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Review: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Demands Inside Marvel Knowledge (TRAILER)

The show assumes a fair amount of inside Marvel knowledge on the part of its viewers, which at this point is not much of a stretch. But all the elaborate backstories being spun out don't always promote comprehension. The target audience, one suspects, will have little trouble keeping up.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 25, 2013 2:47 PM
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Joss Whedon Talks 'Avengers 2,' Untrue Rumors of $100 Million Paycheck, Importance of Original Content and More in EW

In the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands August 23), Joss Whedon gives a candid interview, discussing why untrue rumors of a $100 million paycheck for "Avengers 2" irked him, Tom Hiddleston's much-loved Loki not being part of that sequel, the importance of original content and more. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2013 12:40 PM
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Comic-Con Immersed in Movies: Whedon and Gregg Talk 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD,' Separate from 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'

The tagline says it all for ABC's "Marvels's Agents of SHIELD," which sneaked the pilot Friday at Comic-Con:"Not all heroes are super." In fact, creator Joss Whedon, who directed the pilot, suggested that this rag-tag group of agents without super powers represent the Marvel universe on a much more human scale. Like their mentor, the resurrected Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg, who stars in Whedon's arthouse hit "Much Ado About Nothing"), they investigate the bizarre occurrences that connect The Avengers to ordinary people. (Whedon showed up as the capper for the Marvel panel, with a brief teaser of "The Avengers" sequel, now called "Age of Ultron." The crowd roared.)
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 20, 2013 11:21 PM
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Watch: Joss Whedon Talks 'Much Ado About Nothing' and More at Film Society of Lincoln Center (VIDEO)

Check out this half-hour Q&A with Joss Whedon at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, in which he discusses his career with the Film Society's Matt Kaszanek, from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and a little film called "The Avengers" to black-and-white Shakespeare adaptation "Much Ado About Nothing" and more. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 11, 2013 2:48 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Shooting Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' in Black-and-White (VIDEO)

Joss Whedon's marvelous Shakespeare house party in modern dress, "Much Ado About Nothing," is part of a mini black-and-white resurgence this year that also includes Noah Baumbach's screwball "Frances Ha," Alexander Payne's chilly "Nebraska," and Godfrey Reggio's counter-intuitive "Visitors." Maybe it's "The Artist" factor or maybe it's just time to go monochromatic again as a retro exercise in naturalism. For "Much Ado" cinematographer Jay Hunter (who previously worked with Whedon on the "Dollhouse" TV series), shooting in black-and-white was nirvana -- a mixture of film noir and the French New Wave.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 7, 2013 12:20 PM
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Review: Joss Whedon's Verily Updated 'Much Ado About Nothing' (VIDEO)

A healthy dose of disrespect keeps Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” from toppling into the swamp of sensibilities that so often swallows up Shakespeare updates – those well-intentioned “reimaginings” that put a cast in new clothes and new attitudes, and thus render the dialogue even dustier than it already might seem (at least to audiences who wouldn’t go to an Elizabethan play without the barrel of a revolver stuck up their collective nostril).
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 3, 2013 1:53 PM
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Video Highlights of the MTV Movie Awards: Aubrey Plaza Stage Crashes, Bradley Cooper's Smooching Skills, Trailblazer Emma Watson and More

You can count on the MTV Movie Awards to be noisy, lively, silly and awkward, and Sunday night was no exception. Check out the full list of winners and highlights below, including Aubrey Plaza stage-crashing Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron going pantless to present the Best Shirtless Performance, Emma Watson being adorably flustered by her win as MTV Trailblazer, and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 15, 2013 1:32 PM
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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' to Open 2013 Seattle International Film Festival

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.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2013 12:03 PM
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Who Should Direct Bond 24? Take Our Poll

Now that Sam Mendes has dropped out of directing "Bond 24," who should helm the follow-up to the billion-dollar "Skyfall"? The new MI6 table's been set with M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), and Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and with no more rites of passage or existential crises to deal with, Daniel Craig's 007 is now fully formed and reporting for duty "with pleasure."
  • By Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz
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  • March 7, 2013 4:17 PM
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Trailer Watch: Joss Whedon's Jazzy, Pared-Down 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Check out the new first trailer for Joss Whedon's adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," shot in crisp black-and-white and set to St. Germain's "Rose Rouge." The low-budget film stars Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof as sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick, and Fran Kranz and Jillian Morgese as Claudio and Hero.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 7, 2013 3:11 PM
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