July 9, 2012 |
After all the debate, the questions and the cage-rattling about whether Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man" was a good idea, audiences this holiday weekend spoke. People (a lot of people, $140 million worth of people) bought tickets to "The Amazing Spider-Man. " And the great majority of them enjoyed it. Like, A- CinemaScore enjoyed it. None of that will be enough to move most skeptics from their position that the Sony movie should never have been made in the first place.
August 2, 2012 |
The release of "The Amazing Spider-Man" overseas in late June and domestically in early July pushed Sony Pictures to an operating loss during the second quarter. Revenue for the Culver City studio increased 6% to $1.9 billion thanks in part to the box office performance of "Men in Black 3," which has grossed $619 million worldwide (although given its hefty budget of nearly $250 million and participants like Will Smith and Steven Spielberg taking a share of revenue, it's not clear how big a profit Sony will make on the picture)
June 4, 2012 |
The legal case pitting director Julie Taymor against the producers of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is underway in a federal court in New York. Though the trial isn't scheduled to begin until early next year, a judge presided over a two-hour preliminary hearing on Friday during which lawyers for both sides spelled out their cases. Taymor was removed from the director's chair of the mega-musical in 2011 following a protracted preview period and a number of technical mishaps.
July 2, 2010
A roundup of Friday morning's arts and entertainment headlines: America, meet your new Spider-Man. ( Los Angeles Times) The Black Eyed Peas are teaming with James Cameron for a 3-D concert movie. (Entertainment Weekly) "The Fall Guy" is headed to the big screen. (Los Angeles Times) Is it time for Mel Gibson to get some anger management? (The Big Picture) Katy Perry bought her mom a face-lift. (The Sun) "Eclipse's" box office is running ahead of "New Moon's" in most foreign countries.
March 9, 2011
A comic collector has been caught in Spider-Man's web, paying $1.1 million for a near-mint copy of Amazing Fantasy No. 15, which features the wall-crawler's debut. ComicConnect.com Chief Executive Stephen Fishler said Tuesday that the Silver Age issue, first published in 1962, was sold Monday by a private seller to a private buyer. It's not the highest price ever paid for a comic book ? that honor goes to Action Comics No. 1, the debut of Superman, which went for $1.5 million ?
July 18, 2013 |
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.
March 7, 2014 |
Theater is a superstitious profession, especially when it comes to failure. On Broadway, the Foxwoods Theatre, which served as home for the troubled musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," will officially be renamed the Lyric for its next tenant -- a revival of the musical "On the Town. " As one of Broadway's biggest houses, the 1,900-seat Foxwoods has undergone a number of name changes since the venue opened on 42nd Street in New York in 1998. It was first called the Ford Center for the Performing Arts and was later rechristened the Hilton Theatre in 2005.
August 28, 2012 |
The web crawler beat out the Caped Crusader on their first day going head-to-head in China. Sony Pictures' "The Amazing Spider-Man" grossed $5.46 million after it started playing in theaters Monday, while Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight Rises" took in $4.45 million. "Spider-Man" played in slightly more theaters -- 2,515 compared to 2,400 for the Batman movie -- and benefited from surcharges for 3-D tickets, making the two movies' performances very close. The two movies opened on the same day, a gambit by state-owned distributor China Film Group to limit the grosses of American movies and boost the share of box office generated by local productions.
October 10, 2012 |
BEIJING -- China's battle of the superheroes ended up being won by ... a group of aging action stars. In a surprising outcome, "The Expendables 2" has outgrossed both "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" in China. The ensemble action movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li has grossed $54 million in China as of Sunday, according to research firm Artisan Gateway. "The Expendables 2" opened in the world's most populous nation Sept.