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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 Joss' mother was an unpublished novelist who taught History at Riverdale Country School in New York where Joss grew up.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 To Direct Stand-Alone 'Batgirl' Movie


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Superhero movie director Joss Whedon is set to bring Batgirl to the big screen for the first time, in a stand-alone movie that will fit in the DC cinematic universe.

While no casting decisions or release dates yet decided upon, Variety reported on Thursday (March 30th) that Whedon is set to write, direct and produce the film for Warner Bros.

It will mark the first time that Batgirl has ever appeared in a central role in a feature film, after her character was first introduced in the DC comic book universe in the 1960s. Batgirl is the alter ego of Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Batman’s ally Commissioner James Gordon.

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'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Cast And Director Reunite For Show's 20th Anniversary


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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joss Whedon and the cast of perennial ‘90s TV favourite ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ have reunited to mark the 20th anniversary of the legendary show.

Entertainment Weekly gathered the extensive cast together for a photoshoot this week, some images of which came out on Wednesday (March 29th), with an in-depth interview coming soon. Whedon, who has since directed Marvel Universe cinematic blockbusters, described the get-together as “surreal”.

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Joss Whedon Releases Star-Studded 'Save The Day' Videos Urging People To Vote


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Blockbuster director Joss Whedon has assembled nearly the entire cast of his Avengers movies to make a satirical PSA video urging American voters to get out on November 8th for the presidential election – and not vote for Donald Trump.

The 52 year old movie mogul has made a series of short YouTube videos as part of his new Save The Day campaign, which doubles up as a super PAC, featuring a number of A-listers from his Marvel universe.

In them, stars such as Scarlett Johannson and Robert Downey Jr. urge viewers to vote in upcoming election, but not for the Republican candidate!

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Before 'Batman V Superman', Wonder Woman's Difficult Journey To The Big Screen


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Both Batman and Superman have seen various incarnations on the big screen, but in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice they will be joined by a superhero whose film debut is long overdue, Wonder Woman. The story of Wonder Woman’s journey to the big screen could be a movie in itself, as until now writers, directors and studios have tried and failed to make the heroine leap from comic books to film.

Gal Gadot Wonder WomanGal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman’s live-action debut came in a 1974 TV movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby, but she wasn’t quite as comic book fans had expected. This Wonder Woman was blonde and had a very questionable costume, which featured some blue leggings and a red coat with blue and white starred sleeves.

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Joss Whedon - Celebrities at Katsuya Hollywood restaurant - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 5th January 2016

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So, Joss Whedon Wrote All Of The Dialogue For 'Speed ...


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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 WhedonJoss 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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Joss Whedon Explains Why He Quit Twitter


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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 WhedonJoss Whedon opened up about why he left Twitter this week 

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Joss Whedon Quits Twitter, Deletes Account Over Sexism Row


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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.

Age of UltronJoss 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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'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Scores Second Biggest Opening Day In North America


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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 at the world premiere of Thor: The Dark WorldJoss 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.

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'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Has Worn Joss Whedon Out


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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' 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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'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Puts Women In The Frame


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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 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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Joss Whedon - Stars from Marvel's action movie took to the red carpet at the UK premiere of 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' which was held at the Westfield White City in London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 21st April 2015

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Joss Whedon - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" Los Angeles Premiere held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 18th November 2014

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Joss Whedon - 'Guardians of the Galaxy' UK film premiere held at the Empire cinema - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 24th July 2014

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Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku - Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku Thursday 19th April 2012 attending the Equality Now 20th Anniversary Fundraiser at the Asia Society

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Joss Whedon

Date of birth

23rd June, 1964

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review

Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review

Marvel fans will love the action mayhem in this Avengers sequel, but everyone else will...

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

They've fought private military corporations, Nazi splinter-groups and a Norse god. Now, The Avengers assemble...

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

The Avengers may be feeling like they are capable of anything after saving New York...

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

A lot has happened since the Battle of New York. The world was attacked by...

Much Ado About Nothing Movie Review

Much Ado About Nothing Movie Review

This new version of Shakespeare's romantic farce looks like it was shot on video in...

Much Ado About Nothing Trailer

Much Ado About Nothing Trailer

When Don Pedro arrives in Messina with his officers Benedick and Claudio, they meet with...

The Avengers Movie Review

The Avengers Movie Review

Like four action movies mashed into one, it's often difficult to know where to look...

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The Cabin in the Woods Movie Review

The Cabin in the Woods Movie Review

The script for this horror romp is almost too inventive, cleverly combining clashing genres and...

The Avengers Trailer

The Avengers Trailer

Nick Fury is the director of law enforcement and espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D, which deals with...

The Avengers Trailer

The Avengers Trailer

Nick Fury is the director of law enforcement and espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D, which deals with...

The Avengers Trailer

The Avengers Trailer

Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D, a law enforcement and espionage agency that deals...

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