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November 24, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The entertainment industry is lame, bad, evil. So say two of the nation's most respected pop-culters. First up, TV wunderkind Joss Whedon , 46, says he's appalled that his show Buffy the Vampire Slayer - which was loosely based on the '92 vampire-killer-with-a-killer-Valley-accent flick - is being made into a film without him. "This is a sad, sad reflection on our times," Joss tells E! News, "when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths - just because they can't think of an original idea of their own. " And Billy Bob Thornton , whose new action pic, Faster , is getting some very negative reviews, bemoans the cynical, nihilistic ethos that pervades cinema.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2002 | New York Daily News
Without "The X-Files" and "Ally McBeal," Fox's prime-time schedule will have a very different look next fall. Not only are two of its long-running signature hits departing, but "Dark Angel," which got off to a promising start last year, doesn't look as if it will be back for a third season. That means Fox needs to replenish more than a third of the 15 hours of prime time it programs each week. The makeover doesn't come at a great time for the network. Among adults 18-49, the audience advertisers care about most, ratings for Fox's series programs are down 23 percent from last year compared with 20 percent for ABC. Fox did launch a hit comedy this season in "Bernie Mac. " And while the drama "24" is not a runaway success, it has attracted an upscale audience that can command higher advertising rates.
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July 31, 1992 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
A large percentage of our gross national product is spent on movies about young Americans who like to shop, play guitar, hang out in basements and think Joan of Arc was Noah's wife. Spicoli, Bill, Ted, Wayne, Garth and now Buffy. She's a Southern California mall dweller devoted to cheerleading, to her jock boyfriend and to the idea that El Salvador is in Spain. Dark clouds appear when the character played by Donald Sutherland appears and tells her, in a very bad Euro accent, that she has been chosen because of her dormant power to kill vampires.
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June 21, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IN "MUCH ADO about Nothing," Joss Whedon makes the case that Shakespeare is every bit as accessible as "The Avengers. " To that end, he's chosen Shakespeare's most plain-spoken play, the foundation of the modern romcom (the feuding, made-for-each-other couple) and also a kind of Elizabethan "Jersey Shore" - one house (Whedon's own), a bunch of drunk people, and a lot of tangled, volatile romance (Whedon uses a lot of handheld camerawork). Mainly, "Much Ado" is about the "merry war" between swashbuckling ladies' man Benedick (Alexis Denisof)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2007 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
For those who thought "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight" would lose steam once creator Joss Whedon stopped writing it - and those who have yet to pick up an issue - it's clear you gotta have Faith. Yes. Faith, the ally/nemesis of Buffy immortalized by Eliza Dushku on the small screen, takes center stage during the current story arc written by Brian K. Vaughan. Vaughan, an admitted "Buffy" fan, is the talented writer behind the "Y: The Last Man" series and has also written for ABC's "Lost.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 1992 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"All I want to do," declares Buffy, the blond, flaky Southern California cheerleader and namesake of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "is graduate high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater and die. " And maybe stop at the mall first to buy a really bitchin' yellow motorcycle jacket. An airhead horror comedy that isn't quite as good as its concept, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the story of what happens when a mysterious bearded guy shows up during cheerleading practice and tells Buffy she is the last best hope against an army of bloodsuckers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2004 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
Although his "Angel" series has now officially been staked, don't expect writer/director/producer Joss Whedon's imagination and passion for breathing life into exciting characters to turn to dust. He is currently working on two high-profile projects dear to his heart. One is "Astonishing X-Men," a Marvel comic starring created just for him, and which hits shelves May 26. Then, next month filming starts on "Serenity," an epic adventure movie which continues the saga of the crew of his short-lived "Firefly" TV series.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
How do you go from Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Firefly , and the 2012 blockbuster The Avengers to Shakespeare ? Enthusiastically, says Joss Whedon , god of all sci-fi geeks. The Bard is the greatest teacher one could have, Whedon tells USA Today. "He speaks to you very personally," says the director of the critical hit Much Ado About Nothing , which stars Amy Acker , Alexis Denisof , and Nathan Fillion . "He says take the things you understand - the stories, the tropes, the characters - and look further.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Wave directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut famously incorporated tropes from American noir and Western films into theirs. Their colleague Louis Malle went a step further and made a score of American films, including My Dinner With Andre (1981)   , Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) - and the 1981 masterpiece Atlantic City featuring Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon. Malle's work was well-received - even revered - here with the possible exception of 1985's Alamo Bay , which sharply divided critics.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
JENKINTOWN'S Adam F. Goldberg ("Breaking In," "Fanboys") is bringing his wonder years to ABC this fall. His autobiographical new sitcom, "The Goldbergs," was one of a dozen new scripted series that ABC presented to advertisers in New York yesterday afternoon, and it's the one that ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee singled out more than once in a conference call with reporters. "I really adore this show," Lee said, and he's planning to promote it, along with its fanboy-friendly lead-in, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," from Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "The Avengers")
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Wave directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut famously incorporated tropes from American noir and Western films into theirs. Their colleague Louis Malle went a step further and made a score of American films, including My Dinner With Andre (1981)   , Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) - and the 1981 masterpiece Atlantic City featuring Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon. Malle's work was well-received - even revered - here with the possible exception of 1985's Alamo Bay , which sharply divided critics.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
*  MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD . 8 tonight, 6ABC. *  THE GOLDBERGS . 9 tonight, 6ABC. *  TROPHY WIFE . 9:30 tonight, 6ABC. *  LUCKY 7 . 10 tonight, 6ABC. THERE'S probably more chance that gods and superheroes walk among us than that a network will successfully launch an entire night of new shows at once. That's not stopping ABC, which tonight kicks off an all-new Tuesday lineup with "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" - whose premise is that gods and superheroes do occasionally walk among us - and ends with "Lucky 7," in which mortals win the lottery.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IN "MUCH ADO about Nothing," Joss Whedon makes the case that Shakespeare is every bit as accessible as "The Avengers. " To that end, he's chosen Shakespeare's most plain-spoken play, the foundation of the modern romcom (the feuding, made-for-each-other couple) and also a kind of Elizabethan "Jersey Shore" - one house (Whedon's own), a bunch of drunk people, and a lot of tangled, volatile romance (Whedon uses a lot of handheld camerawork). Mainly, "Much Ado" is about the "merry war" between swashbuckling ladies' man Benedick (Alexis Denisof)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
How do you go from Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Firefly , and the 2012 blockbuster The Avengers to Shakespeare ? Enthusiastically, says Joss Whedon , god of all sci-fi geeks. The Bard is the greatest teacher one could have, Whedon tells USA Today. "He speaks to you very personally," says the director of the critical hit Much Ado About Nothing , which stars Amy Acker , Alexis Denisof , and Nathan Fillion . "He says take the things you understand - the stories, the tropes, the characters - and look further.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
JENKINTOWN'S Adam F. Goldberg ("Breaking In," "Fanboys") is bringing his wonder years to ABC this fall. His autobiographical new sitcom, "The Goldbergs," was one of a dozen new scripted series that ABC presented to advertisers in New York yesterday afternoon, and it's the one that ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee singled out more than once in a conference call with reporters. "I really adore this show," Lee said, and he's planning to promote it, along with its fanboy-friendly lead-in, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," from Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "The Avengers")
NEWS
November 24, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The entertainment industry is lame, bad, evil. So say two of the nation's most respected pop-culters. First up, TV wunderkind Joss Whedon , 46, says he's appalled that his show Buffy the Vampire Slayer - which was loosely based on the '92 vampire-killer-with-a-killer-Valley-accent flick - is being made into a film without him. "This is a sad, sad reflection on our times," Joss tells E! News, "when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths - just because they can't think of an original idea of their own. " And Billy Bob Thornton , whose new action pic, Faster , is getting some very negative reviews, bemoans the cynical, nihilistic ethos that pervades cinema.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2007 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
With the overwhelming success of Dark Horse's "Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight," IDW was expecting big things with "Angel: After The Fall," a series set to chronicle the never-produced sixth season of the "Angel" TV show. With creator Joss Whedon involved and announcing the series as "canon" in his Angel/Buffyverse, fans were looking forward to big things as well. That "Angel: After the Fall" No. 1 will now enjoy a third printing a scant two weeks after its first shows the pent-up demand fans have had for this tale to be told.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2007 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
For those who thought "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight" would lose steam once creator Joss Whedon stopped writing it - and those who have yet to pick up an issue - it's clear you gotta have Faith. Yes. Faith, the ally/nemesis of Buffy immortalized by Eliza Dushku on the small screen, takes center stage during the current story arc written by Brian K. Vaughan. Vaughan, an admitted "Buffy" fan, is the talented writer behind the "Y: The Last Man" series and has also written for ABC's "Lost.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2007 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
When Dark Horse announced that they were launching a "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" comic book series to be written by series creator Joss Whedon and start where the TV show left off, I thought it would be reasonably successful. After all, the character has long had a strong, loyal fanbase. I did think expectations should be tempered somewhat, though. The original "Buffy" series from Dark Horse was true to the spirit of the TV show and told some fun stories, yet struggled to crack the Top 100 on the sales charts while the show was still on the air. Once the show ended, the comic series did as well.
NEWS
December 22, 2004 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joss Whedon likes strong women. Just ask his most famous creation, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), that pompom-shaking, kickboxing enemy of all that is creepy or undead. Now, Whedon is branching out to the big screen with - you guessed it, Wonder Woman! According to TV Guide Online, Whedon is on board to write and direct Warner Bros.' big-budget adaptation of the '70s TV show. Who will fill Lynda Carter's (very vinyl-looking) red boots? No names yet, but if we had any weight in Tinseltown, we'd pitch the cast search as a reality TV show - a cross between Celebrity Death Match and Fear Factor, which would pit Gellar against Jennifer Garner, Angelina Jolie and Uma Thurman.
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