Charlize Theron under fire over Afrikaans 'a dying language' comments

Oscar-winning actor Charlize Theron has sparked a firestorm in her native South Africa for suggesting that Afrikaans, a language descended from Dutch settlers, was heading for oblivion. . Afrikaans is descended from Dutch spoken by settlers who began to arrive in South Africa in the mid-17th century.

Axed Australian TV soap 'Neighbours' set for revival

Cult Australian soap opera "Neighbours" is to return to television screens next year after being cancelled by Britain's Channel 5, streaming site Amazon Freevee said Thursday. . The premiere will appear exclusively on Amazon Freevee in the UK and United States and the site will also stream thousands of Neighbours episodes from previous series.

Oscar-tipped Fraser says to skip Globes after sex-assault allegation

Oscar-tipped actor Brendan Fraser will not attend next year's Golden Globes ceremony, he said in an interview published Wednesday, four years after he publicly accused the former head of the awarding body of sexual assault.. "No, I will not participate," Fraser told GQ in an interview when asked if he would attend the awards, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), were he invited.

Freud centenary exhibit reunites artist with closest friends

British artists Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon were friends for decades before a bitter falling out.. Freud's first wife Caroline Blackwood famously said of Bacon that he came over for dinner "nearly every night for more or less the whole of my marriage to Lucian".

Kazakhstan's Tokayev: once loyal protege tightens grip

In less than a year, Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev violently suppressed the worst unrest in his country's history, neutralised his all-powerful predecessor and stood up to Russia's Vladimir Putin.. Protests broke out across the vast country that turned into violent unrest and centred on Kazakhstan's economic centre, Almaty.

Warhol piece sells for $85 mn at New York auction

Andy Warhol's iconic 1960s painting "White Disaster" sold for $85 million at auction Wednesday evening at Sotheby's in New York.. In May, Warhol's 1962 portrait of Marilyn Monroe, "Shot Sage Blue Marylin," was auctioned for $195 million, becoming the most expensive 20th century work ever sold at auction.

Out of the box: defying stereotypes in 'Return to Seoul'

It is Cambodia's next Oscars entry, has a Korean-born France-based star, a French-Cambodian director, and was shot in South Korea.. "Return to Seoul" was just one of the films with non-Korean directors and Korean crews to screen at the Busan fest, including Singapore's Oscars entry "Ajoomma" and Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Broker" -- which explored South Korea's "baby boxes" where infants are abandoned.

CNN tells New Year anchors to lay off the booze

Cable news giant CNN has told its celebrity presenters they need to cut back the on-air boozing this New Year's Eve, with bosses seemingly determined to make their broadcast a more sober affair.. "During the meeting, Licht told employees he felt on-camera drinking eroded the credibility of CNN personnel and damaged the 'respectability' they may enjoy among viewers," Variety reported. hg/bgs