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'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' faces sixth delay and possible exit of director Julie Taymor: Report

Spider-Man-Turn-Off-the-DarkImage Credit: Jacob CohlBroadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is about to face extensive changes, including a sixth delay and the possible exit of director Julie Taymor, according to a report in the New York Times.

Producers may halt performances for two to three weeks and delay the show’s official opening to sometime this summer in order to rework the $65 million production, which continues to be one of Broadway’s highest grossers despite an icy critical reception last month.

Veteran Broadway directors Christopher Ashley (Memphis) and Philip William McKinley (The Boy from Oz) have reportedly been approached about joining Spider-Man‘s creative team, possibly without Taymor onboard.

When reached for comment, a rep for the show responded, “We are not confirming, or commenting, on the rumors.”

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Comic book fans: What are they saying about the slew of new superhero films?

superheroesImage Credit: John Schwartzman; Jay Maidment/Marvel Studios In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, we took a look at the superhero-heavy diet Hollywood is serving up to moviegoers for 2011 and 2012. It’s a regular binge of masked celebs, served with generous helpings of high-profile directors, hand-battered in sequels and reboots and deep-fried to golden crispiness. Most audiences will devour this repast of capes and tights. But what are crime-fighting movie fans with more discriminating tastes expecting?

We asked Ahmad Childress, Managing Editor of Crave Online, a media outlet that oversees such fansites as Super Hero Hype and Film School Rejects, to get his take on what comic book enthusiasts and the diehard fanboy-and-girl communities are saying about the upcoming deluge of villain-pummeling epics.

“The thing that usually polarizes people first is the casting,” Childress says. “That always gets debated to death out of everything.”

Read Childress’ take on the buzz surrounding each upcoming superhero flick after the jump:  READ FULL STORY

Spider-Man? Wonder Woman? Superman? What is YOUR most anticipated superhero reboot?

superhero-costumesImage Credit: Solarpix/PR Photos; Amanda Meredith/PR Photos; Anthony G. Moore/PR Photos; Marvel Entertainment; DC ComicsIt has been quite a momentous week for superheroes. On Monday, Sony released the first image of Andrew Garfield in his full Spider-Man costume, and announced that director Marc Webb’s reboot of the Spidey franchise would be titled The Amazing Spider-Man. Last night, NBC announced that Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki would grab hold of Wonder Woman’s famously elusive golden lasso in David E. Kelley’s highly anticipated reboot of the 1970s Lynda Carter TV series.

And today, EW debuted its latest cover story featuring an exclusive first interview with actor Henry Cavill, who will don Superman’s iconic red cape in director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the Man of Steel franchise.

Three superheroes. Three new actors. Three high profile reboots. But which one are you most excited to see? READ FULL STORY

'The Amazing Spider-Man': We are PRO mechanical web-shooters. You?

Back in 2001, I had the opportunity to visit the Los Angeles set of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and watched the director and his star, Tobey Maguire, shoot the scene in which Peter Parker locks himself in his bedroom and plays with his newfound web-spinning powers. Raimi was a stickler for perfection that day, filming many, many takes of Maguire pretending to fire jets of silk from slits in his wrist across the room, ring and middle fingers bent back to his palm, the other three fingers extended like prongs. The webs erupting from the actor’s hands had to be imagined, but the floor of Parker’s bedroom — built on a soundstage on the Sony lot — was littered with hundreds of little pieces of kinky pasta-colored silly-stringish stuff. I swiped a strand when no one was looking — I didn’t think anyone would miss it — and it occupies a spot on a shelf in my office. I treasure it like a trophy… even if it most visitors to my office confuse it for a piece of trash. READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' spokesman reacts to reviews -- EXCLUSIVE

Spider-Man-Turn-Off-the-DarkImage Credit: Jacob CohlNews outlets including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times broke with Broadway tradition last night by running reviews of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark before its official opening on March 15, prompting a spokesman for the show to publicly speak out against their actions. “The PILE-ON by the critics was ridiculous and uncalled for. Their actions are unprecedented and UNCOOL!” said the show’s spokesman Rick Miramontez in an exclusive statement to EW. Many of the the critics noted that the date of their reviews, Feb. 7, was supposed to have been opening night for the long-delayed, notoriously troubled Spider-Man musical before a third postponement last month pushed the official premiere to March 15.


'Spider-Man' first look at Andrew Garfield in his costume: Why so serious?

garfield-Spiderman-3Image Credit: John Schwartzman

Sony has released the first image of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, and judging from the look of it, the studio’s franchise reboot, due in 2012, will be a much grittier portrait of the superhero as a young man than the blockbuster Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire films. Some talking points for the webstorm of geek critique and opining this provocative pic is certain to produce:  READ FULL STORY

Andrew Garfield? Emma Stone? Tom Hardy? Who was 2010's Rising Star?

Solarpix; Landmark; Tina Gill; Chris Hatcher; Albert L. Ortega; all PR Photos

We Americans are inclined to assume that most all Brits are smarter, classier, and more refined than us Yanks, and the movie business is especially susceptible to such impressions. The Oscar is the industry’s gold standard, but a BAFTA Award has the Land of Shakespeare’s stamp of approval, lending itself unique artistic credibility. So it’s a little surprising-slash-refreshing that BAFTA presents an annual Rising Star Award, and even more unexpected that the winner is voted on by the British public. (And even more unlikely that the contest is sponsored by a British company.) How utterly People’s Choice Awards! READ FULL STORY

Can injured cast member Christopher Tierney rescue 'Spider-Man'?

Two weeks after an accident during an acrobatic scene of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark left him with four broken ribs, three broken vertebrae, a fractured elbow, shoulder, and skull, and internal bleeding, cast member Christopher Tierney has become the hyped musical’s most important ambassador. Last night on CBS-New York, the recovering actor said all the right things — “I’m overjoyed to be working on the show” — dismissed the accident as “just a bit of human error,” and delivered the early frontrunner for the quote of the year: “These guys, they know safety … They don’t mess around.”

This morning, there he was again, joining the rest of the cast on Good Morning America, proclaiming the magnificence and relative safety of the show. “The moment I feel like I’m good, I’m back in that show. I can’t wait.” Check him out after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': The first (unofficial) reviews are in

spider-man-turn-off-darkWith buzz about the troubled Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark reaching a fever pitch online, a few news outlets have decided to publish unofficial early reviews of the show more than a month before its current slated opening on Feb. 7. Breaking a longstanding tradition of withholding judgment until opening night, the critics for Bloomberg news service and Newsday have both posted quasi-critiques of the show — and neither paints a flattering picture.

Jeremy Gerard of Bloomsberg (who paid $292.50 for an orchestra seat) calls the musical “an unfocused hodge-podge of story-telling, myth-making and spectacle that comes up short in every department.” He also blasts the “incoherently executed” character Arachne, a new villain invented by director Julie Taymor. READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: 'Spider-Man' musical's new opening date set for Feb. 7

spider-man-turn-off-darkThe unconfirmed reports that big-budget Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will push back its opening night are indeed true, and EW has exclusively learned that the new opening night is now set for Feb. 7. “The creative team is implementing truly exciting changes throughout the preview process,” said producer Michael Cohl. “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. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is an extremely ambitious undertaking, as everyone knows, and I have no intention of cutting a single corner in getting to the finish line.” The much-delayed show, which has been in previews since Nov. 18, had most recently been slated to open Jan. 11.

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