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October 14 2005

Stephen King's pick of the week. One of the world's best selling authors chooses Serenity as his movie of the week.

Why is that a Randall Flag versus Captain Mal fanfic I hear being written somewhere? Hmmm River against Carrie? Who would win. I wonder.

Short and sweet!
Is this a complement or an insult? Just kidding...
Awesome...one of my favorite authors.
Sometimes he writes reviews...a quote from him wouldn't hurt the whole marketing thing. Of course, that would only apply to a movie that was being marketed. :)
I wish we knew a way to really capitalise on stuff like this. I don't know how many people view this site on a regular basis, but you often see Asian films "presented" by directors like Quentin Tarantino in order to persuade their fans to see a film that they enjoyed. It would be a huge boon for Serenity if people like George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith were to endorse it.

In reality I have no idea if any of these people have seen Serenity, let alone liked it, but it would surely provide a boost to the 'word-of-mouth'.
Lucas endorse Serenity? That would be hard to believe when more than half the Serenity reviews are bashing the Star Wars prequels.
Of course, that would only apply to a movie that was being marketed. :)

Well, they promoted it enthusiastically....until it actually came out of course. That's when they decided to sorta stop that whole promoting thing. Kinda. Mostly.

Anyway, cool that Mr King put that up. Say, didn't he say something years ago about liking Buffy too? Or am I confusing him with someone else? (Well I know a lot of people have said that but some famous writer type fella...thought it was him)

Lucas endorse Serenity? That would be hard to believe when more than half the Serenity reviews are bashing the Star Wars prequels.

Well I think Lucas can distinguish the difference between what reviewers and fans say and what the maker of a film has said and done. So I kind of doubt he'd blame Joss or be prissy against the movie because of it. I wouldn't be surprised if Lucas did enjoy it.
He can afford to be the bigger man and rise above that. If he cared about reviews then he would have paid Lawrence Kasdan any amount of money to come back and write the prequels.
I think we might very well hear from Stephen King on Serenity. Doesn't he write for Entertainment Weekly sometimes?
I think I've said it before, but my only real complaint with the marketing (other than trailer quibbles) is the utter lack of radio/TV interviews behind the movie. Here we have one of the most personable and funny writer directors around -- and a bunch of actors who are pretty loquacious and funny themselves, not to mention great looking. I know Leno would be hard, but it's hard for me to fathom how they couldn't get "The Daily Show" or "Fresh Air" or "Good Morning, Paducah" or something. It's a bummer.
I wished he'd say something, besides only making it his movie pick of the week.
He's probably one of my favorite writers, so I'd like to read his take on this.
I think I've said it before, but my only real complaint with the marketing (other than trailer quibbles) is the utter lack of radio/TV interviews behind the movie.

Ditto on that sentiment. One of the ways our Big Damn Hereos will become Big Damn Stars is to have Big Damn Interviews.

(Capitols!)
April, he writes the last page of EW almost every other week. I am hoping he mentions it in this weeks mag.
bobster - we have some radio commercials here in Canada, but they suck. They don't say anything about the movie, only that they paying audiences who saw the previews gave it standing ovations, or some such banter, but the voiceover is horribly annoying, and it does nothing to sell the idea of Serenity at all. Only that die-hard fans really liked it. Well, whoop-dee-doo.
Too bad (actually cringing as I type this) that we can't get Joss or the BDHs on Oprah. Talk about the midas touch. Everything she promotes does extremely well.

Dang.
That is extremely cool. Stephen King is better than no Stephen King.
If Stephen King did his EW piece on Serenity this week, I think I'd wet my pants.

Uh, I mean...clap my hands with joy. Or better yet, do the dance of joy! Except my dancing sucks.
Joss, will you give me a few pointers?
It does say he loved it. I will be eagerly checking the back of EW this weekend...
I think that Stephen King likes Joss' work. He's extremely gifted (and often underappreciated) for fleshing out characters. Just like Joss is. I remember an interview with Taratino that his movie, Pulp Fiction, was inspired by the work of Stephen King on exactly this point. So, this is great.
Stephen King is a great storyteller, and can probably recognise a good story when seeing it. I think he has turned a whole generation or two of young TV-viewers into actually reading a book.

His opinion matters to me.
Thanks TamaraC. When I was a receptionist, I had a copy every week and his column was my favorite page. He really has a thing for pointing out quality lit, film, music etc. Then he tells you why it's good. The numbers are of zero issue to him -- unless he thinks it's too bad they aren't higher or something. And I often agree with him. King is the writer that got me thinking, Yeah! I want to see Morgan Freeman as a bad guy too! When I was a teen way back when I read all the books he had published to date. I haven't read many of his more recent works but The Dark Tower series is still one of my all time favorites. The Stand is probably my favorite novel by King.
"Of course, that would only apply to a movie that was being marketed. :)"

It's still getting nice placement in the papers (a larger than half-page ad in today's New York Times, for example.) That indicates to me that the studio hasn't thrown in the towel yet.
Just wondering, kinda off topic, what famous writers or stars have praised Buffy or Angel or Firefly or Joss in general?

Not really reviewers exactly, because we know plenty of them have, and not anyone directly connected with the shows, but people like King and Lucas. Rob Thomas did, didn't he? I remember reading that Alyson Hannigan was a friend of George Lucas, and it would be interesting to see if he has an opinion on Joss's work, but I'd also be interested about any other well known people.

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