The drama over the film future of Spider-Man seemingly never ends. After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to deliver, Sony announced an elaborate plan to spread the franchise out into some very intriguing spin-off films like Sinister Six and Venom. Then rumors began bubbling they’d been in touch with Marvel Studios to try and figure out some kind of mutually beneficial deal. At one point, there was even a discussion of Spider-Man maybe appearing in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Those talks broke down, and at the moment, things are still in flux.
The latest update is a few of the details in those now legendary Marvel and Sony talks. Apparently, if a deal was worked out, Marvel’s plan was to completely distance their version of Spider-Man from everything Sony had done with the character. That means recasting Andrew Garfield. Read More »
One of my favorite parts of Hollywood Boulevard was the ridiculous costumed superheroes that posed for photos near the Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Jimmy Kimmel regularly featured these performers on his show, and a documentary was even made about the characters called Confessions of a Superhero (watch it on Hulu for free).
Well it appears there will soon be no more costumed characters on the Walk of Fame, as Los Angeles police have launched an effort to clear the area of unlicensed Hollywood character impersonators, making a dozen arrests this week. In recent years some tourists and shop-owners have complained that the costumed characters had become more aggressive and pestered some of the tourists for money/tips. Arrests made over the past couple days include Spiderman, Catwoman, Batman, Scooby Doo, a Johnny Depp lookalike Jack Sparrow, Elvis, another Catwoman, and a few others
. After the jump, you can watch a video report from NBC LA which caught The Dark Knight being arrested on camera.
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What’s Under Your Mask? is a series of prints created by German illustrator Adrian Pavic honoring the masked icons in Western society, ranging from Darth Vader, to Point Break, to Spider-Man. No word on if Pavic will be making his prints available for public purchase, but you can view some of the art in the series, after the jump. I’d love to see Chop Shop produce a t-shirt based on this series.
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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam debate the merits of 2D animation, weigh in on a Monsters Inc. sequel, and spend more time than humanly thought possible destroying The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Legendary actor Stephen Tobolowsky (from Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party) joins us to re-enact The Matrix Reloaded and to show us exactly how film criticism is done.
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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, Adam, and Peter, debate the merits of Sex and the City, lament the Universal fire, pore over the Lost finale, and discuss the nihilistic themes of Rambo. Special guest Myles McNutt joins us from Cultural Learnings and Alex Billington joins us from Firstshowing. Have any questions/comments/suggestions? Feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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