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Felicia Day: Appearances

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Patton Oswalt Talks Comedy, Change and What Happens If You Never Leave Home with NPR

26 December 2011 Leave a comment

Patton Oswalt On Comedy, Change, And What Happens If You Never Leave Home


In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Patton Oswalt portrays

Matt Freehauf in Young Adult.

You might know Patton Oswalt as a stand-up comedian, as a writer, as a player on TV shows like United States Of Tara andDollhouse, as the voice of the primary rodent in Ratatouille, or as the New York Giants obsessive in the dark film Big Fan. Now, he’s appearing opposite Charlize Theron in the black comedyYoung Adult.

Oswalt plays Matt Freehauf, who’s minding his own business in Mercury, Minnesota when Mavis Gary (Theron), once his classmate and now a woman spiraling into many bad things at the same time, comes to town to reclaim her high-school boyfriend. The two become drinking buddies, despite the fact that Matt is repulsed by Mavis’ scheming.

On Sunday’s Weekend Edition, Oswalt tells Audie Cornish that he appreciated the fact that while Matt may be a small-town guy, the script (by Juno writer Diablo Cody) doesn’t present the people of Mercury as simpletons. “I loved that the people living in the small town are actually happy and have lives of their own,” he says, adding that all too often in the movies, “the small town, they’re just these harmless potato people who are there to make the hero better.”

In developing the character with an acting coach — the first time he’s done so for a film role — Oswalt says he had to consider the way his life might have gone had he never ventured out into the world as he did when he went into comedy as a young guy. “I really had to imagine the kind of person that I would have been if I had never left my hometown. I don’t think I would have been a very pleasant person.” Not that speculating about alternative futures is ever easy: “I had to go back and reverse-engineer a life that I decided not to live.”

Oswalt also says he’s grateful for getting to play roles like Matt, because like anyone, there are ways he might be typecast. “Definitely the kind of geeky — I’m amazed I haven’t done more, like, nerdy tech guys to the hot leading man in all these action movies. I don’t know why I haven’t been sitting in a van with headphones on, going, ‘We’ve lost the signal!’ … maybe that’s in my future, I don’t know.”

His future has, of course, already seen shifts, some of which Cornish notes are conspicuous across his comedy albums. Oswalt agrees, and says cataloging those changes has been useful. “I didn’t even realize that was my aim, but I’m very, very commited to saying exactly what I feel right now on each album. And I have no problem with people saying, ‘Well, you know, in your first album you say you hate kids and you’ll never get married, and now on the fourth one, you’re talking about raising a kid.’ I’m like yeah, because at the time, that is how I felt. I’m glad that’s been permanently recorded. You see a person changing and growing.”

And change and growth, Oswalt finds, are a useful complement to the constant excitement about youth. “We’re rewarding either the reality or the apperance of youth, which is why you have all these people in their fifties trying to act like they’re seventeen. You know, it’s great to be young. Be young. By all means, be young. But always remember that youth is also kinda dumb, and doesn’t know a lot yet. So what you want to worship above youth, I think, is beauty, and beauty is so beyond just appearances after a while. Because you can be with someone who’s good-looking, if they open their mouths and they’re an idiot, then they cease to be beautiful very quickly.”

It can be particularly useful to have a chronicle of how much you’ve changed, he says, if you happen to have kids. “I like that you see me when I was a much dumber youth,” he says, adding that one day, he may be able to comfort his daughter about her own anxieties by showing her evidence of his own past: “Daddy made mistakes, too. Here you go.”

Original Interview at NPR

Felicia Day Gives io9 an Exclusive Preview of the Next Guild Comic

16 December 2011 Leave a comment

Felicia Day and Sandeep Parikh give us an exclusive preview of the next Guild comic!

io9 recently had the opportunity to catch up with Felicia Day and Sandeep Parikh, the stars of the long-running fantasy gaming web series The Guild. This duo also co-wroteThe Guild: Zaboo, the next Guild tie-in comic book to hit the stands.

Check out an exclusive sneak peek of the comic’s first six pages and learn what’s up with The Guild‘s sixth season.

First off, here’s a preview and plot synopsis of The Guild: Zaboo one-shot comic, courtesy of Dark Horse Comics. This issue’s in stores Wednesday, December 28:

Writer: Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh
Artist: Becky Cloonan
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Evan Dorkin

Zaboo has loved Cyd’s game avatar Codex from afar since the two first met playing The Game. Just what he’ll do for love comes to the fore as he senses Cyd is in trouble and embarks on a real-life quest to escape his mother and become Cyd’s knight in shining armor.

And here’s our conversation with Sandeep and Felicia about all things Guild-related…

Sandeep, how did you get involved co-writing the Zaboo comic?

Sandeep Parikh: I think Felicia wanted a different perspective. We’ve been collaborating for years, long before The Guild and Legend of Neil. We did improv together, and we cowrote the Bollywood Guild song. In writing, I took everything from my experience as a director and tried to be as visual as possible. We have a page per plot point, and it was great to have Felicia help me through the process.

Season Five of The Guild recently wrapped up this October. What’s coming up next for the show?

Felicia Day: We’re still actually waiting on the pick-up for next season. The show is owned by me, so it’s determined by the best opportunity for it, but I fully intend on doing future seasons, particularly with the cliffhanger for Season Five. It’s really exciting where we can go with the characters and that story. In the next couple months, we’ll see where the series goes.

And what can we expect from future Guild comics?

FD: I have a couple more things on the horizon coming for next year. I can’t talk about them right at this second, but I’m definitely doing comics. The Guild really lends itself to the format, so depending on what happens with future seasons, I really want to integrate comics into the future of The Guild.

SP: The Zaboo comic leads up to first frame of The Guild web series. All of the comic one-shots have been before the webseries takes place.

FD: We added a lot of game aspects to this comic, and this issue brings us up to the timeline of Season 1, Episode 1. The origin story of Codex and the arc of all five seasons of The Guild are filled in with this comic.

SP: If you’re a gamer and you look real close, you’ll see a few shout outs to your favorite games. Zaboo’s perspective on the world is through video games, so page by page sends you to a new world. I like that you can actually play the comic. If you read the margins on the pages, you can learn how to gain XP while reading it.

In Season Five, we saw a flip-flopping of Codex and Zaboo’s romantic dynamic. How did that come about?

SP: I really love what Felicia did with the characters. The best part of playing Zaboo is that he has some of most interesting arcs of the entire show. He really grows and evolves more every season. Our relationship is the same thing. How she handled our relationship this season felt really believable and honest.

Any sort of crazy behind-the-scenes stuff happen while filming Season Five?

FD: In the DVD that’s coming out later this month through Amazon, there’s a behind-the-scenes there that you will not believe. There are two characters who were supposed to be identical twins. So we hired identical twins, but they never made it to set. We have a very awesome, behind-the-scenes piece on how we were waiting for these twins, and we ended up choosing an extra, a Guild volunteer from the Twitter account to become two different roles this season. She had never been an actor before!

SP: She had to level up pretty fast!

FD: It’s an awesome story because she was a fan, and now she’s canon!

What other projects do the two of you have coming up?

FD: I’m launching a new YouTube channel right now called Geek and Sundry. We’re producing a slate of three or four shows right now. Not a very restful holiday, but an interesting next year to come out with some more projects!

SP: I’m actually in a writers’ session right now for a brand new web series that I’m going to create with My Damn Channel. I can’t really say too much, but it’s going to be awesome. It’s right up the alley of fans of The Guild and The Legend of Neil.

Original Interview at io9

Felicia Day Talks About The Guild FCBD Comic & Dragon Age: Redemption with TFAW

14 December 2011 Leave a comment

Felicia Day Talks About The Guild DCBD Comic & Dragon Age: Redemption

Written by Elisabeth&TFAW

Dec 5 2011

Dark Horse Month was too big and exciting to contain in just one month, so we’re closing it down with a “visit” from the one and only Felicia Day, creator/writer/producer/star of The Guild, her wildly popular web series focusing on a misfit group of gamers. We chatted with her about the upcoming The Guild: Zaboo one-shot, her Free Comic Book Day comic (a flip-book paired with Buffy the Vampire Slayer!), her latest web series, Dragon Age: Redemption, and more.

We’ve also got an exclusive six-page preview of The Guild: Zaboo–enjoy! Now that you’ve completed both The Guild miniseries and several one-shots, how are you enjoying the process of making comics?

Felicia Day: I feel like I’ve really hit a personal stride, that I actually look forward to working with the format and thinking more visually. The process is a lot more fun now that I’ve gotten my own methodology down. Can you give us any hints about what we’ll discover about Zaboo in The Guild: Zabooone-shot?

FD: Sandeep [Parikh, her co-star and co-writer of the one-shot] is a director, so I think this issue is much more visual, similar to the Bladezz issue (which I did with Guild director Sean Becker). The cool thing is that Sandeep is a big gamer as well, so we tried to infuse a lot of gamer ideas into the script and the visuals. There are homages to everything from FPSs to Mario Kart. I’m excited for people to read it. Does this take place before or after Season 5?

FD: As are all the one shots of the core characters I’ve done this year, this one is pre-season 1, with the timeline catching up to the web series by the end of the issue. Dark Horse just announced there will be a Guild comic for Free Comic Book Day–as a flip book with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. How do you feel about that pairing?

FD: SUPER PSYCHED. Ahem, sorry about the caps. I didn’t know they were going to do that, and to be paired with such a great title is an honor for sure. I was excited to be able to get word about the series out and support such a great event. What can you tell us about the storyline for the FCBD comic? Will it tie into Season 6 of the web series at all?

FD: It’s a stand-alone for people who might not be familiar with the show and it’s sort of out of time with the series, but canon. Have you considered expanding your comics work–writing a Buffy story, or a superhero book?

FD: I would love to fit in other comic projects, but I am really stretched thin right now. Next year is going to bring some big changes though, and I hope to fit in more writing alongside with all the web series I’ll be doing. The idea of creating something new is really appealing to me though. Cyd and Zaboo’s relationship has been through several twists and turns: she took a second look at him romantically in Season 5, but that fizzled after a brief experiment. Where will they be in Season 6?

FD: I can’t tell, and if I could I wouldn’t anyway :) . The show is still not picked up, so we have a lot of options with what we can do with the show, actually. I might be interested in doing something different with the format. We’ll see what the new year brings! A lot of characters made a quantum leap in Season 5: Tinkerballa (ahem, April Lou) opened up to Cyd, Vork fell in love, kind of, and most importantly, it looks like Cyd has an actual job–with The Game! Are we going to see a more “functional” Guild in Season 6?

FD: Of course not, functional is boring! I am having fun bringing the characters out of their shells a bit, though. Their friendship is making them better people, which is the central story of The Guild, really. I just rewatched Dragon Age: Redemption and really enjoyed it. How did you prepare for such a physical role?

FD: It was monumental will power that got me out of bed at 6 am every day for three months, doing two hours of working out, then going to work for eight hours and working on the script and The Guildand everything else I have to do, then training again before I went to bed. I think I almost broke myself, but it was 100% worth it. It definitely made me respect big action heroes more, who literally make that process their life. I don’t think I’ll ever be in that good shape again, to be honest. :) The end of the web series left a lot of room for a sequel–is anything currently in the works?

FD: Nothing planned now, but Tallis is, awesomely, a part of the Dragon Age universe. I could only hope she appears again! What were the biggest differences (besides budget) between producing The Guild andDragon Age: Redemption?

FD: I think scale was the biggest, we had so many more crew on Dragon Age, it was hard to even look at it like a web series; it was TV-sized. Also Dragon Age had a huge post-production process with special effects and color timing and transcoding, etc. etc. That was a huge learning lesson, how complicated post-production can be when you do a lot of special effects and involve so many people on that end of production.

I think the biggest lesson I took was that I kind of enjoy shooting things with three people more, haha. You’ve acted in projects by others, and those you produce yourself. When you’re creating your own material, do you think you make fewer compromises, or just different ones?

FD: Filmmaking is, by definition, a compromise art form, I think, whatever the scale. You never quite realize exactly what is in your head–sometimes you fall short, sometimes other people’s input and talent help you exceed it. That’s the beauty and the frustration of making films.

I certainly have a bit more control over what I produce personally, but wearing so many hats tends to round out the perfectionist corners because it’s simply a lot to take on, especially when we have such low budgets. So really, the challenges always vary from project to project, which is why I love what I do. Variety I what I live for. What do you think is the key to creating realistic female characters, both in comics or for web or TV series?

FD: I think creating a character, not a type. We all read characters that jump out as, “MOM,” “GIRLFRIEND,” “GEEK GIRL”–they start from cliches and never overcome them. Moms aren’t always kind, teen daughters aren’t always rebellious. Start creating a character with a unique perspective, interesting past experiences, and then make her female. Then something awesome will hopefully happen.

Our thanks to Felicia for taking the time to answer all of our questions. Make sure to order The Guildcomics and graphic novels here at

Original Interview at TFAW


Miracle Laurie’s Music Video Playlist from Examiner

6 December 2011 Leave a comment

Exclusive: Miracle Laurie’s music video playlist

Timothy Cox, Music Video Examiner

November 21, 2011

You may not recognize the name, but 30-year-old Miracle Laurie is forever in the hearts of Joss Whedon fans for her time as Mellie/November/Madeline (you’d have to watch the show to understand) in FOX’s short-lived television series Dollhouse. She’s also recognizable as Elizabeth Chivers in the web series Goodnight Burbank, which will continue as a television series in the future.

Odds are if you haven’t heard of Laurie by now, then you will next year. Next month she begins filming on Lust For Love with many other Dollhouse stars, including Fran Kranz, Enver Gjokaj, Dichen Lachman, and Maurissa Tancharoen.

Laurie’s wrapped filming on 100,000 Zombie Heads, a project that there’s not much information about. She will appear in next year’s Any Day Now, a movie about the true story of a gay couple who take in an abandoned teenager with Down Syndrome before authorities take the boy away out of discrimination. She’s also in The First Ride of Wyatt Earp, a Western film starring Val Kilmer, that’s scheduled to premiere March 30.

Miracle Laurie has provided with her 10 favorite music videos of all time. Her picks have been influenced by her interests in pop, humor, and an eye for beautiful visual entertainment.

Here at Examiner, we don’t know how Laurie found the time to type up a music video playlist, but we’re glad she did. We think you’ll agree that she’s a very fun and personable writer.

1. Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun”

“The song is incredible (and I actually just loaded it onto my iPod the other day), but the video BLEW MY MIND…I think it blew a lot of people’s minds.  I just remember thinking that I had never seen anything like it. And obviously, after 17 years for something to stick, it had to be significant.”

2. Michael Jackson – “Remember The Time”

“Michael is on here a couple times because not only was he the king of pop, but he REALLY used the medium of music videos to make little 10-13 minute movies…for every song he did even if the song itself was only 3 1/2 minutes.  haha.  He was brilliant and fun and a fantastic showman and really got what it was to be an entertainer.  This particular video just cracks me up though, and my sister and I spent many an afternoon singing and dancing along and quoting some of the lines from this video.”

3. Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

“Since we’re already here, I mean MJ was absolutely amazing.  A genius and pioneer for so many things.  The whole thriller experience when the ‘making of’ came out and whenever the video was on, I just thought, ‘WOW…it’s all so fascinating and fabulous!’  The little actor kid in me loved every aspect of it and I couldn’t wait to be a part of that kind of magic.

~side note: I realized that every MJ Video could be on here because they were all epically fantastic.  Honorable mentions: ‘Smooth Criminal‘ and ‘Scream‘ with Janet.”

4. REM – “Everybody Hurts”

“This song is perfect in my eyes and the video completely reflects what the song is about.  It’s cinematic and has a strong point and has stayed in my mind all this time.”

5. Blind Melon – “No Rain”

“Three words: Bumble Bee Girl.  🙂  Incredibley sweet video and message, beautifully shot with a beautiful little girl.”

6. Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

“To be honest, I don’t really like this song at all.  haha, BUT the video is so distinct and was parodied like crazy, it would have been impossible for someone not to remember this video.  And quite frankly, upon another watch, Beyonce’s fierceness and dancing and attitude really are something to be in awe of.  She’s a wonderfully strong and beautiful woman and that’s admirable.  Another reason this video is dear to me a little bit is because one of our prop guys during Season 2 of Dollhouse knew the entire video and used to sing and dance the whole thing for us.  It was hysterical.”

7. Dave Matthews Band – “Crash Into Me”

“First let me admit that I am a HUGE DMB fan…like hard core, so I love pretty much anything they do.  The video itself is actually quite interesting.  Aesthetically, they have a lot of beautiful things going on and a good variety of shots and angles and colors and textures…the whole thing is just lovely and flowing.  Secret confession:  A dream of mine is to one day be “the girl” in a DMB video.  I think that would be a whole new level of awesomeness for me.  LOL.

“Honorable mention for DMB: ‘Ants Marching‘ – I LOVE that song and I love how they always have a very clear vision of the message they want to send with their videos.  I also think it’s just a great video to go with a great song.  AND this video pretty much put them on the map for the general public.  (Side note, I just realized upon a re-watch, that ‘Alex’ from Grey’s Anatomy is in this video…hilarious).”

8. En Vogue – “Free Your Mind”

“For some reason ‘Free Your Mind’ by En Vogue stands out in my memory. It’s probably for no other reason than I just LOVED that song and loved to sing along to it.  And I loved watching all those women rock the hell out of that runway and just be the beautiful, strong, fun, talented women they are.”

9. New Kids On The Block – “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”

“Why?  Because I was a kid of the 80’s and in love with them.  I don’t have a better reason other than it still makes me happy to think about them and that time.  haha.”

10. Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”

“I think Jamiroquai was fun and kinda crazy, and again…when the video came out I thought, ‘wow – I’ve never seen anything like that.’  🙂  It’s a fun song and I think with music videos in general why not be creative and make the most of the incredible medium and showcase it is for your music.”

On top of acting, Laurie also has a ukulele cover band with her husband, called Uke Box Heroes. You can watch Laurie and her husband perform on YouTube by clicking here.

Follow Miracle Laurie on Twitter.

Original Interview at Examiner


Emerald City Comic Con 2012

6 December 2011 1 comment

Who: Emerald City Comic Con

What: A three day convention for fans of sci-fi, comics and gaming, with special guests, exhibitors, gaming and more.

Where: Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101-2350

When: 30 March to 1 April 2012

How: Online Booking

Price: 3-Day Pass: $45.00 | Friday Only: $15.00 | Saturday Only: $25.00 | Sunday Only: $20.00 | Child (3-10) – $5.00

Whedonverse Guests:

Adam Baldwin

Summer Glau


Summer Glau on The Human Preservation Project from CBR (video)

20 November 2011 Leave a comment

CBR TV @ NYCC: Summer Glau on “The Human Preservation Project”

“Firefly” and “Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles” actress Summer Glau spoke with CBR at the New York Comic Con, but not about a new television show or movie. Glau is currently involved in “The Human Preservation Project,” an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) in which she plays a scientist named Natalia Suttinger. Glau speaks about her geek leanings and how she chooses roles, as well as compares her role as Natalia to some of her other genre performances.

Glau also discussed the interactive nature of the ARG format as compared to the more one-sided aspect of traditional media, and sees it as a positive step for future storytelling.

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