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Monster Mash: Resnicks receive FTC complaint about Pom drinks; senators threaten women's museum

September 29, 2010 |  7:58 am

Resnicks -- Regulatory trouble: The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against Pom Wonderful and its billionaire owners, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, just days after the couple presided over the opening of a new LACMA pavilion bearing their name. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Political maneuver: Two Republican senators have placed a "hold" on a bill that would sell land near the Smithsonian Institution for the planned National Women's History Museum. (USA Today)

-- Rumor has it: Mike Nichols and Philip Seymour Hoffman are said to be working on a Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman." (New York Post)

-- Major project: A new museum devoted to modern Arab art is scheduled to open Dec. 30 in Qatar's capital, Doha. (New York Times)

-- Silenced: The Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis has suspended its artist in residence after she announced that she is opposing the archbishop's efforts to defend marriage as an institution between a man and a woman. (Catholic Culture)

-- In the works: Baz Luhrmann talks more about his plan to turn his movie "Strictly Ballroom" into a stage musical. (Playbill)

-- No expense spared: Steve Jobs hires the architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for his new house. It's the same firm hired by Bill Gates for his California mansion. (Seattle Times)

-- Celebrity sightings: Actors Patricia Clarkson, Vera Farmiga and Christine Baranski and singer Rufus Wainwright were among the celebrity attendees at the Metropolitan Opera's season opener. (BroadwayWorld)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: The fate of the downtown L.A. art walk looks uncertain following a dispute among top leaders; Rachel Fine is named executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; the Met debuts its new production of "Das Rheingold."

-- David Ng

Photo: Lynda and Stewart Resnick. Credit: Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times