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February 25, 1999 | Michael A. Hiltzik
A trial has been scheduled for next week in the eight-year battle over the rights to make a live-action film based on the Marvel comic book character Spider-Man. However, a judge already has rejected the strongest claims, which belonged to MGM.
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June 17, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Andrew Garfield knows what he's doing for the next few years, and now you do too. Sony Pictures announced Monday the release dates for the third and fourth iterations of its "Spider-Man" movies starring the British actor. In addition to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which will debut on May 2, 2014, Sony will release the next two films about Peter Parker on June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 Said Jeff Blake, chairman, worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures: “'Spider-Man' is our most important, most successful and most beloved franchise, so we're thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.” No news yet on whether Marc Webb, the director of the first two "Spider-Man" films, will stay at the helm of the project as it continues.
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March 2, 1999 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an ending worthy of a comic-book cliffhanger, Spider-Man has been rescued from the clutches of . . . lawyers. The nearly eight-year legal battle over the movie rights to the last major untapped superhero ended Monday on the eve of trial, with MGM relinquishing its claim to the rights in favor of Columbia Pictures, which said it would move swiftly to place the property into production. "The idea is to do it now, as fast as we can," said Amy Pascal, Columbia's president.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Hordes of moviegoers were bitten by the "Spider-Man" bug this past weekend, as the superhero flick flew to the top of the box office. The 3-D reboot starring Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger debuted Tuesday and grossed a healthy $140 million during its first six days in theaters, according to an estimate from Sony Pictures. Overseas, where the film played in 74 foreign countries, the movie collected an additional $129.1 million, raising its...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2012 | By John Horn
Early fan interest in Sony's “The Amazing Spider-Man” looks to be just that - amazing. Audience surveys circulating around Hollywood this week show that the web-slinger reboot is generating a level of excitement reserved for only a handful of the summer's biggest hits. Even though “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which overhauls the creative team behind the first three movies, doesn't open until July 3, potential ticket buyers - even young women - already are more interested in the superhero story than they are in “Brave,” which will premiere this weekend to as much as $65 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Hordes of moviegoers were bitten by the "Spider-Man" bug this past weekend, as the superhero flick flew to the top of the box office. The 3-D reboot starring Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger debuted Tuesday and grossed a healthy $140 million during its first six days in theaters, according to an estimate from Sony Pictures. Overseas, where the film played in 74 foreign countries, the movie collected an additional $129.1 million, raising its...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Hordes of moviegoers were bitten by the "Spider-Man" bug this weekend, as the superhero flick flew to the top of the box office. The 3-D reboot starring Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger debuted on Tuesday and grossed a healthy $140 million during its first six days in theaters, according to an estimate from Sony Pictures.  Audiences were less interested in the weekend's other new offerings. Oliver Stone's gritty crime drama "Savages" launched with a decent $16.2 million while "Katy Perry: A Part of Me," an inexpensive 3-D concert documentary about the pop star, brought in a so-so $7.2 million over the weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2002 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Americans spent millions at movie theaters this weekend but were more interested in inviting a heavily marketed webslinger into their homes, as "Spider-Man," already the year's top-grossing film, broke records for a home entertainment release. It sold an estimated 7 million DVDs and videocassettes Friday, its initial day in stores, and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is projecting that 11 million discs and VHS copies will have been sold in North America during its first weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Andrew Garfield knows what he's doing for the next few years, and now you do too. Sony Pictures announced Monday the release dates for the third and fourth iterations of its "Spider-Man" movies starring the British actor. In addition to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which will debut on May 2, 2014, Sony will release the next two films about Peter Parker on June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 Said Jeff Blake, chairman, worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures: “'Spider-Man' is our most important, most successful and most beloved franchise, so we're thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.” No news yet on whether Marc Webb, the director of the first two "Spider-Man" films, will stay at the helm of the project as it continues.
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March 7, 2001 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A welder at the movie set of the upcoming comic book thriller "Spider-Man" was killed Tuesday morning in Downey when the arm of a crane toppled over, striking the worker in the head, authorities said. The man, who was in his 40s, had not been identified, Downey Assistant Fire Marshal Robert Rowe said. Investigators said the man and another welder were in a basket about 20 feet off the ground when the accident occurred about 9 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Hordes of moviegoers were bitten by the "Spider-Man" bug this weekend, as the superhero flick flew to the top of the box office. The 3-D reboot starring Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger debuted on Tuesday and grossed a healthy $140 million during its first six days in theaters, according to an estimate from Sony Pictures.  Audiences were less interested in the weekend's other new offerings. Oliver Stone's gritty crime drama "Savages" launched with a decent $16.2 million while "Katy Perry: A Part of Me," an inexpensive 3-D concert documentary about the pop star, brought in a so-so $7.2 million over the weekend.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
After a full day in theaters, "The Amazing Spider-Man" has pulled $35 million into its web. The $230-million production starring Andrew Garfield, which hit cinemas at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, gathered $7.5 million from post-midnight screenings, then continued to do solid business over the course of the day. Those who turned up to see the movie gave it an average grade of A-minus, according to market research firm CinemaScore. Still, the film made less on its opening day than any of the previous three "Spider-Man" movies did during their first 24 hours in theaters.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2012 | By John Horn
Early fan interest in Sony's “The Amazing Spider-Man” looks to be just that - amazing. Audience surveys circulating around Hollywood this week show that the web-slinger reboot is generating a level of excitement reserved for only a handful of the summer's biggest hits. Even though “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which overhauls the creative team behind the first three movies, doesn't open until July 3, potential ticket buyers - even young women - already are more interested in the superhero story than they are in “Brave,” which will premiere this weekend to as much as $65 million.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2003 | James Bates and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
Even as a sequel to the blockbuster "Spider-Man" begins production, a sticky web is being spun over disputed merchandising profits from the lucrative movie franchise. Comic book giant Marvel Enterprises Inc. claims that it is being shortchanged by Sony Pictures Entertainment in a lawsuit moving its way through Los Angeles Superior Court. Sony, in turn, is questioning Marvel's accounting practices, and has withheld $1.5 million in licensing payments as a result.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2002 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Americans spent millions at movie theaters this weekend but were more interested in inviting a heavily marketed webslinger into their homes, as "Spider-Man," already the year's top-grossing film, broke records for a home entertainment release. It sold an estimated 7 million DVDs and videocassettes Friday, its initial day in stores, and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is projecting that 11 million discs and VHS copies will have been sold in North America during its first weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2001 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A welder at the movie set of the upcoming comic book thriller "Spider-Man" was killed Tuesday morning in Downey when the arm of a crane toppled over, striking the worker in the head, authorities said. The man, who was in his 40s, had not been identified, Downey Assistant Fire Marshal Robert Rowe said. Investigators said the man and another welder were in a basket about 20 feet off the ground when the accident occurred about 9 a.m.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2003 | James Bates and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
Even as a sequel to the blockbuster "Spider-Man" begins production, a sticky web is being spun over disputed merchandising profits from the lucrative movie franchise. Comic book giant Marvel Enterprises Inc. claims that it is being shortchanged by Sony Pictures Entertainment in a lawsuit moving its way through Los Angeles Superior Court. Sony, in turn, is questioning Marvel's accounting practices, and has withheld $1.5 million in licensing payments as a result.
BUSINESS
April 20, 1999 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Spider-Man cliffhanger ratcheted one step closer to a conclusion Monday as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge threw out Viacom Inc.'s claim to television broadcast rights to a film featuring the comic book superhero. A spokesman for Paramount Television, Viacom's TV distribution arm, said Monday that the studio will appeal the ruling by Judge Aurelio Munoz, which may also leave Viacom on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in court costs.
BUSINESS
April 20, 1999 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Spider-Man cliffhanger ratcheted one step closer to a conclusion Monday as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge threw out Viacom Inc.'s claim to television broadcast rights to a film featuring the comic book superhero. A spokesman for Paramount Television, Viacom's TV distribution arm, said Monday that the studio will appeal the ruling by Judge Aurelio Munoz, which may also leave Viacom on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in court costs.
BUSINESS
March 2, 1999 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an ending worthy of a comic-book cliffhanger, Spider-Man has been rescued from the clutches of . . . lawyers. The nearly eight-year legal battle over the movie rights to the last major untapped superhero ended Monday on the eve of trial, with MGM relinquishing its claim to the rights in favor of Columbia Pictures, which said it would move swiftly to place the property into production. "The idea is to do it now, as fast as we can," said Amy Pascal, Columbia's president.
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