Even for a beloved and widely respected director living out his ultimate dream job at the helm of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it might be impossible to survive the Marvel Studios machine intact. “Thor’s dead!” Joss Whedon screamed. “I killed Thor!” It was at the end of a long day on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The gargantuan production was in its final weeks last July on a converted back lot at a largely abandoned police training facility outside of London, doubling for the fictional Eastern European nation of Sokovia. Whedon had dreamed up a bit of business […]
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Joss Whedon: The Biography, written by MTV’s Amy Pascale, is chock full of new details about Whedon’s life and career, from his veteran screenwriter family to his work on The Avengers and other Marvel films. Plus a lot of new insights into his creative process on things like Toy Story. Below is the chapter on the genesis of Firefly, including why Fillion had such a hard time in those auditions. And it ends with the story of why Whedon named this show after the type of spaceship they were flying in. We Aim to Misbehave: Firefly Joss created Buffy the […]
He’s the mastermind behind cult favorites and blockbusters; he’s conflicted about Twitter and hates the ending of The Empire Strikes Back; he’s worried about our sequel culture and is excited to create “new worlds;” now Joss Whedon gets deep (and a little dark) about all of the above This is a Joss Whedon story. Which means this is the story of an overlooked underdog who rises up, embraces destiny, and strives to make the world a better place as part of a powerful team. It means there will be heartfelt speeches, smart humor, frequent pop culture references, and tales of […]
I’m an emotional person. I admit it. And, I think, the older I get the more I accept that about myself and recognize that in books and in tv shows and in movies, I need to feel something in order to really connect to a story.
Geeks love Joss Whedon. In his TV shows and movies he gives them not necessarily what they want, but definitely what they need. His characters are smart and self-aware. He’s steeped in pop culture and has a clever way with the twists and turns of science fiction tropes. And he infuses the potential clichés of genre writing with emotion and heart. Not many writer/directors get to see their names go adjectival, but we all know what we mean when we say something is “whedonesque.” Another thing that makes Whedon so lovable is his willingness to talk. In interviews Whedon is […]
Have you heard of Twilight? Are you acquainted with the undead? How about werewolves? Vampires? Angsty adolescent superheroes? This is our culture right now, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it all began with one man: Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and arguably the most inventive pop storyteller of his generation. So how come Whedon never became as famous as so much of the derivative trash he inspired? Better question: Now that his summer blockbuster, The Avengers, is about to arrive, isn’t this the part of the story where the overlooked hero rises to meet […]
It’s a sweltering day in June last year. Inside the rusting hulk of an abandoned train depot on the edge of downtown, The Avengers has turned the empty space into a New York City battlescape. Flames and smoke rise from heaps of rubble along a strip made to look like a Manhattan street. Smashed cars are wheeled around on forklifts, and guys in alien motion-capture suits strut in to rehearse an attack on Captain America. Scarlett Johansson has just finished a scene where wires swing her through the air, and Mark Ruffalo is in a far corner looking at digital […]
Kate Winslet in a photo full of glamour and history and she looks oddly alone.
Titanic is such a modern day classic and I loved it so much when it was in theaters (still do) but
Collider: I was curious if you could talk about your writing process. A lot of writers I’ve talked to have a golden period where they’ll write when they wake up in the morning for three or four hours, and then they sort of burn out and do other things. Could you sort of talk about your process? JOSS WHEDON: You know, I always was an early morning or late night writer. Early morning was my favorite; late night was because you had a deadline. And at four in the morning you make up some of your most absurd jokes. I […]