Who says it’s not easy being green? Well, Kermit the Frog did actually, but if you’re literal high-flyer Elphaba in the musical Wicked, it’s pretty darn boss, especially give that the teen-adored Stephen Schwartz musical (which received mixed reviews upon opening in 2003) just celebrated 10 years on Broadway this week. (EW just featured leads Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel on our annual Reunions cover). And unless Halloween rendered you deaf from overzealous trick-or-treaters, Broadway became all abuzz with the debuts of real-life, smoldering couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in a revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, but if seeing James Bond tortured and anguished over love affairs wasn’t your thing, you had plenty of other downtown NYC options, like a new Wallace Shawn effort, a remounting of one of last year’s most acclaimed Brecht pieces, or That 70′s Show‘s Debra Jo Rupp taking on diminutive, football-helmet-topped Dr. Ruth Westheimer in a new one-woman show (click on the links below for full reviews): READ FULL STORY
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Daniel Craig has a license to kill at the Broadway box office. Teaming the James Bond star with his real-life wife, Rachel Weisz, turns out to have been a very good idea for the producers of the Harold Pinter revival Betrayal. Though the show doesn’t open until Oct. 27, the Mike Nichols-directed drama has broken records at the Barrymore Theatre for its first two weeks of previews. For the week ending Oct. 13, it took in $1.11 million for seven performances, according to figures from the Broadway League. That tops the weekly earnings of the Philip Seymour Hoffman-topped revival of Death of a Salesman last year.
Broadway’s other big hit this fall is another starry revival. The Glass Menagerie, starring Zachary Quinto, has steadily increased its box office since opening late last month to rave reviews. Last week, it pulled in $724,363, a remarkable 91 percent of the potential gross for the modestly sized Booth Theatre. But seldom was there a tale of more woe than the box office for Romeo and Juliet. The new production starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad earned $470,744 last week, or roughly 38 percent of its potential earnings.
Surprisingly, the nonmusical revivals Betrayal and Menagerie are both outperforming most of the season’s new tuners. Sales for the megabudget Big Fish leapt 33 percent from the previous week to $856,110, or 62 percent of its possible gross. A Night With Janis Joplin, which opened last Thursday, earned $353,070, or 57 percent of its potential take. First Date hooked up with $448,331, a mere 52 percent of its potential, while Soul Doctor, which closed Sunday, pulled in a paltry $128,256 — that’s just 18 percent of what the venue could have earned.
In addition to Betrayal, the other seven-figure earners last week were the usual suspects: The Lion King ($1.88 million), Wicked ($1.87 million), The Book of Mormon ($1.84 million), Kinky Boots ($1.81 million), Motown: The Musical ($1.49 million), Matilda ($1.43 million), and The Phantom of the Opera ($1.02 million).
Daniel Craig is set to star opposite his Oscar-winning wife, Rachel Weisz, this fall in the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.
In the play, to be directed by 10-time Tony winner Mike Nichols, Weisz plays a woman having an affair with her husband’s best friend. Craig will play her husband with Life of Pi actor Rafe Spall co-starring as his best friend.
Betrayal marks the Oz: The Great and Powerful actress’s Broadway debut, though she has appeared off-Broadway and won a 2010 Olivier Award for her performance as Blanche DuBois in the West End revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. This will be Craig’s second appearance on the Great White Way. The Skyfall superstar previously starred alongside Broadway vet Hugh Jackman in the 2009 production of A Steady Rain.
Preview performances begin October 1 at the Barrymore Theatre with opening night set for Nov. 3. The show will have a limited, 14-week run, through Jan. 5, 2014, so expect tickets to be tough to come by.
The number crunchers over at Forbes have an announcement: Robert Downey Jr. is the top grossing actor of the year.
The Avengers was the only film Downey starred in this year, but its box office take, 1.5 billion worldwide, was high enough to propel him to the number one spot. But the Forbes crown comes with a few stipulations: For the box office money to count toward an actor’s total for the year, they must have had a leading role in the film — that Johnny Depp cameo in 21 Jump Street doesn’t count! — and for The Avengers, the Forbes team deemed Downey the star over his co-actors. “Yes, The Avengers are a group but Downey is clearly the main star,” Forbes explained. “Much of the film relied on Downey’s charm and humor.”
Other people raking in the box office cash this year were usual suspects like the Twilight trio. Kristen Stewart came in at number two combining her Twilight box office with Snow White and the Huntsman. Franchise-starrers such as Christian Bale, Daniel Craig, and Jennifer Lawrence also did well. Interestingly, the article states that they gave leading role status to Stewart’s co-stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, allowing all three credit for Breaking Dawn – Part 2’s massive haul. But for other franchise movies it was just the lead, which explains why Emma Stone, who co-starred in The Amazing Spider-Man, isn’t on this list, but Andrew Garfield ranks number seven.
Check out the top ten below: READ FULL STORY
Sullied by generic gun-play, substandard stealth mechanics, and an unconvincing narrative trick tying together six different Bond films, last month’s 007 Legends served as a lackluster lead-in to Daniel Craig’s third blockbuster turn as the British secret agent. This double-0 disappointment had a potential silver lining, however, in its sixth and final mission, based on Skyfall.
In an effort to avoid spoilers, Activision released the bonus Skyfall content on the PlayStation Network alongside the film (360 and PC versions land on Nov. 20.) The add-on mission is free-to-play for those who’ve already purchased Legends, but even that appealing price tag can’t overshadow the fact that it suffers from most of the same problems as the rest of the game. READ FULL STORY
Whenever a new James Bond movie hits theaters, it’s an opportunity to bring up one of the greatest questions in the history of popular cinema: Which film about the dapper British superspy is the very best film. Which leads to a natural follow-up question: Which one is the worst? I grew up in a solidly pro-Connery household, and my personal favorite is the film that initially ended Connery’s run with the character: You Only Live Twice. After starting off with one of the series’ best openings (Bond gets killed!) and my personal favorite Bond theme song (sung by Nancy Sinatra and recently sampled to great effect on Mad Men), Twice turns into the adventure every 12-year-old boy dreams of taking. There’s the fake-lake missile silo, and a helicopter fight, and freaking ninjas. Even more than most of Connery’s films, Twice is ludicrously un-PC, but it does feature one of Bond’s best sidekicks: Tiger Tanaka. Conversely, my pick for worst would be The World is Not Enough. (Denise Richards is the best thing about that movie. And she’s terrible.) READ FULL STORY
Daniel Craig on playing 007: 'I've been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it'
Skyfall, the 23rd official James Bond adventure that opens today, has already been crowned one of the best Bonds ever, recapturing the critical goodwill that Daniel Craig helped establish in 2006′s Casino Royale. The new film has opened in several countries already and earned more than $320 million, a pace that should eventually help it become the franchise’s highest-grosser ever. Yet after three undeniably successful films — Quantum of Solace grossed $586 million worldwide — Craig seems to have entered that phase that all-Bond actors eventually discover: ambivalence.
The 44-year-old actor told Rolling Stone magazine in its November cover story that the thrill that comes with a license to kill is gone. Or never was there to begin with. “I’ve been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it,” Craig said, “but they won’t let me go, and I’ve agreed to do a couple more, but let’s see how this one does, because business is business and if the sh– goes down, I’ve got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their ass with.” READ FULL STORY
Providing further evidence that the modern Catholic Church ain’t your mama’s Catholic Church, the Vatican’s film critic has written a full-throated support of Skyfall, praising the film’s “adrenalin pumping action, amazing hyper-realistic chases, exotic locations, extremely beautiful Bond girls, the usual super villain, and the essential vodka martini” — all things much enjoyed by the population of the Vatican. (They took a vow of chastity… but nothing wrong with a little window-shopping, amiright boys?)
But it’s not all fun and games: Vatican film critic Gaetano Vallini praises how in Skyfall, James Bond is “less attracted to the pleasures of life, darker and more introspective… more human, even able to be moved and to cry.” You could say that Bond is experiencing a crushing sensation of guilt, which makes it impossible for him to experience joy in a meaningful way. If only there could be a whole belief system built on all-encompassing guilt! READ FULL STORY
James Bond is back with a double-O bang in Skyfall. The first 007 installment in four years, Skyfall (out Nov. 9) is a different kind of Bond film. It reaches back to the past, nodding to classic bits of Bond lore like Monty Norman’s original Bond theme and the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, and looks to the future, as 007 and Judi Dench’s M grapple with being dinosaurs in a world that’s speeding past them. There’s also a new director (Oscar-winner Sam Mendes), a new Q (Ben Whishaw), a pair of new Bond girls (Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe), and a new villain who’s so flamboyantly nasty that he immediately vaults to the top tier of Bond baddies (Javier Bardem). In other words, it’s the ideal film to cap Bond’s first 50 years — and make fans bullish about the next 50.
In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, we sit down with Bond himself, Daniel Craig, to discuss the role that’s changed his life for better and worse. He tells us about his reluctance to take on the role back in 2005 when he was first asked to replace Pierce Brosnan, how he roped Mendes into directing the film (here’s a hint, it included booze and Hugh Jackman), and what it was like working with a costar even more famous than he is — Queen Elizabeth II — during his now-famous skydiving skit for this summer’s Olympics opening ceremony. “My first reaction was, ‘How many people will be watching? A billion and a half?! I guess I’m doing this.’ She was great, a really good sport. When they brought it to me, they’d already told her that I’d be doing it. I didn’t have much of a choice. It was literally a Luca Brasi situation from The Godfather — an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
Craig, who recently signed on for two more Bond films, also talks about the future of the franchise and where he’d like to see it go. “Everybody always moans, ‘Where’s Bond gone? Where’s all the jokes?’ Well, give us time! I always had a master plan in the back of my head that with the third movie — if I ever got there — it would be time to take the gloves off and bring the gags back in.”
Read more about Skyfall in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands October 26th. And remember, it’s for your eyes only.
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For a guest host of Saturday Night Live, the day after the show can be cruel. Or awesome. The public’s reception is rarely in between extremes. Either a host was incredible, awesome, hilarious, the best ever! Or they were brutal, excruciating, painful, the worst! It’s part of the risk of stepping on the stage at Studio 8H, live, in front of millions of people who are waiting to see if the magic they’ve seen before in a guest’s movies, TV shows, or music videos is the real deal. Sometimes, judging by Twitter, it seems like we’re waiting for these brave souls to fall on their faces, but what we really want is something special, something we can hold up as greatness in 10 years when we whine again that the show used to better way back when.
Last year, EW began tracking the Saturday Night Live hosts in a less myopic way. Sort of. Thumbs up or thumbs down is no longer an option — rather, who was the best host of the season? In May, voters named Jimmy Fallon the first-ever Mr. Saturday Night. Now that we’re five episodes in to this season, it’s time to take a closer look at who delivered laughs so far and who choked on silence. Bruno Mars performed double-duty last night, but how did he compare to Seth MacFarlane and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or Daniel Craig and Christina Applegate?
I don’t have to tell you that this is serious business. Deadly serious. Don’t let the fact that Fallon’s “victory” didn’t even warrant a mention on his Wikipedia page. You know he holds the nonexistent trophy close to his heart, and that whenever he bumps in to Melissa McCarthy or Will Ferrell, he casually mentions, “You know, you should host SNL some day.” Ouch. But he earned it. He earned it with his Bieber impression and his low-rent War Horse stage performance, and it’s why he’s at the top of many fans’ lists for who they want to see return this season.
The rules are simple: Who was the best host? It shouldn’t be a popularity contest, but rather, who killed it? Who had you giggling until Wednesday? Whose hilarious sketch did you bookmark online and watch over and over and over? Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five hosts, just to remind you of their recent performances. Vote below, and the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the other four will advance to compete against Louis CK on Nov. 3. Ultimately, we’ll eliminate the less memorable hosts and crown a new Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night. Watch and vote below. READ FULL STORY