October 21, 2016
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Awaiting Word on ‘Spider-Man,’ Hutcherson Focuses on ‘Kids’

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

hollywoodnews.com: Josh Hutcherson seems to be taking in stride the fact that he’s all over the internet these days as one of the anointed few shortlisted to become the new Spider-Man in Sony’s planned reboot of the film franchise. “It’s weird to be talked about that much for a part and nobody knows who’ll get it,” he admits. But at least Hutcherson has more than enough to keep him occupied while he awaits word.

He takes off Sunday (6/27) for New York promotion chores and the East Coast premiere of “The Kids Are All Right.” He plays the son of Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in Lisa Cholodenko’s drama about a long-time lesbian couple’s world getting shaken up when their teenage son and daughter contact their previously anonymous sperm donor dad (Mark Ruffalo). The film collected raves at the Sundance, Berlin, Sydney and L.A. Film Festivals. It opens July 9.

As far as potential controversy, he says, “I really hope people just see it for what it is without being political. It’s a movie about a family. “The sexuality takes a back seat to that, really. It focuses on a family, a marriage, and I personally feel you could exchange the two moms with any situation – two dads, a mom and dad – and the dynamic would be the same. We’re not trying to go out of our way to make a political statement.

“When I first read this script, I knew it was going to make an incredible movie. Then when I found out the actors, I was blown away,” adds the 17-year-old, who’s been turning in first rate performances (“Bridge to Terabithia,” “Zathura,” “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant,” etc.) while he’s been growing up.

Josh also has “Red Dawn” in the can. The remake of John Milius’ 1984 flick has China invading the United States. “That’s a really cool movie with a cool concept about a bunch of teens fighting back after this invasion. I loved it! It was so much fun to make,” he says. “We did military training for it.”

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About Beck / Smith

Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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