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Felicia Day sees Red in Syfy Original Movie

Posted by LiveFor on March 9, 2010

Felicia Day, star of web videos The Guild and Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, and Dollhouse who also played “Vi” in the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will portray a werewolf-hunting descendant of Little Red Riding Hood in the new Syfy Saturday Original Movie, Red (not to be confused with the adaption of Warren Ellis’ comic book Red starring Bruce Willis or the film from a few years ago called Red starring Brian Cox or Warren Beatty’s Reds or the reimagining of Red Riding Hood in a gothic style heading to the big screen starring Amanda Seyfried).

Scheduled to premiere in 2011, Red is Syfy’s latest re-imagining of classic fairy tales, legends and pop culture characters. The new line of films launched with Beauty and the Beasts: A Dark Tale, which starred Estella Warren, on February 27.

Syfy, one of television’s most prolific producers of original movies, is also developing films around the stories of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor and Hansel & Gretel, among other projects.

In the action-packed Red, Red (Day) brings her fiancé home, where he meets the family and learns about their business – hunting werewolves. He’s skeptical until bitten by a werewolf. When her family insists he must be killed, Red tries saving him. Red also stars Kavan Smith (Stargate Atlantis) and Stephen McHattie (Watchmen and he was amazing in Pontypool).

In addition to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Felicia is most widely known for her work in web video. She co-starred in Joss Whedon’s Internet musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, which was voted the Best Web TV of 2008 by Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and People Magazine.

Currently she stars in the web series The Guild, which she created, writes and stars in. The Guild was the winner of the YouTube, Yahoo and SXSW Best Web Series Awards for 2008. The series has generated more than 50 million views web-wide. Day also has a hugely popular Twitter following, reaching more than 1.7 million fans.

Here endeth the press release. Day is cool so I imagine this will have some watchable moments and McHattie is always great to watch. We shall see what we shall see.

Any Felicia fans out there looking forward to this?

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Dollhouse has gone the way of Firefly

Posted by LiveFor on November 12, 2009

dollhouseDamn, another Joss Whedon show bites the dust.
The Hollywood Reporter has the breaking news that Fox has canceled “Dollhouse,” the Eliza Dushku-starring series created by Whedon.

The sci-fi series, which is filming episode 11, will finish its 13-episode order.

“Yes. Canceled. Sad but true,” tweeted Maurissa Tancharoen, a writer on “Dollhouse” who is married to Whedon’s brother Jed Whedon, also a writer on the show.

Beating the odds after a very slow start last spring, “Dollhouse” was renewed for a second season. But with a dismal performance this fall — and despite getting a ratings bump from DVR viewing — the show starring Eliza Dushku was benched for November sweeps after four episodes.

Fox plans to air all produced episodes of “Dollhouse,” which will return with originals Dec. 4 as planned. Whedon is working on giving the series a proper ending with a big finale.

“I feel the show is getting better pretty much every week, and I think you’ll agree in the coming months,” Whedon wrote on Whedonesque.com. “I’m grateful that we got to put it on, and then come back and put it on again.”

Sad that these cool shows which have a big fanbase just don’t hit the crossover appeal barrier until it is much too late.

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Joss Whedon will buy the Terminator franchise for $10000

Posted by LiveFor on November 2, 2009

joss-whedonRecently it was announced that the rights to the Terminator were going on sale. It will be by auction and it is rumoured that they will go for about $60 million dollars. Not a bad deal really.

Now a major mover and shaker in the film biz has put in an early bid acccording to an open letter Deadline Hollywood posted.

An Open Letter to the Terminator Owners. From a Very Important Hollywood Mogul

Dear Sirs/Ma’ams,

I am Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind Titan A.E., Parenthood (not the movie) (or the new series) (or the one where ‘hood’ was capitalized ’cause it was a pun), and myriad other legendary tales. I have heard through the ‘grapevine’ that the Terminator franchise is for sale, and I am prepared to make a pre-emptive bid RIGHT NOW to wrap this dealio up. This is not a joke, this is not a scam, this is not available on TV. I will write a check TODAY for $10,000, and viola! Terminator off your hands.

No, you didn’t miscount. That’s four — FOUR! — zeroes after that one. That’s to show you I mean business. And I mean show business. Nikki Finke says the Terminator concept is played. Well, here’s what I have to say to Nikki Finke: you are a fine journalist and please don’t ever notice me. The Terminator story is as formative and important in our culture — and my pretend play — as any I can think of. It’s far from over. And before you Terminator-Owners (I have trouble remembering names) rush to cash that sweet cheque, let me give you a taste of what I could do with that franchise:

1) Terminator… of the Rings! Yeah, what if he time-travelled TOO far… back to when there was dragons and wizards? (I think it was the Dark Ages.) Hasta La Vista, Boramir! Cool, huh? “Now you gonna be Gandalf the Red!” RRRRIP! But then he totally helps, because he’s a cyborg and he doesn’t give a s#&% about the ring — it has no power over him! And he can carry it AND Frodo AND Sam AND f@%& up some orcs while he’s doing it. This stuff just comes to me. I mean it. (I will also offer $10,000 for the Lord of the Rings franchise).

2) More Glau. Hey. There’s a reason they’re called “Summer” movies.

3) Can you say… musical? Well don’t. Even I know that’s an awful idea.

4) Christian Bale’s John Connor will get a throat lozenge. This will also help his Batwork (ten grand for that franchise too, btw.)

5) More porn. John Connor never told Kyle Reese this, but his main objective in going to the past was to get some. What if there’s a lot of future-babies that have to be made? Cue wah-wah pedal guitar — and dollar signs!

6) The movies will stop getting less cool.

Okay. There’s more — this brain don’t quit! (though it has occasionally been fired) — but I think you get my drift. I really believe the Terminator franchise has only begun to plumb the depths of questioning the human condition during awesome stunts, and I’d like to shepherd it through the next phase. The money is there, but more importantly, the heart is there. But more importantly, money. Think about it. End this bloody bidding war before it begins, and put the Terminator in the hands of someone who watched the first one more than any other movie in college, including “Song of Norway” (no current franchise offer).

Sincerely, Joss Whedon.

Imagine if Joss got the rights. What do you think he would do with the Terminator?

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The Random – The Tripods, Dollhouse, Matt Helm, Wichita becomes Knight and Day, Housebroken, Toy Story 3 casting news, The Art of Making Money

Posted by LiveFor on October 13, 2009

* Stuart Hazeldine (“Exam”) has apparently completed the screenplay for a film adaptation of John Christopher’s classic British sci-fi novel trilogy “The Tripods” and indicates Alex Proyas (“Knowing,” “Dark City”) is aiming to produce and potentially direct according to Digital Spy.

* Thanks to DVR data which shows a 50% jump in audience, Fox has confirmed it plans to air all thirteen episodes of the second season of Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” series says Reuters. As for ordering additional episodes or a third season, Fox says it will make that decision after the current run. That decision however seems unlikely as the first season experienced a similar 50% DVR rate increase but pulled in stronger live numbers.

* The Playlist reports that before he gets to work on the script for the “Spider-Man” spin-off feature “Venom”, director Gary Ross is tackling a different kind of hero – swinging spy Matt Helm for Paramount Pictures. Paul Attanasio (“Donnie Brasco”) penned the latest draft of the script which Steven Spielberg considered directing but opted instead for the “Harvey” remake. Paramount is keen to have a Bond/Bourne style spy franchise of their own and have reportedly set Ross to direct the project.

* Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz’s Wichita gets a name change to Knight and Day.

* Mark Dindal (“Chicken Little,” “The Emperor’s New Groove”) is set to direct the live-action family comedy “Housebroken” for Walden Media says Variety. “Housebroken” will center around a newly married couple’s talking pets, who must adjust to living together under one roof.

* Kristen Schaal (“Flight of the Conchords”) has joined the cast of  Toy Story 3 for Disney Pictures and Pixar according to director Lee Unkrich on a recent video blog. Schaal voices a new character but no further details are forthcoming. Blake Clark is also taking over for Slinky, replacing the late Jim Varney. The cast this time around includes Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey, Jodi Benson, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt and Whoopi Goldberg.

* Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) and director D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye,” “Disturbia”) are in negotiations for the fact-based drama “The Art of Making Money” at Paramount Pictures says Variety. Pine will play Art Williams, the alias for a Chicago man who rose from petty theft to become a master counterfeiter. Frank Baldwin wrote the script based on a 2005 Rolling Stone article.

Source: Dark Horizons

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Dollhouse Season 1 – Epitaph One Sneak Peek

Posted by LiveFor on July 8, 2009

Dollhouse is the Joss Whedon series where people have memories and skills downloaded into them and at the end of each mission they have their memory wiped. The Feds are after them and Eliza Dushku looks lovely. All well and good. Unlike Firefly, Dollhouse has been given a second series.

However, there was a final episode from the first series that is yet to be shown. It is called Epitaph One and is set in 2019 after some kind of apocalypse. Who knew! It stars Felicia Day and here is a sneak peek.

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Cabin in the Woods – Joss Whedon tells us things about it but the things may not be true.

Posted by LiveFor on January 27, 2009

There’s a cool article by Todd Brown over on AMC that talks about Joss Whedon’s latest film project, Cabin in the Woods. It is a great example of how to use rumours and the internet to spread the word on a film…and by writing this I am helping it go further.

It’s co-written and produced by Whedon, with writer and director Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Lost).

Word of their project first surfaced in July with little more than an
announcement that it was happening and that Whedon and Goddard were both
involved. The duo wouldn’t even reveal the plot — Goddard teased in
an
interview with MTV
, “It’s got a harder and darker edge, but it’s
also got classic Whedon qualities. It’ll rip your heart out and be heartfelt at
the same time.” MGM exec Mary Parent who greenlit the movie
told
The Hollywood Reporter
, “I’ll be shot [if I say anything] … It’s
an intense visceral thrill ride and I’ll leave it at that.” Whedon’s only
comment was “it’s the horror movie to end all horror movies… literally,” a
quote that still has fans buzzing over at fan site
Whedonesque: “I’m curious
about what is implied by the description … Many people misuse ‘literally’ so
that it means nothing in particular. But Joss uses language carefully. That
‘literally’ suggests some sort of interesting deconstruction of the genre.”


So who would be the face of the film? Would you believe the dead father
from Six Feet Under (Richard Jenkins) and cabinet member from The West Wing
(Bradley Whitford)? “It’s really just your basic typecasting,”
said
Goddard
, “when you need two actors to run through the woods in
low-cut nighties, you immediately think of Richard Jenkins and Bradley
Whitford.”


On January 24, based on information culled from inside-the-industry
casting calls and databases, the
NewYork Times announced the addition of Bill Nighy and Jena Malone to the cast while also giving the following synopsis: “A group of five college kids are tricked into spending a weekend at a cabin where they will be sacrificed to appease the Gods and save the world.”

In retrospect, a cast of middle-aged men in a film supposedly about
‘five college kids’ should have tipped people off that something weird was going
on, but it didn’t. Instead, fans fixated on what was meant by “Gods”? Could this
be some sort of Lovecraft reference? But then along came Whedon himself to
happily mess with people’s heads. Over on fan board
Whedonesque, the
man himself turned up a few hours after this “news” broke to say, “This is
misinformation. While we are fans of both those actors, neither is attached to
the movie. Just FYI. However, they ARE attached to the Serenity sequel.” No,
there isn’t going to be a sequel to Serenity. But what’s up with the fake info?
Whedon elaborated a little later: “Also, they got the plot wrong. In order
to protect the story from spoilerization, we’ve been sending out our OWN
misinformation, including fake sides for the actors, fake summaries, different
names… So there’s gonna be a lot of ‘information’ leaked that will lead to
excited speculation about things you will not see. Sorry. But here’s some stuff
you CAN look forward to, my word on it: 1) A person will have an emotion. 2) Two
people speaking, or “dialogue”, may occur. 3) A bunch of different people will
play the part of Bob Dylan. Hope that clears everything up. More updates
soon!”

And here is the genius of Joss: Rather than fight the flow of information, he has corrupted the sources, throwing anything anybody says about this film from now until release into question. And everybody who ran the fake Times casting announcement and synopsis is now going to have to run a retraction: Whedon just got two headlines for the price of one.

Sounds rather interesting doesn’t it, even though everything we have currently heard about it may not be true and it may end up being something totally different. Therefore, anything else I write about it may or may not be true…my head hurts.

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Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on November 6, 2008

Joss Whedon, creator of groundbreaking cult favorites “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” returns to television and reunites with fellow “Buffy” alumna Eliza Dushku for a thrilling new drama, DOLLHOUSE. ECHO (Dushku) is an “Active,” a member of a highly illegal and underground group who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas. Confined to a secret facility known as the “Dollhouse,” Echo and the other Actives including SIERRA (Dichen Lachman, “Neighbours”) and VICTOR (Enver Gjokaj, “The Unit”) carry out engagements assigned by ADELLE (Olivia Williams, “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Rushmore”), one of the Dollhouse leaders. The engagements cater to the wealthy, powerful and connected, and require the Actives to immerse themselves in all manner of scenarios romantic, criminal, uplifting, dangerous, comical and the occasional “pro bono” good deed. After each scenario, Echo, always under the watchful eye of her handler BOYD (Harry Lennix, “Commander in Chief,” 24), returns to the mysterious Dollhouse where her thoughts, feelings and experiences are erased by TOPHER (Fran Kranz, “Welcome to the Captain”), the Dollhouse’s genius programmer. Echo enters the next scenario with no memory of before. Or does she? As the series progresses, FBI Agent PAUL BALLARD (Tahmoh Penikett, “Battlestar Galactica”) pieces together clues that lead him closer to the Dollhouse, while Echo stops forgetting, her memories begin to return and she slowly pieces together her mysterious past. DOLLHOUSE revolves around Echo’s blossoming self-awareness and her desire to discover her true identity. But with each new engagement, comes a new memory and increased danger inside and outside the Dollhouse.

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The Random

Posted by LiveFor on October 29, 2008

Aussie actress Teresa Palmer has been added to the cast of John Eyre’s “The Last Warrior”.

Indie company Werc Werk Works will finance and co-produce “The Turin Horse,” a new movie from Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr that will use the story of a farmer and his horse as an existential metaphor… (full details)

Danny Boyle admits that he shot “Slumdog Millionaire” with a PG-13 rating in mind, despite the film landing an R from the MPAA. He also admits that he tried to appeal the rating but doesn’t seem to have had any success… (full details)

‘W.’ screenwriter Stanley Weiser talks about his “Wall Street” sequel treatment that he penned a while ago and is being ignored by “21” scribe Allan Loeb who’s penning the upcoming project entitled “Money Never Sleeps“… (full details)

Despite a press release indicating Michael Bay had approved the upcoming Transformers theme park ride, Bay himself has just announced he isn’t happy with what they have presented him… (full details)

Legendary Pictures (“Batman Begins,” “Superman Returns”) is in negotiations to acquire Epic Games (“Gears of War,” “Unreal Tournament”) – the first film financing company to start investing money in video games… (full details)

Real life couple Christopher Lee and Fann Wong are in advanced talks to star in Singaporean romantic comedy “The Wedding of the Year.” The dark story deals with a marriage between two celebrities whose fans have been tracking their romance and rooting for nuptials. Pic will be released in Singapore by Golden Village in time for Chinese New Year in late January… (full details)

Mirovision is developing a third remake of Korean helmer Kim Ki-young’s 1960 masterpiece thriller “The Housemaid“…The story follows a maid who ruins a family. Gina Kim (“Never Forever”) penned and is attached to direct the $2.5 million Korean-language remake… (full details)

Danny and Oxide Pang (“Bangkok Dangerous,” “The Eye”) will next direct the horror feature “Child’s Eye” for Universe Intl. Holdings. Shooting is scheduedl to start in April or May… (full details)

Joss Whedon has revealed that his original pilot for the new Fox series “Dollhouse” was thrown out completely and several characters were removed from the show… (full details)

Jackson Rathbone tries to defend the Donnie Darko sequel S. Darko: “Look at the original Donnie Darko. When it was first released, did anybody like it? No, it was a year later. Through people talking, people got it. We’re in an opposite boat, because people loved the first one after a while. Maybe they’ll warm up to this, too. Or, they’ll hate the idea of it, but once they see it, I think they’re going to turn around. It takes the idea of the film and it goes beyond, answering and delving into more questions than Donnie Darko did. A lot of people are pissed that Richard Kelly is not involved, but he did sell the idea. He did give the license to do it. So it’s not like he’s opposed to it.” [Shock]

Danny Elfman is developing a broadway show based on the life of Harry Houdini and he also might be doing a Cirque Du Soleil show at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood in 2010. [Collider]

The Playlist takes a look at the soundtrack for Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

Universal is giving Pride and Glory director Gavin O’Connor another chance, a Vince Vaughn comedy film called Sunny and 68. [Variety]

The Wackness hits DVD and Blu-Ray on January 6th 2009. [movieweb]

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso complains that he doesn’t have enough time to read comic books: “It’s hard to read comic books as my time is now restricted.” [boingboing]

Cinema Blend has 26 new photos from Gus Van Sant’s Milk.

Gus Van Sant, he will be directing an adaptation of 1968 Tom Wolfe’s book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. [Reuters]

Rob Cohen is trying to get xXx: The Return of Xander Cage into production by late spring, for a Summer 2010 release. [collider]

Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Matthew Goode will star in Tom Ford’s directorial debut, an indie drama titled A Single Man. [Variety]

Universal has preemptively bought Mike Sobel’s disaster-action pitch Skyscraper. [CS]

Natalie Portman is set to star with Scott Cohen and Charlie Tahan in Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, a Don Roos-directed adaptation of an Ayelet Waldman novel. [Variety]

Amy Adams will star in the indie drama Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, Karen Croner’s script based on Jacki Lyden biography. [Variety]

To promote Anaconda 3 on DVD, Sci-Fi Channel has launched an online game called Snakes on a Babe featuring David Hasselhoff.

Neil Gaiman is producing a live-action adaptation of his new New York Times best-seller The Graveyard Book. [MTV]

Netflix will offer HD streaming to XBox Live members first. [/Gamer]

Adrien Brody will become The Courier for Russell Mulcahy. [FirstShowing]

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