The off-Broadway adaptation of American Psycho has hit a roadblock after the show's commercial backers pulled out of the musical. The Second Stage Theatre production was slated to debut next year (15), but bosses at the the company have since opted not to move forward with the production.
A statement from Artistic Director Carole Rothman reads, "We are disappointed that we will not be producing American Psycho this season, but the rights holders, Act 4 Entertainment, have decided to not move forward with the production at Second Stage.
"We will be announcing a new production in its place in the coming weeks."
Benjamin Walker was set to to play serial killer Patrick Bateman in the Second Stage Theatre adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel. The cancellation could suggest backers are planning to move forward with a full Broadway run.
The musical, written by Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, won rave reviews during a sold-out run in London's West End earlier this year (14). It featured former Doctor Who Matt Smith.
British pop star Antony Costa has become the third member of Blue to file for bankruptcy. The singer has followed in the footsteps of his bandmates Duncan James and Simon Webbe, who declared themselves bankrupt within weeks of each other last year (13).
Costa, who welcomed his first child in June (14), tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I am really proud to be a father and the arrival of my new daughter has made me take a good look at my finances... I want to be sure I can provide the best possible future for my family.
"Our former management made a lot of decisions that we as a band have had to be financially responsible for. Whether right or wrong, their personal pursuit in the last two years had led me to instigate proceedings to wipe the financial slate clean and start again."
The band plans to release new material later this year (14) and Webbe has signed on for the latest series of reality TV competition Strictly Come Dancing.
Actor Benjamin Walker has reportedly been cast as the lead of the upcoming Broadway musical American Psycho. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star has been tapped to play serial killer Patrick Bateman in the stage adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel, according to Deadline.com.
The musical, written by Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, recently achieved a sold-out run in London's West End and featured former Doctor Who Matt Smith in his stage debut.
Walker is no stranger to Broadway - last year (13), he starred alongside Scarlett Johansson in the revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and also played the title role in the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
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There's a pretty good chance you had heard of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and for certain the Hulk prior to their big screen debuts in the Marvel cinematic canon. But the Guardians of the Galaxy are a more esoteric lot. Only those well versed in the publishing company's history will approach this weekend's feature film with any familiarity with Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), or Groot (Vin Diesel). But rest assured: they've been around. And if you dig them in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy (which we sure did — check out our review), you'll have the opportunity to check them out elsewhere.
Granted, James Gunn's film does do its share of reinventing in regards to its central fivesome. Well-read fans might notice a new take on Peter Quill's backstory or Drax's species, and newcomers could discover some inconsistencies upon pursuing extracurricular material in light of their blossoming love affairs with the Guardians. But the spirit of the heroes is very much alive in Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, ditto many of the features and TV series listed below. As such, embrace your affection for the oddball quintet and check out any and all works that will allow you more time with the gang. Here's where to begin:
Planet HulkStar-Lord and Gamora both appear in the 2010 direct-to-video animated film (which has been tossed around the Internet discussion boards as viable source material for upcoming Avengers movies), but without speaking parts.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesAiring on May 6, 2012 (funnily enough, the same weekend that The Avengers hit theaters), the animated series' episode "Michael Korvac" featured Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot as temporary foes of the series' heroes — a league including, at this point, Iron Man, the Hulk, Hawkeye, and Ms. Marvel — when a battle is waged over the capture/safety of the mysterious titular individual. In the episode, voice actors Steve Downes, Greg Ellis, and Troy Baker voice Star-Lord, Rocket, and Groot respectively.
Ultimate Spider-ManThe entire gang banded together (and with a pretty impressive team of vocie actors) for the animated series' aptly named July 2013 episode "Guardians of the Galaxy." The aforementioned Korvac returns as an intergalactic menace with an army of Chitauri, forcing Spider-Man to seek the assistance of the Guardians in the interest of his defeat. Star-Lord is voiced by Marvel regular Chris Cox, Gamora by comedian Nika Futterman, Drax by David Sobolov, Rocket by Billy West (the voice behind Doug Funnie and Futurama's Philip J. Fry), and Groot by the late Michael Clarke Duncan.
Avengers AssembleJust this past April, we got to see all five Guardians take center stage on this animated series' episode "Guardians and Space Knights." Iron Man leads the rest of the Avengers to a distant planet, where they and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces to stop an impending attack from Galactus. Voice actors Chris Cox, Nika Futterman, and David Sobolov return; meanwhile, Rocket earns the familiar voice of actor and geek icon Seth Green, and Groot is portrayed by Kevin Michael Richardson.
Hulk Agents of S.M.A.S.H.An upcoming episode of the animated series will feature the whole gang back together again, with returning voice actors Cox, Futterman, Sobolov, Green, and Richardson.
And, for a bit of a throwback...
Silver Surfer Gamora makes a few appearances in this late '90s animated series, the first of which being in the two-part episode "Learning Curve," which also featured Drax the Destroyer... albeit a very different version: he was an android, and the servant to the Titanian leader Mentor. Together with Silver Surfer and his pal Pip, Drax helps to stop Thanos (hey, he's in the movie too!) from taking over the universe. Gamora would later show up in episodes "Antibody" and "Radical Justice." In this series, Drax is voiced by Noam Spencer and Gamora is voiced by Mary Long and Alison Sealy-Smith.
But before you check out any of these entries, see the film in theaters now!
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Country singer Whitney Duncan has tied the knot with boyfriend Keith Tollefson. The Skinny Dippin' singer and her beau were married in Humboldt, Tennessee recently, and Duncan took to her Facebook.com account on Tuesday (29Jul14) to share the exciting news with her followers.
Posting a photo of the happy moment she and Tollefson exchanged vows on the patio of a classic antebellum mansion, she wrote, "Keith and I are hitched! Southern wedding at Twin Oaks in TN (Tennessee) could not have been more perfect!"
The couple first met while competing on U.S. reality series Survivor: South Pacific in 2011, when Duncan was married to another country crooner, Donny Fallgatter.
Duncan finalised her divorce in late 2011, and Tollefson proposed to her on Valentine's Day last year (14Feb13).
Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's American Psycho musical is set to hit New York after a sold-out run in London's West End. The adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel will open off-Broadway for previews in February (15) and will officially open a month later.
American Psycho premiered at London's Almeida Theatre in December, 2013, with former Doctor Who Matt Smith making his stage debut as serial killer Patrick Bateman.
Actor Vincent D'onofrio is going bad to play a villain in the new Daredevil TV series. The Men in Black and former Law & Order: Criminal Intent star has been cast as powerful businessman Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, a character who faces off against blind attorney Matt Murdock and his crime-fighting alter ego.
The late Michael Clarke Duncan portrayed Kingpin in the 2003 movie, opposite Ben Affleck as the Marvel superhero. Boardwalk Empire star Charlie Cox will star as the title character in the forthcoming show, which will air on online streaming service Netflix next year (15).
Jeph Loeb, Marvel's head of television, says, "We're incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining Marvel's Daredevil in such an integral role. "Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero."
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After years of campaigning, tweeting, and generally taking over the Internet with their rally cries, Community fans might finally be getting that highly-anticipated, long-prophesied sixth season. According to Deadline, Hulu has begun talks with Sony, who produces the cult hit, about acquiring more original episodes of the show after it was canceled by NBC earlier this month. The talks are still in their very early stages, and a deal is nowhere close to guaranteed, but that hasn't prevented Community fans from whipping themselves into a frenzy over the possibility. Creator Dan Harmon has also promised to return if the show does, stating, “I’m not going to be the guy that re-cancels cancelled Community.”
The dedication of Community's fans has helped keep the show on the air for most of its run, so it's no surprise that they're determined to spend one more year at Greendale, no matter where the show moves. But while there are still plenty of reasons to give the show another shot, and lots of questions left to wrap up — Will Jeff end up with Britta or Annie? Are Rachel and Abed still together? Did Troy and Levar Burton manage to escape from those pirates? — resurrecting Community might not be for the best in the long run. Perhaps it's finally time for fans and characters alike to graduate and move forward with their lives.
The fifth season had a lot of obstacles to overcome, from the firing, departure and re-hiring of Harmon to several key cast members leaving to finding a way to keep the premise intact after the characters graduated at the end of Season 4. Both the fans and writers viewed it as a re-building season, designed to get Community back to feeling like its old self again. And while there were many aspects of that reset that were successful, the show never quite managed to flow the way it used to, and there were plenty of problems that seemed to suggest that it might be time for Community to begin wrapping up its stories.
The departure of Donald Glover and Chevy Chase has had a major impact on the study group's dynamic, as well as on the show as a whole. Without Pierce to be the unpredictable, over-the-top antagonist, the show had to invent more and more ridiculous ways to pit the characters against each other and the people around them to generate conflict. Without Troy, there was nobody left to balance Abed, and the frequency and absurdity of the jokes in every episode rapidly declined. While the addition of John Oliver's Professor Duncan and Jonathan Banks' Professor Hickey went a long way towards filling the holes left by their absences, both actors have starring roles on high-profile shows that will no doubt conflict with their ability to appear on Community next season, and their loss will only make the dramatic shift in dynamic and tone more obvious and more difficult to overcome.
Pierce and Troy's absence wasn't the only major problem the fifth season had. Many of the plots seemed to be repeating themselves — Greendale's in danger, it's saved by the study group, it's in danger again; Chang is evil, now he's reformed, no wait, now he's evil again; Jeff likes Britta, then he likes Annie, then he likes a random guest star, now he's back to Annie, now he's going to stay single — and the gimmicks that were once creative and interesting now seemed uninspired. Community mostly seemed to be spinning its wheels in its fifth season, and the writers seemed hesitant to commit to taking the plots in different, unexpected directions the way they used to. Even Harmon's return wasn't enough to get Community back to its old self. Though his work on the fifth season managed to right a lot of the wrongs of the season four "gas leak," it still didn't feel like the show had regained whatever spark it has lost over time. If anything, the latest season of Community seemed to suggest that the show has finally run out of steam.
Every show eventually hits a point when it becomes time to wrap things up, and it's impossible to sustain the concept or storylines or the writers just run out of new, wacky situations for the characters to wind up in. Community is a more high-concept, inventive show than most other sitcoms, and eventually, that began to weigh things down. There's a chance that a sixth season could give Community the kick it needs to wake up, but it seems more likely that it will just make the show's fatigue more obvious. The last two seasons have struggled to recapture the show's essence and what made it so special, but if Harmon couldn't bring it back, a sixth season probably won't manage the trick either. Is it really worth getting a sixth season of Community if it's no longer truly Community?
Over the course of the show's run, we've watched our favorite characters grow, change and mature. They've had epic paintball battles, survived campus-wide apocalypses, and supported Cougar Town through a cancelation scare, move to mid-season and the transition to a new network. But the end goal has always been graduation, accomplishing their goals and moving on to the real world. Eventually things have to come to an end, and maybe it's time for Community to do just that. Five seasons is an impressive run, especially for a show as weird and self-referential as this one. So maybe instead of hitting an arbitrary goal that we've assigned an incredible amount of importance to we should celebrate the time we spent with the study group, and move on along with them.
Whether Hulu decides to pick up the show or not, at least Community got the run that The Cape never did. If that's not justice, we don't know what is.
Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn is facing a new court battle with her ex-husband Alastair Duncan over child support for their two young daughters. The star split from the Scottish actor-turned-realtor in 2008, when the drug drama first premiered on U.S. TV, and their divorce was finalised in 2009.
The former couple agreed that Gunn would only hand over funds to Duncan for a short amount of time to help cover the costs of raising their girls Ella Rose and Emma, but now he has filed new papers in a U.S. court seeking further child support payments.
In the documents, obtained by editors at TMZ.com, Duncan claims his financial circumstances have significantly changed since the deal was struck and he now only makes $10,000 (£6,250)-a-month compared to what Gunn earned during the final season of Breaking Bad, in which she played the long-suffering onscreen wife of Bryan Cranston's character Walter White.
During the last season of the show in 2013, she reportedly raked in more than $1 million (£625,000).
Duncan highlights the actress' new TV show Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of British drama Broadchurch, and her upcoming role in Off Broadway play Sex With Strangers as proof that she can afford his latest financial request.
Actress Glenn Close is set to return to the Broadway stage for the first time in 20 years in a revival of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Delicate Balance, alongside John Lithgow.
Close and Lithgow will portray a married couple trying to keep their sanity during a dysfunctional family reunion. Martha Plimpton, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Lindsay Duncan will also star in the play, which will be directed by Tony-award winner Pam MacKinnon.
The production will begin its limited run at the Shubert's Golden Theatre in October (14). A Delicate Balance first hit the stage in 1966 and starred real-life couple Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. Albee picked up the Pulitzer Prize for the drama in 1967.