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Foster wins award from Globes

Plus: Alt-J take Britain¿s Mercury Prize; Depardieu to star in Uzebek film; Winfrey and Huffington collaborate; Air New Zealand releases Hobbit video

Jodie Foster will receive the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Golden Globes ceremony on January 13. Paul Buck / EPA
Jodie Foster will receive the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Golden Globes ceremony on January 13. Paul Buck / EPA

Foster wins award from Globes

Jodie Foster will receive a coveted prize from the Golden Globes at the annual film awards show in January. The 49-year-old, who won a Golden Globe for her role in the 1991 film Silence of the Lambs, was named the recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's (HFPA) Cecil B DeMille Award. "Her ambition, exuberance and grace have helped pave the way for budding artists in this business," said the HFPA president Aida Takla O'Reilly. The Golden Globes show will be held on January 13 in Beverly Hills. - AFP

Alt-J take Britain's Mercury Prize

The indie pop quartet Alt-J have won Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize, beating more established acts to the £20,000 (Dh118,000) award. The band was formed by four Leeds University students in 2007, and their sharp but spare vocals and occasionally bizarre lyrics propelled them onto the charts. Critical reception to their debut album, An Awesome Wave, was extremely favourable and the band were tipped to beat artists including the rapper Plan B and the singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, who were also among the finalists. - AP

Depardieu to star in Uzebek film

The French actor Gérard Depardieu will reportedly play a part in a film that is based on a script written by the daughter of the Uzbekistan president, Islam Karimov. Gulnara Karimova has frequently been touted as a potential successor to her father who has ruled the former Soviet nation for 23 years. Karimova is feted back home as a diplomat, philanthropist, singer and fashion designer. The Uzbek filmmaker Akbar Khakimov told the Olam.uz news agency that Depardieu will play a Christian monk in the film that is set in Central Asia around the sixth century. - AP

Winfrey and Huffington collaborate for new online section

Two of the most powerful women in media - Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington - are joining forces. The two have launched HuffPost OWN, a new section on the Huffington Post website that will feature material from the Oprah Winfrey Network and Oprah.com. Winfrey said she was "delighted to join the conversation" at the Huffington Post. In a blog post, Huffington said Winfrey is "made for the internet" given her qualities of engagement. - AP

Air New Zealand releases Hobbit video

Air New Zealand is celebrating the forthcoming premiere of the first in The Hobbit movie trilogy with a four-minute, in-flight safety video featuring the character Gollum and the film director Peter Jackson. The video, which was uploaded on YouTube on Thursday, received more than two million hits within a day of being posted. The carrier calls itself "the airline of Middle-earth" and cabin staff appear in the clip as film characters. Two of JRR Tolkien's great-grandsons even make cameos. - AP