Six observations about the new ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ images

Six observations about the new ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ images (photo)

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Columbia Pictures kicked off a new week by releasing six high-res images from “The Amazing Spider-Man” featuring Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging superhero Peter Parker and Emma Stone as his first love, Gwen Stacy. While the images don’t offer much new information about the film, there’s at least one good question, observation, or prediction that each photo suggests.

What are they? Well, I’m glad you asked…

You can check out each photo below, with some notes below each image:

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When it was announced that the upcoming reboot of the Spider-Man franchise was going to feature Gwen Stacy instead of Mary Jane Watson, there was a lot of speculation regarding the sort of updates the character would receive. A product of the swingin’ 1960s, Gwen was Peter’s first love in the Marvel Comics universe, and some fans worried that the tweaks necessary to bring her into modern world. While we got to see some footage of Emma Stone as Gwen in the “Amazing Spider-Man” teaser, this photo offers a nice indication of how the updated character will look — complete with the iconic black headband she was always pictured with in the comics.

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While this image offers a nice look at the redesigned logo Spider-Man will sport on his costume, it also provides a nice, up-close look at the mask he’ll wear, too. Spidey’s new headwear appears to feature smaller, goggle-style eyes instead of the large, white eyes used in the previous franchise’s Spider-suit.

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After a poster seen at Comic-Con revealed a red logo for Spider-Man’s costume, then a second poster showed off a black logo, fans weren’t quite sure what to think about the final design for Spidey’s rebooted suit. In this photo, we see that the red logo is on the back of the costume (with the black logo appearing in the previous photo on the front of the suit). Mystery solved! Moving on…

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Possibly the most question-provoking image of the bunch, this pic shows Gwen tending to Peter’s wounds. What we don’t see, however, is any sign of the Spider-Man costume. Were Peter’s wounds inflicted during that brawl with The Lizard we heard about during the Comic-Con panel? Does Gwen know Peter is Spider-Man? These are the questions that bother me so…

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There’s been much debate about the casting of Andrew Garfield, but it’s easy to see in this image that he fits the mold of the wiry, wall-crawling, nerd-turned-superhero Peter Parker. Originally intended to be your classic 98-pound weakling, Peter took on a more average-guy build in the studio’s prior Spider-Man films starring Tobey Maguire. In the new film, skinny Peter is back. This photo also offers another nice look at the meshy, streamlined version of the costume we’ll see in the film.

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The other big thought-provoking image of the bunch is this shot of Peter Parker clinging to the ceiling of a subway car. Why is he out of costume? And what is he looking at? Given my own subway-riding experience, I’m actually not surprised the person in the background is sleeping through the entire scene, but still… what is going on here?!

What do YOU think of the new images? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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Photo Credit: Everett Digital, Columbia Pictures

We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.