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‘Asian August’ comes to Hollywood, but will it last?

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 00:57
Phil Yu is excited. The Los Angeles-based blogger saw an advance screening months ago of “Crazy Rich Asians,” and now the first Hollywood movie with ...

‘Namie Amuro generation’: Okinawa moms pursue dream of fame

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 00:06
Five Okinawa women in their 40s, who practiced singing and dancing as teens at the same school as pop diva Namie Amuro, have recently relaunched ...

Towa Tei goes deep on death and puns

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:22
Towa Tei has mortality on his mind.“More and more, I’ve been thinking about what death means and what life is. One of my best friends ...

Oscars organizers to create new award for popular movies, shorten televised ceremony

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:42
The organizers of the Oscars said Wednesday they will create a new award category for popular movies and limit the annual, televised ceremony to three ...

‘Superman’ actress Margot Kidder’s May death ruled a suicide

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:49
“Superman” actress Margot Kidder’s death has been ruled a suicide, and her daughter said Wednesday it’s a relief to finally have the truth out.Kidder, who ...

Manga and kabuki collide in an action-packed ‘Naruto’

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:00
Here’s a sight you may not expect at a kabuki performance: A blue-haired boy bolts toward a massive snake that writhes menacingly on stage. He ...

Could Japan have its own Cirque du Soleil?

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:59
When the circus comes to town in most parts of the world these days, you won’t see elephants, tigers or clowns with big red noses.Since ...

‘The Exorcist Nurse’: Horror hits the hospital for some summer chills

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:58
Summer was once the peak season for horror in Japan, part of the local custom of beating the heat with chills from scary stories.But since ...

Masahiko Tsugawa, actor with long career in film, TV dies at 78

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:18
Masahiko Tsugawa, an actor with numerous appearances in movies and TV dramas, died of heart failure Saturday, his management agency said Tuesday. He was 78.A ...

China bars Disney’s Winnie-the Pooh-film ‘Christopher Robin’

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:08
Walt Disney Co.’s request to screen “Christopher Robin,” a movie that features the honey-loving bear Winnie-the-Pooh, in China has been denied, a source said on ...

Transgender Hollywood seeks recognition, not just roles

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:33
When actress Scarlett Johansson reversed course recently and canceled plans to play a transgender man in the film “Rub & Tug,” transgender actors like Scott ...

Mission: Accomplished — Simon Pegg’s path to blockbuster stardom

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:10
Last week the “Mission: Impossible” franchise saw its biggest opening ever — $61.2 million — with the release of its sixth film, “Fallout.” The action ...

Swedish roots in Japan’s taxonomy

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:09
While Japan's historical sakoku period of isolation may have limited any contact it had with Sweden what did transpire between the two nations is of ...

‘Words He Cannot Talk About: 30 Years After the Death of Onuki Masanosuke’

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:08
Aug. 11-Sept. 23Western-style painter Onuki Masanosuke (1925-88) learned to paint at private painting schools and research institutes. Soon after he graduated the Pacific Art School ...

‘Final Fantasy and the World of Yoshitaka Amano’

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:07
Aug. 10-Sept. 2In 1987, anime character designer Yoshitaka Amano was put in charge of the illustrations for “Final Fantasy,” the role-playing video game that went ...

‘Reading Leo Lionni, Again’

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:06
Aug. 11-Sept. 24For kids, Swimmy — a smart black fish among red siblings — is a familiar eponymous character from a Leo Lionni picture book ...

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones booted from YouTube, Facebook, Apple and Spotify

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:22
Facebook Inc. and YouTube pulled Alex Jones from their services on Monday after concluding the conspiracy theorist’s posts violated their policies. The moves follow similar ...

Robert Redford retiring from acting at 81, stays tight-lipped about directing

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:18
Robert Redford, the screen legend and Oscar winner, has announced that he’s retiring from acting at the grand old age of 81, with upcoming movie ...

’60 Minutes’ exec named in misconduct article delays return

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 16:44
The executive producer of the CBS news show “60 Minutes” is delaying his return from vacation until an investigation into sexual misconduct claims at the ...

On special radio show, author Haruki Murakami talks about his favorite music, love of running

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 06:31
Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show featuring some of his favorite songs he runs to, says writing novels is about rhythm, ...

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