Iron Man 2: Eliza Dushku Wants to Be The Black Widow

Eliza Dushku appeared on the Howard Stern Show on Sirius/XM Radio this morning to promote her new television show Dollhouse. Things got interesting when the topic of conversation went to Robert Downey Jr and Iron Man. Dushku explained that she would love to play The Black Widow in Iron Man 2.

“They’re doing Iron Man 2, and I’m so perfect for the Black Widow character, that they just need to get into it. They need to understand… I just learned Russian because I had to play a Russian girl in Dollhouse.”

I get the impression from the way she just brought it up that she’s already either put her name in for the part or possibly even auditioned for the role. Emily Blunt was awarded the role but 20th Century Fox has an option on the actress and the studio wants her to play the romantic lead in Gulliver’s Travels. Last we heard the two production schedules were conflicting and Blunt might be forced to give up the role. And if that happens, Marvel will need a new Black Widow. Eliza went to give a plea to the audience to convince Marvel Studios to give her a chance.

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Let’s get the Dollhouse plug out of the way on line one. Watch it. Support it. Thanks for listening, I’m here all week, try the veal.

Eliza Dushku, star of the upcoming Joss Whedon TV show Dollhouse (there I go again) is producing a biopic of artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Her genius casting for the lead role is her brother Nate, who she claims has an uncanny likeness to the perennially controversial photographer. I’ve conjoined them into some kind of unholy chimera in the image above, however badly, so you can judge for yourself.

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New Dollhouse Clip

Entertainment Weekly has a new video clip from the February 13th premiere of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. In the clip, we see “the first time we see Echo (Eliza Dushku) wake up after having her memories wiped in the special memory-flushing chair” which “leads into a discussion between lab tech Topher (Fran Kranz) and Echo’s handler Boyd (Harry Lennix) about her last “date,” delving into just what being a doll/active means.” I’m still not excited for this show, as much as I would like to be. What do you guys think?

New Trailer for Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

Fox has released a new trailer for Joss Whedon‘s Dollhouse, and I’m still not sold. And why should I be, Fox shut down production for a few weeks, made some character changes and reshot the pilot episode – these are not the actions of a confident studio. Check out the trailer after the jump. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Joss Whedon Updates Fans on Dollhouse Progress

In a recent post over at Whedonesque, Joss Whedon took a few moments from his surely busy day to update fans on the status of the upcoming Fox show, Dollhouse. We know that he decided to rework the pilot to better reflect the tone Fox was aiming for, and that he also shut down production for a few weeks in September to personally ensure that the show was headed in the right direction.

He reveals in the post even more behind-the-scenes tidbits: The original pilot was thrown out completely (which should make for a good DVD special feature down the line), several characters were removed from the show (though most of those actors are now in other roles), and he’s still very much a believer in Eliza Dushku.

Whedon seems a bit frazzled, but ultimately happy with the show’s progress thus far. His recounting of the production’s minor stumbling thus far is actually somewhat inspiring—perhaps because it appears that both he and the show will be stronger for it.

Yes, we’ve had to make adjustments. Yes, it’s been hard and I’ve been depressing to be around for awhile. Basically, the Network and I had different ideas about what the tone of the show would be. They bought something somewhat different than what I was selling them, which is not that uncommon in this business. Their desires were not surprising: up the stakes, make the episodes more stand-alone, stop talking about relationships and cut to the chase. Oh, and add a chase. That you can cut to.

Nothing I hadn’t heard before on my other shows (apparently my learning curve has no bendy part) but frustrating as hell given our circumstances – a pilot shot, scripts written, everybody marching together/gainfully employed… and then a shutdown. Glad I was for the breathing room, but it’s hardly auspicious. So back into the writer cave I went, wondering why I put up with this when I can make literally dozens of dollars making internet movies.

With the premiere a few months away, it’s wise for Whedon to speak directly to fans and allay any potential fears they might have. But then of course, his fans (myself included) will watch the show out of sheer faith in his abilities. The real question for Dollhouse is how will it play with general audiences. Since Firefly, Buffy, and Angel have left the airwaves, television has actually gotten decidedly geekier with shows like Lost and Heroes attaining massive popularity. This bodes well for Dollhouse, I just hope Fox gives Whedon and the show a fair shot at success this time around.

Update: We’ve added new video clips from both Fringe and Dollhouse.

One Stop Guide: JJ Abrams' Fringe and Joss Whedon's Dollhouse

We reported a couple days back in Page 2 that both JJ AbramsFringe and Joss Whedon‘s Dollhouse were picked up by Fox. We have new information and the first batch of marketing materials including posters, photos and trailers for both shows. So let’s take a look into the future of geek television.

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