November 24, 2010 |
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.
December 31, 2015 |
Salling under arrest Glee alum Mark Salling , 33, was arrested Tuesday for alleged felony possession of child pornography after the LAPD's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant at his home. The singer-actor, who played Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the Fox musical, was in possession of more than 1,000 images of children "significantly younger than 15 and 16 year olds," TMZ says, citing unnamed police sources. Fans expressed sadness and outrage on Twitter.
April 23, 2002 |
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.
July 31, 1992 |
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.
June 21, 2013 |
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)
November 12, 2007 |
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.
July 31, 1992 |
"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.
May 19, 2004 |
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.
October 5, 2013 |
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.
June 15, 2013 |
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.