April 23, 2014

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LIONSGATE acquires worldwide distribution rights to “THE CABIN IN THE WOODS”

HollywoodNews.com: LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, acquired worldwide distribution rights to the horror film THE CABIN IN THE WOODS from MGM and scheduled the film to be released on April 13, 2012, it was announced today jointly by Joe Drake, President of the Motion Picture Group, and Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. The company will be distributing the film in North America and the UK, with Lionsgate’s international sales team handling overseas sales.
The film was co-written by Joss Whedon (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, FIREFLY, the upcoming Marvel film THE AVENGERS) and writer Drew Goddard (CLOVERFIELD, LOST, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), and marks Goddard’s directorial debut. Whedon also produced the film, which he has described as “the horror movie to end all horror movies.” The film is wildly imaginative and intensely horrific, toying with every convention of its genre while at the same time raising their stakes exponentially.
THOR’s Chris Hemsworth stars as a young professional who visits a quaint cabin in the woods with a group of friends and ends up scratching the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out.
Richard Jenkins (LET ME IN), Bradley Whitford (THE WEST WING), Kristen Connolly (THE HAPPENING), Brian J. White (STOMP THE YARD), Amy Acker (ANGEL), Fran Kranz (DONNIE DARKO), and Jesse Williams (BROOKLYN’S FINEST) also star in the film.
“This is a movie that operates on many levels, and it works gloriously on every one of them,” said Joe Drake. “There is intense fan anticipation for this film, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to deliver what we’re sure will be a major zeitgeist movie and an instant horror classic- and on a Friday the 13th no less.”
Added Constantine, “Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard are two filmmakers who I have long admired, and it’s an honor and a delight to be in business with them. They’ve made an incredibly terrifying, mind-blowing movie that simultaneously celebrates and innovates the genre that they both know and love so well.”
Said Goddard, “Lionsgate’s passion and enthusiasm for our movie has been so overwhelming, I had to go back and make sure we didn’t accidentally screen The Godfather for them. Fortunately, we did not. We couldn’t be happier at our new home.”
Added Whedon, “I’m thrilled that Cabin has landed at [...]

Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams together in Comic-Con’s must-see panel

HollywoodNews.com: When Comic-Con released its official schedule yesterday, one panel stood out among the hundreds of possibilities for visitors to this pop-culture wonderland–J.J. Abrams (creator of “LOST” and “Alias” and the director of “Star Trek” and its upcoming sequel) will team up with Joss Whedon (creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly” and director of the upcoming “Avengers” movie and “Cabin in the Woods”) for Entertainment Weekly’s Visionaries panel, similar to last year’s stunning panel combination of James Cameron and Peter Jackson.
In the panel, taking place on July 22 at 3:30PM PST, is moderated by EW’s own Jeff “Doc” Jensen, and is officially described on the Comic-Con website as:
A discussion with geek gods J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on the future of pop culture. EW presents an in-depth conversation with these two creative geniuses about how technology, gaming, and global culture are reshaping how we tell and consume stories on television, film and the web. Plus: Is the superhero movie waning, or is it on the cusp of reinvention? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff “Doc” Jensen.
Both Abrams’ and Whedon’s often-overlapping rabid geek fanbases have reacted in a way that can only be described as ecstatic. The two have never worked together (at least not yet!), but Abrams has often pointed to Whedon as a chief inspiration.
Those not fortunate enough to witness this geek paradise of a panel firsthand can hope for detailed recaps on the internet in the days following the convention, which takes place in San Diego for four days beginning July 22, fresh off announcements that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will be making a panel appearance, while “Twilight” will not.
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Eliza Dushku talks Faith the Vampire Slayer

By Whitney Milam
HollywoodNews.com: Eliza Dushku was most recently seen as Echo, the persona-shifting ‘doll’ kicking ass and taking names, as Eliza’s characters are wont to do, on Joss Whedon’s short-lived Fox series Dollhouse–but even today, she’s still best known for a different role in another, longer-lasting and much more popular cult classic Whedon series: that of Faith, Sarah Michelle Gellar’s dark-haired slayer frenemy on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Dushku recently attended the Supanova Pop Culture Expo, where she talked about her years as Faith, and her character’s many complexities, with enduring appreciation. “What I loved about her was that even when she was completely in the dark side, completely out of her mind and killing people and torturing people, she was written in a way, and we played her in a way, that people still felt for her, people still pulled for her. It wasn’t just black and white, good and evil, it was this really complex grey area and people loved her in spite of everything she did.”
Like James Marsters’ peroxide blond British vampire Spike, Faith proved to be such a breakout character that the few episodes Dushku was originally signed for were quickly expanded to extend the entire third season of Buffy and for several more after that, ending with appearances on Buffy‘s spin-off series Angel as well. “I realized at a certain point how incredible that role was when I had young women coming up to me on the streets and writing me letters, telling me stories of how they had been abused, and when my character came on Buffy they confronted their abusers,” Dushku says of her character’s inspiring popularity. “It just empowered all these young women.”
Dushku turned down the chance for a Faith spin-off in order to do Tru Calling after Buffy‘s end.
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