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


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 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