Tag Archive: Joss Whedon


… and decided to make a movie about Comic-Con, what you would get is this….

Gotta love Kevin Smith….

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope will hit theaters April 6th.

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Amy Acker

Woot!

Whedon Fest has updated their guest list for their inaugural convention, October 1st – 3rd at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel!

The beautiful and talented Amy Acker, aka Fred/Illyria from Angel, and Dr. Saunders/Whiskey from Dollhouse and lately Rachel Conroy of Happy Town will be making her first visit to Canada and will be joining fellow guest Nicholas Brendon.

I’m chuffed. Can you tell?

In other Whedon Fest News, they have updated their schedule of events to add Geek Off Tournaments,

We will be running a number of Geek-Off trivia contests over the weekend to test your knowledge of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible. After preliminary rounds there will be our Ultimate Geek-Off with finalists. We have a ton of cool prizes to give away and the title of “Ultimate Whedon Geek.” If you’re interested in participating in this contest (and aren’t afraid of being up on stage!) you will be able to register your name on Friday when you pick up your badges. Contestants will be selected randomly from these entries.

a Dessert Party,

We will be holding a special meet and greet dessert party on Friday night, featuring a chocolate fountain, truffles, pastries and more! A perfect way to indulge and chat up our special guests!

and a live charity auction in support of the SickKids Foundation:

On Saturday October 2, 2010 a live auction will be held at WhedonFest in support of SickKids Foundation. The funds from our auction will support research, education and care at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and will help many children around the world. There will be a ton of great items, so please keep checking back as we update with what’s up for auction and how you can help SickKids Foundation.

among other events. Get more information on the Whedon Fest website.

This is really shaping up to be a great con. I’m really looking forward to attending. Still no word as to volunteer opportunities as of yet, but Evelina of Starry Nights Events told me that they will be needing stewards to help with the main room and people for the autograph/photograph lines and will be looking to fill these roles closer to the event. So, if you are interested in volunteering, contact Starry Nights using the Contact form on the website.

More updates to come!

Jeremy Renner as HawkeyeLooks like Jeremy Renner will be taking on the role of Hawkeye in The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon.

Renner was rumored to be up for the role during the fall, but his attachment at the time Universal’s Battleship and to a as yet unnamed Paul Thomas Anderson project was thought to prevent him from joining the film. Since then, Renner has not been cast in Battleship and Anderson’s project has been pushed back repeatedly as it’s tried to cobble together financing.

I like Renner for this role, and he’s a former Whedonite, (He played Penn on Angel) so I’m hoping this means Joss will be able to draft more of his favorite actors for the film. *cough* Nathan Fillion *cough* Gina Torres *cough*

This is good news. I’m really excited. Renner is a tremendously talented actor, it’s nice to see him continuing to get some recognition post The Hurt Locker.

I can’t wait to see what they come up with for the costume.

Via: Heat Vision – The Hollywood Reporter

Could Josh Holloway play either Hank Pym or Dum Dum Dugan?Hmmmm….. Avengers News is reporting that Josh Holloway is in talks to play a “lead” role in The Avengers movie: either Hank Pym (Ant Man), Clint Barton (Hawkeye) or Timothy “Dum Dum” Duggan. All these movies would potentially  have their own franchises spun off of them.

Of all those choices, I’m liking Holloway for Hank Pym. I’d honestly like to see Hawkeye go to Nathan Filion, who deserves a movie franchise after all this time. And Dum Dum’s character just screams Sam Elliot to me.

According to Avengers News, the word “lead” is important when it comes to negotiations:

We mention a “lead” role because these bigger actors often won’t sign “retainers”, meaning everything should be 100% locked (character, film, etc) for Josh once he’s signed the dotted line.

Interesting. No word yet as to what Joss Whedon has to say about casting, if anything. It would be nice to see The Avengers cast and director choices firmed up over the summer.

What do you think?

Via: Avengers News

The Buffy CookieJoss Whedon is a super generous guy.

In honour of Entertainment Weekly’s 20th anniversary celebration, Joss has given them his super secret recipe for making Buffy.

“There’s a whole recipe for how to make a Buffy,” he explains. “Take one cup Sarah Connor from the first Terminator movie; one cup Ripley [from Alien]; three tablespoons of the younger sister in [the 1984 postapocalyptic comedy] Night of the Comet; a few sprigs of A Little Princess — the book, not the movies; and a pinch of Jimmy Stewart for pain, because nobody does better pain. Bake those up. Once it’s cool, add a little Rosalind Russell from His Girl Friday. All of this must be in a P.J.-Soles-in-Halloween crust. That’s very important.”

Isn’t that nice.

I wonder if she’s any good served with ice cream.

Uuuummmm….. don’t answer that!

Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Live in Calgary!Cow-town has managed to snag the first professional production of Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Hardly surprising when you consider Doctor Horrible is trying to join a gang of supervillains lead by Bad Horse, the Thoroughbred of Sin.

There are even singing cowboys!

Neil Patrick Harris was even willing to take part in the production, but unfortunately scheduling conflicts mean that Jon Lachlan Stewart will be taking over the role of Billy/Doctor Horrible. No word yet if Edmonton native Nathan Fillion will reprise his role as the pompous Captain Hammer or who will play the role of our  plucky heroine, Penny.

Presented by Broadway West Productions, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog will run from May 27th to June 5th at the Vertigo Studio Stage. There are still some tickets available although more than half are already gone. You can get them at the Broadway West Presents website or by calling 403-221-3708.

Get them soon. We don’t want to cause a stampede!

Via: The Calgary Sun

Dream Come True

The promo’s for next week’s highly anticipated episode of Glee, directed by Joss Whedon and guest staring Neil Patrick Harris is up!

Say it with me now:

SQUEE

OMG! Mr. Shue’s hair! That SHIRT!!

This looks like an out-of-this-world episode. I’m more amped for this one than I was for sectionals. And what are we going to find out about Rachel’s mom. Is it Shelby?

It looks like Matt Morrisson and NPH really rock out to Dream On, which is one of my favorite songs – okay, The Mission’s version of Dream On is one of my favorite songs.

Can’t wait!

Iron Man 2 - Tony Stark

Iron Man 2 - Chick Flick?

Lisa Schwartzbaum of Entertainment Weekly wrote an excellent article about the studio’s surprise that Iron Man 2 is playing so well to female audiences. According to Indie Wire, the report upon which Schwartzbaum’s article is based:

“What you’ll see on Sunday is people taking their moms to see Iron Man,” says Paramount distribution executive vp Don Harris. “You can’t make a statistic like that up.” In tracking, the female figures for Iron Man 2 were so high, adds Harris, “you would expect such numbers from a film like Sex and the City 2.”

Why? Why is it, that in this day and age that it’s surprising for women to enjoy science fiction/comic books/action movies?

There has always been a strong fan base among women for the nerdy and the geeky. How many little girls grew up playing Princess Leia or Wonder Woman or Jamie Summers? Take a look at Science Fiction literature; some of the greatest authors of the genre are women. Mary Shelley, Andre Norton, Ursula K. LeGuin, Sheri Tepper have all created iconic tales of speculative fiction. As a mater of fact, the concept of the secret identity was originated by a woman, Baroness Emma Orczy, author of the Scarlet Pimpernel published in 1903.

Ursula K. LeGuin - Left Hand of DarknessIf women write the stuff, it would follow that women would read it, right?

The simple fact of the matter is that comic books and Spec-Fic is rife with themes that interest women and draw them in. It may not be the same things that interest men, but they are there just the same. For example, the Xmen comic deals with lots of masculine themes, but there are also the relationships that interest  women readers – Kitty Pryde and Wolverine, Jean and Scott, Storm and T’Challa all have a strong appeal to female readers. We may not care so much about the bang bang shoot’em ups, but the outcomes and the consequences are far more rewarding for a woman reader than for a man.

This obviously translates to the big screen and television. Buffy, Ripley, Trinity and most recently Avatar’s Neytiri have all drawn in female audiences. These are our role models. We don’t see many iconic female characters outside of Science Fiction/Fantasy movies that as girls we look up to. So of course we’re going to go see films in these genres to find more of the same. And we’re going to bring our daughters with us, growing the audience.

It just makes sense.

A few years ago, Hollywood was hot for female action movies. They were going to revolutionize the genre. What did we get? Catwoman and Elektra, two of the worst superhero movies ever made. The suits didn’t understand it at the time. There was a huge demand for women in more heroic roles, why did these films fail? Why didn’t they get the audience that they expected?

Buffy the Vampire SlayerProbably because the writing was crap. All there was to these movies were women in skimpy clothes prancing around. There was no human interactions, no relationships that women could be invest in. The stories were practically non-existent, the acting was wooden and the premise was ridiculous. As a result Hollywood has pretty much turned it’s back on the prospect. The Wonder Woman movie has been sitting in pre-production hell for 3 years because the studios can’t wrap their head around the fact that what women want are great characters, strong stories and compelling relationships. Having a female centric film is icing on the cake.

It was my mother who sat down and watched Wonder Woman and Doctor Who with me. She’s the one who introduced Sprout to Star Trek – another show with some amazingly strong women characters. Women have always been interested in Science Fiction and related works. The reason why Iron Man 2 works with women is because the main character is charming, his struggles are compelling and relationships are believable. Yes, we do enjoy the special effects and the explosions just as much as the guys, being a FX-geek I can say that. But they aren’t what brings us in. If the studios can keep making movies of Iron Man’s caliber, women audiences are going to keep coming and the numbers are going to grow.

Maybe this is the start of Hollywood actually getting it and start handing off these fantastic properties with strong women characters to great writers and directors. It’s in their best interest, but we fangirls have to demand it.

Via: Entertainment Weekly, Indie Wire.

Wonder WomanOkay, I agree with almost everything in this article on 10 Comic-Book-Heroines We Want in Movies. Beyoncé as Wonder Woman? That gets a big no for me. An no mention of Joss Whedon? I know I gush on him a lot, but he is the master at writing and directing strong female roles. Pop him in as either the director for any Domino or Jenny Sparks movie and I’m there faster than Zatana can say Arbadacarba!

Another area to find strong women heroines would be online. There’s a lot of untapped potential there. Personally I would love to see a Girl Genius movie. Agatha Heterodyne would make a perfect super hero. She’s strong, resourceful, smart and beautiful. But the question is, who would play her? Maybe Scarlett Johansson should look at developing the role for herself instead of trying to get a Black Widow movie made. Interestingly, Black Widow didn’t make the EW list.

I’m hoping that this is more than a pipe dream. Remember what happened the last time Hollywood was hot to trot for female action stars? We got Catwoman and Elektra.

*SHUDDER*

Whedon Fest, October 1st - 3rd, 2010, TorontoWhedon Fest is coming to Toronto!

The con will take place on October 1st through the 3rd at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre!  Starry Night Events, the company who is organizing the Whedon Fest describes the event as

…a 3 day unofficial convention to celebrate all that is Whedon. The convention will feature guests and events from Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible and Dollhouse. We will be celebrating the Joss ‘verse. The unofficial convention will comprise of guest talks, autograph and photograph sessions, charity auction, contests, a Saturday night dance, and more!

Nicholas BrendonTheir first guest announcement was made today and it’s a doozy: Nicholas Brendon, aka Xander Harris, will be attending the con. There’s no word as of  yet as to which events he’ll be taking part in.

This is the first event Starry Night will be putting on, so I hope it goes well for them. No word yet as to whether they’ll need volunteers and they are still updating their events list but I’m going to keep an eye on the event and keep you updated.

Anyone else interested in attending?