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88rising’s quest to find a Japanese hip-hop sensation

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 02:00
Japanese music hasn’t made many inroads into Western markets this decade. Save for some brief viral flashes and niche success, the country’s artists have mostly ...

‘Divine Justice’: The surprises behind closed doors

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 01:59
Love hotels feature in many Japanese films, including those, like Ryuichi Hiroki’s “Kabukicho Love Hotel” and Izuru Kumasaka’s “Asyl: Park and Love Hotel,” that make ...

‘The Relative Worlds’: A rough ride across two universes

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 01:58
The concept of parallel universes is a fascinating one. What if there was another you out there, making the big bucks, fighting in a war ...

Kaye Ballard, boisterous singer and actress, dies at 93

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 14:25
A friend says that actress Kaye Ballard, co-star of the TV series “The Mothers-in-Law,” has died. She was 93.The friend, Marguerite Gordon, says Ballard died ...

Netflix apologizes for use of Quebec rail disaster footage in film ‘Bird Box’ but vows to stop using images

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 14:21
Netflix has rejected a Quebec government request that it pull footage of a 2013 Canadian rail disaster from its film “Bird Box,” while apologizing for ...

5 burning questions ahead of the Oscar nominations

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 05:45
The Oscars still don’t have a host, but on Tuesday morning, they’ll at least have nominees.The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will unveil ...

The ‘King’ returns and theaters look to Russia for 2019

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:40
Whether it’s regular theater that gets you going these days — or you’re skipping along more to musicals — as 2019’s curtains rise, variety will ...

Left-field visions of Kyoto’s rising artists

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:39
The Museum of Kyoto's latest exhibition presents a promising cast of 45 emerging local artists working in miscellaneous mediums from lacquer to small-scale mixed-media installations.

‘Toshiko Okanoue, Photo Collage: The Miracle of Silence’

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:38
Jan. 26-April 7Toshiko Okanoue’s artistic career took off in the 1950s after her photo montages were praised by the art critic and leading surrealist Shuzo ...

‘Commemorating the Donation by Kiyomi Kirimura: Hina Dolls and Gosho Dolls of the Iwasaki Family’

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:37
Jan. 29-March 24Japanese display dolls range from Gosho dolls, with chubby toddler-like features, to Hina Girls Day dolls, which resemble older children. The highlight of ...

‘Yokoo Tadanori: Grand Theatre of Live Painting — Something’s Happening at the Museum Today’

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:36
Jan 26-May 6One of Tadanori Yokoo’s signature creative processes is to hold open studios. Having visitors watch him work, he says, allows him to keep ...

Trump’s Russian pop star pal Emin Agalarov scrubs U.S. tour over probes, fear of detention

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 14:29
Emin Agalarov, the Moscow pop star who arranged the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting in New York at the height of the 2016 election campaign, abruptly ...

Producer Andrew Vajna of ‘Rambo’ and ‘Evita’ fame dies in Budapest at 74

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 12:04
Andrew G. Vajna, the Hungarian movie producer behind “Rambo,” “Evita” and other international hits, died in his Budapest home on Sunday following a long illness, ...

Oscars might get new format as heavy scrutiny drives prospective hosts away

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 20:33
Hollywood’s biggest night — the Oscars — is set to take place next month without a host for the first time in 30 years, after ...

‘The Kinship of Secrets’: Heartbreak and family separation during the Korean War

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 06:51
Eugenia Kim's second novel, "The Kinship of Secrets," is a measuredly moving story of a girl losing and finding a home, the ways in which ...

Takako Arai’s poetry is a relentless ‘dance of language’

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 06:32
Takako Arai's poems unravel complicated lives in an ever-widening mesh of humanity, her style retaining an energy and optimism despite her visceral, often disturbing subject ...

Study of Leonardo’s first landscape finds he had second thoughts, added later details

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 23:26
The first-ever scientific study of the oldest known drawing by Leonardo da Vinci has found that he added details to an earlier sketch of a ...

CBS chief axed over sex scandal fights for $120 million severance

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:39
CBS’s former CEO, Leslie Moonves, fired over sexual abuse allegations, is taking the television network to arbitration to try to get $120 million in severance ...

Bangladesh bans film about 2016 Islamist cafe siege fatal to 22, cites damage to reputation

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:52
Bangladesh has banned a film based on a 2016 cafe attack claimed by the Islamic State group that left 22 people dead, saying it would ...

Marie Kondo’s new TV series cleans up

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 02:09
Marie Kondo is the type of person you wouldn’t initially expect lots of people to go crazy over. In the cleaning consultant and best-selling author’s ...