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Leary may join 'Spider-Man' cast

Los Angeles -- Actor, comedian, writer and producer Denis Leary is in talks to play police Capt. George Stacy in the new "Spider-Man" movie, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Stacy is the father of Gwen, the love interest of Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the film, which is to be directed by Marc Webb starting next month.
Emma Stone has been cast in the role of Gwen, while Andrew Garfield is to play the titular web-slinger.

Details of the movie's plot are being closely guarded, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Leary's film credits include "The Ref," "Two if By Sea," "The Matchmaker" and "The Thomas Crown Affair." He is also the star and co-creator of TV's "Rescue Me."

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Rhys Ifans to play villain in 'Spider-Man'

Los Angeles -- Welsh-born actor Rhys Ifans is to play a villain, although it is unclear which one, in the next Spider-Man movie, The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.

Ifans is best known for his work in the films "Notting Hill," "The Replacements" and "Pirate Radio."

The entertainment industry trade newspaper said Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios confirmed Ifans is to play Spidey's nemesis in the re-boot of the franchise, which is to hit theaters in 2012 with British actor Andrew Garfield in the lead role.

However, the studios did not say exactly which character Ifans would be playing, the report

Emma Stone lands 'Spider-Man' role

Culver City, Calif. -- Actress Emma Stone is to play Gwen Stacy opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in the upcoming "Spider-Man" movie, Hollywood's Columbia Pictures said.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures.

The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D July 3, 2012.

Stone's film credits include "Easy A," "Superbad," "The House Bunny" and "Zombieland." Garfield is one of the stars of "The Social Network."

'Stickybot' can walk up a pane of glass

Palo Alto, Calif. -- Scaling vertical surfaces like Spider-Man could one day be a reality as new advances learn to mimic nature's best climbers, researchers say.

Scientists at Stanford University said sticky gloves and shoes are being developed that could allow wearers to stick to and climb up vertical walls, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

Stanford researchers Paul Day and Alan Asbeck have already come up with a new fabric inspired by geckos' feet that allows a small robot with the textile on its feet to climb up smooth surfaces like glass or metal.

Engineers say they hope to "scale up" the design for humans.

Confirmed: British actor Andrew Garfield is the new Spider-Man

Andrew Garfield is the new Spider-Man! The British actor is to play comic book superhero in the next outing of the film series, Columbia Pictures confirmed Thursday.

Andrew Garfield cast as Spider-Man

Culver City -- Andrew Garfield has been hired to portray Peter Parker in the next installment of Hollywood's "Spider-Man" franchise, Columbia Pictures said Thursday.

The film is to begin production in early December, directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. It is set for release in 3D July 3, 2012.

Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.

The three previous "Spider-Man" movies starring Tobey Maguire, now 35, have collectively grossed more than $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office.

Vanderbilt to script 'Spider-Man' flicks

Los Angeles, Aug. 17: U.S. screenwriter James Vanderbilt has signed on to write the fifth and sixth installments in the "Spider-Man" film franchise, reported Monday.

Vanderbilt penned the first version of the fourth movie, which is slated to go into production early next year for a 2011 release.

It was re-written by David Lindsay-Abaire, and then revised again by Gary Ross when director Sam Raimi and Sony Pictures wanted to take the flick in another direction, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.
Vanderbilt also wrote "The Losers" and "Zodiac."

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Maguire set to star in 'Details'

Los Angeles -- "Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire has signed up for a role in the independent film "The Details," which is set to start production in Seattle next month. said Maguire agreed to take a part in the black comedy written and to be directed by Jacob Estes after Scottish actor James McAvoy had to drop out of the project because of a scheduling conflict.

Elizabeth Banks was previously cast in the movie about a struggling married
couple whose battle against the pesky raccoons burrowing under the sod in their backyard leads to a murder by bow and arrow, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

Also slated to appear in the film are Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Anna Friel and Laura Linney.

Rep says Maguire's son named Otis Tobias

Los Angeles -- A representative for Tobey Maguire says the U.S. actor has named his first son Otis Tobias Maguire. said Friday the unidentified representative offered no explanation for the newborn's name, but the Web site did explain that Tobias is the formal version of Maguire's first name.

The 34-year-old star of the "Spider-Man" trilogy is married to 32-year-old Jennifer Meyer. The couple met in 2003 and has a 2-year-old daughter, Ruby.
Otis Tobias Maguire was born May 8.

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'Spider-Man' star Tobey Maguire, wife welcome baby boy

New York, May 11: "Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire and his wife Jennifer Meyer have welcomed their second child together, a baby boy, into their world on Friday, his rep confirmed the happy news to People magazine.