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The Future Eve gets experimental with prog rock pioneer Robert Wyatt

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 01:31
Progressive rock and experimental music personality Robert Wyatt said goodbye to the music world in 2014 when he announced his retirement with the cryptic statement, ...

Goodbye, hello: Unseen Beatles footage becomes movie project for Peter Jackson

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 21:05
“Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson is making a movie about the Beatles with previously unseen studio footage, the band’s website said Wednesday — ...

Vegan Ariana Grande hit for tattoo’s accidental homage to Japanese barbecue grill

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:46
Too bad pop star Ariana Grande is vegan — she just tattooed an accidental homage to a Japanese barbecue grill on her palm.The American singer’s ...

Grammy-winning singing star James Ingram dead at 66

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:01
James Ingram, the Grammy-winning singer who launched multiple hits on the R&B and pop charts and earned two Oscar nominations for his songwriting, has died. ...

Infowars host Alex Jones seeks venue change in Sandy Hook defamation suits

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:11
Lawyers for Infowars host Alex Jones have asked a Connecticut judge to move defamation cases against him to another part of the state as he ...

’12 Suicidal Teens’: Teen suicide film deeper than most

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 02:00
Youth suicides hit a 30-year high in Japan in fiscal 2017, with 250 kids of high school age and under taking their own lives. Ijime ...

‘School-Live!’: Zombie flick lands dead on arrival

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 01:59
A manga series whose time in the public consciousness peaked years ago? Check. A cast of idol singers whose acting chops are questionable at best? ...

Japan’s grisly tale of demonic drama

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 21:14
The Nezu Museum showcases Sumiyoshi Hironao's "Shutendoji Monogatari" ("The Tale of the Drunken Demon" scrolls in their entirety for the first time in the museum's ...

Arashi’s hiatus spurs heartbreak, but hopes for a 2020 Olympic farewell

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 03:15
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics creep ever closer and one of the biggest arguments that remains is which musical performers will feature in the event’s opening ...

Perennials aside, 2019 promises movie classics in Japan

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 03:14
As a program advisor for the Udine Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, I have been scouting Japanese films for the next edition, which ...

‘Ohara Koson’

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 03:13
Feb. 1-March 24Ohara Koson (1877-1945) was active from the early 1900s to the mid 1950s and specialized in kacho-ga, Japanese-style paintings and prints of flowers ...

‘Impossible Architecture: Another History of Architecture’

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 03:12
Feb. 2-March 24The history of architecture includes countless plans and ideas that were never completed. Some were unrealistic or impractical, some limited by social issues ...

‘Patching (and Darning)’

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 03:11
Jan. 26-Feb. 23“Collage” became recognized as an art term during the early 20th century when Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso used it to define assembling ...

Amazon picks up CIA torture investigation film ‘The Report’

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:40
Vice Studios has announced that Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to the CIA torture investigation film “The Report.”Vice produced the film and made ...

Michael Jackson family slams documentary renewing sex abuse claims

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:39
Michael Jackson’s family on Monday lashed out against a new documentary renewing focus on allegations the singer sexually abused young boys, calling the subsequent social ...

‘Danke Schoen’ crooner Wayne Newton fetes 60 years in Las Vegas with new show

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 12:07
Wayne Newton dropped out of high school his junior year to perform with his brother at a Las Vegas hotel. It was 1959, and he ...

Thai girl group BNK48 in hot water over singer’s Nazi swastika shirt

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 12:03
A popular Thai music act has apologized amid a scandal set off when one of its members wore a shirt showing the swastika flag of ...

Popular boy band Arashi to suspend activities at the end of 2020

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 01:37
Popular Japanese boy band Arashi said Sunday on its fans-only website that it will suspend activities at the end of 2020.“We, Arashi, have something to ...

‘Murder in the Crooked House’: Behind the mask of a classic Japanese murder mystery

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 06:38
Japanese-English translator Louise Heal Kawai reveals the challenges of sourcing translation commissions and how one text — Soji Shimada's "Murder in the Crooked House" — ...

With deft portraits and prescient predictions, Lafcadio Hearn’s ‘Kokoro’ offers snapshots of early modern Japan

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 06:36
"Kokoro," a collection of essays published in 1896 by the prolific Anglo-Irish author Lafcadio Hearn, teems with a diverse panorama of observations from a country ...

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