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'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' To End Broadway Run In January

11/19/2013 5:01pm EST
Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark ending on Broadway
Broadway's superhero musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" is set to end its run early next year.

The production, which is the most expensive stage production ever at $75 million and features music from U2's Bono and The Edge, became one of the Great White Way's biggest earning shows after a very troubled start.

The play saw a big fall in earnings over the fall and prducers have decided to pull the plug after two years. It's not over though -- they'll merely be packing up the show and taking it to Las Vegas.

"Economically we have a greater opportunity in the Las Vegas market," producer...

James Franco Was Jealous Of 'Spider-Man' Co-Star Tobey Maguire, Had Crush On Kirsten Dunst

3/16/2013 8:02am EDT
Spider Man 3
Working on the set of "Spider-Man 3" was challenging for James Franco because he had a crush on Kirsten Dunst, who was dating their co-star Tobey Maguire.  Franco was also jealous of the attention Maguire received from director Sam Raimi.

In a new Playboy interview with Raimi, who was also his "Oz the Great & Powerful" director, Franco confronted the filmmaker for showering Maguire with attention and virtually ignoring him while making the 2007 film.

Franco also confesses he had feelings for leading lady Dunst.
He says, "I felt you gave Tobey Maguire so much attention during Spider-Man ...

'Spider-Man' Takes Top Spot At Box Office; Doesn't Do As Well As Predecessors

7/9/2012 8:56am EDT
The Amazing Spider-Man
Earning $65 million, "The Amazing Spider-Man" swung into first place at the box office over the weekend. The film, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, opened to positive reviews on Tuesday and made a record-breaking $7.5 million in midnight ticket sales.

The film earned a total of $140 million over its six-day opening, less than the three previous films from the franchise. The first "Spider-Man" (2002) made $144.2 million in its six-day start, and "Spider-Man 2" (2004) made $180.1 million. "Spider-Man 3" (2007) took home a respectable $176.2 million.

Mark Wahlberg's "Ted" dropped to...

For The 'The Avengers' Assembly – Our Top Ten Superhero Movies Of All Time

5/3/2012 9:00am EDT
The Avengers
As the Avengers finally assemble, bringing the biggest superhero movie yet to the big screen, we have to ask: Of all these darn superhero movies, which ones are the best? Luckily, we can also answer that question we just asked ourselves. Let the debate commence!

10) THE SHADOW (1994)

A lot of movies could’ve taken this spot on the list, but for the sake of mixing things up, I’m going with this oft-dismissed adaptation of the classic radio / pulp / comics hero (many will argue he’s not a superhero, but he fits the criteria). Director Russell Mulcahy crafted a moody, stylish art-deco peri...

'Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark' Breaks Broadway Records With Post-Christmas Sales Week

1/4/2012 5:44pm EST
Broadway's much-maligned Spider-Man musical closed out 2012 in style by setting new box office records for New York theater.

The spectacular, which opened to scathing reviews last year following multiple delays and safety issues, grabbed the record for the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history on Tuesday thanks to post-Christmas ticket sales of over $2.9 million.

The previous record holder, Wicked, took in $2.2 million a year ago and ironically The Wizard Of Oz spin-off had another huge end to the year, raking in over $2.7 million from nine shows last week.


'The Amazing Spider-Man' Teaser Trailer Arrives (Watch It!)

7/20/2011 3:37pm EDT
The Amazing Spider-Man
The first teaser trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, has officially arrived - and it looks really good, but also really familiar.

The film, which is still almost a year off, is a re-boot of the Spider-Man franchise that began in 2002 and ended in 2010 when director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire quit over issues with the script of then-planned Spider-Man 4.

So the studio forged ahead with a new telling of the story, which, according to this teaser, is basically the same story we got back in 2002 - only this time there's more focus on Spidey honin...

'Evil Dead' Remake Confirmed By Bruce Campbell And Sam Raimi

7/18/2011 11:00am EDT
Bruce Campbell
"Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell." That's what Bruce Campbell tweeted recently after a fan asked him about rumors of an Evil Dead remake.

The original film was a cult hit in the early 80s after it failed to make a splash in theaters due to excessive gore. It began director Sam Raimi's career, who would go on to direct the Spider-Man trilogy and Drag me to Hell.

Now it appears the original producing trio of Robert Campbell, Sam Raimi, and Robert Tapert are all in to re-create the horror film.

An official statement was releas...

'Spider-Man' Musical Set For June Return To Broadway

4/19/2011 7:45pm EDT
U2 stars Bono and The Edge's troubled Spider-Man musical will relaunch in June.

The producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have announced the show will return to the New York stage on June 14 after a series of safety issues prompted them to put the show on hiatus.

The revamped version of the production will include new songs written by the rockers, according to reports.

The musical has been blighted by problems since its delayed launch last year and the show has yet to get past previews.

Castmembers have been injured after stunts went awry and early reviews were dreadful. But the sh...

New Casting Rumors For Spider-Man & Batman (Video)

3/21/2011 11:15am EDT
The Dark Knight
With big casting rumors swirling, Superheroes were all the rage this weekend.

Who will be the next villain in "The Amazing Spiderman?" What big news just got confirmed for "The Dark Knight Rises?" Check out today's NextMovie Daily to find out more. (click for video)

If you haven't seen the show yet, nextmovie daily is a funny, irreverent look at what's going on in Hollywood. You can check out the show, plus gain access to showtimes, trailers and the hottest movie news at

First Photo from 'The Amazing Spider-Man' (Official Title!)

2/14/2011 5:28pm EST
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Columbia Pictures gave comic book fans a Valentine's Day gift by releasing a sneak peek of the Spider-Man reboot starring Andrew Garfield: the first photo of the star in the suit and the film's official title.

The image shows Garfield fully suited up -- mask and all -- as the nimble vigilante in his classic crouched pose ...

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James Franco To Star In 'Wizard Of Oz' Prequel?

2/7/2011 4:38pm EST
James Franco
Oscar nominee James Franco is in talks to replace Robert Downey, Jr. as the wonderful wizard in upcoming Disney movie Oz: The Great And Powerful.

The 127 Hours star has emerged as the new favorite to head up Sam Raimi's Wizard of Oz prequel, which is based on L. Frank Baum's classic books.

The film will be set before Judy Garland's original 1939 movie and focuses on an illusionist who flees a travelling circus in a hot air balloon, which is caught up in a tornado and swept to the land of Oz.

Downey, Jr. walked away from the movie last month and Disney bosses had reportedly approached J...

Andrew Garfield Looks Mighty Comfortable In His Spider-Man Suit (Photos)

2/4/2011 8:15am EST
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Andrew Garfield filmed scenes for the eagerly anticipated next "Spider-Man" movie overnight in downtown Los Angeles.

The actor was head to toe in the infamous blue and red suit which has been updated since Tobey Maguire wore it in the last "Spider-Man" movie, four years ago.

Garfield always dreamed of playing the superhero and even argued with his best friend about who would make the best web-slinger. He admits the casting is a strange twist of fate because he used to practice famous lines from the original 2002 movie with his friend Terry, and each would insist they were the perfect ca...

New 'Spider-Man' Andrew Garfield Talks Struggle, Strength & Spinning Webs

1/12/2011 10:11pm EST
Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield appears on the February cover of writer Jeff Gordinier who said "You often hear about young stars: 'So-and-So is incredibly grounded,' but in Andrew Garfield's case, I think that might be true."

Highlights from the article:
On the scene in The Social Network where he loses it: "That day and night of shooting was one of my favorite experiences. I was actually proud of myself because I didn't care what I was doing. I was literally not judging myself. And it was so f***ing beautiful for a second....I felt more like a man than I've ever felt."

On his role in Spider-Man: "I...

James Franco Pleased With Arm Amputation Scene

11/1/2010 11:45pm EDT
James Franco
James Franco has applauded the delicate way his "127 Hours" director dealt with his character's arm amputation scene in the film after learning people at screenings have been passing out.

The "Spider-Man" star plays real-life adventurer Aron Ralston, who had to cut off his arm with a penknife to free himself from a boulder after falling down a crevice on a hiking trip in Utah.

And he admits the pivotal scene in the new film could have been a bloodbath that led to theaters full of fainting fans had director Danny Boyle not been careful about what he shot and how much gore he showed.


Rhys Ifans To Play New 'Spider-Man' Villain

10/11/2010 9:05pm EDT
Rhys Ifans
"Nanny McPhee Returns" star Rhys Ifans is set to follow in the footsteps of Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina after signing on to play the new "Spider-Man" villain.

The Welsh actor will join new webslinger Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the cast of the Marc Webb-directed blockbuster.

Sony bosses have declined to reveal which villain Ifans will play in the film.

As well as Molina and Dafoe, the "Spider-Man" bad guys have been played by Thomas Haden Church and Topher Grace.

Emma Stone To Play Peter Parker's Girlfriend Gwen In 'Spider-Man'

10/6/2010 8:25am EDT
Emma Stone
Movie bosses in Hollywood have confirmed actress Emma Stone will play Spider-Man's love interest in director Marc Webb's prequel - but she won't hit the screen as Mary Jane Watson, as has been reported.

Instead, the "Superbad" star will play Peter Parker's girlfriend Gwen Stacy, according to Columbia Pictures president Matt Tolmach.

Stone will play opposite the new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, in the big screen franchise revamp.

Tolmach says, "It's been an incredible journey for us to watch Emma's star rise as an actress. She is extraordinarily talented and has a very special onscreen sp...

Emma Stone Top Pick To Play Mary Jane In New 'Spider-Man'

10/4/2010 8:26am EDT
Emma Stone
Emma Stone is set to net one of Hollywood's hottest roles - she is reportedly the favorite to take over the Mary Jane Watson character from Kirsten Dunst in the newly rebooted Spider-Man franchise.

Movie bosses stunned film fans earlier this year after announcing relatively unknown British actor Andrew Garfield would replace Tobey Maguire as the famous web-slinger in the upcoming 2012 release.

Studio execs have been on the hunt for an actress to replace Dunst and play redhead Mary Jane alongside Garfield, and are ready to offer the part to 21-year-old Stone, according to


Thief Who Robbed Kirsten Dunst Sentenced

9/7/2010 8:55pm EDT
Kirsten Dunst
The man convicted of stealing Kirsten Dunst's $2,000 designer purse from a New York hotel room in 2007 has been jailed for four years.

James Jimenez was accused of raiding the "Spider-Man" star's suite at the SoHo Grand Hotel in Manhattan while the actress was filming "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" with Simon Pegg and Megan Fox.

Pegg's cell phone was also among the items swiped from the room.

Jimenez faced counts of burglary and trespassing and went on trial last year, where jurors found him guilty of the latter charge. They were left deadlocked on the more serious burglary al...

'Spider-Man' Crawling To Broadway In December

8/10/2010 11:50pm EDT
Superhero stage show "Spider-Man" is finally scheduled to spin its web on Broadway following months of financial setbacks and cast changes - the musical is set to open in December.

"Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark," which features a score by U2 stars The Edge and Bono, has been in the works for six years and producers had initially planned to begin previews in February.

But the show suffered a number of major blows earlier this year when both Alan Cumming, who was set to play the villainous Green Goblin, and Evan Rachel Wood, cast as Spider-Man's leading lady Mary Jane, quit the ambitious pr...

Zac Efron Signs Autographs For Fans On The Way To A Taping

7/29/2010 8:30pm EDT
Zac Efron
A dapper Zac Efron greeted and signed autographs for fans prior to appearing on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show on Wednesday. He wore a blue-gray button down shirt and black slacks.

The actor admits he's still paying his dues in Hollywood. The 22-year-old star of "High School Musical," who was previously vying for the lead in the Spider-Man franchise, is desperate to sink his teeth into a meaty role but admits he has yet to earn the respect of movie fans.

He stars in the new film "Charlie St. Cloud" in which a young man forms a unique connection to the afterlife after surviving the tragic c...

Bryce Dallas Howard Recalls Her First Post-Partum Depression Interview

7/22/2010 5:30pm EDT
Bryce Dallas Howard
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse star Bryce Dallas Howard cringes whenever she watches her first interview following her long battle with post-partum depression - because she didn't come close to explaining how she felt during the lowest period of her life.

The Spider-Man 3 actress fears she was of no help to new moms struggling with the condition - and she should have just stared at the camera blankly in an effort to explain how she felt.

Opening up on pal Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle and wellbeing website as part of an article about post-partum depression, Howard writes, "I recently...

Kirsten Dunst Comes Out Of Hiding Wearing An Ugly Dress

4/24/2010 2:18pm EDT
Kirsten Dunst
If her dress was just a little bit longer, Kirsten Dunst would like a mormon. It could almost pass as an ugly nightgown. She showed up at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival yesterday in this dowdy white dress with little pastel flowers all over it. What do you think of it?

The actress has been out of the spotlight recently. One thing we do know - she and Tobey Maguire are finished with the "Spider-Man'" franchise.

The new "Spider-Man" movie will borrow from Marvel's "Ultimate Spider-Man" storyline, in which Peter Parker gets his powers while still in highschool. The film will be dir...

Thomas Haden Church Quit Surfing After 'Pigeon Chest' Worry

4/1/2010 1:11am EDT
Actor Thomas Haden Church has quit surfing after developing a "pigeon chest" from his years of paddling out to the waves.

The "Sideways" and "Spider-Man 3" star, 49, spent his youth chasing big waves around the globe but health concerns have forced him to hang up his board.

He says, "I gave it up (because) I became pigeon-chested from it! It means your breast bone changes because when you're paddling, the muscle pushes back... and my sternum really started to come out."

It's not the only hobby the actor has been forced to give up for health reasons - he has given up his dream of learning...

Kirsten Dunst Dating Rocker Jason Boesel

2/23/2010 1:00pm EST
Kirsten Dunst Dating Rocker Jason Boesel
Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst has a new rock star boyfriend - she's dating Rilo Kiley drummer Jason Boesel, according to reports.

The Spider-Man star has been linked to the percussionist over the last few weeks and she turned out on Friday night to watch her beau perform a solo show in New York.

The star, who previously dated Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell, was seen supporting her new man at The Bowery Ballroom gig and again the next day for another solo show in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dunst has previously been romantically linked to playwright Jeff Smeenge and actor Jake G...

Everything Geeky: The Pros And Cons Of The Marvel-Disney Deal

9/2/2009 11:59am EDT
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
It was only a few weeks ago that we celebrated Marvel's birthday, and just the other day a huge news story caused whiplashes for comic book fans everywhere. Disney bought Marvel Entertainment Inc for around $4 billion dollars. It has caused uproars and a whole bunch of hilarious photographs showing famous Marvel comic characters dressed up like Mickey Mouse or as a Disney Princess. Technically this means Disney will have control over the company, but people are focusing more intensely on what this means for the Marvel movies and animation.

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There are p...

Sam Raimi Signs On To Direct 'World Of Warcraft' Movie

7/22/2009 12:20pm EDT
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Sam Raimi, director of the Evil Dead and Spider-Man series, has agreed to direct the live-action film adaptation of World of Warcraft.

According to Variety, the Drag Me to Hell director will finish his work on Spider-Man 4, which is set to begin filming next year, before shooting World of Warcraft.

Legendary Pictures and the video game publisher Blizzard Entertainment are working with Warner Bros. to make the film.

World of Warcraft boasts approximately 11 million subscribers worldwide, over half of the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game market. It has become a pop-cu...

FX Sets 'Anarchy,' 'Sunny' & 'Nip/Tuck' Return Dates

7/1/2009 7:02am EDT
FX has set its fall schedule with the return of three of its hit original series kicking off with the sophomore season of the drama Sons of Anarchy on September 8, followed by the comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on September 17, and season six of nip/tuck, which begins this October.

FX also has plans to launch a new original comedy series this fall to pair with "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

In addition to the return of original series, this fall the network features a slate of blockbuster feature film premieres including Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four & The Silver Surfer...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 27

6/27/2009 3:00am EDT
J.J. Abrams
Happy Birthday to "Spider-Man 3" star Tobey Maguire (1975), rapper Vitamin C (1970), "Lost" and "Alias" creator/producer J.J. Abrams (1966), British singer Michael Ball (1962), French actress Isabelle Adjani (1955), Beach Boy Bruce Johnston (1942), and singer Rosalie Allen (1924; d. 2003).

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Celebrity Birthdays, April 30

4/30/2009 3:00am EDT
Kirsten Dunst
Happy Birthday To "Spider-Man 3" actress Kirsten Dunst (1982), Jamaican musician Barrington Levy (1964), Danish film director Lars von Trier (1956), film and TV actor Perry King (1948), "Running With Scissors" actress Jill Clayburgh (1944), pop singer Bobby Vee (1943), "Rocky" actor Burt Young (1940), and country legends Willie Nelson (1933) and Johnny Horton (1925; d. 1960).

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The 2008 Movie Quiz

1/1/2009 1:00pm EST
Dark Knight
That was the year that was! A year of babies, blockbusters, Bond and Batman - but were you paying attention?

As the Tinseltown gossip merry-go-round prepares for its final spin of 2008, we thought we'd offer you a Christmas feast of posers from the year's big stars, films and events.

So, prop up a plastic palm tree, tell granny to take a break from the Botox and get ready for a little light-hearted befuddlement.

Eyes down...

1. What are the names of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's twin babies?

a. Emme and Max

b. Vivienne and Knox

c. Maddox and Shiloh

d. Bill an...