19 items from 2015
Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man reboot, set for release in 2017, is about to get a little freaky and very geeky as Vacation reboot writers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein enter early talks to write the screenplay. The duo were on the shortlist to direct. That job eventually went to Jon Watts, who has Cop Car coming out later this summer. He was announced the same day that Marvel and Sony officially confirmed that Tom Holland had won the role of Peter Parker.
Even though they didn't win the director's job, both Marvel and Sony wanted John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein involved in the process. They are in the midst of launching their first directorial debut, the long awaited Vacation reboot. It hits theaters July 31, and has strong early buzz as one of the best comedies of the summer. That is saying a lot, as it »
Some fans argue Oscar-winning actor is too young to play the role, but others point out Tomei is the right age to play opposite the new teenage Peter Parker
Comic book fans have taken to Twitter in protest after it was revealed that Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei is in line to star as Spider-Man’s elderly relative Aunt May in the latest big-screen reboot to feature the webslinging superhero.
According to some complaints, Tomei, 50, is just too young and attractive to portray the character – who was played in Sam Raimi’s 2002 film Spider-Man by the then 74-year-old Rosemary Harris, and by a 66-year-old Sally Field in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Others argued more seriously that the casting was a byproduct of Hollywood’s negative attitude towards age.
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- Ben Child
These things are usually a done deal, but no confirmation has been made by Marvel/Sony. If she did sign on the dotted line she’d follow in the footsteps of Rosemary Harris and Sally Field from the previous movies. Tom Holland‘s fresh-faced skyscraper-swinger is heading to school for the latest reboot, so it stands to reason May is turning the clock back also.
Tomei is well-known for various movie roles over the years, from her spectacular breakout in My Cousin Vinny to The Wrestler. Now she’ll be helping her nephew patch up his wounds after he wrestles the yet-to-be-revealed big bad, who will reportedly be a character we haven’t seen in the film franchise to date. »
- Steve Palace
The next Spider-Man movie is going to give us our youngest big screen Peter Parker yet in the form of actor Tom Holland (who just turned 19), but he's not the only character who is going to be younger this time around. Variety is reporting that Marvel and Sony have already offered the role of Aunt May to Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. Naturally this has some fans a bit confused since Aunt May, both in the comics and the movies so far, is traditionally supposed to be an older, more frail woman. Apparently Tomei hasn't fully signed on the dotted line just yet, but if she does, she'll easily be the youngest big screen version yet. Tomei is 50, Sally Field was 66 when she took on the role in The Amazing Spider-Man, and Rosemary Harris was 75 at the...
- Peter Hall
In casting news that makes us feel old, the upcoming "Spider-Man" movie has reportedly found its Aunt May.
According to Variety, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei will play Peter Parker's beloved aunt in the reboot.
An official offer to join the Marvel film was made to the 50-year-old "My Cousin Vinny" star late last week, the trade mag reported.
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News that Marisa Tomei is in talks to play Aunt May in Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man” reboot set social media tongues wagging on Wednesday, with many claiming the 50-year-old actress is far too young to play the hero’s traditionally more matronly caretaker. Previous onscreen iterations of Aunt May were played the wholesome Rosemary Harris in 2002 at age 74, and longtime film and TV matriarch Sally Field in 2012 at age 66 — but many can’t see 50-year-old Tomei fitting the archetype of the comic book character: a white-haired sage in her twilight years. “I am not okay with being sexually aroused »
- Matt Donnelly
With Tom Holland already set to play Peter Parker in Marvel and Sony's new Spider-Man, the studios are eyeing Marisa Tomei to play Aunt May. Variety reports that the actress is the studios' top choice for the Aunt May role, with an offer going out to the actress last week. It isn't known yet where things stand in the deal-making process, or if the actress is planning on accepting the role.
Marvel and Sony are currently seeking a screenwriter to develop the story with director Jon Watts, but sources reveal that they want to lock down actors who will appear in multiple movies, so schedules can be worked out. It isn't known what other roles they are currently looking to cast, or if they have any specific writers in mind to work on the script. All we know about the Spider-Man story thus far is that it will bring Peter Parker back to high school, »
With Tom Holland announced as the new Spider-Man in the character’s 2017 debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony and Marvel Studio’s attention now turns to the wall crawler's supporting cast, namely Aunt May. Marisa Tomei is both studios sights, and, according to Variety, an offer was made to the actress last week, but she has yet to officially sign on. What’s more, it’s reported that both Marvel and Sony wish to round out the cast, in order to craft a solid shooting schedule, before officially hiring a writer. While we knew the new Spider-Man would be skewing younger (for the first time on the big screen, Peter Parker will be a teenager, and will stay in high school for more than one movie), it seems they’re going younger with Aunt May, with Tomei, at fifty, being the youngest actress to play the character (Spider-Man’s Rosemary Harris was seventy seven, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The Academy Award winner has received an official offer to join Tom Holland in Marvel and Sony's collaborative film, reports Variety.
It is not yet known if the Empire star has accepted the role of Aunt May, and neither studio is commenting.
This new Spider-Man movie is expected to feature villains not seen in previous films, and will not be an origin story for the webslinger.
The untitled reboot will also be shifting focus back to Peter Parker's high school years.
With their Peter Parker (finally) cast and a director set, Marvel and Sony have turned their attention towards filling out the rest of the ensemble for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. 19-year-old Tom Holland won the titular role of the webslinging superhero, and now Variety reports that Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei has an offer to fill the crucial role of Aunt May. In the comics, May is the one who ends up raising Peter (alongside Uncle Ben) when his parents are killed, and she'll no doubt be a cornerstone of this rebooted franchise. The character was played by Rosemary Harris in director Sam Raimi’s initial film trilogy, and then Sally Field took over the role in Marc Webb’s subsequent reboots. Harris was 75 when she first played Aunt May and Field was 66, so at 50 years of age, Tomei fits in with Marvel and Sony’s focus on portraying a »
- Adam Chitwood
This will mark the first major tentpole for Tomei, who is most famous for roles in dramas like The Wrestler and comedies like My Cousin Vinny. The new report is unclear about whether or not she’s officially landed the role, but an offer from the studio is on the table.
Just as Peter Parker gets younger with each passing Spider-Man reboot, so does the role of Aunt May. Sam Raimi cast 87 year-old Rosemary Harris in the role, while Marc Webb went slightly younger and cast 68 year-old Sally Field in the role for the Amazing Spider-Man films. Tomei would be the youngest Aunt May yet, at only 50.
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- James Garcia
Sony Pictures is in final negotiations with Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei to play Aunt May in the forthcoming “Spider-Man” franchise reboot, an individual familiar with the deal told TheWrap Wednesday. Aunt May is Peter Parker’s guardian and a moral compass in the Marvel comic book series, and would see Tomei playing opposite Tom Holland, who recently landed the title role. Previous onscreen iterations of the character have been played by Sally Field during Andrew Garfield‘s reign, and by Rosemary Harris when Tobey Maguire captivated in 2002. “Cop Car” helmer Jon Watts will direct the new standalone film slated to open July. »
- Matt Donnelly
According to Variety, Marisa Tomei has scored the plum role of Aunt May alongside Tom Holland's Peter Parker in Marvel and Sony's upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Some insiders are saying Tomei will make her first appearance as Aunt May in Captain America: Civil War, joining literally everyone else in Hollywood. If Tomei seems too young for the role to you (as she did to us at first), that's likely your impressions being skewed by the earlier Spider-Man movies, which cast 75-year-old Rosemary Harris and 66-year-old Sally Field in the role. Marisa Tomei is 50, which is a fairly realistic age for a person to have a nephew in high school. Tomei will also appear in the next season of Empire, playing a lesbian billionaire, which would certainly be a very progressive place to take Aunt May as well. »
- Nate Jones
We already know that Marvel and Sony are going much younger in the next Spider-Man reboot, with nineteen year-old Tom Holland playing the high school age Peter Parker. And so, Peter's dear old Aunt May will also be younger than the previous actresses who have played the character, Sally Field ("The Amazing Spider-Man" films) and Rosemary Harris (Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy). Read More: The Best And Worst Of 'The Mazing Spider-Man 2' Variety reports that Marisa Tomei will now play the relative who cares for the orphaned youth. And if you're wondering why the role has been cast so early, it goes beyond making sure Spidey pops up in the currently filming "Captain America: Civil War" (though THR notes Aunt May may pop up in that already stuff film too). Both studios want to lock down the actors for a potential trilogy, and that means locking down schedules far in advance, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just as Peter Parker magically gets younger with each passing Spider-Man reboot, so does the role of his iconic guardian, Aunt May. 87 year-old Rosemary Harris took on the role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, and that torch was passed to 68 year-old Sally Field for Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man films. Now, 50 year-old Marisa Tomei is in final negotiations to take on the role in Sony and Marvel’s upcoming 2017 reboot.
The news comes from Variety’s Justin Kroll, who says that while the casting has yet to be made official, the Academy Award winner has been offered the coveted role. The studio recently found its new Peter Parker – in the form of The Impossible actor Tom Holland – after an extensive worldwide search, and now the focus has shifted to filling in the film’s supporting cast. We don’t yet know who else from the Spider-Man mythos is expected »
- James Garcia
Lionsgate has nabbed all U.S., Canadian and U.K. distribution rights to Tele München Group’s “The von Trapp Family — A Life of Music,” which looks at the family behind the iconic musical “The Sound of Music.”
The studio is planning a Christmas 2015 release, which means that it will hit theaters in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the film version of “The Sound of Music.”
The film is currently being shot in Salzburg and Bavaria and stars Eliza Bennett (“Broadchurch”), Matthew Macfadyen (“Anna Karenina”) and Rosemary Harris (“Tom & Viv”). Ben Verbong (“The Girl With the Red Hair”) directs the picture. It tells the story of Agathe von Trapp (Bennett), the eldest von Trapp daughter, and her emotionally strained relationship with her father (Macfadyen) and his second wife (Yvonne Catterfeld), as well as the way she developed her musical talent.
- Brent Lang
'Being Julia' movie: Annette Bening and Shaun Evans 'Being Julia' movie review: Annette Bening showcase tells us a little about Avice A little Being Julia movie background: In Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 Oscar-winning classic All About Eve, Bette Davis plays Margo Channing, a major Broadway star who, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, falls prey to the youthful, ambitious wannabe Eve Harrington: sweet, soft-spoken Anne Baxter on the outside; ruthless, poisonous gargoyle on the inside.* More than a decade earlier, in 1937 to be exact, W. Somerset Maugham had written Theatre, a novel about West End diva Julia Lambert. In Maugham's tale, Julia, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, succumbs to her vanity when she falls madly in love with Tom Fennel, a handsome – and deceptively innocent-looking – American half her age. Through Tom's "special friendship" with the renowned Julia, an ambitious young actress, »
- Andre Soares
Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.
Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.
“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.
In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »
- Carmel Dagan
19 items from 2015
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