Andrew Garfield kicked off his week in NYC by working on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, both yesterday and today. The actor suited up in his Spider-Man spandex on the set of the sequel yesterday, breaking to laugh at playbacks, then paired up with Shailene Woodley for today's scene. Shailene hopped on a motorcycle, with a noticeably redder shade of hair, for her role as the latest Mary Jane. She is among several new cast members signing on for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Andrew's return to his role as Peter Parker will mark the first film he's done since the first of the franchise, and his on and off-screen love, Emma Stone, will also return to her role as Gwen Stacy.
Andrew Garfield slips into the Spidey suit in Mark Webb's new iteration of the classic superhero. In this version, Peter Parker is back in high school when he's bitten by the spider that infects him with superpowers. He needs them to combat Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans), a onetime ally of his father's who's taken to transforming into a giant evil lizard at night. Garfield and Emma Stone (as love interest Gwen Stacy) bring new life to the franchise, though the plot may be a bit too similar to the Sam Raimi film for some viewers. The DVD comes with deleted scenes, commentary, production art, and stunt rehearsals.
Mark Duplass stars as Jack, a man still in the throes of depression a year after his brother's sudden death. Seeking solitude, he travels to his best friend Iris's (Emily Blunt) family cabin, only to find her sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) attempting to cope with a loss of her own. When Iris comes up to visit, the three have to deal with the dynamics of an uncomfortable love triangle. Director Lynn Shelton delivers a film filled with honesty, humor, and compelling performances. The DVD features the theatrical trailer and commentaries.
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Despite last week's tragic movie theater shooting, The Dark Knight Rises earned $160.8 million in its opening weekend, falling slightly shy of its $190 million expectations. Ice Age: Continental Drift followed in second place, with $20.4 million, while The Amazing Spider-Man took third with $10.8 million in its third week. Ted and Brave snagged fourth and fifth places, earning $10 million and $6 million, respectively.
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This Friday, Christian Bale brings his suited-up good looks back to the big screen as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises, and we got a taste of the dashing dark knight at the film's premiere last night. And what's better than one supersexy superhero? A whole crop of them! 2012 is turning out to be superpowered hot-actor overload with Andrew Garfield showing off his spidey skills — and shirtless bod — as the star of recently released The Amazing Spider-Man, and earlier in the year with The Avengers' cast of steamy Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, and a bulked-up Chris Hemsworth as Thor. I'm all for the superheroines, but when it comes to all these swoon-worthy superheroes, sign me up for the damsel in distress role! To get in the superhero spirit, let's look at the most smoldering caped crusaders to grace the big screen with their big guns.
Families headed to theaters over the weekend, helping Ice Age: Continental Drift open to $46 million. The animated flick claimed the top spot over franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, which came in second with $35 million. Mark Wahlberg's comedy Ted took third place, with $22.1 million, followed by Brave and Magic Mike, which earned $10.7 million and $9 million, respectively.
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After years of speculation about whether or not it was too soon to reboot the Spider-Man franchise, we finally have our answer. The Amazing Spider-Man has proved to be a critical favorite (relatively speaking) and a box office hit. That said, there's a fair amount of critics that prefer Sam Raimi's Spidey trilogy, and while the new installment has made plenty of money, it's still not quite as big a blockbuster as any of the Tobey Maguire films.
Though I'm a big fan of the earlier Spider-Man movies, I was impressed with The Amazing Spider-Man. I really liked what Andrew Garfield did with Peter Parker, and I'm looking forward to seeing the next two movies in the trilogy, especially now that the origin story is out of the way. What about you — did you enjoy the new movie, or should Sony have kept Spidey on the shelf?
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It was a good week for Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, as The Amazing Spider-Man earned $65 million this weekend, bringing its total gross to $140 million and easily topping the box office chart. Last weekend's top earner, Ted, dropped to second place, taking in $32.6 million. Pixar's princess story Brave took third with $20.2 million, followed by Oliver Stone's Savages (in its opening weekend) with $16.2. Magic Mike brought $15.6 million, which landed it in fifth place.
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Andrew Garfield swings into theaters this week as our newest Spider-Man/Peter Parker, but is The Amazing Spider-Man a worthy reboot? Watch our video review to find out how Garfield fares in the role; whether he has chemistry with his onscreen love interest, Emma Stone; and, most importantly, if the film is a watch, pass, or rent!
Everyone's favorite web-slinging hero is swinging onto the scene this week with The Amazing Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Oliver Stone's latest creation, Savages, has Blake Lively kidnapped by Salma Hayek as Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch try to come to her rescue. Take a look at all the pictures from this week's new releases!