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Monster Mash: Emile Hirsch as Hamlet; Shepard Fairey in court; Frank Gehry reevaluated

June 3, 2009 |  8:36 am

Emile Hirsch -- That's the ticket: Emile Hirsch tapped to play a modern-day Hamlet in film directed by Catherine Hardwicke.

-- Win some, lose some: 14 vandalism charges against artist Shepard Fairey are dropped, but many remain.

-- Losing control?: Midwest architecture firm brought in to reevaluate Frank Gehry's Atlantic Yards arena design.

-- Boob tube logic: Forget about plays by August Wilson, Alan Ayckbourn and Samuel Beckett, Tonys telecast is all about ratings, er, musicals.

-- Tragic losses: Air France jetliner crash claims several from Brazilian arts world.

-- Freedom of expression?: Philadelphia Inquirer moves art exhibition after some editors and managers find material objectionable.

-- MOCA exit: Head of collections department at Museum of Contemporary Art departs.

-- Well, it worked on film: Author Kazuo Ishiguro gives approval for a musical version of "The Remains of the Day."

-- Antiquity recovery: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seizes stolen Pompeii fresco from New York auction house.

-- One night only: "Celebrity Autobiography" drops in on L.A. with a cast of, well, celebrities.

-- Familiar turf: Philadelphia Orchestra official to lead the Kimmel Center's 2011 arts festival.

--Starring role: Sanaa Lathan tapped to play Maggie in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" featuring an all-black cast.

-- Worth the drive: OCPAC announces its 2009-10 dance series.

-- Set aside a few hours: Jed Perl takes a lonnnng, hard look at art in Los Angeles.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: Emile Hirsch at Cannes last month. Credit: Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP/Getty Images