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SPIDER-MAN IS NO MATCH FOR BRAVE

November 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Once again demonstrating the power of animated family films in the home-video market, Disney/Pixar’s Brave knocked Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man off the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales charts last week. The animated film — the latest to feature a spunky heroine as the principal character — had been a hit at the domestic […]

WEB FEAT: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BAGS $140M IN DEBUT (Updated)

July 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Amazing Spider-Man lived up to its name over the six-day Independence Day holiday, piling up $140 million domestically and more than $200 million overseas, according to studio estimates. Receipts for the franchise may not have been quite what they were for the first two installments but they far exceeded the forecasts of many veteran […]

SPIDEY AGAIN EXPECTED TO PRODUCE FIREWORKS OVER HOLIDAY

July 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With the Fourth of July falling in the middle of the week, studios and theaters are figuring on a six-day holiday. Good thing, too, since weather forecasts for the Eastern part of the nation for the Fourth itself call for storms, heat, and humidity. Tracking surveys suggest that The Amazing Spider-Man, with Andrew Garfield replacing […]

MOVIE REVIEWS (1): THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

July 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Since The Amazing Spider-Man is opening in a handful of locations tonight (Monday) some U.S. critics are getting a head start by releasing reviews of the movie a day earlier than the film’s national release. Most have been positive if not enthusiastic. The latest Spidey movie begins where the now-ten-year-old original did — at the […]

SPIDER-MAN VIDEOS POSTED ON YOUTUBE

June 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In advance of Sony’s release of The Amazing Spider-Man on July 3, the studio has posted on YouTube not only a trailer but also more than 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, much of which features star Andrew Garfield hanging from wires (which will be erased digitally) and doing his own stunts. Six separate videos have […]

TONY AWARDS TO FEATURE NEIL PATRICK HARRIS — AND SPIDER-MAN

April 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This year’s Tony Awards will once again by hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted them two years ago and won an Emmy for his effort. This year’s ceremonies, to be carried by CBS on June 12, will originate from Broadway’s Beacon theater and could see an uptick in ratings due to interest in the […]

SPIDEY SETS BROADWAY BOX OFFICE RECORD

January 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It looks as if Spider-Man is going to be as big a hit on Broadway as he was in movie theaters. Today’s (Wednesday) New York newspapers reported that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark took in $2,941,794 over nine performances at Foxwood’s Theater in Times Square last week, the most ever earned by a Broadway production […]

PRODUCER/STUDIO EXEC JOHN CALLEY DEAD AT 81

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

John Calley, one of the most successful studio executives and producers in recent Hollywood history, has died at the age of 81. In its obituary today (Wednesday), the Wall Street Journal observed that at Warner Bros. in the 1970s, Calley “helped set in motion a decade of hits that rival the best of any studio […]

FAMED PRODUCER LAURA ZISKIN LOSES BATTLE WITH CANCER AT AGE 61

June 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Spider-Man and Pretty Woman producer Laura Ziskin has lost a seven-year battle against breast cancer. A founder of the advocacy group Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C), Ziskin had helped raise millions of dollars to support cancer research and to bring together scientists who had been studying the various forms of cancer to share their information. […]

SPIDER-MAN TURNS OFF THE PREVIEWS

June 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

After a record 177 preview performances during which anything that could go wrong did, the production of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finally became “frozen,” Wednesday night, with no further casting, rewrites, songs, or choreography planned, the New York Times reported today (Thursday). Critics have been invited to attend shows tonight, Friday and Saturday, […]

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