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Monster Mash: 'Rock of Ages' headed for silver screen; China suspects looting; Fairey's lawyers may quit

October 20, 2009 |  9:01 am

Rock -- Going places: Broadway's "Rock of Ages" is being adapted for a feature film directed by Adam Shankman and scheduled for release in 2011. (Variety)

-- Honored: The plays "Ruined" and "The Seafarer" were among the big winners Monday at the Jefferson Awards in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)

-- Cultural diplomacy: China announced it would send investigators to the British Museum to determine if items were looted from Beijing's Old Summer Palace nearly 150 years ago. (Telegraph)

-- New leader: The Philadelphia Museum of Art has named Gail Harrity as its new president. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

-- Incendiary: A fire has destroyed a large portion of the estate of Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica. (Globo, via Art Info)

-- Labor unrest: The orchestra of Chicago's Lyric Opera is unhappy with current negotiations with management. (Chicago Reader)

-- Walk this way: Film producer Paula Wagner has announced her intention to create a new stage musical in partnership with the rap duo Run-DMC. (Variety)

-- Affordable: Producers of the Broadway revival of "Ragtime" have announced a ticket lottery for low-priced seats. (Playbill)

-- Star power: Pierce Brosnan, Neil Patrick Harris and Jon Favreau were among the celebrities who attended a recent performance of Cirque du Soleil's "Kooza" in Santa Monica. (Variety)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Lawyers for Shepard Fairey say they have not yet quit the case but have indicated their intention to do so in the future. (Los Angeles Times)

-- David Ng

Photo: a scene from the Broadway production of "Rock of Ages." Credit: Joan Marcus