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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' to Open 2013 Seattle International Film Festival

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 9, 2013 at 12:03PM

The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, running May 16 - June 9, will open with Joss Whedon's jazzy, pared-down adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Whedon and the stars of the film, Alexis Denisof, Amy Ackler, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg, are confirmed to attend.
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"Much Ado About Nothing"
"Much Ado About Nothing"

The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, running May 16 - June 9, will open with Joss Whedon's jazzy, pared-down adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Whedon and the stars of the film, Alexis Denisof, Amy Ackler, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg, are confirmed to attend.

The black-and-white film was shot in just 12 days at Whedon's California home, during the director's period of contractual obligation to take time off before continuing post-production on "The Avengers."  

Watch a trailer for "Much Ado" here.

The SIFF opening night gala will take place on May 16, with an expected audience of 3,000 attendees. More info here.

This article is related to: Festivals, Seattle International Film Festival , Joss Whedon, Seattle


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.