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Black Widow doesn't have super-powers, but she can still kick your butt, as clearly evidenced in the first official clip from "Marvel's The Avengers."

In other Super News, guess who almost played Ra's Al Ghul in "Batman Begins" over Liam Neeson? You'll find out after the break as we examine all of the awesome Splash Page news from the past week. Join us or die!


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FROM SPLASH PAGE: Sony announced the official title for the upcoming reboot of the "Spider-Man" movie franchise today. The film will be titled "The Amazing Spider-Man," and will hit theaters July 3, 2012.

Along with revealing the official title for the film, Sony provided a brand new image of lead actor Andrew Garfield in costume as Spider-Man. The press release announcing the title also directed fans to the project's new website:

Read more about "The Amazing Spider-Man" over at Splash Page!

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There was not shortage of star power at last night's Golden Globe Awards, and MTV News' Josh Horowitz was on the red carpet to chat 'em up, get their thoughts on the night... and probe them for scoop on their upcoming projects.

Robert Pattinson was on hand and feeling very chatty, talking about landing the lead role in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," taking a "big step" forward with the adaptation of "Water for Elephants" and giving "Twilight" fans a thrill with that revealing new "Breaking Dawn" photo.

Meanwhile, Zac Efron talked about his new haircut, his role in the upcoming flick "The Lucky Ones," and starring opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year's Eve." Emma Stone dished on the "Spider-Man" reboot and the mechanical contraptions Spidey will use to sling his webs. And Olivia Wilde revealed that she was hiding Justin Bieber underneath her dress (sadly, when we checked, we discovered she was joking). Read More...

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Andrew Garfield as Spider-ManIt's been quite the week for first looks at some of the most anticipated upcoming movies of 2011 AND 2012.

Yesterday, movie fans got their first ganders at Rooney Mara as "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"'s Lisbeth Salander. And, if you've felt your Spidey senses tingling today, there's a good reason: Sony has released the very first official photo of Andrew Garfield as a suited-up "Spider-Man" in the upcoming franchise reboot.

Hit the jump to see the full photo, and then head over to MTV Splash Page for tons more on the new "Spider-Man"! Read More...

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Pippi LongstockingThe two feature films director Debra Granik has made are markedly similar in many ways. There's "Winter's Bone," a likely Oscar contender this year, that follows a 17-year-old Ozark Mountain girl who has to track down her meth-dealing father to protect the lives of her depressed mother and her siblings. And then there's "Down to the Bone," released in 2004, that follows a working class, cocaine-using mother of two who checks into rehab and has to try to resist the temptations of drugs and deal with an affair she's having with her nurse.

So when The Los Angeles Times reported that Granik's next planned film is a reboot of "Pippi Longstocking" (pictured), were were just a wee bit surprised. But as the Times goes on to point out, the transition makes perfect sense. Longstocking is one of "fiction's original tomboys," and the choice to make a film about her continues Granik's streak of creating strong female heroines who rise above the tropes of typical Hollywood roles for women.

Still, Granik isn't the first director to follow up one film with another that's drastically different in both tone and theme. After the jump, see five other directors who've done just that -- to varying results.


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Chris ZylkaFROM SPLASH PAGE: Spider-Man may have met his match in the form of The Lizard and Proto-Goblin, but there's another enemy that has his sights on the superhero's day-to-day alter-ego.

The Wrap reports that Chris Zylka has joined the cast of the forthcoming "Spider-Man" reboot as Flash Thompson, Peter Parker's longtime high school nemesis. The part was previously played in Sam Raimi's trilogy by "True Blood" actor Joe Manganiello, recently rumored as a contender for Zack Snyder's "Superman" reboot.

Zylka is best known for the recurring role of Gabe Lammotti on "Hannah Montana." Curiously enough, he's also playing a character named Thor in a movie called "Kaboom." No relation to the upcoming Marvel Studios movies, as far as we know!

Read more about Zylka's role in the "Spider-Man" reboot on Splash Page!

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Denis LearyFROM SPLASH PAGE: The cast of the "Spider-Man" reboot continues to grow, as another father figure is joining the scene — but with the patriarch of the Parker family already covered in the form of Martin Sheen's casting as Uncle Ben, it's Emma Stone who's about to get a new daddy.

"Rescue Me" star Denis Leary is currently in negotiations to star in "Spider-Man" as police captain George Stacy, according to Heat Vision. The character is the father of Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker's first love interest played by the "Easy A" and "Zombieland" actress.

In the comics, George Stacy plays something of a father figure role to Peter Parker, welcoming the young man into the Stacy household thanks to his relationship with George's daughter. George is not just a strong supporter of Peter Parker, but an outspoken advocate of Spider-Man's.

Read more about Denis Leary's "Spider-Man" role on Splash Page!

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Martin SheenThe cast for director Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot is starting to come together in earnest. We already knew that Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network") would play Peter Parker and his red-tights-clad, web-spinning alter-ego Spider-Man, that Emma Stone ("Zombieland") had been tapped for the role of his love interest Gwen Stacy (and not Mary Jane Watson), and that Rhys Ifans ("Notting Hill") would provide the film's scaly, tongue-flicking villainy as Dr. Curt Connors, a.k.a. the Lizard.

Now comes word that Martin Sheen is in final negotiations to play Peter's ill-fated wisdom-spewing Uncle Ben and Sally Field is in early talks for the role of the Aunt May. Read More...

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Rhys InfansFROM SPLASH PAGE: Rhys Ifans was announced as playing the villain in director Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" just days ago, with the identity of his character unknown at the time. But this is the Internet, people — news travels fast.

According to The Wrap, Ifans will slither his way into the scales of The Lizard, the friendly neighborhood wallcrawler's science teacher turned reptilian nemesis. In signing on as Dr. Curt Connors, Ifans joins a growing cast that includes Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.

The Lizard has yet to be featured in a live-action "Spider-Man" movie, though this isn't the first time Curt Connors has appeared on the big screen. The tragic scientist was previously played by Dylan Baker in all three movies of the Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire trilogy, with some reports suggesting that Baker would finally get his due as a villain in "Spider-Man 4." That movie never came to pass, but it appears that The Lizard is getting a chance nonetheless. Read more...

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Rhys InfansFROM MTV SPLASH PAGE: After rumors that ranged from Michael Fassbender to Philip Seymour Hoffman, it appears that the villain in director Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot has finally been found in the form of Rhys Ifans.

Deadline reports the breaking news that Sony Pictures Entertainment has offered the lead villain role in "Spider-Man" to the Welsh actor. If he accepts the offer, Ifans will join a growing cast list that already includes Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as his ill-fated first love Gwen Stacy.

It's currently unknown which villain Ifans would play in the "Spider-Man" reboot. Based on his body type and the characters he's known to play, not to mention the involvement of Stone as Gwen Stacy, it's not far-fetched to imagine that Ifans is playing Green Goblin. But the character was famously played by Willem Dafoe in the original Sam Raimi-directed "Spider-Man" film, and it's possible that Sony will want to move away from that series as they reboot the franchise. Read more...

Is Rhys Infans the right man to play the villain in the "Spider-Man" reboot? And which villain would you like to see him play? Let us know in the comments!

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