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'French Spiderman' in 'Triple Trouble' After Latest Stunt

Alain Robert climbed a 545-foot-high skyscraper in Frankfurt, Germany, wearing cowboy boots

(Newser) - German police say urban climber Alain Robert faces a criminal investigation and fine after scaling one of Frankfurt's tallest buildings on Thursday. Robert, known as the "French Spiderman" for his daring stunts, clambered to the top of rail company Deutsche Bahn's 545-foot-high office building in Germany's...

Poll: If Aliens Invade, Americans Want Obama

More than a third of respondents believe in UFOs

(Newser) - Americans may be divided on President Obama's handling of the economy, but if aliens invade, he's their guy. A whopping 65% think Obama would be better at handling an alien invasion than Mitt Romney, according to a new National Geographic poll spotted by the AFP . And for more...

Director Julie Taymor Booted From Spider-Man Musical

Official word is she's too busy, but friends say she was forced out

(Newser) - After days of rumors , the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark made the official announcement last night: Director Julie Taymor is out. The problem-plagued musical has also been delayed yet again, this time until “early summer 2011,” according to the show’s blog . Taymor has been replaced...

James Franco Solo Art Show Debuts in Berlin

Could make me look like a dilettane, actor admits

(Newser) - Jack-of-many-art-ish trades James Franco is debuting his first solo art show in a Berlin gallery this week. The images focus on childhood and memories, and on "coming of age or defining oneself and the kind of self-definition that comes when you're younger," the actor tells Der Spiegel . The...

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Reviews: Musical Is 'Sheer Ineptitude' From Start to Finish
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Spider-Man Musical: 'Sheer Ineptitude'

Problem-plagued musical not worth your time, money: critics

(Newser) - Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark hasn’t officially opened yet, but people are already shelling out up to $275 a ticket to see it—and considering its opening has already been pushed back five times, many news organizations “skirted Broadway protocol” and reviewed the show today, since its last...

Spider-Man Musical Suffers Another Blow

Star Natalie Mendoza quits following a series of injuries

(Newser) - A female star of the ultra-expensive, problem-plagued Spider-Man Broadway musical has walked out of the production following a stuntman's injury in a 30-foot plunge. Natalie Mendoza, 30, who plays the evil spider Arachne, suffered a concussion last month when she was hit in the head by a heavy rope on...

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Previews Begin; Delays Plague Debut, But Audience Still Wowed

 Off to Tangled Start 

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Spider-Man Musical Off to Tangled Start

But wowed audience loved 'heart-racing' stunts

(Newser) - Previews of Broadway musicals are rarely perfect, but last night's debut of the long-plagued Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was especially troubled. The start was delayed 24 minutes; the show was paused five times for technical problems; an actress hung upside down in the air for six minutes. Yet none...

Kid Makes Spiderman Machine, Scales Wall

Hibiki Kono's gadget relies on two $22 vacuum cleaners

(Newser) - The 2002 installment of Spider-Man cost $140 million to film—but one intrepid 13-year-old has figured out how to scale buildings for a whole lot less. Hibiki Kono devised a wall-climbing machine out of two $22.50 vacuums, reports the Sun . The British boy spent five months toiling away at...

Barack Stars in Superhero Ink

(Newser) - Bam! Biff! Pow! President Obama might be struggling over health care reform, but he's going gangbusters in comic books, reports the New York Daily News. No longer content to play second fiddle to Spidey, the comic version of Barack Obama is now grabbing top billing in a new series of...

Transformers' $60.6M Is Biggest Mid-Week Debut

(Newser) - The new Transformers flick had a stellar start, raking in $60.6 million on opening day to make it the biggest Wednesday debut ever, Variety reports. For all-around opening days, the Michael Bay shoot-em-up lags just behind record-holder Dark Knight, which took in $67.2 million on a Friday last...

Spiderman Actress Fought With Lover Before Suicide

(Newser) - British Spiderman actress Lucy Gordon had a loud row with her older lover before she hanged herself in their Paris apartment last week, neighbors told the Daily Mail. Boyfriend and cinematographer Jerome Almeras was sleeping in bed following the argument when Gordon, 28, killed herself. He discovered her body, cut...

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