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Where's Portzamparc and His Hollywood Oscar Museum?

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Blighty along Vine. Old Big Lots store; view is heading towards Sunset Blvd

Hollywood is still waiting for tousle-haired French architect Christian de Portzamparc and those mysterious designs for the now-delayed Academy of Motion Pictures Museum. Amid the delay, some Hollywood residents are now griping about the blighty nature of the area around Vine and Fountain, site of the museum, which was announced two years ago. Leslie Lambert, CRA/LA Regional Administrator for the Hollywood & Central Regional Area, tells us she met with Academy officials "just a few weeks ago," and that the project still remains on hold. AMP officials continue to hope they can raise the $300 million needed, but getting the funds "is not easy given the state of the world," says Lambert.

It's not clear if this the most up to date info, but the Academy's own web site addresses the delay: "The Academy remains passionate and hopeful about creating a museum that explores and celebrates motion pictures. But the current economic realities have caused us to rethink our plans and timelines. A successful capital campaign is vital to bringing the museum to fruition; that campaign has not launched and no start date for it has yet been determined."

Meanwhile, Lambert also said that foreclosure proceedings are underway on the Gerding Edlen site at Sunset and Gordon.

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