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Actor Seymour Cassel, frequent John Cassavetes collaborator, dies at 84

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 16:36
Character actors aren’t often called larger-than-life, but Seymour Cassel, was just that. The live-wire pillar of independent film known for his frequent collaborations with John ...

Florence study proves artist Leonardo da Vinci was ambidextrous

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 13:43
An in-depth study of Leonardo da Vinci’s earliest-known drawing has proved that the great Renaissance artist was ambidextrous, Italy’s Uffizi Gallery said on Monday.The scientific ...

Actress Felicity Huffman, 13 others to plead guilty in U.S. college admissions bribery scam: prosecutors

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 13:42
Actress Felicity Huffman and 13 other people have agreed to plead guilty to participating in what prosecutors call the largest college admissions scam uncovered in ...

‘Shazam!’ debuts to tune of $53.5 million, handing DC Comics another win as ‘Dumbo’ dives

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 14:43
Seven films in, the DC Extended Universe is finally flying with some wind behind its back. The well-reviewed, relatively modestly budgeted “Shazam!” debuted with $53.5 ...

Film explores rural New Mexico health care amid poverty, opioid crisis

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 12:26
Northern New Mexico is known for tourist attractions such as artsy Santa Fe, eclectic Taos and the healing dirt of El Santuario de Chimayo. The ...

Art Basel Hong Kong: All the fun of the international art fair

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 03:30
As Hong Kong continues to rise as a hub of Asian contemporary art, Art Basel Hong Kong introduces a clutch of Japanese artists with plenty ...

SMAP: The pop idol media monopoly that dominated the Heisei Era

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 22:46
This is the 10th in a series on influential figures in the Heisei Era, which began in 1989 and will end when Emperor Akihito abdicates ...

Wes Lang and his quest to climb Japan’s top 100 mountains

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 06:55
A love of hiking inspired avid mountaineer Wes Lang to scale all of Japan's hyakumeizan (100 top mountains). Now, he's co-written a comprehensive and user-friendly ...

‘Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths’ review: Pulling no punches when it comes to the realities of war

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 06:36
In "Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths," manga artist and veteran Shigeru Mizuki brings the Pacific front of World War II to life with unflinching realism ...

‘Falling From the Floating World’ review: A fast-paced underworld thriller with a twist or two

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 06:34
Readers who like their yakuza with a dash of morality, lead characters out of their depths and their cops dumb and bent will find much ...

‘Game of Thrones’ author to discover TV ending to his saga

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 23:10
“Game of Thrones,” the fantasy epic imagined more than 20 years ago by author George R.R. Martin, will have its much-anticipated finale on HBO later ...

George R.R. Martin: father of ‘Game of Thrones’

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 22:12
George R.R. Martin, the 70-year-old writer behind HBO’s blood-spattered epic “Game of Thrones,” has created a multitude of fantasy worlds spanning medieval pasts to distant ...

Avant-garde artist creates bridges between life and death

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 20:00
With a strong belief that her role is to connect the invisible with the visible world through art, contemporary artist Miwa Komatsu continues to depict ...

Celine Dion announces first North American tour in decade

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:16
Celine Dion will release new music and embark on her first North American tour in more than a decade this year, the French-Canadian superstar has ...

A look at some of Japan’s lesser-known idol-pop players

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 01:52
I made my first trip to Japan just over 10 years ago to see concerts by Morning Musume and AKB48, two of the country’s biggest ...

The Tokyo Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’ gives fans a fresh take on a classic and an uplifting ending

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 23:25
Picture the scene: The Black Swan seduces the Prince away from the White Swan princess for one of the most timeless love triangles ever enacted ...

Actress Felicity Huffman arrives at Boston court to face college admissions bribe charges

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 11:13
Felicity Huffman arrived at the federal court in Boston on Wednesday, where she and fellow actress Lori Loughlin will appear to face charges tied to ...

‘Afternoon Breezes’: Hitoshi Yazaki’s pioneer of Japanese LGBTQ cinema is revisited

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 02:30
What was Japan’s first LGBTQ-themed film? One often-mentioned candidate is Keisuke Kinoshita’s 1959 melodrama “Farewell to Spring,” though more for the emotional ties between its ...

‘JK Rock’: A rock ‘n’ roll battle of the sexes

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 02:29
There are many Japanese musical films about aspiring rock and pop stars (though not Hollywood-style musicals, which are seldom made here.) Among the best-loved is ...

The Birthday’s ‘Vivian Killers’ is a solid album, but lacks a killer tune

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 02:28
The 10th studio album from garage rockers The Birthday came as no surprise. The band has been putting out albums regularly since 2006 debut “Rollers ...

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