Departing Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark star Reeve Carney is trading the world of comic books for classic literature after signing on to play Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray on TV. The singer/actor, who also played Taylor Swift's love interest in her I Knew You Were Trouble video, recently announced he will be leaving the Broadway show and he already has another big gig - he has landed a leading role in U.S. cable network Showtime's new drama series Penny Dreadful.
The series revolves around literature's most famed creepy characters, including Frankenstein's monster, Gray and Dracula.
Wilde's Gray kept his youth while a self-portrait aged in an attic.
Carney joins a cast that includes Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett and Eva Green. The series will debut in the spring (14).
Dorian Gray was last portrayed on screen by Ben Barnes in a 2009 movie and Stuart Townsend in 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
"I'm a pretty old-fashioned guy, I would say, so it was kind of strange for me to be kissing, like, six girls in the course of about a minute... I didn't even get to know their names. That's the sad part about it." Broadway's Spider-Man Reeve Carney on his appearance in Taylor Swift's I Knew You Were Trouble video.
Broadway's Spider-Man is close to spinning his last web - actor Reeve Carney is leaving the stageshow in September (13). Carney, who has been donning the Spidey suit to play the superhero and his alter-ego Peter Parker onstage since Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark began in 2010, will exit the production on 15 September (13).
Two open casting calls in New York City and Los Angeles will be held next month (Aug13) to find his replacement, as well as an actress to play Spider-Man's love interest Mary Jane Watson. The producers are looking for "males in their late teens to early 20s of any ethnicity." Hopefuls must have "a great rock singing voice... an understated sex appeal and a good sense of humour."
Actor Reeve Carney is leaving Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark after shooting to fame playing the superhero on Broadway. The star will cast off his red and blue costume in September (13), and producers are already on the hunt for a replacement by holding open auditions.
Anthrax rocker Frank Bello has heaped praise on actor Penn Badgley for agreeing to sing live for his role as Jeff Buckley in a new biopic about the late star. Badgley plays the tragic musician in Greetings from Tim Buckley and his portrayal has been given the seal of approval from his co-star Bello, who plays punk icon Richard Hell in the upcoming movie.
The Anthrax bassist says, "I was a Jeff Buckley fan, and (Badgley) had b**ls of steel to do the singing and get the acoustic (guitar) and just go for it."
Badgley brushed up on his guitar skills for the role and even played a gig in Brooklyn, New York, last summer (Aug12) to prepare for the part, but admits he had very little rehearsal time due to clashes with his work on TV series Gossip Girl.
He explains, "It would've been hard to do without the live performance, even if I'd done singing afterward or recorded it before, which is more common... It would've stolen everything we had going for us with the vibe. It was almost impossible to rehearse - we often had no time."
Badgley's film about the Hallelujah hitmaker, who drowned in a river in 1997 at the age of 30, is one of several upcoming projects about Buckley - Broadway star Reeve Carney is also set to appear in a separate biopic.
Taylor Swift debuted the music video for her dubstep-inspired track, "I Knew You Were Trouble," Thursday at 4:40 PM EST, and it's unlike any other incarnation of Swift you've ever seen before. It's darker than anything she has done in the past, more gritty and mature. It plays out like a short film rather than a music video, with a long intro chronicling her relationship with a guy who leads a fast life, and the consequences of losing herself for someone who never loved her.
Before this guy enters the picture, she starts off much like the Swift we all know: happy, sweet, surrounded by her girlfriends. That all changes as soon as she meets him. He's a tattooed and free-spirited; a dangerous influence, starting bar fights for seemingly no reason (and smiling about it!), kissing other girls at concerts, and being pulled over the by the cops. But regardless of all these warning signs, Swift falls for him anyway, and dives headfirst into his world, losing herself in the process. Even physically, you can see the difference: her blond hair becomes tipped in pink, her makeup darker and smudged, her clothes ripped and grungy. There's no happy ending for this story, either. After partying all night at an outdoor party/music festival/concert, she sees her man making out with another girl, sparking a downward spiral. She wakes up the next day, alone, in the middle of the field, literally hitting rock bottom.
The intro monologue is a bit cheesy and overly dramatic, but as for the rest of the video, I say: well done, Taylor Swift. This is a true departure from her squeaky-clean, goody-goody image, but not in a tragic real-life way (ahem, we're looking at you, Lindsay Lohan). It shows the decline of a girl who loses herself in a relationship that was never good for her in the first place, which unfortunately happens all too often.
"I Knew You Were Trouble" is the third music video from her album, Red. It features Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark star Reeve Carney as her dangerous bad boy and was directed by Anthony Mandler.
"As soon as I started writing this song, I knew it was different from anything else on the record, so I knew I wanted the video to be different from anything we'd done ever done," Swift said to MTV. "I wanted to tell the story of a girl who falls into a world that's too fast for her, and suffers the consequences."
Swift is having a pretty great day. Not only did she turn 23, but "Safe and Sound" (her collaboration with The Civil Wars for The Hunger Games soundtrack) was nominated for a Golden Globe in the the Best Original Song category. All this, plus the debut of her music video? Today is probably her best day ever. Ever.
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The single actress, who has previously romanced pop singer Joe Jonas and Broadway star Reeve Carney, likes to keep her private life private and prefers to dodge the paparazzi by dining out at hole-in-the-wall restaurants rather than celebrity haunts.
But Greene admits it's hard to meet men who feel the same way.
She tells Britain's GQ magazine, "When I'm dating a guy and he says, 'I don't want press,' and then says, 'Let's go to (Hollywood hotspot) Katana for dinner', I'm like, 'Really? You don't want to just walk down the street to some dive? You don't want to get photographed but you want to go to a place where you know there's paparazzi?'"
And the 25 year old confesses sometimes she considers moving back to her hometown in Florida, where things would be much more normal.
She adds, "Dating is a hard, hard thing when you have this job. Sometimes I wish I could just go back to Florida and, like, date my hometown boyfriend. It's really frustrating whenever I can't go and do something because I know it's going to be on the internet."
Broadway's Spider-Man, Reeve Carney, and his onstage foe, Robert Cuccioli - who plays the Green Goblin, have teamed up to film a public safety ad offering parents tips about keeping kids safe this Halloween.
Greene made her romance with the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark star public last year (Dec11), but the pair has called it quits after 10 months together.
The actress, who has previously dated Joe Jonas and Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill, recently admitted she finds it hard to make her love life a priority.
The couple's hectic work schedules appear to have got in the way of its budding romance, as a source tells UsMagazine.com, "They are over... Reeve seems to be fine and it was just crazy with their schedules."
A separate source hinted the split could be only temporary: "She knows this is a pivotal time in her career. I wouldn't say I could never see them getting back together but right now they are doing their own thing."
The actress, who has previously romanced Gossip Girl hunk Chace Crawford and pop singer Joe Jonas, broke up with Broadway star Reeve Carney last year (11) and she has been single ever since.
Now the 25 year old has opened up about her struggle to find a serious boyfriend, blaming her lacklustre love life on her busy career.
She tells Marie Claire magazine, "I'm always here and there - everyone in my industry is - and that's why a lot of relationships are fleeting. I've gotten very good at detaching whenever I have to go away for three months, which I realise is hard on friends and kind of selfish... You go on a couple of dates, and then someone ships off to do a movie.
"It's not like you're going to fly out and see them, because it's not serious enough for that."