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Quick Takes: Tony Danza lands 'Honeymoon'

February 07, 2012

Tony Danza is Broadway-bound, starring in a musical based on the 1992 movie "Honeymoon in Vegas."

Producers said Monday that the star will play a Vegas wiseguy in the show, which makes its debut in November in Toronto. It is headed to Broadway in the spring of 2013.

The musical features music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Andrew Bergman, who also directed and wrote the film.

The movie starred James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker. It tells the story of a reluctant groom whose bride-to-be is courted by Danza's character.

—Associated Press

Fans get preview of new Spidey

"The Amazing Spider-Man" dropped in on hundreds of fans Monday.

Sony Pictures teased the latest incarnation of the web-slinging superhero, which doesn't arrive in U.S. theaters until July 3, at preview events held Monday at movie theaters in 13 cities spanning the globe, including Mexico City, Berlin, Rome, Paris and Moscow, with the cast and filmmakers appearing in Los Angeles, New York, Rio de Janeiro and London.

The event began with the debut of the 3-D full-length "Amazing Spider-Man" trailer, which will hit theaters this weekend and debut online Wednesday. The trailer featured footage of Andrew Garfield as a charmingly awkward Peter Parker being bullied at school, testing out his new web-slinging gadgets and battling the villainous Lizard high above New York.

—Associated Press

Animators applaud 'Rango'

"Rango," the Oscar-nominated box-office hit about a pet chameleon who becomes sheriff of a small western town, won the Annie Award for animated feature from the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood.

The film, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp as the voice of Rango, also won Annie Awards for character design for Mark "Crash" McCreery; writing for John Logan, Verbinski and James Byrkit; and editing for Craig Wood.

"Rango," which is nominated for the Academy Award for animated feature, topped a field that included "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots," "Cars 2," "Rio" and "The Adventures of Tintin."

The Annies were handed out Saturday at UCLA's Royce Hall.

—Susan King

Art directors honor their own

Production designers Dante Ferretti, Donald Graham Burt and Stuart Craig won the Art Directors Guild Awards for feature films.

Ferretti won in the period film category for "Hugo"; Burt earned the award for contemporary film for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"; and Craig received his award in the fantasy category for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2."

"Hugo" and the "Harry Potter" film are competing for the Academy Award in art direction this year.

The 16th annual Art Directors Guild Awards for excellence in production design were presented Saturday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

—Susan King

Kovacs/Adams trove acquired

Omnivore Records has acquired rights to all audio material belonging to the estates of comedian Ernie Kovacs and singer Edie Adams and, as its first act, will release "Percy Dovetonsils Thpeaks," a previously unreleased comedy album that Kovacs made in 1961 featuring one of his most popular characters, a mild-mannered poet with a lisp.

Other material in the couple's archives includes recordings from Adams' career and scores of audio clips from episodes of "Kovacs Unlimited" that Omnivore said haven't been heard since the series was broadcast on CBS in the early 1950s.

Kovacs, one of television's earliest comedy stars, died in 1962, Adams in 2008. A six-disc DVD set, "The Ernie Kovacs Collection," was released last year.

—Lee Margulies

A 'Brando' sofa? Not anymore

The trust that holds actor Marlon Brando's intellectual property rights accepted $356,000 to resolve a lawsuit against a furniture company that marketed sofas and ottomans under the "Brando" name, according to federal court papers obtained Monday.

Brando Enterprises filed the action in L.A. last June, accusing Wisconsin-based Ashley Furniture Industries of illegally trading on the late actor's name by selling its "Brando" line without authorization.

—City News Service

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