Quick Takes: BET snafu ‘human error’

BET executive Stephen Hill is taking responsibility for the Chris Brown-Rihanna snafu that shook up the BET Awards Sunday. A contest winner announced the recipient of the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice award from results on her tablet computer. She first said that Brown had won, then corrected herself and said Rihanna was the winner.

At the end of the ceremony, host Kevin Hart brought out Brown to tell him he was actually the winner of the trophy. Hill, president of music programming and specials for BET, tweeted Monday “That BET Awards Viewer’s Choice mix-up was due to human error. And I was the human that made that error.”

The broadcast attracted 7.7 million viewers, making it the second-highest-rated show in BET history.

—Gerrick D. Kennedy


$1.8 million for Jackson jacket

The jacket Michael Jackson wore in the groundbreaking “Thriller” music video sold for $1.8 million at an auction conducted the weekend of the second anniversary of his death.

Milton Verret of Austin, Texas, who bought it, said he planned to use the jacket as a fundraising tool for children’s charities.

In the past, Verret paid $120,000 at auction for a $20,000 2009 motorcycle signed by Jay Leno to benefit a New York children’s charity.

—Christie D’Zurilla

Supreme Court spurns art appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday not to take up an appeal from Marei Von Saher, who is trying to wrest a prized, 480-year-old “Adam and Eve” diptych by Lucas Cranach the Elder from the Norton Simon Museum, where the paintings have hung since the 1970s.

“We will continue to fight … until justice is achieved,” Von Saher said in a statement issued by her attorney, Lawrence Kaye.


Kaye said he has filed a motion asking U.S. 9th Circuit judges to revisit the case in light of developments in a parallel case concerning statute of limitations for legal claims stemming from the Armenian genocide.

—Mike Boehm

Boston museum settles with heir

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has determined that a 17th century Dutch painting in its collection was once owned by a Jewish art dealer who died in Auschwitz during World War II, and paid restitution to the dealer’s heir. The museum will keep the Eglon van der Neer painting.


The sum to be paid to Walter Westfield’s family was not disclosed. Fred Westfield, who lives in Tennessee and is Walter Westfield’s nephew, told the newspaper the family was appreciative of the way the museum handled the matter.

Investigators believe the painting was likely stolen by the Nazis. The MFA purchased it for $7,500 from a New York art dealer in 1941.

—Associated Press

‘Daisy’ driving to the West End


Producers of “Driving Miss Daisy” said Monday that James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines will reprise their Broadway roles when the production shifts to London this fall.

Opening night at Wyndham’s Theatre is scheduled for Oct. 5. David Esbjorn-

son, who directed the Broadway production, will again direct.

The Broadway production was a virtual sellout, was extended and earned back its investment.


—Associated Press

Probst to get daytime show

“Survivor” host Jeff Probst has signed on to host a one-hour daytime talk show on CBS that will premiere in fall 2012.

Though he’s made a name for himself as host of the long-running CBS competition series, Probst isn’t totally green to the talk show scene — he’s subbed for Larry King on “Larry King Live” and for Regis Philbin on “Live With Regis and Kelly.”


—Yvonne Villarreal

Rachel Weisz weds 007 star

Representatives of actress Rachel Weisz, an Academy Award winner for

“The Constant Gardener,” confirmed that she married actor Daniel Craig last



Craig, who has played James Bond in the last two 007 films, stars in the forthcoming U.S. version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

—Matt Donnelly

‘SVU’ hires two new detectives


Kelli Gaddish, who starred in last season’s short-lived “Chase” on NBC, and Danny Pino, a costar of CBS’ “Cold Case,” will join the cast of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as new detectives.

Mariska Hargitay stars on the drama and will return this season to portray Det. Olivia Benson. Christopher Meloni, who played her partner, is leaving the series.

—Greg Braxton