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The premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man was last night, and it appears that Emma Stone may have let slip the fact that there will be a sequel. Here’s how it all went down.
Hollyscoop has reported that during an interview with Stone at the premiere, she was asked if she planned on doing another movie with Andrew Garfield. She responded with, “Uh, yeah, we’re going to make another Spider-Man … I think, so …” At which point she was taken away by her publicist. That’s probably a good sign, indicating she was talking about something she wasn’t supposed to bring up.
So while the success or failure of The Amazing Spider-Man may still be up in the air, it sounds like plans are already in the works for Spider-Man 2.
The Amazing Spider-Man cast and director spoke with us on the red carpet at the movie’s LA premiere–and we learned some fun things about the movie and stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
Director Marc Webb explained that “Spider-Man is about a kid who goes looking for his father and finds himself,” adding, “and Peter’s a very relatable kid.”
Emma Stone noted the movie is “about building a teenage relationship that felt authentic and real.”
Modern Family star Nolan Gould tried to convince us that he auditioned for the part of Peter Parker “but Andrew Garfield beat me out,” he joked. So funny!
Emma also said Spider-Man is not just for the guys, explaining, “I think there’s definitely a lot of elements women will enjoy… I loved superhero movies growing up, ”
The one tidbit we love, however, is when Andrew was asked “For all the wannabe Spider-Men out there, what’s your advice on getting the girl?”
He says, “I’m a wannabe Spider-Man too, so I have absolutely no idea how to pick up women.”
He added, “Be yourself, I guess… sometimes being a goof is the best thing.”
Obviously it worked… he won Emma over!
As for spiders, it seems most of the stars on the red carpet are pro-spider!
The official ‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘ budget hasn’t been released yet, but most think the budget is in the neighborhood of $200 million dollars. Seems like a lot of money right? Emm, maybe ten years ago. Well, actually, yes, it is a lot of money, but when it comes to a Marvel Blockbuster featuring one of their most famous Superhero’s, it’s not really considered a lot of money. Not at all.
The Sony reboot, which doesn’t open in North America until Tuesday, July 3, has already grossed $50.2 million dollars in 13 international Asian markets. That is an incredible start. In KOREA the film earned $13.4M on 1,213 screens, capturing a 71% market share. The KW15.8B total for Thursday to Sunday is the 3rd biggest of all time for a Hollywood film, behind only the 2nd and 3rd Transformers films. This is 24% bigger than Spider-Man 3 and 10% more than Avengers.
JAPAN opened with $11.4M on 1,092 screens, pulling in an estimated 84% of the country’s Saturday-Sunday weekend box office.
INDIA grossed $6.0M on 1,236 screens, the biggest opening ever for a Hollywood film, 74% bigger than Spider-Man 3, 73% more than Avengers, and more than double the lifetime box office of The Dark Knight.
The PHILIPPINES bowed with $3.2M on 529 screens, capturing the entire market in its opening weekend. This is the 4th biggest Friday-Sunday opening ever (behind Avengers, Transformers 3, and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.)
TAIWAN did $2.9M on 268 screens while taking in 73% of the market’s weekend total. It is the 2nd biggest Fri-Sun weekend of the year (behind Avengers.)
HONG KONG earned $2.7M on 158 screens, pulling in 84% of the total market. This is the 4th biggest Friday-Sunday opening of all time.
SINGAPORE grossed $2.5M on 128 screens, the 3rd biggest Friday-Sunday opening of all time.
THAILAND opened to $1.9M on 320 screens, capturing 81% of the market. 10th biggest Friday-Sunday opening of all time.
VIETNAM grossed $425K on 41 screens, the 6th biggest Friday-Sunday opening of all time (and the 5th biggest Hollywood film.) It surpassed the lifetime box office total of Spider-Man 3.
In Korea, The Amazing Spider-Man took in more money than The Avengers did in its opening weekend. Just wait until the film opens in North America and Europe, and you’ll get the point I made to start this blog post, $200 million dollars isn’t too much money to spend making a Spider-Man movie. As a matter of fact, it’s a no brainer.
Following star turns in several romantic comedies and last summer’s hit “The Help,” Emma Stone is getting ready for her close up. On July 3, the 24-year-old actress—whose pretty face is currently gracing the cover of Vogue and New York Magazine —will be blown up on movie screens across America for her latest role in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Sony’s reboot of the beloved franchise.
“It is so hard to watch yourself in 3D Imax. I was like, ‘I am too big!’” says Ms. Stone, who co-stars as the love interest of Peter Parker, (played by Andrew Garfield, her real-life love interest.) “It’s a very strange thing.”
In the past three Spider-Man films, directed by Sam Raimi, Peter Parker’s girlfriend was his next-door neighbor/classmate Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). But in the reboot, she is Gwen Stacy, another fellow high-school student with a prestigious internship at Oscorp working for a one-armed herpetologist. According to Spider-Man comic book lore, Gwen was actually Peter Parker’s first girlfriend—but he didn’t start dating until college, when he emerged from his awkward phase.
Director Marc Webb says that the on-screen chemistry testing with Ms. Stone and Mr. Garfield convinced him to offer them their roles. “When you are doing something with romance you can’t cast actors independently. It’s a pretty fantastic thing—she’s so funny and keeps him on his toes,” he says of Ms. Stone, who improvised several scenes with her co-star.
We won’t reveal any spoilers here, but suffice it to say that in the film Gwen finds herself stuck in a complicated situation: fighting for the love of her life, questioning her mentor, and struggling to remain loyal to her dad, who happens to be the local police chief. Dressed in a chic leather shirt and white skinny jeans, Ms. Stone sat down with us at the Crosby Street Hotel earlier this month to talk about the movie. (According to a press release about Ms. Stone’s ensemble, the shirt is by J Brand and retails for $795. I thought I’d never be able to make use of that information.)
Did you see all the Spider-Man movies with Tobey Maguire when you were a kid?
Oh yeah. I saw a couple of them at the midnight showings. I was really into it. But I haven’t seen them since I was cast…I think I kind of stayed away a little bit. I didn’t want to have to remind myself of the comparisons or something.
Marc Webb only made one film before this—and it was a small-budget drama. Had you seen ‘(500) Days of Summer?’
Yes, and I loved it. He was directing already when I auditioned. Because it’s a love story, I was glad that he came from a background where he cares about love and the humanity in the storytelling.
When you make a list of hot, talented and pretty young actresses, Emma Stone (of Superbad, Easy A, The Help etc.) always ranks really high. In the new “Spider-Man” movie, Emma goes back to her natural blonde to play the teen first love of high-schooler Peter Parker who is destined to be superhero Spidey.
While making the action-packed yet romantic film, “Gwen” and “Peter” (Emma and cute Andrew Garfield) actually fell in love. Awwwww. The chemistry on screen is real. Emma had a lot to say about her part, her look in the movie, her love of science and learning and the fact that she doesn’t consider herself a role model but really wants to help kids and teens.
Picture pretty Emma wearing really high, cool clear plastic and red leather heels by Christian Loubotin (the ones with the red soles), off-white jeans with trendy holes, a black satin top and long, dangle gold earrings.
Kidzworld: What first drew you to this famous role?
Emma: I’d always wanted to play Mary Jane (played in the earlier films by Kirsten Dunst). I thought she was so great. They called me again and said “We’d like you to audition but the part is Gwen Stacy”. I was like “Uh, I don’t know who Gwen Stacy is” because I hadn’t read the comic books growing up
So, I looked into the story of Gwen and I just fell in love with it. I met Andrew at the audition and got to act with him for the first time. He is one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with and I instantly knew how much I could learn from him. That, really, really drew and challenged me.
Kidzworld: Your director Marc Webb said earlier that he cast the chemistry between you and Andrew. How do you explain the chemistry between you two?
Emma: (big smile) Can one explain chemistry? With any actor or any person in life I’ve had chemistry with, it’s hard to pin down what chemistry is. That’s why they do chemistry tests for movies. Even if you’re not playing a love interest, even if you are playing best friends, sometimes it just clicks or it doesn’t. It doesn’t matter how good the actors might be. So, it really is indefinable. It’s something else entirely, some soul thing. I don’t know what it is.
Kidzworld: When you read the script and learned that Gwen is not just a damsel in distress but does a lot on her own to save the day, were you even more interested?
Emma: I was cast before I read the script but yeah, I read the sides (selected scenes with her character in them). Gwen felt that way (strong) in the sides. There was a heartbreaking scene. There was an exchange with Ben (Peter’s uncle) that was really sweet so I instantly knew it was something very different. I really, really liked Gwen from those sides.
Kidzworld: Spider-Man is idolized by a lot of boys especially but, from the female point of view, what do you think it is about Spidey that makes him such a beloved superhero?
Emma: He’s the only teenaged superhero which is major because a lot of times when you start reading comic books you are a kid or a teen so he’s the most identifiable. Instantly, you can relate to him. He’s bullied. Everyone has experienced something along those lines and the fact that he is bitten by a spider and he’s then able to fight back, is symbolism for kids; that they have that much power within them to speak out, to stand up for themselves and to stay unique and stay true to who they are as Peter does.
Kidzworld: Isn’t that how they meet? She’s impressed when Peter tries to help a bullied kid?
Emma: Yeah. He finds those heroic elements within him, with or without his powers. He takes the fall for a kid who is being humiliated in front of a group of people. He displayed those heroic qualities long before he becomes an actual superhero. So, I think that is why it is so resonant and has been for fifty years and will continue to be even down to Barak Obama having him as his inspiration in pop culture.
Kidzworld: Gwen Stacy is pretty iconic herself from the comics. You researched her from her look to the feel of the character and that is evident on screen. How did you achieve the look?
Emma: Well, costumes are by Kym Barrett who is fantastic. I’m a lot less voluptuous than Gwen (she laughs) so it didn’t really go (there) but the signature headband and the thigh-highs and the coats are there. In hair and make-up we really tried to attain that as well but still keep her realistic and earthbound. I’m not a supermodel or an unattainable-looking person so that element of Gwen was unlike the comic books in some ways because she is such a beauty queen. I’m a lot more “next door”.
Kidzworld: She’s very “adult” and responsible in some ways.
Kidzworld: She’s very “adult” and responsible in some ways.
Emma: She’s the oldest daughter of a police chief so there’s that responsibility thing that kicks in when she thinks that her father could die every day. I think it’s important that she took on that energy of being in charge of her family. She could be there in case something should happen to him. Then, unwittingly, she’s drawn to a man who is in the same position.
Kidzworld: Your character Gwen is studying to be a scientist or physicist. How familiar are you in that field or does that interest you at all?
Emma: My aunt and uncle were scientists and they’re incredibly intelligent, fantastic minds and I’d always been fascinated by what they did. They took us to these labs (for the movie) and it was the first time in my life I had been really angry about not going to college because I was fascinated and I knew what they were talking about! I was like “What do I need to do to intern?” “You need to be a college graduate”. “But I know what you’re talking about! I get it. I can learn!” I was so upset. It’s like joining the Peace Corps, you have to be a college graduate.
I didn’t graduate college but it doesn’t mean that I’m not smart. I got so interested in biology. That was one of the most exciting parts of this process was learning about medicine and regeneration and stem cells. It just expanded my mind in so many ways. So, now I’m going to take a biology class. I can do it at home. (Through her teeth) Doesn’t mean I’m not smart (laughter). I loved it. It was amazing.
Kidzworld: We heard that you just ad-libbed a lot of dialogue. A lot of people are raving about your improv skills. What were some of your favorite moments like that?
Emma: They let me go off the cuff in the hallway scene to keep Denis (who plays her dad) out of my room (laughter). When you give me an inch, it’s not good. I thought, “What is the one thing that would keep a dad out of his teenage daughter’s room”? “Cramps”. Anything related to that or hormones. I knew in an instant from my own life experience “It’s just that I…” “Okay, okay, I’ll let you go”. Dads don’t wanna talk about that.
Kidzworld: In 2007 you changed your hair to red and now it’s blonde. You’re a natural blonde so why a redhead?
Emma: When I was first auditioning in L.A. (at age 15) I dyed my hair brown and a week later I got my first role. A couple of years went by and I was cast in Superbad and there was a camera test for that and (director) Judd Apatow walked in and said “Make it red”. My mom is a redhead naturally so I guess I had the skin tone of a redhead. For five years I tried to get it back to blonde but, for every role, people would be like “We want it red or strawberry blonde, just something red”. Finally, back to blonde.
Kidzworld: One of iconic lines of Spider Man is “With great power comes great responsibility”. You’ve just won the Trailblazer award (part of the MTV Movie Awards). Do you feel like you have a responsibility to kids?
Emma: I don’t, in any way, shape or form, think that I’m any type of a role model but when you’re put into a public place, you have to figure out what that purpose is in your life or what you can possibly do with fame. With getting the Revlon contract, I thought why would I be approached for a beauty campaign because I’d always been “the funny girl”. Not to put myself down, that was the way my brain worked.
I realized sometimes real beauty, what’s inside gets to be celebrated, what’s inside is what counts. You can put make-up on because it makes you feel good and not for somebody else. I do feel, not a responsibility but a privilege to be able to speak to younger girls and make them feel like it’s okay to be themselves.
Kidzworld: Why do you think Peter is attracted to Gwen other than her being a beautiful blonde? Does he respect her courage and other qualities?
Emma: I think elements of Gwen and Gwen’s family life are elements that Peter didn’t necessarily have, a sense of stability. His Aunt Mae and Uncle Ben are a very stable environment for him but he has abandonment issues. His parents left when he was five. He doesn’t feel comfortable expressing the pain to them and I think he sees someone steady in Gwen and someone who can understand what it’s like to lose a father on a daily basis when she doesn’t know if he’s going to come home every day (her dad is the Chief of Police). She feels that sense of abandonment as well
Kidzworld: Peter and Gwen’s love story is so real in the movie. You really got the “young people in love” thing right. Did you just go with memories of your first love?
Emma: I think the approach was I wanted again to experience that feeling of first love before you know what it’s like to get your heart completely shattered; that life or death love where you’re like “I know what love is!”. In this circumstance it actually is life or death. I wanted to feel that again. I wanted to unlearn and go from the very beginning of “Oh my God, there is an attraction to another human being in a way I’ve never felt before. What is this?”. It was a matter of becoming seventeen again and letting yourself be seventeen in that moment. You should try it. It’s really cool.
Kidzworld: Spidey isn’t the only one swinging through Manhattan. You go on a “ride” with him. Did they rig you up for that big swing with him or was that CGI?
Emma: Oh yeah we swung. We were swingin’ (laughter). That was awesome. I really loved that. Thankfully, I’m not afraid of heights. That would have been horrific, awful actually because you’re so out of control. I loved it other than the bruising. Harnesses bruise. Yikes!
Kidzworld: Hey, do you think you could convince Andrew to host “Saturday Night Live”?
Emma: Yeah, I think so. I can’t convince Ryan Gosling but I’m working on Andrew.
Check out this interview with Emma Stone done by Cambio during “The Amazing Spider-Man” press junket.
In this official featurette for “The Amazing Spider-Man” Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and the crew talk about creating the Spider-Man costume. We get a look at Garfield filming action scenes in the suit and some insight into how difficult it is to make such an awesome superhero outfit.
The news of Emma Stone’s casting in “The Amazing Spider-Man” was first met with almost universal approval. She would be the perfect Mary Jane Watson, fans thought. But when her true role as Gwen Stacy became clear, there was almost a bittersweet understanding.
If Gwen is remembered for one thing, it is her death at the hands of the Green Goblin.
When MTV News’ Josh Horowitz spoke with the actress, she told him that the tragic end for the character was what initially drew her into the project. “That was part of the reason why I was kind of drawn to the role, that mark on pop-culture history,” she said. “I read all about Gwen, and I thought that was so amazing.”
Even with Gwen’s death as an iconic moment in comic book history, canon is constantly rewritten for film adaptations. Stone sought answers from the filmmakers as to whether the film version of Gwen would respect the book, and she was pleased with the response.
“I spoke to the people behind the movie, and they said, ‘Yeah, we’re planning on staying true to the comics.’ And I was like, ‘If you’re making a movie like this, that’s something I want to be a part of,’ ” Stone said. “That is so shocking and horrifying and kind of beautiful in some way. The fact that people unsubscribed and burned their copies — I like anything that causes some kind of upheaval.”
Her director Marc Webb couldn’t say whether Stone’s version of Gwen would meet the same fate in an upcoming installment, but he couldn’t deny the allure of working with that moment. “I think that remains to be seen, but let me tell you this: The ultimate tragedy of Gwen Stacy is a really provocative and powerful part of the Spider-Man canon,” he said. “I think it would be really extraordinary to explore that, but I don’t want to take the wind out of the drama.”