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Our First Look At Andrew Garfield As SPIDER-MAN

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Straight from Sony Pictures comes the first official image from Summer 2012’s reboot of Spider-Man, helmed by (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb.

With The Social Network’s Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, this first image shows him in costume (minus the mask) at the end of what appears to be a very rough day.

Did Uncle Ben just die? Has he resigned himself to be Spider-Man no more?

Either way, a stark image as our first look at the next generation of webswinger. And I have to say – I like it.

Whatcha think, dear readers?

Source:  Deadline.com.

Monsters Inc. Sequel Will Instead Be A Prequel

As an unabashed fan of Pixar films, I’ve been a bit worried about the inundation of sequels coming from the studio.

Sure, Toy Story 2 & 3 were amazing, and Cars 2 looks like it might actually be great, but what was left unsaid by the first Monsters Inc. to justify Monsters Inc. 2?

Turns out it wasn’t what was left unsaid, but instead, what was said before – as Monsters Inc. 2 is going to be a prequel.

Taken straight from a theater catalog, here is the current synopsis for the forthcoming prequel:

[Monsters Inc. 2] will take us back to before a time when Mike Wazowski was top comedian, before James P. Sullivan was top scarer, even before the buddies joined the MI workforce. In fact, it takes us all the way back to school – the University of Fear to be precise. Although the two start out as frenemies, Monsters, Inc. 2 will weave the tale of how the dynamic duo transition from rivals to BFF.

Sure, the uses of terms “frenemies” and “BFF” give me all kinds of douchechills, but this sounds like a really fun premise.  Revenge of the Monster Nerds? I am there!

Monsters Inc. 2 is set to hit theaters November 16, 2012.

Source: io9.

Do We Really Need A KNOCKED UP Sequel?

Judd Apatow sure thinks so.

Freshly announced by Universal Pictures, the uber producer/director’s next film is set for a June 1st, 2012 release, and the subject matter may surprise you – it’s going to be a sequel to Knocked Up.

But perhaps not the sequel you’re expecting.  His next film, which is thus far untitled, will continue the story of Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd’s characters.  Seth Rogen has gone on record as saying that he isn’t cast for the film, so presumably neither will Katherine Heigl.  Overall, I cannot figure the story set for this, but I assume that if Apatow is choosing this as his next project, there’s a reason.

Part of me worries that this is a “safety” play after the overall failure of Funny People, a movie I really enjoyed, but as with all things Apatow, since his name is on it, I’m willing to give it ago.

What do you think? Should this be the first of many Apatow sequels? Do you want to see the 41-Year Old Virgin? Superbad 2? Sound off in the comments.

Source: Variety.

Maybe MACHETE Should’ve Been Claymation All Along

Remember those weird claymation ads for Lipton Brisk Tea back when, starring Hollywood legends like Bruce Lee in stop motion form?

Well, I guess someone remembered it fondly, as there is a new one. But the star is a very different kind of legend.

The star is the Mexican you don’t want to eff with – Machete.

Yes, that’s right, the deadliest role ever played by Danny Trejo is now an adorable claymation figurine, and he’s shilling tea.

You better buy some. I mean, you don’t want Machete after you, right?

Source: /Film.

Egads, It’s Like A Lil’ Stark Clone!: HOT TOYS IRON MAN MK V

As I’ve featured their work in the past, there’s really no one making 1/6th scale figures quite like the amazing team at Hot Toys.

Their work never fails to impress, and as the years go on, they get closer and closer to almost eerie, lifelike recreations of some of pop-cultures most iconic characters, creatures or creations.

The latest figure in their line comes from Iron Man 2, a recreation of the fan favorite suitcase suit – better known as Iron Man Mark V.

Featuring light up arc reactors, glowing hands, interchangeable chest pieces, and yes, that suitcase, it’s a screen perfect recreation of one of the coolest moments in comic book film to date.

Of course, such perfection comes with a price – $180 will get you this figure at the end of the Summer. And some would say it’s worth every penny.

A full gallery of images appears below.

Source: TOMOPOP.