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New Joss Whedon Movie, Much Ado About Nothing, Is Official Updated

24 October 2011 12:36 PM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Update: Since the news came out about Joss Whedon's new and surprising movie, Much Ado About Nothing, the director put out a press release confirming the movie, which stars Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher and a host of Whedon regulars. We know now the movie is a modern version of Shakespeare's play that Whedon shot in black and white. We also learned that he shot the movie in only 12 days on location in Santa Monica. Whedon said of the project:

The text is to me a deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love letter -- to the text, to the cast, even to the house it’s shot in.

It's not uncommon for filmmakers to take on multiple projects. Often, directors will start pre-production on their next project even as they're in production or post-production on their current project. But »

- Chris Ortiz

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Joss Whedon Secretly Filmed a Shakespeare Adaptation While Working on ‘The Avengers’

24 October 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] 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 [2] has confirmed with "people close to the project" is an independent film adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare comedy. »

- Angie Han

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Joss Whedon's secret Shakespeare film adaptation

24 October 2011 12:03 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

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).

It also lists the following newcomers to the Whedonverse: Ashley Johnson, Jillian Morgese, Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher (YouTube's BriTANick, »

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Exclusive! "Jane's Take" on "Torchwood" Episode Seven: That's Gotta Hurt!

21 August 2011 2:44 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Jane's Take Episode 7: "Immortal Sins" by Jane Espenson

Warning: Lots of spoilers ahead.

This week's episode is one of mine – the last of the three I penned as a solo effort. This one may be my favorite of the three. I love a flashback and I love a roadtrip and this is both. This is an episode with a lot of talking and a bit of romance and a hint of the kind of Torchwood activities that were featured in the show in its earlier seasons.

We start in a beautiful recreation of Ellis Island in 1927 – look at the gorgeous costume work here by Shawna Trpcic. I had to do some research for this whole part – this is a little later in the history of Ellis Island than you usually see depicted in drama. The system changed in 1924, so it was no longer a chaotic open door, but it was still there, »

- JaneEspenson

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Video and Photos of Adrianne Palicki On the Set of Wonder Woman In Altered Costume

31 March 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

As David E. Kelley’s reboot of Wonder Woman for NBC is beginning to shoot on site in Los Angeles, we get to have our first look at Wonder Woman in action! Check out these pics of Adrianne Palicki in her newly altered Wonder Woman costume, and on-set clips from the filming of an action sequence.

Just check out that intensity in the look on Adrianne Palicki’s face. That is one woman out to rid the streets of crime!

You’ll notice that the shiny-Halloween costume quality of the skintight pants in the reboot Wonder Woman outfit has been toned down since the first look at Palicki in her costume. The boots are also back to red instead of the blue in the earlier composition. Does this fare better for you fans?

Or would you prefer a different interpretation of a modern Wonder Woman? Shawna Trpcic, the costume designer »

- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer

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