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Sam Raimi: Along Came A Spidey


Hard to believe but fifteen years ago there was no such thing as a Spider-man movie.  Now here we are and Spidey is on his second reboot.  When the original Spider-man movie debuted in 2002, super hero movies were still relatively uncommon and director Sam Raimi was known primarily as the director of cult horror movies.  Prior to the movie’s release, Raimi talked to Movieline about how he got the job, what controversial contributions James Cameron made to the movie and how the chemistry between Tobey Maguire and Kristen Dunst may have spilled over into real life.

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Why’d it bomb? The Amazing Spider Man 2 (2014)


Last summer, Spider-Man made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU for short). This summer, the web-slinger will be headlining his own movie. But before his “homecoming”, Spidey was the star of two of Sony’s franchises. First, Sam Raimi a trilogy starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Then Marc Webb rebooted the series in 2012 with Andrew Garfield taking over the mantle. In both cases, the franchise’s started off well but then, through executive meddling, things didn’t go so well.

Then came The Amazing Spider Man 2, which had the lowest grossing domestic gross of any Spider Man film, grossing $202 million domestically. That being said, it was technically a hit at the box office, making $709 million worldwide. However, while that wasn’t much different from the first movie’s worldwide gross of $757 million, Sony was expecting the movie to make more money and, when it didn’t, they ended up firing Garfield (though the fact that he had a falling out with the head of Sony didn’t help matters either), they cancelled their plans for an Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and decided to reboot the whole thing all over again. But why wasn’t it the huge hit Sony was hoping for? Let’s find out!

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Starlog Archives: Bringing Comics to Life Circa 1976


These days, it seems like there’s a new superhero movie every few weeks.  But forty years ago, the genre was in its infancy.  Superman: The Movie is largely considered the first modern super hero movie, but it was still in development in 1976 when Starlog published this article about the brave new world of movies based on comic book characters.  The article, from the magazine’s second issue, lists Burt Reynolds, James Caan and Robert Redford as candidates for the Man of Steel and Guy Hamilton was still attached to direct.

The pickings were relatively slim in the seventies.  Aside from Superman, most of the movie projects mentioned here never actually came to pass.  The ones that did were delayed for years and had little impact when they were finally released.  Most of the article deals with TV shows like Wonder Woman and the old Batman series or instances in which TV characters like The Bionic Man were adapted to comic books.

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Tobey Maguire Gallery

10 Things I Loved about Universal Orlando’s Theme Parks


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My family and I recently spent a few days in Orlando at Universal’s theme park and entertainment complex, and there is plenty to like when a large company puts so much effort into drawing big crowds in with lively, exciting, and immersive attractions and environments. There are some obvious examples that people who have only thought about visiting Universal are probably already aware of. First and Foremost, there’s the twin Harry Potter lands. Also, there’s the expanded Simpsons area of the original Universal park. With a truly impressive group of properties like Shrek, Despicable Me, Jurassic Park, Transformers, Men in Black, and their legendary set of classic monsters to choose from, Universal has created a crowd-pleasing destination. This list will mostly avoid the more obvious examples of the attractions which pull people into the parks by the millions each year. Mostly. There will be little to no coverage of the new Diagon Alley area here and we’ll be sticking to the theme parks exclusively, so that means nothing about CityWalk or the resort where we stayed. You’ll have to wait for information on those topics in later posts.
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What the Hell Happened to Tobey Maguire?


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Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire is best-known as the first movie Spider-man.  But before he donned the blue and red tights, Maguire was a promising actor who seemed destined for a long career.  During the 90’s, Maguire built a reputation as a talented actor in a string of independent movies.  After he crossed over into the mainstream, Maguire continued supplementing his super hero duties with high profile dramatic roles.  But after he hung up his Spidey-suit, Maguire practically disappeared from the big screen.

What the hell happened?

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Spider-man 2 Vs . Captain America: Winter Soldier


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Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Spider-man 2 Vs. X-Men 2


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Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Blade Vs. Spider-man 2


Blade Vs. Spider-man 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Kirsten Dunst Gallery

Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Spider-man Vs. Spider-man 2


Spider-man Vs. Spider-man 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron kicks off the summer movie season on May 1.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Super Heroes of the Seventies


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It has been said that we are living in a Golden Age of super hero stories.  The genre is certainly experiencing a boom in popularity at the movies and on TV.  But the seventies were no slouch in the super hero department either.  Some of the seeds of our modern day super hero explosion were sown back in the 70’s.

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What the Hell Happened to Kirsten Dunst?


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Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst was a child actor who successfully transitioned into adult roles.  She worked opposite Brad Pitt, Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.  She was directed by the likes of Woody Allen, Sam Raimi and Neil Jordan.  She played a cheerleader, a vampire and Spider-man’s true love.  But when her web-slinging stopped, Dunst disappeared from the once-hot spotlight.

What the hell happened?

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