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Jamie Foxx in talks to play Electro in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ seems to have found its villain.

It was reported yesterday that Jamie Foxx is in talks to play Electro in the new movie, and director Marc Webb seemingly confirmed the news during a later press conference. Though Foxx isn’t locked down for the part, it seems as though the “Django Unchained” star is someone Webb is dying to work with.

“I think Jamie Foxx is electrifying,” Webb told reporters. “I think Jamie Foxx is one of the most brilliant actors that we have around today. He’s such a great character actor. He’s a really brilliant guy and I would love to work with him, so you’ll be hearing more on that shortly, I’m sure.”

In addition to Electro, we also know Webb is including Mary Jane Watson and Harry Osborn in the new “Spider-Man” film. “The Descendants” star Shailene Woodley is confirmed for the MJ role, but no far no actor’s name has been brought up for Osborn.

Meanwhile, “The Amazing Spider-Man” series will likely be losing one of its main stars: The introduction of Mary Jane likely heralds in the death of Gwen Stacy. Surprisingly, that’s not a plot point that Emma Stone is averse to.

“Apparently people unsubscribed to the comic book when that happened because they were just so flipped-out over it,” Stone said during an interview with Cameron Crowe in Interview magazine. “But, of course, I want to stay true to that. That’s the question you get the most when you’re part of that saga.”

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ swings into theaters on May 2, 2014. Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb are both officially back for the sequel.

What do you think of Jamie Foxx as Electro? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ targets Shailene Woodley for Mary Jane Watson

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ just got a whole lot more interesting.

A new story from Variety says that we’re going to be meeting three pretty major characters from the “Spider-Man” mythology in the upcoming movie. Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborn and Electro are all expected to have roles in the film.

Though no one has been chosen for Peter Parker’s best friend or the well-known Spider-Man villain, it turns out that Sony has its eyes set on an actress for Mary Jane Watson. “The Descendants” star Shailene Woodley is reported to be the front-runner for the part, and is apparently already in talks for the role. Considering Emma Stone is playing Gwen Stacy in the next film as well, it will be interesting to see if Mary Jane is just a secondary character or if she becomes a love interest for Peter Parker in this next project.

What Mary Jane’s inclusion likely means is that we’ll see Gwen’s death in one of the next couple “Amazing Spider-Man” movies. It’s a path that has been somewhat inevitable ever since Stone was cast in the part, and it’s something the actress is even in support of.

“Apparently people unsubscribed to the comic book when that happened because they were just so flipped-out over it,” Stone said during an interview with Cameron Crowe in Interview magazine. “But, of course, I want to stay true to that. That’s the question you get the most when you’re part of that saga.”

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ swings into theaters on May 2, 2014. Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb are both officially back for the sequel.

Do you think Woodley will make a good Mary Jane Watson? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Funke Town

Alia Shawkat’s 5 Funniest Roles

Catch Alia Shawkat on an all-new Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Rarely do we see a comedic talent so fully realized at such a young age, but Arrested Development fans witnessed it firsthand in the acting chops of Alia Shawkat. (She was also the very first person cast in the series.) Alia landed many roles since and with them solidified her status as a fantastic comedy actor.

Before you catch Alia as one of Carrie’s new kids on tonight’s brand new Portlandia, check out her five funniest roles to date. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area.)

1. Maeby Fünke, Arrested Development

She may have gotten her start with a small role in David O. Russell’s Three Kings, but the world got to know Alia Shawkat from her breakthrough role as Maeby Fünke, arguably the sanest and most self-aware member of the dysfunctional Bluth clan. Quick with a ruse and a quip, Maeby had her family figured out practically from birth — even if the makeout sessions with her step-cousin gave her pause.


2. Adele, Broad City

Perfectly cast as Ilana Glazer’s doppelganger (co-star Abbi Jacobson even mistook Glazer for Shawkat when they first met in improv class), Alia plays the sexually charged counterpart to Ilana’s free-wheelin’ libido. Their whirlwind hookup hits a rough patch, however, when they don’t share the same enthusiasm for making out with oneself, and their differing stance on marijuana is the final nail.


3. Frances Cleveland, Drunk History

Mixing middle school social studies with a detox center, Derek Waters’ Comedy Central series retells historical events through the glazed eyes and slurred speech of drunk comedians. In the episode focusing on First Ladies, Shawkat plays Grover Cleveland’s wife Frances Folsom who championed a feminist movement in the late-1800s and used her public profile to promote jobs for women.


4. Bree, Cedar Rapids

The 2011 comedy Cedar Rapids starring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, and Anne Heche features Shawkat as a sex worker who frequents business conventions for hot-to-trot johns. The role stands in stark contrast to the mostly wholesome yet acerbic Maeby and might be jarring for those who only know her from Arrested Development. But after her first sarcastic comment, the similarities become pretty evident.


5. Herself, Getting Doug With High

Unlike her character in Broad City, Alia enjoys partaking in the occasional toke in real life and did so alongside comedian Doug Benson and actor Aubrey Plaza for Benson’s online weed series, Getting Doug With High. Watching the trio hang out, chat, and joke around, viewers got a true sense of Shawkat’s affable and funny self that she brings to the table for each role.

Watch Alia as one of Carrie’s new kids in a clip from this week’s Portlandia.

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