Since the release of the first official movie poster for Knights of Badassdom, we drew your attention to the fact that Summer Glau's name wasn't on top of the poster with her co-stars Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn and Peter Dinklage. Of course, it seemed really foolish to not put Summer Glau's name up top, as she has a large following among the targeted audience, and in many ways would be a huge selling point for a film like this. It's hard to say if it was a simple mistake from the studio who designed the poster, a deliberate intention to not have her name on top or if this is the way things have been negociated at the time they signed their contracts.
And while the Knights of Badassdom Blu-ray/DVD cover design unveiled recently was quite different from the official poster, Summer Glau didn't get top billing either. Thankfully, Knights of Badassdom marketing team have taken it upon themselves to make a top-billing correction. As we had hoped, a new version of the Blu-ray/DVD cover design showed up recently at Amazon.com, in which the cover art itself is the same but Summer Glau's name is now featured on top of the cover art. To some, that may sound like a deep-dive technical detail, but that is very important for an actress who has limited exposure, compared to True Blood's Ryan Kwanten or Game of Thrones's Peter Dinklage for example. Similarly, the Tugg page for Knights of Badassdom is now displaying a movie poster inwhich Summer Glau's name is featured on top and are providing this new poster to the local theaters where the horror comedy is screened.
I'm personally convinced that the untiring protest from fans and bloggers alike, and the online observations that Summer Glau was a main draw have played a big part in this top-billing revision.
Check out the new Knights of Badassdom Blu-ray/DVD cover art below:
You can pre-order the one-disc DVD for $17.98, or the one-disc Blu-ray for $22.48 on Amazon. As of yet, we don't know if the Blu-ray/DVD will include extras and bonus features. Pending the DVD/Blu-ray release, Knights of Badassdom hits On Demand & Digital on February 11, 2014.
Conference call with Summer Glau answering questions about her role as Cameron in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles that was recorded on January 31, 2008 right before the season one episode 4 'Heavy Metal' aired.
To get out the hype that a new episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles airs on Monday, FOX allowed several websites and members of the press to participate in a special telephone press conference with Summer Glau (Cameron).
In this conference, Glau talked about her character (of course!), her evolution, and of course, she talked about comparisons between Cameron and Firefly's River Tam.
Here are some highlights...
For starters, Glau spoke about the deadpan delivery of Cameron, which provides humor to many scenes. "It was [Josh Friedman]'s idea, and it was a fine balance from the pilot to the series, deciding exactly how Cameron was going to relate to the people around her," Glau says. "I think we all felt that it was a great comic opportunity. It’s been really fun for me."
She does, however, explain that it's not all done for laughs. "I never want to ask the audience to laugh at me because then it just doesn’t feel real, and so I just approach everything and try to be really sincere, as Cameron would be. She’s so – I think that is what is so funny about her is just that she can’t be anything but genuine. She’s very open, like a child. She absorbs the behavior around her and tries to understand it as best she can, and sometimes it ends up being extremely funny."
From the series pilot, Cameron has become a part of John and Sarah Connor's lives, but do we know exactly where she fits in? "I think that we do work as a dysfunctional family right now, and I think it is sort of a mystery at this point if Cameron’s intentions are what she presents them to be. I don’t even really know what’s going on with Cameron. I do know that maybe she has a mysterious past. And it’s unclear what she ends up being in the future. But at this point, I think that all three of us, as far as what I know from the script, we are all fighting for the same goal, but that might turn out to be sort of a front. Cameron might have come back from the past for a different purpose."
Unlike Lena Headey's Sarah Connor and Thomas Dekker's John, Cameron is a character never before seen in other media - although Glau is asked if she feels any comparison to Arnold Schwarzenegger's robotic protector from T2. "Arnold Schwarzenegger is such an icon," she says. "He’s such an action hero that Josh Friedman decided to take the Terminator on a completely different path. We’re not trying to recreate Arnold Schwarzenegger. We’re doing a completely different Terminator, and that makes me feel safe because I don’t have to try to follow in his footsteps. I’m just doing something different."
Still on the subject of comparisons, a journalist asked Glau how Cameron compares to her previous role, River Tam of Firefly and Serenity fame: "Well, you know, I played River for a little bit longer," Glau says. "I think I know more of her moves at this point, but River was all about finesse and creativity and using her form as best she could because she wasn’t the strongest person in the room, and she wasn’t the biggest girl in the room."
"Now playing Cameron, I don’t really break a sweat because she just gets to pick things up and throw them and bash through walls. I don’t know. I think it would be an ugly fight," she continues. "It’s funny because I actually see some similarities between them. They’re both kind of foreigners in their surroundings. River was never good at being able to relate to people around her, and she always seemed to be somewhere else in her mind. And Cameron is the same way. She’s from a different place. She’s from a different time. She’s not human. She doesn’t really know how to relate to the people that she’s living her life with now, so in that way they’re similar."
"But River was so emotional and so vulnerable, and Cameron can’t really be those things. That was the biggest challenge for me when I first was cast in the role was trying to define how I could make her relatable and how I could relate to her as an actress, so it’s been an interesting balance. I’m still finding out who she is, and I think that she’s constantly growing. She’s constantly changing from scene-to-scene and absorbing human characteristics, so I think that she will continue to become more relatable as time goes on," she says.
One vulnerability Cameron might have is the way she feels about John. Is it merely a protector role, or could there be a budding human-robot romance? "The writers are keeping me guessing," Summer reveals. "At this point, I can’t tell. I know that it’s a possibility. And I think that in her own way, Cameron does love John because, when I think about it, her entire existence is to protect him. Her purpose in life is to keep him safe and to be with him always. I think that she does love him, as best a robot could."
"At this point, their relationship is very complicated. John is still trying to figure out how he wants to treat her and what his relationship with her should be. It’s really complicated, but I think that anything is possible at this point," she says.
Glau confirms that her characterization has changed a bit from the original series pilot - something that was very noticeable in "The Turk" when her character didn't seem to fit in as easily in a school setting. "We did make some changes," Glau confirms, "and people will notice that from the pilot to the series, we were experimenting with Cameron quite a bit, and we wanted her to be able to seem human. We wanted especially John to be fooled by her, so that he would let her into his life. And so in the pilot, I do act very human. And then as I go through the series, it appears that I’ve taken steps back and that I am acting more like a terminator would. We did that for several different reasons, but I know for me it’s fun because I get to take more time for her development, her human development. I think that it also is funny and I think once her cover was blown with the Connors, she kind of was able to drop that persona and become who she really is around them, if that answers the question."
Listen to Summer Glau's conference call for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles below:
Best Horror Movies released an exclusive Knights of Badassdom clip that takes fans on a behind the scenes look at the "horror" side of the Joe Lynch-directed movie.
Knights of Badassdom starts as an adventure comedy but the second half of the movie includes lots of slicing and dicing with lots of blood; those who watch Joe Lynch's tv show Holliston on Fear.net know what I'm talking about.
The following clip includes interviews with actors Jimmi Simpson (Ronnie), Brett Gipson (Gunther) and special makeup effects artist Bernhard Eichholz, as well as never-seen-before footage from the movie and a behind-the-scenes look at the makeup used in the horror scenes. There's no sight of Summer Glau's character Gwen...which is not necessarily a bad thing if that means she keeps her cute head on her shoulders throughout the movie.
Knights of Badassdom is currently showing in selected theaters and will be available On Demand February 11th, while the DVD/Blu-ray arrive on April 1st, 2014.
Prepare thy pods and pads! Knights of Badassdom is now available for pre-order on iTunes for $14.99 HD / $12.99 SD, pending a February 11 release.
And as the horror comedy starring Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kanten, Steve Zahn and Summer Glau prepares to take by storm our iPhones and tablets, they've released a smoldering new promo image featuring our wannabee LARPers in all their glory.
In the new image, the four characters are of equal size and most importantely Summer Glau's name is now listed on top (unlike in the official poster). Another significant change is a that a new image of Summer Glau's character Gwen has been used; Summer is represented holding in her arm a...firstarter (hey, it's a comedy after all) with a quiver on her back ( Arrow feels!).
Knights of Badassdom is currently showing in selected theaters and will be available On Demand February 11th, while the DVD/Blu-ray arrive on April 1st, 2014.
Get ready to hear a brutal new score! The soundtrack album for Knights of Badassdom, featuring heavy metal guitars and Scottish small pipes, will be released digitally and on CD on February 11, 2014 by Sparks & Shadows label.
The album includes the film’s original music composed by Bear McCreary (He has and is composing for Black Sails, Da Vinci’s Demons, The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Defiance,...) and featuring performances by heavy metal and rock luminaries such as Brendon Small (Dethklok), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa), Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo), Ira Ingber (Bob Dylan), Pete Griffin (Three Inches of Blood) and Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa).
Knights of Badassdom (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is available for pre-order on Amazon for $9.99.
Check out 10 - 20 second audio clips from Knights of Badassdom soundtrack below (disable your AD blocker momentarily if Amazon's MP3 Clips widget does not appear):
Here's Knights of Badassdom soundtrack list:
1. The Kingdom of Eliphaz (4:02)
2. Your Heart Sucks My Soul (Garage Version) [feat. Brendan McCreary] (1:59)
3. Joe’s Power Ballad (feat. Brendan McCreary) (3:18)
4. The Game Master (3:55)
5. Slightly Badass (2:44)
6. The Sigillum Dei Aemaeth (1:55)
7. Paintballers (1:56)
8. Demon Apes (3:11)
9. Gwen’s Theme (2:07)
10. Massacre at Valinore (5:08)
11. Out of Game (3:24)
12. The Hell Lord Abominog (3:45)
13. Earn Our Valor (5:35)
14. The Epic Battle of Evermore (2:40)
15. Abominog Battle (6:26)
16. Your Heart Sucks My Soul (feat. Brendan McCreary & Brendon Small) (4:42)
17. At the Gates (feat. Brendan McCreary & Doug Aldrich) (7:21)
UPDATE: Sparks & Shadows released a ten-minute preview of the original motion picture soundtrack to KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM, by Bear McCreary.
Knights of Badassdom hit selected theaters last weekend and will be available on VOD starting February 11 and on DVD/Blu-ray on April 1st.
Celebrity snapshot Guru and photo specialist Jeff Humphrey is well and truely passionate. In so many fields just like and how a passionate fan site would be run with accuracy and precision with also his love for Hollywood, for its actors and tireless work in pursuing his dreams and goals of the robust and hectic lifestyle of Hollywood. On January 15, 2012, he swapped his eternal sweater for a black suit and headed over to NBC Universal's 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in search of new pictures with celebrities. This proved to be a clever move and Jeff scored many great photos with celebs, including one with a lovely Summer Glau wearing an elegant dress unveiling her shoulders (see below).
The Summer Glau Wiki shared this photo exclusively for everybody to see a few months ago. Jeff contacted us recently and confirmed to us that the photo with Summer was taken in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton hotel during the 69th Golden Globes. Unfortunately, Jeff couldn't give us a little bit of context because it was a long time ago and he meets a LOT of celebrities. Yet he kindly offered us to use any of his photos from his photobucket album on our site.
Here’s a selection of photos from celebrities that Summer Glau may have met at the after party, taken from Jeff's collection. Who would have thought Summer mingling with the likes of Ewan McGregor, Jessica Alba or Mark Wahlberg and interacting with Sarah Michelle Gellar, sharing each others stories. Lets face it we have River and Buffy at a party here I wonder hand bags at dawn or You’re not welcome here anymore Buffy?
A huge thank you to Jeff, without which Summer Glau's presence at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards might have gone unnoticed. Hopefully, Summer Glau will get in the future a much thoroughly deserved breakout role that will allow her to grace the red carpet of the Golden Globes.
Bonus picture: Jeff and Arrow's star Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak), taken on January 13, 2014.
This blog post was written jointly by robbo and yours truly.
Summer Glau's name has been added to Knights of Badassdom's cover photo on Facebook (See image below). This outcome is a victory for all Summer Glau fans.
It took an outcry and fan-made alterations to the Knights of Badassdom Facebook banner/image adding her name for them to update their own image and give her headliner credit.
For many, it seemed really foolish to not put Summer Glau's name up top, as she has a large following among the targeted audience, and in many ways would be a huge selling point for a film like this.
That said, this Facebook banner means nothing. The only thing that matters in terms of exposure for Summer is to have her name on top of the official poster and DVD/Blu-ray covert art. Maybe it wasn't in her contract to have her listed on top but it would be only fair since the advertising (clips, featurettes, character cards,...) focuses on her character Gwen as much as on the other three main characters.
More, the main actors are not promoting the movie (is it because it's not the movie they signed up for and they have chosen to stand by Joe Lynch and not get involved in the PR?), even if Ryan Kwanten showed up at a Tugg sceening in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the Summer Glau fandom has been actively promoting the movie by relaying every bit of information.
The official poster with Summer's name on top already exists and has been displayed on the walls of The Arena Cinema, located in Hollywood, for a Tugg screenings.
Give Summer Glau full credit, she deserves it!
All these shots were taken in a very short time at Summer's booth at Portland Comic Con. I find it amazing how much her face expressions change. I guess this is one reason some people make good actors!
For your viewing pleasure, I also have made an animated gif
Summer Glau looks cute in every frame but which one is your favorite?