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$pidey $ense: Spider-Man Snares Box Office Record
  "Spider-Man" is the biggest, fastest blockbuster in history. Variety says the Sam Raimi-directed feature brought in an estimated $114 million from Friday through Sunday, breaking the $90.3 million debut of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Reuters says "Spider-Man" eclipsed "Harry Potter's" $33.5 million one-day sales record, ringing up $43.7 million on Saturday.

"Spider-Man" was budgeted between $120 and $130 million, which means the production will probably break-even next weekend.
Posted: 05/05/02

Review: Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man (Grade: A+) — Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and Willem Dafoe stay true to the beloved comic in a movie that raises the bar for comic-to-film adaptations. "Spider-Man" is a gem. Reviewed by Brian Orndorf.
    Posted: 05/03/02

  • Spider-Man vs. Advertising: Spidey Meets His Match
      Times Square building owners want a piece of "Spider-Man." says a group of owners is suing "Spider-Man's" makers because a Samsung advertisement in Times Square was replaced with an ad for USA Today in the film. Samsung is a competitor of Sony, which just happens to be the owner of "Spider-Man's" studio, Columbia Pictures.

    Studio Briefing notes that the same group of owners sued CBS in 2000 for superimposing a CBS image over NBC's Times Square billboard during New Year's Eve coverage.
    Posted: 04/12/02

    Spider-Man 2 Confirmed
      The Hollywood Reporter says "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst will reunite in early 2003 for a sequel. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar ("Shanghai Noon," "Smallville") have been tapped to write the screenplay

    "Spider-Man"--the first one that is--premieres May 3.
    Posted: 04/05/02

    Stan Lee Cut from Spider-Man
      Comics Continuum says Stan Lee's cameo in "Spider-Man" has been cut. Lee confirmed the news in a Tuesday chat session.

    "I had this great cameo, and the movie ran long and they had to cut the cameo because they didn't have time," Lee said. "But, if you look closely and don't blink, you'll see my face in a crowd scene somewhere in the movie. And if you buy the movie or rent it, hopefully you'll see the scene where I have some dialogue with Peter Parker."

    For more of Lee's comments, visit Comics Continuum.
    Posted: 03/28/02

    Spider-Man Trailer Premieres March 27
      A new "Spider-Man" trailer will premiere online Wednesday, March 27 at 9 a.m. (Pacific). In a breathless press release, Sony says the trailer "gives audiences a chance to view the film's state-of-the-art visual effects and shows Spider-Man patrolling the city below by using his webshooters to swing from rooftop to rooftop, performing aerial acrobats and crawling on buildings with the stickiness of an arachnid."

    The Quicktime trailer will be available--sans marketing bullshit--at the movie's official site.
    Posted: 03/20/02

    Spider-Man 2 Brewing
      "Spider-Man" doesn't premiere until May 3, but producer Laura Ziskin tells the Calgary Sun that plans for a sequel are already developing. The deal hasn't been finalized, but Ziskin confirms that director Sam Raimi will return to helm the follow-up, perhaps filming as early as January 2003.

    Ziskin says the first Spidey installment is in the late stages of post-production.
    Posted: 03/19/02

    Spider-Man Tease: New Poster and Trailer
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    © 2001 Sony  
    Update: The first "Spider-Man" trailer is now available for download through the official site. Quicktime, Real, and Windows Media formats are all supported.

    In recent years the promotional materials for upcoming big-budget releases have been more impressive than the films themselves ("Pearl Harbor" and "The Phantom Menace" are two obvious examples). Hopefully, the recently released teaser poster for next May's "Spider-Man" is a taste of what's to come instead of the culmination of the film's creativity.

    That being said, the new poster is stunning; it's an instant collectible. Recognizing the desirability of this image, the staff of the official site has wisely provided two high-resolution downloads: 800x600 and 1024x768.

    While the poster isn't technically for sale, a quick scan through eBay reveals that bids are approaching $80. If that's too steep your only recourse is to befriend someone who works at a movie theatre and hope they can procure a copy before co-workers and managers swoop in for the kill.

    In related news, Spider-Man Hype confirms that the Spidey teaser trailer will unspool in front of "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" on July 11. Presumably, the trailer will be available for download shortly after its theatrical debut. If you can't wait, and you don't mind spoilers, a description of the trailer should tide you over.
    Posted: 07/08/01

    Spider-Man Goodies: Pictures, Video, Bruce Campbell
      I've been a damn dirty slacker for neglecting the slew of "Spider-Man" news that's surfaced in recent weeks, so I offer the following highlights as penance:

    First up are three shots of Willem Dafoe dressed as Spidey's nemesis, the Green Goblin. The pictures are from a distance but an accompanying on-set report and a rough sketch offer decent details. Based on these shots it looks like the Goblin and the Alien have been swimming in the same gene pool.

    Next is news of the official site's opening. Typical offerings like cast bios and production stills are available, but the slick site also features behind-the-scenes footage, costume concepts, and a test clip that shows Spidey's wall-scaling prowess. Free registration is required to see the effects video, but the intrusion is offset by the coolness of the goodie.

    Pictures and video are enjoyable, but both pale to the excitement generated by an interview with Bruce "Groovy" Campbell. Speaking to Ain't it Cool News, The "Evil Dead"/"Army of Darkness" star explains how his "Spider-Man" cameo contributes to Spidey's future identity.

    If these items don't satiate your "Spider-Man" news desires, appease yourself with a visit to Spider-Man Hype.
    Posted: 03/30/01

    Spidey Update: Behold the Costume!
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    Recognizing the power of fan salivation, Sony has released the first official pictures of "Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire dressed in the Spidey costume. Originally appearing at Entertainment Weekly and Coming Attractions, the shots reveal the costume to be a slightly-modified version of the classic red-and-blue outfit from the comics. Spidey, always a trendsetter, will also be sporting the latest in eye-wear from sunglass manufacturer Oakley. For more information, consult the extensive details at Coming Attractions.
    Posted: 01/16/01

    Kirsten Dunst is Mary Jane
      Coming Attractions reports that Kirsten Dunst ("Bring it On") has landed the coveted role of Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man." Dunst beat out Alicia Witt ("Urban Legend"), who was long-rumored as the Mary Jane frontrunner. This will be Dunst's highest profile role since 1994's "Interview With the Vampire."

    In related news, the sneaky do-gooders at French Premiere have just posted the "Spider-Man" teaser trailer from the ShoWest 2000 convention. The trailer isn't much to crow about, but those with an affinity for computer-generated spider webs should definitely give it a look (requires Quicktime).
    Posted: 12/13/00

    Spider-Man Update: Katie Holmes as Gwen Stacy?
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    © 1999 Paramount  
    The latest "Spider-Man" casting rumor from Spider-Man Hype says Katie Holmes may make a cameo appearance in the film, playing Gwen Stacy. For those unaware of Stacy's importance in the Spidey universe, she was Peter Parker's first love. I'll refrain from further details, for it may spoil the movie, but if you want to know what became of Gwen in the comic books, visit Captain Comics. Spider-Man Hype says Holmes' appearance would be a setup for a larger role in the "Spider-Man" sequel—and there will be a sequel.

    This Holmes rumor is bolstered by the actress' connections to "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire. Holmes worked with Raimi on his upcoming thriller, "The Gift," and she acted opposite Maguire in Ang Lee's suburban drama "The Ice Storm."

    Spider-Man Hype also reports that another "Gift" cast member, Gary Cole ("Office Space"), may take the role of Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson. Previous reports had William H. Macy ("Fargo") as the Jameson front-runner, but it's become apparent that previous "Spider-Man" reports have the value of wampum.

    Speaking of previous reports (which we're doing), months of conjecture about Spidey's adversary—the Green Goblin—have yielded little factual information. This important role has yet to be cast, but the latest rumors say Willem Dafoe ("Shadow of the Vampire") is the prime contender. Official word on Dafoe's involvement has yet to surface, so for the time being his name should be added to the growing list of actors who have expressed an "interest" in playing the Goblin. Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich both considered the role, but scheduling conflicts or an aversion to the color green prompted each to pass.
    Posted: 10/27/00

    "Spider-Man" Pushed to May 2002
      Citing an "ambitious vision for "Spider-Man," Columbia Pictures has pushed "Spidey's" release date from November 2001 to May 3, 2002. Variety says that the start of production has also been pushed back from December to January 2001. Most of the acting stuff—principal photography and the like—will be out of the way by the summer of 2001, which should keep "Spidey" safe from the SAG strike (a topic I'm already sick of). Columbia's decision shouldn't be a major problem for director Sam Raimi, but Tobey Maguire is probably cursing the move because he'll be forced to dedicate a few more months to the intense weight-lifting program he's used to prepare for the Spidey role. To see what Mr. Pleasantville looks like now, check out this picture. He's action Tobey now.
    Posted: 9/14/00

    Malkovich Prepares to Go Green in "Spider-Man"
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    The ever-eccentric John Malkovich is considering an offer to become the Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" movie, says The Hollywood Reporter. Nicholas Cage was originally considered for the villainous role, but Mr. "Gone in 60 Seconds" bailed on the project because he was too busy filming yet another action movie (John Woo's "Windtalkers"). Expect Cage to be hospitalized for self-inflicted ass-kicking wounds after "Spider-Man" is released and Malkovich steals the show.

    In other Spidey casting news, says that Kate Hudson may be joining the production. This comes as a surprise because Julia Stiles has been rumored for the Mary Jane role. Hudson may be a more viable choice because of the positive buzz she's earning for her performance in Cameron Crowe's upcoming "Almost Famous." Then again, Hudson may play a different character, allowing Stiles to be Mary Jane and promptly tossing my "viability" theory in the crapper.
    Posted: 9/12/00

    Nic Cage Bails on "Spider-Man"
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    © Touchstone Pictures  
    It's a sad day. My dream of seeing Tobey Maguire whup Nic Cage's non-Oscar-worthy butt in "Spider-Man" will not come to pass. The NY Daily News says that Cage's role in John Woo's "Windtalkers" will prevent him from playing the Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" movie. It was to be a small role, but it still would have been fun to see Action Hero Nic knocked down a few pegs. With this role falling through, Nic is 0-2 in the superhero department. He was attached to Kevin Smith's "Superman Lives" project for a couple years, but that film never got off the ground. Maybe Nic should forget about this superhero stuff and stick to that big-budget Bruckheimer nonsense. Either that or he could put that Oscar to use by acting.
    Posted: 8/30/00

    Nic Cage, Julia Stiles Rumored for "Spider-Man"
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    © 1999 Touchstone Pictures  
    With Tobey Maguire officially signed as Spidey, casting rumors are now focused on supporting players. IMDb has an item that says Nicolas Cage is being pursued to play the Green Goblin. I'm no fan of Nic Cage, but seeing him get his green ass whupped by Tobey "Pleasantville" Maguire would make me giggle like a little girl. Additionally, Spider-Man Hype reports that Julia Stiles ("10 Things I Hate About You") will probably be cast as Peter Parker's girlfriend Mary Jane. "Spider-Man" will begin filming in November, so expect more confirmed cast members to surface in the next few weeks.
    Posted: 8/03/00

    Strong Rumor: Tobey Maguire to be Spider-Man
    I'm spidey and you're not  
    © 1999 Miramax Pictures  
    Coming Attractions, a site I link to so much I should be set up on an affiliate plan, has just landed a scoop that says Tobey Maguire has been cast as Peter Parker / Spider-Man. Maguire, the star of "Pleasantville" and "The Cider House Rules," has been on a short list of candidates that has included (at one time or another) Leonardo DiCaprio, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jude Law and Heath Ledger. Official word will probably be released Monday. Though some on the Filmfodder staff disagree, I think Maguire is an excellent choice. Spidey, in his early days, is supposed to be an awkward, gangly young man. The other actors rumored for this role were all too bulky, old, or, in the case of DiCaprio, too prepubescent. Maguire has an awkwardness about him, but if these films become a franchise (and there's a great chance they will) I could also see him morphing into a more confident character. So far, director Sam Raimi seems to be moving in a positive direction with this film—let's hope he doesn't crap out like Schumacher did with the Batman movies.
    Posted: 7/30/00

    First Look at The New Spidey Movie
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    © 2000 Marvel Comics  
    Until recently finding solid news on Sam Raimi's upcoming "Spider-Man" movie has been an exercise in teeth-clenching futility. If I read one more unverified blurb about a trendy A-list actor being considered for the Peter Parker/Spidey role I'm going to strap on red spandex and throw myself from the Prudential building. Thankfully, legitimate Spidey news has finally surfaced and I can temporarily quash my suicidal, arachnoid desires. Earlier this week, Coming Attractions, The Fetal Film Report and IGN FilmForce teamed up to deliver a host of pictures and production shots from the Spidey film. The shots, taken from a special promotional video shown at the San Diego Comic Convention, suggest that Raimi is walking the line between classic Spidey and an updated version. One of the tape's most interesting revelations is that Spidey's web shooters will be organic. This idea originally surfaced in James Cameron's treatment, which is shocking because most of Cameron's ideas involve $150-million budgets and piss-poor dialogue. But I digress. In the video, Raimi demonstrates how the already-shy Parker will be forced to wear long-sleeved shirts to hide his spurting growths (scroll to the bottom of the linked page to see the still). Puberty is going to be a rough time for young Mr. Parker but at least his movie is shaping up nicely.
    Posted: 7/25/00