Looking Back: ‘Spider-Man 2’ is Still One of the Best Comic Book Movies

Spider-Man 2

When it comes to sequels, there an expectation to raise the bar. If you think of some of the best sequels of all time, whether that’s The Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or Aliens (to name a few), each film improved upon the foundation of the first in major ways. In the second part of our weekly Spider-Man retrospective series leading up to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7th this summer, we take a look at how Sam Raimi raised the bar for not only Spider-Man movies, but the entire superhero genre itself with Spider-Man 2. The superhero sequel hit theaters on June 30th, 2004 (that’s 13 years ago!), just a week before 4th of July, and it once again went on to set records at the box office and beyond. ›››

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James Gunn Looks Back on ‘Scooby Doo’ and the R-Rated Cut

R-rated Scooby Doo

The live-action Scooby Doo is now 15 years old. Originally, the filmmakers were going for a PG-13 rating, but after filming was completed and an early cut got an R-rating from the MPAA, Warner Bros. decided to turn the raunchy teen comedy into a movie for children. Scooby Doo‘s writer, James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), thought it was a mistake, but a decade and a half later, he still looks back on the experience with a great deal of fondness.

Below, learn more about the R-rated Scooby Doo film we never saw.

There are a few moments in Raja Gosnell‘s (Never Been Kissed) take on Scooby Doo where you can see hints of the R-rated version, like when Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) tells Mary Jane (Isla Fischer), “Like, that’s my favorite name.” You can also spot where they might’ve cut around other pot jokes, but those were far from the only gags revised or cut.

Some significant changes were made during production. Midway through the shoot, Gunn had to rewrite the whole third act because of budgetary reasons. When it was all said and done, though, Scooby Doo ended up making a lot of kids happy and grossed $ 275 million at the box-office.

On Facebook, Gunn looked back on the movie for its 15th anniversary:

I had loved the character of Scooby-Doo since I was a kid and was excited at the prospect of making a live action film with 2002’s cutting CGI technology(!!). Yes, it was not exactly what we planned going out — I had written an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults, and the studio ended pushing it into an clean cut children’s film. And, yes, the rumors are true — the first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female stars’ cleavage was CGI’d away so as not to offend. But, you know, such is life. I had a lot of fun making this movie, regardless of all that. And I was also able to eat, buy a car, and a house because of it.

He had what sounds like a great experience shooting in Australia and, after the movie came out, it opened more doors for him:

At about 5:30 Saturday morning opening weekend Lorenzo DiBonaventura – the head of production at Warners, and one of the people who gave me my start – called me and woke me up at home to tell me we made 18 million the Friday before. Now that doesn’t seem to be all that much today – Guardians will make around that on a Thursday night alone – but back then it was enough to make the movie the biggest June opening ever. Until that moment, I thought if the movie came out and didn’t do well I’d be able to continue getting writing jobs, and my life was going to be the same. But in that one single moment I knew everything had changed.

And it did. I was offered every movie you can imagine. Like, uh, the Jabberjaw movie, and The Jetsons movie, and the Captain Caveman movie. I was offered tons of money to do all of these things. So, of course, me being me, I chose to write Dawn of the Dead. Go figure out my brain, who knows.

Gunn went on to write the Scooby Doo sequel, which was a little less challenging. The writer and all involved knew what movie they were making from the start the second time around. The PG-rating was set in stone for the sequel. As for the R-rated cut of Scooby Doo, it’s not ignored on the special features for the first movie. The commentary and other bonus features give an idea of the movie they set out to make. I’m doubtful it’ll ever happen, but it would be great to see the R-rated cut of Scooby Doo on Blu-Ray someday.

Make sure to check out Gunn’s full post about Scooby Doo on Facebook, via the link above.

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Melissa McCarthy will be back on SNL as Sean Spicer this weekend

Today, Melissa McCarthy was spotted rolling down a Manhattan Street on her White House podium for a skit that will appear on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. The famous bit, in which she dresses as White House press secretary Sean Spicer, has become a favorite among fans of the show. McCarthy was seen yelling at traffic to get out of her way as she sped along on her podium. The skit comes just in time, as the real Sean Spicer resumed his duties in the White House press room today, as well. Check out a couple of photos below: @olv Melissa McCarthy spotted outside CNN office window. Dressed as Sean Spicer filming for SNL. pic.twitter.com/ytwRfTYiG6 — Roxanna Kavanagh (@rox731) May 12, 2017 @olv Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer 58th and 8th Ave. NYC pic.twitter.com/ZeA1zHLjZr — Thomas Gish (@gosh14) May 12, 2017

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Eggsy is Back in First Trailer for ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Sequel

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Trailer

«I hope you’re ready for what comes next…» 20th Century Fox has finally released the first trailer for the sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, once again directed by Matthew Vaughn, bringing back Taron Egerton as the British superspy known as «Eggsy». We’ve been waiting for this, and it’s finally here and it actually looks fun. Colin Firth also returns, with Mark Strong as Merlin, and a cast featuring Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Vinnie Jones, as well as Hanna Alström, and Sophie Cookson. This seems to be a riff on America, as the Kingsman guys end up working with an American agency. I’m digging all the action so far, and I’m wondering if this could be a surprise hit. ›››

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It’s official — ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ will send the series back to the second great war


The rumors are true — the Call of Duty series is diving back into the world of Axis vs. Allies with Call of Duty: WWII.

Activision revealed today the title of its upcoming game Call of Duty: WWII along with a picture of a soldier wearing a U.S. military helmet. More information about the game will be revealed during a live stream April 26 at 1 p.m. ET on the Call of Duty website.

Call of Duty: WWII is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, the team that developed Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and co-developed Modern Warfare 3 alongside Infinity Ward.

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Stephen Colbert brings back ‘Stephen Colbert’ to send off Bill O’Reilly


On Wednesday night, two Stephen Colberts said their goodbyes to disgraced conservative talking head Bill O’Reilly: the Stephen Colbert who currently hosts the Late Show, and the «Stephen Colbert» (largely based on O’Reilly) who used to host The Colbert Report.

The goodbyes were pretty different. Here’s a hint: one Colbert called O’Reilly «Papa Bear» and the other called him a «self-righteous landfill of angry garbage.»

The latter really rolls of the tongue, doesn’t it? Read more…

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Activism Fights Back in Trailer for ‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’ Doc

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Doc Trailer

«She believed the city is not about buildings, the city is about people.» Need a good doc to rile you up and inspire you to get out there and fight back? Try this one. Sundance Selects has debuted a trailer for a documentary titled Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, profiling the activism work of Jane Jacobs. Jacobs fought to save historic New York City during the ruthless redevelopment era of urban planner Robert Moses in the 1960s. The doc focuses on construction kingpin Robert Moses’ plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway. This seems like the perfect doc for the times, showing how passionate activism can actually make a difference. This also reminds me of another great battle of wits doc — Best of Enemies, which I also highly recommend seeing. Citizen Jane opens in NYC later this week, then LA next week. Take a look. ›››

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Australia’s back in the satellite game with a teeny tiny new launch


The first Australian-built satellites to be launched in 15 years are set to take off this week from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Unlike the enormous satellites Australia uses for telecommunications, each of these new satellites (or cubesats) is the size of a loaf of bread. But although small, they may provide a key step in enabling Australia’s entry into the global satellite market.

Three types of cubesats are the Australian contribution to the international QB50 mission, in which 36 satellites from different institutions around the world will carry instruments provided by the Von Karman Institute (VKI) to examine the lower thermosphere. This is a very interesting part of the atmosphere for several reasons, such as the way it disturbs GPS measurements. Read more…

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New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poster Brings Back a Legend!

New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poster Brings Back a Legend!

New Star Wars: The Last Jedi poster brings back a legend!

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have debuted a new theatrical poster for the highly-anticipated sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi, featuring the return of Luke Skywalker. Check out the Last Jedi poster in the gallery below!

RELATED: The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer is Here!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John BoyegaLupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

The sequel is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in regular and IMAX theaters on December 15, 2017.

What did you think of the Last Jedi poster? Will you be hanging this up on your wall? Let us know in the comments below!

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Cat Grant is Back! Calista Flockhart to Return to Supergirl

Supergirl: Calista Flockhart to Return as Cat Grant for the End of Season 2

Calista Flockhart is back as Cat Grant for the end of Supergirl season 2

Calista Flockhart (Brothers & SistersAlly McBeal) will return as Cat Grant for the final episodes of Supergirl season 2, according to TVLine. This news comes after this morning’s info about Tyler Hoechlin returning as Superman in the season finale of The CW show.

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There is no information about why Cat is back at CatCo, or even if that’s where she’ll be. As you know, Cat Grant is the head of CatCo, the huge media conglomerate in the DCTV universe. Kara Danvers, a.k.a. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is currently employed as a reporter there, after working as Cat Grant’s assistant in season 1. Flockhart appeared in the first two episodes of Supergirl season 2, then left to pursue other interests. She left James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) in charge in the meantime. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg stated back in October that he hoped Flockhart would return, though it was a matter of scheduling.

Supergirl is still on hiatus but will return April 24 with an all-new episode. Titled “Ace Reporter,” the episode is officially described as follows:

“Lena’s (guest star Katie McGarth) ex-boyfriend, Jack Spheer (guest star Rahul Kohli), comes to National City to unveil his big breakthrough in nano-technology, which has the potential to eradicate all diseases. Lena asks Kara to attend Jack’s conference with her for support. When Kara sees Snapper (guest Star Ian Gomez) in attendance she’s inspired to tap back into her reporter skills and questions Jack on his discovery, which ultimately leads to a bigger investigation that puts everyone in danger.”

What do you guys think about the return of Cat Grant? Are you happy to see Calista Flockhart back on the show? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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