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February 13, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - I have seen the immediate future of Broadway, and it is stranded on a ledge of the first balcony. It stands high up there, decked out in a form-fitting Spider-Man suit, in the person of good-looking, strong-voiced Reeve Carney, hands at his side, face with just a hint of oh-no-not-again chagrin, his presence all the more marooned in a harsh white light that had been illuminating his final speedy swoops above the main-floor audience at...
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June 14, 2011 | By DAVID GERMAIN, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Laura Ziskin was a "Spider-Man" novice when she first met with her future producing partner on the blockbuster film franchise. She quickly became an expert on the Marvel Comics superhero and his alter-ego, Peter Parker, applying the same tenacity that took her from humble beginnings as a game-show writer to Hollywood's top echelons in a career of nearly 40 years. "She became a geek," said Avi Arad, producer on the "Spider-Man" films with Ziskin, 61, who died Sunday at her Santa Monica home after a seven-year battle with breast cancer.
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July 2, 2004 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tobey Maguire is the studliest stud in Hollywood. His Spider-Man 2 motion picture has made a record debut, taking in $40.5 million on its first day Wednesday. The original record was held by . . . you guessed it, Tobey's very own Spider-Man, which had the debut record of $39.4 mil two years ago. The Spidey movie is poised to scorch the holiday weekend and break the the best three-day-weekend earnings of $114.8 million, also set by the first Spider-Man. But the Tobester is probably not going to celebrate this one with his costar, Kirsten Dunst.
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July 6, 2004 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Theater-owners across the land are feasting on Spidey money today: Spider-Man 2 raked in a record $180 million in its first six days, pulverizing other box-office highs over the long Independence Day weekend. (That includes the paltry-by-comparison $146.7 mil record set last year by The Matrix Reloaded in its first six days.) Some numbers to add to your breakfast-cereal crunch: The Sam Raimi-helmed, Tobey Maguire-starring comic book flick made $115.8 million from Friday to Monday, according to estimates from its distributor, Sony.
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May 16, 2002 | By Gayle Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nicole Kidman seems to have a boy toy - eight years her junior. The lucky guy is Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire, 26, who has been infatuated with her since Oscar night. He joins such admirers as Ben Affleck, British actor Paul Bettany (A Knight's Tale), and People magazine - she's the cover model for its new 50 Most Beautiful People issue. The Australian news channel ninemsn aired pictures of Tobey and Nicole on a walk in L.A. last week, and at one point he's affectionately patting her bottom.
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May 8, 2015 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
THE MAN who helped Spider-Man reach the "big time" is coming back to the City of Brotherly Love for Wizard Philly 2015 - and he couldn't be happier. "I've been to Wizard Philly numerous times. I love Philly," said Dan Slott, one of the most popular and prolific writers working in comics today. "I am most looking forward to finally putting to rest . . . Pat's or Geno's? The eternal question! Though, I hear if I want the real Philly cheesesteak experience, I have to stray from the bright lights of Pat's and Geno's.
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June 14, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - Spider-Man has taken a quantum leap. Yeah, I know, Spider-Man is supposed to do that, that's his job. But we're talking about Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark , the most expensive show in Broadway history (about $70 million), the butt of jokes for its many mishaps, the record-breaker for its failure to come out of previews, the mess trashed by critics, the source of intrigue for its ouster of original director and cowriter Julie Taymor. The Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark that opened, finally, Tuesday night at Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre (I saw last Thursday's critics' preview)
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June 16, 2011 | By JOCELYN NOVECK, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The scene would have been hard to imagine three months ago, when Julie Taymor was pushed aside as director of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," an unprecedentedly expensive play whose well-publicized troubles had already made it the butt of late-night jokes. But there was Taymor returning Tuesday for the long-postponed opening night. She got a huge ovation and chants of "Julie, Julie" as she was welcomed onstage to kisses and hugs from Bono and the Edge - collaborators who had brought her into the project years ago, but later played a role in her ouster from the $70 million production.
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July 3, 2010 | By JOHN HORN, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - Sony Pictures has found its new Peter Parker: British heartthrob Andrew Garfield. The studio announced this week that it had cast the 26-year-old star of the upcoming "Never Let Me Go" and "The Social Network" in one of the most closely scrutinized casting decisions in recent Hollywood history. Garfield also starred in "Lions for Lambs," "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and the acclaimed British miniseries "Red Riding. " The fourth film in the series is planned to be a "Spider-Man" origin story that Sony earlier in the year said would focus on "a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing superhuman crises.
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April 26, 2011 | By Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
NEW YORK - An actor seriously injured at the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark returned to work Monday, only four months after he plummeted 35 feet from an onstage platform. "I feel amazing," said Christopher Tierney before reporting for rehearsals at the Foxwoods Theatre. He said the accident in December didn't give him second thoughts about rejoining the stunt-heavy show: "I'm ready to put on the harness right now and fly around. " Tierney, 31, suffered a fractured skull, a fractured shoulder blade, four broken ribs, and three broken vertebrae on Dec. 20 when he tumbled in front of a shocked preview audience.
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May 8, 2015 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
THE MAN who helped Spider-Man reach the "big time" is coming back to the City of Brotherly Love for Wizard Philly 2015 - and he couldn't be happier. "I've been to Wizard Philly numerous times. I love Philly," said Dan Slott, one of the most popular and prolific writers working in comics today. "I am most looking forward to finally putting to rest . . . Pat's or Geno's? The eternal question! Though, I hear if I want the real Philly cheesesteak experience, I have to stray from the bright lights of Pat's and Geno's.
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May 8, 2015 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
FOR COMICS writer and historian Danny Fingeroth, coming to Wizard World Comic Con Philly (through Sunday at the Convention Center) is like coming home. "I have a sentimental attachment to Philadelphia," said Fingeroth, who is best known for editing the Spider-Man group of titles for Marvel in the 1990s. "I grew up in New York. If my family wanted to go away for a weekend or a few days, we'd often go to Philadelphia. "I remember the Mummers Parade and just enjoying some old-time Jewish neighborhoods," he continued.
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May 6, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amazing, but not surprising The Amazing Spider-Man 2 , the first release of the summer movie season and the biggest film of the year for Sony Corp., led the U.S. box office in its opening weekend. Starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone , it netted $92 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters. International sales to date total $277 million. Sony says the movie - the fifth in its Spider-Man franchise, which began with director Sam Raimi 's 2002 film starring Tobey Maguire - is playing on 11,002 screens in China, the biggest release of any film in history.
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May 2, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"AMAZING Spider-Man 2" star Andrew Garfield recently stirred some controversy when he said he brought up the possibility that Miles Morales - the half-black/half-Latino teen who replaced Peter Parker as Spidey in Marvel's Ultimate comic-book line - could replace him as the movie Spider-Man once Garfield spins his last web. While many dismissed the idea, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso is not among them. "Yeah, I could easily see it happening," Alonso told Tattle Comics Guy Jerome Maida . "I'm excited by the prospect of seeing the world's most recognizable superhero peel back the mask and show a new face and how inclusive that would be and what a statement that would make - and I don't think I'm alone!"
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May 2, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
PERHAPS the fertile imagination of Stan Lee could conjure a villain with the power to bend time into a recurring loop. The fellow could use his Groundhog Day abilities to rob armored cars, or whatever, and while this was going on the rest of us could be forced to experience the same thing, over and over. Much as we now experience the "Spider-Man" movies, reboots of reboots of a character done to near-perfection, and very recently, by Sam Raimi. Case in point: "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," a long, low-energy movie, that begins with Spider-Man policing New York successfully, but failing in his relationship with Gwen (Emma Stone)
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May 2, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
AT THE box office and in the comic books that gave him birth, some signs are pointing to a slight decline in the popularity of Spider-Man, so Sony is hoping that "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (in theaters today) will juice audiences for a franchise that already has four more sequels and spinoffs planned for the next four years. The first "Spider-Man" film a dozen years ago had a then-unheard of opening weekend haul of $114 million, on its way to a massive $403 million total. However, each subsequent film has seen a drop at the domestic box-office, culminating in "Amazing Spider-Man," the first film in what many thought was an unnecessary reboot, grossing only $262 million domestically.
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July 9, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF
If your Spidey sense tells you that your friendly neighborhood web-spinner has snared the weekend box office charts, you're right. Spider-Man spun himself a $65 million opening weekend and $140 million in his first six days at U.S. theaters. Overseas, The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, along with Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field, and Martin Sheen, added $129.1 million, raising its worldwide haul to $341.2 million since it began opening a week earlier in some foreign markets.
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July 7, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Reprinted from Tuesday's edition. Maybe it's the screenwriters' way of justifying their deja-vu-all-over-again reboot of a still-familiar franchise: In The Amazing Spider-Man , a high school English teacher looks over her class of twentysomethings disguised as pimply teens and puts the lie to the old saw that there are just 10 original stories in all of literature. In fact, she says, "I'm here to tell you there is only one. " In other words, don't come to The Amazing Spider-Man looking for originality.
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July 6, 2012 | Howard Gensler
Hollywood took a giant step backward this week when "The Amazing Spider-Man" swung into action Tuesday with $35 million in domestic box office, a record for a film opening on a Tuesday. The $35 million Tuesday crushed the previous record-holder, "Transformers," which opened with $27.9 million on the day before the Fourth of July in 2007. So why is this a bad thing? Well, it's not bad for theater owners, Marvel or Sony, but it is bad for people who like to see something new and different in theaters.
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June 16, 2012 | By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers
This week's new DVD selections include two strong TV series. Episodes: The First Season Grade C-plus: This Showtime comedy looks at what happens when a popular British series is transformed into an American sitcom. The show goes from classy to trashy, especially with Matt LeBlanc, who plays himself, cast in the lead. Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan play the series creators, who must decide between their artistic integrity and the fame and fortune that come with a hit situation comedy.
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