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Box Office Top Ten: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Clears the Field, But Sets No Records

This year the official summer season launches, as did last, with a Marvel comic sequel. But Sony's costly "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," while it opened $2 million ahead of the expected gross of $90 million, is nowhere close to last year's Marvel entry. While it's scoring overseas, it could face a long road to profitability.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 4, 2014 1:13 PM
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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' First Reviews Unspool (TRAILER)

Early reviews of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," in theaters May 2, have landed, and consensus is wishy-washy. Most critics agree that the film is too long and overstuffed, but that the romantic chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone is hard to resist.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 9, 2014 11:34 AM
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SXSW Adds Eight New Titles to Lineup, Conversations with Tilda Swinton, Jason Bateman and More

SXSW has revealed today that filmmaker Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) will serve as the fourth Keynote on Saturday, March 8, as well as the final eight additional features to screen at the festival. Check out the new selections to the program, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 12, 2014 1:58 PM
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Comic-Con Visionaries Talk Realizing 'Gravity' and 'Amazing Spider-Man' in 3-D, Staging Fights in 'World's End,' Long Takes, 3-D and Future of Film (TRAILERS)

The high point of the annual EW Comic-Con Visionaries panel with Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), Marc Webb ("The Amazing Spider-Man") and Edgar Wright ("The World's End") moderated by Anthony Breznican was an exchange on the aesthetics of long takes and bringing reality into fantasy on film. Wright launched a discussion about combining fights and effects in a reunion comedy about old chums (led by co-writer/star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) returning to their home town for a pub crawl--and stumbling on an alien invasion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2013 1:39 PM
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Comic-Con Immersed in Movies Exclusive: Marc Webb Slings 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

I grabbed "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" director Marc Webb for a Comic-Con chat --he'll meet the fans at Friday's panel in Hall H at 5:30 pm. For him, the follow-up was not only about continuing the rite of passage of Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker, but also learning more about the vernacular of tentpole movies. After all, Webb's only prior feature experience was helming "(500) Days of Summer," so he's still facing a steep learning curve in handling the demands of the superhero genre.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 19, 2013 6:00 AM
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Garfield & Webb Back for 'Spider-Man' Sequel, Set for May 2014

Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb will return for Columbia Pictures' next installment of "The Amazing Spider-Man," while Emma Stone is currently in talks. The script for the sequel is by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci ("Transformers," "Star Trek") and Jeff Pinkler, based on James Vanderbilt's earlier draft. The film is set for a May 2, 2014 release in 3-D.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 28, 2012 3:42 PM
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