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Does Spidey's Andrew Garfield Have the Right Star Stuff?

Critics are less enthused about “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” than they were about 2012’s reboot of the comic-book franchise. The Chicago Tribune review headline declaring the sequel as “just adequate, too long” pretty much nails it. What is amazing, however, is the praise being heaped upon the more intimate moments shared by the cast members over the web-slinging action sequences. Much of that is due to the edgy yet playful performance by Andrew Garfield in the title role.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • May 5, 2014 7:00 AM
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Not Into 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'? Here Are Three Raved-About Indies to See This Weekend

Superhero Movie Season is in full swing this weekend as "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" starring Andrew Garfield nets multiplexes far and wide. But those who're feeling the tentpole blues can seek solace in three well-reviewed indie offerings: "Ida" and "Belle" hit select cities, while Ti West's found-footage horror "The Sacrament" is now on pre-theatrical VOD.
  • By TOH!
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  • May 2, 2014 3:01 PM
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How Does 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Composer Hans Zimmer Do It? Hack or Genius? "I am still an architect" (VIDEO)

Composer Hans Zimmer, whose latest score can be heard in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' says: "I am still an architect. Authorship seems to be more difficult for other people. My head runs over with ideas." Also, in a new video, 'Spider-Man' director Marc Webb talks working with Zimmer, and his dream team for the soundtrack. Watch here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2014 1:48 PM
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Dane DeHaan Talks 'Amazing Spider-Man 2,' Meteoric Career (TRAILERS)

Moviegoers are starting to pick up on what Hollywood already knows: Dane DeHaan is going to be a movie star. Remember when theater-trained actress Jessica Chastain kept being cast in movie after movie? That's what's been happening to DeHaan, who is 28, ever since he broke out in the HBO series "In Treatment," as Jesse, one of therapist Gabriel Byrne's patients.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2014 5:20 PM
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WATCH: Eye-Popping Summer Movie Clips Unveiled at the MTV Movie Awards, from 'X-Men' to 'Spider-Man 2'

On Sunday night, the MTV Movie Awards unveiled an array of VFX-packed new footage from the studios' upcoming summer movie slate. Watch them here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 14, 2014 2:38 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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Andrew Garfield Melts Hearts Once Again

As if Andrew Garfield's lithe beauty isn't enough to completely destroy you. "The Amazing Spider-Man" star swept in and saved the day after his shared sketch with the Batkid was slashed from the Oscar telecast.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 6, 2014 4:57 PM
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Comic-Con Wrap: Winners and Losers (Hiddleston video)

So who came out ahead? Here's my list of winners and losers of Comic-Con.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2013 6:11 AM
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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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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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