Category Archives: Joss Whedon
Thank you for existing! You are an amazing friend and even more amazing human being. I don’t know what cosmic deal was made for us to reconnect in college after so many years apart but I’m grateful for it. Today is special because it is your birthday. It’s your day! LOUISE DAY!
In my opinion, there should be more Louise days throughout the year because you rock. Here are just some examples of how you make everything cool.
A few days ago, Wired published an article on Kevin Wu’s new project called “Graph TV.” The name of the website is self-explanatory. It graphs a television show based on its IMDb ratings…AND IT IS AWESOME. Please visit the site if you haven’t. Just type in a TV show then internet magic will make a colorful data visualization of your show appear. EXCITING!!! Excuse my overuse of capital letters but I get easily excited by representations of data! After graphing some of my favorite shows, I decided to look more closely at shows by auteurs, like Joss Whedon. The result was an interesting side-by-side look at Whedon’s shows. Aren’t they pretty?!
I included the highest and lowest rated episodes in the graphs not considering the season finale because finales are typically rated highly. All Buffy and Dollhouse seasons had an upward trend, while the first and last episode ratings of Angel’s seasons 2 and 3 saw little change. Not much can be said about Firefly‘s trend line because the episodes were graphed in the order they premiered, instead of the true order. The lowest rated episode of any Whedon show was Buffy’s “Where the Wild Things Are” (6.1) in which Riley and Buffy have a marathon of sex. Other stuff happens but this pointless plotline really stands out. Buffy also takes the crown for having the highest rated Whedon show with a glorious 9.6 for the musical. Other interesting facts are that 28 percent of the lowest-rated episodes occurred during episodes 11 through 13 and 24 percent of the highest-rated episodes occurred during episodes 6 through 8. Like Firefly, Dollhouse was a short-lived show however its overall series rating was the lowest of any show (7.8). And do you know the show that received the highest overall rating? You guessed it. Firefly. I would say congrats Browncoats but the Whedonites are the real winners here. Whedon shows had ups and downs but all of them ended with high overall ratings.
Illustrations by Kevin Wu/Graph TV
It’s just about time to start preparing for the most important night in Hollywood. I’m referring, of course, to Meryl Streep’s birthday, which is only six months away. In the meantime though, let’s distract ourselves with the Oscars—you know, that really long ceremony thing where people in suits hand out little golden men, and everyone competes to see who can thank the most people before the orchestra drowns out their tearful cries of gratitude? And usually it involves some form of wardrobe malfunction, even if it’s just Jennifer Lawrence tripping on her dress as she walks up to the stage. (Easily one of my top five Oscar moments.) The one thing missing from the Academy Awards (except maybe a “Hanks cam” that stays on Tom Hanks’ face for the entire broadcast so you can see his amazing reactions) is Joss Whedon. Not only was he sorely under-awarded for his brilliant TV work, but he has yet to win an Oscar. (Although he did earn a nomination back in 1996 for co-writing Toy Story.) Sadly, Joss is once again absent from this year’s Oscar ballot. But that doesn’t mean the big night will be completely devoid of any Whedon magic. You see, Joss is more ingrained in Hollywood than you realize.
When we were in college, we used to play the “six degrees of separation” game with Joss Whedon. We would name an actor and try to link him or her to Joss in the most direct way possible. When we realized that several of this year’s acting nominees had been directly involved in Whedon works, we thought it would be fun to establish how almost all of them can be traced back to Joss through two or three degrees.
We did establish a few rules for this Oscar edition to make it more challenge:
-You can’t use another 2014 Oscar nominee (otherwise, Amy Adms would be the Whedon connection for everyone in American Hustle)
-Connections are made when actors are in the same film or television show. They are not required to be in the same scene.
–Veronica Mars can’t be used as a connection. Yes, Joss was in an episode but he did not create the show. (We love Rob Thomas but this is about Joss’ world)
Best Supporting Actor:
*Technically, Barkhad Abdi is connected via Tom Hanks who was in Saving Private Ryan with Nathan Fillion but our rules will not allow it.
Best Supporting Actress:
*Again, if our rules allowed it, Lupita Nyong’o would be connected via Chiwetal Ejiofor. Her next film is Non-Stop with Liam Neeson who was in Before and After with Meryl Streep who was in The Iron Lady with Anthony Stewart Head (our favorite watcher)
So there you have it. When you’re watching the Oscars on March 2nd, I hope you remember that no matter which actors take home the awards, Joss is the real winner. And while I doubt we’ll hear anyone mention him in their acceptance speeches, they all have Joss Whedon to thank in some small way for getting them here.
-Mary and Louise
Christian Bale: Aby Baker/Getty Images
Cate Blanchett: Allstar/Sony Pictures Classics/Sportsphoto Ltd.
Sandra Bullock: Warner Bros. Pictures
Bradley Cooper: Aby Baker/Getty Images
Bruce Dern: Merie W. Wallace/Paramount Vantage
Leonardo Dicaprio: Paramount Pictures
Chiwetel Ejiofor: Associated Press
Michael Fassbender: Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight
Nathan Fillion: Serenity: Universal
Andrew Garfield: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic
Seth Green: Richard Lewis/WireImage.com
John Hawkes: John Shearer/ Getty Images
Sally Hawkins: Sony Pictures Classics
Anthony Head: Twentieth Century Fox
Daniel Dae Kim: danieldaekim.com
David Krumholtz: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images
Shia LaBeouf: Elena Barry Entertainment News Examiner
Bianca Lawson: ABC Family
Matthew McConaughey: Anne Marie Fox/ Focus Features
Ewan McGregor: Just Jared, Inc.
Lupita Nyong’o: Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight Pictures
Julia Roberts: Weinstein Co.
Mark Ruffalo: Donald Traill, Invision for Park City Live
June Squibb: Paramount Vantage
Meryl Streep: Weinstein Co
Are you a Joss Whedon fan? HA! Silly question. Of course you are. You are visiting this site created by two Joss Whedon
worshippers admirers. If you are looking for a new book to add to your collection, I suggest grabbing Much Ado About Nothing: A Film by Joss Whedon. Whedonites will especially enjoy the introduction written by Joss himself and an extensive interview with him on the production of the film and his approach to the play. Did I mention there were behind-the-scene photos as well? The book also includes his screenplay, but the true gems (in my opinion) are found in the interview. Whedon discusses his relationship with Shakespeare’s work, how a cop tried to shut down production, and mishaps on set. (Fun Fact: His favorite play is Hamlet.) The interview is definitely recommended reading for fans of the Whedonverse and the film.
Much Ado About Nothing: A Film by Joss Whedon was published by Titan Books
Would it be weird to start planning a baby shower for a hypothetical baby? This week’s episode gave Castle fans a sneak peek into what Caskett would be like if they had a baby. At my high school, students were given a bag of flour to represent a baby they had to take care of for two weeks. True story. I have no clue why a bag of flour was chosen and not a cabbage patch kid which has a greater resemblance to an actual child than a bag filled with powder but that’s not the point. (If Peeta attended my school, his baby would totally be sacrificed for some delicious bread) The point is that at my school, the practice baby was a bag of flour but Castle and Beckett’s practice baby was an actual baby they found at a crime scene. Castle, the self proclaimed “Baby Whisperer,” gushed over the tyke but Beckett was hesitant and that worried Castle. He was afraid he wouldn’t have much help if they had a baby so he brought the child home as a test run. Although Castle took the lead that night, Beckett never left his side. She assured him that raising a child would be a team effort. Beckett is in and I think it’s safe to safe that Martha and Alexis are in as well. It will be a family affair.
Break out the kazoos and funny hats! It’s Joss Whedon’s birthday!
Forty-eight years ago today, the world changed forever when Joss Whedon was birthed from his mother’s womb. Legend has it Joss started composing comedic musicals and killing off beloved characters as early as age three. Years passed and the world carried on, often oblivious to the subtle changes evoked by Whedon in popular culture, human consciousness, and, yes, even the laws of physics. By his fourth decade, Joss had established a devoted and rather unhealthily obsessed fan base through his groundbreaking work in television, despite the best efforts of the Fox network, as well as being repeatedly overlooked by some “important” television awards, which aren’t even really that special because Cyndi Lauper has one so how hard can it be? As word of his brilliance spread throughout the lands, there were still many who did not know of his Jossomeness. Then one day he directed a film about superheroes and latent homosexuality, and it took the world by storm. These days, people still occasionally call him “Josh,” but at least now when they do it, they’re no longer saying, “Who is Josh Whedon?” They’re saying, “Hey, that Josh Whedon sure is swell!”
Join us in celebrating the birth of our fearless leader, perhaps with a shindig or a hootenanny to mark this momentous day in geekdom. I for one will be celebrating by wearing my Firefly shirt while watching Buffy and drinking from my Avengers mug.
Let’s also take a moment to acknowledge Joss’ wonderful mother, since this day would not have been possible without her. Thank you, Lee Stearns, for giving the world Joss Whedon. And thank you, Joss, for all the joy (and sometimes gut-wrenching sadness) you’ve given us over the years. I’m not sure you’ll ever know how much your work means to us. Happy birthday.
-Mary & Louise
Blogger Christine Wright reviews Whedon and Goddard’s film, The Cabin in the Woods. Read it here.
Avengers was a wonderful end to an amazing Star Wars Day. I came out of the theater feeling like I had just witnessed something special, and no, I am not talking about the film. The film was fantastic and highly recommend you see it, but my favorite moment of the experience was when the story ended and the credits rolled as the audience clapped. I sat there in the dark movie theater emotional and teary eyed, because I realized this was the moment I’ve been waiting for years as a Whedonite.
Can’t this girl catch a break? Poor SMG. Someone is always trying to kill her.
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