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Monster Mash: Catholic Church sues over Rio's Christ statue; Abel Ferrara headed to Broadway; Indian artist offered sanctuary

February 25, 2010 |  9:14 am

Redeemer -- Iconic figure: Brazil's Catholic Church is suing Columbia Pictures for using what it claims to be unauthorized images of Rio's famous "Christ the Redeemer" statue in the recent movie "2012." (Agence France-Presse)

-- Career makeover: Filmmaker Abel Ferrara ("Bad Lieutenant," "King of New York") is set to make his Broadway directorial debut with a revival of Miguel Pinero's "Short Eyes" in the 2010-11 season. (Variety, via Playbill)

-- Sanctuary: Indian artist MF Husain has been offered Qatari nationality after receiving threats from hard-line Hindus for his paintings of nude Hindu goddesses. (BBC News)

-- We're sorry: The city of Temecula has apologized to the artist whose portrait showing a nude woman was not allowed to be part of a show in a city-owned building. (Press-Enterprise)

-- Treasure trove: A look into Jeff Koons' personal art collection. (New York Times)

-- New rule: The National Archives has decided to ban all photography in the Rotunda, where historical documents are displayed. (NPR)

-- Chopping block: In Britain, local leaders have warned that financial support for the arts across the country is threatened with cuts of as much as 20% from 2011 to 2014. (The Stage UK)

-- Popular attraction: The 2010 cultural Olympiad in Vancouver will draw approximately 1.5 million people. (Vancouver Sun)

-- Shape up: The Berlin Philharmonic has strong words for Salzburg politicians to clean up the Easter Festival following a fraud scandal. (Bloomberg)

-- Masterpieces: The North Carolina Museum of Art is receiving a gift of four paintings by European masters, including Picasso's "Seated Woman, Red and Yellow Background" (1952). (Art Daily)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed discusses the "Shutter Island" soundtrack; the Getty Conservation Institute is partnering with Disney on a study of animation cel artwork.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Antonio Scorza / AFP/Getty Images