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Surprise! Joss Whedon Takes On Shakespeare!

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We were all under the seemingly well-informed notion that for the last couple of months, Joss Whedon has had nothing on his plate that didn't invovled assembling The Avengers. However, it turns out that not only has he NOT been working on the Marvel flick for the last several weeks, he's actually been working on an entirely different project completely in secret. No one knew a thing about it … until now!

Over the weekend, Joss and some of the stars of his secret flick tweeted out that production had wrapped on Whedon's adaption of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The flick has many familiar Whedonverse stars attached to it, including Ashley Jenson, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof and Nathan Fillion and we're hearing from sources close to the man himself that Joss wrote and directed the piece. A website for the movie even popped up late last night!

Very sneaky sis Joss!

Still, we're thrilled to see it! Not as much as The Avengers, but we think you understand.

Wonder what this will be like?!

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From Gossip Girl To Shakespeare! Ed Westwick Joins New Romeo & Juliet Movie!

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Look at you maturing as an actor, Mr. Westwick!

Back in January, we heard that Gossip Girl & S. Darko star Ed Westwick had signed on for a role in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. Now, he's getting his Shakespeare on in Romeo & Juliet!

As we already know, True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld will play Juliet, and now Westwick has been cast as Tybalt in Carlo Carlie's adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal tale.

We've also learned that Holly Hunter has been cast as The Nurse, but still no word on who will play Romeo this time around.

We suppose Leonardo DiCaprio is a bit too old for the part now, huh? LOLz.

How do U feel about the cast of Romeo & Juliet so far? Do U think Ed Westwick will be able to hold his own doing Shakespeare?

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Google Sells E-Books Now!

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Are hardcover copies of the collective works of Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, and Stephenie Meyer taking up too much space in your room? Looks like Google's got a solution!

In an effort to compete with Amazon and every bookstore in the world, Google has launched Google eBooks, which will feature hundreds of thousands of titles that you can read on your computer, as well as many tablets, smartphones, and other devices.

Here's what director of strategic partnerships at Google, Tom Turvey, had to say about the new venture:

"Publishers want more competition in the marketplace, and we already have a big investment. We're trying to extend the value of content that exists in the world by enabling people to find it and buy it."

We're interested to see how this plays out, but we're a bit concerned. Is Google still going to let us search for the Barnes and Noble website? How about Borders? They're getting PRET-TY powerful!

Will U pick up eBooks on Google?

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When Toy Story Met Shakespeare

Fact: This movie is about rival garden gnomes.

Fact: It is based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, features music by Elton John and the voice talents of James McAvoy, Michael Caine, Emily Blunt, Patrick Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne.

Fact: Hollywood is decaying and Billy Shakes is rolling over in his grave!

Enjoy this trailer for the new Dreamworks flick Gnomeo and Juliet! (above)

P.S. - What are the chances this flick actually ends in a double-death scene???

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Sam Mendes And Kevin Spacey To Work Together Again

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Last time they collaborated, they made American Beauty. We’re going into this one very optimistically!

Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes are joining forces once again, this time in the theatre for a production of William Shakespeare’s Richard III.

The play will open at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and will then make its way to London’s Old Vic theatre, where Kevin Spacey serves as artistic director.

Spacey will play the lead character, Richard III. Here’s what Kevin had to say about the opportunity:

"With such a remarkable character before me, I have a feeling this one is going to be a memorable experience."

More from Spacey on Mendes’ directing skills:

"Sam is one of the finest directors I have had the pleasure to work with and to gain this opportunity is beyond my wildest hopes.”

Mendes has been quoted as saying that Richard III is “a role I think Kevin is born to play.”

Looks like a wonderful collaboration in the works! We’re sure this will be fantastic!

Are U excited to see this American Beauty duo teaming up again?

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