Tag Archive: Joss Whedon

Win a double pass to Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

One of the most fun films of the 2013 NZ International Film Festival was Much Ado About Nothing, Joss Whedon’s unlikely The Avengers follow-up. Starring a winning ensemble of his TV pals — including Amy Acker, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Alexis Denisof, Reed Diamond, Sean Maher and Nathan Fillion — this charming and energetic no-budget take on one of Shakespeare’s great …

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[WATCH] Joss Whedon endorses Mitt Romney as the candidate to bring about the Zombie Apocalypse

No stranger to viral causes or subversive humour, geek hero and The Avengers filmmaker Joss Whedon has released a tongue-in-cheek PSA video in which he throws his weight behind Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the imminent U.S. presidential elections. In a refreshing change from the tide of tiresome Hollywood endorsements, Whedon hilariously praises Romney with deadpan delivery while …

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Highlights of the 2012 NZ International Film Festival

The 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival wrapped up in Auckland recently, officially closing with the utterly mad and brilliant Holy Motors. From the stunning opening night film (Beasts of the Southern Wild) to a wonderful silent cinema finale (Easy Street and Blackmail), we were spoiled for choice with this year’s programme and I saw nearly 40 films over a hectic …

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[WATCH] Joss Whedon has a bone to pick with Mike Birbiglia’s SLEEPWALK WITH ME

Despite the gargantuan success of The Avengers this year (currently the third-highest grossing film in US history), director Joss Whedon is apparently not willing to let the gravy train stop. In a video released on YouTube today, the cult writer-director urges fans to boycott Mike Birbiglia’s forthcoming autobiographical film Sleepwalk With Me, which was a hit at …

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[REVIEW] THE CABIN IN THE WOODS @ NZIFF 2012

Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s meta-horror The Cabin in the Woods had a long, tough journey to New Zealand screens. Following the film’s 2009 completion, it was first postponed to be converted to 3D, then delayed indefinitely following MGM’s bankruptcy. Lionsgate eventually bought the film and mercifully released it in 2D, and since its premiere at South by …

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THE CABIN IN THE WOODS gets a theatrical screening after all at NZ Film Festival

Roadshow Films’ decision to release The Cabin in the Woods straight to DVD in New Zealand and Australia caused an uproar on Twitter from outraged Joss Whedon fans, and pretty soon afterwards an online petition and Facebook page were launched to campaign for a theatrical release. The meta-horror film has earned widespread praise from the likes of …

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[REVIEW] THE AVENGERS sets a new standard for Marvel adaptations

The Avengers is the pinnacle of Marvel’s cinematic master plan – an unprecedented team-up of comic book characters that has been painstakingly constructed over five feature films, making this one of the biggest blockbuster events of recent years. In preparation for this long-anticipated occurrence, Marvel have been ambitiously churning out an entire family of interconnected …

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[WATCH] THE AVENGERS Trailer #2

Marvel’s The Avengers is only just over three months away, and we still don’t know much about it even after having seen a teaser trailer, Super Bowl spot and a bunch of pretty awful stills. That changes today with a new trailer which highlights the key ingredient in any superhero team-up: the conflict within the team. I’m glad to see Joss …

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[Watch] THE AVENGERS Extended TV Spot

Following Marvel’s first trailer for the Joss Whedon-directed superhero team-up The Avengers back in October, a new extended TV spot played during the half-time break of today’s Super Bowl. The new spot – which features stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston – doesn’t reveal too …

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[Watch] THE AVENGERS Teaser Trailer

The first official teaser trailer for Marvel’s huge event film The Avengers landed overnight. Unlike the awful promotion seen in the posters so far (see photoshop mess above), this trailer is very exciting and kinda badass. The Avengers has been teased in the plots and post-credit sequences of both Iron Man films, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain …

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