Announcing our first Firefly 10th Anniversary Contest!

March 5, 2002 was the first day of filming for Firefly. Ten years later, CSTS is celebrating! To commemorate this momentous occasion, we're having a contest. Tell us, in at least 100 words, what your first memory of Firefly is.

Send your entry to info@cantstoptheserenity.com and a randomly selected entry will win a copy of Firefly: The Official Companion Vol.1 .

Be sure to include your name (real or online), an email address where you can be reached and where you are from. All entries may be published, the winning one will certainly be!

Deadline March 15th, 2012.

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Words have the Power to bring about Equality

Last year, Can’t Stop the Serenity joined up with Kids Need to Read to give you the chance to win some fabulous prizes in our first ever “Words have the Power to bring about Equality” Writing Contest. We're now very excited to share the winning entry, penned by Stephanie Downes. Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to Stephanie!

Equality. Sort of rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Try saying it. Really try to get your tongue wrapped around those four syllables. Equality. Hmm, it’s a lovely word, like love, or celery. Filled with pleasant harmonics quite regardless of the meaning. Phonaesthetics probably dictate it to be absolutely hideous, but it’s got a quite lovely little tone to it. It’s a pity more people can’t say it and mean it, really; they’re missing out on a phrase to rival “cellar door” in euphony. Because when people say equality, quite often, they don’t mean it.

Equality is another armband to wear to a festival, along with your “Drink ‘til You Fall” shirt and tacky rasta hat. It’s a little like tossing your shrapnel in the charity bucket at the newsagents. That’s your slate clean for another week or two. Ho hum, back to the grind without as much of the gnawing guilt as you just had, look, aren’t I the next Gandhi, I saved a - wait, it might’ve been for some seals that are covered in oil somewhere. But I’m pretty certain it was for blind children! Maybe! I’m pretty certain they were at least young seals! And come on, have you ever had oil in your eyes? But when people do equality - let me rephrase that in a less grammar-mangling way; when people implement equality - that is when the magic starts to happen.

When people sit up and say “Hey, wait! Why was that man not arrested for this crime? Because he was a man? I’m not standing for this! I’m going to work for a difference!” or “Hang on a moment, that teenager was stoned to death for daring to come out as gay? That’s not fair! I want to go and work with teenagers like that to show them they don’t have to take this!” then, then it becomes more than just a simple word. It becomes a beautiful thing, to roll around the entire universe’s tongue. Ah, it’s a lovely action, like love maybe not celery. That’s more of a vegetable. Really try to wrap your arms around the person next to you, regardless of creed, class, colour, or Cola vs. Pepsi preference. Well, maybe not. Some of us have more space issues than others. Just settle for a smile.

Just because we are all created differently does not mean we should all be treated the same, and Equality Now are helping address that issue. The notion that anybody, from the tiniest baby girl in England to the oldest man in Africa, should be treated different is a notion almost as ridiculous as sprouts being delicious, and EN strive to correct this every step of the way. Now, if only Equality Now could be enacted on some kind of larger sca-... Wait. I think that’s called the world. And that’s why I support them. I’m one more step towards the entire world holding hands. Only a small step, mind you, but it’s a start. And sometimes, that’s all we need for it to never stop.

We hope that this will inspire you to take that step beyond words and help make equality a tangible thing.

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Equality Now Turns 20!

In 2012, Equality Now celebrates it's 20th year. And boy do they have some big plans! To learn more about the plans for 2012, go to http://www.equalitynow.org/equality_now_turns_20.

And don't forget that there’s still time to take part in Equality Now's “What Does Equality Mean to You?” PSA campaign! You have until March 20 to grab a camera, your phone, or your laptop and tell Equality Now: what does gender equality mean to you? Selected videos are featured on equalitynow.org/me and social media sites. Please take part in Equality Now's anniversary campaign: watch the PSA, share your own video, and spread the word to your friends. You can also join the conversation by posting your thoughts on Equality Now's Facebook page or tweet with the hashtag #E2M.

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End of an era – Farewell to US 35mm prints of Serenity

With a heavy heart, we say a fond farewell to the much loved (and well used) 35mm prints of Serenity in the US.

Can't Stop The Serenity has  learned that Universal is no longer sending out prints of Serenity to US venues. Universal has been extremely generous to CSTS in keeping 35mm prints of Serenity around for as long as they have, but we knew it couldn't be forever. Serenity Film Strip With the rise in digital formats and the cost of maintaining 35mm projection equipment, many venues have been making the switch to the new DCP (Digital Cinema Package). As a result, our beloved 35mm prints have been retired. Some may say that the prints have been showing their age recently, but it's still very sad to see them go.

Here's an interesting tidbit for you... did you know that Serenity was actually the very first digitally presented feature film? Although it was never shown that way in theaters at the time of its release (due to only a limited number of venues having the capability to screen DCP), Serenity was on the cutting edge of this new technology.

And now CSTS attendees have the chance to see the film as it was first shown to only a few select insiders - in glorious DCP.

Fortunately, CSTS had anticipated this change and the majority of events used digital copies last year so only a limited number of events are impacted by this. Many have reported that the switch from 35mm to DVD, Blu-ray or DCP was very successful, so we look forward to a great year of fantastic events despite this news.

Note: This news relates to prints in the United States. Some countries may find them still available but no doubt not for long.

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I nominate Equality Now for a Shorty Award in charity because…

…they're fighting to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world.

"What do Conan O'Brien, Cory Booker, Sesame Street's Grover, Suze Orman, Ted Leo, Neil Patrick Harris and NASA have in common? Besides being awesome, they're all Shorty Award winners.

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media, recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short form content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare, and the rest of the social Web.

Every year, millions of people visit the Shorty Awards site to tweet nominations for their favorite social media content creators. All those tweets culminate in a highly anticipated awards ceremony that celebrates the winners in dozens of featured categories, as well as thousands of crowd-sourced community ones. For the second time, the Shorty Awards will also honor the industry's best agencies, brands, and social media professionals."

Show your support for Equality Now today by nominating the cause for a Shorty Award. Click on the link below and tell us why you support Equality Now! http://shortyawards.com/?category=charity&screen_name=equalitynow

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Equality Now Thanks Joss Whedon Fans

Check out the new video on our You Tube channel! Yasmeen Hassan, the new Global Director for Equality Now recorded a video to thank us, the Browncoats, for our support over the last 6 years. She talks about some of the work that EN has done recently, and the strides made in equality for women and girls in such places as Libya and Brazil. The video is a strong reminder of why we support Equality Now.

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