Well, apparently this could have been Spider-Man's Green Goblin. Before director Sam Raimi and the studio settled on the metallic Power Rangers look of Goblin for their 2002 film, it seems they dabbled in using animatronics to make the villain look a lot more like the wide-eyed, sleeping cap-wearing, actually goblin-like character seen in comic books, and now, a decade later (Happy New Year, guys), footage from a shooting test has finally turned up to show us just how gobliny it could have been. SO GOBLINY.
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- These new Amazing Spider-Man set shots are notable because it's definitely star Andrew Garfield in the suit this time, and because Spider-Man is wearing sweatpants. Perhaps this is part of a larger theme.
- FX has greenlighted a pilot for a series based on Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's superhero police procedural comic, Powers, and Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff could be up for the female lead. That should hold off any kind of geek revolt for a couple more years.
- It turns out Tarantino isn't "still writing" a spaghetti Western. He's already finished it.
- Christ, another video game adaptation: Screen Gems--the studio behind Resident Evil--is adapting Capcom's Devil May Cry for theaters. Just assume it won't be very good.
- March 26, Carnegie Hall is showing two rare shorts from legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki--Yado-Sagashi (House Hunting) and Mizugumo Monmon (Mon Mon the Water Spider)--for the first time in the US. Please, wear your formal cat ears.
- IWS reader Jimbob felt I'd been remiss in ignoring last week's rumor anti-humor experts Tim and Eric might be doing a feature-length film with John C. Reilly and a healthy list of other comedy favorites. SORRY.
- Mark Wahlberg talked to Slater about possibly doing a sequel to The Fighter, prompting this response:
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Some Spider-Man items of interest:
1. It's officially titled The Amazing Spider-Man, as evidenced by the site Sony has set up theamazingspiderman dash movie dot com.
2. It will be in theaters July 3, 2012.
3. Here's the first official photo of star Andrew Garfield squatting in his complete snowboarding outfit.
We've seen numerous photos from the set of Spider-Man, with Andrew Garfield and/or his stuntman, costume donned, in a variety of action poses--web swinging, casual jogging, moping, flipping into the bed of a pickup truck--yet still, up to now, we'd never been treated to just a nice clean shot of Spider-Man mounting up and giving it to a dude. So here you go.
(Thanks, The Superficial)
Looks like all the swinging around in Marc Webb's Spider-Man reboot won't be a strictly CGI affair, as Andrew Garfield and a stuntman were spotted dangling from cables and jumping on trucks in the streets of Los Angeles last night. CLASSIC SPIDER-MAN. And there's more under the cut.
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- It may be a parred down stunt version, but here's basically the Spider-Man costume. Web shooters! Or is Peter Parker just a really cool Mike Seaver type who wears his watch face on the inside of his wrist? Wouldn't be the first Marvel superhero.
- Greg Kinnear and Jane Curtin have joined the cast of Sarah Jessica Parker's next awful thing, playing the husband and mother-in-law, respectively. Here are some amusing mother-in-law (MIL) jokes to go along with that news, courtesy of MotherInLawStories.com.
- Someone's going to get a little white wig and play Julian Assange in a thriller about the WikiLeaks founder. Was there ever a doubt?
Still not much is known about what all's going to happen in this new Spider-Man movie, but thanks to this new set footage of the crew shooting an action scene, we do know this much: Spider-Man is going to do a flip into the bed of a moving pick-up truck. Your move, drunken hillbillies.
- Here's a new shot of Captain America running, but also holding onto a rail, so that he doesn't trip and fall over anything while he does running.
- Reiterating what he's said in the past, Jon Hamm has again insisted he's too old to play Superman, telling MTV, "No, and I have talked to [Superman director Zack Snyder] quite a bit. We had some looping and reshoots and stuff to do on 'Sucker Punch,' but I think that's a young man's game. I think I've aged out of that one by now." Oh well. Maybe we can still petition for Eddie from Frasier to play Krypto.
- Those metal bits you astutely noticed on the wrists of the new Spider-Man costume? They are indeed "a device," says the new Gwen Stacy! But web-shooting device, or magnetic immortality device?
Beating all the eager camera phones to the punch, Columbia has gone ahead and released an official image of new, lankier, British Spidermin Andrew Garfield in most of his costume. Honestly, I'm pretty sold. The costume is a little stylized without getting too obnoxious about it, and the backpack and tousled hair are doing a surprisingly alright job convincing me this nearly 30-year-old guy might be in Movie World high school. In spite of not yet seeing the mask, I'm giving this an approving frown with deliberate nod.
Remember how weird it was when former child star Anthony Michael Hall showed up in The Dark Knight, and you were like, "Man, this is turning out to be a pretty good superhero movie, so why is Anthony Michael Hall here instead of on the set of Dead Zone?" Well, director Marc Webb has decided to try to recreate that jarring effect within his Spider-Man reboot, hiring The Outsiders and The Da Vinci Treasure star C. Thomas Howell to appear in the film. Details on his role have yet to be released, but according to Howell's reps, the actor will play a character named Ray, disappointing all of us hoping he'd use his well-established skills with makeup to take over Bill Nunn's role.