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Weekend Binge Guide: February 2015

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh ( very occasionally ):   Breaking Bad See all reviews for Breaking Bad If you've somehow managed to not watch Breaking Bad yet, it’s about time you get to it. Its spin-off, Better Call Saul , has just come out, so you should probably catch up. With a trademark sense of humor, great cinematography, and a good storyline, Breaking Bad will both intrigue and amaze. Also, it’s about a high school chemistry professor-turned-drug lord; I mean, how cool is that?       If you want to cry:   Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel See all reviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel This is a necessary two-parter, people. Both series, created by Joss Whedon (yeah, that guy in charge of the Marvel universe now), follow groups of people fighting monsters and the forces of evil trying to end the world. Even I (a Tin Man of a TV viewer) buckled down crying at more than one point in these shows. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel are unique fantasy series that will find a warm place in your un-staked heart.       If you want to scream:   Game of Thrones See all reviews for  Game of Thrones This series has a lot of well-deserved hype. Introducing viewers to the fantastical realm world of Westeros, this series follows several people in their quest for power. Entertaining, well-written, and well-performed, George R.R. Martin’s come to life in a very beautiful way. It has dragons, magic, ice zombies, gore, more gore… okay, it has a LOT of gore. There is just so much that is good about this show!        If you want to think:   Six Feet Under See all reviews for  Six Feet Under Brought to TV by Alan Ball (writer of American Beauty ), Six Feet Under analyzes, in darkly humorous fashion, death and how people react to it. It takes a look at a dysfunctional family who runs a funeral home. There aren’t many shows that can get you to laugh, cry, and think, but Six Feet Under does just that. Featuring a beautiful script and powerful acting, this HBO series should be a proud addition to your binge-list.     

Amazon Digital Week: If You Love The Vampire Diaries You'll Love These Shows

Amazon Digital Week continues here at SideReel! Are you a fan of The Vampire Diaries ? If so - or if you are into the vampire genre in general - today we bring you a list of suggestions of other series to watch for free  via Amazon Prime :     1.  T een Wolf                     2.  G rimm                     3.  True Blood                     4.  Being Human                    5.  R oswell                       6. American Horror Story                     7.  D ead Like Me                       8.  B uffy The Vampire Slayer                       9.  A ngel                     10.  D octor Who                   Let us know which shows you plan on checking out - or which other series you will be watching instead! And, if you're not already a member of Amazon Prime, you can  sign up and get one month free  to begin watching right now.

We've got the scoop on a new Buffy series!

Buffy lives! No, not the proposed Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie that wouldn't involve creator Joss Whedon or anyone from the beloved TV show, which all serious Bronzers consider an abomination against nature. Rather, a series of motion-comic webisodes based on Whedon's highly successful series of "Season Eight" comics. For full story and source, Click Here . I honestly don't know how I feel about this as I've never felt the comics lived up to the TV series. But I suppose it's better than that movie they want to do without Joss Whedon! Any thoughts?

Vile Villains: And the Most Evil TV Villain Is... - Featured

We started Round 1 with 16 of the most evil TV villains around from your nominations , and now it's down to the ultimate victorious vile villain!! So, in our final villain duel between Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel 's Angelus and Heroes ' Sylar, the winner is... Angelus! While Sylar fans put up a seriously good fight, it turns out no one's a match for Angelus... or at least the Buffy fans around SideReel! Do you think the right vile villain took the win, or do you fee like Sylar or another villain around earlier in the race should have been the victor?

Blood Bath: SideReel's Ultimate Vampire Face-Off (Completed) - Featured

Voting is closed and will no longer be counted!! Check out the final bracket below: Since True Blood is now back on HBO for its second season at 9PM, SideReel has vampires on our minds. We started to wonder...what would happen if some of the most known vampires from both TV and film faced off against one another in a battle? Who would emerge victorious? That's for you to decide! Help us out by voting in our Ultimate Vampire Face-Off! Round 1 begins now and will end tomorrow (Saturday) at 2PM PST. Update: Round 2 voting has now begun. Please choose your new 4 winners. Update 2: Round 3 voting has started! Choose your victors between Angelus vs. Spike (epic!) and Dracula vs. Lestat. Update 3: It's the final Showdown! We're left with 4th seed Spike (defeating Angelus 120-88) versus 2nd seed Dracula (defeating Lestat 115-82). Vote for your ultimate vampire! Winner declared tomorrow at 2PM PST. Final Update: Spike wins in a landslide victory. Not even the legendary Dracula is a match for everyone's favorite platinum haired vamp from the Buffyverse! Click to view full size image You can see that we've seeded the two sides of vampires as those from TV and those from film. To vote, please comment with the names of the 8 vampires that you believe would emerge victorious in the first 8 match-ups. The bracket will be updated tomorrow afternoon and you can begin voting in Round 2 at that point. Update 1: Round 1 voting has concluded. Major surprises: Edward Cullen not invincible...defeated by Tom Cruise's Lestat. Did not see that one coming! Please place your votes for Round 2 through 2PM tomorrow! Update 2: Round 2 voting has concluded. Some strong contenders have been weeded out including Underworld's Selene and True Blood 's Eric. Vote for your Round 3 winners now! Update 3: Round 3 voting has concluded. Vote now in the Final Showdown! Final Update: Spike Wins! Thanks for voting and participating, everyone! It's time for a Blood Bath! Digg SideReel's Vampire Face-off

Angel Star Andy Hallett Dies of Heart Failure - Featured

Andy Hallett, who starred as Lorne ("the Host") on the TV series Angel, died of heart failure last night at age 33, according to his longtime agent and friend Pat Brady. The actor passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with heart disease, with his father Dave Hallett by his side. Hallett, from the Cape Cod village of Osterville, Mass., appeared on more than 70 episodes of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff, Angel, between 2000 and 2004. The accomplished actor was also a musician and sang two songs ("Lady Marmalade" and "It's Not Easy Being Green") on the Angel: Live Fast, Die Never soundtrack, released in 2005. The actor's character on Angel was Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan, or Lorne for short. Hallett's Lorne was a friendly demon, who, when not assisting Angel and his team in the investigation of various and sundry underworld mysteries, served as the host and headliner at a demon bar. Back in 2001, Hallett told our own Jen Godwin that despite constant flirtation with David Boreanaz' character Angel, and the occasional sly Elton John reference, "We don't really know if he's gay. I don't really know. It's funny, because sometimes he's right in Angel's face, and that's when I feel it the most. And viewers would probably think, hmm, what's going on here? This guy's pretty curvy." Hallett has spent his post-Angel years working on his music career, playing shows around the country. He had been admitted to the hospital three or four times in the past few years for his heart condition, according to Pat. Another Angel castmember, Glenn Quinn, who played Doyle in season one, passed away in 2002. A private funeral service will be held for family and close friends in Cape Cod, most likely over this weekend. Source! Angel Andy Hallett

Joss Whedon Answers Questions about the Buffyverse and More - Featured

Did Britney Spears really almost appear on Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Why was Anya afraid of rabbits? Was Drusilla a potential slayer? Will Buffy reunite with Angel anytime soon? And how are things looking for a Serenity 2 movie? I brought your questions about Buffy, Angel and Firefly to Joss Whedon, when he dropped by to talk up his new Fox series, Dollhouse . For Joss Whedon Video Click Here .

WB Week: Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Where Are They Now? - Featured

So...what has become of the Scooby Gang and friends since Buffy The Vampire Slayer concluded its 7 season run in 2003? Speaking of Buffy, be sure to weigh in on our discussion of the show's best and worst seasons . Sarah Michelle Gellar aka Buffy Summers Buffy Summers was likely the role of a lifetime for series star Sarah Michelle Gellar. Since then, she has not been out of work , but for me there has been nothing all too memorable. Some of her roles include Scooby Doo 2 (which I'd prefer to forget), The Grudge and its sequel (briefly), some voice work (including TMNT and Robot Chicken ) and some movies that I am guessing were direct-to-DVD (Suburban Girl? Anyone? Anyone?). She also remains married to fellow actor (and one-time-hottie back in the day) Freddie Prinze, Jr.. The two have been married since 2002 - which is quite the accomplishment in the land of Hollywood! Nicholas Brendon aka Xander Harris Nicholas Brendon has appeared in a string of TV movies since his Buffy days that I doubt any of you have seen. More notably, he was part of the ensemble cast of the short-lived Fox comedy Kitchen Confidential (which was actually quite funny; I recommend checking it out if you never have) and recently had a 4 episode guest arc on popular CBS series Criminal Minds . He got divorced in '06 so I guess he's back on the market! Alyson Hannigan aka Willow Rosenberg Willow is definitely one of the more successful Buffy alums. Any fan of quality television will certainly recognize her as Lily from current CBS sitcom: How I Met Your Mother . Hannigan also appeared in some less-than-stellar films including Date Movie and American Wedding. You may have also recognized her during a brief guest stint on fellow WB Week program, Veronica Mars , as Trina Echolls (Logan's sister). Lastly, rather adorably, Hannigan married Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce from Buffy/ Angel ) and is currently pregnant with her first child. Anthony Stewart Head aka Rupert Giles So what's become of everyone's favorite Watcher? Anthony Stewart Head appears to have been spending a lot of time in England since the conclusion of Buffy and has a ton of credits - though nearly all in British shows (or stage productions) that I have never seen. He also appeared in the Razzie-nominated Repo! The Genetic Opera alongside Paris Hilton. Off to Angel... David Boreanaz aka Angel Might David Boreanaz be the most successful Buffy alum? He had an immediate job for 5 seasons following Buffy in spinoff Angel starring as Angel (obviously). Boreanaz had a few blinked-and-you-missed-them direct-to-DVD movies, but fully redeemed himself upon landing a starring role as Special Agent Seeley Booth in hit Fox series Bones , currently in its 4th season. Charisma Carpenter aka Cordelia Chase Charisma Carpenter of course reprised her role of Cordelia on spinoff Angel for 90 episodes following her time on Buffy. Post-Angel, Carpenter has had steady work - predominately in TV movies and via a ton of guest appearances. You may have caught her in Charmed , Veronica Mars , the short lived Big Shots , and most recently, ABC Family's Greek . Continue to Part 2

CW picks up 'Vampire Diaries' pilot

The CW is looking to take a bite out of the vampire craze, picking up a pilot based on the "Vampire Diaries" series of books. Also on Thursday, the weblet greenlighted the Washington, D.C.-set drama "The Body Politic," while CBS ordered the comedy pilot "The Big D." "Vampire Diaries" comes from Alloy Entertainment, the same shingle whose past book series led to the Dub's series " Gossip Girl " and " Privileged ." Originally published in 1993 - which, as the CW took pains to note, was years before Stephanie Meyer launched her " Twilight " book franchise - "Vampire Diaries" revolves around a young woman whose torn between two vampire brothers. The The brothers - one good, one evil -- are battling for her soul, and the souls of her pals, family and the small town where they live. The CW has reunited with " Scream ," " I Know What You Did Last Summer " and " Dawson's Creek " scribe Kevin Williamson, who last produced " Hidden Palms " for the net, to exec produce and write. Julie Plec (" Kyle XY ") is also on board to write and EP. Warner Bros. TV, where Alloy (which owns the rights to "Vampire Diaries") is set up, is the studio; Alloy's Les Morgenstein and Bob Levy are also exec producers. A 4-book novel series, "Vampire Diaries" was originally penned by L.J. Smith. After the success of the "Twilight" series, Morgenstein suggested to HarperCollins, the publisher of the "Diaries" books, that they should re-release the books with new covers. Since then, "Diaries" has hit the New York Times Bestseller's list, and HarperCollins has ordered three more books. The first new installment, "The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall," comes out next Tuesday. As for "The Body Politic," drama centers on young group of D.C. staffers - in particular, a young woman who moves to Washington to work for a senator. Jason Rothenberg and Bill Robinson are penning the drama; Peter Horton will exec produce. CBS Paramount Network TV is the studio. "The Body Politic" is the latest of several D.C.-themed pilots at the nets. CBS has the drama "House Rules," about a freshman class of Congressional reps, while ABC has "Inside the Box," about a Washington news bureau. Then there's "The Big D," from scribes Jackie Filgo and Jeff Filgo. Laffer revolves around a New York couple who move to Dallas, where the man's Southern mother clashes with her East Coast daughter-in law. Warner Bros. TV is the studio. Source here

What to watch on Thanksgiving Day - A guide for geeks

Care more about tribbles than touchdowns? Don't sweat it. From sci-fi favorites to Batman biographies, there's tons of geeky stuff to watch on TV before and after you've had your turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Check out these suggestions (SciFi Channel's James Bond marathon was excluded due to its unhealthy amount of Pierce Brosnan). Read more ...