Quick Takes: Foo Fighters take a break


This is it, Foo Fighters fans. For now. But not forever. Most likely.

After hinting Saturday that his band may be taking some sort of hiatus, Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl released a statement via his publicist Tuesday seeking to clarify the group’s status. In short, the band is indeed planning a break, but the world won’t be without the Foo Fighters forever.

“I’m not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again,” Grohl said. “It feels strange to say that, but it’s a good thing for all of us to go away for a while. It’s one of the reasons we’re still here. Make sense? I never want to not be in this band. So, sometimes it’s good to just ... put it back in the garage for a while.”

—Todd Martens

Master Chorale gets $1 million


At a time when budget concerns are gripping arts organizations across the country, the L.A. Master Chorale announced a gift of $1 million from Kiki and David Gindler.

The gift from Gindler, who was named chairman of the L.A. Master Chorale in June, and his wife will go toward establishing a Music Director’s Circle at the chorale, a position available to devotees of choral music who donate $50,000 or more to the organization.

In honor of the Gindlers’ sizable contribution, the Master Chorale is changing the title of music director Grant Gershon to the Kiki & David Gindler music director.

—Chris Barton

Nickelodeon plots ‘Swindle’

In what one Nickelodeon executive is calling “an ‘Ocean’s Eleven’-type tale about kid empowerment and justice,” the cable channel is teaming six stars from its stable of children’s series in one TV movie.

“Swindle,” a “comedy caper” adapted from a book by Gordon Korman, will star Jennette McCurdy and Noah Munck from “iCarly,” Noah Crawford and Chris O’Neal from “How to Rock,” and “You Gotta See This,” Ariana Grande from “Victorious” and Ciara Bravo from “Big Time Rush.”


It begins production in Vancouver this month and will air in 2014, Nickelodeon said.

—Lee Margulies

Swift turns prank into school prize

Taylor Swift is giving $10,000 and concert tickets to a Boston school for the deaf after a prank during an online contest promising an on-campus performance by the Grammy-winning singer.

Horace Mann School for the Deaf was disqualified from the contest because many of the votes were from pranksters who thought it would be funny for a school for the deaf to win a concert.

Swift, known for hits including “You Belong With Me” and “Love Story,” said every student at the K-12 school will receive a ticket to her next local concert.

She and the contest sponsors also donated $50,000 to the school, and VH1’s Save the Music program donated $10,000 in musical instruments.

Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., won the on-campus concert and a $10,000 grant to its music department.


—Associated Press

Pride to donate to new museum

Country music legend Charley Pride is donating items from his life to the Smithsonian’s upcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The museum, set to open in 2015, will document African American life, art, history and culture.

Pride, 78, the son of Mississippi sharecroppers, is giving the museum a pair of his boots, one of his guitars and his Country Music Assn. male vocalist of the year award from 1971.

—Associated Press

Lincoln moment for Spielberg

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg will deliver the keynote address at an observance commemorating the 149th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.


Officials at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa., noted Tuesday that Spielberg’s remarks will come Nov. 19, 10 days after the release of his film “Lincoln,” which stars Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role.

—Associated Press


Renewal: HBO has renewed its Emmy-winning “Boardwalk Empire” for a fourth season.

New TV season: NBC has given full-season orders to freshmen series “Revolution,” “The New Normal” and “Go On.”