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Amy Acker To Guest on Once Upon A Time

22 December 2011 Leave a comment

Amy Acker will guest in Once Upon a Time as a love interest for Grumpy in a storyline that will revolve around his backstory.  The episode is due to air in “late winter”, the show will return on 8th January.

Source: TVLine

Amy Acker To Guest on Grimm

18 November 2011 Leave a comment

Amy Acker has been cast as the Black Widow, a creature who must suck the life from three people in three days every five years in order to live. Her episode will air sometime in 2012.

Source: TVLine

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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

Video For Ancestors – Jed Whedon and The Willing

20 September 2011 Leave a comment

Media Mike Interviews Maurissa Tancharoen

14 September 2011 Leave a comment

Interview with Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon

September 11, 2011 by Mike Gencarelli

Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon is best known for co-writing “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”. She also was a writer on “Dollhouse” and “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena”. Besides writing Maurissa is currently appearing in the web series “The Guild” and also just worked with her brother Kevin Tancharoen in “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”. Media Mikes had the privilege to chat with Maurissa on her various projects.

Mike Gencarelli: You have worked with your husband Jed Whedon on numerous projects, how is it always collaborating?
Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon: Fortunately it’s a very harmonious working relationship. We sort of balance each other out as far as our creative processes go. I tend to be very detail oriented and over think things at times. Jed is capable of thinking stuff up on the fly. He will often throw out some ideas and I will be the one to pick out which one works and then we massage it into something that we both feel comfortable with. It’s definitely a ying and yang situation. I’m glad it is because if it wasn’t we probably wouldn’t be working together. (Laughs)

MG: How do you feel about writing for such projects ranging from “Dollhouse” to “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena”?

MTW: We are very grateful to have the chance to work on all these great shows. Me personally, when Istarted to get into writing seriously I always imagined myself writing on “Sex in the City” or a CW show. I never thought I would be pulled into the sci-fi/fantasy genre. I love it and am happy that I have discovered it. Of course having Jed who has always liked those things worked out great. Going from “Dollhouse” to “Spartacus” is something I like because it allows us to change things up and we never get bored.

MG: What was it like working with your brother, Kevin Tancharoen, on “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”?
MTW: He is my younger brother but I have always looked up to him. He has just been incredible since he was born. I don’t understand. (Laughs) When we were kids he was always coming up to me wanting to show me what he had done on his computer. He hates when I talk about him being the little brother. Just seeing him on his set with the cast and crew and directing something that he also wrote was great. I was just happy to be a part of it. I would have been there bringing him his water just to get to see him working. Getting to work with him professionally was a great experience. That was the first time he directed me or told me what to do…in front of other people. (Laughs) I was happy to be in it saying lines my brother wrote.

MG: Can you tell us about your work on this season of “The Guild”?
MTW: I have been a fan of the show since season one. I had heard about it when we were looking at casting Felicia Day to play the Penny character for “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”. Joss had worked with her on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and said she would be great and the part and that we should watch her series “The Guild”.  I checked out the show and fell in love with it. The characters and cast are just great. When she asked me this year if I would like to play a part on the series I couldn’t believe it. I was over the moon! This season is really great and it’s much bigger than anything in the past. I feel all the cast are just shining. I can’t wait for everyone to see what happens.

MG: Out of all the songs on “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”, what is your favorite?
MTW: That’s hard. I really love “Everything You Ever”. That song gives me the chills. We actually recently watched on tape for a stage production done during Comic-Con for “Dr.Horrible”. Seeing people take something we had done and interpret it themselves and then adapt it to stage was very cool. The way they did the last song “Everything You Ever” was really great. It warms my heart that people love that project so much. It’s very exciting that it’s still alive years later.

MG: I love your song with Jed called “Remains”, any plans to release more music?
MTW: Yes in fact. We have been working on an album which has been really cool. I am not exactly sure as to when it’s going to be done but I think we might do a five song EP initially. We currently have three songs done and we are working on two more. I don’t know what’s going to become of it but we are just going to do it! “Remains” was a song Jed and I did strictly just for “Dollhouse”. We had no idea people would love it so much. A friend of ours came to us wanting to direct a video for the song. We basically shot it on the fly and people really responded well to it. The song has been out for two years but some people are just now discovering it which is great.

MG: Any top secret information you would like to leak to MediaMikes.com?
MTW: (Laughs) “The Avengers” is going to be a really cool movie! I really feel it’s going to knock people’s socks off. We have been privy to a lot of the stuff going on with the film and from what I hear it’s going really smooth and is going to be great.

Original Interview at Media Mikes

Support Club Mo in the Walk for Lupus

17 August 2011 Leave a comment

On 24th September 2011 The Lupus Foundation of America are having a charity Walk for Lupus to raise much needed funds for research into a cure and to raise awareness.. Maurissa Tancheroen and her friends and family will be taking part in the walk and you can sponsor either Club Mo as a whole, or individual team members including Joss and Jed Whedon.  Many have already reached their goal, but more money always help. Donate here and help kick some Lupus ass.

Latino Review Interview Marti Noxon

8 August 2011 Leave a comment

‘Fright Night’ Set Visit: Interview With Screenwriter Marti Noxon


By Melissa Molina on August 01, 2011

here are a few female writers who make a lasting impression on a genre, particularly on the horror or sci-fi persuasion. Screenwriter Marti Noxon has been one of the it-people in town when it comes to adding some nice spice onto any script she writes. She’s better known for her writing on a couple of television series including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” but has only began crossing into feature films just recently.

“Fright Night” is Noxon’s second time adapting a known property, the first being “I Am Number Four.” After dipping her feet in the adaptation waters, she talks to us during the set visit about carefully rewriting the known property, vampire films nowadays and her own take on 3D.

Latino Review: How did you keep the heart of “Fright Night” intact in your script? It had a lot of heart in the characters, you loved every single person in that script. How do you translate that?

Marti Noxon: It’s funny cause that would be the heart of why I got the job. Other people had come in and talked about vampires while I had come in and talked about the relationship between Ed and Charlie and also about the relationship between him and Amy. I was much more interested in the stuff that I had always felt like I wanted some filling in on in the original movie. I had a lot of questions and I loved the original movie for just that reason. Certainly my training on “Buffy” was all about character, what’s the story you’re telling, what’s the theme and what’s the relatable thing for the audience. I feel like, oh yeah, I know what that is. I felt like there were a lot of seeds in the original movie that hadn’t been fully exploited. And the great thing about DreamWorks was that they were really committed to making a movie with a real first act. I feel like because of that decision, that’s why we’ve drawn like Craig Gillespie, Colin (Farrell), Anton (Yelchin) and all these amazing actors because we wrote a character movie that also happens to be a really scary. I think because probably, I wouldn’t say scarier than the original but because time moves on, it affects some of what they are plus I think it feels just a little more real. But that was exactly where I was coming from.

Latino Review: Can you talk a little about some of the changes that were made. For example, Peter Vincent is now a magician instead of a television show host. Why did you guys change some of the characters this time around?

Marti Noxon: Again, it’s however many years later, and there’s not really, I mean — the people who were watching that movie had a very strong point of reference for Peter Vincent being a TV horror movie host. There are few still out there but it’s few and far in between. So we were trying to think of — I was really inspired by the idea that Penn & Teller have this amazing supernatural collection. And I was like, well, who can be a real asset? It has to be set in Vegas, specifically because I have been thinking about that for a long time, having spent some time there during the election. I was out in Park County and these various places and I thought where better for a demon to hide out than in Vegas? It’s a transient population where people sleep all day and party all night. Nobody would notice if people just went missing, you know? I’d already been thinking about Vegas and it was a natural — I knew about the Penn & Teller museum and I was like okay, we’ve gotta make him like this but can’t be cynics like Penn & Teller.

Latino Review: When it came to changing parts of the original, did you feel the need to keep certain scenes from the original in there?

Marti Noxon: With this movie there were some classic sequences that we knew we wanted to take a different turn on, reinvent, but reference for sure. There are a couple of key moments in the film that I wanted to change in order to surprise people. There’s one moment in particular where I think that if you know the original movie, you know what’s gonna happen and it doesn’t happen.

Latino Review: Can you tell us what it is?

Marti Noxon: I can’t tell you. I hope that people who love the original will feel like there’s enough of the original, but we definitely reinvented.

Latino Review: Can you talk a little bit about the film being in 3D and what’s your own opinion on using 3D?

Marti Noxon: It’s interesting because I feel like the culture around 3D, particularly the directors, is really changing. It’s gone from feeling like you have to have these giant pop-out moments for the audience, like “Wooooahhh,” to feeling it more as an atmosphere. There are many opportunities in the script for real 3D moments, but we didn’t say “Ok, Jerry’s gonna like leap towards the camera at this moment.” It was much more like “Where is it natural in the movie to have that?” We emphasized it, but it gives a much more immersed feeling to the whole movie. The whole time you feel like you’re in it. It’s beautiful, I mean just watching it on the screen, it’s incredible.

Latino Review: How much effort did you put into how the vampires were gonna be in this while paying homage to the first one?

Marti Noxon: I had a specific take on it, and of course the people who designed the creatures and the look then took that and expanded it. It’s hard because everything has been done. One of the great things about the original movie was how great some of that design was. I think we sort of modernized that, I don’t think we tried to create an entirely new vampire, but we definitely had a theme for the vampire. One of the first things that happened when I worked on the movie was they said “Yeah, we’re just kind of thinking that this vampire is more like Jaws.” So you’ll see some sort of almost shark-like elements in the design.

Latino Review: As a writer, how do you avoid the Buffy comparisons? How do you break Buffy-speak? Do you find yourself falling into writing the characters like that?

Marti Noxon: Yes and no. I would say part of the reason why I survived the Buffy experience was because of my ear for that. I mean, it’s not nearly as stylized but it’s funny. I went back recently and watched some Buffy because I was doing some lecturing and I was like “Wooow! We were giving The Gilmore Girls a run for their money.”What’s so funny is that I was so critical of other people’s highly stylized dialogue because it’s so unreal. I went back and watched a couple of episodes and was like wow! Nobody ever speaks about spin, you know. The goal in this one was I think to more create a language for the teenagers that felt authentic, and they’re more clever than I am for sure. It takes me longer to make up their dialogue than my own words.

“Fright Night” arrives in theaters everywhere on August 19th, presented in 2D and 3D. Keep your eyes out for even more interviews from the set visit here on Latino Review.

Original Interview at Latino Review

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