When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicked off the summer movie season back in May, it was derided by fans and critics alike, despite making over $200 million at the domestic box office and just over $700 million worldwide. Last week, we reported that screenwriter Roberto Orci has pulled out of The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and that Sony isn't quite sure how to move this franchise forward at this time.
Badass Digest received an early draft of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 script by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, which reveal a number of changes made from this draft to the final product, including a rather surprising alternate ending. Of course, if you haven't seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet, there will be spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
There has always been an understated rivalry between the mediums of movies and television. Many years ago it was even thought as being somewhat of a drastic career letdown if actors/actresses from film decided to depart for the landscape of television. The truth is that for some performers that had stalled or uneventful momentum in motion pictures that the concept of “slumming it” in television actually saved their show business profession. Hence, the boob tube made them relevant whereas the big screen had unceremoniously passed them by.
However, there is also a mutual respect that cinema and television share that go hand in hand when shaping our appreciation for entertainment on both the big and small screen. When movies depict the aspects of the TV world giving a sociological, psychological or emotional perspective then it is not so uncool to be a proud couch potato after all, right? Let »
- Frank Ochieng
Exclusive: YouTube host and actress Anna Akana is the latest online personality to jump to the big screen. She’s joined Sally Field and New Girl‘s Max Greenfield in the cast of Haven Entertainment and Red Crown’s Hello, My Name Is Doris, the indie comedy directed by Michael Showalter from his script with Laura Terruso. Akana’s the YouTuber behind recent viral videos like the make-up tutorial spoof How To Put On Your Face, which has garnered 1.4M views in less than a month. (Watch it below.) She’s a prolific online creator whose channel boasts 60 million views and 900,000 subscribers, and […] »
On July 8, J.K. Rowling released a short, short story about grown-up Harry Potter and the Sequel She Swore She’d Never Write, and over in the magical land of central Florida, the Harry Potter theme park’s Diagon Alley expansion is entertaining six-hour lines on opening day. So apparently, it’s Harry Potter day, and to celebrate this completely random occasion, I’ve decided to do something equally arbitrary and sort a bunch of celebrities into the four houses of Hogwarts. Why? Art needs no reason.
First, the criteria. The Hogwarts houses are divided based on traits: Slytherins are cunning, »
- Marc Snetiker
Sunday marked 20 years since Forrest Gump hit theaters, but the 1994 movie is still as quotable as ever. Memorable lines from Tom Hanks and Robin Wright's characters, Forrest and Jenny, quickly became part of pop-culture history after the film came out. Who didn't say "Run, Forrest, run!" for weeks after first seeing the movie? And let's not forget about the motherly advice from Sally Field's character either: "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." To celebrate the film's 20th anniversary, take a look at some of the many Forrest Gump moments you'll never forget. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
You've probably seen "Forrest Gump" so many times in the 20 years since its release (on July 6, 1994) that you can recite the dialogue by heart, starting with the line about life being like a box of chocolates.
You probably know that the film won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (for Robert Zemeckis), Best Actor (for Tom Hanks), and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Eric Roth). You may even know about the digital trickery that was used to insert Hanks's low-iq Everyman into historical footage of real-life events from the Baby Boom years, or to erase Gary Sinise's legs for his role as double-amputee Lt. Dan.
Still, there's a lot you may not know, including what Forrest really said (in Winston Groom's novel that inspired the film) about life being like a box of chocolates, or what Hanks's Gump actually said at that protest rally, or which famous actors »
- Gary Susman
Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules? Every now and then it can be quite therapeutic to have a bad apple shape our rigid outlook with a dosage of cynicism in cinema. Whether intentionally unruly or merely questioning the status quo movie rebels can be compellingly entertaining for various reasons.
So who are your choice big screen rabble-rousers that like to stir the pot and cause dissension in the name of justice or just plain anti-establishment? In Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels let us take a look at some of the on-screen troublemakers with a taste for colorful turmoil, shall we?
The selections for Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels are (in alphabetical order according to the film titles):
1.) Brad Whitewood, Jr. from At Close Range (1986)
In director James Foley »
- Frank Ochieng
• Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani and Orange Is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne are set to join the ensemble cast of Michael Showalter’s Hello, My Name is Doris. Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) have also boarded the comedy, which stars Sally Field as a woman who, in the wake of her mother’s death, decides to pursue a co-worker (Max Greenfield) and discover the local hipster scene. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
Four of the hottest stars on TV are joining the cast of Michael Showalter's new indie comedy “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” including Natasha Lyonne (“Orange Is the New Black”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and Kyle Mooney (“Saturday Night Live”), TheWrap has learned. The comedic quartet join fellow TV stars Max Greenfield (“New Girl”), Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”) and Rich Sommer (“Mad Men”), as well as fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff and two-time Oscar winner Sally Field, who stars as the title character. Showalter, who made his directorial debut with the underrated 2005 comedy “The Baxter,” co-wrote. »
- Jeff Sneider
Digital Release Date: Aug. 5, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 19, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $45.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Foxx and DaHaan play villains Max Dillon/Electro and Harry Osborn/Green Goblin, respectively, a pair who make Spider-Man’s (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network) life very difficult as he tries to balance protecting his fellow New Yorkers and spending time with girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone).
Campbell Scott (Handsome Harry) and Sally Field (Lincoln) return as Peter Parker’s father and Aunt May, respectively, but the cast also welcomes Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version) and Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman).
Directed by Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer), who also helmed the first Spider-Man reboot, the PG-13 science-fiction film wasn’t quite received as warmly as the first by critics and moviegoers. »
Having just crossed $700 million at the global box office, Sony has taken the opportunity to announce the home entertainment release of its superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is set to hit Download on August 5th and Blu-ray and DVD on August 19th. Here’s a rundown of the special features set to accompany the film (via EW)…
Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features Include:
4 All-New Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Marc Webb
Alicia Keys “It’s On Again” music video
Exclusively Available on Blu-ray:
9 Additional Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Marc Webb, including “Peter Meets His Father”
“The Wages of Heroism: Making The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” featuring revealing, in-depth segments including:
“Lessons Learned: Development and Direction” — Filmmakers and cast discuss their approach to the sequel and their efforts to make it the best Spider-Man yet.
“Heart of the City: Shooting in New York” — A behind-the-scenes look at »
- Gary Collinson
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced an August 19 release date for Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD following an impressive run at the worldwide box office.
Through yesterday, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had just topped $700 million in worldwide box office ticket sales. At $198.3 million in North America, the sequel should inch past the $200 million mark domestically this week.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti and Chris Cooper. A third film in the series is already planned for June 10, 2016, as are multiple spin-offs including Venom and the Sinister Six.
Sony has loaded The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray combo packs with numerous bonus features, many of which are exclusive to Blu-ray as noted below.
Blu-ray and DVD shared extras
4 All-New Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Marc Webb Filmmaker Commentary »
While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was available for presale as early as late April, a few days before the film's release in theaters, we are just now getting word on all the exciting special features that this release has to offer. Sony is bringing the sequel home on digital HD starting August 5 followed by the Blu-ray and DVD release on August 19. Check out the cover art and everything that the release contains, then pre-order your own copy: clickHere
While the release does not include the Marc Webb director's cut that fans petitioned long and hard for, there are a number of deleted scenes that will allow viewers more insight into what was cut from the film. There will be 13 deleted scenes in all, with one titled 'Peter Meets his Father'. Does this mean Parker's father is still alive? Or is this another flashback or dream sequence? We'll have to wait »
Having fallen just short of the milestone on Thursday, Sony’s superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crossed the $700 million mark yesterday, becoming only the second film to do so this year after Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
At this point, it looks likely that Spidey will overtake Cap’s $710.1 million to become the biggest earner of the year so far, although it may just fall short of its predecessor, which pulled in $757.9 million back in 2012. If so, then the wall-crawler’s latest outing will remain the lowest-grossing instalment of Sony’s Spider-Man movie franchise.
2014 is shaping up to be another solid year for the superhero movie with 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past catching up fast to its rivals, having pulled in $624.4 million, meaning that Marvel currently occupies the top three spots in the list of the year’s highest-grossing movies.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars »
- Gary Collinson
Jane Fonda drew a wide and starry crowd to Hollywood's Dolby Theater Thursday night, where the American Film Institute honored her with the 42nd Life Achievement Award, in an evening that appropriately feted the visionary actress' myriad accomplishments from the past, present, and yet-to-come. Among attendees were Mel Brooks, Sally Field, Lily Tomlin, Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eva Longoria, Diane Lane, David O. Russell, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, late arrivals Catherine Keener and Nicole Holofcener, and a marvelously beautiful Meryl Streep, who shared anecdotes about their budding friendship on the set of "Julia" (1977). "She was smoking, very louche, and had an almost feline alertness," Streep said, in between wisecracks about Fonda's workout collection including the classic "Abs, Buns and Thighs." "Jane deflected her own anxiety and made me, a day player, feel fantastic."Visibly tickled, and visibly »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The American Film Institute's celebration of Jane Fonda was like a Who's Who of Hollywood women. Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Sandra Bullock, Lily Tomlin and Cameron Diaz were among the actresses saluting the 76-year-old Oscar winner, who accepted AFI's 42nd Life Achievement Award Thursday at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. Guests at the private ceremony - which is set to air as a special on TNT June 14 - included Chelsea Handler, Melanie Griffith, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Gay Harden, Rosario Dawson, activist Eve Ensler and Disney president Anne Sweeney. Tomlin described Fonda as "an evolutionary agent for our species. She is a role »
- Associated Press
The heartwarming 1994 Tom Hanks epic Forrest Gump is getting another run. The film, which received the Best Picture Oscar that year, is headed to IMAX screens on September 5th to mark its 20th anniversary, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It follows the unlikely exploits of a slow-witted yet uniquely skilled man as he finds himself on the periphery of numerous of historical events and at the center of life-changing events for his friends.
'Forrest Gump' and the 25 Best Movies of the 1990s, as Chosen by Rolling Stone Readers
When the film, »
Accepting the American Film Institute's 42nd Life Achievement Award, Jane Fonda exclaimed, "I'm so happy to add another woman's name to the list." She also offered a bit of advice for the roomful of Hollywood celebrities gathered at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Thursday night: "Ask questions, stay curious," she exhorted them. "It's much more important to be interested than to be interesting." In recounting both Fonda's career as well as her very protean life, those who gathered to pay her tribute -- especially a blue-ribbon acting sorority led by Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Lily Tomlin and
- Gregg Kilday
In honor of Forrest Gump's 20th Anniversary this year, Paramount Pictures announced today that it will release the 1994 classic from director Robert Zemeckis in IMAX theaters for the first time, starting September 5.
It isn't known if this is a limited theatrical run, or if the studio is rolling out a newly-restored version of the drama for the anniversary release. The drama starring Tom Hanks will be going up against Lionsgate's Addicted and Open Road Films' The Green Inferno.
Tom Hanks took home his second Academy Award for his portrayal of the title character, as the plot follows his life story. He crossed paths with several historical figures throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, including Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon. Forrest Gump earned $329.6 million during its theatrical run in 1994.
In related news, Paramount pushed its animated sequel The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2 from February 13, 2015 to »
All of our Experts are predicting that Neil Patrick Harris will win the Tony Award for Best Actor (Musical) this Sunday for his riveting work in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." However, watch out for "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" star Jefferson Mays, who tied with him at the Drama Desk Awards last Sunday. Here's why: -Break- Dish all the Tony races in our red-hot forums 1. He's playing multiple characters. Mays plays eight very different roles. In 2004, he won Best Actor (Play) back in 2004 for "I Am My Own Wife," a solo show in which he played more than 40 people. Among the others who have have won trophies for taking on many parts at once: Joanne Woodward bagged an Oscar for "The Three Faces of Eve," Sally Field made a name for herself with her Emmy-winning turn as "Sybil" and Toni Collette took home an Emmy for playing »
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