‘Emma Approved’ and Why Web Has Won

The face of storytelling is radically changing thanks to the explosion of social media and closer access to the global community. One of the wonderful upsides of this evolution is the birth of web series, that is an episodic drama or comedy that is published through the web (no film or television.) Some of the best shows I have seen are purely web series, whether it’s The Guild, Dragon Age: Redemption, or more recently, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD.) 

Last year, a company now officially called Pemberly Digital, took a chance on a unique retelling of the Jane Austen classic Pride & Prejudice. In their vision, Elizabeth Bennet was a voracious lady starting a webcam project to detail the story of her life – for educational purposes! The series, which has won several awards and nearly 2 million views on the first YouTube episode, was a resounding success for the company and cast, so when Pemberly Digital announced their next project, the internet awaited with baited breath.

Unfortunately, Welcome to Sanditon truly paled in comparison whether for lack of translation, characterization, or simply a weaker story (I lean toward the latter.) Pemberly’s third series, however, has been an absolute brilliant success that has not only proven their ability to perfectly and beautifully translate a story, but also shown the world how much they have grown and that they’re only getting better.

tumblr_mv6oxsqEdw1qlbyp3o1_500-2Yesterday the finale episode of that series aired, wrapping up several months of perfection from the cast and production team. Emma Approved, a modern retelling of another Austen classic, took Pemberly’s web series model to an entirely new level, incorporating social media accounts and corporate sponsorships for the characters and a fully interactive website/blog to further suspend our disbelief. The lovable, though misguided, Emma was an absolutely perfect modernization of the character.

Without spoilers, the story follows the original closely, and the chemistry (which ended up being real!) between the main characters can’t be matched. 10/10 would watch again. Seriously, GO WATCH THIS NOW!

Marvel Teases New ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Footage

I will come out and admit that I really don’t know much about Guardians of the Galaxy other than the epic cuteness/bad-assery that is Rocket Raccoon. It’s one part of the Marvel universe that I haven’t ventured into much, so I’m really excited about the upcoming movie and seeing the film with “virgin eyes.”

Marvel recently released this teaser (it’s SO SHORT) to drive comic book crazies insane as we wait for what looks to be another promising hero flick. It doesn’t hurt that Chris Pratt, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors, takes the lead as Peter Quill and my beloved Raccoon is voiced by Bradley Cooper. Other favorites such as Vin Diesel and a very bald, yet still gorgeous Karen Gillan also take part making this one heck of a cast.

So what do you think? Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled for release on August 1, when you can expect an epic themed party at The Cloak & Blaster (hint, hint.)

Jolie Stuns in New Maleficent Trailer

If you watched the Grammy’s last night, you might have caught the new Maleficent teaser trailer, which is basically a minute and a half of Angelina Jolie demonstrating how she was born to play one of Disney’s most notorious villains. 

The teaser shows us a little more about the world behind the film, and it is the perfect marriage of gorgeous visuals and Disney magic. Paired with a hauntingly beautiful rendition of “Once Upon a Dream,” this trailer has guaranteed my seat at the theater.

What do you guys think?

Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer!

Forget the Golden Globes, guys. The full-length trailer for the brand new season of Game of Thrones just hit YouTube – a bold move by the HBO team considering it’s right in the middle of an awards show.

Look forward to great music, Jaime Lannister looking F-I-N-E, and continued badassery from the Mother of Dragons. The season premieres April 6 so start knitting your house sigil banners and prepare for war.