London, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) — Baby Archie will make his first overseas appearance this fall when parents Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, take him on an official visit to South Africa.
The couple's Instagram account said: "This will be their first official tour as a family." Archie is expected to make the trip when he is about five months old.
Buckingham Palace said Thursday Prince Harry and Meghan will make an official visit to South Africa in the fall and that Harry will continue on to Angola, Malawi and Botswana.
Harry and Meghan's official Instagram account said they "are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the commonwealth and beyond."
The date of the trip hasn't yet been announced.
Harry and his brother Prince William have traveled throughout Africa and both are involved in efforts to protect wildlife there. Harry is also patron to a charity helping children in Lesotho.
Los Angeles, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) — There are more days ahead for "One Day at a Time."
The CBS Corp.-owned cable channel Pop TV says Thursday it's greenlighted a new season of the reboot canceled by Netflix.
In a statement, Pop TV President Brad Schwartz called the series both "culturally significant" and funny.
The original 1975-84 sitcom about a single white mom was reimagined with a Latino family at its center, a TV rarity.
Justina Machado stars as Penelope Alvarez, a Cuban American parent and military veteran, with Rita Moreno playing her mother, Lydia.
"One Day at a Time" was dropped by Netflix earlier this year after three seasons, prompting an outcry from fans. The streaming service said not enough people watched the show to justify renewing it.
Famed producer Norman Lear, who co-created the original series and is executive producer on the remake, said he was "heartbroken" when it was canceled.
"Today, I'm overwhelmed with joy to know the Alvarez family will live on," Lear said in a statement.
Pop TV says the new 13-episode season is planned for 2020.
Paris, June 27 (AP/UNB) — It's been hanging on people's walls for almost 170 years without drawing much attention, but a painting showing a group of women has turned out to be more than meets the eye.
The most recent owner of the picture, a Parisian woman, has found out that what she has is a long-forgotten painting by 19th century French Romantic artist Eugene Delacroix.
"A woman walked into the gallery with a painting under her arm, telling me she'd just visited the Delacroix exhibit at the Louvre Museum ... and that she thought her painting shared some resemblance" with the artist's "Women of Algiers in their Apartment," said Philippe Mendes, director of the Mendes Gallery in Paris.
"I took a look at the painting, which was dirty and with a very thick yellow varnish, but I felt it had Delacroix's very particular style. So I said, let's clean the painting and let's see what comes out of it," he told The Associated Press in an interview.
"After we cleaned it, the radiant and extraordinary colors typical of Delacroix really stood out and we knew we had to start doing some real research."
The painting, now hanging in Mendes' gallery as he negotiates with a U.S. museum seeking to buy it, shows a pale woman seated and an African slave standing next to her, looking at the other woman over her shoulder. The same scene is captured in "Women of Algiers in their Apartment," which was painted after in 1833-34 after Delacroix visited North Africa. That painting now lives in the Louvre.
Art historian and Delacroix expert Virginie Cauchi-Fatiga investigated the curious canvas at Mendes' request. She analyzed the technique and use of colors, compared it with other Delacroix paintings, then used infrared and X-ray images to look deeper.
After more than a year of examination, her verdict: She says with "absolute certainty" that the painting is a Delacroix work, a study for "Women of Algiers." The study was sold at auction in 1850 and hadn't been shown in public since.
She called it a discovery "of prime importance, because it really is a gateway into the artist's mind right at the moment" he was working on "Women of Algiers."
"The colors are distinctive of Delacroix's work, but it's also about how they are associated," she said. "He doesn't use color in the same way as other big classical painters - color is not an accessory for him. He shapes his painting around colors."
The painting bears no Delacroix signature, since it is only a study, she said — but does bear a stamp at the back of the canvas reading "118."
That matches the number listed for the study in the catalog of paintings sold at auction in 1850 by the Count de Mornay, a diplomat who sponsored Delacroix's trip to North Africa, Mendes said. Lot 118 was bought for a private collection, and its subsequent movements aren't known.
The Parisian woman bought the painting about 10 years ago with her father, but does not want to be publicly identified, Mendes said.
He also showed the canvas to experts at French museums that hold Delacroix paintings and received an export certificate from the Culture Ministry identifying it as a Delacroix work.
The National Eugene Delacroix Museum in Paris and its parent, the Louvre, would not comment on the painting because it is on the open market, but did not question its authenticity. The Metropolitan Museum in New York, which hosted a Delacroix exhibit in 2018, would not comment on a work outside its collection.
No one would comment on the possible value of the painting.
Paul Exbrayat of the Britain-based Art Loss Register said the painting had not been listed on international databases as missing or stolen, and described it as just long-dormant. "It has woken up from a long slumber, like Sleeping Beauty," he said.
Seoul, Jun 27 (AP/UNB) — South Korean superstar couple Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo are seeking a divorce to end their celebrity marriage of less than two years.
Dubbed as "Song-Song couple," both have huge followings across Asia and elsewhere. They married in October 2017 after falling in love while co-starring in the mega-hit TV drama, "Descendants of the Sun." They are one of the highest-profile star couples in South Korea's entertainment world.
A law firm representing Song Joong-ki confirmed that he was taking legal steps to divorce actress Song Hye-kyo.
The 33-year-old actor offered an apology to his fans because he had to deliver "not good news," according to the Seoul-based Lee & Ko law firm.
Song Joong-ki said he won't disclose details about why he and 37-year-old Song Hye-kyo want to end their marriage. He said both want to end their divorce proceedings smoothly rather than blame each other.
Song Hye-kyo's management agency, the United Artists Agency, said "a personality difference" is the reason for the divorce.
"Song Hye-kyo is taking steps for divorce after cautious considerations with her husband," the company said, according to Yonhap news agency. "The reason is a personality difference, and the two sides inevitably made this decision, unable to overcome their differences."
The names of the couple were the most searched words on main portal sites in South Korea and China for much of Thursday. Many fans issued messages on online sites expressing their sadness over the divorce.
Dhaka, June 27 (UNB) - “I have always been a super expressive person. Somewhere I have become a little more private after I became an actor,” citing this as the reason, Alia Bhatt on Wednesday launched her YouTube channel with much gusto, reports The Indian Express.
The actor, who is currently busy with the much-anticipated film Brahmastra, took time off to try her hand at exploring the world of YouTube. The 26-year-old star is already the reigning queen of other social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. But according to Alia, through small YouTube videos, her fans will get an insight into her personal life and what it takes to be a star.
In the first video, where Alia Bhatt introduces the channel to her fans, we get to see several snippets from her real life. From recording the “Tip Tip Barsa Paani” video which she shared on social media last year, to doing hair and make-up in 44 degrees in Benaras for Brahmastra and even shooting the song “Ikk Kudi”, which she crooned along with Diljit Dosanjh in Udta Punjab, Alia shares what all went behind the scenes, including funny instances.
“What you’ll get to see on my YouTube channel is a lot of me being totally unadulterated, what goes behind the scenes. Good days, bad days, funny days, hectic days, simple days, sweet days, just days,” she shares.
Alia Bhatt will be sharing screen space with real-life beau Ranbir Kapoor in her next, Ayan Mukerji directed Brahmastra, that also stars Amiabh Bachchan, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Dimple Kapadia and Mouni Roy. The film’s title logo was revealed amid much fanfare in March this year. The superhero sci-fi film is scheduled to release in the summer of 2020.