A major part of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is about the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man we’ve known and loved for the past two decades, Peter Parker, passing the mantle to the younger Miles Morales (Shameik Moore). So wouldn’t it have been fitting for Peter Parker to be played by the first actor to bring the character to life on the big screen? Well, it turns out that Tobey Maguire, who played the webslinger in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy from 2002 to 2007, was considered for the part that ultimately went to Jake Johnson.
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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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Over the years, producer Tobey Maguire has been busy. He’s produced The Fifth Wave, Z for Zachariariah, Pawn Sacrifice, and Rock of Ages. In the eight years since Brothers, he’s produced more than acted, although he did very recently provide his voice for the #1 movie in America, Boss Baby. He doesn’t have any acting gigs coming up that we know of, but he is now gearing up to direct an adaptation of Jo Nesbo‘s (a pseudonym) Norwegian novel, “Blood on Snow.”
Below, learn more about the Tobey Maguire directing debut.
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Who is the Worst X-Man Ever? Which Marvel superhero did Beyoncé dress up as at a recent party? What would it take for Alan Tudyk to play Blue Beetle? Who has Robert Downey Jr. invited to the Captain America: Civil War premiere? Why did the Batman v Superman script change after Jesse Eisenberg joined the cast? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Bobby Fischer was a child chess prodigy, the youngest chess grandmaster at the time he was crowned, and eventually the representative of democracy in a politically-charged showdown with Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky that took place in 1972. Bobby Fischer also totally lost it as he aged, becoming a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, despite his own Jewish heritage.
Pawn Sacrifice features Tobey Maguire as Fischer and Liev Schreiber as Spassky, and is structured in a familiar “slice of history” biopic format that shows us Fischer’s childhood and rise to prominence in the chess world while focusing on his duel with Spassky and his disintegrating mental state. Check out the first Pawn Sacrifice trailer below to see how Maguire plays the renowned and broken champion. Read More »
Tobey Maguire plays chess champion Bobby Fischer in the film Pawn Sacrifice, directed by The Last Samurai helmer Ed Zwick. The first real trailer for the film should arrive shortly, given that we’ve got a poster, but for now we’ll have to stick with this debut one-sheet. Fortunately it’s a great image, with Maguire front and center, looking intense and somewhat unhealthy. See the image below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Spider-Man is coming to the MCU. But the powers that be aren’t simply merging Sony’s existing Spider-Man franchise with the Marvel movies — no, this is going to be a whole new Spider-Man, which means the webslinging role is up for grabs again.
Marvel and Sony have yet to reveal whom they want to put on the Spidey mask, but while they mull it over we’ve got some ideas for them. After the jump, run down our new Spider-Man casting wishlist. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
That Steve Jobs biopic has been through a quite a few potential Steve Jobs-es already. Christian Bale was one of the first names we heard, followed by Leonardo DiCaprio, Bale again, and now Michael Fassbender. But we’ve now learned there was yet another A-list actor in contention as of a couple months ago.
Sony apparently wanted Tom Cruise for the part, as revealed by emails from the Sony hack. In addition, Tobey Maguire and Matthew McConaughey reportedly also lobbied for the part. More details after the jump on the Tom Cruise Steve Jobs casting that never happened.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Matt Reeves is planning ahead. The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director is already set to return for the sequel, and now he’s lined up his next film beyond that: an untitled bank heist thriller in the vein of Heat and Dog Day Afternoon. More details on the Matt Reeves bank heist movie after the jump. Read More »
While the mainstream is fetishizing the ’90s, a crew is still looking back at the forgotten corners of ’80s pop culture. IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon is from exec producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. (Steele and Piedmont wrote.) It is designed as a spoof of ’80s event television, and skewers stuff like The Thorn Birds; beach lit stories that, in their small-screen incarnations, are forgotten by most people who weren’t around to watch them the first time.
The series is about the Morehouse oil tycoon family, with Tobey Maguire, Tim Robbins and Kristen Wiig among the leads. (Jessica Alba, Jelly Howie, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, and Steve Tom also show up.) Below, watch a trailer in which Maguire narrates a brief history of the family, culminating with the ominous memory of the Morehouse son Winston. Read More »