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With Disney’s Maleficent opening in theaters Friday, it’s the perfect time to remember that a new trend will continue. The trend: Disney reimagining its classic animated films in live action. Cinderella is out next year and then the one that started the revamp pattern, Alice in Wonderland, will get its sequelAlice in Wonderland 2 will be called something like Alice: Through the Looking Glass. James Bobin (The Muppets) is directing and original stars Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will return.

Rumors have run rampant that Sacha Baron Cohen could be playing a role and, apparently, they’re true. He’s also being joined by Rhys Ifans, who’ll be playing the father of Depp’s Mad Hatter. Read More »

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Much was made over the footage cut from Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man. The trailers featured shots that didn’t make the finished film, which isn’t all that unusual, but those shots were part of a plotline that tied Peter Parker’s father to the superhero Peter eventually becomes. That’s a relatively new thing for the Spidey mythos that made up “the untold story” promised in the early marketing.

Now there is a good collection of the deleted scenes, included among which is the shot of Irrfan Khan asking Parker “do you have any idea what you really are?” Check out the footage below. Read More »

It has only been ten years since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man swung into theaters, and Sony and Columbia have already gone in for the remake. Today Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man opens with Andrew Garfield in the title role, and Emma Stone and Rhys Ifansas the primary additional cast.  The film takes the time to tell Spidey’s origin — yes, again — and spends as much time on the character interaction between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy (Stone) as it does the superhero action. Perhaps even more, actually.

The reviews of the film have been flowing in for a week, with a pretty consistent take on the movie that praises the actors and has varying degrees of distaste for much of the rest of the picture. But now’s the time to tell us what you thought, so leave your thoughts on the film after the break. As always, spoilers are expected below the fold here, and in the comments. Read More »

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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If the sheer amount of The Amazing Spider-Man teasers, trailers, spots, and clips released so far have you wondering if you’ve already seen the whole damn film… well, you might not be that far off. A Vimeo user going by Sleepyskunk has cut together the footage we’ve already seen into a 25-minute version of the movie that covers the basics of the entire narrative. Watch it after the jump (but be warned that, duh, spoilers follow).

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The viral ad campaign for Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man has debuted two new video clips, and one of them has some significant new footage. The first clip is a video from Oscorp featuring Rhys Ifans in character as Dr. Curt Connors, pitching the scientific value of his work to aspiring Oscorp interns.

The other is a lot more significant, as it features a few small interview clips with Webb and Ifans talking about both Connors and his scaly, villainous alter-ego, but also some new footage of the Lizard in action. Read More »

Later today the new trailer for Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man will go online, just before it hits theaters in front of The Avengers. We’ll have that up as soon as it becomes available, along with some other info from a press event held yesterday to promote the film.

In the meantime, Apple provided a few new shots from the movie last night, and two of them feature villain the Lizard, played by Rhys Ifans, a whole lot of CGI, and what looks like a couple of really nifty gloves. Check out those pics below. Read More »

After a decade of false starts on the big screen, an adaptation Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections looked to finally be making some headway on the small screen. HBO began developing it as a series with producer Scott Rudin last fall, and quickly signed director Noah Baumbach as well as a high-profile cast including Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest. The novel, which won the National Book Award in 2001, centers around an elderly couple and three adult children as they gather for “one last Christmas” near the turn of the millennium.

But alas, it seems this incarnation of the project isn’t going anywhere, either. After viewing the pilot, the premium cable has chosen to pass on the series. While HBO apparently liked the episode and the performances, it was concerned about the long-term sustainability of the premise. The book’s plot jumps back and forth through time, filling in the characters’ backstories, and HBO worried that it would be difficult for viewers to follow. The decision was not related to this week’s straight-to-series order of True Detective; with Luck off its plate, HBO would have had the resources to do both. [Deadline]

After the jump, the West Wing gang prove they’ve still got their walk-and-talk skills.

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