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When comic book and movie fans the world over were hotly anticipating the release of Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 three years ago, we had begun to get a picture of Sony's larger plans for the world of Spider-Man that didn't necessarily include the Webslinger himself. Indeed, in that 2014 sequel, a lot of hints were thrown at the audience that seemed to indicate the cinematic world of Peter Parker would soon be getting a whole lot bigger. Rumblings of a film based on a group of infamous Spidey foes known as the "Sinister Six" was looked at as the next inevitable film to be based on the characters of Spider-Man comics, apparently even with a release date to come before Marc Webb's and actor Andrew Garfield's third turn with the...
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- Chris Clow
Photo Credit: Lou Faulon. Photo courtesy of Stx Entertainment. Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 Stx Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is writer/director Luc Besson’s latest sci-fi action/adventure film, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as a team of special agents wisecracking and flirting their way through danger as they race to unravel the puzzle of what or who is threatening to destroy the interstellar city of Alpha. The film also stars Clive Owen, Ethan Hawk and singer Rihanna.
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is spectacular visually, with one fabulous, colorful, fantastical vision after another, and the film completely delivers on that level.
The 3D action/adventure film is based on a French sci-fi graphic novel series, “Valerian and Laureline,” or just “Valerian.” The long-running comic series, »
- Cate Marquis
According to reports, the upcoming Sony 'bad girl' action feature "Silver & Black", adapting the Marvel Comics characters 'Silver Sable' and 'Black Cat', will also include more Marvel super-villain characters:
Characters include 'Mac Gargan' aka 'Scorpion' from the upcoming feature "Spider-Man: Homecoming"...
'Mendel Stromm' aka 'Gaunt'...
'Anton Rodriguez' aka 'Tarantula'...
'Dimitri Smerdyakov' aka 'Chameleon'...
...and 'Lonnie Lincoln' aka 'Tombstone'.
Other Marvel characters that will make their big screen debut include 'Dominic Fortune' and 'Agent Mark Sim'.
'Black Cat' aka 'Felicia Hardy', was created for Marvel Comics by writer Marv Wolfman and illustrator Keith Pollard, debuting in Marvel's "Amazing Spider-Man" #194 (July 1979), as the daughter of a world-renowned cat burglar.
After suffering a traumatic event as a college freshman, she trained herself in various fighting styles and acrobatics and, after »
- Michael Stevens
"I've been lucky enough to have equal pay to my male costars," said Stone about her film acting career.
"But our industry ebbs and flows in a way that’s like...
"...'How much are you bringing into the box office?' I felt uncomfortable talking to my agent or lawyer about it because I was like, 'Do people want to see me as much as they want to see Steve Carrell?' It’s a weird conversation to have because it's trying to see oneself from the outside..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Emma Stone »
- Michael Stevens
Despite the fact that Sony has decided to confound us all by building a cinematic universe of their own comprised of Spider-Man’s supporting characters that doesn’t seem to actually be inhabited by the icon himself, it’s very hard not to look forward to a movie starring Black Cat and Silver Sable, even if it could use a better title than Silver & Black.
But as is the case with any superhero movie, we can’t help but wonder who the antagonists will be. Well, according to the folks at That Hashtag Show, there will be a handful. Fortunately, it won’t be the Sinister Six, but we still can’t help but express some concern because it appears as though Sony won’t ever learn from its mistakes and will continue to shoehorn as many characters into a given movie as possible. You’d think that overly bloated »
- Eric Joseph
“War for the Planet of the Apes” is officially the box office champ, during a weekend that demands a close look.
Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s latest “Apes” movie is coming in on the low end of expectations with $56.5 million from 4,022 locations. It was pegged at $60 million-$65 million earlier in the week, but is ending up about the same as 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which kicked off the modern trilogy with $54.8 million during its opening weekend. 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was a bigger hit with a $72.6 million domestic opening, when it hit theaters against the third weekend of “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”
One way “War for the Planet of the Apes” stands out from other big-budget studio films is its rave reviews — it currently has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, which depicts the titular war between apes and humans, is directed by Matt Reeves, who »
- Seth Kelley
When “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was first announced, there were many who groaned about a reboot coming just three years after Sony scrapped their Spidey plans following “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” However, a canny partnership with Marvel, and a lively take on the character by Tom Holland (first previewed to a winning reception in “Captain America: Civil War“) have added up to a new webslinger that audiences can’t resist.
Continue reading ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Takes A Big Swing Into Cinemas [Box Office] at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Justice League, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, The Batman, Green Lantern Corps, Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, Hellboy Rise of the Blood Queen and more…
The fourth superhero movie of 2017 swung into cinemas this past week, with Spider-Man: Homecoming on track to top its box office tracking with a domestic opening weekend of around $120 million and a worldwide haul in excess of $250 million. Be sure to check out Ricky Church’s ★★★★ review here and Robert Kojder’s ★★★★ review here, and take a look at some of the latest promotional material, including new images, Captain America: Civil War vlogs and a Vulture featurette [see here], concept art of Spidey’s web-parachute [see here], a Mondo poster [see here] and a new one-sheet paying homage to Amazing Fantasy #15 [see here]…
…Take a deep breath now, »
- Gary Collinson
At long last, Spider-Man is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And, though many of the finer points of the studio’s deal with Sony have yet to come to light, it does seem like he’s here to stay. Not only because Peter Parker is such a major presence in the Marvel universe, but because of the hefty work done in Spider-Man: Homecoming to set up future developments.
As well as telling a complete, thrilling story, Homecoming does a great line in sowing the seeds for things to be picked up further down the road. Learning from previous hamfisted efforts like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, this movie makes sure to put the current film first, but that doesn’t stop it from setting up the sequels when it’s warranted. Not at all.
So, in what ways does Spider-Man: Homecoming pave the way for future McU movies? From character developments to costume reveals, »
- Christian Bone
Led by a strong start in South Korea, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has launched internationally with $25.3 million through Thursday.
The South Korean opening day of $3.7 million set a record for a non-holiday Wednesday and was 157% higher than 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The three-day total through Friday has hit $10.4 million.
In the U.K., “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has grossed $3.4 million previews with a $2 million opening day Thursday, 4% behind “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Russia opened on Thursday with $2.3 million, 114% ahead of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and 167% ahead of “Wonder Woman.”
Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Soaring to $100 Million-Plus Opening
Latin America grossed $6.7 million as a region on its opening day Thursday, including $2.2 million in Brazil and $2.4 million in Mexico. Australia’s two-day total was $4 million and its opening day was the highest all-time for Sony and 86% above “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
The tentpole is opening in about 60% of international markets this week. France and Germany will open next week. Sony »
- Dave McNary
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a hit with critic and fans alike! The film is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a very impressive 94%, matching that of the original Iron Man. Financially, the film brought in $15.4 million from previews last night, compared to the $8.7 million brought in by the previous film to feature Spidey, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And the movie really is great, perhaps the most fun Marvel Cinematic Universe film, easily cracking the Top 5 best from the McU overall. So, go see it now! Or, after you read a few more articles...
As if to celebrate the success of the film, Nerdist debuted a brand new poster for the film, and it's, shall I say, amazing. The poster mirrors the cover to Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearence of Spider-Man, quite flawlessly.
For comparison, here's the cover for Amazing Fantasy #15.
There's just a few updates to reflect the new film. Gone »
- Nick Doll
Sony-Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is flying high — heading for at least $100 million in its opening weekend at 4,348 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.
If the number holds, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will join “Beauty and the Beast,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and “Wonder Woman” as the fourth 2017 title to launch to more than $100 million domestically.
Box office trackers had forecast an opening weekend ranging from $85 million to $110 million, but first-day business lifted those to the $115 million-plus range. Studio estimates stood at $80 million to $90 million, but were upgraded to near $100 million.
The tentpole stars Tom Holland as the titular 15-year-old Spider-Man. The superhero strives to become worthy of holding the title of Avenger, under the skeptical guidance of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark.
Friday grosses for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” should top $40 million, which includes Thursday night previews with $15.4 million at 3,493 North American sites — the third-highest Thursday night preview gross of 2017, trailing only “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with »
- Dave McNary
When a movie has the word "amazing" in the title, it comes with certain expectations. For The Amazing Spider-Man movies, however, they often failed to live up to their title. After Sam Raimi decided not to try to leave the franchise on a high note making Spider-Man 4, Sony and Columbia fast-tracked their plans to reboot Spider-Man. The response was mixed. After all, Spider-Man 3 had just come out a couple years before. Was a reboot needed so soon? That didn't stop the studio, however. The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, would revisit the origin story over two muddled films, star Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone and would be directed by 500 Days of Summer helmer Marc Webb. In the last installment of our Spider-Man retrospective series in anticipation of Spider-Man: Homecoming arriving, let's take a look at how Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man movies were, unfortunately, less than amazing. »
- Dan Marcus
Sony Pictures Imageworks, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is unique in Hollywood as the only studio-run visual effects and animation division. Formed in 1992 (now headquartered in Vancouver), Imageworks alternates between live-action/CG hybrids and animation with its younger sister, Sony Pictures Animation, which was founded in 2002.
Imageworks has won two Oscars (“Spider-Man 2” VFX and “The ChubbChubbs!” animated short) along with an Academy Sci-Tech award this year for an advanced shading program. But Imageworks first cut its teeth on “Speed,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Jumanji,” “Starship Troopers,” and “Contact” before tackling “Stuart Little” in 1999, the first-cg-animated character to star in a live-action feature.
Since then, Imageworks spear-headed performance capture-based virtual production with director Robert Zemeckis (“Polar Express,” “Monster House”), and has continued to work on franchises including “Spider-Man” (“Homecoming” opens this week), “The Smurfs,” and “Hotel Transylvania.”
Here’s our ranking of the 10 best VFX moments from Imageworks:
10. Re-Inventing Invisibility »
- Bill Desowitz
Sony Picture's Spider-Man: Homecoming finally hit theaters last night across the country. The film is opening with with Rotten Tomatoes "Certified Fresh" rating of 93%, and the buzz about the film is overwhelmingly positive. There is a lot of excitement about the film especially because it incorporates Spider-Man in the McU, something fans have been demanding for a while. It opened last night in 3,450 locations at 7 p.m. across all U.S./Canadian time zones. So, how did it do last night?
Thanks to Deadline we have some numbers for Thursday's showings. Spider-Man: Homecoming brought in $15.4 million in previews last night. This is well ahead of such films like Wonder Woman, which brought in $11 million and Deadpool, which did $12.7 million in previews. The previous Spider-Man film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 brought in only $8.7 million for its Thursday night release.
The film will now open today at 4,348 locations today and is expected »
- Emmanuel Gomez
Felicity Jones is saying goodbye to the Death Star and hello to life as a princess. The “Rogue One” actress has signed on to star in an untitled pitch inspired by “Swan Lake,” Variety reports. But don’t expect to see the Oscar nominee in pointe shoes. Though it’s based on one of the most famous ballets of all-time, the project won’t involve dancing, “but will instead use the story as the centerpiece for a major studio tentpole,” the source details.
Kristina Lauren Anderson — whose script about Catherine the Great topped the 2014 Black List — is penning the screenplay. The original ballet centers on Odette, a princess who undergoes a shocking transformation and becomes a swan after an evil sorcerer puts a curse on her.
“Several major studios, including Paramount and Universal, are among the bidders for the property, which went on the market right before the Fourth of the July weekend,” Variety writes. Mandeville Films is producing.
Jones received an Academy Award nomination in 2015 for Stephen and Jane Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything.” Her other credits include “A Monster Calls,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” and “Like Crazy.”
“She is absolutely a very unlikely heroine,” the actress has said of her “Star Wars” character, Jyn Erso. “She’s someone on the edges and fringes of society. Physically, she’s smaller than everyone else around her, but… when someone has something they believe in, that’s what powers them, that’s what motivates them, that’s what can give someone enormous strength.” She emphasized that showing powerful women onscreen is “vital.” “As we’re seeing in politics, it is a world where women are becoming leaders of nations, and films should be reflecting that,” she said.
“Rogue One” grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
Felicity Jones to Topline Film Adaptation of “Swan Lake” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Sony-Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swung to an impressive $15.4 million at 3,493 North American sites on Thursday night.
An early survey of Thursday night moviegoers showed strong support for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” with 48% rating it “excellent” and another 38% as “very good,” according to comScore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak.
Quiz: How Well Do You Know Spider-Man?
Box office trackers have forecast an opening weekend take ranging from $85 million to $110 million at 4,348 locations. The studio estimates a lower $80 million. Critics have been raving about the film, which carries a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Tom Holland stars as a 15-year-old Spider-Man, after playing the character once before in “Captain America: Civil War.” The superhero strives to become worthy of holding the title of Avenger, under the skeptical guidance of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark »
- Dave McNary
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” earned a whopping $15.4 million at Thursday night’s previews, kicking Sony’s reboot of the superhero franchise off to a strong start. In comparison, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” grossed $8.7 million when it opened on a Thursday in 2014, and went on to earn $91.1 million its opening weekend. “Homecoming” is also opening well ahead of “Wonder Woman” ($11 million), “Doctor Strange” ($9.4 million), “Deadpool” ($12.7 million) and “Guardians of the Galaxy” ($11.2 million). Independent trackers have suggested the film will make $90 million to $110 million this weekend, with Sony Pictures projecting a more conservative $80 million from 4,341 locations. Also »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Homecoming Bring Home The Gold
After a string of incredibly positive reviews, it looks like the opening weekend for Marvel Studios/Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming could be huge. The studio has projected a modest $80 million domestically but the film could earn anything between $85-$110 million, and $200 million worldwide. This would best both The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but fall short of Spider-Man 3‘s $151 million. Read more here.
Jon Watts was confirmed to direct Spider-Man 2 last week, and the director has been talking about which villains he’d like to see in future Spidey outings. The tone of [Mobius] is pretty dark, but the vampire/Marvel Universe thing is pretty cool,” Watts told We’ve Got This Covered. “Maybe we could get Blade to show up, too? That’d be neat.” Read more here.
CGI And The Furious?
In a new interview with F. Gary Gray, »
- Luke Owen
The world is ready for a great Spider-Man movie. It's been far too long since Tobey Maguire brought the first Spider-Man adventures to the big screen, arguably the best one ever made with 2004's Spider-Man 2. In honor of Spider-Man: Homecoming finally delivering a standout showpiece centered on Marvel's resident wall-crawler held within the actual McU, let's have a look back at Tobey Maguire's original screen test, shall we? Spoiler alert: it's super weird, violent, and R-rated.
Tobey Maguire's original screen test, which comes to us from YouTube user Matie Matteuucci, reveals a very different kind of Spider-Man. For some reason, there are several F-bombs dropped in the video. Also, since Tobey is just wearing pants and isn't in costume, this kind of winds up looking like a bizarre, kind of bad but in the best way American kung fu movie. Looking at this video, it is a »
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