The Muppets may have taken Manhattan, but they’re getting a spiffy new home in Queens.
Muppet creator Jim Henson’s family is donating about 400 puppets, costumes, props and other items to the Museum of the Moving Image.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand for the announcement Tuesday.
The museum plans to build a new gallery to house the new contributions. The city is chipping in $2.75 million toward the $5 million project.
The new exhibit is expected to open in 2014.
A Chechen role
French actor Gerard Depardieu will star in a drama about a Chechen man who seeks revenge for the killing of his son.
Chechnya, a southern Russian province, has been in the spotlight since it emerged that the suspects in April’s Boston marathon bombing are ethnic Chechens.
Depardieu said Tuesday that the drama, titled Turquoise, will be directed by French filmmaker Philippe Martinez and will also star British actress Elizabeth Hurley.
Pageant host back
The Bachelor and The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison will again emcee the Miss America Pageant this September in Atlantic City, N.J.
Harrison has hosted the telecast for the last four years.
The Miss America Organization says he’ll be joined by Lara Spencer of Good Morning America. Spencer served as a judge for the 2012 pageant.
The pageant will take place Sept. 15 in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
Suit on song use
Eminem’s song publisher is suing Facebook and an ad agency, saying they copied music from one of the rapper’s songs.
Eight Mile Style filed a federal lawsuit in Detroit on Monday alleging that a 30-second Facebook ad broadcast online last month copied music from Eminem’s 2000 song Under the Influence.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the ad was featured in a webcast by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to announce Facebook Home, an interface for Android phones.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Frank Converse is 75. Actress Barbara Parkins is 71. Songwriter Bernie Taupin is 63. Singer Morrissey is 54. Actress Ann Cusack is 52. Actor Mark Christopher Lawrence is 49. Singer Johnny Gill is 47. Model Naomi Campbell is 43. Actress Anna Belknap is 41. Actor Sean Gunn is 39. Actress Ginnifer Goodwin is 35.