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Rollback Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5

And now we finally get to the best one of all. The true peak of Buffy. The Season where it truly was at its finest hour.

After a shaky Season Four, Buffy returned in style for its fifth season, constructing 22 episodes full of strong characters, a brilliant arc, heartbreaking moments and some of the best hours that the show ever produced. Whilst all the previous Seasons of Buffy had numerous good qualities, it’s fifth just seemed to have everything. From the intense, gripping story-arc of Season Two, to the consistently brilliant episodes of Season Three, to the superb stand-alone hours of Season Four, Season Five is an example of a show at full throttle. It’s brimming with confidence, it knows exactly where it’s taking the story – and explores new routes for our characters that we didn’t even think we’d see.

So, what makes Season Five so great?
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Willow and Tara's Relationship Is Still So Important, 20 Years Later

  • BuzzSugar
Willow and Tara were a groundbreaking couple on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The powerful wiccas were first introduced to each other in season four's most frightening episode, "Hush," and their romance showcased a positive image of lesbian characters on TV in the early 2000s. Recently, Alyson Hannigan and Amber Benson reflected on their roles for the 20th anniversary of the show and discussed how Willow and Tara combated negative stigmas often affiliated with Lgbtq+ characters on the small screen. "It's just been such a profound thing for people who were going through the same thing or just terrified of what they were going to have to go through and just to see somebody that they had been watching for so many years to get to not feel so alone, it's like it's such a gift to be able to be part of that," Hannigan told Entertainment Weekly. Related14 Times Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Rollback Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4

And thus, a new era began.

Buffy Season Four is a controversial Season amongst fans. To put it simply – it’s not the favourite for many. This was a bit of an interesting year for the show – for one thing, it lost two of its principle cast members to a newly launched spin-off, the familiar high school location was no more and the characters were officially adults. Times were moving on for Buffy, and the things that we had gotten used to were going to have to change.

Thus, the show moved onto the life of a Slayer at College, and the adventures that ensued. Adventures that are a little, well, daft at times. Don’t get me wrong – Season Four is by no means a failure, and does hit some serious heights on occasion. If anything, it lacks the consistency of Season Three and the brilliance of Season Two.
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The 25 Best TV Love Stories of The Last 25 Years

  • Indiewire Television
The 25 Best TV Love Stories of The Last 25 Years
Love stories are often hard to execute on TV, because ongoing shows will try to manipulate romances for plot purposes — yet at the same time, it’s so easy to get hooked on a tale of two people finding each other. The couples featured below have undergone no shortage of strife as they forged their own unique paths, but one thing these narratives all have in common is that they illustrate the ways in which romance can be found in the most unexpected of circumstances, and how it can become the foundation of something so much bigger and profound.

Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, “The Americans”

They met as strangers, but the complicated relationship between these two Russian agents has never lacked for passion and love, even as they find themselves tied up with other partners. Their ultimate fate could go in a lot of different directions, but for right now
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The 25 Best TV Love Stories of The Last 25 Years

  • Indiewire
The 25 Best TV Love Stories of The Last 25 Years
Love stories are often hard to execute on TV, because ongoing shows will try to manipulate romances for plot purposes — yet at the same time, it’s so easy to get hooked on a tale of two people finding each other. The couples featured below have undergone no shortage of strife as they forged their own unique paths, but one thing these narratives all have in common is that they illustrate the ways in which romance can be found in the most unexpected of circumstances, and how it can become the foundation of something so much bigger and profound.

Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, “The Americans”

They met as strangers, but the complicated relationship between these two Russian agents has never lacked for passion and love, even as they find themselves tied up with other partners. Their ultimate fate could go in a lot of different directions, but for right now
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer’ Movie Set For Fall Premiere On Lifetime

Lifetime has set a November premiere for Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer, a movie about the double-amputee Olympic sprinter-turned-convicted murderer. Written by Amber Benson and co-produced by ThinkFactory Media, Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer tells the story of Pistorius, dubbed the Blade Runner, and his rise to fame as the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympics. Starring Andreas Damm (Elementary) in the title role, the movie chronicles…
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Mindy Newell: Days Of Yore

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Presenting two real-life stories from my days of yore, although names have been changed to protect both the innocent and the guilty.

Story The First:

I knew a girl in high school – I wouldn’t say we were friends, but she was someone who had never participated in the Piggy horrors. Sally was an A+ student, on the track to an Ivy League school. Pretty (but not gorgeous) and popular (but quiet about it), she came to me one day and said that she needed to talk to me privately. I was surprised… and a bit suspicious. What did she want? But because Sally had never been overtly mean to me, even though she was part of the clique that instigated most of the callous cruelties upon me, and because I still hoped to be “accepted,” and I wanted to believe for some reason she was about to warn me
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Mike Gold: Jack Kirby’s Moxie

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Next Monday marks the 100th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth. For one horrible moment, let us consider the following question: what if that birth never happened?

No Captain America. No Fourth World. Probably no romance comics. No Challengers of the Unknown. No Kamandi. No “Marvel Age of Comics.”

Think about that last one for a moment. The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Hulk, Nick Fury, Thor, Silver Surfer, Black Panther… most likely, they would not have existed; certainly not as the astonishing successes they were.

I will avoid suggesting the American comic book medium would have disappeared decades ago if not for Jack Kirby, although a case could be made for that argument. If Marvel Comics didn’t happen the way it happened, it’s possible that direct sales to comic book stores would not have happened, and that little phenomenon certainly has kept this racket alive.

Nobody put more power,
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Martha Thomases: Defending…?

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Last Friday, my pal Larry Hama invited me to a “friends and family” screening of the first two episodes of Marvel’s The Defenders. I mean the new series debuting on Netflix today, not the classic television show, The Defenders, the source of many many jokes made during the screening.

Also in attendance: Tony Isabella, Michael Gaydos and his adorable son, Arvell Jones, and the families of Archie Goodwin and George Tuska. Plus a bunch of current Marvel folks who had probably already seen the whole series, but who were gracious hosts.

Before the screening began, I was feeling pretty warm and fuzzy about seeing so many of my old friends and meeting people whose work I admired. Hence, I was psyched to enjoy two hours in a comfy chair in a screening room.

Mostly, I had a great time. I have a huge crush on Charlie Cox, the beautiful man who plays Matt Murdock.
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Joe Corallo: Mine! Mine!

  • Comicmix
The past few weeks I’ve been talking a lot about other people’s Kickstarter campaigns. This week, here at ComicMix, I’m here to talk about our Kickstarter campaign that is active right now. That’s right; ComicMix LLC is working on a new project – a major comics collection to benefit Planned Parenthood.

I’m going to get into that in a minute.

This project has been in the works for nearly two years now. It started back in December of 2015. Fellow ComicMix columnist and my co-editor Molly Jackson and I were at Mia Pizza in Astoria NY. I was a mere two months into my tenure as a columnist here and we were discussing something we could do. We immediately thought of doing a comics anthology. We had a lot of ideas we were throwing around, including a throwback Crime Does Not Pay style anthology.

Eventually, Molly and
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Buffy Memories: Clare Kramer Looks Back at On-Set Snake Scare

Buffy Memories: Clare Kramer Looks Back at On-Set Snake Scare
Buffy the Vampire Slayer successfully battled a snake-like monster during the Mayor’s Season 3 finale ascension, but another serpent almost got the better of leading lady Sarah Michelle Gellar and co-star Clare Kramer.

RelatedBuffy at 20: Nicholas Brendon Recalls Xander’s Speedo, Cops to Some Regrets (‘I Was Just as Much to Blame’)

During the Season 5 episode “Shadow,” Buffy and her nemesis Glory (Kramer) faced off inside a cobra exhibit at the Sunnydale Zoo, and the set was populated with real, slippery snakes for the shoot.

“They were like, ‘Yeah, yeah, the snakes are fine,'” recalls Kramer, who
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The Nightmare Gallery (2018): Amber Benson To Headline Horror Film

  • Film-Book
Amber Benson Set To Star In The Nightmare Gallery Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Amber Benson has joined the cast of Awol Studios’ upcoming horror drama The Nightmare Gallery. Although she is probably best known for her role as Tara Maclay on the aforementioned supernatural series, Benson has since appeared in a number of other programs. [...]

Continue reading: The Nightmare Gallery (2018): Amber Benson To Headline Horror Film
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Joe Corallo: Amazing Grace

  • Comicmix
Okay, let me clear up a couple of things first.

One: This is not about the song “Amazing Grace” by poet John Newton. It’s about comic book professional Sina Grace.

Two: I shamelessly took the concept of this column title from Christmas at Pee Wee’s Playhouse when Globey says that in reference to Grace Jones’ performance of Little Drummer Boy.

Now then, if you aren’t familiar with Sina Grace I’m here to help change that. Especially since Sina has a few new comics hitting the shelves on Wednesday.

He’s someone entirely unique in comics. He’s worn nearly every hat you can in comics as a self-publisher, imprint editor, writer, and artist. His skills have graced most of the comics publishers here in the States that you can name, he’s edited The Walking Dead, put out deeply personal memoir comics, and is most recently
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Amber Benson to Star in Seraph Films’ The Nightmare Gallery

  • DailyDead
Many horror fans know Amber Benson as Tara Maclay from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the actress and filmmaker has been staying busy with a wide range of projects in the years following her memorable role on Joss Whedon's seminal show, including her upcoming starring role in Seraph Films' The Nightmare Gallery, a new movie from director Gene Blalock.

Press Release: Los Angeles / May 25, 2017 - Amber Benson, known for her role as Tara in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will star in Seraph Films’ upcoming feature film, The Nightmare Gallery. The project is a co-production with Awol Studios. The story follows Amber Benson as an anthropology professor as she investigates the sudden, suspicious disappearance of her star pupil. A mysterious collection of occult artifacts leads her on a nightmarish, Da Vinci Code-esque journey toward an unspeakable truth that will threaten her career, her marriage, and her sanity. Three-time Tony
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Buffy star Amber Benson joins horror The Nightmare Gallery

Amber Benson, known for her role as Tara in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will star in Seraph Films’ upcoming feature film, The Nightmare Gallery, where she will appear alongside three-time Tony nominated actor Kevin Chamberlin (Road to Perdition, Jessie).

The story follows Amber Benson as an anthropology professor as she investigates the sudden, suspicious disappearance of her star pupil. A mysterious collection of occult artefacts leads her on a nightmarish, Da Vinci Code-esque journey toward an unspeakable truth that will threaten her career, her marriage, and her sanity.

“One of the driving forces behind this film is the realization that very few movies, particularly in the horror genre, feature Lgbtq characters and treat them like normal people, rather than caricatures,” said director Gene Blalock of Seraph Films. “So while the anthropology professor is married to another woman, her sexual orientation doesn’t tokenize her or diminish the nuance of her characterization.
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‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Actress Amber Benson to Star in ‘The Nightmare Gallery’

  • Slash Film
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Actress Amber Benson to Star in ‘The Nightmare Gallery’
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 […]

The post ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Actress Amber Benson to Star in ‘The Nightmare Gallery’ appeared first on /Film.
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Q&A: Author Christopher Golden on Collaborating with Mike Mignola for Joe Golem: Occult Detective – The Outer Dark & New Hellboy Movie

  • DailyDead
The worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, and Alien have been intriguingly explored by Christopher Golden on the printed page, and the prolific author has delivered just as many thrills for readers in his original works over the years, including the adventures of occult detective Joe Golem. With Joe Golem: Occult Detective — The Outer Dark #1 out now from Dark Horse Comics, we had the immense pleasure of catching up with Golden for our latest Q&A feature to discuss Joe Golem, his work on the upcoming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen film, and much more, and we've also been provided with the exclusive cover and preview pages for The Outer Dark hardcover that's due out in 2018.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Christopher. For those who are unfamiliar, when did you and Mike Mignola first come up with the idea to collaborate on
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Etheria Film Night Announces it's 2017 Line-Up of Short Films

Hollywood, CA – April 26, 2017... Etheria Film Night (www.etheriafilmnight.com) is proud to present the 2017 Official Lineup of Shorts that will screen on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 7:30pm. Eight Short Films will be screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA followed by a Q&A with directors in attendance. Etheria Film Night is the world’s most respected annual showcase of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, show runners, distributors, and genre fans. Women want to make exciting, provocative, entertaining, fantastic, and terrifying films; Etheria puts the women directors who want to make genre films and TV in front of the people who want to hire them. Past official selections have included films from directors Axelle Carolyn (“Soulmate”), Rose McGowan (“Dawn”),Karen Gillan (“Coward”), Chloe Okuno (“Slut”), Amber Benson (“SheVenge”), Jill Gevargizian(“The Stylist”), and Christine Boylan (“Hoss”)....

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Cast Reunites for EW Photoshoot

The friends who slay together stay together. Recently, the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunited for Entertainment Weekly in honor of the WB/Upn series' 20th anniversary.From Joss Whedon, the supernatural dramedy followed Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a young woman imbued with heightened strength and awareness to defend the world against vampires and demons. The cast also included Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kristine Sutherland, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amber Benson, and Seth Green. The show ran for seven seasons before ending in 2003.Read More…
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