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Quick Takes: Art from JFK's last day

September 20, 2012

On the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy realized that their Fort Worth hotel suite featured an extraordinary array of artwork, including a painting by Vincent van Gogh and a bronze by Pablo Picasso.

A group of prominent Fort Worth citizens had scrambled to put together the collection in the days leading up to the president's fateful Texas visit, transforming an otherwise plain suite into something special.

Next year, almost all of those works the couple admired in their last private moments before President Kennedy was assassinated will be on display at the Dallas Museum of Art in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death.

"It's not a story about death. It's not a story about hate. It's a story about art and love, which I think is a very good tribute to the Kennedys. It's all about their love of art," said Olivier Meslay, associate director of curatorial affairs at the museum and the exhibition's curator.

—Associated Press

Pyongyang film festival to open

An international film festival opens Thursday in what may seem the unlikeliest of places: North Korea.

Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival offers North Koreans their only chance to see an array of foreign films on the big screen — from Britain, Germany and elsewhere (but not America). And it's the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean theaters to watch movies alongside locals.

This year, festivalgoers will get the chance to see two feature films shot in North Korea but edited overseas: the romantic comedy "Comrade Kim Goes Flying," a joint North Korean-European production, and "Meet in Pyongyang," made in conjunction with a Chinese studio.

—Associated Press

Lindsay Lohan arrested in N.Y.

Lindsay Lohan was arrested in New York early Wednesday on charges that she clipped a pedestrian with her car and did not stop driving, but her publicist said he expects the allegations to be proved false.

The 26-year-old actress was arrested at 2:25 a.m. as she left a nightclub at the Dream Hotel in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, police said. They said no alcohol was involved.

Lohan was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and causing injury. She was given a ticket and scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 23.

"We are confident this matter will be cleared up in the coming weeks and the claims being made against Lindsay will be proven untrue," Lohan's publicist, Steve Honig, wrote in an email.

—Associated Press

Dennis Hopper prints to be seen

A collection of more than 400 recently rediscovered prints in which Dennis Hopper documented the U.S. arts scene of the mid-1960s, the civil rights movement and much more is going on show in Berlin — an exhibition that his children say offers an intimate glimpse at his youth.

The black-and-white small-format photos in the exhibition, "Dennis Hopper — The Lost Album," were taken between 1961 and 1967, when Hopper was out of favor in Hollywood and before he directed "Easy Rider," which became a huge and unlikely success.

The prints — some now showing signs of wear — were selected by Hopper himself for an exhibition in Fort Worth in 1970 but later were put into storage and forgotten.

His daughter, Marin Hopper, said that after Hopper died in 2010 and his house was cleared out for sale,

the family happened on several boxes containing the prints.

Curators at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau museum, which previewed the show Wednesday, tried to put together the prints, never shown before in Europe, in much the same way they were originally exhibited in 1970.

—Associated Press

Might have to wrap up the yarn

With a ninth-season renewal still up in the air, the coming eighth season of "How I Met Your Mother" is being laid out as if it's the last.

Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas told reporters this week that they'd like to continue the CBS sitcom but have to plan as if they won't. Cast member contracts expire this season.

"We're in an odd conundrum of not knowing whether this season is the last or not," Thomas said. "We're writing this season like it's the end. We'll have a sort of Plan A, Plan B going, and we're approaching the moment where those plans diverge."

—Yvonne Villarreal

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