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Monster Mash: George Clooney to make movie on art looting

January 9, 2012 |  7:45 am


Prestige project: George Clooney said he is planning to make a movie about the art experts who landed at Normandy to rescue art looted by the Nazis. (Los Angeles Times)

Art heist: Burglars broke into the National Art Gallery of Athens and stole Pablo Picasso's "Woman's Head" and Piet Mondrian's "Mill." (AFP)

Acrimonious: New York's City Opera was expected to lock out orchestra and chorus members from rehearsals starting Monday as contract talks broke down. (Associated Press)

National anthem: A bill in the Indiana Senate proposes a $25 fine on anyone who fails to follow certain standards while performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at events sponsored by public schools and universities. (Los Angeles Times)

Curtain: Broadway's "Billy Elliot" closed on Sunday after 1,304 regular performances. The Tony-winning musical opened in New York in November 2008. (Broadway World)

Bizarre: PayPal has come under fire for allegedly forcing a customer to destroy an antique violin in order to receive a refund in a dispute over its authenticity. (Guardian)

Clearing out? Broadway scuttlebutt says that the panned revivial of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" could close by Presidents Day. (New York Post)

Saved, for now: A regional government is providing emergency funds to Bosnia's National Museum to save the institution from being forced to close due to unpaid utility bills. (Associated Press)

Not over yet: Fisk University's deal to sell a $30-million share in its famed Stieglitz art collection to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art could face a legal challenge. (Tennessean)

Passing: Anne Tyng, a pioneering female architect who was closely associated with Louis Kahn, has died at 91. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Also in the L.A. Times: Angela Lansbury talks about her film and stage career; music critic Mark Swed reviews Marino Formenti and Beethoven's "Diabelli" Variations.

-- David Ng

Photo: George Clooney. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times