Sony made headlines back in December by announcing an aggressive slate of Spider-Man and Spider-Man-adjacent movies. Along with the proposed Amazing Spider-Man threequel and fourquel slated for 2016 and 2018, the studio announced vague-firm plans for Venom and Sinister Six films—a clear attempt to build their own little corner of the Marvel Universe into a movie mega-franchise to rival Marvel Studios’ Avengers-verse, Warner Bros’ incipient Justice League-verse, and Fox’s X-Men-plus-also-maybe-Fantastic-Four-verse. Sony also boldly announced that all the films were being overseen by a “franchise brain trust.” READ FULL STORY
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That headline isn’t meant to be a knock on Andrew Garfield, who was nimble and vibrant as Peter Parker (post-spider bite, of course) in his SNL hosting debut. His face sported a gigantic, adorable grin for about 75 percent of last night’s 90-minute show; he easily and smoothly transitioned between British and American accents, even multiple times in the same sketch; he showed a real knack for flustered buffoonery, almost saving an iffy wedding toast sketch by sheer force of personality alone. (Key word there: almost.)
Garfield was good enough that it’s puzzling the show didn’t give him more to do. As amusing as it was, his opening monologue — predictably crashed by his Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-star/girlfriend Emma Stone, who couldn’t help giving a bunch of undermining advice — didn’t exactly scream “vote of confidence.” And though Garfield was front and center several times throughout the night, he only got a few chances to really let loose. But wouldn’t you know it — the first one of those chances just happened to be the night’s…
It must sort of suck to know that even as you’re spending all week preparing to host Saturday Night Live for the very first time, there’s just one question running through the minds of everyone planning to watch: When’s that dude’s girlfriend gonna show up?
Yes, Emma Stone is charming and funny and great, and proved herself to be an SNL natural when she headlined the show in 2010 and 2011. But Stone’s longtime beau Andrew Garfield is no slouch himself. Witness, for example, the easy charm on display during his only previous Saturday Night Live appearance, a cameo in Emma’s last monologue:
'Spider-Man' trilogy Honest Trailer: 'The Godfather' of superhero movies, in that the last one sucks -- VIDEO
Before you go see that hipster reboot this weekend in theaters, why not be reminded of the original film series that brought Peter Parker’s amazing skills, responsibility, power and blah blah blah to life?
Let’s be honest, Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy starring Tobey Maguire was good in the beginning when it was about Peter’s struggles with his power, his breakup with Mary Jane, and battling a villain who ultimately kills himself. Oh wait — that’s the plot of all three films. With his signature wall-crawling and occasional spider-sense, Maguire’s Spider-Man sure had some moves, but definitely not in the dance department. You’ve been warned.
Check out all the spidey action and tears…lots of tears below, as always by Screen Junkies: READ FULL STORY
Is Andrew Garfield American or British? The answer, technically, is “both” — which explains how he switches between the two accents so easily. And that’s not the Amazing Spider-Man star’s only linguistic trick: According to this new set of Saturday Night Live promos, Garfield also knows how to speak in dog. Can you speak in dog, Emma Stone?
Watch Garfield bark, smolder, and give his take on a whispery “Clint Eastwood” voice — sounds more like a Christian Bale-esque Batman growl, if you ask me — in the video below. Hell, maybe if he’s this versatile on Saturday, SNL will name the green room after him! (As you’ll see in the clip, stage-naming rights have already been taken.)
An unusual new contender has entered India’s general election from South Mumbai. The contender is none other than Spider-Man, the wall-crawling protector of the innocent beloved for his 50-plus years of thrilling comic book antics and also for like maybe half of his movies. Or anyhow, it’s a guy dressed as Spider-Man: As reported by CNN, independent candidate Gaurav Sharma has donned Spidey’s outfit to climb up walls and campaign window-to-window. “People are definitely taking me seriously,” he says, which admittedly sounds unlikely, but maybe outside of America people do take politicians seriously? READ FULL STORY
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in a few weeks, but Sony continues to busily construct the architecture to turn its solo superhero franchise into a multi-spinoff megafranchise, with villain-centric films about The Sinister Six and Venom promising to offer a slightly darker alternative to the glitter-bright Marvel Studios universe. (If you will, Sony’s Spider-verse is the Hot Topic to Marvel Studios’ Pacific Sunwear.) The Sinister Six appears closer to reality, with Drew Goddard apparently onboard to write-direct. But the studio also dropped a potentially big hint about the Venom film on the Daily Bugle Tumblr built for Amazing Spider-Man 2. READ FULL STORY
The Sherlock Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbatch is the most brilliant problem solver on television. The Sherlock Holmes played by Jonny Lee Miller in Elementary comes pretty close, but I give the edge to the “high functioning” sociopath with the “mind palace” in his head. (Now that’s some Intelligence.) The third and final installment of Sherlock’s third season challenged the master detective with a most vexing conundrum, a test of both imagination and morality, one that has become increasingly popular in our hero fiction of late: To kill or not to kill. READ FULL STORY
Attention, Spidey fans: EW has teamed up with Tumblr and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to host a meetup this Friday at San Diego Comic-Con. You can find tickets here — or enter our giveaway to win one of five V.I.P. passes, each of which includes a plus-one.
To enter the contest, come up with your best caption for the exclusive Amazing Spider-Man 2 photo below. It can be a snippet of dialogue between Spidey and Max Dillon (a.k.a. Electro), a goofy guess at what they’re arguing about, a haiku, whatever — so long as it’s about the picture and it’s funny, you’ve got a shot at winning.
Submit your caption through our Tumblr Ask box, along with a valid email address (formatted as “username AT website DOT com,” so that Tumblr doesn’t think it’s spam). We’ll accept entries until 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday, July 18. Winners will be announced later that day.
And please, don’t enter the contest unless you’re already going to be at Comic-Con — even if you’ve got a great idea for a caption.
Iron Man is coming to an arena near you. In a good way…even though bad guys do seem to love that whole arena/football stadium setting for announcing their plans for destruction and world domination. But either way, at least Iron Man will be there already!
Wednesday, Marvel Entertainment announced a partnership with live-show producer Feld Entertainment (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Disney on Ice) to produce a live arena show with all your favorite characters from the Marvel universe. The program will launch in July 2014 with an 85-city North American tour and promises “character-based stories” and “state of the art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial displays, and martial arts.”
In the press release announcing the news Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada said: “We are excited to collaborate with Feld Entertainment to bring millions of our Marvel fans around the world a new and authentic way to engage with their favorite characters and villains.” He added: “This new live action production will bring the greatest Marvel Super Heroes from the movie screen and pages of our comic books into a spectacular live tour.”
Feld Entertainment Inc., which produces the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, along with other live shows such as Disney on Ice, i
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