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November 27, 2013

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Bono optimistic about ‘Spider-Man’ musical future

NEW YORK — U2 frontman Bono feels optimistic that his musical, “Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark” will continue to thrive after the show turns the lights out on Broadway early next year.

“When you think of the difficult birth that we had with ‘Turn Off the Dark,’” he said, “it’s worked out so well.”

“Three hugely successful years, and then it’s off to Germany, it’s off to Las Vegas,” Bono said Monday night on the red carpet for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

U2 contributed to the film’s soundtrack with “Ordinary Love.” It’s the band first new song in three years and it plays at the end of the movie. Bono and Edge also wrote the music for “Spider-Man.”

By the time it closes, more than 2 million people will have seen it. But the musical had a tumultuous run, including six delayed opening nights, numerous injuries to the cast, and the publicized firing of director Julie Taymor. It was also Broadway’s most expensive show, costing around $75 million.

The musical turns off its light at the Foxwoods Theater on Jan. 4.

Jolie buys private island for Pitt’s 50th

NEW YORK — Angelina Jolie has reportedly bought Brad Pitt a private island off the coast of New York, and not only is it shaped like a heart, but there is an original Frank Lloyd Wright home on site!

According to The Mirror, “As soon as Angelina heard the island was on the market she arranged a viewing. She was really impressed. The house is perfect for romantic getaways or as a family retreat. It’s very private. And Angelina knows the fact the island is in the shape of a heart will mean so much to him.”

The island of Petra sits on 11 acres of land on Lake Mahopac, and according to the site, Jolie paid nearly $20 million for the estate. The original 1,200-square-foot home was built in 1950, while the larger 5,000-square-foot property was built in 2008 from some of Wright’s blueprints.

It’s located just 50 miles north of New York City, which is 15 minutes by helicopter (and yes, there’s a helipad on the grounds). From the picture windows to skylights and vast expanses of stone, cement and mahogany in the home, “the main residence is truly a triumph of modern architecture,” according to listing info.

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