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Monster Mash: 'Billy Elliot' hit with injury lawsuit; David LaChapelle sues Rihanna over music video

February 16, 2011 |  8:04 am

B Lawsuit: Two theatergoers are suing the Broadway production of "Billy Elliot: The Musical," claiming that they were injured by a prop while sitting in the front row. (Associated Press, via ABC News)

Pop feud: Photographer David LaChapelle is suing the singer Rihanna, claiming that she ripped him off in the video for her new single, "S&M." (CBS News)

Recovered: Three of 18 pieces reported missing from the famed Egyptian Museum after it was looted at the height of the country's political turmoil have been found. (Canadian Press)

Topical drama: Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," the 1960 play about presidential candidates, will return to Broadway in spring 2012. (Playbill)

Sold: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's porcelain sunflower seed work -- once deemed a health hazard -- has sold at auction for approximately $560,000. (New York Times)

Crowd-sourcing: The Smithsonian American Art Museum is inviting the public to help select the video games that will be included in its upcoming exhibition "The Art of Video Games." (Art Daily)

Stunt casting: Singer Mary J. Blige is said to be joining the cast of the movie version of "Rock of Ages," which is also rumored to include Tom Cruise. (Showbiz 411)

And in the L.A. Times: A closer look at how President Obama's proposed 2012 budget would impact the arts; a review of the JACK Quartet.

-- David Ng

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