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Serenity: Leaves On the Wind Claims Top Spot On The New York Times Bestsellers List

Serenity ComicsSerenity: Leaves On the Wind, an anthology of six Serenity comics, has claimed the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list.

According to the press release, “this official follow-up from executive producer Joss Whedon brings circumstances that force the crew to come out of hiding, and one of their own is captured, setting them on another mission of rescue and resistance.”

Writer Zack Whedon and artist Georges Jeanty collaborated on this project.

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James Spader To Play Ultron in ‘The Avengers’ Sequel

Actor James Spader will play Marvel supervillain Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the May 2015 sequel to The AvengersFollow this link to see Ultron’s appearances in Marvel comic books.

Ultron made his first Marvel appearance in Avengers No. 54, his true identity hidden as Crimson Cowl. Using Marvel’s digital comic reading tool, you can sample his appearances in Avengers No. 55 (pictured), Avengers No. 201 and Avengers No. 202. You can read more about Ultron’s comic book legacy at Wikipedia (spoilers follow):

 The character leads the Masters of Evil against the Avengers, having hypnotized Edwin Jarvis into working for him. In the following issue, #55 (Aug. 1968), the character is identified as Ultron-5, the living automaton, although his origin is still unknown.[2] In Avengers 57 – 58 (Oct-Nov. 1968) in aflashback sequence it is revealed that Ultron is the creator of the “synthezoid” the Vision, whom it tries to use as a weapon to destroy the Avengers.

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Joss Whedon: ‘What you cut out becomes part of the story you tell’

Last night, filmmaker Joss Whedon appeared in New York City to promote his upcoming film, Much Ado About Nothing. He answered questions, showed the trailer, and shared a clip from the film.

Whedon’s interest in adapting William Shakespeare‘s “mother of all romantic comedies” came from a lifelong admiration for the famed English playwright. In the past, he would often invite actors, writers, and loved ones to come to his house and act out the plays.

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Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ Trailer Released

Marvel has a new television show for fans of The Avengers film. The trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series has been released, bringing back actor Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson.

In the past 24 hours, the #CoulsonLives hashtag has appeared in thousands of tweets. The trailer is embedded above–what do you think?

ABC plans to air the show on Tuesday nights starting in fall 2013. The Avengers director Joss Whedon helmed the first episode. Whedon wrote the script with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.

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Watch Joss Whedon Adapt William Shakespeare

The Avengers director Joss Whedon adapted William Shakespeare‘s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, as a modern-day retelling. The trailer is embedded above–what do you think?

A limited release date has been set for June 07, 2013. The film has already screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Glasgow Film Festival. As we previously reported, Whedon shot the entire movie at his own home in 12 days. Here’s more about the film from NPR:

As I watched Much Ado About Nothing, I had the distinct thought, “I wonder whether this is the future.” Not the future, of course — I don’t believe we’re anywhere close to the end of the blockbuster, nor do I believe we’re necessarily entering a new age of Shakespeare — but a big piece of the future. Big films have gotten so big, expensive films so expensive, that all of the risk has to be drained out of them, which often leaves behind a dried-out version of whatever was originally intended.

Neil Patrick Harris to Publish ‘A Work of Imaginative Nonfiction’

How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris has landed a book deal with Random House’s Crown Archetype imprint for his first book. Publication is set for 2014.

Here’s more from the publisher: “As yet untitled, Harris’s book will be a work of imaginative nonfiction that delivers an interactive, nonlinear reading experience that breaks the boundaries of conventional memoir. An accomplished amateur magician, Harris will draw upon his love of adventure and surprise in creating the book, as well as upon the many roles he has played in his life and career—from being a child star to coming out, and from acting on Broadway to becoming a proud father.”

Laura Nolan from Paradigm negotiated the deal with publisher Tina Constable. Senior editor Suzanne O’Neill will edit. Harris’ career has spanned genres, ranging from Doogie Howser, M.D. to playing himself in the Harold & Kumar to leading Joss Whedon’s cult musical,  Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Filmmaker Joss Whedon Adapts Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

After the blockbuster success of The Avengers, Joss Whedon is now promoting his “micro-studio” film adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Much Ado About Nothing.

The modern-day retelling of the Shakespearean comedy screened at the Toronto Film Festival. NPR reports that Whedon shot the entire movie at his own home in just 12 days. He also wrote the screenplay and oversaw the music.

The cast includes many actors he has worked with in the past. NPR listed them all: “Amy Acker (Angel, The Cabin In The Woods) as Beatrice, Alexis Denisof (BuffyAngelDollhouse) as Benedick, Fran Kranz (The Cabin In The WoodsDollhouse) as Claudio, Clark Gregg (The Avengers) as Leonato, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Don Pedro, and — bless his heart — Nathan ”Joey Buchanan” Fillion (Firefly, Dr. Horrible, Buffy) as Dogberry the bumbling constable.”

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Avengers Director Joss Whedon Stars in ‘Written by a Kid’ Episode

Do the kids in your life love to tell stories? The new Geek & Sundry YouTube show Written by a Kid takes a story told by a kid and animates it with a funny cast of adults.

It’s a wonderful way to encourage children to tell stories and remind adults to let their imaginations run free. io9 has more:

Possibly the most adorable thing you will see all day, this is the first episode of ‘Written By A Kid’ in which awesome folks like Dave Foley, Kate Micucci and Joss Whedon recreate kids stories. The results are priceless, we just about lost it when Joss showed how his character Gerald from the ‘SQUAT’ team was ‘fun.’

Fan Fiction Authors Featured in The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal featured a number of fan fiction authors in a long story called “The Weird World of Fan Fiction.”

The dispatch explored a number of interesting corners of the fan fiction universe where dedicated readers continue the stories they love the most. However, the piece didn’t link to any of the fan fiction works mentioned in the story.

Below, we’ve shared some links to help you read the stories mentioned in the article.

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Joss Whedon Writes Fans After The Avengers Breaks Records

Over at the fan blog dedicated to his work, director Joss Whedon wrote a letter thanking his fans for their dedication.

His powerful community of fans delivered last weekend, as Whedon’s The Avengers shattered box office records and earned $207 million during its opening week. The director’s message to his fans was an inspiring tribute to the creative life. Check it out:

When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all. A lot of stories have come out about my “dark years”, and how I’m “unrecognized”… I love these stories, because they make me seem super-important, but I have never felt the darkness (and I’m ALL about my darkness) that they described. Because I have so much. I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I’ve yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating. I’ve thought, “maybe I’m over; maybe I’ve said my piece”. But never with fear. Never with rancor. Because of y’all. Because you knew me when. If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you’re probably new here.

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