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Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: October 16, 2007, 10:14:15 AM »

As long as I get my corporate sanctioned cut, carry on as you were.
Posted by: Reginald McGraw
« on: October 16, 2007, 09:33:08 AM »

That's great, but I'm going to be organizing Women's Studies sing-alongs behind your back.
Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: October 15, 2007, 03:36:46 PM »

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That came as a shock to Clinton McClung, who had organized the sing-along events. "I understand how the entertainment industry works, but I don't understand why it has to work against me," he said.

If you don't understand why, then you don't really understand how.

Reggie, You're hired.
Posted by: nacho
« on: October 15, 2007, 12:01:57 PM »

Is Farscape coming back as a real fucking TV show, though?

Webisodes equaling a full length episode which, if the results are good, will lead to a full series.  At least according to O'Bannon. 
Posted by: Reginald McGraw
« on: October 15, 2007, 09:31:36 AM »

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That came as a shock to Clinton McClung, who had organized the sing-along events. "I understand how the entertainment industry works, but I don't understand why it has to work against me," he said.

If you don't understand why, then you don't really understand how.
Posted by: Matt
« on: October 15, 2007, 02:46:15 AM »

Is Farscape coming back as a real fucking TV show, though?
Posted by: nacho
« on: October 14, 2007, 08:31:41 AM »

How about they turn all that effort towards getting Firefly to come back?  Hell, this is the year for triumphant returns.  Farscape, Jericho...
Posted by: Matt
« on: October 13, 2007, 03:08:09 AM »

I love it.

"Well, we can still do it!" says mildly obsessed fan with mildly interesting career. "I've got hope."

But studios disagree.

"No, really, you can't," say Major Media Conglomerate.
Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: October 12, 2007, 09:30:16 PM »

Info on the Buffy screenings/parties . . .

http://uncoolkids.com/buffy/
Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: October 12, 2007, 09:27:57 PM »

Buffy screenings were okay until Fox realized they just might be able to make a buck off it.

Quote from: CNN
'Buffy' Fans Bemoan Demise of Sing-Along
Fans of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Saddened As Legal Issues Torpedo Popular Sing-Along Event

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Lawyers have driven a stake into the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" sing-along.

The TV show didn't exactly die when the show and its demon-fighting heroine went off the air three years ago. Driven by a fiercely loyal following, fans put together the sing-along event, a la "Rocky Horror Picture Show," where people turn up for midnight screenings of a musical episode of the show, often dressed up in costume as their favorite characters.

That all came to an end this week when the studio that owns the rights to the show got wind of what was going on.

Lawyers for Twentieth Century Fox Television, a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., told a licensing company that had given the green light for the sing-along events that it had gone beyond limits of the show's licensing agreements.

All future engagements of the show, including a three-night run scheduled to start Friday in St. Louis, have been canceled.

Chris Alexander, a spokesman for the studio, said that "significant payments" would have to be made to Hollywood unions for the show to be screened in movie theaters, which is a highly unusual arrangement anyway and usually reserved for situations like one-time charity events.

That came as a shock to Clinton McClung, who had organized the sing-along events. "I understand how the entertainment industry works, but I don't understand why it has to work against me," he said.

McClung said he had sought and received a licensing arrangement from Criterion Pictures for the events, but Alexander said those permissions went beyond what Fox allowed.

The musical episode, called "Once More, With Feeling," was a departure for the show, and was written and directed by Joss Whedon, the show's creator. It was nominated for an Emmy award.

About a year ago, McClung started to show the screenings at midnight at a theater in Boston, where he had been in charge of late-night programming, and later did the same thing at an art-house cinema in New York's Greenwich Village.

McClung said a group of about 10 people volunteered to play various roles in the show at the New York theater and to appear onstage to lead the audience.

Now, he's had to cancel a costume party later this month as well as about 10 shows in theaters around the country as a result of the cease-and-desist order. He said he has already taken the sing-along event to 15 other cities, where it has mainly sold out.

In St. Louis, the Tivoli theater had booked the Buffy musical sing-along for three nights, and the opening night, Friday, was sold out.

Ted Mundorff, chief operating officer of Landmark Theaters, which owns the Tivoli, said he was disappointed that fans were being caught in the middle.

"We love the program, and we love the idea, and we're sad that we told people to come and we're not going to be able to show it," Mundorff said.

Despite the apparently insurmountable legal problems, some fans are still hanging in.

"I refuse to give up hope," said Caroline O'Connor, a 25-year-old massage therapy student in New York who appeared onstage as Willow, Buffy's best friend, and as Sweet, a demon character. "I look at it as a paperwork problem."

That's not how Fox sees it.

"We have to protect our interests, and that's what we're doing," says Alexander. "There are plenty of legal ways for fans to enjoy Buffy, but this particular event is not going to be possible at this time."
Posted by: fajwat
« on: December 02, 2006, 01:45:23 AM »

awful.  very sad.  waste.  That pair of witches grounded the show.
Posted by: nacho
« on: December 02, 2006, 12:32:02 AM »

You've got me listening to Once More With Feeling now, matt, and I hit "under your spell," Tara's song.  Making me think what a waste the show became there in the sixth season.  Tara's death was such a waste.
Posted by: Matt
« on: December 01, 2006, 04:21:08 PM »

Just finished "Killed By Death", about children who have a fever and are killed by a monster who feeds on the death of children, and had killed Buffy's cousin. Difficulty level: Buffy can only see and fight the monster while under the influence of a kickass flu bug.

The episode features two things which I love: Charisma Carpenter in a short skirt (throughout the entire episode) and some great creature design in the monster who terrorizes the children. He has over-elongated side teeth that come out of his jaw like an alligator, or like the opposite of a vampire. Kind of a tusked look to him. He feeds on the children by his eye sockets opening up and teethed tentacles coming out of them. It's excellently creepy and I tend to view the monster as a design ancestor to the creatures in "Hush". When Buffy really worked on the design for the monsters that went beyond the conventional vampires and demons, the show really worked some magic.
Posted by: nacho
« on: December 01, 2006, 01:39:20 PM »

Oh, Jenny Calendar is my girl!  God I loved her... And yes, great, great episode.  But the rule of thumb is:  Anything Angelus is great.  We got Angelus for over half a season in Angel.
Posted by: Matt
« on: December 01, 2006, 01:32:14 PM »

It only adds to the irony that she played a witch in the pre-Harry Potter days of Christian fundamentalists.