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British Woman Had Titian Hanging in Her Living Room

The suspected Titian.Courtesy of unidentified lucky bastard Market Harborough

Suspected Titian Surprises Art World: At a regional auction in England, a painting expected to sell for $600 was bid up to $400,000 after two London art dealers suspected it was a long-lost Titian worth millions. The woman who hung it on her wall for 33 years had no comment, as she had plotzed. [NYT]

Lurie Directs Judy Miller–Inspired Story: Rod Lurie (The Contender) will write and direct Nothing But the Truth, D.C.-based drama about a reporter who is jailed for refusing to name the source who outed a CIA agent. Kate Beckinsale will play “Judy Miller,” Matt Dillon is “Patrick Fitzgerald,” Vera Farmiga is “Valerie Plame,” and Edie Falco is “Bill Keller.” We look forward to this version of Judy Miller being made both sympathetic and scorching hot. [Variety]

ABC Dancing Again: ABC green-lights American version of instant British hit Dance X, which will star Dancing With the Stars judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Tonioli and Inaba will compete to create the best team of singing and dancing hopefuls, mounting showstopping numbers every week. Working title: Busby vs. Busby! [Variety]

Posh Hosts NBC Thursday: After modest success of Victoria Beckham special on NBC Monday night, NBC wunderkind Ben Silverman declares this Thursday “Posh Spice night,” replacing ER rerun with the special and having Posh host the entire night of pre-special comedy. “Ben just cut through everything and got it done,” an awestruck insider tells Variety, adding, “I am in love with this tanned, creative God, and will kill anyone who might hurt him.” [Variety]

Cho Sensuous in Fall: Margaret Cho will headline a burlesque variety show, Sensuous, at Manhattan’s Zipper Theater in October. Other performers include Princess Farhana, Dirty Martini, and Liam Sullivan. [Variety]

Fugees Reunion Dead?: Pras tells Billboard so, blaming the Fugees stalemate on Lauryn Hill, who is “in her zone, and I’m fed up with that shit.” Pras then went back to wherever he goes when we’re not thinking about the Fugees. [Billboard]

British Woman Had Titian Hanging in Her Living Room