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'Much Ado About Nothing': Why Claudio is wearing a snorkel whilst sipping a martini, and more stories behind Joss Whedon's interpretations of the Shakespeare play

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Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, in theaters now, is a modern, lively, sexy take on the comedy by William Shakespeare. It’s an adaptation that embraces both the light and the dark moments of the play, and one that is accessible for Bardolaters and Shakespeare newbies alike. Performed in a contemporary setting but using Shakespeare’s text, the film stays true to the 16th century play while also delivering some 21st century charm.

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Joss Whedon, under duress, promises 'Avengers 2' parts to comedy duo BriTANicK -- VIDEO

Much Ado About Nothing opens nationwide tomorrow and the cast has been doing tons of press junkets to get fans out to see the film.

In this sketch, what starts off as a fun interview about memories from set, quickly becomes a hostage situation as almost the entire cast of Much Ado gets threatened.

Major props to Emma Bates, who totally sells it. Watch the video below (it’s all bleeped, but a little NSFW):

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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' to open Oscars Outdoors screening series; See full lineup

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It’s much ado about movies at Oscars Outdoors this summer.

The screening series launched by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year is returning to Los Angeles this summer, along with some New York screenings in partnership with Rooftop Films Summer Series.

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Watch Sean Maher, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, more Whedonverse favorites in newest 'Much Ado About Nothing' trailer -- VIDEO

Much Ado About Nothing just got another trailer, this one made for the U.K. The newest peek at Joss Whedon’s take on the beloved Shakespeare comedy spotlights the Bard’s wittiest couple, Benedick and Beatrice – much like the first trailer – though here there’s less merry war and more mountains of affection.

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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' adaptation gets June 2013 release

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To be, or not to be … Joss Whedon.

The Avengers writer-director’s film adaptation of the comedic Shakespeare classic Much Ado About Nothing has been slated for a June 7, 2013 joint theatrical release by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, according to a press release Thursday.

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