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August 31

Much Ado About Nothing U.S. theater listing for the week of 08/30/13. Some different cities. Here is a Australia, Brazil and Canada list. Also may be playing in New Zealand and Mexico. More...
"Chiweitel Ejiofor is probably THE Best Actor contender to beat." Thus says a critic based upon his performance in 12 Years a Slave, shown at the Telluride Film Festival, and to be released October 18.
Last day to enter to win the Serenity Steelbook Comic Blu-Ray pack (and 16 other films). via Universal Studios Entertainment's Facebook page.
The JV Club podcast interviews Jane Espenson. An fun and quite personal interview with our favorite Jane Espenson. It is indeed laminatable.

August 30

Quantum Mechanix presents 1:6 Scale Malcolm Reynolds Prototype. The figure, sculpted by Trevor Grove, depicts a younger Malcolm Reynolds at the battle at Serenity Valley. There's no release date or price yet.
First Look: David Boreanaz on DirecTV's Full Circle. Boreanaz says that his character Jace is "a bit of a wild card and something I thought would challenge me professionally. It was daunting but at the same time very rewarding".

August 29

Alyson Hannigan speaks with Entertainment Weekly. As part of their HIMYM cover issue, Alyson talks about "Buffy", JJ Abrams, and Star Wars.
James Spader is Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. New casting info from Marvel.
Tim Minear chats about American Horror Story: Coven, Angel and Joss. Interesting insight in the differences between the Murphyverse and the Whedonverse.
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' producers Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen talk Coulson, Joss & more. Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall chatted to the pair of them at the recent TCA press tour.
Vote for Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof in the 'Most Chemistry' category of EW's summer movie poll. Support our favorite Shakespeare couple at Entertainment Weekly.

August 28

The cast of How I Met Your Mother on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Willow Rosenberg, Maria Hill and Dr. Horrible follow in Joss' footsteps.
(SPOILER) Preview for Buffy Season 9 #25. The season finale comes out on the 11th of next month.
25 heart-rending Buffy moments. Except the order is all kinds of wrong!
(SPOILER) Discuss Angel and Faith #25. The season finale arrives in stores today.
Surviving Evil premieres tonight. Charisma Carpenter hosts a new Investigation Discovery show. More...
"Jaynestown" LIVE on stage at SF's The Dark Room Theater, Weekends in October. "Don't miss this live rendition of Firefly! Come to The Dark Room Theater this October to discover the fate of Canton and its impromptu hero before it's too late!"
Eliza Dushku is one of the new Time Angels on 'NTSF: SD: SUV::'. The episode airs at 12:15 a.m. this Friday on Adult Swim.
Tom Hiddleston unlocks 'melancholy side' to play vampire in Only Lovers Left Alive. He plays Adam, alongside Tilda Swinton's Eve. According to Hiddleston, "It was wonderful, because acting is the privilege of living in the shoes of someone else for a time, and Adam was a big stretch for me."
Emmy Preview: Host Neil Patrick Harris preps for the big night. TV Guide has an interview with NPH about hosting the Emmys.

August 27

Joss Whedon rips Indiana Jones scene, and he's right. Mike Ryan at The Huffington Post reckons Joss is right about that moment in Temple of Doom (and what it has to say about culture).
Nathan Fillion won top prize at The Geekie awards. Fan favorite award presenters included Buffy alums Seth Green, Sarah Hagen and Clare Kramer. More...
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - the Joss Whedon trailer. Less than a month to go now.

August 26

"Writers Cabin" - Fan animation puts Joss Whedon and other TV creators in one place , to make them write the perfect show. From talented Israeli animators Leigh Lahav & Tom Trager, also creators of the hilarious Thorested Development, Fangirls and other fan-related videos, almost always Joss-related.
Joss discusses the possibility of killing an Avenger. Excerpted from his recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Watch some very cool Avengers animatics. These storyboard scenes reveal what The Avengers looked like in the early drafts of the movie (there's The Wasp for starters).

August 24

Alana Stone getting married - let's give her a gift. Alana Stone, who was part of the Dollhouse wardrobe dept, is getting married today. To celebrate, I think we should all head over to iTunes, Amazon, or your favorite (legal) music source and pick up a copy of her album Burn. The "Gimme A Geek" song is brilliant. Congratulations, Alana!
Much Ado About Nothing U.S. theater listing for the week of August 23th. Cheektowaga, NY and 21 other cities in US. Here is a Canada and Australia list. Brazil. More...
Joss weighs in on the recent announcement of Affleck as Batman. Via his official twitter account.
Can't Stop the Serenity charity events in Phoenix AZ and Melbourne Australia this weekend. Sorry Melbourne Australia sold out. Phoenix almost sold out. Lots of fun: Serenity, Dr. Horrible, Hero of Canton karaoke, photo booths and costume contests. More...

August 23

Dark Horse Comics asks, "Where's Serenity?" The comics publisher teases "the future of the franchise at Dark Horse", with news heading our way in the coming months via the #WheresSerenity hashtag on their various social media channels. ETA: Another image can be found here.
Vote in SFX's "Top Superhero Movies Of All Time: 2013 edition" poll. Last year, The Avengers took first place. Will the movie keep the crown this time round?
Joss Whedon reveals his three all-time favourite episodes. He lists which titles from his body of work that he is most proud of.
Alexis Denisof to star in Grimm. Click the link for details. Or don't, the choice is yours. (DO IT).
Miracle Laurie at the premiere of her new movie "Scenic Route". The movie opens this weekend in the US. Watch the trailer here.
New Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV trailer. Fill yer boots.
Christina Hendricks Joins 'Dark Places'. In the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel, Christina will play Krissi Cates.

August 22

Mudder's Milk Cocktail from Geek & Sundry Vlogger Mitch. Mitch Hutts creates a "Mudder's Milk" cocktail in his new vlog, "All the protein, vitamins and carbs of your grandma's best turkey dinner, plus 15 percent alcohol. Shiny." More...
'Agents of SHIELD': EW cast portraits. With the added bonus of personal character descriptions.
Joss Whedon takes on 'Empire Strikes Back,' 'Twilight'. "A lot of things aimed at the younger kids is just 'Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie.'" ETA: Btw Joss commented in this thread.
"We're not men" - a Dollhouse essay. Lillian DeRitter writes about masculinity in Dollhouse. An essay from the "Inside Joss' Dollhouse" anthology.
Wentworth Miller takes a stand against Russian anti-gay laws by coming out. Maybe a tenuous connection, having been a swimmer in "Go Fish" however many years ago, but this is pretty admirable, so it might warrant a post anyway. Miller is probably better known for his role on Prison Break.
Interview with Mo and Jed about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Non spoilery interview though broad themes and production questions about the overall season are discussed.

August 21

Tahmoh Penikett snags another gig on The CW. He has a recurring role on The CW's new midseason sci-fi drama Star-Crossed. More...
(SPOILER) Interview with Morena Baccarin. TVFanatic chats with Morena Baccarin about her Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Emmy nomination and Season 3 of Homeland, among other things.
Channel 4 to air 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' in UK in "massive deal". More details expected tomorrow. ETA: Read the Channel 4 press release here. And a BBC News article here. More...
'Avengers 2' scoop: How Ultron will differ from the comics. "As a character I love [Ultron]," Whedon says, "because hes so pissed off."
Watch a clip from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot. To do this you will need a Facebook account and then Like the page. In your address bar, you may have to "disable protection for this page" (Firefox), "load unsafe script" (Chrome) or "show all content" (Internet Explorer) in order to view the video. More...
Joss Whedon on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Joss and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. get the cover story: "his past, present, and future".
(SPOILER) Discuss Dark Horse Presents #27. Jane Espenson and Karl Moline's Billy story comes to a conclusion
Joss Whedon comes second in SFX Magazine's Hot 50 Sci-Fi Buzz List of 2013. Tom Hiddleston came in at number 50, Becky Cloonan number 49 and Clark Gregg number 38.
Elizabeth Olsen rumoured to be in the running for Scarlet Witch in Avengers 2. Bleeding Cool says Saoirse Ronan has passed on the role.
TBS renews "Men at Work" for a third season. Adam Busch's sitcom receives a 10 episode order for its next season. More...

August 20

"Ant-Man" director, Edgar Wright, discusses why Ultron won't appear in his film. Of course, Ultron will be featured in The Avengers 2 instead.
Indie Summer Box Office Rundown. It didn't make Avengers money, but how did Much Ado about Nothing hold up at the summer indie movie box office?
Eliza Dushku to be at HellMouth convention in Paris. That'll be in April of next year. The website for the convention can be found here.
Happy Birthday, James Marsters. Blondie Bear is 51 today.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson promo. The final Level 7 character promo.

August 19

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on the cover of this month's Starburst magazine. The latest issue celebrates "the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first foray into TV".

August 18

(SPOILER) Danny Strong is in "The Butler." Besides writing the screenplay, Danny Strong has a small role in the movie, per this interview.

August 17

Harry Groener and Armin Shimerman join "Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse". It's a post-apocalyptic road comedy. And if you've ever wanted to see a pic of The Mayor and Snyder drinking Romulan Ale, well now's your chance.
Much Ado About Nothing U.S. theater listing for the week of August 16th. Here is the Canada and Australia list. More...

August 16

(SPOILER) Preview of Angel & Faith #25. The final issue will be released August 28th.
"Separating art from its creators". One writer/contributor in the AV Club Q&A argues that Dollhouse "can stand on its own merits" and "tends to suffer from its inclusion in, and comparison to, the list of Joss Whedon TV shows."
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2 credits revealed. David Straiton is the director and Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jeffrey Bell wrote the episode.
What ABC's 'Agents of SHIELD' will need to do to get an audience - and save the network. The Hollywood Reporter looks at some of the problems Agents of SHIELD may face in finding an audience.
Your first look at the Firefly board game. Nerd Approved played the game at GenCon and posted a set of photos of the board and various game components.
"Joss Whedon: From Buffy to the Bard" - an exhibit at Wesleyan. The Rick Nicita Gallery is doing a retrospective look at Joss' career which includes "posters, notebooks, photographs, props and artwork from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, The Avengers and more". The Gallery's curator says "Joss basically went into his garage - and gave us all this stuff."
Can't Stop the Serenity charity events in Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Halifax and Tucson this weekend. Very shiny events including Serenity, Dr. Horrible, The Guild, evil laugh contest, costume contests, photo booth, live music and even Soutwestern Art Deco. More...

August 15

CBS interview Alyson Hannigan on the upcoming finale of How I Met Your Mother. My favorite interview answer? "I mean....yeah....I don't know....I know...I don't know...no." More...
Sophia McDougal hates strong female characters. Here's why. "What do I want instead of a Strong Female Character? I want a male:female character ratio of 1:1 instead of 3:1 on our screens. I want a wealth of complex female protagonists who can be either strong or weak or both or neither, because they are more than strength or weakness."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A new version of you. "Unlike most teen dramas, Buffy wasn't a narrative about finding an identity; it was always about having a lot of them."
Harry Lennix takes on 'The Butler' calls it 'historical porn'. Harry Lennix refused to be a part of 'The Butler': "...Lee Daniels sent me the script for that film he's making now, The Butler, about the black butler at the White House. I read five pages of this thing and could not go any further". More...

August 14

Joss Whedon's blurb for 'The World's End'. Did he like the final movie in the Cornetto Trilogy? (Hint, yes).
Tony Head to star in UK sitcom with Eve Myles. It's called "Us and Them" (for now) and will air on Gold.
Happy Birthday to Zack Whedon! He turns 34 today.
Fran Kranz in a short film by Matt Spicer. Starring Gillian Jacobs and Rob Huebel.
Women in the Box: Zoe Washburne, Firefly. Sabienna Bowman discusses Zoe in her 'Women in the Box' series on This Was Television.
(SPOILER) Discuss Buffy Season 9 #24. It's the fourth part of 'The Core' arc.
Danny Strong: from 'Buffy' extra to 'Butler' screenwriter. NPR's "Here and Now" airs a great interview with Danny Strong. ETA: Time has an interview with Danny as well. More...
Firefly episode "Out of Gas" screening in theater with permission from Twentieth Century Fox. Congratulations Orange County Browncoats! More...
Happy Birthday, Robin Balzer! Hurrah for the only hero of the Buffyverse who walks among us under the same name in this here 'verse. More...

August 13

Ian Hart joins cast of Agents of SHIELD in recurring role. EW has a little info on the role.
65 kick-ass female fantasy characters. Three from Buffy on the list, one a bit of a surprise and not the one you might expect. Buffy comes in at #2, with #1 not who I expected.
Doug Jones lands a role on "Teen Wolf". He will appear when the series return from hiatus in January 2014.

August 12

TVLine's Ausiello auctions off tv memorabilia. Amongst the goodies are VHS review copies for 'Hush', 'Once More With Feeling' and 'Not Fade Away'. And the highly collectible Dollhouse Echo action figure (more pics of that here) and a Dollhouse promotional tshirt are up for grabs as well. All proceeds go to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Tom Hiddleston and Christina Hendricks sing. Promoting their upcoming movie, The Pirate Fairy (a Peter Pan re-imagining), at the D23 Expo Tom and Christina sang Bare Necessities together. More...

August 11

Autostraddle reviews Buffy. A review of the show after a marathon watching episode. Interesting if not all I agree with.
First impressions of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot. Matt Mitovich, TVLine, offers his first impressions of the show's not-for-review pilot.
Much Ado About Nothing U.S. theater listing for the week of August 9th. Still in theaters. Here is a Canada and Australia list. More...

August 10

Of Vampires and Ghosts (of the Robot): a talk with James Marsters. He's at Wizard World Chicago this weekend and RedEye spoke to him beforehand about Buffy, Twilight and his band.
Almost the 11th Doctor? Sources tell the Daily Mirror that Chiwetel Ejiofor was offered the role back in 2009.

August 09

Inside Marvel's secret 'Agents of SHIELD' security. The Hollywood Reporter looks at Marvel and ABC's efforts to protect the pilot at screenings.
'The Pirate Fairy': Christina Hendricks and Tom Hiddleston join newest Tinkerbell movie. Christina will voice Zarina, a Pixie Hollow fairy, and Tom will voice James, who grows up to be Captain Hook.
Felicia Day discusses all things geek. Topics include her website Geek & Sundry, which is hosting today's GeekWeek on YouTube Fan Friday, as well as who would reign in Nerd Kingdom. One guess as to Joss' role in that kingdom.
Angel, Tribute Trailer. A very nice trailer for Angel. Made by the same person who did the Buffy Tribute.
Watch an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. press roundtable at Comic-Con. Experience the promotion of a brand new tv show. Also marvel at the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. water bottles.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. viral marketing irks activists. The "Rising Tide" marketing is bothering a climate-change activist group called... Rising Tide. More...

August 08

Newsarama speaks with Christos Gage. He talks about his new series for DC Comics, "Justice League Beyond 2.0".
(SPOILER) SDCC13: Georges Jeanty's Buffy panel report. The last part of the report Georges offers some spoilerish teases about the end of season 9 including the last shot of issue 25.
Latest SHIELD character promo: Level 7 Access with Skye. This is not the same as the weird "Skye Spotlight" and Clark Gregg talking head videos from earlier this week, but the actual Level 7 promo they've been doing for each character.
Firefly - Out to the Black Card Game Kickstarter canceled. Toy Vault/Game Salute pulls the plug on 38x-funded project 6 days before the pledged funds are actually collected. More...
Buffy season 9 digital mega-bundle for $20. All 23 issues to date at one low price from Dark Horse Comics in case you need to catch up or start your digital collection. ETA: There's also a $0.99 sale on Angel & Faith comics. More...

August 07

20 Science Fiction Moments that will make you cry. A few Whedon moments make this list - the only surprise, that they're not higher up. And certain tear-jerking moments from Serenity and Dollhouse are strangely missing...
Loki possible villain for Agents of SHIELD? Tom Hiddleston is "open" to Loki shaking things up for Coulson and his agents. More...
(SPOILER) CBR Behind Buffy S9: Christos Gage on Angel & Faith #23-24. There is a little tease for this month's final issue at the end of the interview.
Watch the new trailer for 'Thor: The Dark World'. The movie comes out in November.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Skye promo. The fourth character promo. Plus an intro from Agent Coulson about his team. More...
12 best supporting characters in the Buffyverse. Let the games begin!
Special features for the 'Much Ado About Nothing' DVD/Blu-ray get revealed. Not one but two commentaries. Plus a music video and a couple of featurettes.
New Hollywood: entertainers on the rise. Tom Hiddleston is on Entertainment Weekly's list of 50 "talents changing Hollywood for the better."

August 06

TV Shows which demand you to rewatch. Unsurprisingly, a familiar name crops up.
Mark Sheppard gets collared. Mark will be guesting starring in White Collar in a major arc as an art forger whom Peter sent to prison in the show's pilot.
Tahmoh Penikett gets cast in Supernatural. He'll be playing a fallen angel.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot to be screened at D23 Expo. That'll be this Sunday at 3pm.
(SPOILER) "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" director talks about a Firefly reference in the movie and working with Nathan Fillion.
11 sidekicks who are indisputably better than their heroes. Our favorite witch makes an appearance.
'Much Ado About Nothing' DVD/Blu-ray gets a US release date. According to the Amazon.com listing, the movie will be out on October 8th. More...
Joss Whedon interview on Rove Live - from 2005! Joss appeared on the Australian talk show Rove Live in September 2005 when he was promoting Serenity (and still had hair!). He talks about how the film got made and also reveals a huge secret.
The best Enver Gjokaj interview you will ever listen to. It's that good. Enver gives great insights into his career to date, especially in regards to Dollhouse and The Avengers. And if you want more Enver, he'll be in the next season of The Walking Dead and appearing in his new web series "Hollywood Hitmen" with Dichen Lachman. The iTunes link for the podcast can be found here.
Tom Hiddleston: No Loki in 'Avengers 2'. Tom Hiddleston confirms to EW that Loki won't be in the sequel. "I think keeping it fresh and new is good for The Avengers even though it's a shame for me."

August 05

Firefly cast talks about best moments. It's a clip from a panel featuring Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite and Alan Tudyk at the recent Fandomfest con in Kentucky.
(SPOILER) Watch a clip of Amy Acker in 'Husbands'. The new season will premiere on the 15th of this month on something called CW Seed.
Tony Head talks about the new Percy Jackson movie and Ripper. Sea of Monsters is out this Friday in the UK and Ireland.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. poster gets unveiled. The poster was revealed after a promotional Twitter campaign.
Highlights from the Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. panel at the TCA press tour. The cast and creators answered some very interesting questions yesterday. More coverage can be found at Variety, The L.A. Times, IGN.com and EW.com.

August 04

A litter of cats named after the Firefly crew. They named the mother of the kittens Firefly. "I thought Firefly was a perfect name - she's the size and shape of a spaceship, and she's carrying a full crew inside."
(SPOILER) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot screens at the TCA press tour. Crave Online has a review - "It took more than one movie to set up The Avengers and it's going to take more than a pilot to sell "Agents of SHIELD," but the pilot can confirm that it is worth watching every week." More...

August 03

Sarah Michelle Gellar talks about her husband's guest stint on Bones this coming season. Freddie Prinze Jr. guest role on Bones came about when Sarah,Freddie and David Boreanaz were hanging out together a few weeks ago at a pool.
Much Ado About Nothing U.S. theater listing for the week of August 2nd. New cities and first time showing in Montana and West Virginia. Here is a Canada and Australia list. More...
The Avengers 2: Joss talks Ultron, Thanos, and an X-Men crossover. Highlights from a recent interview in Total Film magazine.
Chris Evans to helm '1:30 Train' before reprising Captain America in 'Avengers 2'. This will be Chris' feature directorial debut, which he will also star in and produce.

August 02

CNN asks, "Where are they now?" Buffy edition. "But if the stars somehow aligned to bring us another Chosen One movie with SMG, where's the rest of the cast in terms of availability?"
'Mal Contents' - a Firefly essay. This originally appeared in the 'Serenity Found' anthology.
James Marsden thinks Joss should do a Kitty Pryde movie. Which is fitting, seeing as Joss once said "If there's a bigger influence on Buffy than Kitty, I don't know what it was".
Chiwetel Ejiofor film among awards season hopefuls looking for distribution. Chiwetel Ejiofor ('Serenity') stars in 'Half of a Yellow Sun' which Hitfix has determined as a possible awards contender. More...
Firefly: Out to the Black card game Kickstarter Campaign. Toy Vault, Inc. has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new Firefly-inspired card game! More...

August 01

Ten Creepiest Buffy Villains. Might be surprising...
(SPOILER) Casting call notice for The Avengers: Age of Ultron includes possible new plot information. Specifically regarding the origins of Ultron in the film.
Available today on DVD: Justice League: The FlashPoint Paradox. Featuring Captain Tightpants as Green Lantern Hal Jordan. More...



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