[General Spoilers] Boo, I don't think we've ever gone this many weeks without an update! On top of that, it seems that we missed quite a bit in the way of Whedonverse news. So let's do a quick recap of the past few weeks! If not for your benefit, then at least for mine:
"Christina's phone was in fact hacked and photos were stolen. The topless image is fake and not an image of Christina."
Like she said, there are some more....nipply pics out there (here and listen people, that link is NSFW). But her head is cut off so it really may not be Saffron's boobies after all. I know what I think, but you'll have to draw your own conclusions. One thing's for sure, Mad Men S.5 premiere is mere weeks away. Coincidence?
Avengers ASSEMBLE!! Oh man Whedon's Avengers are about to take over the whole damn world! The second trailer has surpassed The Dark Knight Rises' record as the most downloaded of all-time on the Apple website. There are new stills going around of Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Maria Hill (below...her outfit is identical to ScarJo's yes?). And the Legos have even arrived!
In addition, the German version of the Avengers second trailer has come out and it features some of the bits that we saw at this past New York Comic Con, but were sworn to secrecy about. May 4th can't come quick enough!
Speaking of release dates, Cabin in the Woods second trailer has been released and Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope trailer has been floating around, with it's release just a few weeks away! And if three Whedon movies aren't enough for you, let's not forget about the 2 other films on the table: The recently wrapped Much Ado About Nothing and In Your Eyes. The latter is "a metaphysical love story about two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined", produced by Whedon's freshly baked Bellwether Productions. Steve Howey (Kevin from Shameless) was added to the cast of Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David and Mark Feuerstein. It's currently being filmed in Exeter, New Hampshire.
It's the year of Joss Whedon at the box office. Let's recap that release date schedule:
Avengers - May 4th
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope - April 6th
Cabin in the Woods - April 13th
Much Ado About Nothing - Some time this year
In Your Eyes - No release set yet
In Comic news, Drusilla has landed her very own mini-series under Dark Horse's Buffy Season 9 umbrella and it's being written by Juliet Landau herself! The comic will span 5 issues and launch in June, fresh off the character's stint in the Angel & Faith comic. As it turns out, even though Juliet had written a couple of issues in the past for IDW comics, she was actually brought in here through Buffy artist Georges Jeanty, who met her on the Comic Con circuit. Both Georges and Steve Norris will be doing cover art with Tim Seeley and Cliff Richards doing interior art. See preview pages over on CBR.
Ringer is a show on television. I really can't say much more than that because it's a truly baffling story. No one that I know will watch it after seeing the boat scene in the pilot, so I have no one to talk to. All I can do week after week is stare at the TV with a contorted look on my face of shock, wonder and a bit of shame. In any event, I still want to know where the damn thing is headed and if Sioban and Bridget will ever fist fight like Angel and Angelus did in "Orpheus". We'll all be left wondering if it doesn't get picked up for a second season. Right now Ringer has 2 sad faces on TV By the Numbers Renewal/Cancel index and that's no good. So get that petition signed. We've been here many a time, fandom...you know how to do it by now.
Finally, if you're in the NYC area and have the means, definitely consider attending Equality Now's 20th Anniversary Event on April 19th. Not only will you get the rare chance to spend the evening with Joss Whedon (honorary co-chair) and Eliza Dushku (honorary committee), but you will of course be supporting an amazing cause. Click on this link to purchase tickets.
Since I needed a little Buffyfest boost, I'll end this with an invitation to the rest of you to relive the magic with this amazing fan-made trailer below: