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Clive Owen Leads Electric Broadway Revival Of Pinter’s ‘Old Times’ – Review

Clive Owen

Maybe Harold Pinter was yanking the actor’s chain when he told him to “just do it,” rather than fret about what Old Times meant. If the famously mysterious playwright did know, he wasn’t about to share the intelligence with some actor, even if that actor was Anthony Hopkins. This was in 1984 and Hopkins was starring in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of the play, a three-hander about — well, about what we can only speculate. And speculate some more. In a season… Read

Bob Saget Will Preach The Gospel of Broadway’s ‘Hand To God’

Bob Saget

Broadway’s Tony-nominated puppet show (well, the one that didn’t win) will go out with a bang: Bob Saget will step into the role of Pastor Greg in Hand To God as it enters the last months of its run at the Shubert-owned Booth Theatre. Producer Kevin McCollum says the television personality and stand-up (whose version of “The Aristocrats” is considered by comedy connoisseurs to be the nastiest version of the word’s nastiest joke) will take over for Marc Kudisch… Read

Sex, Rebellion & The Sexual Revolution Outed In ‘Cloud Nine’ – Review

Cloud Nine

Caryl Churchill’s early masterpiece Cloud Nine was mind-blowing when it opened  in 1981 and it’s no less mind-blowing today, as revived at David Mamet’s off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company in a delicious revival staged by James Macdonald. British playwright Churchill would go on to write more masterpieces — Mad Forest, Top Girls and Serious Money among them — but Cloud Nine exceeds our prayer that what seemed outrageous, fun, timely and, yes, game-changing 34 years ago… Read

‘The Martian’ Opens To $44.6M, Will Pass $100M Worldwide Today – Int’l Box Final

The Martian Damon closeup

UPDATED, Monday, 6:35 PM: Warner Bros., sent grosses for its comedy The Intern in a report filled with exclamation points and a Taiwanese slip up (see below) as well as the Hugh Jackman starring Pan which goes wide to 52 markets next weekend; Lionsgate reported for its sleeper hit Sicario. We put in very curious final numbers for TWC’s Southpaw. Every week waiting for Sony is like watching ice melt, water boil, grass grow, paint chip. Sony at 6:20 PM finally reported… Read

‘Martian’ 2nd-Best Opening For October, Damon & Scott Despite Losing Fuel Sunday; Verdi Trips ‘Walk’ – B.O. Postmortem


Monday update, 5:57PM: 20th Century’s The Martian came in slightly lower for the weekend from where the studio and the industry saw it yesterday, $54.3M in actuals versus its Sunday AM projection of $55M. Still, the Ridley Scott-directed movie drove total weekend ticket sales toward a damn good weekend of $151.4M per Rentrak, up 10% from a week ago and a 1% from a year ago — when Gone Girl made $37.5M, exciting older women and warning men to stay away from type A… Read

Broadway Box Office Inches Back Up; ‘Finding Neverland’ Off 40% Since August

Broadway musical produced by Harvey Weinstein

Tick tock, tick tock: After late September’s 6 percent tock in Week 18 of the Broadway season, sales ticked back 3.5 percent to ring in October, with most shows listing modest gains. One exception worth keeping an eye on: Finding Neverland, Harvey Weinstein’s major wager on a big musical built on a title from his company’s library. The Peter Pan story is off almost 40 percent since mid-August, having dropped in every week but one since then, after a few months of $1… Read

Will Free Tickets To ‘School Of Rock’ Spur Younger Broadway Audience?

School of Rock

EXCLUSIVE: A nonprofit coalition of Broadway producers and theater owners will funnel free tickets and offstage programming to shows — including fall newcomers School Of Rock, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of the Jack Black movie, and On Your Feet!, the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan — to Gotham teens in a program aimed at inspiring young artists and future theatergoers. The plan, called The Situation Project, has pledged funds to pay for five years’ worth of arts… Read

Specialty Box Office: ‘He Named Me Malala’ Tops A Lackluster Weekend; ‘Jafar Panahi’s Taxi’ Shows Promise


Topping the weekend’s Friday-Sunday Specialty box office newcomers, Searchlight’s He Named Me Malala bowed in several locations averaging $14K. Kino Lorber’s Jafar Panahi’s Taxi opened in a pair of NYC cinemas, averaging $11K, comparatively somewhat impressive. Abramorama’s This Changes Everything also did well in a single run. Bowing less strong were Lionsgate’s Freeheld and SPC’s Labyrinth Of Lies, while TWC’s Shanghai opened in over 100 theaters with a whisper. All in… Read

‘Lost In Hong Kong’ Rises To $167M+ After Only 7 Days In China — Int’l Box Office

Lost In Hong Kong

After a record-breaking box office weekend in China, the Zheng Xu comedy Lost In Hong Kong is heading into this box office weekend already logging in with a whopping $167M after only seven days in release. It was the highest ever opening for a Chinese film with $107M over the weekend. The blockbuster about a man who becomes involved in a murder investigation while on a sightseeing trip in Hong Kong with his wife and brother-in-law grossed almost $20M yesterday alone and… Read

Mezzanine Maniac Musses Keira Knightley’s Broadway Bow

Keira Knightley Imitation Game

UPDATED with comment from theater: A deranged, if lovestruck, stalker interrupted the first preview performance of Thérèse Raquin at Studio 54 on Thursday night to profess his love for star Keira Knightley, who was making her Main Stem debut. He also invoked Jesus, according to reports across social media later that evening and this morning. Before being escorted out of the theater and arrested, the young man managed to whirl around and hurl a bouquet to the stage… Read

‘Waitress’ Musical By Sara Bareilles Books Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Jessie Mueller

After opening last month to very solid reviews at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, the movie-based tuner — with songs by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles in her Broadway debut — will move into the Nederlander Organization-owned Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Producers Barry Weissler and Fran Weissler said this morning that previews are set to begin March 25, 2016, with opening night on April 24. The show stars Jessie Mueller (Tony winner for Beautiful The Carole… Read

Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Vincent Cassel & Malala Starring In This Weekend’s Newcomers: Specialty Preview

Im Labyrinth

On tap this weekend is German Foreign Language contender Labyrinth Of Lies, which distributor Sony Classics is hoping to follow the Oscar (and box office) success of 2008's The Counterfeiters and 2007's The Lives Of Others. The title will join a crowded weekend of newcomers, many eyeing their share of Awards Season cache. Just weeks after its Toronto debut, Lionsgate's Freehold, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, is set to bow this weekend, while Fox Searchlight is… Read