VOTD: TV Kisses

In honor of Valentine’s Day, TV Squad created a three minute supercut montage of both contemporary and classic television characters kissing. Hit the jump to watch the video.
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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
(Releases on Friday, October 15)
I don’t love How to Train Your Dragon for its story, or its dialogue, or even its characters. I love it for one very specific reason: how it makes me feel. As sappy as that sounds, it’s not half as bad as admitting that I can’t listen to this song from the soundtrack without fighting back tears, the same way I do when I think about The Iron Giant closing his eyes and saying “Supahman” as he flies into space, or Fry’s dog faithfully waiting at the end of that one goddamn episode of Futurama. In each of these instances is an example of manipulative storytelling executed incredibly well, prying on a base human desire to be loved by some innocent, misunderstood being as much as we love them. And you know what? It fucking works. How to Train Your Dragon is so masterful in the way it uses its dazzling visuals and rousing score to enrapture the audience, and so beautiful and heartfelt in the way it communicates its undeniably formulaic tale of forbidden friendship, that I couldn’t help but be reduced to a weepy little bitch by the end of it. It may not be original, but through its earnest sense of discovery and adventure and positively stunning ability to recreate the sensation of flight, it amounts to one of the most fun, thrilling and emotionally gripping films to be released in years. For all of the reasons Avatar failed, How to Train Your Dragon succeeds, and I am not at all ashamed to say it resonated with me on a deeply personal level. I cannot recommend it enough.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Filmmakers’ Commentary, The Technical Artistry of Dragon, and Viking-Sized Cast. Double DVD Pack – Includes everything on the single-disc DVD, as well as an all-new animated short (“Legend of the BoneKnapper Dragon”), Three Deleted Scenes, The Story Behind the Story, and How to Draw a Dragon. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the Double DVD Pack, as well as the Animator’s Corner (featuring Picture-in-Picture storyboards, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews), a trivia track, and a copy of the DVD.

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*Does not include Double DVD Pack with all-new short (“Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon”), which costs $17.99 at Best Buy, and $22.99 at Target and Amazon.

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invictusThis week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the creative bankruptcy of the Death at a Funeral Remake, gush about Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant, and review The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-Ray. Special guest Anne Thompson from Indiewire joins us.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Tuesday at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review  Avatar.

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Now that Fox has officially canceled Dollhouse, what might we expect to watch in its place? What else? More shows created by “comic genius” Seth MacFarlane… oh yeah, and American Idol. This is FOX we’re talking about after all… “So many different shows, you won’t realize they’re exactly the same!” I know it’s a joke now, but this might actually be the future of this network. Watch the video, created by the guys at College Humor, embedded after the jump.

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Dollhouse Cancelled, Significant Finale Promised

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As well as the cancellation of two shows I don’t think anybody much cares about – Hank and Eastwick – today has also seen the axe fall on Joss Whedon‘s Dollhouse. Inevitable? Maybe. A shame? Of course… but that’s not to say the series hasn’t let us down, time and again.

There will have been two seasons of thirteen episodes a piece screened by the time the series goes off air for the final time, which together make up 26 of the show’s chapters, the 27th centre piece chapter being a special, DVD only installment that has perversely managed to be the best of the lot so far. Had everything been as great as that episode, the instant fan favourite Epitaph 1, I think there would be fists flying right now. Instead, there’s just a muted wave of civil disobedience in cyberspace with a surge of commentary on Twitter, Facebook and the like.

What will fans be stuffing into envelopes and mailing to the Fox suits, do you reckon? Dolls? Or maybe they’ll not bother, because I don’t think anybody can really believe there’s any chance of bringing this one back from the dead.

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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the ongoing Roman Polanski saga, praise Community and Cougar Town, reflect on the similarities between Lost and FlashForward, remind you of the greatness of LA Confidential, get freaked out by Paranormal Activity, and continue to chronicle Hollywood’s downfall through the proliferation of remakes and film adaptations based on popular brands. Special guest Eric D. Snider joins us this evening.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Monday at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we do a double review of The Invention of Lying and Zombieland.

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Got some brief TV news today, leading off with a project from Ron Howard that returns the filmmaker and Arrested Development producer to television comedy. THR reports that Howard has landed a pilot commitment at Fox for a multicamera workplace comedy set in an IRS office. (Cue cries of surprise about Arrested Development alums working once more with Fox, but execs reportedly loved the show so much they bought it immediately.)

The pilot will be written by The Office writer/director Brent Forrester. Howard had evidently played with the idea as a feature film, but Brian Grazer and David Nevins at Imagine convinced him to create a show modeled on Taxi instead. It centers on an agent who tries to work based on the idea “that his job is good and noble and provides a very important, vital service,” Forrester says, “The one thing that unites all Americans is their suspicion and hatred for the IRS. That makes the characters on the show underdogs, because outside the office everyone is suspicious of them.”

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There is a bunch of television news going on today, so I thought I’d put together a little round up. After the jump, I have information on ABC’s V being shut down, Brandon Routh joining Chuck, and confirmation and information of Summer Glau in Dollhouse.

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Following the news that former Whedonverse member Alexis Denisof will appear in Dollhouse season 2 (and that Summer Glau could likely show up as well), we’ve also learned that members of the Battlestar Galactica cast will be appearing in the new season. Jamie Bamber, who played Lee Adama in BSG, will be showing up as a character “heavily involved” in an engagement according to E! Online. And just a few minutes ago, we learned from Mo Ryan’s Twitter account that Michael Hogan will be appearing in the second episode of the season.

The premiere of Dollhouse season 2 is shaping up to be one of my most anticipated television events this year. Not only do we have all this great casting to look forward to, but I’m increasingly anxious to see where Whedon takes the story post-“Epitaph One”. One of my favorite experiences at Comic-Con was seeing the lost Dollhouse episode with a packed crowd of like-minded fans (You can read Adam Quigley’s rundown of the experience here).

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the films at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

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DOLLHOUSE (SEASON 1)
Initially, my expectations for this show were minimal. Based on the episodic nature of the underwhelming pilot episode, the most I was hoping for was an exercise in genre-bending, utilizing the alternating personality imprints of Eliza Dushku‘s character as a way to switch from action to drama to romance on a weekly basis. …That didn’t really happen. For the most part, the show sticks firmly to its sci-fi/action/thriller genre roots. What we got instead though, is something much more rewarding. As the show progresses and the story begins to unfold, it’s evident that Joss Whedon was finally allowed to tap into the potential of the premise. In many ways, the show becomes a study of the human condition, exploring the possibilities and limitations of the mind and what it is that defines who we are. The weak link, sadly, is Eliza Dushku, who isn’t even convincing as one character, let alone several. She holds back what’s otherwise a deeply compelling sci-fi series.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary by Joss Whedon on 3 episodes, the never-before-seen standalone episode “Epitaph One”, the original unaired pilot “Echo,” deleted scenes, and making-of featurettes (“Making Dollhouse”, “Coming Back Home”, “Finding Echo”, “Designing the Perfect Dollhouse”, “A Private Engagement”).

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