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Emma Stone Has History of Panic Attacks

Emma Stone stars in the upcoming "The Amazing Spiderman." Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- She may have played plucky, outgoing heroines in The Help and Crazy, Stupid Love, but Emma Stone recently revealed that as a child she was something of a recluse because of panic attacks.

Stone, who covers the July issue of Vogue, tells the magazine that she began having panic attacks at age 8.

“I was just kind of immobilized by it,” she explains. “I didn’t want to go to my friends’ houses or hang out with anybody, and nobody really understood.”

Her parents found her a therapist, but it was getting involved in improv comedy at age 11 that changed her life forever.

“It gave me a sense of purpose. I wanted to make people laugh,” she explains. “Comedy was my sport. It taught me how to roll with the punches. Failure is the exact same as success when it comes to comedy because it just keeps coming. It never stops.”

By age 14, Stone had created a PowerPoint presentation to convince her parents to let her drop out of high school and start auditioning for roles. It worked.

Now, when Stone, 23, gets the occasional panic attack, she tries to channel her feelings. Recently, while filming of The Amazing Spider-Man, she put her focus into baking.

“I think I felt really out of control of my surroundings,” she tells Vogue. “I was just baking all the time. It seemed like it made me feel, if I put these in, I’ll know what the outcome is.”

Though she didn’t talk about her relationship with Spider-Man co-star and now-boyfriend Andrew Garfield, 28, she had plenty of good things to say about his acting.

“As an actor, I learned a lot from working with Andrew, in terms of his approach and the way he works,” she says of The Social Network star. “He’s incredibly giving.”

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San Diego Comic Con: New 'Spider-Man' Makes Surprise Appearance

ABC News(SAN DIEGO) -- Fans of Spider-Man got a sneak peek of the upcoming film reboot of the series at San Diego's Comic Con this week.

Andrew Garfield, dressed in a Spider-Man costume, surprised the crowd Friday as the film's new Peter Parker at the beginning of the film's panel discussion at the festival.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" is the fourth recent Spider-Man movie, after three major film successes directed by Sam Raimi and starred Tobey Maguire as the Spider-Man.

Expectations for the 2012 summer blockbuster were high and Garfield was tapped to play the webslinger in a franchise reboot led by "500 Days of Summer" director Marc Webb.

Also starring in the new movie are Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy, Sally Field as Peter's Aunt May and Martin Sheen as Peter's Uncle Ben.

Scenes from the film were also shown at the panel discussion including a video of the villain, the Lizard.
The choice of the villain in comic book movies, like this one, are ripe for fan approval or disapproval.

One of the criticisms of the third Spider-Man movie was that it simply had too many bad guys.

Webb said he took his inspiration for his the movie's nemesis from his movie's heroes.

"I think to me it emerged from the thematic part of the movie we're trying to make. Peter Parker has missing pieces, we all have missing pieces. It's how we look to fill that void that defines us," Webb said in an interview with ABC News.

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Rare Copy of Spider-Man's First Comic Appearance Sells for $1.1 Million

Mario Tama/Getty Images (File Photo)(NEW YORK) -- A rare, high-quality copy of the 1962 comic that featured the debut of Spider-Man has been sold by the online auction website for 1.1 million dollars. According to the site, it's the highest price tag ever for a comic from the early 1960s, which is considered the "Silver Age" of comic books. The comic was sold by a private seller via the website to a private buyer.

Stephen Fishler, the founder of, says Amazing Fantasy #15 became so popular following its release that Spider-Man received his own comic series by 1963. He says Spider-Man is the most significant character from the "Silver Age" era, adding, "It has had such an impact in terms of movies, in terms of Broadway, in terms of 50 years of comic book publishing. So everybody knows who Spider-Man is. You don't have to explain what the character is."

Fishler says Spider-Man's debut comic holds about as much significance in the comic book world as the debuts of Superman and Batman in the late 1930s. last year sold the 1938 comic featuring Superman's first appearance for 1.5 million dollars.  

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Safety Violations Issued Against 'Spider-Man' Musical

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/ FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The problems for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark continue to mount.

The New York State Department of Labor has issued two safety violations against the musical in connection with three accidents last year in which performers were injured, according to The New York Times.

In one of the accidents, performer Christopher Tierney, one of the actors who portrays Spider-Man, fell from a platform and suffered a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae.  The second violation stems from injuries suffered by two performers while rehearing a stunt. 

The violations do not include another incident involving actress Natalie Mendoza, who suffered a concussion backstage when she was struck in the head by a rope.  Mendoza has since left the production.

In light of the violations, the musical must continue to follow the safety measures that were implemented following Tierney's accident.  In addition, state safety officials will continue to perform unannounced inspections of the musical for the foreseeable future.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, featuring music from U2's Bono and The Edge, now holds the record of most expensive Broadway production ever.  The much-delayed show is currently scheduled to officially open on March 15.

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Opening Date for 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Postponed Again

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/ FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The producers of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have postponed the show's opening date by about a month.

The opening date has been pushed back from Feb. 7 to March 15, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The musical's producers say they need time to "fine-tune aspects of the show."  In addition, preview performances that had been scheduled for the next two Tuesdays have been canceled.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which has been plagued by numerous setbacks, including injuries to cast members, has postponed its opening date at least three times so far.

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Bono Sees 'Spider-Man' Musical for the First Time

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/ FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bono, the man who co-wrote the music for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, finally saw the show he helped create for the first time on Tuesday.

The New York Times reports the U2 frontman was joined by guitarist The Edge, who also co-wrote the music for the show, but had already seen the musical.  So far, the singer hasn't made his opinion of the show public, but sources say he seemed in good spirits after the performance.

The show, which cost a record $65 million to create, has been riddled with problems, including numerous cast member injuries.  Even so, the show is consistently selling out its preview performances and has racked up $1.88 million in ticket sales already.  Opening night is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Foxwoods Theater in New York City.

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Comic Book Legend Stan Lee Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photo Courtesy - John Shearer/ WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Stan Lee was treated like a real hero on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.  The 88-year-old, who created many of Marvel Comics' signature superheroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and The Fantastic Four, received the 2,428th star on the famed sidewalk.

At the ceremony, Lee said he wanted to share the honor with his superhero creations.  He joked, "I hope the X-Men and The Hulk and Spider-Man are appreciative."

Speaking of Spider-Man, Lee is confident that Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, the Broadway musical based on the web-slinger, will be a success, despite injuries suffered by cast members and other setbacks.  Lee said he's seen a rehearsal and called it "fantastic," and thinks the show will be a "monster hit."

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'Spider-Man' Stunt Man On His Feet Again After Fall

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – The injured stunt double of the title character in the “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” musical is reportedly walking again.

Christopher Tierney broke his ribs in a performance Monday when he fell 30 feet, putting the show’s performances on a short hiatus. The show, which has been giving preview performances this month, is still scheduled to open in February.

The musical, directed by Julie Taymor, of “The Lion King” musical fame, is one of the most expensive Broadway productions in history.

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'Spider-Man:Turn Off the Dark' Show Canceled During Safety Review

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty(NEW YORK) -- Ticket holders were unexpectedly turned away Wednesday night when the injury-plagued Broadway play Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark went dark.

The stoppage went into effect so elements of the show could be retooled for safety concerns, after a stuntman doubling for the web-slinger fell 30 feet earlier this week, reportedly suffering broken ribs and other injuries.  The actor is the fourth to be injured in the problem-plagued Broadway musical's short history.

The show is scheduled to open in February.

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Yet Another 'Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark' Injury

Photo Courtesy - Marvel Entertainment, LLC(NEW YORK) -- There's been yet another injury of a performer in the Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

At Monday night's preview show at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York, one of the performers who plays Spider-Man fell a reported 20 feet to the stage during a stunt in the closing minutes of the performance.  Paramedics were called to the scene, with some audience members reporting they heard screams from the stage.  The remainder of the show was canceled.

In an e-mail statement reported by The New York Times, a production representative said, “An actor sustained an injury at tonight’s performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.  He fell several feet from a platform approximately seven minutes before the end of the performance, and the show was stopped.  All signs were good as he was taken to the hospital for observation.  We will have more news shortly.”

This is the fourth injury to a Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark cast member during preview performances.  Just last Friday, it was announced that the show was again delaying its opening, now scheduled for Feb. 7, in order to tweak the $65 million musical.

The show is directed by The Lion King director Julie Taymor and features music by U2's Bono and The Edge.

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