Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

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Tobey Takes On Spidey Now that Marvel Comics' mutant X-Men have zapped the $100 million mark at the box office, it looks like every studio in Hollywood is digging out its dusty comic-book project and every actor in town is looking to don a pair of tights. The most buzzed about of the upcoming movies from Marvel is "Spiderman." With rivals like Wes Bentley and Freddie Prinze Jr. reportedly in the running, Tobey Maguire didn't wait to sign a contract before jumping into what he called "a tight little suit" for a screen test. Whatever he wore, it was enough--or little enough--to convince director Sam Raimi last week that he was their crimefighting crawler. Other superheroes making the leap from comics to movies are the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer, Daredevil, Ant Man and lots more you haven't heard of. Then there are the franchises that just won't die. Batman and Superman--both on their fifth go-round--are casting, while Lou Ferrigno could be making a comeback as the Incredible Hulk. Hollywood had better hope moviegoers don't 'toon out any time soon.

Too Much of 'Today'? "Today" show viewers got some extra perk with their morning coffee last Wednesday when a panning shot of the crowd outside the New York studio turned up a flashing fan. West Coast viewers missed the boob-tube footage, which was cut from later broadcasts, but the hosts certainly didn't. Matt Lauer and Ann Curry were visibly aghast at the eyeful of unsupported news, while Katie Couric, reporting from the GOP convention in Philadelphia, mouthed "Did you see that? …

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