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The Amazing Spider Man Teaser Trailer Shows A Familar Story With New Actors And One Great Spidey Cam POV Shot, Plus Lots Of Pics.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

I really liked the first two Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies and the third I was so confused how bad it was, compared to how much money it made at the box office $ 890,875,303 worldwide (At a reported budget of $258,000,000). The fourth planned Raimi movie went as far as the intended casting ,design and a few re-writes. In 2007, Raimi expressed interest in portraying the transformation of Dr. Curt Connors into his villainous , the Lizard alter-ego; actor Dylan Baker and producer Grant Curtis were enthusiastic about the idea.Raimi also discussed his desire to upgrade Bruce Campbell from a cameo appearance to a significant role.It was reported in December 2009 that John Malkovich was in negotiations to play The Vulture and that Anne Hathaway would play Felicia Hardy, though she would not have transformed into the Black Cat as in the comics. Instead, Raimi’s Felicia was expected to become a brand-new superpowered figure called the Vulturess.Sony Pictures announced in January 2010 that plans for Spider-Man 4 had been cancelled due to Raimi’s withdrawal from the project. Raimi reportedly ended his participation due to his doubt that he could meet the planned May 6, 2011 release date while at the same time upholding the film creatively. Raimi purportedly went through four iterations of the script with different screenwriters and still “hated it”.

Simultaneous with the cancellation of Spider-Man 4, Sony announced that the franchise would be rebooted with a new director and new cast.  Hence here we are, The Amazing Spider-Man is scheduled to be released on July 3, 2012 in 3-D and is intended to focus on Peter Parker developing his abilities in high school. Basically Another Origin Story

Director Marc Webb snagged the big chair on this one , whose previous film (500) Days of Summer was his directorial debut. A lot of media coverage already on  the project has me interested how they will keep interest in the origin story told over again so soon. The production pictures look great as does the casting choices.

Entertainment Weekly released a swack of photos the last few weeks, all very detailed and looking quite good.

I really like the idea of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and  Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. No pics of  Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors yet but that I assume won’t be happening until next year some time.

Earlier today  the teaser trailer for next years sure to be box office monster went online officially. After a week of bootlegs popping up and just as quickly being taken down all over the net. We finally get a great copy for your viewing pleasure. Behold the Amazing Spider Man and the fabulous Spidey Cam shot near the end is the absolute shit to me. I really love it.

Looks like quite a teen melodrama in the first half but I think the cast is strong and the little bit of action we get looks very well done for a movie that doesn’t come out till July 3rd 2012. Really hoping this one is a winner. I don’t think my Marvel geek could handle a shitty Spidey film in my life time. Fingers and toes crossed.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

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The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Trailer Hits And Teases Hard. Still A Year Away Till We Get To See Noland’s Final Batman Film. It’s Going to Be A Long Long Year!!!   1 comment

Hey Everybody,

Attached to the prints of the final Harry Potter flick this weekend is the teaser trailer for director Chris Noland’s third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Not being released until next summer and yet the anticipation is already quite high for Noland’s last go at the Batman franchise, and by all reports it looks to be a truly epic ending to the trilogy.  Check out the teaser below to get those bat juices a flown’:

I love that last shot of Tom Hardy as Bane walking into shot facing off against The Dark Knight. I am very very excited to see a proper Bane brought to the screen. Anyone who was a Batman comic fan in the 80′ and 90’s knows and is praying we get to see the Bat being broken by Bane, I know I am with out a doubt. As before the cast looks incredible for the epic final chapter, with more being added to every day it seems.   Official press release from Warner Bros. back in May:

BURBANK, CA, May 19, 2011 – Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises,” the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s  Batman trilogy.

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

 In helming “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX® cameras even more extensively than he did on “The Dark Knight,” which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX® cameras. The results were so spectacular that the director wanted to expand the use of the large-format cameras for this film.

The screenplay for “The Dark Knight Rises” is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is being produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. “The Dark Knight” is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

Behind the scenes, “The Dark Knight Rises” reunites the director with several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the “The Dark Knight.” The creative team includes director of photography Wally Pfister, who recently won an Oscar® for his work on Nolan’s “Inception”; production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). In addition, Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars® for the effects in “Inception,” will supervise the visual and special effects, respectively. The music will be composed by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”).

The locations for “The Dark Knight Rises” span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Slated for release on July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.