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Review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx & Dane DeHaan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 8, 2014 7:03 PM
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As far as superhero reboots go, "room for improvement" was probably the best way to sum up 2012's "The Amazing Spider-Man." Certainly financially, the film made a very healthy $750 million worldwide, but that's still less than any of the three Sam Raimi films that preceded it. And creatively, the film had some strong building blocks—an increased emphasis on romance, a hugely appealing central pairing in Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (plus support from ringers like Sally Field and Martin Sheen), a bright sense of humor, a fresh-ish take on the characters—but a patchy script, disappointing action and lackluster villain meant that there was plenty of opportunity for a sequel to prove itself worth of the title "amazing."

New Look At Green Goblin In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Plus Two New Featurettes & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2014 1:20 PM
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"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is just over a month away from slinging into theatres and Sony has mobilized their marketing team to make it their number one priority. Even with over four weeks away from seeing the movie, well, we've already seen a lot from the sequel just through the smorgasbord of clips, trailers and promos. And determined to leave no stone unturned, no plot point undiscovered, even more has arrived over the past few days.

Watch: Final Trailer For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Spins A Web For The Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 9:20 AM
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While you might still be miffed that "The Amazing Spider-Man" told the origin story you already knew, director Marc Webb admits to Rolling Stone he actually turned down a script for the first movie that ditched it altogether. "It was different. It still had the Lizard in it, but it was a script that jumped ahead in time and relied on knowledge of the comic books that I don't think everyone had," he explained to the magazine. "Tonally, it was a little more tongue-in-cheek and glib, and I didn't feel the emotional connection. I just didn't know how else to develop that bond than with an origin story. I feel like it pays off in this movie, because now Andrew Garfield embodies Peter Parker."

Watch: 3 Clips & Featurette From 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Plus New Details On Venom & Sinister Six

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 12, 2014 9:05 AM
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We may be nearly two months away from its release, but that won’t stop the marketing onslaught of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” from coming for you. The studio has released another featurette, a couple of clips and a brand new international TV spot for your consumption.

Watch: New Gwen & Peter Featurette For ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Plus Two Motion Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2014 10:21 AM
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The amazing marketing machine for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" rolls on, and it seems like (for now) Sony is done with pumping out new trailers, and is instead turning their attention to featurettes, which include a smattering of previously unseen footage.

Watch: Yet Another Trailer For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Chronicles The Rise Of Electro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 7:45 AM
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Back in 2012 when "The Amazing Spider-Man" was gearing up to hit theaters, the extent of Sony's marketing plan was revealed when someone went through all the trailers and clips that dropped in advance of the film, and put together a 25-minute reel of footage. So at this point, our only question is by which factor the advance spill of material for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" will exceed its predecessor.

Cameron Crowe's New Movie Starring Bradley Cooper & Emma Stone Is Coming This Christmas

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 2:55 PM
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Each year, studios like to cram their best offerings into the Christmas season, and 2014 is shaping up to be no different. With "The Hobbit: There And Back Again," Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," Ridley Scott's "Exodus," the star-studded musical "Into The Woods" and more, all coming within weeks of each other, another film has entered the fray.

Watch: New 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Trailer Teases Many Enemies & The Secrets Of Peter Parker's Dad

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 13, 2014 12:13 PM
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Spoiler alert? Yet another "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" trailer is here and in case you didn't already watch the lengthy, 4-minute Super Bowl trailer—which these mostly seems to be recut from with a couple of extra scenes tossed in—perhaps we should warn you that this seems to be giving up the game pretty early.

Watch: Full-Length Super Bowl Spot For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Plus 4-Minute Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2014 7:13 PM
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You saw the first part/teaser last week, now here's the real deal: the full-length Super Bowl spot for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." And not only that, but also a 4-minute Enemies Unite sizzle reel/trailer for the sequel.

Women Out Earn The Men In Forbes List Of Hollywood's Best Actors For The Buck Led By Emma Stone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 10:07 AM
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While Hollywood's current formula is focused on the lucrative model of making sequels and reboots, the always difficult to decipher question is figuring who to lead these valuable properties. And while the industry continues to present more complex, interesting leading opportunities to men (particularly when it comes to blockbusters), it might be time to change their thinking.

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