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This past weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crossed $200 million in domestic gross. Add in another $500 million across the world, and $700 million seems like a huge success. But fan reactions to the sequel were tepid and it certainly feels like excitement is waining. That’s not good for Sony Pictures, who famously recruited an army of talented writers and directors to shepherd the character in an every expanding, connected world. Two more Amazing Spider-Man films were tentatively scheduled, along with Venom and Sinister Six films. It was an ambitious plan that was definitely less certain after the slightly disappointing reactions to part 2.

Now the plans for The Amazing Spider-Man are even more in flux. Roberto Orci, who was scheduled to co-write The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Venom, revealed he’s left the franchise and isn’t quite sure what’s happening moving ahead. Read his quote about the future of The Amazing Spider Man franchise and more below. Read More »

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Ghostbusters

It’s been a disappointing summer movie season in some regards, but at least there’s one release guaranteed to be one of the best summer blockbusters of all time. Mostly because it already was.

Sony is putting Ghostbusters back into theaters August 29, in honor of its 30th anniversary. And if you’re wondering whether the horror comedy classic still holds up, you can decide for yourself by checking out the brand-new Ghostbusters re-release trailer after the jump.

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Penelope Cruz

Briefly: The latest Sacha Baron Cohen movie has a talented new addition, as his comedy Grimsby has just recruited Penelope Cruz.

Unlike some of Baron Cohen’s other films, Grimsby is a scripted film about a soccer hooligan whose brother is a secret agent. He co-wrote the script and Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) is directing. Baron Cohen plays the hooligan, obviously, and Mark Strong is his brother. Also in the cast: Ian McShane, Rebel Wilson and Gabourey Sidibe.

The Wrap reported the news of Cruz’s likely involvement. She’s currently in talks. As for her role, they say it’s most likely a supporting role as a “Femme fatale.”

Grimsby is scheduled for release July 31, 2015. It’s now filming.

David Slade to Direct ‘Powers’

David Slade Powers

At this point, Sony has been trying to adapt Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming‘s Powers for well over a decade — first as a movie, then as an FX show, and now as the PlayStation Network’s first original series.

Only time will tell whether this latest iteration will work out any better than the earlier ones did, but for now it seems to be making some good progress. David Slade has just signed on to direct the first two episodes of the series, from a script by Charlie Huston. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on the project.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Grimsby

The World Cup is paused right now in the rest zone between the Round of 16 and the Quarter-finals. But there’s a new dash of soccer enthusiasm to be found today via Sacha Baron Cohen. The actor stars in the comedy Grimsby, a film about an oafish soccer hooligan (Baron Cohen) who goes on the run with his formerly estranged black-ops agent brother, played by Mark Strong. We don’t know a lot more about the story, but the first look at Baron Cohen’s shaggy look has been revealed, thanks to Eric Idle. Read More »

foxcatcher trailer

In this new Foxcatcher trailer, we see Channing Tatum as a wrestler who is obsessed with the idea of winning Olympic gold. But his talk of taking home the prize could almost be read like a speech from Tatum about putting in the work to win an Oscar. And if the glowing Cannes reviews are any indication, this new movie from Moneyball director Bennett Miller could be just as impressive as the first footage makes it out to be.

This trailer is deeply intense and grimly foreboding as Tatum squirms under the calculating eye of Steve Carell. Mark Ruffalo observes, playing the brother of Channing’s character. Tatum is downright scary here, and Carell looks like he’s playing a guy that could stare down Hannibal Lecter. This adaptation of a true story is more than just a sports drama, but Sony isn’t giving away too much just yet. Check out the trailer below.

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karate kid 2 director

Though Sony was quick to announce plans for The Karate Kid 2 after the success of 2010′s The Karate Kid, the actual movie has been slow in coming. It wasn’t until earlier this year that the sequel finally found a director in Breck Eisner — and now it seems it’s directorless again as Eisner has exited.

But progress is still being made, even if it’s not all that swift. Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer have just been tapped to rewrite the script. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on the project.

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Fury trailer

Hot on the heels of the great poster for David Ayer‘s WWII movie comes the first full Fury trailer. Brad Pitt stars as the leader of a tank squad that has survived much of the war. But the squad finds itself facing down incredible odds in the final days of the war, as it is saddled with a green kid who has never seen the inside of a tank.

Much of this trailer focuses on the relationship between Pitt’s grizzled vet and the recruit played by Logan Lerman. And it makes the film look pretty conventional… for a minute or so. Then the trailer breaks open and we see quite a few impressionistic renderings of the battle, as the strain starts to get to the men. Watch below. Read More »

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