So the news is out that (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb will direct the Spider-Man reboot for Sony, plus two more installments after that. While the man only has one feature film under his belt -- and a hallucinatory musical rom-com, at that -- he's directed dozens of music videos since the late 1990s, which makes him as qualified as any music-video-director-turned-auteur. But what will the appropriately-named director bring to this blockbuster franchise, besides hundreds of terribly punny headlines? (Our favorite: "500 Days of Spiders.") We examined his relatively limited resume to see what we might expect in Spidey 2.0.
500 Days of Summer is one of those movies that starts out so promising and subversive, but just wimps out along the way and ends up reinforcing all the old romantic comedy clichés we've grown tired of. A shame, too, because it could have been so much better, and the cast deserved a script worthy of them, but hey, I know better than to expect anything new from these movies, especially one that was so ubiquitous and relentlessly advertised.
Looking for some last-minute gift ideas? How about a workplace comedy, a cutesy romance, a kick-ass sci-fi movie, a dull legal thriller and a stupid road trip flick? That should cover all of your bases.
John Waters is back in the director's chair and his casting remains as eclectic as his oeuvre. Parker Posey and Johnny Knoxville have signed up to star in the filmmaker's newest Christmas fare Fruitcake. The Hollywood Reporter (said today that "The plot is officially under wraps but is said to center on the title character, a boy named after his favorite dessert. He runs away from home during the holidays after he and his parents are caught shoplifting meat, then meets up with a runaway girl raised by two gay men and searching for her birth mother." Being that Fruitcake is a John Waters film, that sounds about right.