Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
In truth, the biggest problem with Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t even really its own fault. But the fact that this reboot comes just five short years after the end of Sam Raimi‘s previous Spider-Man trilogy looms over the whole endeavor, making it difficult not to compare the two.
It’s a damn shame. Because while Webb’s film isn’t as seamlessly put together as Raimi’s first two were, it has its own funny little rough-hewn charms. Had there been more space between the earlier Spider-Man movies and this new reboot, it might’ve felt lively and fresh. As it is, The Amazing Spider-Man is good, but not quite good enough to justify retelling the story again so soon.
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The viral campaign for Sony and Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man hasn’t been nearly as exciting as the one for Fox and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, but here’s a new installment from the Spidey viral that makes a few things clear.
We’ve wondered since the film was announced where classic Spidey character J. Jonah Jameson fits in, and how his newspaper the Daily Bugle, which employed Spidey alter-ego Peter Parker in most versions of his story, will evolve to find a place in the modern world. With print publications holding a far less important public role than was once the case, the Bugle seemed anachronistic.
This clip shows that the Bugle is now a television station, and while there is no version of the Jameson character, his role of vocal Spider-Man naysayer has been picked up by Denis Leary‘s character Captain Stacy. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
In the decade or so since the start of Fox’s Ice Age series, the franchise has pulled in a range of high-profile stars including Jack Black, Will Arnett, Jay Leno, and Simon Pegg to compliment its central quartet of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Chris Wedge.
This time around, for Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier‘s Ice Age: Continental Drift, the core characters are joined by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Nick Frost, Rebel Wilson, Aziz Ansari, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, and more. It’s a very solid cast, but is the project worthy of their talents? Watch the first trailer after the jump and decide for yourself. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
Sony has unveiled the official website for The Amazing Spider-Man, with several new images, character descriptions, a synopsis, and yes, the promise of more Spider-Man. It’s not surprising that the studio’s been working hard to market this film, but it is nice that most of what we’ve seen so far looks pretty good, with the website being no exception. And it’s even better to see further proof that, yes, Marc Webb‘s Amazing Spider-Man really and truly is more than just a retread of Sam Raimi’s trilogy from the ’00s. More after the jump.
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Since the run-up to the release of Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age in 2002, the best spokesman — spokesanimal? — for the film series has been a creature that can barely speak. The acorn-obsessed Scrat, a sabre-toothed squirrel, has starred in trailers and shorts and is one of the most consistently entertaining parts of the actual films. With the latest film in the series, Ice Age: Continental Drift, hitting theaters in July 2012, Fox and Blue Sky are way ahead of the curve in getting the word out. The first part of the short Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up showed up way back in January of this year, and now we’ve got the conclusion. Check it out below. Read More »
Sometimes there’s no way to make a casting roundup conform to any sort of sense. Such is the case here, as we’ve got info on a wild reality-based political thriller set in 1979, an animated sequel, and an indie family drama with a very unlikely cast. In other words, after the break you’ll find info on:
- Monsters star Scoot McNairy joining Ben Affleck’s Argo,
- Nick Frost and seven hundred other actors doing voices for the fourth theatrical Ice Age movie,
- and an indie called Little Boy, which has Kevin James and Emily Watson set to star.
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Want to read a detailed rundown of what went down on The Dark Knight Rises this weekend complete with between-shot entertainment and full spoilers? What’s a major problem with The Avengers? When might we see a Guillermo Del Toro produced Hulk TV show? Does Denis Leary think he’ll be back for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
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What is Marc Webb‘s new The Amazing Spider-Man about? We have little idea, other than that the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) factors in, and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and her father (Denis Leary) are tied to this new story about the young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). Now we know that Oscorp, the company founded by the original Green Goblin, Norman Osborn, somehow plays a part, too. We don’t know what the deal is with Oscorp in the new script, but set pics show off the NYC exterior location used for the company, and one shooting report suggests that Oscorp is more than just a bit of background to please fans. Read More »