Reboot is 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

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Columbia Pictures announced that the title of the Marc Webb directed reboot of their Spider-Man reboot is THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.

Columbia also released the first official picture of Andrew Garfield in the full, masked costume of Spider-Man, in a familiar pose, with metal web-shooters clearly visible.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is due in theaters July 3rd, 2012.
The offical website is

More 'Spider-Man' Pics

Spiderman-5Adding to the Marvel Movie Material that’s piling up lately, is featuring several pictures of Andrew Garfield and/or more likely just his stuntman doing location stunts for Marc Webb’s still untitled SPIDER-MAN reboot. 
Note the “sandal / slippers” to protect the feet— and probably provide better traction for the stunts.
The costume is certainly different, but I can’t grouse too much. We already had him in the pretty true to the comics outfit in the Sam Raimi trilogy. 

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Looks like the stunt suit doesn’t have the webbing detail (the TV show long-distance climbing suit didn’t either)—unless this reflects an early version of the costume.
More photos at the link above.
Meanwhile, On Location Vacations is offering Stunt-Spidey in full swing.


spider-man6_OLV“Can he swing from a crane?
Safety harness— if he’s got a brain!”

Yeah, I think that song-wrting gig is still beyond my grasp.

Via SuperheroHype.

The Green Hornet (2011) – Review

GREEN_HORNET_Poster3I saw a film today that I had to watch on two levels.
If I were simply a film-goer who had no real idea about who the title character was, I saw an simple action comedy, an affectionate spoof of comic book heroes. It featured good, if ultimately cartoonishly absurd action sequences and a fairly decent 2-D to 3-D conversion. Consistently amusing, but never particularly funny, and pretty much devoid of any real wit or point. An aimless but fun popcorn movie, possibly appealing to an audience who may feel burned out by more serious-minded superhero films.
As an actual fan of the 75-year-old character of radio, comics, TV and film, I’m pretty much appalled. While it’s obvious the writers, star Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg know or researched a lot about The Green Hornet, this just doesn’t seem to be a Green Hornet movie. The premise seems more like: “How do we write a movie in which Seth Rogen plays a masked crime fighter?” Every choice in the film gives the appearance of  servicing that concept.

Rogen’s Britt Reid isn’t a smooth playboy or thrill-seeking daredevil, he’s a kind of  sad, petulant man-child trying to extend his frat-boy years into a continuing lifestyle, thanks to being the son of a rich newspaper publisher. Well, even that could be acceptable, if he finally becomes inspired to do something positive, if extreme with his life. The idea is toyed with, but you never really buy it, because he remains the same jackass and flop he always was throughout the film, only now with a literally unbelievably talented sidekick.
And although Jay Chou does a good, if oddly tentative-feeling job as Kato, and every effort is made to show that he is a full partner—in fact the vital part of the team—Kato remains a sidekick.  Despite his fighting prowess and technical expertise in just about everything, he also comes off as being a bit of a jerk sometimes.
That’s no insult, because everybody in the film is pretty much a jerk, no matter how smart or scary they’re supposed to be. Britt’s dad James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) is a charmless, insensitive agressive Type-A personality-hole. The villain Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz) is an insecure, hypersensitive, charismaless schmuck, despite being a murderous sociopath who has somehow managed to become the major crime boss of L.A. 
Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), who becomes Britt Reid’s secretary/researcher, supposedly with a degree in criminology, comes off as a little clueless.  The D.A. Frank Scanlon (David Harbour) turns out to be a screw-up (and more). James Franco makes a cameo as a rival drug lord, who is also an loud-mouthed idiot.

The only character does not seem to be a major dip is Mike Axford, normally the comic relief in the Green Hornet universe. That’s probably because Edward James Olmos plays Axford (now the editor in chief of the Daily Sentinel) in a very low-key and bland style in the few scenes he’s actually in the film.

Gondry_GHMichel Gondry does give the film a little visual flair, which helps give the movie some life. The 3-D works alright, though in the theater I attended some scenes and the end titles were noticably cut off on the sides, to the extent that some action, and certainly credits, were not completely visble on-screen.

The action is nicely staged, and works well at first, but the situations the heroes are placed in reach truly PINK-PANTHER levels of ludicrousness at times by the end of the film — without, I must repeat, ever actually managing to be laugh-out-loud funny. Maybe you’ll smile and snicker a bit.

The Real Star of the film?
The Real Star of the film?

The Black Beauty survives things that even a tank couldn’t bear up under. It’s used as a wall-crushing battering ram repeatedly. That is presented as The Hornet and Kato’s standard tactic in dealing with drug labs. It gets cut in half and is still drive-able. Seriously. If the word serious can be ascribed to anything the film.

The Green Hornet and Kato actually kill people in this film, accidentally and intentionally, which is very much against the original conception of the character. Makes the gas gun pretty much pointless. I’m surprised the Trendle family—still the owners—let that get by. Maybe the ups and downs of trying to get a movie made since at least the 1990’s wore them out.
All that aside, it’s hard to hate THE GREEN HORNET. It’s kind of like that guy at the party who’s trying really hard to be likeable and amusing, but winds up being loud and a little tiresome by the end of the night.
Like I said, I didn’t hate it. It’s passably amusing, and I don’t regret seeing it, even though I might really wish it hadn’t been made in this way. I sure don’t think it’s a good Green Hornet film. If Seth Rogen had played the Blue Wombat, I might have thought it was decent slacker/stoner action comedy.
If you don’t feel nostalgic about the character, and are looking for a little undemanding fun amongst the winter doldrums, you might well enjoy the movie.
THE GREEN HORNET (2011) Columbia Pictures
Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, and David Harbor.
Directed by Michel Gondry, Produced by Neal H. Moritz , Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.  Based on The Green Hornet by
George W. Trendle and Fran Striker.
Music by James Newton Howard,  Cinematography by John Schwartzman Editing by Michael Tronick. 
A Studio Original Film, distributed by Columbia Pictures.

1st Pic of New 'Spider-Man' Costume

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Via SuperheroHype, here’s the first look at Andrew Garfield in a new Spider-Man costume from the Columbia Pictures re-boot.
A little the worse for wear in this pic, but not bad. A bit of a departure from the comics. There seem to be darker threads/lines giving the suit more texture and a darker hue.
I’d actually hoped they’d go for the red & black outfit from Amazing Fantasy #15.
Back in the day, printing problems made it difficult to dress superheroes in black, so blue high-lighting was used, generally in time taking over from the black entirely.
Less spiderman_AF15black on the page meant less work for the inker, as well.  Eventually, it seemed even the creators would forget the original, darker intent.  C’est la vie!

1st Pic of Garfield as Peter Parker

Emma Stone & Andrew GarfieldJustJared is featuring a gallery of pictures from a location shoot of the new SPIDER-MAN film, giving us the first look at Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.
Taken January 4th in the bleachers of a football stadium in Los Angeles, the scene features Parker and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) sharing a kiss.
The fashion choices for Garfield as Peter Parker give him a rather funkier haircut and style than I would think of for the  nerdy, clean-cut bookworm of the comics. Possibly this Peter has a bit more edge than traditionally depicted.

Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield
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Still no title announced for the Columbia Pictures reboot of the franchise. See ten more pictures at the link above.

via BleedingCool

'Green Hornet' Behind The Scenes Featurette

Via Yahoo Movies here’s Columbia Pictures THE GREEN HORNET: A DIFFERENT KIND OF SUPERHERO. 
Star  Seth Rogen and co-writer Evan Goldberg explain their revisionist take on the venerable masked hero team of radio, movie serials, comics, and television.

Directed by Michel Gondry, THE GREEN HORNET stars Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, and Tom Wilkinson.
It opena in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D on January 14th, 2011.
Note: Due to formatting requirements, this featurette won’t display via our front page video player.

'Battle: LA' — Poster

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Here’s the poster and a synopsis for BATTLE: LOS ANGELES.

“For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world – Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces.
As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before.”

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (DARKNESS FALLS), BATTLE: LOS ANGELES opens March 11th, 2011 from Columbia Pictures.

Peter's Parents in 'Spider-Man' reboot

Campbell_ScottAccording to The Hollywood Reporter,  Campbell Scott (THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE) has been signed to play Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) father in Sony/Columbia’s SPIDER-MAN reboot.
Julianne Nicholson (LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT)  is said to be in talks to play his mother.
In the comics, it was revealed in later years that Peter’s parents Richard and Mary Parker were spies for the U.S. government (agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), and killed in the line of duty when he was quite young. One of the various Red Skulls was involved with their death, framing them as traitors.
 Irrfan Khan (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) and Annie Parisse (RUBICON) are reported to be under consideration to play a villainous couple, Khan’s character named Van Atter, with Parisse as his wife.
No details as yet about how much of a part any of these characters will play in the film.