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Monster Mash: Hugh Jackman eyes 'Les Miz' movie; Placido Domingo honors Daniel Catan in Paris

June 16, 2011 |  7:50 am

Lesmiz Jean Valjean?: Hugh Jackman is in talks to star in a film version of the musical "Les Miserables," directed by Tom Hooper. (The Hollywood Reporter, via Reuters)

In memoriam: Placido Domingo has dedicated the upcoming Paris engagement of "Il Postino" to the opera's late composer, Daniel Catan. (Associated Press, via ABC News)

All that money can buy: An interview with Wal-Mart heiress Alice L. Walton about the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. (New York Times)

Looking up: The financial condition of the Metropolitan Opera in New York is showing signs of improvement. However, some of its leaders recently took sizable pay cuts. (Wall Street Journal)

Broadway bound: The Kennedy Center's revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" is transferring to Broadway. (Los Angeles Times)

Winner: London's British Museum has won the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year for its project "A History of the World." (Reuters)

New leader: The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art has named John W. Smith as its new director. (Boston Globe)

Action: New York's Lincoln Center inaugurates its new film center this week. (WNYC)

Best in show: Artist Wim Heldens' portrait "Distracted" has won the BP portrait prize. (The Guardian)

Reuse, recycle: South Korea is turning a former military facility into a branch of the National Museum of Contemporary Art. (Associated Press)

Woodwinds: The free Claremont Clarinet Festival, now in its sixth year, will take place Friday and Saturday at Pomona College. (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Also in the L.A. Times: Reviews of the revised "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" still find much to be desired from the musical.

-- David Ng

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