After the Avengers: A New Anthology!

31JHwpfUn9L._SX278_BO1,204,203,200_I’m thrilled to be part of the new anthology After the Avengers: From Joss Whedon’s Hottest, Newest Franchises to the Future of the Whedonverse. It’s available as a eBook from Amazon for $7.99 and includes essays on Whedon’s comics, independent movies, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  My essay, “Watching the Whore: The Treatment of Jules in Cabin in the Woods,” explores the way the characters, the audience, and the directors of Whedon’s quirky horror movie are complicit in Jules’ fate. Other essays speculate about future Shakespeare projects, and tackle how Whedon is seen cross-culturally. It’s an ambitious, wide-ranging anthology.

Right now excerpts from three essays are available for free online. “I’m Every Bit The S.H.I.E.L.D Agent You Are: Exploring Opposing  Masculinities”, by Scott Interrante, examines the contrast between Grant Ward and Leo Fitz, as well as male characters in other Whedon properties.

“Though This be Madness, Yet There is Method in It: Speculating on Adaptations of Shakespeare,” by Carl Wilson, wonders what might be next for Whedon after Much Ado About Nothing.

“Whedon’s Women: Melinda May and Maria Hill as Transgressive Superheroines,” by Dr. Leanne McRae discusses how these characters function in the culture constructs of superheroes.

I hope you’ll check this anthology out, and remember that an honest review is the greatest gift you can give an author (besides coffee).

 

New Joss Whedon film, “In Your Eyes” released online!

Joss whedonStop the presses!  Joss Whedon’s new independent film, In your Eyes, was released today on Vimeo.  This was a surprise release and Whedon fans across the land are no doubt canceling appointments right and left so as to watch this right away – heaven knows I am!

This movie is described as a paranormal romance film.  Two people live on opposite sides of the country, but they are able to sense what the other is feeling.  The film is written by Joss Whedon and directed by Brin Hill.

OK, I gotta go to the movies!  In my PJs!  This is the best job ever.

Hilarious Shakespeare for Your Viewing Pleasure

WednesdayVideoJoss Whedon’s new movie, Much Ado About Nothing, opens on Friday, which of course means that I am mad with excitement.  As a long-time Whedon fan, I know most of these actors from their other work on Whedon shows.  I have no idea whether or not this movie will be a good movie, but I do hope that it will be just like going to a party with my best friends. Anyway, in my quest for a suitable pre-movie video, I found this gem, in which Christopher Reeve and the Muppets put on Hamlet. Then, just when I thought my life could not possibly improve, I discovered another clip featuring my hero, The Swedish Chef.  So without further ado…THE MUPPETS!