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'Spider-Man' draws crowds...

The reboot of the "Spider-Man" musical hasn't been hurt by opening-night reviews.

The show, which finally welcomed professional drama critics, grossed over $1 million last week and even beat the popular musical "The Book of Mormon." The reviews acknowledged improvement over the earlier version but were still poor.

Directed by Julie Taymor, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" opened Tuesday. It pulled in nearly $1.28 million for the week ending Sunday. That makes it the third-highest grossing show on Broadway after "Wicked" and "The Lion King."

The critically acclaimed and nine-time Tony winner "The Book of Mormon" earned over $1.19 million for the same eight-show period.

Both "Mormon" and "Spider-Man" are playing to full houses, but discounted tickets for the comic book hero means it is making about three-quarters of its box office potential.


Dylan unplugged...

Legendary rocker Bob Dylan has played a much-awaited concert in Tel Aviv, reprising his famous hits but disappointing thousands of fans by not addressing them and refusing to perform encores.

The concert was Dylan's third in Israel, following previous gigs in 1987 and 1993. Dylan, who is Jewish, enjoys a loyal following in Israel.

Among the hits he performed Monday were "Like a Rolling Stone," "Tangled Up in Blue," and "All Along the Watchtower."

Twenty-one-year-old Daniel Levy said she came to hear the Dylan classics. She called his music "more real, more authentic, more powerful than what we have today."

But Yosef Speizer, 28, said Dylan's apparent detachment was bizarre. "The whole thing was strange," he said.


Kingston on mend...

Singer Sean Kingston says he's feeling better almost a month after crashing his watercraft into a Miami Beach bridge.

On his Twitter page Monday, Kingston posted a message to his fans. He wrote: "Feeling alot better! GOD IS GREAT! Thanks for all the prayers and support! Love you ALL!"

Kingston also posted a picture of himself, in the hospital, flashing a peace sign. His publicist, Joseph Carozza, says Kingston's condition has been upgraded to fair.

The singer famous for his 2007 hit "Beautiful Girls" has been hospitalized in Miami since the May 29 crash.


Short 'Toy Story'...

Woody the cowboy, Buzz Lightyear and their "Toy Story" pals are back on the big-screen in a new adventure.

The voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton, Joan Cusack and other stars are featured in a "Toy Story" short film that runs before the Pixar Animation sequel "Cars 2," which debuts in U.S. theaters Friday.

"Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation" has Hanks' Woody, Allen's Buzz, Cusack's Jessie the cowgirl and the other toys coming up with a scheme to give doll sweethearts Ken and Barbie (Keaton and Jodi Benson) the trip of their dreams.

After lending his voice to the franchise's three blockbuster feature-length films, Hanks says he'll keep coming back to do the voice of Woody whenever Disney-owned Pixar wants to do more with the "Toy Story" characters.

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