Joss Whedon 'Much Ado About Nothing': Oscars Outdoors

Much Ado About Nothing Joss Whedon Nathan FillionJoss Whedon Much Ado About Nothing: Oscars Outdoors film series

Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing will kick off the 2013 “Oscars Outdoors” summer movie season on Wednesday, June 5 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' open-air theater in Hollywood. Much Ado About Nothing stars Amy Acker (Alias), Alexis Denisoff (How I Met Your Mother), Clark Gregg (Iron Man), Nathan Fillion (Waitress, Castle), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Sean Maher (The Playboy Club), all of whom are expected to join The Avengers director Joss Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by KCRW's Matt Holzman.

Oscars Outdoors screening films also include two upcoming releases: Morgan Neville's documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom (June 6), and Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellow Destin Cretton's relationship drama Short Term 12 (July 20), featuring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2's Rami Malek.

Oscars OutdoorsOscars Outdoors classics: From What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? to Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Among the various classics, semi-classics, and curiosities that are part of the Oscars Outdoors schedule are the Robert Aldrich-directed Bette Davis / Joan Crawford sleeper hit What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962); Ernest B. Schoedscack and Merian C. Cooper's 1933 blockbuster King Kong, starring Fay Wray and Willis H. O'Brien's stop-motion-animated ape; Pedro Almodóvar's brilliant Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), with Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas; and Harold Lloyd's classic silent comedy Safety Last (1923).

Here are a few more: Walt Disney's animated Peter Pan (1953); Giuseppe Tornatore's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner Cinema Paradiso, with Jacques Perrin and Philippe Noiret; Howard Hawks' saucy comedy-musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell; George Lucas' sleeper blockbuster American Graffiti, featuring pre-stardom Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford; and the John Travolta / Olivia Newton-John horror musical Grease, made even more frightening as it'll be a sing-along presentation. Oscars Outdoors runs through August 24.

The 2013 Oscars Outdoors schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 5 KCRW's “Matt's Movies”: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2013), featuring a post-screening Q&A with Joss Whedon, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisoff, Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher
  • Thursday, June 6 TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (2013) Q&A with director and cast
  • Friday, June 14 NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION (1983)
  • Saturday, June 15 PETER PAN (1953)
  • Friday, June 21 L.A. STORY (1991)
  • Saturday, June 22 BEETLEJUICE (1988)
  • Friday, June 28 WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962)
  • Saturday, June 29 GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
  • Friday, July 12 CLUELESS (1995)
  • Saturday, July 13 KING KONG (1933)
  • Friday, July 19 POINT BREAK (1991)
  • Saturday, July 20 BIG (1988), featuring Zoltar and giant keyboard
  • Saturday, July 20 SHORT TERM 12 (2013)
  • Friday, July 26 BLAZING SADDLES (1974)
  • Sunday, July 28 KCRW Summer Nights: STYLE WARS (1983), featuring KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez
  • Friday, August 2 AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973), featuring classic cars
  • Saturday, August 3 GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953)
  • Friday, August 9 SAFETY LAST (1923)
  • Saturday, August 10 MONSOON WEDDING (2001)
  • Friday, August 16 BORN IN EAST L.A. (1987)
  • Saturday, August 17 RUSHMORE (1998)
  • Friday, August 23 GREASE (1978) sing-along
  • Saturday, August 24 CINEMA PARADISO (1988)

Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, May 22, at, where you can also find more information about the screenings. Tickets to each Oscars Outdoors screening are $5 for the public; free for children 10 years and younger; and $3 for Academy members and students with ID. Seating is unreserved. The Academy Hollywood campus is located at 1341 Vine Street in Hollywood. For additional information call (310) 247-3600.

Oscars Outdoors photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

Nathan Fillion in Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing photo: Lionsgate Pictures.

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