The rumors and speculation are over now that reliable source Nikki Finke has leaked the news that Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire will both be back for a Spider-Man 4 (and probably 5, too). Sony was rumored to have been considering other actors to play the superhero, but apparently they woke up and realized how rare a franchise this successful and critically favored is. Apparently, Tobey wasn't sure he wanted to do it, but I'm guessing Sony made it worth his while.
On Monday morning, John Malkovich confirmed that he was in negotiations to play the Vulture in Spider-Man 4. By the end of the day, he was out of a job. That's because there is no Spidey 4 anymore -- director Sam Raimi walked away from the franchise when script problems (likely involving Raimi's love of the Vulture, and Sony's wariness of an old, bald villain) threatened the release date, and Sony has decided to re-cast and re-boot the whole damn thing. Raimi's three movies may have their flaws (especially the last one), but they were hugely popular, which makes this a sad day for a lot of people. On the other hand, we couldn't be more excited about a re-boot, even if the franchise is only ten years old. Here's what we'd like to see this time around.
The rumor mill is grinding in the Marvel Universe. Latino Review broke the story that the next two installments of the Spider-Man franchise are a go. They apparently are in the works sans original stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst and their director Sam Raimi. Unlike the grumblings over Terminator 4, the news that Maguire won't be returning is being met with little resistance from the Internet. "Indeed, fans may not want him back," says Comics2Film. [Nor do we want Kirsten Dunst back! - Zach] Instead, the buzz is on guessing who the next Peter Parker will be. Latino Review has narrowed it down to two choices: Patrick Fugit from Almost Famous and Michael Angarano from The Forbidden Kingdom.
Is there anyone on the planet who has not watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and sobbed copious tears and thought, "If only it were possible to erase [fill in the blank] from my mind so I could move on and have an adult relationship and accomplish menial tasks like the folding of laundry or the washing of my hair"? Well if there is, that's about to change because Hulu posted the entire movie for streaming on their site today. [Thanks to Videogum for tipping us off.] Here, in no particular order, are five reasons (out of infinity) why EsotSM is the most brilliant and beautiful and heartbreaking movie in the history of the world, like, EVER. And this is NOT hyperbole you guys, at ALL.