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December 01

Volunteers needed for CSTS 2014! Anyone who'd like to help out, this link is the place to be! :)
Chloe Bennet's AMA on Reddit. This was originally scheduled for last week.

November 30

Much Ado About Nothing premieres in Russia on December 12th.
Buffy Box Set: among today's Lightning Deals for Canadians. At one of the lowest price points I've seen. Could be a nice gift for the uninitiated or, you know, just because.
Ming-Na Wen on family, comfort and reclaiming her father's name. Great interview over at Babble.

November 28

The top 5 underrated sci-fi movie masterpieces. Guess what is in there...though I have to say that it is not so under-rated nowadays.
Elizabeth Olsen discusses Scarlet Witch with AOL Moviefone. In this Q&A, she describes Scarlet Witch as, "a messed up lady." Olsen also said, "I hung out with Mr. Whedon recently." She also has to rely on her brother for comic book info as she has never read comics.
James Marsters stars in a radio adaptation of Macbeth. The link goes to the version you can pay to download but note that you have several options to hear this including live radio today! More...
The Avengers: Age of Ultron script is finished according to Mark Ruffalo! He tweeted the news the other day.
Ranking the TV episodes that have paved the way for Glee's 'Puppet Master'. No prizes for guessing which Angel episode is ranked #1 in this EW article.
Happy Birthday, Maurissa Tancharoen! This year Maurissa co-show-ran Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., co-wrote the pilot, "0-8-4", "The Asset", and last night's utterly awesome "Repairs", raised Lupus awareness and money, appeared on Learning Town, released "Sigh No More"* as a music video on the Much Ado About Nothing DVD, and inspired love and devotion and song! More...

November 27

Joss visits the Into the Woods film set. Joss gets a first-hand a look at the the upcoming stage-to-film musical.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ratings rise. Last night's episode got 2.5/7 in the 18-49 demographic and added an extra 2.45 million viewers from last week.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is Canada's number one new show. The CTV press release also says that the show is "the most-watched new fall series on record".
(SPOILER) Promo for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1x10 "The Bridge". The episode will air December 10 and is the first of a two-parter. J. August Richards returns! "Coulson takes the war back to Centipede, and this time he brings in Mike Peterson for some super-soldier support."
(SPOILER) Discuss tonight's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The episode is titled "Repairs" and was written by Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon.
QMx is having a Big Damn Sale! Quantum Mechanix has announced the details of their Black Friday sale, including what 'Verse related products they hock will be seeing their price slashed. More...
Vote Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in E! Online Tournament. There are also a few other Whedon related shows in the tournament, your vote will help. This round closes today. Be sure to type the code in before voting. More...

November 26

Yahoo! explores 12 shocking tv deaths. Yahoo! looks at 12 of TV's most shocking deaths, in response to Family Guy's big plot twist of killing off one of its most beloved characters. More...
Buffy Trivia Night in Brooklyn. First Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia at Brooklyn Winery on Tuesday, November 26 at 8pm.
(SPOILER) Second preview from tonight's Agents of SHIELD. Another scene from "Repairs".
(SPOILER) Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen talk about tonight's SHIELD episode. Find out what to expect from "Repairs".
Elizabeth Taylor watched Buffy! One of us!

November 25

Marvel announces that Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are in The Avengers sequel. This official announcement will come as a surprise to absolutely no one.
A round-up of reviews for last week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. The Escapist said 'The Well' "offered a killer premise - The X-Files with Mission Impossible's hardware - and delivered the hell out of it". 411Mania.com gave the episode 8.4 out 10, TheHDRoom 8.5 and IGN 8.0. Digital Spy gave it 3 stars out of 5, GeekSmash 4 1/2 and SFX 3 1/2. The Paste reviewer said the episode didn't work for them whilst The Independent blogger said "it gives the series a sense of urgency it's been missing".
A bit of love for the original Buffy movie at FilmDrunk. No spoilers for BtVS, but there are for some of the other movies under discussion; also, some needlessly childish language used, presumably for humorous intent.
The Doubleclicks sing their love for everyone's favorite Agent. And are attired appropriately for the occasion. More...
"Playing Vampire Towns": An analysis of "Sleeper." Chris Stangl of the blog The Exploding Kinetoscope continues his in-depth writing on season seven (begun with "Conversations with Dead People" here).
(SPOILER) Enver Gjokaj appears in tonight's episode of The Walking Dead. Zap2it has a pic of him.

November 24

Firefly DVD set for $5.99 on Amazon. I've never seen the price this low. Need to get stocking stuffers? Additional loaner copies?

November 23

(SPOILER) Preview for the next episode of Agents of SHIELD, 'Repairs'. "The Agents are called in to investigate a possible telekinetic. But is there a darker force at work?"
(SPOILER) Preview page for Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1. Dark Horse tweeted the pic earlier today.
Chloe Bennet (Skye) is doing a Reddit AMA. Bennet wlll be answering your "Ask me anything" questions on Reddit today at 2pm ET. Rescheduled for next week on Saturday at 2 pm ET

November 22

Trailer for "Sabotage" with Olivia Williams. Set for release in theaters in April 2014.
Buffy cast at their first ComicCon. What is Seth Green holding? Why are Nicholas Brendon and Charisma Carpenter holding hands? Is Joss Whedon 12 years old?
(SPOILER) Synopsis for Agents of SHIELD's episode 1.10 "The Bridge". Courtesy of Marvel.
Eliza Dushku chats about playing Faith. She'll be appearing at the Boston Super Megafest this weekend. Another recent interview with Eliza, where she talks about her Camp Hale work, can be found at the Boston Herald.

November 21

Dark Horse responds to James Marsters graphic novel reveal. Scott Allie chimes in. More...
Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon talk SHIELD, their two-year plan, Easter eggs and more. A very comprehensive interview over at Collider.com.
The Slayer lives: a look inside a fan's custom-built 'Buffy' pinball machine. More details about the pinball machine can be found on the BuffyPinball website. More...
Jed Whedon confirms Agents of SHIELD/Captain America 2 crossover. He tells TV Guide " we will definitely try to tee-up some stuff and probably play a little bit of the fallout from that film".
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky expecting second child. Congrats to the couple!

November 20

James Marsters' idea for the Spike TV movie is becoming a graphic novel! James Marsters reveals the secrets of his dark new Spike comic.
Happy Birthday Ming-Na Wen! To another women who has broken the Hollywood mold. Strong, smart, sexy...
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ratings rise for episode 8. Which is nice.
In-depth interview with Chiwetel Ejiofor. David Poland chats with Ejiofor about his career and '12 Years A Slave'. Very interesting interview.
(SPOILER) Promo for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1x09 'Repairs'. This'll air next Tuesday.
(SPOILER) Discuss tonight's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The episode is titled "The Well." It was written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Jonathan Frakes. This is the episode that references events from Thor: The Dark World.
Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb talk about concept, casting and more with AssignmentX. This discuss happened during the ABC party at the 2013 Television Critics Association.

November 19

Video interview with Seth Green about his company Shodog. What Mr. Green is doing these days as a producer.
(SPOILER) Second sneak peek from Agents of SHIELD's "The Well". Where we finally understand the episode's name. More...
Film Geek Radio's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.C.A.S.T.. Not pertaining to a specific episode of the series, the hosts of this podcast decided to evaluate the season, so far. They try to examine the show with some much-needed perspective, as they feel some critics are being unfairly negative with regards to comparing it to past Whedon programming. More...
(SPOILER) Christophe Beck works on recording the 'Frozen' soundtrack. Video of him, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and others in the recording studio. More...
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Fall's biggest disappointment. The Huffington Post's Maureen Ryan vents her Hulk rage in a constructive fashion.

November 18

(SPOILER) Enver Gjokaj on next week's 'The Walking Dead' 4x07 "Dead Weight". You can watch the preview for next week's episode in which Enver Gjokaj has a role.
A round-up of reviews for last week's Agents of SHIELD episode. So So Gay said "finally, an episode which nails the action, plot development and humour that we've come to expect from a Whedon series". Digital Spy gave 'The Hub' 4 out of 5, TV Fanatic 4.5 out 5, SFX 3 out of 5, IGN 7.7 out of 10 and 411Mania 8.4. TV Overmind said it was a "good episode that is moving the characters forward, some more than others". And the ScreenCrush review concluded with "overall, continually strong improvement on the fronts that many were quick to tear into during the inaugural weeks".
(SPOILER) Four minutes from tomorrow's episode "The Well". Agents of SHIELD goes Asgardian.

November 17

Can't Stop The Serenity auction kicks off. Lots of goodies to be had here. For instance, there's a Firefly Companion book signed by Joss and a Much Ado poster signed by Joss and some of the cast. All proceeds go to Equality Now and the direct link to the auction can be found here.

November 16

SMG comments on Buzzfeed Buffy rankings. Sarah Michelle Gellar tweets on "The Prom" episode of Buffy.
Our Favorite TV Small Towns. Our favorite Hellmouth earns a spot on this EW list.
Michelle Trachtenberg to guest-star on NCIS: LA. Her episode will air Dec. 17th.

November 15

Elizabeth Olsen on her role in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. She talks about her 'damaged' character.
"More Than Entertainment" - a Whedonverse essay. This originally appeared in "The Psychology of Joss Whedon" anthology.
TV that definitely isn't the new cinema. As The Guardian puts it, "Tired of watching intricate dramas with epic pretensions? Here are six current series that are actual fun". And Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is one of their choices.
Summer Glau to appear on tonight's 'The Late Late Show' with Craig Ferguson. According to the show's official upcoming guest list. More...
Tom Hiddleston sings karaoke in a car and gets in a dance-off against Zachary Levi. This is pretty much exactly how you imagine it to be.
(SPOILER) Cover art and info for Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2. This will come out on February 26th of next year.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. boss sets the record straight on Melinda May. She has not died before.
Kickstarter for a licensed Serenity USB drive. Seems pretty pricey (and huge) for a 8GB thumb drive that's not even USB 3. But at least they have the licensing set up ahead of time and have a history of similar licensed devices (Voltron, Gigantor, etc) to make it look legit.
Agents of SHIELD named favorite new Fall Show. Proving Whedon Fans still know how to win a poll. More...

November 14

In Fear starring Iain De Caestaecker opens in the UK at 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Iain De Caestaecker stars in the British horror movie In Fear which opens across the UK tomorrow. It currently stands at 100% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. No US release date has been set yet.
(SPOILER) Summer Glau discusses the future of her character on "Arrow". She hasn't gotten to do much yet besides be a foil for Oliver. Sounds like that's going to change. Mild spoilers for last night's episode.
BuzzFeed has ranked every Buffy episode from worst to best. I'm sure everyone here will agree 100% and this will be a very boring thread.
(SPOILER) Comic book references in this week's Agents of SHIELD episode. Did you spot them all?

November 13

Comparing Much Ado About Nothings. The-Toast compares how differently Branagh and Whedon filmed Much Ado, looking at some of the major scenes as well as the overall approach. More...
Deaths of the Whedonverse: from least to most devastating. Exactly what you're expecting. Spoilers for the five of you that didn't watch Dollhouse or Cabin.
Zack Whedon talks to TFAW about Serenity comics. Some new details on "Leaves on the Wind". Strangely the interview seems to think Zack's only written one other Serenity comic and that only Patton Oswalt's "Float Out" was post-movie, neither of which are true.
Ratings for Agents of SHIELD episode 1.07 "The Hub". Find out how last night's episode did.
(SPOILER) Wordballoon podcast interviews Jeph Loeb about 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'. The interview also comments on the Marvel/Netflix deal very briefly and the other Marvel TV projects and it expands into a look at the relationship between Marvel Movies TV and the comics, and where the geek industry is now compared to the pre-2000 years. More...
Michelle Trachtenberg twerks. She also discusses her feet and squishing a baby during 'Killing Kennedy' filming in separate clips (see comments), all from her November 6th appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show.
(SPOILER) Promo for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1x08 'The Well'. This is the Thor: The Dark World tie-in episode.
(SPOILER) Summer Glau talks about her recurring role as Isabel Rochev on Arrow this season. Her next big episode is tomorrow night. More...
(SPOILER) Discuss tonight's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. It's called "The Hub" and was written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc.

November 12

Drew Goddard in negotiations to write Daredevil series for Netflix. So says The Wrap. I swear someone (here maybe?) was just talking about wanting him to be involved in the Marvel/Netflix deal.
Ever wondered how Brett Dalton looks shirtless while holding a puppy? Here's the video for you, thanks to People. More...
Elizabeth Rohm to appear on "Beauty and The Beast". The "Angel" vet will have a four-episode arc.
(SPOILER) TV Line has the first 2 minutes of tonight's "The Hub" online. Plus nifty new Marvel logo at the beginning.

November 11

Elizabeth Olsen confirms she is The Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron. She talked to MTV about working with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and complimented Joss as well.
"Joss Whedon: The Biography" out next June. It's by Amy Pascale and features a foreword by Nathan Fillion. More...
(SPOILER) Marvel's official synopsis for Agents of SHIELD episode 1.09 "Repairs". Short description for the episode airing on November 26.
New book on fandom features our Big Damn Heroes on the cover. Also has a chapter on the fan film Browncoats: Redemption.
A round-up of reviews for last week's Agents of SHIELD episode. Paste Magazine said 'Fzzt' showed " the greatness that's only been hinted at in previous viewings". Digital Spy gave it 4 stars out of 5, 411Mania gave it 8.5 out of 10, SFX 3 1/2 stars out of 5 and IGN 8 out of 10. Den of Geek said "while the start was slow and dull, the tension really ramped up in the second (better) half". So So Gay summarised it as "a tense, well crafted episode". And ScreenCrave declared that "for the first time since the show began, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have hit the mother load (sic) with 'Fzzt'."
Clark Gregg does the voice of Agent Coulson in Lego Marvel Super Heroes. The game is out this week and Eurogamer gave it 9/10.

November 10

'Thor: The Dark World' takes $86.1 million at the US box office. The movie has taken $327.1 million worldwide.
The evolution of demon morality in Sunnydale. This article casts its eye on the line drawn between good and evil on the show.
"Any Body" - a Dollhouse/Kaiba essay. Find out what both shows bring to the table in terms of "identity".
The New York Times on this Fall's television. When it came to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the writer said the show "is in some measure what the other shows aren't: clever, funny, stylish, with characters we care about and, not insignificantly, more convincing special effects."
ArsenalFx on fast turnarounds in Post for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. . If you're into the technical side of the making of a show, then this would be an article for you.
Jeph Loeb on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the future of Marvel television. This was conducted before the recent announcement of the Marvel deal with Netflix.
Georges Jeanty comments on Joss and Firefly. When asked if the new Serenity mini-series was the final nail in the coffin for new tv or film adventures, Georges said "I thought just the opposite, I thought, especially when Joss was on it, this was something where if there was gonna be a film, he was working it out in comics first."
Out next month - "Joss Whedon, A Creative Portrait: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Marvel's The Avengers". This is by David Lavery and is highly anticapated by Whedon scholars. Also in the pipeline is Reading Joss Whedon by Rhonda Wilcox.

November 09

(SPOILER) Sneak peek from Agents of SHIELD episode 1.07 "The Hub". The episode will air next Tuesday.
Loki interview prank. Smosh 'interviews' Tom Hiddleston.
Michelle Trachtenberg and Rob Lowe spill 7 things to know about Killing Kennedy. They talk to E! News about the show, which airs Sunday at 8pm on National Geographic.

November 08

Atlantic takes Joss to task for "Genderist". The Atlantic online pushes back against Joss' recent speech. More...
Joss Whedon: Before and After The Avengers. On Joe Utichi's website, there's two unabridged interviews with Joss. The first one is from February 2012, the second is from February 2013.
The official Firefly car freshener. Courtesy of ToyVault, this product almosts rivals QMx's Serenity Spirit animal in terms of "yeahbutwhat".
Cobie Smulders on Avengers: Age of Ultron. "I hope I'm in Avengers 2. I didn't get my invitation yet. Well, actually, they know I'm in it but they don't know to what degree I'm in it."
'The Cabin in the Woods" opens in cinemas today in Spain. Yes, 574 days after opening in the States, the Cabin in the Woods is finally getting a cinema release in España.
Toward a Zombie Epistemology: What it Means to Live and Die in Cabin in the Woods. Fascinating analysis of Drew and Joss' movie.

November 07

Zachary Levi dishes on dancing with Joss Whedon. The discussion came about during a Thor: The Dark World promo interview.
Jewel Staite stars in motion novel State of Syn. Set in 2043, the motion novel follows Staite's character as she is entangled in a mystery surrounding her father's former tech company after he inexplicably dies. It is composed of eight five-minute episodes, the first of which was posted to YouTube today, and a companion game for iOS and Android. The YouTube channel also includes two, older, short interviews from Staite, including one about her character and how she believes the series is relevant today.
Tom Hiddleston on the Empire Podcast. There's a great interview with Tom Hiddleston on the Empire podcast this week. More...
Marvel to develop four original series for Netflix. The shows will be focused on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, in that order, this is a follow-up for this story discussed back in October 15. More...
Michelle Trachtenberg on Carson Daly tonight. She is scheduled to be on Carson Daly tonight, 7 November at 1:35 EST on NBC.
Joss speaking at Make Equality Reality. A recording of Joss' speech from Nov 4th when he was honored at an Equality Now event. Find out why he hates the word 'Feminist!' ETA: In related coverage, Allison Mack responds to Joss' 2006 Equality Now speech on her blog.
Chinese movie theater uses 'Thor' fan poster by accident. Let the fanfic begin (or continue, as the case may be)... via HuffPo
Roundtable with Danny Strong and six other writers. The Hollywood Reporter invited George Clooney, Jonas Cuaron, Grant Heslov, Julie Delpy, Nicole Holofcener, John Ridley, and Danny Strong to talk about their craft.

November 06

(SPOILER) Promo pics from the Thor 2 tie-in episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. This will air on November 19th.
(SPOILER) Marvel officially announces Saffron Burrows casting on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. This was rumored a few weeks ago but is now confirmed and first photos from her in the November 12th episode.
Tom Hiddleston on the Nerdist Podcast. Topics include Comic-Con, Thor, Avengers, Loki, being a British actor, and Harry Potter. More...
Overnight ratings for Agents of SHIELD episode 1.06 "F.Z.Z.T". Down to a 2.5 rating in 18-49. Bummer.
(SPOILER) Promo trailer for Agents of SHIELD "The Hub". This is apparently CTV's promo trailer for next week's Agents of SHIELD episode.
11 saddest moments in teen drama history. Buffy comes in at #7. More...
Sarah Michelle Gellar is hosting a Twitter contest. SMG gets into the spirit of tweeting.
(SPOILER) Discuss tonight's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The sixth episode is titled "FZZT" and was written by Paul Zbyszewski. Joss says it's a doozy.

November 05

The Whedonverse is represented in the People's Choice Awards Nominations. Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are among the nominees.
Loki talks to some kids. He wants their opinion on superheroes in this Comedy Central promo for Thor: The Dark World.
Alexis Denisof to co-star in MTV pilot 'Finding Carter'. The show is described as "a family coming-of-age drama".
(SPOILER) TV Guide speaks to the Agents of SHIELD cast and crew about next week's episode. As you'd expect, spoilers abound. In related coverage, Clark and Ming-Na are on the cover of the issue that comes out on Friday.
Pics from last night's Equality Now event that honoured Joss Whedon. The "Make Equality Reality" event was held in Bevelely Hills. If you scour through the pics you'll see Alyson Hannigan speaking on stage, Joss hugging Alyson, Joss with the host Paul Reiser and Joss with Gloria Steinem and Yasmeen Hassan.
Titles for Agents of SHIELD episodes 1.09 and 1.10 and broadcast schedule through the end of year.

November 04

The Avengers makes The Guardian's top 10 superhero movies list. "In retrospect, you could also read the movie's teamwork premise as a metaphor for Whedon's own career-long problem with Hollywood: how to achieve a lasting result when everything threatens to be watered down by committee decision-making? Here, at last, he finally cracked it."
TV Guide interviews Chloe Bennet. Fun chat on, among other topics, Skye-Ward and her audition for the role of Simmons.
Rumour: Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be connected to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. ComicBook.com got this from a "a source close to the production".
Tom Hiddleston in trailer for 'Only Lovers Left Alive'. Tom Hiddleston plays a vampire in Jim Jarmusch's 'Only Lover's Left Alive'. The trailer is Indiewire.com's trailer of the week.
10 movies that completely changed in one scene. An interesting list from several weeks ago that gives some serious props to The Cabin in The Woods.
The Nerdist podcast interviews Clark Gregg. He discusses how Agent Coulson came to rise, juggling a career between writing and acting and he tells a crazy story about acting on Broadway.
Den of Geek chats with Amber Benson. Laura chats to Amber Benson about Buffy, Tara and Willow's relationship, Alyson Hannigan, network censorship and more.
A great write-up of Hallowhedon 5. This is a fab read about the recent convention. Loads of interesting tidbits to be had about the Whedonverse.
(SPOILER) 17 promo images from episode 7 "The Hub". Marvel and ABC work the promotion machine for November sweeps. More...

November 03

The Cabin in the Woods wins British Fantasy Award. The movie won in the Best Screenplay category. It beat the The Avengers, Sightseers and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Chiwetel Ejiofor reportedly linked with Star Wars VII. Bleeding Cool's Brendon Connelly does his best to sort truth from internet speculation.
(SPOILER) Second sneak peek from Agents of Shield's 'F.Z.Z.T.'. This'll air on Tuesday.

November 02

Cast of The Crazy Ones supports the John Ritter Foundation. The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health will be an official charity in this year's ING New York City Marathon. Lots of celebs, including cast of The Crazy Ones, are supporting.
Tickets on sale for Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris. Previews start March 29, 2014 and opening night is April 22nd.
(SPOILER) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to cross over story with Thor: The Dark World. Jonathan Frakes directed the episode, titled "The Well," which will air November 19th.

November 01

New BAMF Girls Club web comic. Comediva's comic extension of BAMF Girls Club episode 12, "Mockingjay", features more than just one Whedony guest!



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