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Starlog #140828 -- MTV producer Amy Pascale joins us to talk about her new biography of Avengers director Joss Whedon (who also did these shows called Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, among others).
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Join THE MARK as the speak with 3 of DRAGON CON's brightest leaders; Co-Chair RACHEL REEVES, Senior Director of Programming REGINA KIRBY, Director of Concourse Music, CLYDE GILBERT. Art Show Director JOHN PARISE, Parade Director JAN PRICE and DC Office guru TONY GOWELL.
Dragon Con is a multigenre convention which takes place annually in Atlanta, Georgia. The convention draws attendance of 57,000, features hundreds of guests and encompasses several hotels in downtown Atlanta.
Dragon Con comprises approximately 3500 hours of panels, seminars, demonstrations, and workshops, with over 30 specialized programming tracks that include writing, alternate history, art, anime, gaming, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, comic books, costuming, space, science, online media, independent film, podcasting, Asian cinema and culture, robotics, filk, scientific skepticism, Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, X-Files, Joss Whedon creations, apocalyptic themes, Anne McCaffrey's Pern, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, British and American SF television, dark fantasy, the Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival, and general programming.
From its origin, music has also been a significant feature of Dragon Con, with performances by groups and artists such as Blue Öyster Cult, The Crüxshadows, Celldweller, Ego Likeness, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Bella Morte, Chick Corea, Edgar Winter, Emerald Rose, Ghost of the Robot, Godhead, Iced Earth, Voltaire, Jefferson Starship, The Misfits, GWAR, The Bloodhound Gang, Spock's Beard, and Mindless Self Indulgence.
In 2002, Dragon*Con began hosting a parade through downtown Atlanta and featured thousands of costumed participants.
Join TJ and Tim as the Sports Nerd Show moves to it's new time and new night! The guys will be talking the seminal Joss Whedon sci-fi series Firefly. They'll have their reactions to the latest week of World Cup action. And they'll be talking about their favorite web series.
Please post comments about this episode on our Blog Talk Radio Page or on Facebook. Or please tweet us @writepackradio. This episode is on a topic we will return to, but we would like your feedback and opinions on this topic as a reader and a writer.
Are women portrayed reasonably in fiction or is it a reflection of our current society? Does fiction display the social pressures placed on women or does it create caricatures? Whose fantasies are women characters written for? Are women in fiction written to be the fantasy of men or of women? What things do writers do that transfer the woman into caricatures?
Do women need to be rescued in fiction, even if she is an action heroin? How is it handled in crime stories? Fantasy? Other books? Games?
Why do women in fantasy have to be armored inappropriately in chainmail bikinis? Are women in fiction a female trope first?
How are women portrayed on book covers and movie posters? Why do they have to be portrayed as “ideal” woman? Why are women “underdressed” in comic books? Is making a strong female character only putting a man in a skirt? How do you show the real woman? Does a strong woman have to kick butt in the story or are there other ways to show the character’s strength? What are the kinds of strength that can be shown other than kicking butt?
Is it necessary for a strong woman characters to fall in love with the strong male characters?
Are bad female characters—the woman caricatures a result of malice writing or a result of lazy writing?
TONIGHT, I FINALLY DO A THEME SHOW THAT I'VE BEEN MEANING TO DO FOR A YEARS: A LOOK AT JOSS WHEDON'S BUFFY: THE VAMPIRE SLAYER AND ANGEL! I AM PLEASED TO BE JOINED BY MY FRIEND, AMAZING YOUTUBER KRISTEN CORRADENO; A NEW FAN OF BUFFY & ANGEL, TO TALK ALL THINGS BUFFYVERSE! SHE HAS JUST WATCHED BOTH SERIES AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING HER PERSPECTIVE ON THESE EXTRAORDINARY SHOWS! AND BE SURE AND GO TO KRISTEN'S YOUTUBE PAGE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnQxRv4unpAcT--xIbqJbVg AND CHECK OUT HER AWESOME VIDEOS!
The missing Malaysian Airlines Flight? Political correctness? Human decency? Crowd-sourcing? Movie Studio Tent-poles? The return of Kevin Costner? Role-playing games? Joss Whedon? Veronica Mars? Marathons?
If you are looking for YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour, this must be the place!
This week on Chatting With Sherri we have New York Times bestselling author of over eighty novels and two hundred short stories, essays, and articles; Nancy Holder. She will chat about her new book; BUFFY: THE MAKING OF A SLAYER. This book celebrating the 15th anniversary of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, this lavishly produced book is the first authorized, fully illustrated retrospective of the hit show. Please join us for this fun filled half hour!
Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness follow up on last week’s hilarious discussion about “The Price is Right” by discussing Lily Holleman’s appearance on that television institution, analyzing how she won, what she won and what it means tax-wise for people who do win on game shows.
Then, Dean and Phil wrap up their ongoing discussion of the eight ways our brains “lie” to us every day by discussing stereotyping.
Phil takes time to remember a “friend of the family” who died this month, a self-made man who went from 14 year-old dropout to hairdresser to successful producer.
Finally, next week is our annual look at the top films of the previous year, so Dean and Phil have been watching a ton of movies and this leads to a discussion of The Hunt, HBO’s True Detective and Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” with Joss Whedon receiving both a tip of the cap AND a stern wag of the finger!
All that, plus Lawrence Welk!?
Your friends in podcasting run out of time before they get the chance to talk about Sci-Fest, but they hope you will click on the link to learn about this exciting, month-long, live theatre festival in which they will be participating!
The #1 film at the international box office in 2013 was Iron Man 3.
The #1 film at the U.S.A. box office in 2013 was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The consensus of film critics revealed 12 Years a Slave to be the most critically acclaimed movie of 2013.
Today, you can, at long last, find out what films your friends in podcasting thought were the best and worst of 2013.
Plus, two former Best Actor Oscar winners are remembered.
Intent on reversing the adage "They don't make 'em like they used to", the team behind 2001's ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE succeeded in spades. Dir. by Kirk Wise & Gary Trousdale (the men behind BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), with a story by FIREFLY's Joss Whedon and GORILLAS IN THE MIST's Tab Murphy; and featuring designs by HELLBOY's Mike Mignola, it was the grandest of Verne-sian adventures. A moderate success, it's failure to achieve blockbuster status marked the end of "hand-drawn" animation at Disney, and signaled a policy change which would tear apart many who in the previous decade had given the studio it's biggest hits - including THE LITTLE MERMAID and THE LION KING. Includes film audio clips, concept art, excerpts from James Netwon Howard's score, archival commentary by Wise, Trousdale, Murphy and Mignola; and an excerpt from Gary Trousdale's 2012 interview with TAG (The Animation Guild).
* TAG INTERVIEW WITH GARY TROUSDALE - PT 2 @ http://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-gary-trousdale-interview-part-iii.html
* Original ATLANTIS concept art @ http://floobynooby.blogspot.com/2011/10/disneys-atlantis-concept-art.html
* THE GRINDHOUSE: WITH CRAIG & JIM on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/TheGrindhouseWithCraigJim
* GULL COTTAGE / SANDLOT Film Blog - Film Reference Library @ http://gullcottageonline.com/
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