Friday, December 28, 2007

New Widget

I just got done making a widget from SpringWidgets.com, here is what it looks like. So put it on your myspace, blog, or website.

Thanks,
GreenieGobbie

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Spider-Man 3 #1 Grosser in 2007

Special thanks to Arcainite from the forums for the heads up (Click here for to view the thread).

Today I found out from Arcainite's link that Spider-Man 3 is #1 of the Top 10 Movies of 2007. You can check it out here. This is definitely great news for all of us fans, though some of you before me knew this already but just hearing that Spider-Man 3 is #1 on the Top 10 Movies of 2007 is awesome.

Thanks again Arcainite for the heads up.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Have a Merry Green Christmas!

To everyone who might be reading...
HAVE A MERRY GREEN CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW GOBLIN YEAR!

P.S. And say happy birthday to my dad, it's his birthday today and he's 41 years old now.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

No Sam Raimi for Spider-Man 4?



Source: Superhero Hype!


December 18, 2007







This is just pure speculation, but Sam Raimi has been saying for a while now that if Peter Jackson decides to produce The Hobbit for New Line instead of direct it, that Raimi hoped he would get a chance to take the director's chair.



Well, the big news has finally hit this morning -- Peter Jackson will produce (not direct) The Hobbit and a sequel to The Hobbit. Full details can be found here.



If Raimi decides to helm "The Hobbit" films instead, we would assume he would still be involved with the Spidey franchise in some capacity, probably as an executive producer.



Again, this is just speculation and nothing is certain.


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Raimi says Spider-Man 4 is Up to Writer

Comic Book Resources has posted an interview with "Spider-Man" franchise director Sam Raimi in which he reiterates that what happens in the fourth installment will be up to the writer they are hiring, including the villain(s). Here's a bit from the piece:

Sam: If I was writing it I would have a very strong opinion about that, but we're hiring a writer to come up with his own take. Sony was willing to go either way, we'll just have to wait and see what the writer comes up with. I think anything's possible, though.

I mean, there's been so many different versions, it doesn't have to follow the movies that we've made. I'd very much like to see Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, so I have a personal interest in that, but certainly anything's possible. Spider-Man's such a big character in the comic books that he could endure a lot of different interpretations. You could start over or you could start with a different aspect of the story than I've focused on in the pictures I've made, we'll just have to wait and see what the writer comes up with.


Hit the link above for the full interview.


Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype for the heads up, and Comic Book Resources for the interview.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sam Raimi On All Things Spidey

The ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy director on the new DVD, the ‘Spider-Man 4’ rumors and who might replace him

By Rickey Purdin

Raimi SittingTry spending eight years filming the story of a nerdy superhero and see if you don’t go crazy. Luckily, director Sam Raimi stayed sane (mostly) as he poured his heart into the Spider-Man saga. With the “Spider-Man 3” DVD in stores, Raimi sat down to talk about the strain of watching his own movies and discussed what he’d prefer to see in a fourth arachnid adventure.

WIZARD: Now that you’ve made your third “Spider-Man” DVD, does anything still surprise you about the process of going back to a film?

RAIMI: It’s interesting to go back through all the behind-the-scenes footage reels because it gives you insight into things that you didn’t know were going on when you were directing the picture. It’s like reliving your life from someone else’s point of view.

Are there extras you don’t like showing on DVDs?

RAIMI: I don’t usually incorporate deleted scenes because I figure I just want the movie to be what it is and nothing more. Those [editing] choices are made and I don’t want to open up the process too much and show old, bad ideas that didn’t work.

Do you generally like sitting back and watching your old movies, or is it uncomfortable for you?

RAIMI: No, I don’t really. It’s all very empty for me unless there’s an audience. The story is like an empty shell when you watch it alone. It’s like a dried leaf versus when you have an audience. It then becomes an acorn that grows. You can watch it grow and come to life when there’s people interacting with it and watching it, being moved by it or being frightened or feeling suspense or a connection to the character. So it can either be a very depressing, dead experience for me, or a magnificent one.


Spider-ManAnd you’re not a big fan of deleted scenes, right?

RAIMI: I just want the movie to be what it is and nothing more. Those choices are made and I don’t want to open up the process too much and show old, bad ideas that didn’t work. I don’t even go there.

Was it bittersweet to hang out again with the main cast to do the commentary?

RAIMI: It is a bittersweet experience. We didn’t celebrate. We never really celebrated because things don’t have a finite ending in the movie business. It’s not as finite as a graduation moment where you can throw up your hat.

Looking back, you’ve worked on Spider-Man in some way for nearly eight years. Has the excitement stayed with you?

RAIMI: I’m just as excited about the character, and so in that sense, yes. Although the physical energy level between how I felt before I started shooting versus what was left of me on the last day of photography, I was so exhausted at the end of “Spider-Man 3” I can’t tell you. My love for the characters and my passion for the stories are the same, but I was just a shell of the person that I was after all of those movies.

If you had to take a break and pick a director to replace you on the franchise, is there anyone at the top of your list?

RAIMI: Because I love Spider-Man I would just say—I don’t want to pick someone. I don’t know if I’ll be directing the picture or not, but I’d like to say that it would be somebody that was the best gift I could give to Spider-Man—someone who understands him and loves him and could bring his passion and love to the character. A character director probably; no one else.

Now, be honest, because some people fear picking up DVDs when they first come out because a special edition DVD is only four or five months down the line. Will this be the definitive DVD?

RAIMI: I can’t honestly say what is going to be offered down the line, but this is the transfer that I supervised and it’s got the highest-quality transfer of any of the “Spider-Man” movies. This is the definitive movie transfer. I won’t be back to supervise another “Spider-Man 3.”



Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype! for the heads up, and Rickey Purdin from Wizard Entertainment for the interview.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Spider-Man 3 Dominates the DVD Charts

The Hollywood Reporter says Spider-Man 3 ruled the national DVD sales and rental charts for the week ending November 4.



The third installment in the hugely successful superhero series, which grossed $336.5 million in theaters during the summer, ended the two-week reign of Transformers on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart.



Spidey's pull was so great that a boxed set of all three "Spider-Man" movies debuted at No. 5 despite a $40 price tag.



On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, Spider-Man 3 generated estimated revenue of $9.7 million. Transformers slipped to No. 2 with $7 million.



On the high-definition disc charts, "Spider-Man 3" was an easy victor on Blu-ray Disc. On the HD DVD side, "Transformers" remained at No. 1 for the third consecutive week. Both titles are available only in their respective formats.



According to Video Business, the Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray Disc sold 130,000 units in its first six days on shelves.



The studio shipped about 400,000 Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray Disc units to retail for the title's Oct. 30 bow, making first-week sell-off about 30%. Sony said that does not include units bundled with the new $399 PlayStation 3.



That street week sell-off bested the comparable kick-off frame for Casino Royale on Blu-ray by more than three times. Casino Royale, which sold 40,000 Blu-ray copies in week-one sales, had been Sony's No. 1 performer in the format to this point.



The top-opening Blu-ray title across studios is believed to be Warner Home Video's 300, which the studio reportedly sold 250,000 units on the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats combined. It's believed about two-third, or 165,000, of 300 units were Blu-ray.


Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype! for the heads up, and The Hollywood Reporter and Video Business for the info.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

James Vanderbilt Writing Spider-Man 4

The Hollywood Reporter reported that James Vanderbilt is writing the Spider-Man 4 script. Here's the scoop.

James Vanderbilt has been brought on board to write the screenplay for Spider-Man 4 for Sony Pictures.

Vanderbilt most recently penned David Fincher's Zodiac, polished up the X-Men Origins: Wolverine script, and has written The Rundown, Basic and Darkness Falls.

Laura Ziskin is returning as producer of the billion-dollar franchise, though no deals have been made to bring back series director Sam Raimi or stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

Plot points are being closely guarded by the studio, though the intent is to scale back the story to include only two villains instead of repeating the Spider-Man 3 model.

Several writers were being considered for the fourth installment, and Vanderbilt apparently was chosen by Sony executives for his character-driven approach to the story rather than a focus on special effects.



Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype! and The Hollywood Reporter for the heads up.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I Need a New Template

For those who are very good at making Blogger templates, I need your help. I want to have a new template, and I want the theme to be The Daily Bugle. I want it to be just like this template but with The Daily Bugle banner on top, and have it the background white with the link color being light blue and the font to be black. Use this banner below.

Click on it to enlarge.
The Daily Bugle banner

Make sure to use Blogger codes too. And email me the template at dylan_bargas@yahoo.com


Thanks,
GreenieGobbie

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Inside the Editing Room

Watch a sneak peek of one of the upcoming DVD special features. This clip from "Inside the Editing Room" gives you a glimpse into the filmmaking process from storyboards to animatics, and how they help Sam and his crew make decisions on shot selection, camera angles and timing.







Special thanks to Grant Curtis from the Spider-Man 3 Movie Blog for the video.

Make sure to own Spider-Man 3 on 2-Disc DVD and Blu-Ray Disc Hi-Def. on October 30th.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Ultimate Spider-Friends

I would like to report that in Ultimate Spider-Man #118, Spider-Man will formed a group called SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS. With the following heroes: Firestar and Iceman. For everyone's information I am indeed a Spider-Friends fan. There was this comic called Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends that was released way before the show aired on television. It was the screenplay from the first episode too. So yes I own the comic and from then on I liked the show and that comic ever since. And this is good news to me since it would be added to my collection when it comes out. It would probably have a great story in it too, which I like most out of these comics. No main villain is reported yet, but hopefully Ultimate Beetle might make an appearance. Here's the summary from ComicBookResources.com:

It begins here…“Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends!” Things are changing in the young life of Peter Parker: Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four is now his buddy---and the hot–headed super hero has taken a liking to Peter’s classmate, Liz Allen! But something is horribly wrong with Liz—something that will soon affect the life of every student at Midtown High—including Peter’s ex-girlfriend, Kitty Pryde!

View the cover here:
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This comic hits comic stores somewhere in January, 2008.


Special thanks to Spider-Friends.com for the heads up and ComicBookResources.com for the information.

Stan Lee Discusses Cameos

I found this on the official Stan Lee MySpace blog.




Special thanks to Stan Lee and POW Entertainment for the video.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sam Raimi on Spider-Man 4 and The Shadow

Superhero Hype! got a chance to talk to 30 Days of Night producer and "Spider-Man" franchise director Sam Raimi today. He was asked about the status of Spider-Man 4.

"Right now, Sony is meeting with different writers to try and bring a fresh new story and approach to the 'Spider-Man' franchise," Raimi told us, "so I've been in meetings with Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, the producers, and Amy Pascal. Different writers have been coming in and spinning different tales of where 'Spider-Man' can go from here."


Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype! and Ryan Rotten.

Click here to read the rest of the article to find out more of The Shadow.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

First Licensing Launched for New Spidey Series

The latest adaptation of Marvel's ever-popular Spider-Man is already casting a web over the licensing industry as Spider-Man Merchandising L.P. - the limited partnership between Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. and Marvel Entertainment, Inc. - unveiled today a blue chip list of partners who will serve as the foundation for the merchandising program supporting the all-new "Spectacular Spider-Man" animated series. The highly-anticipated series will debut in early 2008 as part of the Kids' WB! line-up on The CW Network, the No. 1 rated Saturday morning kids broadcast slate.

Spider-Man Merchandising, L.P. has already attracted some of the biggest names in key categories - ranging from toys and apparel to domestics and publishing - to develop product lines inspired by "The Spectacular Spider-Man". Leading the way are such industry heavyweights as: Hasbro (master toy licensee), Wear Me Apparel (master apparel), IMT (sporting goods), Fashion Accessory Bazaar (back-to-school and storage), Bendon Publishing (publishing), DecoPac (cake decoration), Giant Merchandising (t-shirts), Berkshire Fashion (headwear, cold weather and hosiery), Fast Forward (back-to-school), and Jay Franco (domestics). Spider-Man Merchandising, L.P. is continuing to work on expanding the program with additional licensees.

"The Spectacular Spider-Man" picks up the original web-slinger's mythology at the beginning of his hero's journey as a not-so-typical 16-year-old entering his junior year of high school. Peter Parker must conceal his secret identity, confront the multi-leveled pressures of teenage life at home and school, and all the while combat even bigger Super Villains than ever before. Based on Marvel Entertainment's popular Super Hero, "The Spectacular Spider-Man" is produced by Culver Entertainment, a Sony Pictures Television Company.

"The early feedback on 'The Spectacular Spider-Man' has been phenomenal with licensees quick to embrace the series," said Paul Gitter, President of Consumer Products for North America, Marvel Entertainment for Spider-Man Merchandising L.P. "Our goal is to create a merchandising program and entertainment event that aims to fuel the on-going demand for the Spider-Man franchise."

Marvel and Sony Pictures Television recently announced that they have green-lit Culver Entertainment to commence production on an additional 13 half-hour episodes for the series - bringing the current series run to 26 episodes. A major marketing effort by Kids WB!, Sony Pictures Television and Marvel designed to maximize consumer awareness of the series and drive tune-in is already underway.


Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype! and Advanced Dark for the heads up.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Stan Lee Talks About Spider-Man


Stan Lee talks about what he thinks about Spider-Man and how this Marvel icon started out. Hope you enjoy this video.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

Spider-Man: Friend or Foe Exclusive!

Superhero Hype!/Spider-Man Hype! has done an interview with Jamie Bafus, the producer of the upcoming Spider-Man video game "Friend or Foe". Click the link below to read the interview.

Click here to read the interview.


Special thanks to Superhero Hype!/Spider-Man Hype! for the interview.

Spider-Man: The Musical Update



Source: LA.com


September 28, 2007







Director Julie Taymor (Across the Universe, Broadway's "The Lion King") has given LA.com an update on the "Spider-Man" musical:



"We want to open in New York, and there aren't enough Broadway houses," says Taymor, adding that Bono and The Edge have finished the book and lyrics for the project. "It's really tricky because ours is a big musical that's really unusual. It will have some fabulous things in it because it's got a very strong book." She says, "I'm very proud of the songs that Bono and Edge wrote. It's a real rock-and-roll musical, so we're not worried about that aspect. We just have to find where we're going to do it -- even if we have to do it in a tent, which we're looking into -- and when. It'll at least be a year away."



We'll have more on the musical as it comes in, stay tuned.


Spider-Man 3 DVD Menus Screencaps

Hello and welcome back. Want to see what the menus from the Spider-Man 3 DVD looks like? Well click the link below to view them and make sure to own Spider-Man 3 on DVD or Blu-ray Disc Oct. 30th.

Click here to view.


Thanks to Comics2Film.com for the heads up.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sony Plans Big Spider-Man 3 DVD Promos


September 17, 2007







Video Business reports that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and its promotional partners will spin one of the industry's largest marketing webs for the Oct. 30 release of Spider-Man 3 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Here's a bit from the article:



The studio said it expects to generate 8.5 billion impressions through its own advertising and tie-ins with Papa John's pizza (a $3 coupon on 10 million pizza boxes and TV, radio print and online ads); Pringles Potato Crisps ($5 mail-in rebate promoted on 3 million packages); Jolly Time Pop Corn ($10 rebate promoted on 3 million packages and in print ads); and Nutella (Spidey collectible in more than 1 million jars, supported by print ads).



You can read much more on this here!


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Spider-Man: Friend or Foe Xbox 360 Demo Available



Source: Activision


September 13, 2007







The "Spider-Man: Friend or Foe Xbox" 360 demo is now available for download on Xbox Live Marketplace.



You can play as Spider-Man and villains-turned-allies Green Goblin or Venom in the Tokyo Rooftops level, as well as a boss battle with Doc Ock in the Tokyo Secret Labs level. You'll be rewarded with an unlockable sidekick cheat code for the game. What's more, the game will offer Xbox Live fans 1000 achievement points, via 12 in-game achievements. Spidey fanatics can visit the newly posted game page on Xbox Live to find out what the achievements will be.



"Spider-Man: Friend or Foe" is being developed by Next Level Games for the Xbox 360 video game system from Microsoft, Wii video game system from Nintendo, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems, PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, Nintendo DS and Games for Windows . The game has been rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older – Cartoon Violence) by the ESRB.


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Spider-Man Series Order Extended



Source: Advanced Dark


September 12, 2007







Playthings reports that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Television have increased their production commitment for the "The Spectacular Spider-Man" animated television series from 13 half-hour episodes to 26.



Hit the link above for more on this!


Monday, August 13, 2007

Amazing Spiderman Animation: Must See!

Here's a animated Spider-Man as stick figures by Michael Lubin. For me it was funny at first, but I still don't like how Spidey kills the villains. So watch it anyways.



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Special thanks to Umbrax from The Braxcave for the video.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

"Spectacular Spider-Man" Character Designs

Here are some character designs screencaps I found on ToonZone.net.


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Spider-Man

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Peter Parker

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Harry Osborn

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Eddie Brock

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Gwen Stacy

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Dr. Curt Connors

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J. Jonah Jameson


Special thanks to Stu from the forums of ToonZone.net for these character designs.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

The Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray Disc & DVD Covers



Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


August 3, 2007







Following up on this morning's full details about the October 30 Spider-Man 3 DVD releases, we now have the covers for the various versions coming out sans the "Spider-Man High Definition Trilogy" Blu-ray Disc cover: (Click on them to enlarge them to get a better look)



Blu-ray Disc DVD



2-disc Special Edition DVD



1-disc Widescreen Edition DVD



PSP Disc DVD





Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype! for the heads up.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Spider-Man 3 Hits DVD October 30!



Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


August 3, 2007







Spider-Man 3 becomes the home entertainment event of the year when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) releases the international blockbuster on DVD October 30, in time for the holiday gift-giving season. Spider-Man 3 will be available in several versions for fans to collect including a single-disc release, a two-disc Special Edition release, PSP, and a three-pack DVD release which will include Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 on DVD with collectible O-Ring packaging. Also available is the "Spider-Man High Definition Trilogy," a three-pack release of all three films on Blu-ray High-Def allowing fans an exclusive opportunity to collect both Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 in high definition, along with "Spider-Man 2.1" and Spider-Man 3. Spider-Man 3 will also be available as a stand-alone two-disc release on Blu-ray High-Def.



The two-disc Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray High-Def and two-disc Special Edition DVD offer fans more than six hours of all-new bonus materials, including a trio of featurettes spotlighting the cinematic creation of the web crawler's greatest nemeses. Grains of Sand -- Building Sandman details the challenges Sony Pictures Imageworks faced in creating the iconic villain; Re-Imagining the Goblin explores the changes in the New Goblin character from page to screen; and Covered in Black -- Creating Venom follows the cinematic creation of Spider-Man's archrival.



The two-disc's added value also has a trio of features on the creation of the spectacular stunts in the movie: Hanging On ... Gwen Stacy & the Collapsing Floor, where stunt coordinator Scott Rogers explores the logistics of the dangerous stunt performed by Bryce Dallas Howard; Fighting, Flying & Driving -- The Stunts, wherein Stunt Coordinator/2nd Unit Director Dan Bradley and Stunt Coordinator Scott Rogers provide a behind-the-scenes peek at the various "gags" in the film; and Wall of Water where the viewer is taken into the creation of one of the biggest stunts in the film. In addition, the discs offer bloopers, a Snow Patrol music video, and two audio commentary tracks with cast and filmmakers.



Spider-Man 3 Special Features (Single-Disc DVD)



-- Digitally Mastered Audio and Video

-- Audio: English Dolby True HD 5.1, English PCM 5.1 (Uncompressed), French, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai 5.1 (Dolby Digital)

-- Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Thai, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Cantonese

-- Bloopers

-- Photo Galleries

-- Snow Patrol Music Video

-- Audio Commentary with Director Sam Raimi and Cast Members Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, and Bryce Dallas Howard

-- Audio Commentary with Producers Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad and Grant Curtis, Editor Bob Murawski and Special Effects Supervisor Scott Stokdyk

-- Closed Captioned

-- Bonus Previews



Spider-Man 3 Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, Two-Disc Blu-ray High-Def



Disc One Special Features:



-- Digitally Mastered Audio and Video

-- Audio: English Dolby True HD 5.1, English PCM 5.1 (Uncompressed), French, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai 5.1 (Dolby Digital)

-- Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Thai, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Cantonese

-- Bloopers

-- Photo Galleries

-- Snow Patrol Music Video

-- Audio Commentary with Director Sam Raimi and Cast Members Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, and Bryce Dallas Howard

-- Audio Commentary with Producers Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad and Grant Curtis, Editor Bob Murawski and Special Effects Supervisor Scott Stokdyk

-- Closed Captioned

-- Bonus Previews



Disc Two Special Features:



-- Digitally Mastered Audio and Video

-- Audio: English, Spanish 5.1 (Dolby Digital). English, Spanish (Dolby Surround)

-- Subtitles: English, Spanish

-- Featurette: Grains of Sand -- Building Sandman

-- Featurette: Re-Imagining the Goblin

-- Featurette: Covered in Black -- Creating Venom

-- Featurette: Hanging On ... Gwen Stacy and the Collapsing Floor

-- Featurette: Fighting, Flying & Driving -- The Stunts

-- Featurette: Tangled Web: The Love Triangles of Spider-Man 3

-- Featurette: Wall Of Water

-- Featurette: On Location Cleveland -- The Chase on Euclid Avenue

-- Featurette: On Location New York -- From Rooftops to Backstreets

-- Featurette: The Science of Sound

-- Featurette: Inside The Editing Room

-- Theatrical TV Spots From Around the World

-- Closed Captioned





Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype! for the heads up.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Spectacular Spider-Man Animated TV Show Trailer

Here's the new animated Spider-Man TV show's (The Spectacular Spider-Man) trailer from Comic-Con. Hope you enjoy, by the looks of it it's probably going to be a much better and cooler Spider-Man TV show ever.



Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype! and E.N.I. for the heads up and for the video.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Spider-Man 4 Looking for a New Writer



Source: Empire


July 30, 2007







Back in January, we broke the news that David Koepp, screenwriter of the first Spider-Man, was in talks to pen the fourth installment, but now Sam Raimi tells Empire they are still searching for a writer.



"I want to help contribute to the production," he said. "I don't know if I'll just be a producer on it but if I can work with the writer in such a way so that directing would be right for me, I don't know. We've had our first meeting on Spider-Man 4 and we're looking for the writer."



Will he come back as the director? Hopefully we'll find out soon.


Sunday, July 15, 2007

"Hi, I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC."

Watch these, they're funny.


Add this to your page:

Friend or Foe Producer's Interview

Here it is, enjoy.

Special thanks to Gametrailers.com for the video.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Spider-Man 2's Wednesday Record Broken

Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix earned an estimated $44.755 million on Wednesday, surpassing Spider-Man 2's 2004 Wednesday opening of $40.442 million.

Click here for more on this.


Special thanks to ComingSoon.net and Spider-Man Hype! for the heads up.

Australian Spider-Man 3 DVD Details

Here's the DVD's features:
  • Audio Commentary by the Cast

  • Audio Commentary by the Filmmakers

  • Journey to Forgiveness - a 2-part behind-the-scenes documentary

  • Grains of Sand - Building the Sandman featurette

  • 8 additional behind-the-scenes featurettes with cast and crew interviews

  • Bloopers

  • Marvel Villains Photo Gallery

  • "Signal Fire" music video performed by Snow Patrol


For more details click here. Special thanks to ezydvd.com.au and Spider-Man Hype! for the heads-up!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

New Spider-Man Friend or Foe Trailer & Screenshots



Check out the screenshots here. Special thanks to Marvel.com for the screenshots and the trailer. For more details on the game either click on "Marvel.com" or this blog entry's title. Thanks for visiting and have a nice day.


www.FriendOrFoeGame.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Will the Spider-Man movie franchise stay alive?

Special thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the heads up.

At some point within the next two weeks, producer Laura Ziskin and the top brass of Sony Pictures Entertainment will sit down together for the first time since "Spider-Man 3" opened May 4 to discuss the franchise's future.

It's a crucial meeting, all the more so because director Sam Raimi will be there. And Raimi, who has sent contradictory messages about his future plans, might at last indicate whether he'll helm the next installment.

"It would be great to have everybody back," Ziskin says. "But no one is going to sign on the dotted line until we have a script. These are the questions being discussed now. The one thing we have answered definitively is: There will be more 'Spider-Man' movies. We just haven't answered what shape they will come in and (Sony) hasn't given us a release date."

The upcoming meeting "will be the first step in a process," Ziskin adds. "'Spider-Man' will continue; I can't tell you every person who will be involved."

It goes without saying just how critical the "Spider-Man" franchise is to the studio's bottom line; at press time, the franchise had netted upwards of $2 billion in boxoffice receipts, not to mention home video revenue and other income from ancillary ventures. But it is hardly unique in today's Hollywood.


So will there be a Spider-Man 4? Well stick around and we'll find out.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Transformers, FF2 and Spidey 3 at the Intl Box Office

Variety has posted an update on the international box office, which was dominated this weekend by Shrek the Third. Here are the results for Transformers, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (which added $9 million domestically for a total of $114.8 million) and Spider-Man 3:

But there was plenty of international green for tentpoles as "Transformers" debuted ahead of its U.S. launch with a stellar $34.7 million at 2,261 in 10 territories and "Live Free or Die Hard" shot down a solid $30.7 million at 3,583 in day and date openings in 35 markets...

Paramount also saw stalwart numbers from "Transformers," which logged the top per-location average with $15,351, as the disrib opted for playing into local holidays plus distancing itself from Warner's mid-July launch of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." South Korea sparked to "Transformers" in the fourth biggest launch ever with $12.4 million at 549 while the Michael Bay pic posted the best 4-day launch ever in Singapore with $1.7 million.

"Transformers" led in all 10 of its markets, including Australia with $6.7 million, Italy with $3.6 million, Taiwan with $3 million and the Philippines with $2.1 million; in eight of those, it topped "War of the Worlds," which rang up a stellar $357 million overseas in 2005. "Transformers" moves into a dozen more markets next weekend, including Russia, Spain and Scandinavia.

Fox's "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" also showed enough traction to remain on track to equal the international performance by its predecessor, which took in $175 million two years ago. "Surfer" landed with $15.2 million at 6,200, pushing the cume to $81.2 million, as Mexico kicked in $3.3 million in its second frame and Brazil launched with a beefy $2.9 million; it opens in August in France, Korea and Spain.

Sony's "Spider-Man 3," which fulfilled forecasts as it jump-started summer biz overseas, ensnared $1 million to become the 10th largest international film with $548.9 million and the 11th biggest globally with $883 million.


Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype!, a.k.a. Superhero Hype!, for the heads up.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Kids' WB! Announces Spectacular Spider-Man



Source: The Lizard, spidermanhero12, spiderfan970


June 21, 2007







"The Spectacular Spider-Man" is the official title of the super hero's new animated series coming to the Kids' WB! on The CW, it was announced by Kids' WB! Senior Vice President and General Manager Betsy McGowen.



"The use of the 'Spectacular' title is a homage to Marvel's wildly popular series of Spider-Man comics, and is very reflective of the enthusiasm and high regard we have for the production," McGowen said. "This promises to be a stand-out animated series that will perfectly complement both Sony Entertainment's box office-shattering films and the amped-up action on Kids' WB! every Saturday."



Riding the crest of Sony's blockbuster Spider-Man 3, the new animated series -- slated to premiere on Kids' WB! in early 2008 -- picks up the world-renowned web-slinger's mythology at the beginning of his hero's journey as a not-so-typical 16-year-old with new-found powers engaging the multi-leveled pressures of teenage life while combating bigger, badder super-villains in the real world.



Greg Weisman ("Gargoyles," "The Batman") is supervising producer on "The Spectacular Spider-Man." Victor Cook ("Hellboy: Blood and Iron") is producer/supervising director. The series is produced by Culver Entertainment.





Saturday, June 16, 2007

Out with the Vulture & in with Venom

Want to read about why they choose Venom over Vulture? Then read about it in Grant Curtis' interview with Sean Elliott (Senior Editor of the iF Magazine).

Click here for the interview.

That is all and I hope you enjoy the interview.


Sincerely,
GreenieGobbie

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Spider-Man 3 Reaches $867.7 Million Worldwide


June 10, 2007







ComingSoon.net has posted an update on the worldwide earnings of Spider-Man 3:



In its sixth weekend, Sony's Spider-Man 3 pushed its overseas total to $539 million thanks to an estimated $7 million weekend from 6,205 screens in 77 markets. Worldwide, Spider-Man 3 has grossed $864.7 million, 13th on that all-time list.



Domestically, Spidey added $4.4 million this weekend to push its total to $$325.7 million. The third installment is 17th on the all-time domestic blockbuster list.


Friday, May 25, 2007

Spider-Man: The Technical Web we Weave

The FXGuide updated their site with a new Spider-Man article about the people who helped the VFX effects on "Spider-Man 3." Go check it out by clicking on this blog entry's title or at the link below.

Click here.


Special thanks to Comics2Film for the heads-up, and FXGuide for the article.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Michael Moore, Assistant Director on the set of Spider-Man 3

Watch a video of Michael Moore, Assistant Director as he takes you on the set of Spider-Man 3.



Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the video.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Be in a Marvel Movie Sweepstakes

I was looking around the Marvel website when I found this sweepstakes webpage to be in a upcoming Marvel movie. All you need to do is fill out the information the form entry and press "submit!" So anyways here's the link to the sweepstakes page. Enter now and you might be in a Marvel movie.

www.marvel.com/be_in_a_marvel_movie

SPIDER-MAN 3: VILLAINS TALK ABOUT FILM'S ENDING




LOS ANGELES -- One redeemed himself. One was killed. And another was gone with the wind.

But all of the actors who played villains in Spider-Man 3 said they were satisfied with how their characters' stories played out.

* James Franco's Harry Osborn died as the New Goblin, helping Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man fight Venom and Sandman in the movie's battle royale finale. Finally realizing that Peter Parker was not responsible for his father's death, Harry rejoins his best friend in battle.

"I feel like it was a great way to go," Franco said. "Harry's arc in these film is not complete until the third film and his major conflict is between his loyalty to his father¹s memory and avenging his father, and the loyalty he feels to Peter. Harry¹s struggling with that through all the films, and he struggles with it the most in this film.

"And once that's resolved, I don't know what the character can do besides fight alongside Spider-Man. That seems a little strange, so I'm happy that the character goes on on a strong point."

Of course, dying doesn't necessarily mean the final appearance for a character in the Spider-Man franchise.

"People probably asked Willem (Dafoe, who played Norman Osborn/Green Goblin) how he felt about not being in Spider-Man 2, and he was in Spider-Man 2," Franco said, smiling.

Franco said he isn't sure what the future of the franchise will hold in terms of a fourth movie.

"I think they¹ve ordered a script for it, but that doesn't mean that Sam or Tobey are going to do it. I¹m sure they'd like to if it's right."

Franco said he would like to see Raimi continue as director.

"I know that he loves these movies more than anything, and he identifies with Peter Parker. It's been such a perfect fit for him. I can see it being very hard for him to let it go.

"But if they were to make another one, I think they should use the same group -- Sam and Tobey and Kirsten (Dunst) and whomever -- or if they change one, they should change everything."

* Topher Grace's Eddie Brock was killed trying to re-attach himself with the symbiote.

"I think I felt pretty strongly it should be that way, and we had a lot of conversations about that," Grace said. "I think, of all the Spider-Man villains, he needs to be punished.

"The movie's about choices and he made bad choices, so I thought it was very important to the film, especially since Sandman was on a different journey. It highlights how different those journeys were."

Grace didn't rule himself out of future Spider-Man movies but blanched at the idea of a solo Venom movie. "Those haven't worked really very well, have they? No, probably not," he said. "I'm not looking for my Elektra, you know what I mean?"

* Thomas Haden Church's Flint Marko/Sandman ended the film, asking for -- and getting -- forgiveness from Peter Parker and the murder of his Uncle Ben. He then dissolved into the air, with a mass of sand blowing away in the wind.

"We shot the ending four different ways," Church said. "The way it turned out, this kind of mysterious departure from the movie, just disintegrating and blowing away in the wind, that is the very last effects shot that was completed because we just came up with it at the very end."

Church didn't elaborate on what the alternate endings were.

"The others were just different, and honestly, not as good," he said. "The best of the best is in the movie. Somebody asked me if we were going to see it in a 3.1, and you're not, because they're not as good. I think the scenes that Sam puts into the DVD release were scenes that were a real challenge for him to to have to leave behind

"My resolution of my story with Tobey at the end of the movie, we put in what was the best. Not something that was as good or barely better. It was absolutely better."

Monday, May 7, 2007

Spider-Man 3: On Location in NY

Watch a video of the Cast and Filmmakers talking about the relationship between Spider-Man and his home town, New York City.



Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the video.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Spider-Man 3 Trailers

Here's all the Spider-Man 3 trailers if you like to view them. Select a video to view that trailer, and also these trailers are in order from first to last.

Tobey Maguire on The Daily Show

Here's a video from "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."



Special thanks to ComedyCentral.com for the video.

Friday, May 4, 2007

UPDATE: My "Spider-Man 3" Review

First of all the movie was great. It is definitely the best out of the trilogy. I was first in line to see the movie with my parents and sister, though we already had tickets but we had to wait until the other people in there left (and man, there was a lot of people there that left and came to see the movie when I was there). Though since it was opening day I was trying to pay attention to the movie as much as I can cause there were kids there crying, talking, and almost made me mad. But though I pay attention a lot in the movie, I just ignore the kids that were there. Though the parents were ask to leave with the kids because of that and it was so quiet for the rest of the movie. Now I am going go through what I like about each actor/actress that was in this movie. WARNING, this review contains some spoilers. You may continue reading if you like.

Now Tobey Maguire, like in the first two films, did great in this one. I couldn't get a better Peter Parker/Spider-Man myself, Tobey fit perfectly like he did before. So if Tobey is reading this right now (which I doubt) please, please do another Spider-Man sequel. I would like to see more, and more but wouldn't be the same without the original cast (except for James since y'know what happened to his character at the end of Spider-Man 3 if you seen it) if they are replace for another Spidey film.

Kirsten Dunst did OK, but wasn't the best. I never was a big fan of her and probably never will be, but she does a good Mary Jane Watson. I wouldn't mind if she starred in another Spidey film, I just hope when they think of doing a 4th one to cast her and Tobey back on to the series. And especially with Sam as the director.

James Franco, wow. James' character Harry Osborn was my favorite character from the first to the last. He did so great as Harry/Goblin in this one. The ending was sad, it's what I predicted too. But the Spidey and Harry team-up was such a great scene I couldn't stop watching it. R.I.P. Harry Osborn and good-bye James Franco, we'll miss you.

Rosemary Harris back again as Peter's aunt. Well I never get tired of seeing people back for another sequel. Though in this one she doesn't have much scenes, though she did great. Nothing much to say, but hope you'll be back for another Spidey film.

J.K. Simmons, as he couldn't get any funnier on each film as J. Jonah Jameson. And where was John Jameson in this film? I am surprised he isn't back, or at least make a cameo. But enough about him. J.K. did great as well, and for a minute I thought he would suck (sarcastic). Though he wasn't on it much either. Well hope ya make it to 4 too Mr. Simmons, wherever you are.

Thomas Haden Church was the greatest Sandman EVER. Though as many said who had seen this film, yes he is Uncle Ben's actual killer. But later you'll see what really happened between him, Ben, and the carjacker. And yes, Sandman does team-up with Venom, and that was such a brutal fight too.

Topher Grace was a good Eddie Brock/Venom. He fit the character perfectly, and makes a good evil twin to Parker too though they aren't really related in this film. Actually they were rivals at the Bugle, though I did felt sorry for Brock. Well because he lost everything because of Evil Parker (which he was consumed by the symbiote at that time), and the fact he died a long with the symbiote. R.I.P. Eddie Brock, you'll be remembered (kind of).

Bryce Dallas Howard was pretty good as Gwen, though I wanted more scenes of her since I never knew what happened to her after Parker (Evil Parker) had gone crazy at the diner that Mary Jane works at. Though I hope she returns for a 4th.

James Cromwell, as you may know him from "I, Robot" and 2005's "The Longest Yard," plays as Gwen's father Captain Stacey in "Spider-Man 3." He was good too, but like the other "kind-of-main-characters" didn't star much and didn't get killed like what other Spidey fans predicted. So I'll be expecting him if there will be a 4th Spider-Man movie (and yes I probably will mention about Spider-Man 4 a lot since I really think there should be another one).

Bruce Campbell as a France guy? Ha, ha, that whole scene with him was so funny, and longer then his other cameos (kind of cameos) in the last two movies. Well done Bruce, well done.

And last but not least STAN LEE. His little cameo was very good, and he actually talks to Peter/Tobey in this film. His lines were great, he was great, EXCELSIOR!


'Nuff said.


Rating: 10 out of 10
UPDATE 6/16/2012: Of course, this was my first impression of the movie. As of now, my opinion on this movie is way different than I made it out to be in this review. Although I still like watching this movie, while I don't like everything else they screwed up in it. Maybe one day I will go through the Spider-Man movies, and review them all to finally give out my definite point of view on them. Again, this review does not match up to what I think about this movie to this day. Thanks for reading.

Spider-Man 3 armored car crash

Watch a video about the armored car crash in Spider-Man 3.



Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the video.

P.S. Go see "Spider-Man 3" today, and make sure to check out the showtimes here so you can find out what time you want to see it at your local movie theater. Well I have to go, I'm going to go see it right now. Cya!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Spydercam

Watch a video showcasing the “Spydercam”, the camera system used to capture the high flying shots from Spider-Man 3.



Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the video.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Tobey & Topher on Moviefone's Unscripted

Tobey Maguire (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Topher Grace (Eddie Brock/Venom) interview each other on Moviefone's Unscripted for their new movie, "Spider-Man 3."

Here's the link to the interview, click here.

That is all and make sure to see "Spider-Man 3" this Friday.

John Frazier, Spider-Man 3 SFX Supervisor

Watch a video with John Frazier, SFX Supervisor for Spider-Man 3, as he discusses one of the special effects in the movie.



Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the video.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Face of the Fan: Ed and Tracey on the Red Carpet

Face of the Fan winners Ed and Tracey found themselves on the Red Carpet at the Premiere in Queens with the opportunity to interview Sam Raimi and the stars of Spider-Man 3.








Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the video.

Topher Grace geeks out and gets nasty for 'Spider-Man 3'

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"I am a total comic book geek," says Topher Grace. Grace plays probably one of the most popular villains in Spider-Man, Venom. So for an admitted comic book geek it was quite a thrill for Grace to take on the role. "I’m the geekiest guy to ever be in a film like this that’s for sure. We were at Comi-Con, they showed the preview where I turn into Venom at the end. I was jumping around backstage and someone came up to me and was like you have to cool it. If you’re starring in these films you can’t be this crazy excited. This is why you buy the bus ticket to Hollywood...(Comi-Con) that was great. It was the closest I’ll ever be to a rock star." At first Grace didn’t realize he had a chance to play one of the villains in Spider-Man because Thomas Haden Church had been cast as Sandman. "Thomas was cast earlier than me and I remember feeling jealous when he was cast. I didn’t know there was more than one bad guy. I thought man I would love to do that."

The character of Venom was pretty much irresistible for Grace to take on. "I’m a huge fan of the first two films. I thought the second one was better than the first, which is so rare. They have this well-oiled machine and they know exactly what they’re doing, both Sam (Raimi) and the cast. On another level I was a really big fan as a kid of the comic book. Literally when the character of Venom was being born I was getting really into comic books and getting into Todd McFarland who was this new illustrator and was blowing my mind. He was doing Amazing Spider-Man and then he did his own Spider-Man comic book. I felt like I had the inside track and no one else should play it (Venom). When Sam told me I had to bite my tongue and say well tell me about the character because I hadn’t negotiated for money yet."

Did Grace bring his knowledge of comic books to the role? "Well I think at first I brought a fear in the beginning that I shared with Sam, which was I don’t think I’m the right guy that can play this role. In the original comic book he’s like 40 and really muscle bound and even though I had to work out for six months I could never get to where he was in the comic book. What Sam described to me was taking the best of both worlds approach and kind of makes him an evil twin brother of Peter Parker. What’s great bout Eddie is even though he is really slick and has a great exterior he hides a very hollow interior. Peter is just the opposite. His core is very strong."

The filming process for Grace was on and off, but he had to work out consistently. "I had to keep working out through the film, which is probably not a surprise to anyone, but it was a first for me. You know you have to eat right too, which is really the bummer of working out. The working out isn’t as hard as the eating and I’d eat aggressively because I lose weight very easily. I had to stay blonde for a year, which was not my cup of tea. It was a yearlong constant thing. The best was when we went to New York and I have an apartment in New York and I had missed living there. I could role out of bed, get a cup of coffee somewhere and go to this blockbuster film set and then go out to dinner after"

Since Grace is such a "geek" did he take any souvenirs from the set? "Ya know I forgot to. It was a yearlong process making the film so you never know when it’s ending exactly. I want to try to get a newspaper clipping of the retraction and maybe a bust of Venom."

For Grace the role is quite a departure from other characters he’s played. Best known for his role as Eric in 'That 70’s Show' and starring opposite Dennis Quaid in the film 'In Good Company', Grace is known for playing the everyman, which is a drastic change from playing one of comic books most loved bad guys. "I’m such a bad actor to talk about this because I know for my career I should say I had to go to such a dark place, but I think it’s all on the same plain, happiness, sadness, being mean and being nice are all really close to each other. The goal in my career is to do movies that are both. I hate when people ask are your favorite movies comedies or dramas. My favorite movies are both just like life. One day your not crying all day or laughing all day so I like to find characters who have that balance too."

You can check out Topher Grace’s incredible transformation into Venom when 'Spider-Man 3' opens nationwide May 4th.

2 New Videos

James Acheson discusses Harry Osborn's costume


Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy




Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the videos.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Spider-Man on TV at 3 Channels Tonight

Tonight during "Joe Dirt" and "Jackass: The Movie," they will be showing Tobey and Kirsten talking about their new movie "Spider-Man 3." So make sure you watch "Joe Dirt" at 8 PM and "Jackass: The Movie" at 10 PM on Comedy Central.

Now on Cartoon Network they're showing 2002's "Spider-Man" with a new sneak peek preview of the upcoming sequel "Spider-Man 3." Make sure you watch "Spider-Man" at 7 PM on Cartoon Network.

Now on TVGuide they will be showing "Spider-Man 3" premiere in Tokyo, Japan. Make sure you catch that at 8 PM tonight. And if you miss it you can watch it on the 29th at 2 PM and at 11 PM.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Spider-Man 3 New York Premiere

Tune in Monday, April 30th at 6:30pm ET to see live coverage of the red carpet!







Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the video.

John Frazier, SFX Supervisor 2



Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the video.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Hollywood Reporter's Spider-Man 3 Review

Source

Left dangling for the past three years, arachnophiles everywhere finally have cause to celebrate.

The biggest (with a production budget due north of $250 million) and longest (clocking in at 139 minutes) and quite possibly the capper of a trilogy featuring the current talent lineup, "Spider-Man 3" has done it again.

Certain to please the geek squad by remaining ever true to its comic book roots while retaining that satisfying emotional core that has registered with equal numbers of female fans, "Spider-Man 3" has all its demographic bases covered.

And while the picture as a contained whole might fall an itsy-bitsy short of the personal best set by Sam Raimi's 2004 edition, the wow factor works overtime with state-of-the-art effects sequences that often are as beautiful as they are astonishing.
Having already received its world premiere last week in Tokyo in a nod to piracy concerns, "Spider-Man 3" is slated to arrive in a good portion of the globe ahead of its May 4 North American bow. "Spidey's" already impressive tracking numbers should be off the hook by the time it hits theaters here.

Factor in those additional Imax screens, and the Columbia Pictures blockbuster should spin a worldwide web that should build substantially on the $1.6 billion already brought in by the first two installments.

Fittingly for a Marvel comic book character who seems to be even more tormented by issues of duality than his superpowered colleagues, "Spider-Man 3" introduces not one but two formidable foes determined to take the web-slinger down.

First there's Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church), an escaped con who becomes better known as Sandman after his DNA bonds with sand particles when he inadvertently gets caught in the middle of a molecular fusion experiment.

Then there's Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), Peter Parker's photo-snapping rival at the Daily Bugle who is transformed into the extremely nasty Venom after being enveloped in that black goop from another galaxy that temporarily brings out Parker's own darker impulses.

That's in addition to the love-hate relationship Pete already has with Harry Osborn (James Franco), who is very much in the latter mode at the beginning of the picture, determined to make Parker pay for his father's (aka Green Goblin) death.

But Parker also is preoccupied with his relationship with longtime girlfriend Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Things have hit a bit of a rocky patch as Mary Jane's acting career suffers a serious setback at the same time when Spider-Man's public adoration is at an all-time high.

Further complicating his marriage-proposal plans is the appearance of Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard), the daughter of a police captain (James Cromwell) and a classmate of Parker's (not to mention the object of Eddie Brock's desires) whose public crush on Spider-Man has been duly noted by Mary Jane.

Tis a very tangled web of relationships, indeed, and things only become more enmeshed when Marko is found to be implicated in the death of Parker's Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson).

Keeping them all neatly interconnected is the ambitious script by Raimi and his brother Ivan Raimi along with Alvin Sargent, who also helped elevate "Spider-Man 2."

While there are times the film's underlying theme of the power of forgiveness isn't always quite as subtle as it could be, it nevertheless serves as an effective anchor for the performers.

That aforementioned sinister substance that turns Spidey's suit a sleek, inky black also affords Tobey Maguire the opportunity to have a little fun getting in touch with his dark side, even when the bad boy makeover -- with his slicked-forward bangs and finger-popping attitude -- reminds one of a "Reefer Madness" fiend or, say, Robert Downey Jr. in "Less Than Zero."

At times, it also feels as if Raimi -- his Spidey senses tingling that this could well be his last stint as web master -- is determined to make sure he gets everything in. The result, aside from a running time that comes in 12 minutes longer than the previous edition, isn't always as cleanly executed as it might have been, especially toward the ending.

But there's plenty to enjoy here, from all the usual suspects, plus nicely conflicted performances by Church and Grace (ironic names for portrayers of bad guys, huh?).

Not to be outdone are those visual effects, which have again grown in leaps and bounds.

Entrusted with the new technologies, visual effects supervisor Scott Stokdyk and Sony Pictures Imageworks deliver big time here. On more than one occasion, those breathtaking sequences -- from Flint Marko's molecular deconstruction/Sandman's subsequent reconstruction to that final face-off among Spider-Man, Sandman, Venom and Osborn -- are deservedly met with bursts of spontaneous audience applause, which is no mean feat when balancing tubs of popcorn and supersize beverages.

Rounding out those money-well-spent production values is Bill Pope's vibrant cinematography, Bob Murawski's propulsive editing and James Acheson's dynamic costume design.

All three worked on "Spider-Man 2," as did production designer Neil Spisak, who this time also is joined by J. Michael Riva ("The Pursuit of Happyness"), and "Spider-Man 2" composer Christopher Young, who seamlessly incorporates Danny Elfman's original themes.




Special thanks to Comics2Film for the heads-up.

P.S. Today's my birthday everyone. All I want to say is thanks for the support of keeping this blog up and thanks for all your comments as well, I really appreciate it. Well see ya.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Raimi & Dunst on Spider-Man 4!



Source: Heather Newgen


April 19, 2007







ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! talked to "Spider-Man" franchise director Sam Raimi and star Kirsten Dunst today (Thursday) and we asked whether they would return for a fourth installment.



"Absolutely," said Raimi. "Yes, I just don't know what the future holds right now because it's so fresh and just having finished this film like a week ago. It's taken so many years to put together. My mind is an empty blank right now."



Good news! Also, Kirsten Dunst told us that she would do another film if both Raimi and Tobey Maguire returned.



Spider-Man 3 opens in conventional theaters and IMAX on May 4.

Light Stage

Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the video.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

More Tokyo premiere video

Watch more video footage from the Spider-Man 3 Tokyo Premiere:








Kirsten Dunst talks about working with the Spider-Man movie team








Producers Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad talk about the World Premiere in Tokyo








Producer Grant Curtis on his cameo appearance in Spider-Man 3








James Franco on Harry Osborne's intentions in Spider-Man 3








Rosemary Harris is ready for some stunt work



Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the videos.

Creating a Sandstorm



Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the videos.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tokyo Premiere

Watch video from the Tokyo Premiere:








Spider-Man swings by the World Premiere in Tokyo








Tobey Maguire talks about what to look forward to in Spider-Man 3









Sam Raimi reacts to the Japanese fans at the World Premiere in Tokyo








Topher Grace and Thomas Hayden Church discuss what's different with Spider-Man 3



Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog for the videos.

Cleveland Rocks!

Watch a video about shooting Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Ohio.


Special thanks to the official Spider-Man 3 movie blog.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Venom Kicks Spidey's...



Source: MTV


March 28, 2007







Talking to MTV, Topher Grace says Eddie Brock/Venom will have his way with Spidey in Spider-Man 3:



"You like Spider-Man," Topher Grace grinned last week, "but isn't it about time that somebody kicked his ass?" Now, with only six weeks left until the release of "Spider-Man 3," the man who will soon be known as Venom is promising we'll finally see Peter Parker getting pummeled. "He kicks Spider-Man's ass," Grace grinned, reflecting on his black-suited supervillain. "It was interesting, and it was hard. I had to do a lot of working out, which is very new to me. ... I play a bad guy, so that was a very different experience for me, acting-wise." Cast alongside series stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco, the "That '70s Show" star insisted he'll be right there in line with the rest of us come May 4. "I'm the guy that's going to be driving around to theaters opening weekend to watch it," he smiled. "I used to collect the comic books, and I'm pretty geeked out about it."



Spider-Man 3 opens on May 4.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Spider-Man 3 Web the World Premiere Sweeps!



Source: Sony Pictures


March 27, 2007







Sony Pictures has launched the Web the World Premiere Sweepstakes in which you can win a trip for two to the Spider-Man 3 world premiere and after party in Tokyo, Japan on April 16, 2007, plus more prizes! There will be 10 winners, so be sure to enter every day (yes, not just once!) at this link.



Spider-Man 3 hits theaters on May 4.

New Spider-Man 3 the Game Trailer

Special thanks for BLACK-SPIDEY from the Spider-Man Movie Network Message Board for the info.

Click on the link below to view the new trailer to Spider-Man 3 the Game:
http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?name=gameid=683&vid=140233

Friday, March 23, 2007

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Heroes and Villains Coming



Source: Activision


March 23, 2007







Expanding on the experience of controlling the world's largest army of Super Heroes on the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Activision, Inc. announced today plans to release Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Heroes and Villains. The expansion packs feature eight new playable characters: The Incredible Hulk, Magneto, Hawkeye, Sabretooth, Doctor Doom, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Venom, each complete with new signature powers, skins, dialog, conversations and achievement points. The download will be available in April via the Xbox Live Marketplace online gaming service.



"The signature gameplay of 'Marvel: Ultimate Alliance' has made it a favorite among fans, as well as the best-selling Super Hero game on the Xbox 360 to-date," said Rob Kostich, vice president of global brand management, Activision, Inc. "By adding some of the biggest names in the Marvel Universe to the roster we're enabling Xbox 360 gamers to build a variety of all-new teams and enjoy the epic action in brand new ways."



Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is the award-winning action/RPG that allows players to create their Marvel dream team from the largest roster of Super Heroes ever in an epic quest that will determine the fate of Earth and the Marvel universe. With a total of over 140 popular Marvel characters and a playable cast of more than 20 Super Heroes, including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Captain America, gamers embark on a dangerous journey across exotic terrain and well-known comic book locations like Atlantis, the Shield Heli-Carrier and the Skrull home world in an attempt to defy Dr. Doom and the world’s most notorious Super Villains.



The downloadable content will be released in three packs. The Hero Pack and Villain Pack will each be 500 Microsoft points ($6.25) and the Combined Hero and Villain Pack will be 800 Microsoft points ($10). Heroes and Villains gamer pic packs will also be available for 80 Microsoft points each ($1).



Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is currently available for the Xbox 360 for the suggested retail price of $59.99 and rated "T" (Teen – Mild Language, Violence) by the ESRB.