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January 01

(SPOILER) Chris Samnee's "Angel & Faith" variant covers for issues 1 and 2. Dark Horse's Scott Allie speaks to Comic Book Resources about them.
Happy New Year from Whedonesque! Things to look forward to in 2014: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Buffy Season 10 comics, Firefly Online, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer(s) and maybe news about an 'In Your Eyes' release?

December 31

Joss Whedon and Mark Gatiss meet: the crossovers that will never be. There are several nice smiles in there.
(SPOILER) Sneak peek at the next episode of Agents of SHIELD. 'The Magical Place' will air next Tuesday.

December 30

Watch Emma Thompson quote Joss Whedon in this THR actress roundtable interview. The whole video is worth watching but if you're looking for the Joss bit, it starts at around 13:14 (via Dichen Lachman).
For your consideration 2014: Oscar voters, don't forget Joss Whedon. Especially for his score for Much Ado About Nothing.
Happy Birthday, Eliza Dushku! She who brought Faith and Echo to life is sharing birthday love with Gulu. Grant her wish?
Agent Fitz gets his monkey. Thanks to Joe Quesada and Paul Mounts.

December 29

"Boyd Langton and the Fantasy of Trust" - a Dollhouse essay. Another essay from the "Inside Joss' Dollhouse: From Alpha to Rossum" anthology.

December 27

How to find the best movies of 2013 on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. Brief descriptions of some of the best movies from the first 11/12ths of 2013, and where they are available.

December 26

Front Row special on Buffy the Vampire Slayer airs tonight on BBC Radio 4. The show starts at 7.15pm GMT. Listen to it live here. If you can't wait, you can listen to a clip of Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman talking about the legacy of Buffy. UPDATE - The show now available to listen to at your leisure (well for the next seven days) and can be downloaded as a podcast (web, iTunes).
"The Mind Doesn't Matter, It's the Body We Want" - a Dollhouse essay. This essay originally appeared in the "Inside Joss' Dollhouse: From Alpha to Rossum" anthology.

December 24

The Legacy of the Slayer. The BBC discusses the fact that Buffy has an enduring legacy. More...
See Loki dance. Amazing footage of Mr Hiddleston dancing, in a sharp suit or a Thor t-shirt. More...

December 23

Gay fans celebrate affinity for TV's Buffy. "What is it about the show that has gay men celebrating its legacy a decade after it went off the air?"
TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time. In honor of TV Guide's 60th anniversary, they have compiled this list. You are only allowed one guess as to which Whedon show is on it!

December 22

Neil Patrick Harris is the host and a performer at the 30th Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. The complete parade will air on ABC on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th, at 10am ET/9am CT/PT.
Gifts for the Firefly fan in your life. Or alternatively, just get them for yourself.
Woot! offers a big shiny framed poster! Online discount/deal website Woot! is offering a collection of framed movie posters for more than half off the source company's sticker price! More...

December 21

(SPOILER) Previews has a panel from Buffy S10 #1. The first issue is out in March.
"The Age of Enthusiasm": Internet memes, viral marketing, and Jayne hats. A discussion of how "enthusiasm" spreads rapidly online, and how corporations struggle to understand it and turn it into profit. The iconic Jayne hat is one of the article's central examples.
A round-up of reviews for last week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. 411mania said 'The Bridge' was "a great episode that finished with a satisfying cliffhanger". IGN gave the episode 7.8 and TheHDRoom 7.5. SFX gave 3 1/2 stars and Den of Geek did the same saying "the guy talk between Ward and Coulson while cruising in Lola was one of the best moments of the season". TVOverMind said the show needs "to start getting a bit clearer on what the overall arc for the season is". The Guardian recapper marked up the show's report card. The Escapist had some interesting parting observations on the episode and the Paste reviewer concluded with "it's hard to do anything but grin at Marvel's nail-biter of an end-of-year send-off".
How Steven S. DeKnight got his first professional writing job on MTV's Undressed. With added bonus J. August Richards. More...
Rittenhouse: New Buffy Trading Card Set: Sarah Michelle Gellar to sign. Rittenhouse announced a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer trading card set today AND that SMG has agreed to sign autograph cards!

December 20

(SPOILER) Latino Review has spoilerish scoop on Avengers:Age of Ultron. Latino Review has a pretty big spoiler scoop if true. Update - HitFix has more information.
IGN's top ten TV action stars. Buffy/Sarah Michelle Gellar is featured on this list of tv action stars.
(SPOILER) Synopsis for Agents of SHIELD episode 1.12 "Seeds". This will air on January 14th.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. costume design. Tyranny of Style talks to the show's costume designer Ann Foley. Find out who inspired Coulson's look and check out the research board.
Reavers vs. The Gremlins. Who will win?
Lionsgate Developing a Comedy With BriTANick. Short article by Variety.com. More...

December 19

'Meeting James Marsters' - a video. A filmmaking troupe got to meet James at Wizard World Nashville. This is their story.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' star Clark Gregg earns his brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. "It turns out the soft spoken Gregg is also an active student learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under famed teachers Rigan Machado and Renato Magno at their academy in Santa Monica, California".

December 18

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Stephanie Zacharek's favourite movies of 2013. She's written some great material about the Whedonverse in the past. In her Village Voice article, Stephanie describes Much Ado as "one of the most exuberant movies of the year".
'Firefly in the Darkness' - a book for children. This a tale of a firefly in a valley. The fan project is run by the Browncoats of Poland and the book can be downloaded for free in English or Polish. There's a printed hardcover version as well (proceeds from that go to Kids Need To Read). Check out the YouTube video for more info.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. battles expectations. "While it's impossible to pinpoint the primary reason for the ratings pattern, I believe the show's biggest obstacle can be summarized with one word: overhype."
'Serenity' comic artist walks us through creating a cover. If you've seen Dan Dos Santos' cover for Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3, you'll know how impressive it is. The artist speaks to MTV News about he created it.
A very exclusive variant cover for Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1. You can only get this one at Acme Comics in Greensboro, North Carolina. It make a cool prize for a CSTS event.
Trickster God impresses in Coriolanus. More proof (like any was needed) of the impressive range of the multi-talented Mr Hiddleston. It looks like a very impressive production all round, though being at the Donmar, I would imagine the entire run will be thoroughly sold out.
Once Hollywood's best kept secret, Chiwetel Ejiofor is now a name to remember. Variety has a feature on Ejiofor, who's on the cover of their new issue.

December 17

Funko announces Buffy Pop Figures and Re-Action Figures. The Scooby Gang is getting the cute vinyl treatment!
Pivot to show Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the US. They'll be showing it alongside Veronica Mars in a Women Empowerment Programming Block called the "Buffy and Veronica Power Hours". This'll kick off on January 13th.

December 16

The Trio: the oral history of Warren, Jonathan, and Andrew, Buffy's geekiest villains. Jennifer Vineyard undertakes a "micro oral history" of how The Trio were developed, interviewing the writers and actors.
Danny Strong set to script Guys And Dolls remake. He's doing amazingly well in Hollywood. It's well deserved.
Pop Candy holding contest to give away Whedon-themed books. All it takes is a quick email to enter.

December 15

Joss Whedon is in The Verge 50 list. It's a list of "people in our world right now who are the prime movers".
Someone *other* than SMG as Buffy? Natasha Lyonne of "Orange is the New Black" has hinted in the past that she had been given scripts for "Buffy" and turned them down. Could she have been our Slayer?
Morena Baccarin no longer a series regular on "Homeland". It sounds like the door is open for her to return as a guest star.
Reading Joss Whedon. First notice of a new academic book studying Joss.
Five ways to make Agents of SHIELD more Marvel-ous. Comic Book Resources elaborate on EP Jeffrey Bell's promise that the second half of the season would include more elements from the Marvel Universe and offer their ideas on how to do it.

December 14

Fall shows that are good to women. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets included in this feature that looks at "fall TV's best female characters".
How I learned to stop worrying and love Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. An interesting look at why some people aren't enjoying the show so much.
(SPOILER) Bloody Disgusting interviews Scott Allie. It's a wide ranging interview but in the middle is some new Season 10 and Serenity info.
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: The Art of the Series Slipcase. Retailing at $49.99, this hardcover book will be out on July 22nd of next year. More...
Geeking OUT vlog recaps LGBT in the Whedonverse. Becca and Neil share their thoughts on Joss' evolution in handling of LGBT characters, and offer some speculatons and suspicions for Agents of Shield. More...
Call for papers and topics - Joss Whedon: A Celebration. "The Media and Cinema Studies program at DePaul University is hosting a one-day celebratory colloquium in honor of the work of Joss Whedon on Saturday, May 03, from 9-6."

December 13

Chiwetel Ejiofor writes and directs a new short film. The short film is called "Columbite Tantalite". More...
(SPOILER) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 11 casting info. A warm welcome to... More...
Summer Glau's Knights of Badassdom movie finally gets a release date. According to Dread Central, it will be out on limited release on January 21st and then available On Demand and Digitally on February 11th. This will be the producer's cut and not the director's cut.
Drew Goddard to write Spiderverse movie "The Sinister Six". This will focus on Spider-Man's villains.

December 12

Colonel James Rhodes reported to be part of Avengers 2. Bleeding Cool also says that Simon McBurney may be in the movie.
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #5 cover revealed. It's the full-art version of the sketch Adam Baldwin has had as his avatar for the past couple of months.
io9 offers huge glimpse at the in-progress Firefly Online game. There's a few bits that have been seen before but a whole lot that hasn't yet.
Chiwetel Ejiofor nominated for Best Actor in a drama at the Golden Globe Awards. The Operative is sweeping awards season. We all knew he was a brilliant actor way back when.
(SPOILER) Titles for Agents of SHIELD's episodes 11 and 12. The Futon Critic lists the first two episodes after the break in January. Check out the title for episode 11.
Why are so many still fascinated with 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'? PopMatters reviews one of the latest Buffy books "Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
SF Debris examines Firefly's "Objects in Space". This particular video "essay" talks about the episode's inherent existentialism and what it means to him. Contains a small amount of adult language. More...

December 11

(SPOILER) Dark Horse's March 2014 solicitations: Buffy Season 10 #1. The solicitation and both covers for Buffy S10 #1 are up as well as Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3. More...
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ratings drop to lowest for episode 10. Which is not nice. More...
(SPOILER) Alexis Denisof on Grimm's Charismatic New Villain. His character debuts this Friday.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated for two SAG awards. Both for his performance in "12 Years a Slave", one as an individual, and one as part of the ensemble.
Much Ado About Nothing named one of Total Film's best films of the year. Iron Man 3 & Thor: The Dark World also make appearances.
(SPOILER) Promo for January's Agents of SHIELD episodes. Blimey. It's all happening.
Neil Patrick Harris and producers talk Tonys opening number. As part of EW.comís Best of 2013 coverage.
What to do when your favourite show has been cancelled. Discussion of what to do - and what not to do if it happens. Some shows we know and love are mentioned. More...
(SPOILER) Discuss the midseason finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. It's titled "The Bridge" and was written by Shalisha Francis and directed by Holly Dale. J. August Richards returns as Mike Peterson.

December 10

Coming soon - BBC Radio 4 Front Row Special on Buffy. Naomi Alderman explores Buffy's legacy with the help of Joss Whedon, and actor Anthony Head, writers Neil Gaiman and Rhianna Pratchett. Coming 26 Dec. 2013.
The top 10 female performances of 2013. Quickflix puts one wonderful Whedon lady at #7.
Chicago Tribune interview with Chloe Bennet. More information about the West Side native. More...

December 09

(SPOILER) Agents of SHIELD EP says upcoming episodes are "more in the Marvel direction". Jeffrey Bell speaks to Comic Book Resources about this week's episode, the 22 episode arc and what the show is doing well. ETA: Another interview with Jeff about Agents of SHIELD can be found over at ComicVine.
(SPOILER) Another clip from tomorrow night's Agent of SHIELD mid-season finale. The show will be back on January 7th.
Edelstein: Much Ado is the fourth best film of 2013. New York Magazine/NPR's David Edelstein names "Much Ado About Nothing" as fourth best film of 2013 in his top ten film list More...

December 08

Can't Stop the Serenity 2014 Promo Art Contest is open. Designs for CSTS 2014 promotional art may be submitted for consideration through 11:59 PM PST on January 4, 2014. Voting is scheduled for January 12-20, 2014 More...
Ben Davis reported to be the Director of Photography for Avengers 2. He's worked on Guardians of the Galaxy, Kick-Ass and Stardust.
Christmas Carols and chat from Reed Diamond. A Reed Diamond Christmas special podcast

December 06

(SPOILER) Zack Whedon sheds light on 'Serenity: Leaves on the Wind'. More artwork and more plot details about what happened after the events of 'Serenity'.
Marvel confirms that Drew Goddard is on board for Daredevil tv series. "Goddard will write and direct the "Daredevil" first episode, setting the tone and look for the show, while also serving as series Showrunner and Executive Producer for the 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015."
(SPOILER) Sneak peek at the Agents of SHIELD mid-season finale. This episode will air next Tuesday.
The top 25 underappreciated films of 2000. Den of Geek have been doing a great series of lists about underappreciated films from 1990 onwards. The 2000 list gives some love to Titan A.E.. Joss Whedon and Ben Edlund were two of the screenwriters.
'Joss Whedon's Dollhouse: Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity' out next April. The book is a collection of essays "that showcase the series' complex vision of the future". Check out the table of contents for more information on the topics. More...
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alexa Davalos interviewed by Variety. Both our former slayer and electro-thief are featured among Taylor Schilling, Lizzy Caplan, Malin Akerman and Anna Faris in Variety's Awards Roundtable interview with TV actresses.
(SPOILER) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is bringing in two new agents. TVLine has the news.

December 05

'Agents of SHIELD': 5 reasons why you should still be watching. This feature is from Zap2it. Poweranks has a similar type of article.
Happy Birthday, Amy Acker! The beautiful and talented actress turns 37 today.
Anthony Stewart Head: a great actor in a terrible movie. Our former watcher/librarian makes Total Film's countdown of fifty terrible movies featuring great actors with the 2004 film "Fat Slags."
Which season of Buffy had the coolest Big Bad(s)? Fun poll over at SpoilerTV.

December 04

Syfy picks up "Dominion" to series. The series (as previously posted here) stars Anthony Head.
"Much Ado About Nothing" is recognized by the National Board of Review. The film is one of its Top 10 Independent Movies of the year.
Geekabye Baby's awesome Firefly giveaway. Lots of great handmade Firefly/Serenity items to be given away. Perfect for the holiday season!

December 03

The Blacklist renewed for season 2! It stars "Avengers: Age of Ultron" star James Spader and "Dollhouse"s Harry Lennix. More...
Joss Whedon's Impossible Screenwriting Seminar. You may have seen some tweets like these ones from the other day. Find out what happened in London last Sunday from someone who was there.
A round-up of reviews for last week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. Vulture declared "If you were looking for a template for a top-tier Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, "Repairs" would be a good place to start." TVOvermind said it was "overall a phenomenal episode". Though Den of Geek thought it was "cod-Fringe territory". Digital Spy gave it 4 stars out of 5 and SFX 3. IGN gave it 7.2. The Escapist praised the first office romance. 411Mania said the episode "would've been perfect for Halloween". Paste said "it's nice to know that while the storylines might not take us by surprise, these characters still can". And the Guardian blogger concluded with "that final, shy smile was worth a million bucks".
'Much Ado' DVD gets Australian release date. Just in time for Gurnenthar's Ascendance. More...
(SPOILER) Fab pictures from the next episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. No new SHIELD tonight. Boo. But here's twenty pictures to whet your appetite for next week's episode 'The Bridge'. Looks like it's going to be quite the event.
11 dated internet-related plots from 90s TV. "I Robot, You Jane" from the first season of "Buffy" makes Mental Floss' list of eleven dated internet-related plots from the 1990s.
Cyber Monday sale at Dark Horse Digital. All Dark Horse digital comics, including Buffy and Angel & Faith, are 50% for one day only. More...

December 02

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to fix 3 mistakes. Leo Sun at Daily Finance.com wrote, "Agents of SHIELD suffers from dated storytelling techniques that Whedon carries over from his previous shows".
TVGuide ranks top TV and movie robots. Just as the title says, although they use the term "robot" loosely - androids and robots are both listed. A couple 'verse bots turn up. More...



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