Clooney Says he’ll Wed Fiancee in Venice

George Clooney says he will marry his fiancee in Venice, one of the world’s most romantic backdrops.

The heartthrob actor revealed that he will marry human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in the lagoon city in a couple of weeks.

His publicist, Stan Rosenfield, said Clooney revealed the venue but not the exact wedding date during at a star-studded benefit evening in Florence Sunday.

Clooney, who owns a lakeside villa in northern Italy, has frequently attended film festivals in Venice, which abounds in ancient palazzi with magical water views.

Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, a Beirut-born British national based in London, posted the required legal notice in Britain last month, declaring their intention to marry abroad, specifically in Italy.

It’s his second marriage and her first. (AP)

Reaction on Joan Rivers’ Death

The cause of Joan Rivers’ death will remain a mystery for a while longer. The New York City medical examiner says further tests are needed to determine what caused the comedian to go into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure at a doctor’s office last week. Rivers died yesterday — a week after she was stricken. Meanwhile, the New York State Health Department is examining the circumstances surrounding her death.

Services for Rivers will be private. Her funeral is set for Sunday at a New York synagogue. No other details were released.

There’s word on what will E! will do with “Fashion Police” — the show Rivers hosted and her daughter Melissa produced. For now, the network says it is “mourning our beloved Joan” — and will provide updates on programming decisions later.

“Joan Rivers was an extraordinary woman with an original and indefatigable spirit, an unstoppable sense of humor and an enormous zest for life. She will be hugely missed and utterly irreplaceable.” — Prince Charles in a statement.
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“I first met Joan Molinsky, that was her real name, when I was 17 years old and we were both in an off, off Broadway show called `Driftwood.’ She was a real character then and now. I am so upset by her passing. She was too young and had too much to do still.” — Barbra Streisand in a statement.
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“Joan Rivers brought laughter to millions around the world and was proud of her Jewish heritage and a vocal supporter of the state of Israel. We will miss her deeply and we send our heartfelt condolences to her family.” — Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement.
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“I’m completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan. Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew. She was family and I will never forget her. Laughter will be difficult for a while but when I’m sad, lonely or upset all I will have to do is think of Joan and a smile will cross my face. … I will miss you deeply and will always hear your voice in my head saying, `My darling get out there and be you!”‘ — Rivers’ fellow “Fashion Police” panelist Kelly Osbourne in a statement.
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“Here’s a woman, a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy. And talk about guts – she would come out here and sit in this chair and say some things that were unbelievable, just where you would have to swallow pretty hard. But it was hilarious …. The force of her comedy was overpowering.” — Host David Letterman from the taping of Thursday’s “Late Show.”
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“Goodbye my friend Joan Rivers. You were a huge part of my professional life and you brightened up the horizon with your Chutzpah! Sad!” — Musician Boy George in a tweet. (AP)

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Emmys: Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Robin Williams

Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week’s Emmy Awards.

Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional “in memoriam” segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement Wednesday.

Mischer said the memorial segment during Monday’s ceremony will include a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

Williams was found dead in his Northern California home Aug. 11.

At last year’s Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment.

The Emmy Awards will be broadcast by NBC this Monday. (AP)

Emmy Awards Plan Robin Williams Tribute

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The producer of this month’s Emmy Awards says Robin Williams will receive a “meaningful” remembrance during the ceremony.

Producer Don Mischer says plans for the ceremony’s traditional “in memoriam” sequence are under discussion. He said in a statement Thursday that Emmy organizers are still coming to terms with Williams’ death, but they intend to give him the tribute he deserves.

Williams was found dead Monday in his home in Northern California’s Marin County. Officials say he committed suicide.

Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said Thursday that Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he died. He had not made the diagnosis public.

Williams was also struggling with depression and anxiety.

The Emmy Awards will be broadcast Aug. 25 on NBC. (AP)

Comedy Star Robin Williams Dead at 63 of Apparent Suicide

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‘Better Call Saul’ to debut in February, AMC Says

AMC-TV says that “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul,” will debut in February.

The network recently released a clip of sleazy attorney Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, arguing about the importance of always having a lawyer. After the clip the word “February” is shown.

Previously, AMC said “Better Call Saul” would premiere in November 2014.

The series will follow Goodman as he defends drug lords, petty criminals and those allegedly injured in minor traffic accidents.

In “Breaking Bad,” Odenkirk played the lawyer of meth lord Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston.

The New Mexico Film Office said in May that “Better Call Saul” would be filmed in Albuquerque. (AP)

‘Sharknado 2′ Whipped Up Storm of Viewers, Tweets

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Syfy says its sequel to the horror spoof “Sharknado” snapped up 3.9 million viewers Wednesday night.

The film, officially titled “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” nearly tripled the 1.37 million viewers who saw last summer’s premiere of the original “Sharknado” film.

Meanwhile, Nielsen estimates that 5.5 million people saw one or more of the 581,000 tweets posted during the airing. At one point, the film held all top 10 trending topics in the United States. By comparison, 318,000 tweets about the first “Sharknado” film were posted when it premiered last July.

In campy fashion, “Sharknado 2″ moved the action from Los Angeles to New York City, which was besieged by its own fearsome storm of rain and falling sharks.

Syfy said the film will air again Saturday and Sunday. (AP)

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