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May 29

Promotional quotes for Felicia Day's upcoming memoir. Some glowing commentary from Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Espenson, and other notable personalities. The book will be available August 11. More...
Your favorite Agents of SHIELD are in some really wacky Chinese Coke commercials. "In which Grant Ward reports to a man dressed as a polar bear."
Sarah Michelle Gellar reunites with two Cruel Intentions cast members. Joined by Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair to watch a musical parody of their 1999 film.
Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan are doing a panel tomorrow at Phoenix Comicon. How cool does that sound?
Set designs of deleted scenes from Avengers: Age of Ultron. There's visuals for a Manhattan Park Memorial scene and a Wakandan mine as well. There's also 3D studies of the Quinjet and a Sokovian scene. Update Access to the site is now restricted.
Iain De Caestecker talks about 'Lost River' and 'Agents of SHIELD'. SciFi Now talked to him about the reaction to his new film and the "growing pains" of Agents of SHIELD.

May 28

Harris Poll: Firefly is third most upsetting TV departure. A survey of 2,170 adults in the U.S. placed it only behind Friends and M*A*S*H. Link includes various generational and demographic breakdowns.
How 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' helped me embrace my queer identity. A Hello Giggles contributor writes about what Buffy meant for her.
(SPOILER) Preview pages for Buffy Season 10 #16. The issue is out June 17th.

May 27

10 surprising ways 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' influenced modern culture. Cool article.
Hayley Atwell on Joss Whedon and how she came to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If your German isn't quite up to scratch then English translations of the SerienJunkies interview can be found at Google Translate and Microsoft Translator.
'Rossum's Universal Robots' - a Dollhouse essay. This originally appeared in the "Inside Joss' Dollhouse: From Alpha to Rossum" anthology.

May 26

Jewel Staite announces baby news on Twitter. Her poor pup loses his place in December, apparently.
Triple hammer time: 'Age of Ultron' and screenwriting structure. An article from Mxdwn, covering a lot of the cool things that the Age of Ultron script does right. Lots of spoilers if you haven't seen the film yet.
(SPOILER) What did Agents of SHIELD's Season 3 tease mean? Den of Geek speculates on certain intriguing aspects of the season two finale.

May 25

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan reunite. Lovely photo of the two from SMG's instagram.

May 23

Seven of Spike's finest moments in Buffy and Angel. What are your picks?

May 22

(SPOILER) Preview of Angel & Faith Season 10 #15 aka the Irish holiday issue. This is penned by guest writer Kel McDonald and will be out on June 3rd.
The Cabin in the Woods gets kudos for its practical SFX. A listicle from Cracked.com, "7 Movie Special Effects You Won't Believe Aren't Computers," lauding The Cabin in the Woods for eschewing CGI. (Link is to page 2 of the article.) Includes some behind-the-scenes photos.

May 21

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 arrives on Netflix next month. That was quick!
'Firefly: The Verse' trading cards coming out in September. "The set consists of a 180-card base set featuring original art based on the TV series that will be sold in 7-card packs with 5-6 base cards in each pack."

May 20

(SPOILER) Discuss Buffy Season 10 #15. It's the second part of the "Relationship Status: Complicated" arc.
Part two of HitFix's in depth look at Age of Ultron. In this second article Drew looks at some of the choices he thinks went astray.

May 18

(SPOILER) Agents of SHIELD: Where do we go from here? Now that Season 2 is over, Pop Insomniacs examines each character on the show.
Cinematographer Ben Davis on the camera choices for Age of Ultron. Studio Daily chatted to Ben about the cameras he used for the movie shoots.
Serenity: "Secrets are not my concern. Keeping them is." Culture Chronicle take a look at the Operative and explain why he is one of cinema's greatest villains. They also say that he is the film's true hero.
(SPOILER) Why Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s second season ended the way it did for Coulson. There's a theme here.

May 17

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' opens huge in China. It took $156.3 million in its first six days. At the US box office this weekend, the movie dropped to third place taking $38.3 million. So far the movie has made $1.143 billion worldwide, making it the 8th highest-grossing film of all time.
Episodes of Buffy that shouldn't be funny (but are). Wicked Horror picks episodes that "truly shine as examples of the kind of genre-bending Buffy was capable of at its best".

May 16

(SPOILER) Christos Gage Buffy Season 10 interview. There is a new piece of info towards the end about what's coming up.
Sorry boys, I'm off the market! Congratulations to the fabulous Jewel Staite on her engagement!

May 15

Avengers: Age of Ultron crosses the $1 billion mark. It's now the 21st movie to do so.
Fox's Lucifer, costarring a familiar former Principal. Check out the trailer for Fox's upcoming DC Comics-based Vertigo adapted series Lucifer, costarring D.B. Woodside.
(SPOILER) Buffy Season 10 solicitations for August. The solicitations ad covers for Angel & Faith #17,Buffy #18 and the third volume of the Angel & Faith Season 10 TPB.

May 14

Part One of an in-depth look at Avengers: Age of Ultron. The first part of an in depth look at Age of Ultron from the ever thoughtful Drew Mcweeny. Spoilers for those who haven't seen it yet.
Indiegogo campaign for Billie Bob Joe, a film with a James Marsters cameo. "A loopy conspiracy about people named Joe, people named Bob, and two brilliant stepsisters."

May 13

Variety interviews J. August Richards about diversity in tv casting. "I kind of believe that this is the turning point. I hope that it is." This is a follow up to an LA Times piece from 2000 where a reporter followed him through a year of auditions, including his initial hiring for Angel.
Ratings for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season finale. The show earned 4.22 million viewers in its first hour and 3.685 million viewers in its second hour, with an overall 1.3 key demo rating.
Titan Books to release Firefly language guide and phrasebook. This will be out in March 2016. Head over to our Tumblr to check out the cover art and information about the book and author.
Earth's mightiest monsters: The character arcs of Age Of Ultron. Badass Digest does a wonderful job explaining the delights you'll reap from a second viewing.
The trailer for Joss Whedon's remake of "The Sound of Music". How would "The Sound of Music" remake look if Joss made it? It involves a Baroness, Nazis and alien tentacles.
(SPOILER) Jeffrey Bell talks about Agent of SHIELD season 2 finale cliffhanger and other developments. Events from last night's finale are discussed in detail. He also talked with The Hollywood Reporter. EW has some comments about the episode from Elizabeth Henstridge and Brett Dalton. Zap2it has an interview with Brett Dalton as well.
(SPOILER) Discuss the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 finale "S.O.S.". The episode is two hours long and was written by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. It's a two parter and was directed by Vincent Misiano (Part 1) and Billy Gierhart (Part 2).

May 12

(SPOILER) Victor Gischler's Slayalive Q/A for Angel & Faith #14. Some of what I would call light teases on certain things coming up.
The definitive feature on the VFX in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is a fantastic fxguide article on how the VFX studios were chosen for Age of Ultron and how certain scenes from the movie were carried out. It's a great read.
ABC's schedule for the 2015-2016 season. Agents of SHIELD stays on the same night and time, while Agent Carter is once again held for midseason. Synposes for the new seasons can be found here. Related, here's a short explanation as to why the Mockingbird & Hunter spinoff isn't happening (or maybe it could?)
Watch a FX reel from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Method Studios has released VFX breakdown images (with commentary) and a FX reel from their work on the Avengers sequel. Update: The link is no longer available.
(SPOILER) On the set of the 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' finale. Further teases of what's to come.
Helen Cho, Age of Ultron, and representation feels. A writer at The Toast talks about why the character of Helen Cho mattered so much.
Morena Baccarin promoted to series regular on Gotham. Everything's coming up Morena!
(SPOILER) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 finale 'S.O.S.' sneak peek #2. Ward & 33 & Bobbi. Prediction: Not going to end well.

May 11

(SPOILER) Agents of SHIELD cements its right to exist in Season 2 finale. Very positive preview of tomorrow's finale from Forbes. They say it's more like a 2-hour movie than two episodes.
Meet the crack team that designed the technology in Age of Ultron. This is an incredibly interesting Gizmodo feature on the rationale for the screens and interfaces used in the Avengers sequel. Did you realise that each character had their own colour palette?
(SPOILER) Five sneaky hints about the 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' season 2 finale. Some rather interesting points come up.
What Age of Ultron got right about Black Widow. An article on Salon concerning a controversial scene in Age of Ultron.

May 10

Avengers: Age of Ultron tops North American box offfice for the second weekend. The Avengers sequel took $77.2 million this weekend. So far the movie has made $875.3 million worldwide.

May 09

How well do you remember the intro to Buffy The Vampire Slayer? Featuring the best poll choices ever.
(SPOILER) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 finale 'S.O.S.' sneak peek #1. Skye talks with Jiaying in this clip from the finale that has way too many periods in its full title.

May 08

(SPOILER) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. bosses offer 5 cryptic season finale teases. Maurissa, Jed, Jeffrey and Jeph talk to EW in the set of S.H.I.E.L.D.
17 ways Joss Whedon subverts Marvel and the Avengers in Age of Ultron. "The hallmark of any Joss Whedon joint, besides his usual lively ensemble banter, is the self-aware winks embedded within."
David Boreanaz's 'Bones' renewed for Season 11. It will also have new showrunners.
Lucasfilm Story Group courting Whedon? According to Latino Review,Lucasfilm is interested in bringing Joss Whedon into the Star Wars Universe.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter both renewed for the 2015-16 season. Happy days =). ETA: The spinoff is reportedly not going forward.

May 07

Marvel releases Captain America: Civil War synopsis and cast list. Find out what to expect in the post-Age of Ultron era.
(SPOILER) Final Agents of SHIELD Season 2 "Art of Evolution". Artwork for "S.O.S." Part 2 and the usual interview with Jeff Bell over at EW.
(SPOILER) Dichen Lachman talks Agents of SHIELD. "I just felt like it was like being back on the Dollhouse set really, very welcoming people and truly a wonderful experience".

May 06

QMx is offering Firefly playing cards. They look pretty nice.
(SPOILER) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s EPs talk about the "Age of Ultron" crossover. Major spoilers for Age of Ultron.
(SPOILER) Agents of SHIELD's Art of Evolution: "S.O.S." (Part 1). Jeff Bell previews the finale with this first piece of art by Ryan Sook focusing on FitzSimmons. Another piece will be revealed tomorrow.
Ratings for last night's Agents of SHIELD episode. The show got a 1.5/5 in the 18-49 demo. So pretty much the same as every other week.
(SPOILER) Discuss Angel & Faith Season 10 #14. It's the final part of the "United" arc.
Mark Ruffalo responds to Joss controversy in this Reddit AMA. A very eloquent and heartfelt response.
Clark Gregg on SHIELD's role in Captain America: Civil War. The actor thinks the show and next year's Cap 3 movie might heavily intersect as it happened with The Winter Soldier.
Joss Whedon on why he left Twitter. He tells Buzzfeed "If I'm going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place."
(SPOILER) Promo for the Agents of SHIELD Season 2 finale 'S.O.S.'. It's a two hour season finale that airs next week btw.
(SPOILER) Discuss Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x20 "Scars". This is the next to last episode of the season. As a reminder, next week's episode is two hours long. This week's episode was written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc. It was directed by Bobby Roth.
Age of Ultron/Final Countdown dance video parody. Shot in LA's Meltdown Comics, this music video parody assembles a cast of cosplayers from Geek & Sundry and Nerdist School.

May 05

Black Widow's feminist heroism in Age of Ultron. Finally, a writer who actually gets it about Black Widow's character.
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is the ultimate Joss Whedon movie. According to Screen Crush "The second outing of Earth’s mightiest heroes has more in common with an episode of Buffy than it does with its fellow summer blockbusters. It is, first and foremost, the work of an auteur." Spoilers if you haven't seen the sequel.
Age of Ultron: Consequences, Legacies, Killer Robots. Birth. Movies. Death. discusses the thematic structure of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

May 04

Why Avengers: Age of Ultron fills this Buffy fan with despair. In the author's own words,"...I still can't square what I see in Age of Ultron with the pleasure I got from all seven seasons of Buffy... If we really are in a golden age of television, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a harbinger. Age of Ultron is the beginning of nothing; at best it's a leaden, heavy-spirited middle." More...
(SPOILER) Second clip from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x20 "Scars". Old truths surface during a new argument.
Age of Ultron: How much screen time does each Avenger get? Big spoilers if you haven't seen the sequel. Vulture did a similar screen time article for the first movie.
Joss deletes his Twitter account. For good?
How physics explains Thor's hammer and Captain America's shield. This is kinda fun.
Joss Whedon on the big moments in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This half hour Empire Magazine podcast interview with Joss is the nearest thing you'll get to a director's commentary until the DVD comes out. Some of Joss' comments you will have read before but there's a lot of new material here (pairings, what Joss fought to keep in the movie, the cut scenes, the actual length of the original cut, the last line etc). A transcript can be found here (you'll see a lot of websites recycling the comments made in this interview).
Linda Cardellini on her super-secret Age of Ultron role. She didn't even tell her family about appearing in the movie. More...
The new "Avengers" is really about the N.S.A.. The New Yorker writes that the newest Avengers movie continues the question of appropriate national security measures.

May 03

(SPOILER) Clip from Agents of SHIELD episode 20 "Scars". Lincoln's recovery scene & Agent 33 gets her brain scanned. More...
The Black Widow Conundrum. "Marvel accidentally made a great female superhero, and now they have no clue what to do with her." Covers a lot more ground than just Black Widow. Alyssa Rosenberg offers an alternative take on the character.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has second biggest box office opening ever. The movie made $187.7 million in its opening weekend in North America. So far the sequel has made $627 million worldwide. Update Now that the final figures are in, the movie actually made $191.3 million in North America with a worldwide take of $631.1 million.
Analysis of the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' ending. And if you're looking for discussion of the mid-credits scene then have a look at this EW.com article.
Scarlett Johansson on SNL - the Black Widow movie trailer. Via YouTube. Finally. More...
The reason behind Hawkeye's big secret in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Joss tells Buzzfeed why Hawkeye's secret "is among my favorite things we've ever done".

May 02

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Easter eggs, trivia and comic references. More Easter egg articles can be found at IGN.com, Den of Geek, MTV News and ComicBook.com. Spoilers if you haven't seen the movie yet.
Ultron's roots: we've been worried about robot uprisings for 200 years. Or so Vox claims.
What it's like to actually watch 27 straight hours of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Blast endures an epic viewing marathon so we don't have to. Vox has a similar article.
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' scores second biggest opening day of all time. Avengers: Age of Ultron pulled in $84.5 million during its first day at the domestic box office.
The Avengers is Really That Good. In this episode of his new YouTube series, Boston Film Critic, Bob "MovieBob" Chipman examines how and why the first film has already earned "instant classic" status. More...
The 20 Joss Whedon-est lines in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Which lines did you like the best?

May 01

Avengers kicks off opening weekend in the U.S. with record Thursday. "The highly anticipated sequel came in with $27.6 million from evening shows which is significantly higher than the $18.7 million the first "Avengers" earned in 2012."
Dark Horse is having a sale on digital Whedon comics. In case you missed the recent Buffy sale, here's another chance to stock up.
Why Joss Whedon cut The Hulk's best scene from Age of Ultron. As to what the scene was, we may never know. In a related note, you can find out why Joss cut Loki from the sequel as well.
Everyone's a Hero in Their Own Way: Tracing the Superheroic Roots of Joss Whedon. On the late Roger Ebert's website, contributor Brian Doan writes about the superhero genre and how it runs through Joss Whedon's work, to coincide with the release of Age of Ultron. More...



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