These guys are dust: the birth of the queen of Internet.

There were a lot of memorable moments during “Chosen” the final episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. In my top favorite moments of that episode is a brief line profered by a newly minted red-head slayer, empowered by the special abilities bestowed by their calling, with a new level of confidence to face an giant army  of Uber Vamps.

If you don’t know Felicia Day yet, at some point you will.

She’s the creator, star and writer of the Internet sensation web series The Guild. A very clever show, that had a first season that was maintained with the help of donations from fans. Now in it’s 3rd season, they have found a sponsor on Xbox, which guarantee all people involved are paid and have created a very neat distribution structure of the show, that not only keeps it free aspect for the whole audience, but have also found a very interesting way for the sponsor to actually get something back from their sponsorship, not just simply slapping a logo somewhere in the show.

Tomorrow, you’ll probably see her with Neil Patrick Harris as they bring in another big thing from the Internet to the mainstream big tv audience of the Primetime Emmy awards, with something related to Dr. Horrible Sing-Along-Blog. But before that you should maybe check out great music video below:

Do you want to date my Avatar?

Liked it? The new season of The Guild has just started recently, and you can watch it through their website: http://www.watchtheguild.com

BONUS
Check out the Second Life avatar version of “Do you want to date my Avatar?”

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Dr. Horrible is Back. Dr. Horrible is here.

Remember the Master Plan?

It must’ve changed, cause Dr. Horrible is not only back online through Hulu.com, but it’s also available to be viewed for people anywhere in the planet. Hulu did a great work to make it not only accessible, but as you might notice, the video and audio quality are also even better that the previous time.

Better yet, the video is embeddable, and if you watch the full version you have only to endure 3 short ads (and for people who’s be unable to contribute through itunes purchase, this is quite a friendly alternative), which is a lot less that you have to go through in traditional media, and you’re helping pay the great work the Mutant Enemy crew did.  Well, as we anxiously await for the release of the soundtrack CD and also the DVD, we can rejoice on watching this for free. So let’s bring back the laughs and tears, because Dr. Horrible is HERE.

Why so serious: PhD on Horribleness.

Well, for starters this post is outdated. It was supposed to be published sometime last, instead I’m concluding it right now. The week before the last was quite a remarkable week, at least entertainment wise.
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“Only have to sign your name, don’t even have to read it”

It’s hard for me to use “real world” references to set my views of the world, I read about them, I am concerned about them, but can’t really care for them. At the same time that I am glad that the US might actually be able to choose an intelligent leader to head their office this time around, I’m also weirdly giddy about how they’re freaking out about oil prices. Maybe it will finally actually contribute to some lacked level of environmental conscience. Our city office election race has finally really started, wished I cared more about it, since we’re forced to vote no matter what. But for such large city like Sao Paulo, it seems that it doesn’t matter who heads the office, for every real change, there’s like other dozen things that stays unaffected and are still as bad as before.

It must look like a blind man view, for using what’s mostly considered unnecessary world view to set my world references. Let’s not waste more time into this field.

It was a remarkable week, because we had the debut of the Whedon’s family creation “Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog” and it was the release of “The Dark Knight”, sequel for the renewed Batman movie franchise.

Was “The Dark Knight” really the most awaited movie of the year, as some reviews pointed? Really, I question that, in a year that we had a new Indiana Jones movie debuting after 20 years, it’s hard to see any movie more expected than Spielberg and Lucas new investment into that franchise.

I’m just trying to change the world”

Believe me or not, I went in to watch “The Dark Knight”, with very low expectations. “Batman Begins” was a great movie, but where it gained on style, structure and storytelling, compared from other recent attempts from Burton or Schumacher , I felt it lacked heart. It was so dry in this aspect, that a little bit of heart, even from Schumachers campiness would’ve helped. Just compare it with another great entry from this year, which was “Iron Man”, created from a big fan for other fans, and I’m not even a fan of the character, at it was filled with a lot of heart.

I’m a huge fan of Memento, which might be considered Chris Nolan first major project, it’s even listed in my all time top 10 favorite movies, but his following projects left me all somewhat underwhelmed. I remember being kind of excited, when it was first announced that he would be taking over the Batman franchise, but after watching I wasn’t so excited by the ending result, of “Batman Begins”. I felt that it was a structurally perfect Batman movie, but it lacked in heart, that it sort of felt empty, I’ve watched it once, and that was it.

“Because the status is not quo”

Then I really went into The Dark Knight, with only average expectations, I was expecting to see a good movie, but never expected to be amazed by it.  The trailers were okay, but not so much to build excitement for myself. And Amazed by it I was, so much that I even went to see it multiple times already.

I was overjoyed by the how good this movie was, It had all the heart lacking from the previous installment, but never over pouring like what happened to “Superman Returns”. It had a great script, great acting, great direction, that maybe another genre movie might be able to break into the major awards.  Into the subject awards, the most talked possibility might be a posthumous award for Heath Ledger, who simply steals every scene he’s in as the Joker, and we’re in a movie filled with great acting everywhere.  He showed why The Joker is the perfect antagonist for Batman. I don’t know if he’ll be receive any awards, but I really believe that he deserved to get recognized, at least through nominations, for his oustanding work in this movie. Jack Nicholson, is an amazing actor, but I was never a big fan of his take on the Joker, I’d rather go with Mark Hammil’s take on the character, in some of the animated productions.

The movie at the end was as much about Batman’s role as the “hero” of Gotham City, and also about The Joker and how he’s a force to be reckoned with.

It was especially interesting to watch the movie, in light of Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog. Seriously, try watching the movie, after having watched at least the first two acts of the Dr. Horrible, but especially if you’ve seen the whole musical. I was even joking with my friends, during one of the viewings, about how important a laugh is to the villain from the moment that Joker clams his first “evil” laugh.

Even more than NBC’s cheap investments towards online content through those webisodes they’ve been producing.  Dr. Horrible’s success, even in a lower scale does really show us the possibilities of this media, if tradionalists, are willing to really invest in it, using the same high production values as the most common quality productions. In short 42 minutes, we were able to care so much about the characters and their journey, the tragic ending, was even so dark to the point of disgusting some people. Not only that but producing exclusive content for new media is completely a possibility.

Just like Maggie Gyllenhaal replaced Katie Holmed for the role of Rachel Dawes from the first Nolan Batman movie, to the second, I remembered reading an interview with Gary Oldman, about whether they’d be able to return to the character of Joker in later movies, since Ledger passed away, he thinks it would be very possible to replace the character with another actor playing the role.  And I agree. And just for tying up the ties I wanted to point through thsi post, I’d like to consider who could be in my opinion a good actor to take over the role.

I think the signs are pointing to an interesting direction, and Neil Patrick Harris, has been showing us in several places, how talented he is, and I believe he would be an amazing actor to take over the role of The Joker, if the need arises for another appearance of the character in another Batman movie.

Dr. Horrible Act 1 Alive

http://www.drhorrible.com/act_I.html

The First act of the 40~50 minute long internet production, went live Midnight on US’ Eastern Daylight Time, with some trouble for all people outside of the US, and it took the great efforts of Jed Whedon and his Dr. Horrible crew a few hours (5~6 on my count) to solve these issues and made it available to the rest of the word.

The result is simply nifty, or dreamy like Joss calls is.

It present us with 3 quite enjoyable main characters, and I can’t wait to watch the following 2 acts that concludes this special presentation.

Just like the songs from the Buffy, musical episode “Once More, With Feeling”, the songs from Dr. Horribleare quite catchy, and you can’t help but start to hum together at first, and even start to sing along (heh, it’s the Dr. Horrible Sing-along Blog…) on second viewings on.

And it just so good to see “Mutant Enemy” back on the screens…

Favorite lines:

“Sarcasm, that’s original…”

“The Status is not quo.”

“Look, I’m just trying to change the world.”

“I love the air”

“with my freezeray I’ll stop the world.”

“Whateve.”

Dr. Horrible countdown


Don’t forget. July 15th, first part of Dr. Horrible Sing-a-Long Blog, on the internet nearest to you.

Teaser trailer for “Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog”

Weary times, tend to make people creative. Well, when Joss Whedon is not creative? The man who says himself, that vacation time for him, is just more time to do different things. It all began as a side project from Joss and some of his family and friends, started during the WGA Strike late last year, and it turns out as it will be some innovative experiment of how mainstream entertainment will be able to earn revenue playing with new media, not in the sense of a extension of traditional media, but creating new content.

Teaser from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo.

From SciFi Wire.

Whedon created Dr. Horrible during the recent writers’ strike. “We got this amazing crew,” he added. “Everybody just sort of said, ‘We’ll just jump on,’ and in six days we shot this 36-minute, three-part oddity, which I think is the most fun I’ve had in about seven years.”

The next step, Whedon said, will be to find a venue to air Dr. Horrible so that it can earn its money back and he can pay the crew. “We’re literally just finishing it,” he said. “And then we’re going to show it to my people at CAA and a bunch of other people and discuss ‘How do we go about this? Where is the venue for this?'” Whedon anticipates that Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog will appear first on the Internet, followed by releases on iTunes and DVD.

Whedon admits that one of the cast members from Dr. Horrible should take some credit into inspiring him into this endeavor, The Guild, a award winning web series created, written and starred by Felicia Day, showed him the potential of what web distribution and production can bring.

How well Dr. Horrible performs, not only by the amount of clicks and buzz it will generate, but also through the numbers it will be able to sell through DVDs (which will contain extra non-online content) and iTunes, will be something to watch, not only at the entertainment standpoint, but also the future for the business.

If you’ve just happened to stumble on this blog post, without any previsou knowledge about the production, check out the following links, which will give you a broader idea of this production.

Whedonesque

Dr. Horrible generates Internet Buzz