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Broadway Play/ Comics: SYFY PARTNERS WITH “SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK” TO BE KEY MEDIA PARTNER
NEW YORK – November 11, 2010 – Syfy, the premier cable entertainment destination for imagination-based entertainment, announced today it would be a lead media partner for SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, the highly anticipated Broadway show that joins the theatrical and cinematic vision of Julie Taymor with the thrilling musicality of Bono and The Edge, and the iconic Spider-Man brand.
“Syfy is thrilled to partner with such an incredibly talented team of luminaries to bring to life the iconic Spider-Man franchise as a spectacular and ground-breaking production for a whole new Broadway audience,” said Dave Howe, president of Syfy.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will begin performances at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre (213 West 42 Street) on Sunday, November 28, with Opening Night set for Tuesday, January 11. Tickets are now on sale at the box office and via Ticketmaster.com /(877) 250-2929.
Animation: The Los Angeles Times reports that after this Wednesday’s release of Tangled, the Walt Disney Corporation will not be producing any new films based on fairy-tales “for the foreseeable future.” The move is the latest in a series of decisions ranging from the cancellation of The Snow Queen and Jack and the Beanstalk feature films to retitling Rapunzel to Tangledand shifting its marketing focus on the princess to the male lead, Flynn Rider. Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull states that fairy-tale movies “may come back later because someone has a fresh take on it,” but states that he and Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter are encouraging less formula and more creativity, adding, “If you say to somebody, ‘You should be doing fairy tales,’ it’s like saying, ‘Don’t be risky.’” The studio’s aim will be to make movies with more universal appeal over the “princess movie” target audience of little girls.
The article also notes changing trends, such as veteran producer Bonnie Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon) noting that their real competition is movies like Iron Man and Transformers, and the loss of traction the “Princesses” concept has had in the wake of toys like the Bratz dolls and, ironically, fare like Disney’s own girl-centric tweencoms. Toonzone.net.
Movies: Columbia Pictures has released another action packed trailer for The Green Lantern. Enjoy!
Here’s the official synopsis:
Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA’s most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene – until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father’s more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. But in order to do this, they decide to become criminals themselves – protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets.The Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they begin hunting down the man who controls LA’s gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down The Green Hornet once and for all.