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‘Under Your Bed’: Sleeping with the enemy

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:28
Rare is the child who hasn’t lain awake at night, terrified by the monster they imagine is lurking beneath their bed. But in a country ...

Emmy award nominations for Marie Kondo and her Netflix show may spark joy

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 21:21
Decluttering guru Marie Kondo and her Netflix program “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” have been nominated for two Primetime Emmy awards, the television academy said ...

Comic-Con at 50: Bigger than ever, but at what cost?

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 16:33
No one expected their culture would ever become mainstream when a few hundred comic book and science fiction enthusiasts and creators gathered in the basement ...

South African musician Johnny Clegg, vocal white foe of apartheid, dead at 66

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 14:41
South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg, one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s, ...

George Porter Jr.: The man bringing the funk to Fuji Rock

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 03:30
If the Beatles are Liverpool’s fab four, The Meters are New Orleans’ funky four.During the 1960s and ’70s, bassist George Porter Jr., drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” ...

Yokoyama Kazan: The Edo Period influencer

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 03:29
The Edo Period painter Yokoyama Kazan's imaginative works depicting Kyoto, inspired not only artists but also intellectuals and writers, including the novelist Natsume Soseki.

‘Hiroshi Kobatake: Called by Wood’

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 03:28
July 20-Sept. 8The son of a Western-style painter father and a Japanese-style painter mother, sculptor Hiroshi Kobatake (1935-96) studied at Tokyo University of the Arts. ...

‘Insects: Models for Design’

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 03:27
July 19-Nov. 4Though insects are integral to environments and affect our everyday lives, due to their variety, surprisingly little is known about them. Their vibrant ...

‘The World of Yamamoto Nizo: Animation Art Director Born in Goto Island, Nagasaki’

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 03:26
July 20-Sept. 16Born in the Goto Islands of Nagasaki Prefecture, the animation art director Nizo Yamamoto is renowned for his background illustrations for numerous Studio ...

Scarlett Johansson: Comments on diversity were misconstrued

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 16:40
Scarlett Johansson says comments she made on the “authentic casting” debate have been taken out of context and asserts that she supports diversity in film.The ...

Iran spy TV show ‘Gando’ seen glorifying hard-liners imprisoning reporter

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 14:54
The Farsi caption has unfurled across the black screen of a channel of Iranian state television every night for days now, promising viewers that what ...

Ten tales to chronicle the growing sadness of an aging Casanova

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 06:53
Hiromi Kawakami's "The Ten Loves of Nishino," a collection of interconnected short stories centering around the titular character, is a poignant examination of gender relationships ...

Taro Gomi: Still writing, still drawing, still beloved

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 06:34
Children's author Taro Gomi has authored over 450 books in his striking visual style, many of which — "Everyone Poops" included — have become classics ...

Federal sex-crime charges brought against singer R. Kelly

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 23:12
R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying ...

Ep. 8 ‘Passive Boys’

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 22:20
I’m just going to say it: Episode 8 of “Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020” is the best episode of “Friends” that never made it to air. ...

Viral Momo Challenge hoax, based on sculpture by Japanese artist, being turned into Hollywood horror film

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 00:44
Momo, the goggle-eyed creature created by a Japanese artist that triggered a viral social-media hoax terrifying children and parents alike, is receiving a Hollywood makeover.Orion ...

Tomorrow’s film legends descend on Saitama

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 23:24
Launched in 2004 to promote digital cinema, the Skip City International D-Cinema Festival (July 13-21) in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, has become a showcase for emerging ...

What’s in a name? Ask Ichikawa Ebizo, a kabuki scion

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 23:19
When it comes to kabuki, there are few names as recognizable as Ichikawa Ebizo. A member of the illustrious Ichikawa kabuki family, Ebizo has been ...

Valentina Cortese, Italian screen diva, dead at 96

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 12:27
Valentina Cortese, an Italian postwar screen diva who was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar but lost out to Ingrid Bergman, died on Wednesday. ...

Johnny Kitagawa: The mogul who defined and controlled Japan’s entertainment industry

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 02:58
Few in the history of Japan’s entertainment industry have wielded more power than talent manager Johnny Kitagawa.Kitagawa primarily flexed this influence through Johnny & Associates ...