Now I realize this was an amateur video and shot from a distance, but I couldn't help thinking how much better a job I would have done...especially opposite James Marsters.
What's coming up next for Joss? Here's the press release:
Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography onMUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel’s upcoming THE AVENGERS, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic 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.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is the first feature from Bellwether, a micro-studiocreated by Joss Whedon and Kai Cole for the production of small, independent narratives for all media, embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a somewhat older story.
Shot in glorious black and white by Jay Hunter (PAPER HEART, “Dollhouse”), the filmstars Amy Acker (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Alias”) and Alexis Denisof (“How I MetYour 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 (AVENGERS, IRON MAN) as Leonato, Fran Kranz (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Dollhouse”) as Claudio and Reed Diamond (“Franklin & Bash”, MONEYBALL) as Don Pedro.
The film was produced by Whedon, line-produced by Nathan Kelly and M. ElizabethHughes, and co-produced by Kai Cole and Danny Kaminsky. The super-impressive castis listed below. Full tech credits (for the extraordinary crew) will be up shortly.
The Players:Amy Acker - BeatriceAlexis Denisof - BenedickNathan Fillion - DogberryClark Gregg - LeonatoReed Diamond - Don PedroFran Kranz - ClaudioSean Maher - Don John
Shot in TWELVE days? I can't wait to see this. I love that Joss uses ensemble casts. I can't help but think that the actors must LOVE doing these spur of the moment movies!!!
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Now, here's one of my favorite contests: Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award. This year it goes to David Guterson for his fifth novel, Ed King. Here’s a sample:
"these sorts of gyrations and five-sense choreographies, with variations on Ed's main themes, played out episodically between 10 pm and 10 am, when Diane said, 'Let's shower'"; and "she took him by the wrist and moved the base of his hand into her pubic hair until his middle fingertip settled on the no-man's-land between her 'front parlour' and 'back door' (those were the quaint, prudish terms of her girlhood)".
Check here for samples from the other nominees. These weren't as awesomely bad as some have been in the past.
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I will leave you with this bit of frivolity: The twenty-five funniest auto corrects of Damn You Auto Correct's first year. See them in all their glory here
What about you? Got any auto correct bloopers to share?
Oh, and one other thing. Wednesday, I'll be sharing my mom's famous fudge recipe over at the fifteen days of Christmas on pal's Lizzie T Leaf's blog . It was a tossup as to whether I'd post the fudge recipe or my new favorite-- gingerbread pineapple upside down cake. Maybe if there's interest out there, I'll post that here next week!! What do you say?