Whedon: The Biography – It’s a Thing

A journalist and friend of Whedon’s has written his biography. While I generally prefer autobiographies, for being slightly more intimate, and humorous ones at that, I will admit I’m intrigued. I’ve been a fan of Whedon’s work for a while, though not always in agreement with everything he does. Everyone has flaws, even our heroes.

A biography about the man should be interesting, perhaps a view into how his mind works and what his close friends think about him. Hopefully it’s as funny as the scripts he writes. Check out the forward by Nathan Fillion:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/popcandy/2014/08/01/joss-whedon-nathan-fillion/13454323/

Nodds & Nends: Much Ado, Tim Burton’s Avengers, and Song of the Lonely Mountain

LionsGate has picked up Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, a contemporary film noir take on the Bard’s play. Perhaps this means the rest of us, not part of the Indie film festival circuit will be able to see this film. In the mean time, you can read a review of the film here, with some telling tidbits of the cast of characters. After learning who Nathan Fillion plays, I want to see this film so much more!

Jayne’s Vera as a real girl. You can buy prints of her. I wonder how many people will see this and want to cosplay her. If you do, I want pictures. ūüôā

GIF is the American word of the year, according to Oxford’s Dictionary. The Mary Sue posted their favorites. Speaking of GIFs, ¬†here’s a cool one from io9 of a 3D nebula rotating.

¬†These Burtonesque versions of The Avengers, are just too. . . . (I was going to say, too cool for words, but then I realized, I was probably going to¬†talk¬†more about them, and then that sentence wouldn’t be true.) Check out the artist’s DeviantArt site, there is some pretty cool stuff. Including this illustration of Loki that started it all.

Song of the Lonely Mountain from The Hobbit. I CANNOT WAIT to see this movie. It’s a¬†travesty¬†I didn’t get to see it this weekend. You can hear a wonderful version here at RollingStone.

Nodds & Nends: Firefly Reunion, Halloween Costumes, and Another Geek Girl Rant

Apparently there is a televised Firefly reunion happening. I’m not the biggest fan of reunions. But you all have at it. ¬†[via io9]

Speaking of television shows and Whedon, he’s creating a show about SHIELD and it will have Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson. I think my heart just skipped a beat. I’m a little over Whedon always killing off people, so I’m wary about the show, but Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, that does get me a little excited. Not gonna lie.

Halloween¬†costumes are just around the corner. I have and idea to make a fairy queen with an old wedding dress at a hipster store (really I don’t know what else to call Ragstock, it’s like a thrift store and a cheaper Urban Outfiters all in one), a glue gun, ribbons and jewels, and some butterfly wings. I’ve also butted my way onto a date for trick-or-treating with my rent-a-kid’s family. Her mother called me a dork, but ¬†you know, that’s fair. I’m not the only one with costumes on the brain, check out these costumes for Star Wars droids via The Mary Sue¬†and io9’s Halloween costume show week article.

Even mailboxes like to dress up on occasion.

By Jasenlee (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

Stephanie at Read in a Single Sitting pointed me over to another article about “Fake” Geek Girls¬†by Adrienne Kress and how one woman has had to deal with people treating her like a poser wanting to get attention when all she has wanted to do was share in the wonder that is being around and interacting with other geeks. I like how she points out that having other interests as well as geeky ones is a balance she actually strives for, and I wish more people who count themselves as geeks would do so too. Maybe if people got out from behind their controllers and exercised, practiced meditation, or hung out with people in real life they would have a bigger perspective on the world and not feel the need to hate on other people. And after reading the article all I can say is, ‘And this is why I don’t go to cons.’

Nodds & Nends: Lego Blood, Supernatural Romance, and Joss Whedon

My best friend messaged me the other day, all excited. About Lego blood. This is why I love her. Check out pictures here.

Supernatural romance from Whedon. Doomed, I say. Doooooomed.

Why do I keep talking about Pinterest? Because it is awesome. You should check it out! And then follow me. FYI it is not just for women planning weddings. For example it is useful for Realtors and people interested in a fun new form of social media.

Whedon Re-Done

These fabulous renderings of scifi shows as 1960’s bands and album covers is fantabulous. Thank you Joe “Joebot” Spiotto. If you are as in love with this greatness as I am, you can buy prints from Joebot on Etsy. [via io9]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Serenity/Firefly

Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog

Whedon-ADo

According to a tweet from Nathan Fillion and several internet sites re-siting the tweet Whedon has adapted and directed the play “Much Ado About Nothing” into a film set to release the film at some future date yet to be determined. This bit of geeky excitement invaded the internet yesterday. Read a couple of “articles” here and here. I put “article” in quotes because there mostly full of speculation based on a tweet. While a reliable source, nonetheless it was not a lot of information just a lot of speculation.

However this morning, a quick glance at the film’s website here links to a Press Release which states that principle photography has been completed on the film, which was filmed in just twelve days in Santa Monica. This is the first feature from Joss Whedon’s new production company Bellwether Productions. Bellwether is a term which is defined as: One that serves as a leader or as a leading indicator of future trends. The press release states that Bellwhether Productions is a small independent production company dedicated to using the latest technology and the newest forms of media to produce small independent narratives from people who have more passion for the project than capital.

The film was shot in black and white and stars Alexis Denisof (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, and How I Met Your Mother (which incidentally stars his wife, Alyson Hannigan (Buffy), and has had a slew of Whedon Alums as guest stars) and Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, and 21 and a Wake-up) as Benedict and Beatrice, respectively. Both Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker (as well as most of the rest of the cast) are Whedon Alums, and it is not surprising that a man who invites friends over for Shakespeare readings has taken those interested in the Bard’s stories and his passion for Shakespeare’s plays to the next level in this latest project of his. Nathan Fillion is credited as line-producer (which apparently means manager of operations) and Dogberry (my favorite character in the play, and played to perfection by Michael Keaton in Branagh’s version), and I am excited to see Fillion’s version of the character! I am looking forward to what appears to be a quirky, indie film, about one of my favorite Shakespeare plays (of which I watch either the historical ones or the comedies, the tragedies make me mad and irritated. “Romeo and Juliet”, UGH!). The film is set to be completed by spring and will run the independent festival circuit (“because it is fancy”) which means we probably wont be seeing it for a while.

But what I think should be taken from all of this, what I believe to be most important, is that Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) appears to be a Whedon Alum (can you be an alum if you are still filming with him?) as he also worked/is working with Whedon in The Avengers and will play Leonato in Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. Which means by extension that he will continue to pop up in Whedon’s future endeavors???? I think so! Booyah!