15 items from 2012
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It was time for a change. Despite the fact that many fans hoped director Sam Raimi and Sony Pictures would work out their differences to produce a fourth Spider-man feature, the studio decided to go another way, rebooting the franchise completely. When Spider-man opened ten years ago in the Spring of 2002, it was a bit of a surprise that after 25 years in developmental hell, audiences strongly craved to see the famous comic book superhero on the big screen more than any other. Becoming the first film to gross $100 million in a single weekend, its box-office success proved that not only was it worth the wait, but fans had finally got the proper Spider-man film they’d been waiting decades for.
Personally, I found Raimi’s film enjoyable, but there were a »
- Ron Henriques
The Amazing Spider-Man Directed by: Marc Webb Written by: James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field For a lot of moviegoers, "reboot" is a dirty word, one that means we are being forced to sit through a re-envisioning of something we've already seen before (and most likely something that didn't quite work out the first time around). However, when it comes to comic book movies, the idea of a reboot makes a little more sense. Comic book characters get handed over to new creative teams all the time in print, so why not on the big screen as well? Still, that doesn't make director Marc Webb's job any less difficult. Even though Spider-Man 3 wasn't particularly well received, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies are still considered by many to be among the best superhero movies ever made. »
Why do we love Spider-Man? What is it about this wall-crawling superhero that has been so universally embraced by audiences for nearly fifty years now? Is it his spectacular superpowers, which capture the imagination more strongly than any other comic-book hero? Is it the stylish and iconic costume? Is it the dazzling rogues gallery he’s amassed over the decades? Is it the lighthearted, sarcastic quips he aims at his enemies? Those are all part of the equation, but none of them are the answer. In truth, they’re really just window dressing.
We love Spider-Man because underneath the mask, he’s Peter Parker, and whether we recognize it on an immediate or subconscious level, there’s a little Peter Parker in each of us. We’ve all felt out of place at one point or another; we’ve all been smitten and tortured by the enigma that is romance »
- Jonathan R. Lack
You've already browsed our wish list for "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire", and now that things are really starting to heat up in the casting arena, we've got a few ideas as to who should play who to throw into the mix as well!
There are a ton of new tributes who come into the picture with the second story, but these six must be cast right on the mark.
Check out our picks for each of them, vote in our polls, and hit us up in the comments and let us know what you think. Did we hit the mark, or do you picture someone totally different?
Last week, three actors were said to be top contenders for the biggest new role, Finnick Odair. Entertainment Weekly reported that Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, and Armie Hammer were the three actors being targeted for the gig, but that report was later refuted. »
- Amanda Bell
Chicago – In our latest blockbuster trilogy edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: DVD, we have 10 trilogy DVDs up for grabs for the “Spider-Man” trilogy in support of “The Amazing Spider-Man” “Secrets Unmasked” truck tour!
The truck from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Walmart will make several stops in Illinois this week including the Walmart at 801 Meacham Rd. in Elk Grove Village, Ill. from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. The unique truck tour turns a parking lot into a playground of interactive features including a PlayStation 3 gaming center with a demo of “The Amazing Spider-Man” video game from Activision, which is available in stores on June 26, 2012.
There will also be demos and giveaways of the new “Spider-Man” Bonkazonks toys from Hasbro, an Hp photo center with a free photo print, a Sony electronics screening center, a temporary tattoo station, samples of “Spider-Man” snacks from Kellogg’s, a demo of the “Web-Slinger »
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This Means War, out now from 20th Century Home Entertainment, had all the makings of a unique and fun romcom that instead turned out to be a dreadfully dull and predictable film that fell flat for audiences, critics and did dismally at the box office. The basic premise has Captain Kirk A and Shinzon as buddy spies vying to win the heart of Elle Woods, which meant they took the eye off their mission with horrible results.
McG is clearly a visually director who cares little about characterization or story structure which is a shame because with some effort, this could have risen above the obvious and been a modern day action romance along the lines of True Lies. In Los Angeles, CIA field operatives played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are the best of friends and have been for some time. But we’re shown how lonely they »
- Robert Greenberger
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
The leading ‘Best British TV’ streaming service Acorn TV is now streaming full seasons of several popular British mystery and drama series, along with two critically acclaimed Canadian series. This week Acorn TV also has a special Memorial Day Weekend Midsomer Marathon with the first 22 episodes of its best-selling series,Midsomer Murders, and the U.S. debut of John Nettles final episodes.
Acorn TV is currently streaming a full season of Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect; the final seasons of the universally acclaimed Canadian dramedy Slings & ARROWSand Derek Jacobi’s mystery series Cadfael; the U.S. debut of the newest season of Murdoch Mysteries; Lynda La Plante’s Trial & Retribution; John Mortimer’s Under The Hammer; the final episodes of WWII drama Wish Me Luck; Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter) in Pie In The Sky; and John Nettles final episodes with Midsomer Murders, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The Drama League prepares for the 78th Annual Drama League Awards. From the press release: "The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks) has gathered together a team of Broadway’s best to serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 78Th Annual Drama League Awards set for Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway). The team of Broadway luminaries includes Nina Arianda, Christian Borle, Norbert Leo Butz, Kathleen Chalfant, Raul Esparza, Rosemary Harris, Jeremy Jordan, Christine Lahti, Linda Lavin, Norm Lewis, Judith Light, Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Denis O'Hare and Blair Underwood ... Tickets for The Drama League Awards, which includes pre-event cocktails and the star-studded afternoon luncheon ceremony hosted by Stockard Channing and John Larroquette, are available by calling (212) 244-9494 or by visiting www.dramaleague.org." Tony-winning "War Horse" could be displaced by a revival of "The Kin »
It has been a year since Sidney Lumet passed away on April 9, 2011. Here is our retrospective on the legendary filmmaker to honor his memory. Originally published April 15, 2011.
Almost a week after the fact, we, like everyone that loves film, are still mourning the passing of the great American master Sidney Lumet, one of the true titans of cinema.
Lumet was never fancy. He never needed to be, as a master of blocking, economic camera movements and framing that empowered the emotion and or exact punctuation of a particular scene. First and foremost, as you’ve likely heard ad nauseum -- but hell, it’s true -- Lumet was a storyteller, and one that preferred his beloved New York to soundstages (though let's not romanticize it too much, he did his fair share of work on studio film sets too as most TV journeyman and early studio filmmakers did).
His directing career stretched well over 50 years, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is re-releasing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3 in new Blu-ray editions June 12. Each will be priced at $19.99 Srp, and will include a MovieCash code to redeem for a ticket to The Amazing Spider-Man, which hits theaters July 3. Take a look at the Blu-ray cover art along with special features details.
New to the Spider-Man Blu-ray:
"Spider Sense Trivia Challenge" -- Rise to the ultimate web-slinging challenge as you test your "Spider-Man" movie knowledge in this over feature trivia game. Do you have the spider sense to achieve the highest score?"The Spider-Man Cutting Room" -- Create and share your own video using clips and music from the movie!New collectible O-Ring packaging
Spider-Man Blu-ray Bonus Features Also Include:
Rosemary Harris finds it ironic to be performing two doors down from the Broadway megahit "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." After all, she appeared in three "Spider-Man" films as Peter Parker's lovable Aunt May, yet no one on the long lines even notices her. Not that being a celebrity—or even a film actor—was ever a goal. "I had a lot of fun doing the 'Spider-Man' movies," she emphasizes. "I really enjoyed it. But I'd much rather be doing this.""This" refers to acting onstage, playing the intensely eccentric and free-spirited Miss Helen in Athol Fugard's three-hander "The Road to Mecca." It's a Roundabout Theatre Company production at the American Airlines Theatre.Based on a true story and set in 1974 South Africa, "Mecca" tells the tale of an elderly, reclusive widow, who has blanketed her garden with Byzantine sculptures she has created. Depending on viewpoint, they »
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There are many lovely aspects about "The Road to Mecca," yet the first must be to acknowledge its leading lady.
Rosemary Harris made her Broadway debut 60 years ago, an astounding milestone, even more so because she turns in a brilliant performance in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Athol Fugard's play at American Airlines Theatre.
The limited engagement through March 4 focuses on two women coming to terms with their lives. Harris plays Miss Helen, an artist who lives in the remote outpost of New Bethesda, South Africa, a tiny village in the Karoo.
Carla Gugino ("Desire Under the Elms" on Broadway and "Karen Sisco" on TV) is wonderful as Helen's 31-year-old friend, Elsa. A teacher with a strong sense of justice and outrage, Elsa drives 12 hours straight from Cape Town, worried desperately about Helen, whose last letter hinted at suicide.
Helen lives alone with her art, in what is the most magnificent set. »
By Samuel Negin
Athol Fugard, one of South Africa’s best known playwrights (at least to American audiences) is back on Broadway. At least, one of his plays is. The play stars Rosemary Harris, Jim Dale, and Carla Gugino and is about a woman who builds her own Mecca in her home which the townspeople view as an eyesore until she befriends a young school teacher who sees the good in her.
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- Scott Feinberg
New York – Starting next month, Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre Company will mark the 80th birthday of preeminent South African dramatist Athol Fugard with a mini-season of his work. This first Broadway staging of The Road to Mecca is a prelude to that celebration. Watching beloved theater veteran Rosemary Harris in a major role is a reward in itself. But a compelling case is made for this wordy 1984 drama about individual and artistic freedom only deep into its second act. Directed with trudging reverence by Gordon Edelstein for Roundabout Theatre Company, the production unfolds on a detailed set
- David Rooney
The double Oscar winner (The Great Ziegfeld and The Good Earth) turns 102 today! She's the oldest living Oscar nominee or winner! Her most recent appearance was just four short months ago when she showed up for her star ceremony in Berlin. They now have a "Boulevard des Stars" much like Hollywood's walk of fame and as the only German Best Actress winner (Hollywood and the media who nicknamed her "The Viennese Teardrop" promoted her as Austrian for obvious reasons in the 1930s), she was a natural for inclusion.
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Odets and Rainer in Hollywood. Odets also romanced actress Frances Farmer (as seen in the Jessica Lange picture "Frances")Luise is on record as saying that she doesn't believe in the Oscar curse and her short-lived Hollywood career was her own doing.
"The Oscar jinx! There is no Oscar jinx. »
- NATHANIEL R
15 items from 2012
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