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‘Sherlock’ star Benedict Cumberbatch praised for saving cyclist from muggers

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 21:13
The food-delivery firm Deliveroo thanked Benedict Cumberbatch on Saturday after a newspaper reported that the “Sherlock” star had fought off muggers who were attacking one ...

Fantasy island: Collaborative multimedia project in Nagasaki seeks to augment the natural world

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 07:05
A young girl’s voice rings through the forest, drawing me further into the darkness. “Koko ni kite,” the voice calls again in a whisper from ...

‘Japanese Whisky’ puts the ambrosial spirit in its place

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 06:38
In his new book, Brian Ashcraft explores the phenomenal success of Japanese whisky and what has led it to becoming the world's most desirable spirit.

Yukio Mishima’s demons are out in full force in ‘Runaway Horses’

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 06:36
"Perfect purity is possible," Mishima writes, "if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of death."

‘Mixing Work with Pleasure’: a candid reflection of a life at Studio Ghibli

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 06:34
Toshio Suzuki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, recounts his collaborative partnerships and lifelong bonds with Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the third of Ghibli's founders.

‘Full Frontal’ comic Samantha Bee apologizes to Ivanka Trump for obscenity slur

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 16:54
Comedian Samantha Bee apologized to Ivanka Trump and viewers on Thursday for using an obscenity to describe the president’s daughter, an incident that quickly thrust ...

Matt LeBlanc of ‘Friends’ fame to step down as BBC ‘Top Gear’ host, citing travel demands

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 16:50
Matt LeBlanc, former star of 1990s U.S. hit comedy “Friends,” said on Thursday he will step down as co-host of the BBC motoring program “Top ...

Rainy season is a great time to binge-watch anime

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 01:02
The anime season that began in April is winding down, meaning that those who prefer to wait and ingest their anime in one flat-out, high-speed ...

Four female directors extol the virtues of short films in presenting new points of view

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 00:54
The red carpet at any film festival is known for star power and fashion, but when 82 women walked arm in arm down the red ...

Short Shorts festival entries give Japan a starring role

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 00:53
From “You Only Live Twice” (1967) to “Black Rain” (1989) and “Lost in Translation” (2003), directors who choose Japan as a filming location are often ...

Manhattan grand jury indicts Harvey Weinstein on rape, sex crime charges

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 16:50
A Manhattan grand jury Wednesday indicted Harvey Weinstein on rape and sex crime charges, the next step in efforts by prosecutors to bring the disgraced ...

Roseanne Barr blames Ambien for her racist tweet as drug maker says that’s not a side effect

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 14:35
The maker of Ambien said Wednesday that “racism is not a known side effect” after Roseanne Barr cited the insomnia drug in explaining the tweet ...

From a POW camp to esteemed music halls nationwide: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 marks 100 years in Japan

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 01:45
It’s rare that a concert has so much impact that people still talk about it 100 years later. However, that’s certainly the case for a ...

‘Deadpool 2’: A tad tame but still a ton of fun

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 01:44
Blame it on the Bat. For a brief period, Deadpool seemed like the most subversive player on the cinematic superhero circuit, deflating the genre’s pretensions ...

‘Over Drive’: An unrealistic racing flick puts the action into top gear

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 01:43
Car movies from Japan are few and far between, which is strange given the huge automotive industry and millions of car lovers here. Now industry ...

Boy band BTS make K-pop history by topping U.S. album charts

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 21:56
South Korean boy band phenomenon BTS have become the first K-pop group to rise to the top of the U.S. album charts, a vivid illustration ...

Morgan Freeman’s lawyer demands CNN retract sexual harassment claims

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 17:03
Morgan Freeman’s lawyer demanded Tuesday that CNN retract a story accusing the 80-year-old movie star of multiple cases of sexual harassment.“We presented CNN with objective ...

ABC cancels hit sitcom ‘Roseanne’ following star’s ‘bad joke’ racist tweet targeting ex-Obama aide

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 15:54
ABC canceled its hit reboot of “Roseanne” on Tuesday following star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet that referred to former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a ...

From ‘Wallace and Gromit’ to ‘Isle of Dogs,’ cinematographer Tristan Oliver brings film’s beloved animated worlds to life

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 02:00
When it comes to stop-motion animation, there are few who have as involved a history as Tristan Oliver. His list of work as a cinematographer ...

Kasuga’s grand treasures hold history high

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 01:59
Around a half-century after Heijo (present-day Nara) became Japan’s capital in 710, Minister of the Left Fujiwara no Nagate constructed Kasuga Grand Shrine at the ...