I hope someone is building an appropriately detailed scorecard for Julie Taymor‘s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, aka the Most Expensive Broadway Production Ever. The show has been delayed, rewritten, gone over budget, and seen far more than the usual share of injuries. Now, the most recent injury, which was endured mid-performance by Christopher Tierney, may be a factor in the departure of Natalie Mendoza, who was also injured during a performance.

Ms. Mendoza played Arachne, the new villainess created for the show by Julie Taymor, and for the last couple weeks has worked through the aftereffects of a concussion caused by an accident in the show’s first preview performance. Her last performance was on December 20, and she will likely be replaced by understudy America Olivo. Perhaps not coincidentally, December 20 was the same day that a line holding Christopher Tierney broke, causing the actor to fall and suffer “a hairline fracture in his skull, a broken scapula, a broken bone close to his elbow, four broken ribs, a bruised lung and three fractured vertebrae.” [NYT]

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First Look: The Descent 2

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The first photo of one of the cave crawlers from The Descent 2 has hit the webs. According to Fangoria, all the original cast of the first film have returned for the sequel (most of which appear in camcorder footage found deep inside the caves). The new film picks up where the first movie left off, and Shauna Macdonald returns as the lone survivor Sarah, or is she? Natalie Mendoza is also said to be part of the film in some other capacity. Sarah emerges from the Appalachian mountain caves and is forced to return to the uncharted underground caves with the police to help find her five missing girlfriends. I loved Neal Marshall’s original film, but I’m not yet convinced that Jon Harris (who was the editor on the original film, Layer Cake and Stardust) will be able to recapture the magic of the original indie. And the idea of on camera flashbacks sounds rather cheesy.