Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Producers Caught in Web of Treachery

Louis Peitzman · 03/03/12 03:10PM

Director Julie Taymor has taken to court to prove she was the victim of a conspiracy against her while working on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Taymor was fired from the seemingly cursed show after a series of delays and accidents. According to Taymor, none of that was her fault.

America Just Doesn't Want to See Its Teens Screwing

Richard Lawson · 06/09/11 04:11PM

If the cancellation of Skins is any indication, America just isn't ready to see boffing kids. Also today: Julie Taymor wants her money dammit, good/bad news about your favorite future sitcom, William Shatner's got a new gig, and so does Damon Lindelof.

Julie Taymor Kicked Off of Spider-Man

Adrian Chen · 03/09/11 10:48PM

The rumors were true: Julie Taymor has been officially pushed out of her role as director of the disastrous Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Taymor was made to leave after she refused outside help on the production, according to the Times. Now it will be up to Bono, the Edge and The Boy from Oz director Philip William McKinley to turn the thing around. (Oh, and opening night has been delayed again, of course.)

What We've Learned from the Spider-Man Debacle

Richard Lawson · 03/09/11 03:09PM

Not only is director Julie Taymor supposedly leaving Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, but the whole production plans to shut down for a few weeks. Yikes! An unmitigated, unprecedented (no show in Broadway history has ever run this many preview performances) disaster. Well, only creatively for now, but one would think the finances will eventually suffer. That said, is there any knowledge to be gained from this whole mess? Yes, a few things!

What's Opening in Theaters Today

Richard Lawson · 12/10/10 06:10PM

Friday is here once again, which means movies are opening! Let's see what's debuting in theaters today. We've got boxers and monologers, Dawn Treaders and tourists, and the triumphant return of Mena Suvari and Matthew Modine!

Spider-Man Musical's First Show Goes Splat

Richard Lawson · 11/29/10 11:21AM

Last night was the first preview performance of the new Julie Taymor/U2 Broadway jam Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the much-plagued musical about Peter Parker and his super-villain enemies. So how'd it go? Well, please stand by for technical difficulties.

The Tempest: The Electric Shakespeare Acid Test

Richard Lawson · 10/05/10 01:15PM

Here's a trailer for artsy director Julie Taymor's latest film, an adaptation of cult playwright William Shakespeare's (supposed) final play, the melancholy magical desert island adventure The Tempest. It looks... disappointingly full of CGI muck and Russell Brand.

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 12/15/09 07:05AM

Julie Taymor, the Tony-winning theater and film director, turns 57 today. Adam Brody, the actor and former star of The O.C. is turning 30. Don Johnson is 60. Stuart Townsend, the actor better known as Charlize Theron's boyfriend, turns 37. Virginia Senator Mark Warner is turning 55. Comedian Tim Conway is 76. And Andrew Luster, the Max Factor heir and convicted rapist, will mark his 46th birthday behind bars today.

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 12/15/08 07:35AM

Tony-winning director Julie Taymor is 56 today. Actor Stuart Townsend (otherwise known as Mr. Charlize Theron) is 36. Adam Brody, who starred in The OC, is 29. Virginia's former governor and now Senator-elect, Mark Warner, is turning 54. And Don Johnson is 59 today.