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How No Way Home Improved Garfield’s Spider-Man Saving MJ Scene With One Change

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How No Way Home Improved Garfield’s Spider-Man Saving MJ Scene With One Change

Spider-Man: No Way Home sound designer Tony Lamberti reveals how they improved the moment when Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man catches Zendaya’s MJ.

Spider-Man: No Way Home sound designer, Tony Lamberti, reveals how they improved the scene in which Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man catches and saves Zendaya’s MJ. Garfield reprised his role from The Amazing Spider-Man duology alongside Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, and Tobey Maguire. The film hinted at what happened to Garfield’s Peter Parker following his last appearance, building on his character arc.

After arriving in the MCU, Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man is accidentally summoned by MJ and Ned Leeds (Batalon) when they try to use a sling-ring to find Holland’s Peter Parker, followed by Maguire’s version of the character. Revealing his darker days following the loss of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to Holland’s Peter when comforting him over losing Aunt May (Tomei), Garfield and Maguire’s Spider-Men help Holland in the final battle. In the battle, MJ is caught in the fray, falling from the scaffolding in a moment fans quickly identified as a nod to Gwen’s fate upon seeing the film’s trailer. Though Holland’s Spider-Man is unable to save MJ, Garfield’s Spider-Man swoops in and catches her, giving him an opportunity to redeem his failure over saving Gwen and bringing him closure. One of No Way Home‘s most emotional moments, a sound designer who had worked on the film has revealed how a single choice improved the scene.

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Speaking to Variety alongside other crew members about Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s chances in the coming awards season, sound designer Lamberti discussed the process behind Garfield’s redeeming moment. Lamberti revealed that the scene originally was scored with a choir, but Sony Motion Pictures Group chairman, Tom Rothman, intervened, saying he wanted the scene to be a “catch-your-breath moment.” The score was removed near the end of the process, relying on sound design instead. Check out Lamberti’s recollection below:


“It was scored with a giant choir, but when Tom Rothman, head of the studio saw the playback, he told the room and everyone involved that we were selling ourselves short by not making it a real catch-your-breath moment.

We turned it into a sound design moment at the 11th hour. Andrew catches her and they come to the ground. They have their little emotional moment, and then it’s back into music.”

Garfield revealed that this moment sold him on returning as his incarnation of Spider-Man for No Way Home, sharing in an interview that the scene was one of the earliest moments he’d discussed with higher-ups. Originally, Garfield was pitched the film without a script, instead only discussing how involved his and Maguire’s Spider-Men would be in the story. When the script was more developed and presented to Garfield, the main focus of the pitch to him centered on his rescue of MJ, with Garfield immediately taking a liking to the scene. Garfield found the scene mythic and beautiful, seeing it as a moment of destiny where Garfield’s Spider-Man is able to save Holland’s Spider-Man from suffering his fate.

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While he found his return alongside fellow Spider-Men emotional, Garfield’s rescue of MJ proved to be one of the most impactful story choices in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Giving emotional payoff to Garfield’s Spider-Man in a way he was never able to receive due to his series being cut short, it is difficult to imagine MJ’s rescue in any other form. Even if the choral piece intended for the scene was a well-made track, it could be argued that it would take focus away from Garfield and Zendaya’s performances. Rothman’s last-minute intervention, therefore, allowed Garfield moment to finally fulfill an arc many had assumed would never be completed, giving Garfield’s Parker one of his finest moments.


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Source: Variety

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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