The long-awaited movie museum in Hollywood moved another step closer to fruition with the announcement Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that it has raised $100 million in its goal to generate $250 million toward the new institution.
The academy also unveiled its vision for the museum, slated to open in 2016, by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, which will include the restoration of the old May Co. building located on Wilshire and Fairfax.
The architects said they intend to construct a "spherical glass addition" to the back of the original building that will house a state-of-the-art theater and will replace an extension made to the structure in 1946.
'Justice League' film ready to fly
In the wake of its legal victory in the long-running fight over the rights to Superman, Warner Bros. is expected to accelerate development of a planned "Justice League" movie that would join Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and other DC Comics characters, according to a knowledgeable person not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Warner Bros. hopes to shoot the film next year and release it in the summer of 2015.
The studio already has a "Justice League" script in the works. Next it needs to attach a director and then cast the lead roles.
Hepburn as fashion plate
A new exhibition hails Katharine Hepburn as a fashion icon, which at first blush seems odd given that she mostly wore her trademark khakis and open-collar shirt — decidedly unconventional, especially in the 1930s when girdles and stockings were de rigueur.
But skirts and dresses abound in "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen" at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which opened Thursday.
Hepburn, who died in 2003 at age 96, saved almost all the costumes from her long career that included four Oscars and such memorable films as "The Philadelphia Story," "The African Queen," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "On Golden Pond." Forty are on view at the exhibition, which runs through Jan. 12.
"The fact that she wore slacks and wanted to be comfortable influenced women's ready-to-wear in the United States," said Jean Druesedow, co-curator of the exhibition and director of the Kent State University Museum, which was given 700 items from Hepburn's estate.
NBC yanks 'Animal Practice'
The outlook for monkeys working in Hollywood got a little bleaker Thursday: NBC bumped the zany veterinary sitcom "Animal Practice" from its lineup to make room for the Nov. 14 return of "Whitney."
Wednesday night's episode of the freshman series drew only 3.8 million viewers.
Although NBC has yet to officially use the "c" word — cancellation — the move means the show has quietly been put out of its misery.