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Mark E. Smith, founder of British post-punk band The Fall, dies at 60

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 18:49
Mark E. Smith, lead singer and driving force of British post-punk band The Fall, died Wednesday. He was 60.The Fall manager and Smith’s partner, Pam ...

Beloved Big Apple Circus clown ‘Grandma’ resigns over sexual misconduct

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 17:29
A beloved circus performer known as Grandma the clown has resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to ...

Sundance documentaries cast spotlight on three trailblazing American women

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 17:24
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane Fonda and Gloria Allred were all born within eight years of one another — 1933, 1937 and 1941. While their trajectories ...

Logan Paul resurfaces on YouTube with anti-suicide video, after Japan fiasco

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 17:21
YouTube star Logan Paul has returned to YouTube with a 7-minute suicide prevention video he hopes will “make a difference in the world.”Paul was suspended ...

‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’: Elton John signals coming tour will be his last

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 14:50
Elton John is retiring from the road after his upcoming three-year global tour, capping nearly 50 years on stages around the world. He calls it ...

Filmmaker Kwak Jae-Yong finds wild Hokkaido ripe for melodrama in ‘Colors of Wind’

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 03:55
After making films in Japanese and Chinese, South Korean director returns to these isles for "Kazo no Iro."

‘Midnight Bus’: A trundling bus trip to boresville

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 03:54
Taizo Harada plays Toshikazu "Riichi" Takamiya in Masao Takeshita's "Midnight Bus," a film that feels overlong and lacks emotional punch.

‘Bamy’: Slightly barmy but spooky as hell

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 03:53
Expect to see plenty of umbrellas in Jun Tanaka's "Bamy," which is heavy on strangeness and the creep factor.

Russia nixes release of Stalin satire film starring Steve Buscemi and Jason Issacs

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 20:46
Russia’s Culture Ministry banned a satirical film about Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s death from movie theaters Tuesday following criticism from communists and others that the ...

In Davos, Cate Blanchett jokes about playing Melania Trump

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 17:36
Actress Cate Blanchett, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, drew laughs when she jokingly speculated about playing first lady Melania Trump ...

‘Father of South African Jazz’ and apartheid foe Hugh Masekela dead at 78

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:21
Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist, has died after a decade-long fight with cancer. He was 78.Often called the “Father ...

London is the place to be for Luby Sparks

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 01:30
Some bands have all the luck. While many of their peers will probably be toiling on the live circuit for years before gaining any recognition ...

The explorations of Emperor Rudolf II

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 01:29
The strides in Western culture that took place around the 16th century are all too often associated with the Italian Renaissance, but other centers of ...

‘Moment In and Out of Time’

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 01:28
Jan. 26-Feb. 24Vajiko Chachkhiani is a Georgian artist acclaimed for his exploration of the human psyche through sculpture and installation. His work pays tribute to ...

‘Art About Books, Books Becoming Art: Modern Book Design to Book Art in Japan, 1905-2004’

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 01:27
Jan. 20-March 18During the late 1800s, as moveable type and printing became increasingly Westernized and mechanized in Japan, book binding and cover design also shifted ...

‘Nara’s Traditional Crafts: Akahadayaki Pottery, Nara Itto-bori Carving and Nara Lacquerware’

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 01:26
Jan. 27-March 25Nara Prefecture, an area where crafts have prospered since the ancient times, is still home to much Japanese traditional culture, with production techniques ...

After 90-year wait and 40 years since Mickey’s credit, Minnie Mouse gets her Hollywood star

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 17:15
She waited 90 years and saw a trail of men and Disney princesses get there before her, but on Monday Minnie Mouse finally got a ...

Documentarian imparts a healthy fascination with Japanese school lunches

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 01:30
Although Alexis Sanborn was a self-professed Japanese-culture geek as a teenager, she never had much of an appetite for washoku (Japanese cuisine).As she grew up ...

Exploring war through woodblock prints

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:54
Sensō-e, literally "war pictures," are a particularly dramatic form of Japanese woodblock print that emerged as a style of reportage during the Satsuma Rebellion of ...

Tom Petty died due to accidental drug overdose

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:53
Rocker Tom Petty died in October due to “multisystem organ failure” brought on by an accidental overdose of seven medications, the Los Angeles County Medical ...