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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Why the rom-com is almost extinct

Review: Much Ado About Nothing may baffle the text generationI guess an entire generation of filmmakers watched Woody Allen's Manhattan with a malleable mind and figured shooting black and white automatically makes you artsy. Noah Baumbach did it with his most recent film, Frances Ha, and now the man behind more
The Province ( 6/20/2013 2:56:48 PM -08:00 )

Why the rom-com is almost extinct
The romantic comedy is back. It only took 400 years. “Much Ado About Nothing,” Joss Whedon's larky adaptation of William Shakespeare's play that opens Friday, transposes the action from 17th century Sicily to modern-day Santa Monica, where in Whedon's more
Washington Post ( 6/20/2013 2:48:39 PM -08:00 )

Popcorn Panel: Why there's much to love in Joss Whedon's Much Ado About
This week's panel: Alison Broverman is the editor of the Popcorn Panel. Peter Kuling is a professor of Shakespeare and drama. Brendan McMurtry-Howlett is a Toronto-based actor and the Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Ruff more
National Post ( 6/20/2013 2:22:57 PM -08:00 )

Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado' sparkles with wit, style
A review of Joss Whedon's minor miracle, “Much Ado About Nothing,” filmed in 12 days, in black and white, at the director's house. By Moira Macdonald. Seattle Times movie critic. PREV of NEXT. Fran Kranz in “Much Ado About Nothing.” Enlarge this photo. more
The Seattle Times ( 6/20/2013 2:06:31 PM -08:00 )

Movie review: Much Ado About Nothing delivers a palatable dose of fluff
Much Ado About Nothing. Starring: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Reed Diamond. Directed by: Joss Whedon. Running time: 110 minutes. Parental Guidance: sexually suggestive scenes, drug use. more
Vancouver Sun ( 6/20/2013 1:14:58 PM -08:00 )

'Much Ado About Nothing' movie review
The feints, schemes, deceptions and setbacks that inevitably lead to love make for a divertingly merry war in “Much Ado About Nothing,” Joss Whedon's larky DIY adaptation of Shakespeare's play. Transposing the manners and verbal flourishes of Elizabethan more
Washington Post ( 6/20/2013 12:55:34 PM -08:00 )

Movie review: 'Much Ado' goes modern in rich fashion
Joss Whedon — the man behind smartly devised popcorn fare such as "The Avengers," "The Cabin in the Woods" and the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series — is one of the sharpest, wittiest writers in Hollywood. His latest collaborator, some guy named more
Salt Lake Tribune ( 6/20/2013 12:53:20 PM -08:00 )

From 'Buffy' to the Bard
SEATTLE — You're the star of a long-running TV drama with a grueling production schedule and little free time. Or you're a key actor in a series of blockbuster comic-book-based films, fresh off shooting the biggest installment yet. A friend calls with a more
Boston.com ( 6/20/2013 12:47:56 PM -08:00 )

Much ado about quite a bit
Joss Whedon's “Much Ado About Nothing” is just about the sloppiest Shakespeare ever put on the screen. It may also be the most exhilarating — a profound trifle that reminds you how close Shakespeare's comedies verge on darkness before pirouetting back more
Boston.com ( 6/20/2013 12:14:51 PM -08:00 )

Clark Gregg revels in Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing'
MIAMI - For Clark Gregg, the challenge of Shakespeare is simple: "You throw yourself in 100 percent, as truthfully as you can," says the actor, "and you just trust Shakespeare, because it has worked for an awful long time." Order Reprints more
Kansas City Star ( 6/20/2013 8:24:44 AM -08:00 )

'Much Ado About Nothing' gracefully drags Shakespeare into modern times 1/2
Finally! A romantic comedy that works. And not just because of Shakespeare. There's a disarming home-movie vibe to adapter/director Joss Whedon's small-scale, black-and-white contemporary version of "Much Ado About Nothing." He shot it in 12 days in more
Chicago Tribune ( 6/20/2013 8:00:45 AM -08:00 )

Joss Whedon Doesn't Care About X-Men Quicksilver
Joss Whedon DoesnA lot of fans have a lot of emotions about Quicksilver appearing in both "The Avengers 2" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Here's one fan who doesn't have a lot of emotions about the "controversy": Joss Whedon. Speaking with Total Film about his plans for more
MTV.com (blog) ( 6/20/2013 7:46:11 AM -08:00 )

'Much Ado About Nothing' brings the Bard to the present day
Roadside Attractions presents a film written and directed by Joss Whedon. Based on the play by Shakespeare. Running time: 107 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for for some sexuality and brief drug use). Opening Friday at Landmark Century Cinemas. more
Chicago Sun-Times ( 6/19/2013 9:26:19 PM -08:00 )

'Much Ado' star Amy Acker and Shakespeare go way back
The actress has long held a love for the Bard's playful play poetry. acker ado. Amy Acker is on screen again with "Angel" co-star Alexis Denisof in the new movie "Much Ado About Nothing." (Photo: Elsa Guillet Chapuis) more
USA TODAY ( 6/19/2013 2:57:33 PM -08:00 )

'Much Ado' about Dallas native Amy Acker
Amy Acker is in Austin to help promote her new movie Much Ado About Nothing during SXSW on March 9, 2013. 1, of, 2, Next Image. Chris Vognar. Chris Vognar The Dallas Morning News. Movies. cvognar@dallasnews.com. Published: 19 June 2013 03:46 more
Dallas Morning News ( 6/19/2013 1:23:44 PM -08:00 )

The Perils of Using Shakespeare as a Screenplay
Joss Whedon's film “Much Ado About Nothing” might as well have been the “What's Up, Tiger Lily?” of Shakespeare movies. Rather than bothering to film his cast and crew on location, he could have taken a season of “Gossip Girl” or “Pretty Little Liars” and more
New Yorker (blog) ( 6/19/2013 8:52:41 AM -08:00 )

Joss Whedon makes a Shakespeare film in 12 days
MIAMI - If man is indeed a giddy thing - as William Shakespeare suggests in "Much Ado About Nothing," insinuating we are impulsive beyond all reason - then Joss Whedon may be the giddiest man of all. After all, he's the director who decided to make a quick more
Kansas City Star ( 6/19/2013 7:53:52 AM -08:00 )

Caught up in the cult of Joss Whedon
AUSTIN - Joss Whedon has created so much cult entertainment that he has become a cult figure himself. He's that rare writer/producer/director with movie-star status to the legion of fans of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel" and "Firefly," to name a few of his more
Houston Chronicle ( 6/19/2013 7:50:31 AM -08:00 )

“Much Ado” a charming romp
As has been clear ever since his Buffy the Vampire Slayer made him a famous name, writer-director Joss Whedon is a restless sort, someone for whom the idea of down time appears to be inconceivable. So, as news reports have told it, Whedon had a break more
Akron Beacon Journal ( 6/20/2013 3:17:08 PM -08:00 )

The Whedonverse And Its Finger : WAMG At The MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
The Whedonverse And Its Finger : WAMG At The MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGShakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, “Much Ado About Nothing”. Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd more
We Are Movie Geeks ( 6/20/2013 2:58:56 PM -08:00 )