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Empire Big Screen '11: Sony Reveals Footage From 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' 'Anonymous' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 13, 2011 9:23 AM
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Footage Reports On 'Kill List,' 'The Pirates,' 'Arthur Christmas' & 'Total Recall'After our report from the Warner Bros. and eOne panels earlier this morning at Empire Big Screen, things moved swiftly along with Optimum bringing along some homegrown hits and Sony a few hopeful blockbusters, including the weekend's lone glimpse of a superhero...

Rhys Ifans Not In 'Bond 23,' But Is In Trouble With The Cops Following Brouhaha At Comic-Con

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2011 7:46 AM
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According to a recent Brit report, Rhys Ifans was joining his "Enduring Love" co-star Daniel Craig in "James Bond 23." Well, you can scratch that. Asked by MTV at Comic-Con yesterday if he was in the film, Ifans joked, "No. I just have a license to kill," before confirming, "No I'm not," in the upcoming Bond flick. Bummer. But that's not all the colorful Welshman was up to in San Diego.

Terrific Lizard Footage Revealed In 3D During 'Amazing Spider-Man' At Comic-Con '11

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 23, 2011 4:08 AM
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Andrew Garfield Says: "We’re Approaching 'Spider-Man' Like It’s Shakespeare, Or A Greek Myth"The cast of "Total Recall" were ushered off the stage while a massive title card for "The Amazing Spider-Man" was emblazoned on the screen behind them. Before Garman introduced anyone, he showed the film’s theatrical trailer, which hit the Internet just a few days ago, but was admittedly much more impressive on the big screen and in 3D. Apparently, it even knocked out star Andrew Garfield because he appeared in front of the microphone where attendees ask their questions – in a homemade Spider-Man suit, no less – and read an impassioned letter he wrote about how important the character was to him and his life, not to mention how the excitement of premiering footage at Comic-Con. “You have no idea how much this means to me,” he said, gushing. “Here I am as a fan.”

Comic-Con '11: The Team Behind 'The Amazing Spider-Man' On Why The Reboot Was Necessary

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 22, 2011 12:56 PM
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Judging by the reaction to the first teaser trailer for "The Amazing Spider-Man," Sony has a fair amount of work to do in the next year before they can convince fans that the film is more than a cash-grab designed to keep the franchise alive: the clip's reworking of the origin tale and an emo-leaning that goes even further than the much-derided "Spider-Man 3," were generally poorly received in the blogosphere earlier in the week.

'The Amazing Spider-Man' Teaser Poster Shows Off Spidey's Back

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • July 21, 2011 9:34 AM
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Our man Kevin didn't take kindly to the teaser trailer that dropped earlier this week for "The Amazing Spider-Man," and while he's not penning this piece, several of our writers have expressed reservations, questioning whether "(500) Days of Summer" helmer Marc Webb (has anyone cracked wise about his last name yet?) can deliver an authentically new vision of an origin story that was well-worn when Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" opened nearly a decade ago.

Watch: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer Presents A Not So Amazing Origin Story & Wonky POV Web Work

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 2:21 AM
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Granted, when "The Amazing Spider-Man" hits theaters next year, it will be a full decade since Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man movie and there will be a whole new generation of kids growing up with Peter Parker for the first time. But for the rest of us, the origins of the young photographer's crime fighting abilities have been elaborated not only in Raimi's films, but on the long-running cartoon show and in the comics. We've been down that road multiple times with very little variation in the myth, but it looks like director Marc Webb is going to tell us that familiar tale all over again. Or maybe, it won't be as familiar as we think.

Take That Flash Thompson! More 'Amazing Spider-Man' Photos, Plus The Low-Rent Crime Spidey Too

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 15, 2011 6:07 AM
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Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can. Spins a web, any size, catches thieves just like flies, look out! here comes the Spider-Man". Ok, now that that's out of the way (they just don't make them themes the way they used to) Comic-Con 2011 is right around the corner which means promo for “The Amazing Spider-Man" is in, ahem, full swing.

New Looks At Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans & More In 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2011 2:56 AM
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Update #2: Entertainment Weekly has dropped all their stills online. Check below for even more.

'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Man Of Steel' & More Skip Comic-Con As Major Studios Stay Away This Year

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2011 3:09 AM
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Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Disney & The Weinstein Company Pass On San Diego; Marvel On The FenceThe comic/geek crowd are either the most important group to court for genre films or their influence is overstated; it really depends on who you ask. In recent years, the very vocal contingent has generally been thought of as essential to making sure more challenging or niche fare finds an audience or least makes its budget back, but a series of disappointments and flops have the studios reconsidering. Last year, Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" was met with widespread geek acclaim only for the Universal film to sputter at the box office (though to be fair, the marketing for that film did little to embrace anybody outside the core of fans). "Sucker Punch" got major buzz and died on the vine this past spring, while "Tron: Legacy" played modestly despite nerds flipping for footage that Disney teased as early as 2008 (though yes, it has done enough to convince the studio get a sequel moving). And both "Skyline" and "Let Me In" faltered when they hit screens later in the year, after doing the San Diego Comic-Con rounds.

R.I.P. 'Spider-Man' Producer Laura Ziskin (1950-2011)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2011 2:24 AM
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In an industry that's still sadly male-skewed, as far as executives, producers, screenwriters and directors go, it would take quite a fight for a female producer to be behind a classic conspiracy thriller, or one of the biggest romantic-comedies of all time, or a billion-dollar superhero franchise, or the Academy Awards, or a series of giant charity telethons, or become the head of a major studio sub-division. Laura Ziskin did all of this, and we're sad to report that the producer and executive passed away yesterday, at the age of 61.

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