British-born art historian Timothy James Clark will deliver the 2009 Andrew W. Mellon lectures on Pablo Picasso's 1920s paintings at the National Gallery of Art.
The series of talks at 2 p.m. Sundays from March 22 through May 3 will trace Picasso's path to "Guernica," the artist's famous mural symbolizing the destruction of a Spanish town by German bombers in 1937. Mr. Clark teaches at the University of California at Berkeley; he is known for relating artworks to the socioeconomic conditions of their times.
— Deborah K. Dietsch
GM pulls plug
The financial crisis strikes again as ailing General Motors Corp. announces the end of its 22-year support for Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," a six-part series airing later this year, is Mr. Burns' last GM-backed project.
Speaking for General Motors, Kelly Cusinato says Mr. Burns is "the gold standard of documentary filmmaking" but GM is forced "to rein in such spending," Associated Press reports.
Mr. Burns' public TV documentaries include "The Civil War," "Jazz" and "Baseball." His spokesman Dave Donovan tells the Detroit News that Mr. Burns is "incredibly grateful" for GM's support, calling it "an extraordinary contribution to public television."
Drew Barrymore started her film career as a buddy to that lovable alien E.T., and the movie she directed, "Whip It!" is due in theaters this year. Now she confirms she is being considered to direct "Eclipse," the third installment in the teen vampire saga that launched with "Twilight" last year.
In the meantime, Miss Barrymore stars in the upcoming HBO movie "Grey Gardens," AP reports.
Troubled British singer Amy Winehouse will not get a work visa to travel to the United States in time to perform at a leading music festival. The reason: She was charged with assault last week, her spokesman said Monday, Reuters news agency reports from London.
Miss Winehouse, 25, had been expected to perform April 18 at the annual Coachella festival in California, joining acts such as Paul McCartney and the Killers.
British reality-television star — from two "Big Brother" appearances — Jade Goody was awakened in her London hospital room Sunday afternoon and saw a woman with a hammer leaning over her. (Her new husband, Jack Tweed, had left the room to get a cup of tea.) The actress suffers from cancer and has been given just weeks to live.
According to the Agence France-Presse report, a 41-year-old woman was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and was released Sunday night. The Evening Standard says the woman was believed to be French.
Without a song
James Hetfield, lead singer of the heavy-metal rock group Metallica caught a stomach bug and was hospitalized Sunday before returning to the United States from Sweden with the rest of the band to the disappointment of 16,000 fans at the Stockholm Globe Arena.
Fans learned of the illness and cancellation minutes before the arena concert was to start, AP reports. Drummer Lars Ulrich said the band members were truly sorry and added, "Trust me, none of you guys wanna hear me, Rob or Kirk sing," referring to bassist Robert Trujillo and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett.
• Compiled by Richard Slusser from wire and Web reports