OUT OF AFRICA: The art crowd and the fashion flock won't jet off to the Venice Biennale until next month, but this year's Life Achievement Award has just been announced. Malian photographer Malick Sidibe is this year's winner, according to Biennale director Robert Storr. Sidibe's work will be featured in Storr's exhibition as part of a collaborative project of images and music focused on disseminating information in Mali on AIDS prevention and treatment. The 72-year-old lensman is the first artist for whom photography is the primary medium to receive a Golden Lion since the German team of Bernd and Hilla Becher received it — for sculpture — about 15 years ago. Sidibe also will be the first African to receive a Golden Lion in Venice.
SCARE AND TEAR: Rick Owens' clothes are to star in a horror flick by underground director Bruce LaBruce, who wrapped up shooting in Berlin two days ago. "It's a gay zombie movie, so I selected a few vampire-y looks for it," joked Owens, who is no stranger to the silver screen. Meryl Streep wore a studded bolero by the designer in "The Devil Wears Prada." "It was so flattering to see that my clothes were worn by the bitch," he said. Next up, Owens will be staging a show of his furniture line during the Paris rtw shows in October at the Jousse Enterprise gallery.
CARBONATED COOL: Custo Barcelona plans to help Europeans stay cool this summer by teaming up with Perrier. The Spanish label will add fizz to the brand's soda cans and bottles with flashy designs. The limited edition cans will be available through September.
HOME ALONE: After hitting the red carpet at the Tribeca Ball and the Costume Institute gala last week, Ellen Pompeo and her fiancé, Chris Ivery, were decidedly more dressed down Sunday morning at Brasserie Jo in Boston. For Mother's Day brunch near Copley Plaza, the "Grey's Anatomy" actress opted for jeans, flats and a leather jacket. Ivery, who like Pompeo grew up outside of Boston, also was keeping things casual in jeans and a green zip-front jacket. Free from photographers and autograph seekers, the pair and their party lingered outside the entrance chatting — on the gray carpet.