Serenity: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zoic Studios has been recruited to produce the visual effects for Joss Whedon's upcoming "Serenity" for Universal Studios. Zoic creative director Loni Peristere will serve as the visual effects supervisor for the sci-fi feature.

The Culver City-based visual effects boutique is perhaps best known for its work for Whedon on Fox's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly" -- the small-screen predecessor to "Serenity" that Fox canceled after airing 11 episodes.

"Loni Peristere and Zoic constantly expand my concept of what can be done with digital effects," Whedon said. "They're masters of the new technology, but not slaves to it. What they did on my TV show I had never seen in a movie. What they'll do on my movie ... I'm just really excited to be working with these lunatics."

Brian B.