caught just about everyone in his web this weekend.

Spider-Man 3

smashed box-office records with $148 million in its first three days, according to studio estimates yesterday.

That put it ahead of last summer's all-time weekend debut of $135.6 million set by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

With $59.3 million Friday on opening day, Spider-Man 3 also broke the single-day box-office record of Dead Man's Chest with $55.8 million.

The movie, which cost $258 million to make, had already set a record, opening in 4,252 theaters domestically, topping 4,163 by Shrek 2 in 2004. With final numbers due today, the weekend's top five included Disturbia at $5.7 million; Fracture, $3.4 million; The Invisible, $3.1 million; and Next, $2.8 million.

Musicians help restore


Harry Connick Jr.

wielded a paintbrush this weekend in New Orleans. R&B heartthrob

John Legend

did a little laundry.

They were among the musicians performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and giving back to a region still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

Dozens of volunteers worked on homes Saturday, the penultimate day of the festival, in the Musicians' Village.

"It's not about guilt," Connick said from the front porch of one of the candy-colored, shotgun houses that stick out among the vacant houses and empty, overgrown lots in this storm-ravaged section of the Upper Ninth Ward. "I just don't want to see it go away."

Connick said he envisioned a village made up not only of houses but also of cafes, jazz clubs, mom-and-pop-type businesses, and a music center for children - a community where children can ride their bikes down the streets "all the while hearing music."

Blood and money

Instead of legendary investor

Warren Buffett

, singer

Jimmy Buffett

opened up Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholder meeting Saturday in Omaha, Neb.

The chief "parrothead" joked that, as Warren's distant cousin, he was taking over for the 76-year-old billionaire chairman and chief executive officer. "Since blood is thicker than water, I'm your new chairman," the singer said.

Then Jimmy Buffett sang a version of his hit song "Margaritaville" that had been rewritten to honor Berkshire Hathaway and its companies. After the song, Jimmy Buffett introduced the Buffett the crowd was really waiting for, Warren.

Aloha means goodbye

Thousands of people, some in electric wheelchairs and others in bikinis, gathered Saturday for a sunset memorial service on the beach at Waikiki for legendary Hawaiian crooner

Don Ho


Known for his catchy signature tune "Tiny Bubbles," Ho died April 14 of heart failure at age 76. Fans of various ages brought flowers and reminisced about the late entertainer. At an earlier private ceremony at the Sheraton Waikiki, guests included politicians, musicians and family members, all dressed in white except for Ho's wife, Haumea, who wore a floral orange dress and a maile lei.

Pastor Tom Ainucci called Ho an "ambassador of the aloha spirit," who welcomed everyone and made the world a better place.