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Joss Whedon Makes 'Much Ado' About Tweeting

Fans rejoiced as Joss Whedon sent out his first tweet on March 7: "Hey it's Joss. I'm tweeting. I'm a member of the twitterati. I hath tweeth'd. It's on. -Joss— @MuchAdoFilm"
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 10, 2013 5:45 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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Joss Whedon Embraces Mitt Romney's Dystopian Vision

If Lena Dunham can do it, so can Joss Whedon. A viral video is easy to make, easy to post...and can be damn effective.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2012 2:46 AM
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Joss Whedon to Write, Direct Marvel World S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot for ABC

Joss Whedon and "Avengers" fans everywhere rejoice: ABC has ordered a "S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot from the "Buffy" scribe which will focus on the secretive military cum-police force of the Avengers universe. Whedon will direct, pending his schedule, and will co-write the pilot along with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 1:45 PM
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'The Avengers': Who Comes Out Ahead? Everyone. Almost.

When I finally saw "Marvel's The Avengers" Sunday in murky 3-D at Loew's 83rd Street Cinema in Manhattan, like everyone else in the theater, I had a roaring good time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2012 4:29 PM
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Review Round-Up: 'Marvel's The Avengers': The Best Super Hero Movie Of All Time?

Stakes and anticipation were high for "Marvel's The Avengers," which finally brings together a half dozen superheroes. The take-home message from most reviewers is that the super hero mash-up more than met expectations--it set the bar higher for summer blockbusters and other superhero movies alike.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 20, 2012 9:16 AM
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'The Cabin in the Woods' Review, Whedon & Goddard Talk, Latest Snarky Clip

Lionsgate acquisitions chief Jason Constantine rescued horror comedy "The Cabin in the Woods," co-written by producer Joss Whedon ("The Avengers") and rookie director Drew Goddard, from post-MGM limbo. (Lionsgate paid considerably less for worldwide rights than the $41 million MGM shelled out to make it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2012 4:22 PM
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First Watch: 'Cabin in the Woods' Covers Its Cliches in Horror Film Send-Up

"Cabin in the Woods" has a telling first clip: hilariously, the movie takes on horror cliches. See below.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 23, 2012 5:24 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for "The Avengers" Reveals Epic Destruction

The new trailer for Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" showcases the film's seven stars doing battle in the alien-besieged streets and skies of New York City.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 29, 2012 1:34 PM
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