The Cricket's Daily 3: Joss Whedon will be very, very rich
Published: August 8, 2012 08:12AM
Updated: August 8, 2012 08:12AM
FILE - In this May 4, 2012 file photo, writer and director, Joss Whedon, from the film "The Avengers," poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. Disney Executive Officer, Robert Iger, said on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, during a company earnings call, that Whedon is returning to write and direct the sequel adapted from the Marvel Comics tales. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Here's what's happening today in pop culture:

• Joss Whedon will return to “The Avengers” franchise, as he signs to write and direct the sequel. Presumably for a boatload of money. [The Hollywood Reporter]

• Warner Bros. will be screening Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit” in its high-resolution 48 frames-per-second format only in a few theaters – because the audience isn't quite ready for it. [The Huffington Post]

• Judith Crist, a trailblazer in the world of movie criticism – as the first female film critic for a major U.S. newspaper (The New York Herald Tribune), the first movie critic at New York magazine and the “Today” show, and as one of the most-read critics in America when she wrote for TV Guide – has died at the age of 90. [Vulture]