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Quick Takes: A 'Darkness' film deal

July 20, 2011

As Comic-Con prepares to open in San Diego, the graphic novel publisher Top Cow and the Walt Disney-based producer Mandeville Films ("The Fighter," "The Muppets") are teaming up to make a movie based on the comic-book property "The Darkness."

The series centers on a mobster named Jackie Estacado, who discovers he has a murderous power, known as "the darkness," that allows him to summon creatures from another realm. Created by Marc Silvestri, "The Darkness" has yielded more than 115 books and sold 25 million copies around the world. At one time in development with Dimension Films, the property has also spawned a popular video game, with a sequel set to come out in October.

—Steven Zeitchik

Video star seizes moment again

Unlikely viral video star Rebecca Black has released a follow-up to her first hit, "Friday."

Black's second music video, "My Moment," debuted Monday. In less than 24 hours, it was watched more than 1.9 million times on YouTube. It's also streaming on her website and is available on iTunes.

Her "Friday" video amassed more than 160 million views before it was removed from YouTube last week. Black, 14, and her team have disputed the rights of the video.

—Associated Press

Folk festival's tickets all bought

For the first time in its history, the Newport (R.I.) Folk Festival has sold out of tickets in advance.

Producer George Wein announced Tuesday that no tickets remain for the two-day music festival scheduled for July 30 and 31.

Organizers say some 10,000 people are expected to attend each day of the festival. Artists include the Decemberists, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and Gillian Welch.

—Associated Press

LACMA gets Biberman work

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has recently acquired a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. titled "I Had a Dream" by Edward Biberman, the American modern artist who spent much of his adult life in L.A.

LACMA said the painting was acquired June 30 using funds from the museum's American Art Council.

The work went on display at the museum July 8.

LACMA said the painting was completed in 1968, in reaction to King's murder in Memphis the same year. The oil painting, which stands roughly 24 inches by 30 inches, features a closely cropped depiction of King's eyes, nose and mustache.

"I Have a Dream" is the first portrait of the slain civil rights leader to enter LACMA's permanent collection. The museum said the artist intended this work for the public, not a private collector.

—David Ng

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