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'Spider-Man' Musical Frozen; Fox Lays Off 22 Workers

Spadosdkokoasd • After months of laborious preparation, discouraging accidents, and disavowing reviews, the cast and crew of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” can finally breathe a sigh of relief.  Following a preview performance on Wednesday, June 8, the superhero musical was officially frozen, according to the The New York Times . This means there will be no more revisions to the script or choreography. 

• Even though the summer season is recognized as prime time for blockbuster releases, movie studios are taking the heat. According to Deadline, Fox Studios laid off 12 workers in Home Entertainment and 10 in IT. Disney also let go of about 5 percent of workers, mostly in the distribution area, as Backstage reported also. Lionsgate laid off less than 20 due to a reorganization affecting home entertainment and service areas.

• U.K. satellite broadcasting company BSkyB vowed to dedicate more of their spending to programs native to their homeland, according to the Hollywood Reporter. BSkyB chief Jeremy Darroch said his company plans to spend £380 million ($624 million) on in-house production and outside commissions. Money will also be spent to make sure that original British comedy is aired, such as Ruth Jones’ hit “Stellla.”

• “Bonnie and Clyde,” a bluesy new musical by Frank Wildhorn, Don Black, and Ivan Menchell will get an industry presentation June 9-10 in Manhattan. The production has yet to be announced, but producer Jerry Frankel said he wanted the show to debut on Broadway in fall 2011. Playbill has the story.

Pictured: T.V. Carpio, Patrick Page, Reeve Carney, and Jennifer Damiano (Photo: Getty Images)

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