For those that missed it, here's the Serenity comic published by Dark Horse for Free Comic Book Day 2016. Writer Chris Roberson pens an all-new chapter in Joss Whedon’s Firefly ’verse (in fairy tale form!), beautifully illustrated by Stephen Byrne. The Serenity comic, titled "The Warrior and the Wind", brings to life the atmosphere and characters from Firefly in an original story, in fairy tale form. ... Read full article
Inkworks brought Serenity, the Joss Whedon movie based on the cult hit television series, Firefly, to a premium set of trading cards on September 21, 2005. The 72-card series features the characters, story and special effects of the space adventure film that hit theaters September 30, 2005.
We have added into the photo gallery HQ scans of the Serenity trading cards featuring Summer Glau as the brain-damaged teenage girl - and unstoppable killing machine - River Tam. Enjoy!
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As part of the UK promotional campaign for "Serenity", Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau and Joss Whedon made a guest appearance on MTV's TRL show, live from Leicester Square, central London, on October 05, 2005.
Find below a few pictures of Summer, Nathan and Joss on set of the TRL show.
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According to the Browncoats who saw the show on TV back then, the presenter Alex Zane did a bad job at presenting that day. Find below two reports from fans.
MTV UK: They had some Browncoats on. These were, in fact, my friends, who I'd cobbled together at the last minute. However, they decided to term them uber fans, and make up stories about their uberfanness. Which is fine, as it's TV, although it did make them sound a little wacky to Nathan, Joss and Summer.
The problems came from the fact the male presenter, Alex Zane, kept tripping up on his words and didn't really seem to know what was happening. Also, they had made a game for Joss/Summer/Nathan and my friends the Uberfans to play called "Sereen or Mean". Unfortunately, it was - uhm - well, not the best use of TV time I've ever seen.
They also had a question about the movie to win after party access in London, but nobody -- including, I think, Joss -- knew the answer to. In the end, Nathan had to get up and shout the answer to the Uberfans -- he'd read it on IMDB Trivia I seem to recall.
That said, in all honesty, about 5 minutes after that was done, there was the red carpet premiere in the heart of london, 400 or so Browncoats, and various other fun things through the night. Best day ever. So my perspective on the MTV thing is tinted slightly.
Serenity premiered at the 59th Edinburgh International Film Festival on August 22nd, 2005. Joining director Joss Whedon on the red carpet were Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Gina Torres, Sean Maher, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel State, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Executive Producer Christopher Buchanan.
Freelance film journalist Matthew Turner covered the event and took these great photos featuring the Serenity cast and crew at the Serenity Press Conference and Photo-call, that took place on the roof of the Balmoral Hotel.
Take a look at some of the prop files used in the scene taking place at the begining of Joss Whedon's space western 'Serenity' in the lab where River Tam (Summer Glau) was used as a test subject before her brother Simon (Sean Maher) came to rescue her.
River Tam's Project Oracle file
This prop file was custom-made by the production for use by various actors, such as River's supervising physician Dr. Josef Mathias while describing River and The Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and as set dressing. Oracle was the codename of the project that spent years surgically altering and reprogramming River's brain.
The file is a plastic sheet that measures 9" x 5" and features information on River.
River Tam's Project Oracle record
Here's a transcript of the more interesting tidbits gleaned from River's Project Oracle record from the film background materials.
River was born Dec 19, 2500
She is 5' 9", weighs 110 pounds with black hair
Her father is Gabriel Tam
Her mother is Regan Tam
Math: 99th percentile
Social interaction: 47th percentile
River was located in Alliance Research Facility 54 (also called "Area 54" on the record), the address of which is Osiris OA2 54WQ13. River was test subject: 443/95/4521. Dr. Josef Mathias, MD, was her supervising physician during her time at the facility. Dr. Mathias is listed as director of the facility.
Only other item of significance is that she was recruited for Project Oracle from the Osiris School for The Gifted, which is where her family sent her to study. After that, "per protocol," her family was not allowed any direct contact with her, although she was allowed to send letters to her family. Apparently, at the time they sent River to the Osiris School, her parents were not aware that the school was a front for a darker purpose.
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Comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics announced back in September 2013 they would release a new continuation to Joss Whedon's space-western Firefly and its follow-up film, Serenity. The six issue mini-series titled "Serenity: Leaves on the Wind", written by Zack Whedon and illustrated by Georges Jeanty, picks up 9 months after Serenity‘s conclusion.
Take a look at various cover art of "Serenity: Leaves on the Wind" featuring Summer Glau's character River Tam, who is now the pilot of the Serenity ship in this continuation of the world of Serenity in comic book form.
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #1 - Cover by Georges Jeanty
Malcolm Reynolds's crew shook the 'verse to its core when they laid bare the crimes against humanity undertaken by their sinister government the Alliance.
Always outlaws, Mal, a very pregnant Zoe, new pilot River Tam, and the other surviving crew members are in greater danger than ever. Meanwhile, everyone is asking the same question . . .
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 arrives in stores January 29th, 2014. More informations at Dark Horse.
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #3 - Cover by Dan Dos Santos
Serenity is found! The crew, including Jayne and a certain bounty hunter, get themselves ready to restock and retrieve when River wakes from her self-induced sleep and gives Mal a mandate . . . which will eventually—hopefully—maybe—lead to Zoe’s rescue!
The cover of "Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3" featuring River Tam is as beautifully strange and mysterious as River herself. Here's what cover artist has to say about the process of creating it: "Every commission starts with the manuscript. After reading through Zack Whedon's rough draft of 'Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3', I began to sketch some rough ideas for the cover. Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief, Scott Allie, requested I depict the opening dream sequence with River Tam, so I started there."
Read more: 'Serenity' Comic Artist Walks Us Through Creating A Cover, at MTV News
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 - Variant cover by Georges Jeanty
These awesome covers have been uploaded into the Gallery: 'Serenity: Leaves on the Wind' Comics
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 arrives in stores March 26th, 2014. More informations at Dark Horse.
Watch Summer Glau in high definition in Joss Whedon's Firefly followup, Serenity, as she slays Reavers with style.
Blu-ray screenshots from Serenity, taken directly off the disc and in high definition - HD 1080p -, have been added to the Summer Glau Wiki gallery. These screencaps are provided here for your browsing pleasure and for use in layouts, fan art, and icons.
Here's a sample of the HD screencaps:
Special thanks to Fox012, who received his Serenity Steelbook Blu-ray and kindly offered to screencap the movie.
Serenity premiered in France at the 31st Deauville Festival of American Film on September 3, 2005, in Deauville, France.
The Deauville Festival of American Film is a European showcase for mainly American movies; this is a very popular film festival in France (second only to Cannes!). It is a launching pad for both independent and studio movies in Europe.
Nathan Fillion and Summer Glau travelled to France representing Firefly's movie sequel. They took turn in sharing their pleasure to come and anecdotes on the movie in an interview with cinema website ecranlarge.com...at least for Nathan Fillion. Indeed, a defective dictaphone did not allow to reproduce the whole Summer Glau's interview, only a short text mixing evanescent memories and barely audible rushes, the following one (translated from French to English):
"Summer Glau's entire life was devoted to dance until she broke her toe. She keeps from these years of hard work as a prima ballerina many regrets, an intact but unsatisfied passion, and also booked behavior, if not antisocial [!!??]. To say that it was used to interpret the mysterious River, it just takes few steps that she will not cross. However, she recognizes that many girls lonely and uncomfortable in their skin will recognize themselves in River, and why not learn from her evolution throughout the film. Otherwise, she retains from her character the fear when reading the script. Indeed, second part in the series Firefly, she is thrown into the limelight with the film. River's role was physical, and Summer had to follow a daily workout with a coach, and she often met with Joss Whedon to fully understand all facets of River.
On a more personal side, she is very attached to his native Texas (without wearing any judgment on President Bush), and even more to her family. She spends her free time reading cookbooks and trying to cook, although she admits it is not won. Professionally, she has just finished filming another science fiction movie in Hungary [Mammoth (2006)], and continues to make appearances in TV series."
But at least we can enjoy lovely self taken shots of Nathan Fillion and Summer Glau during these interviews:
You can watch more photos of Nathan Fillion and Summer Glau 31st Deauville Festival of American Film in the Gallery or watch videos from the event in a previous Blogpost.
Original interview (in French) at ecranlarge.com