With the DVD release of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog coming up this Friday, the Amazon asked Joss Whedon to give it a review. A little odd, since he wrote it, so, well, he made his review a little odd in kind. It’s typical Joss goofiness, which is fun, and definitely worth a read. I give it forty eight billion stars.
Los Angeles Magazine has a great feature on a former Jack Sparrow’s account of working at Disneyland. It’s a really interesting read, addressing everything from the audition process, to Disney “cleaning up” Jack Sparrow, to the fabled Magic Kingdom fascism towards their employees. Welcome to the regime-iest place on Earth!
In the summer of 2000, there was a special event held at GenCon (back when there was just one, and it was in Milwaukee) that will likely live on in convention and Club Jade infamy for generations. The previous fall, Del Rey had taken the reigns of the Star Wars novel line and started things off by killing Chewbacca. Club Jade, in turn, held a funeral and wake for the mighty wookiee at GenCon, complete with a processional bearing his coffin marching through the Hyatt led by a bagpiper tooting Amazing Grace. The Normals were stunned, I tell you.
At the following wake was held a filking tribute to Chewie, a contest where victory was claimed by Carla Lute with her Dixie Chicks filk, “Chewie Had to Die”.
Nothing embodies the holiday season quite like self-destructive love. Er, anyway, this week’s filk of a holiday song again takes us to Buffy the Vampire Slayer in its middle/late 6th season. She didn’t get run over by a reindeer, but apparently she did have a Shagfest with a Vampire.
Continuing with this month’s theme of holiday song filks, we’re taking a brief cross over trip into the Whedonverse. I mean seriously, who could resist filking the line “sleighing song” into “slaying song”? Sithspit sure couldn’t, and here’s the rest of his Jingle Bells filk entitled Sent to Hell.
After a short break for some turkey and gravy, Filk Friday is back and ready for the holiday season! To kick off the festivities, these week’s featured filk is actually a parody of a satire (filking a filk?). While not techically a filk itself, the song this filk is based on is one of my favorite Christmas songs ever: The Night Santa Went Crazy by reknown filk and satire artist, “Weird” Al Yankovic. While the filk is not technically a Christmas song, Shack’s The Night Mara Went Crazy surely captures the manic insanity of the original song.
This week’s featured filk has been coined by some critics (namely, the author) as the “greatest filk ever.” While I am not prone to such hyperbole, this is admittedly one of the most entertaining filks I’ve ever seen performed. Written by PG, the filk Lady Mara Jade combines two Star Ladies favorites: Moulin Rouge and Luke/Mara. Enjoy!