Joss Whedon

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Celebrities Assemble for Joss Whedon's Pro-Clinton Video

And promise a Mark Ruffalo nude scene

(Newser) - Joss Whedon hopes the prospect of a Mark Ruffalo nude scene will get people fired up about voting in November. The Hollywood Reporter reports the Avengers director and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator took a break from movie-making to launch the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Save the Day, returning Wednesday... More »

Much to Love About Whedon's Much Ado

Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof star in Shakespeare comedy

(Newser) - Between filming and post-production for The Avengers, Joss Whedon took a brief break—to film another movie. The result is the tiny-budgeted Much Ado About Nothing, shot at Whedon's own house with a digital camera over 12 days. Despite, or perhaps because of, the project's simplicity, critics are... More »

Avengers 2 Stars Battle 'Cheap' Marvel

Deadline Hollywood: Some actors may not sign for sequel without bigger payday

(Newser) - The Avengers may have been a blockbuster hit for Marvel, but many of the stars may not return for its sequel if the notoriously tightfisted comics company (now owned by Disney) won't cough up more cash, Nikki Finke reports in a Deadline Hollywood exclusive. While marquee name Robert Downey... More »

Critics Agree: Avengers a Blast

Joss Whedon directs Robert Downey Jr. in superhero blowout

(Newser) - Sure, it's an effective moneymaking scheme: release movies about individual superheroes, then one about all of them. But with Joss Whedon at the helm, The Avengers really works. What critics are saying:
  • "Even if you don't particularly like comic-book adaptations, this film just might make a believer
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Cabin in the Woods Is Scary Good

Joss Whedon-produced horror-comedy defies convention

(Newser) - Critics are applauding Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods for its delectable mixture of horror and humor. From a familiar premise—five college students alone in the forest—come all kinds of surprises.
  • "A fiendishly clever brand of meta-level genius propels The Cabin in
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Screw Stephen Baldwin— Restore Joss Whedon

Come on, 'Dollhouse' wasn't that bad!

(Newser) - Remember that goofy campaign to donate money to Stephen Baldwin because he was a Job-like Christian? A comedy outfit called the Big Honkin' thought it was pretty dumb, too, and has a better idea: How about restoring Joss Whedon? No, he's not broke or anything, but man, his shows get... More »

In a Decade, 'TV Became Art'

The Wire , The Sopranos , Six Feet Under , Mad Men —get the picture?

(Newser) - For television, the past decade has been “as the sixties are to music and the seventies to movies”—some of the worst content ever was produced, but the cream of the crop rose to the level of art, Emily Nussbaum writes. Sure, “you could easily memorialize the... More »

Colbert Vies to Be Namesake of NASA Module

But Joss Whedon's devoted nerd army may spoil comedian's plans

(Newser) - Again proving that his love for self-promotion knows no bounds, Stephen Colbert is urging fans to vote for his write-in suggestion for the name of the new observation deck attachment to the International Space Station, reports. In two days, Colbert nation has pushed his name to the top... More »

Dollhouse Is Weird, Rich, and Risky

Buffy creator offers another layered, super-powered heroine

(Newser) - Joss Whedon likes to mash up unexpected genres, so after creating teen soap-meets-vampire noir Buffy, it's hardly surprising that new show Dollhouse is a provacative sci-fi procedural "bubbling with Philip K. Dickish mind games." It's too bad it probably won't last, writes Emily Nussbaum in New York, because... More »

Cruise, Obama Top List of 2008 Viral Videos

(Newser) - In the vast, fragmented online universe, videos tend to entice some and disgust others. But every year offers a list of viral vids enjoyed by all. The Washington Post runs down 2008's best:
  • Tom Cruise on Scientology: A rambling, fervent Cruise extols his religion, saying he's the "only one
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Whedon's 'Horrible' an Online Hit

Evil genius is too good for his own good, and so is his show

(Newser) - Hollywood’s Internet video forays have mostly been failures—remember Quarterlife?—but none of them starred a dorky singing mad scientist. Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog thankfully features just such a character, and it’s almost too successful for its own good. The first episode had been... More »

Profs to Buffy: You Slay Me

Slayer fans meet to share scholarly insights

(Newser) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer started out lowbrow, but don’t tell that to the academics converging on Henderson State University today for a 3-day conference on the campy TV classic. The cheerleader-turned-monster fighter has inspired the kind of study usually reserved for major philosophers, the AP reports. The Arkansas university... More »

Buffy's Back! But Just for 1 Night

Whedon says a return to the air is unlikely

(Newser) - Fans of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer got a shot of the old magic last night when the cast reunited for a panel discussion at the William Paley TV Festival, the AP reports. But Joss Whedon dampened devotees' hopes of resurrecting the cult favorite. “So many stars would have... More »

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