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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ narrows in on three potential actors for Harry Osborn

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ has its Mary Jane Watson and is close to landing its Electro, so now all the film needs is to settle on its Harry Osborn.

The search has apparently come down to three actors, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The three names on director Marc Webb’s short list are “Melancholia’s” Brady Corbet, “Chronicle’s” Dane DeHaan and “Beautiful Creatures'” Alden Ehrenreich.

Considering the fact that “Beautiful Creatures” is shaping up to be a franchise, Ehrenreich could be the least likely contender, but this is a role that no one will want to pass up. James Franco portrayed Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” films, and that role went on to cement his career. It will be interesting to see if Harry plays as prominent a role in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ as he did in the other Spidey movies.

According to THR, Harry will be a college student who befriends Peter Parker. The part was originally supposed to be for a “bigger, athletic actor,” but is now going the “dark and edgy” route. The site also reports that there could be more actors later added to the short list because “the character is evolving.”

“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.

Who do you think should be cast as Harry Osborn? What do you think of this character description? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

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.

“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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