We’re Eventually Getting a Little Respite From ‘Spider-Man’ (But Only to Make Room for the Spinoffs)

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Sony’s original plan was to have an Amazing Spider-Man in theaters every two years. The third one — director Marc Webb’s last with the franchise — is still scheduled for May 2016, but the May 2018 date for big number 4 is being reconsidered. “Before we know what we do with Spider-Man 4, we’re going to do Sinister Six [note: potentially with Drew Goddard], Venom, and Spider-Man 3,” producer Matt Tolmach tells Den of Geek. “There is going to be a lot of crossover in those movies. So we’re just not at Spider-Man 4, because we still have a whole other Spider-Man movie and two other movies. So we don’t know yet what [Spider-Man 4] is going to be.” The takeaway: Marvel Studios–style crossovers, and a little much-needed breathing room between Spidey outings.

Blaxplotation Mad Men. Unspeakably well done.

A mirror, called S.E.L.F.I.E. (Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine), that takes your selfies and posts them online.

Naya Rivera figured out Big Sean isn’t a good enough rapper to marry, then said he was stealing stuff from her and that she makes more money.

Longhair Aaron Paul alert. (In a trailer. For a movie about breast cancer starring Helen Hunt.)

Linkin Park has become self-aware: “We need to weed out a lot of the soft, emo kind of approach to our music, and we need to weed out anything that feels aggressive for aggressive’s sake. We’re not 18-year-old kids making a loud record – we’re 37-year-old adults making a loud record. And what makes a 37-year-old angry is different than what made us angry back in the day.”

More Rock-ules, baby.

The Lego Movie sequel director, Chris McKay, who edited the first one: “I’m not sure our movie passes the Bechdel test entirely and I think that it’s important. For us we have a lot of producers that were female who had concerns and we were always constantly saying to ourselves: Are we just a bunch of white guys sitting here making this movie from our own myopic point of view? We were constantly responding to that question and that helped us make Wyldstyle a better character and Unikitty a more interesting character. I think it’s forcing us to look at how we make a sequel and turn that into something that’s more powerful and special.”

Here’s a new video from the upcoming Eels record The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett. (You can download the song for free at KCRW, ’cause it’s E’s birthday.)

If you own and operate a chain of drugstores, don’t tweet photos of celebrities stopping in. You’ll be sued for millions.

A total newcomer named Maisie Richardson-Sellers “is in line to nab an undisclosed and possibly major role” in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Another red-band trailer for 22 Jump Street.

Damon Albarn: Blur’s not done, Gorillaz probably have another album on the way.

Watch Pete Holmes and the National’s Matt Berninger improvise a silly song. [via]

Also: this.

Filed Under: Afternoon Links, Mad Men, blaxploitation, Spider-Man, selfies, naya rivera, Big Sean, Aaron Paul, helen hunt, linkin park, 22 jump street, the lego movie 2, chris mckay, the bechdel test, hercules, The Rock, Damon Albarn, Eels, star wars: episode vii, The National, pete holmes, Jimmy Fallon, decoding annie parker

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Zach Dionne is a staff writer for Grantland.

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