spiderman homecoming

A couple weeks back, I was lucky to jump on the phone with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Sony studio head turned producer Amy Pascal to talk about their new film Spider-Man: Homecoming. I ask the duo about the lessons they learned from the last Amazing Spider-Man franchise failure, the influence of Back to the Future, was the Trump campaign an influence on the film’s villain, why they watched an Akira Kurosawa movie in prep for the film, and we discuss what the end credits scene means. All this and more. Read the full Spider-Man: Homecoming Interview, after the jump.

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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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Spider-Man Avengers Infinity War

With Spider-Man: Homecoming less than two weeks from its release, the film’s press tour is in full swing (yes, pun intended). That means a steady stream of revelations about the future of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, the level of the character’s involvement in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, and much more.

Read on for the latest Spider-Man Avengers Infinity War news, as well as some clarification about Venom, and a reference in Homecoming that seems worth looking out for.
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Amy Pascal Spider-Man: Homecoming Interview

Amy Pascal is one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. The former head of Sony Pictures was instrumental in making the deal that returned Peter Parker to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When I was on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming, it seemed clear that her producer credit was not just a title – she was on set behind the monitor, playing a very active role in the creative decisions of the reboot.

But I was most surprised at how down-to-earth Pascal seemed, how honest some of her answers were and how self-deprecating she was about the previous Spider-Man installments (made under her leadership) that weren’t considered home runs. She realizes that this current situation, where Sony and Disney get to “share” Spidey, rarely ever happens in Hollywood, and seems very grateful to have been part of orchestrating it.

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Ghostbusters franchise

After much fuss, Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters finally had its world premiere in Hollywood this past weekend and rolls out to U.S. theaters this coming weekend. Early reviews have been mixed to positive (you can read ours here), and if all goes well, we could be seeing a lot more of the rebooted Ghostbusters in the future. Producer Amy Pascal says the newly revived franchise will be “endless,” which of course is the goal of pretty much every mainstream blockbuster franchise these days.

But before we even get there, we’ll have a longer version of Feig’s Ghostbusters coming our way. The director says Ghostbusters will get an extended home video cut that’ll run 15-17 minutes longer than the theatrical version.

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Steve Jobs

Aaron Sorkin is the rare screenwriter whose work is as instantly recognizable as any auteur director’s. Steve Jobs was described as an Aaron Sorkin movie just as often, if not more, as it was a Danny Boyle movie. The distinct rat-a-tat patter of his dialogue has also been heard in films by the likes of David Fincher (The Social Network) and Mike Nichols (Charlie Wilson’s War).

But now Sorkin’s going to go from just writing movies, to directing them. The Oscar-winning scribe is preparing to make his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, based on Molly Bloom‘s memoir about her years running an underground poker ring that catered to the Hollywood elite.  Read More »

Scarlett Johansson May Lead a Gamergate Movie

Gamergate Movie

Even if you’re just a casual fan of video games, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the controversy known as Gamergate. Without getting into the finer details, it’s basically an online movement that originated online in August of 2014 that is said to be about ethics in game journalism, but has come under fire for pushing forth sexism in the video game industry.

It all began when game designer Zoe Quinn became the target of an online group after a disparaging blog post about her by an ex-boyfriend went viral in the video game community. Over a year later, it has turned into a provocative and eye-opening look at video game culture, the changing profile of what is a “gamer” and the inner-workings of the game industry. And now that story has proven to be intriguing enough for a potential Gamergate movie. Read More »

Chris Columbus Spider-Man

Back in the year 2000, director Steven Spielberg had been slated to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but he passed on the project, opting to take his career in a different direction by taking on both A.I. Artificial Intelligence (check out a recent visual study of the film) and Minority Report (which is being turned into a TV series). That left the opportunity open for Chris Columbus to step in and launch the franchise  as well as directing the sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

But Chris Columbus nearly directed another huge franchise around the same time instead of Harry Potter. Did you know that Chris Columbus was previously the frontrunner to direct Spider-Man before Sam Raimi got the job? Find out more about how we almost got a Chris Columbus Spider-Man movie after the jump! Read More »

Cameron Crowe Aloha Troubles

This morning, I retweeted a tweet from Amy Kaufman from the Los Angeles Times noting that the all-media screening of Cameron Crowe’s Aloha is set for May 26th, reviews are embargoed until May 28th in the afternoon pacific time, with the movie being released nationwide less than a day later on May 29th. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like a good sign for a movie from a filmmaker who is known to create audience pleasing dramedies. But is it fair to judge a movie based on a studio’s apparent lack of faith in a movie?

I explore the reported trouble behind Aloha and try to explore this question, after the jump.

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Little Women

Louisa May Alcott‘s Little Women are getting another big picture. Sony is moving forward with a new adaptation of the classic novel, about four sisters growing up in the post-Civil War era. Amy Pascal will produce and Sarah Polley will write the script. Get all the details on the Little Women remake after the jump.  Read More »