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November 01

(SPOILER) Synopsis and cast list for Agents of SHIELD 2.08 "The Things We Bury". There are a few very pleasant surprises among the guest stars.

October 31

Adam Baldwin narrates "Maurice the Morose Clown" in a Halloween short film. Written and directed by Darren Field, a British Browncoat. More...
Almost every reference in The Cabin in the Woods explained. Youtube Channel GoodBadFlicks takes a look at the various influences on "The Cabin in the Woods".
"Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show" is available on iTunes and Video on Demand today. The documentary is also showing in some theaters. Joss Whedon is one of the television showrunners profiled. More...
Thirty-one scary episodes that truly terrified us. Find out which Buffy and Angel episodes feature on this Den Of Geek list.
Sartrean themes in Joss Whedon's Angel: A Marxist interpretation. Find out why Angel was radical "in its advocacy of revolt against oppressive institutions".
How The Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser should have ended. Because Disney is your master now.

October 30

Mystery woman in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer is identified. Disney confirmed who the actress is to Yahoo! Movies. But didn't say what her role in the movie is.
Paul Reubens does the Age of Ultron trailer voice-over. A funny segment from "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon", this is weirdly fitting as Reubens was a cast member on the original Buffy, the Vampire Slayer movie.
Joss Whedon talks Avengers: Age of Ultron with Marvel's The Watcher show. The main thing to take away from this interview are Joss' comments about the world perspective on The Avengers. It's all what the pop-culture sites are focussing on (example).
Rotten Tomatoes declares Firefly "Certified Fresh". The popular site has finally gathered up critical responses to the series. More...

October 29

Neil Patrick Harris joins "American Horror Story". He will appear in the last two episodes of the "Freak Show" cycle.
Joss appears in Elle UK's online feminist gallery. The December issue has a focus on feminism. You can see his photo wearing their "This is what a feminist looks like" t-shirt here. Not sure if he appears in the print version or not.
Ratings for Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Episode 6. Lookin' good.
(SPOILER) Brett Dalton says Ward does not have a "typical redemption arc." EW interviews him following last night's episode.
Happy Birthday, Tim "Renewed for a Fifth Season, Baby" Minear! The writer of some of your favorite episodes of Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse turns a glorious 51.
Watch the first clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is the official clip/trailer that aired after last night's Agents of SHIELD episode.
(SPOILER) Promo for Agents of SHIELD S2x07 "The Writing on the Wall". This episode will air on November 11th.
(SPOILER) Discuss Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x06 "A Fractured House". The episode was written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc. It was directed by Ron Underwood.

October 28

Marvel unveils Phase Three of Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lots of surprises on the way.
Ten reasons why you should be watching Agents of SHIELD. io9.com's Charlie Jane Anders lists why the show is now "brilliant, must-watch television".
(SPOILER) From the set of Avengers 2 - Interviews with Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo. There's more round-table coverage with RDJ and Mark at HitFix, PopSugar, moviefone and Screenrant.
(SPOILER) 19 secrets we learned on the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' set. Another field report, this time it's from MTV News.
(SPOILER) Second sneak peek from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x06. "A Fractured House" airs tonight. And Adrianne Palicki and Clark Gregg invite us to tweet live.

October 27

(SPOILER) Details about Agents of SHIELD S2x07 'The Writing on the Wall'. Marvel.com has the synopsis and the guest stars (bonus if you're a fan of The 4400 and Cougar Town) for the episode that will air on November 11th.
(SPOILER) What's at stake for Thor, Captain America, and the "Avengers" franchise. This is part one of Buzzfeed News visit to the set of Avengers 2. There's quotes to be had from Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige.
Neil Patrick Harris is getting a variety show on NBC. The network hired him to headline a US version of Saturday Night Takeaway, a long-running UK variety show format from ITV.
The 30 best American independent horror films. Guess which Whedon project showed up in this list by The Dissolve?
Felicia Day and her brother play 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds' on their show Co-Optitude. They play the PS2 version of the game.
7 Halloween themed TV episodes that are scary good. This Nerdist list includes two Buffyverse episodes and another special Whedonverse-related mention.

October 25

Marvel's editor in chief responds to Mockingbird debut on AoS, and Age of Ultron Trailer. Axel Alonso says that Mockingbird will most likely see an increased level of action in comics because of her successful debut on Agents of SHIELD.
Buffy Musical Sing Along in Vancouver on November 2nd. The event will be held at the Pacific Cinematheque. Tickets are available HERE.

October 24

NEW Avengers footage to air during Agents of Shield. Marvel says "take that Hydra, you can't take away our ratings bump".
Despite leak, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer breaks Marvel record. It received 34.3 million global views in just 24 hours.
(SPOILER) Concept art shows Ultron's ultimate form. James Spader's robot body is revealed.
Sarah Michelle Gellar speaks about Buffy , changing her name, wearing glasses and more during her visit to Australia. Interview links: The Project on 24 October (skip to 30:00), Sunrise (23 October), Kyle & Jackie O Show (23 October) & Rescu (22 October)

October 23

A breakdown of The Avengers 2 trailer. There's a number of these articles knocking about the place, io9's feature is one of the better ones. Could that really be who Serkis is playing?
Chiwetel Ejiofor joins Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'. Casting news for our Alliance assassin.
Ranking the Halloween costumes from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Yes, a list that we've never actually had before.
James Spader discusses playing Ultron in Avengers 2. His comments are excerpts from a forthcoming interview with Total Film.
"Goliath Is People!" - a Dollhouse essay. This essay on trust originally appeared in the "Inside Joss' Dollhouse: From Alpha to Rossum" anthology.
Pivot to air Buffy Halloween marathon. "Each week day leading up to Halloween will feature a block of themed episodes starting at 5 p.m.: "Mondays Suck," (Oct. 27), "Eve of the Demons" (Oct. 28), "Witchy Wednesdays" (Oct. 29) and "Thursday Unleashed" (Oct. 30). On Halloween, the marathon will start at 10 a.m. with a "Classic Monsters" theme."
Hallowhedon 2014 in Israel on October 30. The Joss Whedon Community of Israel is sponsoring the event, which will be held in Herzliya (just north of Tel Aviv). Link goes to a Facebook event page in Hebrew.
Alan Tudyk talks about his role on Adult Swim's "Newsreader". He joins the show second season which premieres on October 23 at Midnight.
'The Only Thing I Have To Say About Gamer Gate' by Felicia Day. Very powerful piece of writing on Felicia's Tumblr.
(SPOILER) A clip from next week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "A Fractured House". It's a Fitz and Simmons scene and it's intense.
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer officially released online by Marvel. This post was edited since what was once leaked and in poor quality is now officially available from Marvel in glorious HD.

October 22

(SPOILER) First look at Hulkbuster, new Look at Ultron. The screencaps reportedly surfaced on Twitter from an unknown source.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. & Castle convention Nov 8-9. Fan convention in Los Angeles run by the California Browncoats with 6 cast members & some crew already announced.
A Trailer for 'Morganville: The Series' (featuring Amber Benson). The web-series will premiere on October 27th, on Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry YouTube network. More...
Morena Baccarin joins 'Gotham' cast. Can't have too much Morena on TV!
(SPOILER) Newsarama posts first image of Mockingbird in SHIELD costume. Plus speculation on when the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer will really drop.
Ratings for last night's Agents of SHIELD episode. When the final ratings now in, the show got 1.6 in the 18-49 demo.
SMG says no to another Buffy role. When asked if she'd consider coming back to reprise her role as Buffy, the retired Slayer says "nay," unless her walker was a stake.
(SPOILER) Discuss Buffy Season 10 #8: "Return to Sunnydale" Pt. 1. It's the Halloween issue!
Cobie Smulders is pregnant again. Congrats Cobie!
(SPOILER) EW interviews Adrianne Palicki about 'Agents of SHIELD' and Mockingbird. Including how she got cast, some background information about the character in the MCU and provide some information about upcoming episodes. It contains spoilers from this week's episode.
(SPOILER) Promo for Agents of SHIELD S2x06 "A Fractured House". This will air next Tuesday.
Michelle Trachtenberg appearing on "Sleepy Hollow". TVLine has the details.
A trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron will air during next week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I've found a link that has no spoilers!
(SPOILER) Discuss Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x05 "A Hen in the Wolf House". This week's episode was written by Brent Fletcher and directed by Holly Dale.

October 21

Whedonverse sing-alongs this weekend at the Paley Centers in New York and Los Angeles. Once More With Feeling! Dr. Horrible! Bonus if you're a Freaks and Geeks fan. More...
(SPOILER) Video of the full Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. PaleyFest panel. Scroll down to the final video on the page for the full panel. There are some spoilers for this week's episode.
io9 lists seven ways Marvel rewards comic book fans' loyalty. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes in at #7.
Clark Gregg unveils S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Deadpool Party Variant. It comes out on New Year's Eve.

October 20

(SPOILER) Angel & Faith #8 preview pages. From CBR.
One of River's Serenity dresses is up for auction. It's the magenta dress River wore during the bank robbery (interrupted by the reavers) and at the end of the film. Plus some underthings that go with the dress. Starting bid is $1,750 and the auction will be held November 8. The listing appears to include some other Whedonverse things too, but I'm not well-versed enough to catch them all.

October 19

Fan makes amazing art for her favourite characters. A couple of our favourites are included in this gorgeous collection.
Robert Downey Jr. now owns the 30-foot A from The Avengers' Stark Tower sign. The Avengers producers gifted RDJ with The "A" from the Avengers Tower.
Marvel to rerelease Joss Whedon 'Runaways' arc as part of new collection. Runaways: The Complete Collection Volume 3 is a paperback collection to the series scheduled to be released on April 2015, including Brian K. Vaughan's final arc, Joss' contribution to it (Runaways #25~#30) and some tie-in material to Marvel Universe events Civil War and Secret Invasion. More...
Watch the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel this afternoon at PaleyFest NY. From the email blast I received this morning: "Watch your favorite stars discuss the show during this panel at PaleyFest NY 2014 4:45pm ET / 1:45pm PT. Scheduled to appear: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, and Jeph Loeb". More...

October 18

(SPOILER) Promo pics from Agents of SHIELD S2x06 'A Fractured House'. This episode will air on October 28th.

October 17

First look at Firefly Online gameplay. I think I recognise those voices.
Celebrating TV music: 15 unforgettable tracks from our favorite shows. Buffy and Angel songs are featured.

October 16

Read The Sunnydale Press. Handy for finding out what was going on in Buffy's home town back in the '90s.
(SPOILER) Sneak peek from Agents of SHIELD's next week episode "A Hen In The Wolf House". ABC releases the first scene from episode 2.05. Another clip can be found here.
(SPOILER) Buffyfest has two more Buffy # 8 preview pages. The third page is from Abe Sapien #17. More...

October 15

Neil Patrick Harris to host the Oscars! This is great news.
Ratings for last night's Agents of SHIELD episode. Now that the final ratings are in, the show got a 1.7/5 in the 18-49 demo.
(SPOILER) Promo for Agents of SHIELD S2x05, "A Hen in the Wolf House". This episode will air next week.
(SPOILER) Discuss Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x04 "Face My Enemy". This episode was written by Drew Greenberg and directed by Kevin Tancharoen.
The absolutely first-ever Can't Stop the Serenity Virtual Shindig on October 15th. You're invited to the end-of-season online party/fundraiser for Can't Stop the Serenity and Equality Now. It's a great cause and a great film. More...
'Sequestered' Returns. Catch the complete first season of the noirish legal drama, co-starring Summer Glau and featuring the directorial skills of Kevin Tancharoen, now streaming for free on Crackle.com.

October 14

Brett Dalton talks Grant Ward, Kyle MacLachlan and Samuel Jackson. Fun chat which passes the time nicely until tonight's Agents of SHIELD episode.
(SPOILER) Buffy Season 10 solicitations for January 2015. The covers are down at the bottom.
io9 discusses producers who faced fan backlash. Marti Noxon and her time at the helm during Buffy Season six is discussed.
Olivia Williams' new show "Manhattan" renewed for Season 2. WGN America has renewed the show for a sophomore year to be broadcast in 2015. The first season finale will be on this Sunday at 10/9c.
Robert Downey Jr. to join 'Captain America 3'. RDJ's addition to the cast hints at a specific Marvel comics storyline being adapted for movie screens. More...

October 13

Christina Hendricks joins Comedy Central's "Another Period". The show is executive produced and stars "Much Ado" and "Buffy" alumn Riki Lindhome.
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day - Buffy and Angel Complete Series on DVD. The site is also doing a Joss Whedon Deal of the Week. There's offers on Dollhouse and Firefly DVDs and Blu-rays.
What's it like to be Neil Patrick Harris? He gives you options. NPH discusses his new autobiography which takes the form of a "choose your own adventure" story.
EW decides to rewatch and recap Buffy starting with S2! "The first show I ever watched religiously, every single week? Buffy the Vampire Slayer, back when my DVR was really just a stack of VHS tapes on top of the TV/VCR, next to magazine cutouts of EW's 1999 BTVS Viewer's Guide. I'm pretty darn excited to rewatch BTVS more than a decade after I first fell in love with the Scooby Gang-starting with season 2."

October 12

FMK with Amber Benson. Buzzfeed asked Amber which Buffy characters she'd...
Sarah Michelle Gellar will judge the Australian Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards. She will be coming to Australia in October to celebrate the campaign.
CSTS events in Salt Lake City and St. Petersburg FL today. Serenity, Operation Night Watch, The Verse, costume contest, RPG game scenario demo and Firefly Car air fresheners. More...

October 11

Someone's seen 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer. According to Dennis Barger Jr of Wonderworld Comics, "The trailer has everything it needed to lock this down as the movie to see in 2015".
(SPOILER) Promo pics from Agents of SHIELD S2x05 'A Hen in the Wolf House'. Half of them are the usual not terribly exciting ABC publicity fare, the other half feature Kyle MacLachlan (so, awesome).

October 10

US Weekly's 20 most beloved TV characters from the last 20 years. Buffy made the list but where did she end up?
Details about the Firefly Online video game from New York Comic Con. Michael Dorn and Kelly Hu will be in the game and there's going to be new Firefly cast interviews (via an app) as well.
(SPOILER) Details about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2x06 'A Fractured House'. Marvel.com reveals the synopsis, guest cast and writers for this season's sixth episode.
Second part of Buffyfest's Scott Allie departure interview. Discusses his interaction with fandom, how and when Buffy should end and his Abe Sapien work.
(SPOILER) Clip from Agents of SHIELD Ep 2.04 'Face My Enemy'. See what that slinky siver dress of May's leads to.
Marvel to celebrate 75th Anniversary on ABC . This will air November 4th in SHIELD's time slot.
David Krumholtz hired for a recurring role on CBS' "The Good Wife". He'll be recurring as Josh, a top campaign specialist, slated to start appearing on this season's ninth episode.

October 09

Charisma Carpenter heading to "Sons of Anarchy". Entertainment Weekly has the details.
Dark Horse's Scott Allie to retire from the Buffyverse. He's been involved with the comics for 16 years.
Dark Horse to celebrate Buffy's birthday in January 2015. Plus a look at Georges Jeanty's special variant birthday cover.
QMx has a Serenity plush available for pre-order. Little plush shuttles are included.
Channel 4 sets UK premiere date for Agents of SHIELD Season 2. The show will return on Friday October 24th at 8pm. More...
Shonda Rhimes reveals how Buffy helped her rediscover TV. "I was very inspired by Buffy, mainly because it felt very fresh and new and like something that hadn't been on television before."
Badass Digest thinks Agents of SHIELD is better than ever. Devin Faraci from BAD writes about how he quit the show last season but is now fully back on board now that the production team has read every single complaint about the show and addressed them all.

October 08

Ratings for last night's Agents of SHIELD episode. With the final ratings now in, the show got a 1.7 in the 18-49 demo.
#WhyBuffyStayed: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Riley, and the Cycle of Abuse. Samantha Field examines the connection between Buffy the Vampire Slayer, domestic abuse, and #WhyIStayed.
(SPOILER) EW interviews Elizabeth Henstridge about last night's episode of Agents of SHIELD. She talks about how she learned about the new twists and about her character's current state of mind.
(SPOILER) Promo for Agents of SHIELD 2x04 'I Will Face My Enemy'. This episode will air next Tuesday. Four in a row! Nice when that happens.
(SPOILER) Discuss Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x03 "Making Friends and Influencing People". This episode was written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Bobby Roth.

October 07

Robert Downey Jr. would be willing to appear on Agents of SHIELD. He revealed this in response to a question today on Reddit. Though he did say in another answer, "But there might be a fair amount of red tape involved in something like that."
J. August Richards Interviewed by CBR TV. Richards talks about Deathlok and working with Marti Noxon on a new project and the potential of writing a comic book.
Fred Clark (aka slacktivist) puts some context around our favorite meta-horror film. (He offers spoiler warnings for the movie, but I'm assuming those are unnecessary here.) More...
Agents of SHIELD's Season 2 cast pictures. Marvel releases the full batch of our agents' (and a villain) promo shots in a delicious noir and moody setting.

October 06

Nicholas Brendon to appear on "Faking It". Entertainment Weekly has the scoop. More...
We must discuss the ending of The Cabin in the Woods. Or just mention it in passing? But it was a ballsy ending, nevertheless.
The Hole in the World: Why "Angel" is better than "Buffy". Entertainment Weekly celebrates Angel's 15th anniversary with a retrospective about the beloved spin-off series.

October 05

Live + 3 ratings for this week's Agents of SHIELD. It got a rating of 2.8 which is consistent with the first weeks increase from time shifted viewing.
Nicholas Brendon is a married man! Nicky married his girlfriend Moonda Tee in Las Vegas one week after proposing.
Angel the Series premiered 15 years ago today. 'City Of' aired on The WB on October 5th, 1999.

October 04

Marc Blucas to appear in 'Stalker'. According to The Wrap, he'll be in the eighth episode of the CBS show.
CSTS events in London, Pembrook Pines FL, Sacramento CA today. Serenity, Dr. Horrible, Firefly inspired music videos, Firefly Wheel of Fortune, costume competition and a Steampunk convention. More...
Tom Hiddleston to star in tv series based on John Le Carre's "The Night Manager". Hugh Laurie will co-star.

October 03

Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray/DVD will have an exclusive look at Avengers 2. Only 210 days till Age of Ultron comes out in the US.
(SPOILER) Watch a Simmons clip from the next Agents of SHIELD episode. TV Guide has the exclusive preview.
It's amazing how badly Fox screwed up Joss Whedon's 'Firefly'. This Business Insider article came out last week. More...
Technical Director John O'Neill talks Firefly Online. The game is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2015.
(SPOILER) Promo pics for Agents of SHIELD S2x04 'I Will Face My Enemy'. A distinct improvement on the usual ABC promo stills.
(SPOILER) Declassifying Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Hen in the Wolf House. Marvel's blurb about S.2, Ep. 5.
(SPOILER) Nick Blood in "This Week in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." podcast chats about "Heavy is the Hand".

October 02

Avengers' VFX Artist in critical condition needs your support. Michael "Dorkman" Scott (creator of the Ryan Vs. Dorkman series and compositor for The Avengers, Castle, Under The Dome, etc.) was struck by a car and pinned to a wall. The link and post here are to raise further awareness and garner donations to help with medical bills. More...

October 01

(SPOILER) Tim Dekay to guest in Agents of SHIELD. He will be appearing in the season's sixth episode, titled "A Fractured Rose". More...
Ratings are in for Agents of Shield S2x02. The new ABC series lead ins aren't helping much.
(SPOILER) Discuss Angel & Faith Season 10 #7. A review of the issue at Geeked Out Nation said that "This story arc so far is the best time to get into Angel & Faith if you are a fan of either character". The Unleash The Fanboy review declared that " It's engaging dialogue and exciting action makes it a series that is easy to jump into."
Vincent Kartheiser to appear in new play 'Billy & Ray'. He'll be playing Billy Wilder in this New York production.



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