Moore, Kutcher back fight vs. trafficking
UNITED NATIONS — Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are lending their names to U.N.’s efforts to fight human trafficking, a scourge the international organization estimates affects about 2.5 million people worldwide.
The couple attended the launch Thursday of a new U.N. Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, saying that international sex slavery and indentured servitude — especially of children — must stop.
‘‘Help us spread the awareness and bring a spotlight on this atrocious issue,’’ Moore said, with Kutcher adding: ‘‘we are failing option-less victims.’’
Conan ready for new set
BURBANK, Calif. — Conan O’Brien is ready to reach out and touch the audience in his cozy new Burbank, Calif., studio — if the lawyers don’t stop him.
O’Brien says he wanted an intimate atmosphere for his late-night TBS show, which launches 11 p.m. EST Monday. At NBC’s ‘‘Tonight Show,’’ he was given a large studio that held more than 300 people. For ‘‘Conan,’’ O’Brien is holding court in a smaller, 250-seat house and will stand about a dozen feet away from the audience during his opening monologue.
Otherwise, Studio 15 on the Warner Bros. lot is decorated talk-show traditional, with a desk for O’Brien and sofa for his guests. The set’s backdrop is a nighttime seascape of the California coast under the glow of a full moon.
Jackson’s new album to be released Dec. 14
NEW YORK — Get ready for more Michael Jackson music.
Sony Records and Jackson’s estate announced Thursday that they’ll be releasing ‘‘Michael’’ on Dec. 14. The album is billed as ‘‘newly completed recordings’’ from the pop legend who died last year.
The first single is called ‘‘Breaking News’’ and will be streamed on www.michaeljackson.com starting Monday.