If you were in post-production on a movie that wasn’t just the biggest film of your career but one of the most ambitious franchise tie-ups ever attempted, you’d think you’d just concentrate on that. However while Joss Whedon was completing The Avengers, he also managed to find time to shoot a low-budget, black and white version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, set in modern-day California. The man sure likes to work. [Read more…]
Although there are some people wondering why they bothered making a sequel to Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief, it was actually a decent movie that ended up being more profitable than many gave it credit for.
Fox is hoping to build the franchise with Sea Of Monsters, which sees Logan Lerman, Alexandra Dadarrio and Brandon T. Jackson back in the world of modern day Greek gods. This time Percy Jackson (Lerman), the son of Poseidon, continues his epic journey to fulfill his destiny, as he teams with his demigod friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece, which has the power to save their home and training ground, Camp Half-Blood.
The film is due out on August 7th.
Disney/Pixar has revealed more of the voice cast for the upcoming Monsters University, letting us know that the likes of Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski, Bonnie Hunt, Sean P. Hayes, Charlie Day, Aubrey Plaza and Alfred Molina will be joining Monsters Inc. voice actors Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Dave Foley. (And yes, we know Bonnie Hunt was in the Monster’s Inc, but she’ll be voicing a different character this time).
We’ve previously been told that Helen Mirren, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn also have parts.
Nathan Fillion is playing Johnny Worthington, a horned beast who’s the arrogant president of Roar Omega Roar, a fraternity at the campus that enlists notable scarer students. Krasinski will be ‘Frightening’ Frank McCay, a member of the star scaring team at Monsters, Inc, and an inspiration for both Mike and Sulley. Hunt meanwhile will be voicing Karen Graves, Mike’s grade school teacher.
The news comes at the same time at some ‘Greek Week’ fraternity and sorority posters have been released from the movie, which you can see above and below. In the film the different groups apparently come together for friendly competition. We’d
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.’
The film hits US cinemas on June 21st and arrives in the UK on July 12th. Click on the pics below for larger versions.
Most people who were busy putting together such a massive movie as The Avengers would have enough on their plate, but Joss Whedon isn’t most people, as while he was still putting the finishing touches on his superhero movies, he was also shooting a micro-budget film version of Much Ado About Nothing.
That film is now on its way to cinemas, with a UK poster and release date of June 14th announced (it’ll hit the US on June 21st), as well as the first trailer debuting.
The black and white takes a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s comedy (although still with the original text), and stars many actors who’ve worked with Whedon before on his various TV shows, such as Amy Acker (Angel), Alexis Denisof (Buffy & Angel), Clark Gregg (Avengers) & Nathan Fillion (Firefly).
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Leonato (Clark Gregg – THE AVENGERS; IRON MAN), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond – MONEYBALL; GOOD NIGHT & GOOD LUCK), who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher – SERENITY; TV’s FIREFLY). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof – THE AVENGERS; TV’s ANGEL) and Claudio (Fran Kranz – DIARY OF A WIMPY KID; TV’s DOLLHOUSE). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero (newcomer Jillian Morgese), and Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker – THE CABIN IN THE WOODS; TV’s ANGEL; DOLLHOUSE), the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange, with Leonato, their marriage.
‘In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies Conrade (Riki Lindhome – MILLION DOLLAR BABY) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark – MYSTIC RIVER), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins. A series of comic and tragic events may continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.’ [Read more…]
It still seem odd that that Fox has waited so long to make a Percy Jackson sequel, but Sea Of Monsters is now coming together and the latest to sign up, according to THR, is Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion.
Fillion will play Hermes, who was the messenger to the Gods in Greek mythology. In Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson novesl, Hermes is also the father of the antagonist, Luke (Jake Abel). Dylan Neal portrayed Hermes in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, but Fillion will take over here. Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, and Brandon T. Jackson are all returning for this sequel, which sees Percy heading under the waves in search of the fabled Golden Fleece.
Thor Freudenthal is directing Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. It isn’t known exactly when production will begin on Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
You’d think that with The Avengers on his plate Joss Whedon would have enough to do to fill his time. However, he’s apparently not content with just the superheroes, as he’s also found time to shoot a new version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, filled with actors he’s worked with on his TV shows and films.
Hints about the movie were first tweeted over the weekend by the likes of Firefly actors Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher, along with links to a website – muchadomovie.com. However at the time nobody was certain exactly what it was, with some speculating it was a web series (like Whedon’s Dr. Horrible), other saying it was some sort of joke and still more betting it was a real movie, even though they weren’t sure how Whedon would have had time to make it, or if he did, how he kept a secret.
However, now Bellwether Pictures – a micro-studio Whedon has set up to produce ‘small, independent narratives for all media, embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies’ – has revealed more info. Apparently the new take on Shakespeare’s classic was filmed in just 12 days on location in 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.
Shot in glorious black and white by Jay Hunter (Paper Heart, Dollhouse), the film stars Amy Acker (The 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 (The Avengers, Iron Man) as Leonato, Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse) as Claudio and Reed Diamond (Franklin & Bash, Moneyball) as Don Pedro. The film should be completed by early spring and headed for the festival circuit.
It’ll be interesting to see what Whedon’s managed to come up with.
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