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‘Challenges From the Other Side 1960s-80s’

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 03:57
Contemporary art began to diversify in terms of style after the mid-1950s, raising questions about existing systems and concepts surrounding art as a discipline.

‘Power of Ceramics: Modernism in Finnish Applied Arts’

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 03:56
At the Paris Exposition of 1900, Finland's pavilion drew praise for its design and garnered a lot of attention, and by the mid 20th century, ...

Canadian voice of HAL in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ dies at 90

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 17:26
Douglas Rain, the Canadian actor who voiced vengeful supercomputer HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” a precursor of artificial intelligence in smartphones, ...

Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 14:25
Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, ...

Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ tour leather jacket sells for $298,000 at auction, three times asking price

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 03:23
Michael Jackson’s iconic black “Bad” jacket, which he wore on his first solo tour, sold for $298,000 late Saturday, about three times its original asking ...

A journey to hell with Osamu Dazai, Japan’s ultimate bad boy novelist

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 06:38
Dazai is the ultimate bad boy of Japanese literature and "Ningen Shikkaku," recently re-translated by Mark Gibeau as "A Shameful Life," is his supreme masterpiece, ...

Rational analysis and mystic poetry combine in Kenzaburo Oe’s ‘Rouse Up O Young Men’

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 06:36
Through the poetry of William Blake, Kenzaburo Oe takes a new approach to probing the emotional consequences of his father's death, and parenting a severely ...

‘Tinian and the Bomb’: Historical details shed light on one island’s overlooked role in World War II

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 06:34
Along with unfamiliar historical details from the U.S. side, made possible through recent declassification of archival documents, Don A. Farrell's "Tinian and the Bomb" provides ...

Time travel: Beatles producer’s son dives into the messy ‘White Album’

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 16:53
Hardcore fans of the Beatles like to pore over every detail of the band and endlessly dissect their songs. Then there’s Giles Martin, who manages ...

The Japanese films that made a splash at TIFF

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 01:45
Every year people from the film industry — buyers, programmers and critics — descend on the Tokyo International Film Festival to see what this country ...

Beverly Caimen: ‘Music is universal and goes beyond languages’

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 01:41
When Beverly Caimen moved from the Philippines to Japan in 2016 she was a relative unknown who could barely speak the language. Several months later, ...

Chris Pine and David Mackenzie reunite for ‘Outlaw King’

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 16:26
If you want to see an exhausted Chris Pine, meet him after he’s spent a day answering questions about his penis.Following the September premiere of ...

Tasuku Emoto talks about directing, acting in English and sounding like Tom Cruise

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 01:00
This has been a busy year for Tasuku Emoto. Long accustomed to appearing in colorful supporting roles, the 31-year-old actor has found himself starring in ...

The bold, the bracingly alive and the barely coherent: The Tokyo International Film Festival wraps up for another year

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 00:59
For once, the best film won. Though the jury at Tokyo International Film Festival has erred in the past, there could be few complaints about ...

‘Lying to Mom’: A film about suicide that isn’t as heavy as you’d expect

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 00:58
The Japanese suicide rate has fallen for eight straight years, to 21,321 in 2017, but this number is still high compared to other advanced countries, ...

‘The Gun’: A blast of stylish nihilism

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 00:57
Chekhov’s principle about how you can’t introduce a gun in the first act of a story without using it later on might also apply to ...

Partners in grime: The Butterz label thanks Japan with a birthday bash in Tokyo

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 20:35
With its rapid-fire rapping, lyrics that are often impenetrable to outsiders and raw, synthetic timbres, grime was never an obvious candidate for international success. But ...

Michael Douglas fetes 50th year in show biz, joins dad Kirk with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 16:30
Michael Douglas celebrated his 50th year in showbusiness on Tuesday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near that of his screen legend ...

Fox News hits Sean Hannity over ‘unfortunate distraction’ appearance with Trump at rally

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 14:04
Fox News said Tuesday that it has addressed the “unfortunate distraction” of Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro speaking at President Trump’s campaign rally in Missouri ...

Waking up to Asia’s growing role in art

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 02:00
One year after The National Art Center, Tokyo, and the Mori Art Museum presented the expansive “Sunshower: Contemporary Art From Southeast Asia 1980s to Now,” ...