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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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
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."
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.
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, Variety.com 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."
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.
Variety.com 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.
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.
New York -- Julie Taymor's stage musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is slated to open on Broadway next February, show representatives said Tuesday.
Opening night is scheduled for Feb. 18, 2010, at the Hilton Theatre, and preview performances are to begin Jan. 16, 2010.
The show is to be co-written by Taymor and Glen Berger and directed by Taymor, who is best known for heading up the stage musical "Disney's The Lion King." The music and lyrics for "Spider-Man" are by Bono and The Edge from the Irish rock band U2.
"Drawing from over 40 years of Marvel comic books for inspiration, 'Spider-Man' spins a new take on the mythic tale of a young man propelled from a modest rowhouse in Queens to the sky-scraping spire of the Chrysler Building, the bustling offices of the Daily Bugle, through the dizzying canyons of Manhattan, to new vistas never before seen," representatives for the show said in a news release. "The musical follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down -- literally -- when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling."
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