Coming This Week: Dec. 9-15, 2012

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You won’t want to miss these events this week.

Sunday, Dec. 9

The British Independent Film Awards in London.

The ninth annual Dubai International Film Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The festival will open with the film Life of Pi.

The Annual World Islamic Banking Conference begins in Manama, Bahrain.

Lady Gaga performs in St. Petersburg, Russia … however, a local lawmaker has banned folks under the age of 18 from attending.

Monday, Dec. 10

James Holmes, the accused shooter from July’s Aurora, Colo., movie theatre attacks, begins his pre-trial hearing today.
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It’s Human Rights Day.

The Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

Facebook users have until noon today (EST) to vote on the site’s proposed privacy changes.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Nareem Davis, the man accused of pushing a man to his death in front of a New York City subway train, appears in court today.

Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple, hosts an AMA on Reddit at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Later in the day, the developers of Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3 host an AMA at 2:00 p.m. EST.

The Discovery Channel airs Amish Mafia, a show about the secret lives of men whose primary duty is to protect the Amish people.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

It’s 12/12/12!

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Kanye West and others perform at a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Proceeds from the show will go to Robin Hood Relief Fund.

The Kardashian sisters launch a make-up line in the United States.

Pete Docter, director of Pixar’s Monsters Inc., 3D, hosts an AMA on Reddit at 1:30 p.m. EST.

Newark mayor and #waywire founder Cory Booker will appear on “The Daily Show” tonight.

Thursday, Dec. 13

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the BNEMA Forum for the Future in Tunis, Tunisia today.

A “rare photo” of the Titanic iceberg will be auctioned off today in Amherst, New Hampshire.

Gabriel Aubry, former husband of actress Halle Berry, is filing a restraining order against Berry’s current fiance, French actor Olivier Martinez, after a fight broke out between the two men at the actress’s home on Thanksgiving.

Tonight’s “Daily Show” guest is Kristen Stewart.

Friday, Dec. 14

TIME magazine’s Person of the Year issue comes out today.

Peter Jackson’s much, much anticipated The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters. It’s the first of a three-part series based off J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 book of the same name. Watch the trailer:

Also out today is Any Day Now, a drama about a gay couple in the 1970s who fight to keep custody of a teenaged neighbor that comes to live under their roof (limited release.) Watch the trailer:

Yahoo Messenger will begin removing some of its features today.

Saturday, Dec. 15

News Corporation will shut down its iPad-only newspaper, The Daily, today.

The second International Conference and Expo on Halal History in Lahore, Pakistan.

Actor Martin Short hosts Saturday Night Live; Paul McCartney performs.

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Eric Larson

Eric is a features writer at Mashable, and previously interned at NPR. Follow: @elarson0429.

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