Just when you thought they couldn't shill off more crap from Buffy, you stood amazed at the awesome power of merchandisers' completely random ideas....thus you get the "Conversation with Dead People" Board.
I gotta say, that's just clever.
It's a Ouija Board, but of course they can't officially call it that 'cause then they'd be sued by Parker Brothers or whoever the hell owns that board. Anyway, it looks almost exactly like a Ouija board, but with some different art on it and the fact that it's called something else. That looks to be it.
Dark Horse wants you to know that the board is for "entertainment purposes only," so that means you shouldn't take it seriously when you call your Grandma from the great beyond and she responds by telling you to put on an extra sweater or you'll catch your death of cold.
They're selling this for $29.99. Apparently there's an instruction sheet with all-new comic panels in it. Whether or not those panels are from Buffy is anyone's guess. I think if Dark Horse wants to get into the cheap toy company business they should do what all cheap toymakers do and that's make an ultimately disappointing feature to their products. Instead of a Buffy comic panel in the box, it should be Hellboy or something. That would piss everyone off, and be funny at the same time.
Christophe Beck's pretty damn cool arrangements from seasons 2-5 of Buffy are now on CD and should be available everywhere, including amazon.
iTunes and Amazon mp3 both have it as well.
The European release date is September 15th, so those of you who want it but live across the ocean will have to wait a week.
Ever since Buffy ended, Beck's been busy with composing scores from movies including Under The Tuscan Sun, Saved!, We Are Marshall, Charlie Bartlett (and other films I won't mention out of embarrassment for him to be associated with them).
CLICK HERE to check out the track listings and everything at amazon.
Normally, TV shows don't have cool posters. Usually they're pretty bland, really. Well, I have to say this one is pretty damn cool. It's the newest poster of Summer Glau for the 2nd season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Take a look...
"See? I told you it was a good idea to hire that extra security."
I didn't go to Dragon*Con this year, and by all accounts I'm really glad I didn't. I don't know much about what went on, but I'm guessing it went something like this....
1) Elevators clogged with stinky people. 2) Conference rooms and halls clogged with stinky people. 3) Some celebrities signing autographs for stinky people. 4) Dealer rooms being overrun by stinky people. And of course, 5) more stinky people.
- Not much going on right now in the world of Whedon. A lot of convention crap, some Dollhouse cast interviews at other sites, etc. The Dr. Horrible soundtrack is now available at iTunes. Whoopy.
- Now this might make me sound a bit more geeky than I am (or maybe I'm in denial) but the pics of those guys that made their home theatre room into a Buffy/Angel shrine....well.....that's just awesome. Click here to take a look at the photos.
My vacation from blogging is over, and thus I should have updates more often than the past couple weeks. Aren't you lucky?
It's a journey back to when no one knew of this guy named "Whedon" or his crazy casts. It's "Before They Were Joss-Verse!" This week's installment focuses on our favorite Watcher turned Rogue Demon Hunter....Alexis Denisof.
Before Alexis became Wesley Wyndam-Pryce on Buffy and Angel, George Harrison requested his services in the popular, yet horribly repetitive 80's hit "I Got My Mind Set On You." In the music video, Alexis woos a girl by apparently lip-synching to George's song, and pumping a lot of change into a toy machine. Will he come up with a cheap, plastic gift for the girl? You could cut the anticipation with a knife!
We here at HMC would like to wish James Marsters a very, very Happy Birthday. The guy just gets better looking with age, doesn't he? Why, he could definitely still play a 25 year old. Just last week, I called Mr. Marsters...
Me: Hello James.
Me: James, it's Matt.
JM: WHO?! WHERE AM I?!! What's this THING on my EAR?! Some fancy hoozamabob! GET OFF MY LAWN, YOU WHIPPERSNAPPERS!
I then hung up, because honestly, he probably would've thought I was his grandson and tried to get me to come over to tell me about what went on in the steel mill in 1952. And really, you can only hear those stories so much before you decide suicide doesn't sound like such a bad idea. Happy Birthday, you old coot.
Alan Tudyk is coming to Dragon*Con now. This now increases the Whedon-Verse count to 5. The other guests include James Marsters, Nathan Fillion, Jewel Staite and Morena Baccarin.
If you've ever been to Dragon*Con before, you know that it is one of the largest conventions in the country every year, and it's only increased in size. This year looks to be absolutely insane, as I've mentioned previously. The Marsters/Fillion fangirl crowd will be in full force, and it's almost scary to think about it.
Please be careful while walking through the Marriot, 'cause there's a good chance you will be stuck to someone dressed up in a costume that makes them sweat profusely.
May God keep you safe. Dragon*Con begins August 29th in Atlanta, GA.
Let me get this straight....James Marsters AND Nathan Fillion will be appearing at Dragon*Con?
Oh Jesus....Sweet, Sweet Jesus, please save us from the implosion of the planet. I don't know if we can handle the pure geeky fangirl energy that will be pushed to the breaking point in Atlanta, GA on August 29th.
The Dragon*Con website is reporting that Nathan Fillion has signed on as a guest just 12 days before the convention. If I tabulate all the data, check the weather patterns and drink about 4 and a half cans of Red Bull, I will have figured out that this means we're doomed in...
...12 days. Shit. Did I really need to do all that?
I have to say, I am now so glad I'm not going this year. Do you REALIZE how CRAZY it's going to be now? James Marsters AND Nathan Fillion....at the same convention that in a bad year holds at least 25,000 people? Double that last year at least......probably triple it this year. I would be scared to walk anywhere. And the elevators. My God. The Elevators.
The apocalypse begins August 29th in Atlanta. Who would've thought it would all end there?
The MTV Movies Blog talked to Joss Whedon and Summer Glau on the rumors of a Serenity Sequel. According to Joss, "The rumors are there because people really wish it would happen." He also went on to say, "I’d do it in a heartbeat, because I love those people
so much.” But that doesn’t change the fact that the rumors are not
being circulated “by anyone who owns a studio,” and “nobody’s knocking
on our door.”
Summer's response to doing another movie was enthusiastic to say the least.
So what does this mean? Well, I don't know about you but it sounds like whoever keeps making this stuff up about Serenity Part Deux needs to get a life or something, 'cause it sounds like it's not happening.
Honestly, as much as I'd like to see another film, who would invest in another one? As far as I know, Universal didn't even turn a profit (they may have come close to pulling even after all the DVD and special edition DVD sales were calculated). This was after all the fan screenings, and the viral marketing and everything pumped into getting an audience that simply wasn't there. The fact is there was a lot of wrong choices during the months leading up to Serenity (the aforementioned fan screenings for instance), but the public just didn't come out for it, and it wasn't even a summer movie competing with a lot of other blockbusters.
If Joss could say he could make it for $20 million instead of $40 million, then there's a chance somebody would swipe it up. But I don't think it'll happen. The fans need to watch the stuff we have and stop begging for something we don't. Would we like a sixth season of Angel? Yes....but it'll never happen. Would we like a Serenity sequel? Yes, but why not enjoy what we got and let things be. If it happens, then it happens. These rumors (i.e - wishes) get old....but that's fandom for you.