Joss Whedon assembles Avengers to urge people to vote

Joss Whedon onstage during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015.

JOSS WHEDON has assembled the Avengers to get out the vote.

The Los Angles Times reported that the writer and director of The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron has returned to Twitter from his social media hiatus and seeks to "Save the Day."

That's the name of his new super(hero) PAC. calls itself "a short-form digital production company dedicated to the idea that voting is a necessary and heroic act. That every voice in this wonderfully diverse nation should, and must, be heard. That the only thing that can save democracy is the act that defines it. We are committed to fighting the apathy, cynicism and honest confusion that keeps citizens from using their vote. And to reminding an increasingly out-of-touch and compromised set of representatives that they are answerable to the people they were hired to serve."

The first video features "Avengers" Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo, plus Don Cheadle, Julianne Moore, Keegan-Michael Key, Philadelphia native Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), Nathan Fillion, Taran Killam, Randall Park, Rosie Perez, Martin Sheen (a TV president who might actually be able to win this election) and many more-including a few sincere, not-so-famous people.

The video goes through a litany of causes that usually bring out celebs, and although it doesn't mention any candidate by name, Cheadle does call out "a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society."

While some stars were leery of participating in a partisan website, for fear of ticking off part of their fanbase, Whedon told BuzzFeed that "nobody backed out."

"I have a pathological fear of conflict, but I think this is more important than the fact that I'm a fraidy-cat," Whedon told BuzzFeed. "You cannot be afraid that people will not like you.

"The people with extreme beliefs are willing to yell until the people with more complex belief systems just want to go away," he continued. "And if you can't stand up for the thing that you know in your heart and your brain is true at a time when it means a difference to the entire world, then you have no right to stand up at all. If you cannot talk back to these people, then you get what they think you deserve."

Disney costume shelved

If you write this column long enough, virtually every group and sub-group known to man will be aggrieved at some point.

Today we bring you the Polynesian community, which was mad at Disney about pajamas inspired by the studio's upcoming animated movie, Moana.

The getup consisted of a long-sleeve brown shirt and long pants featuring full-body tattoos.

Polynesians and other Pacific Islanders spoke out against the costume, saying it's offputting to have a child wear the skin of another race - likening its design to a version of blackface.

Disney said in a statement Wednesday it regretted offending anyone and said the team behind Moana has taken great care to respect the cultures of the Pacific that inspired the film.

The Mouse House still pulled the PJs from its website and stores.


In the seemingly never-ending case of Alycia Lane vs. KYW-TV, Michael Colleran and Larry Mendte, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson issued a procedural ruling Wednesday.

The ruling prohibits the defense from bringing up Lane's cop-cursing arrest in New York, but allows for information regarding the arrest to come in if both sides agree to a joint statement or agree to allow the court to make a statement, since info regarding the incident has been stipulated to by both sides.

For those curious about any juicy info, we got nothin'.

* The split of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is a literal one at several wax museums.

A spokeswoman for Madame Tussauds wax museum in London says that in order to faithfully mirror the power couple's separation, the wax figures "are now featured at a respectful distance from each other."

Pitt's figure is not groping a wax Marion Cotillard.

Waxy Brad and Angie also will be split up at Madame Tussauds' museums in the United States.

Even though they lived
their lives like two candles in
the wind ... reports that Fox News host Megyn Kelly will executive produce six episodes of a political sitcom called Embeds for Verizon's Go90.

As if this election doesn't already have a laugh track.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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