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Looks like people may still love Joss Whedon and The Avengers, but until the Marvel feature releases on DVD and Blu-ray on September 25th, another Marvel hero has taken the number one spot in our nerdy hearts. In the six days since its release North American release, Marc Webb and The Amazing Spider-Man have earned an “amazing” $141 million, bringing its global total to $341.2 million!

Opening with a solid $7.5 million from midnight screenings, the feature has since added to its astounding $200 million in the overseas markets. This is a great start for a movie that’s only a few years removed from the last time people saw the red and blue spandex on film. In nearly a week, The Amazing Spider-Man has earned more than the budget of the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man and that’s not bad for something that originally had a huge backlash over certain aspects of the reboot – i.e.: mechanical web-shooters.

Webb stayed faithful to the source material and stayed away from emo haircuts and cheesy dance scenes and created a suitable beginning to a new trilogy. And until Chris Nolan and The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, it may be safe to say that for the next few weeks the theaters belong to our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew GarfieldEmma StoneRhys IfansSally FieldMartin Sheen and Denis Leary and is in theaters now.

Source: Comic Book Movie

MOVIE REVIEW: The Amazing Spider-Man

Having only been five years since we last saw Spidey on the big screen, the timing of The Amazing Spider-Man hurts more than it helps. Add in the facts only two months ago we were hyperventilating over The Avengers and in a few weeks we’ll be in the midst of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight finale, and it only gets worse for the web-slinger. That being said, The Amazing Spider-Man is by no means a bad movie, or a bad super hero movie. It’s just that now, in 2012, the stakes for the super hero movie have been raised and Spider-Man falls a little short.

But like I said, Amazing Spider-Man is a good movie. Marc Webb scores big by crafting a believable origin for the teen hero that is more emotionally nuanced than Raimi’s and having a cast who deliver great performances across the board. The web-slinging and parkour acrobatics look fantastic, so good you’ll be craving more. And there’s one of the film’s hiccups, for a summer action flick there should be more heart-pounding action to keep you on the edge of your seat. The film’s highlights come not from spectacle or the climatic battle, but rather from the quiet moments between characters.

Minor spoilers follow.

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“Hollywood, Hollywood, can’t stop showing clips galore, spoil the plot, then some more, look out…look out for Marketeers!!!” In case you’re wondering, yes… that was a riff on the 1960’s Spider-Man theme. Crafty, aren’t I? Anyway, here we are again with another round of clips from The Amazing Spider-Man.

First up, we got a clip featuring Andrew Garfield‘s Peter Parker telling Denis Leary‘s Captain Stacy about how the alligator in the sewer (aka The Lizard) is really Dr. Connors. Leary responds with an appropriate “Do I LOOK like the Mayor of Tokyo to you?” [via MetaCafe ]

Next, we have a minute long clip of Spidey swinging around New York City. Really that’s it. Just some New York free running from ‘ole web head. Enjoy. [via Yahoo! Movies ]

Lastly, we have a brand-new behind-the-scenes featurette which focuses on films stunt work. Parkour, free-running, wires and blue screen galore. I agree with Andy Armstrong, the action looks pretty narly. [via Sprint]

Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on July 3, the Marc Webb-directed action adventure also stars Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field.

 

 

Today has been heavy with TV spots.  Instead of rifling off of a bunch of short posts, we thought it would be much more reader friendly to compile them into a compendium. OK, I admit it. We were just too goddamn lazy. Anyhow, scroll on down to see some new spots for Expendable 2, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises.

Lionsgate has released a third TV spot for The Expendables 2Much like the first two spots, you can expect explosions and geriatric  acting.

In the August 17 release, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road ()Randy Couture and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job.

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With almost a month left until Marc Webb rendition of The Amazing Spider-Man, we all know what time it is: re-cut movie trailer time! Actually, while we get the same re-cut footage, our friends to the balmy south (AKA the Australians) get a previously-released trailer but with a dash of some never-before-seen clips.

Check out the trailer below:

Coming into theaters in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on July 3, The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field.

Source: Coming Soon

Sure, you could go spend $10+ dollars on Men in Black III, or you could just hit play below to see the six minute preview of The Amazing Spider-Man that screens before it. That’s why you were going to MIB III anyway, right? You didn’t think that movie actually looked good, did you? For shame.

Anyway, what does look good is Amazing Spider-Man. Check out the preview below before it’s taken down!

I already wanted to like this movie, now I think I actually will. I love Martin Sheen‘s Uncle Ben. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone seem to have some genuine chemistry and I think they’re cute, budding romance won’t be nauseating to watch. Spider-Man looks awesome. The web-shooting, how he flings himself through New York’s skyline, the wise cracks, it all looks good. I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised by this one, folks. And I know, I was someone whining, “But why do we need another Spider-Man movie.” Now I’m glad the people who make these movies don’t always listen to fans’ bitching.

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Yea, yea, we’re all hyped to see The Avengers (hitting theaters May 4th), but there are other super hero movies to look forward to. Namely, The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man. The latter of which is probably the least anticipated. This is not to say nobody is interested, but just about every film pales in comparison to The Avengers and The Dark Knight. Plus, most folks are still feeling a bit uncomfortable with the whole reboot thing. Especially when the last SM film was just a few years ago.

However, Sony Pictures, with director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) are trying desperately hard to give us a Spider-Man we can believe in again. The recent trailers have shown us a darker, edgier Spider-Man…and a blonde Emma Stone. If anything, we can be thankful for the latter. Emma Stone is so HOT!

Anyhow, Sony Pictures has revealed a new international trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man, which features more footage and some nifty Japanese subtitles.

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker ( Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

Source: Coming Soon

If it were up to you who would you have chosen to be the big bad in The Amazing Spider-Man? Green Goblin? Doc Ock? Venom? Carnage? Morbius, the living vampire? Did anyone say the Lizard? He may not be everyone’s favorite or even Spidey’s most famous villain but producer Matt Tolmach recently spoke to SFX Magazine about why the Lizard is integral to Amazing Spider-Man‘s plot.

We made a real concerted effort to tell a different story. And this is a villain that serves the story we’re telling about ‘Who am I? Where did I come from?’ There are thematic reasons why Curt Connors (the Lizard’s alter ego) is the right villain for this movie. Sometimes a movie is made or broken by its villain, and a great villain is somebody who is as inextricably tied into the story as the lead. They are often the personification of the thing that the lead is trying to overcome. And that’s what this is.

Sounds if you were fearful the Lizard was only about bringing some muscle for Spidey to tangle with, feel relieved. The Lizard will be packing as much of a psychological punch as a physical one. The trailers have made this apparent, setting up important interactions between not only Spider-Man and the Lizard but Peter Parker and Dr. Connors, too.

Tolmach continues,

The cool thing about Spider-Man villains is that they’re not just villains—they usually play a bigger dramatic role. In this case Peter has a very powerful relationship with Connors. There’s a connection between Connors and Peter’s past. There’s something there that you’ve never seen before, and there’s also a sense in which there are two paths you can go down—the path of the hero or the path of the weaker man.

The more I read this, the more excited I am to see Andrew Garfield and Rhys Ifans hash this out. I think we’re in for a real treat this summer, maybe the best Spider-Man/villian interaction since Alfred Molina and Tobey Maguire. What do you think?

And finally, are you one of those fans who can’t believe they would ditch the Lizard’s signature lab coat? Well, get over yourself.

Look, this is the big-screen interpretation of it. You have to think about it—on the one hand we’re making a decision to tell a story that lives very much in the real world. That was a big part of the conversation—to ground it in our world, a world where there’s gravity, where the laws of physics apply. There’s a tangible explanation for how things are done.

And in that world there has to be a Lizard. So how do you do that? You have to make the Lizard something that could come from this world. And that’s where you depart—literally—from the pages of the comic book. That said, I think purists will be very very happy about how we depict the Lizard.

I think The Amazing Spider-Man is going to rock. I know I was skeptical when I heard they were thinking of rebooting the Spider-Man franchise so quickly after that abomination, Spider-Man 3, but I’ve got high hopes for this reboot.

How do you guys feel about Amazing Spider-Man, and in particular choosing the Lizard for the villain?

Source: Blastr

Briefly: The first real teaser poster for Marc Webb‘s new The Amazing Spider-Man has arrived, and it is a pretty artsy fartsy. It’s all grey, bleak and shadowy. Nothing vibrant; no SM blue and reds which you might expect.  Good poster. Weird tagline though. Untold story? What untold story? Don’t they mean the retold story? I think most everyone knows the origin of Spider-Man, do you suppose their spinning an original take on an already existing franchise?

Check out the full poster below:

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Yesterday we showed off our first look at Rhys Ifans‘ The Lizard from The Amazing Spider-Man. It was a PEZ dispenser. It looked like this,

Yeah. Whoo. Really awesome, right? No. It was completely and utterly lame and probably the worst way you could reveal your newly designed villain. Of course, I doubt this was Sony‘s plan. The PEZ image was apparently leaked by a fan. But regardless of how it got out, it got out. Now they need to show us The Lizard not molded in plastic, ready to pop a PEZ at a moments notice.

This is more like it,

This is supposedly concept art for The Lizard’s new look. It comes from Spider-Media, and you know what? It does look like the face on the PEZ dispenser. Again, the toy is crappy bit of plastic, but I do think I see the resemblence between it an the concept art. I also can’t help but think this guy looks more like DC’s Killer Croc than The Lizard.

What do you think? Is this how The Lizard will appear in The Amazing Spider-Man?

Source: Bleeding Cool