Holy Naked Tuesday! The Fringemunks release first Season 3 song in almost 2 years

      Email Post       5/29/2013 01:26:00 AM      

Twenty months have passed since David Wu's Fringemunks last released a song recap of a Fringe Season 3 episode.  Twenty.  The wait is over, and a new song (a parody of Mumford & Sons' "The Cave") is available for you to hear.

That's not to say that these twenty months were unproductive.  The Fringemunks, after all, did release seventeen Season 4 songs, three Season 5 songs, a contest entry song, and a Christmas album all in that time span.

So why the delay with Season 3 songs, of which only three remain?

"It might be part psychological, part difficulty, part indifference" says Wu, who now only needs to complete song recaps for episodes "Reciprocity," "LSD," and the season finale "The Day We Died" to finish the Season 3 album.

Of the 100 total Fringe episodes, this new release - "Epis. 3.20: 6:02 AM EST" - is the 82nd song recap.  Although it recaps a 2011 episode, Wu uses the musical and lyrical sensibility that he has been employing in more recent material.  "It has to reflect how I feel about the episode now, because we are in the 'now', and we're no longer in the past," says Wu.  "And it works for this song.  It is from Walter's point of view, and he has changed.  He is crying.  Instruments in his head are different and more profound and direct."

With lyrics such as Last year, I received a sign from Thee / a white tulip You sent to me / I believed you had forgiven me, the Fringemunks are at their most spiritual - complete with fanfare horns, subtle organs, and banjo-like steel guitar meshing together in the song's instrumental backdrop.  And yet amidst the spiritual content, there is the comedy.  I bumped into Olivia, who screwed Peter the previous night, goes one of the earlier lyric lines.  It is a nod to the other Season 3 songs, while also showing that the project isn't afraid to go where most lyricists don't care to venture.  "Whatever the case, there's no way I would have written these same lyrics two years ago," says Wu.

The Fringemunks started off with a buzz in Fall 2008, just a few weeks into Fringe's five-season run, but now each new song is lucky to get a few "likes" and "shares" on Facebook, or even retweets on Twitter.

"These are lean times for Fringe fan projects, now that the show is over," Wu admits.  "But with this new song release, and the 18 remaining, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and still a lot of great music to make and lyrics to write for this project.  And being that fan projects are now a bit thin, this means that the Fringemunks likely obtain more of a percentage of the audience, albeit a smaller cumulative amount."

The project almost came to an end after Season 3 broadcasts ended.  "At the time," says Wu, "the series' end was not defined, so I knew that committing further to The Fringemunks would mean that it would put a damper on the rest of my side music career as long as there were unreleased songs.  It reached a boiling point, when I said 'forget it.'"

In early Fall 2011, Wu in fact announced the project's retirement, to the dismay of many.  But this retirement was short-lived, as Wu devised a plan for the Season 4 songs.  "Basically I was going to parody the entire White Album (the nickname for the Beatles' eponymous 1968 album), in order.  The season premiere would be - and was - a parody of 'Back in the U.S.S.R.,' while the finale would have parodied 'Revolution 9' and 'Goodnight.'  It was a crazy idea, abandoned after four songs - but it saved the project.  And the 4 songs are among the best, even if the subject matter wasn't the greatest."

Yet all the while, the Season 3 episodes remained on the shelf.  "I always knew I wanted to finish them," says Wu, "but I just wasn't in the mood at the time."  But now, with only three songs remaining from that middle season, the album's stock is up.

Click here to listen to the new song, "Epis. 3.20: 6:02 AM EST."

Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox (Novel #1) by Christa Faust

      Email Post       5/14/2013 02:30:00 PM      

The new novel Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox has just been released today as a paperback or for Kindle:
Critically acclaimed Fringe explores new cases with endless impossibilities. Set in Boston, the FBI's Fringe Division started when Special Agent Olivia Dunham enlisted institutionalized "fringe" scientist Walter Bishop and his globe-trotting, jack-of-all-trades son, Peter, to help in investigations that defy all human logic - and the laws of nature. The first in an all-new series of tie-in novels!

The author, Christa Faust, has written tie-ins to Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Twilight Zone amongst others. Her most recent novel Money Shot for Hard Case Crime won the Crimespree Award and was nominated for several others — a sequel is forthcoming. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and loves vintage shoes and noir cinema.
Amazon has a preview of the first 3 chapters available free.

Faust will be writing at least two more Fringe novels: Fringe - The Burning Man (Novel #2) and Fringe - Sins of the Father (novel #3), both of which are available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

Bloopers From Fringe Season 5

      Email Post       5/08/2013 10:51:00 AM      

Here is the "Unusual Side Effects: Gag Reel" video from the Fringe Season 5 extras.

Win Fringe Season 5 on Blu-ray!

      Email Post       5/07/2013 03:35:00 PM      

To celebrate the release of Fringe: The Complete Fifth And Final Season on DVD and Blu-ray, Warner Bros. is having a sweepstakes, giving away a Lenovo Yoga 11 tablet/computer and 15 copies of Fringe Season 5 on Blu-ray.

The enter click the image above, or visit FringeSweeps.com.

Fringe Season 5 Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD

      Email Post       5/07/2013 03:34:00 PM      

"The Complete Fifth And Final Season of Fringe" is now avaiable!

The DVD version is currently priced at $22.99 (list price $39.98) and the Blu-ray version is $27.99 (list price $49.99)!

Also, if you join Amazon Prime, you can watch Fringe Season 1, 2, 3, and 4 for FREE using Amazon Instant Video, plus you get:
  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items
  • No minimum order size
  • Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Videos
  • A Kindle book to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library
Best Buy is also matching Amazon's prices today for both the Blu-ray and DVD.

The extras on the Blu-ray version include:
  • Audio Commentary: Executive producer J.H. Wyman and editor Jon Dudkowski deliver a serviceable overview of "Black Blotter" and the series' run, touching on bits and pieces of the rest of the season as well. Unfortunately, The Complete Fifth and Final Season is somewhere in the neighborhood of twelve commentaries too short. It would have been far more exciting to have at least one commentary per episode and to hear from more of the cast and crew.
  • A Farewell to Fringe (HD, 21 minutes): Series creator/executive producer J.J. Abrams, executive producer J.H. Wyman, co-executive producer David Fury, and actors John Noble, Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole and Lance Reddick reminisce about the series' early days, five season run, and dramatic conclusion, intercut with behind-the-scenes footage, archive interviews, clips from the show and a look at the filming of the finale.
  • Season 5 Comic-Con Panel (HD, 29 minutes): TV Guide's Damian Holbrook hosts a Q&A session with Wyman, Noble, Torv, Jackson, Nicole and Reddick at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Stories, laughs and even a few tears ensue.
  • Dissected Files (HD, 2 minutes): Two trivial deleted scenes: "Walter's Brain" and "Observer in the Closet."
  • Gag Reel (HD, 2 minutes): Standard outtake fare.
  • Finale Script (HD)

Jess Noble's 'Friend,' Starring John Noble, is a Complex Lesson in Loss, Caring, and Moving On

      Email Post       5/03/2013 12:48:00 PM      

shot in Vancouver - Aimee Long

Two months ago, media producer Ari Margolis released a trailer for "Friend," a short film written by Jess Noble, and starring none other than her father, the versatile and beloved actor, John Noble. The scenes were filmed in Vancouver during the last days of filming for Fringe, and the crew names should seem quite familiar to any serious Fringe fan. Hint: They were members of the filming crew,  who generously volunteered their time for this endeavor.

The film's synopsis:

A lonely, grief stricken man of wealth finds a new lease on life after an unusual ‘friend’ is mysteriously delivered to his door. A unique and unexpected relationship quickly forms, bringing hope and color to the man’s bleak existence. But will tragedy strike again?

Over the past few days, Fringe fans may have noticed some clues about the film's release, in the form of teasing tweets from Ari Margolis (@jonxproductions) and @Fringenuity, and from some posts on Facebook, Tumblr, and Google Plus.

The wait is now over.

The film was released today, as announced by TVGuide Magazine's Fringe-faithful senior writer, Damian Holbrook.

Watch it before continuing to read, and be sure to scan the credits. There's some wit from video editor Ari Margolis, and a tribute to one of his most special friends. I have a personal wish that Ari's heart has healed, and that maybe someday a new buddy will "assist" him at his desk as he writes his breakout screenplay.


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