Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Gets Delayed Again, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today
Also in this Wednesday edition of The Broadsheet: Tina Fey explains why male comedy writers are gross... Mars Needs Moms but not Seth Green... the sixth sign of the apocalypse... and more ahead.
· On Monday night, it was reported that the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark were meeting to decide what course of action to take with the sputtering -- and apparently terrible -- multi-million dollar musical. Their decision? To delay it again, this time with hopes of a complete overhaul to the production. Sources tell the New York Times that Turn Off the
Show Dark will potentially shutdown for two or three weeks in late April to allow the performers time to rehearse the new material; the show would then open in June, some three months after its current scheduled opening of March 15. Meanwhile, NY1 reports that Julie Taymor is leaving the production, and her replacement is currently being sought. [NYT, NY1]
· You'll buy Tina Fey's new book, Bossypants, when it comes out in April because of stuff like this about comedy writers: "The men urinate in cups. And sometimes jars. [...] Not all of the men at SNL whizzed in cups. But four or five out of 20 did, so the men have to own that one. Anytime there's a bad female standup somewhere, some idiot Interblogger will deduce that 'women aren't funny.' Using that same math, I can deduce that male comedy writers also piss in cups." [New Yorker via EW]
· Only in Hollywood. Seth Green spent weeks wearing a motion capture suit during the filming of Mars Needs Moms to make sure his lead character looked real, but his voice work was dubbed over in post-production after it was deemed that he sounded too old. "I don't feel like I've been replaced or like my performance is invisible," said Green to the Los Angeles Times, stressing that there were no hard feelings. "It wasn't like I did anything wrong and someone was saying my performance wasn't good." For what it's worth, all that work wasn't for naught: Green is still prominently featured on the poster. [LAT/24 Frames]
· There will be an Expendables 2, but Sylvester Stallone won't write or direct. Suggested title: More Expendable. [LAT/24 Frames]
· Forget The King's Speech; let's make a movie about Roger Ebert. "Because of the digital revolution, I have a voice, and I do not need to scream." Cue the inspirational music! [Esquire]