March 28, 2014 | 4:18 p.m.

Eliza Dushku: ‘The Gable 5,’ ‘Dollhouse,’ life as a ‘convention junkie’

Eliza Dushku, best known to fans for her Whedonverse turns as Faith in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and Echo in “Dollhouse,” is tackling another brainy, gutsy character in a topical short film that launched Thursday on Machinima called “The Gable 5.” (Fans can watch the short here, but note there is some strong language.) Directed by Kevin Tancharoen, whose credits include the “Mortal Kombat” online miniseries and the movie “Fame,” “Gable 5” centers on a corporation that has discovered how to isolate and repress chemicals created by the brain that produce panic, fear, anxiety, temptation and rage. Dushku appears to be a test subject — she arrives onscreen (without a back story) and expertly takes on multiple armed assailants, suggesting some improved reflexes. Hero Complex recently caught up with Dushku to talk about “Gable 5,” its relationship to “Dollhouse,” her […]
May 03, 2011 | 10:47 a.m.

‘Firefly’: Summer Glau reflects on Joss Whedon, sci-fi women and River’s edge

Summer Glau in "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Credit: Fox Broadcasting Co.
Fox canceled Joss Whedon‘s 2002 television series “Firefly” after a meager14 episodes were produced, but you can’t take the sky away from this space Western — the series maintains a cult following among “Browncoats,” the fans who have taken the series to U.S. Navy ships and even outer space. Fans were disappointed when the show’s big-screen sequel, “Serenity,” didn’t spark the prayed-for second season. Now, Capt. Malcolm Reynolds and his ragged, vagabond crew are back on television on Discovery‘s Science Channel — and while there aren’t new adventures, Science is the first channel to roll out all 14 episodes in the proper order, “the way Joss had intended it,” as a Discovery spokeswoman puts it. The season finale airs May 29. Our Noelene Clark caught up with “Firefly” and “Serenity” cast member Summer Glau, who played River Tam, the ship’s […]
Oct. 13, 2010 | 4:54 p.m.

Joss Whedon’s ‘Dollhouse’ resurrected thanks to ‘Remains’ music video

“Dollhouse” went off the air in January, but like most television projects created by Joss Whedon, the series just won’t die. Witness the official music video recently released for the song “Remains,” which was created for the final episode of the show’s first season (“Epitaph One”). The video is directed by Anton King and stars Fran Kranz and Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon, who, respectively, played Topher and Kilo on the show. The song was written and performed by Tancharoen Whedon, a writer on the series who was once in a singing group called Pretty in Pink, and Jed Whedon, her husband (who also is Joss Whedon’s brother). King said he was happy to collaborate with the duo on the video, which was created to coincide with the “Dollhouse” second-season DVD, out Tuesday, though it does not appear on the DVD release. “I tried to [do] something […]
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