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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - Updated: 7:07 AM

Bono optimistic about 'Spider-Man' future

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.

"It was a lot more expensive than it should have been, but in the long term it will ... do very, very well," he said.

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

Sean Penn: Madonna in Haiti to see his aid work

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Sean Penn says ex-wife Madonna is in Haiti to visit projects that the actor's aid organization runs.

Penn told The Associated Press in a brief phone call Monday night that he had invited Madonna to visit several times over the years and she had now come with her son Rocco. He said they arrived a "couple of days" ago. It's unclear when she leaves.

She's been busy posting photos on Instagram. One shows her posing with others for a photo at the new hospital built by public health pioneer Dr. Paul Farmer. The caption: "Revolution of Love in Haiti." Another picture shows a view of the mountains at dusk.

Penn is an ambassador-at-large for Haiti. He has been running the J/P Haitian Relief Organization since Haiti's devastating earthquake in 2010.

Online auction offers a day with Derek Jeter

NEW YORK (AP) -- An online-only auction is offering a lucky bidder a chance to spend a day with Yankees great Derek Jeter.

All proceeds, minus Christie's out-of-pocket sale expenses, will benefit Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.

The charity supports programs that promote leadership and healthy lifestyles for youth. Besides New York, it benefits kids in his native Michigan and in his current hometown, Tampa, Fla.

The sale runs through Dec. 17.

Since 1996, the foundation has awarded over $18 million in grants.

The opening bid is $90,000. It includes lunch for four with Jeter. The winner also gets four seats in Jeter's luxury suite during a Yankee game; and an autographed, game-used glove.

Jeter says the auction will help expand the foundation's outreach and help young people "reach their full potential."

Stars donate songs for Philippines relief album

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dozens of top stars have donated songs to an album aimed at raising funds for disaster relief in the Philippines.

Songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, U2 and Bruno Mars are among the 39 donated to "Songs for the Philippines," made available for purchase Monday at iTunes and for streaming on iTunes Radio.

The artists, record companies and music publishers have agreed to donate the proceeds to the Philippines Red Cross.

Thousands were killed, injured and displaced by Typhoon Haiyan earlier this month.

     

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