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12:30 PM on 09.18.2013

Joss Whedon called in to fix some of Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World's director is gladly admitting to SFX Magazine that Joss Whedon came down from on high to help him iron out some kinks that weren't working too well with the film. Basically he says that Whedon is like a ...

Matthew Razak


Mistwalker Celebrates Terra Battle's 500K Downloads Milestone

Having now surpassed 500,000 downloads, Terra Battle fans will soon enjoy new characters from the original character and dragon model designer of Panzer Dragoon, Manabu Kusunoki. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.

Avengers 2 now officially titled Avengers: Age of Ultron photo
Avengers 2 now officially titled Avengers: Age of Ultron
by Nick Valdez

During Marvel's big San Diego Comic Con panel on Saturday (which brought lots of news for Marvel's Phase Two including Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy), Joss Whedon announced that the sequel to the blockbuster The Avengers (formerly known as Untitled Marvel Avengers Sequel: 2015) , will now officially be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Who's Ultron? Ultron is a super robot guy who was recently at the center of the "Age of Ultron" mini-event (which disturbingly ran in the comics this year) in Marvel Comics. In the event, he basically just murdered a bunch of Avengers and there were alternate timelines and oh no this sounds confusing. While we all thought Thanos was going to be the big baddie for the sequel (thanks to that teaser and the end), it looks like he either might appear earlier (as in Guardians of the Galaxy) or later (a possible Avengers 3). And while this sounds very exciting, I'm going to hate explaining who Ultron is to everyone. What do you all think? Do you know who Ultron is? 

[via /Film]

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Review: Much Ado About Nothing photo
Review: Much Ado About Nothing
by Matthew Razak

How do you follow up the biggest blockbuster in cinematic history? One crammed full of superheroes and special effects and big name actors? A film that epitomizes Hollywood in all its glory and all its faults?

If you're Joss Whedon you take your week vacation, invite a bunch of friends over to your house and you film Shakespeare. This, in case you were wondering, is why Joss Whedon is awesome.

[This review was originally posted as part of our South by Southwest 2013 coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of Much Ado About Nothing.]

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12:00 PM on 05.20.2013

Whedon confirms Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver for Avengers 2

While a rumor that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver (Magneto's son and daughter, which means that mutants would exist within the Whedonverse) were joining the Avengers for UMAS: 2015 has been floating around the Internet for som...

Nick Valdez

NYC: Spend an evening with Joss Whedon - 5/29 photo
NYC: Spend an evening with Joss Whedon - 5/29
by Hubert Vigilla

Get on this, geeks!

On Wednesday, May 29th, Joss Whedon will be at The Film Society of Lincoln Center for a special preview screening of Much Ado About Nothing followed by a discussion. Tix are $20 and on sale now. The film will open in New York on June 7th.

For tickets and more information, visit FilmLinc.com. After the cut is the official press release.

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1:00 PM on 04.12.2013

A playful poster for Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing

I feel like "playful" is a pretty good way to describe director Joss Whedon's newest movie, a Shakespeare adaptation called Much Ado About Nothing. Even though it's coming from one of the most fiercely loved directors of our ...

Liz Rugg

12:30 PM on 03.15.2013

Whedon: No Firefly Kickstarter any time soon

I think that thing that instantly leaped to everyone's mind the second the Veronica Mars Kickstarter absolutely dominated everything ever was that there needs to be one for Firefly. After all, the entire cast loves it an...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 03.08.2013

Trailer: Much Ado About Nothing

After director Joss Whedon's mega block-buster The Avengers last year, he decided to tone it down a bit for his next project. It's a bit of a palate cleanser - Much Ado About Nothing is an adaption of the classic Shakespeare...

Liz Rugg

7:00 PM on 02.26.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Screenplay

As a hopeful screenwriter, Best Screenplay is the one award I pay the most attention to in every awards. Our kind isn't so often publicly recognized, no matter how handsome we all are. Screenplays are important thou...

Nathan Hardisty

8:00 PM on 09.19.2012

Joss Whedon discusses why he's on board for Avengers 2

You'd think if you'd just directed the third highest box office film of all time you'd be right in line to direct its sequel once the dump truck full of money drove up to your house, but not Joss Whedon. That guy cares about ...

Matthew Razak

Joss Whedon signs on for Avengers 2, minds explode photo
Joss Whedon signs on for Avengers 2, minds explode
by Nick Valdez

Disney has just confirmed (through an investors conference call, according to /Film) that Joss Whedon has definitely signed on to write and direct the sequel to the blockbuster Avengers film as well as involving himself with the ABC television series set in the Avengers universe. Although Whedon was a little sketchy about coming back, his return to the franchise is something we have all wanted for a long time

While Whedon may be currently absorbed in other projects, it's good to know that this treasure of a man is still keeping his hands in the Avengers honeypot. Marvel's future is galactically wide open, so they're going to need someone good enough at storytelling to keep all of these potentially big ideas together. With Whedon's involvement, most likely as the puppeteer for all of The Avengers tie-ins, I am extremely confident that Marvel's ambitious Phase Two plan won't just collapse in on itself. 

My mind is now completely 'sploded. As are all of yours. 

[via /Film]

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7:00 PM on 08.02.2012

Pictures from Whedon's Much Ado remain Branaghless

Having shot the film Dr. Horrible-style, independently and in under two weeks, professional cool-guy-you'd-like-to-hang-with Joss Whedon has put out some new shots of his forthcoming black and white adaptation of Much Ado Abo...

Jason Savior

12:00 PM on 07.19.2012

Flix for Short: Scary Smash

Taking a child's incoherent ramblings and turning them into an actual story isn't the newest idea on the block, but when you put Joss Whedon, Dave Foley and Kate Miucci into the mix it becomes fresh all over again. To kick o...

Matthew Razak

8:00 PM on 05.01.2012

Book: Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion

Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion: The TV Series, The Movies, The Comic Books, and More should be on sale as all of you read this. Unlike some of the other books we've covered, this book serves as an anthology of some of th...

Geoff Henao

Reminder: Win a MONDO poster for Cabin in the Woods! photo
Reminder: Win a MONDO poster for Cabin in the Woods!
by Liz Rugg

[Congratulations to our winner: Ben Murphy! Your prize should be in the mail! This contest is now closed, stay tuned for more soon!]

I still can't believe that title is real. Yes, for real, Flixist is giving away a real Mondo poster, and it's really of the Joss Whedon-penned critical smash-hit: Cabin in the Woods!

To enter, you can do two things: you can comment below telling us about your favorite Joss Whedon venture and why it's awesome. Or you can retweet Flixist's tweet (which just went live on Flixist's twitter) about the contest! It's really that easy, people. Not only is this Cabin in the Woods poster awesome, but it retails for $45 and it's already completely sold out! This is literally one of your last chances to get one, and it's free! You can check out details about the poster below.

If you do comment to enter, please make sure that your Disqus profile has an up to date email address so that we can reach you if you win! *Only eligible to the Continental United States. Contest ends April 27th, 2012.

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3:00 PM on 04.17.2012

The Invincible Iron Man vs. The Mighty Thor

We're about two weeks away from some awesome Avengers action. In this new clip, we have Iron Man fighting Thor for reasons unknown. Of course they'll make up, play nice, and drink cocktails and mead together later in the mov...

Hubert Vigilla

Cabin in the Woods: The painting and the whiteboard photo
Cabin in the Woods: The painting and the whiteboard
by Hubert Vigilla

[For the next few days, we'll be looking at The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion and the official movie novelization, both from Titan Books. The visual companion features an in-depth interview with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, the complete screenplay, cast interviews, and hundreds of full-color images. The film's novelization is by New York Times bestselling author Tim Lebbon. The visual companion and the novelization come out tomorrow.]

The Official Visual Companion to The Cabin in the Woods is jam-packed with great images. This includes stills from the completed film, behind-the-scenes photos, storyboards, and lots of production art. Picking what to highlight is a little hard given that I still don't want to spoil anything major about the film. Previously we looked at Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's writing process and how they kept secrets while casting their leads. So I decided to focus on just two images.

First up is a painting in the cabin that's particularly gory. The other image I present without elaboration. It's not a total spoiler since you need the context, but avert your eyes from that whiteboard image if you don't want to know anything about the movie. Those who've seen The Cabin in the Woods ought to get a kick out of it.

You can view both the painting and the whiteboard in the gallery. After the cut, I've included the description of the painting from the novelization as well as comments on the painting from production designer Martin Whist, whose other credits include Cloverfield, Super 8, and the forthcoming RoboCop remake.

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Cabin in the Woods: Joss & Drew on casting and dactyls photo
Cabin in the Woods: Joss & Drew on casting and dactyls
by Hubert Vigilla

[For the next few days, we'll be looking at The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion from Titan Books. It features an in-depth interview with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, the film's complete screenplay, cast interviews, and hundreds of full-color photos and pieces of production art. The book comes out April 17th.]

Surprises are an essential part of The Cabin in the Woods. We mentioned that in our review of the film, and touched on it in our earlier look at the official visual companion. I should say again, be sure to avoid flipping through the visual companion until after you see the movie. Practically all of the secrets are spoiled in the book.

There's a lot that filmmakers can do to prevent spoilers or other kinds of leaks. Sometimes scripts are printed on colored paper to avoid copying (it can also prevent easy reading for the actors). Other times actors and crew are only given bits of the script to work from, never having the full thing in their hands at any one time. And of course there are false production names that will throw off snoops -- The Cabin in the Woods went by Mordecai and Northern Practice, among other generic names.

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard tried to maintain the element of surprise way back at the beginning. They gave the script to people they trusted at first, and then went to some interesting lengths to keep secrets during the casting process. Most importantly, it involved pterodactyls.

I've excerpted that bit from The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion after the cut.

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Cabin in the Woods: Joss & Drew's writing process photo
Cabin in the Woods: Joss & Drew's writing process
by Hubert Vigilla

[For the next few days, we'll be looking at The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion from Titan Books. It features an in-depth interview with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, the film's complete screenplay, cast interviews, and hundreds of full-color photos and pieces of production art. The book comes out April 17th.]

On my desk as I type this are the official visual companion to The Cabin in the Woods as well as the novelization of the film by Tim Lebbon. Both books come out next Tuesday (tax day, for you procrastinators).

Let me warn you right now: do NOT thumb through the visual companion if you want to avoid spoilers. It gives practically everything away, and one of the pleasures of the film comes from knowing as little as possible about it. It's best to watch the The Cabin in the Woods for yourself before checking out the visual companion.

With that warning, let's turn to the book's extensive interview with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. During the interview, they describe their unique method of collaboration and how they wrote the first draft of the screenplay in one busy weekend. I've excerpted that spoiler-free section of the interview after the cut.

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Review: The Cabin in the Woods photo
Review: The Cabin in the Woods
by Alex Katz

[This review was originally published as part of our coverage of SXSW 2012. It has been reposted to coincide with the film's national release.]

There is so much amazing stuff going on in Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods that I can't tell you about, and it's agonizing. This may be one of the best, most original horror movies I've seen in damn near a decade, and I can barely recap the trailer for you without giving WAY too much away. There's a mystery here that's more powerful than all the puzzle box marketing of all the J.J. Abrams films and televisions shows put together. I was talking to my brother, a writer at Culture Mob who's seen the film as well, and he describes it best: "It's Evil Dead meets another movie that you really can't guess and being told what it is ruins the surprise."

I'm going to do my best to not ruin the surprise of Cabin in the Woods. If you're a horror movie fan, though, this should be the absolute number one film on your radar this year, no excuses. And if you're not, you should still see it for a thoroughly Joss Whedon take on the horror genre.

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Dr. Horrible 2 finally happening, hopefully this summer photo
Dr. Horrible 2 finally happening, hopefully this summer
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I remember the first time I saw Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. I also remember the second time. And the third, fourth, and the fifth time (the latter of which is when I finally saw Commentary: The Musical, which continues to be the only commentary track I have ever sat through). Good times.

So when I heard way back when that a Dr. Horrible 2 was a thing, I was very excited. Years later, it still hasn't happened, so I was beginning to worry that maybe it would never actually happen. Fortunately, it will be. In an interview with Wired, Joss Whedon said:

We’re stuck, basically, at this one part in the process,” Whedon said. “All of us are looking at this summer as the time when we can go, ‘Hey, you know what? We’ve got a little free time, let’s get unstuck.’ Neil has been like, ‘How long?’ We’re all sort of just waiting, but the waiting will stop.

He went on to say that the waiting will be stopping sooner rather than later, and they are looking at this upcoming summer to start the ball rolling. Songs have been written and there is a full outline ready to go, so it's a matter of when and not if.

Which is awesome.

[Via Wired]

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Trailer: The Avengers photo
Trailer: The Avengers
by Xander Markham

The Japanese trailer for The Avengers is brimming with new footage, including a shot of Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts looking deeply concerned (maybe someone finally told her how embarrassing Goop is), a hovership a lot like the Valiant from Doctor Who, a bit of screentime for Hawkeye and Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill (she speaks!), plus Nick Fury wielding a rocket launcher and all the requisite blowy-uppy stuff.

In keep with the recent trend, it's a significantly better trailer than the English language one - I love the voiceover guy's enthusiasm when he says 'Avengers!', even if it isn't a patch on 'Snow White-o!' - with more focus on each hero, tighter cutting and a greater sense of scale, even if the aliens only seem interested in blowing up New York, just as the Decepticons were singularly intent on trashing Chicago (not that anyone noticed a difference). As someone mostly unimpressed by the Marvel movies leading up to this one, and who grew up with different Avengers entirely, this is the closest any trailer has come to getting me excited.

[via EW]

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