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Quick Takes: Art gift from the Broads

October 23, 2012

Eli Broad is donating 19 works of art from his collection to the new museum at Michigan State University in East Lansing that bears his name. The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is set to be dedicated Nov. 10.

The donation includes the large-scale Roxy Paine sculpture "Containment 1," which will be displayed outdoors. The other works of art include pieces in various media by Robert Longo, Ross Bleckner, Elizabeth Murray, Sue Williams, Terry Winters, Donald Baechler, Jonathan Borofsky, Peter Halley and Jonathan Lasker.

The Broads gave $26 million to MSU in 2007 for the creation of the museum. Eli Broad is an alumnus of the university.

Broad's art collection — which numbers in the thousands of pieces — will be the main subject of the billionaire's new contemporary art museum in downtown L.A., on Grand Avenue. It's under construction and is scheduled to open in 2014.

—David Ng

Twain prize for DeGeneres

Some of the nation's top comedians hailed Ellen DeGeneres as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the nation's highest humor prize.

The Kennedy Center awarded DeGeneres the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The ceremony was taped and will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations.

On the red carpet before the show, DeGeneres said she doesn't see herself as political with her comedy, even though she broke ground when she came out as gay while starring in an ABC sitcom 15 years ago.

"I just want to make people happy and make people laugh," she said.

Sean Hayes said DeGeneres made his former NBC show, "Will and Grace," possible.

"She's the one who went in there with a machete" and cleared the way for other shows with gay characters such as "Glee," said that show's star, Jane Lynch.

—Associated Press

Documentaries get IDA nods

Kirby Dick's "The Invisible War," about the prevalence of rape within the American military, and Malik Bendjelloul's "Searching for Sugar Man," which traces the mysterious disappearance of 1970s musician Rodriguez, are among the five feature-length documentaries nominated by the International Documentary Assn. for its 2012 IDA Documentary Awards.

The others are "The Central Park Five," by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, about the wrongful conviction of five young men in a New York criminal cases, Lauren Greenfield's "Queen of Versailles," a portrait of a billionaire couple and their downfall during the economic crisis, and Peter Gerdehag's "Women With Cows," which centers on two sisters bound together by the family farm.

The IDA Awards will take place at the Director's Guild on Dec. 7.

—Nicole Sperling

'Private Practice' to close shop

ABC's "Private Practice" is shutting down.

ABC Entertainment spokeswoman Alison Rou said Monday that the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff will be ending after 13 episodes this season, most likely in January. Series star Kate Walsh had previously announced she would be leaving after 13 episodes.

This is its sixth season on the air. After being paired on ABC's schedule with "Grey's Anatomy" on Thursday nights, "Private Practice" moved last spring to Tuesdays.

"Private Practice" had 6 million viewers last week, ranking it No. 51 in Nielsen's weekly listing of the most popular programs.

—Associated Press

No charges in store for Lohan

Lindsay Lohan won't face criminal charges after being accused of clipping a man with her car outside a nightclub, one of a string of troubles the actress has encountered behind the wheel and elsewhere in recent months.

The "Mean Girls" and "Freaky Friday" star had been due to make her first court appearance in the case Tuesday, but the Manhattan district attorney's office said Monday there is now no court date scheduled at any point.

Prosecutors wouldn't elaborate on their decision not to move forward on the allegations about the Sept. 21 episode, which was captured on surveillance video. Lohan's spokesman had called the claims false.

"As we said from the beginning, this is a big nothing," the spokesman, Steve Honig, said Monday.

—Associated Press

Finally

Renewals: The CW has given a full-season order to freshman drama "Arrow," while "The X Factor" and "Homeland" have received third-season pickups from Fox and Showtime, respectively.

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