With less than two months before its release, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ has entered the next phase of its promotion: releasing full clips.
We've seen a plethora of trailers and other bits and promotions for Marc Webb's follow-up to his 2012 reboot, and with plenty of competition in the space for big summer movies — “Godzilla,” Maleficent,” and sequels to “Captain America” and “X-Men” will open in April and May, as well — Sony is working hard to keep the webslinger in our minds.
Two full clips have been released online, working two appeal to very different sensibilities. There remains a bit of mystery to Jamie Foxx's Electro character — he's one of the big baddies in this sequel — and so the first clip gives us an idea about his powers and internal struggle. Its Times Square setting also provides a sort of shout out to the fact that “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is, until Marvel begins its Netflix series, the biggest production ever shot in New York.
The other clip focuses on the excellent chemistry between Garfield and Emma Stone, who plays the ultimately ill-fated Gwen Stacey. Every moment they spend together is heartbreaking.
Sony has a lot riding on this sequel, as the studio is looking to expand its main superhero's universe to fit in side characters and spinoffs, adhering to the current business plan of every major studio with a name brand comics franchise.
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So far Time Warner Cable and closely allied Bright House Networks are the only pay TV distributors that have agreed to carry TWC’s new SportsNet LA which will feature the Dodgers. But TWC chief Rob Marcus says he isn’t worried: “Not surprisingly all of the action happens on the eve of opening day,” he told the Deutsche Bank Annual Media, Internet & Telecom Conference this morning. “It’s the typical game that occurs.” He assured investors, though, that TWC won’t have to shell out big bucks if others play by different rules. “Our license fee to the Dodgers is not driven by subscriber volume,” he says. The deal that TWC signed last year requires it to shell out $8.5B over a 25 year period to offer the channel and handle distribution.
As you might expect, most of the questions Marcus fielded dealt with Comcast’s $45.2B plan to buy his company. He disputed the claim that the combination of the two largest cable companies would give Comcast too much leverage in negotiations with programmers. “I find that whole line to be ironic given the experience we’ve had over the last dozen years or so” — including the black eye TWC ended up with last year when it tangled with CBS in a carriage contract dispute. Some small cable operators worry that programmers that have to cut prices for Comcast will make up for the deficit by raising prices for everyone else. “I don’t think the world changes in that regard,” Marcus says. He also doesn’t fear that federal regulators will look at Comcast and TWC’s national clout in broadband — which would make it more analogous to the AT&T merger with T-mobile that federal officials blocked — as opposed to their roles as local providers of TV services. “I don’t think that premise has any merit whatsoever,” Marcus says. “I don’t see any difference between broadband and video in this analysis.” His deal with Comcast and AT&T’s failed one with T-mobile are “totally different transactions in every way.”
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The wife of Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State assistant football coach convicted on 45 counts of child abuse, denies her husband of 37 years molested boys and says his alleged victims were “manipulated.”
In an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer, Dottie Sandusky walked the “Today” anchor through her home, where some of the molestation was alleged to have taken place.
“There was nothing that went on,” she said. “It is not a dungeon. It is not what those kids said.”
Jerry Sandusky was accused of molesting at least eight boys. The 70-year-old was sentenced to serve at least 30 years in prison. School president Graham Spanier was forced to resign and athletic director Tim Curley and coach Joe Paterno were fired. Paterno died soon after from lung cancer.
One boy said he screamed while being molested. Lauer noted that it is a small house, and that she probably would have heard him.
But she didn't, Dottie Sandusky said: “because he didn't scream.”
“I'm not a weak spouse,” she added.
Dottie Sandusky said her husband did shower with boys.
“I believe he showered with kids,” she said. “And that's the generation that Jerry grew up in.”
John Ziegler, who is making a documentary about the case, said that while it was very inappropriate for Sandusky to shower with boys, and hug one of them, he was not charged with a crime for showering or hugging.
“No one checked the math on this story,” Ziegler said.
Dottie Sandusky said of the victims: “They were manipulated. Once lawyers came into the case they said there was money.”
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Fans jumped high in their seats. Others raced to the front of the stage. Carnegie Hall is a seated venue, but music lovers watching Iggy Pop and members of New Order on Tuesday night were eager and lost in the music at the 24th Annual Benefit Concert for Tibet House US.