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The Academy Museum Is Finally Ready To Open In Los Angeles: Here’s Everything You Need To Know About It

Cinephiles have been waiting actual years for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to open its doors — and barring no further delays from COVID-19 — it’s finally going to happen this fall.

After being announced years earlier, the Los Angeles museum was poised to open in 2020, but the global pandemic set plans back. At long last, it now has set a date to welcome the public. Beginning Sept. 30, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open its doors to movie lovers from around the world. But first, they’ll kick things off with a slate of virtual programs this spring.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Academy Museum.

Exhibitions showcasing beloved films and filmmakers

A museum’s exhibitions are its core reason for being, so naturally the Academy Museum has loads of eye-catching, innovative exhibits dedicated to the history of film in the works.

The museum will be anchored by its Stories of Cinema galleries, which will change over time to reflect the constantly evolving nature of the medium of film. It will showcase a variety of experiences and perspectives on the arts and sciences of movie-making, as well as the process behind making narrative films, documentaries, and animated features.

Current exhibits will showcase the works and influences of Spike Lee, featuring numerous artifacts from the filmmaker’s personal collection; the history of the Academy Awards; the role and reflection of social issues in filmmaking; and deep dives into major moments in film history, spotlighting work that includes Bruce Lee, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, Oscar Micheaux, and the films Citizen Kane, and Real Women Have Curves.

The museum will also use The Wizard of Oz as a case study to delve into the various disciplines of filmmaking. Using the 1939 classic, the exhibit will take visitors through the ins and outs of casting and performance; the creation of identity through costume, hair, and makeup design; the various components of sound design; story creation; and cinematography.

Other highlights include special installations by director Pedro Almodóvar, composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, and sound designer Ben Burtt, and Inventing Worlds & Characters, a multi-room experience that explores how animators, production designers, costume designers, sound designers, hair and makeup artists, visual effects artists, and more conceptualize, design, and realize new environments and their inhabitants.

For those yearning for their own taste of Oscar night, the museum will also feature the Oscars Experience where guests can enter an immersive environment that simulates the experience of accepting an Oscar on the Dolby Theatre stage.

The museum’s inaugural temporary exhibition will center on the work of legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, marking the first North American museum retrospective dedicated to his work.

Collections featuring prized props

The museum’s collections will also constantly evolve, as new objects and artifacts of cinema history are acquired on displayed on loan. But some of the most exciting objects already in their care are a pair of the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, the “Bruce the Shark” model from Jaws, a stop motion capture device used in the making of Jurassic Park, and Gregory Peck’s annotated script pages from To Kill a Mockingbird.

There will be specific events and tours dedicated to some of the treasures in the museum’s collections, including a series called Object Acquisitions that will talk audiences through an artifact’s journey from its creation to its new home at the museum.

Screenings and events celebrating Oscar classics

While the museum’s exhibition spaces will be bustling, they also have planned a robust schedule of events and screenings. The Academy Museum boasts educational spaces, namely the Shirley Temple Education Studio, as well as two theaters — the 1,000 seat David Geffen Theater and the 288-seat Ted Mann theater — that can project in multiple film and digital formats.

Film series will include Oscar Sundays, showcasing Academy-Award nominated and winning films; Filmmakers’ Inspiration; Retrospectives; and screenings specifically inspired by the exhibitions.

The museum will also offers conversations, panels, lectures, and more delving in to the myriad aspects of film history and the art and science of movie-making.

Virtual events happening now

Before in-person events are in full swing this fall, the Academy Museum is kicking things off in a big way with a series of virtual events and screenings.

The inaugural event on April 22, Breaking the Oscars Ceiling, features four women who had historic Oscar wins — Sophia Loren, Whoopi Goldberg, Marlee Matlin, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. The Oscar winners will be joined by by Academy Museum trustee Diane von Furstenberg as host and the museum’s chief artistic and programming officer, Jacqueline Stewart, as moderator.

Other virtual events include conversations with Oscar winners, composer Hildur Guðnadóttir and writer-director Spike Lee, and a panel in conversation with Black VFX artists.

The announced virtual screenings include a celebration of Dee Rees’ groundbreaking 2011 film Pariah on its 10th anniversary and a 20th anniversary screening of Y tu Mamá También.

The full schedule and ticket information can be found HERE.  

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly.

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The Secrets of LEGO House Book

This guide takes you on a tour of the “home of the brick,” the official LEGO House, so you can experience it for yourself at home! 

With photos, interviews, essays, and art from the LEGO archives, The Secrets of LEGO House explores the visual wonders and the themed “zones”—yellow for emotions, blue for problem solving, green for social interaction, and red for creativity—within the iconic LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. 

The Secrets of LEGO House offers an insider’s look at the creative philosophy behind the iconic brand. On each page, discover the true “secret” hidden among the 25 million LEGO bricks—that everything in the house is purposefully designed around nine core principles of learning through play.

A joy for those who aren’t able to visit in person, and just as exciting for those who have, The Secrets of LEGO House is a bright, colorful celebration of the endless experiences possible with LEGO bricks.

The 160 page hardcover book will retail for $40 and you can pre-order it HERE. It will be released on July 27, 2021.

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Illusionists David Copperfield & Harry Houdini To Be Inducted Into National Museum of American Jewish History’s Only In America Hall of Fame

The National Museum of American Jewish History announced today that the two most famous illusionists of all time, Harry Houdini and David Copperfield, will be simultaneously inducted into its Only in America Gallery/Hall of Fame during the Museum’s annual gala—a virtual event scheduled for Saturday, December 12, 2020.

An honor bestowed to just 21 prior inductees, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Steven Spielberg, Barbara Streisand, Emma Lazarus, and Irving Berlin, the award recognizes the achievements and contributions of American Jews who share and exemplify the ideals of the stories explored in the Museum.

Copperfield will accept the honor from his International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada which houses the world’s largest collection of historically significant magic memorabilia, posters, books, props, artifacts, and is home to the largest collection of Houdini artifacts including his Water Torture Cell, Metamorphosis Trunk, as well as the only known recording of Houdini’s voice—preserved on the original Edison wax cylinders.

To date, David Copperfield has earned 21 Emmy Awards, 11 Guinness World Records, is a recipient of the Living Legend honor by The Library of Congress, and has sold more tickets than any solo performer in history. Born David Seth Kotkin in New Jersey, his mother came from Israel and his father’s parents were born in Russia. Copperfield was invited to join the Society of American Magicians at just 12 years old—its youngest member ever. One of David’s proudest achievements is Project Magic, a program that uses magic as therapy in 1,000 hospitals in 30 countries worldwide. This medically certified program motivates patients to regain their dexterity, coordination, and cognitive skills by learning simple magic and sleight of hand.

During the virtual event, Copperfield will himself induct Harry Houdini. Born Erik Weisz in Hungary in 1874, Houdini came to America when he was just four years old.  He toiled at odd jobs as a young man and son of a Rabbi who struggled to make ends meet for his family before becoming the legendary illusionist we know today, touring across America and Europe and drawing audiences of thousands. He had little in the way of formal education and self-educated himself on the history of magic, amassing a large collection, and confronting the scams of his day with historical evidence. His death-defying feats and daring work as an escape-artist set him apart from all other performers of his time. He continues to inspire generations of magicians.

Last fall, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the 21st inductee into Only in America. She joined an iconic group of living and posthumous inductees which includes Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Louis Brandeis, Albert Einstein, Gertrude Elion, Mordecai Kaplan, Sandy Koufax, Estée Lauder, Emma Lazarus, Isaac Leeser, Golda Meir, Julius Rosenwald, Jonas Salk, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Rose Schneiderman, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Henrietta Szold, and Isaac Mayer Wise.

The award recognizes the achievements and contributions of American Jews who have significantly impacted American society and culture, often despite facing antisemitism and prejudice. The inductees embody hard work and aspiration, courage and imagination, leadership and service. Located on the first floor of the Museum, the Ed Snider Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame brings these stories to life through a combination of original artifacts, original films, and multimedia elements.

Virtual Gala

Tickets will go on sale later this month. The event is open to the public and will be a can’t-miss experience for anyone who loves the awe-inspiring wonder of magic. All are welcome to partake in a night of surprise and amazement at this once-in-a-lifetime event honoring the legacy of Harry Houdini and living legend, David Copperfield. Sponsorships with exclusive benefits available.

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Behind The Scenes At The Museum Book

Take an exclusive tour of the world’s most exciting museums and discover their hidden treasures.

This behind-the-scenes guide showcases a huge range of incredible artifacts from history and reveals the hard work, care, and effort that goes into collecting, preserving, and storing them.

Ever wondered what happens to an astronaut’s spacesuit after it’s been worn on the Moon? Or how the world’s most valuable diamond is looked after? Find out all about how museums work and the people that make it happen – from how historians care for Anne Frank’s diary to what it takes to excavate and exhibit a wooly mammoth skeleton.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum gives you exclusive access to hidden objects that aren’t normally on public display. It lets you into a world of animal specimens pickled in jars, priceless jewelry too valuable to be on display, and fragile papers that must be kept in carefully controlled conditions. Filled with incredible images, step-by-step explanations of exciting techniques, and job profiles of the people that make it happen, Behind the Scenes at the Museum offers unique, behind-the-curtain access to the secret delights of the world’s most interesting museums.

Order the book HERE.

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The Skirball Cultural Center Announces Highlights of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds

The Skirball Cultural Center has revealed details of its LA debut presentation of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds. Organized by the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle, this immersive exhibition showcases Star Trek’s enduring impact on culture, art, and technology. The exhibition also explores how Star Trek broke boundaries with its daring vision of cooperation and inclusion, where humans and aliens work together for the common goal of exploring the galaxy. Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds opens at the Skirball on April 30 and will remain on view through September 6, 2020.

“Star Trek remains one of the most iconic touchstones of twentieth- and twenty-first-century pop culture. More than fifty years since the original TV show premiered to modest ratings, it has succeeded in shifting our ideas about both technology and human relationships,” remarked Laura Mart, Skirball managing curator for the Skirball presentation. “We welcome fans and fans-in-the-making to explore this phenomenon and celebrate how Star Trek has continued to probe themes of justice, equality, heroism, and optimism throughout seven TV series, fourteen films, and thousands of novels, comics, and games.”

On view in the exhibition will be an array of rare artifacts, set pieces, and props from the television series, spinoffs, and films—many of which have never been on display in LA.

Highlights include:

– Set pieces from Star Trek: The Original Series, including Captain Kirk’s command chair and the navigation console.

– More than 100 artifacts and props from the various Star Trek TV series and films, including an original series’ tricorder, communicator, and phaser; a Borg cube from the film Star Trek: First Contact; a Klingon disruptor pistol from Star Trek: The Next Generation; and tribbles from Star Trek: The Original Series.

– Spock’s tunic worn by Leonard Nimoy; Lt. Uhura’s dress worn by Nichelle Nichols; Khan garments past and present, including the open-chest tunic worn by Ricardo Montalban and the costume worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2013 reboot; Captain Picard’s uniform worn by Patrick Stewart; plus, a Borg costume, the alien Gorn, and more.

– Original scripts, concept art, storyboards, and production drawings.

– Spaceship filming models of the U.S.S. Enterprise, U.S.S. Excelsior, U.S.S. Phoenix, and Deep Space Nine space station.

– Objects that illustrate how Star Trek has become deeply embedded in popular culture and has even inspired real-world technological innovations, such as a prototype of an actual medical tricorder, Star Trek-themed beer, Boston Red Sox “Star Trek Night” foam finger in the shape of the Vulcan salute, a “Picardigan” sweater, a listening station with songs by Star Trek tribute bands, US postal stamps featuring the U.S.S. Enterprise, and much more.

Details about the exhibition’s interactive elements and related programs will be released in March 2020. 

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The Hollywood Museum Presents Back to the Future Trilogy: The Exhibit

The Hollywood Museum is thrilled that the co-creator of the “Back to the Future” franchise Bob Gale, and world renown “Back to the Future” collectors, will work together in the first ‘Back to the Future Trilogy: The Exhibit opening to the public on Friday, Dec 6th 2019 – just before the 35th Anniversary of Back to the Future, and the 30th Anniversary of Back to the Future Part III! “This exhibit will evoke memories for several generations of fans of the ever-popular  ‘Back To The Future’ movie franchise. In the “ ‘Back to the Future Trilogy: The Exhibit”, there is something for everyone. And, every fan of this franchise will be talking about this exhibit for years to come.”

On Thursday night December 5th, 2019, for the private gala opening, The Hollywood Museum will go “Back To The Future”, to pay tribute and honor all three Back to the Future movies, with special appearances by the films’ cast members and other stars in attendance. This will be a historic exhibit as it will be the first ever ‘Back to the Future Trilogy: The Exhibit ever mounted in the United States.

The exhibit, which will consist of three popular sections – Hill Valley from 1955, Hill Valley from 1985, and Hill Valley from 1885, will pay tribute to the film franchise. Rob Klein, a top BTTF collector and Special Guest Curator for this exhibit said, “ In my opinion these three films are the most perfect in Cinematic history, in fact Universal Studios wanted a fourth installment – however both Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis agreed that the trilogy should not be revisited as they felt they had created and produced a trilogy that could not get any better.”

Dadigan, who is also the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Hollywood Historic Trust, and Vice Chair of the California Film Commission said “We are beyond excited that fans of this movie franchise will be able to see original, costumes, props, along with the ever popular merchandise that fans of all ages loved to collect from all three films, and the Hero DeLorean Time Machine as seen in Back to the Future Part III – There are more than 350 artifacts in this special one of a kind exhibit, and many of these items have never been on public display before.”

Highlights from Back to the Future Trilogy: The Exhibit include Christopher Lloyd’s (“Doc Brown”) robe from Parts I & III, Michael J. Fox (“Marty McFly”) western costume from Part III, to Mary Steenburgen’s (“Clara Clayton”) dress, & telescope from Part III, the iconic Hero DeLorean time machine in the third film, with more than 350 original screen matched artifacts, screen accurate replicas, iconic costumes, photos, posters and more are featured in this exhibit – The extensive exhibit will also feature much sought after collectibles from the time period that each film was released, along with several never before seen items.”

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: An Evening With Quentin Tarantino & Friends At The GRAMMY Museum On October 2, 2017

The GRAMMY Museum will present a special evening with Quentin Tarantino on October 2, 2019. The event will celebrate the recent music-laden film, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and its soundtrack. 

The program will begin with a panel discussion including Quentin Tarantino, Mark Lindsay (co-founder and original lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders) whose songs are featured on the soundtrack, along with music writer and critic David Wild, and GRAMMY Museum moderator Scott Goldman. Following the discussion, Mark Lindsay will perform a few of his songs from the soundtrack, featuring a choral ensemble from Tesoro High School.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director, which features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age, debuted in theatres July 26 and went on to be the only original film to cross $100 million at the summer domestic box office.

The soundtrack, personally curated by Tarantino himself, is a love letter to the music of 1960s-era Hollywood. The Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood soundtrack features over 20 standout tracks from artists such as Paul Revere & The Raiders, Deep Purple, and Neil Diamond, as well as vintage radio advertisements, creating a true time capsule of a golden era of filmmaking. 

Keeping with Tarantino’s status as a true collector and lover of vinyl, attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase super deluxe edition vinyl copies of the soundtrack and additional merchandise at the GRAMMY Museum during the program.

Tickets will cost $50 and they will go on sale Saturday, September 21, 2019.

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Treasures In The Trash, A Look Inside The 45,000-Piece Collection of Trashed Treasures Curated By Sanitation Worker Nelson Molina

For 34 years, New York Sanitation worker, Nelson Molina collected items in the trash on his route in East Harlem. Over 45,000 items, all catalogued and organized on the second floor of the M11 garage. 

Nelson retired from the job in 2015, but comes to the garage routinely to check in on his “museum.”

The collection is not open to the public since it is in an active garage, but our hope is to get a proper space with the help of this film. Please visit to donate!

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Walt Disney Archives Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With Exhibit At Bowers Museum

The Walt Disney Archives celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, and to kick off the festivities, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California will host Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic, offering a rare look at some of the treasures from the Archives. The 10,000-square-foot traveling exhibit opens to the public on March 7, 2020.

Guests are invited to step into the Walt Disney Archives as they walk through a dazzling display of more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes, and props that  tell the story of the Archives, The Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. Artifacts include never-before-displayed production art from Fantasia, Walt Disney’s office set from Saving Mr. Banks, the original pitch portfolio used to secure investors for Disneyland, maquettes from animated films such as Peter Pan and Frozen, and much more.

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The Comic Con Museum Announces The Art of Shag Exhibit 

The Comic Con Museum in San Diego is teaming up with Josh Agle, the prolific artist known as Shag, to present a look at his works, methods and career.  Imbued with a distinctive attitude and sly sense of humor the works of Shag blend Pop Culture, Tiki Culture and the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic to create unique pieces that are unmistakably of our time, but reminiscent of animation and commercial art from the fifties and sixties.

The exhibit will showcase originals, prints and a sampling of his books and merchandise created throughout his career in a gallery touched by the same wry and colorful sense of retro decadence that features so prominently in the pieces on display.

An exclusive Exhibit Preview event with Shag that benefits the Comic-Con Museum is scheduled for Friday, September 20.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails and live music from The Martini Kings while you mingle with Shag in a mid-century inspired lounge space. Tickets are $250 and include a signed limited-edition print, courtesy of The Shag Store and Shag himself.  Act fast, as tickets are extremely limited and will sell out very quickly! Order tickets HERE.

The exhibit is open, free to the public, from 10am – 4pm on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. The address is 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101.

More info HERE.

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