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You know that little thing about Sony developing other characters related to Spider-Man? It’s far bigger than you thought. The studio just announced the Venom movie that has been rumored for years, and a Sinister Six film as well. That’s right — unlike some other studio approaches, when it comes to Spider-Man and Sony, the spin-off films are for the bad guys. That’s pretty wild.

To make these movies a creative “brain trust” has been formed, including Marc WebbAlex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard. Together they will collaboratively develop these films as a linked set of projects.

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Briefly: Very little is know right now but Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers and so many others, is making a secret movie with Amazing Spider-Man producer Avi Arad. The project, currently set up at Sony and on the search for producers and a writer, is being kept under wraps so there’s no clue if it’s a superhero film or not. All Arad would say on the topic is “Some titles give away too much.” This is one we’ll definitely keep an eye on. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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With shots that last less than a second, it’s possible to pack an impressive amount of information into a fifteen-second clip. That’s the case with this preview of the new trailer for the RoboCop remake. The trailer hits tomorrow, and this advance look comes from Entertainment Tonight, but thankfully it is free of talking heads and intrusive voiceover.

Puzzle out what this is really telling us about Jose Padilha‘s remake of the sci-fi satire by watching below.

Update: Additional video, both finished trailer footage and behind the scenes shots, has been added below. Read More »

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Michael Bay‘s production company, Platinum Dunes, has been all about low-budget genre films in recent months. The first, Almanac, is set for release in February, and the company has just signed to do another one. This time, though, they’ve recruited a first-time director with a dream resume.

Marvel Studios storyboard artist and animatics supervisor Federico D’Alessandro is in talks to direct Lockdown at Franklin High, a micro-budget monster movie written by Joe Ballarini and Greg Bishop. It follows a brother and sister who get locked in their high school when a monster begins to terrorize the school. Read More »

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After months of silence, Columbia’s Masters of the Universe is finally taking a big step forward. Unfortunately, it’s accompanied by an even bigger step back.

Terry Rossio, who co-write this summer’s The Lone Ranger, has been tapped to write the script for producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. If you noticed that Jon M. Chu‘s name is not on that list, well, that’s the bad news: The G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer is no longer attached to direct. Hit the jump for the latest updates on this long-gestating project.

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Elysium / The World's End

Whether you’re depicting an ugly urban dystopia, or merely the end of the world as we know it, a lot of work goes into crafting scenes worthy of splashy summer releases. Today, we have two videos that show just what that labor entails.

A new featurette spotlights the special effects of Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, while 15 minutes of B-roll footage show what went on behind the scenes of Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End. Hit the jump to check them out. Read More »

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Briefly: I keep thinking that Comic Con will see the announcement of a subtitle for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, or a title change of some sort. But with the new banner image seen above and accompanying title logo treatment, that seems to be off the table. The title of Marc Webb‘s sequel will really be The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We know most of the other big details, and you can look back at the last few official photo releases to see other pics of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as the Rhino. Read More »

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Yesterday we saw the first official shot of Jamie Foxx in the fully villainous incarnation of Electro in Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. That came courtesy of the cover of the new issue of EW, and now more images from the mag have hit the internet. One in particular gives us another look at Foxx’s bad guy, while some others focus on Spidey himself.

We’ll likely get a better official look at the Rhino, played by Paul Giamatti, at Comic Con next week. For now, check out the new pics below, and wonder if the Rhino and Electro are united in evil by their hands-free headsets. Read More »

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