April 25, 2014

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Andrew Garfield on “The Social Network” and playing Spider-Man

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Andrew Garfield is going to be a huge star.
And I’m not going out on a limb to proclaim that simply because the young British actor recently signed on to play Spider-Man – a lottery ticket of a role – in Marc Webb’s anticipated Marvel Comics reboot.
Instead, I’m basing it on Garfield’s on-screen performances of late. The 27-year-old actor more than held his own alongside Oscar nominees Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan for Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go.” And he deserves all of the awards buzz Justin Timberlake seems to be getting for David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” In that film, Garfield creates the only character we come close to caring about, and nails his crucial scene (a late confrontation with Jesse Eisenberg’s Mark Zuckerberg in the West Coast offices of social media giant, Facebook).
I’ve also been lucky enough to interview Garfield twice in recent weeks, in Toronto for “Go” and in New York for “Network.” He’s funny, charming, grounded but aware of his pending fame. He’s easy at conversation, really listens to every question, and gives you a considered answer. We spoke about the relationship his character, Eduardo, had to have with Jesse’s Mark if “Social Network” was going to connect to its audience.
“I can talk about that for days and weeks and months and years,” Garfield said about working with Eisenberg. “There were some subconscious forces going about during our rehearsal process. Maybe it was just from my own perspective, but my subconscious knew that I had to kind of fall in love with him, see him as a brother, and have a genuine love for him. And it was very easy to project that on such an innocent face and an innocent soul. It’s so weird and awkward saying this about him. [Laughs] But I have been a fan of Jesse as an actor ever since I saw ‘The Squid and the Whale.’ It was just a wonderful thing to have a genuine connection with someone and allow that to bleed into not being filmed.”
As a follow up question, a fellow journalist asked Garfield – with tongue in cheek, I hope – if he has any future plans to announce.
“Yeah, no, I’m going to be Spider-Man,” Garfield said, adding nothing more to his answer.
He sat back in his chair, and saw the wealth of potential stretched out in front [...]

TIFF ’10: Andrew Garfield talks ‘Never Let Me Go’ and his approach to ‘Spider-Man’

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Andrew Garfield is having a moment.
For those of you living under a rock (and lacking a decent wireless signal beneath said rock), the British actor has been chosen to don the iconic Spider-Man costume in Marc Webb’s reboot of Marvel’s superhero film franchise. Later this fall, Garfield has a part in David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” which documents the rise and fall of the young men behind Facebook. And at the Toronto International Film Festival, Garfield joins Oscar nominee Keira Knightley and Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan for Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go,” a romantic drama set in an alternate existence where clones are bred for the purpose of donating valuable organs to prevent life-threatening diseases.
Adapted from Kazou Ishiguro’s novel, “Never Let Me Go” is beautiful and sparse, which Garfield would know if he took the time to watch it. He won’t. He tells me that he can’t … at least not objectively.
“All I see is the stuff I don’t do,” he said. “I don’t see any positives. I only see the negatives.

“It’s like listening to your voice recorded back, exponentially, like one-thousand-fold,” Garfield continues with a slight grin. “You are seeing your soul recorded back and its really upsetting. Because you don’t know how you come across. And why should you know how you come across? If you are too conscious of that, then you will be disabled and totally restricted in your own life. I just want to be free and be myself, reinvent myself, play different characters and be different things.”
The next thing he’s going to be, however, is huge. As Spider-Man, Garfield’s going to find it near impossible to avoid seeing himself everywhere. Yet when asked about his approach to taking on such a massive task, Garfield says he’s attempting to view it as just another role in just another movie.
“That may be naïve of me, but that’s how I’m treating it,” Garfield said. “I’m honestly treating it like this is a role that has meant a lot to me since I was four years old. And I have been waiting for the call since then to be given the opportunity to play with a bunch of awesome cameras and effects and to feel like I’m swinging through New York City. It’s a childhood fantasy come to life. But I’m just treating it like an extension of my seven-year-old [...]

Andrew Garfield opens up about chance to play “Spider-Man”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Andrew Garfield is supposed to be talking about “Never Let Me Go.” But it would be difficult – if not impossible – to sit down across from the young star and not ask him questions about his leading role in the soon-to-be-blockbuster “Spider-Man” reboot, directed by Marc Webb.
That’s what happened when the Hollywood Reporter corned Garfield in Telluride, where his latest drama recently screened. Asked about his preparation to play Marvel’s mighty superhero, Garfield said:
“I have been waiting for this phone call for 24 years, for someone to call me up and say, ‘Hey, we want you to pretend to be a character that you’ve always wanted to be all your life, and we’re going to do it with cool cameras and cool effects and you’re going to feel like you’re swinging through New York City. Do you want to do that?’
‘Let me just consult with my seven-year old self and see what he thinks…’
So my seven-year-old self started screaming in my soul and saying, ‘This is what we’ve been waiting for.’
Like every young boy who feels stronger on the inside than they look on the outside, any skinny boy basically who wishes their muscles matched their sense of injustice, God, it’s just the stuff that dreams are made of, for sure. It’s a true fucking honor to be part of this symbol that I actually think is a very important symbol and it’s meant a great deal to me, and it continues to mean something to people. So yeah, I feel like I’ve been preparing for it for a while. Ever since Halloween when I was four years old and I wore my first Spider-Man costume.
You just have to love that enthusiasm, as well as the honesty. I pray the studio system doesn’t grind the energy out of Garfield, because he has some major credits on the horizon. Yes, he stars alongside Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go.” But he’ll also appear in David Fincher’s anticipated Facebook drama, “The Social Network,” before dinning Spider-Man’s mask for the 2012 summer thriller.
More on Garfield, “Never Let Me Go,” “The Social Network” and, of course, Webb’s “Spider-Man” as news develops.
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“Yogi Bear” goes from teaser poster to teaser trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Yesterday it was a teaser poster (as well as an unexpected e-mail from a disgruntled reader). Today, “Yogi Bear” graduates to a full-on teaser trailer, complete with a brief introduction by Dan Aykroyd. Click over to Yahoo! Movies to view it for yourself.
Now that we’ve seen footage, we have to make a few minor corrections to our previous “Yogi Bear” assessment. Anna Faris actually is playing a human character, not just lending her voice, as posted on IMDB.com. And the lead park ranger looks to be Tom Cavanagh of TV’s “Ed,” and not T.J. Miller. But Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake still voice Yogi and Boo Boo, respectively. And as we guessed, the film is heavy on the exaggerated physical comedy (bears tumbling off a roof, pies in the face, Yogi’s ass dragging along a picket fence) that characterized similar family films like “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Marmaduke.”
As for that e-mail, it came from credited “Yogi” screenwriter Brad Copeland, who wrote to defend his film as something better than “Garfield” or “Alvin.” That’s totally understandable, and I applaud Copeland for taking a stand and believing in his product. When I requested an official interview for proper quotes about “Yogi,” though, he turned me down. That’s too bad, as I’d love to know what he thinks of this clip.
“Yogi Bear” opens in theaters on Dec. 17. So, are you going to go?
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Billy Murray kind of squashes “Ghostbusters” rumors, calling it a “crock”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: That sound you hear is the last nail being driven into the casket of “Ghostbusters 3.”
OK, no project is ever really dead in Hollywood, particularly rumored sequels to extremely successful film franchises like “Ghostbusters.” But Bill Murray’s recent responses to GQ magazine — which interviewed the icon as part of its annual comedy issue — seem to suggest the anticipated third go-round isn’t going to get off the ground.
“It’s all a bunch of crock. It’s a crock,” the candid Murray said. He went on to explain that because Ramis’ “Year One” flopped — and it was penned by the writing team Ramis hoped to lure to “Ghostbusters,” the idea of doing a third movie “just vaporized.”
Murray also seems OK with that, and I think I am, too. No one really wants to see older Ghostbusters, replacement Ghostbusters, or an animated Ghostbusters adventure that send the guys to Hell (all of which have been rumored).
You should read the full article. It really captures Murray’s unique approach to the film industry, and goes on to explain why he works so infrequently, and what kind of identity mix up “inspired” him to lend his voice to “Garfield.” It’s a great read.
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Weekly Recap: Kelsey Grammer getting divorced, ‘Spider Man’ cast

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Kelsey Grammer is getting a divorce from third wife, Camille. They have two children.
At first this one is a head-scratcher since Kelsey and Camille looked happy as clams the night of the Tony Awards.
But here’s the thing: Camille is now part of the scripted reality show, “The Real (Albeit Cosmetically Enhanced) Housewives of Beverly Hills.” It shoots in California, three thousand miles from Broadway. Grammer, who’s done LA and never liked it much, is a Tony nominee in the Tony award winning Best Revival Musical “La Cage Aux Folles.” He ain’t leaving New York anytime soon.
Is it just geography that’s splitting this couple? Answer: who knows? But when “Housewives” eventually airs, we may learn a lot more. The camera crews have been following the couple for weeks. Even yours truly had to sign a release on Tony night after I spoke to Kelsey about the Broadway show…
…Everyone’s fighting over whose scoop it is/was that Andrew Garfield has been cast in the new “Spider Man” movie. I don’t care. All I know is, Garfield is a spectacular choice. So good in “Boy A” and “Dr. Parnassus,” and even “Lions for Lambs,” Garfield is hot hot hot right now. I predicted after “Boy A” that he would blast off, and it’s happening. Well played…
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Andrew Garfield to play Peter Parker in ‘Spider-Man’

HollywoodNews.com: After a comprehensive worldwide casting search, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012. The new film will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Today’s confirmation culminates what has been one of the most eagerly anticipated casting announcements in recent memory. Bloggers, pop culture speculators, and everyday fans have pored over and analyzed every conceivable online rumor in an attempt to discover the identity of the next actor to play Peter Parker. Garfield will immediately begin preparing for the coveted role.
The Spider-Man franchise is one of the most successful in film history and the three previous motion pictures have collectively grossed more than $2.5 billion in worldwide box office.
On selecting Garfield, director Marc Webb said, “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”
Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures said, “Spider-Man is a classic superhero — a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker.”
Producer Avi Arad added, “I’m incredibly excited about Andrew Garfield. In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer. We believe we have found the perfect choice to take on this role and lead us into the future.”
Producer Laura Ziskin said, “We are thrilled to have Andrew Garfield for this new incarnation of Spider-Man under Marc [...]

Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Killers,’ ‘Splice,’ ‘Marmaduke’

By Kevin Crust
HollywoodNews.com: A soft May could turn into June gloom at the box-office if the pre-”Toy Story” (June 18) releases all fail to break out. Four new movies debut this week, but will all likely fall behind the ogre who looking to three-peat at number one.
GET HIM TO THE GREEK
A spinoff of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” from producer Judd Apatow and director Nicholas Stoller, the raunchy comedy features Russell Brand‘s naughty rock star character Aldous Snow being shepherded to L.A.’s famous open-air ampitheare by record company flunky Jonah Hill for a concert. Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Rose Byrne of “Damages” and “Mad Men’s” Elisabeth Moss co-star along with the usual array of Apatow stock company cameos. Stoller scripted.
Despite the high raunch factor, “Greek” is earning surprisingly good reviews. The sentiments of the Chicago duo of Roger Ebert of the Sun-Times and Michael Phillips of the rival Tribune are largely echoed in the words of A.O. Scott of the New York Times who writes that the signature “bawdy-sweet mixture”of Apatow films works here. Finding less to cheer about are Slate’s Dana Stevens, the Los Angeles Times’ Betsy Sharkey and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, who dubs it a “buzz-kill.”
Apatow and company are hoping for some R-rated, “Hangover”-like magic, but will be thrilled with half of that film’s $45 million opening. Positive word-of-mouth might help nudge it past Kutcher and Heigl into the number two spot, but if the overall numbers are down and “Prince of Persia” and/or “Sex and the City 2″ minimize their second-week drops, things could get mighty crowded behind “Shrek 4.”

KILLERS
An action comedy starring Katherine Heigl as a newlywed who suspects that hubby Ashton Kutcher is an assassin and their new neighbors have been contracted to rub them out. “Legally Blonde’s” Robert Luketic directed. Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara offer support. The screenplay was written by Bob DeRosa and Ted Griffin, credited as T.M. Griffin
Lionsgate didn’t bother to preview their most expensive movie ever for critics, a fairly certain sign that they wouldn’t have liked it anyway. When the reviews do roll out this afternoon you can count all the unflattering references to “True Lies” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”
The negative buzz from not being screened could have an impact in the crowded marketplace with audiences opting for the more touted “Greek.” The Los Angeles Times quoted a Lionsgate exec as saying if “Killers” clears $20M this weekend, [...]

New Line to bring Speedy Gonzales to the big screen

BY STAFF
New Line is going to be bringing the hit cartoon Speedy Gonzales to the big screen. The movie will be written by “Garfield” scribes Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen to turn the 2D character into a live-action/CG hybrid feature. George Lopez is set to play the voice of Speedy. The film is being produced by Lopez, Anne Lopez, and Lynette Ramirez along with “Ocean’s Eleven” producer Jerry Weintraub, Tracy Ryerson, and Jill Arthur.
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