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Sony Head Amy Pascal Promises 'Spider-Man' Movies "Every Year," Marc Webb To Helm 'Amazing Spider-Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2014 1:59 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Outside of "The Amazing Spider-Man," Sony doesn't have much in the way of live action franchises, and that could be a problem. “It’s creative entropy, and I think there’s been too much of a reliance on ‘Spider-Man.’ They need some other things to build out,” media analyst Harold Vogel has opined. But Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal believes in Spidey, so much so that she's planning to spin a bigger web around the superhero.

Watch: Three Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 17, 2014 2:58 PM
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Amazing Spider-Man 2
Was it weird that Sony took down the recent “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” trailer? It was kind of spoilery, but then again, it featured much of the same footage as the recent Superbowl spot. A conspiracy afoot, much like the one hinted at in Marc Webb’s upcoming Spider-Man sequel?

10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 13, 2013 3:06 PM
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10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers
Many years ago, The Playlist started off as a blog dedicated to soundtracks, scores, music movies and the rest of the middle part of the Venn diagram where the worlds of music and film collided. Though we’ve evolved since then, that overlap is still something close to our hearts. One way those worlds are inextricably interlinked is in the number of directors who come from a music video background to work in features, and with most of us being that precise age that we can still remember the first heyday of the music video, it never ceases to surprise us how many of the promos we remember best were shot by filmmakers we now associate primarily with features. Arguably the form is experiencing something of a renaissance in relevance these days, not just via YouTube, but also with high-profile bands like Arcade Fire embracing and expanding their music videos’ artistic potential, even while the Robin Thickes of the world grab some extra headlines with risque or provocative content.

Sarah Gadon Reveals 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Role, Marc Webb Teases Sinister Six But Doesn't Know About Shailene Woodley's Return

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 26, 2013 11:43 AM
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It seems that every day since it was announced, Marc Webb's “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has walked a line between misdirection and simple confusion as to which elements to keep. The excision of Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson character was just the latest example, and while Felicity Jones faced rumors that she's playing the Black Cat, it turns out it might be Lily Hollister/Menace instead. But today, another actress has in fact clarified her role in the film, and Webb has hinted at a notorious group's presence in future installments.

Director Marc Webb Teases Some Kind Of Team Dynamic For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 4'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 24, 2013 9:50 PM
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So this is going to be the new "thing" for superhero movies now? One isn't enough, so hot on the heels of Joss Whedon's $1 billion-grossing "The Avengers," and whatever Zack Snyder's Batman/Superman team-up movie is going to be called, director Marc Webb, while talking up next summer's 3D web-slinging adventure "Amazing Spider-Man 2," teased that the fourth film (yes, the fourth) in the franchise might be some kind of team-up movie. "It might not just be a Spider-Man movie," Webb told Crave Online. If it's not just a "Spider-Man" movie could we hope that it's also a "Star Trek" movie? Or maybe "Resident Evil?" Just so we can kill two franchise birds with one stone? At the very least it'd make the summer of 2018 go by a little quicker.

Marc Webb Says Rhino Is Only A "Tease" In 'Spider-Man 2'; Shailene Woodley Reveals Why She Got Cut From The Movie

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 19, 2013 10:38 AM
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Amazing Spider-Man 2
Worried that, like "X-Men: Days Of Too Many Characters," Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is overflowing with too many villains and characters? Well, for one, the producers know this too and they cut out the role of Mary Jane Watson (played by Shailene Woodley) from the film, to save the character for the third film (more on that in a sec). And as for the various villains that could build to the Sinister Six (Of Too Many Antagonists In One Movie), fear not, Webb says Electro (Jamie Foxx) is the focus of the sequel while The Rhino's (played by Paul Giamatti) appearance may be smaller than expected

Marc Webb Confirmed To Direct 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' (Andrew Garfield Will Return Too, Duh)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2012 3:24 PM
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There were rumblings all summer that Marc Webb wouldn't return to direct the sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man" for a variety of reasons ranging from the reportedly slightly troubled post-production, which saw a lot of material get snipped, to contractual obligations at Fox getting in the way, and more chatter that he would have to sign his soul over to Sony. But whatever transpired, the studio has faith in the helmer as they have announced he is officially back on board to helm "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." And oh yeah, Andrew Garfield is back as Peter Parker as well, because, duh.

Marc Webb Attached To Direct 'Only Living Boy In New York'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 15, 2012 12:17 PM
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Producers Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger have built up a helluva CV over the years, with their names gracing films like "Little Miss Sunshine," "Cold Mountain," "King of the Hill," "Chuck & Buck" and Alexander Payne's upcoming "Nebraska." With their latest effort, "Ruby Sparks," now in theaters, Thompson On Hollywood recently caught up with the pair, and they provided an update on a handful of projects they have in the works, including one which has gained a helmer coming off a summer blockbuster.

More 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Nonsense: Fox May "Allow" Marc Webb To Direct It, If He Signs A Two-Picture Deal

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 10:21 AM
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It might not have lived up to the grosses of the Sam Raimi films (it lags nearly $100 million behind "Spider-Man 3" domestically, and more than the same amount behind "Spider-Man 2" internationally), but even so, Sony have to be pretty happy about "The Amazing Spider-Man." In a competitive summer, the film has taken a healthy $650 million worldwide, comfortably out-grossing fellow superhero reboots like "Batman Begins" and "X-Men: First Class." Perhaps Sony hoped for more, but it's about as healthy a relaunch of the franchise as they could have asked for, particularly given the dislike of "Spider-Man 3," and the mixed reviews of this installment.

Contract With Fox May Keep Marc Webb From Helming 'Amazing Spider-Man' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2012 8:58 AM
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With $530 million worldwide in the bank for "The Amazing Spider-Man" and that figure set to grow even higher (even if "The Dark Knight Rises" is looming in the near distance), Sony can feel confident that their plans for a proposed trilogy of the rebooted franchise are off to a strong start. With a 2014 release date already slated for the sequel, the wheels are going to have to start turning soon on that one, but it seems the studio will need to find a new director.

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