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Joss Whedon's extracurricular Much Ado About Nothing gets a release date

That Shakespeare movie that Joss Whedon shot in 12 days (during some spare time while shooting The Avengers) has gotten an official theatrical release date: June 7, 2013. Filmed in glorious black and white, Much Ado About Nothing features several Whedon favorites, like Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Claudio, Alexis Denisof (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Benedick, Amy Acker (also Buffy) as Beatrice, and Clark Gregg (The Avengers) as Leonato. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions stepped up to give this movie a chance in theaters so people could actually see it, because poor Joss Whedon is going seriously unrecognized for his cinematic efforts these days. (photo via Ginsberg Libby)

Joss Whedon bets on Romney -- to lead us into the zombie apocalypse

(Video link) Joss Whedon is familiar with catastrophic urban disaster and the supernatural, so it's about time he endorsed a candidate in this year's presidential race! Watch as he puts his money on Mitt Romney as the best man with the best ideas for leading our country directly into a "nightmare zombie wasteland." (via YouTube)

No, really: Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. is really happening, and Ming-Na is in it!

Post-Avengers, assemble! Ming-Na, well-known for her work on ER, Stargate Universe, and as the voice of Mulan, has reportedly joined the cast of Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. show for ABC, which will also feature Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, who -- surprise! -- survived The Avengers. Ming-Na will play Agent Melinda May, a battle-scarred pilot and weapons expert, in the pilot episode that will be written by Whedon, his brother Jed Whedon, and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen, all three of whom are responsible for writing Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. The Hollywood Reporter also says that Joss Whedon will direct the episode if he can fit it into his schedule. Considering how Joss Whedon can find ways to squeeze entire movies into his schedule while shooting other movies, I have a feeling he'll probably do it.

But I think the biggest news coming out of this story is that this show -- at least its pilot -- is really, actually coming together! With real live actors in it!

'ER's' Ming-Na Joins ABC's Joss Whedon Pilot 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' [The Hollywood Reporter]

More on Marvel's Joss Whedon news, including how he's now involved with basically everything through 2015

Yesterday brought the exciting, but not at all unexpected news that Joss Whedon will return to write and direct the sequel to this year's superhero success The Avengers. While that's basically the gist of it, there is a little bit more information coming out about his involvement in not just Avengers 2, but also a live-action Marvel TV series for ABC and further contributions to other Marvel movies. I think this is what happens when you make a bunch of cult shows that get canceled before they should, and then karma repays you generously. Or shawarma. One of those things.

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Breaking: Joss Whedon confirmed as writer/director for Avengers 2, plus a Marvel series

Just coming through the wire: Disney has announced that Joss Whedon has officially signed on to write and direct Avengers 2 for Marvel Studios. Not only that, but he has also signed on to develop a Marvel TV series for ABC. Stay tuned for more details, because this is what we Marvel geeks like to call "Holy crap, emphasis on the holy." (via Variety's Marc Graser on Twitter)