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Jul 242014
 
Summer Glau

Robot Summer Glau will terminate you.

by Nur Hussein, staff writer

Today we wish Summer Glau a very happy birthday! No stranger to genre, Glau’s most famous role is River Tam in the tragically cancelled Joss Whedon TV series, Firefly.

Glau was born in 1981 in San Antonio, Texas. She is of Scots-Irish and German parentage, and she spent a considerable amount of her youth dedicated to ballet. After she broke her toe, she decided to go into acting.

Her first TV role was a guest on the Buffy spin-off Angel, where she played a ballerina (the ballet training helped!). It was then that she met Joss Whedon, and the rest was history; she was cast in Whedon’s acclaimed TV series Firefly. Her character, River Tam, was an intellectually gifted youngster; brainwashed and experimented on, she had a tenuous grip on her sanity. As a result, she says odd, cryptic, and often funny things, a quirkiness that endeared her character (and Glau herself) to a legion of fans.

Summer Glau as River Tam

Summer Glau as River Tam

After Firefly’s cancellation, Glau’s landed a lot of roles in other genre shows. She appeared in 8 episodes of The 4400 as Tess Doerner, a schizophrenic with mind-control abilities.

In 2008, she was cast in the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as the robot Cameron, who is sent back in time to protect John Connor, much like Arnold’s Terminator. As in her previous genre characters, she seems to have a penchant for portraying odd people with strange quirks, and Glau’s terminator ends up looking and sounding like a very weird girl to those who don’t know she is a robot. Sadly, this show was also cancelled after two seasons.

Glau has appeared on The Big Bang Theory, Chuck, Alphas, and collaborated again with Joss Whedon on a few episodes of now-cancelled Dollhouse. She was hired as one of the main cast of The Cape, which was cancelled in 2011 after only 10 episodes. Glau can most recently be seen in the DC series Arrow, where she plays the villain Isabel Rochev.

On the film front, Glau returned to the character of River Tam on the big screen in Serenity, the motion picture that wrapped up the loose ends of the TV series Firefly. She was also the voice of Supergirl in the animated DC movie, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. Her most recent film is the cult hit, Knights of Badassdom, where she plays a LARPer caught in real battle with a demon that was unwittingly released into the world.

In addition to being a trained ballerina, Glau is also trained in the arts of kung-fu and kickboxing, which helped her in all those roles where she was required to be a badass fighter. She is a vegetarian, or was, before she discovered the joy of steak. She admitted on Craig Ferguson’s show that she has a fear of whales.

We hope you have a very excellent birthday Summer Glau, have some steak and cake, and may your next TV series stay on the air for a long time!

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Jun 232014
 

joss-whedonby Zöe De Lellis, contributing writer

Joss Whedon celebrates his 50th birthday today! The middle child in a family of 5 brothers, Whedon grew up in a family of successful TV writers. His film education took him to Winchester College in England, and he graduated with a film degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Whedon’s first TV job was writing for the show Roseanne. In 1992 he released a film he’d been working on, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and would later go on in 1997 to expand the franchise to a television series on the WB Network, working as the show’s executive producer. The show also would have a successful Whedon-produced spinoff, Angel. His 2002 sci-fi success Firefly has accrued a cult following, even with its short 1-season run. Fans were semi-sated when the 2005 spin-off film Serenity was released, although they are still vocal about bringing the show back.

He also has screenwriting credits on Alien: Resurrection and was nominated for an Oscar for his work on Toy Story in 2005.

His most recent blockbuster effort was the 2012 The Avengers movie (which is the third-highest grossing film of all time!). He is also credited with writing the sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will be released in 2015, and creating the spin-off TV show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which just finished up its first season on ABC and will be coming back for a second.

On making superhero movies and portraying superheroes,Whedon stated in an Entertainment Weekly interview, “I try to make my superhero movies as if there’s either never been one or there’s only ever been them,” he said. “I work with the idea that it’s just a natural way for people to be, so that you still make a movie about people.”

Aside from the science fiction/fantasy/comic book world, Whedon has also stepped into the horror/thriller world with the satirical horror flick, The Cabin in the Woods in 2012 which turned the conventional horror movies on their heads. It features five archetypal characters often found in horror movies and has been cited as “a clever brand of meta-level genius” by the Washington Post. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, who also appeared in The Avengers.

It seems that Whedon is very focused on the humanity of his characters and making them relatable and reachable to his audience. He spoke to the UK website, Den of Geek and said “I’m never interested in movies where you don’t care about the people you’re watching, and that’s my biggest quibble about horror, that kids have gotten stupider and stupider. And people say, ‘Oh, it’s horrible! They are all tortured for 90 minutes, but it’s okay because they’re not very likable.’ And it’s like, what part of that sentence was supposed to sell me?”

He’s loved by the comic book/sci-fi community and can often be found at comic conventions. At his spotlights and panels, fans line up to voice their excitement about upcoming projects, and there are an extraordinary amount of people still bitter about the cancellation of Firefly, demanding a reboot, and voicing their want for a sequel to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, the internet musical phenomenon withNeil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathan Fillion. There ought to be a Joss Whedon vault where sequels and continuations can be pulled out and ready at any time; fans young and old flock to conventions to bring their support to all of his projects.

We hope to see a new Firefly season and a sequel to Dr. Horrible, but we are also excited for what the future holds for Joss Whedon. And you can bet we’ll be first in line to see Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.

What did Whedon have to say about turning 50?

All of us at Krypton Radio wish Joss Whedon the happiest (and geekiest) of birthdays.

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May 202014
 

tahmoh penikett supernaturalby Alicia Glass, contributing writer

Canadian native and member of the White River First Nation, Tahmoh Penikett turns 39 today! Probably best known for his breakout starring role as Lieutenant Karl ‘Helo’ Agathon on the hit TV series Battlestar Galactica, Penikett has graced the small screen with a ton of other iconic characters since then. He was Vince Davis and Wes Keenan on that underrated gem Smallville; he was Paul Ballard in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, a series regular; he played Lieutenant (there’s another Looey!) Kurtis Stryker in Mortal Kombat: Legacy; he’s been wheeler and dealer Jim Martin on the sci-fi phenom show Continuum (from his native Canada); and of course there’s bad-guy Nick Salvati on Arrow, Ezekiel on Supernatural, annnd SEU Officer Jack Beaumont on the new hit Star-Crossed. He also starred in that one little movie, you know, Man of Steel, as Grant Emerson, a character known in the DC Comics universe as Damage. Betcha didn’t know that one! Penikett is trained in the martial art of Muay Thai, and choreographed most of his own stunts on Dollhouse.

So what does Tahmoh (pronounced Tah-moe) want for his birthday? Penikett is a patron of child-aid charities, such as Caleb’s Hope, ChildFund International, and the campaign for peace in the Congo known as Falling Whistles. To donate to a charity closer to home in honor of Penikett’s birthday, FoodonFoot serves food and comfort to the poor and homeless of Los Angeles.

Happy Birthday to Tahmoh Penikett from Krypton Radio, so say we all!

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar 272014
 

by Michael Brown, staff writer

Welcome to The Pull List for the week of March 26, 2014. Folders should be emptied and comics read and put away in long boxes. This is your comics water-cooler, and I’m the guy leaning up against it, not getting anything done, on the cusp of getting fired because all I want to do is talk about this week’s comics. Dancing With the Stars?! That’s nothing. Did you see what happened in the new Superior Spider-Man? Whoa, baby. That’s the stuff that matters. Let’s get started, shall we?

Over at Marvel this week, the Sentinel of the Spaceways returns to monthly comics in Silver Surfer #1,  a teenage mechanic from East L.A. channels the Spirit of Vengeance in All-New Ghost Rider #1, New York burns and things get serious in the penultimate issue of Superior Spider-Man, and Jim Rhodes leaves the Secret Avengers and flies solo in Iron Patriot #1.

DC Comics gives us the second issue of Neil Gaiman’s return to Sandman; Justice League Dark and A.R.G.U.S. take on the Crime Syndicate as the Forever Evil event starts to wrap up; and Superman and Starfire must find a cache of alien weapons, if they can stop fighting each other first in Superman #29.

IDW continues the 30th anniversary celebration of Ghostbusters with Part Two of Mass Hysteria, and we reach the end of The X-Files: Conspiracy. And over at the hallowed halls of Image, All Out War continues in The Walking Dead #124.

Written by Dan Slott and Christos Gage Penciled by Giuseppe Camuncoli Inked by John Dell and Terry Pallot Colors by Antonio Fabela Letters by Chris Eliopoulos

Written by Dan Slott and Christos Gage
Penciled by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inked by John Dell and Terry Pallot
Colors by Antonio Fabela
Letters by Chris Eliopoulos

The first thing you’ll notice when you pick this issue up is the thickness. That’s the Black Widow preview in the back. Not more Superior Spider-Man. So let’s get that out of the way.

If you’ve been reading Superior Spider-Man, you either love it or you hate it. In addition to being the penultimate issue of the series, issue 30 is where it all comes to a head. When Marvel says it’s all been coming down to this, they aren’t kidding.

Dan Slott’s Superior Spider-Man has been all about one-upmanship and redemption. Otto has set out from the first issue to prove that he can be the better hero, and at the same time, honor Peter Parker’s name. We’ve seen Otto take some pretty drastic measures to do just that, including killing his enemies. But the center hasn’t been holding and all of Otto’s deeds are not going unpunished.

Part four of Goblin Nation has Otto Octavius and Spider-Man 2099 fighting desperately to save New York, and themselves, from an army of Goblins and rogue Spider-Slayers.

And if that wasn’t enough, the Goblins have Otto’s girlfriend and are taunting him with her. And Otto’s having trouble with being the hero so he’s having some difficulty making heroic decisions while trying to save the woman he loves. And when this issue’s over, the last decision our Superior Spider-Man makes may indeed be his last.

Writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage, and penciler Giuseppe Camuncoli keep the series’ next-to-last issue fast paced and desperate. New York is burning, things are as bad as they’ve ever been, and Otto is up against the wall with no answers, with what’s left of Peter trying to maintain order in Otto’s head. We’ve pretty much known that Peter was going to fight for a return to his body at some point, and this where all of the speculation comes to an end.

The end of this one will have you grinning and on your feet for the final issue’s final showdown. But let me make myself perfectly clear, here. And I hope I’m not spoiling. If you’re one of those readers who are tired of SpideyOck and you’re just biding your time waiting for Amazing Spider-Man #1, go pick this issue up, anyway. This is where it all starts. Right here.

 

Written by Christos Gage Art by Rebekah Isaacs Colors by Dan Jackson Lettered by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Written by Christos Gage
Art by Rebekah Isaacs
Colors by Dan Jackson
Lettered by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

This one actually came out last week but it somehow missed my list. Shame on me. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 #1 picks up almost instantly where Season 9 left off, with Earth’s magic restored, the zompire menace dwindling, and the repercussions of certain events, like Xander’s betrayal, still weighing on everyone’s minds.

All of the original cast has returned, including Anya, Xander’s former vengeance-demon-turned-human-fiancee, who was killed at the end of Season Seven, and is now a ghost and serving as Xander’s ghostly conscience of sorts. Some new cast members are introduced and it’s a good thing because the Scoobies definitely need all the help they can get against a tougher breed of vampire: able to walk in daylight and shape change. We’ve seen this kind of power before with Dracula, but we are quickly reminded that this isn’t Dracula mojo. This is something else.

This is a good kick off to a new season. Joss Whedon is back on board as Executive Producer, edging Buffy into a more character-driven series that mirrors Season 9, after the harsh feedback received for Season 8, which fans found too fantastical and “cosmic.”  And that’s often the trouble with licensed comics. Publishers and writers realize they’re under no budget constraints, so they feel the sky’s the limit. To a point, that works. And it’s exciting to see licensed characters do things they might not have been able to do under other monetary and special effects constraints.

Buffy and crew are getting back to basics, with vampire-slaying the norm this season rather than the exception. Christos Gage is excellent as the startup writer for Season 10, and the good thing about Buffy is that Whedon manages to pull some great talent for this book. Writers like Gage, Brian K. Vaughan, Jane Espenson and Drew Goddard, who wrote for the TV series, and novelist Brad Meltzer have written story arcs in past seasons, and even Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander in the TV series, will write an issue of Season 10. Definitely worth keeping an eye on.

 

And that’s The Pull List for this week. As always, I encourage you to comment below or email me. What was in your Pull List this week? What books totally bombed this week? Are you excited about Captain America: The Winter Soldier? What’s better? Arrow or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Happy Reading, Kryptonics!

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Jan 262014
 

voiceoflegendConceptRev5Panavision640by Robert Seutter

Greetings and welcome to Voice of Legend.

We are surrounded by folklore, myth, and strange bits of history. And this wonderful weirdness often ties in to interesting insights into modern day media. Movies, video games, and modern sci-fi and fantasy often have some interesting back stories. In The Voice of Legend, we’ll be looking at current topics, taking the odd tour here and there to meet interesting characters, and examining some of our holidays and traditions from a geeky (sometimes snarky), modern viewpoint. If you have questions or topics you’d like us to discuss, please feel free to contact me. Now, on with the show!

Marvel Avengers: Your Basic Storyteller Six Pack

Or “Thor: Drag Queen of Thunder”

(Warning, some Thor: the Dark World spoilers)

I loved Avengers (2012). After watching the movies—and I mean all of them: Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008) [sigh], Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Iron Man 3 (2013)—I was delighted with the Avengers movie. Quick! Everyone to the car for shwarma! But as a storyteller, I can tell you that Joss Whedon is playing with archetypes that are near and dear to heart of any tale-tellers of old.

Seriously, let’s look at the starting line up: Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor, and Black Widow. Or in other words: A knight who drank a magic potion, a wizard with magical armor, a wizard who became possessed by a powerful demon, a guy with magical arrows, a God of Thunder, (look, no change!), and a deadly redhead.

See? Your basic storyteller six pack!

And in this version of the story: A trickster god shows up to steal a magical artifact and summons nasty creatures from another plane to help him take over the world. Ease peasy, lemon squeezy. We’re not even breaking a storytelling, Joseph Campbell™-approved sweat. Trade out the high tech for a few wands and some armor, then we could easily tweak this for the middle ages.
Now as a myth-ing person, I find the treatment of Thor particularly interesting. In the animated series, “The Avengers-Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” (why, oh why, does everything I like get cancelled?) I notice that Thor got a slight demotion. He’s not called the God of Thunder but has been re-dubbed “The Prince of Thunder” in the audio teases. Although, on their website, they get it right: Thor Odinson, God of Thunder, Asgard’s greatest warrior.

In Thor: The Dark World (“Thor 2,” 2013) we see Tom Hiddleston come back as Loki (who, by the way, now owns the role—lock, stock, and barrel—check him out on YouTube at San Diego Comic Con 2013 “Say MY NAME!” http://youtu.be/toPstPIcGnI). I should point out that the movies got some things right. In the Thor/Marvel comics, Loki was not drawn handsome, while in the myths he was very handsome. Thor, on the other hand, looked more like an old school biker in the comics. In the movies, both Thor and Loki make the fangirls (and guys) swoon.

This movie-Loki is actually pretty close to the traditional Norse Myths. Loki in the traditional myths was an agent for change—as befits a trickster—both for good and evil. His ability to shape-shift and knowledge of all the hidden ways proves particularly handy in the movie story. He helps avert the menace of the moment… for a price. Very traditional in my book.
But I should point out the Norse have a particularly open-minded view of their myths. In the “The Lay of Thrym,” Thor has his mighty hammer Mjolnir (mew-mew!) stolen by the giants, and he has to dress up as a bride to get it back. I can’t wait to see Disney approve, “Thor: Drag Queen of Thunder” or possibly, “Thor: My very SMASHY wedding!”

But wait, there’s more. Loki, although very charming, is (how shall we say?)… being a shape-shifter puts a whole new spin on transgender, trans-species, or however you want to define it romance. In the traditional myth of “The Walling of Asgard and the Birth of Sleipnir,” Loki is the hero again, although a desperate one. He ends up becoming the mother of Sleipnir, the marvelous, magical eight-legged steed of Odin (which you see a glimpse of in the first Thor movie, by the way). I have no idea if Hasbro is going to release a very special issue of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic—Little, eight-legged Sleipnir gives his Mom-Dad a very special Mother’s Day card,” but you can be darn sure I would record it!

For your extra, special trivia bits: In Thor 2, that’s not Natalie Portman in that final smooch scene. That’s actually Elsa Pataky (Chris Hemsworth’s wife) in a wig. Natalie could not make it due to a schedule conflict, hence the very real heat. Also, in a nod to Norse tradition, watch the movies that have Thor in them. You’ll spot two ravens flying through. Those would be Huginn and Muninn, who finally show up the Dark World movie. In Norse, their names mean “Thought” and “Memory / Mind,” and it’s said that they are Odin’s eyes to all the worlds. I always cheer when I see them on screen. Hey, I’m a storyteller, mythic geek trivia for the win!

Be Legendary! R.S.

 

Oct 242013
 
Juliet Landau as "Drusila" of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Juliet Landau as “Drusila” of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

This Halloween season wouldn’t be complete in Los Angeles without a fan favorite charity event being hosted by Whedonopolis.com.  Special guests this year include television actress Julet Landau (“Drusila” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Eisner Award winning Buffy comic book artist Georges Jeanty. The whole thing happens at Los Angeles’ historic Barnsdall Park, at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater, at 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90027.

What began as a simple charity screening of Joss Whedon’s Doctor Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog has blossomed into a full day of activities, starting with the Firefly movie, Serenity After that, it’s Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s new horror classic, The Cabin In the Woods. Each year they feature screenings of fan favorite movies and web series, focusing on the works of Joss Whedon but expanding in recent years to include various cult web series and films.  Season 3 of the quirky web series hit Husbands follows that.  followed by the 6th & final season of Felicia Day’s web phenomenon, The Guild.   The night ends in classic form with Doctor Horrible!

Did we mention Krypton Radio will be there too?  Come meet us and get a free Krypton Radio button to wear – bring your Android phone and scan our banner, and you’ll get the free Krypton Radio player app!

This year’s event will benefit Journey House  . The proceeds from the Serenity screening will benefit Equality Now. Canned food drive to benefit SOVA Community Food and Resource Program. Screening attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods to donate.

It’s not too late to BUY YOUR TICKETS, but they’re going fast, so you’d better hurry.  Tickets On Sale NOW!

TICKET PRICES
Section 1: 1pm
Serenity – $10
http://www.itsmyseat.com//events/672626.html

Section 2: 3:30pm
Cabin in the Woods – $10
http://www.itsmyseat.com//events/833248.html

Section 3: 6:30pm
Dr. Horrible/The Guild/Husbands – $20
http://www.itsmyseat.com//events/872124.html

The Wonderflonium Pass
ALL DAY (Limited availability) – $40
- Includes commemorative poster, snack & drink ticket
http://www.itsmyseat.com//events/835440.html

* At the door ticket prices are $15, $25 and $45, respectively.

See you there!

UPDATE:  We’ve just gotten word that Felicia Day will be there as well!  It’s going to be a great day at Barnsdall!


SCHEDULE-
12:30pm  Will Call opens

Section 1:

1pm       Serenity

3:00pm   Break

Section 2:

3:30pm   Cabin in the Woods

4pm      Food Trucks arrive (on location until 7pm)

5:05pm   Dinner Break

Section 3:
6:45pm   Husbands-Season 3

7:30pm   Break

7:45pm   Charity Presentation

8:00pm   The Guild-Season 6

10:00pm  Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog

10:45pm  Drawing Giveaways

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