Michael Keaton is Back — as Birdman?

He may never have entirely gone away, Michael Keaton is coming back in a big — and kinda sorta autobiographical — way with a quirky new movie called  Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) , about an actor trying to escape the prison of typecasting after playing a superhero.

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams), Birdman… follows a actor who wants to put his superhero career behind him by mounting a Broadway play, but no one believes in his talent — not even his family. Does he believe in himself?

The film also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) opens Oct. 17. Check out the film’s official site.

New Spidey 2 International Trailer

This international trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn’t in English, but you don’t need the words to see what’s going on: a lot of rehashed footage, but also a lot of new action —  including fighting with the Green Goblin.

Is it just me, or does Spider-Man have a new favorite weapon that he likes to deploy whenever possible: the manhole cover?

ASM2 opens on May 2.

See the 3rd ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Trailer

The latest trailer from Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 looks a lot like the second trailer, but it does have a smattering of new footage:

My favorite new bit is when Gwen yells, “Peter!” and then clamps her hand over her mouth.

In case you want to relive the first trailer, click  here.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (It looks like Sony is sticking with that title) opens May 2.

Amazing Spidey 2 Trailer…

I have to admit that I’m not really feeling the love for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, even after this Super Bowl trailer — which seems sorta crowded and messy and hard to follow the coherence

There are several entertaining one-liners and the CGI Spidey certainly moves better than Tobey McGuire’s version, but, still… meh.

We get the origin of Electro in this video clip — and it really is too… well, on the nose — as well as glimpses of the Rhino, but I’m definitely not a fan of packing sequels with entire rogues’ galleries of guest stars. Especially such similar characters. Seriously, does Oscorp just keep rooms full of radioactive mutants for future storylines? “Forty-third floor, transmorgrified reptiles and amphibians, magic jewels and alien artifacts.”

But what do you think? Are you psyched for this sequel, or are you burned out on the spider-puns that appear to be rampant agisin rampant in the movie.?

Spidey 2 Trailer Is Littered With Spoilers!

The first full-length trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, has been released, and while the footage looks pretty action-packed and exciting, the clip is rife with spoilers!

If you want to remain absolutely pure and don’t want to know anything about this movie — or, indeed, what’s ahead in the inevitable Spidey 3! — you should skip this trailer. SPOILERS!


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Spidey Reboot Reboots Repeat Villain

ccooperThe reimagined sequel to that reimagined superhero flick The Amazing Spider-Man has added another (potential) villain to the roster: Chris Cooper has signed to play industrialist Norman Osbourn, the man who eventually became the homicidal Green Goblin in the comic books and in Sam Raimi‘s trilogy.

The big question is if we’ll see the Goblin, or just Osbourn. After all, this sequel is already squeezing in a couple of major Spider-Man foes: Electro — played by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, and the Rhino, played by Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti. It there room for a third baddie, played by a third Academy Award heavyweight (Cooper won in 2002)?

Let’s hope that returning director Marc Webb has learned some lessons from previous superhero sequels that got bogged down with more and more and more villains, eventually practically squeezing the hero out of his own movie — and all too often losing his dignity.

The Amazing Spider-Man sequel — with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone also returning — opens May 2, 2014.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Casting Update

jamiefoxxelectro1It’s been a while since I’ve checked in on the upcoming sequel to this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man, so let’s catch up on the major developments since the beautiful and talented  Shailene Woodley was cast as bombshell Mary Jane Watson.

Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has agreed to play the villain, Electro. This is great on several levels: Foxx is a great actor and Electro is a fine pick from Spidey’s rogues gallery. His power (controlling electricity) is very visual – and since lightning/electricity is one of the easiest special effects to render – heck, the Emperor was zapping everyone with Force lightning way back in 1983’s Return of the Jedi! – I expect the battles with Electro to be absolutely spectacular.  But what are the chances that Foxx will wear Electro’s classic mask, with the lightning bolts shooting out of his face? (Not good, I suspect…) Perhaps the best thing about this casting is that Foxx seems really into the role:

“Electro is a great character. I met with the director, Mark Webb, I met with Andrew Garfield [Spider-Man], and we talked…. I think Electro will be an exciting character to play because he’s a… genius electrician-type person, and he gets the short end of the stick from the whole world, and the next thing you know he turns it on.

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Gwen vs. the Lizard

This is an exciting little clip from the forthcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, featuring Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy and the Lizard.

What I like about it especially is that while it shows Gwen is no shrinking violet waiting to be rescued by Spider-Man, she’s not an idiot, either. Her first thought is for the “antidote,” and her second is for the employees of (presumably) OsCorp, rather than herself. (Maybe she’s counting on Spidey to rescue her, who knows?) Closing the fire-suppression doors was a smart move — and she must have known the lab employed a (mostly) non-toxic Halon 1301 system.

The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 3.

Long Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

There’s a new trailer out for The Amazing Spider-Man (which opens July 3) that clocks in at a hefty 4:03, and it contains a nice new scene of Spidey not only being a hero, but a good guy.

Most of the rest of the clip looks to be familiar material, but with some nice new additions. It’s certainly worth watching. Looks to me like this version of the Spider-Man tale will put a lot of emphasis on the relationship between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), with a lot less angst than we saw between Peter (Tobey Maguire) and Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) in the previous three modern movies. I think new director Marc Web – who made the Zooey Deschanel vehicle (500) Days of Summer, is just the guy to pull off the relationship material. The question is, can he do action? Based on this clip, I’m gonna say Yes. In fact, it looks like action with heart!

Third Spider-Man Trailer is Amazing

You don’t need spidey sense to get the feeling that The Amazing Spider-Man is going to be something special. In fact, I think it will turn out to be better than The Dark Knight Rises. (The Lizard is certainly a better villain than Bane.)

When this project was announced, and for most of its production time, I had little to no interest in TASM, figuring it was too soon after the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire series to “revive” the property. And besides, director Marc Webb had never done an action movie before – and he hired a British dude to play archetypal Queens kid Peter Parker.

But the newest trailer for the reboot has me convinced that this movie is going to be worth seeing. It just… feels like the comic book. Watching Spidey tangle with the Lizard in this clip reminded me so much of the early Stan Lee/Steve Ditko days that it feels like the comics come to life. Except updated with modern colors and visual flair. I especially like the shots where Spidey crawls upside-down and strikes comic-like poses while swinging on his web lines.

The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans, opens July 3.