April 2007

The Many Faces of Spider-Man

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2007

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Many men have played Spider-Man.  How many can you name?  We’ve got the list and a little about each one of these Web Headsl.  Come and join us as we unmask these actors who each webbed their way into history as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

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Paul Soles

Over 52 years Paul Soales worked on many projects including roles on television series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, L.A. Law, F/X: the Series, and Terminal City .  He hosted Canada After Dark and Take Thirty.  The Canadian actor also voiced Hermie in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and both Bruce Banner and Rick Jones on Hulk.  In 1967 Soales was chosen to play Peter Parker and Spider-Man in the first Spider-Man cartoon which lasted three years and 77 episodes.

 


Danny Seagren

Fans of The Electric Company may not remember Danny Seagren’s name, but they looked forward to him showing up for “Spidey Super Stories.”  Seagren portrayed a mute Spider-Man who only communicated to the audience through thought balloons (thus making him the only one to never utter a single word!).  In addition to his work on The Electric Company, Seagren also provided voices and worked as crew for The Muppet Musicians of Bremen, Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince, and Miss Peach of the Kelly School.


Nicholas Hammond

Nicholas Hammond was chosen for the role of Spider-Man for the short-lived low-budget live-action television series – The Amazing Spider-Man.  As a child Hammond co-starred in The Sound of Music as one of the Van Trapp children, and played Robert in the 1963 adaption of Lord of the Flies.  After his stint as the web slinger, Hammond had various guest roles in television series such as Eight is Enough, The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., Murder She Wrote, and Farscape.


Ted Schwartz

After a long hiatus animated Spider-Man episodes returned to television in a series simply called Spider-Man.  Voice actor Ted Schwartz was chosen to voice Peter Parker and Spider-Man.  Schwartz also later lent his voice to Transformers as the voice of Swerve, and G.I. Joe as the voice of Drednok Thrasher.  The twenty-six episode run would also launch a noteworthy successor.


Dan Gilvezan

Spidey left his solo adventures and picked up a pair of new friends for 24 episodes of a new show entitled Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.  TV and voice actor Dan Gilvezan took over the role of Peter Parker and Spider-Man.  Gilvezan provided voices for several cartoons including Jem, The Jetsons, Fantastic Four, Rugrats, and he played Slip-Stream on G.I. Joe as well as providing the voice of Bumblebee on the Transformers.


Christopher Daniel Barnes

In the new 90’s incarnation of the animated hero Christopher Daniel Barnes was chosen to provide the voice for Peter Parker and Spider-Man for the 65 episode series run.  Barnes starred in the one season run of the television version of Starman, he played Ross Harper on Day by Day, and was Leonard Rickets for 25 episodes of Malcolm & Eddie.  Much like his predecessors, Barnes has been a common face guest starring on various television shows.


Rino Romano

Rino Romano provided the voice for the short-lived alternate-reality Spider-Man Unlimited.  He also currently provides the voice for Bruce Wayne and The Batman on The Batman.  Romano has also done voice work for several animated projects including Sailor Moon, Samurai Jack, Teen Titans, and Batman Beyond, and guest-starred on television series such as Tales from the Cryptkeeper, TekWar, Godzilla: The Series, and NYPD Blue.


Neil Patrick Harris

For MTV’s new wall crawler cartoon they choose Doogie Howser himself.  Known best for his role as a teenage doctor, Harris has also guest-starred on several television shows including Quantum Leap, Will & Grace, Ed, Numb3rs, and has found a new home on How I Met Your Mother as Barney Stinson.  He can also be seen in several films including Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother, and Starship Troopers.


Tobey Maguire

When Marvel and Sam Rami teamed up to bring Spidey to the big screen they looked long and hard for the right actor.  For three films Tobey Maguire has played Peter Parker and Spider-Man.  While not wearing red and blue tights, Maguire has also made a career out of interesting movie roles in films such as Wonderboys, Seabiscuit, The Cider House Rules, Pleasantville, Ride with the Devil, The Ice Storm, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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This Week in Film

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2007

in Film News & Trailers

Director Sam Raimi, and stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, J.K. Simmons and Rosemary Harris return for the third (and maybe last?) time.  Peter contemplates marriage to MJ, faces competition from Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), meets Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard), goes after the Sandman (Thomas Haden Chruch), and deals with a strange new black costume which appears from nowhere.  If you prefer, here’s a HD trailer.  You can check out our full review on Friday when Spidey swings back into theaters.

Spider-Man 3
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This Week in Foreign Film

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2007

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Twenty filmmakers from all over the world,including Olivier Assayas, Wes Craven, Gerard Depardieu, Gus Van Sant, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, offer thier own view on the City of Lights in a series of bignettes.  The cast includes Natalie Portman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Eliah Wood, Juliette Binoche, Rufus Sewell, Miranda Richardson, Steve Buscemi, and many others.  It opens exclusively in New York and Los Angeles on Friday.

Paris, je’t’aime
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This Week in Independent Film

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2007

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Peter Krause stars as a man who becomes convinced that his new Islamic neighbor (Khaled Abol Naga) is a terrorist, in this new film which blends the plot of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window with America’s increased paranoia and predjudice at Arab Americans.  Richard Schiff and Kari Matchett also star.  Will the public pay for two Rear Window-like films (Disturbia) the same spring?  The film opens in limited release on Friday.

Civic Duty
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This Week in Foreign Film

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2007

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This Mexican film follows Hernado Cortes (Inaki Aierra), his quest for gold, and the effect of the Spanish invasion on the Aztec civilization.  Damian Delgado, Jose Carlos Rodriguez, and Elpidia Carillo also star.  If you prefer, here’s a HD trailer.  Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.  The film opens in limited release on Friday.

The Other Conquest (Ostra conquista, La)
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This Week in Independent Film

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2007

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Based on the true story of Graeme Obree (Johnny Lee Miller), an amatuer who battled mental illness broke the one-hour world record with a bicycle he made from scrap, twice.  Laura Fraser, Billy Boyd, and Brian Cox also star.  The film will begin it’s limited release on Friday.

The Flying Scotsman
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This Week in Film

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2007

in Film News & Trailers

An all-out poker player (Eric Bana) falls for a singer (Drew Barrymore) as he enters the 2003 World Series of Poker to win it all and defeat his father (Robert Duvall).  Director Curtis Hanson‘s (Wonderboys, L.A. Confidential) latest also stars Debra Messing, Jean Smart, and Horatio Sanz.  If you prefer, here’s a HD trailer.The film opens wide on Friday.

Lucky You
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This Week in Independent Film

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2007

in Film News & Trailers

Keri Russell plays a waitress with a needy boyfriend (Jeremy Sisko) and a dead-end job, and has just discovered she’s pregnant.  Just when things look bleak a new doctor (Nathan Fillion) arrives in town and her whole world begins to turn around.  This is the final film from director Adrienne Shelly (The Shadows of Bob and Zelda, Urban Legend) who was murdered shortly after the end of principal photography.  Cheryl Hines and Andy Griffith also star.  The film opens exclusively in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday.  Larger trailer available in the Full Diagnosis.

Waitress
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Spidey Week

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2007

in Theme Week

“With great power comes great responsibility (and 2 sequels).”  Hey true believers!  It’s Spidey Week here at RazorFine as we gear up to the release of Spider-Man 3 this Friday.  All week we’ll mix in some Spidey content with our regular dose of quixotic awesomeness!  We’ll take a look at Spidey on the big and small screen and delve into his comic origins and look at some of the best Spidey moments in both print and screen.

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  • Title: Next
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next-posterGreat idea, horrible execution.  That’s Next in a nutshell.  To start off with the film has much working against it.  First off, it’s based on the Philip K. Dick short story “The Golden Man,” and we all know that Hollywood has had mixed success translating his work on screen. 

Add to that a floundering Nicholas Cage (anyone remember Ghost Rider?) and the curse of Jessica Biel (see Blade Trinity, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist, Summer Catch, Elizabethtown, Rules of Attraction, and Stealth) and you have all manner of disasters just waiting to occur.

The film centers around lackluster magician Cris Johnson (Cage), working under the name Frank Cadillac – we don’t care why, but the film feels a need to explain the name, which is about the only thing it seems to give a straight explanation. 

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