Gotta share some of the best things I’ve seen online this week. Have a happy Friday and enjoy!
The humanities ARE dying. Ahk! Listen to what they have to say at Slate’s Culture Gabfest.
For the love of Amy Acker and Fran Kranz, back the Lord of Catan on Kickstarter!!
Join the Finding Joe #SummerBliss Challenge!
And, finally, watch 30 minutes of previously-unseen Buffy the Vampire Slayer behind the scenes footage.
We know the story, we know the actors, and we know the man in charge. Of course Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing was as amazing as you’d expect! I loved every single second. The way it was shot, the way Joss worked with the script, and the way the actors played off each other. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof were born to play Beatrice and Benedick. And it’s a wonderful bonus, of course, for Angel fans to see the lovers reunited and finally earn their happy ending. What they bring to these roles is truly priceless. And the list goes on! I’ve adored Fran Kranz since his days as Topher, and I didn’t think he could steal my heart any more – but his Claudio was so incredibly winsome! He and Jillian Morgese’s Hero broke my heart as they fell victim to the undermining of Don John. And, oh, to see Sean Maher as the bad guy! For the love of Simon – this is the first performance that’s ever made me wish Don John had some redemption… Reed Diamond (Don Pedro) and Clark Gregg (Leonato) were charming as well – and the scene where the two of theme scheme with Claudio was uproarious. Denisof’s eavesdropping Benedick is so comical that some lines were left unheard over the audience’s laughter! And finally – seeing Captain Hammer and Andrew join forces… Tom Lenk’s Verges and Nathan Fillion’s Dogberry stole every scene they were in. A truly perfect pairing. Ah, I could go on…
After the screening, Whedon provided a Q&A with cast members. I was delighted as Tom Lenk, Clark Gregg, Amy Acker, and Alexis Denisof crossed the stage. And, truly, the cast seemed as excited to be there as we were. They’re all as wonderful in person as you’ve imagined. Tom was the quietest of the group last night. Clark is charming and comical. Amy is the sweetest thing in the world. And Alexis – oh, what a lucky girl that Aly Hannigan is!
It boils down to this – Joss Whedon is an incredible human, and his overdue success has not changed him. He is down to earth and having fun with his friends, who just happen to be incredibly talented. His spirit and love for story comes through in everything he does. Shakespeare is one of the few writer’s I’ve admired longer than Whedon himself, and to see this interpretation on screen is an absolute delight.
Below… videos and photos for your enjoyment!
Three years of waiting, and I finally got to see Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s horror masterpiece, The Cabin in the Woods.
I gave the film a 5 out of 5 custom bongs. After you see the movie, read my review on Monkey in the Cage. And tell us what you loved about it!