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Joss Whedon's secret Shakespeare movie.
chrisdvanneDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 12:22 | Message # 1
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Something intriguing is going on (looks like The Human Preservation Project mysteries)!

Nathan Fillion has twitted a link to a new movie from Joss Whedon nobody has heard about. To the point some were wondering if it was a hoax, which it's not apparently.

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@NathanFillion Nathan Fillion
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Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing.

Side note : don't anybody tell Blazius there is a lot of Whedon's alumni in this movie but not Summer.


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chrisdvanneDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 12:42 | Message # 2
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As it says, it's based on Shakespeare play called Much Ado About Nothing.

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Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy written by William Shakespeare about two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero.

Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a "merry war"; they both talk a mile a minute and proclaim their scorn for love, marriage, and each other. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another. By means of "noting" (which sounds the same as "nothing," and which is gossip, rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar. However, Dogberry, a Constable who is a master of malapropisms, discovers the evil trickery of the villain, the bastard Don John. In the end, Don John is captured and everyone else joins in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.


Besides Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher and costume designer Shawna Trpcic have twitted about it (see pic below) , turning this into a viral; though the object of the viral is known in this case.

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Joss Whedon Much Ado about Nothing

This is definitively not a full theater movie (or we would have heard about it sooner), rather some kind of web project ala Dr Horrible. It has definitively nothing to do with 1993's movie filmed by Kenneth Branagh starring Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Emma Thompson, Michael Keaton, Robert Sean Leonard, Kate Beckinsale (Wow, impressive cast).

The funny thing is, we know nothing about this movie, nor the fans, nor the specialized websites; Whedon and cast have kept the project hidden. Whedon must have filmed it shortly before filming The Avengers or while the filmed had a break; obviously he did this with minimal budget and in a very short time.

Shakespeare specialists are invited to guess who's playing who, based on the billing on the picture above.


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chrisdvanneDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 14:28 | Message # 3
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Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) confirmed on her Facebook page that the man in the photo is Fran Kranz (Topher from Dollhouse).

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chrisdvanneDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 19:40 | Message # 4
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Side note : don't anybody tell Blazius there is a lot of Whedon's alumni in this movie but not Summer.

Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle), Alexis Denisof (Dollhouse, Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Reed Diamond (Dollhouse), Sean Maher (Firefly), Ashley Johnson (Dollhouse), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), Tom Lenk (Buffy and Angel), Fran Kranz (Dollhouse) and Riki Lindhome (Buffy).


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BlaziusDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 20:05 | Message # 5
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don't anybody tell Blazius there is a lot of Whedon's alumni in this movie but not Summer.


No, its perfectly fine, Summer doesn't have time to fool around with Whedon, she already wasted time with The Cape, she doesn't need this. She has two movies coming already, one of which is going to be a hit in the indie category as we know so far. If she is clever and Alphas producers are too then she joins Alphas and she is perfectly fine without Whedon.

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Whedon must have filmed it shortly before filming The Avengers or while the filmed had a break; obviously he did this with minimal budget and in a very short time.


Thats why Summer doesn't need it.


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chrisdvanneDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 20:21 | Message # 6
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Thats why Summer doesn't need it.

I disagree and i will tell you why.

Knights of Badassdom, despite being an indie movie, has had the incredible chance to have been shown in SDCC hall H and had a fair amount of press coverage.

The Human Preservation Project has little press coverage and most importantely in minor entertainment sites (see : Human Preservation Project - Summer Glau Press book on my blog).

Whereas Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing'project has already made the buzz today in the most important entertainment website; the news was reported by The Hollywood Reporter, SFX, the Hufftington Post, Empire Online...Whedon is under the spotlights because of The Avengers, so that this little indie project benefits from it. This is a huge opportunity for all the actors involved in this project (they're b-listers for the most part). Hollywood is all about image and notoriety and i would have clap with both hands if Summer was in Whedon's indie movie.
Thanks to this little project, Whedon is building a bridge between the two separate worlds i was talking about previously. My guess is that he won't be able to do this after The Avengers.


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FordStaffDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 22:00 | Message # 7
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Thanks to this little project, Whedon is building a bridge between the two separate worlds i was talking about previously. My guess is that he won't be able to do this after The Avengers.


If we are lucky maybe Whedon will be able to abandon the typical notions of Hollywood. For The Avengers he needs a guaranteed success to break out and so followed typical standards. Perhaps after this in his projects he will continue building this bridge slowly to get some of his alumni into some blockbusters. I have no idea if this is true, but we do know Joss Whedon loves recycling actors so it is not out out of question. I certainly hope this is the case particularly if he chooses Summer as one of those to cross over so to speak.


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chrisdvanneDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 22:20 | Message # 8
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For The Avengers he needs a guaranteed success to break out and so followed typical standards

When the cast for The Avengers had yet to be found, a lot of websites wondered if Whedon would cast some of his alumns; i thought this was nonsense because there is no way a producer would risk one dollar on b-listers in a blockbuster.

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I have no idea if this is true, but we do know Joss Whedon loves recycling actors so it is not out out of question.

His filmography speaks for himself to this regard. What's interesting about Much Ado about Nothing's cast is that Whedon has hired an actor from the Marvel franchise, namely Clark Gregg (see pic below).



The announce of this indie film is a direct answer to our concerns about Whedon's behaviour in the future, as expressed in other threads. If it's a one-shot, only future will tell.


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BlaziusDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 22:44 | Message # 9
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Thats why Summer doesn't need it.

I disagree and i will tell you why.

Knights of Badassdom, despite being an indie movie, has had the incredible chance to have been shown in SDCC hall H and had a fair amount of press coverage.

The Human Preservation Project has little press coverage and most importantely in minor entertainment sites (see : Human Preservation Project - Summer Glau Press book on my blog).

Whereas Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing'project has already made the buzz today in the most important entertainment website; the news was reported by The Hollywood Reporter, SFX, the Hufftington Post, Empire Online...Whedon is under the spotlights because of The Avengers, so that this little indie project benefits from it. This is a huge opportunity for all the actors involved in this project (they're b-listers for the most part). Hollywood is all about image and notoriety and i would have clap with both hands if Summer was in Whedon's indie movie.
Thanks to this little project, Whedon is building a bridge between the two separate worlds i was talking about previously. My guess is that he won't be able to do this after The Avengers.


Okay but since when its a good news for us? If anything it proves further my point that Whedon abandoned Summer. The fact that he only does this with her has horrible implications for us(and I don't even want to think about what might have caused it).

I don't really care what happens with Nathan or Maher or anybody else if Summer is in question. I have a bit of a "terminator mindset" about Summer it seems. If he is useless to Summer then he can go to hell for me as well.

Its not my passion to hate him BTW, remember that the Bennett episodes are one of my favorite Summer episodes. River and Bennett are in my top 3 favorite Summer characters, I know exactly what brilliant work they two can do but the facts indicate that he cares nothing for Summer now and that said he is a dead man to me until something contradicts it.

I'd very like to hear something which could prove me wrong but so far i've seen nothing and I'm worried.

There is no chance I will watch Avangers BTW which is a shame because I love Marvell characters.


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FordStaffDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 23:00 | Message # 10
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Joss gaining notoriety will benefit Summer indirectly too. As people enjoy his material they will seek his older stuff and Summer will be right there with it. Generally I would say when Summer is involved it is hard to ignore her acting talent.

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chrisdvanneDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 23:01 | Message # 11
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I don't really care what happens with Nathan or Maher or anybody else if Summer is in question.

To be honest, neither do i.
But this indie movie (if it's one), proves Whedon has not forgotten its alumns; it happens Summer is not on the cast, but that doesn't mean automatically he "abandoned" her, just like i wouldn't say that about Gina Torres or Jewel Staite who are not in the cast either. It can also be a matter of schedule for the actors; i guess some were not available at the time Much Ado About Nothing was filmed.

I am more concerned about the change at the head of Alphas; since Ira Steven Behr is not the showrunner anymore, i'm a bit less confident Summer will return as Skylar in season 2.


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BlaziusDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 23:21 | Message # 12
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To be honest, neither do i.
But this indie movie (if it's one), proves Whedon has not forgotten its alumns; it happens Summer is not on the cast, but that doesn't mean automatically he "abandoned" her, just like i wouldn't say that about Gina Torres or Jewel Staite who are not in the cast either. It can also be a matter of schedule for the actors; i guess some were not available at the time Much Ado About Nothing was filmed.


I'm not exactly saying that things happened exactly as I say, it'd be foolish because I have no way to find out what really happened. But it was curious what happened and I really want to find out what . In the case of somebody hurts Summer I prefer to be rather overreactive than not paying attention. We should definitely evaluate the worst-case scenario too.

I myself will be angry at Joss until something makes me think that he didn't hurt Summer in any possible way. I don't say anybody should follow me but I advise everybody to pay attention more to the affair because its not given that Summer and Joss are that huge buddies now and there is a possibility too that he is working against her.

As for schedules I can't really imagine what could have been more important for Summer than this assuming she and her agency knows at least that much as we know which is very likely.

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I am more concerned about the change at the head of Alphas; since Ira Steven Behr is not the showrunner anymore, i'm a bit less confident Summer will return as Skylar in season 2.


That'd be a bit foolish considering that everybody liked her and she even seemed to boost the ratings but I've seen foolish things already so I'm concerned too.


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FordStaffDate: Monday, 24 Oct 2011, 23:59 | Message # 13
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there is a possibility too that he is working against her.


Even if he abandons her completely this may be taking it a little far. What could Summer possibly have done to Joss to give him enough impetus to work against her (she does not seem like the type of person to piss someone off) ? There is a possibility I am working against you right now too, but there is just as little reason to believe it as there is to believe Joss has a vendetta against Summer.


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chrisdvanneDate: Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011, 01:33 | Message # 14
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The press release gives some details about the movie (click the link to download pdf file): http://muchadothemovie.com/documents/MuchAdoPressRelease.pdf

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Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel’s upcoming THE AVENGERS, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica, the film features a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors – some of them veterans of Shakespearean theater, some completely new to the form. But all dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and intoxicating as any being written, and that the joy of working on a passion project surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is the first feature from Bellwether, a micro-studio created by Joss Whedon and Kai Cole for the production of small, independent narratives for all media, embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a somewhat older story.

Shot in glorious black and white by Jay Hunter (PAPER HEART, “Dollhouse”), the film stars Amy Acker (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Alias”) and Alexis Denisof (“How I Met Your Mother”, “Angel”) as Beatrice and Benedick, the world’s least likely lovers headed for their inevitable tumble into love. As Joss Whedon puts it: “The text is to me a deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love letter – to the text, to the cast, even to the house it’s shot in.” The supporting cast includes Nathan Fillion (“Castle”, WAITRESS) as Dogberry, Clark Gregg (AVENGERS, IRON MAN) as Leonato, Fran Kranz (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Dollhouse”) as Claudio and Reed Diamond (“Franklin & Bash”, MONEYBALL) as Don Pedro.

The film was produced by Whedon, line-produced by Nathan Kelly and M. Elizabeth Hughes, and co-produced by Kai Cole and Danny Kaminsky. Full tech credits (for the extraordinary crew) will be up shortly. The film should be completed by early spring and headed for the festival circuit, because it is fancy.

The Players:

Amy Acker - Beatrice
Alexis Denisof - Benedick
Nathan Fillion - Dogberry
Clark Gregg - Leonato
Reed Diamond - Don Pedro
Fran Kranz - Claudio
Sean Maher - Don John
Spencer Treat Clark - Borachio
Riki Lindhome - Conrade
Ashley Johnson - Margaret
Emma Bates - Ursula
Tom Lenk - Verges
Nick Kocher - First Watchman
Brian McElhaney - Second Watchman
Joshua Zar - Leonato's aide
Paul M. Meston - Friar Francis
Romy Rosemont - The Sexton
And introducing Jillian Morgese as Hero


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chrisdvanneDate: Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011, 11:10 | Message # 15
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Entertainment Weekly published an exclusive article about Much Ado About Nothing; you'll find interviews with Joss Whedon, Sean Maher and Amy Acker as well as pictures. We learn more about the conception, production and filming, as well as the secrecy surrounding the project.



Alexis denisof and Amy Acker

Image Credit: Elsa Guillet-Chapuis

Source : Joss Whedon on his secret film of 'Much Ado About Nothing': 'This is the best vacation I've ever taken' at EW


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