Sony Pictures has released more images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and we’re starting to get to the “flipbook stage” where, by the time the film is released in May, there will probably be so many images, clips, and trailers that you’ll be able to put together the movie without seeing it. We’re only in January, and I would say that one of these images already takes things too far, but this strategy is nothing new for blockbusters. It’s total secrecy during filming and then spilling almost everything afterwards. I personally find it irritating, but I suppose it’s nice for the people who are super-excited for Spidey’s next adventure.
Hit the jump to check out the images, and if you want to jump even further ahead in the Spider-Man saga, there are also some new comments from writer Roberto Orci on how they’re handling The Sinister Six, Venom, and more. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan, and Sally Field, and opens in 3D on May 2nd.
Harry Osborn is a tragic figure in the Spider-Man comics. Peter Parker is basically good, Norman Osborn is basically evil, and Harry is caught in between, but eventually inherits his father’s villainous mantle; his birthright is inevitable defeat at the hands of his best friend. We don’t know if The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will follow the character’s arc from the comic, but a recent interview with the actor playing Harry, Dane DeHaan, shines a bit more light on what we’ll be seeing. We knew that in the reboot, Harry and Peter (Andrew Garfield) are old friends, and Harry has come home to help run Oscorp since Norman (Chris Cooper) is sick. DeHaan explained that it’s not just trying to walk this balance between his loyalty to his father and to his friend, but also the sinister dealings of the company.
Hit the jump for more. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd.
Three new international posters for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have been released. While other posters put the emphasis on the number of villains that Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) will be facing, these posters cut out Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and put the emphasis squarely on Electro (Jamie Foxx), although you can still see Goblin on the Times Square TV screens.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The film also stars Emma Stone, Colm Feore, B.J. Novak, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
Because I’ve grown tired of never following through on my New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, this year I’m trying something more attainable: to keep a list of all the movies I watch in 2014. Many thanks to my colleague, Mr. Goldberg, for throwing out a Letterboxd recommendation in this collage of films he watched in 2013. I joined the site shortly after reading his rec and think it’s a great way not only to keep a viewing diary (and actually stick with a resolution for once) but also to create/share your own lists and communicate with fellow movie lovers. If you want to keep up with my 2014 watch diary, check out my Top 10 of 2013, and/or my most anticipated for 2014 then hit me up on Letterboxd by clicking here.
Shameless self-promotion aside, the first Top 5 of 2014 features a recap of Matt, Adam, and Dave’s Top 10 of 2013 lists, a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, video interviews for Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and more, the great first trailer for writer/director Gareth Evans‘ The Raid 2: Berandal, and a new installment of Cinemath that breaks down the 2013 box office. Continue reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
Thousands of people gathered in Times Square last night to ring in 2014, and Sony Pictures has taken advantage of the holiday to introduce a new Times Square-centered trailer for director Marc Webb‘s upcoming sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Introduced by Stan Lee himself, the new promo teases a rather “electrifying” action sequence from the film that takes place in the New York City epicenter and involves Jamie Foxx’s villainous character. We saw a bit more of this sequence at Comic-Con last summer and it involves Electro taking great advantage of the plethora of electricity available in Times Square.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper, and Felicity Jones. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.
It’s no secret that 2015 is going to be a sort of moviepocalypse with regards to its sheer magnitude of massive films, but right now we’ve still got 2014 to look forward to. There are plenty of exciting large-scale films on tap for the coming year ranging from sequels to reboots to (gasp!) original properties. Inevitably some will be great and some will be disappointing, but right now we’re full of optimism, and we’ve put together a list of 25 promising blockbusters set to be released in the next 12 months. Read on after the jump.
Even though The Amazing Spider-Man 2 now has at least three villains, I’m still assuming Electro (Jamie Foxx) is the lead threat ahead of Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Electro’s been featured the most heavily in the marketing, although that could be because Foxx is highly recognizable to mainstream audiences. Two new images keep the focus on the superpowered baddie, who starts out as the feeble Max Dillon. As we all know, Peter Parker is the only meek person who can get superpowers and not go power-mad.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Colm Feore, B.J. Novak, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
Directed by Ralph Fiennes and written by Abi Morgan (Shame), The Invisible Woman tells the story of Ellen “Nelly” Ternan (Felicity Jones), a happily married mother and schoolteacher with a secret past. Haunted by remorse and guilt, Nelly was a young actress who caught the eye of Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes), becoming both his muse and secret lover.
At the film’s press day, actress Felicity Jones spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made you want to play Nelly, her audition process for the role, working with Ralph Fiennes as an actor and as a director, how the two of them were on the same wavelength during the shoot, how extensively she did research into the real woman, and her incredible wardrobe. She also talked about being a part of such a huge production as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, how the secrecy about the project was inferred, so as to protect the story they’re telling, and how she got a say in the costumes she wears in the film, as well as what the experience was like working with Jonah Hill and James Franco on True Story. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Following up the announcement that Sony Pictures will be creating two spinoff films from the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, Venom and The Sinister Six, we walked you through the comics history of the villainous symbiote Venom. In this week’s installment, we’ll show you the origins and various rosters of the Supervillain team that has been giving Spider-Man problems for decades, The Sinister Six. Strap in, get five of your best buddies, and hit the jump.
Following the barrage of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 content that Sony Pictures released a few weeks ago, the studio has now unveiled a new theatrical poster for the Marc Webb-helmed sequel. While the tagline for the first film teased the “untold story” of Spidey’s origin, the sequel’s tagline focuses on the forces working against Peter Parker as this new poster reads: “His Greatest Battle Begins May 2”. In the follow-up, Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker finds himself surrounded by antagonistic forces as Jamie Foxx’s Electro emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at OsCorp. With Venom and Sinister Six movies on tap to be released immediately following The Amazing Spider-Man 3, it’ll be interesting to see how the expanded universe is set up in this upcoming sequel.
Hit the jump to take a look at the new poster. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released in international theaters beginning April 16, 2014 and will open domestically on May 2, 2014. The film will be available in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.
Sony announced some big plans for its Spider-Man universe by way of Venom and Sinister Six films late last night, but first on the docket is director Marc Webb’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. A new international trailer has gone online, and it plays up the more comedic aspects of the film instead of focusing on the multitude of villains like the first domestic trailer. The strongest aspect of Webb’s 2012 reboot was the smaller character moments, and I hope that’s explored further in this follow-up.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak, and Chris Cooper. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2, 2014.
A few weeks ago, Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal hinted at expanding the Spider-Man universe, and I’ve been saying for months that the company’s superhero strategy rests on supervillains since they only have one superhero, Spider-Man (creating a superhero from scratch is apparently verboten). Their only option is to dig into Spidey’s vast rogues gallery, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do. Last night, Sony outlined how they plan to compete with Disney/Marvel, Warner Bros/DC Comics, and 20th Century Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four).
Hit the jump for more details on the studio’s plan.
The litany of villains on display in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be presented in the immersive IMAX format. Sony Pictures announced today that it will be releasing director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel in IMAX 3D worldwide when it opens in theaters next spring. In the follow-up, Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker finds himself surrounded by antagonistic forces as Jamie Foxx’s Electro emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at OsCorp. We saw in last week’s trailer debut that Sony is building out the Spidey universe quite heavily with a number of baddies, and now we’ll have a chance to experience Webb’s action set pieces on the giant screen.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released in international theaters beginning April 16, 2014 and will open domestically on May 2, 2014. The film will be available in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. Read the full press release after the jump.
This week in Blu-ray/DVD recommendations I confidently offer up writer/director Maggie Carey‘s The To Do List for your consideration. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, and many more, The To Do List delivers consistent laughs and, at times, an all too realistic depiction of the awkwardness of “first times”. As an added bonus, I imagine viewers who grew up in the 90′s will appreciate the fashion and accessory induced nostalgia the film provides (the sound of a Trapper Keeper ripping open is music to my ears). Moreover, having a story like this told from a female perspective is refreshing to say the least. I don’t want to oversell it as being a comedic game-changer but The To Do List is a solid feature debut for Carey and Plaza is excellent as the overachieving lead who approaches sexual experience the only way she knows how: like it’s a class final that’s worth 75% of your overall grade.
Home entertainment recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for director Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Out of the Furnace interviews with Christian Bale and more, Gal Gadot landing the role of Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman, Sundance 2014 announcing its competition lineup along with a slew of first/new images from many of the entries, and the possibility of X-Men: Apocalypse hitting theaters in May 2016. For more, check out a brief recap and link to each of the above after the jump.
In its first trailer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was willing to give fans a peek at what might be in store for the third film, but it’s still keeping a few secrets. We don’t have official confirmation on who Felicity Jones is playing (although she may have let it slip) or on B.J. Novak‘s role. But in a recent interview, Novak told The Huffington Post:
I’m in a couple of scenes. Yeah, I was never told whether or not I could say. I can say that I work at Oscorp. And I am someone from the comic books, someone from the original. So, yeah, I’m somebody. I wouldn’t say I’m pivotal, but I’m not an extra, either.
If that’s the case and if the viral campaign lines up, I’d put my money on Alistair Smythe, son of Spider-Slayer creator Spencer Smythe, who also works at OsCorp. Whoever Novak is playing, we’ll probably find out before the film opens on May 2, 2014.