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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Posted on Monday, June 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
How you feel about Nicholas Stoller‘s The Five-Year Engagement may depend on what you’re expecting. Those looking for another instant classic from producer Judd Apatow and his circle will likely be disappointed, as the new comedy proves too inconsistent to hold up against the likes of The 40-Year-Old Virgin or even Stoller’s own Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Those simply hoping for a pleasant romantic comedy with likable stars, however, will probably find that The Five-Year Engagement surpasses those standards thanks to a seriously charming lead couple (Jason Segel and Emily Blunt), and a handful of very funny gags.
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For most of the past year, the only members of the public who had any real idea what to expect from the villain in Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man were those in attendance at Sony’s panel at Comic Con last year, when the first footage of the Lizard was shown. Over the past couple months we’ve seen images of licensed products that showed a hint of the character, and the full-length trailer revealed quite a bit as well.
But the best look at the actual face of the character now comes via more merchandizing. In this case, a big poster shows us just what Marc Webb and his designers and effects team have cooked up as the post-transformation visage of the character played by Rhys Ifans. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
After starring with Ben Affleck in last year’s The Company Men, Rosemarie DeWitt is now set to work with Affleck’s BFF Matt Damon in Promised Land. DeWitt has landed the female lead in the “Capraesque” tale, which Gus Van Sant will direct. The script comes from Damon and John Krasinski, based on a story Krasinski cooked up with Dave Eggers. As previously reported, Damon will lead the cast as a sales exec who begins to question his whole life after arriving in a small town, while Krasinski will play a rival exec. DeWitt’s role has not been revealed at this time.
DeWitt’s other upcoming roles include three films due out this summer: Your Sister’s Sister, Neighborhood Watch, and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. In addition, she has a role in the drama Nobody Walks, which also stars Krasinksi and is expected to hit theaters this year. [Deadline]
After the jump, Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones get involved in Jennifer Lawrence’s war against Bradley Cooper.
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The viral ad campaign for Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man, Mark of the Spider-Man, started up last week, and it started to pay off for everyone today with the first clip from the film. This is a pure Peter Parker clip; there’s no big web-swinging or Lizard-fighting action here. But you will get to see some of how Andrew Garfield is playing Peter Parker in this telling of Spidey’s story. Read More »