[Note: Round 2 is closed. Head here for the final round in the Best Kiss Smoochdown!]
OME. Just editing photos for our MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Smoochdown is raising the temperature in this office today. The things we do for you fans. Round 1 just finished this morning, and so we’ll say goodbye to worthy contenders Save the Last Dance, Brokeback Mountain, Independence Day and Shakespeare in Love in this grueling tournament to determine the hottest facesuckers of all past MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss winners. The victories leading up to this point were swift and decisive, but now it’s time to make some tough decisions for Round 2. Polls close Friday at 9 a.m. ET.
Blame It On the Rain: Spider-Man Vs. The Notebook
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst defied gravity, bad guys and the admittedly creepy factor of kissing a strange boy in a dark alley for this Golden Popcorn worthy makeout sesh. In interviews, Kirsten Dunst said the rain made it feel like she was drowning too. But all that discomfort didn’t discourage the Spider-Man co-stars to carry on their romance off-screen while filming the 2001 flick. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling’s drenched performance didn’t seem to require all that much acting in The Notebook — the two were also dating in real life. We really can’t blame them. But can we choose between them?
Note: This post contains an potential spoiler for the upcoming Avengers movie. If you aren’t interested in knowing the identity of the highly questionable, potentially epic superhero who allegedly makes a cameo in the summer blockbuster, please take a moment to appreciate the skintight bodysuits sported by Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in this photo, and then LOOK AWAY! OK, maybe a few more seconds on the bodysuits and then NOW! LOOK AWAY NOW!
According to Avengers actress Jenny Agutter (billed as Female council member on IMDB), the cross-over character is none other than …Spider-Man? Wha? Huh? Buh? “I’m sworn to secrecy. I wasn’t allowed a script until I got there, and when I did I felt like a complete child being on big sets and a huge parking lot full of Winnebagos,” Agutter gushed to The Radio Times … before revealing that one of those Winnebagos is currently housing the web-slinger. Why do we have a feeling that Agutter is currently dodging a gigantic mystical hammer? Or at least an enraged phone call from Avengers director Joss Whedon? Is this news the fulfillment of all your fanboy and -girl dreams, or is this a more terrible idea than casting Topher Grace as Venom in Spider-Man 3? In case you had forgotten, that was a terrible idea.
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Nice shoes, Spidey! We were too busy gawking at the awkward man-grappling last time saw some Spider-Man stunts from the set of the 2012 franchise re-boot to really notice, but should everyone’s favorite webslinger really be wearing shiny, silver sandals—complete with a heel strap—when he zips around the city? Tobey Maguire had foot-padding too, but of a far less eye-catching color. We’re also surprised by these shots since we figured Spidey’s flips would be done entirely by CGI, especially when Spidey kept getting stuck in the air—or worse—over on the Turn Off The Dark stage.
See more photos of the swingin’ super-hero in the gallery below.
[Photo: Splash News Online]
No, a cosplay enthusiast didn’t get freaky in the parking lot of a comic convention last night. These awkward awkward Spidey shots come from the set of the Spider-Man reboot in LA, which apparently won’t be using CGI to fake our hero pummeling a winter-dressed man with his crotch. Are these photos supposed to get us excited or something? We’re aroused, sure, but not excited.
See more Spidey-straddle shots in the gallery below. Love his bathrobe, too—totally fits with the porno vibe.
You can’t really say it’s getting ridiculous over at Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark—this thing basically started ridiculous. But the absurdity’s only increasing: the producers are bumping Spider-Man‘s official “opening” date to March 15—four months after it was originally scheduled to debut. And since they’re not giving refunds or rebates to the folks now forced to watch unfinished “preview” performances, Spider-Man beat Wicked as the biggest moneymaker on Broadway last week. That feels doubly crazy if you didn’t realize Wicked was still reigning supreme more than seven years into its run.
And when we say Spider-Man is unfinished, we mean unfinished: despite the years of pre-production and months of preview performances, they still haven’t performed the ending! “The actual ending that we have planned is still not in the show,” said producer Michael Cohl. “Nobody’s seen it—including us, by the way.” So why are customers seeing full prices, buddy? Oh, right, because this is the most expensive musical in history. Maybe they’d be better off never “opening” at all.
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Check out the first official photo of Andrew Garfield as Spiderman: dirty, defiant and the same texture as a basketball. Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominee Garfield star will definitely be an actor to watch this year; we’re betting The Social Network star will be even bigger by the time the movie drops on July 3, 2012. Nothing says intimidating like a book bag slung over one shoulder, but as long as the new Spidey suit doesn’t come with built-in rubber nips ala Val Kilmer in Batman Forever, we’ll consider it a success!
Garfield definitely has the right amount of excitement when it came to playing his childhood hero. “It was all so very surreal — definitely an overwhelming feeling of pure childhood joy. Spider-Man was my favourite superhero. I guess I found him easiest to relate to. His struggle was profound, and I understood it,” Garfield explained. So what do you think? Is this grittier look a step-up from Tobey MaGuire’s cartoonier Spidey outfit, or do we have to see the mask on to really know?
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Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark‘s long road to Broadway just hit its scariest snag. Already infamous for the technical delays and cast injuries that have plagued its preview performances, lat’s night’s show was brought to a premature end when aeralist Christopher Tierney fell off a stage platform high above the audience. A stagehand told Broadway World that Tierney was to appear to jump as the lights went black, but the cable keeping him from actually going over snapped. “An actor sustained an injury at tonight’s performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,” confirmed a rep for the show. “He fell several feet from a platform approximately seven minutes before the end of the performance, and the show was stopped. All signs were good as he was taken to the hospital for observation.”
According to multiple witnesses in the audience, an actress dangling below the platform, Natalie Mendoza, could be heard screaming as Tierney fell past her. The actor was removed with a stretcher and back brace, but paramedics did not speed from the scene, suggesting his condition is stable. See video of the fall after the jump.
Spider-Man, Spider-Man: he’ll float back down to the stage when he damn well can. Last night’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark preview was apparently fraught with technical issues, keeping audience members in their seats for about three and a half hours thanks to five long delays and an extended piano number from the Green Goblin. Here’s a timetable based on the rather kind accounts of Spider-Man‘s preview (a six-year-old liked “parts” of it!).
- 6:30pm – Show is scheduled to begin.
- 6:54pm – Show begins.
- 7:2opm – The evil Arachne is left above the crowd for seven minutes. “Give it up for Natalie Mendoza, who’s hanging in the air!” the stage manager tells the audience.
- 7:30-8:15pm – With wires dangling over the audience and scenery missing from the stage, three more pauses are called, the last leaving Spidey stuck in the air a few yards from the stage and the stage manager forced to call a halt over the speaker.
- 8:19pm – The crew gets on stage to pull Spidey back by his feet, Act I is abandoned and intermission is called early.
rnrnAfter negotiations between Sony Pictures and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi broke down in January, the studio decided to shutter the whole Raimi/Tobey Maguire/Kirsten Dunst triumvirate and start fresh. They hired the promising yet largely unproven 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb to helm the reboot of the most popular superhero franchise of the last decade and, just yesterday, finally landed on their lead. Ladies and gentlemen, courtesy of our friends over at Movieline, meet Andrew Garfield!rnrnNow, we don’t blame you if you stare blankly at your computer screen and say, “Andrew WHO, exactly?” We did the same thing this morning when we read the news! Fortunately, we’ve done the research on him so you don’t have to.rn Read more…