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Joss Whedon confirms that 'Avengers' will only have one superheroine

Iron-Scarlett-JohanssonImage Credit: Francois DuhamelSorry, Scarlet Witch fans: Avengers director Joss Whedon was recently quoted in Australia’s Sunday Herald Sun (via Moviehole) saying, somewhat definitively, that the upcoming mega-spinoff will be the bro-iest movie about a bunch of dudes duding it up since Ocean’s 11-13. “It is true that the movie is only going to have one female Avenger,” says Whedon, although he hedges that “she will not be the only female character.” That could mean that we’ll see a female supervillain…but if I were a betting man, I’d wager that it’s more likely that we’ll see an appearance by one or more of the main superheros’ love interests, like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts or Natalie Portman’s Thor-loving Jane Foster. Now, as excited as I am by the prospect of a scene featuring the Super-Galpals sitting around at their favorite trendy cafe talking about the respective bedroom merits of super-strength vs. super-intelligence, it’s just a squeensy bit depressing to find out that the Buffy auteur couldn’t figure out a way for Avengers to pass the Bechdel Test. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con: EW's Visionaries Panel with J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon

abrams-whedonImage Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosOver the 20 years that Entertainment Weekly has been covering movies, television, music, books, comic books, digital entertainment and more, Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams have produced some of the best, most-beloved, and certainly most-obsessed-about stories that pop culture has given us in any medium. Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog —  and that’s just Joss. (And that’s not even including a few other things, like that Oscar nomination he earned for co-writing Toy Story.) The J.J. resume? Felicity, Alias, Lost, Fringe, Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible 3, and Star Trek. (And that’s not counting his screenplays for Regarding Henry and Forever Young.) They are producers, directors, writers, musicians, even actors — remarkable well-rounded artists — but they are also known for being fans who retain a strong link to the stories that fired their imaginations when they were kids.

With the annual summit meeting of wild pop culture fandom (aka Comic-Con) upon us this weekend, we at EW thought it would be kinda cool if we brought Abrams and Whedon together for an hour to talk about the past, present, and future of their creative lives. They agreed, and the whole thing is going down this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. PT, in a room that can hold a few thousand of their most admiring fans at the San Diego Convention Center. Wish you could be there? No worries: We’ll try our best to bring as much of the experience to you via posts and video over the next day or so here at EW.com.

There’s a lot I want to ask J.J. and Joss. READ FULL STORY

Late-Breaking News: Happy Birthday, Joss Whedon. Vote on his best work

joss-whedonImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosAs a kid, did you ever have that dream where you woke up and found out you missed Christmas? My nightmare came true today when I looked at my self-made pop culture calendar in Google at 5 p.m. and realized Joss Whedon turned 46 today.

I know, at this point, the party is over. The birthday song has been sung, and all that remains of the celebration is the icing ring on a piece of cardboard where a cake once was. But below, you make take part in pretty much the greatest and most important poll ever to grace the pixels of EW.com.

You might notice that in my poll asking “What is Joss Whedon’s best work?” I have not included a cop out answer (like ”Everything he does is amazing”). I’m forcing you to choose. Yes, forcing you. And don’t count Buffy the winner too soon. I actually know someone who loves Joss Whedon and has never seen the series. I’ll bring her over here one day so we can pelt her with fruit. Meanwhile, vote away, Whedonites. And celebrate tonight with a marathon of your choosing.

Read more:
EW’s 100 Greatest Characters: Joss Whedon reveals his recipe for Buffy
Morgan Spurlock, Stan Lee, and Joss Whedon do a superhero team-up
Happy 13th Birthday, Buffy!

EW's 100 Greatest Characters: Joss Whedon reveals his recipe for Buffy

buffy-gellar-whedonImage Credit: Greg Gorman/The WB; Todd Williamson/WireImage.comIn celebration of Entertainment Weekly‘s two decades of existence this year, we’ve put together a special double-sized issue devoted to the 100 greatest characters of the past 20 years. On our ranked list, you’ll find Anchorman‘s Ron Burgundy, Lost‘s John Locke, Harry Potter, Homer Simpson — all characters who feel as real and important to us as our own friends and family.

Also on that list? Buffy “the Vampire Slayer” Summers, of course. And we thought, who better to illustrate what is so special about the extraordinary young killer of evil things — played in the TV series by Sarah Michelle Gellar — than creator Joss Whedon. “There’s a whole recipe for how to make a Buffy,” he explains. “Take one cup Sarah Connor from the first Terminator movie; one cup Ripley [from Alien]; three tablespoons of the younger sister in [the 1984 postapocalyptic comedy] Night of the Comet; a few sprigs of A Little Princess — the book, not the movies; and a pinch of Jimmy Stewart for pain, because nobody does better pain. Bake those up. Once it’s cool, add a little Rosalind Russell from His Girl Friday. All of this must be in a P.J.-Soles-in-Halloween crust. That’s very important.”

Whedon also weighs in a bit on how his show preceded the whole “vampire craze” that took us by swarm at the end of the ’00s. “Ultimately, my show was less about vampires than most shows with vampire in the title. The show’s about growing up, which for her was basically ages 15 through 22, but the kind of 15 through 22 where you fight wars.”

For more from Whedon and the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years — including Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man‘s Tony Stark, Johnny Depp talking about Captain Jack Sparrow, an interview with Homer Simpson, and lots, lots more — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now.

More from EW’s 100 Greatest Characters of the Past 20 Years:
Roseanne Barr says what she thinks the Conner clan would be up to in 2010
Daniel Radcliffe on Harry Potter…and Eric Cartman

Comic-Con Documentary: Morgan Spurlock, Stan Lee, and Joss Whedon do a superhero team-up

comic-con-documentaryImage Credit: Denis Poroy/AP ImagesThere are two ways to look at the San Diego Comic Convention, aka Comic-Con, the annual nerd mecca that started out as a massive fanboy swap meet and has become a central component of Hollywood’s pop culture calendar. From one perspective, it’s the story of The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth: a generation of Alan Moore obsessives who grew up to dominate film and TV. From another, more cynical perspective, it’s a vintage Dark Phoenix situation, as in, “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.” In this telling, what started out as an oasis for passionate megafans became a big-budget farmer’s market, a place for videogame companies and movie studios to peddle their wares to an adoring crowd of opinionated bloggers.

Both perspectives have some validity. Judging by the title and the talent involved, my guess is that Morgan Spurlock’s upcoming documentary, Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope, will lean more towards the sunshine. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' promo: Already obsessed with 'Dream On'?

Confession: I may have rewound the promo for next week’s episode of Glee, featuring Neil Patrick Harris as Matthew Morrison’s old rival and current nightmare, three times. And when I say “the promo,” I really mean just the three seconds of Harris and Morrison belting “Dream On.” That number has a lot to live up to: According to PopWatch polls, Harris was by far the Glee guest star readers were most looking forward to in the second half of the season, and this duet was the most-anticipated number. I find it sort of odd that the promo didn’t mention that the episode is directed by Joss Whedon, but perhaps Fox thinks anyone that matters to already knows. Watch the promo (again) after the jump. How many times did you rewind? How confident are you that “Dream On” will end up being as awesome as Harris’ flashback mullet?

Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris make the 'Time 100'

Neil-Patrick-Harris-Lady-GagaImage Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images; Koichi Kamoshida/Getty ImagesTime has released its annual list of the world’s most influential people — 100 artists, heroes, leaders, and thinkers who affect our world. You’ll find Iron Man director Jon Favreau explaining how Elon Musk was the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in Thinkers, and Bono waxing poetic on Bill Clinton and Robert De Niro riffing on Ben Stiller (StillerStrong.org) in Heroes. But obviously, it’s the Artists category we flipped to first. Among those making the cut: Conan O’Brien, Glee‘s Lea Michele, Lost‘s Carlton Cruse and Damon Lindelof, James Cameron, Sandra Bullock, Simon Cowell, Robert Pattinson, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, Elton John, Prince, Ricky Gervais, Ashton Kutcher, Penny Arcade’s Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, fashion designer Marc Jacobs, chef David Chang, conductor Valery Gergiev, blogger Han Han, artist Banksy, and authors Suzanne Collins and Chetan Bhagat. Three of the write-ups that stood out for me: READ FULL STORY

Clip du jour: '8-bit Dr. Horrible'

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is the nerd gift that keeps on giving: Sure, it’s almost two years old at this point, but the fan videos just keep coming. (Recall the epic fan-made prequel.) This 8-bit movie from Doctor Octoroc is brain-searingly excellent: READ FULL STORY

Patton Oswalt talks about his 'Firefly' comic book

Serenity-comic-floatImage Credit: Dark HorsePatton Oswalt is a bigger Firefly geek than you. The stand-up comic and actor was so taken with the canceled Fox series, he couldn’t stop pestering creator Joss Whedon with questions about it on the set of Dollhouse, on which Oswalt appeared for two episodes. Instead of getting fired, Oswalt got another job out of it. He’s writing the Wash-centric Serenity: Float Out, a Dark Horse comic coming out on June 2 that picks up where Serenity — the big screen version of the series — left off.

Oswalt recently talked with PopWatch about his love for Firefly — which was clearly evident in his voice — what readers can expect in Float Out, what makes Whedon so brilliant, and why Dr. Horrible is an “asshole.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I had no idea you were a Firefly fan.
PATTON OSWALT: Man, I really loved that show. It was such a bummer when it got canceled. Joss Whedon keeps creating these zeitgeist-grabbing, fun, brilliant shows that then Fox — It’s like he hands them over to an angry punk that throws them against the wall and ruins them. [Laughs] I don’t understand why he has this relationship. It’s so odd.

So you watched it when it was on Fox? You were a lover from the start?
Yes. I watched the first two episodes. This was just before I got my TiVo. They kept moving it around and I would miss it because I’d be traveling and doing stand-up. Then I watched the whole [thing] on DVD. Seeing it all like that, it made me love it. Then it made me love it defensively because at that point, it was already dead. It was like I was mourning this great thing that got beaten to the ground for no reason. READ FULL STORY

'Dr. Horrible' prequel is fan-made -- and fantastic

If you thought you were a big Dr. Horrible fan, well, you’re in for a treat — and a dressing down. A treat because this full-length prequel, “Horrible Turn,” is stellar; and a dressing down because it’s fan-made. Yes, it’s true: This epic backstory isn’t technically part of the Official Whedon Oeuvre — in fact, no one involved had ever worked on a movie at all. Director Chance McClain tells us in an e-mail that he loved the original Dr. Horrible both for its music and “the renegade way Joss Whedon and company went about putting it out,” so he decided to take a stab at it himself. “I, and later [the whole crew], wanted to hone our movie-making skills and thought this would be a fun way to do it,” he explains.

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And renegade it was: McClain says the entire film was self-funded. “We probably should have put ‘tax refunds’ in the credits.”


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