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).
Looks like The Mummy reboot isn’t going to be in theaters for awhile.
Len Wiseman, director of the seemingly endless onslaught of Underworld films and high-action hot messes like Total Recall, recently left the Universal project, according to Variety. Universal had no comment, but this obviously means that a spot is open for one of Hollywood’s greatest directorial talents to step in and make a quality reboot, one good enough that it’ll make it seem like The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor never happened.
You, the ever intelligent pop culture fanatic at home, might ask: Why the reboot? Well, first of all, that’s what we were all saying about The Amazing Spider-Man, and that turned out just fine. And what about Batman Begins, Evil Dead, and Star Trek? (Just don’t mention The Lone Ranger – it ruins the theory). The Mummy, though close to perfect in my eyes, could use a little revamping. First of all, it was one of those underrated gems, it didn’t necessarily receive the best reviews and it wasn’t necessarily on Avatar‘s box office level — though grossing over $400 million is impressive — but it did have heart. It also had Brendan Fraser, the “next big thing” of the ’90s/early naughts and a pre-Oscar Rachel Weisz. It was fun, it was ridiculous (mummies rising from the dead!), it was scary (mummies rising from the dead!). Plus, instead of sucking, the sequel, The Mummy Returns, was actually good. And in my mind, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor does not exist.
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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.
Earlier this month, Ryan Gosling cast girlfriend Eva Mendes in his directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster. With production on the fantasy film set to begin this May, Gosling is a few months away from the joys and challenges of directing a significant other.
But Gosling is hardly the first director to cast his sweetheart in his own movie. Woody Allen is famous for dating (and sometimes marrying) many of his leading ladies, and Paul Newman also directed wife Joanne Woodward in multiple films.
Here’s a round-up of other men who have directed their actress significant others — some of whom are still going strong, while others’ relationships are in the rear-view mirror.
Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich
This couple met while working on 2002’s Resident Evil. Since they began dating in 2003 (with a wedding following in 2009), Anderson and Jovovich have made four more films in the lucrative zombie franchise. The British director also cast his wife in his 2011 adaptation of The Three Musketeers.
Anderson on directing Jovovich: “I always call her the hardest working person in show business. I’ve never met an actor as dedicated as she is. She’s like the Terminator, relentless. It can be 2 a.m. in the morning, and she suggests we talk about some aspect of the film. How about we don’t, Milla? But we both just love making movies.” [Huffington Post]
Jovovich on working with Anderson: “I tell Paul every day, he spoils me. It is such a pleasure. We have our family together. We do these fun movies together. What am I going to do when I have to go work with somebody else?” [Huffington Post]
Are they still together? Yep. And they’re planning to continue their working relationship too — both are expected to return for a sixth Resident Evil installment. READ FULL STORY
Which witch will be green-faced by the end of the movie?
In Disney’s upcoming film Oz, The Great and Powerful, there has been much speculation about which of the three witches – Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, or Rachel Weisz — will be the baddie.
Weisz seems to let the winged monkey out of the castle in a new interview with U.K.’s Sun, where she told the paper about her role as the witch Evanora: “It was a fun idea to be playing someone who is really, really bad. I can’t think of any roles that I’ve had like that before. My character is more than mean, she’s really evil. She is a pathological liar, she’s a narcissist, an egomaniac and a megalomaniac. She’s really, really a bad person and she revels in being bad.” READ FULL STORY
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