Today you may be seeing rumors that Sony is going to sell off rights to Spider-Man. It’s all based on six degrees of uninformed speculation, which is to say: don’t believe it for a second. The point of the real conversation going on is that the Sony Entertainment division — music and movies, in other words — is the profitable arm of the company, and has been propping up Sony as a whole while the electronics divisions lose money.
That being the case, why would the company even think of selling the character that is among its most reliable earners? Answer: it would not. You might want to see Marvel Studios produce an Avengers 2 that features Spider-Man, but it ain’t happening. Not without a very unlikely partnership with Sony, at least. Details below. Read More »
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Threadless Tees has released a line of t-shirts based on Marvel’s Spider-Man. The company challenged artists to design “a t-shirt inspired by the battle between Spider-Man and his archenemies.” And by archenemies, Threadless kept this limited to: Dr. Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Venom, Lizard, Kraven, Green Goblin, Vulture, Rhino, and Shocker. I found some of the contest entry rules funny, for instance — “The characters cannot be represented as children or animals” or “may not use actor likenesses or any logos in your design” and the expected no “blood and guts”, “political or adult content (sex, smoking, drinking, etc.)” Check out the winners after the jump, and buy them now on Threadless.
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A decade removed, it seems crazy to think there was a time Spider-Man had yet to be given the big budget, Hollywood movie. In that time we’ve been given four movies and the character’s existence on the big screen is pretty much taken for granted. But imagine this. You’re sitting around in 2001 and a trailer plays touting not only the first Spider-Man movie, it’s directed by Sam Raimi, stars Tobey Maguire, and Spider-man has mechanical webshooters.
It happened. Maybe. Even if those webshooters never made the movie. After the jump check out a mysterious “unseen” trailer for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man that includes mechanical webshooters. Read More »
Why did Ron Perlman recently dress up like Hellboy? Want to see behind the scenes photos of Christopher Nolan on the set of The Dark Knight Rises? Is there a way to get your phone synced up with Man of Steel content right now? Which problem occurred during the first Dark Knight Rises press screening? How much might Scarlett Johansson make when she returns for The Avengers 2? Did The Amazing Spider-Man have a good weekend at the box office? What honor was bestowed upon Christopher Nolan this weekend? And can you purchase Todd McFarlane‘s original art for Spider-Man #1? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Comic book adaptations may be a cinema staple these days, but when Sam Raimi‘s first Spider-Man opened a decade ago, Hollywood still wasn’t entirely sure about this whole superhero movie thing. In fact, it was in part thanks to the critical and commercial success of that movie that we’re in the middle of a costumed-hero glut at the moment.
The trend came full circle this week with Marc Webb‘s reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, which starts fresh with a brand-new Spidey (Andrew Garfield) and a revamped origin tale. As that film takes the box office by storm, Kees van Dijkhuizen has taken it upon himself to revisit Raimi’s original trilogy. Watch his 6-minute montage of highlights from the Tobey Maguire movies — yes, even the disappointing last one — after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Before we launch into the Andrew Garfield era of the Spider-Man movie franchise, Sony would really like it it you revisited the Tobey Maguire age one last time with its upcoming Blu-ray reissues of the Sam Raimi films. Also after the jump:
- Sony drops the first TV spot for Men in Black 3
- Blade 2‘s Blu-ray reissue will feature Guillermo Del Toro commentary
- Damon Lindelof explains why Prometheus isn’t exactly a prequel
- Dumb and Dumber 2 is happening, say the Farrelly Bros.
- James Bond will be sipping Heineken in Skyfall
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Before Disney bought Marvel, the main place to find superheros like Hulk and Spider-Man in a theme park was Island of Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando. Doctor Doom’s Freefall, the Incredible Hulk Coaster and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 3D Experience were among the most popular rides at the park. However, advances in digital projection and 3D technology had left the latter looking dated in recent years and last year it was announced the ride would get a substantial upgrade.
That upgrade goes into full effect March 8 with a grand reopening including enhancements to the film portion of the ride as well as huge technical upgrades. Read about them all after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s still the middle of winter now, but it’s never too soon to start planning ahead for vacation time — and with Universal Orlando’s announcement of new and updated attractions to debut in 2012, the theme park is looking better than ever. After the jump, find details on such rides as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, as well as updates on the Blue Man Group show and more.
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