Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
--Britain's culture minister temporarily blocks export of JMW Turner's painting, "Pope's Villa at Twickenham," right, on the same day the J. Paul Getty Museum announces it has acquired a Flemish masterpiece from Britain.
--An actor slashes his throat on stage when the prop knife for his suicide scene turned out to be a real one.
--It's back to the drawing board for Gap founder Donald Fisher and his plans for an art museum on the grounds of San Francisco's Presidio national park.
--HBO plans live telecast of Will Ferrell's upcoming Broadway show, "You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush."
--"Rain Man" star Josh Hartnett wins libel payment from London's Daily Mirror over "sexual dalliance" story.
--A Paris exhibition chronicles Napoleon's encounters with the pharaohs.
--Another "best of" list: Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin names his picks for 2008.
--Juergen Flimm announces he's stepping down as head of the Salzburg Festival.
--Daniel Barenboim will perform with members of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra at a Dec. 15 concert at the United Nations for Human Rights Day.
--Oops! A respected German research institute illustrates its journal with a Chinese "classical poem" that turns out to be an ad for a brothel.
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