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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Casting Net: Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx in talks for 'Black Phantom'; Plus, Jason Sudeikis, Dr. Doom rumors
• Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx are in talks to star in Black Phantom, a Screen Gems hitman pic. Ride Along‘s Tim Story is in talks to direct the film about a hitman reeling from a recent betrayal who hires the guy who was hired to kill him for help. Foxx can be seen next in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (out May 2). Hart’s Think Like a Man Too (also directed by Story) is out June 20. [Variety] READ FULL STORY
It’s a hard knock life for Annie in the new official trailer for Will Gluck’s modern-day update of the classic comic and musical.
Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout Quvenzhané Wallis stars as the orphaned heroine who gets rescued from Miss Hannigan’s (Cameron Diaz) care to be used as political bait for Jamie Foxx’s wealthy Benjamin Stacks.
For those fond of John Huston’s 1982 classic, this new take on Annie might be a little bit of a shock. The costumes and sets are bright and over the top, “Tomorrow” sounds ever so slightly Auto-Tuned, and the current pop culture references seem to fly fast and furiously.
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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
Dueling Everest movies: Jake Gyllenhaal film begins shooting; Sony's 'The Summit' still in base camp
When it comes to ascending a summit, first to the top usually wins. News this week confirmed that Working Title’s Everest, to be released by Universal, is a go. The film, from director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) began production Monday in Italy, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes playing four of the climbers who attempted the disastrous 1996 ascent of Mount Everest in the Himalayas, only to be thwarted with terrible conditions that led to the loss of many lives.
Now that this film is in production, will it kill a competing Everest film at Sony?
Sony declined to comment on its project, which takes place in the 1920s and chronicles British climber George Mallory’s attempts to scale the world’s tallest mountain. One source close to the production says the studio is still committed to the movie, but the film, which Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) is set to direct after finishing the upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer Edge of Tomorrow, will no longer begin production in the next couple of months as originally planned.
Rather, the start date on the film — which now carries the title The Summit and still has Tom Hardy (Inception) attached to play Mallory and Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) to play his Australian rival George Finch — has been pushed to either early summer or perhaps even to 2015.
According to another source, the studio’s hesitation on the project centers on concern over how to sell the the film domestically. Overseas, the film’s prospects appear much healthier considering the storyline and international cast but in the U.S. audiences are often reluctant to give period films a chance.
Complicating matters, a schedule change may force star Hardy to drop out. As reported earlier, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is still interested in the lead role should Hardy need to leave.
Sony is also being more cost conscious after a rough 2013 and launching a $60 million movie with a competing film in the pipeline may not look too appealing. Last summer the studio was on the wrong end of dueling White House disaster movies. Their White House Down with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx opened at the end of June, earning $73 million. It had followed Film District’s Olympus Has Fallen, which opened in March and grossed $98 million.
Still, sources close to the project says the film, which was scripted by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air), is still important to the studio.
The trick now is to keep that enthusiasm from falling off the mountain.
In the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker feels like the world is plotting against him, especially since the more good he seems to do as Spider-Man, the greater the forces of evil rise. “It’s just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I can overcome.”
The first real footage from the sequel unveils plenty of shady characters: an armored Rhino, Jamie Foxx’s blue Electro, Dane DeHaan’s not-even-pretending-to-be-nice Harry Osborn, the raspy-voiced Oscorp shadow from the first film’s post-credit teaser, and someone suited up in a Goblin-like hi-tech military suit.
Throw in a little evocative razor-blades-on-string-instruments music, à la The Dark Knight, and an ailing Norman Osborn wheezing, “Not everyone has a happy ending,” when Spidey is about to stare down incredible odds, and you’ve got a pretty potent clip.
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Casting Net: Oliver Stone confirms Martin Luther King Jr. biopic with Jamie Foxx; Plus, David Oyelowo, more
• Director Oliver Stone (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) has confirmed that he and Jamie Foxx are officially moving forward with plans to make an authorized biopic of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life story. Warner Bros. and DreamWorks will distribute the film, which, according to The Wrap, is being produced by Steven Spielberg. [Wall Street Journal]
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Casting Net: Jamie Foxx in talks to play Martin Luther King, Jr., Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to re-team, and more movie news
• Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx (Ray) is in talks to play Martin Luther King, Jr. in a biopic for Warner Bros. and DreamWorks. Fellow Oscar-winner and biographical film enthusiast Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July) is also in talks to direct. Chasing Mavericks scribe Kario Salem penned the most recent version of the script, and Steven Spielberg will reportedly produce. [The Wrap]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Jamie Foxx and Andrew Garfield, along with director Marc Webb, surprised fans at the EW/Tumblr meetup at Comic-Con last weekend, stealthily sneaking in to participate in a Q&A with moderator Sara Vilkomerson, who wrote the EW cover story on the highly anticipated second installment of the Amazing Spider-Man series. Producers Matt Tolmach and Ari Arad also joined in the conversation.
But before the cast and crew arrived on the scene, the audience was treated to an evening hanging out with fellow serious Spidey fans — EW’s Amanda Taylor spoke with some of them about their favorite villains and Peter Parker love interests. Check out footage from the event, and our in-studio interview with Foxx, Webb, Garfield, and Dane DeHaan, below:
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