The behind-the-scenes ups and downs of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are well-documented and could make a pretty insane story in its own right. But despite all its delays, injuries and money problems, it’s currently the most popular musical on Broadway, grossing $1,588,514 last week playing to full houses even in its huge 1,900 plus seat Foxwoods Theater in Times Square. Oddly enough, the financial success of the show happens as it simultaneously gets slammed both on College Humor and, more importantly, on the cover of The New Yorker.
Staying in the movie musical category, it seems that the Oscar-winning film Once will finally be coming to Broadway this fall. We reported as much back in 2008 so it’s excited to see it finally come to fruition.
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Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) joined The Swell Season, Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová (you know, the musical artists from the indie musical Once) on stage at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 18th, 2009. Segel joked that the movie Once beat out the Dracula Love song from Forgetting Sarah Marshall at the Academy Awards due to Hollywood “politics.”
Segel performed a song which involved asking college girls in the audience, interested in having sex with him, to call a phone number – 315-329-6673. And yes, it is a real number. Women who call the number are given an email address to contact him (email@example.com). Apparently Segel performed the same song, with few lyrics changed, at a Maroon 5 concert earlier this month. Watch a video of the performance after the jump.
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Posted on Sunday, December 21st, 2008 by David Chen
I was going through my normal Sunday early-morning ritual of cruising through deal sites, when I happened upon this slice of deal goodness (via Slickdeals) and my head almost exploded: The Wire: The Complete Series DVD set is now on sale for $90 at Amazon! This is a ridiculously cheap price (the seasons used to individually cost upwards of $60 each) for the greatest television series of all time. If you have never watched the show before, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. And if you have watched it, you know how awesome it is, so the onus is now on you to buy this set and give it to a friend. You can listen to our 3.5-hour long review of the entire series of The Wire by clicking here.
Buy it from Amazon by clicking here (note that the shipping is free, but that the ship time is 1 to 3 weeks). And if they’re sold out of it, Best Buy has the exact same deal too.
Additionally, Amazon’s MP3 store also has “The Swell Season” for sale for $3 as its deal of the day. “The Swell Season” is the 2006 album by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the duo behind the film Once. While the album is obviously different than the Once soundtrack, it shares four tracks with it (“Falling Slowly,” “When Your Mind’s Made Up,” “Lies,” and “Leave,” although I believe they are different versions) and is probably worth a purchase if you were a fan of that film, especially for $3.
Trivia: The appearance of “Falling Slowly” on “The Swell Season” and another album (“The Cost”) contributed to the the AMPAS’ decision to examine the song’s eligilibity for an Academy Award nomination. “Falling Slowly” ended up winning the award for Best Original Song, beating out three songs from “Enchanted.”
Older (still valid) Deals After the jump.
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John N Hart Jr, Jeffrey Sine and Frederick Zollo have acquired the worldwide rights to produce a stage adaptation of John Carney‘s 2007 Irish musical Once. When I interviewed Carney in 2007, he talked briefly about the possibility of a Broadway musical adaptation.
“Haven’t thought of it at all. I don’t think it would play at all on a stage,” admitted Carney, before quickly adding: “I don’t know, it would be great if someone were to ask for the rights or something. They don’t mess around. When those guys buy the rights for those things, they give you millions!”
Well looks like Carney’s wishes have come true. The trio hope to have the musical on Broadway for the 2010-2011 season. Stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are expected to be involved in the development process, but aren’t expected to reprise their roles on stage.
Honestly, I think the only way a Once musical could work is with Glen and Marketa as the stars. I know they aren’t A-list talent (or even b or c list in terms of mainstream audience awareness), but they are the ones who wrote the music, and created the magic in the original indie film. In my 2007 interview, Carney also joked that Jennifer Lopez and Bryan Adams could star in the Broadway version. Lets hope it doesn’t come to that.
When Michel Gondry introduced the idea of sweding to the masses in (or to the few people who saw) Be Kind Rewind, I expected a big response on YouTube of fans recreating their favorite movies. And that has happened, but one thing I never expected has started. I always believed the point of sweding movies was to pick a big budget action film, because it would force your hand creatively to try to reproduce the big budget visuals n a pocket change scale.
But people have begun to swede smaller films, like Fox Searchlight’s Once. And somehow it still works. There is something charming about this sweded trailer, even without all the expected cardboard cut out visuals. Check it out after the jump.
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One of the true Oscar moments this year happened when host Jon Stewert ushered Best Song co-winner Marketa Irglova back onto the stage after she had been cut off by the music before the commercial break. And thank god she got her chance. Irglova’s speech was moving and inspirational. If you missed it, watch the speach below.
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Once is still one of my favorite movies of 2007. The little indie Irish-made musical (would you even call it a musical?) released earlier this year is still selling chugging away at the independent box office. It seems like uber-director Steven Spielberg has also fallen in love with the film.
“A little movie called Once gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year,” said Steven Spielberg to USA Today.
I’m sure that quote will end up on the eventual DVD release.
Rotten Tomatoes have published their Mid-Year Report, which features a list of the best and worst reviewed movies of the first six months of 2007. You can see the top ten of each below.
Best Reviewed Movies
2. “Away From Her”
4. “Knocked Up”
5. “Hot Fuzz”
7. “The Host”
10. “The Lookout”
Worst Reviewed Movies
1. “Because I Said So”
2. “The Number 23”
4. “The Reaping”
6. “Perfect Stranger”
7. “Happily N’Ever After”
8. “Are We Done Yet? ”
9. “Code Name: The Cleaner”
10. “Hannibal Rising”
Not many surprises to be found. Ratatouille has wrestled the best reviewed wide release of 2007 title away from Knocked Up, which is still holding strong at #4.One unusual observation is that the best movies list features a lot of comedy/romantic comedy films (Ratatouille, Once, Knocked Up, Hot Fuzz, Waitress). In the past usually dramatic indie flicks have dominated the list. I’m also glad to see Zodiac as I’ve fielded negative comments about the film from most people I have spoken with. David Fincher’s film is one of my favorites of the year thus far.
Because I Said So and The Number 23 are the film’s I’ve least enjoyed this year so far. So I feel a little vindicated seeing them rank at the top of the worst reviewed films list. I am actually surprised to see Hannibal Rising make the worst list at #10. I didn’t enjoy the film, but at the same time, I didn’t hate it either. I wonder if there is a huge backlash on the film purely based on it’s comparison against Silence of the Lambs?
Â In a summer full of big blockbuster movies, adaptations, sequels and threequels, you would think that Hollywood would have made some record scratch. Not so! According to the AP, attendance is running behind last summer’s and has even fallen below that of the summer of 2005. According to Media By Numbers, 279 million tickets had been sold thus far compared with 315 million at this same point in 2002.Â But this is not what was supposed to happen. Industry analysts predicted the first $4 billion summer in history,Â but we’re at the midway point and it’s not looking probable. As of this past weekend, Hollywood has made $1.9 billion since the first weekend in May. And $945 million of that number comes from just three movies (Pirates 3, Spider-Man 3, and Shrek the Third).
And there are a few biggies waiting in the bull pen: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Bourne Ultimatum, Rush Hour 3, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, The Simpsons Movie and Hairspray. But as you might notice, most of them are medium sized majors, not on the same level with a Spider-Man 3. Potter is likely to make $300 million domestically, but the rest probably won’t come close.
May-be the problem is that none of the huge releases really connected with the audiences. Most of the films resulted with bad reviews and bad word of mouth. And the good flicks (Ratatouille, Once, Sicko) got buried in the mix.