WHEDONCON 2019 convention preview plus tales from the 2018 WhedonCon

WHEDONCON 2019 | ©2019 WhedonCon 2019

WhedonCon 2019, celebrating all of the works of Joss Whedon while raising funds for charity, is coming up this weekend, June 7-9, at the LAX Hilton Hotel. Guests include Julie Benz (Darla on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL, as well as Rita on DEXTER), Summer Glau (River Tam on FIREFLY and SERENITY, the ballerina in ANGEL, Bennet Halverson in DOLLHOUSE), comic book artist Georges Jeanty, Dagney Kerr (Kathy on BUFFY), Juliet Landau (Drusilla on BUFFY and ANGEL), Miracle Laurie (Mellie on DOLLHOUSE), James C. Leary (Clem on BUFFY), Julia Lee (Sister Sunshine/Chantarelle/Anne on BUFFY and ANGEL), James Marsters (Spike […]Read On »

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COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE star Liza Lapira – exclusive interview

Liza Lapira as Leslie in COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE | © 2016 Michael Becker/FOX

In Fox Network’s new half-hour comedy COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE, Sunday’s at 8:30 PM, Cooper (Jack Cutmore-Scott) and his two roommates, plus their pet pig, try to navigate life after college. Cooper’s older brother Josh (Justin Bartha, of the HANGOVER movies) teeters between exasperation and envy of his sibling’s adventures. Then there’s Josh’s wife Leslie, played by Liza Lapira. Lapira’s career has spanned TV comedies (TRAFFIC LIGHT, DON’T TRUST THE B**** IN APARTMENT 23, SUPER-FUN NIGHT), playing law enforcement in one-hour drama (DEXTER, NCIS, BATTLE CREEK) and genre (DOLLHOUSE, the features CLOVERFIELD and REPO MEN). At the same […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Three Ghosts”

Danny Dworkis in ARROW - Season 2 - "Three Ghosts" | ©2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Kevin Alejandro, John Barrowman Teleplay by:  Geoff Johns & Ben Sokolowski Story by:  Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Director:   John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 11, 2013 I’m impressed with “Three Ghosts,” the mid-season finale of ARROW’s second season, both for putting a Dickens reference into the show’s de facto Christmas episode, and for greatly exceeding the expectations I had coming in, based on last week’s underwhelming set-up episode.  […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “The Scientist”

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen in ARROW - Season 2 - "The Scientist" | ©2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Kevin Alejandro, John Barrowman Teleplay by:  Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns Story by: Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Director: Michael Schultz Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 4, 2013 ARROW’s transformation into a show that inhabits a pure comic book universe is largely complete with this week’s episode, “The Scientist.”  The titular scientist is Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who fans of DC Comics will recognize as the secret identity of “The […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “State vs. Queen”

Seth Gabel in ARROW - Season 2 - "State v. Queen" | ©2013 The CW/Katie Yu

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Kevin Alejandro, John Barrowman Writer: Marc Guggenheim and Drew Z. Greenberg Director:  Bethany Rooney Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 20, 2013 If you are a fan of hard-hitting courtroom drama, you probably got very little satisfaction out of the latest ARROW episode, “State vs. Queen.”  If you’re a fan of all things DC Comics, however, this episode was probably a revelation.  After all, we’re now seeing ARROW take a turn […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Keep Your Enemies Closer”

Michael Rowe in ARROW - Season 2 - "Keep Your Enemies Closer" | ©2013 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz Director:  Guy Bee Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 13, 2013 My criticisms of ARROW since this season began, (nay, since this series began), have fallen into two general categories.  They are, invariably: “X is too dark to belong in a TV show based on a comic book” or “Y involves too much comic book ridiculousness to belong in a TV […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “League of Assassins”

Caity Lotz and Navid Negahban in ARROW - Season 2 - "League of Assassins" | © 2013 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Jake Coburn & Drew Z. Greenberg Director: Wendey Stanzler Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 6, 2013 ARROW takes on issues of guilt, forgiveness and redemption in this week’s episode, “League of Assassins.”   And while the episodes’ two main storylines nicely illustrate the agony and self doubt that result from a guilty conscience, I find myself wondering once again whether it’s wise for ARROW to keep […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Crucible”

Caity Lotz in ARROW - Season 2 - "Crucible" | © 2013 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Andrew Kreisberg & Wendy Mericle Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 30, 2013 In case you’d forgotten ARROW was based on a comic book, this week’s episode, “Crucible,” went out of its way to remind you by doing something that usually only works in the comic books.  But even though this episode features more suspension-of-disbelief issues than normal, it does a fairly good […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Broken Dolls”

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 2 - "Broken Dolls" | © 2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau Writer: Marc Guggenheim & Keto Shimizu Director: Glen Winter Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 23, 2013 ARROW gives us a serial killer rather than a comic book super villain this week, but despite the much grittier undertones, “Broken Dolls” finds a way to be an entertaining episode that doesn’t overdo the ugliness. When we last left Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) he had donned the Hood of his crime fighting alter […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “City of Heroes”

Stephen Amell as The Arrow in ARROW City of Heroes | (c) 2013 Cate Cameron/The CW

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau Teleplay: Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim Story: Greg Berlanti Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 9, 2013 In a day and age when A) our movie and TV screens are clogged with adaptations of superhero comics and B) the trend in those stories is towards gritty, gloomy, existential despair-fests, ARROW emerged last year as a series that was only halfway committed to riding that particular wave.  It’s first […]Read On »

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