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Friday September 7th, 2012

Spider-Man Settlement Means Mixed Prospects For Musical

By Sam Negin
Theater Editor & Columnist


Playbill.com has reported that a settlement between Julie Taymor and the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark may have reached a settlement deal regarding her attachment to the musical.

The suit began when, in November 2011, Taymor filed a suit against the show’s producers, saying the producers “violated her creative rights and did not compensate her for her work on the musical.”

The producers responded to this suit with a suit of their own — this time citing a breach of contract, stating that Taymor refused “to fulfill her contractual obligations, declaring that she could not and would not do the jobs that she was contracted to do.”

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Wednesday January 18th, 2012

When It Rains, It Pours

By Samuel Negin

Some days are slow news days, but when it comes, it really comes. Lots of news has broken overnight, including the opening of the opening of the newest entry in the Broadway season, The Road to Mecca; the announcement of the Tony Awards ceremony date, complete casting for the upcoming transfer of Ghost: the Musical, and more Julie Taymor/Spider-Man news (she’s being sued is the short version). I also had the great pleasure of interviewing Stacy Keach yesterday, so I have the results of that to post later on this week. I wanted to let you all know that I am slowly but surely getting on top of all this news and will be releasing articles over the course of the week.

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Saturday December 24th, 2011

It Could Only Happen in the Theater …

By Samuel Negin

There are some things that can only happen live. The theater has the capacity to create once-in-a-lifetime, “you had to be there” moments that you just can’t get anywhere else. The staff of the New York Times arts section were asked what their favorite moments at the theater for 2011 were and these were the results.

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Sunday November 13th, 2011

After Rough Week, Governors Awards Ceremony Gives Academy Reason to Celebrate

If the Academy’s image was a bit dusted up by the Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy controversies of the past week, it was polished off like a shiny new Oscar by Saturday night’s third annual Governors Awards, at which honorary Oscars were presented to actor James Earl Jones (in absentia) and makeup artist Dick Smith and actress/producer/philanthropist Oprah Winfreyreceived the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones and Dick Smith on Governors Awards

I felt truly privileged to be in the room for the ceremony, which several awards show veterans in attendance described to me as one of the most powerful and moving that they can remember.

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Friday November 26th, 2010


Last Wednesday, I met for a half-hour at New York City’s Cooper Square Hotel with the 29-year-old British actor Jim Sturgess, a charming, understated guy who is widely regarded as one of the most promising actors of his generation. Sturgess, who first caught Hollywood’s attention in Julie Taymor’s movie-musical “Across the Universe” (2007) and then headlined Robert Luketic’s box-office hit “21” (2008), is now earning rave reviews — and even some best actor Oscar buzz — for his performance Peter Weir’s epic period piece “The Way Back” (Newmarket, 12/29, PG-13, trailer) in which he plays Janusz, a young man from Poland imprisoned in a Siberian gulag during World War II who helps to organize a prison break and then leads his fellow escapees (including characters played by Colin Farrell and Ed Harris) on an unlikely quest for freedom.

Sturgess was in New York for the premiere of another of his films, “Heartless,” so I seized the opportunity to chat face-to-face about all of the aforementioned subjects and much more. You can CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO OF OUR CHAT, or you can click below to see a text summary of the topics that we covered…

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