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August 31

"Girls, Guns, Gags - Why the Future Belongs to the Funny" - a Firefly essay. This examination of why humour is a gender-leveler in Firefly originally appeared in "Serenity Found: More Unauthorized Essays on Joss Whedon's Firefly Universe".
Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen chat about This Girl album and "Dr. Horrible" sequel. Short interview with Jed and Maurissa about their latest album and the status of Dr. Horrible 2. More...
Clone Wars writer Scott Murphy talks about working on Angel. He also mentions about what it was like to work with Joss. Update: The item is no longer available. More...
Buffy, Angel and Spiritual Atheism. Writer/author Steven Lloyd Wilson via Pajiba shares his take on four TV shows that illustrate a certain kind of "spiritual atheism," including both "Buffy" and "Angel."
Cool new poster for Dust Up, starring Amber Benson. Ain't It Cool News has the exclusive.

August 30

Joss Whedon talks all things Marvel. The Avengers, its sequel, his Marvel deal and S.H.I.E.L.D. all get discussed. There's a similar but much smaller interview at
ABC buys another TV show from Jeffrey Bell. Looks like Jeff Bell will be busy at ABC with his own TV show Patron Saints as well as the recently announced S.H.I.E.L.D. show from Joss and co.
The Avengers, back in theaters for Labor Day Weekend. The Avengers Facebook page just announced that Marvel's The Avengers will be re-released in theaters for one week only, starting this Friday August 31st until Thursday, September 6th. Edit: U.S. theaters and select theaters in some countries More...
Warner Bros. must be kicking themselves that they let Joss Whedon get away. io9 essay describes how Warner Bros. is now playing catch up trying to mimic Avenger's success with Justice League, after letting Joss go from Wonder Woman.
Dr. Horrible sequel to hopefully be in production "within the next year". Variety's Cynthia Littleton asked Joss about the status of the follow-up on Tuesday night.
'The Buffy Effect' - how the portrayal of female TV characters influences attitudes about women. A new study that has found "that the context of portrayals of women [on TV] is of greater value than the presence or absence of sexualized violence in regards to attitudes toward women". Buffy was used as one of the shows for the study and the study itself can be read in full here.

August 29

Which characters could appear in S.H.I.E.L.D.? Eric Goldman at IGN speculates on which Marvel characters might make an appearance. And of course, the inevitable "which actors should appear in it?" articles have starting popping up all over the place. Here's one from the Huffington Post. More...
Gina Torres and Alan Tudyk join Dallas Comic-Con Fan Days. Felicia Day is also appearing. October 19-21, Dallas TX.
Wes the Agent returns in the 2nd episode of Husbands Season 2. Liked Joss' acting stint in the premiere? Well he's back for more.
21 ways of looking at Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV show. Follow the reactions to yesterday's big news.
Shawn Ryan, Angel (& The Shield) producer, proposes a Beverly Hills Cop TV series. Shawn is co-developing this idea with Eddie Murphy. More...
Clare Kramer is doing an AMA on Reddit today. It was supposed to start around 4pm EST and end at 6pm EST. More...
Christina Hendricks set to star in "How to Catch a Monster". Ryan Gosling has cast his "Drive" co-star, Hendricks, in his directorial debut, "How to Catch a Monster."
Watch the deleted Captain America scene from 'The Avengers'. This also appears on the Blu-ray and the scene has been getting a lot of praise.
(SPOILER) Buffy # 13 preview pages. CBR has the preview for the conclusion of the 'Guarded' arc.
(SPOILER) Discuss Angel & Faith #13. It's the third part of the 'Family Reunion' arc. The Steve Morris cover and the Rebekah Isaacs cover combine to make up one very nice piece of artwork.
Empire Magazine reveals why there's no Whedon commentary for UK Avengers DVD/Blu-ray. "Disney have told us that Joss Whedon recorded his commentary too late for the UK Avengers DVD/Blu-ray. They chose not to delay release..."

August 28

Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen to bring S.H.I.E.L.D. to TV. "S.H.I.E.L.D. will be written by Whedon, his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Joss Whedon also is set to direct the pilot, schedule permitting. Production on the pilot, which marks the first live-action Marvel TV project to get a green light, will start immediately." ETA: More from Variety.
The first episode of the BAMF Girls Club. Michonne, Hermione, Katniss, Lisbeth, Buffy and Bella go on a reality show and live in a house together. There's a trailer as well.
Watch the beginning of the alternate opening to 'The Avengers'. You can find the full scene on the Blu-ray along with the alternate ending.
Flavorwire asks where is Jenny Calendar now? Flavorwire's Judy Berman takes a look at the careers of ten actors who played memorable teachers on 90s TV shows, and features a look at what happened to Sunnydale High's own Robia LaMorte. blog has Buffy week. Bitch Flicks, a web site devoted to showcasing movies, television, and media about women, is having a Buffy themed week.
Legal issues engulf 'Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One Collector's Set'. If you're looking forward to getting the briefcase collection of Marvel's movies then prepare to be a bit miffed.
James Marsters and Juliet Landau look back on Buffy. This Q&A was held at last weekend's Fan Expo in Toronto. A video of the entire panel can be found here.

August 27

Julie Benz interested in playing The Wasp in The Avengers 2. Thoughts?
(SPOILER) The writers of Angel & Faith and Spike compare notes. The Dark Horse blog hosts a conversation between Christos Gage and Victor Gischler about their respective writing projects for Buffy's Season Nine.
Sleepwalk With Me beats The Avengers at the box office! Ira Glass engages in some gloating over a significant victory in per-screen average this weekend.
(SPOILER) Summer Glau guest stars on Alphas tonight. She guest stars in tonight's episode, "Alphaville" at 8/7c on Syfy and will be back in the last two episodes of the season, which air in October.
"The setting itself is a character": 17 fictional TV towns with personality. Our favorite Hellmouth makes this list of fictional television show settings.

August 26

Handicapping the writing Emmys, Deadline likes Danny Strong. analyzes the writing races at this year's Emmy Awards, and predicts that our own Jonathan will take home an award for writing the HBO docudrama "Game Change."
Hobbyist builds working S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier. Might be slightly tenuous for the front page, but I couldn't resist.
Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney - round one. It's Mal and Simon vs Spike and Angel in one bracket with Thor and Loki facing off against Steve and Tony in another.

August 25

Dear Miss Landau... An autistic man journeys from Scotland to Hollywood to meet Juliet Landau. More...
Top 10 Sci-Fi Redheads. SFX list their top redheads in sci-fi and fantasy , including 3 from Whedon creations.
Zack Whedon and Eliza Clark getting married. So the youngest Whedon brother is leaving to tie the knot (photo of departure included in tweet). More...

August 24

(SPOILER) Summer Glau - An Extraordinary Summer. A discussion with Summer Glau about her return to the second season of SyFy's Alphas as well as tidbits about her past as a tv actor. Contains slight spoilers for the Alphas episode "Alphavile", premiering this Monday at 8pm ET on SyFy.
Avengers blu-ray featurette clip. In this short clip, courtesy of, Joss discusses the design of the helicarrier.
Marti Noxon developing divorce comedy for Showtime. The new show (which she'll be writing and exec producing) is said to be semi-autobiographical.
(SPOILER) How I drew Willow from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. David Mack, cover artist for the new Willow Mini-Series, gives a step-by-step guide on drawing the Buffyverse's resident witch.
Star Wars Detours announces some Whedon-related talent on board. Aside from Seth Green's position in creating it, Jane Espenson will be writing and Felicia Day providing some voice work for the new animated comedy series.

August 23

USA Today suggests mid season movies with the best prospects at the Oscars. They think "The Avengers" has a fair chance.
No Joss Whedon commentary on the UK release of The Avengers DVD/Blu-ray? The US is getting one but it's not looking good for the UK. The commentary isn't listed at the BBFC, Amazon UK,, HMV or Sainsbury's. Update: It is listed at (retail exclusive?).
The latest fan effort to bring back Firefly. Good luck with that.

August 22

Quantum Mechanix Inc. releases Firefly 10th anniversary celebration art print. The 27" x 40" lithograph was created by graphic designer Jeff Halsey and features Serenity's silhouette in front of a moon, as well as a quote.
Jane Espenson and Brad Bell talk about Husbands Season 2. They talk about Husbands, controversy, network TV, creative freedom, and mention a bunch on Whedony guest stars like Joss and Felicia Day
Browncoats Mixtape artist needs help! Adam Warrock, the artist behind the Browncoats Mixtape that came out earlier this year needs your help. Yesterday his car was broken into and his laptop (containing all of the music for his current tour) was stolen. More...
Vincent Kartheiser at the San Jose Rep. Vincent Kartheiser takes another spin as a more Connor-like character at the San Jose Repertory Theatre. August 30 through September 23.
(SPOILER) Discuss Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike #1. Spike gets his own Season 9 mini-series and boldly goes where no vampire has gone before.
A Real Bloodsucker. Tony Head's rendition of Behind Blue Eyes makes the list of covers in this review of essential tracks by The Who.
'Much Ado About Nothing' gets TIFF premiere date. It will be unveiled on September 8th. And check out the programmer's note for the movie, " this new Ado is a devilishly sharp celebration of banter and flirtation, unruly plots and unlikely romance, a timeless comedy brought deftly to life by its cast of trained Shakespeareans and notable members of Whedon's unofficial stock company".

August 21

Olivia Williams joins Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'Ten'. The movie follows 10 DEA agents who pull off a heist during an enforcement operation, then start dying one by one. More...
25 cool behind-the-scenes photos from various TV shows. Including a shot from Firefly, and an especially cool one from Buffy. More...
"Sleepwalk With Me" Q&A to be moderated by Joss Whedon. Been following the long running one week old feud on YouTube? Then you're well aware of Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass's efforts to get Joss to promote their movie "Sleepwalk With Me". Joss will be moderating a Q&A after a screening of the movie on the 28th in Beverly Hills. For a small donation, you can be a part of this event.
Cabin in the Woods Q&A in actual woods with Drew Goddard & Jesse Williams. This is the two-part Q&A video from the "Kinema in the woods" that happened on March 23 in Lincolnshire, UK. FULL OF SPOILERS so beware! This is part 1 and here is part 2. In other news, the movie is opening in Germany in a few weeks, finally (Sept. 6!). More...

August 20

'The Avengers' gag reel assembles a lot of laughs. "Things we learned from The Avengers gag reel: Joss Whedon is excellent at breaking up fights, Captain America is adorable, Loki is the master of many voices, and Hawkeye doesn't know beans about Star Trek. Taken from the soon-to-be-released Avengers DVD, this might actually be the most hilarious bloopers footage we've ever seen."
(SPOILER) Preview page for Willow # 1. A first look at the the Willow miniseries on Dark Horse's Facebook page.
Joss Whedon hates Malaria! Donate a dollar or more and watch a video about Joss Whedon's Bad Malarious Ideas. More...
(SPOILER) MTV talks to the cover artists of Buffy Season 9. Spoiler warning for those who haven't seen the covers for the November solicitations.There is also a potential spoiler or two for later issues given. More...
MTV Splash Page's 50 greatest Spike moments. They are celebrating James Marsters' birthday as well.
The first deleted scene from The Avengers. With Mark Ruffalo and Harry Dean Stanton.
Joss Whedon talks about the Avengers sequel and more. The interview is in Japanese so if you're not au fait with that language, use Google Translate or Microsoft Translator to get a general idea of what Joss is talking about.
The OED discusses Buffy Speak. The Oxford Dictionaries blog discusses the use of language in the Buffy-verse.
SciFiNow's top ten best Angel episodes. Find out if your favourites made the list.
Dollhouse Season 1 DVD/Blu-ray to finally receive Australian release. Keep October 24th free. More...
Happy birthday to James Marsters. He turns 50 today.

August 18

A funny cool guy. Fran Kranz talks to the New Melbourne Browncoats about Joss, Joss' fans, "Much Ado About Nothing" and more. More...

August 17

Jane Espenson and Brad Bell discuss Husbands on Google Play. If you missed the live event, the whole video is now available to watch.
Mad magazine parodies The Avengers. By all accounts, Joss and some of his own characters feature in the parody as well. lists Buffy as the second best cult tv show ever. Though three weeks ago, the print edition listed it at number one. Firefly also got ranked at #12 or #11.
Enver Gjokaj to guest star in new CBS drama, Made in Jersey. Gjokaj will play U.S. attorney Tommy Ligand. The series premieres September 28 on CBS in the U.S.
Extended version of Nathan Fillion's "Cocktails with Stan" episode. Now with a whole 18 minutes of our dear Captain Tight-Pants chatting with the Stan himself.
Digital Buffyverse Weekend Sale on Dark Horse. Selected issues for 99c each.

August 16

Enver Gjokaj is going to be in Season 7 of Dexter. See him in the new trailer! Confirmed via his twitter that he'll at least be in the season premiere. More...
TV Guide takes notice -- How TV Veterans Conquered the Summer Movies. Both Joss and Marti Noxon are discussed. More...
(SPOILER) Dark Horse's Buffyverse comic books for November. Buffy #15, Angel & Faith #16,Spike # 4(of 5) and Willow # 1(of 5).
Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass to Joss Whedon: It's On. They post a video in reaction to Joss' call for a boycott of 'Sleepwalk With Me'. More...
CBS buys legal drama written by Danny Strong. It centers around a father/daughter lawyer duo and is produced by Robert DeNiro.
Avengers 2 has an official release date. Disney and Marvel Studios have confirmed the release date of the untitled Avengers sequel as May 1st 2015.
Official Facebook Cabin in the Woods Monster Madness Tournament begins! Head on over to Facebook if you want to vote for your favorite creature.
'The Avengers' is SFX's top superhero movie of all time. Last year the magazine's readers voted 'The Dark Knight' as the number one superhero film of all time.
Twelve overlooked Buffy and Angel episodes. TV With The Foot's 'Whedonverse Classic' series covers "the ignored and forgotten episodes of Buffy and Angel".
Making Avengers 2 awesome. Empire magazine has some respectful suggestions for the movie - I very much agree with points 1, 3 and 5.

August 15

The 2nd edition of 'Serenity: Those Left Behind' is out this week. If you're a completist, this front cover has different font than the first edition. More...
Watch Joss Whedon in the premiere of Husbands Season Two. There's a bit of swearing (and Amber Benson, Emma Caulfield, Dichen Lachman, and Felicia Day as well).
'The Avengers' tagline stirs up controversy in Japan. 日本よ、これが映画だ or "Hey Japan, this is a movie" is getting criticised in some quarters.

August 14

Emmy-nominated scribe Danny Strong still savors Joss Whedon role. In an interview with Zap2it Danny said he doesn't mind being primarily recognised as Jonathan from Buffy and also talks about why he writes political movies.
Joss Whedon in Japan. It's the Japanese premiere of The Avengers and Joss, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Feige are there promoting the movie. There's video clips and photos to be had.
Making It: Fran Kranz. Riki Lindhome (Much Ado About Nothing) talks with actor Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse, Death of a Salesman) about auspicious beginnings, being on Broadway and dealing with disappointment.
(SPOILER) Angel & Faith #13 preview pages. CBR has the preview up for the third part of the "Family Reunion" arc.
Happy Birthday Zack Whedon, writer of possibly the best single line ever. The hammer was one of his lines in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
Whedon to Birbiglia and This American Life: Drop Dead! In which Joss sarcastically exhorts us to boycott Mike Birbiglia's upcoming indie flick so it won't overtake the Avengers. Classic Whedony humor.
"He is natural and funny and just perfect!" Jane Espenson talks about Joss' upcoming stint on 'Husbands'.
Fran Kranz to lead 'Murder of a Cat'. According to ComingSoon, "the project made the 2010 "Black List" of unproduced screenplays".

August 13

Alexis Denisof talks about his role in The Avengers. Quick article where Alexis discusses his role in The Avengers and how he got it.
A look at How Bryan Singer's H+ is reimagining Transhumanism. Featuring our very own Alexis Denisof.
Happy Birthday Robin Balzer! Celebrate the only superhero in the Buffyverse who also also lives in this 'verse. More...
Nerdist Writers Panel: TV Fantasy Goes Mainstream. This panel was recorded at the ATX Television Festival and includes Jane Espenson, Jose Molina, and Ben Edlund.

August 12

Enver Gjokaj on tonight's episode of Drop Dead Diva. Airing now! Just saw his name in the credits. On Lifetime.
Avengers: The Down Side Of Up. Or why the success of The Avengers and the choice of director might hurt future genre movies and comic book movies in particular. The author makes some good points, although I sincerely hope he's wrong.

August 11

BuffySavedMyLife blog - "Everything Buffy, All The Time". Just came across this blog, don't believe it's been mentioned here before, from a passionate fan who's doing character focused blog posts right now and then plans to cover each episode of the series.
What to expect from Joss Whedon's upcoming Marvel tv series. Speculation about what his upcoming Marvel television series will contain based on past work.

August 10

Happy birthday to Chris Hemsworth! Today, the God of Thunder (or Curt) turns 29.
Loki's next goal: "I need a bait and eyeliner". Joss Whedon's dialogue as you've never seen it ever.
Why Joss' exclusive Marvel contract could actually be a big deal. The main takeaway from Marvel's announcement.
Trailer for 'Red Dawn' starring Chris Hemsworth. The much delayed remake will finally be out on November 21st.
Small Firefly reference in another Gutters webcomic. See if you can spot it.

August 09

Industry insiders predict Avengers 2 release date. May 1st, 2015 looks to be a safe bet.
(SPOILER) Behind the Scenes look at the writing process for Husbands. Interesting behind the scenes video showing Jane and Brad Bell's writing process and table read for Season 2 of Husbands. Also, bonus picture of Joss Whedon as Brady’s agent Wes. More...
Charisma Carpenter opens up to TVLine. As she prepares for her new show 'I Survived Evil', Charisma talks about her own harrowing experience.
Joss Whedon's Marvel tv show: 10 intriguing possibilities. In light of Monday's big news, Total Film examines the options.
Death is your gift - in praise of Buffy's fifth season. The Blank Projector looks at why Season 5 is among the greats.

August 08

15 years after Buffy: she influenced pop culture. A lot. The impact of Buffy on pop culture.
Jane Espenson to talk Husbands at GeekGirlCon. Jane Espenson, Brad Bell and Sean Hemeon will discuss "Husbands - A Comedy for the Marriage Equality Age" at this Seattle con on Saturday, August 11. More...
Very funny Buffy shout-out on last night's Colbert Report. Joke begins at the 8:30 mark.
Wolfram & Hart and... Legal Ethics? Would Angel really be allowed to become the CEO? Are the Senior Partners members of the California Bar? 'Law and the Multiverse' investigates these and other questions. More...
(SPOILER) Discuss Buffy Season 9 #12. It's the second part of the "Guarded" arc.
(SPOILER) Angel's Alexis Denisof goes post-apocalyptic in a new web series. Alexis Denisof talks about working for Joss on Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, and Avengers, as well as his new web series H+.

August 07

Fan pitches naming SpaceX's first private spaceship "Serenity". In the spirit of getting the first shuttle (although it never flew into space) "Enterprise" after Star Trek.
Joss Whedon signs three year deal with Marvel Studios. Joss will work under the company's roof until June 2015.
Jeremy Renner on 'Avengers' action and more. An interview in which Jeremy Renner talks about what he liked and what he was disappointed about in playing Hawkeye.
Joss Whedon will return to write and direct The Avengers sequel and develop a Marvel-themed TV show for ABC. Variety just reported it as well - I also updated the title to reflect the ABC show details.
Dan Windman, TV Show Lawyer sues cancelled shows. Even a TV show suing lawyer realizes that bringing back Firefly is a tall order.
Art of the Title - The Avengers. A great interview with Steve Voila of Method Design about the main-on-end titles in The Avengers.

August 06

(SPOILER) Alexis Denisof, Hannah Simone and Bryan Singer interviewed about H+. In case you need your Alexis Denisof fix. More...
Top ten Joss Whedon villains. It's a follow-up piece to House of Geekery's "Top ten Joss Whedon characters" feature.
IDW Angel and Spike 50% off sale at Comixology. Every issue of Angel and Spike published by IDW, plus most of the associated mini-series and one-shots, available to download at 99 cents each. More...

August 04

Seven-foot long minifig-scale Serenity model is a Lego masterpiece. Adrian Drake spent 475 hours over the course of 21 months to build this painstakingly accurate model of Firefly's Serenity entirely out of Lego bricks. More...
Gina Torres on Firefly's 10th anniversary. She talks about not being able to be at the Comic-Con panel and how much her fellow cast members mean to her.
Watch "Adam Baldwin - Cocktails with Stan - Ep13" on YouTube. Comic book legend Stan Lee and co-host Jenna Busch interview Adam Baldwin about Firefly and ComicCon on Stan's YouTube program "Cocktails With Stan." More...
The 2012 Browncoat Ball to be hosted in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event will take place in the weekend of September 14-16th.

August 03

Joss Whedon gets the "Hottest Director" award from Total Film. The Avengers also won as Hottest Film, Hottest Actor (Tom Hiddleston), Hottest Newcomer (Cobie Smulders) and Hottest Scene.
Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen make new music. Our favorite couple have shared their new stuff through a new website. ETA: If you are having trouble accessing the site, then have a look at Mo's Tumblr for more info or buy the EP on iTunes USA or Google Play.
The top five things I've learnt from Buffy and Angel. And just for good measure, here's a "10 Things I Learned From Buffy The Vampire Slayer" list.
Jesse Williams talks about "Question Bridge: Black Males" and other projects. The website for Question Bridge can be found here.
Charisma Carpenter to host "I Survived Evil". According to the press release, "The [Investigation Discovery] show will feature dramatically compelling and emotional stories of victims who fought back against their attackers and, against amazing odds, survived."

August 02

Marti Noxon to produce M. Night Shyamalan tv project for Syfy. It's called 'Proof' and is about looking for life after death.
Nathan Fillion does an impromtu AMA in /r/denver on Reddit! Our Captain apparently was practicing for his AMA in the wrong place...
Alexis Denisof talks about his participation in The Avengers. IGN interviews Alexis Denisof about the secrecy behind his role in The Avengers.
(SPOILER) Preparing the end of Buffy Season 9. Some very cool spoilers to be had in this CBR chat with Andrew Chambliss and Christos Gage.
Listen to Nerdist Writers Panel: Women on TV, featuring Jane Espenson. This panel was recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 2nd.
A recap of the 'Girls Gone Genre' panel at Comic-Con. Marti Noxon and Jane Espenson were two of the panellists.
Four new images from Much Ado About Nothing. First look at Nathan and Tom along with three other images.

August 01

Simon Helberg on the Dr Horrible sequel. Short clip of Moist himself talking some Dr Horrible at Comic-Con.
Ok, fine, I admit it... I was completely wrong about Buffy. "I knew the basic idea. I knew it was about vampires being slain, I knew there was a spinoff series, Angel, and I had some odd idea that Billy Idol was in it but I had no idea it was this good."
Avengers ranked fourth In "Ten Greatest Superhero Movies of All Time". Not bad. But some would rank it higher.
Help Moist and the Mayor Get Into Theaters. A small, completed horror-comedy film, "The Selling," is attempting to raise money to get a theatrical release. It features Simon Helberg and Harry Groener.
Fox Entertainment take action over unofficial Firefly MMO. DarkCryo Entertainment's MMO is now the "project formerly known as Firefly Universe Online".
Top ten Joss Whedon characters. There's two criteria for making the list - they have to be original Whedonverse characters and be included in the opening credits of their respective shows.
Battle of the vampires - Spike vs. Damon. It's the semifinal of TVLine's Ultimate Bad Boy tournament.

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