June 17, 2013 | 1:10 p.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” is gearing up for more cinematic adventures. Sony announced Monday that the third and fourth installments in the saga of Peter Parker, as played by Andrew Garfield, are set for release on June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018. “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years,” said Jeff Blake, Sony’s chairman, worldwide marketing and distribution, in a statement. In the more immediate future, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the sequel to 2012′s Garfield-starring “The Amazing Spider-Man” is due out May 2, 2014, and like its predecessor, is directed by Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”). Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy, with Shailene Woodley joining the cast as Mary Jane Watson, Chris Cooper […]
April 16, 2013 | 7:33 p.m.
Fans can get a first look at “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ villain Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, in new photos snapped on the film’s set. The photos, taken while the filmmakers were shooting in New York’s Times Square, show Foxx wearing creepy blue makeup and prosthetics, as well as an LED-lined hoodie, revealing an Electro that might not be familiar to some fans of the classic villain. In the original comics, Electro is 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. He turns to a life of organized crime. The character, who first appeared in 1964, is typically seen wearing a green suit and a yellow lightning bolt mask. But Foxx’s Electro appears to be more closely modeled on the Ultimate version of the […]
July 08, 2012 | 10:37 a.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” is off to a strong start, and director Marc Webb’s film has escaped the clutches of its biggest foe — the crowded summer schedule. Trapped between “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” the Sony reboot was in real danger of becoming the friendly neighborhood afterthought. Our readers got to see “Amazing Spider-Man” early thanks to the Hero Complex IMAX Screening Series. In the Q&A portion of the evening, Webb spoke about the chemistry between his lead actors, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and said that “casting them was the single most important” thing. Take a look at the video above to learn more about the casting of Garfield, the differing style of the two young stars and the director’s funny line about the off-screen romance between the two actors. “We did a lot of work in […]
July 01, 2012 | 6:14 p.m.
HERO COMPLEX IMAX SCREENING SERIES This vivid and vertiginous Mondo poster features the art of Laurent Durieux and you’ll get one if you spend the first two hours of Tuesday morning watching “The Amazing Spider-Man” on an Imax screen. Mondo, the pride of Austin, Texas, has been delivering some memorable images since Imax turned to them to create a keepsake for the loyal stay-up-late crowd. The poster will also be handed to all 350 Hero Complex readers who attend tonight’s free Imax screening of Sony’s latest wall-crawler adventure. We know how much fans love the posters, too; we also gave out a cosmically collectible Mondo/Imax poster at our early “John Carter” screening and a limited-edition Marvel/Imax poster for “The Avengers.” Director Marc Webb is tonight’s special onstage guest for a Q&A after the screening of “Amazing Spider-Man,” which stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field, Martin Sheen […]
June 28, 2012 | 2:28 p.m.
Not many actors from a summer superhero movie would cite Shakespeare to justify their film’s existence. Then again, not many actors are “The Amazing Spider-Man’s” Rhys Ifans, an unlikely person to grace a big-budget action extravaganza. A classically trained theater performer who dropped off the Hollywood map for more than a decade, the Welsh actor, 43, presents an odd blend of thoughtful eloquence, rock ‘n’ roll swagger and career ambivalence — not to mention a certain, er, high-mindedness about the work he’s doing. “There are these enduring, socially mirroring qualities that Spider-Man has that begs us to revisit him,” Ifans said when asked over breakfast why he thought the time was right for a new Spider-Man movie. “He’s in a sense a spokesman for every generation. And like all great albums, or movies, or pieces of literature, we revisit them. […]
June 23, 2012 | 10:53 a.m.
Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” swings into theaters everywhere on July 3 but 350 of our readers are going to see the movie early, for free and in Hollywood’s most heroic format thanks to the Hero Complex IMAX Screening Series. “Amazing Spider-Man” director Marc Webb will be the special onstage guest for the Q&A that follows the 7:30 p.m. screening on July 1 at Rave Cinemas, at 6081 Center Drive in Los Angeles. Tickets for the event will be available at our RSVP SITE, which goes live at 10 a.m. (PDT) on Tuesday. “Amazing Spider-Man” opens a new era in the Hollywood history of the most famous Marvel Comics creation. Webb, who made his feature-film directorial debut with “(500) Days of Summer” in 2009, brings a different energy to the franchise as well — along with new stars in Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Webb says […]
May 03, 2012 | 6:32 p.m.
A new trailer for Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” is out, finally offering a good look at the film’s supervillain — the Lizard. In the comics, gifted scientist Dr. Curt Connors becomes the reptilian monster after injecting himself with lizard DNA in a limb regeneration experiment. As the Lizard, he longs for all humans to be transformed into super-reptiles. Connors (Rhys Ifans) might be after the same thing in the film, asking someone, presumably Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), “Are you ready to play God?” The trailer then shows the Lizard releasing billows of green gas into the air as a news announcer says, “There’s been a biological attack on New York City.” The trailer also gives fans a glimpse of some sweet Spidey gadgets. A quick scene reveals inventive Peter Parker’s trial-and-error process building the web-shooters. And a fancy gadget […]
April 24, 2012 | 1:55 p.m.
Denis Leary blows through Hollywood job titles the way he used to chain-smoke cigarettes during his Boston comedy club days: actor, screenwriter, producer, author, television pitchman, animation voice actor and, believe it or not, fashion-show emcee and national anthem singer. The next Leary résumé line arrives July 3 with the release of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” “Emma Stone’s dad,” said Leary, referring to his role as the gruff, on-screen father to the film’s lead actress. “That’s the point in my career I’ve reached. It will be ‘Emma Stone’s dad’ now, which, by the way, I’m fine with being. She’s the real thing; she’s fantastic.” Stone, coming off roles in “The Help” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” plays Gwen Stacy, the girl who falls in love with Peter Parker, the brainy teenager who is spider-bit by fate and becomes the hard-luck title hero. […]
Aug. 12, 2011 | 3:30 p.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” swings into theaters in July 2012 and actor Rhys Ifans will play the film’s main menace, Dr. Curt Connors, a.k.a. the Lizard, a laboratory creation that is both scary and scaly. The 44-year-old native of Wales was in the news today: The Wrap reported that San Diego prosecutors won’t pursue a misdemeanor battery charge against him for allegedly shoving a guard just before his on-stage appearance at Comic-Con International (through a spokesman the actor has said he “deeply regretted” the incident). Our Geoff Boucher sat down with Ifans in San Diego (about an hour before the Comic-Con kerfuffle) and we’ll be posting parts of the interview in the weeks to come. GB: Marc Webb was a surprise pick to direct this film — his only other feature was “(500) Days of Summer” — but he has some bold ideas for taking Spider-Man into new areas on screen. How was the shoot for […]
Aug. 05, 2011 | 11:54 a.m.
Executives at Columbia Pictures think they have a winner with their new web-spinner. “The Amazing Spider-Man” doesn’t reach theaters until July 3, 2012, but the studio has already locked in a May 2, 2014, release date for a sequel. A Columbia Pictures spokesman said the scheduling move “speaks volumes” about the superhero relaunch with director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield, who are coming off of a winning appearance at Comic-Con International. There was considerable fan skepticism early on about the choice of Webb, who has directed only one feature film — the 2009 romantic comedy ”(500) Days of Summer” – and arrived on this project in the long shadow of Sam Raimi, whose three “Spider-Man” films earned close to $3.5 billion in worldwide box office and keyed billions more in home video, toys, licensing and video games. “The Amazing Spider-Man,” now in post-production, takes the Marvel Comics icon back to […]