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We Might Get To See All The Backstage Spiderman Dramz If Julie Taymor Loses In Court!

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That'll probably be better than the actual musical, LOL!!

Filmmaker Jacob Cohl, son of lead producer Michael Cohl, had his camera recording EVERYTHING backstage! Everything from day one of rehearsals to the June 2011 opening of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark.

And if Uve been in the loop, the U know there was lotsa shiz hittin' that fan, ha!!

But of course ex-director Julie Taymor is suing the producers, trying to make sure any footage of her never sees the light of day.

But they've answered her lawsuit with a hissing response:

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Spider-Man: Take Out The Check Book! Spidey Producers Owe Julie Taymor $$$!

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Back in March, we learned that original Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark director/co-writer Julie Taymor would retain her credits, despite the fact that she left the show.

We had heard at the time that one of the reasons she was being allowed to keep those credits was because "[the] producers have spent so much money that they don't have a cash payout for Taymor anyway."

Looks like credits might not be enough, because now the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society is filing an arbitration claim against Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark producers on Julie's behalf.

The union claims that Julie is owed approximately $300,000 in royalties, which she has yet to receive.

One of the lead producers on the show, Michael Cohl, says that the Spidey team is in the process of "trying to resolve financial disputes."

Hopefully they're able to work everything out soon! The show opens on Tuesday, and we can't imagine the producers would want something like this hanging over their heads.

Then again, Spider-Man has been plagued with so many issues, maybe they're just used to dealing with drama by now.

What do u think about all this Spider-Man dramz? Do U think Julie Taymor deserves $300k, even though she was fired?

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Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Producers Talk Production Woes

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It's been a long, tough, challenging, and DANGEROUS road for the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark team!

The producers behind the cursed project have opened up, for the first time, about the treacherous road they've traveled with this production.

Here's what producer Jeremiah "Jere" Harris had to say about it:

“There's nothing easy on this show. From the time he and I took over and got involved, this has been a constant battle from every perspective.”

More from producer Michael Cohl:

“[The original story] was muddled [and] difficult to follow. It lacked emotion. It lacked spirit and sincerity."

"The reorganization makes it feel really good. The flying, the special effects, the beauty of the show, the Julie atmosphere and attitude — it's all staying."

"I am not the least bit embarrassed by any of this. And I know Jere isn't either. We tried to do something that's ambitious to the third power."

We certainly give them credit for taking on such an ambitious project, and we'd give them EVEN MORE credit if people hadn't been injured during the process.

Let's just hope it's smooth sailing from here on out…and we know that's A LOT to hope for!

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Spider-Man Musical Delayed AGAIN!

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Again?!

At this rate, this show will NEVER open!

Although there haven't been any accidents as of late, the $65 million Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which has been in preview since November, has once again pushed back its opening night for the THIRD time!

Sources explain that the additional time will be employed for director Julie Taymor to 'fine-tune' the production, and instate a new ending.

Producer Michael Cohl explains in a statement:

"Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is ten-times more complicated to tech than anything else, and the preview schedule allows for only very limited rehearsal time (twelve hours per week). We simply need more time to fully execute the creative team’s vision before freezing the show. I picked a date in March that allows me to ensure that this will be the final postponement."

With the kind of luck that these guys have had, we think it's pretty STOOPID for them to tempt fate by ensuring that this will be the final postponement!

Here's hoping that you're right, bb!

Thoughts??

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Spider-Man Musical Delayed Over Safety Concerns

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Will this musical ever open??

The opening of the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has delayed its opening by two weeks as the New York State Department continues to investigate the safety of the show's flying stunts that resulted in one of the actors breaking both his wrists two weeks ago.

The production was originally set to begin its previews on November 14 and then officially open December 21, however, with the latest setback, the show is now scheduled to preview on November 28 and open on January 11, 2011.

Part of the reason why the musical was delayed was because the production wasn't prepared to demonstrate all of their complicated stunts to safety officials earlier this week, making their inspection incomplete.

The producer of the show, Michael Cohl explained the delays, saying, "Shows like ours, that embrace the challenge of opening on Broadway without an out-of-town tryout, often need to adjust their schedules along the way."

They need to do whatever they can to make sure this show is safe and if delaying the show by a couple of weeks so that another incident doesn't happen, then we say, good move!!

Let's just hope everything goes as planned and the musical will be considered safe enough to open by 2011!

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Spider-Man Musical Actors Suffer Injuries After Stunts Gone Wrong!

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Ouch!

Apparently, being a part of the cast of the Spider-Man musical can be detrimental to your safety!

An actor and a dancer in the troubled Julie Taymor/Bono collaboration, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, have suffered broken bones while attempting to do the sling-shot flying technique for which the webbed superhero is most recognized!

After Kevin Aubin broke his wrists last week, another actor came forward to reveal:

“I had broken my feet on the same move a month earlier. Kevin is doing fine though and took it like a champ.”

Lead producer Michael Cohl also issued this statement regarding the matter:

“Our priority from ‘Day 1’ has always been to put safety first. We continue every day to make the running of the show a safer experience.”

Unfortunately with shows with a lot of elaborate stunts such as this, there are accidents - especially during the rehearsal time. We're just glad nobody's injuries were any worse, and hopefully by the time it debuts all of the kinks will be worked out!

Thoughts??

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