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'The Amazing Spider-Man' Director Marc Webb Talks Reboots, Music, 3D and Norman Osborn

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 2, 2012 1:05 PM
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Summer movies are always terribly complex and daunting, with a number of interested parties needing to be satiated and complicated visual effects being worked out throughout production (usually right up until the time of release). Things seem to be infinitely more daunting when it's a reboot of a popular franchise, and one directed by a director making his first blockbuster outing. Such is the case with this week's "The Amazing Spider-Man," which was directed by "(500) Days of Summer" helmer Marc Webb.

Review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Is A Good Teen Romance Struggling To Escape A Mediocre Superhero Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2012 3:34 PM
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We're likely reaching something of a tipping point with the superhero movies. The first wave is ending: "X-Men" has already been reinvented, Superman is getting his second relaunch in a decade, "The Hulk" has already had its third iteration, and Christopher Nolan's Batman-trilogy, which more than anything else brought a new level of respectability to the genre, is coming to a close. We're entering the second phase of the modern superhero movie era, and it's leading to some interesting possibilities. So far, these films have essentially been a genre in and of themselves, but as new filmmakers inevitably try out fresh ideas within its confines, we're likely to see other styles brought into the mix.

Duh: Andrew Garfield Wants To Return For 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Sequel Plus Even More Pics & Clips

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2012 10:38 AM
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With a May 2, 2014 release date already set, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci hired to pen the script, barring some kind of box office meltdown, a sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man" is pretty much inevitable. And even though Sony probably already has an option on him (and the rest of the cast) for sequels, when asked by THR if he would like to return for Part Two, Andrew Garfield gave the answer anyone could have predicted. "If we do one, I hope I can do it -- I hope they'd let me do it. I hope so," he said, adding cheekily, "I think we want to get this one out. They already have a release date for the second one. But no script! So we have our priorities in order."

First Reviews For 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Spin A (Mostly) Positive Web

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2012 6:17 PM
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Even though the film doesn't begin hitting theaters internationally until next weekend, U.K. critics have put on their monocles and taken out their quill and dropped the first reviews for Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" reboot. And, somewhat surprisingly, it's getting some mostly very, very positive early notices.

New 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Poster Sees Our Favorite Webslinger Return To The Skies Of Sunkissed New York

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 14, 2012 11:16 AM
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After a couple of darker marketing efforts, "(500) Days Of Summer" helmer Marc Webb's upcoming "The Amazing Spiderman" has now turned to an image synonymous with marketing for Sam Raimi's films: our favorite webslinger, played here by Andrew Garfield, high above a sunkissed New York City skyline. It might be nostalgia, or the superhero's iconography, but you know what? It works.

Watch: It's Peter Parker Vs. Flash Thompson In New Clip From 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2012 3:46 PM
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There are few stills from a movie in the past year that captured the imagination quite like the one above for "The Amazing Spider-Man." It was one of the earliest looks at the film that Sony released and it was....curious to say the least. But with the studio currently playing the We're Going To Show You The Whole Damn Thing card in the marketing for the superhero reboot, we now get some explanation for the photo above.

Watch: Peter Parker Chats Up Curt Connors & Runs From The Police In Clips From 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2012 6:00 PM
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Coming between "Prometheus" and "The Dark Knight Rises," and with "The Avengers" already setting a tremendously high bar for comic book films to reach, Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" is in an unenviable position. Early buzz has been lukewarm, and certainly the excitement behind this reboot can't match anything approaching the anticipation for the aforementioned films. So with a few more weeks to go until it hits theaters, it looks like Sony is just gonna bombard everyone with stuff from the movie in the hopes that something sticks.

Watch: 2 New Clips From 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Plus Video Diaries Of Dr. Curt Connors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2012 10:11 AM
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There are few late night television personalities as awesomely unfunny as Jay Leno, but for whatever reason, people seem to love the guy. And endure him you must to watch the latest clip from "The Amazing Spider-Man" which is actually the most promising bit of footage of we've seen so far.

Watch: Peter Parker Throws Gwen Stacy Out A Window In Aussie Trailer For 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2012 12:39 PM
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While it may seem that the geek set is kinda cool on "The Amazing Spider-Man," let's just keep a couple of things in mind. First, Sony opened "Men In Black III" to over $200 million worldwide this weekend, with the movie topping the box office in 104 countries. And based on that, don't discount the studio's ability to nab the younger crowd -- who they are clearly going for -- and pile 'em into theaters on the long Fourth of July weekend. 'Spider-Man' is hardly down for the count, and his newest Aussie trailer shows it has a few more tricks up its sleeve.

Watch: Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone Adorably Singing About 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2012 10:10 AM
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Aw. Awwww. It seems that the international marketing team behind "The Amazing Spider-Man" know the way to our hearts. We've had a whole host of trailers for the superhero reboot (including a four-minute spot only a few days ago), which hits in July, and while there's some promise in them, none have quite convinced us yet that we won't be bored by sitting through another origin story, only a decade after Sam Raimi first took a spin at the material. That being said, we've like the in-context footage that we've seen, principally because of the film's leads, Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network"), who plays web-slinger Peter Parker, and Emma Stone ("Easy A"), who plays his love interest, Gwen Stacy.

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