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Monster Mash: Museum of Tolerance sets film festival lineup; young 'Lion King' actress dies

November 3, 2010 |  8:18 am


Here come the movies: The Museum of Tolerance has announced the lineup for its first international film festival, which will include the opening-night selection of Peter Weir's "The Way Back," starring Ed Harris and Colin Farrell. (Indiewire)

Passing: Shannon Tavarez, the 11-year-old girl who starred in Broadway's "The Lion King" and whose battle with leukemia drew national attention, has died. (Los Angeles Times)

Honored:  Conductor Seiji Ozawa, who is recovering from cancer, has been made an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. (Agence France-Presse)

Tangled web: Julie Taymor's new Broadway musical "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark" may be forced to delay its preview performances. (New York Post)

Expensive: Modigliani’s “Nude Sitting on a Divan (The Beautiful Roman Woman)” has sold for $68.9 million at a Sotheby’s auction. (New York Times)

And the contract goes to...: The Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma & Associates has been chosen to build a new design museum in Dundee, Scotland, sponsored by the Victoria & Albert Museum. (BBC News)

A magical team?: “The Social Network” scribe Aaron Sorkin has reportedly joined composer Danny Elfman and lyricist Glenn Slater on the new Hugh Jackman musical “Houdini.” (Popeater)

Archaeological find: An excavation has uncovered ancient walls surrounding the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt. (

Discount art: London's Royal College of Art is selling unsigned artwork at bargain-basement prices, including some pieces by A-list contemporary artists. (The Independent)

Writers' retreat: Playwrights Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Theresa Rebeck, and the songwriting team of Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, will participate in the Sundance Institute's Playwrights' Retreat in 2011. (Playbill)

And in the L.A .Times: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has produced a 3-D commercial that will run in local movie theaters; music critic Mark Swed reviews Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica; Kiefer Sutherland will star in a 2011 Broadway revival of Jason Miller's "That Championship Season."

-- David Ng

Photo: Colin Farrell, left, and Ed Harris in "The Way Back." Credit: Wrekin Hill / Newmarket Films