studio notes hurt the amazing spider-man 2

The Spider-Man films have represented a diminishing set of returns, for Sony on the domestic financial front (though we don’t have all data for long-tail revenue) and for audiences in terms of satisfaction. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 often felt surprisingly derivative of Sam Raimi’s own Spider-Man 2. When it did explore new territory, the story threads were unconvincing. More than anything else, this latest film felt as if it was the product of yet another mid-stream course correction. To hear star Andrew Garfield tell it, studio notes hurt The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In his eyes, things were in pretty good shape before studio decisions started cutting stuff and messing with the flow of the script.

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Alex Kurtzman Teases a “Much Darker” Venom

Alex Kurtzman Venom

Venom may have a few things in common with Spider-Man, but for Venom writer/director Alex Kurtzman, the appeal of the character lies in what sets him apart. Namely, the fact that he’s a “much darker” personality than your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Hit the jump to read his comments on what makes Venom — and the Spider-Man universe itself — so special.

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Andrew Garfield sinister six

You’d think Andrew Garfield‘s involvement would be crucial to the Spider-Man franchise, seeing as he’s, y’know, Spider-Man. But as Sony makes plans to expand the universe, it seems Spidey won’t be the star of every show anymore. Indeed, according to Garfield, it doesn’t even matter whether he shows up in the upcoming spinoff Sinister Six. Read his comments after the jump.

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23 Jump Street writer

One of the best jokes in 22 Jump Street was an extended montage about the rash of sequels sure to follow. But considering that 22 Jump Street wound up making six times its budget at the box office, it may not be long before that gag becomes reality.

Sony is getting the ball rolling on 23 Jump Street, setting 22 Jump Street co-writer Rodney Rothman to pen the script. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are on board as well, albeit just as producers for now. Hit the jump on the latest 23 Jump Street news.

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‘Shadow of the Colossus’ Movie Gets New Director

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With Josh Trank kind of busy for the next several years, his adaptation of the Sony game Shadow of the Colossus needed a new director. Sony has found one in Andy Muschietti, the director of Mama, who had recently been attached to The Mummy reboot. (Among other things.)

Russ described the game as follows back when the film first went into development: “[It] features a young male protagonist who is told that his dead love can be revived if only he kills a collection of giant beasts that reside across the countryside. He does so without question, and the player is left to eventually wonder if the kid is being played. Visually austere yet stunning, the game was a critical hit and has endured as one of the masterpieces of the PlayStation 2 generation.” Read more about the Shadow of the Colossus movie below.
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George Clooney Directing Hack Attack

George Clooney has a new project to direct: Hack Attack, a story detailing the British phone-hacking scandal linked to Rupert Murdoch’s news organization. The film will be based on the book Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch by journalist Nick DaviesRead More »

everything wrong with The Amazing Spider Man 2

Anyone who has a problem with the “Everything Wrong With” or “Honest Trailers” series are about to get very confused. The teams behind those two popular web series’, CinemaSins and Screen Junkies, have swapped gimmicks on the occasion of the ripe-for-parody sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So ScreenJunkies did the “Everything Wrong With” video, CinemaSins did the “Honest Trailer.” Up is down, left is right, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria! Check out the videos below. Read More »

Equalizer trailer

You’d think people would know better by now than to mess with Denzel Washington, but then again his movies wouldn’t make any sense if they did. So in the latest The Equalizer trailer he finds himself targeted by Russian mobsters, who quickly realize he’s much more than the mild-mannered retail worker he pretends to be.

What he is exactly isn’t quite clear, but despite his easy jokes about being a former Pip (as in Gladys Knight & the) it’s obvious he has a dark, dark past. He attempts to atone for his sins by helping the helpless, including a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). Watch the new Equalizer trailer, which prominently features Eminem‘s new song “Guts Over Fear,” after the jump.

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