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'Spider Man 3': Even more ridiculously huge than we thought this morning

Honestly, our spidey sense saw this coming a mile away: Sony just released the final first-weekend figures for Spider-Man 3, and they’re even bigger than the initial estimates. The movie actually opened with $151.1 million. Yep. That’s $15.5 mil better than the previous best opener, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and three million smackers more than the studio had originally calculated for Spidey 3. As one high-ranking EW staffer who shall remain nameless just e-mailed me: "As if $148 mil wasn’t impressive enough. Holy s—." Holy s—, indeed, PopWatchers. Holy s—.

This 'Spidey 3' scene has a ring of familiarity

Spidey_l_2Let’s see… a hand reaching out for a ring in midair. What other movie does this Spider-Man 3 scene remind us of? (See the answer after the jump.)

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Has Spidey Gone Emo?

Spidey_lMaybe my expectations are too high. But when I get a CD soundtrack in the mail — say, the new Spider-Man 3 soundtrack (thanks, Sony Music!) — I kind of, well, expect the damn songs to be in the movie. Right? But when I went to a Spider-Man 3 screening last week, to my chagrin, it was more like song. The only track the movie wonks used from the soundtrack, for the soundtrack, was Chubby Checker’s 1960 dance-pop sensation, "The Twist." Which, IMO, is only slightly less lame than yelling "Free Bird" at a concert, or using Zeppelin’s iconic hit "Rock and Roll" in a Cadillac commercial. (Second prize in lameness goes to Snow Patrol and their weepy ballad "Signal Fire," which played to the closing credits — and to fans fleeing the theater in fear of drowning in waves of treacle.) PopWatchers, I have to admit, I was a bit baffled by this; why would Sony bolster its indie cred by making a soundtrack with hip/hot/happenin’ bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips, the Killers, and Jet if they weren’t even going to use them in the actual movie?

But then I noticed something: the fine print on the CD jacket, which said, ”Music from and inspired by…." And I thought about how bad, black-suited Spidey — in his civvies, Tobey McGuire with an irresponsibly trendy combover and heavy black eyeliner — was, in fact, the emo-embodiment of the music on the soundtrack! Eureka!

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Just curious: Who's bought 'Spidey' tix already?

Spidey_lPsyched to go see Spider-Man 3 when it finally opens next week, huh? Me too! Then again, I haven’t bought my tickets yet, so maybe I’m not as big a fan as you are. But I’m wondering: Have you already purchased seats for one of the first screenings next Friday? If so, why? Are you worried that the showing you want to go to will sell out? Do you want to see it on an IMAX screen and you know that tickets to those shows are particularly hard to come by? Or is it merely that you’re a big fan and, well, you know, just because?

It’s a simple query, really, but it speaks to a larger issue that has been on my mind: Hasn’t the whole advance ticket sales and Internet thing ruined that time-honored movie-geek tradition of camping out in line for days on end, dolled up to the nines in your best Doc Ock garb, drooling over the chance to get a prime seat at the first show? Is nothing sacred anymore? What does your spider sense tell you, PopWatchers?

Spider-Man! The Musical!

I know, you never thought you’d hear the words "Spider-Man," "U2" and "Broadway musical" in the same sentence (heck, the same paragraph), but I won’t be among the scoffers who’ll insist that a Spidey stage show, with tunes by Bono and the Edge, is doomed to flail like Doc Ock’s tentacles. For one thing, the songwriters seem to have some already-apt tunes, like "Vertigo" and "The Fly." And for the rest, the could modify some of their hits just a little, with results that might look like the lyrics below. After the jump, there’s a music video, so you can sing these lyrics along with Bono over U2’s original version.

Once I shared a kiss with MJ in the rain
I hung upside-down; why, I can’t explain
She still digs me as a bug, loves me as a man
Why I’m running away, I still don’t understand

Man
I’m slippery
I’m sliding down
I walk on walls like they’re the ground

It’s all right, it’s all right, all right
I move on mysterious webs
It’s all right, it’s all right, all right
I move on mysterious webs

Harry takes a dive bomb at me because he’s mad
Dude, I’m sorry that I had to kill your dad
Your grief is for real, I know how you feel
Since I let my uncle die, I sure feel like a heel
(On my knees, boy)

Poor Aunt May
So meek and mild
Yet she still treats me like a child

It’s all right, it’s all right, all right
I move on mysterious webs
It’s all right, it’s all right, all right
I move on mysterious webs
It’s all right, it’s all right, all right
Hide by day, hunt bad guys by night

And now my suit
Is turning black
I don’t know why
Is it from space?
Is it a virus?
Now with Sandman and Venom
I don’t need this tsuris

It’s all right, it’s all right, all right
I move on mysterious webs
It’s all right, it’s all right, all right
I move on mysterious webs
It’s all right, it’s all right, all right
Hide by day, hunt bad guys by night…

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Well, what if Raimi did swap Spidey for Bilbo?

Spidey_lYesterday’s report by EW.com’s Adam Markovitz, in which Sam Raimi said he might direct The Hobbit and abandon the Spider-Man franchise seems to have torn a hole in the space-time continuum, at least as far as the fanboy crowd is concerned. It’s bad enough that Peter Jackson seems all but certain to be out of the director’s chair for the Lord of the Rings prequel, and while everyone loves Raimi, he’s no Peter Jackson (a caveat Raimi himself was quick to express in his conversation with EW’s Steve Daly). But if Raimi did direct The Hobbit, he’d be unable to direct Spider-Man 4, and Sony might give it to someone like (shudder) Brett Ratner and… well, it’s just an apocalyptic disaster all around, no?

This Middle-earth/Marvel-verse crisis has sparked plenty of chatter in the blogosphere, particularly over the article’s comment from Kirsten Dunst (pictured, with Tobey Maguire) about what a mistake it would be to break up the successful Spider-clan. "It’s disrespectful to the whole team, I think, to do that," she said. "Andaudiences aren’t stupid. It’d be a big flop without me, Tobey, or Sam.That would really not be the smartest move." Especially over at Ain’t It Cool News, fans are going ballistic over the "It’d be a big flop without me…" remark. After all, many Spider-fans felt Dunst should never have been cast as Mary Jane in the first place, and that the filmmakers should have at least gone with someone who didn’t have to dye her hair red.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Is Dunst an expendable element in the franchise? Is Maguire, who’s expressed ambivalence about a fourth installment? Is Raimi? On the other hand, would it really be so terrible if Raimi landed the Hobbit gig? Jackson aside, is anyone better suited to shoot that Tolkien tale? And if Raimi (or Dunst or Maguire) leaves Spider-Man 4, who should be the replacement(s)?

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The hipsterlicious 'Spider-Man 3' soundtrack

Herobad_lHey kids, remember the glory days of movie soundtrack albums? I do. Of course, you’ll probably think I’m a psycho if I admit to having at one point not only owned but enjoyed the Godzilla soundtrack, yet I’ll happily counter that with the fact that both Dirty Dancing and its mambo-laden (guh-gung!) followup More Dirty Dancing are on my iPod, as are both volumes of the music from Grosse Pointe Blank, and the Twister soundtrack… Oh, I just went back to being a psycho again, didn’t I.

Anyway. My point here is that it seems, of late, that the songs officially designated as accompaniment to the blockbuster films of the day have not been as exciting as they once were. Whether that’s because everyone can just download the good stuff off iTunes and leave the bad Wallflowers covers behind in the discount bin or whatever has yet to be scientifically determined, but there is, on the horizon, some good news for soundtrack lovers: The Spider-Man 3 CD, featuring new tracks from the biggest names in indiedom, and Chubby Checker, will be released May 1. I’ll dissect its worldwide implications — and give away a VALUABLE PRIZE — after the jump!

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ShoWest: And finally, some made-up awards!

Steve_lDid you beware the Ides of March, PopWatchers? Well, beingin Las Vegas for ShoWest afforded me the rare opportunity to mark dear Julius’ demise inunique style. I started out yesterday, March 15, by hoofing it across the Stripto, yep, Caesar’s Palace. But — Ecce, PopWatcheri! — I seemed to bethe only one who remembered. Nothing was going on. No mock betrayals. No stagedexecutions. Vegas, great home of the meticulous re-creation of the outsideworld, you disappointed me!

In actual fact, I could say the same thing about ShoWest, which wrapped up itsleast-flashy, least-newsworthy, least-star-studded installment in years. Theconvention’s final day saw the obligatory annual 3-D digital cinemapresentation, an event that included footage from U2 3D, which may soundlike a Star Wars droid but is actually a concert film featuring Bono& Co. Every year they say digital cinema and 3-D is fast on its way totheaters near you; I’m still waiting.

Then, Sony hosted the obligatory annual animated-movie clip reel, this in honorof the talking-animals pic Surf’s Up (June 8). I totally dug thefaux luau atmosphere that they had concocted for all the ShoWesters inattendance: Everybody got leis and mai-tais and pineapple slices. And the 20minutes of the film were kinda fun, too. The flick is all about wave-riding penguins who hang 10 in a big competition on a tropical island. In introducing the footage, producer Chris Jenkins winked at recent films like March of the Penguins and Happy Feet when he quipped, "More bloody penguins!" But then he added that this is "not just another penguin movie," and it seemed like he had a point, for Surf’s Up is set up likea clever mockumentary. Think The Office — but animated, feature-length,and featuring surfing fowl. Cute!

Anyway, the day wrapped with the convention’s obligatory annual awards banquet,in which a number of random stars trot out to receive made-up prizes like"Animation Directors of the Year" (that’d be Shrek the Third‘sChris Miller and Raman Hui), "Female Star of Tomorrow" (Nancy Drew‘sEmma Roberts)  and "Comedy Star of the Year" (Steve Carell, pictured).It’s always a good time. All the nation’s theater owners get dolled up for the bigoccasion, and I get to talk to most of the talent on hand. A few highlights:

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Don't miss the 'Spider-Man 3' sneak peek!

Spidey_l_1Quick, quick, quick! You’ve only got till 9 p.m. PT to click here, and check out NBC’s exclusive sneak peek of three scenes from the upcoming Spider-Man 3. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll just say if the fight sequence looks this good on my computer monitor, I can’t wait to see it on the big screen. Yeah, I’m buying into the hype. How ’bout you, PopWatchers?

Exclusive: New "Spider-Man 3″ toys!

Spidey3_2pack_lWith great power comes great responsibility… to market the bejesus out of your superhero movie. On Monday, you can catch the new  trailer for Spider-Man 3 (out May 4) on NBC during Heroes. But until then, whet your appetite with our exclusive look at Diamond Select‘s Spidey 3 toys. The Minimates to your left go on sale in late March. And the detailed Sandman and Venom sculpture-bust-thingies pictured after the jump are all yours come late April. (There are also sculpture-bust thingie versions of red-suited Spidey, black-suited Spidey, and the new Goblin, but we think you get the gist.)

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