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.
When a large poster for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released earlier this week, many were surprised to see that Sony had seemingly spoiled the appearance of one more villain in addition to Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. Granted, there is every indication that the new Spidey franchise is building to a Sinister Six movie, but some fans were dismayed at possibly being spoiled on what could have been a very cool surprise—that is until the first trailer was released earlier today. The new trailer is incredibly revealing when it comes to the growing number of baddies that Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker will seemingly face off against in the sequel, and now a report claims that said trailer also spoils the film’s post-credits sequence.
Hit the jump for more, but beware of possible spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Marc Webb’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The clip emphasizes the burden on Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), as he explains in voiceover: “The more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make. And it’s just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I can overcome.” (See: Sinister Six.) There’s just a bit of footage of Jamie Foxx as the new villain Electro, but the trailer closes with a cool chase/battle that promises a nice match between our agile hero and the seemingly teleportable villain.
Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field also star. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014. Watch the trailer after the jump, click here to check out the screengrabs, click here to check out more images and to preview the score, and click here to find out whether the post-credits sequence has already been spoiled.
A few days ago, someone snapped a photo of a triptych poster for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The poster not only provided a shot at confirmed villain Electro (Jamie Foxx), but also images of Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and, far off in the distance, Green Goblin. Rather than keeping the image fuzzy and audiences guessing, there’s now a high-res close-up of the character. We won’t spoil it here (even though I’m betting Sony will make it official very soon if they’re willing to put it on a poster in the first place), but you can see who it is after the jump.
Hit the jump to check out the close-up. The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper, Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014. [Again: Spoiler Warning]
The future of the Amazing Spider-Man franchise probably lies with the Sinister Six. As we’ve said before, Sony doesn’t have any other superheroes, but they have plenty of supervillains, and teaming them together can set Amazing Spider-Man apart from other comic book movies. As far as we know, Electro (Jamie Foxx) will be the main villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but we also know Chris Cooper is playing Norman Osborn, who in the comics eventually becomes Spidey’s arch-nemesis, Green Goblin. In a recent interview with MTV, Cooper says The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be our introduction to the rebooted Osborn, but,
“you’ll see — an extremely odd introduction, which apparently will lead to something more.”
Hit the jump for Cooper’s other statement regarding the upcoming sequel. The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
Superheroes now dominate the multiplex, but Sony Pictures only has one major character: Spider-Man. Thankfully, he’s one of the biggest, and he’s got a colorful gallery of supporting characters. While The Amazing Spider-Man franchise could be building to the wallcrawler facing off against the supervillain group Sinister Six, the new Spidey movies are only coming out once every two years. Other studios with more characters are trying to force out one every year, or in Marvel’s case, two per year. In order to stay competitive, Sony might start digging into Spider-Man’s supporting cast.
Hit the jump for more. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 3 opens June 10, 2016, and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 opens May 4, 2018.
New high-resolution images from a trio of upcoming releases have landed online. Briefly:
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – A new image from director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel features Jamie Foxx’s villain pre-transformation, along with hi-res versions of a couple of previously released photos. The film opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
- Out of the Furnace – A large batch of new hi-res images from director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama, starring Christian Bale as an ex-con who goes searching for his missing brother (Casey Affleck). The film opens on December 6th.
- Grudge Match – A few new images from the Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone comedy, which revolves around a rematch between two old, bitter boxing rivals. The film opens on Christmas Day.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images.
Well this is a weird one. We’ve got a trio of images that appear to be from Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, though I personally hope they’re all photoshopped. As you can tell from the above image, Spidey apparently joins the brave men and women of the NYFD in the sequel, albeit for a brief time most likely. Jamie Foxx also appears as the villainous Electro and he looks rather pissed off; water and electricity don’t mix, after all. Lastly, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield appear troubled, mostly by Garfield’s hair. Hit the jump to vet them for yourselves.
Also starring Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
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Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley, Jame Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014. Hit the jump for more on the Amazing Spider-Fans Loyalty program.
When Steve recently sat down with composer Hans Zimmer for an extended interview in his home recording studio, Zimmer revealed that he was already working on the music for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, taking over composing duties after James Horner scored the first film. He described the follow-up as being “driven by charm, love, and sparkling dialogue,” and noted that he was in a serious experimentation phase with regards to the music, trying to find a different way to approach the material:
“I’ve done a lot of action, I’ve done a lot of buildings falling down basically and things exploding, so I’m sort of trying to figure out, ‘Is there a slightly different way of doing it?’ And I’m not sure yet, but I’m certainly working on it.”
Well it appears that Zimmer’s plans for the film involve forming a supergroup, as Sony announced today that Zimmer and director Marc Webb are collaborating with Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Michael Einzinger (Incubus), and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) on the music for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.
That Marc Webb is a clever one. The filmmaker made good use of his Twitter during the lengthy shoot of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, sharing images from the set frequently in order to give fans a peek inside the production. Now Webb has taken to Twitter to deliver a message about when we’ll see the first trailer for the Spidey sequel, and it’s in Elvish. The English translation of Webb’s note reads “Watch for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer in front of The Hobbit in 3D.” So there you have it folks, a trailer for Webb’s sequel will play before showings of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Hit the jump for more.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could be getting a little crowded. It’s rumored that the movie is being designed to set up the villainous group known as the Sinister Six. The official villain in the upcoming sequel is Electro (Jamie Foxx) but the cast also includes Norman Osborne (a.k.a. the Green Goblin), Harry Osborne (the Green Goblin after his dad died), and Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Furthermore, there was no room for Mary Jane, so she had to be cut from the film and pushed back to The Amazing Spider-Man 3. However, there could be some space for killer robots.
Hit the jump for more. The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings. The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. Hall, David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen. I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival. In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch. For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage.
Last week, I landed an extended video interview with Dane DeHaan. He talked about the filming schedule and New York City-based location shoots of Kill Your Darlings, his preparation process and whether he delved into the real-life history of his character, working with other actors who were as committed as he was, and more. In addition, DeHaan talked about making The Amazing Spider-Man 2, working with Marc Webb, how excited he is to be made into an action figure, playing James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s Life, his reaction to the series finale of Breaking Bad, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Composer Hans Zimmer’s 2013 films speak volumes about his versatility. Man of Steel, 12 Years a Slave, and Rush could not be more different from each other, and yet Zimmer’s scores for all three films are great. The composer is already hard at work on a few films for next year, including Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Akiva Goldsman’s fantasy pic Winter’s Tale, but he also has another major franchise to tackle by way of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Steve recently visited Zimmer in his studio for an extended video interview, and during the course of their conversation the composer discussed his work on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, his very positive reaction to seeing a rough cut of the film, and the possibility of revisiting Spider-Pig. Hit the jump for more.