FILM: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
CAST: ANDREW GARFIELD, EMMA STONE, JAMIE FOXX, DANE DEHAAN, EMBETH DAVIDTZ, SALLY FIELD
DIRECTOR: MARC WEBB
Fans have always known that Spider-Man’s most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.
“It’s hard to be Peter Parker, but it’s great to be Spider-Man,” says Garfield, who returns to the role of the iconic superhero after launching a new chapter in the hero’s story in 2012 with ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, a worldwide hit that went on to take in over $750 million at the worldwide box office. “As Peter Parker, he has all of the same problems that we all have – girl problems, money problems. But when he puts on the suit, it’s a massive release. He can breathe. Spider-Man always knows the right thing to do – he’s a vessel for good, heroic energy and saving people. He takes joy and pleasure in it, and a playfulness comes out of him.”
“We wanted this film to be more playful, more fun,” says director Marc Webb, who returns to the helm. Capturing Peter Parker’s natural wit – especially as Spider-Man – was one of the keys to the film that Webb wanted to make. “You look at the comic books and you see it – his quips, his funniness, his light-hearted qualities. That’s part of what so many people love about Spider-Man – and certainly what I love about him.”
But it’s not all fun and games for Peter. His vow to keep his fellow New Yorkers safe will lead him right into the heart of the most powerful and important company in New York: Oscorp. The company that once employed Peter’s father and played a role in his parents’ disappearance now seems to be behind new enemies that are emerging, all of whom have advanced technology and powers. “The stakes have never been higher for both Spider-Man and Peter than they are in this movie,” says producer Matt Tolmach. “Spider-Man, because he is facing enemies that have joined forces against him – all with some connection to Oscorp – and Peter, because the choices he makes and the promises he tries to keep have real consequences.”
Jamie Foxx, who plays Electro, says that joining the Spider-Man franchise isn’t quite like taking on any other role. “It’s a great feeling to come to work on a Spider-Man movie,” he says. “I remember the moment I first stepped on to the set and I saw Andrew in the suit. For me, it was like a moment in history. We’re doing something that people really love. It’s a part of our fabric, part of our culture. That was very meaningful to me and it was a responsibility I took seriously – in crafting Electro, I wanted to be a formidable opponent.”
Peter Parker’s love life is another element he will be struggling with in the new picture. Though the hero promised Gwen’s dying father that he would protect her by staying away from her, it’s clear that the two share a romantic bond deeper than any promise. Simply put, she’s his match, in intellect and in emotion. “This is what should be a wonderful moment in Gwen’s life – she’s valedictorian, she’s about to go to Columbia, she has an offer to go to Oxford – but in the midst of that, she’s dealing with the loss of her father and trying to find her way with this boy who clearly has a lot going on,” says Emma Stone, who returns as Gwen Stacy. “I’m so glad that the audience is getting the Gwen story – it’s so rich and exciting to play.”
CAST: JAMES BADGE DALE, ZAC EFRON, JACKIE EARLE HALEY, COLIN HANKS, DAVID HARBOUR, MARCIA GAY HARDEN, RON LIVINGSTON, JEREMY STRONG, BILLY BOB THORNTON, PAUL GIAMATTI, JACKI WEAVER, TOM WELLING
Director: PETER LANDESMAN
‘Parkland’ recounts the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Written and directed by Peter Landesman, ‘Parkland’ is the ferocious, heart-stopping and powerful untold true story of the people behind the scenes of one of the most scrutinized events in history.
The film weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas’ chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most watched and examined film in history; the FBI agents who nearly had the gunman within their grasp; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family; and JFK’s security team, witnesses to both the president’s death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson’s rise to power over a nation whose innocence was forever altered.