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Peter and Ned attend a lame party in Spider-Man: Homecoming clip

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With less than two weeks to go until the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, a new clip has arrived online for Marvel and Sony’s upcoming reboot which sees Peter (Tom Holland) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) run into Michelle (Zendaya) at a party; check it out here…

See Also: Zendaya wasn’t aware she was auditioning for Spider-Man: Homecoming

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Zendaya wasn’t aware she was auditioning for Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Actress Zendaya apparently wasn’t aware at the time that she was auditioning for a role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Movie gigs don’t come much bigger than superhero films these days, and superheroes don’t come much bigger than Spider-Man, especially now that the character is being incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with this latest reboot of the tale.

So a young actress would probably be pretty excited about getting the opportunity to land one of the film’s key roles. Unfortunately for Zendaya, she wasn’t aware what her audition was actually for.

Zendaya told the story to Jimmy Fallon in a recent interview (via comicbook.com), describing her surprise.

“I knew I was auditioning for ‘Girl In Movie’, it was great getting into character [laughs],” Zendaya said. “In fact, I didn’t actually even know what kind of character [it was], because my character is very interesting. She is kind of a loner; she is super-intellectual, very dug-dry humor with one-liners, pops in and pops out. I didn’t even know what character I was going to play until I got there and sign the Non-Disclosure and then read the script.”

The actress, who will be playing a character named Michelle in the movie, also talked about how the production for Homecoming didn’t feel like a superhero film to her.

“So everything that I shot, when we were shooting just felt like I was shooting this awkward teen coming-of-age comedy kind of thing and then you realize, when the trailers were starting to come out, that ‘Wow, this is a Spider-Man movie! This is action, it’s going down!’” Zendaya said.

Fans will be able to see Zendaya in Spiderman: Homecoming, apparently not involved in the film’s action, early next month.

See Also: The hero we deserve: Kevin Feige explains how he brought Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States. »

- Samuel Brace

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Hot Toys’ Iron Man Xlvii Spider-Man: Homecoming collectible figure revealed

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Hot Toys has revealed its upcoming Iron Man Xlvii sixth scale figure from Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. The collectible comes with a range of accessories and interchangeable pieces, including a head sculpt which is based on the likeness of Robert Downey Jr. in the upcoming reboot; take a look at the official promotional images below and visit Sideshow Collectibles to pre-order…

See Also: Hot Toys unveils Spider-Man: Homecoming collectible figure

Made with fine diecast materials, the much elaborated Iron Man Xlvii figure stands approximately 32 cm and with 28 Led light-up points throughout the body. The streamlined armor is expertly painted with metallic red and gold colors and a distinctive two-toned silver color in the mid-section. An array of components are added to the figure including: a newly painted Tony Stark head sculpt featuring likeness of Robert Downey Jr., an interchangeable Led light-up helmeted head, an interchangeable empty helmet emulating the suit in remote control mode, interchangeable armor parts and a specially designed figure stand. Furthermore, a mini-repulsors deployer with two articulated mini-repulsors and thrust fire effect parts are specially included for this new Iron Man armor!

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States. »

- Amie Cranswick

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The hero we deserve: Kevin Feige explains how he brought Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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When it was revealed that Spider-Man would finally be returning home to the McU, it was met with applause, and a healthy dose of disbelief. How did Marvel do it? This was something that the Marvel fan-base had seemingly accepted as an impossibility. So what happened? Well, Kevin Feige happened. In a recent interview with THR, the president of Marvel Studios explained what he did to sway Sony to share the wisecracking web-slinger:

“It really came down to me telling Amy Pascal in her office that I think the best thing for this character is: Sony has the rights, that’s not changing. Have Sony pay for the movie, distribute the movie, market the movie. Just let us make the movie and incorporate him into our universe.”

A lot of this reads like an episode of AMC’s Mad Men. It looks like the biggest deal in comic book movie history was a result of two important people sitting in an office, and making a deal. No word on whether they were drinking gin on the rocks, and making grand postures during this exchange, but one thing is for certain: Kevin Feige is the hero we deserve, and luckily the one we have right now. Now go get Wolverine for us Kevin!

The result of this deal, Spider-Man: Homecoming, is releasing this summer.

See Also: Spidey will team up with another McU hero in Spider-Man 2 – but it won’t be Iron Man

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States.

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- Jordan Jones

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Spidey will team up with another McU hero in Spider-Man 2 – but it won’t be Iron Man

21 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from the news that Carnage will be the villain in Venom and Sony’s plans for an expanded SpiderVerse with Mysterio and Kraven the Hunter spin-offs, The Hollywood Reporter also dropped a little nugget of information for Spider-Man 2.

The site’s report says that Spider-Man 2 will see Tom Holland’s Spidey team-up with another McU hero, but it won’t be Ol’ Shell Head.

“Sony will get a to-be-determined Marvel character for Spider-Man 2 like it received for Homecoming with the box-office monster Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr,” the report states. “But sources say it won’t be Iron Man next time around.”

Who would you like to see Spider-Man team up with in the next wall-crawler outing?

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States.

Source: THR »

- Luke Owen

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Carnage will be the villain in Venom movie; Sony planning Kraven and Mysterio spin-offs before Sinister Six

21 June 2017 7:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony are continuing their SpiderVerse plans, which will kick off fully next year with Ruben Fleischer’s Venom starring Tom Hardy, and development is in place for Silver & Black. If rumours are to be believed, it won’t just be Black Cat and Silver Sable in the movie as it will also feature other Spider-Man characters like Jessica Drew.

In a new article from The Hollywood Reporter, it’s noted that Venom will feature Carnage as the main villain and – contrary to other reports – could feature Tom Holland as Spider-Man.

The report also says Sony are planning on expanding their SpiderVerse further by having spin-off movies for classic villains Mysterio and Kraven the Hunter before potentially pulling them together for The Sinister Six.

This was always Sony’s plan when they launched the Amazing Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, with Daredevil showrunner Drew Goddard writing and directing, only this time they plan to introduce them individually rather than launching straight into the ensemble outing.

Sony will also be making Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 with Marvel Studios, with Spidey appearing in other McU films like Avengers: Infinity War.

See Also: Sony’s Spider-Man spin-offs to exist in the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Amy Pascal seemingly confirms

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States. »

- Luke Owen

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Interview: Costume Designer Stacey Battat Talks Creating the Fashions of “The Beguiled”

21 June 2017 7:04 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

The Beguiled”: Ben Rothstein/Focus Features

Costume designer Stacey Battat’s latest film is “The Beguiled,” which happens to be her fourth collaboration with filmmaker Sofia Coppola. Starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning, the film is a Civil War-set psychological thriller that focuses on a Southern girls’ boarding school and the chaos that ensues when a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) arrives. The film has been generating a great deal of buzz since its debut at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, where Coppola won a Best Director prize.

Battat’s career as a Hollywood costume designer started in 2007 on Zoe R. Cassavetes’ indie film “Broken English.” Battat has since worked on a number of films including “Freeheld,” “Still Alice,” “What Maisie Knew,” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” She has also designed costumes for a host of TV projects including “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Girls.” “The Bling Ring,” “Somewhere,” and Netflix’s “A Very Murray Christmas” are her previous collaborations with Coppola.

Women and Hollywood spoke to Battat about her costume choices, working with Coppola and “The Beguiled” cast and crew, the research it took to bring these strong but embattled women to life, and how costume design is the one Hollywood profession dominated by women.

The Beguiled” opens in limited release June 23, followed by a wider release June 30.

W&H: What was it like to work on a period piece set in the Civil War?

Sb: This was my first period movie. I had worked on a period TV show (“Z: The Beginning of Everything”), but [working on a film] is a big difference in a lot of ways. It has to be authentic. You can’t decide at the last minute that you wish a costume is red because you have already made it or rented it. That’s not an option. You have to really decide what is going to happen in advance.

W&H: Coppola has an atmospheric style in this film and your costume choices seem to fall right in line with its palette and lighting. What was your collaboration like with her and the other designers?

Sb: We always sit down and talk before production begins. So Anne Ross, the production designer, Sofia, myself, Philippe Le Sourd, our cinematographer, and film editor Sarah Flack sat down to talk about what kind of mood we wanted to create for this movie. I think we work together in a congruous way. It’s also nice to work with the same people over and over because you develop a similar language.

In this particular case, we wanted the film to be eerie but also beautiful. We talked about the film being ethereal, about the characters feeling like ghosts that had been left behind, about the clothes having a diaphanous quality, about light passing through the trees.

W&H: How did you research the Civil War era, and how did you find the fabrics and laces used to make the clothing?

Sb: I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and visited their textile center. I looked through fabric books from that era and was able to get a good grasp on what kinds of fabrics were available in the 1860s and bought material in retail stores. The buttons and lace are older. I scoured stores to find them.

W&H: How did the social etiquette of the time period play into your design choices?

Sb: The women had to stay covered. I put myself in their mindset and found out they were raised to essentially please men during that time period. I wanted to know what it’s always like to leave before the party is over and what was it like to always want a man to do something for you. I think that these things informed my decisions in a certain way but not in a specific way.

Walking around in a corset is complicated. It’s a different thing. You must breathe and stand differently. You can’t slouch. I think wearing one helped the actresses get into character.

The Beguiled”: Focus Features

W&H: Can you talk about each actress and what their costume brought to their specific character?

Sb: I wanted Nicole Kidman to feel in charge. I tried to accomplish that by not putting her in very colorful clothes, by putting her in more sedate prints, not flowered but polka dots and stripes.

I wanted Kirsten Dunst to feel romantic. She had come from a city, so in my mind, she was more sophisticated than the other girls. I tried to accomplish that by putting her in diaphanous fabrics.

I wanted Elle Fanning to feel flirty. I hope that the ruffles on her dresses accomplished that.

I wanted Oona Laurence to feel like her clothes were too big because she was either hungry or they were hand-me-downs from other girls at the school.

I put a lot of panels in Angourie Rice’s clothes to show she was still growing. Her fabrics didn’t always match the print, like a light green stripe to lengthen the sleeves of the dress she was wearing.

I wanted Addison Riecke to feel young. She was really funny, and I didn’t know her delivery would be so funny when I was making her costume. I wanted her to feel young and charming.

Emma Howard really looks like she’s from that period. I didn’t have to do a lot. She looked like she belonged to the 1860s.

W&H: There’s a big contrast between their buttoned up, pastel clothing and Colin Farrell’s. Can you please talk about the difference between dressing the two genders?

Sb: Dressing a man in that time period is just easier. There were a lot more constraints to the women’s clothing.

W&H: This film’s production took 26 days. What was it like working in this timeline on an independent film’s budget?

Sb: I had really great team. We were dressing seven to eight people at a time, and we managed to get into a good rhythm. I had the most incredible tailor in New Orleans named Patty Spinelli. I had an incredible costumer named Jennifer Watson. I had the best intern in the world. I feel like these people and support streamlined the production process.

W&H: What is it like being a female costumer designer in Hollywood?

Sb: The one thing I will say is that we are the one profession in Hollywood that is primarily female. I mean, no other area of the profession is. Camera operators, production designers, DPs are generally men but costume designers are generally women — across the board.

Certainly being a woman in Hollywood has certain drawbacks but also merits. I know there is a lot of disparity in the way women are paid as opposed to men, but when I hear about my friends who are lawyers talking about the crazy misogyny that happens in their workplace, I think about how glad I am to be a woman in Hollywood. I wish there were more women filmmakers. There should be more women directors, and more women directors of photography.

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More Cannes Winners: Diane Kruger to Become the New Isabelle Huppert + Best Director Coppola Oscar Chances?

20 June 2017 8:05 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'In the Fade' with Diane Kruger: Fatih Akin's German-language Avenging Woman drama may give its star the chance to become next awards season Isabelle Huppert. Diane Kruger: 2017–2018 awards season's Isabelle Huppert? The 2003 Cannes Film Festival's Female Revelation Chopard Trophy winner, Diane Kruger was Cannes' 2017 Best Actress winner for Fatih Akin's In the Fade / Aus dem Nichts. If Akin's German drama finds a U.S. distributor before the end of the year, Kruger could theoretically become the Isabelle Huppert of the 2017–2018 awards season – that is, in case the former does become a U.S. critics favorite while we stretch things a bit regarding the Kruger-Huppert commonalities. Just a bit, as both are European-born Best Actress Cannes winners who have been around for a while (in Huppert's case, for quite a while). Perhaps most importantly, like Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's Elle, Kruger plays a woman out for revenge in In the Fade. Diane Kruger-Isabelle Huppert 'differences' There is, however, one key difference between the two characters: in Elle, Huppert wants to avenge her own rape; in In the Fade, Kruger wants to avenge the death of her Turkish husband (Numan Acar) and their son (Rafael Santana) at the hands of white supremacist terrorists. Another key difference, this time about the Kruger-Huppert Cannes Film Festival connection: although Isabelle Huppert became a U.S. critics favorite – and later a Best Actress Oscar nominee – for her performance in Elle, her (unanimous) Best Actress Cannes win was for another movie, Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher / La pianiste back in 2001. At that time, Huppert also became a U.S. critics favorite (winning Best Actress honors in San Diego and San Francisco; a runner-up in Los Angeles and New York), but, perhaps because of the psychological drama's sexually charged nature, she failed to receive a matching Oscar nod. Last year's Cannes Best Actress, by the way, was Jaclyn Jose for Brillante Mendoza's Philippine drama Ma' Rosa. Huppert had been in contention as well, as Elle was in the running for the Palme d'Or. Diane Kruger Best Actress Oscar nomination chances? A Best Actress nomination for Diane Kruger at the German Academy Awards (a.k.a. Lolas) – for her first German-language starring role – is all but guaranteed. Curiously, that would be her first. As for a Best Actress Oscar nod, that's less certain. For starters, unlike the mostly well-reviewed Elle, In the Fade has sharply divided critics. The Hollywood Reporter, for one, summarized Akin's film as a “thriller made riveting by an emotional performance from Diane Kruger,” while The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw called it a “mediocre revenge drama” with “a not particularly good” star turn. Besides, since the year 2000 just one “individual” Best Actress Cannes winner has gone on to receive an Oscar nomination for the same performance: Rooney Mara*, who, though one of the two leads in Todd Haynes' Carol (2011), was shortlisted in the Oscars' Best Supporting Actress category so as not to compete with her co-star and eventual Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett. Then there's the special case of Penélope Cruz; the 2006 Best Actress Oscar nominee – for Pedro Almodóvar's Volver – was a Cannes winner as part of that family comedy-drama ensemble†. And finally, despite their Cannes Best Actress win for performances in (at least partly) English-language films, no less than seven other actresses have failed to be shortlisted for the Academy Awards this century. Björk, Dancer in the Dark (2000). Maggie Cheung, Clean (2004). Hanna Laslo, Free Zone (2005). Charlotte Gainsbourg, Antichrist (2009). Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy (2010). Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia (2011). Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars (2014). Coincidentally, that same year Moore starred in Still Alice, which eventually earned her the Best Actress Oscar. Warner Bros. will be distributing In the Fade in Germany later this year. Regarding the Oscars, whether late in 2017 or late in 2018, seems like it would be helpful if Diane Kruger got a hold of Isabelle Huppert's – and/or Marion Cotillard's and Jean Dujardin's – U.S.-based awards season publicists. * Rooney Mara shared the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award with Emmanuelle Bercot for My King / Mon roi. † Also in the Cannes-winning Volver ensemble: Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Chus Lampreave, and Yohana Cobo. 'The Beguiled' trailer: Colin Farrell cast in the old Clint Eastwood role in Sofia Coppola's readaptation of Civil War-set, lust & circumstance drama. Sofia Coppola ends Cannes female drought About 13 years ago, Sofia Coppola became the first American woman to be shortlisted for the Best Director Academy Award – for the Tokyo-set drama Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Coppola eventually lost in that category to Peter Jackson for the blockbuster The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, but she did take home that year's Best Original Screenplay Oscar statuette. There haven't been any other Oscar nominations since, but her father-daughter drama Somewhere, toplining Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, was the controversial Golden Lion winner at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. This year, Coppola has become only the second woman to win the Cannes Film Festival's Best Director Award – for The Beguiled, an American Civil War-set drama based on Thomas P. Cullinan's 1966 novel of the same name (originally published as A Painted Devil). With shades of Rumer Godden's Black Narcissus, The Beguiled follows a wounded Union soldier as he finds refuge at a girls' boarding school in Virginia. Sexual tension and assorted forms of pathological behavior ensue. Tenuous Cannes-Oscar Best Director connection From 2000 to 2016, 20 filmmakers† have taken home the Cannes Film Festival's Best Director Award. Of these, only four have gone on to receive matching Best Director Oscar nominations – but no wins: David Lynch, Mulholland Dr. (2001). Alejandro González Iñárritu, Babel (2006). Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher (2014). Four other Cannes Best Director winners were bypassed by the Academy even though their movies featured – at least a sizable chunk of – English-language dialogue: Joel Coen, The Man Who Wasn't There§ (2001). Paul Thomas Anderson, Punch-Drunk Love (2002). Gus Van Sant, Elephant (2004). Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive (2011). In other words, a Best Director Cannes Film Festival win is no guarantee of a Best Director Academy Award nomination. Ultimately, Sofia Coppola's chances of an Oscar nod in the Best Director category depend on how well The Beguiled is received among Los Angeles and New York film circles, and how commercially successful – for an “arthouse movie” – it turns out to be. † During that period, there were three Cannes Film Festival Best Director ties: 2001: Joel Coen for The Man Who Wasn't There§ & David Lynch for Mulholland Dr. 2002: Im Kwon-taek for Painted Fire & Paul Thomas Anderson for Punch-Drunk Love. 2016: Cristian Mungiu for Graduation & Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper. Both films opened in the U.S. in spring 2017 and may thus be eligible for the upcoming awards season. § Ethan Coen co-directed The Man Who Wasn't There, but didn't receive credit in that capacity. 'The Beguiled' with Nicole Kidman. The Best Actress Oscar winner ('The Hours,' 2002) had two movies in the Cannes Film Festival's Official Competition; the other one was 'The Killing of the Secret Deer,' also with Colin Farrell. Moreover, Kidman was the recipient of Cannes' special 70th Anniversary Prize. 'Sly' & 'elegant' Also adapted by Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled will be distributed in the U.S. by Oscar veteran Focus Features (Brokeback Mountain, The Danish Girl). The film has generally received positive notices – e.g., “sly” and “elegant” in the words of Time magazine's Stephanie Zacharek – and could well become a strong awards season contender in various categories. The cast includes The Killing of a Sacred Deer actors Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, in addition to Kirsten Dunst (the star of Coppola's Marie Antoinette), Somewhere actress Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Addison Riecke, Angourie Rice, and Emma Howard. As an aside, Cullinan's novel also served as the basis for Don Siegel's The Beguiled (1971), a Southern Gothic effort adapted by Irene Kamp and former Hollywood Ten member Albert Maltz. In the cast of what turned out to be a major box office flop: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, and Jo Ann Harris. Women directors at Cannes & the Oscars For the record, Soviet filmmaker Yuliya Solntseva was the Cannes Film Festival's first Best Director winner, for The Story of the Flaming Years back in 1961. The only woman to have directed a Palme d'Or winner is Jane Campion, for The Piano (1993). Early in 1994, Campion became the second woman to be shortlisted for an Academy Award in the Best Director category. The first one was Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1976). 'A Gentle Night' & 'Montparnasse Bienvenue' Qiu Yang's short film Palme d'Or winner A Gentle Night should be automatically eligible for the 2018 Academy Awards. But competition, as usual, will be fierce. In the last decade, the only short film Palme d'Or winner to have received an Oscar nomination is Juanjo Giménez Peña's Timecode (2016), in the Best Live Action Short Film category. This article was originally published at Alt Film Guide (http://www.altfg.com/). »

- Steph Mont.

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Spider-Man, The Vulture and Iron Man character posters for Spider-Man: Homecoming, new TV spots released

20 June 2017 2:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The marketing blitz for Spider-Man: Homecoming shows no signs of slowing down, with Sony and Marvel unveiling three new interconnecting characters posters for the superhero reboot featuring Spider-Man, The Vulture and Iron Man. Take a look at the posters here, along with four new TV spots

See Also: Spider-Man: Homecoming director comments on the web-slinger’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man »

- Amie Cranswick

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The Beguiled Review

19 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled resembles a decadent pie stuffed with poison apples. Fluffy mounds of cream and a golden, crispity crust – Coppola’s atmospheric outer layer – entice hungry audiences on sight alone. Southern comfort reminds of firefly fields and womanly sophistication in the most innocent ways. Aromatic warmth wofts under noses, but each bite – the scenes that Coppola structures – brings upon the most delicious darkness. Notes of sweetness (a child’s newfound friendship) and spice (the fatal attraction that brews) intoxicate with pleasurable trappings. Coppola’s savory four-star treat is an achievement in both tone and repercussion, and apologies for the metaphor, but all its best scenes play out during mealtime – my madness is with good reason, rest assured.

Ms. Coppola’s 2017 “thrill-ish-er” is both a remake of Don Siegel’s 1971 caper and an adaptation of Thomas Cullinan’s novel, with Colin Farrell stepping in as wounded Union soldier John McBurney. »

- Matt Donato

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Sofia Coppola delivers a top notch remake in “The Beguiled”

19 June 2017 3:31 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Remakes are often dismissed out of hand. Most of the time, they’re unnecessary at best and unwatchable at worst. Every so often, however, a worthwhile one comes down the pike and is worth celebrating. This week, we have one to take notice of and actually fete in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled. After a successful debut at the Cannes Film Festival, it heads stateside to try and further its chances at sticking around until the precursor season begins. In a somewhat light year for Oscar friendly titles (really, this is the only one, besides The Hero), The Beguiled has at least a fighting chance. The film is, as mentioned above, a remake of the 1971 Don Siegel movie of the same name, which essentially was a Clint Eastwood star vehicle. Set during the Civil War in Virginia, much of the action takes place at a secluded all girls school, one »

- Joey Magidson

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Spider-Man: Homecoming director comments on the web-slinger’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

19 June 2017 1:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Not too long ago Sony’s Amy Pascal made an offhand comment regarding how Spider-Man may never have a solo feature in the McU again after a sequel summer’s hotly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming. She specifically stated, “it may never happen again”.

Tom Holland made his debut as the popular superhero in 2016’s box office juggernaut Captain America: Civil War, but it’s a little unclear what is left on his contract in regards to the McU after his upcoming Avengers: Infinity War appearances (Marvel had said that Avengers 4 was as far as it goes for now, although the star did recently suggest he was contracted for two Homecoming sequels).

Thankfully, Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts has somewhat addressed these concerns over Skype at Australia’s Supernova Comic-Con, saying: “I don’t think she [Amy Pascal] meant that in an apocalyptic way. I think she was just trying to say what an »

- Robert Kojder

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New poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming

18 June 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With less than three weeks to go until the wall-crawler swings back into theaters, Marvel and Sony have unveiled a new poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which we have for you here; take a look…

See Also: Sony’s Spider-Man spin-offs to exist in the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Amy Pascal seemingly confirms

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, »

- Gary Collinson

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Sony’s Spider-Man spin-offs to exist in the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Amy Pascal seemingly confirms

18 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just a few days after Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige seemingly confirmed that there were no plans to bring characters (specifically Venom) from Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man spin-off films (Venom and Silver & Black) into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, former Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman and Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal has offered up a slightly contradictory statement.

Feige and Pascal were sitting down with German movie news outlet Filmstarts to promote the early July release of Spider-Man: Homecoming when the interviewer inquired about the relationship between the Sony spin-off films and the McU. While the expected answer, based on previous statements, was that the two would exist separately from one another, Pascal replied, “[Venom and Silver & Black] will all take place in the world that we are now creating for Peter Parker. I mean, they’ll be adjuncts to it, they may be different locations, but it will all still be in the same world »

- Justin Cook

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Spider-Man: Homecoming is getting a free Vr experience, watch the trailer here

16 June 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony Pictures has announced that it is bringing a special Spider-Man: Homecoming Vr experience to PlayStation Vr, Htc Vive and Oculus Rift, which will allow fans to suit up as the wall-crawler ahead of the release of July’s hotly-anticipated movie reboot.

“Spider-Man is the most beloved superhero in the world, so we knew Spider-Man: Homecoming Vr had to be something special,” said Jake Zim, Senior Vice President, Virtual Reality at Sony Pictures. “Fans can wear the suit, fire the new web shooters – Thwip! – and swing through the air in a faceoff with The Vulture. It’s every fan’s fantasy turned into virtual reality.”

The Spider-Man: Homecoming Vr experience will be available for free from June 30th; check out the trailer here…

See Also: The Vulture unmasked in new TV spot for Spider-Man: Homecoming

See Also: Watch Captain America give a PSA during detention in new Spider-Man: Homecoming TV »

- Gary Collinson

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Spider-Man: Homecoming tracking $100 million domestic opening weekend, first track from Michael Giacchino’s score released

16 June 2017 9:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With exactly three weeks to go until Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into U.S. theaters, the official tracking numbers for the Marvel and Sony-produced reboot are in, and according to box office analysts the wall-crawler is looking at a domestic opening weekend of between $90 million to $108 million.

That’s down quite considerably from the $135 million projection from mid-May, and puts it in the same region as Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman, which opened with $100.5 million at the start of this month. It would however be an improvement over Sony’s two Amazing Spider-Man reboots, which opened with $62 million and $91.6 million respectively.

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 – widely considered to be the best Spidey movie to date – opened with $88 million back in 2004, although the original enjoyed a $114.8 million opening weekend in 2002, while Spider-Man 3 set a record for the franchise with $151.1 million.

Should Homecoming come in on the low-end of the tracking, it »

- Gary Collinson

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The Vulture unmasked in new TV spot for Spider-Man: Homecoming

16 June 2017 3:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday we brought you a batch of stills and behind the scenes images from Spider-Man: Homecoming [check them out here], and not with just three weeks to go until its release, a new international TV spot has arrived online for the upcoming reboot, entitled ‘Vulture Unmasked’ which features some previously unseen footage; watch it below…

See Also: Tom Holland confirms Spider-Man 2 and 3

See Also: Watch Captain America give a PSA during detention in new Spider-Man: Homecoming TV spot

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by »

- Amie Cranswick

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New stills and behind-the-scenes images from Spider-Man: Homecoming

15 June 2017 2:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just three weeks to go until Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives in cinemas, a new batch of stills and behind the scenes images have arrived online for Marvel and Sony’s upcoming reboot; check out here…

See Also: Tom Holland confirms Spider-Man 2 and 3

See Also: Watch Captain America give a PSA during detention in new Spider-Man: Homecoming TV spot

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the »

- Amie Cranswick

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Angourie Rice to Star in ‘Every Day’ Fantasy Romance Movie for MGM

14 June 2017 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Angourie Rice will star in MGM’s romance movie “Every Day,” an adaptation of David Levithan’s novel with Michael Sucsy directing.

Production will begin next month in Toronto. Jesse Andrews, who wrote “Me And Earl and the Dying Girl,” has adapted the script.

Production companies are Likely Story and Filmwave. Producers are Christian Grass, Paul Trijbits, Anthony Bregman, and Peter Cron.

Rice will play a shy teenage girl who falls in love with an entity named A, who inhabits a new body of another teenage boy each day. The entity wakes up in the body of teenage boy named Justin one day, meets his girlfriend and decides he has found someone he wants to be with day after day. The novel was published in 2012 by the Random House imprint Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Rice played the daughter of Ryan Gosling’s character in Shane Black’s »

- Dave McNary

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MGM Acquires ‘Every Day;’ Michael Sucsy Directs, Angourie Rice Stars In Ya Adaptation

14 June 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: MGM has acquired the rights to produce Every Day, the feature adaptation to David Levithan’s bestselling Ya novel that Michael Suscy will direct with Angourie Rice starring. Me And Earl and the Dying Girl scribe Jesse Andrews adapted the novel, and with MGM aboard, the film has been fast tracked to begin production next month in Toronto.  Pic is a co-production between Likely Story and Filmwave, and Christian Grass, Paul Trijbits, Anthony Bregman and Peter Cron… »

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