Does Sony have a plan for the Spider-Man film series? Of course they do! Well, actually… maybe? Any film series “plan” must involve an evolving set of decisions, but in the case of Spider-Man some of those decisions seem to contradict one another. The throughline of the two new films so far has involved Peter Parker’s parents, his father’s work at Oscorp, and Oscorp’s tendency to develop technology that is really great for evil. In Marc Webb’s movies, the company is essentially Ikea for supervillains.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now on Blu-ray, and some releases feature a bonus disc that explains some of the ideas that are loosely leading up towards the Sinister Six. In some of those bonus features, director Marc Webb confirms the identity of the guy seen at the end of both movies, explains some things that have been rumored about the film, and explains the origin of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 end-credits, as they relate to Sinister Six. )Spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follow.) Read More »
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Sony and Shane Black have a nice little pulp revival arrangement going. For quite a while, Black has been developing a Doc Savage movie for Sony. Now he’s also tapped to direct The Destroyer for the studio, based on the long-running novel series (150 books!) centered around badass character and “human superweapon” Remo Williams. Read More »
The trailer for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s The Interview is pretty insane. In the film, a famous entertainment journalist and his producer get an exclusive interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Before heading to the interview, the U.S. government asks the guys to assassinate the dictator.
So why the heck would this journalist, out of everyone, get this exclusive interview? Your first clue was on MTV over the weekend as James Franco‘s character, Dave Skylark, hosted a Very Special VMA Special featuring interviews with musicians Iggy Azalea, Jason Derulo and Nicki Minaj. Seth Rogen’s producer character, Aaron, also plays a huge role in the special.
Watching this special, which runs 20 minutes long, you’re sure not only to laugh, but totally get why the North Korean dictator of the film – which opens December 25 – would agree to the Interview. Watch The Interview MTV Special below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Another classic character is getting her turn on the silver screen. Betty Boop, the Depression-era cartoon siren, is going to be the subject of her own feature film — with a little help from Simon Cowell, of all people.
The American Idol and X Factor producer is teaming with Lego Movie animators Animal Logic for the project, described as “a music-driven hybrid animated comedy.” Hit the jump for more details.
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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s already controversial film, The Interview, was recently pushed back a few months but we’ll get a nice tease this weekend. Tied into the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, stars of the film James Franco and Rogen will do a full 30 minute special, in character, interviewing popular musicians Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Jason Derulo.
In the film, Franco plays Dave Skylark, the host of a popular entertainment interview show run by producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen). They’re then granted an exclusive interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and are asked to kill him. There will be no killing on the MTV special, which airs Sunday August 17 at 9 p.m., but you’ll get a sense of the film’s tone and humor. Below, read more info, see more photos and even watch a quick video of The Interview MTV Special. Read More »
Comedian/actor Martin Lawrence appeared on Conan today to promote his television series Partners, and dropped a big bomb – Bad Boys 3 might finally happen.
[UPDATE: Watch the announcement on Conan after the jump.]
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Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
With The Amazing Spider-Man 3 pushed back to 2018, the villain-heavy spinoff Sinister Six is now set to be the next entry in the franchise. And so Sony is getting down to the business of setting it up.
A featurette included on the Target exclusive edition of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 offers our first taste of Sinister Six, including some very intriguing bits of concept art. Check it out after the jump.
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When North Korea started to kick up a fuss about The Interview — the film in which Seth Rogen and James Franco play TV news guys who are recruited to assassinate Kim Jong Un during an interview opportunity — Sony seemed to shrug. But as the country remains furious about the comedy, calling its release essentially an act of “sponsoring terrorism,” it looks like Sony is having second thoughts. Some digital changes are being made to The Interview. One change is relatively small, but there’s also a report of one graphic scene, which could have been one of the film’s big attention-getting moments, being tossed entirely. (A spoiler warning might be in order for details of that scene.) Read More »