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'Amazing Spider-Man:' Andrew Garfield's angst [Trailer]

February 7, 2012 |  5:09 pm

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Any lingering notion of a shoegazing Spider-Man trying to make it quietly in the halls of his high school went out the window Tuesday with the release of the full trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man.”  Instead, in flew the action spectacle that is Sony’s superhero reboot, which comes to theaters July 3.

The trailer shows huge set pieces of the kind you wouldn’t expect from director Marc Webb -- who previously helmed the, well, shoegazing romance “(500) Days of Summer" -- as Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man flies over, into and through buildings.

The essential battle in the film -- penned by "Harry Potter" veteran Steve Kloves -- seems to be one of Garfield vs. Garfield, as Spider-Man runs amok, and possibly even into conflict with Peter Parker. “I’ve got to stop him. I created him,” Parker tells love interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), presumably referring to his webbed alter ego.

The story line also evokes elements of “The Dark Knight” and its ilk, as a “masked vigilante” flouts the law and taunts law enforcement efforts, headed by George Stacy (Denis Leary), father of Gwen. And unlike the Sam Raimi-Tobey Maguire editions, there’s a key character here in one Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), a scientist who had worked with Parker’s father and who seems to hold the solution to several of the film’s mysteries.

Not likely to be lost on fans of the original films is the trailer’s declaration that this is “the untold story.” In other words, disregard everything you’ve been told before.

 

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Photo: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in 'The Amazing Spider-Man.' Credit: Sony Pictures


Emma Stone: Worried 'Spider-Man' fans should have patience

July 22, 2011 | 10:42 am

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When the teaser for "The Amazing Spider-Man" leaked online this week, some fans of the web-slinging crimefighter pulled out the knives. The effects aren't convincing, they said. The tone of Marc Webb's movie feels too serious. And why do we need a new Peter Parker origin story only nine years after Tobey Maguire did pretty much the same thing in the 2002 blockbuster "Spider-Man"?

One of the film's stars, Emma Stone, said fans shouldn't jump to any conclusions. In an interview last weekend, she told 24 Frames that this movie's ambitions are vastly different than anything that came in Sam Raimi's three prior films.

"One of the great hopes of this 'Spider-Man' is it will capture the reality of Peter Parker and the small intimate moments that occur in his life," said Stone, who plays Gwen Stacy, a scientist and love interest to Parker (Andrew Garfield). "It's entirely something new and different."

Webb had promised an intimacy to the storytelling, and Stone said she believes he delivered. "It didn't feel like a big love story. It's a small love story set in this unbelievable, incredible world. It's about two teenagers falling in love." (Webb told our colleague Geoff Boucher that he feels a "responsibility to reinvent" the mythology.)

In a second interview Thursday night, Stone, who has been busy promoting three of her films this summer ("Friends with Benefits," "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and "The Help") said she had yet to hear about fan feedback on Sony's teaser.

But when told about some fans' complaints, the actress said she got the sense Sony was anxious about the film's reception at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego, where it is to get its first major publicity exposure at a panel Friday afternoon.  Immediately after the interview, she said, a studio representative was stopping off at her hotel to show her a half-hour of footage -- some of which would be screened at Comic-Con on Friday.

"[The skeptical reaction] might be why they're showing the sizzle reel," she surmised. "Because they're calling me today like, 'You have to come to Sony, you have to come to Sony!' And I'm like, 'I can't come to Sony.' But they were like, 'We have to show you this sizzle reel that we're showing tomorrow. We weren't gonna show it, but it's nine minutes of the movie and we feel like it explains what we can't in answering questions.' Because everyone's saying, 'How is this different? What's going on?' "

As if on cue, Stone's phone rang.  On the other end of the line was Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony. "Why is Sony calling?" Stone said, before picking up. She shrugged. "It's Comic-Con."

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Photo: Emma Stone in 'The Help'  Credit: Dale Robinette/DreamWorks


Hollywood seeks to make bank robbers cool again (maybe even with Andrew Garfield?)

March 3, 2011 |  1:22 pm

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Bank-robbery films are a staple of great cinema. Unfortunately, unless you count “The Town” or “Inside Man,” the best of the lot -- “Bonnie & Clyde," “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," etc. -- were made about 50 years ago. But two new films gaining heat in Hollywood seek to revitalize the genre.

"The Robber," a remake of a well-regarded German movie about a marathon runner who robs banks for sport, has a degree of development momentum at studio Sony. "The Amazing Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield has watched the original and expressed interest in playing the lead part, said a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to speak about it publicly. ("The Amazing Spider-Man" producer Laura Ziskin is also producing the "Robber" remake.)

An existential inquiry as much as an action movie, Benjamin Heisenberg's original, which is based on the true story of the German bank robber Johann Rettenberger, avoids a lot of personal detail in favor of a more mysterious character approach. Filmmakers on the American version -- producers are currently seeking writers -- would likely add a degree of of backstory to make the film more palatable to  a mainstream American audience, said the person familiar with the project. A Sony spokesman declined comment.

Meanwhile, the producer of “Blue Valentine” is taking a crack at "Electric Slide," a long-developed movie about Los Angeles' so-called gentleman bank robber Eddie Dodson. In the 1980s, Dodson robbed banks all over Southern California to support his trendy Melrose Avenue shop as well as a growing drug habit. But he never shot anyone and, in fact, used a fake gun as he committed his robberies. (Dodson died in 2003; read more about bank robber Dodson here.)

Ewan McGregor is attached to play the bank robber. (Carey Mulligan was at one point playing the female lead but is now off the film.)  Many producers have had mixed results trying to get the project going. But the "Valentine" producer, Jamie Patricof, who also made "Half Nelson," has a history of getting challenging films to the screen. Writer-director Tristan Patterson is set to turn in a new script in the next few weeks.

Bank robbers who have a code of honor -- or at least strange methods and motives -- aren't new in moviedom. Two years ago, Michael Mann took on the peculiar case of John Dillinger in "Public Enemies." But that movie became less of a heist story in favor of something else (a manhunt story, mainly). Ditto for "The Town," which had a significant romance element. And "Inside Man" was a hostage story as much as anything else.

These new films, say those familiar with them, look to get back to the basics of bank robbery.

-- Steven Zeitchik

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Photo: "The Robber." Credit: Kino Lorber

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'The Social Network' to 'Spider-Man': Does Andrew Garfield always play the victim?

January 26, 2011 |  3:48 pm

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Poor Andrew Garfield.

No, we're not talking about his being shut out of the Oscar nominations for supporting actor for his role in "The Social Network," nor his losing out to Christian Bale at the Golden Globes. Rather, Garfield seems to be the go-to star for casting agents wanting beaten, broken underdogs cast out by a cruel societal, political or social pecking order -- not to mention that his stage credits include the male half of the famous star-crossed lovers in "Romeo & Juliet."

Andrew-garfield-social-network So when photos of new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield hit the, um, Web, adjectives like "tortured" or "damaged" were quick to surface. As 24 Frames' Steve Zeitchik pointed out, "It's dicey to read too much into one image, but there's something unmistakably shoegazing about the image -- perhaps because he actually seems to be gazing at his shoes -- and even a little anti-heroic."

For a quick refresher on Garfield's tortured on-screen past, click on the gallery at left. But fair warning: Spoilers await those not initiated with our new friendly neighborhood crime-fighter's resume.

-- Whitney Friedlander

Photos from left: Andrew Garfield in "Never Let Me Go," credit: Alex Bailey / Fox Searchlight; "Spider-Man," credit: John Schwartzman / Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. via Getty Images; and "The Social Network," credit: Merrick Morton / Columbia Tristar


Andrew Garfield as tortured 'Spider-Man'? [image]

January 13, 2011 |  1:00 pm

SpiderIt must be the week for first images. After Rooney Mara threw us with her new punked-up look ("Rooney Mara, showing more than dragon tattoos"), Andrew Garfield shows us what he looks like in character and in costume with this first image of him as Spider-Man, in Marc Webb's new take on the superhero.

It's dicey to read too much into one image, but there's something unmistakably shoegazing about the image -- perhaps because he actually seems to be gazing at his shoes -- and even a little anti-heroic.

Which would fit with some of what's been rumored about the new character and Garfield's own approach to keep things smaller and more, well, human.

At the Los Angeles Times' Young Hollywood panel, for instance, Garfield told my colleague Amy Kaufman that despite the larger-than-life quality to the role, "I'm just gonna still approach it like I’m doing a short film of 'Spider-Man' that my friend is directing."

-- Steven Zeitchik
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Photo: Andrew Garfield in "Spider-Man." Credit: Sony Pictures

 


L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable: Working with veterans

November 10, 2010 |  7:01 am

Director David Fincher is known for insisting that actors do multiple, multiple takes on the sets of his movies. So before Andrew Garfield even began filming "The Social Network," the 27-year-old said he was worried about the director's demands.

"We were told a bunch of horror stories about actors keeling over and dying ... having to, like, urinate in jars because they weren't allowed off-set," he said Friday at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre during a roundtable moderated by Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Amy Kaufman that also included  Jesse Eisenberg and Carey Mulligan.

Ultimately, Garfield said, he didn't end up passing out on set. Instead, he discovered Fincher's style "was actually an incredible gift for young actors" because it allowed the freedom to "do your own thing."

Fincher was also incredibly "in tune" with his actors, said Eisenberg, who also starred in "The Social Network." During one scene in which Eisenberg's character -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg -- is being deposed and has a notepad, the actor jotted down which takes he considered best. Then he compared notes with Fincher.

"The two out of the 50 that I thought were good were the ones that he had circled as well," Eisenberg said. "...When you do a lot of takes [for Fincher], it’s not this kind of haphazard obsessive compulsive behavior."

Mulligan, meanwhile, said she had a somewhat different relationship with her "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" costar Michael Douglas, who played her father in the film. In January, the veteran actor's son Cameron pleaded guilty to drug charges, and in April was sentenced to five years in prison. After production had wrapped, Douglas learned he had throat cancer.

"Michael and I didn't really hang out or have any contact -- in a nice way," she said. "I think he sort of kept a distance. He didn't want to get all pal-ly with me, because we had this sort of weird relationship [in the film]. ...I think Michael was in a sort of interesting place in his life, and I was terrified of him."

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L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable: Adjusting to fame

November 9, 2010 | 11:08 am

On the red carpet, actress Carey Mulligan always seems so poised. Her secret?

"I learned something this year, which is if you have a martini before you do red carpets, that's a very good idea," she joked Friday at the Egyptian, where she sat alongside Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg on a Young Hollywood Roundtable moderated by Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Amy Kaufman.

Of course, it was only a year ago that Mulligan first became the subject of intense media attention during awards season, which culminated with her earning a lead actress nomination at the Academy Awards for her role in "An Education."

"Last year, I was just horribly nervous all the time," she admitted. "And those banks of photographers. I literally weep by the end of it."

What's helped ease the anxiety of such situations, she said, is bringing her family along to the ritzy events.

"If you bring your family and you see it through their eyes -- we went to the Oscars, and my brother was in the car with me, and he was, like, hopping, he was so excited," she said, "because all of the policemen had enormous guns, and they were checking all of the cars for bombs."

Still, the 25-year-old insisted that having "Academy Award nominee" before her name hadn't really affected her career -- though it is pretty cool.

"It's really cool, first of all, when you see it in the trailer," she said. "It is kind of cool. But no, it doesn’t change anything. ... The offers don’t roll in, and you still have to audition and fight for the jobs that you want and get disappointed and it’s the same deal, really. You just get a little bit more access to cool people, but it’s the same."

Check back for a final clip from the event on Wednesday.

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L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable: Andrew Garfield on 'Spider-Man,' Carey Mulligan on Mario Lopez

November 8, 2010 |  1:17 pm

Actor Andrew Garfield received some of the biggest news of his career earlier this year, when he found out he’d landed the role of Spider-Man in the upcoming installment of Sony’s popular franchise.

Up to now, Garfield, 27, has been best known for his roles in smaller, more performance-oriented films, like this fall’s “Never Let Me Go,” or “Boy A,” which earned him the best actor prize in 2008 from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Sitting amongst his peers Carey Mulligan and Jesse Eisenberg at a Young Hollywood Roundtable at the Egyptian Friday night, Garfield told Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Amy Kaufman that he wasn’t planning to approach Spidey any differently from his prior roles.

“I’m just gonna still approach it like I’m doing a short film of ‘Spider-Man’ that my friend is directing,” he said. “And that’s kind of how I have to approach it, or I’ll lose my mind and crack under the pressure.”

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L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable: Jesse Eisenberg gets feedback

November 7, 2010 |  3:01 pm

It's no secret that Facebook has not been a big supporter of "The Social Network," the hit fall film that centers on the controversial founding years of the company. Jesse Eisenberg, who played Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg in the movie, tried to meet the terse tech whiz but was rebuffed.

During a roundtable Friday at the Egyptian Theatre with three of Young Hollywood's brightest talents -- Eisenberg, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield -- Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Amy Kaufman asked the actor if he'd heard from anyone at Facebook since the movie's release. 

Eisenberg, who has a cousin who works at the social-networking site, verified a report that Zuckerberg had rented out a movie theater so the company's employees could view the film. Afterward, Eisenberg said, Zuckerberg treated the staff to a round of appletinis at a bar (it was the favored cocktail in the movie), deeming it the "new drink of Facebook."

But perhaps more surprising was a message that Eisenberg's cousin relayed to the actor from Zuckerberg. 

"He wanted to say that he liked the parts he thought the movie got right, and he wanted to say that I did a nice job," Eisenberg said.

Of course, the self-critical actor took the compliment with a grain of salt, saying he felt "terrible" that Zuckerberg felt he had to be "diplomatic" about his response to the film.

"I realized how uncomfortable this must be for him," the actor said.  

Check back Monday for more excerpts from the event.

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L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable: Getting into character

November 6, 2010 |  2:32 pm

When you throw hot young actors like Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan and Jesse Eisenberg together for a free-wheeling discussion, you never know what might come up -- on Friday, it was everything from appletinis and eyebrows to private planes and taking the bus in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Amy Kaufman sat down with the trio at the Egyptian Theatre to talk about handling the challenges of global stardom as twentysomethings. There was plenty of meaningful talk about the craft of acting. But there were also confessions of self-doubt (Garfield discussed his "stupid eyebrows" and his "stupid nostrils"). Funny stories about what first wowed them about Los Angeles (Mulligan recalled being awed seeing Mario Lopez on Muscle Beach). And quirky peeks into the jet-set Hollywood life (Eisenberg says he's enjoyed flying around on a private plane doing publicity for "The Social Network" because it's bigger than his New York apartment -- and there are no cats.)

Garfield, 27, and Mulligan, 25, recently starred in "Never Let Me Go,” a film based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s beloved science fiction novel about a group of schoolchildren relegated to a sad fate. Garfield also appeared on screen this fall with Eisenberg, 27, in "The Social Network," which revolves around the controversial origins of Facebook. And Mulligan had a key role in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

Over the next few days, we'll post short videos with some highlights of the conversation. In this first clip, the three reveal how they approach the task of getting into character. Check back Sunday for more excerpts from the event.

 


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