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June 01

(SPOILER) Victor Gischler talks about his Spike mini-series. And tells a James Marsters anecdote as well. Btw the Spike mini-series is on the cover of this month's Previews.
(SPOILER) Trailer for "The Bourne Legacy" Starring Jeremy Renner. The movie hits theaters August 3rd.

May 31

The Avengers to be screened aboard the International Space Station. It's been nearly five years since the Firefly and Serenity DVDs were delivered to the space station.
Joss Whedon HeroClix action figure announced! It's part of a exclusive 'Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope' DVD and HeroClix combo pack that will be coming out in July.
Can't Stop The Serenity events for 2012 start next weekend. Events in Vancouver (Canada), Nottingham (UK), and Lawrence (Kansas, USA) kick off this summer's charity events. Check out the 2012 event list for local opportunities to watch Serenity with other fans. CSTS screenings often include other fun activities such as auctions, raffles, costume contests, and trivia.
On Loki's motivations and plans. "Loki doesn't want to rule Earth."
(SPOILER) GQ interviews Christina Hendricks about her recent poignant Mad Men episode. She shares her thoughts about the episode and her work in the series. (Link contains spoilers about last Sunday's episode)
Serenity comics now on Dark Horse Digital. Previously released "Downtime" by Zack Whedon & "The Other Half" by Jim Krueger are now available for download.
The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast begin their summer-long rewatch of Buffy season one. Alan Sepinwall and Dan Fienberg kick it off this week with Welcome to the Hellmouth and The Harvest.
The first draft of the Slayage 5 Conference programme is now available for preview. The conference takes place in Vancouver, Canada from July 12-15, 2012. Anyone else going?

May 30

'The Cabin in the Woods' DVD and Blu-ray get UK release date. They'll be out on September 24th. No word yet on what the extras are.
Fandemonium: Super Fans and Building Communities. Whedonites and Browncoats get a shout-out as dedicated and do-gooding fan communities.
(SPOILER) Discuss Angel & Faith #10. "Women Of A Certain Age" is written by Christos Gage and penned by Chris Samnee.
How It Should Have Ended: The Avengers. A short toon detailing how The Avengers should have ended. Spoilers for the movie, especially the ending... the site is after all called How It Should Have Ended.

May 29

Ask A Feminist gives Joss two thumbs-up. Our fearless leader and several of his finest creations get a shout-out in a discussion of portrayals of women on TV and in the movies. More...
A look back at Joss Whedon's Roseanne episodes. An interesting, critical look at Joss' episodes on the sitcom.
Bored? Try a Buffy book. The Weekly Whedon chats to Kathleen Mattson ("The Gentleviewer's Obsessive Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Michael Adams ("Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon").
'Dark Horse Does Vampires Right' Digital Sampler available. This free digital sampler includes content from Buffy Season 9, Angel and Faith, and the entire Spike short story previously available only as a retailer incentive.
10 TV Episodes that changed television. No. 1 will come as no surprise to us.
Serenity BD steelbook to be released. Celebrating Universal's 100th Anniversary, they are re-releasing many of their big titles. More...
Tom Hiddleston (Loki) Interviewed during Disney Press Day. Tom Hiddleston talks about his take on Loki, working with Joss, previous projects and the upcoming THOR 2 movie. ETA: A clip of Tom on last night's Newsnight talking about Shakespeare can be found here (starts at around 20.40 and the panel is around 29.18 h/t to Night On My Side).

May 28

James Marsters talks about auditioning for True Blood. Find out what happened.
A Queer Primer to Joss Whedon. Kevin Sparrow at In Our Words examines how "[Joss'] work addresses a particularly queer audience and our issues."
Why The Avengers belong to Joss Whedon. IGN runs down 5 reasons why The Avengers is a piece of Whedon, through and through.
Maurissa Tancharoen Details Her Recent Bliss. It involves being covered head to toe with hot, herb-infused oil. And it gets better.

May 27

How Cobie Smulders was cast as Maria Hill in "The Avengers." From L.A. Times Hero Complex (also run in print edition on May 25). More...
'Avengers' sets another record, falls to number 2 for fourth weekend. The film has set a new record for the fastest film to $500 million domestically, and has been knocked off the top on the box office for its fourth weekend, after spending three weeks at number one. More...
Jubal the Early Worm. A new comic strip.

May 26

The Gentleviewer's Obsessive Guide to Buffy. Perfect for all members of Whedonesque!
Scott C. draws the Avengers and Loki for The Great Showdowns. Scott C. adds The Avengers to his Great Showdown series. You can watch the LiveStream of his drawing process too (FF about 2 minutes in before he gets going)!

May 25

The Avengers now fourth in all-time US box office. It passes Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, and that's in its first theatrical run, versus The Phantom Menace over more than one release.
Joss Whedon and the Apocalypse. Interesting essay on how Whedon's characters deal with the potential end of the world. Includes spoilers for The Cabin In The Woods.
A look at some of the computer UI from Avengers. Jayse Hansen displays some of the work he did for the Avengers creating the HUD for the Helicarier and the Iron Man suit. More...
Felicia Day provides 'Eccentricities For Your Entertainment'. An informative video interview where Felicia describes the slate of shows available on her new 'Geek and Sundry' YouTube channel. More...

May 24

Chris Evans joins Twitter. You can now follow Captain America's online adventures.
The Avengers trailer - MineCraft remake! Youtuber thetripodification has reconstructed (a shortened version of) one of the Avengers trailers in the style of the blocky computer game MineCraft. Very nifty, very detailed.
TBS premieres new sitcom 'Men at Work' starring Adam Busch tonight at 9/10c. The show centers on four buddies who work together at a magazine, and help each other navigate the treacherous waters of work, friendship and women.
Buffy Season 8 Library Edition Hardcover Volume 1 out this week. It collects issues 1 to 10 and looks huge (click here for a look). More...
Badass Digest's TV Timewarp - Firefly: Episodes 4-6. Devin Faraci, Meredith Borders and Erin Callahan revisit "Bushwhacked", "Safe" and "Shindig". You can see their takes on "Serenity" and "The Train Job" here. -

May 23

Buffy Megabundle now available. For the low price of 29.99 you can get digital copies of Classic Buffy Issues #1-30.
Get Hammered with The Avengers. Artist Lily Mitchell conceived a set of cocktails based on The Avengers. The God of Thunder is "guaranteed to get you hammered" and the Agent Coulson "looks ordinary but will have you on the floor in about 10 seconds..." More cocktails here.
Robin Sachs (Ethan Rayne) voice work praised in New York Times. Sunday Book Review essay about favorite voice actors - "Sachs shines darkly in his reading of the Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbo's smart and gritty Harry Hole books." More...
Are superheroes too big for television? An article which ponders why so many superhero TV shows have failed, but describes Buffy as "the ultimate television superhero".
Serenity voted seventh best sci-fi film of all time. The poll was conducted for SFX Magazine's latest special "The Top 100 Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Movies Of All Time".
The full Marvel cinematic universe timeline. It's the official version which can be found in the "The Art of Marvel's The Avengers". There are fanmade efforts out there as well.
Science Bros - Tony and Bruce. Nice analysis of the relationship and friendship between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in The Avengers.
Amy Acker, an interview. Amy talks about her role in several Whedonverse shows and shares some personal tidbits in this short interview with NerdAppropriate.com.

May 22

24 Sexiest TV Scenes: Your Picks! Buffy and Spike are #16.
Why Buffy should be released on Blu-ray. Monster Popcorn sets forth its case. More...
Take the survey - what values are expressed by The Cabin in the Woods. Watcher Junior continues their Rokeach Value Surveys of Joss' work.
Smell like an Avenger with your favorite superheroes' cologne. Jads International has released a series of colognes based on the Avengers--Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, and Nick Fury--as well as one for their enemy, Loki. More...
WhedonFest 2012 - this August in Kentucky. "Not another convention but a weekend retreat - a gathering of likeminded individuals to discuss and celebrate the creative works of Joss Whedon."
'Lust for Love' reunites Fran Kranz with his 'Dollhouse' co-stars. The Hollwood Reporter has the first photos from the film, which features Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman, Miracle Laurie, Enver Gjokaj and Maurissa Tancharoen.
Nathan Fillion talks about Serenity, Firefly, Much Ado About Nothing and Joss. Serenity closed out the third annual Hero Complex Film Festival, and Nathan Fillion was on hand to discuss the film and other subjects, including who is the best Shakespearean actor in Much Ado About Nothing.
Tom Lenk's short entry in the 72 Hour Filmmaker Challenge. A five-minute short, entitled LADYBEAST. Written by and starring Tom Lenk.

May 21

The top ten cruelest thing Joss Whedon has done to his characters. Comic Book Resources counts down the ten cruelest things Joss has put his creations through.
If Pixar Made The Avengers. A cool little picture of Pixar characters as the Avengers.
The Avengers defeated irony and cynicism. A great piece from BAD's Devin Faraci, who argues that the tremendous success of The Avengers can be attributed to the optimism and old-fashioned heroism on display.
'The Avengers' makes Marvel a "good deal" for Disney, not a great one. The article talks about what The Avengers will change for Disney, and the estimated profits it will make them.
Andrew Garfield talks about The Avengers. "Joss Whedon is a genius, and it's an incredible cast. I was very, very jealous, and I wanted to jump on the screen and play with them. It killed me that I wasn't in it, but I understand why, and I'm not insulted."
Set construction photos from The Avengers and more. Part two (which features pics from the first post-credits scene) can be found here. In related coverage, animated storyboards from the movie can be here, conceptual art is available here and some very nice artwork of the Chitauri can be found here and here.
Olivia Williams cast in 'The Last Days on Mars'. The film is based on a short story written by Sydney J. Bounds. More...
First Look: The Avengers Action Figures. They're looking absolutely lifelike. Article also contains links on how to win some.

May 20

The Cabin in the Woods: German release pushed to September. Germans won't be able to visit the Cabin until September 14th. Link is in German but I think that shouldn't be a problem (contains official short plot-description). More...
Concept art for Avengers props. Concept artist Fabian Lacey has kindly released several of his concept designs for the film.
The Avengers to make $56.5 million this weekend. For the third week in a row, The Avengers is holding the top spot on the box office - beating off new releases such as Battleship, The Dictator and What to Expect When You're Expecting.

May 19

Warren Ellis reveals his and Joss' writing plan for Wastelanders. As told today at Kapow! in London.
Whedonverse actors and The Avengers nominated at Teen Choice Awards. You can vote everyday (one vote per category per day). Registration needed in order to vote. TCA airs Sunday, July 22, on FOX. More...
The science of The Avengers (part two). AICN's Copernicus continues their look at the movie. This time the focus is on the characters. More...
'Hyde Park On The Hudson' trailer eaturing Olivia Williams. Looks like it could be really good. Bill Murray playing FDR, what's there not to love?
Film Crit Hulk's 12 reasons The Avengers is truly a Whedon work. A very long article, but fun. It's in all caps, but it's a helpful articulation of film/narrative criticism. More...

May 18

Details about The Avengers Blu-ray/DVD. Alternate opening! Alternate ending! Joss Whedon commentary! And more!
The Washington University Pops Orchestra plays a Dr. Horrible medley! A little bit rough in places, but still very nifty and definitely worth checking out.
'The Cabin in the Woods' to be screened at NZ International Film Festival. It looks like it will be screened at various places around New Zealand.
Shop Talk: The Avengers box office. This article from Box Office Prophets discusses where The Avengers might end up in total domestic box office by comparing it to similar films. ETA: It's now the sixth biggest film of all time (Hollywood Reporter). More...
Astonishing X-Men: Torn Motion Comics DVD announced. Joss's third arc of his Astonishing X-Men run will hit Motion Comics DVD on August 14th.

May 17

It's Avengered Development. There's tons of fan-made photosets/artwork inspired by The Avengers out there, this particular one is a joy. And if you haven't already seen it, Avengers on Parade is as just as wonderful. More...
Alien easter egg in Firefly. We've had Han Solo appearing in just about every episode of Firefly and now someone has spotted a certain logo from the Alien franchise.
Buffy Summer Rewatch. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, watch the first three seasons of Buffy and discuss it live using the Twitter hashtag #buffyrewatch.
The Editing Room's abridged script for The Avengers. The script goes up on their website tomorrow. Today it is featured on Cracked.com, titled "If 'Avengers' was 10 times shorter and 100 times more honest". More...
Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain's "The Selection" remains in contention for pick-up. The CW highly favour the fantasy series, and it's expected to be redeveloped for next season if it doesn't make the midseason schedule.
Doug and Lu Hate Everything Podcast. Doug and Lu Hate Everything Podcast discusses Avengers (spoilers!), Buffy season 9, Angel & Faith, and more!
'Much Ado' among titles that US distributors are most looking forward to at Cannes. This is a report by Mike Fleming for Deadline.com.
Why the Avengers is the best TV show in movie theaters. The AV Club's Todd VanDerWerff examines what lessons from television Joss took with him into the film world.
Tom Hiddleston on BBC's The Film Programme. A discussion with Hiddleston about a certain phrase. More...

May 16

The Avengers trailer - Lego remake! Youtube user "teradew" has made a stop-motion Lego version of the Avengers trailer.
Take the survey - "How Whedonesque is The Avengers?". Watcher Junior wants to find out what you perceive to be the important values and forms of social support in The Avengers. More surveys for the rest of Joss' works are promised in the next months.
(SPOILER) CBR's Behind Buffy Season 9 for issues 8-9. There are some hints about where the rest of the season is going.
Amber Benson joins Sierra Zulu. She will star alongside Jeff "Blue Glove" Ricketts in monochrom's new feature film project exploring "the perspectives of people who live more or less on the fringes of what we would call 'history' or 'the world'". More...
Robert Downey Jr. 'Avengers' pay set to hit $50 Million. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Robert Downey Jr is set to earn over $50 million for being in The Avengers while the other actors will 'only' earn between $2 and $6 million.
Clark Gregg interview about Avengers and his future with the franchise. Clark Gregg spent an afternoon during a Disney/Marvel press day talking about playing the quietest but not the least heroic of The Avengers characters. Baby spoilers, vague spoilers, but spoilers none the less.
Joss talks about parallels between The Avengers, Buffy, and Astonishing X-Men. The interview was conducted before the film's U.S. release and also touches on the possibility of Joss directing a sequel and his love for Firefly. "You know, I love all my raggedy children. But if I could be anywhere, I'd be on board Serenity."
The science of The Avengers. AICN's Copernicus discusses scientific accuracies and inaccuracies in The Avengers.

May 15

Story about a five year old Avenger, meeting The Avengers. You may have seen a picture of a young boy wielding a Captain America toy shield on the shoulders of Loki aka Tom Hiddleston. Now the story behind that picture can be revealed.
(SPOILER) Preview Pages for Angel & Faith # 10. The issue is out May 30th.
QMx reveals Shepherd Book Collectible Maquette. Everyone's favourite preacher with a past gets the Little Damn Hero treatment: debuting this Comic-Con as an exclusive, and available to pre-order if you get on the waiting list.
President Obama watched The Avengers. When making an appearance on The View, Obama was quizzed about his knowledge of pop culture and had no problem naming three Avengers as he "just saw it".
The Women-Friendly Avengers. Great article praising Joss Whedon for his portrayal of women in The Avengers, for making a film that isn't offensive to women viewers, and how Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow is such a great character.
See Reed Diamond on last night's Bones season finale. He plays FBI Special Agent Hayes Flynn.
Mercedes McNab gets married. People has details and pics.
Simon Helberg welcomes baby girl. He and his wife welcomed daughter Adeline on May 8th. Congrats to them.
The Roblog - the Ghost of the Robot tumblr. James Marsters is posting pictures there, including a slightly gory one from 'Metal Hurlant'.
'Victim Triumphant' - an Angel essay. This originally appeared in the "Five Seasons of Angel" anthology.
Buffy Movie/Buffy Season 8 Motion Comic DVD out today. Sadly there's no cover art for this double feature. ETA: Oh yes there is! Click here to see. More...
Full video of Equality Now's 20th anniversary event, with Joss Whedon material. The entire event from April 19 of this year has been posted by Equality Now. Joss Whedon wrote several bits, and Eliza Dushku appears. Includes the ability to skip directly to any given segment. More...

May 14

Jenny Mollen from Angel performing at Hollywood Improv. Jenny Mollen, Werewolf Nina Ash from Angel Season 5, will be performing at the Hollywood Improv Wednesday, May 16, 2012. For details and discounted tickets review the public Facebook event link provided here, and be sure to follow Jenny on Twitter @jennyandteets.
Stan Lee revels in success of 'Avengers'. CNN interview with Stan Lee about The Avengers.
Joss and The Avengers cast talk about female action heroes. "Johansson notes, "A lot of the female superhero movies just suck really badly. Whedon nods. "The suck factor is not small.""
(SPOILER) The Cabin In The Woods: The Abridged Script. The Editing Room is a site that features fake, parody scripts for movies, often written by fans of said works. Sometimes not (the author for this one gives the film 4 stars). Contains adult language. More...

May 13

'Avengers' on track for $103.2 million weekend and $1 billion worldwide. It grossed $29.1m on Friday and $49.5m on Saturday. If it stays on track for $104m, it will drop only a slight 50% from last weekends record-breaking gross. ETA: Disney says it should make $1 Billion worldwide by today.
Buffy in the World. Listen to how the show sounds in Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese. Which one do you like best ?
Cloud Five comic features geeks attending Avengers premiere. Web comic depicts varied (though all positive) geek reactions to The Avengers' opening night. The next three strips continue the story. Minor spoiler.
Hear Loki impersonate Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson (NSFW). Oh, the talents Tom Hiddleston has! A short audio compilation of snippets from interviews in which he can be heard impersonating Owen Wilson, Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson. Warning: he curses a bunch when doing his Evans impression.

May 12

New daughter for Chris Hemsworth. He and his wife just had a new baby girl named India.
The Avengers: why Hollywood is no longer afraid to tackle 9/11. Article from The Guardian discussing how Hollywood films have directly and indirectly addressed 9/11. No real spoilers for Avengers.
What next after Joss Whedon's miracle year? Ben Child posts his dream list on the Guardian's Film Blog.
See Amber Benson in the Geek and Sundry writer's panel. For those of us who missed it the first time around, this segment of Felicia Day's 12 hour subscribathon for her youtube channel is now online! More...
Marvel needs to re-hire Joss Whedon for The Avengers 2 , says Matt Goldberg of Collider.com. No spoilers in this that I noticed.
Jane Espenson talks (and drinks cocktails) with Stan Lee. In which they discuss flawed characters, Buffy and some Joss. More...
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A Fan's Firefly license frame. YouTube reviewer Jeremy Jahns shows his new license plate frame, personalized for a Browncoat.
ABC picks up Shawn Ryan/Dichen Lachman thriller Last Resort. The drama series follows the crew of a submarine that takes to an island and declares themselves a nuclear state. More...

May 11

The CW cancels Ringer. According to TVLine, Ringer has been cancelled by the CW. EW's Inside TV provides a few more details on the cancellation.
The Avengers forecasted to bring in $95.4 million in second weekend. Box Office Mojo's forecast has The Avengers dropping 54% from it's opening weekend. If The Avengers can slightly outperform that prediction, it'd be the first film to ever make $100 million in its 2nd weekend.
Concept art for The Avengers. Work from illustrator Nathan Schroeder and concept designer Steve Jung. More...
Discuss 'The Avengers' - round five. Is there anything more that can be said about the movie? Course there is, we'll be talking about it for years. More...
(SPOILER) NPR's Pop Culture Discussion of The Avengers. The Pop Culture Happy Hour crew discuss The Avengers and other topics.
Buffy Digital Comics Sale. Season 8 issues #30-40 as well as the Riley, Willow, and Tales one-shots are available via Dark Horse Digital for $.99.
The Avengers - a financial analysis. Want to know what % each company makes from The Avengers? Grab your calculator & start reading. More...
Joss Whedon's 'Firefly' crew, flying high ten years later. The Hollywood Reporter offers a "where are they now" summary of Serenity's crew.
(SPOILER) The most human moment in 'The Avengers.' An interesting essay about one of the most human moments in the movie. Joss didn't just make giant tentpole movie; he made a giant tentpole movie with his passions and interests intact. An interesting companion piece regarding the Black Widow can be found over at IndieWire.
(SPOILER) The Avengers isn't just a hit, it's impacting the pop culture. This suggests that The Avengers isn't going to be a movie that arrives, makes a lot of money and then goes away - this is a film that's going to be defining the summer of 2012.
ABC Renews 'Castle' and 'Suburgatory'. The shows stars Firefly alumns Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, respectively.
The Avengers holds 17 all-time box office records, so far. By the end of this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo, it will add "at least 8 more".

May 10

Joss' favourite Buffy episodes. Logo TV will be showing Joss' fave eps from Buffy on May 19th.
"You were made to be quoted" - Whedonesque needs your help. See the quote-o-bar at the top right of the page? It needs to be filled at some stage with quotes from The Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers. So please tell us what's your favourite lines from the two movies.
Lou Ferrigno helps voice The Hulk. "Initially for Hulk, I started using all sorts of animal vocals and tried to create this larger-than-life, territorial rage... And so the feedback coming back from Joss [Whedon] was that it was too much of a monster, too much of a creature. He really wanted to lead with the notion that this is a superhuman, but human in rage."
Would you follow Loki into battle?. After watching this video of Tom Hiddleston performing an impromptu Shakespearean monologue From 'Henry V', I just might!
(SPOILER) Dark Horse's Buffyverse solicitations for August. Offerings include Angel & Faith #13, Buffy Season 9 #12, and Spike #1.
Roadshow expands The Cabin in the Woods release in Australia. Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth join Melbourne and Sydney in getting the film after public outcry over Roadshow initially not booking an Australian theatrical release.
(SPOILER) Joss discusses a major plot point of The Avengers. Whedon discusses why he was compelled to write a pivotal scene in the Avengers film the way it was written. Link is very spoiler-heavy for those who have yet to see Avengers.
Two minutes of Joss Whedon at SXSW. A video clip from the A Conversation with Joss Whedon event that occurred at this year's South By Southwest, about The Cabin in the Woods, Avengers, and writing. More...

May 09

Dawn and Faith reunite. Eliza Dushku and Michelle Trachtenberg begin production on thriller "The Scribbler."
Blast from the Past - Clare Kramer. She takes a look back at her part as Glory "the Beast" in Buffy, on the "Sci-fi and Tv Talk" website.
(SPOILER) The Gutters reaction to The Avengers. Web comic describes mildly spoilerish reaction to Avengers (they thoroughly enjoyed it). In related coverage, The Hollywood Reporter has worked out how much damage the final act would do to Manhattan in real life. And over at boingboing, Tom The Dancing Bug speculates on Avengers 2.
OMWF Sing-along this Friday in Chicago! There's a Buffy trivia contest at 7pm and the singing begins at 8 sharp. More...
(SPOILER) Death: why it makes us rage. Joss Whedon and George R.R. Martin's works are discussed, particularly 'The Avengers' and 'Game of Thrones', with the focus on fans' attitudes and reactions to death.
(SPOILER) Discuss Buffy Season 9 #9. The second part of the 'Apart (of me)' arc is out today. More...
The Purple. IN WHICH the guy who comes before "Esque" shares his deep depth, and then links you to a vid of him as a poop coach. More...
Elisabeth Rohm in "Transit". Check out the trailer for the action-thriller "Transit," co-starring our very own former "Angel" police officer Elisabeth Rohm.
Artist Megan Lara Speed paints our Captain. Watch her draw Mal in about 5 minutes.

May 08

Avengers sequel confirmed! Like we didn't already know, now it's official! Robert Iger, CEO of Disney, which owns Marvel, officially confirmed during a conference call today that there will indeed be an "Avengers 2".
(SPOILER) How we drew Angel & Faith #13. io9 debuts the two-part covers for Angel & Faith #13. Basically, it's a union of Steve Morris and Rebekah Isaacs' art. The artists describe the process of making the cover in the article.
There will not be an official Serenity LEGO kit. LEGO congratulated tbone_tbl on hitting 10,000 supporters for a beautiful LEGO Firefly, but said the franchise doesn't meet LEGO's targeted age bracket. Sorry, lil' Browncoats.
The Avengers pulls in $18.9 Million on Monday. The film dropped 67% from Sunday.
(SPOILER) Covers and info for Buffy Season 9: Spike # 1. The covers and solicitaion for the first season 9 miniseries are out.
(SPOILER) Film Crit Hulk reviews Mark Ruffalo's Hulk. Includes an interesting look back on Hulks of Cinema Past and some insights into the most recent version. "Ruffalo's Banner/Hulk is one of the more dextrous and all-encompassing versions we've ever had and it's no accident that people have been loving the crap out of him in the film." More...
Firefly is Amazon.com's TV Deal of the Week. $27.99 for the Blu-ray boxset, $18.99 for the DVD Boxset. Perfect gift for any newcomer to the fandom.
(SPOILER) How much screen time did each hero get in The Avengers? Vulture does their best to find out. The findings may surprise you.
Watch the end title sequence from The Avengers. And cheer when you see "A Joss Whedon film" come up on screen.
Felicia Day goes Steampunk. The latest episode of Felicia Days the Flog features her in a Steampunk photoshoot. Cute overload indeed. More...

May 07

The Avengers fails to finish on top of the charts - for most pirated movie of the week. Perhaps it takes some time for (quality) copies to circulate or maybe people wanted to see it on the big screen.
(SPOILER) The origin of "The Avengers" first post script scene. Marvel's Kevin Feige and Joss reveal the origin of the first post script scene. And io9 asks Feige why a certain phrase wasn't said in the movie.
(SPOILER) What worked/didn't work in "The Avengers?". The Playlist's Gabe Toro and Oliver Lyttelton voice their take(s) on what worked and what didn't work in "The Avengers."
Why are so many vampire stories so weak? Author Kim Newman name-drops the Slayer and a couple others in an analysis of the weaknesses of vampire narratives from "Dracula" to Anne Rice to "Twilight."
$207.4 million! - the official US opening weekend gross for The Avengers. Yesterday it was estimated that it would be $200.3 million.
Pentagon quit The Avengers because of its 'unreality'. It would seem that there were issues over S.H.I.E.L.D.. Mild plot spoilers in the article.
(SPOILER) The /Filmcast reviews The Avengers. Hosts of the podcast David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley are joined by Film Journalist/Screenwriter, Drew McWeeny to discuss Joss Whedon's latest feature. Spoilers begin at 26:24.
Three Cheers for Joss Whedon: King of the Geeks, King of the World. A great article on Joss Whedon's recent success at the box office.
What's next for cast & crew of The Avengers? Nice summary of upcoming projects for Joss and key members of The Avengers cast.
Once More, With Feeling: How Joss Whedon Re-wrote Popular Culture - A Biography. It's written by Amy Pascale (popgurls.com) and should be out in September. Amongst other things, the book features "extensive original interviews with Whedon's collaborators and stars, as well as the man himself". More...
Peter David to adapt Joss' Astonishing X-Men run. Peter David will be adapting Joss's Astonishing X-Men run into a series of novels. More...
Free digital versions of the FCBD Buffy and Serenity comics now available. Couldn't get a hold of the Buffy/Guild and Serenity/Star Wars issues at your local comic book shop on Saturday? Dark Horse Digital now has them on their site and it won't cost you anything to read them. More...
(SPOILER) VFX roll call for The Avengers. A very indepth rundown of the VFX studios that worked on The Avengers and some of the key scenes they worked on. Plus there's new pics from the movie including some from the closing credits. It's a must read.
Fake trailer for fake Avengers game. A parody video of the nonexistent video game.

May 06

Roundtable interview with Joss Whedon and The Avengers cast. Five fabulous video clips courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. More...
Get drawn into Angel & Faith. Enter Multiversity's contest and artist Rebekah Isaacs may put you in an upcoming issue! More...
"Too Many Avengers". A silly fun animated Avengers parody, made by CollegeHumor.
Thanking television for the success of Avengers. That's what Maureen Ryan of the Huffington Post does, and then she goes on to ponder just what Joss could do with that success.
The Avengers makes US box office history, scores biggest ever opening weekend. Deadline says it's on track to take $200 million, possibly more.
(SPOILER) Tom Hiddleston discusses mullets and filming. Here is a fun article where Hiddleston discusses his hair and referencing a scene that any diehard U2 fan would know during an Avengers shoot. More...
Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth on TV Total with German talk show host Stefan Raab. From German television, but the "interview" portion is in English. Very silly. More...
(SPOILER) 10 lessons we learned from The Avengers movie. Number one - "Marvel needs all their properties back".
(SPOILER) 'Growing Pains' child star has small-but-important 'Avengers' role. Article about Ashley Johnson (who guested on Dollhouse), 'The Avengers' and 'Much Ado About Nothing'.
Julie Benz is married! Julie marries Rich Orosco on Saturday in Los Angeles.

May 05

Dichen Lachman to star in 'Too Late'. It's from the folk behind Sunday Punch.
The Avengers scores $80.5 million at the US box office. Yesterday the movie had the second biggest single day gross of all time.
Sexy Jedi bubble bath. Seth Green directs a parody ad about two Jedi women and a werew... I mean Wookiee.
Get your free Buffy and Serenity comic books today. The first Saturday in May means Free Comic Book Day. There's a Buffy/The Guild flip book (penned by Andrew Chambliss and Felicia Day respectively) and a Serenity/Star Wars flip book (both stories penned by Zack Whedon) up for grabs. Hopefully there's a comic book store in your area that's participating. More...
(SPOILER) Discuss 'The Avengers' - round four. In which we carry on having a good natter about the Big Damn Superhero Movie. More...
Look who's related: Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku. The genealogy website Geni.com has listed how Joss and Eliza are related to each other. There are also a few other famous personalities in Joss' family tree.
(SPOILER) USA Today "assembles" the core four Avengers for a roundtable discussion. "While the group displays some serious compatibility issues onscreen in The Avengers, no punches are thrown during a spirited superhero roundtable with USA TODAY. In fact, they are downright deliriously happy the day after the star-studded Hollywood premiere, the first time each had seen the movie." More...
Harry Lennix talks 'Man of Steel' and 'A Beautiful Soul'. Harry Lennix talks a bit about his role in the upcoming Superman movie, Man of Steel, his favorite superheroes and more.

May 04

(SPOILER) Avengers Director Joss Whedon on Doing Right by the Hulk. Another interview with Joss! Mostly about The Avengers, though what excited me the most was Joss saying television is still on his radar. More...
(SPOILER) Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans appeared on 'The View' May 4th. Footage from The Avengers is included in two videos of their appearance.
Buffy, Xander and Willow go to see The Avengers. Whilst we're in the middle of all the razzmatazz, here's some mashup art to gaze upon.
Free Enhanced E-book featuring James Marsters "The Importance of Being Earnest". Itunes download free through May 7th only in the US. Features a full cast audio rendition with James Marsters voicing Jack.
(SPOILER) The backstory behind The Avengers' secret new scene. EW.com has the scoop on how the second post-credits scene came to be. Btw Empire Magazine just tweeted "Disney have just confirmed to us that the second post-credits Avengers sting will NOT play theatrically in the UK".
(SPOILER) Even The Amazing Atheist loves The Avengers. Infamous Youtube curmudgeon and author Terroja Kincaid AKA "The Amazing Atheist" gives The Avengers a loud, profanity-laced and spoiler-filled positive review. Mathew "Film Brain" Buck of TGWTG.com also gives the movie a big thumbs up (without any major spoilers). Another positive review can be found at tor.com (h/t to teel77). Jeremy Jahns also gave it a positive review on Youtube. The Assignment X review can be found here.
The Avengers: is this Hollywood's next record-breaker? Nikki Finke quotes a "rival studio mogul" saying that The Avengers is, "tracking off the charts. Biggest in every category and with everyone - men, women, young, old. Any way you slice it and dice it. It's just a mega-movie,". ETA: The article is updated with the numbers for last night's midnight showings. More...
(SPOILER) Rebekah Isaacs' Slayalive Q/A for Angel & Faith #9. There are some light spoilers for the next arc.
Avengers usher in summer. NPR's Kenneth Turan calls The Avengers an intelligent start to the summer blockbuster season...
Get an autographed The Cabin in the Woods poster. Lionsgate is auctioning off a t-shirt, film visualization book, and poster from The Cabin in the Woods signed by Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford, benefiting The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation .
The Physics of The Hulk's Jump. "If The Hulk were just like a normal human, but bigger, he would have the same value for a1 as a normal human. However, I think for The Hulk, he is a bit bulkier than a human. Let me just say that for The Hulk, his ratio is 1.25a1."
Sarah Michelle Gellar is back on The Simpsons. Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Silverman and Anne Hathaway will also guest star, all of them in the same episode featuring Bart's ex-girlfriends.

May 03

(SPOILER) Discuss 'The Avengers' - round three. It's a fantastic movie, come chat about it. More...
Jane Espenson and Douglas Petrie on The Nerdist Writers Panel. Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time; Husbands; Buffy; Caprica) and Douglas Petrie (Charlie's Angels; Buffy; Pushing Daisies) return to the studio to revisit Jane's old blog, janeespenson.com, and discuss how, while the business may have changed since she was regularly updating it, writing has not. Plus: Who is Ty Cashman? More...
Buffy is The Guardian's box set of the week. Something to watch apart from The Avengers.
Avengers releases at midnight tonight in the States. That little art house film should be showing in a few theaters tonight. In case you forgot.
A look at Joss Whedon's rise in popularity. "Joss Whedon doesn't belong to us anymore. He belongs to the world now."
Joss Whedon makes an appearance on BriTANicKdotcom. Joss Whedon makes an interesting career choice. More...
(SPOILER) Roger Ebert reviews The Avengers. He gives it three out of four stars. ETA: And The New York Times interview can be found here (h/t to C. A. Bridges) More...
Joss Whedon - the Forbes.com interview. Why it's another fantastic epic interview, keep 'em coming. More...
Joss Whedon on comic books, abusing language and the joys of genre. Another great interview, this time courtesy of Wired.
Music video for Soundgarden's "Live to Rise" track from The Avengers. It's strewn with fab clips from the movie so if you're still trying to stay completely unspoiled, best stay away. More...
Roadshow Films decides on a small Sydney/Melbourne theatrical season of Cabin in the Woods. CitW will be getting a limited season starting June 14th at the Cinema Nova in Melbourne and the Chauvel Cinema in Sydney. More...
Joss Whedon & Clark Gregg attend 'Avengers Assemble' preview night. The gallery show opens to the public on Thursday, May 3rd at Gallery 1988 Los Angeles. And yes, those are Avengers cupcakes.
(SPOILER) How a legendary character actor ended up in The Avengers. No real plot spoilers, but if you want to maintain the element of surprise probably best to steer clear.
Historic Texas Indie Film House will screen The Avengers in 35MM. Theater known mostly for showing older and independent films will show Avengers.
Loki'd with Tom Hiddleston. Tom took part in quite hilarious video with MTV's Josh Horowitz. Unfortunately the YouTube videos I linked to have been taken down on copyright grounds. More...
"The Avengers" and Hollywood's gender wars. A writer at Salon argues that summer blockbusters like the Avengers are aimed squarely at young men, while women are supposed to be satisfied with the mid-budget, low-prestige romantic comedies made on the Hollywood margins. More...

May 02

(SPOILER) Cover art and info for Buffy Season 9 #12. This should be interesting.
The Avengers: Joss Whedon's Avengers Assemble! Television Without Pity offers their list of Joss Whedon's true Avengers.
(SPOILER) Second Post Credits Scene for The Avengers. Be warned spoilers on what to expect for the new scene for the US release.
Joss Whedon's best and worst projects. Rolling Stone's ranking of Joss Whedon projects contains a few surprises.
Cabin's Anna Hutchison joining season 3 of Spartacus. The actress joins the regular cast of the Starz series, which was created by Steven S. DeKnight - who is also known for his work on Buffy and Angel the Series.
The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth. Check out the complete GQ magazine article about Joss Whedon, that was hinted from the Cliff Chiang's artwork last month.
'Reverse Parthenogenesis' is now online. Javier Grillo-Marxauch's short film starring Amber Benson and Adam Busch is now online.
Jimmy Kimmel Live's Guillermo at LA Premiere of The Avengers. Guillermo chatting and serving 'Super Hero Juice' to some shiny Avengers on the Red Carpet.
Seth Green is a guest at the Nerdist Podcast. He talks about juggling multiple jobs at once, the days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the art of toy collecting.
Masters of the Whedonverse. A CNN blog looks at why Joss' work inspires such devotion from fans.
(SPOILER) Harry of AiCN reviews The Avengers! "I really am just gob smacked in love with THE AVENGERS." Read on for more of his love and other thoughts. A more negative review by Stephanie Zacharek can be found at Movieline.

May 01

(SPOILER) Whedon dissects the family dynamic of the Avengers. A short interview with Whedon where he talks about character flaws, the role of Nick Fury, his favorite pairing to write, and the type of story The Avengers is. This may contain spoilers.
Avengers' pacing to fly past $500 million globally by Sunday. The box office news just seems to be getting better and better. As shown by this newer Deadline Hollywood story which suggests an even higher total of $585 million by Sunday. More...
Big Damn Prom Photos. Couple #5 is dressed as Kaylee and Mal...and they appear to have made their tightpants and foofaraw out of duct tape. Shiny (literally)!
"Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion" is out today. Think we'll learn anything new in this book?
How Joss Whedon Works. HowStuffWorks' "PopStuff" podcast co-hosts Holly Frey and Tracy V. Wilson tackle the subject of all things Joss-related in this fact and fan-filled episode. ETA: The link to the podcast on iTunes can be found here.



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