October 08, 2013

Big stars did better than “Big Fish” last week, as Daniel “the name’s Bond” Craig sold out in his return to Broadway and the season’s latest new musical opened to mostly tough reviews.

The revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal,” with Craig, his wife, Rachel Weisz, and Rafe Spall, did $1.1 million in its first seven previews, according to the trade association the Broadway League. A few orchestra seats remain for performances this month, most priced at $386.25 to $436.25, according to Telecharge.com.

Jim Byk, a spokesman for the show, said the sales set a record for the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, topping the final week of the 2012 revival of “Death of a Salesman” (which like “Betrayal” Mike Nichols directed). Byk declined to comment about advance sale or prospects for extending beyond the announced closing of Jan. 5.

“Big Fish,” the Susan Stroman-directed musical about a traveling salesman who tells fanciful stories, sold $644,000, about half of its potential, as it gave away tickets to critics, investors and others in theater amid its opening.

The show received a number of positive notices, including from Bloomberg, which called it “enchanting.” But negative reviews in the New York daily newspapers will present a challenge for the producers going forward.

“We got glowing reviews from many sources,” the lead producer, Dan Jinks, said in a statement about the $14 million musical.

Thanks in part to several strong reviews, “The Glass Menagerie,” with Zachary Quinto and Cherry Jones, had its best week to date, up 25 percent to $642,000. The critically unloved “Romeo and Juliet” sank 19 percent to its worst week, $367,000.


October 02, 2013

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September 27, 2013

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September 26, 2013

James Bond has been “aged up” to match actor Daniel Craig in William Boyd’s new 007 novel Solo – so will it soon be made into a movie?

Boyd has been given the blessing of series creator Ian Fleming’s niece Lucy with his new work, which apparently sees the spy retaining all the “bad habits” his original author gave him.

“I’ve aged him up to 45, but Daniel Craig is 45, and he’s in great shape, so Bond’s got a another 20 years in him, I reckon,” the BBC quotes him as saying.
However, as we reported yesterday, it’s actually Daniel Day-Lewis who would be the writer’s top choice to fill the role.

“He actually resembles the Bond that Fleming describes in the books,” Boyd reasoned. “That’s someone who looks like the American singer-songwriter Hoagy Carmichael – a tall, lean, rangy, very dark-haired, good-looking man.”

On the Bond he presents in Solo, he teased: “He has all the bad habits that Fleming gave him – he’s a huge drinker.

“I was counting his drinks as I read the Fleming novels like an anxious wife married to an alcoholic.”

Boyd, who has previously worked with Daniel Craig as a film director, said he re-read all of Fleming’s books before starting his own. “I’ve now achieved Mastermind status in Bond studies,” he joked.

The follow-up to last year’s hit movie ‘Skyfall’ is currently being organised, with Sam Mendes confirmed to return as director.


September 21, 2013

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September 18, 2013

An Irishman has already played James Bond with distinction but now moves are afoot to actually shoot the next James Bond film in Ireland for the first time, its producer and writer have said.

Both Barbara Broccoli, whose family have produced the franchise from the beginning, and the screenwriter John Logan appeared at a high profile event in Dublin at the weekend hosted by the Institute of Directors to support the Irish film industry.

Three-times Oscar-nominated Logan is one of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters with titles like Gladiator, The Aviator and the last Bond film Skyfall among his credits.

According to the Irish Times Logan will be based in Ireland until next March as creator and producer of the $33 million gothic horror television series Penny Dreadful for Showtime. The series is being shot at Dublin’s Ardmore Studios and will be partially funded by the Irish Film Board international production fund.

Penny Dreadful stars former James Bond Timothy Dalton, former Bond girl Eva Green and actors Josh Hartnett and Reeve Carney. Keeping it in the Bond family Sam Mendes, the executive producer of the series, will also direct the next James Bond movie.

Logan told the press that the script for the new Bond film, which is not due out until the end of 2015, is in process and he would be using his time in Ireland to “soak up the local color now that I’m here,” with a view to including the country as a location in the next film.

Logan also pointed out that he is second-generation Irish himself as his parents both come from Belfast. ‘I’m fully Irish,’ he said.

Broccoli said if Logan includes it in his next script ‘we’ll come here. Ireland is gorgeous. I’d love to come here and make a Bond film.’

Broccoli was also the producer of the Broadway musical version of the low-budget Irish film Once which became an international sensation. On Sunday she revealed she’s working with Once director John Carney on another film to be shot in Ireland. ‘I hope we will come here to film whether it is a Bond or another story,’ she added.

Meanwhile Irish director Carney scored a major international success at the Toronto Film Festival last week with his new movie Can A Song Save Your Life?

Producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly snapped up the US distribution rights to the film for the movie for $7 million with a commitment to spend a further $20 million in advertising.


September 15, 2013

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