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The alliance between Marvel and Sony to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with last year’s “Captain America: Civil War” and continuing with next week’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” is certainly great for fans. However, the boring truth is that there is plenty of big money at stake for both studios, who definitely want to see their collaboration succeed creatively, but also commercially. Continue reading How Marvel & Sony Are Splitting ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Money Revealed at The Playlist.

The wait is almost over. For years we’ve all been anguishing over the relative lack of board game related disaster movies in our collective cultural life since the 1995 Robin Williams vehicle, “Jumanji”  — give or take a “Battleship” here and there. Anguish no longer, as Sony has at long last released the first trailer for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” yet another sequel to a long forgotten film franchise that no one cares about anymore. Continue reading First Trailer For ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Rumbles With Dwayne Johnson at The Playlist.

As you might expect when two massive companies come together, Marvel and Sony‘s team-up for this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is not without its bumps in the road. Specifically, producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal have struggled to stick the same message regarding the future of their collaborations, with the latter boldly stating last week that Sony’s brewing “Venom” and “Silver and Black” films would be linked to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Continue reading Kevin Feige Talks ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sequel, Tom Holland Says ‘Venom’ Not Part Of The MCU at The Playlist.

While Marvel and Sony‘s team-up on “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is being viewed as an Earth-shaking deal in an industry where every studio ferociously protects their brands, according to Kevin Feige, it was pretty simple to hash out when he sat down with producer Amy Pascal. “It really came down to me telling Amy in her office that I think the best thing for this character is: Sony has the rights, that’s not changing,” Feige told THR. Continue reading Iron Man Won’t Return For ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sequel, ‘Venom’ Villain Revealed at The Playlist.

Earlier this year, producer Amy Pascal put a dark cloud over “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” suggesting that following the planned sequel, the character would be bouncing out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The team up between Marvel and Sony has always been seen as near miraculous and temporary, but now it seems like it could lasting a little bit longer. Tom Holland recently revealed there’s a ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy in the works, and now Pascal says that relationship between Sony and Marvel is going to be growing. Continue reading Producer Says ‘Venom’ & ‘Silver And Black’ Linked To MCU, Spider-Man Possibly Also Sticking Around at The Playlist.

In the span of a few weeks, Sony has quickly learned what happens when you announce a plan to offer drastically cleaned up versions of your movies, without consulting the filmmakers. The backlash was swift, and ever since, Sony has backed down, partially from the controversy, and partially because the whole endeavor might in breach of DGA rules. One of the most vocal opponents of the plan was Judd Apatow, and in a thoughtful interview with The Frame, he breaks down why this issue is so important for filmmakers. Continue reading “It Was Pretty Shocking”: Judd Apatow’s Talks Sony’s Clean Movie Initiative at The Playlist.

Sony messed up, but at least, they fess up when they do something utterly asinine. Recently, it was announced that Sony was going to offer “clean” versions of their films on VOD services iTunes, VUDU, and FandangoNOW. Now, people wouldn’t have been so up in arms about this decision if the films they announced were family films or even more general audience films, but a “clean” version of “Step Brothers”? Continue reading Sony Changes Its Mind Regarding Clean Versions Of Movies at The Playlist.

For years, Hollywood has watched (and frequently lawyered up) as third party companies such as ClearPlay and VidAngel recut their films without permission, took out all the swearing, sex, and excessive violence and offered them to audiences who wanted to watch movies clean versions of hit movies. I don’t understand why somebody would bother in the first place with a cleaned up version of “Deadpool,” for example, but Sony is now hoping to tap into that market, and instead of paying for lawyers, just offer up clean edits of their own films. Continue reading Sony Bringing Clean Versions Of Their Films To Home Video at The Playlist.