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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.

'The Amazing Spider-Man': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 6, 2012 12:26 PM
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Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man," the second of this summer's three massive superhero movies, is now in theaters. And while so far it's performing behind "Spider-Man 3," the film's doing reasonably well (expected to haul in somewhere in the neighborhood of $130 million by Sunday) given the lack of enthusiasm from hardcore fans, and the widespread dislike of the final Sam Raimi film, which in part helped to push things toward a blank slate again. And reviews have been pretty severely divided, with some hailing it as one of best examples of the comic book genre to date, and others loathing every frame of it.

Is Director Marc Webb Going To Return For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 3, 2012 11:55 AM
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As of today, "The Amazing Spider-Man" is in theaters, ending the two-and-a-half-year build up to one of the more controversial superhero films in history. Plans for a "Spider-Man 4" were well underway at the end of 2009, with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire both returning for a script (by "Rabbit Hole" writer David Lindsay-Abaire) which saw your friendly neighborhood web-slinger come against classic villain The Vulture (John Malkovich) and his daughter The Vultress (Anne Hathaway). But wary of spiraling costs, bad reviews for the third-installment, and an aging lead (Maguire would have been 36 by the time of the film's summer 2011 release, for a character normally portrayed at half that age), Sony pulled the plug and decided to start all over again, to no little protestations from fans.

'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.

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.

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