From our culture desk: This weekend, director Julie Taymor’s film “The Tempest” opens in New York and L.A. It will open nationwide next week. As you’d expect from Taymor, she once again puts her own unique spin on Shakespeare. Taymor was in Los Angeles on Monday for the film’s premiere, thousands of miles away from Broadway, where her other, bigger project has been generating more than its share of news, and even some satire.
We’re talking of course about the new musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” with music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and the Edge. While it officially opens in January, the show’s been marked by technical glitches and injuries to cast members. Still, the producers say they racked up over a million dollars in ticket sales within 24 hours of the show’s first preview. Need to Know’s Alison Stewart went to meet Taymor at her home office before the first performance of “Spider-Man” for a conversation about superheroes and Shakespeare, and the challenge of maintaining her creative integrity in a world of enormous commercial pressure.