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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

Paul Giamatti in 'All Is Bright': 'Season's greetings... from Canada!' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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No one plays flustered or irritated quite like Paul Giamatti. Whether it’s a character who refuses to drink one more glass of merlot, like in Sideways, or a man who’s happiest when he’s miserable, like his Harvey Pekar in American Splendor, Giamatti has a gift for capturing the precise moment when a man goes from simmering frustration to volcanic rage.

In All Is Bright, which opens in theaters tomorrow (and is currently available on VOD), Giamatti outdoes himself, playing a French-Canadian ex-con who pairs with Paul Rudd to sell Christmas trees in New York City. How sad is his latest sad-sack, Dennis? Well, Dennis’ ex-wife told their daughter he was dead while he was in prison. And when Dennis is released, he learns that his old pal, Rudd’s Rene, is now sleeping with said ex-wife. Also, there’s his amazing walrus facial hair, which Giamatti imagined and grew on his own. “That was all me,” he says. “There’s some creative facial hair in Canada and I just liked the look. I liked being kind of shaggy with this guy. He’s coming from the north woods, he’s like a bit of a bear.”

A bear, indeed. In a slightly NSFW clip below from the movie, a rival Christmas-tree seller makes the mistake of poking the bear.
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'All Is Bright' trailer: Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti try to sell some Christmas trees

Beware, Christmas movie trailers are upon us. There’s no going back now.

In the first trailer for All Is Bright from director Phil Morrison (Junebug), Paul Giamatti’s Dennis is paroled from prison only to find himself jobless and deceased — his ex-wife told their daughter that he’d died of cancer. Still, he’s determined to find some normalcy and redeem himself to his estranged family by partnering with Rene (Paul Rudd) to sell Christmas trees in New York.

Of course it’s not as simple as that. Check out the trailer below.

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Casting Net: Carey Mulligan is front-runner to play Hillary Rodham Clinton; Plus James Franco, Javier Bardem, Emmy Rossum, and more

A handful of American actresses have been rumored to be in consideration for the role of Hillary Rodham Clinton in upcoming biopic RodhamScarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Seyfried, and Emma Stone, most prominently. But now a front-runner has emerged: British actress Carey Mulligan, who most recently starred as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Mulligan hasn’t officially announced her candidacy for the role of the former first lady, New York senator, and secretary of state, but THR reports that the 28-year-old actress will soon meet with director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) about the project. Rodham will focus on the early years of Clinton’s career, including meeting future president Bill Clinton and her position as a lawyer on the committee involved in Richard Nixon’s impeachment. [THR]

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'Amazing Spider-Man 2': The Rhino revealed in first pic of Paul Giamatti -- BREAKING

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Behold Aleksei Sytsevich– a.k.a. The Rhino.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb tweeted this first image of Paul Giamatti as the thick-skinned villain, although it is obviously before the character is fitted with his ramming horn and armor that is surgically grafted to his radiation-enhanced body.

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Check out the first trailer for Julian Fellowes' 'Romeo and Juliet' -- VIDEO

The first trailer for the newest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet is now online, and there’s plenty of ancient grudges, unclean civil hands, and death-marked love on display in this peek at the film.

While the other buzzy Shakespeare adaptation of 2013 — Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing — went the route of a fresh, modern interpretation, this Romeo and Juliet is going back to the play’s Elizabethan roots, with period costumes, a shoot in Verona and other Italy locations, and a young pair of actors playing the leads. The film’s Juliet, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), who shot the film when she was 15 years old, is much closer to Juliet’s age (nearly 14) than most actors taking on the role these days, and the film’s Romeo, Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) was 19 during production.

But as traditional as this adaptation is, the trailer has some modern touches, like the song “Skin” by industrial pop artist Zola Jesus. The preview also does some interesting things structurally, kicking off with the very last lines of the play, and concluding on quite a sweet, romantic note (complete with a ride off into the sunset) that we all know is not how we’ll see Romeo and Juliet’s tragic story end when the film opens in theaters later this year.

Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Paul Giamatti in talks to play Rhino in 'Spider-Man' sequel

Spider-Man’s latest foe — a horny Paul Giamatti.

The Sideways and John Adams actor is in talks to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel as the bruising villain Rhino — a man who had armor and a ramming horn surgically grafted to his radiation-enhanced body to become an unstoppable fighting force. READ FULL STORY

'John Dies at the End' EXCLUSIVE clip -- VIDEO

The title itself should demand a spoiler alert: John (Rob Mayes) dies at the end of the movie…or does he?

In the new film John Dies at the End, based on the cult comedic horror novel by David Wong, there is a new drug called “Soy Sauce,” and weird and disturbing occurrences keep happening to those who use it, including out-of-body experiences that allow people to move beyond the space-time continuum. At the same time, a paranormal invasion of some kind is underway….coincidence? Unlikely. Will John and David (Chase Williamson) be able to save everyone from all the completely nonsensical stuff that keeps happening? What if Paul Giamatti helped them?

In an exclusive clip from the film, David and newspaper reporter Arnie (Giamatti) have their first meeting about all the craziness. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

'John Dies at the End' trailer: Cult horror-comedy novel gets very culty film adaptation

The kookball horror romp John Dies at the End has had many lives: First as a serialized internet novel on the internet way back in 2001, then as a published (and quickly out-of-print) paperback novel, and now as a completely crazypants-looking film. The movie — directed by cult director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-Tep) — stars a pair of average dudes (Rob Mayes and Chase Williamson) who come into contact with a strange substance and have to fight against invaders from an alternate dimension. Or something. Paul Giamatti and a gigantic monster made of raw meat are also involved. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Gerard Butler's new goal to defeat Nazis in 'Dynamo.' Plus: Paul Giamatti, Olivia Wilde, Romany Malco

• Gerard Butler is attached to star in Dynamo, about the real-life soccer match during WWII between a team of starving Ukrainian players and a well-fed German team, commonly referred to as “The Death Match.” The project is based on the book Dynamo: Defending The Honour Of Kiev; no director is yet attached. [Deadline]

• Moving forward in time for historical dramas, Paul GiamattiBilly Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) are set to star in Parkland, which examines the assassination of President John F. Kennedy through the prism of Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where Kennedy was brought after he’d been shot. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing. The film is based on Vincent Bugliosi’s tome Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. The project, which is aiming to arrive in theaters next year in time for the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, does not yet have a director. [THR]

• Olivia WildeHailee Steinfeld and Nicole Behaire (Shame) have signed up to star in the Civil War period drama The Keeping Room, about two sisters and their slave who fend off Union soldiers from attacking their home. Daniel Barber (the UK film Harry Brown) will direct from a script by first-time feature writer Julia Hart. [THR]

• Romany Malco (The 40 Year Old VirginThink Like a Man) has joined Last Vegas, as the hotel concierge at the hotel where four old friends (Michael DouglasRobert De NiroMorgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline) have gathered for a bachelor party. Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) is directing from a script by Crazy, Stupid, Love screenwriter Dan Fogelman. [Deadline]

• Saturday Night Live‘s Jay Pharoah, longtime comic character actor Bryan Callen (The Hangover), and actress Tika Sumpter (Sparkle) have joined the comedy Ride Along, about a security guard (Kevin Hart) forced to accompany the cop brother (Ice Cube) of his fiancée (Sumpter) on his regular beat. Pharoah will play an informant, and Callen will play an undercover cop alongside John LeguizamoTim Story (Think Like a Man) is directing. [Variety]

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