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Nightfly's iTV Week in Review 3/4/12 - Superman vs. Hulk, Web Therapy, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, March 12 2012 and posted in Features

Nightfly recommends his favorite webisodes, shorts, and clips from the previous week.

Nightfly's iTV Week in Review  (week of 3/4/12)
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I have an embarrassing admission to make, particularly as an avid Alison Haislip fan (who, of course, follows her on twitter). Being a fan, it pains me that I somehow missed the launch of her series Battleground, that I incorrectly thought'd premiere later this Spring. In fact, it debuted on Valentine's Day. ( D'Oh! ) Last week the fourth free webisode hit the net, so, of course it appears in this column. If you missed the series' beginning, like I did, catch up with the Pilot here, check out a BTS interview clip here and follow the series on twitter.
* Note: apologies to non-U.S. readers who're unfortunately unable to access Hulu, since Battleground is an original Hulu series.

Internet advocacy hit a new high last week with the release of the moving (and somewhat controversial) short-film, Kony 2012, by Jason Russell. Celebs of every stripe from both sides of America's political aisle lit up Facebook and Twitter with supportive messages recommending the impactful film. The preponderance of responses were ultra-positive, as reflected by stars such as Eliza Dushku, Kristen Bell and Alyssa Milano. Milano tweet linked to this statement on the issue from UNICEF. Eliza Dushku wrote insightfully about it for the Huffington Post using the new hyper-awareness to promote THARCE-Gulu (The Trauma Healing and Reflection Center in Gulu). THARCE-Gulu is an organization Eliza's sat on the board of for years and was founded by her mother, Judy Dushku. Oscar Nominee Don Cheadle surprisingly tweet linked this critical take on the campaign but also linked to this response to critiques the same day. I also found this less-than-glowing review of the Kony2012 campaign's regional effects from blogger Ethan Zuckerman. Most criticisms I've read decry the oversimplified de-emphasis of the Ugandan government's co-dependent relationship with Kony, further fearing the campaign's aims may inadvertently strengthen that corrupt government's hand (actually helping it tighten its oppressive grip on the people). I encourage you all to investigate both perspectives, realizing that all want Kony stopped, and even if you don't download an Action Kit to use this April at least you'll be more informed about a complicated tragedy that's allowed the ongoing victimization of tens of thousands of children that should've been stopped before now. In business and politics one sometimes hears the phrase, "explain it to me like I'm a four year old," well, in the film below Jason Russell endeavors to do just that. Take a look then decide for yourself.
KONY 2012 - Invisible Children  [Runtime 29.59]  {posted 3/5 via YouTube}

* BAFTA Winner Tim Roth added a lot to my knowledge of the topic by tweeting links to two interviews from The Guardian I greatly suggest reading, here and here.

Nearly halfway done presenting its twenty film shorts, PBS' Online Film Festival last week released not four, but five clips for your consideration, all under the label "Growing Pains." Perhaps one of these titles will intrigue you: Clara Como el Agua  [Runtime 12.20], Life's Poison  [Runtime 19.20], Man in the Mirror  [Runtime 17.18], My Name is Seven  [Runtime 7.34] and This Gay and Age  [Runtime 19.00].

Last Sunday the American Intl. Film Festival's Best Experimental Film winner debuted on the internet, written, directed and co-starring Adam Barnett titled, Touch [Runtime 15.01]. Catch Adam on big screens nationwide now as 'Stalking Man' in the Elizabeth Olsen starrer, Silent House.

Two cool geek/gamer chicks that I discovered in the past week are iJustine and Valerie Lapomme (a.k.a. Sexy Nerd Girl). Have you heard of 'em? Lots of folks have. iJustine has well over a million twitter followers. I doubt I'll be featuring iJustine's iPhone videos in my columns, but I will be watching 'em from now on. Justine came to my attention last week thanks to this fun video by Mark Malkoff, the latest entry in his ongoing reality webseries, Celebrity Sleepovers; watch Justine's sleepover webisode here. Mark's My Damn Channel is one I check out weekly. As to Sexy Nerd Girl, I only learned of her existence the day before yesterday (3/10) thanks to Web Series Directory. Her two most recent webisodes entertained me enough to want to share them with you. Thursday before last (3/1) the t-shirt oriented "Geek Chic" epi hit the web and last Thursday (3/8) "Movies Based on Board Games" got posted. Take a look 'n see what you think. I may or may not embed Valerie's videos here in future columns, it just depends on how crowded a particular week might be.

Concluding its micro-analysis of episode, "Stealing Home," CBS' Anatomy of a TV Hit: C.S.I. last week examined the Production (Ep.8) and Post-Production (Ep.9) phases of creation. Episode Nine is embedded below.

Last Week's Web Series Download Complete. Ready to initiate entertainment...
* Warning: videos below may contain mature content not suitable for all ages *

Battleground - (Ep.4) "The Comment"  [Runtime 20.55]  {posted 3/6 via Hulu}
* Follow Battleground on twitter.

Filmnut - "McKenzie Westmore"  [Runtime 40.15]  {posted 3/8 via blip}

* Follow McKenzie Westmore on twitter.

I Hate Being Single - (Bonus Ep.2) "Rob's Room"  {posted 3/5 via blip}

Last week I featured Episode 13 of this intriguing webseries, since then five webisodes have followed. Catch up to Episode 19 (below) by screening webisodes 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 beforehand.
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl - (S5,Ep.19) "Ghost: Nolan's Dreams"  {posted 3/9 via YouTube}

The OurStage Panel - (S2, Ep.4)  (featuring guest judge Gavin DeGraw)  {posted 3/6 via YouTube}

Q with Jian Ghomeshi - "Kronos Quartet's David Harrington & Wu Man in Studio Q"  [Runtime: 18:50]  {posted 3/1 via blip}

Shelf Life - (S2.Ep.6) "The Paratrooper"  {posted 3/5 via YouTube}  [TV-14]

Super Knocked Up: The Darcy Danger Files - Episode 2.1  {posted 3/9 via blip}

The Spin Room: Super Tuesday  [Runtime 2.38]  {posted 3/6 via Funny or Die}

Sexy Times - (Ep.1) "My Guy Won't Wear A Condom! Help!"  {posted 3/9 via}


Fave *New* Webisodes of the Week:
Early last week (3/7) animator Michael Habjan released his third short (the second part of the The Fight) in his ongoing short-fiilm battle featuring Superman vs. Hulk. All three entertaining installments are embedded below - or just click the following links to see The Meeting, The Fight Pt.1 & Pt.2.

Runner Up:
Web Therapy - (S4, Ep.17) "The Family Business"  (Season Four Finale feat. Lily Tomlin)  {posted 3/7 via L|Studio}


Fashion & Beauty:
BTS New Link Lady - Cameron Diaz Teams with Tag Heuer for UN Women  {posted 3/7 via YouTube}
* Read about it here.

Jennifer Love Hewitt's April 2012 Maxim Cover Shoot   {posted 3/8 via Maxim}

* Follow J-Love and/or Maxim Magazine on twitter.

GIOGO Nailway - "Spring Bling Edition"  {posted 3/7 via YouTube}

News & Reviews:
Breakin' It Down with Catherine Reitman - (Ep.55) "John Carter; Silent House"  {posted 3/9 via YouTube}

Cheap Cool Crazy with Naomi Kyle  {posted 3/8 via START}

* Read more about this week's epi from Naomi herself at the Cheap Cool Crazy blog.

DVDiva with Brigitte Dale - "Dancing in the Desert"  {posted 3/6 via NextMovie}
* Brigitte also made a short travel vid while visiting Joshua Tree Natl. Park. Check out the 2min clip titled, "Staying in Joshua Tree," here.

Mix'd Reviews with Jessica Chobot  {posted 3/9 via START}

Playing Dead - (Ep.2) "Writing, Choice, Zombies"  {posted 3/5 via YouTube}

Weekly 'Wood with Naomi Kyle  {posted 3/8 via START}
More IGN Weekly Wood Videos
Make-up Section:
Jimmy Kimmel's recent epic, Movie: The Movie, should've appeared in my previous column's Make-up section but I found it too late to include it (I did post it in the Comments section but I  realize many probably never saw that). I'm officially embedding it this time along with links to its Blooper Reel and these two Making Of clips here and here.
Movie: The Movie  {posted 2/26 via JKL}

Last Wednesday (3/7) renowned fashion editor Nina Garcia tweeted a complimentary review of this 3min short about...
The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On  [Runtime 3.01]  {posted 2/28 via YouTube}

Though I'd seen Cartier's stunning Panther commercial over the past week, I'd unfortunately not seen the full short-film version and didn't realize there was one until lovely actress Morgan Fairchild, a kind mutual twitter follower, tweeted the recommendation that her followers screen the film in its entirety here. Bonus features include info about the Panther, the film's musical score and an informative Making Of featurette.
L'Odyssée de Cartier  {posted 2/28 via Cartier}

Bonus Videos:
One of my twitter friends, Katie Todd, tweeted the news last week that her music is now being featured in the premium webseries, I Hate Tommy Finch. The series stars Nicole Pacent (Anyone But Me) and Shannan Leigh Reeve (Cowgirl Up) in a 5-part drama "about two girls growing up, coming out, and falling in love, though not exactly in that order." IHTF will soon release its third episode which you can learn more about here, and here. If you're interested in seeing this and other premium web series become a tello subscriber here.
I Hate Tommy Finch - Original Trailer

* Follow talented singer/songwriter Katie Todd on twitter.

Too old to be a valid Make-Up video, being that it's a TED talk from 2009, this amazingly cool clip came to my attention last week thanks to actress Felicity Huffman sharing it via tweet.
Elizabeth Gilbert: A New Way To Think About Creativity  [Runtime 19.29]  {posted via YouTube}

Saturday this press release crossed my twitterstrean regarding the May debut of comedic web series, Death As We Know It. It focuses on three recently deceased ghosts looking to escape Purgatory and the everyday problems of the people they haunt. Describing it on IndieGoGo the producers wrote, "We're just a small group of college students who want a chance to prove to to the world that we can create something that people will enjoy the pants off of!" Watch their original IndieGoGo promo for DAWKI here and meet the ghost characters here.

Lastly, I don't personally watch the sitcom Community, nothin' against it I just've never seen an episode, but fans of the series probably won't want to miss the three-part animated webseries released last week titled, Community: Abed's Master Key. Part Two came out as scheduled but the third part seemingly hasn't dropped yet. In case you didn't see Part 1's debut (3/7), check it out (below).

Thanks for your time, attention and for joining the feed. Stay Jacked-In and Happy iViewing!

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A proud member of NBCUniversal's and A+E Television Networks’ Digital Media Teams, Nightfly routinely interviews producers, creators and stars of various network programs and films with a concentrated emphasis on the Syfy channel. Formally educated in Communications, Computer Science and Music, his résumé reflects more than a decade broadcasting in the fields of television and radio. With pieces routinely published at ScreenFad and Press Pass L.A., his primary areas of interest include TV, film, music, web series, comic books, fashion, pen 'n paper RPG gaming as well as various other pop-culture topics. An avid Twitter user, Nightfly supports the arts, the entertainment community, numerous charities and crowdfunding projects through his journalistic netizenship and non-partisan, multicultural-centric activism.

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