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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Live: GO SEE IT

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Live:  GO SEE IT

As of now, I’ve seen Dr. Horrible LIVE twice.  My companion and three friends enjoyed opening night, and then we came with four other people at the end of Gam3rCon.  It’s a testament to this show, itself an adaptation of an internet phenomenon, that it has so much to offer from multiple viewings.

My Constant Readers know me as a film critic, but I also dabble in local community theatre.  This show has the do-it-yourself energy and sense of ensemble that community theatre fosters.  It also has an immensely professional production staff.  As I previously reported, this is a stage creation assembled from a web sensation.  Designers David F. Weiner, Michael Lowe, Chris Rynne, Paul Peterson, Karen Li, and Jannifer Mah created a vivid world in the tiny 10th Avenue Theatre space out of walls, light, and shadow.  Pianist/conductor Korrie Paliotto’s crisp direction belies the fun energy the band brings.

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog LIVE: Accepted into the Awesome League of Awesome

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog LIVE:  Accepted into the Awesome League of Awesome

Joss Whedon created the online sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog in 2008, proving independent television online is feasible while simultaneously thumbing his nose at the establishment. In defiance of limited resources and frustrating studio politics, Whedon proved you can produce good product cheaply, distribute it for free, and still make money – Dr. Horrible was a huge hit.  It was a new paradigm and one that inspired rabid fan response.

Cut to 2010.  Director Andy Lowe of Chinese Pirate Productions fretted, “Why doesn’t someone do a live Dr. Horrible show?”  Finally someone asked, “Andy, why don’t YOU just do it?” He licensed the title from the surprisingly laid-back and gracious Time Science Blood Club (managers of Mutant Enemy properties), found musical director Brian Hammond via the San Diego theatre scene, and the rest is more than crazy random happenstance.

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog Live! in San Diego

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog Live! in San Diego

The San Diego PG team recently had the most awesome experience of being invited to watch the rehearsal of the upcoming Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog Live! The practice hall was tight quarters, the air flow minimal and the performance was epic. We have some video interviews, rehearsal video/photos coming as soon as we finish editing them, so hang tight! Here are some promo shots (Photos by Christina Rogers) to hold you over until then:

Now go visit Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog Live! on Facebook and show this crew some love by getting tickets now before they sell out!

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[BAotW] From Firefly to Halo: ODST to Captain Hammer, Nathan Fillion is THE Geek Badass

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[BAotW] From Firefly to Halo: ODST to Captain Hammer, Nathan Fillion is THE Geek Badass

The badass is an uncommon man of supreme style.  He does what he wants, when he wants, where he wants.  Each week I’m going to pick a character, person, musician, etc, and then explain to you why I believe said person is overflowing in the badassery department.

With today marking the first full day of the San Diego Comic-Con, Canadian actor and regular Comic-Con attendee Nathan Fillion was a solid choice of badass.  What makes Nathan Fillion worthy of this claim?  He’s never defeated a ship full of pirates, or saved an entire species from dire jeopardy, or rid an entire town of a zombie infestation with nothing but a chainsaw (I’m fairly certain the word ‘chainsaw’ is synonymous with ‘badass’). Why should we care about Fillion?  Three reasons:

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Dr. Horrible ACT 1 in 8-bit musical glory [Video]

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Dr. Horrible ACT 1 in 8-bit musical glory [Video]

If this was a real video game, I would buy it in a heart beat.  The below 8-bit interpretation video of Dr. Horrible is completely fan made and completely awesome. I really do hope DoctorOctoroc continues and finishes all 3 acts. If you’ve been living under a rock, go here and watch the film.  It’s worth every minute and every “Penny.”

This is talent that shouldn’t be ignored.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog DVD pre-sale on Amazon.com

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The musical supervillain Dr. Horrible and his web phenomenom that is his Sing-Along Blog will finally be released in all its glory, splendor, and complete AWESOMENESS on DVD on Dec. 19.  The DVD is only going to be sold EXCLUSIVELY on amazon.com and is now accepting pre-orders here.  I also believe the 3 acts are available to download off of iTunes and able to be streamed in hulu.  But of course, the DVD is going to come with those extra DVD features, so I say it is a great buy!  Stocking stuffer anyone?

The cast includes the GREAT NPH (Neil Patrick Harris) as the dreaded love-sick villain, Dr. Horrible, Nathan Fillion (of the Serenity/Firefly series) as the impenetrable Captain Hammer, and Felicia Day (from The Guild sensation) as the lovable Penny.

GET ON IT PEOPLE!!!!