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Monster Mash: James Franco and Anne Hathaway try 'Grease'?; Paul McCartney at the ballet; Tom Hooper mulls 'Les Miz'

February 24, 2011 |  8:18 am


Another performance-art project or…?: Will Oscars co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway perform a number from “Grease” during the Academy Awards broadcast? See the video below. (YouTube via @jamesfranco)

Speaking of the Oscars: Don’t look now, but artist and Academy Awards nominee Banksy’s work has popped up again in Los Angeles. (Awards Tracker)

 Oscars, Part 3: "The King's Speech" nominee Tom Hooper is thinking about a film version of “Les Miserables” for his next project. (24 Frames)

Surprise: Violinist Itzhak Perlman abruptly steps down as artistic director of the Westchester Philharmonic. (Wall Street Journal)

Thinking outside the box: “Cargotecture” is the new thing in residential architecture. Don’t know what that is? Better click on the link. (Time)

Just in time for the Tonys: Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking “The Normal Heart” will debut on Broadway, with Joe Mantello and Ellen Barkin heading the cast and Joel Grey directing. (Playbill)

Adding to his resume: Paul McCartney tries his hand at composing for ballet. (New York Times)

Set your TiVo: On Thursday, HBO debuts "Thurgood," the Broadway play (also seen at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse) starring Laurence Fishburne as the late Supreme Court justice. (HBO)

Swooning over Shakespeare: Orlando Bloom teams up with the Los Angeles Philharmonic -- tickets are tough to get, but but you can still watch it in movie theaters. (Los Angeles Times) 

A piece of history: LA Modern Auctions is selling items from arts patron Max Palevsky’s estate. (LA Modern Auctions via Curbed LA)
Attention St. Jimmy wannabes: “American Idiot” hits the road, and it’ll be holding auditions in L.A. (Los Angeles Times)

And in the Los Angeles Times: Art critic Christopher Knight reviews “Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman” at the San Diego Museum of Art; the critics rave about Danny Boyle's "Frankenstein" in London.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: "Crayon Foreclosure." Credit: John Andreas