8 items from 2013
New York — The slow, lingering demise of "Smash" has felt more like a punch to the gut to the folks on Broadway.
The TV series about the making of a big stage musical came with a flurry of attention and some big names: Steven Spielberg, Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. It was going to be a valentine to Broadway.
Sometimes, though, love letters get sent back.
After a first season with a healthy-sized audience averaging 7.7 million viewers, it returned this year to such dismal ratings it was banished to Saturday night. It won't be back for a third season.
But while TV was finally focusing on Broadway, plenty of stage veterans jumped to TV during the two-year run of "Smash." Some flamed out, some are holding on and some still hope:
“Pippin” and “Kinky Boots” won outstanding revival and new Broadway musical, respectively, at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Winners were announced on Monday morning. The Diane Paulus-helmed revival earned seven awards, including director, choreographer, lead actress, featured actor, and featured actress. The Cyndi Lauper tuner took home the prizes for score and lead actor, bringing its count to three. The Outer Critics Circle awards the best in Broadway and Off-Broadway theater. Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” earned the title of outstanding new Broadway play, while “My Name is Asher Lev” received the same honor for Off-Broadway. The acclaimed David Byrne musical “Here Lies Love” earned outstanding Off-Broadway musical. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” took home outstanding revival of a play. A special award will also be given to the Irish Repertory Theatre. The awards will be presented in a May 23 ceremony at Sardi's, with Judy Kaye, »
The Drama Desk Awards — commonly known as the theater world’s Golden Globes, though nominees are represented across all NYC productions in a season — are the last precursor to the Tony Awards (check EW.com tomorrow morning for a full list of those). And judging by the list below, it’s going to be quite a competitive year, with some pretty heavy-hitters mixed in with longshots, not to mention some major snubs (Alan Cumming, Cyndi Lauper, Fiona Shaw, Chaplin’s Rob McClure to name a few). The winners will be announced at NYC’s Town Hall on May 19. Below is »
- Jason Clark
Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep filming together and singing. Who can resist? Not Disney any longer. It’s taken 16 months to get off the ground — ever since January 2012, when the studio sent out a press release announcing Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) would be directing Stephen Sondheim’s iconic 1987 Broadway musical Into The Woods as a feature film for Disney. A table read was held in NYC this past October featuring Donna Murphy, Megan Hilty, Christine Baranski, Allison Janney and quite a few other Broadway stars. Buzz of Streep’s interest first surfaced last summer and this past week Marshall confirmed in an interview to Playbill that she was “in” to the play the witch. Today Variety reported Depp’s interest. Now I’ve confirmed that Johnny and Meryl “almost have their deals wrapped up for the film,” according to sources. Marshall directed 2011’s Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 (which might have »
- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief
Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #8....
Spider-Man 2, 2004.
Directed by Sam Raimi.
Considering the phenomenal success of Spider-Man in 2002, it was inevitable that a sequel would soon follow; indeed, director Sam Raimi had been hard at work on Spider-Man 2 from before Tobey Maguire's wall-crawler had first swung into cinemas, and the follow-up would arrive just two years later as the friendly neighborhood web-slinger went up against another iconic Spidey villain in Alfred Molina's Dr. Otto Octavius, a.k.a. Doctor Octopus.
Although Spider-Man 2 didn't quite manage to match the box office performance of its predecessor, it still proved to be a huge hit with audiences, pulling »
- Flickering Myth
Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson helped push the studio to its highest-grossing year worldwide in 2012, with hits like Ted, Dr. Seuss' the Lorax and Les Miserables pulling in millions of dollars at the box office. But the studio currently lacks a franchise, and is the only studio amongst the heavyweights to not yet have a billion-dollar grossing movie amongst its back catalogue of hits.
Fogelson hopes to change that in the near future, as he plans to move forward on a number of sequels to recent audience favorites. He gave an update on potential franchise starters The Bourne Legacy and Snow White and the Huntsman, and even announced that a sequel to their most recent hit, the comedy Identity Thief with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, is on its way. If its not a direct sequel, the two comedic talents will work together again in some capacity. The Chairman also says »
Farmiga on Higher Ground: Religious dogma and the search for spiritual enlightenment Academy Award-nominated actress Vera Farmiga discussed issues such as religious dogma, the striving for spiritual enlightenment, and the making of Higher Ground, her first tryout as a director, while chatting with entertainment journalist Tim Cogshell. (Although Higher Ground was released in 2011, Cogshell's interview was just recently published on YouTube.) Please scroll down to check out the six-minute interview. For the most part set in Iowa from the '60s to the '80s, Higher Ground follows a young couple (Farmiga and Boyd Holbrook), who become enmeshed with a radical Christian denomination. Real life interferes, however, something that eventually makes Farmiga's character begin to question her beliefs in god. Loosely based on Carolyn Briggs' memoir This Dark World: A Story of Faith Found, the film as co-written by Briggs and Tim Metcalfe. It had its world premiere »
- Andre Soares
The first season of Made in Jersey typically airs on Friday nights at 9pm on the CBS network. The cast includes Janet Montgomery, Kyle MacLachlan, Felix Solis, Stephanie March, Toni Trucks, Donna Murphy, Erin Cummings, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Drew Beasley, and Alexandra Socha.
Below are the TV show's latest ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Made in Jersey is going to be cancelled or renewed for season two.
These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:
Final season averages: 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.99 million total viewers.
8 items from 2013
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