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Willem Dafoe: Spider-Man reboot is 'cynical'

October 4th, 2013 11:20am EDT
Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe has branded 'The Amazing Spider-Man' "cynical".
The actor played Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, in Sony's original 'Spider-Man' trilogy directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, and while he hasn't seen the 2012 reboot with Andrew Garfield in the lead role, he believes it's far too similar to the earlier franchise.
He told Total Film: "I saw a trailer for the first 'Spider-Man' reboot and I thought, 'This is crazy! It's not shot for shot, but it's the same story.' I thought, 'This is sort of a cynical approach to making money!'"
The veteran star feels the new fran...

James Franco upset with the speed of new Spider-Man franchise

June 19th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
James Franco
Actor James Franco has taken aim at Sony Pictures executives for rushing the Spider-Man prequel series.

The 127 Hours star, who played Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, believes film bosses should have waited a while before introducing Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.

As part of a review of the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, in Vice magazine, Franco writes, "I too have been in comic-book films - the Spider-Man trilogy directed by Sam Raimi. I mention the director because this distinction is now necessary in the wake of the new Spider-Man series that arose even before ther...

Blu-ray Review: 'Crimewave'

May 16th, 2013 11:00am EDT
Early Raimi – we’re there!  Let’s check out the Blu-ray release of the comedy classic "Crimewave" out now from Shout! Factory Home Entertainment.  Find out if there is cool in crime reviewed below.



   Title: "Crimewave"

   Grade: 3

   Cast: Reed Birney, Bruce Campbell, Louise Lasser

   Director: Sam Raimi

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 86 minutes

   Release Company: Shout! Factory Home Entertainment



The Flick: "Crimewave" has a lot of great stuff within, but you can tell something is rotten in the state of Denmark.  A flick that is ...

'Suburgatory' Star Jane Levy Tapped For 'Evil Dead' Remake

February 6th, 2012 8:49am EST
Jane Levy
Jane Levy and Shiloh Fernandez are in talks to lead the cast of Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead" remake.

Levy, the star of hit TV series "Suburgatory," is slated to replace Lily Collins, who was forced to drop out of the project last month due to scheduling issues. reports Fernandez has already signed on to play the male lead in the horror film, which will be produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell - the star of his cult original.

Director Fede Alvarez and Diablo Cody teamed up to work on the script for the film.

Shiloh Fernandez Fights For His Soul In 'Evil Dead'

February 3rd, 2012 11:33am EST
Shiloh Fernandez
Shiloh Fernandez is about to get his soul swallowed, and not just by Hollywood. This time, it's evil.

The "Red Riding Hood" star has been tapped to play the protagonist in Fede Alvarez's remake of the 1981 horror classic "Evil Dead."

In the latest adaptation, penned and directed by Alvarez, the plot remains much the same – a bunch of kids decide to spend a idyllic vacation together in an isolated cabin in the woods, unwittingly unleash a bunch of demons, and wage an epic battle to keep their souls intact.

While Bruce Campbell has been the iconic chin of the franchise for over three deca...

Spotlight: Liam Neeson - The Unexpected Movie Star

January 27th, 2012 3:00pm EST
Liam Neeson in The Grey
This weekend, audiences will get the chance to see Liam Neeson fight a pack of hungry wolves in order to say alive in “The Grey” from director Joe Carnahan. Though he has become a worldwide action star with films like “Taken” and “Unknown,” 15 years ago the Irish-born former amateur boxer was better known for dramas like “Schindler’s List” and “Michael Collins.” That’s not to say he takes the craft of acting any less seriously now than he did back then. He is still as talented and charismatic as ever, only now he seems to be having a lot more fun.

So how did Neeson go from being a serious ...

Lily Collins Pulls Out Of 'The Evil Dead' Remake

January 25th, 2012 11:21am EST
Lily Collins
Phil Collins' actress daughter Lily has pulled out of the upcoming remake of horror classic The Evil Dead.

The Blind Side star was lined up to play Mia, a young woman who discovers a Book of the Dead while battling a drug habit in a remote cabin.

However, Collins will no longer appear in director Fede Alvarez's forthcoming horror film after negotiations stalled due to "scheduling issues," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The new film, based on Sam Raimi's low-budget 1981 cult classic, will begin shooting in New Zealand in March.

Collins' 22-year-old daughter will next be seen on...

Lily Collins In Talks To Lead 'Evil Dead' Cast

January 4th, 2012 9:40pm EST
Lily Collins
Phil Collins' actress daughter Lily is in final negotiations to land another major movie role as a rehabbing drug addict in Fede Alvarez's The Evil Dead remake.

The Blind Side star, who will portray Snow White opposite Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror, is slated to play Mia in the horror film, which starts shooting in New Zealand in March, according to

Collins' character discovers a Book of the Dead while detoxing in a remote cabin following an overdose with four friends, reports the website.

Sam Raimi's low-budget 1981 film became a cult classic and Oscar-winning wri...

James Franco Adds 'Published Novelist' To His Resume

January 4th, 2012 12:32pm EST
James Franco
James Franco officially knows how to bend space-time.

There's no other way to explain how one of the busiest actors working today -- who also happens to be a (more or less) full-time grad student -- has found the time to write a novel. But a novel he has written, and he's sold it to Amazon Publishing, according to Vulture.

Franco's book is called "Actors Anonymous" and is reportedly a fictionalized version of his experiences as an actor -- which means it will probably feature fictionalized versions of Tobey Maguire, Sam Raimi, Danny Boyle, Andy Serkis and the hundreds of other industry-t...

Blu-ray Interview/Review: Greg Nicotero On 'Evil Dead 2' 25 Years Later, Sam Raimi And 'Walking Dead' Without Frank Darabont

November 24th, 2011 11:45am EST
Evil Dead 2
If you don't know of makeup effects master Greg Nicotero, you’ve probably been living under a foam latex rock. As one of the founding members of the legendary effects house KNB Efx Group (Greg’s the K!) along with Robert Kurtzman and Howard Berger, Nicotero and company have not only collaborated with a very diverse list of filmmakers (from George Romero to Taylor Hackford) but have earned a slew of accolades including an Academy Award for the 2006 film "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Not to mention that Greg is currently both effects makeup department hea...

'Evil Dead' Remake Confirmed By Bruce Campbell And Sam Raimi

July 18th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Bruce Campbell
"Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell." That's what Bruce Campbell tweeted recently after a fan asked him about rumors of an Evil Dead remake.

The original film was a cult hit in the early 80s after it failed to make a splash in theaters due to excessive gore. It began director Sam Raimi's career, who would go on to direct the Spider-Man trilogy and Drag me to Hell.

Now it appears the original producing trio of Robert Campbell, Sam Raimi, and Robert Tapert are all in to re-create the horror film.

An official statement was releas...

Top Ten Best Movie Sequels Ever

May 27th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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For all those hoping that both Kung Fu Panda 2 and The Hangover Part II opening this week are better flicks then their predecessors this is the Starpulse list for you. We’ve delved deep into our movie minds to come up with some of the most imaginative, innovative, and just plain kick-ass awesome second outings to ever hit the silver screen. (And yes, being that it’s part of a trilogy, Empire doesn’t count movie geeks!) Move over impressive or perhaps in some cases unimpressive cinematic originals – you’re new 35mm baby brother is here and he makes this look good. Here is our list of the...

Mila Kunis Signs On To 'Wizard Of Oz' Prequel

March 26th, 2011 1:30pm EDT
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Mila Kunis has joined the cast of the Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz, the Great and Powerful, according to Variety.

As previously announced, James Franco will play a fast-talking oil salesman who flees a traveling circus in a hot air balloon and winds up in Oz, where three sisters are battling for control.

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Mila Kunis Is The Witchy Woman Of 'Oz'

February 18th, 2011 10:16am EST
Mila Kunis will soon discover that it's not easy being green.

Sam Raimi's "Oz, the Great and Powerful," the prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," has found its Wicked Witch of the West. Mila Kunis has joined the cast as Theodorah, the green-skinned, cackling villainess destined to one day be on the wrong end of a bucket of water thrown by some brat from Kansas.

Mila had recently been approached to reunite with her "The Book of Eli" directors, the Hughes Brothers, for their upcoming live-action adaptation of the classic anime, "Akira," according to Vulture. The "Black Swan" beauty has apparently ...

James Franco To Star In 'Wizard Of Oz' Prequel?

February 7th, 2011 4:38pm EST
James Franco
Oscar nominee James Franco is in talks to replace Robert Downey, Jr. as the wonderful wizard in upcoming Disney movie Oz: The Great And Powerful.

The 127 Hours star has emerged as the new favorite to head up Sam Raimi's Wizard of Oz prequel, which is based on L. Frank Baum's classic books.

The film will be set before Judy Garland's original 1939 movie and focuses on an illusionist who flees a travelling circus in a hot air balloon, which is caught up in a tornado and swept to the land of Oz.

Downey, Jr. walked away from the movie last month and Disney bosses had reportedly approached J...

Robert Downey, Jr. Quits 'Wizard Of Oz' Prequel

January 20th, 2011 8:40am EST
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr. has dropped out of upcoming Disney movie Oz The Great And Powerful and movie bosses are reportedly in talks with Johnny Depp to replace him as the wonderful wizard.

The Iron Man star had signed up to take on the lead role in the upcoming Wizard Of Oz prequel, which is based on L. Frank Baum's classic books and will be set before Judy Garland's original 1939 movie.

The film, which will be directed by Spider-Man's Sam Raimi, focuses on an illusionist who flees a travelling circus in a hot air balloon, which is caught up in a tornado and swept to the land of Oz.

The ac...

Andrew Garfield Is Spider-Man

July 2nd, 2010 9:07am EDT
Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield has spun his way into the new Spider-Man franchise - the actor has landed the lead role after months of speculation.

Gossip has been rife who would replace Tobey Maguire in the superhero films ever since he quit the part of Peter Parker earlier this year. Billy Elliott star Jamie Bell, Josh Hutcherson from Journey to the Center of the Earth, Hollywood newcomer Logan Lerman and even Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson have all been linked to the famed role.

However, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus actor Garfield has now been announced as the new Spider-Man by bosses at fil...

More 'Spider-Man' Rumors: Jamie Bell Leads The Pack

May 29th, 2010 9:36am EDT
Jamie Bell
"Billy Elliot" star Jamie Bell has reportedly emerged as the favorite to star as a teenage Spider-Man in the fourth installment of the superhero franchise.

Movie producers are planning to turn back time for a prequel, taking character Peter Parker back to high school before he became the web-slinging superhero, portrayed by Tobey Maguire in the first three films.

Casting executives are reportedly considering Bell for the lead role, along with "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" star Andrew Garfield and Josh Hutcherson from "Journey to the Center of the Earth," reports Heat Vision Blog.

Logan Lerman Out Of 'Spider-Man' Web

February 5th, 2010 6:00pm EST
Logan Lerman Out Of
Movie bosses are still searching for an actor to replace Tobey Maguire as the new Spider-Man after dismissing widespread rumors newcomer Logan Lerman is in the running for the part.

The young star of upcoming film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief sparked speculation he's in talks to play the superhero in a movie prequel after admitting, "There have been a few discussions, it's definitely something I'm looking into."

However, a spokesperson for Hollywood studio Sony Pictures insists they haven't approached the teen, confirming, "No offers have been made, nor have an...

Logan Lerman To Play Spider-Man?

February 5th, 2010 8:39am EST
Logan Lerman
Hollywood newcomer Logan Lerman has emerged as the frontrunner to take over web-slinging from Tobey Maguire in the new Spider-Man movie.

The young star of upcoming film Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief has revealed he's in talks to play the superhero's alter-ego, Peter Parker, in a movie prequel.

Appearing on Los Angeles radio program "The Billy Bush Show" on Thursday, the teenager revealed, "There have been a few discussions, it's definitely something I'm looking into.

It's one of my favourite characters ever and I'm a huge fan of the series. I'd love to have mor...

James Franco: 'Spider-Man Will Survive Without Maguire'

January 22nd, 2010 9:24am EST
James Franco:
Spider-Man star James Franco is convinced the superhero franchise will survive without leading man Tobey Maguire - he's urging Hollywood bosses to take inspiration from the Batman movies.

Maguire, who has played the webslinger in three big budget blockbusters, threw the fourth installment into jeopardy last week when he announced his decision to quit the franchise, along with director Sam Raimi. Movie executives now plan to revive Spider-Man with a prequel, featuring a new cast.

Franco, who appeared in all three superhero movies, is convinced the Spider-Man series will continue to t...

Who Will Replace Tobey Maguire In 'Spider-Man 4'?

January 12th, 2010 11:09am EST
Tobey Maguire
Yesterday it was announced that Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi have left the production of Spider-Man 4, opening the door for a younger actor to put on the blue and red spandex. But who can continue the success of the $2.5 billion franchise?

First let's discuss the new direction of the fourth movie. While it may seem odd that a "prequel" can be written, when Peter Parker is bitten by the radioactive spider in the first Spider-Man movie, there is a loophole.

Marvel has a separate timeline featuring Spider-Man titled "Ultimate Spider-Man." In this version Peter Parker is 15 when he is fir...

Tobey Maguire & Sam Raimi Quit 'Spider-Man 4'

January 11th, 2010 10:26pm EST
Tobey Maguire, Sam Raimi, Spider-Man 4
Tobey Maguire and filmmaker Sam Raimi have quit Spider-Man 4 over a reported script issue. Just last week, a Columbia studios source revealed the sequel had been put on hold indefinitely due to script problems.

And now Daily Variety reports the film's star and director have departed the project, and Columbia executives are planning to make a prequel about Spider-Man's alter-ego, Peter Parker, as a teenager instead. (Read who should play Spider-Man in Spider-Man 4!)

James Vanderbilt has already written a script for the alternative, which will be produced by Marvel Comics boss Avi Arad ...

Ron Howard Taught His Daughter To Listen To Directors

December 25th, 2009 2:00pm EST
Bryce Dallace Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard listens to her dad. Ron Howard was a successful actor and now director. When she thought about entering the family business, he was straight with her.

"The best advice he gave me was that, if there was anything else I could do, to do that," Howard said. "You need to not be able to do anything else, to be in this business. If you have other options, in those unemployed moments, those other options will take precedent."

Her work with filmmakers, from McG and Sam Raimi to M. Night Shyamalan and Kenneth Branagh, makes Howard realize what else she got from her father. S...

Horror/Comedies: A Growing Cult Phenomenon Of The Last 20 Years

October 21st, 2009 9:42am EDT
Over the last 20 years cinema has changed significantly with regards to the horror genre. Modern horror/comedies like "Zombieland" are able to thrive in theaters due to a fan base built by cult cinema.

During the late 1980s, jaded audiences grew tired of the standard monster movies and slasher flicks that were being done to death. As the era of Reagan conservatism came to a close, fans desensitized to the violence of horror films were looking for something to make blood and guts exciting again. Horror-philes had already whet their appetite for a different type of horror movie after se...

31 Days of Horror - Week 2: 'Paranormal Activity,' 'Drag Me To Hell,' More

October 16th, 2009 11:49am EDT
Paranormal Activity
With the Halloween season in full swing, Starpulse contributing writer Kris King is watching a horror movie that has passed him by for every day in October. This week, Kris experiences

Paranormal Activity, gets dragged to Hell, and watches Bill Paxton kill people with an axe.

October 8 - Paranormal Activity (2009)

Horror movies don't really scare me. They can be tense or gross, funny or creepy, but it's rare when I lose much sleep over them. Paranormal Activity is different. Paranormal Activity is scary. Even if you don't believe in the supernatural, the film's brutally slow accumulati...

'Drag Me To Hell' On DVD & Blu-ray October 13

September 18th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Drag Me To Hell On DVD
Celebrated director Sam Raimi returns to the horror genre with a vengeance with the critically acclaimed Drag Me To Hell, starring Alison Lohman , Justin Long, Lorna Raver, David Paymer, Adriana Barraza and Dileep Rao. A nerve-rattling expedition guaranteed to elicit the most unimaginable fright, "Drag Me to Hell" is the spine-tingling tale of a young woman's desperate quest to break an evil curse and save her soul from eternal damnation.

Both the Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD releases of "Drag Me to Hell" will contain the frightening, never-before-seen unrated director's cut deemed too terrif...

'Star Trek' Tops Spike TV 'Scream 2009' Awards With 17 Noms

September 7th, 2009 12:00pm EDT
Star Trek XI
"Resistance is futile" this October as Spike TV presents the fourth annual "Scream," the first and only global event of its kind to honor the best in sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic genres. Taping on Saturday, October 17 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, "Scream 2009" celebrates the hottest films, TV shows, comics, actors, creators, icons and pioneers who have influenced and shaped the industry. This year's show will also continue the tradition of featuring exclusive World Premieres from some of the most anticipated movies of 2010. The two-hour extravaganza will premiere on Spi...

Sam Raimi Signs On To Direct 'World Of Warcraft' Movie

July 22nd, 2009 12:20pm EDT
Sam Raimi
Sam Raimi, director of the Evil Dead and Spider-Man series, has agreed to direct the live-action film adaptation of World of Warcraft.

According to Variety, the Drag Me to Hell director will finish his work on Spider-Man 4, which is set to begin filming next year, before shooting World of Warcraft.

Legendary Pictures and the video game publisher Blizzard Entertainment are working with Warner Bros. to make the film.

World of Warcraft boasts approximately 11 million subscribers worldwide, over half of the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game market. It has become a pop-cu...

This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

June 15th, 2009 9:02am EDT
Year One
I finally got around to seeing "Terminator Salvation," and I must admit I wasn't terribly impressed. Overall the film was better than "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," but that doesn't say a whole lot because "T3" was pretty bad. Sam Worthington and Anton Yelchin were great, while Christian Bale gave an okay performance. I was expecting a more epic movie considering all its hype.

This week there are five films premiering: "Year One," "The Proposal," "Whatever Works," "Food Inc," and "Dead Snow." There are three I think are worth seeing, and two I think you should wait to rent.

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