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'Spiderman: Homecoming' Finds its Villain

13 April 2016 4:43 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Michael Keaton is in early talks to play The Vulture in Marvel’s upcoming relaunching of the Spiderman series. Jon Watts is set to direct Tom Holland in the 3rd attempt to bring the Webslinger into the hearts of America. While many fans adored Sam Raimi’s first two films in his early 2000s trilogy of Spidey films, the third film was a huge letdown considering it finally brought Venom to the silver screen.

The second installment of films were headed up by Marc Webb, which failed to find it’s audience and really connect with fans. The big difference this time around is that Marvel will finally have a say in the final product, unlike the previous attempts (which we’re spearheaded by Sony). 

The film is set to shoot this summer, so hopefully any and all concerns by Keaton’s team will be ironed out before that. Michael Keaton »

- Jonathan Ricco

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Marvel's Spider-Man Movie Has An Official Title, And It's Perfect

12 April 2016 10:17 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In once again rebooting Spider-Man and introducing him to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures created a tiny little problem. Both of the original two franchises about the webslinger . Sam Raimi.s Spider-Man and Marc Webb.s The Amazing Spider-Man - used what can really be called the best possible series titles. As a result, the two studios had to get a bit creative with their upcoming solo movie for 2017, and the good news is that they made a great choice for the name. Folks, start getting excited for Spider-Man: Homecoming. This title has actually been circulating for the past week thanks to the reveal of a studio URL purchase, but Sony Pictures officially announced the name of the 2017 blockbuster tonight during their presentation at CinemaCon . the annual convention in Las Vegas held for theater owners. Flying in from the Los Angeles premiere of Captain America »

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Is 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' the title of the new stand-alone Spidey film?

4 April 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We are only a month away from seeing Spider-Man back on the bigscreen in his first collision with the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. As we’ve been saying since we first broke the news that Marvel and Disney were working to figure out the way to make this happen, this is the smartest way to get people excited about the character again. It feels appropriate that we’re seeing Civil War and Spider-Man’s possible salvation a month after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made a whole litany of mistakes that almost exactly mirror the ways The Amazing Spider-Man 2 got it wrong. We’ve been reminded of how they can totally mishandle Spider-Man, and now hopefully we’ll see them get it right. It’s one thing for Spider-Man to show up in a group movie, a fairly safe environment for introducing any character, but carrying his own »

- Drew McWeeny

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Fox Searchlight Taps Matthew Greenfield, David Greenbaum to Head Production

28 March 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures has promoted Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum to co-heads of production effective immediately.

The duo will take over responsibilities formerly held by president of production Claudia Lewis, who announced on Feb. 16 that she was departing from the post. Greenfield and Greenbaum will be responsible for Fox Searchlight’s annual slate of films as well as all aspects of production for the company, including development, packaging, budgeting, casting and production.

Fox Searchlight chiefs Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula said: “David and Matthew are the best production executives currently working in independent film. Their ability to identify excellence, foster creativity and nurture filmmaker relationships — skills honed as they came up the ranks under former production head Claudia Lewis — will ensure the continued growth and scope of our slate.”

Greenfield has worked as a senior executive at Fox Searchlight for nine years, shepherding “The Descendants” and “Enough Said.” He’s »

- Dave McNary

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Duo to head Fox Searchlight production

28 March 2016 4:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum (black and white portrait) have been named co-heads of production, effective immediately, and take over the role formerly held by president of production Claudia Lewis.

As co-heads of production and executive vice-presidents, Greenfield and Greenbaum will be responsible for Fox Searchlight’s annual slate of films as well as development, packaging, budgeting, casting and production.

All production executives will report to Greenfield and Greenbaum, who themselves report to the studio presidents Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley. Lewis announced last month that she was stepping down after 21 years at the studio.

Greenfield has been a senior executive at Searchlight for nine years, shepherding such titles as The Descendants and Enough Said.

He is overseeing Roger Michell’s My Cousin Rachel starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell.

Greenbaum has been a senior executive at Fox Searchlight »

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Chris Cooper Recalls “Huge” Plans For ‘Norman Osborn’ In The Amazing Spider-man 3

25 March 2016 11:05 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

While most fans are speculating which big-name actor could tackle Norman Osborn now that Spider-Man is getting another solo outing this time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper has looked back on his short-lived portrayal of the supervillain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and what could’ve been in a third installment. “I dare say if this Spider-Man franchise had carried on, I was guaranteed a huge role in [Amazing] Spider-Man 3,” Cooper told Digital Spy earlier this week. This is no huge revelation especially considering the second and final Marc Webb-directed Spidey movie had a post-credits scene featuring Norman Osborn’s head in a box after the character was thought to have died from a disease in the family bloodline. “We shot the scene,” the actor added. “I’m sure it would probably have been one of the opening scenes in Spider-Man 3 if they’d gone ahead, »

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Octavia Spencer in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro Cold War Movie (Exclusive)

17 March 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Octavia Spencer is in negotiations to star in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Cold War movie for Fox Searchlight.

Del Toro is writing, producing and directing the currently untitled film. The otherworldly love story is set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963.

Del Toro had been weighing several films, but this mystery project was always a top priority, according to sources close to the pic. Shooting will start sometime this summer.

Spencer is on board to reprise her role in “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” and is also set to play God in “The Shack,” which bows later this year. She recently filmed Marc Webb’s “Gifted” opposite Chris Evans.

She also just landed a lead role as a mathematician in Fox 2000’s “Hidden Figures,” co-starring Taraji P. Henson.

Spencer is repped by Wme and attorney Karl Austen.

Del Toro most recently directed the gothic thriller “Crimson Peak,” toplined by Mia Wasikowska, »

- Justin Kroll

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Aunt May Hated 'The Amazing Spider-man' Even More Than You Did!

16 March 2016 7:45 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

This is pretty funny.

Sally Field, the veteran actress who played Aunt May in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-man movies was just on The Howard Stern Show, and she really let it rip. Field spoke candidly about the fact that she only agreed to appear in Sony's rebooted Spider-man series as a favor to Laura Ziskin. The actress says she was put-off by how one-dimensional the role was, and found the whole situation sort of thankless.

Field says she would've liked to have done more with the part, but...

"It's really hard to find a three dimensional character in it, and you work it as much as you can, but you can't put ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag."

So it definitely sounds like she wasn't devastated when that franchise went belly-up, paving the way for a new reboot that's going to be a joint venture between Sony and Marvel Studios. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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The New Spider-Man Costume: What Do You Think?

10 March 2016 9:58 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A new trailer for Captain America: Civil War has finally revealed Marvel Studios’ version of Spider-Man. This isn’t the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire Spider-Man, or the more recent Marc Webb/Andrew Garfield Amazing Spider-Man — this is a brand-new Spidey for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So the question is, what do you think of the new Marvel Studios Spider-Man? There has […]

The post The New Spider-Man Costume: What Do You Think? appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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An Analyzed Look Back on The Amazing Spider-man 2: Why It Doesn't Work

6 March 2016 4:15 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

I’ve been a Spider-Man fan all of my life. I remember being very young watching the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films, and reading the comic books. Both of which I still do. That is why the date of February 9th, 2015 changed my life forever. This was the day that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios revealed that Spider-Man would become officially apart of Marvel’s powerhouse line of movies known as the “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” And In early May of 2016, we will witness the first appearance of Spider-Man in Marvel’s "Captain America: Civil War.” The ol’ webhead will be played by Tom Holland, who will appear in a solo film in 2017. But how did he get in that state? Well, along came a little movie that I guess Sony wasn't happy with. Which is none other than The Amazing Spider-Man 2.    Produced by Sony Entertainment, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is »

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Venom Movie Back On At Sony; Won’t Connect To New Spider-Man

4 March 2016 2:53 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Sony made the deal with Marvel to share the rights to Spider-Man, most of us felt that the batch of spinoffs they were planning – which reportedly included the likes of Black Cat, Sinister Six, and even an Aunt May movie – would have fallen by the wayside. However, at least one of those projects has been revived: Venom.

THR reports that the studio plans to move forward with the film, only this time with Edge of Tomorrow scribe Dante Harper on scripting duty – but that’s not the biggest news here. Whereas the previous incarnation of Venom would have been a spinoff set in the same continuity as Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man movies, apparently this new version will be “apart from and unrelated to” to the reboot that’s in the works with Tom Holland.

Ummm… that kinda begs the question: what’s the point, then?

At any rate, »

- Mark Cassidy

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Spider-Man Spinoff ‘Venom’ Comes Back to Life — But It’s Not a Spider-Man Spinoff Anymore

4 March 2016 2:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Sony’s attempts to make a Venom spinoff date back years — before the Marc Webb / Andrew Garfield Spider-Man era, all the way back to the tail end of the Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire era. So far, they haven’t had much success. And the latest incarnation of the project seemed to be in jeopardy when the […]

The post Spider-Man Spinoff ‘Venom’ Comes Back to Life — But It’s Not a Spider-Man Spinoff Anymore appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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J.K. Simmons Responds To Petition To Bring Him Back As J. Jonah Jameson In Marvel’s Spider-Man

1 March 2016 9:02 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One of the most disappointing things about The Amazing Spider-Man movies was the fact that there was no sign of J. Jonah Jameson or The Daily Bugle. The newspaper was referenced, but director Marc Webb for some reason shied away from revisiting that pivotal area of Peter Parker’s life.

While Spider-Man is set to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War this May, only Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei (Aunt May) will be showing up there, so we still have some time to wait until we find out whether or not Jonah and company will factor into his adventures moving forward.

The big question, however, is who will play the Spider-Man hating publisher if and when he returns to the big screen. Many fans would like to see J.K. Simmons reprise the role, and the Whiplash actor has now responded to the fact that a »

- Josh Wilding

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8 Theories About Spider-Man’s Role In Captain America: Civil War

27 February 2016 6:41 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Marvel Studios

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can…

But what is it exactly that he can, or rather will do in Captain America: Civil War. One of the most exciting elements of Cap 3, aside from the insane number of superheroes and the promise of Captain America fighting Iron Man, is that it’ll serve as the McU introduction for Spider-Man.

After years in the wilderness (aka with Sony), the web-slinger is back home with Marvel, and the hope is that after poor sequels and failed reboot attempts, this is what’s needed to once again do the character justice on the big screen.

So far, there are a couple of key facts we know about the character. One is that he’ll be played by Tom Holland, a relatively unknown 19-year-old, most recognisable from his role in The Impossible. That feeds into the second thing we know: this will »

- James Hunt

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Octavia Spencer to Play Mathematician Opposite Taraji P. Henson in ‘Hidden Figures’ (Exclusive)

17 February 2016 12:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Octavia Spencer is on board to co-star opposite Taraji P. Henson in Fox 2000’s “Hidden Figures.”

The studio has been developing the adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” published by HarperCollins.

St. Vincent” director Ted Melfi is attached to direct and produce the film along with Chernin Entertainment and Donna Gigliotti of Levantine Films.

The story centers on Johnson (Henson), a brilliant African-American mathematician who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history — the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and his safe return. The three women crossed all gender, race and professional lines while embarking on the mission. Spencer will play one of the three mathematicians.

Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission in 1962 and became the »

- Justin Kroll

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Claudia Lewis Stepping Down as Fox Searchlight Production President

16 February 2016 6:07 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Claudia Lewis is stepping down on as president of production at Fox Searchlight Pictures on May 23, following a decade in the post — a tenure that’s covered “Birdman,” “Black Swan” and “Wild.”

Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula made the announcement Tuesday. The announcement did not disclose her plans for what she will do after she leaves.

“We are grateful for Claudia’s pioneering role as one of Searchlight’s first executives and her tireless efforts making Fox Searchlight a powerhouse in independent film,” said Utley and Gilula in the announcement. “Her leadership over the last two decades has resulted in a track record of success including films such as ‘Birdman,’ ‘Wild,’ ‘Black Swan,’ ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,’ ‘Juno’ and the company’s first ever Best Picture nominee ‘The Full Monty.’ Claudia’s keen insight and creativity will surely be missed.  We wish her all the »

- Dave McNary

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Universal’s Untitled Musical Comedy Finds Its Leads In Channing Tatum And Joseph Gordon-Levitt

5 February 2016 11:23 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Following a heated bidding war, Universal has snatched up rights for a new, as-yet-untitled musical comedy, with The Hollywood Reporter learning that the studio has already cast two prominent stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Hail, Caesar! star Channing Tatum.

Reports indicate that the concept for the new project first came to light under Gordon-Levitt, who will produce via his hitRECord Films banner. Other talent involved at this early stage include producers Marc Platt and Adam Siegel, along with Channing Tatum himself, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan on behalf of Free Association. Details are scarce as to which direction Universal is steering the untitled project, and whether it’s being eyed as a potential franchise in the vein of the studio’s lucrative Pitch Perfect.

Aside from showcasing their musical (read: miming) talents on Spike’s popular Lip Sync Battle, Gordon-Levitt and Tatum first starred opposite one another in Iraq war drama Stop-Loss in 2008. Since then, »

- Michael Briers

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10 Overlooked Positives Of The Amazing Spider-Man Films

23 January 2016 10:48 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


You’ve got to feel a bit sorry for Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. The previous Spider-Man franchise had three movies in which to prove itself, but these guys were quietly shuffled off the Sony back-lot after just two.

We’ll never get to see The Amazing Spider-Man franchise reach it’s full potential. It’s been kicked conclusively under the carpet in favour of a new collaboration between Sony and Marvel Studios, with Jon Watts and Tom Holland stepping in to take the reins while Webb and co. have had to make themselves scarce.

The sad bit is: their films really weren’t that bad. The big problems (rehashing Raimi and spending too long teasing the Sinister Six) surely came from Sony, while the cast and crew made the most of the material they were given. While they’re not quite ‘Amazing’ as the series’ hubristic moniker would have us believe, »

- Rob Leane

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