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When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes – misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities – discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet. Based on the 2012 graphic novel, “Justice League: Origin,” by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee, Justice League: War provides a glance into the world before the Justice League was created, and offers the initial animated incarnation of DC Entertainment’s “The New 52.” Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Justice League: War features the voices of Jason O’Mara (Vegas, Terra Nova), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory, Serenity, Firefly), Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III »
Joss Whedon’s Firefly is perhaps one of the greatest cult series’ to have ever graced our TV screens. This space western drama – based around the fallout of a civil war (the Unification War), smuggling and the opposition of the superpower known as the Alliance (or the Central Federal Government) – was cancelled after only eleven of its fourteen episodes and has since become a cult show, resulting in the release of a film, Serenity (2005), a line of graphic novels and even a role-playing game.
The show is set in a new star system in the year 2517 and follows the crew of the ship Serenity, a firefly class of craft. Aboard the ship are, as Whedon describes them, “Nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things”. Led by the ship’s Captain and former Independent Army Sergeant Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), are his second-in-command and war-time »
- Stu Whittaker
Joss Whedon, director and writer of Avengers, Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and famed for his attention to female characters, is also on the board of Equality Now, a non-government human rights organisation. He recently took to the stage of their Make Equality Reality event to talk about a potential branding problem: the word 'feminist.'
His main argument is that nobody is born an 'ist'. To become a baptist, you need to be baptised; to become an atheist, your belief structure is influenced. 'Ist's are states that are thrust upon you in life. Which, as Whedon synaptically reasons, means that if the word 'feminist' exists, then people aren't born believing everyone is equal.
It's an interesting point, which Whedon articulates much better himself in the video below. Of course, not everyone has taken to kindly to the "powerful heterosexual white man in Hollywood" (Clem Bastow) wading in on the feminist discourse, »
- Oliver Davis
Joss Whedon, the man who gave us such awesome, ass-kicking, empowered female characters as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Echo from Dollhouse and the ladies of the spaceship Serenity, hates feminist. He said so while being honored by Equality Now at their "Make Equality Reality" event earlier this week (Whedon is on the Advisory Board of the organization, which strives to end violence and discrimination against women and girls). "I hope I'm being clear, I didn't say I hate feminists, that would be weird," he continued. "I said I hate feminist. I'm talking about the word." Watch the rest of his speech for the (awesome) explanation. Additionally, here is a (very) abridged »
Everyone may not get their 15 minutes of fame, but as Saoirse Ronan said on our Podcast back in October, everyone currently working in the acting profession will eventually take a meeting with director (and now co-writer) J.J. Abrams for the new Star Wars. The latest name to crop up in relation to Episode VII is Chiwetel Ejiofor.That Ejiofor would sit down with Abrams is hardly surprising, since he’s been proving his acting chops for years and is currently a strong Oscar contender for his excellent performance in 12 Years A Slave. And the last time Ejiofor appeared in something with spaceships, it was in Serenity, and he was outstanding.A reference to Ejiofor being spotted at the Bad Robot offices is buried at the end of a Times Magazine interview with Abrams (buried behind a pay forcefield but excerpted by The Telegraph), which also has Star Wars’ current guiding »
If you’re reading this, chances are pretty high that you’ve got some vested interest in Star Wars. And if that’s the case, than you must have seen the same thing I did this weekend: Chiwetel Ejiofor‘s face plastered across every film news site in the known universe, with the words Star Wars: Episode VII following shortly after. The anticipation swells as you think of Ejiofor and Star Wars as a perfect match; he’s got talent and charisma galore, and Serenity proves he’s no stranger to the space opera action adventure. His name even sounds a little like “Chewie.” That’s got to mean something. And then you actually read beyond the words “Chiwetel Ejiofor” and “Star Wars” and that giddy excitement transforms back into the same dull Star Wars-less banality of everyday life. Here’s the connection The Times discovered between Ejiofor and Episode VII director J. J »
- Adam Bellotto
It's been a while since we've had anything in the way of casting rumours for Star Wars: Episode VII, but the folks at fan site Jedi News are reporting that British actor and Oscar hopeful Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity, 12 Years a Slave) has signed on for an as-yet-undisclosed role.
It seems the casting report stems from a preview of tomorrow's The Times, which states that Ejiofor "is sitting in the lobby of J.J. Abrams' office" in an article about the Episode VII director and his upcoming book S., so of course there is the chance that this report is little more than pure speculation. Jedi News has been dropping Star Wars "scoops" left, right and centre over the past couple of months, none of which have been confirmed yet, so it remains to be seen how accurate the site's sources are, although this isn't the first time that Ejiofor has been linked to Episode VII. »
- Gary Collinson
Before Ejiofor riveted audiences with his performance as 'Solomon Northup' in "12 Years A Slave", he impressed genre film fans as 'The Operative' in writer/director Joss Whedon's 2005 feature "Serenity".
As "Episode VII" continues pre-production, Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties for the film. Kasdan, who has been serving as a consultant on the film, wrote the screenplay for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and co-wrote "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are already underway on "Episode VII."
Dp is Dan Mindel, production designers are Rick Carter and Darren Gilford, costume designer is Michael Kaplan, Spfx supervisor is Chris Corbould, sound designer is Ben Burtt and VFX supervisor is Roger Guyett. »
- Michael Stevens
A very short time ago, in the galaxy we all live in, praise was being heaped upon Chiwetel Ejiofor for his performance in 12 Years A Slave. It’s no secret that the actor’s breakout role would lead to bigger and better offers and now it looks as if his work in Steve McQueen’s film is paying dividends that could include a lightsaber and/or an X-wing. That’s right, Chiwetel Ejiofor may be the first actor to be cast in Star Wars: Episode VII.
Ejiofor is one of the many names that has been rumored for a role in the film, but now Jedi News are reporting that he has indeed been cast. While this isn’t an official announcement from the studio or anyone involved in the production, Jedi News are usually pretty solid on their Star Wars rumors, and they say more details will be coming our way tomorrow. »
- Alexander Lowe
According to The UK Times, the actor has recently been seen hanging out in J.J. Abrams' office, but its not a personal call. As production heats up on the sci-fi sequel, and Disney brings the hammer down demanding the film be released in 2015, the director is being forced to show his hand in terms of casting.
The official casting announcement is expected to hit sometime tomorrow. This, of course, like all LucasFilm news, has not been confirmed by the Studio or Disney.
A sure lock for a Best Actor nomination at this year's Oscars for his performance as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, it was reported months ago that Chiwetel Ejiofor had read for a part. At this time, no character details are being discussed. »
In order to hit their 2015 release date target, Star Wars: Episode VII director, J.J. Abrams, and producer Kathleen Kennedy, will have to start making some casting decisions very soon. Apparently, one decision has been made today. Star Wars fansite, Jedi News, a site that has been posting a lot of "scoops" has yet another one. They report: We understand that British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity), who was a very early consideration for a role in the film and who also met with J.J. Abrams this week, will be joining the cast of Episode VII in an as yet undisclosed role. Keep in mind, Jedi News made this claim at the same time The Times posted an article revealing that Chiwetel Ejiofor was at J.J. Abrams' office this past week. So, this might just be a fansite jumping to conclusions. I'll update. »
By Tami Katzoff
2013 was supposed to be the year that a sequel to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” finally came together. Fans and participants alike were excited about it; Nathan Fillion, who starred in the 2008 internet musical alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day, had hinted that a sequel was forthcoming, if not imminent, and Maurissa Tancharoen, who crafted the film with the Brothers Whedon (her husband Jed and in-laws Zack and Joss) confirmed to MTV News in late 2012 that work was indeed being done.
But alas, it is not to be -- not in 2013 and highly unlikely in 2014. And you can put most of the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Avengers and their sequel.
“I think that all of us overestimated our multitasking abilities,” Zack Whedon told us. “It’s not on the front burner, unfortunately.” What is on the front burner is Joss’ second Avengers film »
- Splash Page Team
By Tami Katzoff
Browncoats (fans of Joss Whedon’s short-lived TV show “Firefly” and its feature film follow-up “Serenity”) have had reason to rejoice since Dark Horse Comics announced that the adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Co. will continue with a new six-issue comic series, “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.” What makes this even sweeter for fans is the choice of writer for the series: television scribe Zack Whedon... Also known as Joss’ little brother.
Most of the previously published Firefly/Serenity comics, including those scripted by Zack, focused on backstory, or events that occurred between the TV show and the film. “Leaves on the Wind” will be the first series to pick up the action right where “Serenity” left off. It commences roughly 39 weeks after the Serenity crew managed to give the big bad guys of the Alliance a sizeable butt-kicking, with a very pregnant Zoe (widow »
- Splash Page Team
I don't know if Joe Lynch's Knights of Badassdom has ever actually screened for festival audiences, but I know the Larp (Live Action Role Playing)-centric comedy is one many have been looking forward to seeing and looks like it may be a good companion piece to Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Production began way back in 2010 and it has been stagnant for the longest time, but now eOne Films has the rights and with it getting an MPAA rating today it could mean a release is right around the corner. The film stars the likes of "True Blood" star Ryan Kwanten, Peter Dinklage (X-Men: Days of Future Past, "Game of Thrones") and Summer Glau (Serenity). Additionally we have a rating for Asghar Farhadi's The Past, which I saw and loved at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, as well as a rating for the Christmas Day »
- Brad Brevet
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Punisher, Black Panther, The Avengers 3, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Man of Steel, Arrow, Beware the Batman, Justice League: War, Marvel Disk Wars and more...
There's just four days to go before UK moviegoers get to head back to Asgard courtesy of Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor with the release of Marvel Studios' Thor: The Dark World, and this past week saw Taylor and cast members Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Christopher Eccleston and Marvel chief Kevin Feige heading to these shores for the UK press conference, »
- Gary Collinson
News Louisa Mellor 24 Oct 2013 - 10:01
Another villain has been added to the ranks of Arrow's second series (it's no wonder Oliver Queen's able to keep that rarely-covered midriff in such good order; nothing burns carbs like going toe-to-toe with a villain a week).
The baddy this time is Mark Scheffer, aka serial bomber Shrapnel, and he's to be played by Firefly and The Playboy Club's Sean Maher, recently seen in Joss Whedon's utterly charming Much Ado About Nothing. The actor joins former Firefly and Serenity co-star Summer Glau, currently playing businesswoman Isobel Rochev.
Maher is to guest-star in episode ten of Arrow's current season, in a plot-line that has him threaten Sebastian Blood's life. Whether that's our lot with the character depends of course on how things play out. Arrow's been »
Two episodes into the second season of the CW’s Arrow and things are already off to a good start, which leaves us feeling pretty confident that Arrow is going to be the show to break to so called ‘curse of Glau.’ After appearing in a string of cancelled TV shows, Firefly and Serenity actress Summer Glau is now playing ruthless businesswoman Isabel Rochev, who is reluctantly forced into a working relationship with Oliver thanks to them both owning equal shares in Queen Consolidated.
- H. Shaw-Williams
Serenity's Summer Glau is already on board Arrow season 2, and now THR report that her screen brother Sean Maher has also signed on as the evil Mark Scheffer, better known as DC supervillain Shrapnel. In the comics Shrapnel is made of metal and has superhuman strength and stamina, but it's unlikely that this will carry over to the show -- although he does share some of the same traits as his comic counterpart, as THR reckon he'll be a "serial bomber who places Starling City in a grip of terror and threatens the life of Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro)". Maher will guest star in the tenth episode of the CW show. »
This is the stuff I’ve been waiting for: the batshit-crazy superspy technology and straight-laced insanity that was promised at the end of the pilot with Lola, Coulson’s flying car, taking off into the camera and causing mass fanboy hysteria/incredulous guffaws (depends on who you ask) the world over. Sure, we had a radioactive explodeybox in ’0-8-4′ and gravity-warping shenanigans in ‘The Asset’, but neither of those were implemented in particularly exciting ways or had the op-art, Jim Steranko escapism feel of exploding eyeballs and cool-as-fuck eye patches.
In the cold open 50 masked men with handcuff briefcases making their way through the centre of Stockholm, only to have three of their number relieved of their luggage – and the hands holding them – by a mysterious, possibly psychic assassin that Coulson reveals he was responsible for training. »
- Mark Allen
[May contain Firefly, Serenity, and The Avengers spoilers]
Joss Whedon is a major player in Hollywood these days, what with his success with a little movie called The Avengers, his pet project Much Ado About Nothing, his involvement with the best new show this season, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which included the resurrection of Agent Phil Coulson), and his ongoing relationship with Marvel Studios to keep upcoming films based on their comic titles on track.
And yet, it's a short-lived series from over a decade ago that many fans still refuse to let die. Firefly was left to die by Fox like Vader force-choking Admiral Ozzel, and we were left with fourteen episodes and a subsequent feature film, Serenity, which tried to neatly wrap up the story and fill in gaps left by the sudden cancellation. There have been a handful of comics to further fill in those spaces and continue the story, but with the availability of »
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