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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."

Marc Webb Originally Didn’t Want To Make ‘Amazing Spider-Man,’ Addresses Villain Overkill Concerns For The Sequel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 9, 2014 4:02 PM
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SXSW: In the vaults from indie-filmmaker to tentpole blockbusting director, Marc Webb took one of the biggest jumps in recent memory. He started his feature-length filmmaking career with 2009’s inventive and quirky “(500) Days Of Summer” and then made the quantum leap to “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

Now On DVD: Roland Emmerich Reveals His 5 Biggest Influences On 'White House Down'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 6, 2013 2:26 PM
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This week, "White House Down," the deliriously silly (but ridiculously entertaining) White House hijacking movie, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, detonates onto Blu-ray and DVD. In honor of the film's release, we chatted with "White House Down" filmmaker Roland Emmerich and asked him to run down the five biggest influences on the film (which this writer places amongst the top tier of the director's work). At first he was reluctant ("I feel back in school, like I had to do homework"), but eventually he shared what fuelled his movie. Read on to find out what inspired "White House Down," the dirty wife beater Channing wears and Jamie Foxx's famous line about his sneakers.

Watch: 'Rio 2' Trailer Will Make You Say, 'Wait Is This An Angry Birds Movie?'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 15, 2013 2:55 PM
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The teaser trailer for Blue Sky Studio's "Rio 2" has just hit the internet and the brief clip doesn't explain much, instead encouraging you to shake your tail feathers while you'll undoubtedly wonder, at least for the first thirty seconds or so, if you're watching a commercial for a feature-length version of the "Angry Birds" iPhone game. (Spoiler alert: you're not.)

Jamie Foxx Chosen For The Lead Role In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 1:05 AM
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Update: Several sources, including the L.A. Times, Variety and Deadline are now calling this a fait accompli. It looks like all that needs to happen is some signing of contracts.

Jamie Foxx Now Front-Runner For Lead In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 14, 2011 1:03 AM
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Leonardo DiCaprio Locked In?Arguably the most sought-after job vacancy in Hollywood right now is the titular slave-turned-bounty-hunter in Quentin Tarantino's neo-Western "Django Unchained." And while we might have fatigue over the same old lily-white shortlist of 18-35 year old men that come up for every superhero gig or tentpole actioner, this has been a little more refreshing, if only for the fact that it's allowed the African-American acting community to go through the rumor mill in a way that, shamefully, they generally don't get to for big projects.

Leonardo DiCaprio Confirmed For Early 'Django Unchained' Talks; Will Smith Unlikely To Sign?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 3:28 AM
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Jamie Foxx & Chris Tucker Also In The Running For The LeadWhile Deadline is trumping exclusive, they were (kind of) beat to the story a week ago so let's rewind a bit. Last week, former Creative Screenwriting magazine Senior Editor Jeff Goldsmith tweeted, “Casting Rumor: Leonardo DiCaprio WILL play villain Calvin Candie in [Quentin] Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained”! QT wanted him for I.B. & now has him!” Well, it looks like it's just a matter of working out deal points right now.

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