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Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are jointly acquiring North American distribution rights to Joss Whedon’s quickie adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," which played well at the Toronto Film Festival. This is the latest buy from the two companies, which have been on a spree at this festival. As he was in post-production on Marvel's "The Avengers," the year's biggest blockbuster, Whedon made a contemporary, black-and-white “Much Ado About Nothing” for the love of Shakespeare, which his English teacher mother read to him as a child in Manhattan. Producers Whedon and his wife Kai Cole shot the film in 12 days at their home in Los Angeles--in iambic pentameter--via their new indie microbudget studio, Bellwether Studios. (They are currently completing post-production on Whedon's romantic script “In Your Eyes," directed by Brin Hill.) The cast is packed with Whedon faves: Amy Acker and »

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