“Creative differences” is that oft-cited reason that people bail on movie projects, but that can also be a big problem when making any film, especially one with a hefty financial burden. Look at the Spider-Man series of films from Sony. Sam Raimi’s third film was evidence of heavy arguments and influence from producers who wanted one thing and a writer/director team that wanted others. Creative differences helped push Raimi away from the series. Now, with Marc Webb’s pair of films, “creative differences” is a plague on Spider-Man. Webb apparently wants certain things — character, plot — and producers want action and toy sales.
James Horner did the music for Marc Webb’s first Spidey film, The Amazing Spider-Man, but he wouldn’t do the sequel because The Amazing Spider-Man 2 “ended up being so terrible, I didn’t want to do it. It was just dreadful.” Anyone who saw the film, however, knew it ended up being terrible. That isn’t news. What’s interesting in Horner’s comments is the fact that the producers weren’t interested in Webb’s input at all. Read More »
500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb has already completed his third collaboration with stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon Levitt (the second has already graced these pages in full).
Of course, they haven’t had time to make another feature but instead, what they’ve cooked up is a music video for the She & Him track Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? (The She in this case is Ms. Deschanel, the Him M. Ward).
The video is currently available exclusively at USA Today though it is set to spread to other venues – ie. those dusty corners of MTV where music videos still play – pretty soon. This cross-promotion takes me back to the days when a Bryan Adams video would have done the world of good for a Kevin Costner movie at the box office, and said Costner movie would have done Adams bank balance just as big a favour.
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Last week we posted two video clips from Mark Webb’s 500 Days of Summer, which premieres later tonight at the Sundance Film Festival (check back for our take). Fox Searchlight has now released an official teaser trailer, which you can watch after the jump.
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On my adventures today, I was also able to secure two video clips from Mark Webb‘s 500 Days of Summer.
In the first clip, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) talks about how his failure in architectural design lead to a job writing greeting cards and we learn Summer’s (Zooey Deschanel) shocking college nickname. And the next clip features a conversation where Summer compares her relationship with Tom to Sid and Nancy.
A FirstShowing spy who saw an early test screening called the film the best movie he’s seen over the last year. That’s pretty high praise. 500 Days of Summer is one of my most anticipated films of this year’s Sundance film festival. Fox Searchlight is distributing the film, and it seems like any film that mini-major touches (most recently Slumdog Millionaire and The Wrestler) turns to gold. I’m screening the film on Sunday, so check back for my take. But for now, you can watch the two video clips after the jump.
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Music video turned feature film director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) will write and helm Age of Rage for Fox Searchlight. THR compares the dystopian project to Children of Men and Lord of the Flies, but since no plot synopsis is provided, its hard to really form any sort of opinion about it. So instead I want to rant about Hollywood’s overuse of Children of Men comparisons.
Can we please stop referring or comparing every dystopian film to Children of Men. I understand that in Hollywood, its much easier to pitch a film by saying stupid phrases like “It’s like Titanic but in Space” or “it’s Die Hard meets Time Cop”. And the comparisons are completely fine when they’re valid, but I doubt that every futuristic end of society type project is like Children of Men. There have been how many dystopian films over the last 50 years? Outside of the core story element, how many of them immediately remind you of Children of Men? Exactly. Children of Men brought a very specific tone and realism to the dystopian story, and I doubt all of these films will be in the same vein. So lets please stop these over simplified classifications.
Web has directed videos for My Chemical Romance, Fergie, Weezer, Evanescence, Yellowcard and many others. He won the 2006 Music Video Production Association’s Director of the Year award for The All American Rejects’ Move Along. Check out his music videos on MTVmusic.com.