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Monster Mash: LACMA talks revamped film program; 'Spider-Man' musical could resume production; Jeremy Piven explains fish defense on TV

September 2, 2009 |  8:21 am


-- Talking big: LACMA's Michael Govan lays out specifics on a re-envisioned film program, but movie fans aren't buying all of it.

-- Action-hero rebound: Broadway's "Spider-Man" musical is rumored to be back on again despite lingering money problems.

-- Contemporary classic: Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" will receive its first New York revival off-Broadway in 2010.

-- Auteurs chime in: Filmmakers James Gray, John Landis, Roger Corman, Paul Schrader and more recall LACMA's venerated film program.

-- Facing the law: James von Brunn, who is charged with killing a security guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. earlier this year, appears in federal court today.

-- Sounds fishy: Jeremy Piven went on TV to discuss his early withdrawal from the Broadway revival of "Speed-the-Plow" last season.

-- Another screen-to-stage production: La Jolla Playhouse will stage a musical adaptation of the popular 1997 documentary "Hands on a Hard Body."

-- Award winner: Painter Ed Ruscha is one of this year's honorees recognized by Americans for the Arts.

-- Public remembrance: Angela Lansbury will host a memorial for her late "Mame" costar Bea Arthur in New York on Sept. 14.

-- Stage mishap: Cate Blanchett was injured during a Sydney performance of "A Streetcar Named Desire" when a prop landed on her head.

-- Coda: Conductor Erich Kunzel, who led the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, had died at age 74. 

-- David Ng

Photo: A scene from "Citizen Kane," which has screened at LACMA's film program. Credit: Warner Home Video