Entertainment briefs – February 22

One of four versions of Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream will be sold this spring in New York, Sotheby’s auction house announced Tuesday. Sotheby’s estimates that the work, which has become a modern icon of human anxiety, will sell for $80 million or more.

Munch’s ‘The Scream’ to sell in NY; may fetch $80M

NEW YORK — One of four versions of Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream will be sold this spring in New York, Sotheby’s auction house announced Tuesday.

Sotheby’s estimates that the work, which has become a modern icon of human anxiety, will sell for $80 million or more.

The 1895 drawing of a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky is being sold by Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen, whose father was a friend and patron of Munch’s. It is the only version of The Scream still in private hands.

“I have lived with this work all my life, and its power and energy have only increased with time,” Olsen said. “Now, however, I feel the moment has come to offer the rest of the world a chance to own and appreciate this remarkable work, which is the only version of The Screamnot in the collection of a Norwegian museum.”

The work will lead Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern sale on May 2. Olsen said proceeds will go toward the establishment of a new museum, art centre and hotel in Hvitsten, Norway, where Olsen’s father and Munch were neighbours.


Balki’s back! Bronson Pinchot has Pa.-based show

HARFORD, Pennsylvania — The actor best known as Balki from the 1980s TV sitcom Perfect Strangers is coming back to TV with a show about restoring his historic Pennsylvania homes.

Bronson Pinchot lives in Harford, a town of about 1,300 people in Susquehanna County in northeastern Pennsylvania. His new show, The Bronson Pinchot Project, premiered this month on the DIY Network.

Pinchot bought his 172-year-old Greek Revival home in Harford more than a decade ago. Since then, he’s purchased five more old properties and is restoring them.

The show follows Pinchot and his crew of local carpenters and craftspeople as they renovate the properties using only salvaged materials.


Magic Johnson starting TV network targeting blacks

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Earvin (Magic) Johnson is launching a basic cable television network targeting black viewers with positive, uplifting images of African Americans.

The former Lakers star tells the Los Angeles Times that his 24-hour Aspire channel will also offer opportunities for blacks who have struggled to find work in mainstream Hollywood.

Aspire’s mix will include film, TV, music, comedy, performing arts and shows about faith.

The 52-year-old Johnson, who was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, says he’s wanted a vehicle to showcase positive images of African Americans with stories written, produced and directed by blacks.

Comcast Corp. reached an agreement with the FCC and Department of Justice to diversify.

Johnson’s channel will launch on June 30.

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