The Week in Review: July 15
J.K. ROWLING CALLED OUT
It was revealed this week that J.K. Rowling is the latest in a long line of authors to release books under a pseudonym. Unlike those before her however, Rowling’s secret was outed via an anonymous, mysterious tweet to the Sunday Times.
Published in April under the name Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling surged to become Amazon’s number one bestseller following the revelation.
HOLLYWOOD EARNERS RANKED UP
Forbes released its list of Hollywood’s highest paid actors this week. The ranking was a testament to the enormous influence currently enjoyed by superhero movies, with Robert Downey Junior and Hugh Jackman enjoying spots number one and three.
DETAILS SPILLED ON STICKY SITUATION
Speaking of superheroes, a saga that collectively fascinated the international theatre community will receive a tell-all treatment this fall when Spiderman: Turn off the Dark co-scriptwriter Glen Berger publishes a book on the musical’s creation process.
Bearing the somewhat long title: “The Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History” – the book promises an inside look at the creative conflicts, safety issues, rewrites, delays, and legal complications that plagued the production.
TRIUMPH FOR THE SMALLEST SCREENS
Netflix achieved a milestone first this week, as its series House of Cards received an Emmy nomination for Best Drama. It marks the first time that a web series has earned such an acknowledgement and is a ringing endorsement for the future of digital-only programming.
TAKING THEIR SHOW ON THE ROAD
London’s Globe Theatre announced what will certainly go down as one of the most ambitious theatre projects in history: the first ever true world tour. The company’s intention is to bring their production of Hamlet to every single nation on earth – even unlikely destinations such as North Korea and Antarctica.
Local dance company Ballet BC achieved their own touring milestone this week, as they performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The artists will be performing alongside such internationally renowned groups as Martha Graham Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, among others.