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).

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?

Uh oh — fans of Nick and Jess aren’t going to like this news! Megan Fox is returning to New Girl in season 6 for a major arc.

Last season, Megan Fox stepped in to fill in Jess’ place while Zooey Deschanel was on maternity leave. During that time, Fox’s character Regan grew quite close to Nick! They even ended up going to Cece and Schmidt’s wedding together and made plans for the summer. With awful timing too, since it seemed like Jess was just about ready to admit her feelings for Nick.

Now TV Line is reporting that Fox will be returning for a huge story arc in New Girl season 6. It’s believed that Nick will return home from his summer with Regan alone, but she will appear around the middle of the season. The timing of her appearance is due to Fox’s own pregnancy with her third child.

If we had to guess, we’d say that the writers will definitely be throwing some angst into the script. It always seems like either Jess or Nick is pining for the other while they’re in a relationship. Will Jess try to get over her feelings for Nick with someone else? Or will she just try to show him why they should be together? Fans will have to wait and see when the show returns!

New Girl season 6 returns to Fox on September 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET!

Are you excited to see Megan Fox return to ‘New Girl’?