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What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Much Ado About Nothing' For 'The Internship;' 'Wish You Were Here' For 'The Purge'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 7, 2013 2:46 PM
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The studios have been busy, it seems, preparing for this first June weekend. The bevy of comedies, thrillers, adaptations, docs, and psycho killer little girl stories landing at the multiplexes and art houses are like a big neon sign that reads, "SUMMERTIME!" And really, what says summer better than a movie about interning? (We're talking to you, college students.) Maybe one about a 12-hour period of sanctioned lawlessness? (That's for all those who remember when summer was actually a vacation.) Whatever hearkens the season best, there is so much on the release slate today, you may need a to-do list to make it through the titles. And we'd love to know which films will make your top slots, so clue us in using the comments section below!

Review: Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing'

  • By Christopher Schobert
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  • June 5, 2013 7:35 PM
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How does one follow the biggest superhero film in box office history? Perhaps a better way to phrase it is, how does the man behind some of the most beloved cult TV series and characters in recent pop history follow the biggest superhero film in box office history? If we're talking about the much-loved Joss Whedon – who else? – you decamp to your home, grab a camera, invite over your friends, and create a delightful, DIY, modern-day black-and-white adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Duh.

From 'Avengers' To Shakespeare: If Joss Whedon Can Do It All, 5 Film Projects We'd Love To See Him Tackle

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 4, 2013 1:44 PM
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Infamously, writer/director Joss Whedon, who had recently been saddled with the task of bringing the Marvel Universe's crown jewel "The Avengers" to cinematic life, took a two-week vacation from editing that monstrous movie and spent it cheaply shooting an adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing," filmed entirely in his Los Angeles home with a bunch of his showbiz friends. What's so shocking, is that for a no-budget black-and-white movie that nobody even knew existed until it was finished, "Much Ado About Nothing" is just as entertaining as "The Avengers" was in a completely different way. Both feel very much like Whedon applying his specific skill set to a preexisting property and coming away with something that's identifiably Whedon-esque but also true to the original material. It got us thinking about other things we'd like to see Whedon tackle.

The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 7, 2013 11:58 AM
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The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Indies Of The Summer
So perhaps the blockbusting sturm und drang of “Iron Man 3” has you slavering for more KA-BLAMMO, in which case our Most Anticipated Summer Blockbusters is the article for you. If, however, you're already getting a slight tension headache at the prospect of weeks upon interminable weeks of tentpole releases and the din of clashing opinions that attends the redistribution of billions of dollars of wealth, never fear. The gods of counterprogramming have been especially kind this year, and there's a wide selection of upcoming, smaller-budgeted, lesser-distributed gems in which the only things that collide are intersecting lives, the only ticking time bombs are repressed emotions, the only things that break are hearts, and the only things that blow up are grandiose expectations, right in some sad sack's face. You are also much more likely to get some full-on nudity.

Watch: New U.K. Trailer For Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2013 3:14 PM
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Joss Whedon's reputation is largely staked on his genre stuff from "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" to "Firefly" to, of course, "The Avengers" and his continued work in the Marvel universe. But it seems he's eager to prove he can do more than tell the stories of superheroes and the supernatural, and so he got some friends together and literally shot a movie in his backyard. The result? "Much Ado About Nothing."

Watch: Joss Whedon Goes Shakespeare With Trailer For 'Much Ado About Nothing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 1:54 PM
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Yes, Joss Whedon -- who made $1 billion and change for Marvel simply by making some spandex heroes fly around for a couple of hours -- has made a movie based on a Shakespeare play. In black and white. In his backyard. And on a budget that would barely feed the cast and crew of "The Avengers" for a single day. But you know what else? It actually looks pretty good.

Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' & Ethan Hawke's 'Purge' Get Summer Release Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 5:24 PM
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With the unbelievable success of "The Avengers," Joss Whedon is the new king of summer. Want proof? His arty, I-made-it-in-my-backyard-for-real Shakespeare adaptation is going to go in the deep end with the blockbusters in 2013.

Lionsgate To Distribute Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing,' Millennium Take 'What Maisie Knew'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 1:12 PM
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TIFF is pretty much dragging to a close (though doesn't officially wrap up until the weekend) -- everything major has premiered, and those critics who haven't already departed the city are mostly just catching up on stuff they couldn't see due to clashes otherwise. But the film market's still ticking along, and while several high-profile pictures remain, two more have just been snapped up.

TIFF Review: Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' Is An Unexpected Delight

  • By Christopher Schobert
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  • September 10, 2012 10:02 AM
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How does one follow the biggest superhero film in box office history? Perhaps a better way to phrase it is, how does the man behind some of the most beloved cult TV series and characters in recent pop history follow the biggest superhero film in box office history? If we're talking about the much-loved Joss Whedon – who else? – you decamp to your home, grab a camera, invite over your friends, and create a delightful, DIY, modern-day black-and-white adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Duh.

TIFF Scores: Danny Elfman Takes 'Silver Linings Playbook'; Bright Eyes Players Score 'Writers'; DeVotchKa Tunes Up 'Maisie' & 'Arthur Newman' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 3:39 PM
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While your eyes will be dazzled next month with the staggering number of great movies unspooling at TIFF, you may want to keep your ears at attention too, because there are some rather interesting names popping up as composers and contributors of music to a variety of films.

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