- The sequel to The Muppets starts filming in London in January and will feature more songs by Bret McKenzie (Bleeding Cool)
- Screen Junkies finally made an “honest trailer” for The Amazing Spider-Man (spoilers).
- The pilot for Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D TV series directed by Joss Whedon will start filming in January. (Bleeding Cool)
- Skyfall‘s director Sam Mendes and writer John Logan are making a vampire hunter TV series. (io9)
- The Battlestar Galactica prequel Blood & Chrome (featuring Will Adama as a pilot in the Cylon Wars) is finally going to air online starting today as webisodes (EW)
- Who’s directing Star Wars: Episode VII? Is it Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class)? Is it Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed)? (Collider/Bleeding Cool)
- Whoever is directing, it appears Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) has already plotted out the next Star Wars trilogy and will likely be the writer of Episode VII. (Bleeding Cool)
- Harrison Ford is open to returning to the role of Han Solo in the new trilogy. (EW)
- Is Disney trying to buy Hasbro next? (MTV Geek)
- Because no one demanded it, 70s/80s fantasy comic Elfquest might finally be getting a movie. (io9)
- Stan Lee wants a bigger cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I say give it to him as long as his character is named Jack Kirby. (Splash Page)
- Spartacus: War of the Damned premieres in January. (TV Squad)
- Neil Gaiman’s next Doctor Who episode will feature the Cybermen. (Bleeding Cool)
- Mark Wahlberg is going to star in the next Transformers movie by Michael Bay. (Latino Review)
- David Yates is going to direct Tarzan for Warner Bros. Yay for the resurrection of racist franchises! (Vulture)
- At least someone agrees with me that Preacher should be a TV series not a movie. (Splash Page)
- Shock surprise, Man of Steel is going to be in 3D. (Deadline Hollywood Daily)
- One of the best ongoing comic series, Locke & Key, might be getting a movie trilogy. (Splash Page)
- DC Comics decides to end it’s longest running series, Hellblazer, just so they can relaunch it. (MTV Geek)
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Brett Ratner are joining forces for Hercules. (Splash Page)
- New trailers for World War Z (starring Brad Pitt), The Last Stand (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Les Misérables (Latino Review)
The Amazing Spider-Man is a perfectly fine reboot for the Spider-Man series1. Andrew Garfield playing Peter Parker is more emo than nerd. That might have bothered me but for this movie, it worked. It was a good idea to start with Peter’s relationship with Gwen Stacy (a charming Emma Stone) if only to differentiate itself from the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire films. Starting with Stacy as the love interest allows the producers of this series to stretch out Parker’s time in high school and slowly lead up to Mary Jane Watson.
There are two things I will give this film over its predecessor. They handled Parker’s intelligence well, having him design his web shooters and have intelligent conversations with Doctor Conners (Rhys Ifans). Also, the improvements in CGI technology allowed Spider-Man to look more fluid and less cartoony than Raimi’s Spider-Man.
Despite having movies I have been anticipating for years, this looks like a pretty lame year for summer tentpole films. This year, “summer” starts on March 4th. I don’t imagine that I’ll be seeing a lot of movies this summer but I am definitely going to try and see these five.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3)
Even though Spider-Man 3 was pretty bad, I still hate how quickly they rebooted it (I know there are legal reasons they needed to do it but still). I think Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy respectively) are well cast and appreciate that they are going back to the mechanical web shooters (which highlights Parker’s intelligence) but tying Parker’s parents into the origin and that horrible suit have me shaking my head. All I know if J. Jonah Jameson appears in the sequels, they better get J.K. Simmons back.