Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
-- Los Angeles artists, museum executives and civic leaders hail the Museum of Contemporary Art's agreement with Eli Broad — cautiously.
-- "A Christmas Carol" at the Kodak Theatre fails to cheer some theatergoers.
-- Broadway mogul Gerald Schoenfeld, who died in November at 84, left behind a 200-page memoir that settles scores with -- among others -- Frank Langella, Patrick Stewart, Trevor Nunn and Jerome Robbins.
-- Producer Emaneul Azenberg says Chicago-based David Cromer, praised for last season's "Adding Machine" off-Broadway -- and not Daniel Sullivan -- will direct next fall's Broadway revivals of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Broadway Bound."
-- Paris' mayor vows to block the renovation of a 17th century mansion by the emir of Qatar.
-- Salzburg Festival head Jurgen Flimm is appointed to the top job at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
-- The concert business reportedly grossed just under $4 billion worldwide in 2008, the most ever.
-- Craig Hitchcock is named vice president and executive director of the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles.
-- Craig Fisher
Photo: Schubert Organization chairman Gerald Schoenfeld embraces Al Pacino at an opening night party for "Richard III" in New York in 1979. Credit: Associated Press