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“The Amazing Spider-Man 3” Cancelled

The third installment of the “Amazing Spider-Man” franchise will no longer happen. This is after Sony Pictures, the owner of the rights to the Spider-Man comic book character, made a deal with Marvel Studios to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Spiderman will likely appear in the next “Captain America 3: Civil War” to be released in 2016. The deal included looking for another actor to play Spider-Man, which means that Andrew Garfield who played the character in the “Amazing Spider-Man” 1 and 2 is out of the running.

The report also mentioned that a new Spider-Man movie will come out on July 28, 2017. It was also reported that Amy Pascal, the Sony executive who “oversaw the $4 billion franchise for over 13 years,” will work with Marvel’s Kevin Feige on the new Spider-Man movie. Pascal recently stepped down as Sony co-chair to become a producer. Sony is said to still retain “final creative control,” as well as continue to “distribute, finance and own” the franchise, contrary to reports that it may sell Spider-Man back to Marvel.

Sony Pictures on the other hand will work with Marvel Studios to incorporate the Spider-Man character in upcoming Marvel superhero films, including “The Avengers.” Disney, who owns Marvel, has made some notable adjustments to the release schedule of its line-up of new superhero films. “Thor: Ragnarok” will no longer be released on July 28, 2017, but has been scheduled to Nov. 3. “Black Panther” will be released on July 6, 2017, instead of Nov. 3.

According to another report on Variety, Sony’s agreeing to the Marvel deal is “a clear admission … that its superhero strategy with one of the most popular comicbook heroes around simply isn’t working.”

“This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans,” Chairman Michael Lynton said. Sony is also making this deal after being a victim of what was called “a massive cyber-attack” on the studio which turned out to be “a financial and publicity nightmare.”

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“99 Homes” to Premiere at Sundance 2015

It has been announced today that Andrew Garfield’s latest film, 99 Homes, will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, as part of the Spotlight lineup:

“99 Homes” (U.S.) (Director: Ramin Bahrani, Screenwriters: Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi, Bahareh Azimi) — A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real-estate broker who’s the source of his frustration. Cast: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee, Cullen Moss, J.D. Evermore.

Categories Hacksaw Ridge News & Rumors

Andrew Garfield In Talks for World War II Drama

Andrew Garfield is in talks to team up for World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, the true story of war hero Private First Class Desmond T. Doss who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, even though he refused to bear arms on religious grounds. Garfield would play Doss, if a deal comes to fruition.

Doss was drafted in 1942 but refused to kill or carry a weapon. He became a medic in the Pacific theater but was ostracized for his beliefs by other soldiers. However, refusing to be cowed, Doss made himself a legend when he saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa. He helped evacuate the wounded near enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers on the field, and in one overnight battle, was wounded by a grenade and later hit by a sniper while saving grunts. Doss also received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

The project, which at one point was operating under the title The CO, has David Permut and Bill Mechanic producing, both of whom have been attached since the beginning and have proved to be tenacious with this story. Cross Creek Pictures is financing and the company’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson also producing with the goal of shooting next year.

Garfield is coming off strong notices for 99 Homes, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and acquired by Broad Green Pictures. He is repped by CAA, Sloane Offer and UK’s Gordon and French.

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“99 Homes” Being Released by Broad Green Pictures in Spring 2015

New film company Broad Green Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights to 99 Homes, the real estate drama starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon.

Broad Green, which is paying in the $3 million range for the film, is planning to release 99 Homes in spring 2015 with an accompanying awards run. 99 Homes, also starring Laura Dern, made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival before playing in both Telluride and Toronto.

Ramin Bahrani, the award-winning filmmaker behind Man Push Cart, directed and wrote the film, a hard-hitting look at America’s economic woes (often referred to as the 99/1 percent divide). Hyde Park produced the movie with ImageNation and is representing international rights.

99 Homes stars Garfield playing a construction worker who loses his home to foreclosure. Desperate to protect his family, he eventually finds work with the real estate broker who took his house and soon is not only evicting homeowners but helping the man embezzle money from the government. While his financial worries disappear, his conscience begins to break him down.

CAA brokered the deal with Broad Green, which was co-founded by brothers Daniel and Gabriel Hammond (the latter is a successful hedge fund manager). Broad Green also backed Toronto title Learning to Drive, which it will likewise release. That film stars Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley.

Bahrani and Garfield produced 99 Homes alongside Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj and Justin Nappi.

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Andrew Garfield on the Evils of Capitalism, the Hacking Scandal, and Criticism of ‘Spider-Man 2’

The actor sat down with Marlow Stern at the Toronto Film Festival to discuss his latest, 99 Homes—a commentary on the housing crisis, the 99 percent, and greed.

“You look like the Unabomber.” Those are the first words that slip out of my mouth when I greet Andrew Garfield at a hotel suite in Downtown Toronto. The typically fresh-faced, photogenic 31-year-old actor is sporting a bushy, unkempt, downright Biblical-looking beard. It is, he says, for a role as a 17th century priest in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film Silence, which is in pre-production. He’ll star opposite Liam Neeson and Adam Driver as a trio of bible-thumpers who travel to Japan to spread the gospel.

But the man otherwise known as Peter Parker/Spider-Man is here at the Toronto Film Festival to unveil his latest film, 99 Homes. Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, the movie centers on Dennis Nash (Garfield), a carpenter-father who, after being evicted from his home, chooses to disregard his moral compass and work for the rapacious real-estate broker (Michael Shannon) who had him evicted in order to reclaim his house. The foreclosure-drama is a fascinating study of greed and class warfare, boasting excellent turns by Garfield and Shannon.

Unruly beard aside, Garfield is a surprisingly introspective fella—which perhaps explains the complex characters he chooses to tackle onscreen, from a reformed killer in Boy A to the Abel to Mark Zuckerberg’s Cain in The Social Network to the aforementioned web-slinger.

What attracted you to 99 Homes? I understand you have dual citizenship, but it’s a pretty American story.

I think it’s a Western, capitalist story where people are being treated like figures on a page and not being recognized as flesh and blood and noble, as we all are. The situation that Dennis Nash finds himself in, and that we all find ourselves in in this culture right now, is that our nobility is not being seen, encouraged, or revered. We’re all very, very separate, and all hungry animals terrified of not eating. The post-Industrial Revolution capitalist system was set up with the best of intentions, but it’s been morphed, taken apart, and put back together until a handful of people are billionaires and the rest are struggling. There was some healing that had to be done in my family and with me being a man in this system.

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Andrew Garfield excited about Drew Goddard doing ‘Sinister Six’

TORONTOSUN.COM – Will Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man be swinging his way into the upcoming Sinister Six movie? The answer to that question depends on how you read between the webs.

In Toronto for the Canadian premiere of the mortgage crisis drama 99 Homes at the Toronto International Film Festival, a bearded and contemplative Garfield gently deflected a question about 2016’s The Sinister Six, which will focus on the wall-crawler’s most infamous villains. The bad guy spinoff is being written and directed by Drew Goddard, who was behind the 2012 comedy-horror The Cabin in the Woods.

Sony Pictures recently announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be pushed back to a 2018 release, with The Sinister Six (and possibly a separate spinoff focused on the Spider-Man villain Venom) coming to theatres first.

But how do you have Spider-Man villains without Spider-Man?

“I know more than I’m allowed to say right now,” Garfield told us.

“I can say I’m really excited about Drew Goddard, who’s going to be writing and directing The Sinister Six movie. And whether I’m involved in that or not is kind of immaterial.”

Erm, Spider-fans may beg to differ on the immaterial part…

“I don’t know if I should say anything right now. But Drew is really exciting. Did you see Cabin in the Woods? Did you like it?”

We did see it and we did like it, although we wish we’d known less about the movie going in, as it would have heightened the surprises and twists.

“Exactly,” Garfield said with a grin. “Hence, me not telling you s— about that.”

Spin your own conclusions, true believers.