Festivities precede Clooney wedding; Kimye bore Paris; Tavis Smiley heads to Detroit

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Clooney bachelorhood: Going, going, gone...

Prewedding festivities for eternal bachelor George Clooney, 53,continued apace — he is being joined in matrimony in Venice, Italy, with British human rights attorneyAmal Alamuddin, 36. Some Hollywood friends, including Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin and Cindy Crawford, arrived early to sight-see in gondolas in the famously picturesque city. According to London's Daily Mail, (American) Vogue editor Anna Wintour has reportedly sewn up rights to photographing the wedding for an upcoming issue, bidding in excess of $1 million, which will go to a charity, while the British rights had not yet been finalized. Clooney's cousin Miguel Ferrer, son of the late Rosemary Clooney, was among the early arrivals. The actual ceremony for Clooney and Alamuddin will be Monday at the 14th century Ca' Farsetti palazzo, which houses Venice's city hall.

Parisian police: Who cares about Kim Kardashian?

Kim Kardashianand Kanye Westscored another miss in their ongoing badwill tour of the fashion shows in Paris. When the two arrived late to a showing at Lanvin, they were booed by hecklers (Kanye bragged that they were delayed because they were backstage talking to Lanvin designer Alber). Even better, the local police evinced that wonderfully laissez-faire Parisian attitude when informed that Ukrainian Vitalii Sediuk had "assaulted" Kardashian when he tried to tackle her to the ground outside one of the fashion shows. Sedkiuk, who has reportedly been barred from entering the United States because of similar shenanigans, will not be charged by the Prefecture de police de Paris, who opined that they didn't bother with such "minimal" episodes, according to TMZ.com.

'Dancing' bounces Smiley; he heads for Detroit

Tavis Smiley was frank about his sacking on "Dancing With the Stars" — he's been on a grueling book tour and had little time to rehearse. One of the episodes of his own talk show he had to pretape, because of his book tour, was with Motown's Berry Gordy Jr.,in which they talk about the new three-DVD set of the famous "Motown 25" NBC special from 1983. As for the book tour, Smiley asked specifically to come to Detroit to promote his new release, "Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year," as he said he wants to do anything he can to uplift the city. He'll be here Oct. 10, to appear at 3 p.m. at a public event at the Detroit Public Library main location, 5201 Woodward, and then at a ticketed event at 7 p.m. that evening at the Southfield Public Library — for that one, you buy a book to attend. For details on tickets, call (248) 968-1190.

swhitall@detroitnews.com

Today's birthdays

Lil Wayne, 31

Gwyneth Paltrow, 41

Meat Loaf, 66

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