The Firefly: A Celebration companion book to the series is a must-have for fans of the show! Read our review of the ultimate guide to Browncoat life.

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Joss Whedon’s much-loved Firefly series, Titan Books has released the ultimate companion book; a massive, beautiful leather-ish bound volume containing 541 pages of high-res pictures, interviews with the cast and crew, and a general feeling of love and nostalgia for a show that was never given its due on network TV.

For the vast majority of sci-fi fans, Firefly is the most unfairly cancelled show of all time. Perhaps the fact that its one season (and the follow-up movie Serenity) was all perfect setups for storylines that could have been played a big part in why it remains so loved today; unlike shows like Lost and Battlestar Galactica, Firefly was never allowed to finish its story in a way which left fans disappointed, because it was never allowed to finish at all.

Then again, Joss Whedon is the master of storytelling, and we Browncoats are sure that whatever he would have done with another season or movie, it would have been beautiful. After all, for all its flaws, Buffy the Vampire Slayer remains one of the biggest cult hits of recent TV, and earlier this year Whedon did the impossible and brought Avengers to the big screen with astounding success. All those superheroes’ egos, tamed by one man? Long-time Whedon fans never really doubted it.

Still, Firefly probably remains Whedon’s most celebrated creation, and this is why a book like this works. Because it is not written for everyone, it is written for the true Browncoats out there, the ones who still go to conventions and dream of Serenity’s future adventures.

And let’s get real, companion books usually suck. When I picked up this copy I was expecting to sift through pages of quotes I already knew, arbitrary bits of scripts, and interviews with the cast and crew I could have found online. But Firefly: A Celebration is truly something different. From start to finish, it addresses the reader as a fellow fan, someone who doesn’t need anything explained. One of the first things in the book is an interview with Joss, and the first question is, “Did Firefly wind up being about what it started out being about?” Getting straight to the heart of things, no waffling introduction or explanation necessary.

This book really has everything, and I wish I had one like it for all my favourite shows (though if I stacked them all on top of each other, they’d probably crash through the floor). It contains all 14 original, unedited shooting scripts, complete with notes from Whedon and Tim Minear, production sketches, behind-the-scenes images and other nuggets. It has interviews with all the actors and thoughts on the characters from Whedon, Jane Espenson and the team. It has Serenity design sketches, features on Jayne’s weapons, costumes, visual effects, and even the Firefly fandom.

And perhaps most exciting, Firefly: A Celebration includes untold stories from the show, by the writers themselves! It’s like official fanfiction in a book, what’s not to like?

There is also a hidden room at the back of the book which contains a few beautiful extras: portrait headshots of the whole cast, and a replica of a bank note featured in the show.

Do be aware that the book has been comprised of the three Firefly: The Illustrated Companion books already released from the show (Volume I, Volume II and Still Flying), therefore if you already own these volumes you will get a lot of the same material twice. But if you don’t, and you’re looking to spend some intimate, quality time with the people who made the show you love (and which they love, a fact which shines through on every page), this is one big-ass book you need to find room for on your shelf.

Firefly: A Celebration retails for $49.95 and £34.99. A perfect Christmas present for that special Browncoat in your life.

Right now, you can find it for a discounted price at Amazon UK (£24.60) and Amazon US ($27.68).

Official pictures from the Gilmore Girls revival hint that Stars Hollow’s pride and joy went on to become a teacher. Tanc Sade’s Instagram suggests otherwise.

Rory Gilmore — high school English teacher or staff writer on The Stars Hollow Gazette? When the first official photos of the Gilmore Girls revival were released by TV Line, Rory Gilmore was shown standing at the front of a classroom with some chalkboard notes that seemed to indicate she was teaching high school English. And she wasn’t just any high school teacher, but a Chilton high school teacher.

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Source: TV Line

However, while promoting an upcoming charity fundraiser, Tanc Sade, everyone’s favorite Life and Death Brigade member, Finn, gave away that Rory Gilmore is an above the fold writer of the Stars Hollow Gazette. Sure it’s a long cry from covering the parking lot pavement of Chilton, but it does not strike us as the type of hard-hitting journalism that would satisfy a girl who hit the road to cover the Obama campaign at the close of the series. This issue, dated July 19, 2016, will appear sometime in the “Summer” installment of the four-part series.


Whose to say that Rory Gilmore can’t juggle two careers at once? She was, after all, the Editor in Chief of The Yale Daily News and a star student who graduated on time after taking a semester off to have a breakdown. Maybe her staff writing position is just a hobby.

This is not the first inside look into the Gilmore Girls reunion that Sade has provided. One quick browse through his Instagram and you will be treated to tons of behind the scenes goodies! Here are some of our favorites.

A Gilmore and her LDB boys


LUKES LIVES


They’ve come a long way from moving Rory out


Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix soon.

Twitter announces slew of changes to give you more room to tweet, get noticed

You'll also be allowed to retweet yourself. Umm...

11:15 am EDT, May 24, 2016

Twitter has confirmed that they’ll be making a few changes to let you fit more in a single tweet. Changes to retweeting and chatting with a user are also in the pipeline.

Earlier this month we told you Twitter would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140 character limit, but it looks like the social network is taking things a step further. Not only will URLs and photos no longer be a part of the character count, but they will also stop counting usernames.

Here’s Twitter’s full breakdown of the upcoming changes:

– Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

– Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

– Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

– Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

One or two of these additions may be controversial. For example, giving people the option to retweet themselves if “a really good one went unnoticed” sounds like a cheap solution to fix the issue of tweets not getting noticed. Why should it be upon the user to do something to get the tweet noticed? It’ll look obnoxious if we’re retweeting ourselves — it’s the equivalent of asking aloud, “Hey, did anyone just hear my excellent thought?” even when everyone heard it but purposely ignored it.

Twitter isn’t ready to launch these changes today because they want to give developers time to prepare. This way, third party apps like Tweetbot (It’s great — there are no ads in it!) will be ready to support Twitter’s new rules right at the start of the official launch. Expect to see these features in a few months.

Sadly, we’re still waiting for Twitter to launch an “edit” button. It sucks to be unable to fx a mistake.

James Corden invited the now world famous Chewbacca Mom onto The Late Late Show for some sh**s and giggles.

Ah, Chewbacca Mom. A literal ray of sunshine whose viral video is sure to put a smile on your face. Proof that even the simplest materialistic things can bring us joy if we have the right outlook on life.

A small, simple video… and now a national sensation to the point you can’t escape that Chewie mask anywhere. Talk about oversaturation!

For those not yet burdened by the cynicism of age and the Internet, her overnight fame means that there are plenty of new ways to laugh with Chewbacca Mom — the best of which were provided by James Corden Monday night on the Late Late Show.

Corden, in a video reminiscent of his Carpool Karaokes, invited Chewbacca Mom (real name Candace Payne) and her daughter to drive around with him, with humorous results:

Chewbacca Mom does a flawless impersonation of herself as she participates in the spoof, and then suddenly, J.J. Abrams appears to add his support of the mask’s authenticity.

It ends with them all wearing masks and laughing hysterically. (Are there… fumes in these masks?)

Anyway, if you want even more Chewbacca Mom, check out another video of her on Corden’s show:

Did you find it as hilarious as James Corden does?

Kohl’s, which is selling Chewbacca masks like hot cakes since this went viral, has a lot to thank Chewbacca Mom for. And they’ve been showing their appreciation with extra Star Wars-related merch for her and her family. Now we’re just waiting for the inevitable reality series.