Cool Stuff: Joss Whedon Art Show At Gallery 1988

Joss Whedon Art show

Edgar Wright had one, J.J. Abrams had one, and now Joss Whedon is having one. Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is hosing a Joss Whedon art show starting opening from 7-10 p.m. September 5 and on display through September 27.

Artists from around the world were given carte blanche to make all kinds of art based on the world of Whedon with the exception of The Avengers, because Gallery 1988 already hosted an Avengers exhibit a few years back. That means Buffy, Angel, Firefly, The Cabin in the Woods, Dr. Horrible, Dollhouse and more are all on the table. And the artists delivered in spades.

Below, we’ve got a huge sample of work from the Joss Whedon art show. Check it out. Read More »

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Craig Drake Die Hard

Most of you probably didn’t notice, but I took the day off last Friday. Why? Because I was so excited by the artwork of Craig Drake.

Drake’s work should be recognizable to most. He’s got a very distinctive, technical approach that blurs the line between minimal and expressive, with a heavy dash of graphic ’80s style. He places iconic images on a simple, flat background, and makes them explode off the wall. He’s had posters at Mondo, Bottleneck, Ltd. Art and others, but this week marked his first solo show. And as is the case with any artist finally given their own exhibit, he wanted to do something amazing. He succeeded.

Drake’s show, which is on display the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, turns his trademark style up to eleven. Not only is he tackling a ton of popular pop culture properties (Star Wars, Die Hard, Aliens, Cowboy Bebop, Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Escape from New York and others), he’s doing so with a newly found depth and passion. Each piece is better and more detailed than the last. Plus, Drake took many of the pieces and blew them up double the size of a normal poster. These “Mega Metals” make the whole show feel like an interactive experience.

Below, we’ve got images of all the art in Craig Drake’s show, which is on display through April 27.  Read More »

Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers was chock full of dazzling scenes, but one of the most memorable was a seemingly offhanded remark about, of all things, shawarma. (If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, be warned that spoilers follow from here on out.) But it seems the team’s craving for grilled meat wasn’t just about the characters working up an appetite after fighting extraterrestrial evil all day.

An eagle-eyed Whedonite has pointed out that the filmmaker may have been inspired by Nicholas Brendon‘s audition for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, dating Whedon’s love of the Arabic dish to at least the mid-’90s. Watch the video evidence after the jump.

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Here’s a bit of good news for those who’ve been dreading the Whedon-free Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot since it was first announced. Warner Bros. is now looking for a new screenwriter after rejecting the script submitted by first-time screenwriter Whit Anderson this fall, and the project is now in danger of falling apart altogether. I’m not often excited to hear about a movie that’s not happening, but I think I’ll make a rare exception for this one. Read more after the jump.

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[The following contains major spoilers for Sucker Punch]

Is Zack Snyder‘s Sucker Punch exploitation or empowerment? That’s the question that’s been floating around since even before the film was released, and it’s a pretty obvious one given that the movie was marketed entirely on the appeal of scantily clad young women wielding big ass weapons. Most of the reviews I’ve read of the film at least touch on the issue, and Snyder has preemptively addressed it in interviews by saying he intends the film to be empowering to women.

It’s not.

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VOTD: TV Kisses

In honor of Valentine’s Day, TV Squad created a three minute supercut montage of both contemporary and classic television characters kissing. Hit the jump to watch the video.
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Briefly: There’s the story making the rounds that, in the wake of the recent development on a new big-screen version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy creator Joss Whedon was offered a chance to be part of the film and declined. Except — guess what? — this would appear to be the same offer for him to participate on which we reported way back in the misty, lost days of July 2009. (How quickly the internet forgets.) So, while THR has pushed forward the tale that original remake developers Fran Rubel Kuzui and husband Kaz Kuzui offered Joss Whedon a chance to be part of the remake, there appears to be no news here. Only a reminder.

But I have seen some commentary that seems to be underhandedly scolding Mr. Whedon for not taking the job, and suggesting, ‘well, you had your chance to work with this one, so no reason to complain now.’ Which is just crazy — he’s done Buffy. Twice. Once as a feature and once as a TV series that earned more love than he could have ever expected. Why go back? Let the guy move on and in the meantime, judge the new film, should it ever materialize, on its own merits. Or lack thereof.

Earlier today we had real confirmation that (once again) a reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in the works. This time there’s even a screenwriter, Whit Anderson, and a studio, Warner Bros. Predictably, there was a fan outcry against any version of Buffy that does not involve Joss Whedon.

Now Joss Whedon has released a statement about the possible film, and while he doesn’t sound crushed — he’s got a little Marvel Studios dream project to work on — he takes refuge in jokes and sarcasm. Read the statement after the break. Read More »

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