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.
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.
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.
November 5, 2013 |
"Song of Spider-Man" is a tell-all memoir about the contentious behind-the-scenes drama that dominated the most expensive show in Broadway history. Written by Glen Berger, who co-wrote the script for the $75-million spectacle, the book provides a juicy insider account of artistic egos run amok. At the stormy center of the book, which goes on sale Tuesday , is Julie Taymor, the gifted stage and screen director who sued her collaborators after she was fired from the musical before it officially opened.
August 11, 2010
Spidey sense is singing After delays and numerous rumors of shutdowns and financial problems, Broadway's new Spider-Man musical announced an official opening date Tuesday. The production, directed by Julie Taymor and featuring music by Bono and the Edge, will begin preview performances at the newly renamed Foxwoods Theatre (formerly the Hilton Theatre) on Nov. 14 and will open on Dec. 21. "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" was originally supposed to open in February, but the escalating cost of the musical — which is said to be the most expensive ever on Broadway — caused the production to be pushed back.