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Julie Taymor and 'Spider-Man' producers reach tentative settlement

Like in any great theater production, the conflict between director Julie Taymor and the producers of the Broadway production of Spider-Man peaked in intensity just before the resolution. A tentative deal settling a dispute over her role in the musical was disclosed in a document filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. It said the case could be reopened within two months if the agreement breaks down. Settlement terms were not released.

Dale Cendali, lead attorney for the producers, said she could not comment on the agreement in principle, except to confirm that it was reached Thursday. READ FULL STORY

Composer Marvin Hamlisch dead at 68

Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including The Sting and won a Tony for A Chorus Line, has died in Los Angeles at 68. Family spokesman Jason Lee says Hamlisch died Monday after a brief illness. Other details aren’t being released.

Hamlisch’s career included composing, conducting and arranging music from Broadway to Hollywood. The composer won every major award in his career, including three Academy Awards, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes.

His music colored some of film and Broadway’s most important works. Hamlisch composed more than 40 film scores, including Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People and Take the Money and Run. READ FULL STORY

Tony-winning 'Hairspray' writer Mark O'Donnell dies

Mark O’Donnell, the Tony Award-winning writer behind such quirky and clever Broadway shows as Hairspray and Cry-Baby, died Monday, his agent said. He was 58. Jack Tantleff, O’Donnell’s agent at the Paradigm agency, said the writer collapsed in the lobby of his apartment complex on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. “He was a huge talent, and a warm, witty and wonderful man who marched to his own drummer,” Tantleff said.

O’Donnell won the 2003 Tony for best book of a musical for co-writing Hairspray with Thomas Meehan, and the pair earned Tony nominations in 2008 for doing the same for another John Waters work, Cry-Baby.

O’Donnell was picked to help write the musical version of the 1988 Waters movie Hairspray because producer Margo Lion felt he “could appreciate Waters’ voice but was idiosyncratic enough to inject his own personality into the piece.” READ FULL STORY

Kate Winslet, Kenneth Branagh get royal honors

Kate Winslet has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II for her titanic contribution to the arts.

The actress, who won a best actress Academy Award in 2009 for The Reader and made her breakthrough as the feisty Rose in 1997 blockbuster Titanic, has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, in the queen’s Birthday Honors List, published Saturday.

Winslet said the honor made her “very proud to be a Brit.”

“I am both surprised and honored to stand alongside so many men and woman who have achieved great things for our country,” the 36-year-old star said.

Actor and director Kenneth Branagh was made a knight and will be known as Sir Kenneth. A respected Shakespearean actor whose films as a director range from Henry V and Hamlet to the comic-book fantasy Thor, Branagh said he felt “humble, elated, and incredibly lucky” to get the honor. It puts him in a pantheon of theatrical knights alongside the late Sir Laurence Olivier, whom Branagh played in My Week With Marilyn.
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Julie Taymor's 'Spider-Man' lawsuit moves to court

In early March, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark ex-director Julie Taymor filed new documents in her $1 million lawsuit against the producers of that Broadway disaster turned financial success. Now Taymor’s case has moved forward once more: The New York Times reports that its first courtroom arguments will take place in Manhattan today. Three separate motions will be brought before a judge; a full trial is expected to commence next year. Taymor, who conceived Spider-Man alongside composers Bono and The Edge and co-wrote the show’s original script, first sued her former colleagues in November. The musical’s producers fired back with a countersuit in January.

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Jim Parsons comes out

A new interview with Emmy-winning actor Jim Parsons has officially revealed that he is gay. The New York Times’ profile of the Big Bang Theory star mentions Parsons’ sexuality near the end of the article. The profile also reveals that he has been in a relationship for 10 years. Parsons played a gay activist in Broadway’s revival of The Normal Heart last year; he is scheduled to reprise the role in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming film adaptation of the play. Parsons will star in a Broadway revival of Harvey this summer.

Tony organizers settle with Bret Michaels over 2009 accident

Bret Michaels and organizers of the Tony Awards have settled a lawsuit filed by the rocker after a 2009 incident in which he was hit in the head with a set piece and suffered injuries that he claimed contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him. The confidential settlement also covers Michaels’ claims against CBS Broadcasting, which aired the show and the mishap. The Poison frontman blamed the network for airing the moment, which became which a viral video watched by tens of millions of people online, and claimed Tony Awards producers never warned him there would be a set change after he and his band performed “Nothin’ But a Good Time.” READ FULL STORY

Spider-Man stuntman readying (another) 'Turn Off the Dark' lawsuit

A stuntman who claims he suffered a concussion, whiplash and two holes in his knees while performing as the comic book hero in Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has asked producers to turn over any relevant information as he weighs pursuing a negligence lawsuit.

The stuntman, Richard Kobak, claims in a series of papers filed earlier this year in state Supreme Court that he suffered the leg injuries in 2010 while filling in for another injured stuntman at the most expensive show in Broadway history. He alleges that the rigging he used for the show’s aerial acrobatics wasn’t recalibrated for him and, as a result, he made 70 hard landings on stage during performances and rehearsals. He says the hard landings created a 1.4-millimeter hole in his right knee and a 9-millimeter hole in his left knee. He also alleges that a computer program controlling one of his jumps from a balcony sent him flying into a wall on April 5, 2011. He says he suffered two herniated discs, whiplash and a concussion. READ FULL STORY

Playwright John Patrick Shanley faces $5 million sex lawsuit

EW has confirmed that actress Amanda Jencsik, a former lover of John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt) has filed a lawsuit against the Oscar- and Pulitzer-winning writer. Per the New York Post, the $5 million suit alleges Shanley forced her to participate in violent sex, including choking and wrapping a belt around her neck during her intercourse. Jencsik also alleges Shanley sodomized her on multiple occasions and would ask her during intercourse, “Do you feel like I’m raping you?”

Jencsik claims she suffered severe psychological distress and physical injuries (including a bowel obstruction) as a result of the four-month relationship, which began via Facebook in October 2009. She says she never alerted the police about Shanley “due to her mental state” and Shanley’s “Svengali-like effect on her.”

Through his attorney Peter Parcher, Shanley told EW, “I dated Amanda Jencsik several times. Our relationship was totally consensual. It ended some time ago. We never exchanged a harsh word. I am distressed and surprised to see her being exploited this way. I wish her well.”

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GLAAD Media Awards honor Lady Gaga, 'DWTS,' 'Oprah Winfrey Show': Full winners list

The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, hosted by Glee‘s Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera, were held Saturday night in New York City. The winners:

• Vito Russo Award: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, executive producers of Smash
• Special Recognition Award: Katy Butler, openly gay 17-year-old anti-bullying advocate
• Outstanding Film – Limited Release: Pariah
• Outstanding TV Movie Or Mini Series: Cinema Verite
• Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests,” The Oprah Winfrey Show
• Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “The ‘Sissy Boy’ Experiments,” Anderson Cooper 360
• Outstanding Reality Program: Dancing With the Stars
• Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Battle Against Bullying,” ABC World News with Diane Sawyer
• Outstanding Music Artist: Lady Gaga, Born This Way
• Outstanding Comic Book: Batwoman by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
• Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre: No Word in Guyanese for Me by Wendy Graf
• Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway & Off Broadway: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner READ FULL STORY

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