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Spider-Man: Homecoming - director Jon Watts interview

Rob Leane Jul 4, 2017

Jon Watts chats to us about Spider-Man: Homecoming, sequels, Vulture, Tony Stark, Venom, Stan Lee, Marc Webb and more...

Back in 2015, I spoke to Jon Watts via an international phone line. I was at home, and he was deeply entrenched in Marvel Studios, beginning work on the film we later came to know as Spider-Man: Homecoming. The main topic of discussion back then was his Kevin Bacon-featuring micro budget thriller, Cop Car.

A year and bit later, on a blisteringly hot June day, Watts and I met for real in a swanky London hotel. He was just as lovely in real life as he was on the blower, enthusiastically chatting about Homecoming, the future of Spidey at the cinema, and a number of other projects. Here’s the transcript...

[Nb: this interview took place before all the 'Venom is in the McU'/'no it isn't' hoohah.]

In the press notes, one thing jumped out at me: apparently you made stick-figure videos while Marvel
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Round-Up: Turbo Kid UK Blu-ray, Exclusive Extinction Clip, It Came From Candi’S Lab Web Series

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When you add a pinch of '80s nostalgia with a dash of action and gore and mix them together you get Turbo Kid, which will be released in the U.K. on Blu-ray in October. Also: an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from Extinction and first details on the web series It Came from Candi's Lab.

Turbo Kid: Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Turbo Kid on Blu-ray in the U.K. on October 5th. Turbo Kid stars Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright, and Aaron Jeffery.

From Blu-ray.com: "Synopsis: Turbo Kid is a celebration of all things that were awesome about the age of movies on VHS. It's packed with nods to 1980s pop culture (even down to Atari-style credits and its synth-tastic score) and riffs on the kids' adventure movies such as BMX Bandits, The Monster Squad, and The Goonies.

And for the hardcore fans, there's
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Movie News: See 'Spectre' Bond Women in New Photos; Disney's Animated 'The Sword in the Stone' Going Live-Action

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Spectre: Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in Spectre, heading to theaters on November 6, and as new photos reveal, he'll be surrounded by four strong women: Lea Seydoux (above), as a doctor who is also the daughter of an assassin; Monica Belucci, as a Mafia widow; Naomie Harris, who returns as Eve Moneypenny; and Stephanie Sigman, whose character is still being kept under wraps. [USA Today] Movie News: See 'Spectre' Bond Women in New Photos; Watch Jason Bateman Eat Uncomfortably in New 'The Gift' Clip   Untitled Urban Explorers: Jon Watts, who will direct the next version of Spider-Man -- said to be in the vein of a John Hughes-style high school flick -- has set his followup project. Currently known only as Untitled Urban Explorers, the...

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News Briefs: 'Spectre' Bond Woman Profiled in New Pics; Watch Jason Bateman Eat Uncomfortably in New 'The Gift' Clip

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Spectre: Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in Spectre, heading to theaters on November 6, and as new photos reveal, he'll be surrounded by four strong women: Lea Seydoux (above), as a doctor who is also the daughter of an assassin; Monica Bellucci, as a Mafia widow; Naomie Harris, who returns as Eve Moneypenny; and Stephanie Sigman, whose character is still being kept under wraps. [USA Today]   Untitled Urban Explorers: Jon Watts, who will direct the next...

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New Spidey Helmer Jon Watts At Center Of Pitch Sale To End Cue

New Spidey Helmer Jon Watts At Center Of Pitch Sale To End Cue
Exclusive: End Cue, the financier-producer that teamed on the Sundance film Cop Car with newly minted Spider-Man helmer Jon Watts and writer Christopher Ford, has a follow-up project with the duo. End Cue has closed a pitch deal in competition on what is being called The Untitled Urban Explorers film. Watts and Ford will write it for Watts to direct. It is described as young-adult adventure set under NYC's Lower East Side. The auction began before Watts was tapped by…
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Spider-Man's Jon Watts Sets Up New Movie

Spider-Man's Jon Watts Sets Up New Movie
After working away for years on shorts and smaller films, including upcoming thriller Cop Car, writer/director Jon Watts exploded into the spotlight last month when he was selected by Sony and Marvel to direct the companies’ new take on Spider-Man. While the superhero movie will keep him busy for a while, he’s still setting up other projects, included an untitled film for financial backers/production company End Cue. According Deadline, the idea, which is for now known as The Untitled Urban Explorers Film, is apparently a young adult adventure that sees its characters travelling under the streets of New York’s Lower East Side. Watts will write the script with Cop Car collaborator Christopher Ford, and the project was nabbed by the company, which also backed Cop Car, before the big Spider-announcement.Of course, there’s every chance the End Cue team will have to wait to see the new project realised.
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Watch the Frenetic Trailer for James Brown Biopic 'Get on Up'

Watch the Frenetic Trailer for James Brown Biopic 'Get on Up'
"No one else helped me," says Chadwick Boseman, the actor playing James Brown in the biopic Get on Up, due out in August. The two-and-a-half minute trailer above shows how the soul singer became the legendary performer and bandleader, surviving an impoverished childhood and a stint in juvie where he put together a gospel choir. The clip also features concerts, high-speed police chases and even a touching flashback to his childhood when his aunt tells him, "One day, everybody gonna know your name." The movie's tagline is, "What you have heard is only the beginning.
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James Brown Biopic Finds Its Mick Jagger

With staggering sex appeal and serious star power that has lasted generations, Mick Jagger is more than a man; he's an icon. Which makes casting someone to play his younger self in a movie a pretty daunting endeavor. (Like casting Freddie Mercury almost!) But at long last the search of Get On Up filmmakers has ended, as THR announces Nick Eversman has signed on to play the Rolling Stones front man in the James Brown biopic. Eversman has an impressive list of film and TV credits considering he only made his screen debut in 2009 in a little-known crime-drama called Innocent. Since then, he has appeared in televisions shows like The Missing, CSI: Miami and House, as well as landed roles in movies like Hellraiser: Revelations, Vampires Suck, and the horror-thriller The Depraved. However, he might be best recognized as a series regular on the new CW sci-fi show The Tomorrow
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Fantasia 2013: Exclusive Sales Art for the Rasmussen Brothers' Subculture

With all the talk of Sdcc this week, let's not forget about a big event our neighbors to the North are hosting. Fantasia Film Fest kicks off in Montreal on July 18, and among the attractions of the Off-Frontières lineup will be the Rasmussen Brothers' Subculture.

Described as an urban version of The Descent, Subculture sounds like a journey into darkness not to be missed. Although inspired by a found footage short film the Brothers shot back in 2009 entitled "Missing Urban Explorers" (it was actually one of the runners-up of our "8 Shorts to Die For" contest), the feature is Not found footage.

Check out their original short below, and look for more soon!

Synopsis

Bobby has been living on the streets since running away from home as a teen. He finds solace in an encampment located in an abandoned subway tunnel beneath the city. Here he makes a living as a runner,
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DVD Review: Underground

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Stars: Sofia Pernas, Adrian R Mante, Eric Abercrombie, Christine Evangelista, Jeff D’Agostino, Megan Hensley, Megan Hensley, Adam Meirick | Written by Charles Morris Jr. | Directed by Rafael Eisenman

Horror is about finding what scares us, or makes us feel uncomfortable and using that against us. It’s that fear of the dark, or the sudden attack out of nowhere, or that shadowy figure following us at night. One of the scenarios that seem to be popular is the fear of being trapped underground and attacked by creatures that are more adapted to that environment. We’ve had Creep, The Descent, Urban Explorers and now Underground, just to name a few.

When a group of friends get stuck underground after a fight at a party on an abandoned army base they find themselves being hunted by creatures in the darkness. As they fight for survival and to save their friends
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Travel Channel's tune in schedule for August 2012

Tune in alert for Travel Channel, as they premiere a new 'Mysteries at the Museum - Out of this World.' Plus, New Episodes of Ongoing Series - Week of August 20. Urban explorer Don Wildman looks at the most memorable museum moments in a special Mysteries at the Museum - Out of thei World. Also Amy Allan and Steve Dischiavo revisit their most suspensful and captivating investigations in .Dead Files Revisited. special follow-up episodes. (Additional information, including airdates and times, listed in chronological order) Bizarre Foods America Monday, August 20 at 9:00p.m., Et/Pt Andrew Zimmern takes a road trip down the Blues Trail, stopping along the way to take in the music and the food that make
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The Problems with Being an Urban Explorer: A Movie Review

Director: Andy Fetscher.

Writer: Martin Thau.

Cast: Nathalie Kelley, Nick Eversman and Klaus Stiglmeier.

Urban exploration is risky business when four international students hire a local guide to lead them through the ruins of old Berlin. In what they find in the tunnels is more treacherous than this city’s sordid past. In the real hobby, many adventurers can find plenty of rustic decay to archive, figurative history to marvel at and graffitti to indicate where others have dare treaded.

In the movie that takes a simple title of Urbex: Urban Explorer, there might be some confusion in what can be examined. To look around inside any old abandoned building can be exciting. But there is more to this hobby than just going underground. Rank tunnels are often a source for many movies on a tight budget and this tale is one that gets detailed. Nazi bunkers were built within
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Indie Spotlight

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We’re back with the latest installment of our Indie Spotlight. Today’s feature includes a Q&A with Resident Evil 5‘s Michelle Van Der Water and actor Nick Eversman:

Accident Release: Shout! Factor will release Accident to Blu-ray and DVD on June 12th:

“Not all accidents are caused by fate! This summer, get ready for a new breed of action suspense thriller that plumbs and exposes the weaknesses of the human psyche. On June 12, 2012, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Media Asia, will debut the acclaimed Hong Kong feature Accident on Blu-ray, DVD and available on digital entertainment platforms. Nominated for a Golden Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival and a festival favorite at the Toronto International Film Festival, Accident is a masterfully crafted thriller that combines stylish visuals, edge-of-your seat suspense, and violence. This highly anticipated North American home entertainment release features insightful bonus content
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Mysteries at the Museum, Off Limits: Travel Channel Shows Return

Travel Channel has announced the April 17th return of two of their original series, both hosted by Don Wildman. At 9pm, Mysteries at the Museum kicks off its third season and then, at 10pm, Wildman hosts the second season of Off Limits.

It's unclear how many episodes have been ordered this time around but both shows had 13 episodes apiece last time around.

Here's the press release with additional details from Travel Channel:

Travel Channel'S Don Wildman Returns With Double Stacks Of Two Original Series Premiering Tuesday, April 17

Urban Explorer Wildman Uncovers "Mysteries at the Museum" at 9:00 p.m., Et/Pt And Takes Viewers "Off Limits" at 10:00 p.m., Et/Pt

Chevy Chase, MD (March 14, 2012) – Travel Channel has double-stacked Tuesday nights this spring, bringing back two of its popular original series beginning on
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UK Readers: Go Deeper to Win an Urban Explorers Blu-ray!

When will people ever learn that heading off into creepy, abandoned locations unprepared for the worst never ends in anything but unmitigated terror? Thankfully for us, the answer would appear to be “never”!

Now you, too, can get stuck into some hi-def underground horror with a free copy of Urban Explorers (formerly Urban Explorer; review here) on Blu-ray courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

The rapidly growing global phenomenon of urban exploration (also known as Urbex or Ue), in which thrill-seeking enthusiasts explore the normally unseen or off-limits areas of towns, cities and industrial facilities, provides the unique background for director Andy Fetscher’s chilling survival-horror shocker Urban Explorers, out now on DVD and Blu-ray.

To delve further into this underground world of Nazi catacombs, visit the official Urban Explorers website and check out a clip below:

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, simply hit us up
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Urban Explorer Wins Best Picture Award at Screamest

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Urban Explorer Wins Best Picture Award at Screamest
The new Andy Fetscher-directed film ‘Urban Explorer’ won four major honors at the 2011 Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles. The movie won the award for Best Makeup for special effects makeup artist Waldemar Pokromski; Fetcher was honored in the Best Editing category; and Klaus Stiglmeier, who played Armin, was named Best Actor. ‘Urban Explorer’ also won the ceremony’s top honor, Best Picture. The awards ceremony was held on Saturday, October 2, after the festival screened such films as ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘The Innkeepers,’ ‘Rabies,’ ‘Madison County,’ ‘Livid,’ ‘Sector 7,’ ‘Rosewood Lane’ and of course, ‘Urban Explorer.’ ‘Urban Explorer,’ which had it’s west coast premiere at Screamfest on October...
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Event Report: Screamfest L A 2011: Exclusive Closing Night Photo Gallery and Award Results!

The 2011 edition of the Screamfest La Film Festival completed its run on Saturday, October 22nd, at Manns Chinese 6 in Hollywood, California, and Dread Central hit the carpet one last time to bring you further ocular candy and to give you the lowdown on which filmmakers took home the coveted ‘Skully’ Screamfest Awards. Read on for the full list of winners!

Held at BoHo at Hollywood & Highland, the award ceremony this year was hosted by Jonna Jackson and John Farrell, and those in attendance for the closing night included Eli Roth (Hostel), Mike Mendez (Gravedancers), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination), Ti West (The Innkeepers), Paul and Benjamin China (Crawl), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), and Aj Bowen (Rites of Spring) along with a bevy of the festival’s selected filmmakers and more.

Here’s the list of award recipients for Screamfest 2011.

Best Picture – Urban Explorer (review here)

Best Director – Paul China,
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Event Report: Screamfest La 2011: Exclusive Night #5 Photo Gallery, More on Vamperifica and Hail Satan!

Dread Central's coverage of the 11th annual Screamfest La Film Festival continues with our event report stemming from Tuesday night, October 18th, when we hit the carpet to bring you further eye candy and to catch the premieres of short films Hail Satan! and The Night Caller as well as the feature film Vamperifica.

Those walking the black carpet at the Manns Chinese 6 in Hollywood, California, and in attendance for the evening included Vamperifica co-writer (with lead Martin Yurkovic) and director Bruce Ornstein and cast members Jeff Ward, Bonnie Swencionis, Creighton James, Josh Alexander, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Gianna LePera and Cj Diehl as well as Urban Explorer director Andy Fetscher with cast members Nathalie Kelley, Nick Eversman and Brenda Koo. Hail Satan! director John Michael Elfers and producer/actress Denesa Chan and The Night Caller co-writers and directors Peter Podgursky and Donna Thorland (you can now watch the latter film online here) also made the carpet,
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Grimm Up North 2011: Urban Explorer review

Do you like watching stupid people die? Not the cheeriest introduction, maybe, but it's hard to see what else anyone could get out of Andy Fetscher's Urban Explorer. Four young people go creeping through the tunnels under Berlin, only someone's waiting down there who's a little too happy to see them. Fetscher's film is technically sound, and when the gore starts in earnest it's skilfully done but the director does practically nothing to dispel the idea we're just marking time until these kids start begging for their lives. It's not merely the production-line approach of modern-day stalk and slash productions like something bankrolled by Platinum Dunes. There's an ugly, cynical streak to Urban Explorer that's not so much misanthropic as downright lazy, with great swathes...
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Screamfest La 2011: Filmmaker Andy Fetscher Talks Urban Explorer Premiere

With Screamfest La running Friday, October 14th, through Saturday, the 22nd, at Manns Chinese 6 in Hollywood, CA (at Hollywood & Highland, buy tickets here), we chatted with Urban Explorer filmmaker Andy Fetscher regarding his tense gore-fest, which is set for its West Coast premiere on Tuesday, October 18th at 10pm. Read on for his comments as well as exclusive stills.

Produced by Oliver Thau, written by Martin Thau and directed, filmed and edited by Andy Fetscher, Urban Explorer (review here) stars Nathalie Kelley (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), Nick Eversman (Hellraiser: Revelations), Klau Stiglmeier, Max Riemelt, Catherine de Lean and Brenda Koo. According to the film’s synopsis it centers around ‘an international group of four urban explorers who hire local guide Kris to lead them into the maze of escape tunnels and subterranean fortifications under the city of Berlin. When their guide has a bad fall, two of
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