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Dream to Reality

The dream of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Hollywood Museum moved a step closer this week. The Acad’s Sid Ganis, Bruce Davis, Bob Rehme and committee members met for six hours with Patrick Gallagher, who heads a consultant company. The discussion: planning the initial interior and contents, exhibits and programs, and building from the inside-out.  It is now anticipated that ground-breaking will take place in 2008 with the museum’s opening hoped for in 2010. Museum Committee chairman Rehme reminded me the Academy is still in the process of buying land in Hollywood for the museum which will be bordered by De Longpre and Fountain Avenues on the north and south, and Vine St. and Cahuenga Blvd. on the east and west — a total of eight-and-a-half acres. The Academy had turned down land offers from the center of Los Angeles, preferring to stay in Hollywood — the name synonymous with movies. And the name for the museum? Any ideas? 

Tribute to New Orleans

“Deja Vu,” the Denzel Washington starrer directed by Tony Scott is positively buzzing, not only for the movie, but for the New Orleans location where it was filmed as the city recovered gallantly after Katrina. It is shown liberally through out the action. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer tells me New Orleans will “definitely” receive a bow at the film’s finale. It opens Nov. 22 and the premiere plans are perking.  Bruckheimer is now also completing “National Treasure II” for next year and “Pirates of the Caribbean III” for Memorial Day. “Dead Man’s Chest” got a sendoff at Disneyland in the newly-enlivened “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction. Now it’s rumored Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer Island would get a face lift – and more — to celebrate “Pirates.” It was news to Bruckheimer, who said he’d ask Disney’s president and CEO Bob Iger about it at tonight’s tribute dinner. Stay tuned.

A First for Jane and Carol

The remarkable roster of talent at the Actors’ Fund Tribute to Jule Styne, “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” boasts a first onstage teaming.  Jane Russell will recreate her role of Dorothy Shaw from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” by performing “Bye Bye Baby.”  On the same stage, from the same show, Carol Channing will perform both “Girl from Little Rock” and “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.  The show: Nov.11 at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive.

Personal Notes:

Annette Funicello and Jack Gilardi joined grandparent’s ranks for the first time.  Their son Jack Jr. and wife Diane welcomed son Jack Leo Gilardi III, at Cedars-Sinai on Sept. 27…The Max Fleischer and Richard Fleischer Wall will be dedicated Oct. 22 at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills. Mickey Fleischer, widow of director Richard (Dick) Fleischer, is a resident at the MPTVF facility…Dodger Stadium takes on another look Oct. 22. That’s when Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) holds its Walk to Cure Diabetes. Another “Walk” will be held Oct. 8 at Oxnard State Beach Park. Hollywood is well-repped in this charity as with so many others.

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