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  • Monster Mash: Louvre, Leonardo; Meryl Streep, women's museum

    The Louvre Museum in Paris is facing accusations that it overcleaned a painting by Leonardo da Vinci -- "The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne." Meryl Streep talks about her effort to help establish a women's history museum.
  • Monster Mash: 'Rent'-heads rejoice; music man Anthony Hopkins; Michael Maltzan's big moment

    Broadway hit "Rent" will return off Broadway; Anthony Hopkins tests the musical waters; architect Michael Maltzan may have his big moment

    Remembering Owsley "Bear" Stanley (1935-2011) [Audio]

    The obituary for Owsley "Bear" Stanley ran in the news pages of the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, but it spiritually inhabits the music section. Though he never received the cult of his contemporary, Timothy Leary, the eccentric Stanley did...

    Is American fiction dead?

    Yes, J.D. Salinger is dead; he died Jan. 27, exactly a year after the death of John Updike. And yes, we lost Kurt Vonnegut and Norman Mailer in 2007. But do four deceased literary lions constitute a death sentence for...

    You're kidding, right? 'Caligula' to be remade in 3-D

    When I was looking for a photo to run with this post in the L.A. Times photo database, the caption for the above shot of Malcolm McDowell as the perverse Roman emperor Caligula read, " 'Caligula,' with Malcolm McDowell as the ruler, shocked audiences in...