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Clooney foundation launches global effort to monitor court trials
A justice foundation created by George and Amal Clooney is set to announce on Wednesday a global initiative called TrialWatch to monitor court trials where there is a risk of abuse and to rank countries' judicial systems. Working with the Columbia University Law School and the American Bar Association, the TrialWatch initiative will train an international network of court monitors, including non-lawyers, whose reports will be used by legal experts to grade trials according to international standards, several lawyers and academics involved with TrialWatch said.
'Black Panther,' 'Star is Born' among AFI's top films of 2018
Musical drama "A Star is Born," superhero movie "Black Panther" and horror flick "A Quiet Place" were named as some of the 10 best films of 2018 by the American Film Institute on Tuesday. The top movies also included coming-of-age tale "Eighth Grade" and family film "Mary Poppins Returns," as well as historical dramas "BlacKkKlansman," "If Beale Street Could Talk," "The Favourite," "Green Book" and "First Reformed."
Kevin Hart says 2019 Oscars host job is 'opportunity of a lifetime'
Comedian Kevin Hart will host next year's Oscar ceremony for the first time, the "Ride Along" actor said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. "I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars," Hart wrote. The Academy Awards are the film industry's highest honors.
Grande's 'thank u, next' bests Adele to fastest 100 million views
Ariana Grande's breakup anthem "thank u, next" has become the fastest music video to reach 100 million views, video hosting service Vevo said on Tuesday. The single, released after the 25-year-old singer's much publicized breakup with fiance Pete Davidson, has also topped the Billboard charts for three weeks, giving Grande the biggest hit of her seven-year career.
Sandra Oh, Andy Samberg named as Golden Globe hosts
Canadian actress Sandra Oh and U.S. comedian Andy Samberg will co-host the 2019 Golden Globe Awards in January, organizers said on Wednesday. The two celebrities will be first-time hosts for the Golden Globes, which honor both television and film. Nominations for the awards will be announced on Thursday and the televised ceremony on NBC will take place in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 6.
'Wizard of Oz,' Miyazaki to star in LA Motion Picture museum
An immersive "Wizard of Oz" exhibit will greet visitors to the Motion Picture museum in Los Angeles when it opens after a long delay in late 2019, organizers said on Tuesday. A pair of the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the classic 1939 musical, along with costumes, props and exhibits about the behind the scenes making of "The Wizard of Oz", will be installed in the lobby of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Finding sisterhood amid the corsets in 'Mary Queen of Scots'
There's nothing quite like a corset when it comes to channeling female frustration. So say Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, who also had horses, blustery winds, wigs and rain to deal with when filming the royal historical movie "Mary Queen of Scots," out in U.S. movie theaters on Friday
Cuaron's 'Roma' beckons moviegoers to Mexico's presidential digs
Alfonso Cuaron's critically acclaimed film "Roma" is set to show in one of Mexico's most exclusive venues, taking over the once-private screening room of the palatial presidential residence, which President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has opened to the public. Lopez Obrador on Saturday transformed "Los Pinos," the luxurious home of Mexican presidents during the last eight decades, into a cultural center in a symbolic moment for his presidency that has promised an end to rule by the country's elite.
Texting Kanye West steals limelight at 'The Cher Show'
A new musical about Cher opened on Broadway but it was Kanye West who grabbed headlines when a performer complained about the rapper texting during opening night. West and his wife Kim Kardashian were among the celebrity guests in the New York audience on Monday night for "The Cher Show."
Cardi B splits with husband Offset - 'We just grew out of love'
Rapper Cardi B announced on Wednesday she is seeking a divorce from her husband Offset after just over a year of marriage, saying "I guess we just grew out of love." In an Instagram video, the "Bodak Yellow" singer, one of the biggest names in the music industry this year, said although she and Offset were good friends and business partners, "things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time."
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