DeHaan to bring Chronicle depression to Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man 2

Chronicle star Dane DeHaan will be stepping into the shoes of Peter Parker’s wealthy friend, as the aspiring Green Goblin, Harry Osborn, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

‏Director Marc Webb announced the news today via Twitter:

Meet Harry Osborn. @danedehaan.

In the previous Spider-Man trilogy, James Franco played the role of Harry Osborn, son of Norman Osborn (played by William DeFoe).

EDITOR’S PICK: Amazing Spider-Man: a gem overshadowed by The Avengers & The Dark Knight

DeHaan is most known for his role in Chronicle, where he played a manic depressive outsider who went on a super-powered bender. Although DeHaan might not put on the mask of the Goblin in the Spidey sequel, he’ll most likely become the Goblin by movie three – thus mimicking the first Spider-Man trilogy.

Jamie Foxx is confirmed as Spidey’s new enemy Electro in the second movie.

Emma Stone Discusses ‘Overwhelming’ Life as Gwen Stacy on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Set

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In this behind-the-scenes look at The Amazing Spider-Man, Emma Stone, who stars as Gwen Stacy, discusses the tumultuous and ‘overwhelming’ side of stepping into the large-scale, comic book production.

You’ll also get to see that the comedy in the film doesn’t just come from Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.

At :20, we see a clip with Gwen and Peter in Gwen’s room alone. It looks as though, Peter is unmasked but wearing his Spider-Man costume. In order to deter her father (Denis Leary) from entering her room, Gwen makes a very snarky “teen comedy” remark. “No dad I do not want cocoa, honestly, I’m seventeen years old!” Hopefully, the movie isn’t filled with a lot of these teen comedy one liners.

The Amazing Spider-Man stars Garfield, Stone, Rhys Ifans, Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. The film opens in theaters on July 3rd, 2012.

Watch the behind-the-scenes interview with Stone now:

How excited are you for Spider-Man’s return to the big screen?

Gary Oldman Joins ‘Robocop’ Reboot

In this current day and age of movie reboots, you won’t find more hesitation towards one than MGM’s modernization of Robocop starring The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy. But the latest casting news has softened the news of reboot. THR reported that Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will play Norton, the scientist who takes the mangled mess of Murphy, who is nearly killed in the line of duty, and creates a cyborg cop. It sounds like they are going to play up Norton’s role as someone who struggles to find a balance between creating a corporate machine and the idealistic vision he had in creating a blend of man and machine.

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Oldman is one of those few actors who rarely disappoints, always playing within his part, never trying to be more than what’s asked, as seen in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy as Commissioner Gordon. He also carries a film with ease like in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. And we still can’t forget him in Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element.

As for Kinnaman, there is a big weight on his shoulders to give a performance that for at least two hours, make us forget about Peter Weller’s in the original Robocop trilogy. I recently saw Kinnaman in the indy relationship charmer, Lola Versus, and I’ve got to admit, it was hard seeing him cleaned up and playing the perfect-boyfriend-but-confused-fiancée but he’s the one thing I keep watching The Killing for each week.

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Part of the challenge of a Robocop reboot is that the original film was so perfectly done. It was a hard R, the Detroit setting was perfect, and Weller reinvented his acting career, which was already nearly 15 years old when he did Robocop. Everything came together quite nicely, and even though the quality of the sequels are debatable, there’s not much that’s wrong with the first Robocop. Why reboot it? The film is already 25 years old (!) and any film that old, about the future, is seen as fair game in today’s Hollywood probably because it’s rental cycle has reached a low.

José Padilha is a lesser-known choice for director who began his career making documentaries. James Vanderbilt however, is a more interesting choice for screenwriter. He adapted Robert Graysmith’s book for Zodiac, and he’s one of the three writers credited (with Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves) for Amazing Spider-Man. He also adapted The Losers from Andy Diggle and Jock’s Vertigo comic. I’ll be interested in what Vanderbilt does to set this apart from the original.

Filming for Robocop is set to start in the fall, with a summer release in 2013.

Hot Video: Official ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ US Trailer #2 With First Reactions

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Sony just released a hot new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man that is rumored to run in front of The Avengers this weekend. You can watch it below. There is some new footage and some details that continue to excite the Spider-Man purist in me. Here’s some of the highlights.

• We get a grand look at the Oscorp building which is adorned with benzene hexagon patterned windows.
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• The web shooters are on display again in close-up and we get to see Peter experimenting with their trajectory.
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• Lots of Spider-Man web-swinging through the city, striking iconic poses and utilizing the swinging in action sequences.
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• I didn’t notice before, but a red light comes on every time the shooters are pressed, as seen in the alley sequence.
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• The Lizard fight sequence is also featured in this trailer, with part of it happening on the ceilings of Peter’s school and underwater.
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• The Lizard has a conversation with a shadowed figure in jail.
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• There’s a cool scene with Spider-Man hanging underneath a bridge holding a burning car.
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Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Rhys Ifans, and Dennis Leary. It is directed by Marc Webb with a screenplay by Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves. Below are a few more of the screen captures from the trailer.

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So what do you think of the new trailer and what new details did you pick out? Share your thoughts below.

Wondercon 2012: Amazing Spider-Man Panel Excites Plus Interviews with Emma Stone & Marc Webb

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Every time Hollywood brings a superhero to life, you hope that they refine it and come close to perfecting it each time around. Look at the evolution of Batman for example, especially when the image that had been established for so long was Adam West, then Tim Burton and after taking a dip before Christopher Nolan came around. Spider-Man on the other hand was established through cartoons for so long, and a brief TV movie was all that we had before visual effects and Sam Raimi came along. Then those films took a dip too, and after speaking with director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) and Golden Globe-nominated actress, Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) at Wondercon in Anaheim Saturday, as well as watching a six minute clip of footage, you get the sense that this just might be that big step towards perfection.

Some of the highlights, which showed a surprisingly large amount of footage finished and unfinished (in post production) included geek out moments (Beware of some spoilers):

1. Peter making web fluid and testing mechanical web-shooters.
2. There’s a scene where the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) is looking in the mirror, hiding his stumped arm and standing in a way so that he could remember what it felt like having two arms. Then seeing a cut scene later where you get to see Lizard’s arm grow back.
3. Peter stands up to Flash Thompson while bullying another kid in school.
4. There’s a fun scene between Peter and Gwen talking in school while Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) tries to nudge his nephew along.
5. There was a lot more actions scenes shown with Spider-Man and Lizard.

But before the day started, in the press room, the thought on everyone’s mind was, why this story again (the origin) and why so soon?

“We’re telling the story in a different way,” said Webb. “I think it’s important when you’re redefining a character to let the audience to experience things they haven’t experienced from the ground up. I wanted to build a character and I feel point of view is really crucial to the story. You have to build up all the emotional building blocks so that you can experience all the other (later) emotions in a very specific way rather than experience it in just an intellectual way. That’s why we start the story with his parents and that being pulled from him you want to feel what that sense of abandonment feels like as an audience member so you can readily and appropriately identify.And then we’re creating a different universe with a different tone and different villains. We are very careful to respect the iconography of Spider-Man but we wanted to tell it in a different way.

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As for what Webb found an interesting angle in seeing where to redefining Peter Parker and Spider-Man, he remembered back to when he read that comics and felt that Parker always had a chip on his shoulder, and that there was this rock star humor and attitude.

“I like this Peter Parker with a little chip on his shoulder,” said Webb. “In Amazing Spider-Man #8, there’s this moment where Flash and Peter are sort of going at each other in this boxing match and you can hear what Peter is saying. Peter gets a little surly and I like that. There’s this attitude, this punk rock humor and trickster quality that probably comes from being distrustful”

“There is a story about Peter’s parents and where he came from. I thought it was really interesting to explore the emotional consequence of someone who left them at a very young age.For someone like that to become a hero is I think a really interesting story. What we tried to do is find something emotionally grounded and felt very real.”

Casting Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker

Webb briefly recapped a story of Garfield’s screen test that he couldn’t’ stop watching because of the layered performance. But beyond all of that, the ability to emotional depth, heartbreaking tragedy, and both spoken and physical comedy, why Garfield was the one out of an endless search was that he had a very unique gift as an actor.

“He is EMPHATIC about finding authenticity in emotional reality in a scene. He will not reach for jokes, or any other emotion that does not feel real or authentic. That is an enormous gift and a very difficult thing for an actor because they’re often asked to do things that are really crazy. When you have to react to a lizard that looks like a tennis ball it’s a tricky, very difficult piece of craft. He could do that and feel real and it was exceptional. That is a very very rare combination to find in an actor and it you become increasingly aware how rare it as you try to find it.He’s an exceptional craftsman in that regard and the ability to do humor is so crucial because it’s in the DNA of this character.”

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Being a fan of Webb’s previous film, 500 Days of Summer which starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, I wanted to ask both Webb and Stone about exploring Gwen Stacy, because she has such a limited exposure to the mainstream (seen briefly portrayed by Bryce Dallas Howard in Spider-Man 3) as well a very brief but powerful moment in the decades worth of comics. The combination of Webb’s skill in writing modern relationships, I had a feeling that we would see a big concentration on the Parker-Stacy romance and it would serve the story well

“Peter Parker eventually learns about sacrifice through Gwen. In order to adequately learn that lesson you have to feel that really strong bond. I remember the first time you meet a girl in high school and that you get to share something with that girl that you wouldn’t otherwise with any other people that creates a bond and intensity that has a lot of currency. When you get that opportunity to be honest and open with somebody for the first time and share things about yourself you haven’t been able to share, they might be ashamed of or scared about, that’s smart. She’s got this scientific quality, she’s in sort of a weird position–stuck between the men in her life.

“Yeah,” Stone chimed in. “Her duty to her father and her duty for her boyfriend.She’s a real confidant to Peter. Their intimacy is such an incredible element and I think Gwen has been in control her whole life. She’s the oldest daughter of a police chief and is constantly terrified he is going to die everyday. She’s smart because she has to be, a valedictorian because she has to be, she has to take care of things and be responsible for her family. Being able to let go and trust somebody who puts himself in the face of death everyday too? [laughs] Great now she’s drawn to another person who could die at any moment and she has to keep it secret. Pick and choose between her first love her father of course like every girl, the first man in her life or her first boyfriend? It’s a pretty complex situation for Gwen and there’s a lot of sadness and fear in her life combined that she’s outwardly confident and strong and smart and takes no bullshit. She’s soft and 17 underneath it all.”

Webb added, “There’s a great source of drama and Gwen is at the center of it all in these competing ideas of what’s good. Everyone’s heart is in the right place but they execute their plans in different ways. That goes for the Lizard/Curt Connors as well. Gwen in particular is stuck between the captain, and Peter Parker/Spider-Man, who have different ways of finding justice in their lives. I think that’s a really fun thing to explore.”

“Emma brought us a level of humor and levity that Andrew really responded to [so much so that they’re dating in real life]. There was this immediate sense of lightness in the interaction and that tracks really beautifully on screen. When you have that you just want to spend time with them. There’s a spontaneity on the set and a real, and I don’t know how much Andrew did improvisation training but you could tell that Emma did because they were just [snaps fingers quickly] firing it off and that was REALLY cool to have in the heart of a very big, huge movie with a lot of visual effects, and a lot of pressure on a lot of days. Then you have this wistful spirits who are just snapping. That was a real joy to watch.”

No Emma Stone never read comics as a kid and her first exposure to the character was like many young adults, the Sam Raimi trilogy. But after reading the infamous Gwen Stacy arc in Amazing Spider-Man, Stone felt like she had some back story to the Peter Parker-Mary Jane relationship because “He’s gone through something so horrible traumatic in his life, and he has such a sense of guilt that it added so much to the story. I was excited to get to be a part of bringing that story to life.”

emma stone amazing spider-man wonderconAt the end of the day, Stone realized that despite the big movie sets, and the historic characters, the movie is grounded in reality and that it’s just acting between two people. It’s universal and very human.

“There’s so much material when it comes to Spider-Man,” Stone said. “I did the Help right before it but that was one book, but this is 50 years of material. So there’s different incarnations of Gwen. I realized you can’t please everybody. You were cast because there were hoping you could bring this character to life the best way you know how. In the end of the day I hope people are satisfied and I know that not everybody will be. That’s one of those trials of being human [laughs] I guess when you learn that not everyone will like you.

So is learning that with great power comes great responsibility. Look for Amazing Spider-Man in theaters July 3.

Panel photos were taken by Lucky Bronson.

Spectacular Reactions From The New ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Trailer

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Before I delve into the details of the Amazing Spider-Man Trailer I want to remind everyone of how far this has come since the first trailer. In that first teaser we barely saw the costume, and a lot of what we saw was from Spider-Man’s point of view. It was a motion-sickness-inducing showcase for the visual effects crew showing Spidey crawling up sky scrapers, jumping rooftops and swinging through the city. It was nice footage, but at this stage of the game, the first Spider-Man (2002) film starring Tobey Maguire blew the lid off our domes when we saw the web-slinger swinging through New York City. The shock value was already spent coming in and moving foward. The biggest question most of us had was why go all the way back and address the origin and reboot? We didn’t see how the parts would fit and we were hinted at a much darker take on the origin. We knew that there would be an exploration of Peter’s parents. That’s it. “Emo-Spider-Man” was a popular internet description at the time of the initial announcement if I recall. Wow, were we far off the target.

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The new trailer not only offers us a peek into the eagerly anticipated film, it looks to start assuring fans that the reboot will correct all the wrongs from the last trio of films that Sony released. Amazing Spider-Man aims to be more faithful to the comics especially matters concerning Peter Parker’s mind and personality. Maguire is a great actor and he played some parts of Peter very well, but was more of a dorky Spider-Man than a savvy nerd with quick wit. I remember when they were casting that film I always wanted Wes Bentley (American Beauty) for the role at the time. After seeing Maguire in Cider House Rules I knew that he’d be convincing, at least for the Peter Parker half of the character. Spider-Man would be a much harder sell. Andrew Garfield has already shown his chops in The Social Network but like Bentley has a mysterious look to him. Garfield on a cosmetic level, allows me to believe he can be this larger-than-life character who can juggle every chaotic thing happening in his world. That’s something Maguire could never do for me despite my enjoyment of the first two films.

Watch the New Trailer Now:

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Rarely did director Sam Raimi touch on Peter Parker’s genius mind, how he used to make gadgets and perform elaborate chemistry experiments to make his web fluid. He didn’t have to because he bypassed all of that with organic web shooters. So much focus was put on Peter’s relationships with Mary Jane Watson, Aunt May, Norman Osborn and his son Harry instead. The franchise started well but by the third film, they had to tie up all of these relationships and threads that they had too much going on, too many villains and then there was the fiasco of which actors were signed on to do additional movies. We got to know Ben Parker more and that helped empathize with Peter when he was murdered. For the most part, Macguire was… sufficient, but Garfield has at least the look to tackle all sides of Peter Parker: the snark, the nerd, the New Yorker, the wise-cracker and yes, the hero.

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We get the return of the genius, Peter Parker. We have the triumphant return of the web shooters (and spidey tracer?) as we’re given a close-up of Peter modifying them for the types of webs he’s spinning. We hear the click every time he shoots a web to swing! Cool! And again, no more organic web shooters! I’m guess we won’t have any more dancing numbers either. Huzzah!

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In Amazing, we’ll have a scene or maybe several scenes of Peter and Dr. Curt Connors AKA The Lizard (Rhys Ifans, Notting Hill) working together and comparing each other’s knowledge. Connors also has a relationship with Peter’s father and thus we get a link between the Parkers and the main villain. Speaking of villains we get some faint glimpses (and extreme close-ups) of what The Lizard looks like in full motion.

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Editor’s Pick: See where Amazing Spider-Man ranked on our 25 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

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Many have speculated that the film will be darker in tone and they would be right. Several scenes are shot in near darkness, and Spider-Man has a bit of mean streak in him. Everyone outside of Gwen Stacy, Uncle Ben and Aunt May seem to be capable of some real dark moments. We will not see J. Jonah Jameson but the role of the anti-Spidey campaigner will be played by Denis Leary as George Stacy of the New York Police Department. Emma Stone (The Help) plays his lovely daughter, and Peter’s love interest Gwen Stacy, looking like a John Romita Sr. drawing come to life.

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Pay attention to how much director Marc Webb is playing up Spider-Man as a vigilante and embracing that role. Gwen even reminds Peter that it’s not his job to avenge what I will assume is Uncle Ben’s death. George Stacy calls the rest of the NYPD to track the spider down and squash him and Peter takes a jab at the NYPD at the Stacys making for an awkward moment.

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One major event that is exaggerated for this retelling, is the radioactive spider. Rather than being some type of freak occurrence that a single spider would hold enough radiation (and not die), the all-important spider looks to be a part of a much bigger, more elaborate study or experiment that’s being run. That takes away from the simple Stan Lee and Steve Ditko tale, but perhaps it makes more sense in a modern context. We’ll find out.

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So for an origin story we will see Peter’s relationship with his parents as a boy, dealing with their disappearance (whatever the cause). Peter will wander into a full scale experiment on spiders of some sort and get bit. We can assume that Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) will be murdered, setting off a chain of events that will strain his relationship with the Stacys because of the NYPD’s inability to catch the murderer and that puts Peter on offense. He’ll tackle the Lizard, George Stacy, and the entire NYPD. Whoooo. That’s a lot for an origin movie and there’s no attempt to cram moonlighting at The Daily Bugle or J. Jonah Jameson either–thankfully because that would be too much. I would like to see a proper attempt at explaining the construction or manufacturing of the costume though. That’s my only small request. There will be plenty of differences to draw in the big crowds and more left to look forward to in sequels. Personally, I’m most eager to see how the story of Peter’s parents is explained and related to Peter’s purpose in becoming a hero.

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After watching the trailer several times, I’m still unconvinced that it’s a film that warrants the 3D treatment. Yes the scenes high atop the city will pop, but the gimmick is overkill on slower, more dramatic scenes, which this films looks to have a lot of. I’m fine with that to be honest, but as always I’m looking for a well-balanced, taut story, and superb acting with effective and seamless special effects. An IMAX screen would be nice, but 2D might be just as satisfying as 3D, if not more. (This isn’t Hugo or The Adventures of Tintin.) But after seeing this latest trailer, I am no longer suffering from a lack of faith that Amazing Spider-Man, regardless of how you see it, will be anything short of spectacular.

So what do you think of the trailer? Are you as impressed as I am or not at all? Think this will be better than 2002 version of the Spider-Man origin or are you delusional in thinking that organic web shooters was still the right way to go? Share your thoughts below and make sure you reserve your ticket for the July 3 opening.

The Official ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Synopsis Revealed

amazing spider manWe chose The Amazing Spider-Man as one of the Top 25 Films We want to see in 2012 and that hasn’t changed. A big reason we wanted to see the franchise rebooted was that we wanted to see what changes would be made in this new leg of the franchise. Columbia pictures has decided to release the official synopsis of The Amazing Spider-Man, set to be released on July 3, 2012 in 2D, 3D and IMAX. Read the offical plot below:

“The Amazing Spider-Man” is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen, The West Wing) and Aunt May (Sally Field, Forrest Gump). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone, The Help), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans, Anonymous), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

As expected the back story of Peter’s parents and having that connect to Oscorp and Curt Connors AKA The Lizard are changes from the classic comics and the Tobey Maguire films which established The Green Goblin as the arch nemesis of Spider-Man. While none of this is a surprise, we finally have it in official writing and even though it’s a reboot with younger actors, there are enough changes and a likable cast to see this version through. I adore Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and I’m glad that they’re establishing her as Peter’s love interest as she presents her own unique set of stories from which to draw upon. I want to see the new costume in action and the return of the artificial web shooters. And as a film fan, I’m excited to see Marc Webb make the leap from 500 Days of Summer to our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

So what do you think about The Amazing Spider-Man synopsis? Does it surprise you? Is there anything specifically that intrigues you about this reboot? Is there anything you loved about the older set of films that you’ll miss? Let us know below!

25 Films We Want To See in 2012

Happy New Year BuzzFocus readers! 2012 looks like it will be a great year of films, big and small. We’ve compiled 25 films we’re excited to see that we currently know of (there are always several festival films that come out of nowhere and become darlings later in the year). Many of them you’ll expect, some not so much. There are a few appearances by Chris Hemsworth, Leonardo DiCaprio, Channing Tatum(!) and two films by Tim Burton. The Governator, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chuck Norris are some of the familiar names making a return to the big screen. Superheroes dominate the list once again, but don’t overpopulate it like last year. Adventure is a common theme as well as wonder women. Quentin Tarantino is back on the radar, so is Ridley Scott and yes, Ben Affleck. Think you know what our #1 film is? Click through each of the five pages and see for yourself.

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25. Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows – this is the first of two Burton entries in our Top 25, and it’s a supernatural period piece starring Johnny Depp (of course) as Barnabas Collins, a rich and powerful playboy who breaks the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) who turns out to be a witch. Instead of killing him, Angelique turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. Over 200 years later, Barnabas is set free in 1972 and discovers Collinwood Manor is no longer the estate he remembered, filled with odd characters. See what comes out of the shadows on May 11.

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24. The Bourne Legacy – We’re not quite sure what a Bourne film will be without Matt Damon, but we’re going to find out on August 3. Jeremy Renner is the new CIA operative to play in Robert Ludlum’s world and Tony Gilroy will work his magic once again to see if the franchise can be recharged and keep Renner’s star rising.

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23. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – Oh, Nicholas Cage, how we’ll never be rid of you. But you have to respect his passion for the Johnny Blaze character and his persistence in making a great comic book movie. He’ll try again on February 17 when he tries to wash our taste buds of the first Ghost Rider film and we have to admit, that our interest is piqued after that pissing fire gag in the trailer. Game on, Nic Cage; game is on.

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22. Magic Mike – Will Hollywood let Steven Soderbergh shoot a film about male stripper how it should be? Or will they make him edit it enough to leave the viewers there to see male nudity angry? This is not just the male version of Showgirls, this story is based on Channing Tatum’s actual days as a male stripper and features Hollywood Hunks like Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, and Matthew McConaughey but will audiences get to see the full monty? Pull off the quick-release chaps on June 29.

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21. The Dictator – A week after The Avengers drops, Sacha Baron Cohen comes out with his next comedic film as the dictator of fictitious Middle-East country who fights with all of strength to keep democracy out of his country. If you liked Borat and Bruno, this should not disappoint. It does however appear to be more scripted and less guerilla-styled filmmaking that was used on Cohen’s last two films. We know the Bible Belt can be oblivious but we can’t imagine him fooling anyone with that beard. Oppressing everyone on May 11.

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Columbia Pictures Unveils Poster For ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

The new teaser poster for Amazing Spider-Man has been revealed! Superhero Hype got the exclusive image from Columbia Pictures and it’s got an eerie silhouetted image of Andrew Garfield scaling a corner wall and casting an ominous, and familiar shadow. Check it out below.

Amazing Spider-Man is set for a July 3, 2012 release date and will be shown in 2D and 3D. It stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Rhys Ifans as the Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors, Chris Zylka as Flash Thompson, Dennis Leary as George Stacy, Campbell Scott as Richard Parker, Embeth Davidtz as Mary Parker, Irrfan Khan as Nels Van Adder/Proto-Goblin, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben and Sally Field as Aunt May.

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The poster also has a tagline “The Untold Story” that makes one wonder about the specifics explored in this new film. If it is based on Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s run of Ultimate Spider-Man then we can expect a much longer and thorough telling of the origin story. We should see Peter’s relationship with his Uncle Ben fleshed out more, perhaps even see a lengthy telling of what happened to Peter’s parents and how they fit into the film universe. While it’s true, this will be a reboot, there’s many directions they could go while modernizing it for the next generation.

So what do you think of the latest poster? Dig it, or don’t? What do you want to see as the untold story?

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Sequel Already Announced

Spider-Man is so amazing that he’s getting a sequel before even slinging one web.

Columbia Pictures is already announcing a sequel to next Summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man (starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone) a full eleven months before that film even hits theaters.

Deadline reports the reasoning behind the early announcement. A Sony executive told them:

“I think it speaks volumes about our confidence in what we are seeing on the new film and our desire to move quickly on the next installment.”

The early announcement also serves the purpose of calling dibs on the Summer of 2014’s first box office weekend. Columbia/Sony, who owns the film rights to Spidey, is preempting Disney/Marvel Studios, slating the project for a May 3, 2014 release.

Hopefully, the next summer’s movie, the first of the rebooted franchise, will be something that truly deserves a sequel and doesn’t just cash in on the well-known Spider-Man brand. I’m not particularly shocked that they’re announcing a sequel as anything with Spider-Man on it is guaranteed to hit a home run at the box office.