An official announcement about which actor will be playing the next big-screen incarnation of everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been expected for weeks now. Today, however, brings a new report stating that a decision may be a while off, due to the fact that Marvel and Sony are at loggerheads over which young actor is best suited to take on the pivotal role.
TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider recently revealed on podcast Meet the Movie Press that there are three actors still in contention for the part: Tom Holland, Charlie Plummer and Matthew Lintz. You read that right – no Asa Butterfield, despite the fact that the Hugo breakout had long been considered a frontrunner for the role.
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There’s tension between Marvel and Sony over the casting, which will determine the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s official wall-crawler (i.e., whoever gets the role will be playing it for years, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Though rumored to be the front runner for the role in the past month or two, it looks like "Hugo" and "Ender's Game" star Asa Butterfield may no longer be in the running to play the Marvel-approved Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot of the property.
The Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider tells Meet The Movie Press podcast that Butterfield is out, the second such seeming exit of a potential candidate today following "The Walking Dead" co-star Chandler Riggs sending out a tweet confirming he'll not be participating.
Sneider says there are three actors still in the running - Tom Holland, Charlie Plummer and Matthew Lintz. At the moment Marvel is keen on Charlie Plummer, Sony is keen on Tom Holland, and why the casting decision hasn't been announced is because the studios are still at odds over whom they see as the best fit.
The other catch is Plummer is a minor, »
- Garth Franklin
I met Christopher Lee only once, over dinner at the 2013 Locarno Film Festival, where he was due to receive a lifetime achievement award. But even one night with Lee, who died June 7, was something to treasure. At 91, he was a consummate raconteur, spinning tales from a 60-year career in which he had become the very embodiment of the sci-fi, horror and fantasy movies that seep into little boys’ brains and turn them into Tim Burton, Joe Dante, Peter Jackson or George Lucas. At one point, our conversation turned to the subject of “Star Wars,” and the climactic lightsaber battle between Lee’s Count Dooku and the diminutive Yoda in 2002’s “Attack of the Clones,” made when Lee was a mere 80. “I did all of my own dueling in that scene!” Lee exclaimed, adding that he could be found in the Guinness Book of Records as the actor with the most on-screen swordfights. »
- Scott Foundas
Dan Simmons' Hugo Award-winning novel Hyperion is getting the small screen treatment as a Syfy Channel event series. Boardwalk Empire and Men of a Certain Age scribe Itamar Moses will write the adaptation, and will also serve as a co-executive producer on the project alongside Gk Films' Graham King (The Departed, Argo), and Bradley Cooper and his The Hangover director Todd Phillips through... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Christopher Lee, the prolific British actor whose specialty for villainy earned him roles as far and wide as Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy, Bond foe Scaramanga, Sith Lord Count Dooku and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings franchise, died Sunday, in London, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 93.
Lee had been admitted to Westminster Hospital for respiratory problems and heart failure. His wife, former Danish model and painter Gitte Kroencke, withheld the news in order to inform family first.
Born in 1922, Lee served in the Royal Air Force and »
Christopher Lee has died at age 93. The veteran actor died at 8.30am on Sunday, June 7 at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
Telegraph reports: “He had been treated there for respiratory problems and heart failure over the preceding three weeks and turned 93 in hospital. Lady Lee chose to delay the public announcement of Sir Christopher’s passing until she had informed close family members. The couple were married for more than 50 years.”
— Hammer (@hammerfilms) June 11, 2015
Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, but for many was forever known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of “Hammer Horror” movies — the gory, gothic thrillers churned out by the British studio in the 1950s and 1960s that became hugely popular.
Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was born on May 27, 1922. He »
- Movie Geeks
Christopher Lee, "best known for a variety of films from Dracula to The Wicker Man through to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, passed away on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London," reports Benjamin Lee in the Guardian. The star of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951), To the Devil a Daughter (1976), The Passage (1979), House of the Long Shadows (1983), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), The Golden Compass (2007), The Resident (2011), Hugo (2011) and four films with director/fan Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Dark Shadows), was 93. » - David Hudson »
Legendary film and stage actor Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93. The star of the recent Lord Of The Rings movies and the Star Wars prequels, passed away at London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital on Sunday morning after suffering respiratory problems and heart failure.
The Guardian are reporting that the decision to release the news days after his passing was based on his wife’s desire to inform family members first. The couple were married for over 50 years.
Lee had over 250 credits to his name including iconic roles in the Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun, the 70s horror movie The Wicker Man and his many turns as Dracula in the Hammer horror movies.
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- Paul Heath
Syfy is teaming up with producers Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Graham King (The Departed, Argo), and Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Due Date) to adapt Dan Simmons' Hugo award-winning science fiction epic Hyperion as an event series. Itamar Moses (Boardwalk Empire) will write the screenplay and serve as co-executive producer. Holy hell, this is exciting. I've been waiting years for this one. Hyperion is a space opera of the highest caliber and and one of the best science fiction series of all time. Simmons created a universe that is complex, engrossing, often terrifying, and populated by fascinating characters. What's more, Syfy has assembled an excellent team of producers to bring the story to TV. [caption id="attachment_471143" align="alignright" width="230"] Image via Doubleday/Bantam Books[/caption] I'm intrigued to find out how they will handle the unconventional narrative of the books - the first is told in a series of vignettes introducing the characters, while the second installment, »
- Haleigh Foutch
In another example of Syfy upping its star wattage, the cabler announced today that it is partnering with Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips to develop an event series based on Dan Simmons’ Hugo Award-winning bestselling novel “Hyperion.”
The three men will exec produce. Itamar Moses (“Boardwalk Empire”) will write the screenplay and serve as co-executive producer. Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio. “Hyperion” will be a production of King’s Gk Films and Cooper and Phillips’ 22nd and Green.
“It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences,” said Cooper.
- Whitney Friedlander
Syfy is joining forces with Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips to develop Dan Simmons' Hugo Award-winning novel Hyperion as an event series. Cooper will executive produce along with King and Phillips. Itamar Moses (Boardwalk Empire) will write the screenplay and serve as co-executive producer. Universal Cable Prods is the studio. Hyperion will be a production of King’s Gk Films and Cooper and Phillips' 22nd and Green. Set on the eve of Armageddon with the… »
This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. John Logan is no stranger to time travel. As a screenwriter, he has journeyed to ancient Japan (for The Last Samurai), 1940s Hollywood (The Aviator) and 1930s Paris (Hugo). But as showrunner on Showtime's Penny Dreadful, a horror-drama mashup set in London during the late 1890s, he's finding himself struggling with the space-time continuum in ways that would have H.G. Wells throwing clocks out the window. "The biggest challenge of this show is the time-machine quality of filming one episode while editing
- Stacey Wilson Hunt
Syfy is set to team with producers Bradley Cooper ("American Sniper"), Graham King ("Argo") and Todd Phillips ("The Hangover") for an event TV series adaptation of Dan Simmons’ Hugo Award-winning novel "Hyperion" for Universal Cable Productions, Gk Films and 22nd and Green.
The story is set on the eve of Armageddon with the entire galaxy at war. Seven pilgrims set forth on a voyage to seek the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each has a terrible secret, and one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
Cooper, King and Phillips will executive produce while Itamar Moses ("Boardwalk Empire") will write the screenplay. In a statement, Cooper says: "It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences."
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- Garth Franklin
We know that Quentin Tarantino loves celluloid and that he shot his latest film, "The Hateful Eight" in 70mm (actually Ultra Panavision 70, to be exact). But the problem is most theaters are now equipped with digital systems and are unprepared to properly exhibit the film. Read More: Here's the Best Advice from Cinematographers at CineGear News has come from CineGear Expo by way of cinematographer Bill Bennett who, after a presentation of "Hateful Eight" test footage tweeted that Tarantino plans to help put 70mm projectors equipped with anamorphic gear into 50 theaters worldwide so the film can be screened properly. It's worth noting that Bennett didn't shoot "Hateful Eight." That was three-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson ("JFK," "The Aviator" and "Hugo"). The footage was projected in 70mm anamorphic film and included actor close-ups, interiors and various exteriors in a variety of lighting conditions, »
- Paula Bernstein
A New Yorker article purporting to set us right about 3-D suggests that bonafide artists are discovering its aesthetic potential, from Jean-Luc Godard to recent Cannes entrant Gasper Noe. As the commercial use of 3-D is widespread and fully a third of theaters are equipped with digital 3-D, the writer asks if a "new breed of uppity 3-D" is at hand. "Could this be the onset of a novel, highbrow age in 3-D cinema?" While the piece mentions Wim Wenders' "Pina" and Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," and makes passing reference to James Cameron's "Avatar," there is no discussion of two Hollywood master auteurs who have led the way in the use of groundbreaking and masterful 3-D: Martin Scorsese ("Hugo") and Ang Lee ("Life of Pi"). Which leads me to wonder if this writer has a clue what he is talking about. »
- Anne Thompson
According to a report over at The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel and Sony are still looking for their Spider-man. Earlier reports suggesting Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender's Game) was about to sign for the role were apparently a bit premature. He's still in the running, however, along with five other young hopefuls, for the prized role. Could this be a negotiation tactic used by Sony to get Butterfieldc Possibly. The good news is the search should be concluded by next week. Butterfield is joined by previously rumored Spider-Man hopeful Tom Holland (The Impossible) and four relative newcomers. Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society), Judah Lewis (Demolition), Matthew Lintz (Pixels), and Charlie Plummer (Boardwalk Empire) are the rest of the rumored group to be screen testing over the weekend. The actors were flown to Atlanta, where Marvel is currently filming Captain America: Civil War. The film is widely reported to be the first appearance »
- Charles Dean
Six teenagers, including three Brits, have screen-tested for the role of the new Spider-Man in the latest reboot for the wall-crawling superhero, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Hugo and Ender’s Game’s Asa Butterfield, 18, was previously cited by Deadline as a frontrunner. He was joined on Saturday by Tom Holland, 19, best known for playing Naomi Watts’ son in disaster drama The Impossible, and The Golden Compass actor Charlie Rowe, 19. The American contingent, all thought to be around 14, include newcomer Judah Lewis, who appears in the forthcoming remake of Point Break, Pixels’ Matthew Lintz and Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Plummer.
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- Ben Child
Six contenders remain in the quest to become Spider-Man in the Marvel cinematic universe...
Marvel and Sony are nearing their decision though, with the webslinger set to join the Marvel cinematic universe with 2016's Captain America: Civil War. Then, Spider-Man will get his own, fresh standalone movie in the summer of 2017.
Casting rumours have been circling for the past couple of months, with Asa Butterfield at one stage said to have clinched the role. That proved to be premature, however, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Marvel has been conducting screen tests for the final candidates over the weekend.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel spent all of Saturday screen-testing actors in Atlanta for the role of Spider-Man, a superhero that will appear in Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" before Sony Pictures reboots the "Spider-Man" franchise in 2017. Six teenage actors tested for the role, including Tom Holland (played Naomi Watt's son in "The Impossible"), Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender's Game), Judah Lewis (upcoming "Demolition"), Matthew Lintz (upcoming "Pixels"), Charlie Plummer ("Boardwalk Empire"), and Charlie Rowe ("Red Band Society"). Producer looked at as many as 1,500 actors from around the world and narrowed the list down to their final six in the last two weeks. Marvel may make its final decision in the next few days, but there's also a slim chance that the studio may continue its search. The one big factor that could influence Marvel's decision is age. In the new movies, Peter Parker will be a high school student. »
After a secretive, all-day screen-testing process Saturday, Marvel is on the verge of choosing the actor who will don the red and blue suit of Spider-Man. According to sources, six teenage boys tested for the highly sought-after role in Captain America: Civil War and follow-up films, one of the biggest "gets" for a young actor in the film business. Tom Holland, who appeared as one of Naomi Watts' sons in the acclaimed tsunami drama The Impossible, and Asa Butterfield, the child star from Hugo and Ender's Game, were the best known of the contenders. The
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