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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' Makes Shakespeare Cool Again

Here's the trailer for Much Ado About Nothing, director Joss Whedon's adapatation of the Shakespeare comedy of the same name that he shot in secret in 2011 and is releasing on June 7th of this year. The movie itself features familiar comedy faces like Garfunkel and Oates' Riki Lindhome and BriTANicK's Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher, but they each only appear in the trailer for a half-second each and don't get to rattle off any of that stilted Shakespeare dialogue.

Joss Whedon is a Pooping Expert or a Bird

Sadly, BriTANick's new video "The Coach" isn't a remake of the Craig T. Nelson tour de force, Coach. Not sadly, it stars Joss Whedon as a bird. Ok, he's not a bird. You're a bird. Where does the pee go? If you remember, the BriTANick guys were part of the Don of Whe's Much Ado About Nothing movie that shot last fall so they are all best friends. Such good friends that they were able to convince the director of the soon to be giantest movie evers,The Avengers, to strap on a bird beak. Or maybe he's always had a bird beak, because he's a bird. You're a bird. [...]

Listening to the DVD Commentary for The Office, "Business School"

Columentary (title sadly not pending) is a weekly feature, in which I’ll listen to the commentary track of a sitcom, and divulge, through pretty pictures and less pretty words, the behind-the-scenes secrets the creators, writers, and cast discuss about their show. If you've ever wondered what Kevin James’s favorite kind of pizza is, this column is for you.

Show: The Office

Episode: "Business School" (S03E17)

Original Airdate: February 15, 2007

Episode Plot: Ryan invites Michael to speak at his business school class. Meanwhile, while back at the office, Dwight is on the hunt for a stray bat. Joss Whedon, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, directed the episode.

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'Sleepwalk With Me' Killed It this Weekend

Sleepwalk With Me ran awake this weekend. On just one screen it earned $65,000. This had a lot to do with Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia vowing to be at every single showing. Either way it worked exactly as planned. Better yet, its $65,000 per-screen average trounced The Avengers $47,698 opening average. In you face, Joss Whedon. Your movie lost to the movie you jokingly protested as a way of promoting the work of your friends. I bet you're going to have trouble sleeping on the pile of residual checks you've received from the $1.5 billion your movie made. (P.S. You should probs deposit those checks.) [...]

Joss Whedon Wrote a Super Funny Sketch with a Message

"Daphne Zuniga: What equality means to me is that women are given their moment, their chance to stand alone before everyone, with dignity, and to know that no man is going to try to upstage … Evil Robot: [comes on stage, making robot noises] Zuniga: … with dignity… Evil Robot: Evil! Evil! Zuniga: Oh, no. Evil robot from the future. Evil Robot: I am an evil robot from the future! Zuniga: I just said that. Evil Robot: It's my line. And I am an evil robot from the future. Zuniga: What do you want, evil robot? Have you come from the future to destroy humankind? Evil Robot: I come from the future to destroy … Stop saying my lines! I [...]

Talking to BriTANick's Brian and Nick About Shooting Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing

Earlier this week, Avengers director Joss Whedon made a surprise announcement: he had just finished shooting a previously unannounced movie, a version of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The cast is full of Whedon regulars, but the cast list also featured some notable internet comedy folks, including Garfunkel and Oates' Riki Lindhome and BriTANick's Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher.

I talked to Brian and Nick about getting asked to be in the project, what it was like shooting a movie in Joss Whedon's house over the course of a couple of weeks, and about their own movie they're in the planning stages of right now.

A Look Back At Joss Whedon's 'Roseanne' Episodes

Before Joss Whedon convinced an absurdly large number of normal world citizens to see a movie about Norse gods, frozen past-men, and Robert Downey Jr.’s goatee, he was the nerd-worshipped creator of cult hits like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and (the author begrudgingly included) Dollhouse. Even before that, however, Whedon was a sitcom writer. At the tender of 24, he was a story editor and staff writer for Roseanne, securing the writing credit on five episodes in the second season: The Little Sister, House of Grown-ups, Brain-Dead Poets Society, Chicken Hearts, and Fathers and Daughters.

Staff writing on a television show typically isn’t a place for individual flair; [...]

A Sequel to Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Is in the Works

The Internet's most gently diabolical frozen yogurt-loving anti-hero is coming back! Joss Whedon says he has "a whole outline" and "a number of songs written" for the sequel to Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, the writers' strike-inspired comic musical starring Neil Patrick Harris. I wonder if the sequel will be released for free viewing on Hulu, like the original was at first (it's now available through Netflix DVD rental or on iTunes for eight bucks, which is kind of a bummer). Either way, may Dr. H's continued success inspire more long-form web comedy content.

Joss Whedon Fills Much Ado About Nothing With Comedy Faces

Made in his spare moments on The Avengers set or through some sort of astral projection, Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing is officially on the way, at least according to link tweeted by Firefly actor Nathan Fillion yesterday. Other than the fact that its principal photography has been completed (the most important of all photographies to complete!), the main takeaway of the somewhat mysteries image would be all the comedy peeps that will been in it, including Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher of BriTANicK and Garfunkel And Oates' Riki Lindhome. Oh, and it's based on a play. That play? That play.