Jolie, Salonga, Chloe Kim glam up state dinner for SKorea
Actor Angelina Jolie, home improvement duo Chip and Joanna Gaines and Olympian Chloe Kim are among scores of people from politics, business, sports and entertainment who gathered at the White House for a black-tie dinner with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.
Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie sells for $11.5M
The Moroccan landscape painted by Winston Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie sold at auction on Monday March 1, 2021, for more than $11.5 million, smashing the previous record for a work by Britains World War II leader. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)LONDON – A Moroccan landscape painted by Winston Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie sold at auction on Monday for more than $11.5 million, smashing the previous record for a work by Britain’s World War II leader. The pre-sale estimate was 1.5 million pounds to 2.5 million pounds, and the previous record price for a Churchill painting was just under 1.8 million pounds. Churchill gave the painting to Roosevelt as a memento of the trip. The painting was sold by the Jolie Family Collection.
As 'Kimye' become Kim and Kanye, will it stay peaceful?
FILE - Kanye West, left, and Kim Kardashian attend the WSJ. Kim Kardashian West filed for divorce Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, from Kanye West after 6 1/2 years of marriage. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Initial signs suggest a smooth and amicable split between Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West. As “Kimye” becomes just Kim and Kanye with Kardashian filing for divorce Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, they do so with a prenuptial agreement in place, independent fortunes and a desire to share time with their four young children. “There's a lot of wiggle room in the space between joint custody," divorce attorney Reid Aronson said.
Angelina Jolie sells painting Churchill gave as gift to FDR
(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON – A painting by Winston Churchill that is a piece of both political and Hollywood history is coming up for auction. He painted it after the January 1943 Casablanca Conference, where Churchill and Roosevelt planned the defeat of Nazi Germany. He said Churchill captured the view in the “wonderful, evocative painting” and gave it to Roosevelt as a memento of the trip. AdThe painting is being sold by the Jolie Family Collection as part of Christie’s March 1 modern British art auction in London. “The record price at auction for Churchill is about 1.8 million (pounds) for a painting that, in my view, is not as important as this,” he said.
Colorado student, scientist named Time's 'Kid of the Year'
LONE TREE, Colo. – A 15-year-old Colorado high school student and young scientist who has used artificial intelligence and created apps to tackle contaminated drinking water, cyberbullying, opioid addiction and other social problems has been named Time Magazine's first-ever “Kid of the Year." Rao told The Associated Press in a Zoom interview from her home Friday that the prize is "nothing that I could have ever imagined. Rao has partnered with rural schools; museums; science, technology, engineering and mathematics organizations; and other institutions to run innovation workshops for thousands of other students. Science and technology are being employed as never before to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, global warming and a host of other issues, she noted. “Anybody can do science.”Time was planning a Kid of the Year broadcast special at 7:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. MST) on Nickelodeon.
Disney delays 'Black Widow,' Spielberg's 'West Side Story'
NEW YORK – The Walt Disney Co. has further postponed its next mega-movies from Marvel, including “Black Widow,” while also postponing Steven Spielberg's “West Side Story” a full year in the company's latest recalibration due to the pandemic. The Scarlett Johansson Marvel movie “Black Widow,” last set for Nov. 6, heads to May 7 of next year. That was the date set for “West Side Story,” but Spielberg's musical will instead debut in December 2021. Given the interconnected nature of Marvel releases, the latest delay of “Black Widow” had a domino effect on other films. Since the pandemic began, the company's “Mulan,” “Hamilton” and “Artemis Fowl” have gone direct to streaming, with “Mulan” made available for a $30 premium purchase by subscribers.
With quiet humanity, Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland' makes noise
NEW YORK – What’s it like to be an international film festival sensation without hardly leaving your home? At the Venice Film Festival, it won the top prize, the Golden Lion. At the Toronto International Film Festival, it was hailed by many critics as the best movie of the year and a leading Oscar contender. Next week, it will play the New York Film Festival. “Every year or so I feel the urge to hit the road,” Zhao says.
Michelle Obama is most admired woman in the world, new poll says
Free from the constraints she might have felt while living in the White House, former first lady Michelle Obama is getting personal, opening herself up to the world in bold ways in her memoir, "Becoming," out Tuesday. Michelle Obama has overthrown actress Angelina Jolie as the world's most admired woman, according to a poll released by YouGov. According to 11 Alive, Jolie, who was last year's most admired woman in the world, dropped down to third. Bill Gates remained the world's most admired man. Former President Barack Obama, actor Jackie Chan, Chinese president Xi Jinping and businessman Jack Ma round out the top five.
Celebrating 100 years of Hilton, who changed the hotel game
The Beverly Hilton hotel sits at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards in Beverly Hills, California. That founder would be Conrad "Connie" Hilton of the eponymous Hilton hotel brand. The Hilton hotels became notorious for throwing huge, celebrity-studded parties to celebrate their hotels. The Beverly Hilton hotel's ballroom hosts the Grammy and Golden Globe Awards, which means a reliable crowd of actors, musicians, directors, models and more regularly check in. Not all gemsLike any company, Hilton has had its share of ideas that didn't quite endure -- the Crystal Pepsis of hospitality, if you will.