The Gifted Trailer

While Marvel Studios is preparing to play with their weak-sauce version of mutants in the form of Inhumans over at ABC (which doesn’t look very good at all), it looks like FOX might be the place to go if you’re looking for a better angle on people who just so happen to have superpowers.

The Gifted is a new series written by Matt Nix (Burn Notice), directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, X-Men: Days of Future Past), both also service as executive producers alongside X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner, X-Men franchise writer Simon Kinberg, as well as Jessica Jones and Daredevil producers Jeff Loeb and Jim Chory. It’s been coined as an X-Men series, but that’s not entirely accurate because, in this series, the X-Men have disappeared for reasons unknown, leaving other mutants to fend for themselves as a government organization hunts them down and prosecutes them for using their powers.

FOX brought The Gifted to San Diego Comic-Con to show off some new footage from the series, and they also debuted a new trailer introducing us to the mutants who will be on the run in this promising new comic book series coming to TV this fall. Read More »

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In case you forgot The Gifted was happening, here’s another trailer for the Fox show centering around an “ordinary” family who discover that their two teen kids have mutant abilities. The Strucker family, led by True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer and Joss Whedon regular Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), go on the run, joining a cabal of underground mutants who are hunted by the Sentinels.

The 30-second TV spot is all about the chase, and gives some hints about a certain offspring of a certain magnetic-powered X-Men villain.

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The Gifted

As the X-Men movie franchise becomes more bombastic and unwieldy, Bryan Singer turns to the ordinary mutant’s story — well, as ordinary as you can get with a story’s premise being “kids get life-endangering powers” — with a new TV series on Fox. The Gifted indeed looks like a Singer take on Heroes: a buttoned-up family man, misunderstood teens, and an underground cabal of powered people. I wouldn’t be surprised if the main blonde teen girl (Natalie Alyn Lind‘s Lauren Strucker) turned out to be a cheerleader.

The new trailer for The Gifted lays out all these things, but is it actually an intriguing show? That remains to be seen. But Amy Acker is in it, so they have that going for them at least.

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Fox’s Marvel Pilot Casts Geek Favorite Amy Acker

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Fox’s Marvel show has found its female lead, and she’ll be well known to fanboys and fangirls and geeky types of all stripes. Amy Acker is boarding the X-Men sorta-spinoff, along with BunheadsEmma Dumont (she’ll play Polaris) and Percy Hynes White. They join Jamie Chung, Stephen Moyer, and Blair RedfordRead More »

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Mystery always surrounds Agent Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but one of the character’s unseen aspects is about to be revealed. During Phase One of the MCU, Coulson (played by Clark Gregg) regularly discussed a love interest in conversations with Pepper Potts and Tony Stark. They all referred to her as “The Cellist.” Now, Whedonverse alum Amy Acker has been cast as that character; she’ll appear in an upcoming episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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(This review originally ran during SXSW, in March. As Much Ado About Nothing hits theaters today, we present it once more.)

In the world of drama, nothing is quite as distinct or lovely as the prose of William Shakespeare. His vocabulary, his rhythm, rhymes and descriptions, all established a standard against which others are still measured. Modern day dramatist Joss Whedon also has a distinct style, characterized by wit, humor, and cultural authority. Surely it’s not in the same league as the Bard’s. But with the writer/director’s modern adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon has found an enjoyable and surprising balance between the two.

The film will be released June 7, but had its U.S. Premiere this week at South by Southwest. Read more below. Read More »

Joss Whedon‘s last directorial effort, The Avengers, was a massive affair all around. The culmination of Marvel Studios’ ambitious years-long Cinematic Universe effort, the summer blockbuster boasted an all-star cast, a $220 million, and, eventually, a $1.5 billion box office take. So as a palate cleanser, he went super-duper-small for his next film.

Shot over just twelve days at Whedon’s own home during a break in The Avenger‘s post-production period, Much Ado About Nothing reimagines William Shakespeare‘s classic play as “noir comedy” set in present-day Santa Monica. Whedon alums Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Sean Maher, and Fran Kranz all star. Watch the first trailer and check out a poster after the jump.

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It’s a big deal when the new movie arrives from the director of one of the biggest movies ever to set box office receipts blazing. But this time it’s a little bit weird, too. Because the director is Joss Whedon, whose film The Avengers became a massive success early this past summer. His next film, however, is something very different: a black and white adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Whedon shot the film with friends on off days from The Avengers; it’s a true indie.

Now Roadside Attractions and LiosnGate have decided to release Much Ado About Nothing in a few markets on June 7, 2013, with a wide release to follow on June 21. It could be an interesting experiment, to open the film essentially opposite DC and Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel. Read More »

Joss Whedon‘s already two for two this year, earning critical raves for The Cabin in the Woods (which he co-wrote with Drew Goddard) and then knocking it out of the park on every level with The Avengers. But he’s not finished: His third film of the year, the black-and-white William Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing, just premiered at TIFF. And based on the reviews so far it sounds like the perfect capper to Whedon’s already stunning year.

Shot in just 12 days while Whedon was finishing up The Avengers, this version retains the Bard’s dialogue but moves the action to contemporary LA. (Specifically, Whedon’s own house.) Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof star as Beatrice and Benedick, acquaintances whose prickly banter signals an obvious compatibility. Other Whedon favorites fill out the rest of the cast: Fran Kranz, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, and Clark Gregg. Read more of the early buzz after the jump.

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Trust Joss Whedon to go from the $220 million extravaganza that is The Avengers to a micro-budget indie adaptation of William Shakespeare. The filmmaker announced last fall that he’d secretly shot Much Ado About Nothing in just two weeks while taking a brief break from his work on his superhero flick, and it’s now due to debut at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

Starring old Whedon favorites like Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Riki Lindholme, and Clark Gregg, Much Ado puts a modern-day spin on the classic romance while keeping the Bard’s original dialogue. The first photos revealed from the project were in color, but this newer batch of stills should do a better job representing the film’s black and white look. Check them out after the jump.

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