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Imagine the director of The Avengers pulling off a seemingly impossible feat: directing another movie from start to finish while still filming The Avengers. Yet that is what Joss Whedon has seemingly done.
The secret movie is called Much Ado About Nothing, and details about how Whedon pulled it off are slowly leaking out. First off, it's an indie film that was made guerrilla filmmaking style, which explains how Whedon and his production team pulled this one off. Much Ado About Nothing was filmed over 12 days in Santa Monica, and it's the first production of Bellwether Pictures, a production entity that Whedon and his wife own. They financed the black-and-white film themselves, and they also called on several of the husband's actor buddies to fill out the ensemble cast.
- Patrick Sauriol
Earlier today we revealed news of an elusive new project from the modern-day god of fanboys & fangirls everywhere, Joss Whedon. The above image sent shock waves of speculation across the blogosphere. Was this an actual film that Whedon somehow managed to shoot in the midst of making the big budget action extravaganza The Avengers? Or was this just another prank from the winsome Nathan Fillion? Well, Whedon himself has since deigned to comment, sending a press release to Deadline. So, here’s what we now know about Much Ado About Nothing:
This black-and-white adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy was shot in 12 days “entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica,” and produced by Bellwether Films, a small production company co-founded by Whedon and his wife Kai Cole to produce stories in various forms of media “embracing a Diy ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a somewhat older story. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
When it comes to Joss Whedon's work, I've seen Serenity, Toy Story and Alien: Resurrection. I've never seen "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", I have seen a season of "Angel" though I'm not sure how many of the episodes he wrote or had anything to do with, I've never seen an episode of "Dollhouse" and I tried to watch a little of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" but I wasn't able to get into it. So, when Whedon's new production company Bellwether Pictures announces he has just completed 12 days of principal photography on a modern version of Willian Shakespeare's classic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" I'm not particularly moved. However, I love the fact he has a team of regulars he works with that truly seem interested in telling stories and are passionate about doing so to the point they do it because they love it and not for the money moves me immensely. »
- Brad Brevet
Last night, tweets from former “Firefly” actors Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher linked to the site MuchAdoTheMovie.com, which announced the completion of a secret movie based on William Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
This caused quite an ado on Twitter, but it’s really something. Joss Whedon, who created “Firefly” among other cult favorites like “Buffy”, “Angel,” and “Dollhouse,” confirmed the movie “based on a play” on Monday with an official press release from the “micro studio” he co-created, Bellwether Pictures.
The release, included in its entirety below, says the black-and-white film was shot in 12 days in “exotic” Santa Monica and features other past Whedon collaborators Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof as “the world’s least likely lovers headed for their inevitable tumble into love.”
The surprise has been met mostly with excitement from the filmmaker’s loyal band of “Whedonites,” but some have expressed concern about Marvel’s The Avengers, »
- Jeff Leins
Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography on Much Ado About Nothing, a modern version of Shakespeare's classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel's upcoming The Avengers, Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog). Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica, the film features a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors - some of them veterans of Shakespearean theater, some completely new to the form. But all dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and intoxicating as any being written, and that the joy of working on a passion project surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks.
 For most filmmakers, writing and directing a high-profile, big-budget would-be blockbuster with a slew of beloved celebs playing iconic characters would provide more than enough stress and excitement to keep them occupied for quite some time. But apparently, Avengers helmer Joss Whedon somehow still had energy left to burn -- so much so that he's managed to squeeze in a whole other secret indie project even as he's still working on his other, bigger movie. Sunday night saw the reveal of a website announcing the end of principal photography for Much Ado About Nothing, a mysterious new film starring Firefly's Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher among others. More details after the jump. Until last night, not even the legions of hardcore Whedon fans were aware of the project, which TheWrap  has confirmed with "people close to the project" is an independent film adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare comedy. »
- Angie Han
Clearly not happy with having any free time, it looks like Joss Whedon has somehow managed to take on another project while filming The Avengers. Rumours started to appear online last night with tweets from regular Whedon collaborators Nathan Fillion and The Avengers’ Clark Gregg, linking to the website http://muchadothemovie.com/. There's not much information on the site other than a list of actors involved in the project, a who's who of actors from all of Whedon's previous projects and confirmation, if any was needed, that it's "A Film By Joss Whedon. Based On A Play." The full list of actors named includes Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, Fran Kranz, Reed Diamond, Sean Maher, Riki Lindhome, Clark Gregg, BriTANick comedy duo Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney, Jillian Morgese, Paul M. Meston, Emma Bates, Romy Rosemont, Spencer Treat Clark and Joshua Zar. Quite how Whedon managed to a) pull this off, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sean)
I woke to some potentially thrilling news this morning. It seems that somewhere before during and/or after The Avengers production Joss Whedon brushed up on his Shakespeare. He's completed principle photography on a movie no one even knew was coming.
Here's the announcement in pictorial form.
I can't make out which actor that is in the photo given the black and white and the goggles and the snorkel but the cast is like manna from Whedonverse heaven.
From Buffy The Vampire Slayer / Angel : Tom Lenk, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker and Riki Lindhome (well she was only in one episode of Buffy but still...); From Serenity / Firefly: Sean Maher and Captain Tight Pants himself Nathan Fillion (Love); From Dollhouse : Reed Diamond (Yes!) and Ashley Johnson ; From The Avengers : Clark Gregg ; From The Cabin in the Woods : Fran Kranz ; And the newbies: Spencer Treat Clark (little »
- NATHANIEL R
The Shakespeare comedy "Much Ado About Nothing", debuted in 1598, following 2 couples, 'Benedick' and 'Beatrice', engaged in a 'merry war'and 'Claudio' and 'Hero', 'rendered practically speechless by their love for one another'.
Cast of Whedon's film includes Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, Jillian Morgese, Emma Bates, Spencer Treat Clark, Ashley Johnson, Nick Kocher, Tom Lenk, Riki Lindhome, Brian McElhaney, Paul M. Meston, Romy Rosemont and Joshua Zar.
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- Michael Stevens
Bellwether Pictures announced last night the completion of filming for the secret project Much Ado About Nothing , which it says is a film by Joss Whedon (upcoming Marvel's The Avengers ) and is "based on a play." A website was posted with the below image, which reveals the cast members, including Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, Jillian Morgese, Emma Bates, Spencer Treat Clark, Ashley Johnson, Nick Kocher, Tom Lenk, Riki Lindhome, Brian McElhaney, Paul M. Meston, Romy Rosemont and Joshua Zar. If it is based on William Shakespeare's comedy, that centers on two pairs of lovers Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero. More on this at it comes in! Update: The official site has updated with the »
A new site, Much Ado: The Movie, has popped up online, announcing that: “Bellwether Pictures is proud to announce the completion of principal photography” on “Much Ado About Nothing: A film by Joss Whedon, based on a play”. Presumably it’s based on the play by William Shakespeare, rather than one that just happens to be called Much Ado About Nothing…
The cast list includes the Whedon alums Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, the upcoming The Cabin in the Woods), Alexis Denisof (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse), Reed Diamond (Dollhouse), Sean Maher (Firefly), Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, the upcoming The Cabin in the Woods), and Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the upcoming The Cabin in the Woods).
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the fifth of a five part feature (read parts one, two, three and four)...
“Maybe the title of Space Cowboys  is a bit misleading because it is mostly about the pioneers of space,” stated Clint Eastwood when discussing the story about four former test pilots from the 1950s who decades later get an opportunity to go into outer space. “We were not really cowboys, but these men who did all the pioneering in the 1950s were going to the frontier of space in planes they were not sure could make it. They were being rocketed along on the ground faster than the speed of sound to see if the human body could take it, so I would say that the film is something of a homage to those gentlemen.” The action thriller with a production budget of $65 million stars Clint Eastwood, »
Updated with cover art. Evil and faith collide this summer as Lionsgate premieres Camp Hell - previously reported as Camp Hope here on Shock - on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand. Based on true events of a New Jersey Christian community rocked by unseen evil, the film stars Dana Delany, Bruce Davison, Andrew McCarthy, Jesse Eisenberg and Spencer Treat Clark. Camp Hope is a place where Christian children come together to share and study their faith. Deep in the woods and far from distraction, they learn how to better serve their maker and the perils of tangling with the Devil. Unfortunately their charismatic leader unknowingly leads them into a world of evil, and the nightmare begins, as each child's body soon becomes possessed by something evil. Look for it to »
For most kids camp seems like hell, but what if it really were? That's one of the ideas explored in Lionsgate's latest direct-to-dvd feature Camp Hell, and we've got all the details you need to see if this is how you want to spend your summer!
From the Press Release
Based on true events of a New Jersey Christian community rocked by unseen evil, the film stars two-time Emmy winner Dana Delany (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, TV's "China Beach," 1989, 1992). Oscar® nominee Bruce Davison (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Longtime Companion, 1990), Andrew McCarthy ("St. Elmo's Fire"), Oscar® nominee Jesse Eisenberg (Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Social Network, 2010; Zombieland) and Spencer Treat Clark (The Last House on the Left) round out the cast of this terrifyingly true tale. The Camp Hell DVD features never-before-seen deleted scenes.
"Camp Hope is a place where Christian »
- Uncle Creepy
Here's the trailer for a upcoming Lionsgate horror film called Camp Hell, which will be released on DVD, digital download, and On Demand. The film is based on the true events of a New Jersey Christian community that was rocked by unseen evil.
Camp Hell stars two-time Emmy winner Dana Delany (China Beach), Bruce Davison (X-Men 2), Andrew McCarthy (St. Elmo's Fire), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Spencer Treat Clark (The Last House on the Left) round out the cast of this interesting looking story.
Here's the synopsis:
At the end of every summer, the children of a Christian community from a suburb of New Jersey attend Camp Hope. They travel deep into the woods far from any distractions the world provides. Here, the children are taught the ways of the Lord, the perils of the flesh, and the horror of the Devil. A charismatic priest leads them in their training. »
15 items from 2011
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