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Posted by Angie on September 14th, 2012 with Comments Off on ‘Avengers’ boss Whedon makes ‘Much Ado’ about Bard

…”When we showed up for the first day of filming, everyone was like, oh, a real movie. We weren’t sure if it was Joss with a flip camera,” Acker said. “And when we got there, there was a crew and craft service and trucks and lights, so it was for real. Luckily, he only gave us about two weeks’ notice and he didn’t give us enough time to panic and realize, oh, we’re playing these majorly important and great parts. We just had to learn the lines and do it.”

It still was a do-it-yourself affair, shot in just 12 days, with Whedon also producing and composing the music, as well as editing the film with a colleague during lunch breaks and weekends while he was finishing “The Avengers.”

Whedon was shopping the film around at the Toronto festival to find a distributor, hoping for a theatrical release, and by late Tuesday, it had already been sold to Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions for release in North America.

But even before the sale, Whedon counted “Much Ado” as a project that had already paid off.

“It was the best vacation I ever took,” Whedon said. “I’ve literally never been happier. Every day, my best friends that I hadn’t seen since I’d been away doing ‘Avengers’ for so long came to my house to do my two favorite pastimes, film and Shakespeare. And then often dance all night.”

Source: The Detroit News

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Posted by Angie on September 14th, 2012 with Comments Off on Lionsgate buys Joss Whedon’s ‘Much Ado…’

Lionsgate has acquired North American distribution rights to Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” following its premiere at the Toronto Film Fest.

The deal closed on Tuesday night — marking the company’s fourth deal in two days. Lionsgate has emerged as the biggest buyer during the fest, with acquisitions Monday of Kristen Wiig comedy “Imogene” and Sarah Polley’s docu “Stories We Tell” and Tuesday of Stuart Blumberg’s directorial debut “Thanks for Sharing.”

“Much Ado” will be a joint theatrical release by Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions. Whedon’s version of the Shakespeare comedy, with a contemporary spin, stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Clark Gregg and Reed Diamond.

…Lionsgate released “The Avengers” helmer’s “Cabin in the Woods” earlier this year.

“I’m thrilled to be working with my cronies at Lionsgate again, and with the Roadside team. That they all embrace a Shakespearean romance with the same enthusiasm they had for ‘Cabin in the Woods’ that they’re exactly the mad fools we want to be partying — I mean working — with,” said Whedon.

Source: Variety

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Posted by Angie on September 10th, 2012 with Comments Off on THR Video with Amy Acker, Sean Maher & Alexis Denisof

The actors of Joss Whedon’s new film give us some insight into working with the director and filming the feature in only twelve days.

“Essentially it was sort of like rehearsing a play and then we came back and shot these scenes and to me it felt like we were shooting live theater, he just happened, you know a camera just happened to be there catching these moments” said Sean.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Posted by Angie on September 10th, 2012 with Comments Off on TIFF ‘Much Ado’ Portraits & HQ Adds

I’ve updated the gallery with several HQs, as promised, as well as adorable — Amy & Alexis! — images from the Much Ado About Nothing portrait session that took place yesterday. :) Gallery links & previews are below, enjoy!

Gallery Links
TIFF – The Hollywood Reporter Video Lounge Presented by Canon
TIFF – ‘Looper’ Private Party Hosted by Endgame Entertainment
TIFF – ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Premiere & Party
TIFF – Guess Portrait Studio – Day 4
TIFF – ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Portraits

Galas & Festivals Gallery Updates
Posted by Angie on September 9th, 2012 with Comments Off on Toronto Film Festival 2012 Coverage

Amy & the cast of Much Ado About Nothing, along with Joss Whedon, was at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival yesterday for the world premiere — Amy looked lovely! — as well as several other events, thus MQ images have been added to the gallery; links & previews are below — HQs shall be added shortly. Enjoy! :)

Gallery Links
TIFF – ‘Looper’ Private Party Hosted by Endgame Entertainment
TIFF – The Hollywood Reporter Video Lounge Presented by Canon
TIFF – Variety Studio Presented By Moroccanoil
TIFF – ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Premiere & Party

Galas & Festivals Gallery Updates
Posted by Angie on August 27th, 2012 with Comments Off on ‘The Contingency’ Press Release & Stills

Looks like Amy will be guest starring on the opening second season of Person of Interest after all! The other exciting bit of news is the fact the press release has Amy listed as a recurring character, which suggests further episodes. Hardly surprising, given the creators’ comments at Comic-Con, but fantastic news nevertheless!

The press release is under the cut as it contains spoilers & the Amy-centric production stills are posted below. Enjoy! :)

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Season 2 > Production Stills

Gallery Updates Person of Interest
Posted by Angie on August 1st, 2012 with Comments Off on Possible Guest Spot on ‘POI’ 2×02 Episode

The short press release, as found on Spoiler TV suggests that Amy will be guest starring on the second episode of season 2, which will be airing October 4, 2012. Confirmation to follow, hopefully!

“PERSON OF INTEREST” – Thursdays, 9:00 PM
Ken Leung (“Lost”) will guest star as the POI in the second season premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale (“Justified”) will guest star in the second episode of season two (Thursday, Oct. 4) as a woman with ties to Finch’s hacker nemesis/kidnapper, Root (Amy Acker).

Person of Interest
Posted by Angie on July 24th, 2012 with Comments Off on ‘Much Ado’ Premiering at TIFF 2012

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its first 61 films in the ‘Gala’ and ‘Special Presentation’ categories, including 39 world premieres.

Joss Whedon’s Shakespearean film, Much Ado About Nothing, falls under the ‘Special Presentation’ category. This should be good news for distribution! View the full list of films at Movie Knight.

The festival runs from September 6-16, 2012.

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