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Whedon on board for 'Avengers' sequel

Whedon on board for 'Avengers' sequel

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Joss Whedon will write and direct the sequel to his Hollywood blockbuster "The Avengers," Variety reported Tuesday.

Whedon: 'Dr. Horrible' to air on CW

SAN DIEGO, July 14 (UPI) -- The three-part Internet series "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" will air on the CW network in the fall, director Joss Whedon said at Comic-Con in San Diego.
'Avengers' earns $80.5M in domestic debut

'Avengers' earns $80.5M in domestic debut

LOS ANGELES, May 5 (UPI) -- Disney and Marvel Studios' superhero ensemble picture "The Avengers" grossed $80.5 million Friday in North America, box-office receipts show.
'Avengers' to close Tribeca Film Fest

'Avengers' to close Tribeca Film Fest

NEW YORK, March 28 (UPI) -- "Marvel's The Avengers" has been chosen to close the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York next month, organizers said Wednesday.
Lionsgate books 'Cabin' for 2012 release

Lionsgate books 'Cabin' for 2012 release

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 21 (UPI) -- Lionsgate says it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Joss Whedon's horror film "The Cabin in the Woods" from Hollywood's MGM studio.
Buffy headed back to the big screen

Buffy headed back to the big screen

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon says Hollywood's intended big-screen reboot of his franchise is "a sad reflection of our times."
Ruffalo, Renner join 'Avengers' cast

Ruffalo, Renner join 'Avengers' cast

SAN DIEGO, July 26 (UPI) -- Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner have joined the cast of the superhero ensemble movie "The Avengers," it was announced at Comic-Con in San Diego, Calif.
Whedon confirms he'll direct 'Avengers'

Whedon confirms he'll direct 'Avengers'

SAN DIEGO, July 23 (UPI) -- Joss Whedon confirmed at Comic-Con in San Diego he will direct the upcoming superhero ensemble movie "The Avengers."
Whedon tapped to direct 'Avengers' flick

Whedon tapped to direct 'Avengers' flick

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- Joss Whedon is in final talks with Hollywood's Marvel Studios to direct and rewrite the script for the superhero ensemble picture "The Avengers," Variety said.

Felicia Day cast in Syfy's 'Red'

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- Felicia Day has signed on to play a werewolf-hunting descendant of Little Red Riding Hood in the new U.S. television movie, "Red," Syfy said Monday.
Producers guild to honor Joss Whedon

Producers guild to honor Joss Whedon

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The Producers Guild of America has announced plans to honor science-fiction and fantasy storyteller Joss Whedon with its 2010 Vanguard Award.
Report: 'Dollhouse' to end this season

Report: 'Dollhouse' to end this season

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Joss Whedon's latest U.S. science-fiction series, "Dollhouse," will finish its second season but won't return for a third, sources told TVGuide.com.
Summer Glau joins 'Dollhouse' cast

Summer Glau joins 'Dollhouse' cast

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Summer Glau has been hired to play a recurring role on Joss Whedon's U.S. science-fiction TV series "Dollhouse."
Whedon not involved in 'Buffy' re-do

Whedon not involved in 'Buffy' re-do

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (UPI) -- The team that holds the rights to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" said it hasn't reached out to Joss Whedon
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Joss Whedon, who created, wrote and directed the sci-fi motion picture drama "Serenity," arrives for the premiere of the film at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California September 22, 2005. Based on the cancelled TV sci-fi show "Firefly", "Serenity" takes place 500 years in the future when humans have fled Earth and colonized a distant solar system ruled by the dictatorial Alliance government. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (pronounced /ˈwiːdən/; born June 23, 1964) is an American screenwriter, executive producer, director, occasional composer and actor, and founder of Mutant Enemy Productions. He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Angel (1999–2004), Firefly (2002) and Dollhouse (2009–2010). He is also notable for his work in film, comic books, and online media. Many of Whedon's projects, as well as Whedon himself, enjoy a cult status.

Whedon was born in New York City. He has been described as the world's first third-generation TV writer, as he is the son of Tom Whedon, a successful screenwriter for The Electric Company in the 1970s and The Golden Girls in the 1980s, and the grandson of John Whedon, a writer for The Donna Reed Show in the 1950s. His mother, Lee Stearns, taught history at Riverdale Country School as Lee Whedon , and was a novelist. He is the younger brother of Samuel and Matthew Whedon and older brother of writers Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon.

Whedon graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987. Before going to Wesleyan he spent two years at Winchester College in England. He attended Riverdale Country School in New York City where his mother taught history. (Sarah Michelle Gellar, star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, also attended Riverdale Country School a number of years after Joss.) At a young age he was a prolific writer, loved Monty Python and showed great interest in acting. He was the lead role in an original production called 'Spaghetti Island' at Riverdale.

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