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    12 Great & Not-So-Great Debuts From Screenwriters-Turned-Directors

    “...but what I really want to do is direct,” goes the hoary old Hollywood refrain. Actors, key grips, wardrobe assistants, the odd ambitious caterer -- sometimes it feels like everyone who’s ever stepped on to a movie set dreams, idly or with calculation, of one day calling the shots. Even the clapp...

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    Watch: Joss Whedon Says No to Kickstarting 'Firefly,' Yes to Batman and His Own Ballet

    Last Wednesday, May 29, the Film Society at Lincoln Center held "An Evening with Joss Whedon," consisting of an advanced screening of his new movie "Much Ado About Nothing" and a Q&A with the man himself. The full video — of the Q&A, not to disappoint anyone — is below, but here are a few hi...

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

    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-lo...

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    Joss Whedon Says Without Robert Downey Jr., He Won't Make 'The Avengers 2'

    It was about a month ago when something a little bit ugly came out from behind the smiling, mega-successful Marvel -- their talent wasn't quite happy. Specifically, the talent they need for "The Avengers 2" was beginning to bite. With Robert Downey Jr.'s contract up for Marvel, and news that he bagg...

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

    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," fil...

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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 th...

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    Hollywood Hits the Commencement Trail, from Affleck and Marling to Whedon (VIDEO)

    It's May, which means that movie and media moguls are working the commencement speech circuit. Arianna Huffington did Smith College, while Boston's own Ben Affleck delivered a rousing speech at Brown in exchange for his honorary degree. On May 26, Joss Whedon '87 gave the commencement address at his...

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    Discuss: Can Marvel Keep Lowballing Their Actors? 'The Avengers 2' Negotiations Get Heated

    As Marvel enters Phase Two of their cinematic universe, their business universe is also getting a bit of a shake up. No one could have really predicted that Phase One would end with the billion dollar earning "The Avengers," and that really changed the game. Wisely, Robert Downey Jr. had negotiated ...

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    Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch Confirmed For 'The Avengers 2' (For Now)

    So, remember just over a week ago when Joss Whedon not-so-subtly teased that his script for "The Avengers 2" script contained, "two of my favorite characters from the comic book, a brother/sister act"? While he didn't come right out and say it, speculation centered on Quicksilver and The Scarlet Wi...

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    How Marvel's Movie Risks Paid Off & How The Studio System Could Stand To Pay Attention To Them

    In Steven Soderbergh's state of cinema address earlier this week, he remarked that, "Art is a very elegant problem solving model." He went on to describe his ideal model for a studio: "I think if I were going to run a studio I’d just be gathering the best filmmakers I could find and sort of let them...

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