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Monster Mash: Banksy work mistakenly painted over; Julian Schnabel reunites with Johnny Depp

July 15, 2011 |  7:50 am


Whitewashed: An early work by street artist Banksy, depicting a gorilla wearing a pink mask, has been painted over inadvertently. (BBC News)

Reuniting: Artist Julian Schnabel is working with Johnny Depp on a movie adaptation of the book "In the Hand of Dante." Depp appeared in Schnabel's 2000 film "Before Night Falls." (Indiewire)

Rapprochement: The Joffrey Ballet and its dancers appear to have reached a tentative agreement in their ongoing labor dispute. (Chicago News Cooperative)

In defense: The wife and associates of artist Ai Weiwei appeared Thursday before a tax bureau to challenge charges that the artist has evaded hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes. (Voice of America)

Lawsuit: Ryan O'Neal is suing a former associate of Farrah Fawcett, claiming the man is responsible for a Texas university's attempts to reclaim an Andy Warhol portrait of the actress. (Associated Press via New York Times)

What he does best: Thierry Guetta, the street artist featured in the documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop," has found a new promotional gig related to the upcoming Red Hot Chili Peppers album. (TMZ)

Home video: "Love Never Dies," the sequel to "Phantom of the Opera," will be taped for DVD release. (Playbill)

Moving in: The Paul Taylor Dance Company will move some its spring performances to the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, filling part of the vacancy left by the New York City Opera. (New York Times)

Pack rat: Police say that the man accused of stealing a Picasso drawing from a San Francisco gallery had about $500,000 worth of other stolen artwork in his New Jersey apartment. (Associated Press, via Sacramento Bee)

Memorializing: The New Jersey State Museum has announced a Sept. 11 exhibit that will run for one year. (Newark Star-Ledger)

And in the L.A. Times: The San Francisco Opera reports attendance figures for its recent "Ring" cycle production; stage stars among the nominees for the Emmy awards; Nathan Lane to try O'Neill in Chicago.

-- David Ng

Photo: Banksy in a scene from "Exit Through the Gift Shop." Credit: Paranoid Pictures