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Edgar Wright drops a few references during Baby Driver. His new thriller tips its hat to a few titles and even has movies play a unique, surprisingly substantial role in his new film. One of those movies is a Pixar film that’s thematically related to Wright’s story of a silent, music-loving getaway driver.

Below, learn how the director got to reference the Pixar movie in his R-rated movie. Spoilers for a great joke ahead.

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Spider-Man Homecoming Clip

Jennifer Connelly was a late addition to the Spider-Man: Homecoming cast, so much so that we didn’t know about her involvement until the first screenings of the film. Even then, when the full cast list was revealed with the junket press notes, some press who had actually seen the film weren’t even aware of her appearance. It’s not that her role is a surprise, it’s just a bit hidden – we can even call it an easter egg. When I talked with producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal last week, I asked them about the addition of Connelly to the film. Here’s why the Jennifer Connelly Spider-Man Homecoming casting is a fun easter egg.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Honest Trailer

With Spider-Man: Homecoming on its way to theaters this weekend, with sneak preview screenings beginning around the United States tonight, let’s remind ourselves of the straw that broke the camel’s back at Sony Pictures and got Spider-Man controlled by Marvel Studios again.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 attempted to expand the world of Spider-Man into a cinematic universe that would have brought the Sinister Six into New York and expand the mythology of Peter Parker’s parents’ life as spies. But all it did was make a big mess of things by being on par with Batman & Robin, and now the folks at Honest Trailers give the sequel the skewering it deserves.

Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Honest Trailer below. Read More »

Baby Driver Sequel

This past weekend, Baby Driver exceeded the modest box office forecasts by pulling in $21 million for the regular three day weekend, and a total of $35 million since opening exactly one week ago today (not including whatever business it did on Independence Day yesterday). That already puts it over the $34 million budget, so this movie will certainly turn a profit for Sony, and that has them interested in a sequel, even if it seems Anthony Bourdain may not be.

Baby Driver writer and director Edgar Wright recently appeared on the Empire Spoiler Special Podcast where he revealed that the studio has already asked him to contemplate possibly writing a sequel, which would be a first for the filmmaker. The good news for fans of the music-infused car chase musical is that he might actually do it.

Find out more about the Baby Driver sequel below, but beware of spoilers. Read More »

Movie Mixtape: Spider-Man Movie Connections

(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Spider-Man: Homecoming.)

Be honest. What would you have done if you’d seen Sony and Marvel cast someone to play Uncle Ben in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Screamed? Shook your head? Vowed never to see it, only to buy opening night tickets? These are all correct answers.

For the third time in only 15 years, Spider-Man is being introduced to us on the big screen. For the first time, he’s come home to the warm, awaiting arms of the Marvel family so that he can have direct contact with Iron Man and Happy Hogan and some other surprise guests along the way.

Fortunately, Uncle Ben is not one of them. Wisely, the studios, the writers and co-writer/director Jon Watts are letting us shake hands with a new Peter Parker (Tom Holland) after his most formative moment, after he’s fought crime in a funny suit, and after he’s helped Iron Man slap Captain America in the face during Civil War.

Homecoming sees Parker juggling life as an unpopular high school sophomore and life as a superpowered hero who wants to do more than help old ladies cross the street. It’s a spectacular outing for Spidey that smartly avoids most of the tired tropes beaten into our eyeballs over the past decade. It’s light, sometimes dry, and it pairs well with these other films.

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Close Encounters of a third Kind

On July 3, 2017, Sony Pictures posted a mysterious teaser trailer on YouTube under the title “This Means Something.” The teaser trailer shows a UFO encounter from the point of view of air traffic control. The video ends with the iconic music notes from Steven Spielberg‘s 1977 film Close Encounters of a Third Kind and on-screen text sending viewers to a mysterious website to sign up to “receive updates on UFO sightings.” Is Sony planning a Close Encounters sequel or remake, or is this something about the film’s 40th anniversary?
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Spider-Man Homecoming Featurette

We’re less than a week out from seeing Spider-Man return to theaters in a big way for his first solo outing since being brought back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. The good news is that Spider-Man: Homecoming is an exciting revival of the webslinger’s franchise that takes full advantage of his new place in a larger world. The even better news is that it brings a villain to the table that is easily one of Marvel’s best yet.

Michael Keaton plays Adrian Toomes, aka The Vulture. Screwed out of a contracting deal by Tony Stark, Toomes turns to a life of crime, selling weaponized Chitauri technology to small-time criminals in order to effectively provide for his family. Of course, Spider-Man can’t stand for this, but not even the webslinger’s do-good principles will keep a man from keeping his family afloat.

Watch a new Spider-Man Homecoming featurette below to find out more. Read More »

Spider-Man Homecoming 2

Earlier this week, we found out that the direct sequel to Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Homecoming will kick off a new era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by showing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man dealing with the aftermath of the upcoming Avengers movies. But that connection will be even more explicit than we thought: according to producer Amy Pascal, the opening of Spider-Man Homecoming 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) will pick up only “a few minutes” after the events of Avengers 4.
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Edgar Wright - Movies That Inspired Baby Driver

Leading up to the release of Baby Driver, director Edgar Wright was a guest programmer at the British Film Institute for a series of films under the banner Car Car Land. The filmmaker rounded up 10 of the movies that influenced Baby Driver in some way for cinephiles in London to enjoy. Since not everyone can attend those screenings and hear all the wonderful things he has to say about these movies, some of which he introduced himself, we wanted to hear from the man himself why he loves these movies and how they inspired his new film, which is being called a “dazzling car chase musical.”

A little over a week ago, we had an extensive phone call with Edgar Wright where he laid down his passion for these 10 movies and provided some fun facts. Since this is such an extensive conversation, we’ve split it up into two parts.

Below is part two of this feature, which covers the second five movies, and you’d do well to read the first part before you go any further.

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