Julia Roberts to receive George Eastman Award for movie work

This combination photo shows various outfits worn by actress Julia Roberts. Roberts was named one of Hollywood's most stylish stars by People Magazine. The magazine hits newsstands on Friday. (AP Photo)
Updated 18 February 2019
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Julia Roberts to receive George Eastman Award for movie work

  • Past recipients include Lauren Bacall, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper and Meryl Streep

ROCHESTER, New York: Actress Julia Roberts will be this year’s recipient of the George Eastman Award, given to honor contributions to the art of cinema.
The George Eastman Museum in Rochester says it will honor the “Pretty Woman” and “Steel Magnolias” actress on May 2.
Past recipients include Lauren Bacall, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper and Meryl Streep.
Museum director Bruce Barnes cites the breadth of Roberts’ career and roles over the past 30 years. She has earned a best actress Academy Award and three Golden Globes, along with more than a dozen other nominations.
The museum says it established the George Eastman Award in 1955 as the first retrospective award to honor film work of enduring artistic value.
Tickets for the May ceremony go on sale March 18.


Adoptive mom arrested for alleged abuse of child YouTube stars

This recent undated photo released by the Pinal County Detention Center on March 21, 2019 shows Machelle Hackney after being arrested. (AFP)
Updated 25 March 2019
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Adoptive mom arrested for alleged abuse of child YouTube stars

  • One alleged that “her mother would spray her and her siblings with pepper spray all over their face and body,” while another “stated they would go days without food, water,” the document said

WASHINGTON: YouTube has removed a channel that featured children playing with toy guns and whistling after police arrested their adoptive mother for allegedly starving them, locking them in closets and pepper-spraying them.
The “Fantastic Adventures” channel had more than 700,000 followers and 240 million views.
The seven adopted children told investigators of “having to participate” in the YouTube shows, a court document says.
“They stated they are disciplined in the manners above if they do not recall their lines or do not participate as they are directed to,” says the document filed in Pinal County, Arizona.
“They further stated this is one of the reasons their mom took them out of school so they can keep filming their series and they mentioned they have not been in school for years.”
The youngsters were aged between six and 15.
One alleged that “her mother would spray her and her siblings with pepper spray all over their face and body,” while another “stated they would go days without food, water,” the document said.
They were also “locked in the closet for days at a time” and two said they were sprayed or pinched in the genitals, it added.
Officers from Maricopa, outside Phoenix, said the children “appeared to be malnourished.”
Arrested last week, Machelle Hackney, 47, — known as Machelle Hobson on her channel — was charged with seven counts of child abuse, two counts of child molestation, five counts of unlawful imprisonment and seven counts of child neglect.
Police told AFP on Thursday that she remains in custody after a Tuesday hearing, but her two biological sons, also arrested, were released. Ryan Hackney and Logan Hackney, both 27, are charged with seven counts of failing to report abuse.
The adopted children also appeared in superhero costumes on the channel, which YouTube took down on Wednesday.