Biz Break: It's Hard to Say Who Is Most Unhappy With 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Franchise: Shailene Woodley or James Franco
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Biz Break: It's Hard to Say Who Is Most Unhappy With 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Franchise: Shailene Woodley or James Franco

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | June 20, 2013 | Comments ()

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The Amazing Spider-Man franchise was given the go-ahead for a third and fourth movie, which may explain why Marc Webb decided to cut out some excess in the sequel. Shailene Woodley was cast, and shot scenes as, Mary Jane Watson. Alas, her scenes have been cut from the movie and Mary Jane has been pushed into the third movie. Woodley was gracious about the entire thing, including the high probability of the character being completely recast. Of course, if I were filming a potential franchise where I was the lead, I would be fine with being on the cutting room floor as well. In that vein, here are a couple of pictures of Woodley and Theo James from Divergent.



Speaking of The Amazing Spider-Man, James Franco -- in an interview with Vice -- gave a slight diss to the new franchise, not the content itself, but the reasons behind it.

I too have been in comic-book films - the Spider-Man trilogy directed by Sam Raimi. I mention the director because this distinction is now necessary in the wake of the new Spider-Man series that arose even before there was time to bury the corpse of the old one and enshroud it in the haze of nostalgia. [...] I don't really feel much distress over its being remade, for many reasons, but what is interesting to me is that it has been remade so quickly - and the reasons why. The answer is, of course, money.

The Farrelly brothers are moving ahead with their sequel Dumb and Dumber To. After being dropped by Warner Bros., the movie has been picked up by Universal. The plot will supposedly send Harry and Lloyd on a road trip when one of them finds out he's a daddy. Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey are set to reprise their roles and the characters haven't learned anything or grown in the time we've been apart from them, which is good news. Why would I want them to learn from their mistakes and not sell a blind kid a dead bird??


Paul Feig is gearing up to write, direct and produce the spy film Susan Cooper. The movie will be a comedy as well, though it isn't supposed to be a parody of James Bond with a female spy in his place. It's actually supposed to be as realistic as a spy movie can be, except with laughs and a Lady and her Lady Parts doing the spying.

Well, I don't know that the Lady Parts will have spy capabilities. I suppose that would run to the parody side of things. Ruin the whole thing, it would. It would be like teeth but would instead have a nanny cam in her vagooter. I wouldn't think the footage would be that helpful.

Anyway, Susan Cooper is said to have two lead characters and takes inspiration from Casino Royale (2006). Who should play Susan Cooper?

Last of all, my delicious guilty pleasure, Netflix's "Hemlock Grove", will be returning for a second season. One would hope that some questions will get some actual answers in the ten new episodes, but I'm just excited for more Landon Liboiron. Also, werewolves, possible vampires, resurrected freak children, family secrets, and general idiocy.


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  • barec2

    Color me behind the hip wave but I'm so happy to learn the word "Vagooter" that my next pet name is now a foregone conclusion.

  • Maguita NYC

    I don't know how I feel about Jeff Daniels reprising his role as the dumbest... Or was he the dumber?... Especially after his wonderful turn as serious journo Will McAvoy in The Newsroom.

  • MikeRoorda

    Ugh. Oh man, more Hemlock Grove? I already feel dirty from the hate-watching I'm going to do.

  • babykangarootribbiani

    yes to more hemlock grove!!! smirky little declan from degrassi;s not so preppy anymore!!!

  • Tinkerville

    Oh, shut the hell up, James Franco.

  • Maguita NYC

    I can't watch him in anything anymore. He annoys me that badly.

  • AlBorland's Beard

    I do hope that when this series inevitably gets darker, they don't reflect that in Garfield's Peter Parker by having him wear more black, slick his hair, and be somewhat hostile towards Ukranian landlords.

    They can keep the jazz club scene, though. That was fantastic.

  • $27019454

    You know when you go to an open house at Christmas time at your mom's Aunt Lillian's condo in Costa Mesa and 39% of the attendees are 89 yrs-plus old and and she lets her cat jump up on the kitchen counter there's bowls of mixed nuts and candy dishes of stuck-together hard candies and on the buffet table are chafing dishes of rumaki and teensy tooth-picked "meatballs" and there is inevitably a cheeseball studded with walnut slivers and surrounded by wheat thins like a giant buffet table obelisk and simultaneously an icon of bygone buffet-table glory and NO ONE touches it and it sits and it sits in all its cheezy cheeseball glory? THAT's how cheesy Hemlock Grove is. Plus Lily Taylor.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Poor Lili Taylor.

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  • Michelle

    I am still not behind Shailene Woodley as Tris in Divergent. She is TOO TALL.

  • toblerone

    "...remade so quickly...answer is money..." And SUCK. Rami's trilogy got worse with each installment and I was happy when he was shit canned along with all of the actors involved.

    As for Woodley's exit, meh. Maybe they plan to back Emma Stone.

    I'm just happy (if the rumors are true) that Black Cat will be appearing in the series.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Assuming they're to be British, Winslet and Weisz would make fantastic and hilarious spies.

  • Captain D

    Is Jenna-Louise Coleman too young to be the spy?

  • zeke_the_pig

    Fair play and all credit to Franco - he wins the Most Pompous Phrasing of a Banal Statement of the Week award:
    'I too have been in comic book films.'
    He takes the baton from me after the gem I unleashed last week: 'Verily my bowels do feel somewhat in need of a voiding.'
    I wish you the best, James.

  • L.O.V.E.

    The only thing missing from your otherwise perfect declaration is the requisite trumpet sounds that must follow. That really brings the class.

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