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20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of Spider-Man 2

The Spider-Man films have not been consistent, but most superhero films aren't. There have always been, and will always be, one or two installments that stand out in a franchise. Sometimes these films remain among the best, even though time and technology have since moved on. One such movie is undeniably Spider-Man 2.

This follow-up to Sam Raimi's 2002 film surpasses the original in almost every way. It also blows its own sequel out of the water by a mile. Spider-Man 2 was the highlight of Sam Raimi's franchise and perhaps the highlight of all of the Spider-Man films. Sure, Tom Holland's take on the character in the McU is fun, but it isn't nearly as emotionally impactful as this 2004 flick-- at least, not yet.

There are many reasons why this film is so strong. Firstly, the script is particularly heartfelt and multi-dimensional. It's also firmly grounded in its own reality,
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Showbiz History: Mary Tyler Moore Debut, Charlie Chaplin Exile, Brangelina Split

10 random things that happened today, September 19th, in showbiz history

1913 Frances Farmer born in Seattle. She becomes a movie star and is eventually committed to an asylum as told in the movie Frances (1982) -- See, American Horror Story wasn't the first time Jessica Lange won awards for living in an asylum. 

1927 Happy 92nd birthday to Tony winner and Oscar nominee Rosemary Harris! We thank her for all her fine performances and for bringing another great actress, Jennifer Ehle, into the world...
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Laura Benanti To Replace Apple-Bound Lauren Ambrose In Broadway’s ‘My Fair Lady’

Laura Benanti To Replace Apple-Bound Lauren Ambrose In Broadway’s ‘My Fair Lady’
Tony Award winner Laura Benanti will take over as Eliza Doolittle in Broadway’s My Fair Lady, replacing the departing Lauren Ambrose. As reported exclusively by Deadline yesterday, Ambrose has been cast in Apple’s upcoming psychological thriller series from M. Night Shyamalan and British TV writer Tony Basgallop.

Ambrose’s final My Fair Lady performance will be Sunday, Oct. 21. Benanti, who won the 2008 best featured actress Tony for her role opposite Patti LuPone in Gypsy, will begin My Fair Lady on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

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Lincoln Center Theater’s limited engagement of My Fair Lady, directed by Bartlett Sher, is scheduled through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

“Eliza Doolittle has been my dream role for as long as I can remember,” Benanti said, “so I couldn’t be more excited to join this brilliant company.
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Brian Murray Dies: Acclaimed Stage Actor And Three-Time Tony Nominee Was 80

Stage actor and director Brian Murray, who arrived in New York in 1964 with the Royal Shakespeare Company touring production of King Lear and would go on to earn three Tony Award nominations, died yesterday. He was 80.

His death was announced by a spokesperson, who attributed the death to natural causes.

An acclaimed stage actor for more than 50 years, Murray most recently appeared on Broadway in The Importance of Being Earnest with his lifelong friend Brian Bedford, Mary Stuart, Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter. His final stage credit was 2016’s Simon Says at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in 2016.

Murray made his Broadway debut in 1965 with All in Good Time. His Tony-nominated roles were in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1968), Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes (1997) and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (2002).

His other notable stage credits, among many were 1977’s Mtc/Public Theater production of Ashes, and 1978’s Broadway production of Da.
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Rosemary Harris Will Take Over as 'Mrs. Higgins' in My Fair Lady

Lincoln Center Theater under the direction of Andre Bishop has just announced that Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris will return to the Broadway stage when she assumes the role of Mrs. Higgins in its award-winning production of Lerner amp Loewe's My Fair Lady, directed by Bartlett Sher, beginning Tuesday, September 11 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater 150 West 65 Street. Diana Rigg will play her final performance as Mrs. Higgins on Sunday, September 9.
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Smackdown '94: Uma, Dianne, Jennifer, Helen, and Rosemary

Presenting Oscar's Chosen Supporting Actresses of the Films of 1994.

The Nominees: The Academy wrapped up their love affair with a previous winner (Dianne Wiest) while starting a new one with a future winner (Helen Mirren). Two fresh-faced delights and an esteemed veteran (Rosemary Harris) were along for the ride.

In a rare turn of events the shortlist leaned far away from tears and dove headfirst into stylized fun or outright belly laughs (Rosemary Harris was the only player in a traditional drama). A quick list of the roles sounds like a joke set-up or at least a wild party: A fertile queen, a pompous diva, a wealthy society matriarch, and not but one but two trouble-maker gangster molls who moonlight in acting. 

This Month's Panelists   

Here to talk about these five nominated turns are, in alpha order: Erik Anderson (Awards Pundit), Nick Davis (Professor),  Itamar Moses (Tony-winning Playwright), Alfred Soto
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Smackdown Summer: 1994, 1943, 1972

The fall and winter months are too busy with normal Oscaring for Smackdowning but we aim to provide each summer. Did you enjoy the Smackdown of '70? If so, join the comment party and share it on your social media. 

Here's the schedule for the rest of the hot months. We hope you'll play along and vote.

June 17th "Supporting Actress Smackdown 1994"

Panelists: Tba

Nominees:

Rosemary Harris, Tom & Viv Helen Mirren, The Madness of King George Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction Jennifer Tilly, Bullets Over Broadway Dianne Wiest, Bullets Over Broadway
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Coming Soon: Smackdown 1970 and Smackdown 1994

The next two regular Smackdowns were among the most requested years last time I shared the remaining years that haven't been done (among the years where it's still possible to find all five films -sigh). In both cases there are only 4 movies you need to watch to play along. I'm still on the hunt for panelists but in the meantime get to watching for the first time (or rewatching!)

Helen Hayes in "Airport"

May 6th "Supporting Actress Smackdown 1970"

Panelists: Tba; Nominees:

Karen Black, Five Easy Pieces Lee Grant, The Landlord Helen Hays, Airport Sally Kellerman, Mash Maureen Stapleton, Airport

Balloting is currently open and closes May 1st. Send your ballot to me with "1970" as subject line and a heart rating for each contender of 1 (awful) to 5 (perfection). Please only vote on the performances you've seen since the results are weighted accordingly so as not to punish the underseen or overvalue the widely seen.
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Binge-Watching the Spider-Man Movie Series

Henry Bevan binge-watches the Spider-Man movie series…

Inspired by our viewing of Spider-Man: Homecoming, a film this website called “the best Spider-Man movie to date” and “another hit for the carefully crafted McU“, a mate and I decided we should binge watch the previous five movies. While I’m personally conflicted about my favourite superhero’s latest outing (more on that later), it has made me excited about this trip down film history.

So, be prepared for some tired and probably drunken thoughts on the old wall-crawler. As Hemmingway always said, people should write when they’re drunk; let’s see if he was onto something.

Spider-Man

For a film often described as kickstarting the modern superhero trend, it’s amazing how it bears little resemblance to today’s output. There is no snarky self-reflectiveness or even an attempt at grounding Spider-Man’s heroics. Sam Raimi masterfully blends fantasy and reality,
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19 Reasons the New Spider-Man Movie Will Be Unlike Anything You've Seen Before

Like many other superhero movie fans out there, I suffer from a serious, life-altering condition known as Spider-Man Fatigue (Smf). I'm a fan of the early-2000s franchise starring Tobey Maguire, and I willingly sat through Andrew Garfield's take on Peter Parker in 2012 and 2014. But when I heard Marvel and Sony had combined forces to tell a new version of the young web-slinger's story for a third time, I audibly groaned. Another one? Seriously? Then, I saw Captain America: Civil War. This Spider-Man, played by 20-year-old British rising star Tom Holland, is only in the movie briefly but seems immediately lighter and funnier; he meshes perfectly with Tony Stark and the rest of the gang. Could it be? Could Marvel have finally found a way to stop my skeptical eyes from rolling at each mention of a new installment to his story? To figure out, once and for all,
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The One Thing Spider-Man: Homecoming Needs To Do To Be Great

Henry Bevan on Spider-Man: Homecoming and what it needs to do to be great…

In Spider-Man 2 Peter Parker’s (Tobey Maguire) childhood home is facing foreclosure but Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) insists on giving him her last 20 bucks, only for his landlord to snatch it a way. Peter is broke and Spider-Man keeps him that way. He is relatable and it makes Spider-Man 2 one of the best superhero movies ever. When Kevin Feige agreed with this sentiment in 2015, he namechecked John Hughes as an influence on Marvel’s take on ol’ webhead. So, as Spider-Man: Homecoming stocks its cast with Donald Glover, Logan Marshall-Green and Martin Starr, director Jon Watts once again mentioned Hughes as an inspiration for the film.

The plan to make Homecoming a superhero teen movie is interesting and with hits like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Pretty in Pink, it
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'The Fits', 'Salero' win at RiverRun

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'The Fits', 'Salero' win at RiverRun
The River Run International Film Festival wrapped its 18th edition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with its narrative feature award going to Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits, which was, in the words of the jury, “an audacious debut from a promising American talent.”

Best documentary feature went to Mike Plunkett’s Salero, about one of the last salt gatherers in Bolivia. The jury praised that film “for its astonishing visuals, narrative acuity and ability to showcase characters that go against the grain.”

The Fits, a Venice Biennale College project that also played at Sundance, also won best actress for its impressive young newcomer Royalty Hightower.

Interestingly, there is a link between the two top winners — debutant director Holmer from The Fits also served as a producer on Salero.

The jury’s best ensemble performance went to Jackson Martin, Nick Serino and Reece Moffett in Sleeping Giant, with best director honours for Romania’s Radu Muntean for One
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Mysterious voyage by Anne-Katrin Titze

Atom Egoyan and Robert Lantos with Anne-Katrin Titze at the Museum of Tolerance

Robert Lantos, the producer of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated films; David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises (Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl); Richard J. Lewis's Barney’s Version (Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike); István Szabó's Being Julia (Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon) and Sunshine (Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz) joined Atom Egoyan for a post screening conversation on Remember. He is also the executive producer of Atom's double Oscar nominated The Sweet Hereafter (Ian Holm, Sarah Polley). Remember, written by Benjamin August, stars Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau with Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven, Dean Norris and Jürgen Prochnow.

Christopher Plummer as Zev Gutman: "I've worked with Chris on Ararat"

Wheelchair user Max Rosenbaum (Landau), who has a horrible cough, has prepared a letter for his friend Zev Gutman (Plummer), which is much more than a memory aide,
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Marvel's 'Spider-Man' Gets 'Vacation' Remake Writers

Marvel's 'Spider-Man' Gets 'Vacation' Remake Writers
Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man reboot, set for release in 2017, is about to get a little freaky and very geeky as Vacation reboot writers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein enter early talks to write the screenplay. The duo were on the shortlist to direct. That job eventually went to Jon Watts, who has Cop Car coming out later this summer. He was announced the same day that Marvel and Sony officially confirmed that Tom Holland had won the role of Peter Parker.

Even though they didn't win the director's job, both Marvel and Sony wanted John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein involved in the process. They are in the midst of launching their first directorial debut, the long awaited Vacation reboot. It hits theaters July 31, and has strong early buzz as one of the best comedies of the summer. That is saying a lot, as it
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Twitter backlash after Marisa Tomei cast as Spider-Man's Aunt May

Some fans argue Oscar-winning actor is too young to play the role, but others point out Tomei is the right age to play opposite the new teenage Peter Parker

Comic book fans have taken to Twitter in protest after it was revealed that Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei is in line to star as Spider-Man’s elderly relative Aunt May in the latest big-screen reboot to feature the webslinging superhero.

According to some complaints, Tomei, 50, is just too young and attractive to portray the character – who was played in Sam Raimi’s 2002 film Spider-Man by the then 74-year-old Rosemary Harris, and by a 66-year-old Sally Field in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Others argued more seriously that the casting was a byproduct of Hollywood’s negative attitude towards age.

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She “May” well be: Marisa Tomei wanted for ‘Spider-Man’

Peter Parker is getting younger and so it seems is his equally famous relative with the news that character actress Marisa Tomei is being courted to join Spider-Man as superhero guardian Aunt May.

These things are usually a done deal, but no confirmation has been made by Marvel/Sony. If she did sign on the dotted line she’d follow in the footsteps of Rosemary Harris and Sally Field from the previous movies. Tom Holland‘s fresh-faced skyscraper-swinger is heading to school for the latest reboot, so it stands to reason May is turning the clock back also.

Tomei is well-known for various movie roles over the years, from her spectacular breakout in My Cousin Vinny to The Wrestler. Now she’ll be helping her nephew patch up his wounds after he wrestles the yet-to-be-revealed big bad, who will reportedly be a character we haven’t seen in the film franchise to date.
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'Spider-Man' Reportedly Wants Marisa Tomei For Aunt May

The next Spider-Man movie is going to give us our youngest big screen Peter Parker yet in the form of actor Tom Holland (who just turned 19), but he's not the only character who is going to be younger this time around. Variety is reporting that Marvel and Sony have already offered the role of Aunt May to Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. Naturally this has some fans a bit confused since Aunt May, both in the comics and the movies so far, is traditionally supposed to be an older, more frail woman. Apparently Tomei hasn't fully signed on the dotted line just yet, but if she does, she'll easily be the youngest big screen version yet. Tomei is 50, Sally Field was 66 when she took on the role in The Amazing Spider-Man, and Rosemary Harris was 75 at the...

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Marisa Tomei Joins 'Spider-Man'

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Marisa Tomei Joins 'Spider-Man'
In casting news that makes us feel old, the upcoming "Spider-Man" movie has reportedly found its Aunt May.

According to Variety, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei will play Peter Parker's beloved aunt in the reboot.

An official offer to join the Marvel film was made to the 50-year-old "My Cousin Vinny" star late last week, the trade mag reported.

Photos: Meet The New Spider-Man

Sally Field, 68, played the character in 2012's "The Amazing Spider-Man" and its 2014 sequel, and Rosemary Harris, now 97, played Aunt May in the 2002-2007 trilogy featuring Tobey Maguire.

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‘Spider-Man’ Casting of Marisa Tomei as Aunt May Draws Social Media Outcry: ‘Too Young,’ ‘Hot’

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‘Spider-Man’ Casting of Marisa Tomei as Aunt May Draws Social Media Outcry: ‘Too Young,’ ‘Hot’
News that Marisa Tomei is in talks to play Aunt May in Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man” reboot set social media tongues wagging on Wednesday, with many claiming the 50-year-old actress is far too young to play the hero’s traditionally more matronly caretaker. Previous onscreen iterations of Aunt May were played the wholesome Rosemary Harris in 2002 at age 74, and longtime film and TV matriarch Sally Field in 2012 at age 66 — but many can’t see 50-year-old Tomei fitting the archetype of the comic book character: a white-haired sage in her twilight years. “I am not okay with being sexually aroused...
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Marvel's 'Spider-Man' Wants Marisa Tomei as Aunt May

Marvel's 'Spider-Man' Wants Marisa Tomei as Aunt May
With Tom Holland already set to play Peter Parker in Marvel and Sony's new Spider-Man, the studios are eyeing Marisa Tomei to play Aunt May. Variety reports that the actress is the studios' top choice for the Aunt May role, with an offer going out to the actress last week. It isn't known yet where things stand in the deal-making process, or if the actress is planning on accepting the role.

Marvel and Sony are currently seeking a screenwriter to develop the story with director Jon Watts, but sources reveal that they want to lock down actors who will appear in multiple movies, so schedules can be worked out. It isn't known what other roles they are currently looking to cast, or if they have any specific writers in mind to work on the script. All we know about the Spider-Man story thus far is that it will bring Peter Parker back to high school,
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