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DR HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG
This is a hilarious 3-part musical starring Felicia Day, Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser!) and a very bad horse, and is written, produced and directed by Joss Whedon. The total running time is only 43 minutes and it was originally released free online (though it now costs $1.99 from iTunes) and is only 43 minutes long, so the forthcoming DVD is going to be chock-a-block with features including a musical commentary! It's absolutely hilarious and stands up to repeated viewings, although a few of the songs are a little bit cheesy.
Meanwhile Whedon's latest TV project, Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku is currently shooting it's last episode and should air Friday 13th Feb (the date they cancelled Angel!)
The bizarre premise, according to Wikipedia anyway:
In Dollhouse, Eliza Dushku plays a young woman named Echo, a member of a group of people known as "Actives" or "Dolls." The Dolls have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas, including memory, muscle memory, skills, and language, for different assignments. They're then hired out for particular jobs, crimes, fantasies, and occasional good deeds. On missions, Actives are monitored internally (and remotely) by Handlers. In between tasks, they are mind-wiped into a child-like state and live in a futuristic dormitory/laboratory, a hidden facility nicknamed "The Dollhouse". The story follows Echo, who begins, in her mind-wiped state, to become self-aware.
Beyond Dushku's character, the show will also revolve around the people who run the mysterious "Dollhouse" and two other "Dolls", Victor and Sierra, who are friendly with Echo. Although the Actives are ostensibly volunteers, the operation is highly illegal and under constant threat on one end from Paul Ballard, a determined federal agent who has heard a rumor about the dolls, and an insane rogue Active on the other.
Official site: http://www.dollverse.com/
Joss Whedon interview: http://www.viceland.com/int/v15n10/htdocs/joss-whedon-134.php
There's also an interview with Dushku in the January issue of SFX.
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
Not much has been released about this yet, but it's a horror thrller coming out in 2010 written by Joss and starring everyone's least-favourite galactic-warlord-worshipping midget, Tom Cruise.
WHEDONVERSE CANON COMICS
Here's a list of the comics I know about that form official Whedonverse canon.
There are a lot of other Buffy / Angel comics out there which don't officially form part of the Whedonverse (though some are still excellent reads anyway), but if you know of any which DO form official canon that aren't here please link them here along with confirmation that they're canon and I'll add to the list.
If you're interested in picking any of these up check your local Forbidden Planet or the Whedonesque shop link below.
Angel - After The Fall (aka Angel Series 6 - ongoing, 15 issues released)
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer - Season Eight (ongoing, 20 issues released)
Firefly / Serenity - Better Days (complete, 3 parts)
Firefly / Serenity - Those Left Behind (complete, 3 parts)
Fray (complete, 8 parts)
Spike - After The Fall (complete, 4 parts)
Spike - Asylum (complete, 5 parts)
Spike - Shadow Puppets (complete, 4 issues)
Tales of the Slayers (one-off)
Tales of the Slayers - Broken Bottle of Djinn (one-off)
Tales of the Vampires (complete, 5 issues)
Tales of the Vampires - Dames (one-off)
Angel: After the Fall is incredible - dense, very very dark yet still very funny. Not the sort of comic you can just breeze through, it layers multiple plot lines and red (telepathic?) herrings throughout to keep you guessing. Buffy Season 8 is also fantastically written, but in both cases it's wonderful to be able to read the continuation of two of the greatest TV programmes ever made. The other ones are probably just for the hardcore fans, but I'd highly recommend both of these to anyone who enjoyed Buffy or Angel on TV.
And if anyone's unsure as to whether they should invest in Buffy Season 8, I'd just like to say
(MAJOR SPOILER - BUFFY SEASON 8 EPISODE 12)
[[Buffy Goes Bi! Yes, girl-on-girl slayer action! I kid you not.]]
The Guild - Written, produced, directed by and starring Felicia Day (Vi from Buffy Series 7), a hilarious 7web-series about a group of World of Warcraft Players - watch it for free online: http://www.watchtheguild.com/
Whedonesque.com - various JW news and links: http://whedonesque.com/
Whedonesque shop: http://whedonesque.com/?read=shop
Whedonage - Whedon fan site with tons of stuff: http://www.whedonage.com/index.php