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Monster Mash: Alec Baldwin joining 'Rock of Ages' movie; Norman Foster wins Hong Kong project

March 7, 2011 |  7:30 am

Baldwin Star power: Alec Baldwin is joining the cast of the movie adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages," which will also feature Tom Cruise and Mary J. Blige. (Hollywood Reporter)

High-profile commission: Architect Norman Foster has been chosen to design a new arts and culture hub in Hong Kong. (Financial Times)

Fined: Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been cited by U.S. regulators for workplace safety violations following injuries to actors in the musical production. (Bloomberg)

Speaking out: Zahi Hawass, who is stepping down as Egypt's minister of antiquity affairs, explains his decision to leave his position. (National Geographic)

Cutbacks in Kansas?: State senators say Gov. Sam Brownback's order to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission was too hasty. (LJ World)

En Espanol: Disney's "The Lion King" will make its Spanish-language debut when the stage musical premieres in Madrid in October. (Broadway World)

Solidarity: Musicians across the country announced a show of support for their striking colleagues in the Detroit Symphony. (Detroit Free Press)

Star witness: Robert De Niro will testify in an art-fraud case in New York. (Bloomberg)

Future project: Tony Award-winning director John Doyle will direct the Stephen Sondheim musical "Merrily We Roll Along" in Cincinnati in 2012. (Playbill)

And in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty review "Little Miss Sunshine" at the La Jolla Playhouse; music critic Mark Swed on Peter Sellars' staging of Handel's "Hercules" in Chicago; a review of Herbie Hancock at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

-- David Ng

Photo: Alec Baldwin attends the Museum of the Moving Image salute to the actor at Cipriani 42nd Street in February. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images