New posters: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and Mel Gibson’s HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION

New posters: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and Mel Gibson’s HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION

Good Lord, this is definitely the week for movie poster premieres. Two that are worthy of note sneak in just before the weekend. First up is the teaser poster for Marvel's reboot THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, boasting "The Untold Story", which is more than likely referring to Peter Parker's parents (played by Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz) and their involvement in his origin. Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field) are still present, though the love interest this time around is Spidey's original girlfriend from the comics Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone). The film co-stars Rhys Ifans, Chris Zylka, Iffran Khan, Annie Parisse, and C. Thomas Howell, with Andrew Garfield (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) playing Peter Parker. Look for it July 3, 2012.

And then there's the new Mel Gibson thriller HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION. Mel stars with Peter Stormare and BREAKING BAD's Dean Norris, along with Bob Gunton (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) and Patrick Bauchau (2012). Gibson co-wrote the screenplay with Adrian Grunberg (who also makes his directorial debut with this) and Stacy Perskie. The story revolves around a career criminal (Gibson) nabbed by Mexican authorities, who is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy. The poster looks like ANY Tony Scott movie, but is of course what you'd expect to see from a Mel Gibson thriller. Sadly, despite the "Summer" release date, this still hasn't been picked up by an American distributor, so it could go either way next year. I was saddened by the poor treatment Jodie Foster's THE BEAVER received earlier this year, never going into any sort of "wide" release. Let's hope this one gets a fair shake. Say what you want about Mel, he's still a helluva good actor.

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.