CSTS starts this weekend!

Pull on your Jayne hat, and grab your brown coat because Can't Stop the Serenity is officially ON! This weekend sees events kick off in Nottingham (UK), Norfolk VA (US), Philadelphia PA (US) and Melbourne (AUST). Fans lucky enough to attend these events have lots of excitement to look forward to! There'll be screenings of Serenity and Dr. Horrible, costumes, awesome prizes and more. So if you're in the area, make sure you join us. It'll be a wild ride, that's to be sure! And if you were among those who got an unintentional sneak peek of a certain Big Damn Hero's message to CSTS attendees, you were lucky indeed. But if you didn't, fear not! You can get in on the action (and the inspiration) at your local CSTS event and via livestream of CSTS Los Angeles on 25 June.

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Firefly meets Muppets – artist James Hance is supporting CSTS

Artist James Hance, best known among geeks for his wonderful Star Wars themed "Wookie the Chew" take on Winnie the Pooh, has been working on a series of pieces featuring Muppets a la Firefly. Firefrog - James Hance You’ll be able to buy prints at www.jameshance.com later this week and super awesome exclusive, limited run prints at selected upcoming Can’t Stop The Serenity events very soon with all proceeds of those going to charity You can find his sketches and keep up with his progress here. A huge thank you to James for supporting Can't Stop the Serenity. Update: Prints will be available at CSTS Los Angeles and CSTS Edmonton so far...

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More Special Guests Joining us in 2011!!

More good news for those in the LA, California area! There will be three more guests joining Joss Whedon, Jessica Neuwirth, and Amanda Sullivan this year! They are Michael Fairman, better known to Browncoats as Adelei Niska, Felicia Day, (also known as Penny from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog among her other wonderful works). Thirdly, there is River Tam & The Fireflies artist Joey Spiotto as a special guest vendor.  He will have his art and shirts on sale and a portion of the proceeds of his sales will go to Equality Now! Sounds like LA is in for a super shiny event this year!! For details on their event, please visit California Browncoats!

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CSTS 2010 raised over $141,000 for charity ! Bring on 2011…

As we gear up to start the 2011 CSTS season, we've officially wrapped up CSTS 2010 and I have finished my term as Global Organiser. I’d like to thank all you Browncoats for helping to make it a great season at Can’t Stop the Serenity. I’m proud to announce that, with the auctions and screenings, we raised $141,251.25 for Equality Now and other charities! Our highest donation yet! This brings our grand total raised since 2006 to over $550,000! In 2010, Equality Now received an incredible $120,054.10. Other charities to benefit were UNM Childrens Hospital, Kids Need to Read, Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, SafePlace Austin, House of the Good Shepherd, Edmonton Women's Emergency Accommodation Centre, Samaritan House, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Oregon Food Bank, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Thanks to everyone for their contributions to these wonderful organisations! With the Screening and Affiliate events, we all had the chance to have a good time and raise money for a great cause. Once again, fans came out in droves to watch Serenity on the big screen. There were fantastic costumes (including a larger than life Jayne hat!) as well as cheering (and sobbing) crowds. And with Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, The Guild, Megabot, Done The Impossible and a Browncoats: Redemption teaser to enjoy, as well as auctions, raffles, contests and more, fans didn't want for exciting treats. Sadly, a few events didn't succeed as planned. Daytona Beach Browncoats were unable to pull together their event and had to cancel (see forum for more details). Lebanon, TN has reported that their event did not make a profit and were thus unable to make a donation (see forum for more details). But some events exceed all expectations, and we're delighted to announce that this year's Griswald Trophy goes to Austin, TX! The Griswald Trophy was introduced in 2006 to inspire organisers to do the impossible, and it has been presented each year to the city who raises the most money. And now that we've reached an amazing milestone, having raised over half a million dollars for Equality Now, the Griswald Trophy is being retired. It will be presented to Equality Now, where it will take pride of place in their offices in New York. 2010 was always exciting and challenging, and I deeply appreciate all the support from our leadership team, sponsors, volunteers, and participants. I’m very proud to have been able to contribute, and I thank you all for all your help. I would especially like to thank my fellow Global Team members for their efforts, and all of the fantastic volunteers who organised local events - you are incredible! And now, with 2010 all wrapped up, William Pace, the 2011 Global Event Coordinator is leading us into another awesome year at CSTS, with over 40 cities already signed up to host events! I hope that you will join us again! Keep flying, Christine Mooney 2010 Global Organiser

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Joss Whedon & Equality Now will be attending CSTS Los Angeles

We're very excited to share the news that Joss Whedon will be attending his first CSTS event this year! Taking a break from filming The Avengers, Joss will be part of CSTS Los Angeles together with Jessica Neuwirth, Equality Now Founder & Chair, and Amanda Sullivan, Director of Equality Now's Women's Action Network (and member of the CSTS Global Steering Committee). California Browncoats are hosting the event, which will take place on 25 June 2011 at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood. Ticketing and event information can be found on the California Browncoats website. We're delighted to have Joss, Jessica and Amanda involved in our sixth year of CSTS events, and we hope that everyone who attends has a wonderful time. This is an amazing opportunity to raise lots of money for Equality Now, and make this a landmark year!

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Done the Impossible joins the 2011 CSTS Lineup

The fan forces behind Done the Impossible, the brilliant documentary about Firefly & Serenity, have agreed to let us show their work as part of our film line-up this year. They are also joining as a sponsor in media, merchandise and global prize packs. The creative minds behind Done the Impossible have been long time supporters of Equality Now and continue to enlighten new and veteran fans about their love for all things Firefly and the great cause that is Can't Stop the Serenity. We welcome them to our 2011 CSTS season. Done the Impossible is the story of the rise, fall and rebirth of the cult TV show "Firefly," as told from the perspective of the fans who helped save it. To learn more about this great documentary, visit them HERE.

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