Film Academy Hosts 1st Exhibit in New Museum Site

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding its first exhibit in the space that will become Hollywood’s premier museum devoted to the movies.

“Hollywood Costume” debuts Thursday inside the historic May Co. building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, which is set to reopen as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in 2017.

Visitors to the exhibition can see costumes worn by Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and Elizabeth Taylor. There is a section of superhero costumes, featuring Christopher Reeve as Superman flying overhead. A gallery of iconic costumes includes Julia Roberts’ red dress from “Pretty Woman” and the beaded gown and fur stole Marilyn Monroe wore in “Some Like it Hot.”

The exhibit’s 150 costumes will be on display through March 2, 2015. (AP)


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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
“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)