BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER the TV series premiered 18 years ago this month on the now defunct WB Network. It is hard to believe that it has been almost 20 years since this show debuted and ever harder to believe that its been 12 years since the show ended. Well with the shows anniversary in mind I decided to put together a few of my unpopular opinions about this show that I loved to pieces.
James Spader has been cast as the villainous robot Ultron in the Avengers sequel which will reunite Spader with Robert Downey Jr., his co-star from one of the greatest bad movies ever: TUFF TURF ( I know they starred in LESS THAN ZERO together but that movie sucks ass and not in a good way). This is an odd bit of casting though, much odder than Ben Affleck as Batman to be honest, and I am curious as to just how Whedon plans on depicting Ultron in this movie.
Not that there was much doubt about whether ABC/Disney was going to pick up a show that has ties to the billion dollar THE AVENGERS movie franchise but now there is no question. ABC also announced that there will be a teaser for AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. during this Sunday’s season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME. So set your DVR’s!
The folks at Total Film asked a bunch of actors/directors at various press junkets whether they would be interested in being a part of the new Star Wars franchise and the majority of them were all for it for various reasons (being big nerds like Joss Whedon and Eli Roth or just wanting to work with JJ Abrams like Rachel Weisz and Mark Walberg) but Jason Statham could not be bothered to care.
Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s film, “Much Ado About Nothing”. Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. – Rotten Tomatoes
OK, let’s get one thing out of the way up front…I am a huge Firefly fan. I was eager for it to premiere when news of a Joss Whedon space western show was first released to the public; I watched every episode religiously during its short lifespan as a TV series; I ran out and bought the DVD on the day it was released; I was first in line to see the Serenity movie. I consider it to be the best thing Joss Whedon has ever done (even better than Buffy The Vampire Slayer).
That being said, I am very happy that the show died when it did.
According to the fine folks over at TVLine, this is a casting breakdown of the characters that will make up the Joss Whedon-helmed S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show being spun off from the mega-successful Avengers feature film.
Being the rabid Whedonite that I am, I immediately started picturing Whedonverse actors in the roles.
Synopsis: A band of renegades on the run in outer space get in more hot water than they anticipated in this sci-fi action-adventure adapted from the television series Firefly. (Source)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93% (Critics) / 81% (Audience)
Directed By: Drew Goddard
Written By: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams and Anna Hutchison
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Synopsis: Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (Source)