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Marc Webb’s return for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” uncertain


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“The Amazing Spider-Man” ended up being one of the biggest comic book movies of the summer, so it’s no surprise that Sony would want director Marc Webb back for its planned sequel or that he would also want to return. But there’s one big bump in that plan: he has agreed to make a movie for Fox Searchlight.

The Los Angeles Times brought this dilemma to light, though neither Sony nor Fox Searchlight would release a comment about it. Long story short, Webb was on the hook to make another film for Searchlight after the studio made “(500) Days of Summer.” When Sony tapped him to make “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Fox Searchlight allowed him some leeway with his commitment to them, but the LA Times doubts that they’d be willing to do it again.

Considering Sony already has screenwriters at work on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the studio likely wouldn’t want to wait several years for Webb to be freed up and make the sequel. The LA Times reports that Searchlight is considering letting Webb work on the film as long as he agrees to a two-picture commitment to them. That’s a lot of time to work on two films, and would likely mean that Webb couldn’t work on a third “Spider-Man” if Sony chooses to greenlight it.

Hopefully Sony, Fox Searchlight and Webb will be able to come to an agreement on this, because Webb’s stamp is all over “The Amazing Spider-Man.” We’d love to see what he would do in a sequel, which would hopefully explore the mystery of Peter Parker’s parents.

Meanwhile, Crave Online has talked to J.K. Simmons, another “Spider-Man” regular (albeit from the Sam Raimi films), to ask see if he’d be interesting in joining the rebooted “Spider-Man” universe. It turns out that he actually would be.

“Oh, I’m open to anything. Obviously that was enormous fun playing that character. A big part of the fun was doing it with Sam and with Tobey. Like I said I literally have not seen the movie. I don’t even know tonally how different it may or may not be. I’m a fan of the actors, the director and everything else. Yeah, I’m always open,” he said.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is due in theaters on May 2, 2014.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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