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Taking Names: Jackson’s costumes to be exhibited, then sold

- - Monday, May 14, 2012

Michael Jackson's glittery gloves, spangled jackets, stage-worn costumes and personal fashion effects are going on a world tour.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien said clothing created by Jackson's longtime costume designers will be exhibited in South America, Europe and Asia before being sold to the highest bidder in December.

The exhibit opens Friday at the Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile. It features items such as Jackson's Captain EO shirt, the black spandex outfit from his "Scream" video and the breakaway suit he wore during his Bad tour in the late 1980s.

The items will be sold by Julien's Auction on Dec. 2, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Guide Dogs of America and Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

Christopher Plummer's 'Tempest' hitting movie theaters in June

It will be hard to miss Christopher Plummer this year.

The Academy Award winner's stage performance in "The Tempest" will be shown in hundreds of movie theaters on June 14, even as plans are in the works to have his "Barrymore" join it at the multiplex.

"The Tempest," with Mr. Plummer as Prospero and direction by Des McAnuff, was prerecorded live over two days in the summer of 2010 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

His "Barrymore" — a two-person play exploring the life of actor John Barrymore — will be shown at cinemas in Canada beginning in May and throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries in October. It was filmed at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto.

Chris Hemsworth celebrates movie premiere, daughter's birth

Actor Chris Hemsworth has two things to celebrate.

He was to be at the world premiere in London Monday night of his new movie, "Snow White and the Huntsman," with co-stars Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart.

And it was his first red-carpet event since becoming a dad.

Mr. Hemsworth's partner, Elsa Pataky, gave birth on Friday to a daughter named India. The Australian actor said he's really happy in his new role as a father — but a little tired.

In "Snow White and the Huntsman," he plays a less paternal role, as the huntsman who is sent to kill the fairy-tale princess (Miss Stewart) by the wicked queen (Miss Theron).

Directed by Rupert Sanders, the movie opens in the U.S. on June 1.

Kirk Douglas to release e-book on 'Spartacus'

At age 95, Kirk Douglas is not too old to give e-books a shot. The legendary actor has an e-memoir coming out in June.

Titled "I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist," the book tells about the Roman epic that came out in 1960 and helped break Hollywood's ban against suspected communists.

The book includes a foreword by George Clooney. It is being released by Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher that announced the deal Monday. An audio edition will be narrated by Mr. Douglas' actor-son Michael Douglas.

Bobby Brown: New album is all about healing

Bobby Brown said it has taken him a long time to come out with a new album because he's spent so much time trying to get his life on track.

Now on tour with New Edition, Mr. Brown said he's ready to return to his solo career with the album "Masterpiece," due out June 5.

"It's what I've been through throughout my life, and just trying to heal myself through my music," the 43-year-old singer said in a recent Associated Press interview.

"Masterpiece" is Mr. Brown's first album in 14 years. He was a multiplatinum star with New Edition and later developed his solo career. But his well-documented battle with drugs and his legal woes led to his musical decline. His turbulent marriage to Whitney Houston further eroded his image.

In a recent interview with the "Today" show's Matt Lauer, Mr. Brown denied that he got his late ex-wife addicted to drugs. Houston's career was derailed by her drug use, which came to the public's attention during her marriage to Mr. Brown. The superstar drowned in February in Beverly Hills, Calif.; her death was complicated by heart disease and cocaine use, according to authorities.

"The Matt Lauer interview was just for me to clear the air about what everyone was feeling about my ex-wife's death," Mr. Brown said.

Although he was arrested for DUI in March, Mr. Brown insisted he has been drug-free for more than seven years. He said his attempts to get his life in order are part of the reason the album took so long to make.

"When you're working on yourself, you have to really concentrate on working on yourself, and it takes a back seat to what you want to do and what I'm gonna do," he said.

Mr. Brown said "Masterpiece," which he started working on last year, is "the best album I've done so far."

"But I'm going to do better in the near future," he said. "I just want to get back to what I do, which is entertainment, and this is the start to me getting back to what I want to do."

Mr. Brown is engaged to his manager, Alicia Etheridge, with whom he has a young son. He also has older children, including 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina, his only child with Houston.

Mr. Brown said he and Ms. Etheridge are planning a private wedding, and he described his life as content.

"I'm happy right now in my life, I'm comfortable with who I am," he said. "It's just better."

• Compiled from Web and wire reports