Comedian Larry David has broken Broadway box office records with his theatre debut Fish In The Dark a week before he steps onto the stage. The play, written by and starring the Curb Your Enthusiasm actor, doesn't begin previews until 2 February (15), but fans have been rushing to secure their tickets to the new comedy, with some paying as much as $425 (£266) per person.
As a result, advance ticket sales have raked in an impressive $13.5 million (£8.4 million). The high demand beats that of previous record holder, a 2013 revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, which starred real-life couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. That production boasted pre-sale figures of $13.05 million (£8.16 million).
Fish in the Dark, which will be directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro and co-star Rosie Perez, will open at the Cort Theater on 5 March (15) for a limited 18-week engagement.
Rita Wilson is set to make a return to Broadway in comedian Larry David's new play, Fish in the Dark. The actress/singer last appeared on the Great White Way in 2006 for a starring role in long-running musical Chicago, and now she's heading back for the Curb Your Enthusiasm writer's debut play.
Wilson joins a cast including David, Rosie Perez and Royal Pains' Ben Shenkman in the production, a comedy about a death in the family.
Fish in the Dark will have its opening night at the Cort Theatre on 5 March (15).
Oscar-nominated actress, Emmy-nominated choreographer and White House-appointed activist Rosie Perez sits down with Hollywood.com to dish about The View, being in Larry David’s Broadway play Fish in the Dark, and more.
When asked how Perez would describe her experience so far at The View in one word, she said she needed two: Awesome Journey. Perez started as a co-host on The View back in September, alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell and Nicole Wallace. Rumors have been flying that Perez's job at The View is in danger, and she has even been conspicuously missing from the show for days. But Whoopi dispelled any rumors on Wednesday's The View, saying Perez “isn’t going anywhere.” Also by gauging Perez's reaction when asked about the show, she seems to be very happily employed.
Perez tells Hollywood.com that her dream musical guests for the show would be Prince, Beyoncé or “maybe both of them together! That would be awesome!” Agreed. A Beyoncé-Prince collaboration would be unbelievably awesome.
Perez confirms to Hollywood.com that she will be coming to Broadway in the play Fish in the Dark, written by and starring Larry David. “Great, wonderful Broadway veterans are going to be in it as well.” As for David, Perez tells us: “Yes, he’s written the play. And he is starring in it. And the man is weird. And I love him. And he is freakin’ hilarious.” The play is described as a comedy about a death in the family - sounds very Larry David! Its opening night is March 5, 2015, at the Cort Theatre.
Perez also works tirelessly as an activist. She teamed up with Pine-Sol to launch “When Life Stinks, Women Rise Above It,” an online peer-to-peer mentorship campaign, teaming up women across the country to inspire each other as mentors and mentees. There’s also an Instagram contest that has some pretty rad prizes. Post a pic holding up a sign of your mentor’s name with the hashtag #WomenRiseAboveIt. You’ll then be eligible to win gifts like $5k or a year’s worth of cleaning services provided by Pine-Sol. Now that's the power of Pine-Sol.
Speaking of mentors, Perez tells us that one of her mentors is Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. “She advised that I needed therapy and she was dead on,” Perez tells us, laughing. “She was like, Listen, despite all your success, you still have issues. And I’m so glad I listened to her and it really, really changed things for me in the most positive way.”
Mentoring is a great cause for those looking to inspire or be inspired. Find out more about Pine-Sol’s mentorship campaign at WomenRiseAboveIt.com.
Perez's book, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair), is also out now. Click here for more details.
British presenter Phillip Schofield has completed a 24-hour TV marathon challenge to raise money for charity. Schofield appeared on various shows on Britain's ITV channel from 11am on Monday (01Dec14) in aid of the Text Santa appeal, which supports various good causes during the festive season.
As part of his task he was required to abseil down the ITV towers in central London, join the panel on chat show Loose Women, become a weather presenter, interview Prime Minister David Cameron, walk barefoot on glass, and put fish eyes in his mouth as part of a gruesome task on jungle-based survival show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!.
Schofield ended the challenge with his usual presenting slot on This Morning at 11am on Tuesday (02Dec14), leaving the studio to applause from co-hosts Amanda Holden and Gok Wan.
Filmmaker J.J. Abrams took a break from making the new Star Wars film last week (ends07Nov14) to star in a fish-flying skit for comedian John Oliver's U.S. TV show Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
The British comic was covering a news report about salmon transportation and decided to shoot fake fish from a gun.
U.S. soap stars and fellow TV personalities Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Jon Stewart and Anderson Cooper all appeared in the skit and were hit by fish, as was The Simpsons' Homer Simpson in an animated segment and Tom Hanks, who was recording a public service announcement. But Oliver outdid himself when Abrams was hit by a salmon as he chatted with robot R2-D2 on the Star Wars: Episode VII film set.
The disgusted director stormed off saying, "I quit. I can't work like this!"
Last Week With John Oliver aired on Sunday night (09Nov14) in America.
Actress Rosie Perez is set to make a return to the Broadway stage in comedian Larry David's new play, Fish in the Dark. The Do the Right Thing star last appeared on the Great White Way in 2007's The Ritz, and now she will head back in the highly-anticipated production which marks David's Broadway acting debut.
Joining the Seinfeld creator and Perez on stage are theatre veterans Jayne Houdyshell and Jerry Adler, and actors Jonny Orsini and Jake Cannavale, the son of Tony Award nominee Bobby Cannavale.
Fish in the Dark, which is described as a "comedy about a death in the family", will have its opening night at the Cort Theatre on 5 March (15).
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There are many actors who routinely give wonderful, memorable performances, but there's only one who manages to do it even when his face doesn't appear onscreen. That man is Andy Serkis, Hollywood's foremost motion capture actor, the rare talent that can bring just as much life to a Tolkien creature or a hyper-intelligent ape as he can another human being. Since the first installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy hit theaters in 2001, Serkis has been the movie industry's go-to guy for animating everything from monkeys to sailors to Gollums, and his consistently excellent performances each time kicked off a campaign to have motion capture work recognized by the Academy Awards. With Serkis set to return to the big screen (in simian form) as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Friday, we've decided to take a look at some of the actor's most memorably mo-cap characters in order to determine which one comes out on top in the great battle for supremacy.
Caesar Films: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Species: Chimpanzee Trademarks: Being an incredibly intelligent ape Special Skills: High intelligence, the ability to speak, the wisdom and power to rule over a colony of apes, proficiency in horse-riding and shooting Allies: James Franco and Frieda Pinto in Rise of the Planet of the Apes; Jason Clarke and Keri Russell in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Enemies: Draco Malfoy and Commissioner GordonGreatest Dream: A world where apes and humans can live in peace, minus cagesSecret Weapon: He’s a hyper-intelligent ape that can speak to people; he doesn’t need a secret weaponSignature Move: A barrage of fists to the head
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Captain Haddock Film: The Adventures of Tintin Species: Human Trademarks: Beard, pipe, captain’s hat, permanently grumpy expression Special Skills: A talent for holding his liquor, a colorful vocabulary, a gift for sarcasm and wisecracks, the ability to tune out chaos and revel in blissful ignorance, unfailing loyalty Allies: Tintin and Snowy Enemies: Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine Greatest Dream: To regain command of his ship, but more immediately, some more rum Secret Weapon: He’s at his best when he’s drunk, which is the polar opposite of every other person everSignature Move: He’s more of a trash-talker than a proper fighter
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King Kong Film: Kingof course Species: Gorilla Trademarks: He’s a 25-foot-tall gorilla. That’s pretty unique. Special Skills: incredible strength, a sense of self-preservation, the ability to make audiences sympathize and even shed a tear over a monstrous simian Allies: Ann Darrow, with whom he falls in love, and Lumpy the Cook, who tells the crew to leave King Kong alone (or else)Enemies: Carl Denham, fighter planes Greatest Dream: To live happily in his jungle with Ann Secret Weapon: The willingness to sacrifice himself for the people he loves and an incredible resistance to tranquilizers (seriously, it took them forever to knock him out) Signature Move: A giant, sweeping side-swipe and roar combination
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Gollum Films: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogiesSpecies: Technically, he was once a Hobbit, but now he’s mostly a species unto himselfTrademarks: Hunched, bony body, six teeth, a lack of hair, that weird snarling noise he always makes Special Skills: Riddle solving, hunting and fishing, deboning fish, finding ways to amuse himself after spending centuries in the same cave Allies: Whichever part of himself he’s currently talking to Enemies: Anyone who wants the precious... and whichever part of himself he’s currently talking to Greatest Dream: To once again possess the precious so that they may live together in his cave until the end of their days Secret Weapon: He’ll lure you in by appearing nice, and then turn out to be straight up terrifying; also, he’s so mentally unstable and unpredictable, only half of him knows what he’s going to do at any given momentSignature Move: Gollum’s totally a biter
So Who Wins? Captain Haddock is generally too drunk to get involved in a fight, so he’s out, as is King Kong, unless his life or Ann’s life is being threatened. That leaves Caesar and Gollum left to fight it out. While Caesar is smarter and more likely to have both a carefully, thought-out strategy and an army on call, Gollum is just insane and unpredictable enough to take Caesar out. We’re going to have to go with the creature formerly known as Smeagol on this one.
It's a truth almost universally acknowledged that Aquaman isn't very cool. The co-founding member of the Justice League and the King of Atlantis gets a pretty bad rap from most people, and it's easy to see why. To most outward appearances, he's pretty useless out of the water, and unless it's unseasonably humid, you'd probably rather have Superman by your side in a land battle. Aquaman might not have the best reputation as of now, but things look to be turning around for the hero. After months of talks, the former Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa has signed on to play Aquaman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. At first glance, Momoa doesn't seem to be a good fit for Aquaman. The muscular actor skyrocketed to fame playing the imposing and deadly Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, but there's nothing terribly imposing about the DC swimmer. He's usually clad in a bright stretchy orange jumpsuit with scales, and sports finely coifed blond hair. But we're thinking this version of Aquaman will take some inspiration from a different version of the character.
The 1990s did some terrible things to comic books. Many of our favorite characters were changed for the worse, and some were even given updated costumes dripping in misguided turn-of-the-century angst. In fact, the entire industry almost folded in on itself after the comic book market collapsed. But while these dark times almost killed superhero comics altogether, they did wonders for Aquaman. That extra dose of angst was actually good for the character; writer Peter David took the underwater boy scout and turned him into a rough burly seaman with a hook for a hand, a fierce mane of hair, and a new badass disposition. Now the King of the Seas actually looked the part.
This was a character for a new age of readers. One that inspired fear and respect, and one that is mostly unknown to those that didn't spend their formative years in the nose of a comic book. While most people laugh at the very idea of Aquaman, it's easy to imagine Momoa stepping into this version of the character, especially after watching Khal Drogo terrorize the great plains of Essos in Game of Thrones.
But even without the cool updated look, Aquaman has always been as cool as it gets. That's right, we said it, Aquaman is cool. Sure, the outfit is silly, but every superhero outfit is silly when you think about it (Batman is running around in stubby bat ears yelling about his no parents and he gets eight movies). This is a character that controls the earth's waters, and the last time we checked, the earth was made up of 80 % of that stuff. He also has an entire kingdom of sea creatures as his beck and call. No, not just little guppys and jelly fish but giant squids, sharks, andwhatever ancient beasts are still lyind dormant in the depths of the ocean. He could probably pop out a Kraken if he really tried. On top of all this, he still has super strength, even on land. We think he easily earns his place on the Justice League.
These days, the Aquaman in the comics has since reverted the character back to a more classic look, but if Momoa's casting is any indication, the upcoming film will take many of its cues from the burly '90s Aquaman. In any case, Aquaman is a hero that deserves a second assessment, and it looks like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice might reintroduce the character to a generation of naysayers. Resist all you want, but we're betting a few of you might have a new favorite hero once 2016 rolls around.
David Beckham feared he would be attacked by a deadly jaguar as he spent nights camping in the Amazonian rainforest. The soccer icon headed into the Brazilian jungle for 10 days in March (14) to shoot a BBC documentary, and he has recalled his unease during the long nights in camp.
He tells The Sunday Times Magazine, "I never felt scared at any point, although sleeping in the middle of the jungle at night can be quite unnerving. It's pitch black, you hear a noise and you have no idea what it could be. Once, we pitched up in an area where we were told that jaguars roamed at night. After we were told that, we never moved from our position."
Despite reports Beckham was banned from swimming in the Amazon during the trip over fears he would be attacked by killer fish, the former sports hero reveals he did take to the river in a boat.
He adds, "You hear lots of stories about the Amazon and what lives in the rivers, so clearly you are wary. However, once you are there, armed with good local knowledge, then it's fine. There is one moment in the documentary where we are going through treacherous waters and I notice there are holes in the boat. I use a bucket to sift water out. There was no way I was going to sink."
The report also features photographs of Beckham carrying crops and whittling wood during his time in camp, and showing off his tattoos to local children, and he admits his only struggle was a lack of contact with wife Victoria and their four kids.
He says, "We had very little contact with home, which was tough, as I like to speak to Victoria and the kids every day. We were able to use a satellite phone on occasion, and it was something to look forward to after a long, difficult day travelling."
However, the famously groomed soccer ace also admits his vanity took a dent in camp, adding, "Showers and baths were clearly at a premium. That was the toughest part. As everyone knows, I like my cleanliness."
Retired soccer superstar David Beckham was reportedly banned from swimming in the Amazon River amid fears deadly fish would attack him. The former England international captain spent two weeks trekking through the South American rainforest and was filmed for a new BBC documentary ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
However, it has now emerged he was advised not to head into the water for a dip as shoals of candiru, also known as 'vampire fish', which can invade and infect the human urethra, are prevalent in the river.
A source tells the New York Daily News, "Talent and crew were given full-length medical and terrain awareness courses before the journey. It was a key part of their process and necessary to get insurances before their trip under BBC guidelines.
"One of the most dangerous creatures in the world lives in the Amazon River, and for men it is both deadly and painful... All the cast were warned not to go into the water, especially because of the vampire fish. It can get under clothing and then swim into the genitalia, which would mean immediate hospitalization."