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Monster Mash: Academy film museum; Kevin Spacey in 'Richard III'

December 8, 2011 |  7:51 am

Kevin Spacey singled out a cellphone abuser while performing on stage in Sydney, Australia, in Shakespeare's "Richard III"

Studio influence: Disney Chairman Bob Iger will head up the fundraising effort for the planned film museum by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Actors Tom Hanks and Annette Bening will serve as co-chairs. (Los Angeles Times)

You've been warned: Kevin Spacey singled out a cellphone abuser while performing on stage in Sydney, Australia, in Shakespeare's "Richard III." (Telegraph)

Controversial topic: A proposed new Los Angeles ordinance would allow artists to create murals legally on private property as long as the property owners agree. (Los Angeles Times)

Honored: Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger is the recipient of the 2012 Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. (Archinect)

Borat in France: Sacha Baron Cohen is reportedly joining the cast of the film version of "Les Miserables." (

Remembering: A ceremony aboard the Midway Museum in San Diego on Wednesday marked the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (10 News)

Working it out: A mediator has been appointed in New York City Opera's dispute with its unions. (New York Times)

Accomplished: The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum said it has reached its capital-campaign goal of $54 million for renovating its home on New York's Upper East Side as well as other museum facilities. (Wall Street Journal)

Donation: The Portland Art Museum in Oregon said it has received a $2-million gift from an anonymous donor to fund a curatorial position in photography. (The Oregonian)

Branching out: New York City's American Museum of Natural History is starting a master's program in science teaching. (Associated Press via Wall Street Journal)

Also in the L.A. Times: "The Book of Mormon" is coming to L.A. for a 12-week engagement at the Pantages starting in September; the L.A. Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the 20th anniversary of artist Kent Twitchell's eight-story mural, "Harbor Freeway Overture."

-- David Ng

Photo: Kevin Spacey in the touring production of Shakespeare's "Richard III." Credit: Manuel Harlan / EPA