UNITED NATIONS: Emmy-Nominated British actress Millie Bobby Brown was Tuesday named the newest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador to mark World’s Children Day.
At 14 years old, this makes Ms. Brown UNICEF’s youngest person to ever take on the role. The British star of the Netflix series, Stranger Things, will use her global platform to help spotlight children’s rights and issues affecting youth, including lack of education, safe learning spaces, and the impacts of violence, bullying, and poverty.
“It’s a dream come true to become a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador,” Ms. Brown in a statement marking the Day. “It’s a huge honor to join such an impressive list of people who have supported UNICEF over the years. I am looking forward to meeting as many children and young people as I can, hearing their stories, and speaking out
on their behalf.”
World Children’s Day is commemorated annually as a day of action for children, by children, to raise awareness and funds for millions of children lacking basic resources and services.
To show solidarity for the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable youth, UNICEF is asking supporters to “turn the world blue,” by doing or wearing something blue at school, on the streets, or on social media.
Ms. Brown kick-started the action in a short video last week, encouraging supporters to #GoBlue to defend and promote children’s rights.
Around the world, notable leaders in entertainment, government, sports, and business are having children “take over” their professional roles to highlight issues that interest them.
Children are assuming seats at parliaments in Montenegro, Peru, Tonga, Suriname, Zambia, and others. In Brussels, the youth will take over the European Parliament, and five more UNICEF Youth Ambassadors are being appointed across the globe.
UN child rights experts reminded the international community of the challenges youth face around the globe and called the UN Member States to scale up efforts in their defense.
“Millions of vulnerable children continue to be left behind, including child victims of violence, conflict and sexual exploitation, migrant refugee and asylum-seeking children, children living in poverty, children with disabilities, and children belonging to indigenous and minority groups,” the experts said on Tuesday.
“The best way to leave no child behind is to put children first to ensure that no child grows up in a world of fear, violence, and hopelessness.”
UNICEF is calling on activists and supporters to sign its global petition, urging world leaders to demonstrate a commitment to fulfilling the rights of every child and acknowledge these rights as non-negotiable.
Final Star Wars: Carrie Fisher seen in the trailer!
CHICAGO: Lucasfilm delighted “Star Wars” fans Friday with a glimpse of Carrie Fisher in sneak-peek footage of the hotly-anticipated final episode of the space opera — more than two years after her death.
Director J.J. Abrams told the US “Star Wars Celebration” event the writers had agonized over giving Fisher’s beloved General Leia Organa a fitting send-off in the ninth installment, revealed as “Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker.”
“Every day it hits me that she is not here but it’s so surreal because we’re working with her still… she’s in scenes,” Abrams told the rapt crowd at the five-day event in Chicago.
A world-first trailer released at the convention — and dropped on the internet – reintroduced the “next generation” characters from the final three films alongside old favorites from as far back as the 1977 original, “Star Wars IV: A New Hope.”
They included Lando Calrissian, portrayed by the original actor Billy Dee Williams, and the voice only of Mark Hamill — Luke Skywalker himself — who appeared to die in the last film but was widely expected to have some role in the latest movie.
“No one’s ever really gone,” Skywalker says in voiceover, as Leia hugs apprentice Jedi Rey, played by English actress Daisy Ridley, who has top billing in the latest of the three trilogies that makes up the long-running saga.
Abrams said it would not continue the story exactly where the last one – 2017’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” — left off.
Leia was still alive at the end of 2017’s “The Last Jedi” but the actress herself died a year earlier, in December 2016.
Disney said last year Fisher’s role would be gleaned from previously unreleased footage from “The Force Awakens,” with the blessing of her daughter, Billie Lourd.
Abrams described the “weird miracle” of being able to continue Leia’s story by looking at old footage.
Speaking at a panel discussion moderated by comedian and late night television host Stephen Colbert, the director said the film was in post-production.
It is not the first time Fisher’s likeness has featured in a “Star Wars” movie despite being absent from its filming.
“Rogue One,” a 2016 spin-off from the main series, directed by Gareth Edwards, had been in theaters for a couple of weeks when Fisher’s death from a heart attack was announced.
A much younger version of Fisher as Leia appears in that movie, thanks to the controversial application of computer wizardry to animate her image.
Cast members returning with Ridley for the final episode include Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran and Joonas Suotamo.
Naomi Ackie as a character called Jannah and Richard E. Grant are among the new faces, while old “Star Wars” hand Anthony Daniels returns as C-3PO and Ian McDiarmid reappears as the dastardly Emperor Palpatine.
Beijing to host Opera Fest!
BEIJING: An opera festival will be held by the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) here from 10th April 10 to 4th August, bringing audiences with 38 performances of 11 domestic and overseas classic operas and concerts.
Chinese operas “The Long March” and “170 Days in Nanking” will be staged at the NCPA in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, according to a press conference held by the center on Sunday.
Audiences will also enjoy world classic operas such as “Les Pecheurs de Perles,” “Un Ballo in Maschera,” “Turandot,” “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” and “Snow White.”
Other arts promotion activities will be held during the festival, including weekend concerts and lectures on appreciating operas.
The Legend of Maula Jatt controversy
LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) today issued a stay order against the upcoming film The Legend of Maula Jatt.
The court restrained respondents, including producer, writer and
others, of the film from unauthorized use of the title, characters, story and music of a 1979 Punjabi blockbuster Maula Jatt, besides issuance of censor certificate.
Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan passed the interim orders while hearing an appeal, filed by Sarwar Bhatti, producer of original movie ‘Maula Jatt’ against an order of the Intellectual Property Tribunal.
The petitioner’s counsel, Ahsan Masood, argued that his client produced film Maula Jatt in 1979 and no one could use the title, music, script, and dialogues of the film as per the Copy Rights Act. However, the respondents produced a film titled The Legend of Maula Jatt in violation of the act without obtaining authorization from his client and got a censor certificate for its exhibition as well, he added.
He contended that the film violated the copyrights and pleaded with the court to issue directions for action against illegal production and exhibition of the film while setting aside the orders of the Intellectual Property Tribunal. He also pleaded with the court to restrain the respondents from using the title, script, and dialogues of the film Maula Jatt, and issuance of the censor certificate.
However, a lawyer on behalf of the respondents opposed the plea saying that no violation had been committed. But the court, after hearing arguments, issued the stay order against the film and adjourned further hearing till 6th June.