PHOTO GALLERY: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Cast & Crew Tour New York City for 'Spider-Man Week'
Published: June 27, 2012 - 1:42pm
Prepping for next week's theatrical release of The Amazing Spider-Man movie, director Marc Webb, stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Denis Leary and Rhys Ifans along with producer Matt Tolmach were all on hand during New York City's 'Spider-Man Week' festivities.
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
In celebration of the release of The Amazing Spider-Man on July 3, 2012, Columbia Pictures has partnered with some of NYC’s premier cultural institutions to create 'Spider-Man Week', which launched Monday morning when the film's cast and crew made an appearance on The Today Show. This was followed by a special lighting ceremony of the Empire State Building, where the iconic building's colors shown blue and red for the day, a volunteer initiative with the Be Amazing! campaign and a stop at the American Museum of Natural History where Spider-Man himself delivered a spider to the museum's newest exhibit.
The cast members went on to partner with NYC Service Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford and over 200 volunteers where they helped plant gardens and put the finishing touches on a “Be Amazing” youth center mural. Volunteers from all from the community pitched in on the projects and to discuss the new film.
Today, at the American Museum of Natural History, fans were treated to a Spider-Man rappelling down from the roof of the building to hand deliver a live Chilean rose tarantula to Norman Platnick, the curator of the upcoming exhibition Spiders Alive!, which opens at the Museum on July 28th. Andrew Garfield, who stars in the film as Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego Spider-Man, and director Marc Webb joined Mr. Platnick to discuss the importance of integrating entertainment with cultural learning centers such as the museum.
Garfield was thrilled to be so well received by fans at all of the events. "It's a bit overwhelming, you know? To see the these people really excited about a film you put so much work into and you care about... and they haven't event seen it yet. I'm just proud to be a part of it all."
For more information on BE AMAZING, STAND UP AND VOLUNTEER please visit: http://www.beamazing2012.com/. For more information about the rest of Spider-Man Week events going on throughout New York City please visit: http://www.spidermanweeknyc.com/
The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012.