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TIFF: Michael Shannon on '99 Homes' and why he'll never have a mortgage

If you’re a middle-class American with a mortgage and children, 99 Homes is a horror film, scarier than Halloween and Saw combined. The movie, which debuted in Venice and is looking for distribution at this week’s Toronto Film Festival, stars Andrew Garfield as Nash, a Florida construction worker circa 2006. Out of work and underwater on his mortgage during the housing meltdown, he’s evicted from his family home—along with his mother (Laura Dern) and young son (Noah Lomax). It’s the nightmare scenario: Police knock on the front door and give them two minutes to pack their essentials before a gaggle of vultures sweep in and drag their possessions to the curb. You don’t live here anymore.

It is a traumatic scene, one that will be revisited throughout the film because Carver (Michael Shannon), the savvy operator supervising the mayhem, is preying on the most vulnerable for his own selfish schemes. But that’s not the most chilling scene in the movie, because director Ramin Bahrani turns the American Dream and Nash’s best intentions against each other. What would you do to get your home back? What would you do to provide for your child? Anything? Everything? Would you go work for the corrupt man who put your family on the street? Would you sell your soul and screw over your neighbors to save yourself?

Shannon’s Carver is practically the devil incarnate, and the Oscar-nominated actor spoke to EW about his performance and why he refuses to take out a mortgage. READ FULL STORY

First look: Andrew Garfield squares off with Michael Shannon in '99 Homes'

Spider-Man would never cross paths with General Zod, but in 99 Homes, Andrew Garfield plays a desperate blue-collar construction worker whose family is evicted when the bank forecloses on their home during the economic downturn. In order to get back in their house, he makes a dirty deal to work for Michael Shannon’s crooked real-estate broker, the same man who caused his trouble in the first place.

Directed by Ramin Bahrani (At Any Price), 99 Homes will have its world premiere debut at the Venice Film Festival later this month before coming to North America for the Toronto Film Festival in September, where it will look for a distributor. Laura Dern and Noah Lomax (Safe Haven) co-star.

Paramount willing to pay for Martin Scorsese's 'Silence'

Paramount, which released Martin Scorsese’s three most recent films, including last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street, is close to a deal that will partner the studio and the Oscar winner again on Silence, his next film. Sources close to the production confirm a Deadline report that the studio is aiming for a November 2015 release of the movie, which will star Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as two 17th-century Jesuit missionaries in Japan in search of a missing mentor. Liam Neeson and Ken Watanabe also will star. READ FULL STORY

'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Blu-ray gets release date, might have tantalizing deleted scenes

It probably had little impact on whether you liked The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but some fans were disappointed when the film’s end credits were not punctuated by the teaser that’s become expected from all the Marvel superhero franchises. At the end of director Marc Webb’s first Spider-Man movie, a mysterious figure confronts the imprisoned Dr. Curt Connors and asks, “Did you tell the boy the truth about his father?” But for the sequel, fans were left with a somewhat random promotional clip for Fox’s most recent X-Men movie.

Since then, the internet has speculated that Webb initially intended to include another teaser scene with the mysterious, gravelly-voiced shadow — whom we now know is Gustav Fiers — based on a Sony photo that seems to contain Norman Osborn’s severed but preserved head. Combine that with Webb’s decision to postpone scenes and certain character developments until the third film, and you have an inordinate amount of interest in the deleted scenes that might be included on the Blu-ray release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

EW can announce that Spider-Man 2 is available on Digital HD on Aug. 5 before arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 19 — and the release might have something juicy. According to the set’s description, one of the 13 deleted scenes on the Blu-ray is titled “Peter Meets His Father.” Are we foolish to think this could be something more than another flashback, a dream sequence, or another iChat video message? Might Richard Parker (Campbell Scott) actually be alive? Maybe there’s a bookend to that first Spider-Man post-credit teaser: “Did you tell the boy the truth about his father?”

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'Spider-Man 2': How did they create Rhino and destroy Times Square? -- EXCLUSIVE GIFs

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When the Sony Pictures Imageworks special-effects team got the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, they quickly realized that with great box-office comes even greater responsibility for technical wizardry. The scope of the sequel was much bigger than Marc Webb’s 2012 reboot, and in contrast to the numerous night action sequences that dominated the first film, the new movie would extensively showcase Spider-Man slinging through New York in broad daylight, an entirely new set of creative challenges. “For some of the shots of Spider-Man swinging through the city [in sunlight], the computer could take 40 hours to render one frame of the city of New York,” says Jerome Chen, the film’s visual-effects supervisor. “And there’s 24 frames for one second.”

Oof.

New York, it turns out, might be the most high-maintenance character in the entire Spider-Man franchise — mostly because it has to be entirely digitally re-created. Times Square, which hosts the first big smackdown between Spider-Man and Electro, took a team of more than 50 artists an entire year to build (and that’s not counting the characters’ effects work in that scene). “I told the team, ‘You’re going to be working on this thing for a whole year, it’s going to be really, really hard, and if you do it right, nobody will know that you did it,'” says Chen. “And they were into that.” READ FULL STORY

'Amazing Spider-Man 2' director Marc Webb on Gwen Stacy's fate in sequel: 'There's a cost to being a hero'

Warning: If you haven’t yet seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2, then you should absolutely stop reading right now. 

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Critical Mass: Will critics hamstring Spider-Man more than Electro will?

With The Amazing Spider-Man 2, one of comic-books’ most popular and cinematically reliable heroes is back in action. Perhaps a little cynicism has seeped into the franchise, what with it being rebooted so soon after Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire’s perfectly acceptable trilogy, but Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield have maintained the spirit of the character and instilled his universe with intense stakes and emotion. And lots and lots of backstory. And lots and lots of character seeds for future sequels and sidequels. But I digress.

This time, Spider-Man faces at least three supervillains, notably the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), Peter Parker’s frenemy and the wealthy heir to the Oscorp fortune. There’s also Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Electro (Jamie Foxx), who’s been showcased extensively in the film’s trailers. Like Peter, Electro is the result of an Oscorp accident, a dweebish scientist named Max who falls into a tank of electric eels. (I hate when that happens.) “He transforms into a cool, glowing blue villain named Electro, who’s like a high-voltage cross between The King of Comedy‘s stalker Rupert Pupkin and Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “He’s a powerless man who now has more power than he knows what to do with.”

While all current superhero tentpoles now seem bloated, at least the current Spider-Man series can rely on the genre’s truest romance, with real-life couple Garfield and Emma Stone providing believable sparks. At the end of the last film, Peter vowed that he wouldn’t put Gwen Stacy in harm’s way, but as they graduate from high school and their feelings for each other develop and mature, he finds that might be impossible. It’s a solid, human foundation to heap gigabyte over gigabyte of comic-book action.

Read Nashawaty’s entire review, as well as a round-up of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY

Inside 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' -- And Sony's strategy to supersize its franchise

This appeared in the April 4 issue of Entertainment Weekly.

WITH GREAT MARKETING comes great responsibility. In December, Sony released its first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — the idea, as always, being to spill exactly the right number of secrets and not half a secret more. “I was nervous about it,” says director Marc Webb. “But we wanted to raise the stakes. We want people to appreciate the scope of what’s to come both in this movie and in subsequent films.” So fans saw their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) swinging exuberantly between the gleaming skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. They saw him verbally sparring with his love, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and facing down evil in the sparkling blue form of Electro (Jamie Foxx). Spi-hards also got the briefest glimpse of two other famous foes, Rhino and the Green Goblin. And, in a tease that elevated the trailer from a pretty good ad for a movie to a document that fans studied with Zapruder-like intensity, they saw Vulture’s signature wings encased in glass at Oscorp, and wait, were those the long, telltale mechanical arms of Doc Ock?

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'Amazing Spider-Man 2' behind the scenes: Can Spidey save the day and get the girl? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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It’s pretty much a given that the hero saves the day and gets the girl in any big-budget blockbuster. But, no such luck if the man of the hour is Spider-Man.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the cast and crew reflect on Peter Parker’s biggest dilemma — balancing the relationships of those he loves with Spidey’s sworn duty to protect his city. READ FULL STORY

'Amazing Spider Man 2' Super Bowl teaser: Times Square needs a hero -- VIDEO

Here’s the pre-Super Bowl Amazing Spider-Man 2 teaser in three stage-setting quotes:

“You wanted to be the hero. Now you got to pay the price.” — Electro

“Nothing is what I thought it was.” — Peter Parker

“This is bigger than you, Peter.” — Gwen Stacy

Throw in some missiles, crashes, and Times Square theatrics and you have the general gist. Watch the teaser below: READ FULL STORY

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