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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."
'Star Wars' costumes sketchbooks seen fetching large sums at auction
A sketchbook revealing early costume designs for Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and other "Star Wars" characters is expected to sell for more than 100,000 pounds ($130,000) at auction in London next week. The colored pencil sketches, drawn by Oscar-winning costume designer John Mollo between 1975 and 1976, closely resemble the final designs used in the original 1977 sci-fi film "Star Wars: A New Hope" by director George Lucas that kicked off lucrative movie and television franchises.
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.
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.
Golden Globes snub 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'Atlanta' in TV series races
Hollywood's Golden Globe voters on Thursday snubbed previous winners "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Atlanta" in the top television series nominations, favoring newcomers in a crowded field of critically adored programming. NBC's family drama "This is Us" and the final season of Netflix Inc's political thriller "House of Cards" also were left off the list of contenders nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The awards will be handed out Jan. 6.
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.
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."
Politics, race, music dominate diverse Golden Globe film nominations
Movies about race, politics and music dominated nominations for the Golden Globe awards on Thursday, setting the stage for a lively Hollywood awards season leading up to the Oscars in February. Dark comedy "Vice," a scathing look at the rise to power of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, led all comers with six nods. It was followed by the Lady Gaga musical remake of "A Star is Born," British historical comedy "The Favourite" and road trip movie through 1960s segregated America "Green Book" with five nods apiece.
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