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'Lust for Love': Caitlin Stasey talks up Fran Kranz's 'clumsy sweetness'; plus, a new clip! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Whedonverse fans are sure to flock to writer/director/producer Anton King’s new rom-com Lust for Love, which reunites quite a few Dollhouse alumni, including actors Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman. Kranz leads the cast as Astor, a lovable yet hopeless guy who ruins his chance at a happily ever after with his childhood crush, Mila (Tron Legacy‘s Beau Garrett). Convinced that the reason he’s so unlucky in love is because of his lack of experience with women, Astor enlists the help of Mila’s ex-best friend, Cali (Lachman), to teach him a thing or two about wooing the opposite sex.

EW caught up with Reign actress Caitlin Stasey who stars in the film as Astor’s new fun-loving neighbor, Trinity. Read on to hear what Stasey had to say about working on Lust for Love, and check out an exclusive clip from the film — which is available Friday online and On Demand — below:
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'Lust for Love' trailer: A Whedonverse reunion! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The world is no stranger to individuals of the “Whedonverse” — a.k.a., those who have starred in movies or television shows helmed by the legendary Joss Whedon and his team (Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon). And if you’ve been missing a few of your favorite familiar faces, despair no more! Lust for Love, a new romantic comedy directed, written, and produced by Anton King, reunites a number of Whedonverse actors with a cast that includes Dollhouse favorites Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman, as well as Beau Garrett (Tron Legacy), Caitlin Stasey (Reign, I, Frankenstein), and Felicia Day (Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Guild.)

The film follows the story of Astor (Kranz), who essentially ruins his chance at happiness with his lifelong crush, Mila (Garrett). Convinced that his lack of experience with women is the reason, Astor enlists the help of Mila’s ex-best friend, Cali (Lachman), to teach him a thing or two.

Intrigued? Excited? Ready to see your favorite Whedonverse peeps together again? You can see the film on VOD and On Demand starting Feb. 7, but for now, check out the exclusive trailer below and let us know what you think! READ FULL STORY

'Much Ado About Nothing': Why Claudio is wearing a snorkel whilst sipping a martini, and more stories behind Joss Whedon's interpretations of the Shakespeare play

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Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, in theaters now, is a modern, lively, sexy take on the comedy by William Shakespeare. It’s an adaptation that embraces both the light and the dark moments of the play, and one that is accessible for Bardolaters and Shakespeare newbies alike. Performed in a contemporary setting but using Shakespeare’s text, the film stays true to the 16th century play while also delivering some 21st century charm.

Following directors like Julie Taymor, Baz Luhrmann, and many others who have displayed the versatility of Shakespeare’s work with fresh film adaptations, Whedon imbued his own wit and his talent for developing depth for several characters, no matter how large the ensemble, into Much Ado About Nothing, a play about the “merry war” between reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator told EW that as he prepared to shoot the film, he asked himself, “How can I augment and clarify what is in this text, and — occasionally — how can I spin it?”

Here EW delves into Whedon’s creative choices for various aspects of his adaptation, as explained by Alexis Denisof, who plays Benedick, and by Whedon himself.

SPOILER ALERT: Though the story points of Much Ado About Nothing are more than 400 years old, some might consider the ways Whedon interpreted the play to be spoilers, so do not read on if you have yet to see the film and want those to remain a surprise.

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Casting Net: Kristen Stewart joins two indie projects; Plus Keira Knightley to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, more

• Kristen Stewart is lining up more projects for life after Twilight. She has signed onto two indie films that will shoot this summer, political drama Camp X-Ray and the Olivier Assayas-directed film Sils Maria. In Camp X-Ray, Stewart will play a young soldier who escapes her small town by joining the military, and, instead of getting a tour of duty in Iraq as she hoped, she ends up being sent to Guantanamo, where she encounters abuse and hatred from her superiors. For Sils Maria, Stewart joins Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) and star Juliette Binoche (Chocolat) in the film about the introspective years of middle age. [Deadline]

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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' to open Oscars Outdoors screening series; See full lineup

It’s much ado about movies at Oscars Outdoors this summer.

The screening series launched by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year is returning to Los Angeles this summer, along with some New York screenings in partnership with Rooftop Films Summer Series.

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'Much Ado About Nothing': Check out the new poster for Joss Whedon's Shakespeare adaptation -- EXCLUSIVE

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A man in a pool donning a snorkel and grasping a martini doesn’t exactly shout Shakespeare.

Yet that image is becoming ever more closely associated with William Shakespeare by Bardolaters and Browncoats who are eagerly anticipating the June release of Much Ado About Nothing as interpreted by a modern bard, Joss Whedon. The image of a party-ready and dive-ready Fran Kranz (DollhouseCabin in the Woods) was originally seen on a mysterious website that first hinted at the existence of the production, and now it’s on the film’s newest poster.

Shakespeare’s comedy about the “merry war” and reluctant romance between his wittiest couple, Benedick and Beatrice, made its way into Whedon’s home about a decade ago, at one of the Firefly and Avengers maestro’s famed play readings among friends. There, Amy Acker (Angel, Cabin in the Woods) and Alexis Denisof (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, AngelDollhouse) took on the roles of Beatrice and Benedick, the same parts they play in the film, which Whedon shot over 12 days at his Santa Monica, Calif. home during what was supposed to be his post-Avengers vacation. The stealth production for Much Ado rallied together many actors familiar to fans of the Whedonverse, including Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), and Tom Lenk (Buffy, Cabin in the Woods).

Here EW exclusively debuts the new poster for Much Ado About Nothing, which features Kranz as Claudio — one half of the play’s other central couple — taken from Whedon’s interpretation of a key scene featuring Claudio and the villainous Don John (Firefly’s Sean Maher). It’s a poster that evokes more of Much Ado’s comedy, while the international poster was more about the romance, with Benedick and Beatrice locked in each other’s gaze. Underneath the title is the first tagline for the film: “Shakespeare knew how to throw a party.” READ FULL STORY

'Cabin in the Woods': five new pics, and the long-awaited movie's complicated backstory

Cloverfield scribe and Lost executive producer Drew Goddard shot The Cabin in the Woods — the horror comedy he co-wrote with Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and Avengers director Joss Whedon — back in 2009 only to see its release delayed by more than two years thanks to the bankruptcy of the film’s original studio, MGM. That’s long enough for Cabin star Hemsworth to have played the role of Thor twice, the second time in Whedon’s Avengers, which arrives in cinemas just three weeks after Cabin.

Goddard’s waiting game officially ended on March 9, when the gloriously grotesque Cabin opened at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival. Though the wait isn’t quite over for the rabid pack of Whedonites and horror junkies anticipating the film’s April 13 release, EW has five new images and a bit of the film’s thrilling backstory to keep the blood lust at bay — at least for a little while.

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'The Cabin in the Woods' second trailer: The mystery continues

Considering everything about the wildly anticipated horror flick The Cabin in the Woods already feels like a tease (thank co-writer and producer Joss Whedon for the cloak of mystery), it’s fitting that the latest trailer is just that. A tease. The one-minute spot doesn’t give away any new clues for anxious fans dying to know what “the secret” is behind the cabin, nor does it have much new footage compared to the first trailer.
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