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
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.
Members of the Serenity cast have been doing a free signing at HMV Princes Street in Edinburgh on August 24th, 2005. Summer Glau was there along with Nathan Fillion, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres and Joss Whedon himself.
A lucky fan was there and shared his Scottish adventure with other fans; those who will take the time to read his report, quoted from Firefly.net, will be rewarded with his photos with the cast:
Squeeeee. Wednesday August 24th, 2005. What a day.
You know, when my good mate Andy offered me two free tickets to go and see Serenity, I thought...WOW! I'm so lucky. That day is going to rock. Nothing could make it better.
Hehehe. If only I knew.
When I heard that a large chunk of the cast, including Summer Glau, we're going to be doing a free signing in Edinburgh that day in the exact place I was going to be...I...I could have died of happiness!
I could not BELIEVE it. And then when I read Joss Whedon was going??! Holy frikkin Yup, thats right... I said !
So, I had to re-schedule my train plans to make it to Edinburgh in time for this, so I left my house at 4.30 in the morning...and my train journey took 7 hours. But it was so worth it.
Okay...we were told that Nathan, Summer, Jewel, Morena, Adam & Joss would be there. I'd met them all before, except Joss of course, but I was so happy at the thought of seeing them again! Especially Summer!! On the train journey up there, I wrote her a 2-page letter...put it in an envelope on which I wrote "To the beutiful Miss Glau" on. And on the back, I put my address on, just incase she wanted to write back. It's probably unlikely she will though, as I didn't put a "self-addressed stamped envelope" in there, or any international return coupons, but hey, I can dream!
So I got there, and we found out that Jewel wasn't there...
But Gina was!
I was very pleased. Obviously I was sad at not getting to see Jewel...but I'd never met Gina before...and don't know if I'll ever get the chance to again!
I took my Firefly set with me to get it signed. I also took the group photo of the cast that had been signed by all of them except Gina & Sean. Just incase, as it was always uncertain about who was going to be there.
We found out we could only have one thing signed. I was kinda bummed, as I didn't know what to get Gina to sign! So I thought, well, I'll ask her to sign the photo, and everyone else to sign the boxset.
So, we got a little closer...and I caught little glimpses of Adam, and Nathan...Morena too.
And then...here comes the motherload, people. Through a gap in the crowd I saw Summer. And then, she looked over, and our eyes met.
I need to remember to breathe as I type this, cos reliving this moment makes me emotional!
Her face lit up right away, and she smiled and waved over at me and mouthed "Hi!". I was overcome with joy. Obviously I smiled and waved back too! Then I blew her a kiss...and she blew me one back! I couldn't believe it.
After that, I had tears in my eyes, I was so happy. I could have forgotten everything else and just gone home happy after that.
I was with my friend Jason, he's a big fan of Summer too, and had met her 3 times.
As we got closer, I could hear Gina laughing every now and then, she sounded so bubbly!
Then when me and Jason came to the front of the queue and we're waiting...Summer looked at us and then turned to Morena and said "My boys are here." I was so chuffed, and touched. The thought that she not only remembered us, but called us " her boys " warmed me through and through!
The event itself, was rather unorganised. Everybody was very rushed. There were lots of HMV security gaurds who were very pushy, and they we're quite rude to some people.
Anyway, then we got to speak to Adam. He didn't seem as cheery as he was the last time I met him, to be honest he looked quite tired...I think that with the premiere...and the flights, he must have been worn out! But he was nice, shook my hand, said hello, signed my set, and stood with me for a photo.
Then it was over to Summer & Morena. Wow! I said hi, and Morena said "Hey you! How are you doing?" So I'm guessing maybe she remembered me from the first con? Who knows! She was wearing a lovely gold outfit that looked companion-like! I told her that it looked lovely. I told Summer that I had written her a letter on the way up... and I gave it to her, she said "Aww, thank you very much." And I told her and Morena that I was going to see Serenity that night!! Summer was really pleased, as she knew I hadn't seen it yet. Morena asked if it was the first time I had seen it, and I said yes, and she said "Ah, wow, you're going to love it!" And then I asked if I could have a photo with them. And Morena said "Sure! Come round here." So I went round the other side of the table (And a few days after someone told me on a thread that all the security gaurds near him started freaking out when I did that.) and I got between the two of them, while Jason took the photo. But the flash didn't go off, so I ad to stay there...between the two of them, while he put the flash on and took another one. I'd like to point out that I started off evenly between Morena and Summer, and Summer leant in closer to me, so I did likewise! lol! As you would! Then I thanked them and was hussled on.
It was getting quite chaotic. I put my set and the photo down on the table, and it sorta got passed along. I didn't get much time to say anything other than hello to Joss...and I was to nervous to think of anything to say! He's god-like! I couldn't get a photo with him, but managed to snap one of him.
Then it was on to Nathan and Gina. Nathan looked really tired. He wasn't his usual fun self either! Bless him! Gina was lovely though.
I asked if I could have a photo with her. She said sure, so I crouched down next to her, and she asked Nathan to come in too, which was cool! A pic with the Cap'n n Zoe!!
Then I got up, and went to pick up my set, I saw that Gina had signed that instead, so I was like, ah thats cool! And I picked up the photo and Gina goes, "Oh, I think I missed that one." Then she took it and signed it for me! Which was so nice of her! I told her it was lovely to meet her and then we were hussled on.
It was lovely to meet Gina & Joss, and great to see the others again. Especially Summer!
And now PsychicRiver's pictures with the cast of Serenity (credit to Jason Bean):
A press junket was hosted by Universal on September 24th 2005 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to promote the worldwide theatrical release of Serenity on September 30th 2005. There was three mini press conferences: the first one was a conversation with Joss Whedon himself. The second one was with Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres and Morena Baccarin. Next up was with Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Jewel Staite and Sean Maher (Ron Glass and Alan Tudyk didn’t make it).
Journalists had later the possibility to conduct one-one-one interviews. Don't miss the two videos interviews with Summer Glau and Sean Maher at the end of this Blogpost.
Here's the transcript of the bigger panel featuring cast members Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and Jewel Staite, during which they spoke about coming back to replay their characters.
Summer, did your experience as a dancer help you with all of the fight scenes and the stunts you had to do?
Summer: It did help me, because I was used to the training every day, going to the gym and working out all day. Doing lots of different types of training. But really it’s completely different muscle memory. I had to completely retrain my body. It took three months, all day, every day.
Adam: And it worked!
Besides the quality, what was the biggest difference between doing Firefly the show and Serenity the movie?
Jewel: I think it was the time factor. We spent so much more time on the movie than on the series. We [could] do a three-page scene all day long if we wanted to, and that was nice.
[On the television show,] if we had … twelve hours, that was it, and in those twelve hours we had eight or nine pages to shoot. On the movie, I felt like we had this personal time, we could stop, we could talk about the characters, we could talk about the vibe of the scene, what we were going for…
Adam: We had two weeks of rehearsal before we started filming, and I think we focused a lot on the main dialogue scenes early on. But we also focused on that “mule chase” scene, because we had two weeks of exterior work on location that we had to get in [during] those two weeks to stay on budget and on time. The weather cooperated and we were able to get all that stuff in. … Once we got to the studio and the controlled atmosphere on the sound stages, we were home free. It felt like we were right back workshopping our little TV show on these gigantic Universal sound stages. It was just great.
Sean: I agree, the time was a big thing. We obviously had a lot more time to tell a story than we did we when we were doing the series. But to me it felt so similar to the show. Everything just felt a little more spectacular, a little grander. There was a wonderful feeling of redemption, because we’ve come back with these people, this great reunion, and there was a wonderful energy…
Jewel: …and a sort of closure too. Because when we got canceled, it all happened very quickly. I’m from Canada, I’m from Vancouver, so I packed up my stuff and went home, and I felt like there was no closure whatsoever. So when it was decided and we were green-lit to do the movie, and we saw each other again, and we were able to play these characters one more time, it felt nice… very gratifying.
Adam: An important aspect of that is that we felt, and I think the fan base felt, that [with the TV show] we were kinda under the gun from the get-go. Our ratings were low. Everyone knew our ratings were low. And we needed to figure out some way to push them up, and never did. We got canceled. But the cancellation all happened really quick. It was like, ‘Okay, you’re done, go home.’ But Joss immediately asked for the show and the rights to Firefly to make it somewhere else. They tried to sell it to other TV networks and they didn’t bite.
But over time he was able to get Universal and Mary Parent’s attention, and they agreed to make the film. But Joss never gave up. Joss never gave up quote/end-quote “fighting for the future.”
It was very hard for all of us and devastating emotionally. [turns to the other actors] I don’t know about you guys, but I never felt like Joss gave up. I never felt that this was where we would end up until Joss gave up and said, “I can’t do it anymore.” And he never did.
So, while we miss our show, you’re right that we have closure, whatever happens to the movie.