‘Avengers’ Helmer Joss Whedon Steps Back Into Spring–This Time With Shakespeare

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Joss Whedon, who late last spring set the blockbuster tone for summer with the May release of The Avengers, will venture further into the warm weather season with his next film — this time aiming for the counter-programming buck. Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate have set a June 7 opening for Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon’s contemporized adaptation of the William Shakespeare play. The film will open that day in five markets and then broaden out June 21. Read More »

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Joss Whedon “Endorses” Mitt Romney?

By | Sunday October 28, 2012 @ 3:59pm PDT

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Toronto: Joss Whedon’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Goes To Lionsgate

By | Tuesday September 11, 2012 @ 5:42pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Lionsgate acquired North American distribution rights to Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, the low budget film by The Avengers helmer that played at Toronto this past weekend. Lionsgate sister company Roadside Attractions is in the mix, as it was on Imogene and Thanks For Sharing.

The Shakespeare classic comedy with a contemporary spin stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Clark Gregg, and Reed Diamond. Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, Lionsgate’s co-COO and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks, and Roadside’s co-President Howard Cohen were in the mix and CAA repped the filmmakers. Read More »

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ABC Greenlights ‘S.H.I.E.L.D’ Marvel Pilot, Joss Whedon To Co-Write & Possibly Direct

By | Tuesday August 28, 2012 @ 6:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Joss Whedon SHIELD PilotEXCLUSIVE: ABC has ordered a pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D, a live-action series from The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon, Marvel TV and ABC Studios. The project is based on … Read More »

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Mike Birbiglia & Ira Glass Vs. Joss Whedon

By | Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 1:21pm PDT

Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass have responded to Joss Whedon’s YouTube video earlier this week with suggestions on how their Sleepwalk With Me, which opens August 24th, might compete with Whedon’s blockbuster Marvel’s The Avengers:

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Joss Whedon Vs. ‘Sleepwalk With Me’: Video

By | Tuesday August 14, 2012 @ 3:00pm PDT

Joss Whedon says he’s concerned that Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me, which opens August 24 via IFC, is “creeping up” on Marvel’s The Avengers and might eclipse the superhero movie’s dwindling weekend take when it debuts. The $1.46B global grosser Avengers took in about $271K from 220 theaters last … Read More »

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Joss Whedon To Write & Direct ‘Avengers 2′

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 4:40pm PDT

UPDATE: Marvel Studios has weighed in with a statement that confirms the 2015 release date that Deadline had heard about the sequel to The Avengers. “Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for … Read More »

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Comic-Con: Joss Whedon Says His ‘Dr Horrible’ Web Series To Air On The CW

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 6:53pm PDT

Joss Whedon‘s web series Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is coming to the CW next year, the director of Marvel’s The Avengers director said this evening at Comic-Con. He did not say when the series would air, nor whether … Read More »

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Comic-Con: Joss Whedon Remains Undecided About ‘Avengers 2′

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 3:46pm PDT

Anthony D’Alessandro is a Deadline contributor.

Joss Whedon said today during a Comic-Con press conference for his series Firefly‘s 10-year anniversary that he hasn’t committed to making the sequel to Marvel’s The Avengers, this year’s massive Disney tentpole that he directed and co-wrote. “I have not come to a decision on directing Avengers 2 yet,” he said. “I am having too much fun with this (Firefly reunion) now.” The Marvel superhero pic is the third-highest-grossing movie of all time to date, and has racked up $612.3 million domestically and $1.46 billion worldwide, so having the architect back for a sequel is top of mind.

Related: Disney Passing $1B Domestic Box Office Read More »

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‘Hunger Games’ Passes $500M Global Cume, Scores #1 Domestic B.O. For 4th Weekend; ‘Three Stooges’ #2, ‘Cabin In Woods’ #3; ‘Battleship’ Builds $58M Foreign War Chest

April 13-15 Weekend Actuals

1. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 4 [3,916 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $6.4M, Saturday $9.3M, Sunday $5.4M, Weekend $21.1M (-36%), Cume $336.7M

2. The Three Stooges (Fox) NEW [3,477 Theaters] PG
Friday $5.6M, Saturday $7M, Sunday $4.4M, Weekend $17.0M

3. The Cabin in The Woods (Lionsgate) NEW [2,811 Theaters] R
Friday $5.6M, Saturday $5.7M, Sunday $3.5M Weekend $14.7M

4. Titanic 3D (Paramount/Fox) Week 2 [2,697 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $3.3M, Saturday $5.2M, Sunday $3.4M, Weekend $11.9M (-31%), Cume $44.7M

5. American Reunion (Universal) Week 2 [3,203 Theaters] R
Friday $3.4M, Saturday $4.4M, Sunday $2.6M, Weekend $10.5M (-51%), Cume $39.7M

6. Wrath of The Titans 3D (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,102 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $3.0M,Sunday $1.9M, Weekend $6.9M (-53%), Cume $71.3M

7. Mirror Mirror (Relativity) Week 3 [3,206 Theaters] PG
Friday $2.1M, Saturday $3.0M, Sunday $1.8M, Weekend $6.8M (-38%), Cume $49.3M

8. 21 Jump Street (Sony) Week 5 [2,735 Theaters] R
Friday $2.0M, Saturday $2.9M, Sunday $1.6M, Weekend $6.6M (-34%), Cume $120.3M

9. Lockout (FilmDistrict) NEW [2,308 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.2M, Saturday $2.5M, Sunday $1.5M, Weekend $6.2M

10. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 3D (Universal) Week 7 [2,112 Theaters] PG
Friday $866K, Saturday $1.3M, Sunday $865K, Weekend $3.1M, Cume $204.5M

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM, 5TH UPDATE: Overall the North American weekend looks to be down around -11% from last year which may make Hollywood nervous going into the all-important summer movie season starting in May after a super-heated 2012 first quarter. The difference in this weekend’s close finishes were a matter of MPAA ratings and theater counts with 22% of K-12 out of school Friday. Lionsgate’s PG13-rated The Hunger Games scored the most locations in the U.S. and Canada this weekend and beat its domestic competition for the 4th straight weekend. As of Sunday morning, its global cume is now a gargantuan $500+ million! Fox received its hoped-for Friday (#1 after matinees) and Saturday (+24%) family fare bumps for the Farrelly Brothers’ PG-rated The Three Stooges, which played in more runs than Lionsgate’s R-rated The Cabin In The Woods. Interesting to note that both Stooges and Cabin were greenlit by then MGM production chief Mary Parent — and then taken over by other studios when MGM couldn’t handle its debt load. CinemaScores were as follows: Fox’s The Three Stooges ‘B-’ (‘A’ from audiences  under 18, ‘C’ from 25 and older), Lionsgate’s The Cabin In The Woods ‘C’ (‘D+’ from females), FilmDistrict’s Lockout ‘B-’. Interesting how the Stooges reviews were better than expected, especially from top-end critics who found genius in that silliness. But not as good as Joss Whedon’s horror pic which received truly stellar reviews, including 93% positive on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Three Stooges will be Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s 3rd highest opener.

Universal’s Battleship continues to screen strongly overseas with estimates bringing the 72-hour total to $58 million now that all 26 international territories are open. Director Peter Berg’s military vs alien actioner debuted to #1 in 24 of those new territories. For months the studio has fought bad buzz about how risky this expensive pic has been. Especially when the studio is claiming it came in at $209M — and everyone else is saying $250+M. And there’s still the possibility that, in the United States at least, it could become a disappointing ”John Carter in gunmetal grey”. But the film is performing well enough to allay fears that the rah-rah-USA patriotic theme in 2D might not do well internationally in a crowded foreign marketplace (against The Hunger Games, Titanic 3D, American Pie Reunion, and The Wrath Of The Titans). Universal pursued an unorthodox, even daring, strategy to open Battleship internationally more than a month before it debuts May 18th in North America. But it may pay off. My sources project the film could steam past $300M foreign box office based on current trends. The film rolls out to another 24 territories including big guns Russia and China next weekend.

My sources estimate these early Top Ten grosses for Friday, Saturday, and the weekend in North America:

1. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 4 [3,916 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $6.5M, Saturday $9.5M, Weekend $21.7M, Cume $335.7M

2. The Three Stooges (Fox) NEW [3,477 Theaters] PG
Friday $5.6M, Saturday $6.9M, Weekend $17.1M

3. The Cabin In The Woods (Lionsgate) NEW [2,811 Theaters] R
Friday $5.5M, Saturday $5.9M, Weekend $15.1M

4. Titanic 3D (Paramount/Fox) Week 2 [2,697 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $3.3M, Saturday $5.1M, Weekend $11.4M (-34%), Cume $44.1M

5. American Reunion (Universal) Week 2 [3,203 Theaters] R
Friday $3.4M, Saturday $4.4M, Weekend $10.6M (-51%), Cume $39.8M

6. Mirror Mirror (Relativity) Week 3 [3,206 Theaters] PG
Friday $2.0M, Saturday $3.1M, Weekend $7.2M, Cume $49.6M

7. Wrath Of The Titans 3D (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,102 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $3.1M, Weekend $7.0M, Cume $71.3M

8. 21 Jump Street (Sony) Week 5 [2,735 Theaters] R
Friday $2.0M, Saturday $3.0M, Weekend $6.8M, Cume $120.0M

9. Lockout (FilmDistrict) NEW [2,308 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $2.2M, Saturday $2.6M, Weekend $6.4M

10. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 3D (Universal) Week 7 [2,112 Theaters] PG
Friday $880K, Saturday $1.3M, Weekend $3.0M, Cume $204.7M
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APA Signs ‘Cabin In The Woods’/'Spartacus’ Actress

By | Friday April 13, 2012 @ 1:24pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Anna Hutchison who’s a co-star in The Cabin in The Woods and just landed a recurring role on Starz’s Spartacus has signed with APA in all areas. The 26-year old former New Zealand soap star will still be … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Avengers’

By | Wednesday February 29, 2012 @ 11:23am PST

The Marvel superheroes pic is written and directed by Joss Whedon, which only serves to ramp up expectations among the fanboy set. So does the cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson. Here’s the second … Read More »

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‘Shameless’ Regular Steve Howey Cast In Indie ‘In Your Eyes’

By | Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 1:10pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Howey will star along with Zoe Kazan and Mark Feuerstein in the romantic-horror film currently in pre-production. Directed by Brin Hill and written by Joss Whedon, In Your Eyes revolves around two polar opposites who have surprising … Read More »

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Joss Whedon’s ‘In Your Eyes’ Lands Leads

By | Wednesday February 15, 2012 @ 11:31am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Stahl-David and Zoe Kazan have signed on to star in the sci-fi/romance indie In Your Eyes, which Brin Hill will direct from a script by Joss Whedon. Whedon’s … Read More »

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Super Bowl Spot: ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

By | Sunday February 5, 2012 @ 5:44pm PST

Written and directed by fanboy fave Joss Whedon, The Avengers brings together members of the Marvel universe to battle Loki and his minions. Opens May 4.

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Film Briefs: Playing Catch-Up On ‘Hunger Games’ Sequel ‘Catching Fire’ And Joss Whedon’s Next Film

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 6:19am PST
Mike Fleming

There are reports today that Lionsgate has started moving on Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, with Simon Beaufoy adapting the Suzanne Collins novel, and Gary Ross returning as director of a film set for release … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Cabin In The Woods’

The trailer for The Cabin In The Woods went online today. The horror thriller that stars Chris Hemsworth was finished before his breakthrough as Thor. Directed by Cloverfield scribe Drew Goddard, who co-wrote it with Joss Whedon, the MGM project stalled because of that company’s financial problems and Lionsgate made … Read More »

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Chris Evans Replacing James Franco In ‘The Iceman’

By | Monday November 21, 2011 @ 11:50am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Captain America’s Chris Evans is taking a turn to the darkside. Evans has made a deal to replace James Franco in The Iceman, the Ariel Vromen-directed drama based on the Anthony Bruno book about Richard Kuklinski, a contract … Read More »

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‘Avengers’ Director Joss Whedon Launches Next Film Under Bellwether Pictures Banner

By | Monday October 31, 2011 @ 9:06am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After wrapping their first film Much Ado About Nothing, Joss Whedon and Kai Cole’s micro-studio Bellwether Pictures has set a follow-up. It’s the supernatural romance In Your Eyes. Whedon wrote the script and Brin Hill will direct. Cole will produce with Night & Day Pictures’ Michael Roiff. Whedon will be executive producer and David Rothenberg will be co-producer. Whedon, who just wrapped Marvel’s The Avengers, also directed Much Ado About Nothing and shot it in secret before officially launching Bellwether last week.

In Your Eyes is a metaphysical love story about two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined. “When I wrote In Your Eyes, I didn’t have the wherewithal (or the moxie) to make it without an established production house,” Whedon wrote in a statement. “I believe, as I did then, that it’s a pretty timeless romance, and now, with the creation of Bellwether Pictures (and Brin Hill’s elegant, passionate take on the piece), I have the opportunity to prove it. (I also have a 37% increase in moxie.) I love this team and I can’t wait to see them bring In Your Eyes to life.” Read More »

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