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Watch: Honest Trailer For Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ Trilogy Reminds Us Why A Reboot Exists

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 30, 2014 9:37 AM
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Spider-Man 3
Though stateside audiences will finally get a glimpse of Peter Parker’s latest adventures this weekend, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has already landed overseas and we can confirm the result is less than stellar. “[A] film that kicks off the summer blockbuster season with a resounding thud” is how we phrased it, but it wasn’t long ago that we caught the take from Sam Raimi that prompted a franchise reboot in the first place, and now the folks at Honest Trailers have launched a tribute of sorts to the “Evil Dead” director’s initial trilogy.

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.

Sony Wants To Make 'Spider-Man' Spinoff Movies Because, Obviously

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 5:42 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Jamie Foxx
In case you haven't noticed, Hollywood is loving blockbusters at the moment. Superheroes, TV shows turned movies, remakes, fairytales — if you've got an idea, they'll listen, and if it's pre-packaged as a possibility to become a series, hell, that's even better. So, is it any wonder that Sony wants to exploit the rights to any Marvel properties they currently have the film rights to?

Hugh Jackman Has A Terrible Idea To Put Wolverine, Spider-Man & The Avengers Together In The Same Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2013 4:00 PM
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With Marvel's "The Avengers" making a billion or so dollars, it seems every studio is now ramping up anything in their catalog that even smells like a team up movie. Hell, Marvel themselves is bringing the group action next summer with "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise just got expanded to four films and currently features about twenty new characters, Warner Bros. teases "Justice League" eternally, Fox is gearing up "Fantastic Four," and we think the credit scroll for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" might be longer than the actual movie...need we say more? But what if one movie could unite them all? Well, Hugh Jackman has an idea that will give a nation of super-nerds wet dreams tonight.

Sarah Gadon Joins 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' Isn't Playing Mary Jane Watson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2013 6:54 PM
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Welcome to the big time Sarah Gadon. Granted, she kinda already has after bagging the female lead for Universal's "Dracula," but the actress who has recently been cutting her teeth on Cronenberg father/son films ("A Dangerous Method," "Cosmopolis," "Antiviral") is now spinning an even bigger web.

Sam Raimi Won't Direct 'Oz The Great & Powerful' Sequel; Finally Saw The 'Spider-Man' Remake

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 9, 2013 9:52 AM
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Maybe it's kind of a restlessness we don't understand. After a rather pitiable box-office this past winter, one of the worst on record, "Oz The Great And Powerful," of all things, is somehow poised to make around $70 million this weekend. The expensive "Jack The Giant Slayer" movie proved not all fairy tale redos are a slam dunk and it bombed at the box-office last weekend with little signs of having any legs. But, 'Oz,' a film that received middling to OK reviews at best – we called it pretty to look at but otherwise dull – looks like it will be the first legitimate blockbuster of 2013.

Sam Raimi Explains Why He Left Both 'Spider-Man 4' & 'World Of Warcraft'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 5, 2013 3:26 PM
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It seems as if after "Spider-Man 3," all the king's horses and all the king's men just couldn't put Spidey back together again. Famously, series architect Sam Raimi tried with an attempt at a fourth film featuring John Malkovich as the Vulture, with Anne Hathaway in an unspecified role believed to be the Black Cat. Chatting with Vulture (the site, not the villain) as his next film "Oz The Great And Powerful" opens this weekend, Sam Raimi he finally opened up about the aborted project, which was canceled in favor of last summer's reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man."

Sam Raimi Explains Why He Won't Watch Marc Webb's 'The Amazing Spider-Man"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2013 3:51 PM
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Such are the times we live in that if you've been paying close enough attention, there are already some sites out there claiming Warner Bros. has a gameplan for when they want to reboot the Batman franchise. Maybe they do, maybe they don't, but considering that Sony kept only five years distance between Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3" and Marc Webb's reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man," it's certainly within the realm of possibility. But one person who won't be watching the Spidey reboots is Raimi himself, but not for the reasons you might think.

Watch: Deleted Scenes From 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Offer Up Hints Of An Even More Cluttered Origin Narrative

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 2:49 PM
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As was documented earlier, there was a lot cut from "The Amazing Spider-Man" as Sony and director Marc Webb wrestled with the film prior to release. Among the many elements that were apparently jettisoned in the "the untold story" (which turned out be the story we already knew) was an element that Peter Parker's dad had secretly been involved in his son's transformation into Spider-Man. And some deleted scenes seem to be point out this was the case.

Summer 2012 Wrap-Up: Which Actors, Directors & Studios Came Out On Top?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 22, 2012 1:00 PM
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With "The Bourne Legacy" and "The Expendables 2" landing over the last couple of weekends, we're pretty much at the tail end of the tentpole-laden summer movie season. The rest of the month finds classic late-August programmers like "Premium Rush," "The Apparition" and "The Possession" hitting theaters before attention will be turned to the fall festival season with Venice, Telluride, TIFF, and NYFF all on the way.

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