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August 7, 2012 | By John Horn
Joss Whedon will return to write and direct a sequel to "The Avengers," Bob Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Co., announced Tuesday. The superhero movie, made by Disney's Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, is one of the biggest hits in modern Hollywood history, with global ticket sales in excess of $1.46 billion. The film's domestic ticket sales of $616.8 million makes it the third-highest-grossing film of all time, trailing just"Avatar" and"Titanic" in non-inflation-adjusted dollars.
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March 6, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The Tribeca Film Festival will feature a number of celebrities in front of and behind the camera when it kicks off its 13th edition next month. Chris Messina directs “Alex of Venice,” a marital drama that stars the filmmaker and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his wife, with a resurgent Don Johnson co-starring. Courtney Cox, meanwhile, will unveil “Just Before I Go,” about a hard-luck man (Sean William Scott) who returns to his hometown to try to settle some scores. Also premiering at the festival, organizers said Thursday, will be Victor Levin's “5 to 7,” a transatlantic romance starring Anton Yelchin, who mined similar territory in Sundance sensation “Like Crazy” a few years back; Susanna Fogel's “Life Partners,” the Millennial friendship dramedy that stars real-life partners Leighton Meester and Adam Brody as well as Gillian Jacobs and Gabourey Sidibe; the Nicole Holofcener-penned “Every Secret Thing,” a mystery involving disappearing children; the Joss Whedon-penned “In Your Eyes,” a metaphysical romance starring Zoe Kazan; and Jesse Zwick's “About Alex,” a dramatic comedy starring Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield and Maggie Grace that's described as a “Big Chill for our current social media moment.” BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen Among the newly announced nonfiction films are the Ann Richards' doc “All About Ann” from Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper, as well as “Bachelor”...
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July 22, 2010 | By Jevon Phillips, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
There may not be two bigger heroes for many of the Comic-Con faithful than Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams. The mood was set for most of the crowd as songs from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" musical episode and "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"played over the Hall H loudspeakers. The announcer rattled off a list of the duo's separate accomplishments, each cheered to varying degrees, but the loudest roar came when Whedon and Abrams walked out to a packed house as part of Entertainment Weekly's Visionaries series, answering a variety of questions from the audience and from moderator Jeff "Doc" Jensen.
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November 15, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Of all the new fall shows, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " was the most anticipated and continues to be among the most closely monitored by critics, columnists and Industry bloggers. Many people who are not ABC executives want this show to succeed: Avengers fans, Joss Whedon fans, Clark Gregg fans and parents clinging to that quaint old notion of family viewing. I do too. To paraphrase the immortal Bonnie Tyler song, I need a hero. After years of emotionally crippled, morally conflicted, downward-spiraling and/or angrily brilliant men taking the lead in so many dramas big and small, American TV needs a hero who is neither super, reluctant nor anti.
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October 29, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
You might not wholly agree with Joss Whedon's "endorsement" of Mitt Romney, but you have to give the guy props for cracking a few good zombie jokes. Whedon, the writer behind "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Dollhouse" and the upcoming "The Avengers 2," jams tongue firmly in cheek for the bit, which came out over the weekend. "Like a lot of liberal Americans," he opens, "I was excited when Barack Obama took office four years ago. But it's a very different world now, and Mitt Romney is a very different candidate, one with the vision and determination to cut through business-as-usual politics and finally put this country back on the path to the zombie apocalypse.
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March 10, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
AUSTIN, Texas -- “Don't even get me started. That was the greatest thing that happened for geeks ever.” Joss Whedon is debating a moment in the history of the sci-fi TV series “Battlestar Galactica” with cast members from his new film, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Huddled in a booth at the Josephine House, a tiny restaurant in Austin's historic Clarksville neighborhood, the tired but amiable group had been together in tight quarters for...
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July 23, 2010
A roundup of Friday morning's arts and entertainment headlines: Joss Whedon is officially directing "The Avengers." ( Los Angeles Times ) Guillermo del Toro will revamp Disney's "Haunted Mansion" franchise. ( Los Angeles Times ) GLAAD gives the CW high marks for diversity. ( The Envelope ) Oksana Grigorieva claims Mel Gibson said, "I want Jew blood on my hands." ( Radar Online ) Can Mindjolt do for video game developers what MySpace did for musicians?
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October 2, 2013 | By Scott Collins
To those who belong to the Joss Whedon cult, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " is enough to cause some major anxiety right now.  ABC's new comics-inspired spy caper got off to a fine start during premiere week, but on Tuesday night, despite a hinted-at cameo from Samuel L. Jackson, it lost more than a third of its audience of adults ages 18 to 49 compared with the debut, according to Nielsen.   That's enough to make fans wonder if writer-producer Whedon's TV curse will remain intact.  Whedon made his name with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," shows that established his ability to bend and mix genres in wry, pop-savvy ways (perhaps best exemplified by the musical numbers in "Buffy," a show that already subverted vampire and teen-angst tropes)
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August 29, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Joss Whedon's Marvel-related TV series has a name, and it's "S.H.I.E.L.D. " The top-secret government organization headed by Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) is the subject of an upcoming ABC TV pilot, which received a green light from the network on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. This series would be Whedon's return to series television after the cancellation of his last two series on Fox, "Firefly" and "Dollhouse. " Though Whedon is co-writing the pilot, he won't be the showrunner.
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September 8, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO - -San Diego Comic-con has been looking a little more like a film festival these last few years, what with footage and screenings spread around the city. On Saturday, one of North America's largest film festivals returned the favor. Comic-con hero Joss Whedon and about two dozen of his cast members -- stalwarts such as Nathan Fillion as well as a number of newcomers -- turned out to the Toronto International Film Festival to promote their Shakespearean (!) comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” The crowd in the festival's Elgin Theatre showed their appreciation by getting exuberant before the screening began.
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October 23, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Roll over Captain America and tell Incredible Hulk the news: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " is in ratings trouble. Joss Whedon's comic-book caper about investigators in the superhero world premiered earlier this fall hoping to leap tall buildings, but it's been on a ratings descent ever since, according to Nielsen. Tuesday's episode sank to its lowest rating yet, with just 7.4 million tuning in. More important, "S.H.I.E.L.D. " was beaten for the second straight week in the crucial adults ages 18 to 49 demographic by .... wait for it .... "NCIS.
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October 10, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Comic book nerds can rest easy: After airing three episodes, ABC has picked up "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " for a full season. The new series, an offshoot of Joss Whedon's blockbuster movie "The Avengers," will get a 22-episode run, Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment Group, said in a statement Thursday. FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV preview 2013 The series, which airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, opened last month with a strong 4.0 rating in the key 18-49 age demographic, but has slipped in the following weeks.
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October 2, 2013 | By Scott Collins
To those who belong to the Joss Whedon cult, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " is enough to cause some major anxiety right now.  ABC's new comics-inspired spy caper got off to a fine start during premiere week, but on Tuesday night, despite a hinted-at cameo from Samuel L. Jackson, it lost more than a third of its audience of adults ages 18 to 49 compared with the debut, according to Nielsen.   That's enough to make fans wonder if writer-producer Whedon's TV curse will remain intact.  Whedon made his name with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," shows that established his ability to bend and mix genres in wry, pop-savvy ways (perhaps best exemplified by the musical numbers in "Buffy," a show that already subverted vampire and teen-angst tropes)
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September 26, 2013 | By Meg James
Not since "Monday Night Football" aired on ABC has the network fielded a juggernaut hit that has consistently delivered an audience dominated by men. Instead, ABC has been heavy on estrogen: rich soapy dramas that have attracted female viewers in droves, including "Grey's Anatomy," "Revenge," and the network's latest female skewing hit, "Scandal. " The network has spent seven years trying to scare up more male viewers. But Tuesday's night pilot episode of Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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September 22, 2013 | By Noel Murray
"Much Ado About Nothing" Available on VOD beginning Tuesday The degree to which viewers connect with Joss Whedon's modern-dress adaptation may depend on how familiar they are with Whedon's TV shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Dollhouse" and "Firefly" - some of the stars of which play out Shakespeare's tale of romantic confusion and deceit in Whedon's own sunny Southern California home. By and large, these actors aren't so great at reciting the Bard, with the notable exception of Amy Acker, who as the sharp-tongued anti-romantic Beatrice finds exactly the right balance between contemporary casualness and poetic classicism.
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September 19, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
It's a big week for new shows, and the season's just getting started so I hope you saved the fall preview guide my colleague Robert Lloyd so wittily and thoughtfully compiled for Sunday's Calendar. Here are a few premieres you won't want to miss. "The Blacklist. " James Spader stars as Raymond "Red" Reddington, a rogue spy who, after 20 years freelancing his services, turns himself in. In exchange for all sorts of groovy intel, he asks only for a luxurious hotel suite and the (strictly professional)
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May 14, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK--Move over, “Dancing With the Stars”--there are some new high-flying heroes in town. On Tuesday, ABC entertainment chief Paul Lee announced a fall prime-time schedule that would see the much anticipated Joss Whedon series “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” take the Tuesday 8 p.m. slot previously given to “DWTS, with the long-running twinkle-toed series condensing its competition and results programs to a two-hour episode on...
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August 4, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Does ABC have a Marvel synergy-Frankenstein on its hands? With sequels to "Thor" and "Captain America" slated to hit in the near future, there exist synergy opportunities on the network's upcoming superhero prime-time drama "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " Joss Whedon is working on it -- and cautious about it. "There will be as much as we can allow," Whedon said during the show's panel Sunday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. "We're still working it out. This is a fluid process.
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August 4, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Does ABC have a Marvel synergy-Frankenstein on its hands? With sequels to "Thor" and "Captain America" slated to hit in the near future, there exist synergy opportunities on the network's upcoming superhero prime-time drama "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " Joss Whedon is working on it -- and cautious about it. "There will be as much as we can allow," Whedon said during the show's panel Sunday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. "We're still working it out. This is a fluid process.
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July 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
ABC has announced the fall premiere dates for its new and returning shows, including the highly anticipated "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " from Joss Whedon. The new season begins Friday, Sept. 6, with the new season of venerable newsmagazine "20/20. " "Dancing With the Stars" returns Sept 16. And Sept. 20 sees the return of "Last Man Standing," "The Neighbors" and "Shark Tank. " VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview The new shows start debuting the following week.
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