Joss Whedon, the creator of such beloved shows like Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is currently filming the much anticipated Marvel movie, The Avengers. But, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a bit of extra time to spare!

The California Browncoats (so named after the freedom fighter’s on the tv show Firefly) announced their annual Can’t Stop The Serenity fundraiser, which will take place on June 25 in support of the charity Equality Now, which focuses on ending violence and discrimination against women and girls.  And the one and only Whedon will be on hand to watch Serenity and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog with you.

If I was even remotely close to California, I know I would be there in a heartbeat! What about you?

Here’s the full press release:

2011 Can’t Stop the Serenity Los Angeles

The California Browncoats present a SoCalBrowncoats Can’t Stop the Serenity Event

Mark your calendars for June 25th! That is the date you and your friends will want to be at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood. This will be an event to remember. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it!

As you may know, the money we raise at Can’t Stop the Serenity events each year goes to Equality Now. We are honored to have special guests Amanda Sullivan, the Director of EN’s Women’s Action Network, and Jessica Neuwirth, EN’s President and Founder, with us for the evening. They are coming from New York to thank us personally and Browncoats around the globe for their continued support of Equality Now. Pretty shiny, yes?

Well, that’s not all.

We said you wouldn’t want to miss this, right? That’s because we are very honored to announce that JossWhedon will be with us that evening. He wants to say a few words in person to the Browncoats for supporting Equality Now and Can’t Stop the Serenity over the years. This is your chance to represent fans around the world.

Schedule*: June 25th, 2011

5PM-8PM – Theater Lobby Open for tickets, merchandise sales, donations
5:30PM – 7PM – Theater open for seating and pre-show events (auction, meet & greet, etc.)
7PM – Introduction by Jessica(EN) and Joss Whedon
8PM – Serenity
10PM – Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

It all started with Nathon Fillion’s simple dream of winning the California Lottery, buying the rights to Firefly, and giving them back to Joss Whedon. This quickly blossomed into an online campaign to make it happen through fan support. Just as quickly Nathon asked fans to slow down, keep their money, and “just be good Browncoats.” The campaign continued in a slightly more subdued manner and then Maurissa Tancharoen, writer for Dollhouse, co-writer of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and, Joss Whedon’s sister-in-law tweeted in her two cents.

Tancharoen wrote that “no one in the Whedonverse is in support” of the campaign, which she later clarified to make sure fans understood no one was AGAINST the fund-raising attempt, just that “no one is officially involved in any capacity” and “I wasn’t trying to bash dreams … but when money is involved … things get tricky.”

Now there is a lot of back and forth from the fans on whether the HNBF (Help Nathon Buy Firefly) campaign WAS asking for and or receiving money or not. I think that’s kinda moot at any rate. Sooner or later people were gonna send money, that’s what a pledge is. Now the HNBF site posted, “Well, that’s that then.” and it doesn’t look like it will be updating from there.

The HNBF Facebook page is still going strong with a lot of fan reactions, predictions, and ideas to move forward in the face of Maurissa’s announcement. There is also a ton of, “Joss didn’t say no yet” kinda talk. I imagine that if the movement manages to move forward in a significant way that only then will Joss make a statement. My guess is that Maurissa drew the short straw in the Whedon household and had to stick her head above the battlements to see what fan arrows might hit while waving that white flag.

I’m still a big fan of Firefly and would love to see more. I think there’s better chances of seeing more comic books, novels, or web series, or movies than a return to television though. As for Maurissa, give her a break guys, she’s just the messenger.

source: blastr