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February 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Concert promoter Live Nation Inc. named Michael Cohl chairman, replacing Randall Mays. The promotion of Cohl, who was previously vice chairman, was effective immediately, the Beverly Hills-based company said. Mays is president of radio broadcaster Clear Channel Communications Inc., which spun off Live Nation as a public company in 2005.
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July 18, 2013 | By David Ng
It's a book that will appeal to Broadway fans and Comic-Con habitues alike.  "The Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History" promises to be a juicy tell-all of the backstage politics and backstabbing that went on during the development of the superhero musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. " The book, written by the show's co-scriptwriter Glen Berger, now has a street date of Nov. 5. Berger was brought on board by director Julie Taymor to help write the book for the musical, but the pair eventually had a falling-out, as revealed in court papers filed by Taymor after she was fired from the troubled production.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2010
A roundup of Friday morning's arts and entertainment headlines: The latest Harry Potter movie is already on track to have a massive box-office weekend. ( Los Angeles Times ) Police now think Ronni Chasen was shot from another vehicle, but they still have no motive. ( Los Angeles Times ) Call of Duty: Black Ops takes in a record $650 million in its first five days of release. ( Los Angeles Times ) The moon is Hollywood's hot topic du jour, with three competing lunar projects in the works.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By David Ng
Director Julie Taymor has reached a settlement in her epic legal battle with the producers of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. " In a joint statement released Wednesday, the two sides said that the pending litigation between them has been settled by "mutual agreement of all parties. " No terms of the settlement were announced. However, the statement said that Taymor's claims against the musical have been resolved "with respect to both the current New York production and subsequent productions.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Kelly Scott and David Ng
The warring parties in the "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" lawsuits -- one-time director Julie Taymor  and the show's producers -- have reached what appears to be a tentative settlement. Judge Katherine B. Forrest issued an order Thursday reporting that the two parties have reached an agreement in principle, according to a court spokeswoman. The spokeswoman said she could not elaborate on the order. An official spokesman for "Spider-Man" said there was no comment on the matter.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013 | By David Ng
The expected legal settlement between the producers of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" and director Julie Taymor has failed to materialize, leading a federal judge in New York to set a new trial date for the ongoing battle. Judge Katherine B. Forrest has ordered that a trial date be set for May 28 in New York. The order, which is dated Friday, states that the two parties have until May 1 for the discovery process. The news was first reported Tuesday by the New York Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2012 | By David Ng
A co-writer for the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has reportedly accepted a book deal to tell his side of the story of the troubled mega-production. Glen Berger, who wrote the book for the musical along with Julie Taymor, has inked a deal with Simon & Schuster, according to the New York Times. The book is expected to be published in 2013. Berger was one of several people on "Spider-Man" who had a falling-out with Taymor during the musical's troubled development.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2011 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
In the biggest changes yet to the troubled Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," its producers announced Wednesday that director Julie Taymor will be stepping down from her daily responsibilities with the production. They also postponed its official opening for the sixth time, to an unspecified day "in early summer. " Taking Taymor's place is Philip William McKinley, whose only Broadway credit is the 2003 musical "The Boy From Oz," which starred Hugh Jackman. "Spider-Man," which began preview performances Nov. 28 at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York, has been plagued by production delays, cast injuries and a spiraling budget that, at $65 million, makes it the most expensive show in Broadway history.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By David Ng
It's a book that will appeal to Broadway fans and Comic-Con habitues alike.  "The Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History" promises to be a juicy tell-all of the backstage politics and backstabbing that went on during the development of the superhero musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. " The book, written by the show's co-scriptwriter Glen Berger, now has a street date of Nov. 5. Berger was brought on board by director Julie Taymor to help write the book for the musical, but the pair eventually had a falling-out, as revealed in court papers filed by Taymor after she was fired from the troubled production.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By David Ng
Director Julie Taymor has reached a settlement in her epic legal battle with the producers of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. " In a joint statement released Wednesday, the two sides said that the pending litigation between them has been settled by "mutual agreement of all parties. " No terms of the settlement were announced. However, the statement said that Taymor's claims against the musical have been resolved "with respect to both the current New York production and subsequent productions.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013 | By David Ng
The expected legal settlement between the producers of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" and director Julie Taymor has failed to materialize, leading a federal judge in New York to set a new trial date for the ongoing battle. Judge Katherine B. Forrest has ordered that a trial date be set for May 28 in New York. The order, which is dated Friday, states that the two parties have until May 1 for the discovery process. The news was first reported Tuesday by the New York Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2012 | By David Ng
A co-writer for the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has reportedly accepted a book deal to tell his side of the story of the troubled mega-production. Glen Berger, who wrote the book for the musical along with Julie Taymor, has inked a deal with Simon & Schuster, according to the New York Times. The book is expected to be published in 2013. Berger was one of several people on "Spider-Man" who had a falling-out with Taymor during the musical's troubled development.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Kelly Scott and David Ng
The warring parties in the "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" lawsuits -- one-time director Julie Taymor  and the show's producers -- have reached what appears to be a tentative settlement. Judge Katherine B. Forrest issued an order Thursday reporting that the two parties have reached an agreement in principle, according to a court spokeswoman. The spokeswoman said she could not elaborate on the order. An official spokesman for "Spider-Man" said there was no comment on the matter.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2011
Hugh Grant has been weighing a big move: replacing the fired Charlie Sheen on CBS' "Two and a Half Men. " A person familiar with the situation said Wednesday the British film actor was in negotiations to join the sitcom as its new leading man. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because producer Warner Bros. and CBS hadn't authorized public comment, said the talks had stalled without resolution. But it was unclear whether Grant's hiring was a closed issue, the person said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2011 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
In the biggest changes yet to the troubled Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," its producers announced Wednesday that director Julie Taymor will be stepping down from her daily responsibilities with the production. They also postponed its official opening for the sixth time, to an unspecified day "in early summer. " Taking Taymor's place is Philip William McKinley, whose only Broadway credit is the 2003 musical "The Boy From Oz," which starred Hugh Jackman. "Spider-Man," which began preview performances Nov. 28 at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York, has been plagued by production delays, cast injuries and a spiraling budget that, at $65 million, makes it the most expensive show in Broadway history.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2010
Producers have once again delayed the opening of the troubled new Broadway musical " Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the fourth major delay in performances this year for the much-mocked show. The opening was pushed back to Feb. 7, because a key actor has missed several previews due to injury and after producers decided that the creative team needs to work out more kinks before allowing critics to weigh in. "Due to some unforeseeable setbacks, most notably the injury of a principal cast member, it has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute their vision," lead producer Michael Cohl said in a statement Friday.
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