Planet of the Celebs

updated 11/04/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/04/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

THEY WERE THERE ALL RIGHT: THE KNIFE FROM Psycho, Marilyn Monroe's bikini, an Arnold Schwarzenegger cyborg from Terminator 2. But when Planet Hollywood—a museum-cum-restaurant that is moviedom's answer to the Hard Rock Cafe—opened in New York City last week, it was hard to see Hollywood's collectibles for Hollywood itself. "All I got to see was celebrities," joked Michael J. Fox, one of 600 invitees. The guest list owed much to the drawing power of three of the Planet's star investors: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Schwarzenegger. Said Don Johnson, explaining his presence, "Arnold made me an offer I couldn't refuse."

"People love the movies, and we want to export Hollywood to the world," said co-owner and movie producer Keith (9½ Weeks) Barish. The goal of the props and the decor (by Batman designer Anton Furst), he says, is to duplicate the feeling "in The Wizard of Oz when you go from black-and-white to color. When you walk in off the street, you walk into the world of Hollywood." Or, as Stallone put it: "It's not just a restaurant, it's a concept."

Opening-night attendees were suitably impressed. "The stuff they've got here is unbelievable," raved Christian Slater. "I love it," agreed Saturday Night Live's Chris Rook. "Especially the Planet of the Apes heads." Even Rock, though, was a little starstruck. "Bruce Willis actually came up to me and said he's a fan of mine," he confided. "Now I have to go home and tell my family."

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