One of the biggest gripes audiences had with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was that it featured too many villains — there were Venom, the Sandman, and a Green Goblin-influenced Harry Osborn. That’s a lot, and it seemed like easing up would be a good idea, but Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn’t backing off from the “everything and the kitchen sink” approach. The film features Electro as a primary baddie, but also the Rhino, and one more antagonist.
A recent poster reveal gave up that third person’s identity (which had been widely speculated, but still) and now we’ve got a close-up that gives us even more info.
If the headline didn’t clue you in, the stuff below may be marketing, but it will count as a spoiler to many of you. Read More »
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Prior to the car crash that claimed the life of Paul Walker this past weekend, production on Fast and the Furious 7 was set to resume this week in Atlanta after a break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Now the production team faces not only the tremendous grief for their friend, but the fact that he was part of a huge undertaking that a giant corporation sees as a key element of its fiscal success for 2014.
There are conflicting details about the future of Fast 7 at this point, but the consensus at this point is at least this: the film must be significantly rewritten, and will likely be completed. Whether it will be finished in time for a July 11, 2014 release date — an ambitious plan even under prime circumstances — remains to be seen. Read More »
The full trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is coming on December 5, but here are three brief bits of footage to show off the film’s web-swinging hero. Along with the teasing looks at Spidey in action, these clips feature (in Spanish) the Rise of Electro subtitle that has started to appear on international marketing for the movie. (The US version of one of these spots, as seen on Facebook, doesn’t have the subtitle.)
There’s no hint here of the trio of villains that are teased on one recent set of posters for the movie, but expect to see them in the full trailer that drops later this week.
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Actor Paul Walker was killed Saturday afternoon in a car crash in Valencia, north of Los Angeles, according to TMZ. He was 40 years old. Walker was in a Porche that spun out of control and crashed, killing the actor in a fiery explosion. The actor’s representation confirmed that he had passed to Variety and other outlets.
Walker’s reps have since stated that he was a passenger in a friend’s car during a charity event for Reach Out Worldwide, and that both were killed in the crash. Read More »
The new film Sin City: A Dame to Die For won’t be the only project to transfer Frank Miller’s stark noir tales from the comic page to the screen. In fact, that film may be swiftly followed by a new Sin City TV show.
Harvey Weinstein, like many other producers, has started to see TV as the safest medium in which to earn a few bucks. ”The way to add stability to the company is to be in the television business,” he recently told the New York Times, elaborating that he wants a TV division “as powerful as the theatrical division.” With many a mention of the limited earnings potential of standalone films, which “may fade without creating spinoffs and sequels,” what we see is inspiration from others who are trying to use movies as a way to bring audiences to TV.
So among the offerings the Weinsteins are trying to assemble are the Sin City show, and also a new limited series based on The Mist.
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The story of Noah and the ark that preserved some of Earth’s creatures against God’s wrathful flood is one of our most well-known tales, but with Darren Aronofsky doing the telling it’s safe to assume the film Noah will feature some new angles. Russell Crowe plays the devout man given advance word that the flood is coming, and Ray Winstone is the king who — for reasons we don’t entirely know — isn’t thrilled that Noah is building a massive boat in the middle of his kingdom.
Here’s a new international trailer for the film. It may rearrange the money shots from the first trailer, but there a good bit of new footage sprinkled in to hold everything together. The extra footage of the beginning of the flood is really tremendous; this movie looks like a strange beast, but it will be exciting to see Aronofsky play on such a gigantic scale. Read More »
End of year lists can be great for highlighting stuff you may have missed, and the annual poll from UK film magazine Sight & Sound, one of the first 2013 year-end lists out of the gate, has a number of films included that are worth tracking down. The magazine polls over 100 “international critics, curators and academics,” taking a top-five list from each. The magazine’s list of top films (with some tied for a couple berths) is generated from those votes.
Documentary The Act of Killing, which follows as men responsible for genocidal killings in Indonesia confront and recreate their crimes as film scenes, took first place by a margin of five votes. Gravity and Blue is the Warmest Colour are the second and third place choices.
The full list is below, complete with trailers for each film, so you can be introduced to whatever films on the list are unfamiliar. Read More »
Cymbeline is a modern telling of William Shakespeare‘s play of the same name, from writer-director Michael Almereyda and star Ethan Hawke, who previously teamed to adapt Hamlet in 2000. We only heard of this film recently, and we’ve already got a trailer, probably due to the effort to secure distribution for the film in various territories.
And while you might hear “Shakespeare adaptation” and start to feel dismissive, this is akin to Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus or even Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet in that it uses Shakespeare’s play to power a cops and bikers story that has plenty of violence and energy. It looks interesting at the very least, and since the script retains the play’s original dialogue, there’s an appealing lilt to the proceedings, too. There’s also the additional cast: Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson, for starters. Check out the trailer below.
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