Spider-Man 3 editor's cut

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 debuted ten years ago this month, and though the movie pulled in $890 million worldwide (more than $100 million more than its predecessor), it was largely seen as a misstep in the franchise by fans and critics. Since then, the maligned sequel has experienced a bit of a critical reappraisal and now seems as close to cult status as a mainstream film with a $258 million budget can be.

Over the weekend, a new “Editor’s Cut” of the 2007 sequel made its way online over at Amazon, only to be unceremoniously pulled from the digital shelves because it debuted too soon. Below, read all about the Spider-Man 3 editor’s cut and when you’ll have the opportunity to see it again.
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Sam Raimi and Marc Webb Passed on ‘The Flash’

The Flash director

The search for The Flash director continues. Yesterday, we heard Robert Zemeckis is the frontrunner for the job, and today we’re hearing two Spider-Man directors, Sam Raimi and Marc Webb, are no longer in the running. Either one of them could’ve replaced directors Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and Seth Grahame-Smith (The LEGO Batman Movie), who both left the project over creative differences.

Below, learn more about what Raimi and Webb have coming up.

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Spider-Man 4

The cancellation of Spider-Man 4 still feels like a missed opportunity, especially after how The Amazing Spider-Man movies turned out. Sony pulled the plug on what could’ve allowed Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire to send Spider-Man out on a high note. Instead of waiting to get the script right, the studio decided to reboot quickly instead.

You might all recall what went down with the sequel, but ten years after Spider-Man 3 hit theaters, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and remember the Spider-Man sequel we wanted and never got.

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Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi has never been afraid to venture into weird territory, whether it’s a medieval England overrun by Deadites in Army of Darkness or the Land of Oz in Oz: The Great and Powerful. But for his next project, he’ll go exploring a little closer to home. Raimi has been set to direct a movie about the Bermuda Triangle, the spot in the Atlantic Ocean where, according to legend, planes and ships have inexplicably vanished. Skydance Productions is behind the project.  Read More »

the last of us movie

Of all the video games that hang out on the horizon and constantly promise to arrive and break the dreaded “video game movie curse” by actually being, you know, good, Uncharted and The Last of Us loom the largest. That’s no coincidence, as both games are the work of Naughty Dog, a developer that has always shown a keen interest in creating fascinating characters and telling terrific stories alongside their reliably strong gameplay.

We’ve covered the dramatic ups and downs of the Uncharted movie for years now, but The Last of Us (a serious-minded post-apocalyptic tale that plays like The Walking Dead with a conscience) has remained largely in the shadows since it was announced back in 2014. The handful of updates we have been given haven’t been especially hopeful…and the latest update doesn’t break that trend.

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evil dead 4 - bruce campbell

In retrospect, it’s obvious why Evil Dead 4 never came together. Sure, Army of Darkness is beloved now, but it was a box office whimper back in 1992. And then director Sam Raimi became one of the biggest and busiest filmmakers in Hollywood with the original Spider-Man trilogy. And then Drag Me to Hell, a spiritual cousin of sorts to the Evil Dead movies, was a financial bust. The external factors alone, including a very good remake, made a big screen continuation the original Evil Dead series feel nearly impossible.

Of course, the new adventures of Bruce Campbell‘s chainsaw-armed demon hunter have found a new home on Starz with Ash vs. Evil Dead, which is set to return for its second season this fall. In the meantime, the first season has just hit Blu-ray and DVD and Raimi has revealed some of the abandoned concepts for the never-made Evil Dead 4. It seems that various creative issues also kept this project from finding life.

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Ash vs Evil Dead

San Diego Comic-Con tries its best to stay family-friendly. Every once in a while, the powers that be deem some footage too mature for kids in attendance. That’s what happened with the latest trailer for Ash vs Evil Dead season two, which features plenty of limbs flying through the air and some great, messy practical blood effects.

Below, watch the Ash vs Evil Dead Banned Comic Con trailer.

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spider-man 4 concept art

Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man 4 is one of my all-time favorite “What If?” movies. I’m in the small fan club of weirdos and losers that enjoys the heck out of the completely batty and bonkers Spider-Man 3, but it’s no secret that Raimi was dissatisfied with how that film turned out. With one more good movie, he could have redeemed the series and sent Tobey Maguire’s Spidey out on a high note. Spider-Man 4 could have been the one that redeemed all of Peter Parker’s (hilarious and great, if you want my dumb opinion) dancing.

But then things went wrong. Raimi abruptly walked away from the film in 2010. Sony moved ahead with The Amazing Spider-Man and we all know how that turned out. Spider-Man 4 was kaput. However, a few very cool pieces of art have surfaced online, giving us a glimpse at what could have been.

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Gabriel Hardman interview

In 1993, at only 19 years old, an aspiring comic book artist named Gabriel Hardman got what appeared to be a big break: the chance to pencil Marvel’s War Machine. But not long after completing the assignment, Hardman chose to ditch comics, move to Hollywood and try to make it as a storyboard artist.

By any measure of success, there’s no doubt that Hardman “made it.” Over the next two decades, he worked on a variety of beloved and/or critically acclaimed projects; ranging from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) to Interstellar (2014). But at the same time, while on that upward trajectory, he storyboarded a handful famous flops. Including three films which have been the focus of How Did This Get Made? episodes: Wild Wild West, Spider-Man 3 and Green Lantern.

Interestingly enough, it took a frustrating experience on one of those three films to lead Hardman back to the career he had previously left. And, since then, he has regularly toggled between working in comics (such as Invisible Republic and Heathentown) and working on films (such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises). To learn more about this unexpected journey, we spoke with Gabriel Hardman about some of the ups and downs in his career.

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Sam Raimi to Direct ‘World War III’

World War III Movie

Just last week we wrote up a clever advertisement Sam Raimi directed for Chevy. The commercial played with horror tropes — and the tropes that come with seeing a horror movie with a loud audience — and it certainly made us wish Raimi would make another horror picture. He directed the pilot of Ash vs The Evil Dead, but he hasn’t made a movie in the genre since 2009’s delightful Drag Me to Hell.

One of Raimi’s next potential projects isn’t a horror movie, but it is about World War III, which could be pretty horrific.

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