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Marc Webb talks the Lizard, Uncle Ben and more in new “Amazing Spider-Man” interview

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“The Amazing Spider-Man” trailer dropped yesterday, and we were duly awed by it. Now director Marc Webb has come out and elaborated on some of the new elements of Peter Parker’s untold story that we’ve seen in the trailer.

Ever since the relaunch of Sony’s “Spider-Man” franchise was announced, Webb was clear that he wanted to take a different approach to the franchise than his predecessor, Sam Raimi. In the group interview he participated in (which you can read over on ComingSoon.net), Webb explained that he made a point of making his main character different from his other onscreen incarnation.

“I wanted to do things differently. If we’ve seen the origin of Spider-Man, maybe we haven’t seen the origin of Peter Parker,” he said. “There are certain iconic elements of Spider-Man that I felt obligated to honor. There are some exploratory phases. But, again, I wanted to build something with a different tone and a different attitude and to do things in a little more of a practical way, especially at the beginning of the movie.”

An interesting little spoilery tangent to this comes from Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest. According to him, Peter Parker’s Spider-Man origin has been changed entirely. Skip this if you want to remain spoiler free.

Faraci claims that an inside source has told him that a radioactive spider is no longer what causes Parker to turn into Spider-Man. Instead, it’s something that his father planted in his DNA as a child, and is activated later in his life. It’s something that seems to be confirmed by yesterday’s trailer, but we won’t know for sure until the movie comes out in July.

Okay, safe to read again. Webb also shed some light on whether it will be the mystery surrounding Parker’s parents or the death of his Uncle Ben that triggers his transformation into Spider-Man. Though he didn’t give a straight answer, Webb seemed to hint that it will be Ben’s death that causes the pivotal change.

“The first domino in the story is the parents. He goes out looking for his father and finds himself. That’s my tagline. But Uncle Ben, of course, and his death… well, you have to see the movie!” Webb teased. “But, there’s three elements that Marvel was very protective of and I think are very important parts of the Spider-Man origin story. Uncle Ben’s death transforms him and has a huge impact on him. That’s an incredibly important part of the mythology. I would never subvert that. That’s all I’ll say about that.”

Another big change that we see in this trailer is the snout-less Lizard. It turns out that the Lizard’s actions were originally acted out by a man named Big John, and then Rhys Ifans later donned a motion capture suit to help transfer his likeness to an actual CGI version of the Lizard.

“In the comics there are different incarnations of the Lizard. There’s the MacFarlane one, which has the snout, but I was interested more in finding something that could relate human emotions,” Webb said. “So Rhys’s performance is giving that nuance, getting the eyebrow tics and the looks. Creating an armature that can actually speak and lips that make sounds. It’s a very detailed and, frankly, tedious process. I really wanted to capture emotion.”

Webb said that he was inspired by the “Ultimate” and from old “Amazing Spider-Man” comic book story arcs when creating his “The Amazing Spider-Man” movie. The current running time clocks in at about two hours. “The Amazing Spider-Man” is due out on July 3.

What do you think of these latest “Amazing Spider-Man” developments? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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