Thursday, September 22, 2005

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A genuine blogging perk

Lomgtime readers of are aware of my fondness for mocking goofy blogging perks.

However, Glenn Reynolds posts about a really sweet perk:

The PR folks for the forthcoming Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, etc.) science fiction movie Serenity are inviting bloggers to advance screenings. (List of cities here via an Excel document that didn't quite format right, but it's legible). It's free, and all they ask is that you blog something, good or bad, about it. If you're interested, email 'em at and they'll put you on the list.

Glenn's Excel spreadsheet is pretty hard to read -- better yet, click over to's Blogger Screening page (link via the very shiny Alina Stefanescu)

As for why Serenity is worth seeing, click here.

[Won't real members of the media giggle that you're at the screening?--ed. As a member of Chicago's media elite, I expet them to respect my authoriti, thank you very much.]

UPDATE: The people at Grace Hill Media have been kind enough to e-mail me Serenity's synopsis so I don't have to:

Joss Whedon, the Oscar® - and Emmy - nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE, ANGEL and FIREFLY, now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity. The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family –squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal.

posted by Dan on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM


Shiny indeed.

posted by: Chris Lawrence on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM [permalink]

Thank you a million times over.

Only concern: TownHall doesnt provide much of a confirmation there... or are they just pretty certain the theaters wont fill up?

posted by: Citizen Grim on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM [permalink]

Many thanks! Though Gigolo Kitty's take on Serenity might frighten the sponsors. It was bad enough when he pretended to be Spike.....

posted by: Gigolo Kitty on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM [permalink]

I don't know if I'm more excited about seeing the movie, or being considered "Press" for a day.

posted by: PaulNoonan on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM [permalink]

I'm *much* more excited about seeing the movie! Can't hardly wait.

posted by: beachrat on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM [permalink]

Consider it punishment.

Basically, you're better off hunting the bargain bins for Pluto Nash or Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever. Both are better movies than Serenity. Better writing, acting, special effects, and acting.

Yes it's that bad. Our generation's Plan 9 from Outer Space, except not even fun.

posted by: Jim Rockford on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM [permalink]

What recent Sci-Fi movies have you liked, Jim?

I've seen Serenity twice, and it was excellent even in rough form. I would gladly put it up there with Alien and Empire.

And I echo the comment about confirmation. Is there any?

posted by: Steve Brady on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM [permalink]


However, I'm going to hold off and pay full price for my ticket to support Joss and crew. I'm one of the original frustrated tv viewers, so I've been waiting a looooong time for this.

Until then....I'll be in my bunk.

posted by: Opus on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM [permalink]

Don't pay any attention to Jim. He's a bitter drunk. I'll bet he doesn't like Westerns either.

The series was some of the best TV for years.
Great writing, great cast. I don't live near one of those screening sites, or I'd be there.

I hope the film will revive the series. It's being shown weekly on the SciFi channel. But even if not, I wouldn't mind seeing more of these movies.

posted by: AST on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM [permalink]

I'm signed up! Thanks for the link. I can't wait!

posted by: Kevin Baker on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM [permalink]

I was watching the Disney movie last night Atlantis. Jopss Whedon was involved in both in the writing and production of it. doesn any one know if this is where he really made his chops?

posted by: Robert M on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM [permalink]

Joss got his start writing for Roseanne, then worked as a script doctor. He wrote the bulk of the first Toy Story.

posted by: Steve Brady on 09.22.05 at 01:23 PM [permalink]

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