Biz Break: Notoriously Not Nice Person Sarah Michelle Gellar Throws the Buffy Movie Under the Bus

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 1, 2013 | Comments ()


Welcome to Biz Break, the post where we take an intriguing headline to draw you in, and then dump a lot of news bits that don’t warrant their own post into your lap. LET’S DO THIS!

Let’s start with the news that, though Pacific Rim wasn’t a big hit domestically (and we know why!), the film is doing quite well internationally (it’s up to $140 million so far, as opposed to the $87 million domestically), so there may indeed be a sequel, after all. I don’t want to be reductive about this, but my guess is that international audiences aren’t as bothered by the bad, cheesy, jingoistic, hoorah dialogue.

Meanwhile, David Conrad has signed on in a recurring role in the first season of Marvel’s SHIELD. I don’t really know who that is, but he looks like this blandy McBlanderson:


In a year that has seen the losses of Roger Ebert, James Gandolfini and several others, the Emmy Awards producers are trying to find a way to add an special tribute to Cory Monteith, outside of the In Memoriam.


I mean, I’m sad about Monteith’s death, and he was way to young, but if Roger Ebert and James Gandolfini don’t get their own tribute, then the guy from “Glee” doesn’t warrant his own, either. No offense. RIP.

Oh, and now we officially know why Rob Lowe and Ann Perkins are leaving “Parks and Recreation.” It’s exactly what we thought.

In other news, Sarah Michelle Gellar suggests that, if the right story came along, she’d consider doing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, but that’s not going to happen. We all understand that. The more troubling quote was this one, from Gellar:

“But the thing with Buffy is that Buffy was a movie, and it ultimately didn’t work as a film.”

Oh, Gellar: You just go straight to hell. The film was wonderful, you bad-mouthing heathen. That is a really uncalled for swipe, and just for that, when “Psych” starts doing late ’90s-inspired episodes, I hope they don’t invite you.

*washes hands of Gellar*

What else do we got? Uh, it looks like Seth Meyers is staying at Weekend Update right up until he moves over as the new host of “Late Night,” so he’s going to be around on “SNL” for most of the year.

Meanwhile, Donald Glover is making weird teaser videos with Topanga for a forthcoming Childish Gambino album.

What the hell, man?

Finally, Neil Patrick Harris is taking on the role of Hedwig in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and here he is discussing what is involved in taking on the role, i.e., duct taping it into the tuck position.

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  • Ugly

    how dare you try to throw shade on SMG!!! For fucks sake, all you had to do was read the films wiki page and youd know joss' stance on it

  • annie

    In Gellar's defense, even Whedon says that the Buffy movie wasn't what he set out to make at all either.

  • e jerry powell

    Now what was it that I said about Buffy?

  • yocean14

    dude, Ken Elrich, sure, the Glee star passing was sad but separate tribute just for him, in the yeah James Gondolfini and Roger Ebert died no less? Why? Oh, more tweeny audience? So money? You just care about money? That does suit your looks. I mean, your blank empty stares the way you discuss if only Corey has died three months earlier really shows how soulful you are.

  • Artemis

    Remind me again, is this the "bullshit reductive come hither" type of mostly-undressed photo that we're supposed to be upset that actresses pose for but still use to illustrate posts about them talking about their work, which they presumably did while fully-clothed? Or is this the good kind of nudity because SMG is owning her sexuality, again in a photo of her mostly-naked to illustrate a post that has nothing to do with how much skin she shows?

  • minxy

    I'm sorry internet, but I have no other outlet for this very specific type of ire, so I'm just going to let loose. What is with the fucking headline. Her quote was completely innocuous and in keeping with Whedon's own judgement of the film. I know she gave the "wrong" answer by saying she'd take place in the Buffy movie without specifying Joss must be at the helm, but this is a bunch of bullshit. Yeah, she's not Buffy. That is slightly disappointing, but that doesn't mean one should go out of one's way to look for reasons to hate her when they just aren't there.
    Also, way to invite us to hate her while simultaneously gawk at her tits. Classy.

  • Kate at June

    I'm a little late to the party here, but why on earth would they make a BtVS movie anyway?

    If SMG was in it, that suggests she would reprise her role. Which....okay.So we're continuing from....the end of the tv show? The end of season 9?

    Cause the comics are considered canon by Joss and Co. So either they would recycle storylines from the books or they would skip past two seasons of giant (and ridiculous) plot lines and sum it up in "previously, in these comic books," at the beginning of the movie. What.

    Also, Spike and Angel can't make appearances because no one could suspend their disbelief enough for Marsters or Boreanaz in those eternally youthful roles.

    I mean really, why are we even talking about a BtVS movie? At this point it seems like the only purpose is to bug SMG and then write angry blurbs about her interviews.

  • minxy

    Whedon disowned the Buffy movie. He wouldn't let the cast watch it. Is this sarcasm?

  • Mirabelle

    I don’t want to be reductive about this, but my guess is that international audiences aren’t as bothered by the bad, cheesy, jingoistic, hoorah dialogue.

    ... Or maybe there are just more of us?

  • apsutter

    Man, I love NPH

  • Drake

    After that quick shot of a nude Donald Glover, and NPH talking about his wiener, I need to take a head-clearing walk around, only I'm currently stuck behind my desk till the swelling subsides

  • Tinkerville

    I think that's a little unfair to SMG since Joss Whedon himself has said that he hated the way the Buffy movie turned out. He just talked about it on the Nerdist podcast last week.

    Edit: Just saw that someone else beat me to mentioning this, but my point still stands. LEAVE SARAH ALONE, OKAY?!

  • trixie

    The Buffy movie has three things going for it. Paul Reubens death scene. Giggle fits every time. 1/2 hour to die...kicking the wall, stopping to look at the camera, totally camping it up. Rutger Hauer picking up a kitten for a "little snack." and the best quote ever and used often in my house, "Does the word Duh mean anything to you?"

  • Kate at June

    4. "How loose is your goose?"
    "My goose is TOTALLY loose!"

  • pajiba


  • kinoumenthe

    Apparently, I must be a rarity in that I have never seen the Buffy movie.
    I've stayed away because of the bad rep, but I'm open to the idea.

  • John W

    Come on now even Joss Whedon wasn't completely happy with the Buffy film.

  • Nick

    Which is apparently a point that has already been made.

  • Nick

    In defense of Sarah Michelle Gellar Joss Whedon, in his Nerdist interview, said he doesn't like the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie either. So, maybe she was just repeating what he told her?

  • mb

    I hate musicals with every fiber of my being, but Hedwig is the lone exception, it is THAT fantastic. Good on NPH!

    And I can't disagree with SMG, I could never even finish watching the movie once, while I've seen the seven-season series four times over.

  • Lovely Bones

    I can't imagine willingly watching the sixth and seventh seasons more than once.

  • kinoumenthe


    Some of us can, and will.

    Don't judge.

  • Kate at June

    They're my favorite seasons by a landslide.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    "It was funny when I wrote it." --Joss Whedon, at the time.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I was dreaming when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray.

  • But when I woke up this morning, coulda sworn it was judgment day.

  • Lovely Bones

    The Buffy movie was awful.

  • Maguita NYC

    But good awful. Campy awful. The awful you love watching and laugh hysterically at. Oh Sutherland and Perry...

  • Lovely Bones

    I honestly couldn't even enjoy it like that. I loved Paul Reubens, though.

  • Wild Rumpus

    Whedon has gone on record as saying that Paul Reubens was a joy to work with. On the other hand, Donald Sutherland apparently acted like a complete dick. Eventually Joss Whedon got so upset he just left the set and never came back.

  • Maguita NYC

    EDIT: Blonde moment. I'll be on timeout as per Emmalita's orders whenever I mess up.

  • emmalita

    I release you from timeout.

  • Lovely Bones

    No, please, I enjoy your company. You shouldn't have to be on time out.

  • Maguita NYC

    You need zeke_the_pig for all things Bowie/Labyrinthe! He would talk you under the table on this matter.

    Unfortunately he's on vacation and won't be joining in any time soon.

  • ed newman

    I think you are referring to Keifer, Whedon tangled with dad Donald.

  • Maguita NYC

    The blonde is very strong in me today.
    Thank you for the correction... I suddenly moved to The Lost Boys in my mind.

  • Maguita NYC

    I love campy 80s and early 90s movies. They're the best silly fun when bored. Just for the make-up and clothes alone!

  • Lovely Bones

    Keep in mind that I'm not very good at having fun.

  • Maguita NYC

    Well... I wasn't going to mention it, me being the shy and reserved wallflower.

  • Lovely Bones

    That's great, but unfortunately, I usually can't, I'm afraid. Except for Labyrinth. No one insults Labyrinth on my watch.

  • Maguita NYC

    *Biting tongue, choking on hysterical giggles.

  • Lovely Bones

    David Bowie is a treasure and that movie is nothing short of delightful! I loathe the vast majority of 80s culture with every fiber of my being, let me have this!

  • Maguita NYC

    Hey I loved Labyrinth... I'm just surprised seeing Bowie's look how you're not more into all that 80s camp...

  • Lovely Bones

    It's probably a childhood thing, honestly. Grew up with that movie, unlike most 80s things, even the good ones.

  • koko temur

    i'm so pleased, so far i had 100% accuracy with predicting world wide successes of hollywood flicks, just by the reaction to them in Korea.
    And boy, how badly wolverine is going to fail.

  • Aaron

    Wolverine has already done better internationally than in the US and has passed it's budget worldwide (US + international).

  • koko temur

    how much it made only internationally?

  • Aaron

    92 million, it has only been out for about a week and hasn't opened everywhere yet.

  • koko temur

    well, my 100% streak had to broken down sooner or later.

    i"ll tell you this, i can tell for a fact most of grossing of pasific rim was from south east asia. korea, japan, phillipins, thailand, it was (and still is) MASSIVE. wolverine though? no idea who is watching it worldwide. it has almost zero promotion and the theaters are empty.

  • Lovely Bones

    100% steak? If I ate steak, that would sound delicious.

    Edit: Sorry, I'm really bad about self-restraint when it comes to teasing like this.

  • koko temur

    it's fine.
    my local supermarket here has "half and half sausages" i'm equally curious and disgusted to know what the other half is. 100% steak is a fine, fine alternative.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Half beef, half pork maybe? Unless you're in the Middle East, that is.

  • koko temur

    Korea. And no, no chance its dog. Dog meat is very expensive. I think it might have been half cheese, bizzardly.

  • Aaron

    It hasn't opened in Japan yet, I'm curious to see how it does there.

  • Kasia Zaniewska

    we are bothered about the dialogue and the main character puling only two faces (actually one: of some sort of a Disney puppy - I can't quite put my finger on it, the other being no expression at all), BUT WE CARE ABOUT ROBOTS MORE :) AND IDRIS ELBA

  • marya

    The Buffy movie was campy and fun. Buffy the Series was clever, complex, heartbreaking, terrifying, hilarious, enraging, and gloriously, rapturously rewarding. Yes, despite Doublemeat Palace and all it represents.

    I'm with SMG on this one.

  • BWeaves

    Agreed. I find it takes Joss Whedon about 8 episodes to get the hang of an idea. I sometimes think he should make the movie and the first half a TV season and throw it away without anyone seeing it, and THEN release the series.

  • NateMan

    I absolutely agree. Firefly is the only one that found its footing immediately. Whenever I recommend Buffy to anyone I tell them to just power through the first season, because the rest is so worth it. And Dollhouse took about half a season to get any good (read: stop giving Dushku so much to say).

  • kinoumenthe

    I found my footing right away with firefly because I started with "out of gas". I don't know if it would have worked as well if I'd started with "the train job", and I'll never know.

  • BWeaves

    Nah, it took me until Jaynestown to get into Firefly.

  • Aaron Schulz

    firefly i think was hit or miss, the pilot was awesome, the long one, not the train job. but i thought the train job was middling at best. Same with the first 8 or so episodes of Dollhouse, although replace that talking plant dushku and it might have been different.

  • Aaron

    Joss Whedon recently said he didn't like the movie either on the nerdist podcast, go listen 0:20:35.

  • Tinkerville

    Derp, I just posted the same thing before realizing you beat me to it. I think we're being way too harsh on Sarah here.

  • pajiba

    Joss Whedon is ALSO wrong.

  • Nicole

    Pike isn't a name. It's a fish.
    Get out of my facial.
    You threw a KNIFE at my HEAD!
    Remember that time you drank all of that Blueberry Schnapps and luged on my mom?
    These are just the quotes I remembered off the top of my head in five seconds. I love this movie.

  • Wild Rumpus

    I wouldn't say no to a Fray movie. Then we can cut that nasty old Ms. Gellar right out of the equation.

  • JenVegas

    I love them both as COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS! Let us all pretend that Kristy Swanson's awesome and heroic Buffy was some OTHER Buffy, who was called to Slayerdom and then blah blah blah with Luke Perry and THEN, in the later '90s SMG's Buffy was called and all that ensues. Also, fwiw, Giles > >>>Donald Sutherland.

  • Maguita NYC

    So happy that Pacific Rim is getting a sequel! Cheesy dialogue and all, I've seen this movie already twice and can't wait for more.

  • I watched it twice and I'm seriously contemplating a third time. I can't even remember the last time I wanted to give a movie so much of my money but DAMN what a fucking awesome movie.

    I'd also pay good money for a prequel where we get to see more of Crimson Typhoon and Cherno Alpha kicking some serious ass. They didn't get nearly enough screentime for my tastes.

  • emmalita

    If there is a sequel I want more monster v robot fights and more talking women.

  • koko temur

    i said it before, will say it again (and again) Monsters team up with Giant Robots to fight off Sharknado.

  • Maguita NYC

    Still haven't watched Sharknado...

  • koko temur

    i believe you can get anything you need from the title alone...
    not like dhoom 2, which you really, really need to see for yourself to believe.

  • Maguita NYC

    The pressure! I'm trying to sit through a full ep of OITNB without pausing at least 5 times. Don't get me wrong, it's good, it is just that I can't sit still lately.

  • koko temur

    me too! apparently 5 am is the only time the weather in korea is bearable. went for a walk, kicked myself all the way that didnt take my camera with me, it was absolutely lovely outside. saw huge clusters of dragonflies. will go today again, will try to capture it all.

  • Maguita NYC

    Yes! I was going to say: Take pictures!

  • emmalita

    Yes! You are in charge!

  • Maguita NYC

    I don't want women to talk, I want them to kick ass. And I want them to bring back somehow that awesome Russian lady.

    Action speaks louder than words baby! (same for horrendous Australian accents).

  • BendinIntheWind

    I don't know if it was the Ivan Drago styling, but every time the Russians popped up on screen I started laughing uncontrollably. I love them and want a whole movie of them sternly glaring the kaiju into submission.

  • Maguita NYC

    This will work too!

    She comes back from the bottom of the ocean having a kaiju ghost merged with her soul that gives her the ability to coldly stare down anyone trying to escape. Swords be damned!

  • BendinIntheWind

    OR the kaiju use her DNA to create a new human-shaped monster, so the earth is now being attacked by SUPER-RUSSIAN, and her menacing glare can now freeze her enemies, like a reverse-Gamera.

    We'll call it "Pacific Rim 2: The Cold War".

    Tagline: "In kaiju universe, Russia stomps YOU."

  • koko temur

    all russian women can glare this way without any alien DNA components. true story.

  • Maguita NYC

    Very true. I've witnessed it personally.

  • koko temur

    most russian families are run by grandmothers, did you know this? scary, icy, tough as nail old ladies. brrr.

  • Maguita NYC


    We can STICK IT TO PUTIN and have full-on GAY JAEGERS, and she'd be their undisputed sapphic leader!

  • BendinIntheWind


  • Maguita NYC

    Are you working on that title? I'm counting on you, because for the life of me I can't think of a proper Portmanteau for our gay humanoid mechas.

    Wait... no. I lost it.

  • emmalita

    I can't believe you haven't watched Archer for all the times he says, "wait, I had something for this."

  • Maguita NYC

    It's your and Koko's fault. Every time I want to watch Asher you add another TV series and Asher keeps getting pushed further down.

    I will need a lot of cake to get through all this.

  • emmalita

    I'll see what I can do.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Can we make it a really sexually aggressive robot? Like it's a capable fighting machine, but it also likes to unnecessarily hump its enemies into submission. Putin would shit his pants, and then demand to know who framed him for his own pants-shitting and then have them summarily executed.

  • Maguita NYC


    Humpgaers. no. Jaemmers... no. Putinophobes... nothing. I got nothing.

  • Maguita NYC

    Not butch enough.

  • NateMan

    A bajillion upvotes. We could have rainbow-colored Jeagers needs to stick various probosces into orifices on the other robots to super-charge acid spewing weapons.

    Or would that be too on the nose? (Woo, facial!)

  • Maguita NYC

    Dirty old man!

    Let's give the LGBT community something to really hold over Putin's head (fine! or ass). A story line that would only scare Putin and shine a positive heroic light on our LGBT Jaegers.

    I like this, LGBT Jaegers. Has more Oumph. (Shut up!)

  • koko temur

    i was fascinated with her too, i was so sure its Starbuck. had to go to imdb to check.

  • Maguita NYC


  • You know, Katee Sackhoff. The Russian looks quite a bit like her.

    Fun fact: Guess who was almost considered for Idris Elba's role.


  • emmalita

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! My eyes are bleeding from the horror.

  • Maguita NYC


    Thank goodness Del Toro has more sense than that... Most of the time.

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