Whedon, who previously helmed two Avengers movies for Marvel, makes a move to the DC cinematic universe with a stand-alone 'Batgirl' film.
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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The iconic show 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' first aired back in 1997, and Entertainment Weekly gathered the cast and director Joss Whedon for a photoshoot and interview.
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”.
The creator takes a look at each of the seven seasons.
It's been 20 years since 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' first hit our screens, and the Joss Whedon classic still has a huge fandom and a lasting legacy 14 years after it ended. It was the show that first brought vampires to the small screen in a contemporary setting and was a cornerstone in the creation of bad-ass female TV characters.
Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in 'Buffy'
Creator Joss has taken this 20 year anniversary to reflect on each of the seven seasons of the phenomenal show; a show that spawned an equally popular spin-off, 'Angel', and propelled Sarah Michelle Gellar to international fame. The idea for the show, which started out as a box office flop of the same name in 1992, came to Joss when he grew tired of trite 80s horror films.
The director said he’s also up for helming a James Bond movie.
Joss Whedon has said he wants to direct a Star Wars movie.
Speaking to Complex magazine, the director said at first he wasn’t keen on the idea of upcoming spin-off Rogue One, but his mind changed when he saw the trailer.
Joss Whedon would like to direct a Star Wars movie
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The 'Avengers' director assembled the cast of his blockbuster movies to urge people to vote - and not for Donald Trump!
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!
Whedon back-tracked on his negative comments last year, saying they did a "disservice" to himself and the movie.
A year after he guided the massive Avengers: Age of Ultron to the big screen and washed his hands once and for all of blockbuster sequels, director Joss Whedon has at last spoken about his negative reaction to the Marvel movie’s release at the time.
When the superhero sequel was released in May last year, many fans initially reacted with indifference to the movie in comparison to its 2012 predecessor The Avengers. While it was far from disastrous, taking $1.4 billion in box offices worldwide, Whedon himself said some pretty negative things about the project during the subsequent press tour.
Joss Whedon said some pretty negative things about 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' when it was released a year ago
'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' features the film debut of Wonder Woman, but why has it taken so long for the heroine to make it on to the big screen?
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 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.
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.
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.
Joss Whedon probably isn't directing Infinity War. Sorry.
Joss Whedon says he "couldn't imagine" directing the Avengers two-parter Infinity War for Marvel Studios. Whedon's sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron hits cinemas in late April, following on from the 2012 epic that become the third highest grossing film of all time.
Joss Whedon says he couldn't imagine directing Infinity War
However, speaking to Empire magazine, Whedon said it is unlikely that he will helm the third and fourth movie.
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The Avengers may be feeling like they are capable of anything after saving New York City from Loki's rampage and returning the deadly Tesseract to its rightful place in Asgard, but the group have a new threat to overcome. As the group; Tony Stark (Iron Man), Steve Rogers (Captain America), Bruce Banner (Hulk), Thor, Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Clint Barton (Hawkeye); attempt to enjoy an usually civilised evening together, they are interrupted by Ultron - a backfired project of Stark who is dead set on destroying the human race and branding them puppets in his game. With S.H.I.EL.D. destroyed, their chances of saving the world once again are looking dangerously slim. Now beginning to question just how much power they have, they are forced to regroup for a mission that could finally see their end.
Whedon isn't 100% sure what to do with himself
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron has wrapped, we know that because Joss Whedon posted it on Twitter in classic Whedon style – a witty picture posing the question, “What do I do now?”.
Joss Whedon has the world of geeks on his shoulders
And while we’re sure Whedon has a lot to be getting on with – working alongside his huge crew to edit the grade the impending blocksbuster, we can think of a few things that would make the fans happy. How about some more Firefly or a sequel to Serenity?
In lieu of an actual trailer, "Avengers" fans, who missed SDCC get to read about it for now.
Marvel kicked off promotion for Avengers: Age of Ultron early at SDCC and, as with everything else related to the franchise, they made a massive production of it. The usual suspects were there – all of the primary cast, except for Scarlett Johansson, who is close to giving birth. Director/nerd king Joss Whedon also skipped the convention, since he couldn’t fly out from London after his knee surgery.
The stars of The Avengers are basically Comic-Con royalty at this point.
The panel included a short Q&A, Robert Downey Jr. throwing roses to the audience and Josh Brolin walking in as Thanos, as well as heaps of Guardians news, but the main event had to have been the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer – the first of several, if the studio follows its usual model.
Lucky Brits...you're getting The Avengers 2 before the U.S.
Marvel have confirmed that the sequel to their astronomically successful Avengers film, ‘Age of Ultron’, will hit UK shores before The US gets its hands on it.
Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be out in the U.K on April 25, 2015
“Avengers #AgeOfUltron UK & IRE release moves forward to April 24 2015 - #ONEYEAR to go!,” read the Tweet, exactly one year before Brits will be able to catch the ensemble superhero performance.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron could feature a prominent love story, according to Mark Ruffalo.
Details of the upcoming Avengers sequel Age of Ultron are beginning to trickle out and cast member Mark Ruffalo has given fans the biggest hints yet as to the direction in which Joss Whedon is taking the big-budget movie.
The Original Avengers Movie Took Over $1 Billion At The Box-Office
Shooting on the movie began in South Africa last month, with Ruffalo's character The Hulk very much at the center of things. We know that a giant green Hulk head on a pole was used to terrorize extras - but was Ruffalo out there too?
Continue reading: Mark Ruffalo Teases Romantic Storyline For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is headed to South Korea!
Joss Whedon’s superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron will shoot in the South Korean capital of Seoul, Marvel announced on Tuesday (February 18, 2014). It’s one of several international shooting locations for the follow-up to 2012’s The Avengers, which took 60% of its $1.5 billion box-office takings from foreign markets.
Joss Whedon Will Shoot Some of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in Seoul
Continue reading: ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Packs Its Bags, Heads For South Korea
It's all looking rosy for Marvel and ABC.
Marvel are on a high right now; not only is their second phase of films coming along strongly, with positive reviews for their current releases and a strong roster of forthcoming releases, but their TV show, Marvel Agents of SHIELD, has enjoyed high ratings and a critical response to match.
Clark Gregg in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
But did the latest episode, Girl in the Flower Dress match the show’s high standards? There are spoilers ahead.
Continue reading: How Was Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D's Last Outing: 'Girl In The Flower Dress'?
Joss Whedon may well be leaving the Marvel universe soon.
Joss Whedon has yet to sign on to direct the third Avengers movie and is concentrating on helming the sequel Age of Ultron.
At the press junket for Thor: The Dark World, Screenrant asked Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige about Whedon's involvement in the franchise beyond writing and directing the second movie.
"It's still being determined," he replied, "All of his efforts right now are in what he's doing for us primarily, obviously, writing and prepping Age of Ultron but also in reading the drafts of the films in phase 2, watching early cuts and a) to inform him where the characters are going to end up in the beginning of Age of Ultron and also to get his input and his wisdom into all of these. But right now it's all about leading up to Age of Ultron."
Continue reading: Steady Avengers Fans, Joss Whedon Hasn't Signed On For Third Movie
The series will air a full 22-episode run on ABC.
Good news for hardcore Joss Whedon fans and those impressed with his newest show, Agents of SHIELD – the Marvel series has gotten a full-season pickup from ABC. This means that the company has bought the rights to the second half of the season, rounding out Agent’s first run to a full 22 episodes. The show is the third new fall show to get a full-season pickup and so far it’s ABC’s premiere investment.
Whedon has practically struck gold with this one.
While SHIELD opened to smashing ratings, having the best opening for a drama series in the past four years, the switch from its Thursday premiere to a less profitable Tuesday 8pm slot caused a notable dip in ratings. Nevertheless, last week’s episode averaged a respectable 7.9 million viewers, making Agents of SHIELD the second highest rated show of the hour. In addition, the show averaged 2.9 million in that mythical, oh-so-coveted by advertisers 18-49 age range.
Continue reading: After A Successful Start, ABC's Agents Of Shield Gets Full Season Pickup
Check out clips from the DVD below.
The DVD, which features the pilot episode for Marvel’s Avengers, Assembly Required, is out there. It came out this week and sees Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow and the newest recruit, Falcon combine to save the universe from multiple, evil threats.
If you grab the DVD, you’ll be treated some bonus features. Marvel Mash-Ups -new twists on classic Marvel cartoons, a never before seen episodes featuring Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H, Marvel's Avengers Assemble - “Ghost Of A Chance and Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. - “The Collector”.
Elizabeth Olsen appears to have landed her biggest role to date.
Elizabeth Olsen will play Scarlet Witch in Joss Whedon's forthcoming superhero sequel Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, according to Nick Fury himself, Samuel L Jackson. Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was originally offered the part, but turned it down, leaving executives eyeing indie-favorite Olsen.
Jackson spilt the beans while discussing his cameo on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D with the Wall Street Journal.
"I know we're shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen [who will play the Scarlet Witch], but I don't know what she's doing, if she's on the inside or the outside. I haven't seen a script."
Continue reading: Elizabeth Olsen Snaffles Avengers 2 Role, After Saoirse Ronan Passes
By all standards, the show's debut was a success.
Finally, after months of anticipation, ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired tonight. Now, as the dust settles and Tumblr quickly gets flooded with Episode 1 gifs and stills, it is about time for a headcount. The episode attrackted nearly 12 million viewers, according to Reuters – easily making it the biggest debut of the past four years. This according to Nielsen data from ABC. In addition, Agents became the most viewed in the 18-to-49 age group, which is typically the most attractive market segment to advertisers.
Nearly 12 million tuned in to watch Clark Gregg reprise his role as Phil Coulson.
Despite spawning gifs in the thousands, S.H.I.E.L.D. still didn’t manage to top the Tuesday ratings winner. Once again, NCIS dominated the air with 19.5 million tuning in, according to Nielsen data from CBS.
Continue reading: Agents Of SHIELD Premieres To Good Ratings And Even Better Reviews
After months and months of careful promotion, tonight is finally the night!
The premiere of Marvel’s eagerly anticipated series Agents of SHIELD is fast approaching – the show will air tonight, September 24th at 8PM. Agents will focus on the work of the non-superhero part of Marvel comics – the men and women working for the fictional organization SHIELD, which we’ve gotten a glimpse at with Nick Fury, Maria Hill and, of course, Clark Gregg’s agent Phil Coulson within the Avengers franchise. Agent Coulson will be a central character in this adaptation of the Marvel universe, the brainchild of Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and the latter’s wife, Maurissa Tancharoen. The trio has already achieved a lot of success together with the Emmy-winning web musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, as well as the FX series Dollhouse.
Gregg is no stranger to the Marvel Univers, nor to working with Joss Whedon in particular.
Before the highly anticipated premiere, Jed Whedon and Tancharoen spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about working on Agents this time. The two spoke about their experiences of working within the sci-fi genre in general and within the Marvel universe specifically. One thing even casual Marvel fans know is that the company generally adheres to a very strict code of discretion across all its platforms. However Agents of SHIELD has so far been kept under especially tight wraps. Of course, fans at Comic-Con and, more recently, those tuning into ESPN have been treated to special previews of the season and there have been some unclear hints as to the characters, villains and overall plot. However, Marvel wouldn’t be the marketing machine that it is, if its marketing execs didn’t know to keep the most crucial information secret, sometimes even requiring blood oaths, according to Tancharoen.
Continue reading: The Buildup Is Almost Over For Marvel And ABC's "Agents Of SHIELD"
Looking ahead to tonight's highly-anticipated debut
It’s been called the first network superhero show to rival Arrow, which was a surprise success in its own right. That’s right, Agents of SHIELD debuts tonight on ABC, taking place after the monumental battle that left Midtown Manhattan in ruins at the end of Marvel’s The Avengers.
Joss Wheldon is the executive producer of the show
Perhaps the most important thing to say is that Joss Whedon is very much involved, in fact, he directed the first episode, which has received warm reviews so far. The show, while carrying on from the last Avengers movie, is totally separate from the films; it exists in the same universe.
Continue reading: Getting Ready For SHIELD Ahead Of Tonight's Premiere - Who's Watching?
'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' premieres tonight (Tuesday 24th September) on ABC. The show, based on the group of comic book heroes, has been written by Joss Whedon.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere on ABC tonight (24 September). The show sees Clark Gregg reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson. Gregg will be supported by Ming-Na Wen (ER); Chloe Bennet (Nashville); Iain De Caestecker (The Fades); and relative new comers Brett Dalton and Elizabeth Henstridge. For UK readers, the show will premier on Channel 4 on Friday, 27 September.
Joss Whedon co-wrote the pilot.
The pilot picks up the story from where the Avengers: Assemble film ends, sometime after they've trashed New York. However, there's a distinct lack of superheroes as the series focusses on the special agents, according to the NY Times.
James Spader will play Ultron. Avengers fans rejoice.
James Spader acting in a Joss Whedon-directed superhero movie – few things could delight a nerdy comic book/film fan more than this. The actor has just signed on to play the villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Entertainment Weekly reports. Three-time Emmy winner James Spader playing a killer psycho robot? That sounds pretty excellent.
Spader as Ultron - what do you think?
According to an EW interview with Joss Whedon, the character is going to be a sort of moving, rather aggressive HAL – that is, an artificial intelligence with a god complex, who is angry at his creators and ultimately bent on destroying the world. In classic Joss Whedon fashion, if we might add. Longtime fans of Whedon’s work would know that the director/screenwriter does leans towards the complicated troubled types quite heavily in his work.
Continue reading: James Spader To Be The Voice, And Possibly Body, Of Ultron
Spader's in as Ultron, the film's out in May 2015.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has one of its titular characters in the form of James Spader. He will play the evil super-robot Ultron, who wants to use his powerful abilities to destroy all of humanity. Not a cool guy.
James Spader is Ultron
Spader, who has won three Emmy awards for his role as attorney Alan Shore in both Boston Legal and The Practice, recently appeared on the big screen in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and will star in upcoming NBC crime thriller The Blacklist as a mastermind criminal. The character of Ultron will be stripped down somewhat to make him a viable movie villain.
The Bostonian actor was picked seemingly from nowhere to become the eighth actor to portray the Dark Knight on the big screen
In a move that has surprised, and in some cases outraged fans, Ben Affleck has been picked to play Batman in the upcoming sequel to this years Superman epic Man of Steel. The Oscar-winning Argo actor was announced as the future Caped Crusader in a statement by Warner Bros. - published by the Hollywood Reporter - on Thursday (22 August) and since then fans have been split over whether this was an inspired pick, or a blunder on a Gotham-sized scale.
Affleck: born to be Batman or born to recreate a Batman & Robin-shaped disaster?
After numerous attempt to lure Christian Bale out of Bat-retirement, including a reported $50 million contract offer, Affleck was chosen as his successor following numerous meetings and screening tests by studio bosses. Those involved in the film, including director Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. boss Greg Silverman, agreed that the appointment was the correct one, with Snyder telling THR, "Ben provides an interesting counterbalance to Henry's Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him."
Channel 4 fended off stiff competition from Sky for Joss Whedon's new show.
Ok, all you Joss Whedon fans in the UK - it's time to stop emailing Marvel, ABC, or Joss himself about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
After a fierce bidding war, Channel 4 beat Sky for the rights to broadcast the new series in the UK. The superhero show - a spin-off of the hit film Avengers Assemble - is set to launch in the US on the ABC network on September 24, 2013, and will make its British debut soon after.
Written and produced by Whedon - the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and writer and director of The Avengers - S.H.I.E.L.D is the first live action TV series produced by Marvel.
Continue reading: Relax, UK: Joss Whedon's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D Is Coming To Channel 4
Joss Whedon intends 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' to be accessible to an audience who have no previous knowledge of the Marvel feature films, despite crossovers including Clark Gregg's reprisal in the role of Agent Phil Coulson.
Joss Whedon has spoken about Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the pilot of which he has co-written and directed.
Joss Whedon at the premiere of Much Ado About Nothing at the Apollo Theatre in London.
Whedon has co-written the pilot episode with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Jed Whedon's wife). The pilot was revealed to fans at the San Diego Comic-Con last month. Whedon not only co-wrote the pilot but directed it. It is unknown how much input Whedon will have should the series go ahead, however he is confident that "I've got the best writers and actors I could so I could do this, and that's the best way to run a show."
Continue reading: Joss Whedon On 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
The Avengers 2 official title was finally revealed at Comic-Con 2013, with an unexpected visitor coming to take over Hall H to herald the news.
OK, so it probably wasn't completely unexpected - someone will have known than Tom Hiddlestone as Loki was going to come and take over from Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige. Mid-way through announcing that his production company was in post-production of new movie Thor: The Dark World, Feige's microphone was cut off and the lights went off. Over the PA system came a rather familiar venomous voice: "Humanity! Look how far you've fallen. Lining up in the Sweltering heat for hours, huddling together in the dark, like beasts!"
Joss Whedon Has A Lot Of Secrets Up His Sleeve With New Avengers Movie.
Like a storm the lights flashed back on, revealing supervillain Loki clad in full costume as he embraced the deafening screams from the Comic-Con masses. Loki (AKA Tom Hiddlestone) smiled a wicked smile as fans began chanting his name. "I am burdened with glorious purpose," bellowed Loki, striding over to dismiss Feige before he conducted the hoardes to scream his name once more. "It seems I have an army," the British-born Hiddlestone, indicating to one of the massive screens, "Feast your eyes!" What ensued what footage from Marvel's upcoming movie Thor: The Dark World, which offers a lot more CGI fantasy excitement that the first movie as Chris Hemsworth's Thor battles his adoptive brother and arch nemesis, along with plenty more supernatural enemies.
Continue reading: Avengers 2 Official Title Revealed At Comic-Con By Villainous Visitor
Comic-Con 2013, held at the San Diego Convention Center in California, begins today (18th July). The annual event attracts thousands of fans and hundreds of guest speakers, including a number of A-List celebrities.
Comic-Con 2013 starts today, Thursday 18th July, and will continue until Sunday 21st July. The San Diego event is expected to attract more than 125000 fans over its long weekend. The event, held at the San Diego Convention Center, features numerous events, talks and demonstrations from the world of superheroes; comic books and video games.
Hugh Jackman at the London premiere of The Wolverine.
The event is 43 years old, as it was first held in 1970. Since then, thousands of fans have flocked to the event, using it as an opportunity to dress up as their favourite character and mingle.
Shot in Whedon's own home, this movie was more a pet project, than a money-making machine.
These days Joss Whedon is known as the clever writer/director behind Marvel’s giant, over-produced “Avengers” But before all that, he was known to fans as the mind behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the DIY viral sensation Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon’s present-day adaptation of the Shakesperean play, sees the director return to his roots with a film, which relies not on a huge budget and, admittedly, well-executed action scenes, but on sheer wit and goodwill. We see some familiar collaborators of Whedon’s – Clark Gregg, aka agent Phil Coulson, plays governer Leonato, while Nathan Fillion does a hilarious job as Constable Dogberry.
The film opens with the brave and accomplished officer Benedick (Alexis Denisof) arriving at the home of governor Leonato (Clark Gregg), whose daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese) soon comes into the sights of Benedick’s comrade, Claudio (Fran Kranz). Benedick himself is quite the ladies’ man, however he meets his match in Hero’s witty and willful cousin Beatrice. And, as the phrase “meets his match” usually bids, it doesn’t take long for the two to fall in love. It’s a classic Shakespearean tale, retold in Whedon’s incredibly appropriate style. What’s more, Whedon’s adaptation finds poetic resonance with many current issues. Modern society’s rampant abuse of technology, for example is satirized by way of the messengers delivering plot twists via iPhones instead of scrolls, and the occasional clever wordplay (“Forsooth! A Bluetooth!”). Whedon manages to take good ol’ Shakespeare, put him through the mill of his own humor and what comes out is, unsurprisingly, a brilliant, if low-key, adaptation.
Continue reading: "Much Ado About Nothing" - Joss Whedon's Take On The Bard
Robert Downey Jr. will appear in Avengers 2 and 3. The rest is unclear.
The big wheels keep on turning at Marvel, as Robert Downey Jr. has just signed a two-movie deal with the studio – for Avengers 2 and 3. Notice anything lacking? That’s right, no new Iron Man. So our favorite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark will definitely be back for the next Avengers, as well as Marvel’s ominously titled Phase Three – maybe not in his own film though.
Both the actor and Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige have refused to comment directly on the omission, according to InsideMovies, though Downey has been hinting lately that at 48, his days as Iron Man are numbered. Feige’s statement on the deal didn’t offer much hope in that direction either: “I believe there will be a fourth Iron Man film and a fifth and a sixth and a 10th and a 20th,” the producer said. “I see no reason why Tony Stark can’t be as evergreen as James Bond. Or Batman for that matter. Or Spider-Man. I think Iron Man is a character just like that.” Feige declined any further comment Thursday. Except all of those characters have been played by several different actors over the years. So if that’s the fate of Iron Man, it doesn’t look like Downey will be reprising the role, beyond appearing in Avengers.
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr. Confirmed For Avengers 2 And 3. Not Iron Man
This new version of Shakespeare's romantic farce looks like it was shot on video in the filmmaker's house with his friends over the course of about two weeks, which is exactly the case. It's lively and funny, and occasionally also warm and emotional, but the uneven tone never quite comes together to bring out the passion in the characters. An enjoyable experiment, the film keeps us entertained but refuses to spring to life.
Set in present-day suburbia, the story opens as Don Pedro (Diamond) and his henchmen Benedick and Claudio (Denisof and Kranz) deliver rival gang leader Don John (Maher) to his mob boss brother Leonato (Gregg). A confirmed bachelor, Benedick continues his verbal sparring with Leonato's feisty love-rejecting daughter Beatrice (Acker), while Claudio seeks help in wooing her sweet cousin Hero (Morgese). But Leonato decides to have some fun here, tricking Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love with each other. Meanwhile, the imprisoned Don John is plotting to destroy his brother, while a bumbling detective (Fillion) tries to figure out what's up.
Filmmaker Whedon assembles his cast from actors he worked with in everything from Buffy to The Avengers, creating a loose, relaxed atmosphere that makes the film easy to watch, even though it's in black and white and is spoken in Shakespearean dialect. On the other hand, this kind of mutes the play's romantic highs and tragic lows, evening everything out into a gentle comedy of manners with slapstick touches. Part of the problem is that, if you're unfamiliar with these actors, it's not easy to tell them apart as they are dressed in identical black suits. But the cast is excellent, delivering the dialog with off-handed precision.
Continue reading: Much Ado About Nothing Review
Or what it's like to be filming too movies at the same time.
Joss Whedon has been an institution for his niche group of fans ever since the early 90s. But now, after the phenomenal success of last year’s “The Avengers” the quirky, workaholic director has become a household names. Which means he can also afford to work on pet projects like “Much Ado About Nothing” – Whedon’s Shakespeare adaptation, which was adapted and cast in a month, in between principle photography and post-production for The Avengers, according to Whendon’s recent interview with Moviefone. We weren’t kidding when we said workaholic.
But Whedon is taking it (a little) easier for the filming of The Avengers 2. He has his reasons for it, too: I enter upon "Avengers 2" with a different mindset than I did the first one. I feel like I know so well what it is that I want to accomplish, and like "Much Ado," I now have a real sense of the troop I'm working with and the strictures and the opportunities. My little passion, sidebar project comes out May 1, 2015.”
As for Much Ado, the film, which, in his own words, helped Whedon unlock “something very pure in me that I'd cut myself off from, of just enjoying every moment of the process,” is now in the hands of the critics, but both they and the few movie goers (Much Ado only saw a limited release) seem to be thrilled with the adaptation.
Continue reading: 'Avengers' Director Joss Whedon Opens Up About His Creative Process
We take a look at the reviews of this Shakespeare modernization
The reviews of Much Ado About Nothing are in, and it looks as though Joss Whedon’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic has been a hit with the critics. Let’s take a look at what they’ve had to say.
Continue reading: Critics Think Much Ado About Nothing Has Something
Action-packed trailer revealed just hours after ABC confirm they've bought Joss Whedon directed series
The first teaser trailer for new TV series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has been previewed by the comic book giants and it looks like it’s going to be just as action-packed as you’re all anticipating.
Joss Whedon is directing S.H.I.E.L.D
Now the clip is just 30 seconds or so long, but even in that time frame it fits in plenty of high-tailing, high risk, explosive action, while in the background Agent Coulson – played by Clark Gregg – says "We work the cases that S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't classified: The strange, the unknown," adding "It's not just spy vs. spy anymore. The whole world is in on the action." The footage provides first glimpses of the stars of the forthcoming series, Ming-Na, Chloe Bennet and Brett Dalton and looks at Hulk as well as Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield. This is going to be pure TV porn for Marvel fans we reckon.
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Joss Whedon has denied a report he is set for a $100 million payday for The Avengers 2.
The internet lit up on Tuesday after Deadline.com reported director Joss Whedon is getting a deal worth $100 million from Disney for the Avengers sequel and various other projects. It effectively meant Whedon was the highest paid director in the business, thought the filmmaker took to his personal blog to refute the report, though admitted he was making "A LOT" from the new film.
"I was going to let it slide, but I've got this sour taste in my mouth. (Mmmm, lemonade!)," he wrote, explaining, "Some facts are not facts. I'm not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I'm not getting $100 mil on Avengers 2. If I were, I would come on this site and laugh and laugh and laugh. I'm not making Downey money. I'm making A LOT, which is exciting. I'm not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts." His reference to Robert Downey Jr hinted that the Hollywood star probably did get the numbers suggested by Deadline for the first Avengers movie. It is known that the actor had a contract for a share of the profits from the smash-hit movie but the original speculated figure of $50 million is "more like $70 million-$80 million" according to the website.
The second Avengers movie is set for release in 2015 and if the trend of big-budget sequels outperforming the originals continues, it could be potentially record the biggest box-office numbers, ever.
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Among MTV Movie Award winners this year were Rebel Wilson, Jamie Foxx and Tom Hiddleston as well as their respective movies.
The 2013 MTV Movie Awards relived some of our favourite movie moments from the past year as the most entertaining actors were presented their well-deserved awards.
With flicks such as 'The Avengers', 'Django Unchained' and 'Pitch Perfect' keeping us firmly in our seats at the movie theatre over the past 12 months, we couldn't have expected anything less to come of this year's MTV Awards. Movie of the Year understandably went to Joss Whedon's Marvel blockbuster 'The Avengers' and Whedon was there to collect the accolade alongside the film's stars Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston and Chris Evans. The Best Musical Moment award was collected by the cast of comedy musical 'Pitch Perfect' - Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee - while Rebel also picked up the award for Breakthrough Performance.
'The Avengers 2' is set to be shot at London's Pinewood-Shepperton Studios this summer with a 2015 confirmed release date.
Hollywood comes to London for the shooting of 'The Avengers' sequel which has a release date of May 1st 2015.
Despite 'The Avengers' being shot completely in the US, 'The Avengers 2' will cross overseas to hit Pinewood-Shepperton Studios in London, England where they will begin shooting this summer. And they're not the only major superhero film to make it to the UK; 'Thor: The Dark World' and Marvel's new movie starring Chris Pratt 'Guardians of the Galaxy' are also due to be shooting there this year - that's a lot of comic book action for one studio!
While producers of 'The Avengers 2' are keeping pretty much keeping the entire movie under wraps for now, we can be pretty certain that we will see a returning cast ensemble of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.
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After a statement from Avengers director Joss Whedon, a Hulk movie is firmly off the cards.
No, no, there won’t be a solo Hulk movie following The Avengers 2.
So says Joss Whedon anyway, but we’re inclined to believe him, since, you know, the nerds follow the word of their god. The rumor was first spread by Latino Review, with the blog first describing it as a “SUPER BOWL EXCLUSIVE”. Well, no luck with that. When put on the spot about a possible addition to the franchise with Bruce Banner/ The Hulk in the central role, Whedon had this to say: "Well, I’m really not supposed to comment, but no, that’s nonsense." Sounds like a firm no to us. Then again, one can always hope that it’s all just an elaborate rouse (doesn’t that word make it sound so much cooler?) to put overly-excited fans off the scent? Pretty improbable, but it’s always a possibility, after Marvel boss Kevin Feige’s conflicting statements on the matter.
Joss Whedon has already envisioned a future filled with vampires, in his smash '90s series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes, just 10 years on from the end of that series, our cinemas and televisions are overrun with the longtoothed creatures (all of which have now got a bit long-in-the-tooth). Now his predictions have taken a more political turn, as he has made a video in strong, well thought out support of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. What's his focus? Mitt's own strong and well thought out plans, perfectly suitable for a zombie apocalypse.
Whedon begs us to ask some very important questions, including "Am I ready for the purity and courage Mitt Romney's apocalyptic vision"? He endorses Romney because "he's not afraid to face rattling grasping hordes of supplements because that's how he sees poor people already". Okay, okay, so maybe Whedon's video is satirical. Nevertheless, he really does make some very important points about Romney.
Whedon notes Romney's "commitment on governed corporate privilege that will nosedive this economy into true insolvency and chaos the kind of chaos you can't buy back" and most importantly points out that "Romney's ready to make that deep rollbacks in healthcare, education, social services [and] reproductive rights that will guarantee poverty, unemployment, overpopulation disease [and] rioting; all crucial elements in creating a nightmare zombie wasteland."
Nick Fury is the director of law enforcement and espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D, which deals with superhuman threats. One day, an unexpected enemy targets global security and safety. The enemy turns out to be Loki, who was banished from Asgard. This is made known to Nick, who decides to assemble a team of the world's strongest superheroes to tackle this problem.
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Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D, a law enforcement and espionage agency that deals with threats that can be perceived as superhuman. One such threat is made known to him one day, when an unexpected enemy targets global security and safety. Nick decides to assemble a team of the world's strongest superheroes to tackle this problem and starts looking all across the globe.
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