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Marvel Releases Official Synopsis of "Avengers: Age of Ultron"


Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- Marvel has finally released the official synopsis of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

"When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance," Marvel teases, before continuing, "As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure."

As far as the cast goes, Marvel explains, "Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction."

Marvel also added this little nugget about Vision: "Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision."

Meanwhile, on his Facebook page Tuesday, Downey promised a "surprise" for Wednesday morning that is likely Avengers-related. He posted, "Seeing as how Tuesday is the most productive day of the week, I'll not decrease the efficiency. TOMORROW AM, however, I'll throw a surprise your way..." Under his blue suit jacket, the actor was wearing the Black Sabbath shirt he wore as Stark in The Avengers.

Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released to theaters nationwide on May 1, 2015. Marvel, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Reports: Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling Welcome First Child


Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Eva Mendes and longtime boyfriend Ryan Gosling reportedly have welcomed their first child.

According to Us Weekly and E! News, Mendes, 40, gave birth to a baby girl last Friday in Los Angeles. There are no other details about the newborn available yet.

Mendes, who never confirmed she was pregnant, side-stepped pregnancy rumors for the past year.

In February, she was evasive during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She told host Ellen DeGeneres that the baby rumors started after she, "didn't want to go through the scanners at the airport." Mendes explained, "You know those X-ray scanners, which are really creepy? They basically see you naked, right? And not only that, but there's a radiation aspect to it, so I always opt out. I always ask for a personal patdown."

Gosling, 33, and Mendes have reportedly been dating off and on since September 2011, according to E!

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"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Lolo Jones Voted Off in Week 1 of Season 19


ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Olympian Lolo Jones was voted off Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night, becoming the first celebrity competitor to be eliminated on the show's 19th season.

After the judges’ scores and the viewers' votes were combined, Jones and fashion designer Betsey Johnson learned they were both in jeopardy of going home. When Jones heard her fate, she smiled and hugged her pro partner, Keo Motsepe.

“I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Jones said. “I’m glad that [Johnson’s] staying. She deserves to stay and everybody here did a great job.”

The Olympian's cha cha suffered from several missteps, and she blamed the trouble on a missed cue that she said threw off her entire performance. During the judges' evaluation following her performance, Jones, who appeared frustrated, said she wouldn't make any excuses and acknowledged that her performance was "awful."

Monday night’s premiere showcased 13 competitors vying for the Mirrorball Trophy. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro leaped to the top of the leader board with a skillful jive that judges asked him to reprise Tuesday night, while Johnson brought up the rear when her routine was stymied by problems with a pink prop feather boa.

In addition to Johnson and Ribeiro, returning to compete next week are actors Antonio Sabato Jr., Randy Couture and Jonathan Bennett, actresses Lea Thompson and Janel Parrish, reality TV star Sadie Robertson, YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota, TV talk show host Tavis Smiley, comedian Tommy Chong and NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.

The competition continues next Monday night on ABC.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace


ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Academy Award-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Tuesday by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message," Ban said. "I am pleased he has chosen to add his voice to U.N. efforts to raise awareness of the urgency and benefits of acting now to combat climate change."

DiCaprio is invited to a U.N. climate summit to be held on Sept. 23.

The Great Gatsby star founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, and has used the organization to build relationships with environmental leaders and experts.

DiCaprio is now one of 12 U.N. Messengers of Peace who, along with one Goodwill Ambassador, advocate on behalf of the U.N. on "priority issues." Messengers of Peace, the U.N. says, are, "individuals who possess widely recognized talents in the fields of art, film, literature, music and sports, helping to raise worldwide awareness of the [U.N.]'s ideals and activities."

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Beyonce Shares Photos from Luxurious Birthday Getaway


Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) --  Beyoncé turned 33 earlier this month and now we know she celebrated in style!

The singer had been traveling in Europe with her husband, Jay Z, and their 2-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, according to reports, and seemingly spent her big day by the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

According to photos posted on her website, the group, which also included Beyoncé's mother, hung out on the beach, went for a boat ride, and indulged in delicious-looking treats and wine during the getaway. There was even a jewel-encrusted crown reading "Queen Bey" for the birthday girl to wear.

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Jerry Seinfeld Was Planning Special Project with Joan Rivers


Heidi Gutman/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld was planning a special project with Joan Rivers.

Before her Sept. 4 death, Rivers was in talks to appear on Seinfeld’s popular web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Seinfeld revealed in a Facebook post. The series features Seinfeld making coffee trips with friends and entertainment figures.

Seinfeld posted a text message exchange from Aug. 19 -- nine days before Rivers underwent a throat procedure -- stating that Rivers would love to participate.

But days later, her reps called, saying Rivers needed to postpone.

Rivers went into cardiac arrest during surgery Aug. 28 and died days later. She was 81.

Seinfeld was saddened that he didn’t have the chance to take his comedic journey with Rivers.

“I would have loved to have shown another side of her,” Seinfeld wrote Monday. “I wanted to tell her how much I admire all she had accomplished, especially in the latter stages of her career. She was one of the greats. I’ll miss her.”

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Rihanna Upset CBS Pulled Song from "Thursday Night Football"


Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna is not pleased about the fact that CBS Sports last week didn't use her song "Run This Town" to kick off Thursday Night Football -- and she now appears to be threatening to stop them from using it this week.

"CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this," the singer tweeted Tuesday. "The audacity...," she added.

A rep for her label, Roc Nation, added in a separate statement, "Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna's name and participation in connection to CBS' TNF [Thursday Night Football], CBS was not allowed to license and utilize the song 'Run This Town.'"

You may recall that last week, because Ray Rice's team, the Baltimore Ravens, were playing on Thursday Night Football, CBS canceled its plans to use "Run This Town." This was in response to an outcry from fans who argued that a song by a victim of domestic violence -- that would be Rihanna -- shouldn't be used to introduce a team whose roster included a player accused of the same crime.

In a statement to ABC News, CBS Sports said, “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open. We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”

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Alleged Last Audio Recording of Joan Rivers Is a 'Fraud,' Says Rep


Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- A YouTube video claiming to be the last-ever recording of Joan Rivers is a complete fake, a rep for the late comedienne tells ABC News Radio.

According to the New York Post, Rivers made a test recording for a radio ad for her friend Brad Zimmerman's upcoming off-Broadway show, My Son the Waiter, a Jewish Tragedy. It was reportedly made on Aug. 28, the very day Rivers underwent a procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy, from which she never awoke.

Rivers' rep says, "The recording is a fraud. Joan never made any such tape. This is a publicity stunt that was created by Brad Zimmerman and his public relations representative, Beck Lee, and is wholly disrespectful to the memory of Joan Rivers."

In the radio ad, the person purported to be Rivers coughs after speaking a few words.

"My voice has been bothering me," the voice explains. "I don't know what it is."

The voice complains not only about the material -- "This is terrible copy. Who wrote this crap?" -- but also about her health.

"I feel like s**t," says the voice.  "I'm tired already."

Rivers died Sept. 4, one week after she went into cardiac arrest during the endoscopy.

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Coroner's Official Says Lindsay Lohan Never Rolled 'a Body Bag for Whitney Houston'


ABC News(LOS ANGELES) --  Lindsay Lohan recently did an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph to promote her debut in a London production of the play Speed-the-Plow next week.  During the interview the actress made a reference to Whitney Houston while discussing her work at a morgue in Los Angeles a few years ago.

Lohan reflected on how her sentence for drunk driving and violation of her probation included jail time and 12-hour shifts in a morgue for four months.  Lohan described the punishment as "F'd up and inappropriate -- because a lot of other people were meant to do it, and they were like: 'No, they can't handle it. Lohan can.’”  She added, "It's different for me than it would be for other people -- like, no one would really have to work at the morgue in L.A. and roll a body bag for Whitney Houston."

Lohan claimed she made the best of the situation. She explained, "I know it sounds really dark and strange, but I thought it would be a lot worse. I kind of regulated a lot of it. I'd tell people: 'You didn't fold that sheet properly,' because I'm OCD with folding."

Lohan's comments have been disputed by an official for the coroner's office, who tells TMZ that Houston was never in a body bag and no one in the probation program ever came in contact with the singer's body.  The official added that Houston was wrapped in plastic with a sheet cover the entire time she was at the morgue.

Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012.

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Angelina Jolie Tours Maltese Naval Base, Vacations with Family


Jun Sato/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are currently in Malta filming their upcoming movie, By the Sea, but the newlyweds have also been mixing in a little familytime and sightseeing.

This past Sunday, the 39-year-old actress visited a Maltese Navy ship, where she met with sailors, crew members and government officials and learned about the equipment aboard the vessel.

An eyewitness tells E! Online Jolie received the red carpet treatment and was all smiles as shipmen saluted her like Hollywood royalty.

The source goes on to say Angelina was "very kind and gracious" during the visit, adding, "She listened to what everyone had to say and was very interested."

Jolie, dressed casually in a black dress and top with black flats, “looked amazing as always, she was dressed very simple but classy," says the source, noting, "She was happy and radiant. She looked really good."

The entertainment website reports that a day earlier, Jolie and Pitt, 50, enjoyed a family yachting trip in Malta with their six kids. The family was accompanied by three bodyguards, yacht crew members and a nanny during a private family yacht trip around Selmun Bay.

The kids participated in some watersports activities while Pitt and Jolie hung out aboard the ship together and took pictures. The family also enjoyed a sushi lunch on the yacht.

By the Sea
, which Jolie is directing, is set to hit theaters in 2015.

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Jennifer Garner Says Ben Affleck's Job as a Father Is Laughter


Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After nine years of marriage and three children, a lot has changed for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. Garner admits that her focus is on her kids and not necessarily romancing her Hollywood husband.

"You can’t expect to be courted all the time, and I don’t want to court him right now -- I don’t have the energy!" she says in the October issue of InStyle magazine, on newsstands September 19. "But we’re definitely in a very mindful place where we’re making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and be loving."

Since walking down the aisle in 2005, the A-list couple has settled into their roles as parents, even giving themselves a night off sometimes.

"When we had our first [child], we had only been together a year. We were babies. It happened so fast, I hardly remember what we were like before the kids got here. Now we’re just starting to go away for a night here and there," Garner says.

So how do they split up parenting duties? Garner admits she takes most of the mundane tasks.

"For better or worse, I tend to be the one who says, 'This is what needs to happen.' I know who wants what lunch, and I’ve done all the school paperwork and filled out the emergency cards. Ben doesn’t know that stuff exists," she reveals. "He is in charge of laughter. No matter how much I tickle them or toss them or chase them around, it’s not the same. If I’m the slow, steady drumbeat, he’s the jazz."

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Watch Ellen DeGeneres and Kristen Wiig Perform Funny Version of "Let It Go"


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that aired Monday, former Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig joined Ellen for a less-than-stellar take on "Let It Go," the song Idina Menzel originally sang in the Disney film Frozen.

DeGeneres had confessed that she’s “probably one of the only human beings on this planet that doesn't know that song ‘Let It Go.'"

Wiig admitted to being just as clueless, noting, "I just know that the words 'let it go' are in there. I assume they're in there."

The 56-year-old talk show host explained, "My niece sang the whole thing to me the other day and I thought, ‘Well, we should sing it together.' We don't know it." She declared that her and Wiig's version would be “the worst” of all the videos that have been circulating around the Web.

DeGeneres then pulled out two microphones and handed one to Wiig. They went on to give a hilarious performance of the entire song.

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"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Alfonso Ribeiro Sets High Bar in Season 19 Premiere


ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro was the early standout during the Monday premiere of the 19th season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, while designer Betsey Johnson and Olympian Lolo Jones suffered significant missteps during their routines.

Ribeiro finished in the lead among the 13 celebrities who are vying for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

This year's celebrity cast includes reality TV personality Sadie Robertson, who appears in Duck Dynasty; YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota; and NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.

The pairs were scored by judges and will earn votes from the audience. The couple with the lowest combined total of judges' scores and audience votes will be eliminated. The first elimination of the season will come during a results show Tuesday.

The judges' panel was expanded this year to include former Dancing With the Stars pro dancer Julianne Hough, a two-time Mirrorball champion herself and sister of current pro Derek Hough. Julianne Hough evaluated performances alongside head judge Len Goodman and judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.


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Antonio Sabato Jr.: The General Hospital actor's cha cha with Cheryl Burke drew moderate praise. Said Goodman: "Well it's obvious that you've got dancing in your blood. Unfortunately it hasn't reached your feet." Hough said Sabato's performance was "a little flat-footed" but she liked his extensions. Tonioli liked that Burke gave Sabato "a lot of content" for the first week and said Sabato had good hip action, while Inaba said the couple had "hot chemistry" that would lead to higher expectations. Goodman, Hough and Inaba each gave Sabato a 6, while Tonioli gave him a 7, for a total of 25 out of a possible 40.

Lea Thompson: The Back to the Future actress, who was a ballet dancer decades ago, earned warm praise from the judges for her elegance, but they cautioned her to watch her posture. "It was beautiful! It was so beautiful. It made me so happy," Hough said. Tonioli agreed, describing Thompson's quality of movement as "exquisite." Inaba said she thought it was one of the "best first foxtrots I have ever seen...you guys are a really well-balanced team," and Goodman said it "was terrific. Well done." Thompson earned four 8s for a total of 32 points.

Janel Parrish: The judges liked the spirited jive that Parrish and partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy delivered. "Naughty! Naughty! Naughty!" Tonioli said, although he said Parrish needed to polish her jive moves. Inaba liked that Parrish had the courage to "just go for it," adding: "You've got great potential." Goodman said it was "a bit untidy on occasion" but said, overall, it was well done, while Hough said Parrish was a true performer. Tonioli awarded Parrish an 8, while the others each gave her a 7 for a total of 29 points.

Lolo Jones: The Olympian's cha cha with pro partner Keo Motsepe ran into trouble at the start because of a missed cue that affected her time throughout the majority of the routine, and during her judges' critique a frustrated Jones acknowledged her performance was "awful." Hough commended her for picking the routine up again and said she needed to work on her fluidity. Tonioli told Jones that all performers mess up at times and told her to come back next week and show something better. Goodman told Jones not to be too hard on herself, adding: "You had personality, you had a bit of sizzle going on so it's not all bad." Inaba said, "Lolo, truthfully that was more like an 'uh oh.'" Jones earned two 6s and two 5s for a total of 22 points.

Betsey Johnson: A stubborn prop feather boa derailed the flamboyant fashion designer's spunky cha cha with partner Tony Dovolani. When Johnson tried to retrieve the hot pink boa from a prop rack the garment got stuck. When she tugged, it fell onto the floor and got caught between the dancers. Then Dovolani bent down to retrieve the boa and the routine petered out. Despite the malfunction, Johnson finished the routine with her trademark cartwheel and split. "I was enjoying it so much. It was so entertaining and then the disaster with the boa. I'm so upset," Goodman said. Hough said Johnson had "some really wonderful moments," and Tonioli added, "You just went for it with gusto. It went wrong." Johnson earned four 5s for a total of 20 points.

Tavis Smiley: The talk show host and partner Sharna Burgess earned praise for their foxtrot. "I like watching you dance because you're one of those people who's like a natural mover...you move so well, so natural, so likeable. Well done," Inaba told Smiley. Hough said Smiley's routine was "awesome" and that he looked comfortable on the dance floor, and Goodman said Smiley needed to work on his footwork but that the routine was fun and enjoyable. Tonioli said he loved "the comedic touches" and urged Smiley not to throw his arms. Smiley earned an 8 from Hough and 7s from the other judges for a total of 29 points.

Sadie Robertson: The Duck Dynasty star's cha cha with Mark Ballas earned praise from the judges. "Duckling no more. Here we've got a bird of paradise!" Tonioli said. Added an approving Goodman: "Quack! Quack! You'll be back." Hough called Robertson "the entire package." Inaba said Robertson had gorgeous lines. Inaba and Goodman awarded her 8s while Hough and Tonioli gave her 9s for a total of 34 points.

Michael Waltrip: The NASCAR racer's cha cha with Emma Slater drew mixed review from the judges. "I liked it...I think you did fantastic. It was fun, entertaining, well done, simple," Inaba said. Hough said it was "awesome" and noted that it seemed Waltrip was having so much fun. But in comparing Waltrip with Slater, Tonioli said "you looked at times like a golf cart trying to keep up with a Ferrari," and Goodman made another car analogy: "The engine was running but you never got out of first gear." Waltrip earned three 6s and a 7 for a total of 25.

Jonathan Bennett: The Mean Girls actor's bubbly jive with Allison Holker earned him a standing ovation from the ballroom audience. "You're a polished performer...I'm, like, blown away," Inaba said. Hough called Bennett "such a natural performer" and told him he had potential. Goodman agreed, telling him to "work hard." Bennett earned two 7s and two 8s for a total of 30 points.

Tommy Chong: The comedian's cool cha cha with pro partner Peta Murgatroyd -- and a cameo from his comedy partner, Cheech Marin -- brought smiles to the judges' faces. "You are extremely sexy," Hough told Chong, adding: "You have the moves like nobody's business." Tonioli confessed that he'd been expected "bad grandpa. I'm getting cool grandpa." Goodman said it was painless, fun and enjoyable. Inaba added: "That was fantastic! You came in like a low rider ... you killed it!" Chong earned three 7s and a 6 for a total of 27 points.

Randy Couture: Judges were full of praise for the mixed martial artist and action movie star's smooth foxtrot with partner Karina Smirnoff. Hough and Inaba both found the actor's performance sexy, with Hough telling him: "Randy, you're making me randy...you have grace and you have class and there's a sensitive beauty about you." Inaba said she prided herself in being professional but couldn't help feeling "a little weak in the knees…you are sexy out there!" Goodman said the performance "had a charm about it," and Tonioli said Couture was light on his feet. Couture earned three 8s and a 7 for a total of 31 points.

Bethany Mota: The YouTube sensation earned good reviews for her jive with partner Derek Hough. Inaba found the routine "tight, clean and well-rehearsed," but said there were lulls in Mota's energy. Hough agreed. Goodman thought Mota should keep her diary clear as he found the routine "terrific." Added Tonioli: "Huge on the Web and pretty good on the dance floor as well...I'm telling you, you were wonderful." Mota earned four 8s for a total of 32 points.

Alfonso Ribeiro: Ribeiro's and pro partner Witney Carson's electrifying jive earned them a standing ovation, including from Goodman. "Beautiful routine. Fantastically danced," Goodman said. "That was without question the best dance of the night." Hough said she was "blown about by the musicality in that," and commended Carson's choreography. Tonioli said Ribeiro was the "king of the night" and Inaba said Ribeiro had "the swagger of season 19...you just raised the stakes my friend! Excellent." Ribeiro earned 36 points, the highest score of the night.

ABC will air the results show Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The Scores

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: 36
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: 34
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev : 32
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: 32
Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff : 31
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: 30
Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 29
Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess: 29
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: 27
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: 25
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: 25
Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe: 22
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani: 20

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Wendy Williams Eats Crow over Kim and Kanye Marriage


Courtesy Wendy Williams Show(NEW YORK) -- Wendy Williams literally ended up eating crow on Monday.

The 50-year-old talk show host had vowed that she would eat crow if Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's marriage lasted more than 72 days -- the length of Kim's previous marriage to Kris Humphries.

After nearly four months, the couple is still together, and Williams proved she was a woman of her word by eating crow on her talk show Monday.

With the help of a gourmet chef, Williams cooked up some crow gumbo. She then donned a crow bib and dug into the dish, which she described as "not so bad."

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Bill Cosby to Lend Art Collection to Smithsonian for Exhibition on African-American Art


Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Bill Cosby will lend his art collection to the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of African Art for a public viewing later this year.

According to a press release from the Smithsonian, the exhibition will open on November 9 and stay open through the early part of 2016. The collection of pieces currently owned by the William H. and Camille O. Cosby Collection will be publicly displayed alongside work from the National Museum of African Art.

The Cosbys' collection includes over 200 African-American paintings, prints, sculptures and drawings. The couple began compiling the art more than 40 years ago, the Smithsonian says.

"It's so important to show art by African-American artists in this exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art," said Cosby. "To me, it's a way for people to see what exists and to give voice to many of these artists who were silenced for so long, some of whom will speak no more."

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