Amy Pascal Leaving Sony

Legendary producer Amy Pascal is leaving Sony for Universal. Pascal will move her Pascal Pictures into a first look deal with Universal Pictures. Pascal joined Sony in 1996, rising from a junior executive to Co-Chairperson of Sony Pictures Entertainment. She later formed Pascal Pictures, signing a four-year producing deal with Sony in 2015. Now that the deal is up, she’s headed from Sony to the Universal lot. Pascal’s many credits include Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From HomeThe Post, and the upcoming Greta Gerwig Little Women adaptation.

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endgame sandwich scene

Early in Avengers: Endgame, a melancholy Black Widow chows down on the loneliest of meals – a peanut butter sandwich on white bread. She’s still grieving those lost in the snap, when who should show up, but good old Captain America himself. What follows is an exchange between the two meant to be a moment of playful levity.

But what if I told you there was a shocking truth behind the Endgame sandwich scene? Continue reading on for the story of the year. No, the story of the century. Spoilers follow.

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Female-Led Movies

The results are in: female-led movies sell. For years, producers have assured us that female-driven films just don’t perform well at the box office. But if that was true once, times are changing. A new study finds that female-led movies outperformed male-led films at the box office between 2014 and 2017. Hopefully, the powers-that-be in Hollywood will take notice of this, and start giving the greenlight to even more female-driven flicks.

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silk movie

We could soon be getting our first Korean-American superhero on the big screen. And not just that, our first female Korean-American superhero.

Sony is reportedly developing a Silk movie, a new Spider-Man spin-off centered around the Marvel Comics superheroine Silk.

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How did the movie industry get to this point? Why have mid-budget, adult-driven films all but vanished from the multiplexes while superhero movies and franchises reign supreme? Ben Fritz answers these questions, and more, in his addictive new book The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies.

Our The Big Picture review delves into Ben Fritz’s highly entertaining book about Hollywood in the 21st century, and highlights segments about Disney, Marvel Studios, Netflix, Sony and more.

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sony marvel deal

From the “We’ve made a huge mistake” department comes word that Sony came very close to owning the Marvel characters of the MCU for a rock-bottom price, only to turn the deal down. Back when Marvel was first starting to branch out into movies, they offered Sony an opportunity to snap up the rights to Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Black Panther and more for $25 million.

Sony’s reply? “Thanks, but no thanks.” Whoops.

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Fantastic Beasts VFX Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the wizarding world of the United States was created in a visual effects breakdown of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Plus, watch The Hollywood Reporter’s full roundtable discussuon with producers of the most buzzed about movies of this awards season, and see how the script for Pixar’s Inside Out compares to the final cut of the movie. Read More »

spiderman homecoming

A couple weeks back, I was lucky to jump on the phone with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Sony studio head turned producer Amy Pascal to talk about their new film Spider-Man: Homecoming. I ask the duo about the lessons they learned from the last Amazing Spider-Man franchise failure, the influence of Back to the Future, was the Trump campaign an influence on the film’s villain, why they watched an Akira Kurosawa movie in prep for the film, and we discuss what the end credits scene means. All this and more. Read the full Spider-Man: Homecoming Interview, after the jump.

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Spider-Man Homecoming Clip

Jennifer Connelly was a late addition to the Spider-Man: Homecoming cast, so much so that we didn’t know about her involvement until the first screenings of the film. Even then, when the full cast list was revealed with the junket press notes, some press who had actually seen the film weren’t even aware of her appearance. It’s not that her role is a surprise, it’s just a bit hidden – we can even call it an easter egg. When I talked with producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal last week, I asked them about the addition of Connelly to the film. Here’s why the Jennifer Connelly Spider-Man Homecoming casting is a fun easter egg.

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Spider-Man Avengers Infinity War

With Spider-Man: Homecoming less than two weeks from its release, the film’s press tour is in full swing (yes, pun intended). That means a steady stream of revelations about the future of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, the level of the character’s involvement in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, and much more.

Read on for the latest Spider-Man Avengers Infinity War news, as well as some clarification about Venom, and a reference in Homecoming that seems worth looking out for.
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