May 02, 2014 | 6:44 p.m.
To hear Dane DeHaan tell it, his name was not at the top of the list of performers under consideration to star opposite Andrew Garfield in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” “I had to really approach them,” the actor told Hero Complex in an interview this week about being cast as Peter Parker’s childhood friend Harry Osborn. “They wouldn’t even give me an audition for the movie at first. I really had to fight hard and bang down doors just to get my first audition.” Fortunately, his persistence paid off. DeHaan brings a twitchy, desperate energy to Harry, whose friendship with Peter is tested in the new film, which arrives in theaters this weekend. Directed like its predecessor, 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” by Marc Webb, the sequel sees Spidey facing off against several foes, including Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, an […]
May 01, 2014 | 1:37 p.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ marks the second superhero outing from director Marc Webb, the Wisconsin native who found his way to the world of superheroes and villains by a somewhat unlikely road — the respected indie director was previously best known for the Los Angeles-set “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. The new film swings into theaters Thursday night with a round of late showings for fans and sees Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) face off against several foes: Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, an Eastern Bloc criminal who becomes the Rhino, and Dane DeHaan as Oscorp heir Harry Osborn, who is poised to suit up as the Green Goblin, though it’s Jamie Foxx’s Electro, who begins the movie as the meek Oscorp employee Max Dillon, who has the most showstopping moments thanks to his masterful control […]
April 25, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.
Andrew Garfield, the star of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” took one glance around the Bel-Air eatery and made a quick assessment: “Peter Parker wouldn’t be allowed in here,” the 30-year-old said with a nod. It is nearly impossible to picture the brainy, blue-collar kid from Forest Hills, Queens, enjoying fine California cuisine on an upscale restaurant patio on an April afternoon, and even Garfield, the 30-year-old actor who has lived inside Peter Parker’s skin for the last few years, seems a little too low-key and comfortably unkempt to belong to the class of diners soaking up the mild sunshine. But Peter’s outsider quality and the transformational aspect of his accidental encounter with a scientifically enhanced arachnid was one thing that so deeply appealed to Garfield long before he ever starred in a blockbuster or had even settled on an acting […]
April 24, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and more stars from Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ walked the red carpet tonight for the film’s New York premiere. Due in theaters May 2, the new $200-million production — directed like its predecessor, 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” by Marc Webb — Garfield’s wall-crawling hero is beset by numerous threats, chief among them Foxx’s Electro, an incandescent-blue bad guy who wields the ability to control the power grid. Yet even as he must try to contain the damage Electro inflicts across Manhattan, Peter Parker struggles to learn more about his own past, including his father’s inexplicable demise. He’s also wrestling with his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), attempting to balance his feelings for her with his desire to keep her out of harm’s way. Plus there’s the matter of an old friend, Harry […]
April 14, 2014 | 12:47 p.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ director Marc Webb has suggested that Andrew Garfield’s heroic Peter Parker will be tested as never before in the upcoming Sony sequel set to open May 2. But a new TV spot for the film sure does seem to intimate that it’s Peter’s relationship with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy that will be specifically affected by the events unfolding in the anticipated sequel, written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner. Fans in the know will recognize elements from Gerry Conway’s notorious 1973 comic book storyline centering on Parker’s lady love. Check it out below. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” sees Garfield’s wall-crawling hero face off against several foes, including Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, an Eastern Bloc criminal who becomes the Rhino, and Dane DeHaan as Oscorp heir Harry Osborn, who is poised to inherit the […]
April 10, 2014 | 8:42 a.m.
Inside a darkened sound mixing stage on Sony’s Culver City lot, Marc Webb, the director of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” labored to balance a sonic cocktail of music, sound effects, background noise and dialogue while, across a massive screen at the front of the room, Electro, the luminescent blue villain played by Jamie Foxx, wreaked havoc on a busy night in Times Square. “Does it sound sloppy there?” Webb asked editor Pietro Scalia. “How far down can we drop the sound effects and how long can we keep them out? It just feels really busy.” With just two days left to finalize the movie’s soundtrack, the pair worked alongside a team of roughly a dozen technicians to refine a key sequence in what is expected to be one of the biggest movies of the summer. A reverb effect was added […]
April 01, 2014 | 3:28 p.m.
While Gerry Conway has spent his storied comic career standing out, he’s now looking to fit in. At least for a night. Conway took to Twitter today to kick-start a campaign to be invited to the premiere of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” As one of the co-creators of the Punisher and a longtime scribe of “Justice League of America,” Conway is still best known among Spidey fans for his memorable work in the summer of 1973 — “The Amazing Spider-Man” Nos. 121-122 featured the death of one major character who also happens to have a prominent role in Sony’s May 2 release. (Although there’s no word on whether the events in the film will exactly mirror those in the comics, anyone who would prefer not to know who dies in Conway’s story line might want to stop reading now and […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 6:35 p.m.
Filmmaker Marc Webb appears set to direct “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.” Word came Tuesday that the director responsible for both 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and this May’s coming follow-up, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” is in final negotiations with Sony to complete the movie trilogy starring Andrew Garfield as the heroic Peter Parker. Webb came to the franchise as a somewhat unlikely choice — the respected indie director was previously best known for the Los Angeles-set “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. But his original Marvel adaptation, which rebooted the franchise that Sam Raimi had so successfully helmed roughly a decade earlier, turned out to be a blockbuster hit that took in upward of $262 million at the domestic box office, and also earned critical praise, thanks in part to the winning chemistry between English actor Garfield […]
Feb. 24, 2014 | 11:54 a.m.
Jamie Foxx’s Electro takes center stage in a new international trailer for director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Electro greeted comic book readers in 1964 as an electrician named Max Dillon who gains the ability to generate and control electricity after he’s struck by lightning while repairing a power line. But in the upcoming film, Foxx’s Dillon is a meek Oscorp employee who becomes obsessed with Spider-Man after the hero saves his life — and he uses his high-voltage powers to wreak havoc on the streets of New York. “The Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield reprises his role as teenage hero Peter Parker, and the film’s cast also includes Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Paul Giamatti as the Rhino, Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) as rich boy Harry Osborn, son of Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn, who, fans will remember, […]
Feb. 02, 2014 | 8:26 p.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ brought more explosive action to Super Bowl Sunday, debuting new scenes from the anticipated sequel in a big game spot. The film, which like its predecessor, 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” is directed by Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”), has Andrew Garfield’s Spidey battling multiple villains, including Foxx’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. In the first part of the clip, which was released Thursday, the electrifying antagonist is glimpsed unleashing some of his shocking powers, while Spidey flies through the sky and leaps onto the streets of New York. Here, Spidey is sky-born once again, leaping through blasts of fire and destruction, though as Peter, Garfield’s also seen exchanging a passionate kiss with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. In the new film, Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan play Norman Osborn and his son, Harry, respectively, while Sally […]