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Entertainment › 'La La Land' has Hollywood singing a different tune on musicals

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From "Singin' in the Rain" to "The Wizard of Oz," musicals haven't traditionally seen much love from the Oscars. But "La La Land" has changed all that, tapping into a desire for escapism and sending Hollywood scrambling to dust off its dancing shoes. With a leading 14 Academy Award nominations…
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Entertainment › Noted movie critic Richard Schickel dies at 84

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 04:13
Richard Schickel, a noted movie critic for Life and Time magazines who also wrote dozens of books and made documentaries about Hollywood, has died. He was 84. His daughter, Erika Schickel, told The New York Times and Los Angeles Times that he died on Saturday in Los Angeles. Schickel's career…
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Entertainment › J-pop idol group gives lesson in iconic Japanese high school girl poses

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 20:33
When it comes to iconic Japanese photo poses, we all know the popularity of the peace sign in Japan. While people of all ages can be seen pulling out the two-finger v-shaped gesture when posing for photos, its inherent popularity lies with Japanese high school girls, who are the leaders…
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Entertainment › Disney plans midnight 'Star Wars' event to unveil 'Last Jedi' toys

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 20:55
Walt Disney Co and major retailers will release the galaxy's newest "Star Wars" toys at a Sept 1 midnight event ahead of the holiday debut of the next film in the saga, "The Last Jedi," company executives told Reuters. The marketing push called "Force Friday II" is a sequel to…
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Entertainment › China goes Hollywood in 'The Great Wall'

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 21:03
Big Hollywood hits commonly reap half or more of their box office overseas, as "Finding Dory" and "Rogue One" have done. Zhang Yimou's "The Great Wall"will test whether that trick works both ways. "The Great Wall," a mostly English-language film with a Chinese director, crew and cast, stars Matt Damon…
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Entertainment › Hungarian film 'On Body and Soul' wins Golden Bear in Berlin

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 20:53
A Hungarian love story about two slaughterhouse workers who connect in shared dreams has won the top Golden Bear award at this year's Berlin Film Festival. "On Body and Soul" by writer-director Ildiko Enyedi contrasts the harsh reality of the abattoir with the magical world of slumber. The film on…
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Entertainment › Mariah Carey confirms new beau; talks new single, tour

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 00:02
Mariah Carey has a vision of love for her backup dancer Bryan Tanaka. Carey, who posted an Instagram picture with her and Tanaka drinking champagne in a tub on Valentine's Day, confirmed the romance in an interview with The Associated Press, though she declined to say much more than that.…
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Entertainment › Publisher of some of Japan’s most popular anime suddenly restricts exports of its Blu-rays, DVDs

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 20:57
You don’t need a college degree in business administration to understand that the goal of each and every organization that calls itself a business is to make money. Yet Avex Pictures, publisher of anime including the phenomenally successful TV series "Osomatsu-san" and "Yuri!!! on Ice, is refusing to sell its…
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Entertainment › Dick Bruna, 'spiritual father' of rabbit Miffy, dies at 89

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:50
Dick Bruna, the Dutch "spiritual father" of Miffy, the white rabbit who enchanted millions of young children around the world for more than half a century, has died at age 89, his publisher announced Friday. Decades before Instagram made square images immensely popular, illustrator and artist Bruna understood their power.…
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Entertainment › Grammy producer apologizes for Metallica, Caesar glitches

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 21:05
The longtime producer of the Grammy Awards is offering apologies to Metallica and Shirley Caesar after a technical glitch and a misprint marred their inclusion on the show. The mic for Metallica's James Hetfield wasn't initially working when the band took the stage to perform with Lady Gaga, and Caesar,…
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Entertainment › Jackson's 'Thriller' tops record 33 million sales mark

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 16:27
Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the biggest album in history, on Thursday notched up another mark as it was certified as selling 33 million copies in the United States. The Recording Industry Association of America gave the new sales total for the 1982 work one year after the group started to factor…
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Entertainment › Gore Verbinski -- born to be a horror director

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 21:18
A conversation starter for bored dinner party guests, "nominative determinism" is the theory that someone's name destined them for whatever they ended up doing with their lives. Think Bulgarian hurdler Vania Stambolova, BBC weather forecaster Sara Blizzard, singer Bill Medley or lavatory impresario Thomas Crapper. So there was a certain…
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Entertainment › Rock singer Debbie Harry crowned Style Icon at Elle Style Awards

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 20:56
Debbie Harry, frontwoman of rock band Blondie, was crowned a fashion icon at London's Elle Style Awards this week, and she thanked her punk influences for defining her style. "Coming from the punk point of view, which was very deconstructionist, destructive, and disrespectful, you have to find something in yourself…
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Entertainment › Review: Ryan Adams delivers fresh songs and heartaches

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 20:24
Ryan Adams, "Prisoner" (PAX-AM/Blue Note Records) From the days when he exploded out of North Carolina with the alt-country band Whiskeytown to his steady growth into one of America's great songwriters, Ryan Adams has always floated just below superstar status. If it's possible to be underrated through years of sustained…
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Entertainment › 'Sailor Moon' musical to be released on DVD next month

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 21:25
Following its live run in Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka from October to November 2016, the musical performance "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon – Amour Eternal" is set to be released on DVD on March 15. The musical, which is based on the Dream arc of the "Sailor Moon" manga series, features…
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Entertainment › Popular Japanese actress Fumika Shimizu to retire to pursue religion

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 21:15
Popular actress Fumika Shimizu is to retire abruptly from show business, with her agent saying she has decided to devote herself to spreading the teachings of a religious group she follows, Happy Science. Her agent made the surprise announcement on Sunday, and also said they have been unable to contact…
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Entertainment › Lady Gaga to Adele: Grammy fashion moments

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 20:44
Though unusually staid, fashion-wise, the Grammys had a few memorable moments. CeeLo Green showed up Sunday in Los Angeles as a metallic gold something with a strange headpiece and tunic to match. And Lady Gaga, fresh from the Super Bowl, donned tiny black leather shorts and top, looking fierce in…
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Entertainment › Adele sweeps Grammys with 5 wins, while Bowie gets 4

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 04:48
Even though Adele flubbed one of her live performances at the Grammys, she walked away the belle of the ball: She took home all five awards she was nominated for Sunday night, including album, record and song of the year. She beat Beyonce in the top three categories with her…
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Entertainment › Jazz singing great Al Jarreau dead at 76

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 21:44
Al Jarreau, the affable jazz singing great who reached new audiences by seamlessly merging styles and through television, died Sunday days after announcing his retirement. He was 76. The seven-time Grammy winner -- a rare artist to win in jazz, pop and R&B categories -- died in a Los Angeles…
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Entertainment › New cast photos from 'Gintama' live-action movie show model Nanao as Matako, other antagonists

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 21:30
Japan is in the middle of a live-action anime and manga adaptation boom, producing more movies and TV series based on animation and comics than ever before. But the transition isn’t always a smooth one, and sometimes films inspired by even phenomenally popular anime end up being skewered by critics…
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