Friday, October 29, 2010

Matt Tolmach To Produce Spider-Man!

Here's the official press release:


Tolmach Launches New Production Company and Joins Spider-Man Team As Belgrad Promoted to Sole President of Columbia Pictures

-- Hannah Minghella Named President of Production for Historic Banner--

(Culver City, Calif. – October 29, 2010) – Matt Tolmach has launched a new production company and will become a producer on the next installment of Spider-Man, the blockbuster film franchise he helped shepherd since its inception in 2002, it was announced today by Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman. Doug Belgrad has been promoted to sole president of Columbia Pictures and will take on additional divisional responsibilities. As part of the transition, Belgrad has named Hannah Minghella president of production for Columbia Pictures.

Said Pascal, “I couldn’t be happier for or prouder of Matt, Doug and Hannah. Matt and I have worked together for over 15 years. Anyone who knows him knows he has been talking about this for a long time. He has always approached every project he has ever worked on with the attentiveness of a brilliant producer’s eye and that is what has made him such an excellent executive. As he takes this amazing step with his career, I know we will continue working together for as long as we are both in this business. We tried to convince him to stay in his current job, but we understand the time has come and completely support his decision. Spider-Man has been a big part of his life for the past ten years, and this is the perfect segue. We know he is going to be a killer producer for us.”

“It is also the right moment for Doug to step into a greater leadership position within the company,” she added. “We have worked together since he was a financial analyst for Jon Dolgen, and I have seen him evolve into a consummate studio executive with a rare combination of creative talent and savvy business skill. As he takes on more responsibility in this new and expanded role running Columbia Pictures, I would entrust the division to no one else. And when he told me he wanted Hannah to return to Columbia as president of production, I was beyond thrilled. Doug sees in her what we all know to be true: she is a singular star. In her three years at Sony Pictures Animation she has proven that she is an extraordinary leader and executive and I know she will be a fantastic addition to what is already the best production team in the business."

From now through November, Tolmach will begin the transition to become a significant producer on the lot as he ramps up his company, which has a three-year commitment with the studio. In December, he will join producers Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad on the set of the new Spider-Man adventure. In other Spidery related "news", I give you this from IMDb..

Today actor Rhys Ifans was interviewed by E news on the upcoming film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, there he was asked about the new Spider-man film and his role, all he could divulge was the films title:


Source: Comic Book Movies

Well I don't know what to say about this, except, I hope this movie turns out well! Although, I admit from the source article, that joke about this movie's title does sound a bit similar to the new title for Batman 3 ("The Dark Knight Rises"). Please leave a comment in the usual place below. Thanks!

~ Gobbie, Out! ~

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sam Elliot And John Slattery In The Running For J. Jonah Jameson!

As shooting day approaches, Marc Webb and Francine Mailer are working around the clock to fill the remaining roles in Webb's upcoming Spider-Man reboot. We have our Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), our Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and our villain in the form of the Lizard (Rhys Ifans).

The last major role to fill is apparently J. Jonah Jameson. WhatsPlaying report that Webb has met with up to a dozen actors for the part. Two names they know are Sam Elliot (Ghost Rider, Hulk) and John Slattery ("Mad Men", Iron Man 2). Both have CBM experience and would seem like good fits for the part. Although I think many fans will find J.K. Simmons' portrayal of Jameson in Sam Raimi's previous movies hard to beat.

Apparently Webb will be looking to cast the role, as well as other as yet unrevealed ones over the next few weeks.

I have to agree right there about J.K. Simmons. Anytime I think about ol' J.J.J., J.K. always pops up into my mind. It's going to be hard to beat what that actor already accomplished in the previous films. But I don't know, I have high hopes that Sam Elliot gets the part, because he's one of my favorite actors, and he also has the right look too. But maybe John Slattery could provide a great performance, maybe better than Sam. Even though I like Sam Elliot, he's always a slow talker (not to be rude), and J. Jonah Jameson is always yelling to the top of his lungs. Maybe I need to watch "Hulk" again, because I barely remember that movie, and that should be a good thing too. So maybe John could be the better pick? Well whoever one they pick, I hope they serve up a great performance! Anyways, please leave your comments at the usual place below!

~ Gobbie, Out! ~

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sony Casting Young Actors for Spider-Man?

Moviehole is reporting that Sony Pictures is launching auditions for a young Peter Parker and Billy Connors, the son of Curt Connors, for the untitled Spider-Man reboot. The site says:

Sony want a dark-haired Caucasian boy to play actor Peter Parker at age 4 to 6 years old. Ideally, the boy should look a little like Andrew Garfield...

In addition, the studio's on the hunt for an actor to play Billy Connors, the son of Dr. Curt Connors... Applicants need be between 8 and 11 years old.

The movie starts shooting in December for a July 3, 2012 release.

Source: SuperHeroHype!

I think this might be very cool. I always wanted to see Peter's life before he became Spidey. I do want to see his actual parents, so that would be interesting. Maybe they can build a whole mystery behind his parents disappearance in the movies? That might be interesting. So anyways, please leave a comment in the usual place below!

~ Gobbie, Out! ~

Rhys Ifans Will Be.... The Lizard?

Well most of you have known by now that it has been confirmed (or rumored for now) by TheWrap that Rhys Ifans will play as The Lizard (a.k.a. Dr. Curt Connors) in the upcoming untitled "Spider-Man" reboot. Now why am I posting this late? Well, I will get back to you on that in a bit.

I think this is kinda cool, but at the same time I question myself, "Why?" Not that Rhys Ifans is a bad choice or anything. I think he will dominate the role, to be honest. But I just can't picture the Lizard being the first supervillain that Spidey deals with for his first movie, since this is the first movie of a new movie series (some people still think it's "Spider-Man 4" with a different cast and crew). I just think it's too soon for the Lizard, even though we have been anxcious for that villain ever since "Spider-Man 2". But since this is the first movie of a brand new movie franchise for Spidey, I would expect maybe Shocker, Electro, or any other small villains that needed the spotlight.

I also think that the Lizard can't hold the movie as it's only villain. In the comics, Lizard is a mindless monster. So is that what we are going to get throughout this movie? Spidey fighting a mindless monster and that's it? Sure, there will be some character development for the alter ego, Dr. Curt Connors. But that's what I am a afraid of. Since this is a first movie, that means they have to re-establish the character again, which was already established in the previous movies. Sometimes it takes time to develop a character. Well, if they could manage to have Harvey Dent become District Attorney and Two-Face in "The Dark Knight", and make it perfect (in my opinion) then I shouldn't be worried if Curt Connors going to be rushed in this movie to become the Lizard (just have faith). I just hope they take time to establish this character again, and then we can jump into 'monster madness'! But 'monster madness' with plot... I don't want to see a jumble mess, like what Sony and Raimi did with "Spider-Man 3".

Anyways, that's just my opinion for this film. I hope they can add in a side villain. I really hope to see Electro soon on the big screen, fighting against our favorite web-head. But let's see if Marc Webb and Sony can pull off a whole movie with The Lizard as it's main villain. That might be interesting to see, but maybe a lot of you would disagree. Just leave your opinion in the comments section below.

So as for this delayed news report, as I mentioned earlier in this post. I'm just so caught up on college right now, and mostly doing other stuff. And other than that, I don't know if I will continue posting on this blog. Not that I would be too busy, but it's just not enough people go on here to read my posts. And if so, why haven't you commented in any of them? I'm not angry, just a little disappointed. I try advertising for this site as much as possible, but that never seem to work. All I am asking is please comment or come on here every once in awhile. I really want to keep on doing this, but the only way I will keep on doing this is if I get enough people to check out this site, and giving me support. That would be nice. If anyone's reading this right now, just spread the word about this site, and try to get enough people as much as possible. Because without you, this site wouldn't be possible (that's the honest truth too, I had good visitors on this site, but I haven't heard from them since).

Anyways, that is all I want to cram into this one big gigantic post. If you haven't read my review on the "Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions" game, then you should go check that out, and leave me a comment on that too. Thanks for reading, Spidey fans!

~ Gobbie, Out! ~

Monday, October 11, 2010

Rhys Ifans Will Be Our New Spider-Man Villain!

The Welsh actor (Rhys Ifans) has been offered the still unrevealed role of the villain in Marc Webb's Spider-Man reboot. Here's the official press release:

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans. After seeing his performance in our upcoming film Anonymous, we’re in awe of his talent and think he’s the perfect choice to take on this role.”

The filmmakers prefer to not reveal which character Ifans will be playing in the forthcoming film.

Webb added, “What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker. Rhys' incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character."

Spider-Man is being overseen at the studio by Tolmach and Rachel O'Connor. Ifans is represented by United Talent Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Independent Talent Group.

RHYS IFANS’ breakout performance came in 1999 in Roger Michell’s Notting Hill, opposite Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, for which he received a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Prior to that, Ifans starred in Heart, Twin Town, August, and Dancing at Lughnasa, and since then, he has appeared in more than 20 films, including Vanity Fair; Rancid Aluminium, Little Nicky; The Replacements; Hannibal Rising, Enduring Love; Human Nature; Formula 51; Hotel; The Shipping News; Once Upon A Time in the Midlands, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Pirate Radio; Greenberg; and Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. He will next appear in Mr. Nice, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Passion Play, and Columbia Pictures’ Anonymous, for director Roland Emmerich.

On television, he played the role of Peter Cook in Terry Johnson’s “Not Only But Always,” for which he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. He also appeared in “A Number.” In the theatre, Ifans has appeared in “Accidental Death of an Anarchist,” “Bad Finger,” “Volpone,” “Under Milk Wood,” “Beautiful Thing,” “Thyesters,” and, most recently, Patrick Marber's adaptation of “Don Juan in Soho” at the Donmar Warehouse.

Well anyways, this sounds really good. I remember seeing him from Little Nicky years ago, and from all I heard about this guy I think he will serve up a great performance. But the question is, which villain is he going to play as? Electro or the Lizard would be my only two guesses, but I would be surprise if it's neither of those two. But if it turns out to be Scorpion, now that might be interesting, since I can only imagine seeing Scorpion in a sequel and not right away.

But we'll see in time, eventually. So speculate at the comments section below, and let me know what you think of this article, and who you think Rhys Ifans is going to play as!

~ Gobbie, Out! ~

Source: Comic Book Movies

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Emma Stone to play Gwen Stacy!

Well this is very exciting news. It turns out that many speculations from fans (including mine) were right about the lead female character was Gwen Stacy. What probably a lot of us didn't expect is Superbad and Zombieland star Emma Stone was going to nab the role. Did anyone ever knew that she's actually blonde? Well if you think "No," then my thoughts exactly. But this is great, to be honest. I think she did a great job in both movies I mentioned, but I don't remember seeing her from The House Bunny. I probably did, but I probably didn't realize it was her. But this is great casting, although she wouldn't be my first choice (nothing against you Emma), but I bet she will deliver a solid performance with this character. I wonder if she is going to dye her hair or just wear a wig? Anyways, here's the press release from an article that posted a few days ago.

Emma Stone has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming Spider-Man film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. Stone has been tapped for the role of Gwen Stacy opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.

The casting continues an association between Sony Pictures Entertainment and the actress, who previously starred in "Superbad," "The House Bunny," and "Zombieland," all for Columbia Pictures; she may currently be seen in Screen Gems' hit comedy "Easy A," and takes a cameo role in Screen Gems' upcoming "Friends with Benefits."

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, "It's been an incredible journey for us to watch Emma's star rise as an actress. She is extraordinarily talented and has a very special on-screen spark that is perfect for this role. Given her history with the studio, casting her in one of our most important franchises is a real thrill."

Webb added, "The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice. At the heart of the story of Peter Parker is not only the amazing Spider-Man, but also an ordinary teenager who is wondering what he has to do to get the girl. Andrew and Emma will bring everything audiences expect to these roles, but also make them their own. Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen (Emma) is also a natural blonde."

Emma Stone can currently be seen starring in Screen Gems' hit comedy "Easy A." Next year, she will star in Warner Bros.' "Crazy, Stupid, Love" opposite Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling and in "The Help," the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel; she also takes a cameo role in Screen Gems' "Friends with Benefits" and will voice a role in DreamWorks Animation's comedy "The Croods." Stone's recent credits include "Paperman," "Zombieland," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "The House Bunny," "The Rocker," and "Superbad."

So what do you Spidey fans think? Leave your comment at the usual place below! Please & thank you. :)

~ Gobbie, Out! ~

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Gobbie's Review on "Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions"!

There a lot of mix feelings about this game, and many reviews claiming it’s really great. Now I had been really excited to play this game ever since I saw the trailer that featured Spider-Man 2099. Before that I wasn’t too excited. As months passed over, I began to go into a Shattered Dimensions craze, and I was so very anxious for the game’s release. When I heard Ultimate Spider-Man was the last dimension, I was disappointed, but I see that this game had a very original concept. Having four different and unique Spider-Men with different looks, and different universes, and different combat systems, so what more can you ask for? Except when it comes down to the plot, which was very straight forward. Don’t believe me? Well not to give anything away, but here how the plot goes.

Mysterio trespasses into a museum at night to steal the Tablet of Order and Chaos. This tablet holds magical powers to anyone who possesses it. Spider-Man (played by Neil Patrick Harris) encounters Mysterio, and while trying to stop him, accidentally breaks the tablet. The tablet breaks into pieces, and the other pieces were transfer into other dimensions, with other Spider-Men. Madame Web addresses this to Spidey, as well as the other Spidey’s, and he leaps off to find the tablet pieces. And that’s about it. So in each mission you have to go after each boss that has a piece of the tablet. But you will encounter some of them more than once, and as you keep encountering them they will become much more powerful with their tablet pieces. So that’s about it, again this game’s story is very straight forward.

I admit this is what got me disappointed. We get great Spidey games like Ultimate Spider-Man and the Spider-Man 2 game, but years later after those games we get this? Not to sound rude, but this Spidey fan feels let down. I want to see a Spider-Man game with a really good plot, and I’m sorry to compare this to Batman: Arkham Asylum and you’ll probably read that more than once in this review, but that game had real effort into the story. This game on the other hand, not so much. But I gotta hand it to Activision and Beenox who worked on this game, they did approve on some of the things that we had problems with in the previous Spidey games. The graphics and the environments are so well-detailed. Everything looks good to look at. Unlike Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, where it seem like they were lazy working on the graphics.

Now I am not the type of guy who would nitpick on graphics, I could care less. But this game had real effort into the design and style of each different Spidey and their universes. Like with the Amazing Spider-Man universe having that comic book style, the 2099 having that neo Star Wars mixed with Blade Runner feel to it, Noir with the gritty and black and white 1930’s look, and Ultimate Spider-Man having that comic book glossy graphic novel look. I really like these concepts. This is a set up from the previous games, congrats Beenox.

And the voice actors were brilliant in their roles. Who would’ve known that Dan Gilvezan could play as Spider-Man 2099/Miguel O’Hara? That is awesome!! And Neil Patrick Harris as the Amazing Spider-Man? Now I know most of you have a problem that Neil is gay, but to most of you who have a problem with that, grow some balls, and deal with it. He was brilliant in this role. Josh Keaton and Christopher Daniel Barnes as Ultimate Spider-Man and Spider-Man Noir were great too.

And how about the combat system in this game? Most people find it repetitive and boring after awhile, and I do agree with them on that part. But some of it was fun, and amazing (no pun intended) to begin with. What I really like is that each Spidey has their own combat style. Amazing with his web attacks; Noir taking down criminals in the shadows; 2099 free-fall, slowing down time, and brutal takedowns; and Ultimate using rage mode and the power of the black suit. Now the black suit thing, I don’t know what is their deal with having the symbiote in almost every recent Spidey games that came out (a fetish they may have?), so with Ultimate I find it nothing new than Web of Shadows or Ultimate Spider-Man the game, since those games basically had the same combat attacks for the symbiote. Maybe just having 3 dimensions was good enough?

I thought the first-person combat was really cool and different. Although after awhile these can get really repetitive too, but nothing's better than punching your enemies faces to the ground while doing it face-to-face. Speaking of enemies, let's talk about bosses in this game. Some of the boss fights were either very fun, amusing, or just down right disappointing. I had a few times where I was disappointed at some of the boss fights because those ones were too easy. But some of them were really brilliant and so much fun to do over and over again. For some reason I get a kick out of the Deadpool level, and most of you would agree with me on that. That was the most amusing level and boss fight ever. Deadpool was just spot-on amazing. And other boss fights like Goblin, Hobgoblin, and the Mysterio boss fights were fun to play too. Which one is my favorite boss fight? Maybe the Hobgoblin one most, because you get to fight him several times, especially in free-fall (which was awesome!!). If only Vulture 2099 was in this game. He was one of my favorite villains from the 2099 comics.

Another thing that could’ve been disappointing to most fans, which I think is disappointing to me, is that this game is a miss-opportunity to be multiplayer for maybe challenge games and/or battle mode. It would be cool to see 2099 to fight Ultimate or maybe Noir fighting Amazing. 4 Spidey’s could easily be a 4-player game. Wouldn’t that be fun to have to do with your friends? I would think so. Also, a lot of people have stated this before, but the camera angles really are bad in this game. I know it may be hard for the developers to move the camera angles around because Spidey is so fast, but it can be so frustrating at times. For example, while I’m sticking to the ceiling I want to be able to see the opponent below me, so that I would have a better advantage to take him down or something. It’s just terrible, and I hope they can fix this problem with their next Spidey game.

All in all, this was pretty decent game. Its way better than Spider-Man 3 and kinda better than Web of Shadows, but it’s nowhere close to being as great as Spider-Man 2 and Ultimate Spider-Man, in my opinion. I do however think the Web of Destiny challenges are a cool idea, and a best way for the most dedicated of fans to finish each of the small challenges in each level. And the costumes are really cool, and I like how some of them are only use for that dimension. Since I pre-order this game from GameStop, I gotten the exclusive Cosmic Spider-Men costumes, and it’s pretty neat, and they look really cool. I like how each of them looks fitting for each Spidey.

But I am sticking to wearing the Scarlet Spider for Amazing, the Iron Spider in 2099, and the Negative Zone Spidey for Noir, and the Manga-Spidey for Ultimate. Like I said, I think the most dedicated of fans are going to get a kick out of some of these challenges. Some of them are really easy, and some of them are very tricky, and some are kinda hard. I would know; I did manage to complete them all, and get all the achievements on my Xbox 360. They were really easy to get in my opinion, but then again so were the achievements for Batman: Arkham Asylum. Heh, see what I mean? I can’t stop talking about that game (Although I only mentioned it twice, right?).

So how would I rate this? Well if you’re a Spidey fan, then you can surely own this game, but make sure to rent it at first. But if you’re not a true Spidey fan or not a Spidey fan at all, then consider this a rental. But I give Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions 8.5 out of 10. There you go, that’s my full-blown review of this game. Now go out and play it!!

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 possible Tablet Pieces

~ Gobbie, Out! ~