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Monster Mash: Olivier Award winners announced in London; Israel upset over Julian Schnabel's new movie

March 14, 2011 |  7:36 am

Olivier And the winners are...: Terence Rattigan's "After the Dance" and the musical "Legally Blonde" were the big winners at London's Olivier Awards on Sunday. Composer Stephen Sondheim, left, picked up an honorary award. (Reuters)

Sensitive issues: Artist Julian Schnabel's new Palestinian drama, "Miral," is sparking controversy after Israel complained to the United Nations for allowing the U.S. premiere to take place at the U.N. headquarters. (Agence France-Presse)

Outraged: Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Michael Sheen and Kenneth Branagh are among the actors to sign an open letter denouncing cuts to cultural funding in Britain. (Observer)

For sale: Jeff Koons' Pink Panther sculpture is expected to bring in $20 million at auction in May. (CBS New York)

Cut short: The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra has canceled the rest of its Japan tour following last week's earthquake. (BBC)

Star power: The Los Angeles Philharmonic presented its second live broadcast to cinemas Sunday, featuring actors Orlando Bloom and Matthew Rhys. (Los Angeles Times)

Resigning: Christie's chief operating officer, Lisa King, is stepping down after 15 years. (Art Newspaper)

"Spider-Man's" story: An in-depth examination (with graphics) of the many missteps of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" asks "Where's Bono?" (New York Times)

New leader: The Aspen Music Festival has named Robert Spano as its new music director. (Denver Post)

Passing: Hugh Martin Jr., a composer, lyricist and arranger who worked on Broadway and in movies, has died at 96. (Los Angeles Times)

Passing: Joe Morello, the jazz drummer for the Dave Brubeck Quartet, has died at 82. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews L.A. Opera's production of Britten's "The Turn of the Screw"; art critic Christopher Knight reviews the "Gods of Angkor" exhibit at the Getty Museum; a conversation with the worried executives of PBS and NPR.

-- David Ng

Photo: Stephen Sondheim at the Olivier Awards in London. Credit: Ian Gavan / Getty Images