Eli Broad returned to his alma mater Michigan State University over the weekend to inaugurate the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, which had a formal dedication on Saturday and opened to the public Sunday. The museum on the university's East Lansing campus was designed by architect Zaha Hadid. Broad gave $28 million to MSU in 2007 for the creation of the museum — $21 million going toward construction of the facility and $7 million for acquisitions, exhibitions and other functions. The museum had been set to open in April, but a delay reportedly arose from a problem with glass panels that did not fit properly. The final estimated cost of the new structure is $45 million.
During the inaugural ceremonies, the L.A. billionaire called the building an "architectural masterpiece," according to the Lansing State Journal. The inaugural exhibitions include "In Search of Time," a show of works by noted contemporary artists, and "Global Groove 1973/2012," a survey of video art beginning with Nam June Paik's "Global Groove." Broad is also building a contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue in downtown L.A. that will be larger in scale and scope. To be known as the Broad, it will have as much as 100,000 square feet of space, and has an estimated cost of $130 million. It is expected to open in 2014.
— David Ng
'Nashville' keeps singing for ABC
ABC has given freshman drama "Nashville" a full-season order.
The series, the latest to incorporate original songs a la "Glee" and "Smash," features Connie Britton as a chart-topping country singer whose career is slumping just as her younger rival's (Hayden Panettiere) is blossoming. The critically acclaimed drama from "Thelma & Louise" scribe Callie Khouri averages 6 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demo. Still, it often outpaces its competition "NCIS" and "Chicago Fire" in the key demo.
The music is proving to be a profitable offshoot. The original music, produced by multiple-Grammy winner T Bone Burnett, has garnered heavy downloading since its debut, with songs often breaking the Top 10 on the iTunes country chart.
The Wednesday drama joins announced full-season orders for rookie comedy "The Neighbors" and returning drama series "Scandal."
— Yvonne Villarreal
KROQ reveals its Christmas list
Linkin Park, the Killers, Jack White, Rise Against, Bush and Garbage top the list of acts playing the 2012 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Dec. 8 and 9 at Gibson Amphitheatre.
Also on the bill for the 23rd edition of the show are fun., M83, Slightly Stoopid, AWOL Nation, the Lumineers, Neon Trees, Passion Pit, The Gaslight Anthem, Walk the Moon, Grouplove, Alex Clare, Two Door Cinema Club, Of Monsters and Men, Youngblood Hawke and Imagine Dragons.
Tickets go on sale Friday, initially only to members of the KROQ "street team" with a password available from KROQ.com. General sales are yet to be announced. Beneficiaries of this year's event are Para Los Niños, a nonprofit family service agency, and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center in South L.A., which provides tutoring and other services to schoolchildren.
— Randy Lewis
Ben Affleck a man of the year
GQ Magazine is rolling out its annual Men of the Year issue, with actors Ben Affleck and Channing Tatum joining the class of 2012.
Pop diva Rihanna is also honored as "Obsession of the Year" — a title previously held by the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Megan Fox.
GQ editor in chief Jim Nelson will toast the mag's honorees at the Chateau Marmont Tuesday with the cast of "Parks and Recreation," the boys from "New Girl," Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson and members of the NASA Mars Rover team, among others.
In other Affleck news, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor him with the Modern Master Award for his work this year as director, star and producer of the CIA thriller "Argo." Past recipients of the award include Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Christopher Nolan. The festival runs Jan. 24-Feb. 3.
— Matt Donnelly and Nicole Sperling
Auction: The now-faded blue gingham dress Judy Garland wore in "The Wizard of Oz" has sold for $480,000 at Julien's Auctions, the highest price of any item during a weekend auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world. Also sold: Steve McQueen's auto racing jacket for $50,000, and Julie Andrews' "Sound of Music" dress for $38,400. Bidders also snapped up pieces of royal wedding cakes. Prince William and Kate Middleton's cake sold for $7,500 while Prince Charles and Princess Diana's cake sold for $1,375.
Renewed: E! announced that it's giving the reality show "Married to Jonas," a second season.
New Year's: Rapper Jay-Z and British pop band Coldplay will ring in 2013 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Tickets for the New Year's Eve show will range from $49.50 to $499.50.