“Can’t Stop the Serenity” 2008

19 Jun

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MEMPHIS CELEBRATES “CAN’T STOP THE SERENITY”

• On the big screen
What: Can’t Stop the Serenity 2008 – charity screening of Joss Whedon’s “Serenity,” as well as silent auction, costume contest and door prizes
When: Saturday. Doors open at 8 a.m.; film screens at 9:15 a.m.
Where: The Paradiso Theater, Memphis, Tenn.
Cost: $12/advance, $6.50/12 and younger, $15/door, $12/door 12 and younger
Extra: All proceeds go to Whedon’s favorite charity, Equality Now
Info: Mid-South Browncoats’ site; for the global event, check the official “Can’t Stop the Serenity” site

• ‘Serenity 101’
What’s “Serenity,” and why can’t you stop it?

Joss Whedon, creator of shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” also created the sci-fi western “Firefly,” which aired on FOX in 2002. The show was canceled after 11 episodes. Fans were so eager to follow the show that they urged Whedon to take the “Firefly” crew to the big screen.
Whedon turned the canceled series into a major motion picture, “Serenity,” in 2005.
Fans of “Firefly” and “Serenity” are called Browncoats.

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BY SHEENA BARNETT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Serenity’s flying high again.
The spaceship and its crew, the focus of the TV show “Firefly” and movie “Serenity,” will be celebrated across the globe this summer.
Since 2006, fans of the show and its creator, Joss Whedon, gave gathered to have “Serenity” screenings across the world. Proceeds from “Can’t Stop the Serenity” go to Whedon’s favorite charity, Equality Now, which protects women’s rights.
But this is the first year “Can’t Stop the Serenity” is happening nearby, in Memphis, Tenn.
“I was looking and I noticed there wasn’t anybody in Memphis, and nobody in Tennessee, doing this. And I thought, we should just do this, because it’s an awesome cause,” said Anne Barringer of the Mid-South Browncoats.
Although this is the first year for “Can’t Stop the Serenity” in Memphis, Barringer and her fellow Browncoats will have a lot to offer.
There will be door prizes and silent auctions, with everything from shot glasses to signed “Serenity” comics up for grabs. Movie-goers also have a shot at bigger prizes like the chance to go on a sci-fi cruise.
The Mid-South Browncoats also have some goodies for fans to savor.
“We’ve got tons of money packs with reproduction money from ‘Serenity,’” Barringer said. She’s also created survival packs that include Fruity Oaty Bars, a snack featured in the movie.
“We’ll have a costume contest, so if you want to dress up, go for it – the more, the merrier. And if you don’t want to, that’s fine, too,” she said.
Before the movie starts, there will be a singing of “The Hero of Canton,” a song from the “Jaynesville” episode of “Firefly.”
“And we’ll have a special something that’ll be done right before the movie,” Barringer said. “I can’t really say what this one thing is…but it should be pretty festive.”
Then, “Serenity” will start at about 9:15 a.m.
Besides Equality Now, proceeds from the screening will also go to “Firefly” star Nathan Fillion’s favorite charity, Kids Need to Read, which helps libraries, and Nothing But Red, a group that brings attention to violence toward women.

Need to brush up on “The Hero of Canton”?

Here’s a clip of “Jaynestown” that includes the song:

And, just for good measure, here’s the “Serenity” trailer:

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