When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released, it was believed that Marc Webb would return to helm The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Leaked Sony emails seemed to indicate that Sony weren't happy with his demands for more money, so whether or not that would have happened isn't clear, but it's a moot point now that Marvel Studios are rebooting the franchise with a new director and actor. In the video below, Webb shares his thoughts on not returning to the franchise and expresses his excitement about what Marvel has planned. He remains good natured throughout, though the interviewer doesn't really push him on how he really felt about being dropped from the franchise. Asked what he had planned for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Webb talks about further developing The Man in the Hat and Sinister Six, and even name drops Venom! Check it out in full below. »
Comic-Con kicked off the 2015 fest with big name stars heading down to San Diego for the first day of the convention on Thursday.
Bill Murray started the morning with a surprise, greeting the cosplay crowds with his first-ever Con appearance, while Bradley Cooper also made an appearance of sorts, saying hello to Ballroom 20 via video from his iPhone in London, during the “Limitless” panel to introduce his new CBS series. Plus, “The Hunger Games” cast whistled in Hall H amongst thousands of fans, “Teen Wolf” was handed a sixth season, Halle Berry cleared up those “Storm” movie rumors and a “Game of Thrones” favorite stopped by “Doctor Who.”
Check out the best quotes from Comic-Con Day 1.
“We started this morning with bagels and then some tequila.” — Bill Murray on his first appearance at Comic-Con
“Some of the best parties I’ve ever been to are with nerds.” — Murray after being »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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.
Tell us, are you happy with this casting? Sound off in the comments below.
- James Garcia
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
Perhaps like Christopher Nolan's take on Batman, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies (okay, except the third one), have set a pretty high bar for everyone's favorite webslinger. Try as they did, Sony, Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield couldn't get the mix right on the failed "The Amazing Spider-Man" movies, but Marvel is now getting their crack at Peter Parker, and honcho Kevin Feige knows that he's got a big job ahead. “We’re going to have it be its own thing but some of those Spider-Man films… I think 'Spider-Man 2' is one of the best superhero movies ever, so that’s a lot to live up to,” he told SuperHeroHype. But just how will this new iteration of Spider-Man differ? Well, as has been rumored for the past couple of months, Feige and co. will be drawing on the influence of one of key portraitists of young adult life. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This past week, we learned the big news that Tom Holland is the new Peter Parker in Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man reboot, which will hit theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. We also learned that Jon Watts, director of this August's thriller Cop Car, is directing. While that is all great, many fans are still wondering if this will be a complete resurrection of the character, or if this trilogy will have any ties to the past movies, either the trilogy directed by Sam Raimi or the two movies that came from Marc Webb. Speaking with Coming Soon, Marvel head honcho and producer of the reboot, Kevin Feige promises that this will have no ties to anything that has come before it. Though, it will co-exist in a Sony Universe alongside the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"We're going to have it be its own thing but some of those Spider-Man films. »
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have confirmed that after a worldwide casting search, actor Tom Holland will play 'Peter Parker'/'Spider-Man' in the next "Spider-Man" film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D, July 28, 2017, directed by Jon Watts, director of "Cop Car", the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival:
"...Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director. The studios and producers were impressed by Holland's performances in 'The Impossible', 'Wolf Hall' and the upcoming 'In the Heart of the Sea', followed by a series of complex screen tests.
"Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job..."
"It’s a big »
- Michael Stevens
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Thursday, July 9. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
Thursday, July 9
10:00am - 11:00am - Amazon: Hand of God
Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in »
The CW has unveiled its launch schedule for the fall portion of its 2015-16 slate, which will be kicking into high gear in October. The network’s most popular series, The Flash, returns for its second season on Tuesday, October 6th at 8pm Et/Pt, followed by the second season of Rob Thomas’ zom-com iZOMBIE at 9pm Et/Pt. Wednesday, October 7th will see the debut of Arrow Season 4 at 8pm, followed by the Season 11 premiere of Supernatural at 9. Premiere week continues on Thursday, October 8th with the Nina Dobrev-less seventh season of The Vampire Diaries at 8pm, followed by The Originals on a new night at 9, and Reign returns on Friday, October 9th at 8pm. Two other CW shows—the critically acclaimed Jane the Virgin and the new comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (with a pilot helmed by Marc Webb)—are premiering on Monday, October 19th. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend kicks things off at 8pm Et, »
- Adam Chitwood
When news broke of Tom Holland's Spider-Man casting yesterday (June 23), the initial response was a push-back against the Brit actor. "Cbbc does Spidey." / "'Spider-Child' might be a more apt title…" / "He looks about 12!?" were just some of the comments on Holland, who at 19 is the youngest actor to take on the Peter Parker role by some distance.
Resistance is understandable - change is always hard and Andrew Garfield was well-liked in the role (even if his films were spotty) - but the complaints seem at odds with who Peter Parker actually is. Or, more specifically, the divergence between the web-slinging comic hero created by Stan Lee and his subsequent portrayals on the big screen.
First published in a 1962 issue of Marvel's Amazing Fantasy, Peter Parker was a classic audience surrogate, a figure whose high school exploits comic readers could easily identify with. Prior to Spider-Man, younger heroes had traditionally been sidekicks (Robin, »
After what seems like one of the longest casting processes in a while, Marvel and Sony have settled on the next actor to play Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego Spider-Man. The search literally took months, involved names both expected and unexpected, but finally concluded yesterday. Putting on the costume will be young Tom Holland, while stepping behind the camera will be Jon Watts. Not familiar with either of those names that Marvel Cinematic Universe godfather Kevin Feige saw fit to hire? Fear not, as I’ll give you the rundown on who they are below, along with who they beat out for their plum new gigs in each case. First up, I should remind you where the character has gone before. We’re getting our third incarnation of Spidey, with Tobey Maguire as Peter in the first three films that Sony put out (Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3 »
- Joey Magidson
There’s been so much pointless controversy over the direction of the new Spider-Man movie. Rallying cries for a different direction with the character. And with the countless directions Sony and Marvel could have gone with Spider-Man, they’ve opted for yet another reboot featuring a younger version of Peter Parker and are hitting the reset button… again.
Color me uninspired.
And it’s not just the color or the race of the character that I have any concern with. The whole racial angle is a lot of hot air causing an insufferable amount of political correctness that we’ve all been choking on.
“Why does Spider-Man have to be white?” they exclaim with clenched fists.
I don’t care what color, race, or creed Spider-Man is. White. Black. Asian. It’s irrelevant.
My rallying »
- Anghus Houvouras
Spider-Man fans have had a rough go of it the past few years. Many who loved Sam Raimi.s depiction of the web-slinging wall-crawler weren.t keen on seeing Tobey Maguire retired after only three films. Those who appreciated Marc Webb.s efforts on the rebooted Amazing Spider-Man series . typically due to the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone . had to watch that series. mythology get flushed away, with plans of a Sinister Six feature getting shipped to the film equivalent of the Island of Misfit Toys. Even if you found things to like in both franchises, it has been frustrating to see Sony repeatedly shift gears. particularly while heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and even Wolverine were enjoying success that comes with continuity. But today is a day that Spider-Man fans can celebrate. The casting of Tom Holland as the third on-screen iteration of Peter Parker »
Marvel Helps Sony Find a New Spider-Man, Director There are some big studio movie ideas that are just stupid enough that their existence is self-explanatory. (The Rock starring in a feature-length adaptation of eighties arcade classic "Rampage"? Check.) The situation gets thornier when filmmakers who show a tremendous amount of creative potential working outside the system get consumed by it. So it went when Colin Trevorrow, who delivered a fine idiosyncratic romance with "Safety Not Guaranteed," took on the reigns of "Jurassic World" — a box office force, to be sure, but also something of a roadblock in a previously enticing career. That was also the case when Marc Webb shifted from the playful romcom tropes of his feature-length debut "(500) Days of Summer" to make two largely forgettable "Spider-Man" movies, and while those endeavors didn't exactly yield satisfying results, the studio has decided to take another gamble by hiring »
- Eric Kohn
Born in 1996, eh? I'll give them this… Sony and Marvel took their time, they did the hard work, and they made a careful and considered decision here that they're going to hopefully be happy with for many years to come. They better be, because Tom Holland is their new Spider-Man, and if they've ever truly gambled as a studio with this particular property, now is the moment. Sure, the various Spider-Man related films so far have earned the studio something like $4 billion so far, so it's not like they just announced they're spending $300 million on an out-of-focus musical about a dancing heroin needle, told entirely in Dutch and semaphore. But Tom Holland is a young actor, relatively unproven in terms of box-office, and with several of the roles that won him the role still unreleased. I guarantee that both "Wolf Hall" and "In The Heart Of The Sea" just became »
- Drew McWeeny
Marc Webb, director of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” has signed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Under the exclusive two-year deal, Webb will develop new projects for network and cable and direct projects for the studio. Webb, whose feature film credits also include “(500) Days of Summer,” will also serve as executive producer on CBS’s upcoming adaptation of the Bradley Cooper feature “Limitless” as well as The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” both of which he directed the pilots for. Also Read: The New 'Spider-Man' Universe: Who's In, Who's Out Webb is represented by CAA, Bard Dorros and Michael Sugar at Anonymous Content, »
- Tim Kenneally
The Amazing Spider-Man’s Marc Webb landed on Deadline’s list of the overachievers of the 2015 upfronts after two pilots he had directed — drama Limitless and comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend — were picked up to series and landed on the fall schedule at CBS and the CW, respectively, with him executive producing. Both projects are produced by CBS TV Studios, which now has signed Webb in an exclusive two-year overall deal. Under the pact, Webb will continue as executive producer… »
Under the new pact, Webb will develop new projects for network, cable and direct projects for the studio, in addition to serving as an exec producer on both “Limitess” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Remember the handwringing over the past couple of weeks, when everyone was worried that May's weak box office meant we were in for a summer slump, one that would leave Hollywood's earnings trailing last summer's by more than $700 million?
The opening weekend for "Jurassic World," at $209 million, didn't just set a whole bunch of records. (Biggest opening weekend of all time, biggest June opening ever and biggest debut ever for Universal). It also single-handedly lifted Hollywood out of the box office doldrums it's been in all summer.
At the end of May, the box office was 17.7 percent behind the same period last year. Now, it's up 7.2 percent over last year (May 1 through June 14). This weekend's total theater earnings were twice the size of last week's. And the next several weekends are full of likely blockbusters -- "Inside Out," "Ted 2," "Magic Mike Xxl," "Terminator: Genisys," "Minions," "Ant-Man," "Mission: »
- Gary Susman
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