Gwen Stacy NOT Mary Jane for Emma Stone in "Spider-Man" reboot! 


Last Monday, we reported that Emma Stone, who's soooooo good in "Easy A," has been cast as Mary Jane Watson in the new "Spider-Man" reboot from director Marc Webb starring Andrew Garfield. Well, we got it wrong, so did everyone else. Sony has just announced that Stone will be Gwen Stacy, the role that Bryce Dallas Howard played in "Spider-Man 3."

Here's the press release from Sony:

CULVER CITY, Calif., October 5, 2010 – Emma Stone has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming Spider-Man film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. Stone has been tapped for the role of Gwen Stacy opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.

The casting continues an association between Sony Pictures Entertainment and the actress, who previously starred in Superbad, The House Bunny, and Zombieland, all for Columbia Pictures; she may currently be seen in Screen Gems’ hit comedy Easy A, and takes a cameo role in Screen Gems’ upcoming Friends with Benefits.

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “It’s been an incredible journey for us to watch Emma’s star rise as an actress. She is extraordinarily talented and has a very special on-screen spark that is perfect for this role. Given her history with the studio, casting her in one of our most important franchises is a real thrill.”

Webb added, “The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice. At the heart of the story of Peter Parker is not only the amazing Spider-Man, but also an ordinary teenager who is wondering what he has to do to get the girl. Andrew and Emma will bring everything audiences expect to these roles, but also make them their own. Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen (Emma) is also a natural blonde.”

Emma Stone can currently be seen starring in Screen Gems’ hit comedy Easy A. Next year, she will star in Warner Bros.’ Crazy, Stupid, Love opposite Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling and in The Help, the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel; she also takes a cameo role in Screen Gems’ Friends with Benefits and will voice a role in DreamWorks Animation’s comedy The Croods. Stone’s recent credits include Paperman, Zombieland, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The House Bunny, The Rocker, and Superbad.


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"The Social Network" Interview with Armie Hammer aka Cameron Winklevoss 


Armie Hammer memorably played one of the Winklevoss Twins, Cameron, in the ready-for-the-Oscars "The Social Network." In my interview with the actor, we talked about:

*** His experience working with David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin
*** The buzz surrounding the movie
*** Why he's not on Facebook
*** Some folks are already calling Hammer the next Superman for director Zack Snyder and Producer Christopher Nolan. What does he think of this Man of Steel attention?
*** Why you have to see "The Social Network" right now!

HAVE FUN!



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Submit Your "Jackass 3D" Questions!  


Hey "Jackass" fans! Do you have a nagging question about your favorite franchise? Do you have anything to ask Johnny Knoxville, Ryan Dunn, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius? If you couldn't take it anymore, let it all out! I am going to interview the "Jackass" cast this weekend, and I may just ask your question.

Go to my Facebook page by clicking here (or www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy) and submit your questions.

Ask away, ask anything, but do it all in that great "Jackass" spirit! I'll let you know if I used your question and I'll post my interviews next week leading to the film's opening on Oct. 15.

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Director Christian Sesma Talks About "Shoot the Hero" -- Palm Springs Travel Channel-Style 


Fellow Palm Springs resident, Christian Sesma, is slowly but surely realizing his dream of becoming a Hollywood filmmaker. His latest film, "Shoot the Hero" was well-received at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and is now being released by Warner Video on DVD and On-Demand.

Jason Mewes, in a rare "straight" performance, ditches his Jay persona from the "Clerks" movies, and stars as Samantha Lockwood's fiance, Nate. The couple gets entangled with a botched jewelry heist that would soon change the course of their lives.

Danny Trejo aka "Machete" also co-stars.

The film was shot 100% in Palm Springs so I tagged along with the directors to see his production locations. Take a look at this travelogue into the wild and crazy mind of Sesma.



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It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Zack Snyder for "Superman" 


Keeping It In The Family Story #2 -- Zack Snyder, who has great working relationship with Warner Bros. ("300," "Watchmen," "Legend of the Guardian," the upcoming "Sucker Punch") came out and revealed that he will be directing the new Man of Steel movie, also from Warner Bros. Hence, the keeping it in the family angle.

Producer Christopher Nolan met with potential directors including Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Lieberman, Snyder, and Darren Aronofsky.

But in the end, the chosen one is Snyder. The director confirmed to Deadline that "as soon as he completes post on Sucker Punch, he'll move right into Warner Bros' long awaited next Man of Steel movie in development with Chris Nolan and David Goyer."

As for the direction this new Superman is going to take? Snyder said, "It's early yet, but I can tell you that what David and Chris have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I've always felt he was kind of awesome. I'll finish Sucker Punch and get right at it."

I like Snyder and all (check out my recent interview with the director for "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" right here), but I thought Aronofsky would have been a better choice. He's a great storyteller, much like Nolan. One could just imagine the possibilities of a Nolan-Aronofsky collaboration!

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