The Avengers Commentary

The American release this week of The Avengers DVD/Blu-Ray means they get something who we in Australia, and other countries who got an earlier release, didn’t get – a Joss Whedon commentary. Thankfully, there’s a rundown of all the tidbits from the director here.

Buffy in a Nutshell

Not that any nut product could contain the best vampire slayer since Blade of course. Following this link from writer Tom Taylor’s Facebook page about his excellent The Deep OGN (get it for a young’n, or old’n, for Christmas!) I happened upon this great summary of the awesomeness that was, and is, Joss Whedon’s Buffy TV series. I caught up to Buffy, and soon after Angel, a bit late in my Uni days but I’m so glad I did. It’s one of the best shows ever to grace our TV screens.

Oh and for an added bonus, check out this well edited clip of Buffy vs a stalking Edward Cullen from Twilight.

New Buffy Film

Buffy_The_Vampire_Slayer_MovieRemember 1992’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer film? It had Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry in it. It had its moments, sure, but when creator Joss Whedon unleashed his brilliant vision on the TV screens 5 years later, it was an entirely new beast – a healthy dose of dark chocolate compared to the light, fluffy souffle that the movie was. Now the holders of the original film rights want to make a new Buffy film, without the inclusion of Whedon or any of the supporting characters he created during the much loved TV series. Perhaps the film makers are inspired by the Hollywood remake craze, but needless to say, Buffy fans are not happy. If only it was April Fool’s Day. Here’s a peek at the article from The Hollywood Reporter.

While Whedon is the person most associated with “Buffy,” Kuzui and her Kuzui Enterprises have held onto the rights since the beginning, when she discovered the “Buffy” script from then-unknown Whedon. She developed the script while her husband put together the financing to make the 1992 movie, which was released by Fox. 

Kuzui later teamed with Gail Berman, then president of Sandollar Television, bringing back Whedon to make the TV series, which was produced by Fox TV and launched on the WB in 1997. Kuzui and Sandollar received executive producer credits on “Buffy” and its spinoff, “Angel.” 

The new “Buffy” film, however, would have no connection to the TV series, nor would it use popular supporting characters like Angel, Willow, Xander or Spike. Vertigo and Kuzui are looking to restart the story line without trampling on the beloved existing universe created by Whedon, putting the parties in a similar situation faced by Paramount, J.J. Abrams and his crew when relaunching “Star Trek.”

Andy Hallett Dies

LorneThis is sad. I loved Angel, the Buffy TV series spin off. Sure, David Boranaz isn’t the greatest actor, but Angel was awesome -perhaps even better than Buffy. Not as funny, but it had characters worth caring for  and those lovely cliff hanger endings that creator Joss Whedon (and fanboys) love so much. The singing demon Lorne was one of the show’s highlights and the light to the dark the stories often presented. Sadly, the actor who played Lorne, Andy Hallet has passed away. He died on Sunday, at the age of 33-the same age as me, as a result of his heart disease. His impact on the show was great, and his return to the series in the final episode was a truly effective surprise.