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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 2, 2010 at 10:01 AM

A new Spider-Man, and some “Naked Gun” baseball for the holiday

So, the new Spider-Man is a done deal: Andrew Garfield, a British actor who’ll become a lot more familiar to a lot of us this fall after we see him in “Never Let Me Go” and “The Social Network” (which, by coincidence, happen to be two of the fall movies I’m most looking forward to). I thought he was terrific as a young journalist in the first “Red Riding” movie (in theaters earlier this year, but catch it on DVD if you can), and he’s also turned up in “Lions for Lambs” and “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Funny, though; Garfield is 26, and I thought they might go a little younger, as the new “Spider-Man,” due out in 2012 and directed by Marc Webb, takes Peter Parker back to his high school days. But we shall see.
I’m off for a four-day Fourth of July weekend; hope you’re all getting a little time off too. I was thinking about posting a clip that was summery and baseball-y, which seemed appropriate for the weekend, and though I’m very fond of “Bull Durham,” I can never resist a reason to think about the “Naked Gun” movies. So, here’s Leslie Nielsen’s Frank Drebin trying his hand (and his hips) at being a baseball umpire in the 1988 “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad.” See you Wednesday!

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