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Jude Law takes stand in phone-hacking trial

Jude Law arrives at the Old Bailey in London to give evidence in the News of the World hacking trial. Andy Rain / EPA
Jude Law arrives at the Old Bailey in London to give evidence in the News of the World hacking trial. Andy Rain / EPA

Jude Law gave evidence in the phone-hacking trial on Monday, telling the jury that the media seemed to have an “unhealthy amount of information” about his private life. Law is the most high-profile celebrity so far to give evidence at the trial, where several News of the World executives deny conspiring to illegally access voicemails between 2000 and 2006. Law said he had recently discovered that a member of his family had been in contact with the now-closed News of the World at the time he was featured in the tabloid, although he said he was surprised at suggestions from defence lawyers that this person was being paid. He told the jury that he had been under intense media scrutiny between 2001 and 2006, a period in which he dated Sienna Miller. Law told the court how he was followed by “packs of photographers” who always seemed to know his movements. “I became aware that I was also turning up at places having arranged to go there secretly ... and the media were already there.” – AFP

3 Idiots at Japan Academy Awards

The 2009 Bollywood film 3 Idiots, starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sharman Joshi and R Madhavan, has been nominated for the 37th Japan Academy Awards in the Best Outstanding Foreign Language Film category. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the movie was a blockbuster. According to the awards’ official website, 3 Idiots (mystifyingly retitled I’m sure, Go Well), has been nominated alongside 2013 movies including Captain Phillips, Django Unchained, Gravity and Les Misérables. 3 Idiots was released in Japan in June last year, which explains its inclusion. The Japan Academy Awards, established in 1978 by the Nippon Academy Award Association, will take place on March 7 at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo. — The National staff