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Quick Takes: ABC revives 'Charlie's Angels'

May 14, 2011

ABC is getting a little holy, adding "Good Christian Belles" — formerly "Good Christian Bitches" — and "Charlie's Angels" to its lineup for next season.

The Darren Star-produced "Good Christian," starring Kristin Chenoweth and Leslie Bibb, had spurred controversy among religious groups and others for using the b-word in the original title.

The revamped "Angels" is a modern take on the '70s series and will star Minka Kelly ("Friday Night Lights").

Among the comedies ABC is ordering is "Last Man Standing," starring Tim Allen, who previously earned ratings glory for the network in "Home Improvement."

Getting canned are the dramas "V" and "Brothers and Sisters."

The network is slated to unveil its complete lineup to advertisers on Tuesday in New York.

—Yvonne Villarreal

Murdoch tabloid admits liability

Actress Sienna Miller on Friday accepted $162,500 in damages and an unconditional admission of liability from a British newspaper that snooped on her phone messages, a scandal that embarrassed Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. while it seeks approval for a huge merger.

Miller, the on-and-off girlfriend of actor Jude Law, was one of more than 20 celebrities, including TV personalities, sports figures and even former cabinet members, suing the News of the World tabloid for hiring a private investigator to hack into the voicemail accounts of their mobile phones.

The scandal has damaged News Corp.'s reputation at a time when it has been seeking government approval for a proposed $14-billion takeover of British pay-TV firm BSkyB. Opponents want the merger blocked pending the outcome of a police probe.


Kahane extends LACO contract

Jeffrey Kahane's 15th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will include the expected — Bach and Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, Britten and Haydn, Ravel and Respighi — plus a session with an instrument more associated with Fender and Paul: the electric guitar.

Along with announcing Kahane's 15th-anniversary season, the orchestra reported that it has extended his contract for two more seasons, through 2013-14.

The kickoff to the orchestra's 2011-12 season is a program dubbed "Electric" (Sept. 24-25) in honor of "Ritornello," a composition for orchestra and electric guitar by LACO's composer in residence, Derek Bermel, with Wiek Hijmans of Holland fretting the guitar.

—Mike Boehm

Warhols fetch $92 million

The works of the late Andy Warhol continued to draw huge prices at auction this week.

"Liz #5," a 1963 pop portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, sold for $26.9 million at Phillips de Pury's auction Thursday.

And Christie's sold two Warhol self-portraits a day earlier for a combined price of nearly $66 million.

None of the buyers was identified.

The auction record for a Warhol is $71.7 million, for "Green Car Crash." The artist died in 1987.

—Wire reports

Franco's 'Rebel' going to Venice

James Franco is at it again. Like the artist's

"General Hospital"-goes-to-MOCA fiction-reality mash-up last year, his new project associated with the Venice Biennale in June promises to be a case where "high" art and pop culture fuse into one mind-bending Moebius strip.

Called "Rebel," it's a site-specific installation/exhibition that pays homage to the 1955 movie "Rebel Without a Cause," with contributions by Douglas Gordon, Harmony Korine, Ed Ruscha and Aaron Young, among others.

Among the components is a video by Paul and Damon McCarthy exploring the making of "Rebel" that features Franco in the role of James Dean. It's a role he knows well: He played Dean in a 2001 TNT movie.

—Jori Finkel

Music Center dance series set

The new season of Dance at the Music Center will feature performances by six groups, including the Scottish Ballet and France's Ballet Preljocaj, as well as a residency of L.A.'s own Diavolo Dance Theater.

The Bolshoi Ballet also will be visiting.

Two recent works by Benjamin Millepied — the New York City Ballet principal and "Black Swan" choreographer — will also be part of the new season.

The series — whose full title is Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center — will begin its new season with the U.S. debut of the Scottish Ballet (Oct. 14-16).

Chicago's Joffrey Ballet will present its version of "The Nutcracker" (Dec. 2-4) with the L.A. Opera Orchestra.

—David Ng

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