The 3rd Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference

ACAMS Returns to Dubai for the 3rd Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference

- Two-day conference unites global thought-leaders, focuses on AML and financial crime prevention from regional perspectives

This Sunday January 20th the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) will host hundreds of financial crime detection and prevention professionals at the Grosvenor House Hotel for its 3rd Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference in Dubai. The two-day conference will address perennial and emerging issues impacting the region, such as the risks of banking politically exposed persons (PEPs), complying with extraterritorial sanctions regimes, and adopting multi-jurisdictional compliance procedures to spot tax evasion.

“We’re proud to be back in the region with the opportunity to provide an engaging forum where compliance professionals can discuss and share global best practices in the context of the realities of the MENA region,” said John Byrne, CAMS, ACAMS Executive Vice President.

The opening keynote address will be delivered by Mr. Adel Al-Qulish, Executive Secretary at the Middle East-North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF). Among his various responsibilities, Mr. Al-Qulish coordinates member countries’ efforts in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing and oversees the process of mutual evaluation of other countries.

Also presenting at the conference is Dr. Muhammad Baasiri, Third Vice Governor at Banque du Liban and the Chairman of the National Committee for Coordinating AML Policies. Dr. Baasiri played a key role in the creation of MENAFATF, and was awarded the 2008 ACAMS “Professional of the Year” in the MENA region.

About the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists ® (ACAMS®)
ACAMS is the largest international membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of AML and financial crime professionals from a wide range of industries with extensive resources designed to develop and sharpen the skills required for superior job performance and career advancement. Its CAMS certification is the most widely recognized AML certification among compliance professionals worldwide. Visit for more information.

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Netflix Original Series, House of Cards London premiere

Netflix Original Series House of Cards, the new political drama staring Kevin Spacey and Executive Produced by David Fincher, premiered in London January 17th, 2013 at the Odeon, West End.
The premiere was attended by cast members Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara as well as Director David Fincher and writer Beau Willimon.

Netflix in association with The Old Vic, presented the first viewing of this Original Netflix Series, House of Cards.

A thrilling political drama about power and the shadowy world of greed, sex, corruption and politics in modern day D.C. House of Cards is available only on Netflix, from February 1st.

Netflix House of Cards Red Carpet Premiere

Netflix House of Cards Red Carpet Premiere

Netflix House of Cards Red Carpet Premiere

Netflix House of Cards Red Carpet Premiere

BAFTA LA 2013 Awards Season Tea Party Arrivals

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) celebrated the 2013 Awards Season with their annual BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party is one of the most prestigious events in the annual awards calendar, celebrating and wishing the best of luck to all nominees for the awards season ahead.

As well as honoring the year’s nominees and winners, the Tea Party also included a silent auction to raise funds and awareness for the BAFTA LA Community Outreach and Philanthropic programs including the Heritage Archive and Inner City Cinema programs. Awards Season Nominees along with Leading executives, British celebrities and BAFTA members enjoyed traditionally British tea and scones, and cocktails at the uniquely British Tea Party.

BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party sponsors included Audi, The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, BBC AMERICA and Champagne Taittinger.

Celebrities in attendance were; Ben Affleck (Argo), Mark Andrews (Brave), Malik Bendjelloul (Searching for Sugar Man), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Steve Bing (Marley), Jacqueline Bisset, Jon Bon Jovi (Stand Up Guys), Helena Bonham Carter (Les Miserables), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Tim Burton (Frankenweenie), Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), David Costabile (Lincoln), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Olivia d’Abo, Mychael Danna (Life of Pi), Jack Davenport (Smash), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Alexandre Desplat (Argo), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere), Francesca Eastwood (Miss Golden Globe 2013), Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Sally Field (Lincoln), Frances Fisher, Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom), Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), Ken Howard (SAG President), Danny Huston (Magic City), Jason Isaacs, Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Toby Jones (The Girl), Kathleen Kennedy (Lincoln), Travis Knight (ParaNorman), Tony Kushner (Lincoln), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Nigel Lythgoe, Berenice Marlohe (Skyfall), Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby), Sienna Miller (The Girl), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), Navid Negahban (Homeland), Stephen Nemeth (The Sessions), Thandie Newton, Catherine O’Hara (Frankenweenie), Lena Olin, David Oyelowo (Lincoln/Middle of Nowhere), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Dev Patel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel/The Newsroom), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Freida Pinto, Lara Pulver (Da Vinci’s Demons), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Jay Roach (Game Change), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom), Katherine Sarafian (Brave), Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Danny Strong (Game Change), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), Lorraine Toussaint (Middle of Nowhere), Christ Tucker (Silver Linings Playbook), Nadine Velazquez (Flight), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Harvey Weinstein (Weinstein Company), James Wolk (Political Animals), and many more.

Ben Affleck Honored with Cinema for Peace Humanitarian Award

Cinema For Peace 2013 Gala For Humanity Honoring Ben Affleck And The Eastern Congo Initiative

Cinema For Peace 2013 Gala For Humanity Honoring Ben Affleck And The Eastern Congo Initiative

Cinema For Peace 2013 Gala For Humanity Honoring Ben Affleck And The Eastern Congo Initiative

Cinema For Peace 2013 Gala For Humanity Honoring Ben Affleck And The Eastern Congo Initiative

Cinema For Peace 2013 Gala For Humanity Honoring Ben Affleck And The Eastern Congo Initiative



On January 11, 2013 The Cinema for Peace Foundation presented Academy Award-winning actor, filmmaker and founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, Ben Affleck, with its coveted Cinema for Peace Humanitarian Award at the star-studded 2013 Gala for Humanity at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Affleck was honored for his courageous efforts to raise awareness about the catastrophe in the Democratic Republic of Congo and his stand against the injustices experienced by the Congolese.

Joining Affleck for his accolade at the dinner gala celebration were Thandie Newton, Dax Shepard, Kristin Bell, Alfre Woodard and Cheyenne Jackson along with Cinema for Peace Founder and Gala Co-Chair Jaka Bizilj, HFPA President Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly and Gala Chairs Claire and John Cauldwell, Roland Emmerich, Veronica Ferres, Cindy Hensley McCain, Jeff Robinov, Cathy Schulman, Jeff Skoll and Co-Chairs Christian Angermayer, Elmar Biebl, Ted Braun, Rosilyn Heller, Philip Morros, Steve Wozencraft and Oliver Prock, among many more. Musical entertainment was provided by the hit Congolese band Maisha Soul.

Audi Kicks Off Golden Globes Week 2013

Bryan Cranston & Julie Bowen at the Audi pre-Golden Globes party

Bryan Cranston, Eric Stonestreet & Julie Bowen at the Audi pre-Golden Globes party

Kate Bosworth & Connie Britton at the Audi pre-Golden Globes party

Liev Schreiber & Naomi Watts at the Audi pre-Golden Globes party

Naomi Watts & Kate Bosworth at the Audi pre-Golden Globes party

Last night, some of Hollywood’s brightest stars joined Audi in kicking off Golden Globes® week 2013. Audi continued its well-regarded tradition of helping celebrate awards season with its fourth annual Golden Globes® party attended by nominees Naomi Watts, Connie Britton, Bryan Cranston, Eric Stonestreet along with Liev Schreiber, Kate Bosworth, Julie Bowen, Anthony Mackie, Navid Negahban, Chord Overstreet and Katie Cassidy, among others. At the star-studded event, celebrities arrived in stunning Audi vehicles including the A8L, the brand’s luxury flagship sedan

Golden Globe® nominee Connie Britton, clad in a stunning floor length red gown, chatted with Kate Bosworth who wore a black lace dress

Nominee Naomi Watts and partner Liev Schreiber stuck by one another’s side the entire night and were seen catching up with “Movie 43” co-star Kate Bosworth and beau Michael Polish

Nominee Eric Stonestreet held court on the dance floor, showing off his moves to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”

Julie Bowen, dressed in a beautiful beaded one-shouldered number, joked that she wished she could wear a Hillary Clinton-inspired pantsuit to next Sunday’s show

Television’s favorite villain, “Homeland’s” Navid Negahban happily chatted with fans of the show who approached him all night long

· “Breaking Bad” co-stars Bryan Cranston and Giancarlo Esposito caught up in the tented outdoor lounge

Lauren Conrad’s ex Jason Wahler engaged to Ashley Slack






Former Hollywood bad boy and Lauren Conrad’s ex Jason Wahler is officially off the market as he’s now engaged to model Ashley Slack.

Wahler posted a photo of his fiancee’s ring on Instagram, with the message “Love you babe!

Wahler, who gained popularity for his bad boy image on MTV’s Laguna Beach and The Hills, popped the question in November of Last year and his girlfriend said yes..

Wahler’s bride-to-be confirmed the news on her Facebook page, telling her followers:

“I said yes!!! I am the happiest girl in the whole wide world and I can not wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. — with Jason Wahler.” Later adding, “It’s official! 10-12-13 I will be Mrs. Wahler wooohoooo!!!!!”

Tribeca Film Presents Struck by Lighting World premiere

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Tribeca Film presents the premiere of STRUCK BY LIGHTNING held at the Chinese 6 on January 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, United States

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING’s director Brian Dannelly, writer, producer and star Chris Colfer and co-stars Rebel Wilson, Sarah Hyland, Dermot Mulroney, Angela Kinsey, Carter Jenkins, Ashley Rickards, Roberto Aguire, Matt Prokop, Robbie Amell, Graham Rogers, Allie Grant, Michael Van London, producers David Permut and Mia Chang, co-producer Monica Aguirre and Executive Producer Glenn Rigberg.

Also joined by Tribeca Enterprises’s Matt Spangler, Adam Shankman, Darren Criss, Bob Saget, Romy Rosemont, Harry Shum Jr., Ashley Fink, Reid Ewing, Lauren Potter, Dot Jones, Max Adler, Josh Sussman, Dominic Barnes, Shawn Pyfrom, Beth Behrs, Carolyn Hennesy, Zoe Lister-Jones, Italia Ricci and Kate Flannery among others!

High school senior Carson Phillips (Chris Colfer) was destined for bigger things than his close-minded small town could ever offer. He was on a path to greatness, but destiny had a different plan when he was suddenly killed by a bolt of lightning in his school parking lot.

Demonstrating that life is what happens while you’re busy planning your future, Carson recounts the last few weeks of his life via witty, insightful flashbacks, including a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids in school that he concocts with his best friend (Rebel Wilson, BRIDESMAIDS), and a home life that includes a mother (Allison Janney, JUNO, “The West Wing”) who’s more interested in the bottle than her son’s future and an estranged father (Dermot Mulroney, MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING) who suddenly appears with a pregnant fiancée (Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”).

Tribeca Film Release: STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
National Premiere across the country January 6, 2013,
OPENING LIMITED Friday, January 11th

Emma Stone and Seth McFarlane to announce Oscar Nominations 2013




Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards® will be announced by the show’s host, Seth MacFarlane, and actress Emma Stone on Thursday, January 10. This will be the first time since 1972 that an Oscar show host has participated in the nominations announcement.

MacFarlane and Stone will unveil the nominations at a 5:30 a.m. PT news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where hundreds of media representatives from around the world will be gathered.

Since the first nominations announcement in 1964, the Academy president has been joined by one or more co-announcers at the event. This year the Academy will break with tradition when MacFarlane, who was named Oscar show host in October, joins Stone on Oscar nominations morning. Charlton Heston (1972) was the only other show host to participate in the nominations announcement.

Stone starred in the 2011 Best Picture nominee “The Help” and the summer release “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Her other film credits include “Superbad,” “Zombieland,” “Easy A” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” Stone will be seen in “Gangster Squad” later this month and in “The Croods,” due out in March.

Nominations information for all categories will be distributed to news media in attendance and via the Internet on the official Academy Awards website,

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards–in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners–Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

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24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Backstage

24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Backstage

The 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala took place last night at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Those in attendance included Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Bradley Cooper, Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren, Mychael Danna, Naomi Watts, Richard Gere, Robert Zemeckis, Sally Field, Tom Hooper, Tom Hanks, Diane Lane, Eddie Redmayne, Martin Sheen, Ang Lee, Tony Mendez, David O. Russell and Tom Holland.


Cartier Welcomed Host Mary Hart and Festival Honorees Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Bradley Cooper, Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren, Mychael Danna, Naomi Watts, Richard Gere, Robert Zemeckis, Sally Field and Tom Hooper

Kicking off the 2013 Awards Season, The 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Awards Gala, presented by Cartier, was held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Palm Springs Convention Center hosted by Mary Hart. Honorees were presented with an original Chihuly Glass Sculpture designed by Dale Chihuly or the John Kennedy “The Entertainer” statue. The event was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and Entertainment Tonight.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala honors individuals in the entertainment industry with several prestigious awards for acting, director, achievement in film scoring and life achievement. The following awards were presented at this year’s Awards Gala:

* Argo (Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston) received the Ensemble Performance Award presented by Tony Mendez.
* Bradley Cooper received the Desert Palm Achievement Award Actor for Silver Linings Playbook presented by the film’s director David O. Russell.
* Helen Hunt received the Spotlight Award for The Sessions presented by her co-star John Hawkes.
* Helen Mirren received the International Star Award for Hitchcock presented by Tom Hooper, who directed her in Elizabeth I.
* Mychael Danna received the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for Life of Pi presented Ang Lee.
* Naomi Watts received the Desert Palm Achievement Award Actress for The Impossible presented by her co-star in the film Tom Holland.
* Richard Gere received the Chairman’s Award for Arbitrage presented by his The Cotton Club, Nights in Rodanthe and Unfaithful co-star Diane Lane.
* Robert Zemeckis received the Director of the Year Award for Flight presented by Tom Hanks who he directed in Castaway, Forrest Gump, and Polar Express.
* Sally Field (Lincoln) received the Career Achievement Award presented by her The Amazing Spider-Man co-star Martin Sheen.
* Tom Hooper received the Sonny Bono Visionary Award for Les Misérables presented by the film’s co-star Eddie Redmayne.

Additional guests who attended the event: Senator Barbara Boxer, Dale and Leslie Chihuly, Taylor Hackford, Mary Bono Mack, Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, Bill Pullman (The Fruit Hunters, 1600 Penn) along with Festival representatives Harold Matzner (Festival Chairman), Darryl Macdonald (Festival Director) and Helen du Toit (Artistic Director).

Cartier jewelry was worn this year by select honorees, presenters and guests Naomi Watts, Diane Lane, Sally Field, Eddie Redmayne (watch) and Mychael Danna (watch). In addition, Cartier presented Tank Solo watches to all honorees, Cufflinks for male presenters and Love necklaces for female presenters. Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Mychael Danna, Sally Field, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, John Hawkes, Tom Holland, Helen Hunt, Diane Lane, Ang Lee, Tony Mendez, Helen Mirren, David O. Russell, Martin Sheen, Naomi Watts and Robert Zemeckis arrived in S400 HYBRID sedan, S550 sedans, GL450 SUVs and ML350 SUVs to the Festival red carpet.

Following the ceremony an after party was held at the Parker Palm Springs where Bradley Cooper, Sally Field, John Hawkes, Tom Hooper, Eddie Redmayne, David O. Russell, Naomi Watts and many others were in attendance.

NHL Lockout nearly ending



NHL and the Players’ Association reached a temporary agreement that may end a 3 months lockout of unionized players, the league said in a statement posted on its website.
The new agreement reached in New York still must approved by both the players and owners, said the NHL.
“After negotiating for over 16 hours at the Sofitel Hotel, the sides announced an agreement in principle Sunday morning,” the league said.
The NHL scrapped its preseason and games through the end of 2012 after the contract expired on September 15 and the two sides were unable to reach an agreement.
If the new agreement is approved, there’s a possibility to run the second half of the season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has said any abbreviated regular season should probably have a minimum of 48 games per team.
A total of 526 games, nearly 43% of the season, were scheduled from the start of the regular season on October 11 through December 30, the NHL said.
A similar labor dispute canceled the entire 2004-05 NHL season.

The Hockey fans have been frustrated with the lockout and can’t wait for it to end.