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Film Review: Joss Whedon & Friends Tackle the Bard in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

CHICAGO – While relaxing and catching his breath after the stressful task of filming “Marvel’s The Avengers,” writer/director Joss Whedon didn’t just drink wine, host parties, and take baths in his money. He decided to use his break to make another movie.

Blu-ray Review: Great Release For Awesome ‘The Cabin in the Woods’

The Cabin in the Woods

CHICAGO – “Why do these bad things keep happening to these blonde girls?,” Joss Whedon. The producer/co-writer of “The Cabin in the Woods” admits that his great horror movie, recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, came about from that question which he and director Drew Goddard had explored on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” for years.

Film Review: Take a Fantastic Trip to Drew Goddard’s Brilliant ‘The Cabin in the Woods’

CHICAGO – Drew Goddard’s “The Cabin in the Woods” is a brilliant dissection of not just the clichés of the horror film genre but how they have played a role in the darkest corners of our society for centuries. It’s also a damn blast, as fun a time as you’ll have in a movie theater this season (and probably next).

TV Review: ‘Dollhouse’ Continues to Frustrate With Season-Two Premiere

CHICAGO – For its entire first season, “Dollhouse” fluctuated wildly in tone and style, never quite figuring itself out as a weekly series and remaining inconsistent in terms of quality.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Dollhouse’ With Eliza Dushku is Still Fascinating Television

Dollhouse

CHICAGO – When “Dollhouse” premiered, I wrote, “All the ingredients are there for a riveting, fantastic series, but it feels like a show still finding its way.” An entire, controversial season later with the first 12 (or 14 depending on how you look at it) episodes of the Eliza Dushku show done and now on Blu-Ray the funny thing is that I feel exactly the same way. You can’t write off the show quite yet, but very few television series have been as wildly hit-and-miss as Joss Whedon’s latest creation.

TV Review: Premiere of Joss Whedon’s ‘Dollhouse’ Imperfect But Intriguing

Dollhouse
HollywoodChicago.com Television Rating: 3.5/5.0
Television Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – A friend of mine suggested that I need to be patient regarding Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated “Dollhouse,” starring Eliza Dushku, Olivia Williams, Amy Acker, and Harry Lennix. Watching the so-so premiere, “Ghost,” airing Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 8pm CST, it’s easy to see why. All the ingredients are there for a riveting, fantastic series, but it feels like a show still finding its way.

Interview: Visiting the ‘Dollhouse’ With Creator Joss Whedon

CHICAGO – Almost twelve years ago, a little show called “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” premiered in mid-season on The WB and a cult was officially born. Over a decade later, creator Joss Whedon brings his latest mid-season vision, “Dollhouse” with Eliza Dushku to FOX this Friday, February 13th, 2009 and he recently sat down for a press conference to give readers a sneak peek.

Slideshow: 26-Image Gallery For ‘Dollhouse’ With Eliza Dushku, Tahmoh Penikett

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Tahmoh Penikett, Enver Gjokaj, Eliza Dushku, Dichen Lachman, Fran Kranz, Olivia Williams, Harry Lennix. Cr: Kurt Iswarienko/FOX

CHICAGO – This 26-image slideshow contains the official press images for the premiere episode of “Dollhouse,” which was created by Joss Whedon and features Eliza Dushku, Tahmoh Penikett, Enver Gjokaj, Dichen Lachman, Fran Kranz, Olivia Williams, and Harry Lennix. The show premieres on Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 8pm CST on FOX.

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