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'Much Ado About Nothing': Choosing Joss Whedon's next literary muse

Back in 2011, between shooting and editing The Avengers, Joss Whedon was supposed to take his wife, producer Kai Cole, on a dream Italian vacation to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Sensing an oncoming crisis of faith in filmmaking — perhaps one reason they’ve been able to achieve 20 years of marriage in an industry that seemingly grinds up and spits out unions just for kicks — she had another idea.

She suggested he finally shoot his dream project, a new black-and-white contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing using the original text with his friends/constant collaborators like Nathan Fillion, Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker and set in his Santa Monica house, during his 12 days off.

“Pretty much making Much Ado was my anniversary present from my wife. It wasn’t so much that she said she’d let me make the movie. She said she was going to make me make the movie,” Whedon explained exclusively to EW at Wednesday night’s Oscars Outdoors screening and Q&A in Hollywood. “We were supposed to go to Venice, [but] she said, ‘I think the best thing for you would be to do Much Ado. We’re ready. We have our micro-budget studio set up. You have a crew. You have a cast. The location is really cheap. And you have a palpable need to reconnect with why you love your job. And Venice isn’t sinking that fast.’ So, yeah, she performed an act of extraordinary sacrifice, and on the first day of shooting, she asked me, ‘Are you happy?’ I smiled so hard that my face broke.” READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon: 'I'm not getting $100 million on 'Avengers 2'

Joss the Boss would like to clear something up.

Since the massive opening weekend release of Iron Man 3, there have been several reports surfacing around the web about the salaries of the talent behind Marvel’s movies. In a post on Whedonesque.com, Joss Whedon cleared up one rumor: “I’m not getting $100 mil[lion] on Avengers 2,” he wrote in a comment that his reps confirm is indeed Whedon-penned (or Whedon-typed, as it were).

The Avengers director continued, “I’m not making Downey money. I’m making A LOT, which is exciting. I’m not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts.” READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: Clark Gregg discusses his film 'Trust Me' and coming back as Agent Coulson in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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While many know Clark Gregg for his work as the most beloved tertiary character in a multi-billion-dollar mega-movie-franchise, not everyone may be aware that the actor who played Agent Coulson in the Marvel films also has a knack for writing and directing. Having made his debut behind the camera with 2008′s Choke, an adaptation of the sex-fueled Chuck Palahniuk novel, Gregg premiered his latest feature, Trust Me, at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. In it, he plays Howard, a lowly Hollywood agent who specializes in representing child stars. A number of recognizable names like Amanda Peet, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell round out the cast. We spoke with Gregg about taking a seat behind the camera, as well as how he feels about returning to TV as Agent Coulson in Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. READ FULL STORY

China's growing importance to Hollywood: Tom Cruise, Joss Whedon, and other industry heavyweights weigh in

The next time the Avengers assemble on the big screen, don’t be surprised if you see them touch down at some point in China. Given the rapid, almost Hulk-like growth of the film market in that country over the past few years, Avengers director Joss Whedon is half-expecting to get a call any day now asking whether he can set part of the superhero sequel in a Chinese locale. “I’m working on the script right now, and if someone came to me and said, ‘We’re looking into doing a chunk of this in China’—well, I’d have to think about it,” Whedon says. “China is on my radar. It can’t not be at this point.”

As North American movie theater owners gather in Las Vegas this week for their annual convention, CinemaCon, the state of the domestic movie business isn’t looking so rosy, with this year’s box office revenue running 12 per cent behind 2012 and 3-D ticket sales continuing to slide. But pan across the globe to China, and the picture couldn’t be more different. If America’s long love affair with movies seems to have cooled somewhat lately, China is in the first blush of a passionate new romance. How passionate? Put it this way: When James Cameron’s sci-fi epic Avatar opened in December 2009, there were only 13 IMAX screens in all of China. Today, there are 110, with some 140 more scheduled to open in the near future. “When I go to China, people will ask me for my autograph,” IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond says, adding drily, “That typically doesn’t happen in other places.”

With box office revenues rising 30% last year to $2.7 billion, China has now edged out Japan to become the second-largest film market in the world following the U.S. New movie screens are sprouting up across the country at a rate of roughly 10 per day, and some project that China could surpass the U.S. as the world’s top film territory within five years. It’s no surprise that Hollywood is eager to capitalize on that torrid growth as much as it possibly can. “China is on most producers’ minds all the time now,” says Barry Levine, producer of the sci-fi film Oblivion, which opens Friday. “It is a giant market if you can reach it. But you have to play it smartly.” READ FULL STORY

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': First photo revealed as production begins

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier  begins production today, and along with this pensive behind-the-scenes photo, Marvel Studios has declassified a few new details about the upcoming sequel.

While the 2011 original was set during World War II, the sequel — as expected — takes place largely in the present day following the events of last summer’s The Avengers. And for those unfamiliar with comic book lore, the subtitle refers not to a snowbound Chris Evans, but to a villainous bio-engineered warrior created from a familiar figure we’ve seen before in the hero’s past (more on that later.)

The sequel, due in theaters April 4, 2014, is being directed by brothers Anthony and Joseph Russo, taking a feature-film leap after groundbreaking sitcom work on the TV shows Community and Arrested Development.

Here’s the new intel Marvel released today about the film: READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon talks Hulk spinoff: 'The most difficult Marvel property'

One day after current Hulk alter ego Mark Ruffalo tweeted that there were no plans for a standalone Hulk movie — only to further confuse matters by explaining that there could be a standalone Hulk movie, someday, because really anything can happen and also giant corporations love making money — Avengers director and Marvel Movie steersman Joss Whedon took the time to weigh in on the ambient possibility of a Hulk movie. The writer-director tells IGN that the rumors of an extended multi-movie Planet Hulk storyline are, in a word, “Nonsense.” See his snappy response in this video below: READ FULL STORY

Mark Ruffalo on Hulk spin-off: 'Not in the works right now'

The last decade saw two separate attempts to transform the Hulk into a big-screen movie star. First came Ang Lee’s splitscreeny Hulk; then came Louis Leterrier’s Norton-y The Incredible Hulk. Neither film really connected with moviegoers. But Mark Ruffalo put a distinctive spin on the character in last year’s Avengers, giving troubled scientist Bruce Banner a wry sense of humor. (He also got the best line in the movie.) It seemed like an easy bet that Marvel would spin-off the Ruffalized Hulk into his own solo movie. But the big green rage monster has so far been absent from Marvel’s Phase Two movie series. Yesterday, Ruffalo himself took to Twitter to speak about the status of a Hulk-centric movie: READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit,' 'Life of Pi,' and 'Fringe' lead the Saturn Award nominations

Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit movie may not have gotten much love from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Films saw things differently, lavishing the fantasy epic with nine Saturn Award nominations today. The awards, now in their 39th year, honor the best genre films, TV shows, and home entertainment. They’ll be presented in June, though the ceremony’s exact date and location have yet to be announced.

Here’s a partial rundown of this year’s Saturn nominees, including the movies honored in its new independent film category. Visit the awards show’s website for a full list.

Best Science Fiction Film
Marvel’s The Avengers
Chronicle
Cloud Atlas
The Hunger Games
Looper
Prometheus

Best Fantasy Film
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Ruby Sparks
Snow White and the Huntsman
Ted

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The EW Popularity Index: Which 2012 movies had legs at the box office?

There’s no arguing who won the 2012 box-office: The Avengers smashed the competition, making $623.4 million. The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, Skyfall, and Breaking Dawn Part 2 also recorded blockbuster grosses, and the executives responsible for these hits can pat themselves on the backs for delivering the goods, which in these cases did not come cheap. The top 10 movies on last year’s box-office list cost, on average, more than $175 million each to produce — and that’s before a dime was spent on the marketing of a film and all the other fine-print considerations that eat into the profits.

But there’s more than one way to judge a film’s success, and while every producer might prefer to be in The Avengers‘ position, other, more modest films can claim victory as well. Back in 2005, EW devised a Popularity Index, which measured a film’s staying power in theaters; we’ve tweaked it only slightly this year to recognize the increasing number of platform releases. To get the index, we simply divided a movie’s total domestic gross by its biggest weekend tally – normally its opening frame, but not always.

The result is 10 movies that didn’t have record-breaking opening weekends, but they had legs. Many of them started slowly and gained steam as awards season heated up. Others were initially seen as disappointments, but then they just refused to go away, playing week after week to decent crowds. Most all of them had that rumored-to-be-extinct Hollywood creature: The Movie Star. Beancounters might prefer to be on that other box-office list, but the Popularity Index captures elements of quality that studios shouldn’t overlook.

Click below for the 2012 Popularity Index Top 10. READ FULL STORY

'Avengers' cast, including Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson, to present at Oscars

Does this mean onstage shawarma?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo will present together at this year’s Oscars ceremony Feb. 24. The group has garnered six Academy Award nominations cumulatively; only Captain America Evans has yet to earn a nod. Fellow Avengers Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth will apparently be absent from this cast reunion; perhaps coincidentally, they’ve also never been nominated for Oscars (though Johansson has earned four Golden Globe nods).

Marvel’s The Avengers was by far the top grossing movie of 2012, setting a record with its $207.4 million opening weekend and earning $623 million domestically in total. The movie’s cast joins a slate of Oscar presenters that already includes last year’s acting winners, Mark Wahlberg, and host Seth MacFarlane’s CGI creation Ted.

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