Monday, 02 July 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
The Amazing Spider-Man is out in UK cinemas from tomorrow - and, one month on from Prometheus, it's the perfect excuse to bake some more movie cupcakes.
Marc Webb's reboot may slip up towards the end, but the tasty ingredients are all there: Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield's hair. So it was easy to find inspiration for these Amazing Spider-Man cupcakes. But not as easy as it was to gobble them all up afterwards.
Read on for the full recipe/instructions on how to bake your own edible baked Spidey goods.
Friday, 29 June 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field
Does whatever Andrew Garfield can
Woos the girls, even cries
He’s way better than Tobey Maguire.
Here comes the Spider-Man.
He is strong
Destroys his bathroom without meaning to
Aunt May's shocked, Uncle Ben’s dead
The human stuff’s done well by Marc Webb
Gentle new Spider-Man.
Monday, 06 February 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
I'm not a big fan of trailer reviews, teaser descriptions or any other such pointless gubbins. But along came The Amazing Spider-Man last night with its promise of never-before-seen footage and I somehow ended up sitting in a cinema watching it. I mean, what else was I meant to do on a Monday night? Watch a program about The Queen? She can't shoot webs from her hands. (If it turns out she actually can, and she's reading this, my apologies twice over, your majesty.)
If you recall my reaction to the trailer that turned up on the interwebs last year, I went into The Amazing Spider-Man's preview event not convinced that there was any point in the movie's existence. 30 minutes later, I was surprised to leave feeling a hell of a lot more convinced.
Here are 6 reasons why - plus The Amazing Spider-Man's new, full trailer.
Thursday, 22 September 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
Ryan Gosling. The Gosling. Old Gozzles. Whatever you call him, it's undeniable that at the moment, he's the sexiest guy on the big screen (and that doesn't depend on the big screen).
Yeah, that Ryan Gosling is so hot right now. But he's been hot for some time. Since The Notebook, he's been a heartthrob for girls (and boys) around the world, but with The Ides of March out this year and Drive and Crazy, Stupid, Love making a glorious Gosling sandwich this week, he's getting everyone's love juices flowing more than ever.
So what's his secret? Allow us to introduce the Ryan Gosling acting masterclass. After careful detailed analysis of Old Gozzle's performances, we have distilled his entire acting technique into a few easy-to-follow tips. Here are seven simple steps to make you as cool as Ryan Gosling.
Thursday, 22 September 2011 Written by Jo Bromilow
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
The male mid-life crisis is having a moment in Hollywood. From the superior Greenberg to the lamentable Hall Pass, the struggling 40-something man is flavour of the month. But the issue now, after that terrible Owen Wilson film, is how to make it good again. Crazy, Stupid, Love is a decent attempt. Played as a confusing mish-mash of buddy comedy and family drama, it does a good job of fine-tuning the formula.
Thursday, 08 September 2011 Written by Selina Pearson
Director: Will Gluck
Cast: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Woody Harrelson
Jaimie (Kunis) has just been dumped outside Pretty Woman. Dylan (Timberlake) has been ditched over John Mayer (to be fair, I'd dump even Emma Stone over the song Your Body's a Wonderland). Will unconditional sex between the two rejected pals destroy their friendship? Probably. Have we seen this all before? Definitely.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
"We all have secrets. The ones we keep... and the ones that are kept from us."
So speaks the hero in the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man. Yes, the web-slinging superhero is back. Again. And judging by the trailer he's not that amazing.
Andrew Garfield sounds good as Peter Parker. He looks the part too, from the athletic running around and hanging upside down on trains to the specs and backpack of an awkward geek.
But otherwise, this video is intriguing rather than exciting. Parker's line of dialogue may suggest a darker tone to Marc Webb's reboot, but all this origins malarkey is painfully familiar stuff. Yes, it's nice to see Martin Sheen, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans, but it's not that long since we saw the last load of Spidey characters.
Still, Webb - an intelligent director - is clearly trying hard to make his Spider-Man as distinct as possible. You can tell that just from the first-person POV sequence as Spidey leaps across the city's CGI rooftops. A shame it looks so fake, really.
The Amazing Spider-Man is out in March 2012. Read on for the full video.
Monday, 10 January 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
Gemma Arterton. Andrew Garfield. Tom Hardy. Aaron Johnson. Emma Stone. Yes, this year's BAFTA Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award candidates are all rising and/or mostly risen.
Thursday, 14 October 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
After Rhys Ifans' involvement was revealed earlier this week, Spider-Man's villain has been revealed. As we expected, Spidey will be facing off against The Lizard - presuming the leak's true of course.
The Wrap announced their exclusive source, who confirmed that Ifans would be playing the part of Dr Curt Connors, aka the Lizard. Connors is a scientist who tries to regenerate his missing arm, only for experiments to go horribly wrong and turn him into a big pile of genetic mess.
Connors has a complex relationship with Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker, acting as something of a mentor for the young scientist while he's at school - expect some solid chemistry (ahem) between Ifans and Garfield.
The saddest part of all this? Poor old Dylan Baker. Who? Exactly. Baker played the part of Dr Connors in Sam Raimi's Spidey franchise, a supporting character waiting to be developed (perhaps in the ill-fated fourth film) into a major villain. He'll be a bit annoyed about Rhys Ifans waltzing in and getting it straight off. No matter how sexy his grey y-fronts are.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
Rhys Ifans will be the new villain in Sony's Spider-Man reboot.
Yes, you read that correctly. The unexpected casting announcement comes just after Spidey slung another surprise web in our face, that Emma Stone wouldn't be playing Mary-Jane but Gwen Stacey instead.
In an official statement from Columbia Pictures, President Matt Tolmach said: "We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans. After seeing his performance in our upcoming film Anonymous, we’re in awe of his talent and think he’s the perfect choice to take on this role."
Director Marc Webb added: "What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker. Rhys' incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character."
There's no word on which bad guy Ifans will play, but rumours are ranging from Green Goblin (again - he does feature in the Gwen Stacey comic book storyline) to Venom (again - unlikely after that third film) and The Vulture (which Sam Raimi once offered to John Malkovich). The other main contender seems to be The Lizard, aka Dr Curt Connors, who acts as Peter Parker's mentor while he studies science at school; a neat match for the complex relationship that Webb hints at.
Let's face it, though, as long as Rhys wears those sexy grey underpants of his, we really don't mind which villain he is. Expect those good firm buttocks to bash Andrew Garfield about in July 2012.