Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born 23.6.1964)
Joss Whedon is an American film maker receiving credits in screenwriting, directing, producing, composing and acting as well as being a comic book author and founder of Mutant Enemy Productions. Whedon is best known for being the creator and show runner for cult and critically recognised, Emmy nominated television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as his recent work on the Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Joss Whedon: Childhood
Joss Whedon was born into a screenwriting family and has been described as the first "third-generation TV writer" as he is the son of Tom Whedon, a screenwriter for the Electric Company (1970's) and The Golden Girls (1980's), and grandson of John Whedon, writer of the Donna Reed Show (1950's). Joss' mother was an unpublished novelist who taught History at Riverdale Country School in New York where Joss grew up. Joss is the younger brother of Samuel and Matthew Whedon and older brother of writers Jed and Zack Whedon who have collaborated with Joss in some of his latter work.
Joss spent 2 years at Winchester College, England before graduating from Wesleyan University in 1987 and has been stated to have shown a great interest in acting and writing from an early age.
Joss Whedon: Career
Whedon began his career in the film industry via following his father and grandfather in television writing. In 1989 Whedon was acknowledged with a 4 episode writing credit in the Golden Globe winning Roseanne, created by Matt Williams and a 3 episode writing credit in Parenthood in 1990.
During 1992 Whedon collaborated with Director, Fran Rubel Kuzui and released Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a feature film about a teenage girl who learns she is destined to battle vampires. The film received a mixed response and didn't win any major awards.
In 1996 Whedon (along with six other writers, including Andrew Stanton) was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the screenplay of Toy Story, starring Academy Award winner, Tom Hanks and Golden Globe winner Tim Allen. The award went to Christopher McQuarrie for The Usual Suspects.
In 1997 Whedon revived the concept of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) which ultimately became the Golden Globe nominated television series by the same name. Between 1997 and 2003 the show featured seven series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers and achieved critical and public success. The series also resulted in a spin-off show featuring Angel (originally seen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) which ran between 1992 and 2004 (often being shown directly after Buffy the Vampire Slayer). The television show spanned 111 episodes over 5 series and was self titled after lead character 'Angel' played by David Boreanaz.
Whedon continued to create and write during the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and in 2002, Joss Whedon's Firefly, starring Nathan Fillion and Gina Torres was aired. The show won a Primetime Emmy in 2004 and despite only running for one series due to cancellation and episodes being re-ordered and not shown, the television show lead to the release of Serenity, a 119 minute feature film based on the television series, starring the same cast. The film received critical praise including a UK Empire award nomination for Best Newcomer.
Whedon continued to write, produce and direct small television films and series including a 2 episode directing credit in The US Office before writing box office hit The Cabin in the Woods released in 2011. The film took a unique approach on previous horror films including multiple intertextual references which some reviews claimed were too clever for its own good. The film starred Chris Hemsworth who Whedon continued to work with on The Avengers in 2012.
The Avengers became the 3rd highest grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office behind Avatar and Titanic (both directing by James Cameron, said to be one of Whedon's inspirations). The film featured multiple superheroes brought together by Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D to fight a threatening, alien force. The Avengers was nominated for an Academy Award and starred, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston.
Whedon was considered appropriate for the role due to his involvement and role in previous comic books. Whedon is the author of Dark Horse Comics, Fray and is involved with the Buffy comics (along with many other cast and crew members). Whedon has also wrote material on Serenity, Astonishing X Men and issue #26 of Superman/Batman.
Whedon is set to write and direct Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a new television show set in the same world as the Avengers, as well as the Avengers 2 due for release in 2015.
Joss Whedon: Personal Life
Whedon has two children, Arden Cole and Squire Cole with producer and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures, Kai Cole.
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Joss Whedon wrote the dialogue in 'Speed' - though was never credited.
Twenty years since the release of the classic thriller Speed starring Keanu Reeves, the Avengers director Joss Whedon has spoken for the first time about writing the majority of the dialogue for the movie, despite not receiving a writing credit.
Joss Whedon wrote the dialogue in Speed, you know.
The movie, which made over $300 million at the box-office, was officially written by Graham Yost, the screenwriter who has since worked on Band of Brothers and Justified - though he's regularly cited Whedon's influence on the script.
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The 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' director says he quit to regain his creative spark, not because of feminist criticism.
Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon has broken his silence over his departure from Twitter earlier this week. In a telephone interview with BuzzFeed News on Tuesday, he described the rumour that he deleted his account because of attacks from feminists as “horse****”.
“Believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter,” the director said. That’s something I’m used to. Every breed of feminism is attacking every other breed, and every subsection of liberalism is always busy attacking another subsection of liberalism, because god forbid they should all band together and actually fight for the cause.”
Joss Whedon opened up about why he left Twitter this week
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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' director has quit Twitter.
Joss Whedon, the director of the box-office smash Avengers: Age of Ultron, has quit Twitter and deleted his account after facing criticism of his depiction of female characters in the movie.
Joss Whedon faced criticism over his portrayal of Scarlett Johansson's character in Age of Ultron
In a final message to fans, Whedon wrote: "Thank you to all the people who've been so kind and funny and inspiring up in here."
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Is anyone really surprised?
Surprise, surprise – The Avengers: Age of Ultron has easily topped the box office this weekend. Not only that, but with $187,7 million earned over the Friday-Sunday period, Age of Ultron also became the second biggest movie opening. Ever. In movie history. EVER.
Scarlett Johansson stars as Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Also, guess which movie had the biggest opening. No, really. Guess. I’ll help you out. It was The Avengers, in 2012, with $207 million. That one went on to earn over $1,5 billion worldwide. The moral of the story is that Marvel wins yet again.
Big-budget sequel 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is outpacing its predecessor in cinemas on its first full day of release.
It will come as no surprise to anyone that the latest Avengers film is putting rather a lot of bums on seats, but what's more impressive is the fact that the mega-budget film has just scored the second biggest opening day ever in North America.
Joss Whedon has outdone himself with Avengers: Age of Ultron
With an estimated first-day haul of $84.5million, according to Box Office Mojo, Joss Whedon's blockbuster film has charted just behind the all-time number one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which took more than $91million over the same period of time when it was released on July 15, 2011.
Loki is not in ‘Age of Ultron’ and a lot of people weren’t happy about it.
Did you walk away from Avengers: Age of Ultron feeling a little less than satisfied? Like perhaps there was a big Loki shaped hole in the movie and when it was all over you felt like you'd been cheated? Well if you’d been wondering why the film was sadly Loki-less, director Joss Whedon has offered an explanation which might help you get over it (a little).
Tom Hiddleston plays Loki in the Thor films.
To recap, Loki fans (and they’re a pretty hardcore bunch) were under the impression that Tom Hiddleston would appear in Avengers: Age Of Ultron thanks to a ‘spoiler’ from Heimdall actor Idris Elba. Speaking to The Telegraph in November, Elba mentioned he’d filmed a scene for Age of Ultron with Hiddleston and Thor aka Chris Hemsworth.
After working for years on two 'Avengers' films and the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joss Whedon is worn out.
Now that he has unleashed his second 'Avengers' movie to global box office domination, Joss Whedon has been able to let his guard down a bit about how exhausting it is to make a movie on this kind of scale. He has hinted that he's done with Marvel for now, and indeed the Russo Brothers have signed on to direct the next two 'Avengers' movies.
The Hulkbuster Armor from 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Whedon famously said that 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is "not perfect", and he has gone on to explain the stress involved in the project. "I think I spent too long fighting about this, that and the other in the cut, and the enormous struggles on post-production for a movie like this."
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Following the noticeable lack of strong female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 'Age of Ultron' addresses the problem. Twice.
One of the complaints about the first 'Avengers' movie was the lack of character development for the women, so writer-director Joss Whedon changed this in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'.
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Scarlett Johansson's character Natasha (aka Black Widow) has the most engaging story arc this time. "It's nice to have substantial material," says Johansson. "The character is finally ready to make active choices in her life, and it's not great timing!"
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Unless you're James Cameron, it's hard to imagine that your movie is going to end up in the top three highest grossing films of all time. The cast of 'The Avengers' certainly didn't.
With 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' set for release in parts of the world this week, Robert Downey Jr. took some time to talk about his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man - the character who started the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008. But, as it turns out, when the cast got together in 2012 to film the first 'Avengers' movie, none of them really knew just how big it would turn out to be.
Robert Downey Jr. in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'
"I don't think any of us really expected how huge the first one would be, so it can almost intimidate you a bit because you're like, 'Oh, well we were just kinda hoping it would work out', and now there's this expectation to deliver". Presumably they weren't expecting the film to become the third highest grossing movie of all time (behind 'Avatar' and 'Titanic') with 1,518,594,910 USD worldwide in 2012.
Marvel fans will love the action mayhem in this Avengers sequel, but everyone else will vividly feel the fatigue that has descended over this franchise. After the bright spark of originality in last summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, we're back to the same tired formula involving terrific actors battling for screen time in between gratuitous, brutal action sequences that are so digitally animated that they're technically cartoons.
The film opens in the middle of the action as Captain America (Chris Evans) leads Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner) to recapture an Asgardian sceptre. Tony then discovers that the sceptre could be useful for Ultron, his artificial intelligence project to create a global peacekeeping force. But this goes badly wrong as Ultron (James Spader) springs to life and decides instead to obliterate humanity to make space for his population of smart machines. So the team races from America to Africa, Korea and Eastern Europe, facing off against Ultron and his super-powered twin cohorts Pietro and Wanda (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen), who of course defect to the Avengers. They also get help from a human-computer entity called The Vision (Paul Bettany).
Yes, there are a lot of characters in this film, and writer-director Joss Whedon is exceptionally good at giving each of them something to do, both dramatically and in the thick of the action. These brief moments of humour and emotional depth are what make the movie enjoyable, giving the solid actors some meaty material to play with.
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While other recent promotional interviews for 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' have been interesting, none have been as funny or wacky as Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans'.
When embarking on a franchise like 'The Avengers', it must help to get on well with your other cast members. In a recent interview with Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America), the two actors displayed a hilarious friendship with one anther - giving a tiny glimpse into what it must be like on set with these guys.
Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'
"Lovers, kindred souls, kindred spirits", said Hemsworth, while discussing the relationship between Thor and Captain America. Evans jumped in by revealing: "We wear necklaces with a little broken heart, and when we put them together." But when they tried to draw a comparison between themselves and another movie, they found themselves with different opinions.