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01 April 2017 @ 06:29 am
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++ In the continuing celebration of the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there was a cast reunion for EW that included a photoshoot and interviews. If you weren't already feeling nostalgic, this would've definitely have taken the cake by seeing everyone together again and just reflecting on the show and its legacy. However, I have to say that Eliza Dushku's absence from the reunion is pretty glaring. It was revealed that she wasn't invited to this event, the claim being that it's because she wasn't a series regular. But I find that strange since there are those who attended who weren't regulars either. I can understand when someone is not able to attend due to unavailability, but to basically have never been invited is a completely different thing. Faith may not have been a regular but she was a damn important character to the show, and beloved by fans, and Eliza has always shown her love and support of the show and the fandom. So this doesn't make any kind of sense that she just wasn't invited simply because she wasn't a "series regular." I'm also sad that Anthony Stewart Head couldn't make it, either. It wouldn't have been a Scooby Gang reunion without Giles present.

++ With that being said however, hearing that not only has Bull been renewed for a second season but also that Eliza Dushku has been cast as a major role makes me incredibly happy. I've been enjoying this little show quite a bit, so I'm more than excited that she'll be a part of it.

++ Joss Whedon has been announced to direct a Batgirl movie. I, for one, am intrigued and excited by this prospect as I still enjoy most his work and I'm curious on how this will be done.

++ And finally we have the teaser trailer for the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's IT. I'm half apprehensive and half cautiously optimistic about this. I have a fondness for the 90s television miniseries, it was creepy in its own right and had a great cast line-up including the iconic performance by Tim Curry as Pennywise, but I know that the miniseries was limited to what it was able to do during that time. This is less of a remake of that and more of a fresh adaptation of the classic horror novel itself, and just judging from this teaser alone I'm intrigued. It's been a while since I've reread the book, but I have to tell you, there are some pretty legit creepy things that happen in it, along with some bizarre and questionable content, so it makes me curious as to what makes it into this version and how far they might want to push the envelope.

Furthermore, apparently this will be split into two films, this first part will feature the kids, while the second will be with them as adults. I know many have been getting tired with this continuing trend of movies being split into two or more parts, however for something like IT this makes perfect sense. Both the book and the story is just too grand to be contained in a singular film. The miniseries did this by having their first part interweaving them as adults with flashbacks to what happened during their youth, with the second part solely focusing on them as adults. So this is also something I'm curious about regarding the narrative and direction.
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author_by_night: Folks by ozqueen (quoted from To Kill aauthor_by_night on April 1st, 2017 01:38 pm (UTC)
That is too bad. Especially Anthony Stewart Head. :/

I didn't know Eliza Dushku had a new show! Good for her. I don't even really know what she's done post-Dollhouse. I feel like she may have been a semi-regular on another show, but I'm not really sure whether that's correct? You might know better than me, you seem to be pretty up on this stuff. :)

Renée: BTVS. Buffy Summers.rogueslayer452 on April 2nd, 2017 08:01 am (UTC)
She's mostly done some guest spots here and there and some other smaller projects since Dollhouse, so I believe this will probably be her first time becoming a regular on a show. I'm actually pretty excited about it, because that means more Eliza on my screen! ♥
Ery-chanerychan86 on April 1st, 2017 03:30 pm (UTC)
That Buffy photoshoot gave me so many feels!! I notice Eliza absence... it's definitely weird they didn't invite her... :(

YAY for Batgirl! Interesting how Joss will movie from an universe to another...
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 2nd, 2017 03:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, it just seems rather strange to exclude her from this reunion. Faith may not have been a regular but she was an integral character to the series, and her arc was probably my favorite of the entire Whedonverse. I certainly believe this was a major mistake on EW's part for not extending the invitation to her, or anyone else part of the show who might've wanted to partake in this little reunion.

I'm definitely curious about Batgirl, and how he's going from MCU to DC, though I'll be honest I kinda want to see something from his own creation in the future instead of playing in other people's sandboxes.
americana exotica: Fredinterchanges on April 1st, 2017 03:38 pm (UTC)
Did you watch the whole 40-minute reunion special? It was funny to me that Alexis Denisof was there when they didn't mention his character at all or show him saying anything (and uh Wesley was brought into the show because of Faith?). He was important on Angel, but they also didn't mention that show. Which fair, but I don't think you can talk about Buffy's legacy without mentioning it? But yeah, definitely weird Eliza wasn't there. My dad, who's only passively seen a few episodes, even asked where she was when I showed him the picture of everyone.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 2nd, 2017 01:56 am (UTC)
I feel like since he's married to Alyson he is part of that package deal, and figured that since he was once part of BTVS then it would be alright and an exception. But still, it doesn't make sense how they could've just overlooked Eliza in general. And honestly, I feel like they could've just had an all out reunion with different cast members over the course of the series, main or not.
Profiterole: Dollhouse - Echo and Whiskey_profiterole_ on April 1st, 2017 03:48 pm (UTC)
It sucks that Eliza wasn't invited. We love you, Eliza. ♥

Great news about Bull! I haven't watched it yet, but I plan on trying it during the summer.

I'm tentatively interested in a Batgirl movie.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 2nd, 2017 01:37 am (UTC)
It's a good show, in my opinion. It's a procedural, which might not be everyone's tastes, but it's very interesting with what they do and it's quite entertaining. And for me, if it engages my interest that's all I need. And with Eliza being involved now I'm even more excited. :D
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what doesn't kill me better runcarlyinrome on April 1st, 2017 09:09 pm (UTC)

The EW spread gave me a lot of feels, but yeah, I thought they made some interesting choices. And Eliza Dushku should be photographed as often as possible. I missed her in the pictures.

Renéerogueslayer452 on April 2nd, 2017 12:53 am (UTC)
It totally agree about Eliza. Not going to lie, when I heard the news that Eliza has been cast on a show that I watch I literally squealed with excitement because I was going to be seeing her on the regular. I love her so, so much. ♥
Her Gracious Ladybits ❧: (actor) gemmaaweeghost on April 1st, 2017 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not even a Faith fan, but her absence bothered me. At first I thought it was maybe just those who'd been there since season 1 & 2 or something, but then I saw Wesley was there, and he didn't show up until half way through s3, so :/ I don't understand why she wasn't invited. I was also super pissed they kept putting Amber next to Alyson, whilst Seth was standing on his own. Yeah, okay, there was a picture or two with the three of them, but >.< (Sorry, I'm just such a hardcore Willow & Oz fan, I need Tara to just not exist.)
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 2nd, 2017 12:44 am (UTC)
I feel like Alexis Denisof's appearance is mainly due to Alyson, because they are married so he's basically part of that package deal. But even that, it still seems rather odd. I definitely blame EW for this glaring oversight.

Regardless how you feel about the characters or pairings, Willow/Tara were, and still are, incredibly important to the LGBT community. So it's understandable that they would be placed together for the photoshoot and talk specifically about that relationship and how powerful of an impact it was and continues to make.
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Abbeyplace_to_hide on April 2nd, 2017 02:46 am (UTC)
Alexis Denisof was there and was never a series regular.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 2nd, 2017 03:01 am (UTC)
For real, though I get the feeling he was the exception because he's Alyson's husband, but even that is kinda shady in itself to allow him but not invite Eliza to the reunion. :/
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Christina: izombie- cl- the brightest coloursfly_meaway on April 2nd, 2017 08:31 am (UTC)
I'm not that familiar with IT as you are, but that trailer sure does seem really interesting! Definitely intriguing. And I think it's good that it's just a whole different adaptation and take on the novel, because trying to copy a movie or tv series seems a bit lame? I don't know, there are so many remakes these days and I think it can work really well as long as it's different and fresh and all that. But yes- that trailer looks good. And I didn't know that there would be two parts, but I find that a really good choice too, like you say.

Loving the Buffy reunion pictures, but I noticed Eliza not being there either which is just really weird...
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 2nd, 2017 10:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, I understand what you mean. It kind of irritates me when people refer to something as a remake when it's just another adaptation of the source material, but as you mentioned since remakes happen so frequently these days it's easy to get confused. But essentially, I'm hoping this will be taking another route in adapting the book by including what they couldn't do in the televised version.

(If you haven't check out the 1990 miniseries of IT, I do highly recommend it, because it is quite iconic and features a fantastic cast, which also includes Seth Green!)

When I heard about the reunion shoot/interviews for EW I was hoping that Eliza would be there, and was incredibly disappointed when she wasn't and further devastated when I saw that she wasn't invited at all. :(
Lauren: Gandalfeowyn on April 2nd, 2017 11:54 am (UTC)
I have never seen any version of, or read, IT - I feel like I must at least read it, cos I do love Stephen King.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 2nd, 2017 10:33 pm (UTC)
The book is really good, I definitely recommend it especially if you love reading Stephen King. I first read it in college and believe me, there were many moments that legit left me incredibly creeped out. I also recommend the 1990 miniseries, as well. It might seem dated considering when it was filmed and since it was a televised event it didn't really explore all what was featured in the book, but it is a classic and certainly creepy in its own right. Tim Curry as Pennywise will always be iconic.
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i'm on a website where people fuck fruitgeckoholic on April 2nd, 2017 01:15 pm (UTC)
Man yeah, the photoshoot! I'm not so prone to tv nostalgia, but ah man, yeah. That was cool to see.

I'm circling the IT trailer, not sure if I wanna go there or not, lol. XD
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 2nd, 2017 10:40 pm (UTC)
It really makes me want to do a full rewatch of the series again. :)
an idea is bulletproof: BtVS - good slayerelizalavelle on April 2nd, 2017 05:44 pm (UTC)
Very sad that Eliza Dushku wasn't invited to the EW photoshoot as she's one of my favourite characters and a really important character to the show.

I am having all of the BtVS nostalgia and need all 4 EW covers despite the missing actors. I'm also going to have to get around to watching Bull.

I want to reread It. I'm not sure if I can watch the film in theaters as it looks terrifying but I do want to watch it eventually. I think you're right about the split. It's a long story, splitting it helps tell it better and splitting it in a way that adds to the story could be really interesting.
Renée: BTVS. Buffy Summers.rogueslayer452 on April 2nd, 2017 10:55 pm (UTC)
Same here. I mean, I'm biased so of course I would've wanted her there, but Faith is a more recognizable character and she was integral to the story and the characters, specifically with Buffy. I would have loved to see Sarah and Eliza together in the photoshoot.

Bull is really great! It's a fun procedural and I'm so happy that she'll be in it next season. :)

I'm definitely going to go see it in theaters. I'm debating going alone or taking someone with me, the latter is more difficult because not many people I know love horror as much as I do, at least enough to see it in theaters.
hamarakissahamarakissa on April 3rd, 2017 08:07 am (UTC)
I agree that not inviting Eliza was poor on their side and not having Anthony Head Stewart there was disappointing as well. There were plenty of other supporting roles that were at the reunion so not having Faith there was kind of a WTF moment. It was interesting watching the interviews in a whole though. Wish I could've grabbed a copy of entertainment weekly, but this one disappeared the monet it came out - suppose there should have been more copies made :X

I'm interested in seeing IT as well. I think having the film split in to two films in the best idea, because you get the aspect of both childhood and adult, like you mentioned. It'll be nice to see what they plan on doing in the long wrong.

I also seem to enjoy Joss's stuff so I have hopes for Batgirl and that it'll actually be good :)
Renée: BTVS. Buffy Summers.rogueslayer452 on April 3rd, 2017 09:30 am (UTC)
I know that there will be more opportunities for a reunion get-together, as there have been before, but regardless it's still a really huge letdown that EW just didn't even bother inviting Eliza for this particular event. I feel like for a reunion, especially for their twentieth, it should've included as many as they could get, from the regulars to supporting. IDK. I mean, I enjoyed the interviews and felt all the nostalgia (because of course I did, why wouldn't I?) but it still left me feeling disappointed that the people who I felt should've been there weren't. It just felt like something was missing, is all.

Being someone who loves horror, I'm definitely curious to see how this adaptation takes it on and how it'll contrast with the miniseries by doing what it wasn't able to do back then.
Naomi: Dollhouse Echo gunfrelling_tralk on April 4th, 2017 12:33 pm (UTC)
It is strange, I guess the reasoning was that they felt like they had a limited number of slots and didn't want to make the main cast photo too crowded, but surely EW must have been aware that fans would have loved to have seen the actresses that played such iconic characters as Faith (and personally I would have liked to have seen Drusilla as well). It stands out because the main cast picture includes Wesley, and I know that he was important on Angel, but for Buffy fans who never watched that spin-off his inclusion must have seemed pretty glaring and unnecessary. It's strange to be reminded of how few episodes Faith appeared in after season 3 actually, it was a bit surprising for me to remember that actually after season 3 she only appeared in 2 episodes in season 4 and 5 episodes in season 7, but then that only goes to show her impact when a lot of viewers remembered her as appearing in far more episodes than she ultimately did

And I'm also really looking forward to the IT film, Stephen King has said himself that he really loved it and thinks that book fans won't be disappointed by it :D
Renée: Echo. Badass.rogueslayer452 on April 4th, 2017 11:52 pm (UTC)
It stands out because the main cast picture includes Wesley, and I know that he was important on Angel, but for Buffy fans who never watched that spin-off his inclusion must have seemed pretty glaring and unnecessary.

Exactly. Like, regardless from being Alyson's husband which might've granted him a pass, it still doesn't make sense considering that Wesley wasn't a huge influential character on BTVS as much as someone like Faith was. Let's also take into account that Faith is included in the new merchandise that'll be released soon (her leather jacket of the Hot Topic exclusive line), it doesn't matter how many episodes she was in. She did make a huge impact on the show and the audience. So excluding her is kinda painful. I mean, ngl I am bias because she is my favorite character and I love Eliza so much, but the fact that she wasn't even invited at all is rather heartbreaking.

If they couldn't have that many people, I understand, but then why have Wesley there and not Faith? Why didn't they extend the invitation to Eliza? Idk, it's just so weird, and I know that we're probably making a bigger deal out of it than it needs to be, but still. It bothers me a bit.

and personally I would have liked to have seen Drusilla as well

Same here! Hell, I would've loved for there to have been a returning of the antagonists for their own separate spread, like the Big Bads throughout the seasons, like not just Drusilla but also Glory and so on. Just bring in as many people as possible for a reunion photoshoot. Perhaps that might've been too big for EW, but dammit if you're gonna do a twenty year anniversary you got to go big or go home, imho.
Kelly: jossverse // buffy // faith rogueteagues_veil on April 5th, 2017 05:05 pm (UTC)
That is such bullshit about Eliza not being in the reunion. I was curious about it, but didn't bother really investigating. She probably had more billable episodes, despite not being a series regular, than some of the people they DID invite. :( SAD PANDA. Maybe it had more to do with her schedule and she turned down the invite, but it's being kept under wraps so as not to upset fans? IDK a girl can hope. 'Cause again, otherwise, SAD PANDA.
Renée: BTVS. Buffy Summers.rogueslayer452 on April 5th, 2017 05:56 pm (UTC)
Maybe it had more to do with her schedule and she turned down the invite, but it's being kept under wraps so as not to upset fans?

Sadly I don't think so, because otherwise she would've simply said it was due to a scheduling conflict. ASH mentioned he couldn't do the reunion because he's doing a play in London, so if she had other commitments that would've been a valid enough reason and there wouldn't be this much commotion. But no, she was straightforward in admitting that she just wasn't invited. I'm trying not to be too bitter about this because I'm sure there will be other opportunities for reunions and get-togethers with the cast (as there always is), but it's still disappointing that EW didn't even bother extending the invite. :(

I mean, the reunion photoshoot/interviews was lovely and nice and brought all the nostalgia of course, seeing all of them together again (and how timeless Charisma Carpenter is, omg), I just wish Eliza could've been there.
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