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The Amazing Spider-Man cupcakes

The Amazing Spider-Man is out in UK cinemas from tomorrow - and, one month on from Prometheus, it's the perfect excuse to bake some more movie cupcakes.


Marc Webb's reboot may slip up towards the end, but the tasty ingredients are all there: Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield's hair. So it was easy to find inspiration for these Amazing Spider-Man cupcakes. But not as easy as it was to gobble them all up afterwards.


Read on for the full recipe/instructions on how to bake your own edible baked Spidey goods.

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Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field
Certificate: 12A
Trailer

Spider-Man, Spider-Man
Does whatever Andrew Garfield can
Woos the girls, even cries
He’s way better than Tobey Maguire.
Look out!
Here comes the Spider-Man.


He is strong
Funny too
Destroys his bathroom without meaning to
Aunt May's shocked, Uncle Ben’s dead
The human stuff’s done well by Marc Webb
You’ll love!
Gentle new Spider-Man.

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The Five Year Engagment, review
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Alison Brie, Chris Pratt
Certificate: 12A
Trailer

Hands up if you wouldn't marry Emily Blunt. Or Jason Segel, for that matter. Anyone? No? Good. That's settled. So a film that combines everyone’s two dream spouses might just be the greatest romantic comedy of all time, right? Yes. But The Five-Year Engagement falls short. Mainly because it’s so long.

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The Amazing Spider-Man full trailer 

"Dou think what happened to you was an accident? Do you have any idea what you really are?"


That's the sound of The Amazing Spider-Man's international trailer actually asking questions of old Spidey that we haven't heard before. Ever since that preview footage was shown a few months back, Marc Webb's superhero reboot has been looking more and more impressive.


Partly because Andrew Garfield's sense of humour is a nice contrast to Tobey Maguire's portrayal - and also because they've hidden away that first-person sequence from the first teaser trailer. 


The Amazing Spider-Man is out in UK cinemas on Tuesday 3rd July. Read on for the full international trailer.

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Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man preview footage

I'm not a big fan of trailer reviews, teaser descriptions or any other such pointless gubbins. But along came The Amazing Spider-Man last night with its promise of never-before-seen footage and I somehow ended up sitting in a cinema watching it. I mean, what else was I meant to do on a Monday night? Watch a program about The Queen? She can't shoot webs from her hands. (If it turns out she actually can, and she's reading this, my apologies twice over, your majesty.)


If you recall my reaction to the trailer that turned up on the interwebs last year, I went into The Amazing Spider-Man's preview event not convinced that there was any point in the movie's existence. 30 minutes later, I was surprised to leave feeling a hell of a lot more convinced.


Here are 6 reasons why - plus The Amazing Spider-Man's new, full trailer.

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Anonymous is out in cinemas this week, revealing the truth about William Shakespeare’s identity. If by truth you mean “silly rumours that have no basis in reality unless you spend all day blowing things up in Photoshop".


But while its theories are so ridiculous that no-one could ever take its conspiracies seriously, some people are. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, bless them, are so riled by Roland Emmerich’s bit of nonsense that they’ve started a campaign to remove Shakespeare from all road signs in Warwick. And they all seemed like such rational people when I was studying English in Birmingham.


"This film flies in the face of a mass of historical fact, but there is a risk that people who have never questioned the authorship of Shakespeare's works could be hoodwinked," the Trust's head of research, Paul Edmondson, told the Guardian.


As a Shakespeare nut, I'm just pleased to see any film (no matter how daft) getting people talking about old Bill. But just for those who have never questioned the authorship of Shakespeare and will supposedly believe any old guff, allow us to lay some true historical non-facts on your face.  

 

Here are five people who could have been Shakespeare:

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Rhys Ifans, Anonymous - review, London Film Festival
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Rhys Ifans, Rafe Spall, Vanessa Redgrave
Showtimes

That Shakespeare didn't write the plays he's credited with is not a new idea. The fact that disaster movie veteran Emmerich has made a film about it is quite honestly bizarre. The film posits that Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford (Ifans), is the true author of Shakespeare's work; as a nobleman, it would, of course, be unseemly for Oxford to be publishing his work. And so he badger's Benjamin Johnson into performing his plays as part of a cunning plan to sway the populous and get ailing Queen Elizabeth (Redgrave) to name the Earl of Essex heir and wrest the crown away from Scottish King James.

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Anonymous - press conference, London Film Festival

Anonymous: a film is so ridiculous that it would be hard to take anything around it seriously.


Despite this, the Stratford crowd have gone crazy in advance of Roland Emmerich's Shakespeare-couldn't-actually-write drama, covering up the statue of old Bill and crossing out the Bard's name on pubs.


But unbeknownst to them, at the 55th BFI London Film Festival, there were far more shocking secrets being unearthed in screen 8 of the Vue West End.


Here are six scandalous rumours revealed at the Anonymous press conference:

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"We all have secrets. The ones we keep... and the ones that are kept from us."


So speaks the hero in the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man. Yes, the web-slinging superhero is back. Again. And judging by the trailer he's not that amazing.


Andrew Garfield sounds good as Peter Parker. He looks the part too, from the athletic running around and hanging upside down on trains to the specs and backpack of an awkward geek. 


But otherwise, this video is intriguing rather than exciting. Parker's line of dialogue may suggest a darker tone to Marc Webb's reboot, but all this origins malarkey is painfully familiar stuff. Yes, it's nice to see Martin Sheen, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans, but it's not that long since we saw the last load of Spidey characters.


Still, Webb - an intelligent director - is clearly trying hard to make his Spider-Man as distinct as possible. You can tell that just from the first-person POV sequence as Spidey leaps across the city's CGI rooftops. A shame it looks so fake, really.


The Amazing Spider-Man is out in March 2012. Read on for the full video.

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So it's only 9 more days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One is released. And it's only 3 days until I see it for review. And it's only 1 day until I attempt to watch all the previous movies in a row as some kind of Harry Potter Marathon (witty name to come later, along with some kind of post).


To celebrate all these wonderful landmarks, we've got some shiny new clips from the film, as well as a featurette giving you a glimpse at the making of Alexandre Desplat's soundtrack (does anyone else miss Nicholas Hooper?).


The clips are a wonderful action-heavy selection, with lots of sparks flying and constant wand flicking from all the cast. The highlight is clearly Emma Watson turning to a poor muggle in a cafe and bellowing "GO! LEAVE!" in a deep manly voice.


You also get the chance to hear Exec Producer David Heyman make a music pun, and then pretend that he wasn't up till 4am thinking of something witty to say: "The great thing about Alexandre is he's such a flexible composer... And we have a number of different notes to hit - no pun intended." Whatevs, David. Your film looks awesome so I'll STAVE off my doubts.


Read on for the excitingly titled Cafe Attack and the soundtrack featurette. Alternatively, head over to our videos section to the see the other Deathly Hallows clip (now with added Lucius Malfoy - hello to Jason Isaacs). Either way, these are a good distraction while I work out how on earth I'll survive re-watching Harry Potter: The Columbus Years. Suggestions welcome below.


Deathly Hallows: Part One (in beautiful 2D) is out on Friday 19th November. Accio time travel machine!

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