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Monster Mash: Caravaggio debate continues; a Gehry home faces demolition; Taymor's 'Tempest' in Venice

July 27, 2010 |  8:29 am

--More debate: A Vatican art historian dismisses claims in the Vatican newspaper that a painting found in a Jesuit church in Rome is a Caravaggio. (BBC)

--Artwork unveiled: Meanwhile, the painting, "The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence," goes on view in Rome. (AP)

--Thanks for the memories: Architect Frank Gehry's childhood home faces demolition to make way for a 10-story condo. (BlogTO via Curbed LA

--Stuff as dreams are made on: Julie Taymor's "The Tempest," starring Russell Brand, Chris Cooper, Djimon Hounsou and Alfred Molina, will close the Venice Film Festival. (Variety)

--A steady job: Daniel Craig, who starred on Broadway last season in "A Steady Rain" has been tapped to star in the U.S. version of the film "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." (Ministry of Gossip

--Sorry, I was in Russia: Daniel Radcliffe, who will make his Broadway musical debut next spring in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," offered an apology to his "Harry Potter" fans for missing out on Comic-Con 2010 last weekend in San Diego. (Hero Complex)

--Casting call: Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sherie Rene Scott are to star in a musical version of Pedro Almodovar's 1988 film "Women on the Verge." (Playbill)

--Isn't it rich?: Dame Judi Densch is to sing Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" at the BBC Proms, which this year is devoted to the music of Sondheim. (Independent)

--By popular demand: The Public Theater production of "The Merchant of Venice" -- along with its Shakespeare in the Park star Al Pacino -- will transfer to Broadway in October. (Los Angeles Times

--Beauty is in the eye...: Did Vanity Fair's "World Architecture Survey" fail to acknowledge the world's best green buildings? (Chicago Tribune)

--Finding a king: U.S. and Guatemalan archeologists discover a tomb that may hold the founder of a Mayan dynasty. (Los Angeles Times)

--Smile!: Buckingham Palace launches a Flickr page that shares recent images of the royal family and archival portraits from the royal collection. (Flickr via the Guardian)

And in the Los Angeles Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the LaJolla Playhouse, and Irene Lacher looks at the clean-up crew at Los Angeles' "goriest play."

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: "The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence (Martirio di San Lorenzo)" on view in Rome's Chiesa del Gesu. Credit: AFP/Getty Images