• U.S. panel accuses Chinese journalists of spying for Beijing

    Life could become more complicated for Chinese journalists working in the U.S. A new report by a U.S. government panel has called for staff members of Chinese state-run media groups in the U.S. to be made to register as foreign agents. The U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission alleged Wednesday that journalists at some Chinese media organizations engage in spying activities, feeding information back to the Chinese government. The report comes just days after the production company behind the American version of the Russian state-funded network RT officially filed as a foreign agent following pressure from the Department of Justice. The report Wednesday by the commission, which was

  • Using the Simpsons to explain how Asian Americans are overlooked

    Hollywood has offered up few Asian American stars. But one of its most well-known is a cartoon: Apu from "The Simpsons." Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian American character who operates the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store in the fictional town of Springfield and is known for the catch phrase "thank you, come again," has served as the animated series' running immigrant punchline for almost 30 years. "What bothered me about Apu is how he stood in for my parents, replacing their real stories and real struggles and their really complicated lives with an accent," said comedian Hari Kondabolu in his documentary "The Problem with Apu," which airs Sunday on truTV. Since there were so few Indian Americans

  • Plans for £8.5m artist centre go on show

    The latest plans for an £8.5m centre to commemorate a world-renowned artist have been revealed. Gainsborough's House wants to redevelop a former labour exchange building at the rear of its existing museum in the centre of Sudbury, Suffolk. The plans include a gallery showing the best of Thomas Gainsborough's full-length portraits. Museum director Mark Bills said the project would "give the nation a centre for one of its greatest artists". The plans were drawn up following a public consultation earlier this year. Thomas Gainsborough was born in 1727, the youngest of nine children, and spent much of his childhood sketching in the woods and fields surrounding Sudbury. 'Enormous support' He left

  • Jamie Oliver bans teen daughter's selfies

    TV chef Jamie Oliver has said he has banned his 14-year-old daughter from sharing selfies, describing them as the unhealthy "sugar of social media". "We ban Daisy from doing selfies and mainly she doesn't, but a couple slip up," the father-of-five told the Lifestyle News Hound podcast. Oliver, 42, says he is among the first generation of parents learning to deal with children sharing photos online. He and wife Jools regularly post family photos on their own Instagram pages. But Oliver, a prominent campaigner for healthy eating, described teenage girls' use of Instagram as "frightening". 'Pouty lips' He said: "I'm going to generalise massively here, but from my observation so far, at 13 to 14,

  • 'Jim & Andy' captures Jim Carrey's deep dive into Andy Kaufman

    Culled from 100 hours of footage shot throughout the movie's filming, and augmented by recent interviews, director Chris Smith's movie strongly suggests that the method approach Carrey used in making that movie -- which included never breaking character, on or off the set -- has stuck with him to this day. At the time one of the world's biggest box-office draws, it subtly explains why we haven't seen as much of Carrey. Indeed, listening to him now, it sounds as if parts of Kaufman are still bouncing around inside his head. Kaufman, of course, was a comic like few others, featuring an act that possessed a peculiar current of performance art, designed as much to confuse and perplex as elicit laughs.

  • Are grandparents spoiling kids?

    A study says grandparents tend to give high-sugar snacks as treats. The University of Glasgow found that this is having a bad effect on children's diet and weight. We asked some grandparents if they were guilty.

  • Peter Kay's Car Share to return

    Fans of Peter Kay's sitcom Car Share thought it had ended for good - but the comedian has announced there will be two more episodes. Kay said he wanted to "quit while you're ahead" after series two ended earlier this year. But he's announced a "special finale" to show what happened between John, his character, and Sian Gibson's Kayleigh. It will follow Car Show Unscripted, an improvised episode. Both will be screened on BBC One next year. The second series ended in May with Kayleigh declaring her love for John but walking out of his car and his life when he refused to say how he felt. The lack of a twist bringing the two characters together at last surprised and disappointed many viewers who