The Amazing Spider-Man
If Kevin Feige is the Nick Fury of Marvel Movies, Avi Arad represents those video-conferenced faces that show up in 'Avengers.' He's the producer who saved the company from bankruptcy then got the ball rolling, leading us to this halcyon time where fanboys can expect multiple comic book movies a year.
Like a true Marvel character, his great accomplishments came at a great cost. By getting the Marvel movies cooking and to minimize risk he set up properties at different film studios. That's why 'Fantastic Four' is at Fox and 'Spider-Man' is at Sony, while the rest of our heroes are eating shawarma at Disney. It's the original sin of our summer movies, but try to remember that without the original success of 'X-Men,' none of this would have been possible, and that was Avi Arad's doing.
Beside him is Matthew Tolmach, wearing a handsome vest with no flair. He was the head of production at Sony/Columbia Pictures for eight years and 'Amazing Spider-Man' is his first big picture as a producer.
We only had a few minutes to chat, and like a chump I wasted a few minutes babbling about movie swag before talking about why Emma Stone is the key to 'Amazing Spider-Man' and how her chemistry with star Andrew Garfield reminds them of a very famous movie couple...
While certain Marvel-owned characters are currently breaking the bank worldwide with 'The Avengers,' the rights to Spider-Man and his family of characters are still owned by Sony. You probably know that 'The Amazing Spider-Man' is coming up in a few weeks, but what's next? How about that oft-rumored 'Venom' movie, which is apparently going to spin directly out of the world and events of 'The Amazing Spider-Man.'
Can't get enough of everybody's favorite web-slinging superhero, 'The Amazing Spider-Man'? Well if you're willing to sit down and watch about twenty minutes worth of B-roll footage then today's your lucky day. But mind you, these clips are a bit on the spoiler side so if you want to keep your spidey sense pure before the release then shield your eyes!
At this point a number of you have watched the official first trailer for Quentin Tarantino's latest movie 'Django Unchained.' One of the noticeable highlights of the trailer was the production design. Put simply, it looks amazing. That's an example of the work of J. Michael Riva, an award winning production designer who unfortunately passed on today at the age of 63.
This is a win-win situation. Emma Stone’s so impossibly charming that we’d happily post every talk-show appearance she’s ever made. How are you not won over by this personable beauty? But as an added bonus, she brings a new clip from ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ to NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.’ See what I said? Win win.
With all of the recent marketing hubbub over 'The Dark Knight Rises' (see today, yesterday, the day before, etc), it may be easy to forget that another major superhero will hit the big screen several weeks before Batman. Yep, 'The Amazing Spider-Man' will be swinging our way on July 3 and will undoubtedly be the movie to see in between stretches of barbecue and fireworks. Well, unless you're not currently residing in the United States. Then you'll be seeing it in between stretches of things not related to a key American holiday.
Anyway, the Australian trailer for the hotly anticipated superhero reboot is online and if offers you Spidey fans just enough new footage to be worth your hard-earned time and energy.
One of the new awards MTV’s adding to this year’s Movie Awards will be the ‘Trailblazer’ trophy recognizing “actors beloved by the MTV audience who are carving out their own unique and diverse path within Hollywood,” according to the network. Today, it was revealed that Emma Stone will be the award’s first recipient.