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A tangled web they weave

From Wire Reports

Tobey Maguire is out as Peter Parker and Sam Raimi won’t be returning as director when “Spider-Man 4” hits theaters in 2012, a year later than expected.

The film has not yet gone into production amid rumors of trouble on the set.

Addressing those rumors, Maguire said last week: “Like anything, it’s a process. We’re just in the midst of the process. We have a lot of great stuff in terms of story and script. We’re just trying to dial it in and get it ready as quickly as possible.”

Raimi had been undecided about returning for the fourth installment after “Spider-Man 3” got so-so reviews, but but said at last year’s Cannes International Film Festival that he didn’t like “thinking about a world where somebody else was making the Peter Parker story.”

He acknowledged Monday that the studio was heading in a “new direction.”

The new movie will be based on a script that focuses on Peter Parker in high school.

It was too, too much

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is ready for some action.

The former pro wrestler says he’s looking forward to returning to more physical roles after four family comedies, including “Tooth Fairy,” in which he wears tights and a pink tutu.

Johnson said it was unsettling to meet co-star Julie Andrews for the first time while wearing his tooth fairy getup, explaining: “She is a woman that you want to meet in a suit.”

He’s next scheduled to film “Faster,” an action flick co-starring Billy Bob Thornton and Maggie Grace.

The birthday bunch

Comedian Rip Taylor is 76. Actor Billy Gray (“Father Knows Best”) is 72. Actor Richard Moll (“Night Court”) is 67. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 49. Country singer Trace Adkins is 48. Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 46. Actor Patrick Dempsey is 44. Actress Traci Bingham (“Baywatch”) is 42. Actress Nicole Eggert (“Baywatch”) is 38. Actor Orlando Bloom is 33.

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