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Lust for Love Kickstarter Project ft a Host of Whedony Actors

26 October 2011 Leave a comment

Lust for Love is a feature film project by a group of artists including Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman, Enver Gjokaj, Felicia Day and Maurissa Tancharoen.  The Kickstarter fund for the project, which will film in December has already reached it’s goal of $70,000 but you can still donate to help make the film even better and receive a number of different rewards depending on how much you pledge.

For full details and to make your donation go to Kickstarter

Maurissa Tancharoen Joins The Guild

27 April 2011 Leave a comment

Maurissa TancharoenMaurissa Tancharoen has joined the cast of The Guild for the new season which is currently being filmed. She recently tweeted the following:

Had so much fin @theguild read thru last night. I’m beyond happy I get to be a part of this season. @feliciaday + cast + crew rocks.

Source: @MoTancharoen

IGN Interview Maurissa Tancharoen

12 April 2011 Leave a comment

Sing-Along with Dr. Horrible’s Book!

Dr. Horrible co-writer Maurissa Tancharoen talks about the new book about the making of the cult webseries, and her acting role in Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

US, April 9, 2011

Created while most TV series were shut down during the Hollywood apocalypse known as the 2007-2008 Writers’ Strike, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog has turned into a true cult sensation. Directed by Joss Whedon, the webseries, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day, has seen its fandom grow in the years since its debut, complete with t-shirts, soundtracks and comic books – And now there is even a book to commemorate it. The just-released Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Book takes a loving, comprehensive look back at the making of the webseries, including a round-table discussion between the writers, the complete script, the sheet music, a ton of photos and much more.

One of those writers is Maurissa Tancharoen, who co-wrote Dr. Horrible with her husband, Jed Whedon, and his brothers, Joss Whedon and Zack Whedon. Dr. Horrible fans will also remember Tancharoen as one of the Captain Hammer groupies in the series. With the release of the book, I asked Tancharoen — who currently writes for Spartacus, alongside Jed — a few questions about Dr. Horrible, via email. I also asked a couple of questions about Mortal Kombat: Legacy, the new webseries her brother, Kevin Tancharoen, has directed, and which Maurissa is acting in.

Dr. Horrible

Team Horrible: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Joss Whedon,
Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day and Zack Whedon
IGN: Dr. Horrible was such a small project by Hollywood standards. Is having a book of this sort come out stand out to you as a symbol of just how successful it’s become?  

Maurissa Tancharoen: When flipping through the book, we’re definitely reminded of how small this project was and how incredible it is that a book even exists for us to flip through.

IGN: There are a lot of photos included from the production. Were you guys documenting mainly for fun at the time, or did you know that no matter what happened, you wanted to chronicle the making of this project?

Tancharoen: A little of both. Making Dr. H was such a ride we all wanted to capture the experience. We also knew we should have a professional photographer on set to document everything. Just in case it went big and we wanted to share our experience in, oh I don’t know, a book for instance.

Dr. Horrible
NPH as Dr. H
IGN: What’s your favorite inclusion in the book? Anything you were particularly happy is a part of it?  

Tancharoen: The sheet music. Dr. Horrible fans have been asking for that for a while. Many have transcribed it on their own over the years. It fills us with joy that people love the music that much.

IGN: You were part of a pretty large group of writers for just one project. Even though you guys are really close (especially that Jed dude and you!), were there any disagreements to get through or was it pretty smooth sailing?

Tancharoen: We had nothing but a good time making Dr. Horrible! We were creatively in sync during the whole process! These are not lies I’m telling you!

Dr. Horrible
Day, Joss Whedon and Tancharoen
IGN: For a while we were hearing some tidbits about a sequel, but obviously the participants, yourself included, are all very busy now. Do you think it will eventually happen?  

Tancharoen: We desperately want it to happen. But yes, we’ve all been pretty busy. We have a few songs already written (one that is demoed) and an overall outline for the sequel. So it’s getting there…

IGN: I have to ask you about Mortal Kombat! Anything you can say about what you play?

Tancharoen: I play Kana, Scorpion’s wife. And I had to learn how to speak a little Japanese which was a bonus.

IGN: What was it like working on that project, knowing your brother had been able to make this unofficial short and get so much excitement behind it that it had turned into an official Warner Bros. production?

Tancharoen: Everything Kevin does makes me proud. Probably to the point of annoying him. That short was just too amazing to not turn into an official production. The director/actor dynamic was a new thing for us. I could tell he was a little hesitant to tell me, his older sister, what to do at first. He got over that after take two.

Original Interview at IGN

Crushable Interview Maurissa Tancharoen

9 April 2011 Leave a comment

Monday, April 4, 2011

Interview: ‘Dr. Horrible’ Co-Writer Maurissa Tancharoen on “Breaking” the Help Nathan Buy Firefly Movement and Reviving ‘Dollhouse’

By: Natalie Zutter

Maurissa Tancharoen and Joss Whedon

Last week we shared seven behind-the-scenes tidbits from the Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog companion guide, which featured memories and photos from the cast and crew. Now we’ve got an exclusive interview with Maurissa Tancharoen, writer, actress, and singer, who has been welcomed into the Whedon clan both personally and professionally — she co-wrote Dr. Horrible in 2008 and married writing partner Jed Whedon (Joss‘ brother) in 2009.

Since the musical’s unprecedented success, she’s worked on Drop Dead Diva and Dollhouse, and is currently writing for Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. She’s also appeared on Dr. Horrible co-star Felicia Day‘s webseries The Guild. Crushable spoke with Tancharoen about her geek past and future, including her favorite TV show growing up, responding to the misguided Help Nathan Buy Firefly movement, and upcoming musical projects.

Did you consider yourself a geek growing up? If so, what kinds of fandoms were you involved in?

I considered myself a small Asian girl who was terrible at sports.  So yes?  But I was overjoyed when Dance became part of the PE curriculum during my sophomore year in high school.  I could finally prove I was coordinated.  Growing up, I was a huge syndicated-television fan.  I watched endless hours of I Love Lucy (I had clothing, lunchboxes plural, magnets, figurines, and would walk around saying “Luuuuuucyyyy…”), The Three Stooges, Gilligan’s Island, Fantasy Island, and Three’s Company.

How did Joss approach you to work on Dr. Horrible?

The character, Dr. Horrible, a supervillain who is basically villainy-challenged, was an idea Joss had been toying around with for a bit.  He originally envisioned it as a podcast until he saw the brilliant hilarity that Jed, Zack and I (along with our friend, Nick Towne) posted on the youtube.  I like to call it “the youtube”.  This brilliant hilarity I’m speaking of was one of the countless strike videos that bombarded the internet during the Writer’s Guild Strike a few years ago.  But OUR strike video was a gem. And Joss knows when he needs to grab a hold of something so precious. Covet it, and crush it with love, and then snort it.  That’s just how he lives.  So what was the question?

From looking at your IMDb page, it appears that Dr. Horrible was your first songwriting credit. How, then, did you approach the songwriting process; and was it more exciting, or nerve-wracking?

During my singing group days, I wrote a few songs.  Are these songs I want you to hear?  A resounding NO.  And over the years, Jed and I have written a lot of songs together.  I guess you could say our relationship started in music.  I guess you could also say barf.  But he is the musical genius and I am his sidekick.  I’m usually like, “What if it goes something like this?”  And he says, “Shut up.”  And then I’ll suggest, “Or maybe la la la?”  And he says, “Go to your room.”  That’s basically our process.  It’s totally fun!

an we expect any musical projects from you in the future, either as a lyricist or singer?

Yes.  We’re actually working on a few little somethings right now…

It’s great to see that you pop up in videos like The Guild‘s “Do You Want to Date My Avatar” and the Legend of Neil episode “Les Neilerables”, as well as the Dollhouse series finale. It seems that in addition to being a collaborator with Felicia Day, the members of The Guild, and others, you’re also friends. Can you talk about that group dynamic?

I love being friends with the people I work with.  It makes the job even better.  I admire and respect Felicia and all those folks tremendously, so to be able to collaborate creatively with them and just plain hang out?  It’s awesome.  It’s rare to come across people you genuinely connect with, especially in this business, so I’m grateful.

It was your tweet that effectively ended the Help Nathan Buy Firefly movement right as it seemed like it might get out of control. What was your reaction when you first heard about it? And have you received any negative messages from fans for what they may see as “spoiling their fun”?

Oh man… Yes, I guess I broke Help Nathan Buy Firefly.  I did not intend to. Honestly, I knew nothing about the movement until my twitter feed and facebook email were suddenly filled with questions about it.  I looked into it and thought I was echoing what Nathan Fillion and Jane Espenson had tweeted before me.  But apparently my tone came across as abrasive.  That whole event was… not my favorite experience.  There were many cruel things posted about me and when someone said “Kill the messenger!” I was shocked to say the least.  We all were.  When Joss found out about it, his response was, “Who to the what now?!”  He was going to say something on my behalf but I thought we should just let it be.  Damage done, moving on.

What was your experience like in writing the Dollhouse one-shot comic—was it similar or vastly different from writing for the show?

It’s a blast.  We’re able to continue our love for the Dollhouse story and reveal more about the Epitaphs timeline [the first-season and series finales] without being limited to production restraints.  It’s a win-win.

Original Interview at Crushable

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