Board games built around big movie and tv properties aren’t usually that good. It seems like most of the time, the money spent on the licenses and image rights allow little left for investment into quality game design. There are a couple select companies that buck that trend, probably most notably Fantasy Flight Games (which has the Star Wars license). Last year a company called Gale Force 9 entered the mix with the release of Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery, based on the Starz television series. The game adaptation shocked the board game community by earning a user rating worthy of the top 250 games on BoardGameGeek.com (basically, the imdb for board games).
This year that same company, Gale Force 9, scored the license for the Joss Whedon television series Firefly and premiered a board game based on the beloved geek series at GenCon. The company had a limited amount of copies of Firefly: The Game on sale at the board game convention, but sold out of their 300 copies in less than 10 minutes on opening day. The game has a $59.99 msrp, but Amazon has it available for pre-order for only $46.00. Act fast as the early GenCon copies of game has been selling on ebay for up to $145.
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Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
The successful Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie sequel raised all sorts of questions, ranging from whether the show was even still relevant to how this might change the future of film. But for diehard TV lovers, the biggest one of all may have been: What other brilliant-but-cancelled shows can we bring back to life using this method?
One property that quickly came to mind was Joss Whedon‘s Firefly, which lasted just 14 episodes on Fox in 2002. The sci-fi Western has already had one big-screen revival: Universal ponied up for the cinematic follow-up Serenity, only to watch it tank at the box office. But Whedon has continually maintained that he’d “love” to do more Firefly. Now Veronica Mars‘ Kickstarter crowdfunding seems to offer a way he can actually make it happen. So is he going to run with it? Hit the jump to see what he said.
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Location is essential to the medium of television. Unlike movies, which can use a location and move along, TV recycles the same places over and over to conserve time and money. The result is that places on television become characters themselves.
That was the idea behind Austin-based artist Tim Doyle‘s first solo art show, UnReal Estate, in early 2012. Now the sequel is upon us. UnReal Estate II opens Thursday February 7 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, CA. Just like last year, Doyle has immortalized some of your favorite locations from our favorite TV shows. A few examples include the ship Serenity from Firefly, the TARDIS in Doctor Who, the model home on Arrested Development, and Downton Abbey from, well, you know where.
Below we’ve got the entire show and will tell you how to see it in person as well as buy prints online. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
As you head into the weekend, we’ve got a few last sequel-related tidbits to chew on. After the jump:
- Warner Bros. limited The Hobbit‘s 48 fps rollout to “do it right”
- The Hobbit‘s Dori pledges himself to England’s Prince Charles
- Will Breaking Dawn Parts I and II be re-released as one movie?
- Paramount is pushing for Transformers 4 to be set in China
- Keira Knightley says Jack Ryan wraps shooting in December
- Chris Pine has vague comments about Star Trek Into Darkness
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One of the most anticipated panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 was one celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Joss Whedon‘s cult TV show Firefly. The panel featured the show’s writer/creator along with Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and the rest of the Serenity crew talking about what the show has meant to them, and to a legion of Browncoat fans, over the past decade.
The panel was one of the most difficult to get into at the entire Con and was so emotional, it made Whedon cry. Now you can watch the entire thing online. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
There’s a ton of TV tidbits to plow through today, some of it Con-related and some of it not. After the jump:
- Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan suggests a Saul Goodman spinoff
- Nickelodeon orders a second season of The Legend of Korra
- TNT picks up Falling Skies for a third season
- Science Channel will shoot a Firefly reunion special at Comic-Con
- Homeland‘s second season will head to the Middle East
- Watch the first two minutes of Dexter‘s seventh season
- Ron Howard tweets from the writers room of Arrested Development
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Friday is the second ‘official’ day of each San Diego Comic Con, and it’s the day where things start to kick into gear. The SDCC organization and various film studios announced their Friday plans today, and there are some great things happening.
The best are at Sony’s panel in Hall H, where the studio will show off Rian Johnson‘s Looper (with Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt in attendance) and debut the first footage from Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium (with Blomkamp, producer Simon Kinberg, Matt Damon and Jodie Foster showing up). Comic Con could be said to be Blomkamp’s first home, as that’s where his debut feature District 9 first got loads of attention, back in 2008.
This schedule also shows that television is taking a pole position this year, as Hall H has big presentations for The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, and there are big events for Firefly, Community, Breaking Bad, and many more shows.
There’s a lot more going on during the day, but hit the jump to get some highlights. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
With San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, a lot of our TV Bits are devoted to news about the cool stuff that’ll be going on there. But there’s plenty of stuff in here for the non-attendees as well, I swear. After the jump:
- Exec producer says Dexter will “definitely” be over after Season 8
- Breaking Bad gets a new trailer. Only 18 days left til the premiere…
- … Unless you’re going to SDCC. Then you get to see BB a day early!
- Speaking of SDCC, the Community panel is moving to a bigger room
- And in still more SDCC news, the Firefly crew will also be in attendance
- There is another Season 2 ep of Happy Endings, and it’s playing at Outfest
- Nathan Lane will have a recurring role in The Good Wife‘s fourth season
- Star/producer/writer B.J. Novak won’t be full-time on The Office anymore
- Sigourney Weaver gets political in an extended trailer for Political Animals
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Very few TV shows that only air 11 episodes are as revered as Firefly. Joss Whedon‘s space-western starring Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and others was famously canceled by Fox but has lived on thanks to a rabid fanbase known as Browncoats, a reference from the show. Their passion for the series helped Whedon direct Serenity, a movie based on the series, and continues to drive interest in the franchise, spawning fan events, merchandise and more.
Yet even with that level of intense fandom, there are still things most of us – and some fans – might not know about Firefly and Serenity. After the jump, check out an infographic that lists a whole bunch. Eighteen to be exact. Read More »
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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