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/Film was on the set of Marvel’s Runaways with the Television Critics Association and will have a full report on season two of the Hulu show. But speaking with James Marsters (who plays Chase’s father Victor Stein) after the Runaways panel led to talk of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot announced last month.

Marsters played Spike in the original Joss Whedon show, an antagonist who ultimately got implanted with a chip that prevented him from hurting humans. He grudgingly became a part of Buffy’s Scooby gang since he couldn’t be a monster anymore, and ultimately fell in love with her, albeit unrequited. They did have an unhealthy fling, but Spike moved to L.A. to be in the final season of Angel without her.

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The polarizing Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot may not actually be a reboot.

After reports that Fox was developing a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer series rocked the internet at the height of San Diego Comic-Con, fans were divided on whether they wanted to see the iconic character played for seven years by Sarah Michelle Gellar recast as a black woman. But a statement from new showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen might suggest that this won’t be the case at all.

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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: it’s time that talent of color get their own narratives, not white hand-me-downs.)

I don’t know why Hollywood continues to ignore us (AKA people of color) whenever we throw free ideas up into the air about great original narratives centering on minority characters that can easily be adapted for TV or film. They know these stories exist. They know they already have built-in audiences. Still, they choose to not even consider it. They’d rather take an already existing white film or TV show and remake it with minority actors in roles immortalized by white talent — like they’re planning to do with the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, which will star a black actress in the title role.

This is not okay.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot

Here’s a bit of breaking news, as if everything happening at San Diego Comic-Con weren’t enough: after some theoretical rumblings earlier this year, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is now officially in development. Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas) will serve as a writer, executive producer, and the series’ showrunner, while Joss Whedon – the mastermind behind the Buffy movie and the long-running original TV show – is also on board as an executive producer.

Plus, this time Buffy is going to be a black woman.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Revival

Buffy the Vampire Slayer knows a thing or two about letting things stay six feet under. But in the age of a million revivals and reboots, even the slayer of the undead could end up resurrected.

A Fox executive says that a Buffy the Vampire Slayer revival has been “frequently” discussed at the Fox Television Group. But thankfully, the revival would never move forward without the blessing of creator Joss Whedon.

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The 15 Best Christmas TV Episodes Streaming Right Now

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With presents nestled under the Christmas tree and family members to avoid, what better time to pop in an episode of your favorite show? While holiday-themed episodes are often hit-or-miss, they’ve also churned out some of the best hours and half-hours of television that you can throw on in the background while you wrap your presents.

Christmas-themed TV episodes offer a wonderful alternative to the myriad of saccharine Christmas movies, with stories ranging from profoundly uplifting to hopelessly bleak. A good chaser after watching The Holiday for the umpteenth time.

Here is a list of the best holiday-themed episodes that you can find streaming online now.

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Amber Benson

Tara may have been ripped tragically from the world and from us Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, but Amber Benson is still acting in projects that recall the sweet, vulnerable witch who stole Willow’s, and our, hearts.

The 40-year-old actress’ new horror drama The Nightmare Gallery, feels like a nod to her roots, with a starring role as an gay anthropology professor who investigates the mysterious, supernatural disappearance of one of her students. Maybe if Tara had lived, this would be the kind of adventures she would have.

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/Answers: The Best Television Episodes of All Time

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite television episode of all time?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team, along with a special guest. This week, we are joined by The Leftovers and Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof.

If you’d like to share your favorite TV episode, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our favorite episodes below!

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While Power Rangers is go-going to the top of the box office and into a six-year franchise, we’re left wondering what other beloved shows could be morphing their way to the big screen. And could the success of Power Rangers signal the adaptation of similarly kitschy team-centric shows — often from our Saturday morning lineup?

Here are a few properties ripe for adaptation that have been floundering in development hell, but may get the kickstart they need after Power Rangers’ box office success.

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Cool Stuff: Joss Whedon Art Show At Gallery 1988

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Edgar Wright had one, J.J. Abrams had one, and now Joss Whedon is having one. Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is hosing a Joss Whedon art show starting opening from 7-10 p.m. September 5 and on display through September 27.

Artists from around the world were given carte blanche to make all kinds of art based on the world of Whedon with the exception of The Avengers, because Gallery 1988 already hosted an Avengers exhibit a few years back. That means Buffy, Angel, Firefly, The Cabin in the Woods, Dr. Horrible, Dollhouse and more are all on the table. And the artists delivered in spades.

Below, we’ve got a huge sample of work from the Joss Whedon art show. Check it out. Read More »