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'Spider-Man 3': To-pher, so good

134240__sm_lBehold, the streets of New York run black with Venom: Spider-Man’s dark twin is on the loose, as these spy photos kinda revealingly sorta reveal.

You get some clear shots of That ’70s Show‘s Topher Grace as Spider-Man rival Eddie Brock, peroxided and pre-Venomous. And sharp-eyed viewers will even catch a glimpse of Peter Parker’s other big squeeze, Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her father, Captain George Stacy (James Cromwell).

The money shot, of course, is Parker himself, Tobey Maguire, his loosened top button revealing a tantalizing glimpse of the infamous black costume. Expect another angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin brouhaha over whether or not the alien "symbiote" that forms the suit should also morph into Peter’s street clothes, as in the comic. (Remember the great organic web-shooters debate? Ah, memories of geekfights past…) Tobey looks a might sweaty in the shot — perhaps his Venomwear is starting to get to him? (FYI, it’s trying to bond with him, just another reason to be wary of buying vintage.) Soon, it’ll be off his back and on Brock’s, setting up one of those oh-so-useful hero-villain dualities.

This link also stokes a bit of controversy over Topher — namely, is he the man for the job? Knowing little about this segment of the comic, I can’t really say. But I suspect y’all can…

'Spider-Man 3': The web slinger will have his arms full

161824__banks_lLooks like the amazingly polyamorous Spider-Man may give Wilmer Valderrama a run for his money. Elizabeth Banks (pictured, last seen as the sexually supercharged bookstore clerk who threatens to deflower Steve Carell in The 40-Year-Old Virgin) tells MTV that, in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) may prove himself quite the (wait for it) swinger! (Yes, we do get paid by the pun.)

Banks will play Betty Brant, Daily Bugle staffer and secretary to cantankerous J. Jonah Jameson, the Spidey-hatin’ editor in chief. In the comic, she’s one of Peter’s many loves, a group that also includes Gwen Stacy. Well, she’s in the movie, too, played by Bryce Dallas Howard. (Does she still get her neck broken, as she does in the comic? Would Ron Howard even allow such a thing?) Banks says she and Parker get a little closer in this installment. Even with eight arms, Spidey would have trouble keeping up. After all, he’s still got his main squeeze, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). And I don’t think this is what M.J. meant when she said, "Go get ‘em, tiger."

Nothing new on Topher Grace or that mysterious black suit.  Nope, that’s all the Spidey news from the World Wide Web. (Sorry, I’m a little short on rent this month.)

Um, fangs for reading?

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'Spider-Man 3': The new suit?

93141__spidey_lSuperhero Hype introduces this striking new photo from Spider-Man 3, one that raises a lot of questions. According to the website, it’s not a black-and-white photo; rather, it depicts a charcoal-colored Spidey costume. (There’s an even bigger version of the image at MovieCityNews.)

As fans of the Spidey comics know, Spider-Man wore a black suit like this for a few years in the mid-1980s, only to learn that the costume was an alien parasite. When Peter Parker ditched it, the alien outfit found a new host, the villain Venom. Spider-Man director Sam Raimi has reportedly said that he dislikes the Venom character and would not include him in the 2007 sequel, but rumors that Topher Grace’s character is, in fact, Venom have been dropped by Variety and by costar Kirsten Dunst. (Distributor Sony has kept mum regarding Grace’s role.)

So what does the picture tell us? Is that Tobey Maguire in the shot, or Grace? Was Raimi planting a red herring? And is black the new red-and-blue? What say you, PopWatchers?

Deals: Jesse L. Martin, Joaquin Phoenix, 'Spidey 3'

9158__martin_l-Talk about perfect casting! Law & Order and Rent star Jesse L. Martin (left) will star in Marvin Gaye biopic Sexual Healing.

-Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix reunite with The Yards director James Gray for crime drama We Own the Night.

-Six Feet Under‘s James Cromwell joins Spider-Man 3 cast as Captain Stacy, father of Peter Parker love interest Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard)

-Underworld: Evolution‘s Scott Speedman will partner with Willem Dafoe as detectives in serial-killer thriller Anamorph.

-Following up A History of Violence, director David Cronenberg’s next movie is Maps to the Stars, a dark Hollywood satire by Bruce Wagner (I’m Losing You). It’ll be the veteran Canadian director’s first movie shot in the U.S.

-Scream‘s David Arquette makes his directing debut with horror movie The Tripper, about a serial killer stalking a rock festival. Arquette, who is also the film’s producer and co-screenwriter, will play a cameo role in the film, as will wife Courteney Cox.

-Jason Bateman is joining Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman in fantasy film Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. Filming begins next month — guess Bateman figures he’s not going to be shooting more episodes of Arrested Development anytime soon.

-Lifetime has teamed up with Peter Guber’s Mandalay Television and author Nora Roberts to produce four films based on Roberts’ best-selling novels. (An interesting stat: According to Lifetime, Roberts’ books sell on average at the rate of 21 books a minute.) Six novels are being considered for adaptation (Blue Smoke, Carolina Moon, Montana Sky, The Villa, Brazen Virtue, and River’s End), though only four will ultimately be chosen. –Paul Katz

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Meet Spider-Man's new love interest

91752__bryce_lBig news for Spider-Fans: The Village‘s Bryce Dallas Howard has been cast as Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3. As fans know, Gwen is the Lana Lang to Mary Jane Watson’s Lois Lane in Spidey mythology; in the books, she was Peter Parker’s high school crush, who died on a bridge during a Spidey-Green Goblin battle. In the first Spider-Man, of course, Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane took on most of that storyline, though she survived the Green Goblin confrontation. While it’s not clear how Gwen will be woven into the Spider-Man 3 plot, we do know a couple things. (SPOILER ALERT!) First, she’ll be a rival with Dunst’s Mary Jane for Peter’s affections, and second, she won’t die at the end of the movie.

So, PopWatchers, are you looking forward to seeing Gwen Stacy introduced to the film franchise? Do you think (as I do) that Howard is a good casting choice?

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'Spider-Man 3': Getting frank with James Franco

16059__franco_lTalking to MTV News about 2007’s Spider-Man 3, James Franco (left) responds to the question everyone’s asking (that is, isn’t it about time your character Harry Osborn started picking up dad’s pumpkin bombs and going all Green Goblin on Spidey’s ass?). His answer, paraphrased: I’m not allowed to talk about it, but duh! Read more here.

Meanwhile, Sam Raimi plans, after he finishes directing Spider-Man 3, to shoot The Wee Free Men, an adaptation of a children’s book about a nine-year-old girl who saves her brother from a wicked fairy queen with the help of some tiny, blue-skinned, kilted, hard-drinking Scottish warriors. (Imagine Braveheart, if Mel Gibson and his pals were just six inches tall.) Now, I don’t care how many family-friendly comic-book movies Sam Raimi makes, if I were a studio chief, I wouldn’t give a children’s fantasy to the guy who directed the Evil Dead trilogy. That’s just wrong.

First Look: See the new 'Spidey' villain

Sony hasn’t officially said which villain Thomas Haden Church is playing in Spider-Man 3 (though Kirsten Dunst spilled the beans a few weeks ago), but the studio has posted an on-set photo of the actor in character as his Spidey nemesis.

Don’t click on the jump if you don’t want to see the photo or have the character’s identity spoiled.


Dunst slips, reveals 'Spider-Man 3' baddies

143816__tg_lLooks like Venom and Sandman will try to finish what Green Goblin and Doc Ock couldn’t do — by trying to destroy our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, that is.

In an interview with Zap2it.com promoting her new film Elizabethtown, Kirsten Dunst, who plays Spidey’s love interest Mary Jane Watson, slipped up and revealed what Sony and Marvel have kept a secret for months: the identities of the villains in the highly anticipated Spider-Man 3, which is slated to begin filming in early 2006. ”We have really great people though as the villains in this film, Thomas Haden Church and Topher Grace (left) — Venom and Sandman,” Dunst said, while displaying some confusion about which actor will take on which role.

Apparently, Venom has similar strengths as Spidey, including the ability to cling to surfaces with his hands and feet, and to shoot webs from a costume of alien origin, while Sandman’s special powers include the ability to turn into a sand-like substance, then mix with dirt particles to grow in physical size.

What do you think of the latest options in Spider Nemeses, and the actors who’ll play them? Sound off now!

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