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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

In other news: Spider-man gets bumped again, Taymor out (updated); Mel Gibson will plead no contest to avoid jail time

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Reeve Carney, Julie Taymor, Patrick Page, T.V. Carpio, Jennifer Damiano at a reception for "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" earlier this year. (Sylvain Gaboury/

UPDATED 9 p.m.

  • Broadway's critically-drubbed "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has pushed back the official opening for the sixth time, which eliminates the $65 million musical's chances for any Tony awards this year. (Ahem. As if.) Late Wednesday, producers released a statement confirming that creator/director Julie Taymor is leaving her day-to-day role overseeing the production because of "previous commitments" that prevent her from working "the 24/7 necessary" to perfect it for opening.

    Read more at Comic Riffs: 'Spider-Man' spins new course

  • Mel Gibson will plead no contest Friday in his domestic violence case. Gibson is making the deal to avoid a public trial with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva; he's expected to get counseling but no jail time. Gibson's lawyer released a statement saying that his client's right to due process "can only be exercised in this case with an enormous media circus attached. . . It is with only that in mind that he asked me to approach the District Attorney with a proposal that would bring all of this to an immediate end."

  • By The Reliable Source  | March 9, 2011; 3:30 PM ET
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