOTSIE, and OUT OF AFRICA, and produced a zillion more things, just for starters. I had just seen him this weekend in the terrific documentary STANLEY KUBRICK: A LIFE IN PICTURES, which I highly recommend to any cinephile out there or anyone considering dipping their toes into Kubrick's films. Pollack has some great interview bits near the end when they are discussing EYES WIDE SHUT. RIP, sir.
Seriously, it was kinda embarrassing.
Meanwhile this is downright hilarious, I love Scott Ian's blog...and I love Aaron Douglas...
"Now Tigh gets to kiss Six and once again the Chief just goes and gets loaded... tell me how that is fair? Fuckers!"
Looks like they'll be aggregating materials about the new shows by Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, Ron Moore, etc, as well as S2 of SARAH CONNOR.
Kewl. Blogroll could use some work. But still kewl.
Speaking of stuff in NYC...are any of you gonna be at NY Comic Con this weekend? How 'bout a meetup? :D If you're feeling shy, ping me at proggrrl at yahoo dot com...
Jones Soda is planning a series of new bottle labels featuring LOLcat macro art. Finally.
The first ep of S2 of THE TUDORS is up on Showtime’s website if you just cannot wait. But apparently that’s an edited version. Meanwhile, Salon calls the show “beautifully costumed soft porn.” Yeah? And your problem with that is?
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is starting next week (yay), IN TREATMENT is ending this Friday (boo)…and soon after that my DVR will be overflowing with all the shows coming back from strike-hiatus. Whoa!
New music is out from The Raconteurs, and me likey. First video here.
Also, a nifty new Spoon video here.
Think about cutting meat out of your diet now and then – it’s The Green Thing To Do.
A list of Judd Apatow’s favorite films. All worth seeing.
Joss-related-news: no surprise to see a DOCTOR HORRIBLE fansite pop up…but check out this great video they have of NPH & Jason Segel singing. Very promising for Joss’s little webshow.
Promo ad for Showtime’s new import, THE SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL. Hmmm.
Ian McKellan uses the words “the fevered imagination of slashers” in a sentence. *glee*
Thanks to BoingBoing, the source of this skullphone art, which I used to see EVERYWHERE on the streets of LA, has been revealed. And why am I not surprised: there’s merch!
I first heard of this on Bill Maher’s show last Friday: Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank is hoping to get a bill through the house to decriminalize personal pot use in small amounts. Well. Good luck with that. *inhales*
The I <3 TORCHWOOD Department: Still squeeing over the last 3 eps. I've seen everything up to the wedding. Fun stuff! We Jack/Gwen fans have a lot to love right now – “unstated” or not, it’s CANON bitches. Terrific eps recently; the show is really proving itself as an adult-themed merger of BUFFY and THE X FILES. I just caught up with Pop Candy’s podcast interview with Eve “Gwen” Miles, what a sweet lady. Plus…Marsters returns! Love! Currently I am ignoring rumors/spoilers about the show that are swirling around. But io9.com seems to be hunting them all down, stringing them up, and stuffing them for our amusement, if any of you are looking. Meanwhile: photos from John Barrowman’s wedding (erm, civil partnership) last year. Awww.
Zikes, what I wouldn't do to get one of these framed BSG ads that a bunch of (mostly unappreciative) journalists received recently. Sigh.
OTOH...you might say that this vinyl ad banner I JUST WON ON EBAY, might be a tad better, y/y? :D
Hilarious 1995 Newsweek piece about how the internet will never amount to much. [hat tip to MCN]
So do any of you have an opinion about the web series SANCTUARY? Would I like it? I'm a BSG & FARSCAPE fan, but cannot get into the STARGATE shows. Yet I am intrigued by the concept that Tapping's character is 157 years old. Sounds like a merger of ANGEL and THE X FILES. ;)
Hee hee, rumor mill says that Paul "Billy" Campbell just auditioned for Joss Whedon's new show. *joy*
Anyone who enjoys writers talking craft, peeking into the Large Sexy Brains of Joss Whedon or JJ Abrams, and/or CLOVERFIELD will definitely, definitely enjoy this recording of a recent Q&A session with Drew Goddard. Goddard wrote CLOVERFIELD, is a current writer for LOST, and wrote for both BUFFY and ANGEL back in the day. It's a long recording with lots of gems. For me the best stuff begins around 50 minutes in, where DG starts answering tons of obsessive-compulsive type fan questions about CLOVERFIELD which lead to his expounding about ARG, viral marketing, and the nature of internet fandom. I don't really agree with some of his opinions on these topics - but I imagine many, many creative types share his feelings. A fascinating listen. (Also note there are tons of other cool Q&A's on the blog, with Todd Haynes, Richard Kelley, Alfonso Cuaron, Diablo Cody, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Moore, etc.)
Meanwhile, let's keep our fingers crossed that this Buffy Reunion at the Paley Fest does indeed go to DVD, as rumored...
Oh and also utterly random: THE BIG LEBOWSKI and SIDEWAYS are on there! Two fantastic, fantastic movies.
"If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches."
-- Rainer Maria Rilke (snerched from my latest feed: motivationquote)
Lots of great stuff on the nettywebbage today - it’s actually hard to keep up!
This is brilliant: the LOST showrunners answering fannish questions from…THE CAST. Great idea, guys. BSG, plscopyit kthxbai. (Why does it not surprise me that the best questions are from the guy who plays Desmond?) Also in the LOST Fun Department…I am now addicted to these:
- Ack_attack’s picspam recaps
- The Many Faces of Jack Shephard - the most-maligned EmoGuy on TV today (even more than – gasp – Lee Adama)!
- The Some Other LOST Screens blog…which I am sure is Bad Robot owned and operated, but I have no proof. Regardless, it's chockful o' nerdtastic details, that lead to burning questions, that lead to nerdtastic details, until my head explodes!
ohnotheydidnt is well worth sifting through the endless Lilo, Britbrit and American Idol posts for gems like these: Robert Downey Jr. in the most dangerous role of his lifetime…Wow. And, you just knew that those LiLo Marilyn Monroe shots were not gonna go…unanswered. Right? Ouch, MY EYES!
E!Online made a nice list of when the strike-shot TV shows will be coming back on air this season.
For those unafraid of spoilers on the BUFFY comic books, this one is a doosey…see how it comes around? BUFFY inspires the makers of TORCHWOOD, and then…etc. It's that - or maybe Drew G. & Joss have been reading too much slashy fanfiction? ;-)
Some random products of bizarre and wondrous minds:
A Balloon Panzer
A Booze-carrying Bra
A Store That Sells Whatever The Guy Feels Like
“I’m very fond of telling people when they say that they would like regime change, for example, in Washington, that what we really need is species change. That the species itself is so impossible and so deeply degraded that one could well do with something else for a change.”
-- documentarian Errol Morris, from this wonderful transcript of a moderated conversation with filmmaker Werner Herzog
Remember how I thought that the stuff Josh Friedman and Summer Glau were saying at WonderCon could give hope that we might see season 2? Well TSCCs showrunner Josh Friedman gave interviews this week (see here, here, here) and was asked about the show’s future. Main takeaway about Season 2 is that it’s TBD as of now in the showrunners’ eyes - so remain optimistic!
The other thing I really liked in these interviews is how clearly TPTB are on a journey with Cameron, my darling Glaubot – sculpting her as they create the show. The BSG/TSCC comparison is also addressed.
And because I can, here’s a recent Glaubot interview...another one that's both Glau & Dekker…and the show’s official Producer’s Blog. Shiny.
Let's hope tonight is not the end!
The show's first season was shortened due to the writers' strike, but luckily next week's two-hour finale ends with a decent cliffhanger. And [showrunner] Josh Friedman is lumping together his plans for the original end of season one with the planned second season to create a new second season...
We'll see more of Teresa Dyson, the widow of potential Skynet creator Miles Dyson, again on the show. But not this season...
Summer Glau is still hoping to create a ballet with composer/writer Joss Whedon, but she's not sure when it'll happen. "It was going to work out better when we were on strike. We wanted to do the ballet for years because Joss writes his own music and I do my own dancing, so i thought it was an amazing idea. But now he's been thrown into an amazing project [the Dollhouse TV show] and I have to go back to work. But we're hoping to do it this season. We're nailing down concepts," Glau said...
*gets a bit excited*
So...does this mean they are assuming a 2nd season? One can hope.
OK, let's linkspammit people!
Jezebel: "Uh, thanks for RUINING our orgasms, mens magazine!" I suppose I’m supposed to think this is sad? I just laugh uncontrollably every time I reread this and look at that (what? 100 YEAR OLD?) advertisement clipping at the top. Heh.
Awesome Nathan Fillion/Nicholas Brandon Whedonverse Con panel vids. LOL. Several parts if you have the stomach. Such charming and bizarre boys.
You recall those Paley Center panels that are starting next month with the casts of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, MAD MEN, CHUCK, PUSHING DAISIES, DIRTY SEXY MONEY, and that pesky little BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER reunion? Well how cool is this: you can submit questions for the panels to the Paley Center mods. Open until Monday March 10th. FTW. [via paleyfest08 ]
Both sad, and hilarious: Spike Jonze's new film version of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is apparently making children cry in fear at early test screenings. I still cannot wait to see it.
A food comm I read, about_food , has posted all the concepts Michael Pollan lays out in his latest book, IN DEFENSE OF FOOD, right here. Please read them and do as many as you can – it’s GOOD FOR YOU! Also that’s a very cool comm if you’re interested in slow food, local food, etc.
OMG, look at this crazy adzuki/green tea cupcake! I don't know if I have the energy to make it...*considers*
I suppose a lot of my flist will consider this old news, but I just found out about this FIREFLY fanfic novel by established fantasy novelist Steven Brust.
Let's discuss for a sec, how much I lurve this photo of Ellen Page. *sigh*
If you missed Jon Stewart's hour last week on Larry King, it's all on youtube now.
Wired has a ton of cool pieces this month that blew my mind, inspired me, made me want to get out and MAKE SHIT, and made me very impatient about my business. Here are the ones that are online now: The mysterious honeybee CCD and the world of 'metagenomics' - reads like a Neal Stephenson or William Gibson plot bunny; FREE STUFF is the future of business (by Chris "Long Tail" Anderson). If you have access to the print mag (free copy available here), check out the pieces in the March issue about online gallieries that let us all become art collectors; the concept of the PMOG - does anyone want to play this sounds AWESOME. Let's all regroup about the PMOG after I can linkspam you later.
SciFi Wire and io9 pimping the WANTED footage screened at Wondercon. I wanna see!
Let me leave you now with a great quote from this outta-control rant about the Oscars that popped up on Salon today. You just have to give this writing some props:
Hollywood is always a lopsided reflection of the political situation we're in.
In this sense, performing artists, classically a fairly high-strung, hypersensitive lot, have always been pretty effective canaries in the cultural coal mine. What they've been telling us, lately, is that we have a very, very sick culture on our hands.
It was a terrible, tooth-gnashing year of hideous self-reflection, for America: the ugly flipside of cultural narcissism. Our country, on the back end of a rapacious tear of sophomoric jerkbag behavior, is moving into the slightly more mature adolescent phase of starting to hate its own smell.
I am the greatest country in the world / I am the piece of shit at the center of the universe.
After shaving its head and driving drunk around the globe with no panties, calling itself the Antichrist, and finally abandoning its children, totaling its SUV and getting its ass kicked in the parking lot of the Persian Gulf, America is realizing that it is internationally loathed, broke, soulless, tasteless, fat, drunk, malicious, greedy and stupid, and has been generally behaving like a lousy excuse for a world superpower for long enough to lose all its friends and position.
Conspicuously missing from this Oscars was any loose talk of politics or the war, until the designated time block for dissent during the presentation of the documentary film awards. This was especially weird: Why, if they didn't want to acknowledge the outside world, did they get a truth teller like Jon Stewart to host the thing?
Huzzah! Who is this Cintra Wilson?
Gary Newman, chairman of 20th Century Fox Television, said the studio's development staff was in touch with its writers. "We're not giving people hard-and-fast deadlines," he said. "We're just making them aware of the competitive advantage they'll get if they're able to turn their script in sooner rather than later." Newman estimated that his studio had 50 to 60 pilot scripts in the works, including one from popular TV producer Joss Whedon, whose new Fox series, "Dollhouse," was ordered from a pitch two weeks before the strike began. Whedon is now busy writing both the pilot script and scenes for auditions.
Also for you fellow OZ fans out there - um, are you out there? - was this:
The abrupt shift into work mode this week has been jarring for all involved. "I feel a little bit like we're all Rip Van Winkle or Snow White," said producer Tom Fontana, who returned to work this week on "The Philanthropist," a drama originally set to air on NBC this spring. "We've all been kind of sleeping, on both sides."*joy* ... [via Whedonesque]
By the by...does anyone out there know how the heck to JOIN Whedonesque? I hear they only offer new accounts during Samhain, or Christmas, or after the high school graduation of your first born daughter? Anybody know for sure?
*jumps around, yelling and flinging little posts at the flist*
OK. For serious. Here are two great posts on Watch With Kristin and The Ausiello Report where you can get up-to-the-minute news on the status of your fave TV shows now that the strike is pretty much over. And this Variety piece is about the pilots that will most likely be on the fast track now for next fall.
MAD MEN! FRINGE! DOLLHOUSE! *giggling*
B) That I am getting a silly amount of additional squee!satisfaction from now reading this io9 post today? ("I've spent a lot of time with Ron on the picket lines, and he's very gracious about my drool for the show.")
[...and...does it matter?...hee]