‘Horrible’ update: a sequel is still in the works

Posted in News,Video,Web Series by Scott Meisner on February 16th, 2014

Horrible fans, here’s a quick update for you on the status of the return of his Horribleness. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, songwriter Jed Whedon perpetuated the notion that a sequel to the highly lauded Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is still most definitely in the works.

We know we have spoken publicly about a sequel in the near distance and our passion to create it, and I promise we have not been insincere. Horrible is still one of our favorite creations by humans who were also us. We have many songs written and the plot outlined, but needless to say, we’ve been busy. Joss has had a hectic couple of years and is in the middle of the busiest year of his life, as is Zack and as are we. Also the actors have other things they’re acting in, I think. So the future is uncertain, our passion remains. DH2 will exist, in some format or another, at some point in the future. Unfortunately, the when is still unclear.

It simply hasn’t happened yet because all those involved are busy these days: Neil Patrick Harris stars in CBS’s How I Met Your Mother and pops up as hosts of award shows and in the movies quite often these days; Nathan Fillion is enjoying a very popular season of Castle; Felicia Day is running her YouTube channel Geek & Sundry; Jed and his wife Maurissa Tancharoen are showrunning  ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Jed’s brother Zack is involved with Sundance’s upcoming drama The Red Road; and the eldest Whedon brother Joss, of course, is steering the Marvel Cinematic Universe and working on the Avengers sequel.

In closing, it’s not a matter of if but when. So keep your head up, Billy buddy.

[Via EW]

TV reminder: ‘Dr. Horrible’ airs tonight at 9PM on The CW

Posted in News,Television,Video by Scott Meisner on October 9th, 2012

Now the nightmare’s real
Now Dr. Horrible is here
To make you quake with fear
To make the whole world kneel…

In 2008 during the Writers’ Guild of America strike the Whedon brothers (Joss, Jed, and Zack) and Maurissa Tancharoen wrangled together Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Nathan Fillion (Castle), Felicia Day (The Guild), and Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) to produce the low budget but high value product Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. They released it to the Internet in three acts and quickly it gained in popularity. Four years later the catchy musical web series is about to air in its entirety on television.

Relive the action-packed tale tangled in love featuring Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer, Penny, and Moist tonight (10/9) at 9PM on The CW. If you’ve been living under a rock like Patrick Star and haven’t seen it yet, this is must-see TV and you are in for a real treat. Head up Billy buddy it’s almost time to watch! Gather your friends and earn your Ph.D in Horribleness. Watch a CW-produced trailer after the break. Quick note: Bad Horse, he’s bad!

And for you hardcore fans out there, a sequel is most definitely in the works. Though Joss has The Avengers 2 on the horizon and his family (Jed, Zack, and Jed’s wife Maurissa) are starting to prep the Marvel ABC series S.H.I.E.L.D., the team behind Dr.H plans to begin production on Dr.H2 this spring with a tentative release in July 2013, five years after the original splashed on the ‘Net. (Click here for more…)

Dr. Horrible, the book

Posted in News,Web Series by Scott Meisner on March 19th, 2011

Well what do we have here? Something to hold us all over until the hotly anticipated Dr. Horrible sequel–that’s what! The Brothers Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen have put together a Horrible book that includes exclusive new material from the production team including a full transcription of the script, sheet music, a costume feature, a section highlighting the merchandise spawned by the musical, and contributions from the cast and crew. Said contributions from the cast include a discussion between Joss, Zack, Jed, and Maurissa, words from stars Felicia Day (Penny) and Simon Helberg (Moist), an afterward written by Neil Patrick Harris, a Horrible Haiku written by Nathan Fillion, and this introduction straight from the mouth of Captain Hammer himself:

People often ask me me to write the introductions to their books. They ask me to speak at their school, be the Godfather to their child, or make a spurty in their lady place.

I usually say no. Books don’t interest me, school is for sissies, and the Godfather was a bad man who did mob crime. The lady thing is okay, as long as it’s between consenting adults and no one gets hurt/slapped with a paternity suite. But to conclude this word section, books are for coffee tables.

But this book is different.

So yeah, this is a must-buy for every Horrible fan out there. It goes on sale March 29 and Amazon has it up for preorder at $13.57.

[Via SciFiMafia]

Jed Whedon’s debut album “History of Forgotten Things” out now

Posted in Music,News by Scott Meisner on August 15th, 2010

Jed Whedon, the man behind all the catchy tunes from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, released his very first album unto the world on August 10.  Hopefully you previewed three tracks from the album History of Forgotten Things when I shared them with you a few weeks ago.  If you did you would know that the album has no connection to his cheery, catchy hits from Dr.H.  (Except for the fact that Felicia Day lends background vocals and violin strings to a number of tracks.)  Instead it takes a more personal, grounded journey that covers many bases ranging from traumatic experiences to character-study songs.  In a humorous interview led by his brother Joss, he listed Paul Simon, Brian Eno, Jane’s Addiction, and Pink Floyd as influences on the record, categorized the album as “alternative/singer-songwriter/ambient/rock”, explained that the cohesive theme is nostalgia, and talked about the nature of the album title:

“The title comes from a few things — the terrifying feeling that we are forgetting our life as it rolls along. My obsession with all the history that was never documented (though in the digital age, that may be over). As well as the sensation that history can give you. A feeling that is indescribable. That feeling of connection through the ages. It is related to nostalgia. Sometimes, when I pass through a town I have never seen before, I long to not only live there, but to have lived there my whole life; to be nostalgic for it. I get the same feeling from history. I yearn to have lived during all those times. And, of course, in the future.”

Jed plans to continue his music career by releasing some EPs “soon” and another album “in the future.”  “But first”, he says, ”I am going to start fleshing out some DH2 stuff.”  You hear that, Dr.H fans?  The sequel really is being worked on!  Too bad Joss is busy working on other projects at the moment (ahem–The Avengers).

History of Forgotten Things is available to download at the iTunes Store.  So stop reading this and listen to it right now.

Dr. Horrible shines in 8-bits [Update: Acts 1, 2 & 3 are up!]

Posted in Music,Technology,Video,Web Series by Scott Meisner on April 6th, 2010

Calling all Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog fans!  Graphic designer Doctor Octoroc has put together the story of Dr. Horrible in old school 8-bit fashion.  He calls it “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Game” and it plays out like an old Pokeman Nintendo GameBoy game.  Says the good doctor: “All music, sound effects, graphics and animation were created by me as a tribute to Dr. Horrible (Joss Whedon) and the NES.”  This really is a must-watch if you’re into the story and music of Dr. Horrible.  It’s quite brilliant, actually.

CLICK HERE to watch Act 1.  If you have troubles viewing it there, watch it on YouTube.  DocOc promises the next two acts are on their way.  (I will alert you when they’re available to watch.)

Update: Act 2 is now up in all its 8-bit glory!  CLICK HERE to access the homepage and click “Load Game” to select Act 2.  Or watch it on YouTube.  Act 3 is in the works…

Update 2: The final act is up!  Again, CLICK HERE to access the homepage and click “Load Game” and select Act 3.  Or opt for the YouTube page.

[Via Doctoroctoroc]

Dr. Horrible comic comes to the iPhone

Posted in Comics,News by Scott Meisner on March 25th, 2010

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was a hit 3-part web series.  Then Dark Horse Comics brought the hilarious, musically-inclined story to the comic book world.  And now you can read Zack Whedon’s piece on the iPhone, iPod touch, and soon on the iPad.  Just as a refresher:

In this one-shot comic, Zack Whedon and artist Joelle Jones (Token) establish how a young, impressionable, but brilliant Dr. Horrible was drawn into a world of crime. Readers are reacquainted with the charming, brawny, crime-fighting superhero extraordinaire Captain Hammer when Dr. Horrible crosses paths with his greatest enemy in an all-out showdown of immeasurable proportions. Special guest appearances include Dr. Horrible’s love interest, Penny; his sidekick, Moist; and a meter man.

Though its comic form lacks the music it’s still a great read if you’re a fan of all things Horrible.  And though the iPhone format lacks features like zoom and tap-to-turn pages, the promise of comic book readers for the iPad is all the more exciting.

Dr. Horrible one-shot comic out now!

Posted in Comics,News by Scott Meisner on November 22nd, 2009

You’ve already had the chance to preview the comic but now it’s finally here.  If you have been waiting for a Dr. Horrible fix this is it!  The Dr.H comic is written by Zack Whedon (yes, creator Joss’ brother) and the art is by the talented Joelle Jones.  It’s forty pages in length.  And it costs a measly $3.50.  What are you waiting for?

From the Joss Whedon-helmed webmovie Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog comes the origin story of the next greatest supervillain of all time . . . DR. HORRIBLE!

In this one-shot comic, Zack Whedon and artist Joelle Jones (Token) establish how a young, impressionable, but brilliant Dr. Horrible was drawn into a world of crime. Readers are reacquainted with the charming, brawny, crime-fighting superhero extraordinaire Captain Hammer when Dr. Horrible crosses paths with his greatest enemy in an all-out showdown of immeasurable proportions. Special guest appearances include Dr. Horrible’s love interest, Penny; his sidekick, Moist; and a meter man.

[Via DarkHorse]

Dr. Horrible sequel notes

Posted in News,Web Series by Scott Meisner on November 18th, 2009

Now that Dollhouse has been (sadly) cancelled, Joss Whedon now undoubedly has time to focus on his highly successful Internet-series project, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.  New comments have surfaced concerning the anticipated sequel.  MTV News has the scoop…

Joss’ brother Zack Whedon: “We’ve been planning it pretty much from the minute we finished the first one.”  “They finish up ‘Dollhouse’ in the winter—at least what they’ve scheduled to shoot thus far—so hopefully when that’s done, we’ll all be able to get together more frequently and grind it out,” he explained. “There are a couple of songs written. It’s very promising. We’re all very excited about where it goes.”  “Yeah, you have to see them [Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer] in the sequel.  We will expand the world a little bit into other areas you have not seen… and it will be hilarious.”  He concludes, “We’re doing it for fun and for ourselves and for the fans.  So doing a sequel is really a no-brainer.”

Star Nathan Fillion (Captain Hammer): “There are plans.”  “The media for the sequel has not yet been decided, but there is a title.”  “Joss, I was talking to him right before we won the Emmy.  He said that he’s finished writing a song or two.  He told me a couple of verses to the song.”  “It’s going to be great.  I know a bunch of cast members of Dr. Horrible who would love to get back into it.”

So, a SEQUEL is coming…a TITLE has been selected…and some SONGS have been written.  Still no word on “dead” Penny (Felicia Day).  I’m sure some way or another the Brothers Whedon will figure a way to get her back.  Can’t wait.

[Via MTV, here & here]

Dr. Horrible is back–in comic form, that is

Posted in Comics,Web Series by Scott Meisner on November 7th, 2009

Dark Horse Comics presents Zack Whedon’s ‘Dr. Horrible’ #1 Exclusive Preview.

Check it out here.

[Via MTV]

The Emmys airs tonight, and it’s going to be “HORRIBLE”

Posted in News,Television by Scott Meisner on September 20th, 2009

So here’s both a friendly reminder and a revealing tidbit for you.

Sure, we all know that the Emmy’s air tonight on CBS at 8PM.  We also know that the hilarious, extremely talented Neil Patrick Harris is hosting.  What you may not be aware of is that there will be a “Dr. Horrible-themed production number about midway through [the] ceremony.”  Ah, this is going to be great.  Be sure to check back here for the results in all major categories.  And for the time-being, look back at my Emmy predictions.

[Via EW]

Joss Whedon on Dr. Horrible sequel: “We have a story…”

Posted in Music,News,Video,Web Series by Scott Meisner on August 5th, 2009

 

This is great news, everyone!!  Creator, mastermind, and genius Joss Whedon has officially come out and stated that a Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog sequel is in the works and a story is bring penned right now!

Whedon: “We’re in there plugging. The writers are trying to put something together.  We haven’t even decided on a venue.  We have a story and we’re working that. We’re just starting with that.  Doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, [we're just] just figuring out the story.  We’re really excited about what it is. More, I cannot say.”

Yes, he is tight-lipped on the details.  Still, the very fact that the Whedon family (papa Joss and sons Zack and Jed) are hard at work on the story is very exciting.  The revolutionary (and Emmy-nominated!) web series made a splash on the Internets with its low budget musical back in 2008.  A sequel is highly anticipated by all Dr. Horrible fans.  Cross your fingers for reprising roles from the extremely talented Neil Patrick Harris, Nathon Fillion, and Felicia Day.  Peace out, but not literally.

*In celebration of this good news, take a time out and watch all three acts of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog above.  You know you want to.

[Via MTV]

Comic Con: Day One

Posted in Exclusive,Images,Movies,News by Scott Meisner on July 24th, 2009

Comic Con: Day One included a few panels and a lot of walking around the show floor.  I am going to make this simple; I will list each panel I attended and delve into the details for each.  I will conclude by summarizing my trek on the show floor.

11:00AM – 12:30PM – Disney: 3D Panel (Hall H)

This panel was located in Hall H, the largest room at the San Diego Convention Center.  When I got to this event at around 8AM, there was a line of over 1500 people wrapped around the building!  Little did I know today would be my lucky day.  My first strike of luck came during this panel.  Somehow I bypassed the entire line by befriending some front-liners (who all slept outside overnight!) who kindly let me sneak in with them.  Once I got into Hall H, I was given 3D glasses.  Fun fact: This panel is the first in Comic Con history to shoe 3D visuals during the presentation.  Three upcoming Disney movies were discussed during this panel: “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Tron.”  The panel was moderated by Patton Oswalt; he sat with the director of each film and discussed its current state of completion.

First up was Robert Zemeckis, writer and director of “Disney’s A Christmas Carol.”  Zemeckis discussed the gorgeous animated film and how it relates to the term “uncanny valley.”  As technology continues to evolve every day, computer animation becomes more realistic and human-like.  The example he used for this particular movie was the retina (eye) movements.  They are very real and genuine movements.  To show off what he has in store for audiences, he revleaed a never-before-seen (and Comic Con exclusive) scene from the movie.  Simply put, “A Christmas Carol” looks fantastic in 3D and it will be a sure fire hit when it lands in regular, IMAX 3D, and 3D-optimized theatres this November.  The film stars an animated, but very real looking Jim Carey.  In fact, Jim Carey will be playing eight characters (including Scrooge and the three Ghosts of Christmas).

Next was Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”  One sentence sums it all up: This movie is going to ROCK.  After a very brief discussion with Oswalt, Burton unveiled the first official (and also never-before-seen, Comic Con exclusive) trailer for the movie.  The trailer was so good that it was played three times in a row, in 3D of course.  After the third showing, Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance on stage.  No discussion here; Depp said hello, goodbye, and left the stage.  Although this was a quick meeting with Burton, the trailer made it all worthwhile.  Up to this point, only stills from the movie had been shown; witnessing these strange and colorful characters come to life was magnificent.  Expect this gem to be released in regular, IMAX 3D, and 3D-optimized theatres in March 2010.

Last was Sean Baily and Steve Lisberger’s sequel to the 1982 film “Tron” called “Tron: Legacy.”  (Note: Baily and Lisberger are the movie’s producers.)  They discussed the premise of the film in short detail, quickly jumping to test footage and two bass-heavy and visually stunning trailers (again, both never-before-seen and Comic Con exclusive).  All I can say is that the reboot looks great.  The cast is very young and will bring a new and welcome vibe to the series.  Cast members include Garrett Hedlund (playing Flynn’s adult son), Jeff Bridges, the original Kevin Flynn himself, and the beautiful Olivia Wilde, who plays a confidante of the young Flynn.  Also worthy of noting is that the original score of the film will be composed by Daft Punk.  “Tron: Legacy” will be in regular and 3D theatres in 2010.

All in all, the Disney: 3D Panel was spectacular.  All three upcoming Disney 3D films look amazing; the visuals, audio, characters, and plot lines are very impressive and intruiging.  As much as I would like to share with you the images from the trailers and other on-screen footage, Comic Con policy states that I cannot do so.  However, please take a look at the image gallery below to view what I can share with you.

2:00PM – 3:00PM – Sony Pictures Animation: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (Room 6BCF)

The main reason I attended this panel was to see the hilarious Andy Samberg and Bill Hader, the beautiful Anna Ferris, Role Models’ Bobb’e J. Thompson, and the smart dudes behind the cartoon “Clone High,” directors Chirs Miller and Phil Lord. (Hader could not make the panel due to an illness.)  Although this is a “kid’s movie” based on a classic childhood book, the film looks to be a very funny and visually pleasing adventure.  Miller and Lord showed some exclusive scenes from the movie, revealed some of the plot to put the scenes in context, and took questions from the audience.  Many questions were aimed at Andy Samberg and involved his famous SNL Digital Shorts and SNL career.  In the end, this was a fun panel filled with lots of laughs and what looks to be an exciting and hilarious animated motion picture.  “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” comes out on September 18, 2009 in regular and 3D versions.

8:00PM – 10:00PM – Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (screening) (Room 6A)

First let me start out by saying this is where my second stroke of luck showed up.  When I arrived about half an hour before showtime, the line was capped; it was the second longest line I’d seen all day (the longest being the Hall H line in the morning).  Somehow, yet again, I got myself in the front of the line and was able to attend the screening of Dr. Horrible.  This was just flat-out EPIC.  Room 6A is a fairly large room; it can hold over 450 people).  So, the room was packed with tons of Dr. Horrible fans who knew all the lyrics to the hilarious and extremely well-written Internet sensation.  There was a fun “Rocky Horror Picture Show” -esque twist.  All attendees were given Dr.H goggles and a packet with lyrics for each song and callbacks.  After the screening of the 3-Act series, the DVD special “Commentary! The Musical” was played.  This was a nice treat to end the night on.  But there was one last surprise before everyone packed up to go home: Dr.H star Felicia Day stopped by, along with writers (and stars) Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen.  After belting out all of the songs and laughing at all the jokes, it was time to leave the convention center to get some shut eye for Day 2.

In between the panels, I was able to walk the entire main show floor, grabbing pictures of everything in sight.  The images themselves tell the story of the show floor better than I can in words.  Take a look for yourself below.  It is worthy to note that I met Lost’s Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet)!  She’s awesome.