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Detroit saying farewell in royal fashion to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 15:04
Aretha Franklin had admirers the world over, but there’s no doubt the flame burned brightest in Detroit — the place she was raised and remained ...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ retains top spot after slipping just 6% on second weekend

Sun, 08/26/2018 - 17:48
The opening weekend for “Crazy Rich Asians” was historic. Its second weekend was even more impressive.The romantic comedy sensation slid just 6 percent from its ...

Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, dies at 91

Sun, 08/26/2018 - 09:54
Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated ...

‘Hybrid Child’: Enter a sprawling excursion into the unknown

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 06:38
For any fan of speculative fiction, Hybrid Child presents a sprawling, imaginative excursion into the unknown that also predicts current familiar thematic questionings on gender ...

‘The Crazy Iris’: Unflinching stories inspired by the aftermath of the atomic bomb

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 06:36
Compiled and edited by Kenzaburo Oe, "The Crazy Iris and Other Stories of the Atomic Aftermath" is a multifaceted look at the nightmarish horrors of ...

‘Birds of Japan’: More than a guide, a labor of love

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 06:34
Mark Brazil's "Birds of Japan" will be a birders' Bible for the foreseeable future and fills the niche for anyone who plans to search out ...

Japanese woman takes top prize as plucky air guitarists chase stringless glory at world championships in Finland

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 00:27
Air guitar enthusiasts gathered in the Finnish city of Oulu on Friday to shred and strum their imaginary instruments in pursuit of the world championship ...

Robin Leach of ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ dies

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 20:28
Robin Leach, whose voice crystallized the opulent 1980s on TV’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” died Friday. He was 76.Leach’s family said through a ...

Kamen Rider tops list of favorite childhood heroes in survey by Japanese firm

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 05:07
The popular television superhero Kamen Rider topped a list of heroes people admired in their childhoods, with Sailor Moon, the heroine in a 1990s anime ...

Kin Sugai, world’s oldest leading actress, dies at age 92

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 00:41
Actress Kin Sugai, listed by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest leading actress in a movie, died of heart failure at her home in ...

After ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Searching’ breaks more new ground

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 22:31
The Asians in new movie “Searching” are neither rich nor crazy, but the contemporary thriller is in some ways as ground-breaking as the big romantic ...

Haruomi Hosono: ‘I never tried to be a pioneer’

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 23:15
Haruomi Hosono is widely regarded as one of the most important figures of Japanese popular music over the past 50 years.The grandson of the only ...

Actor says he feared speaking out about being assaulted by Asia Argento

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 18:39
A young actor who alleged in legal documents that Italian actress and filmmaker Asia Argento sexually assaulted him when he was 17 said Wednesday that ...

Fake Trump family riffs on real news in off-Broadway musical spoof

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 16:44
The family of reality show star turned U.S. President Donald Trump has inspired a new off-Broadway cabaret spoof promoted by former White House communications director ...

‘Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Vol. 1: Modest Heroes’: An anime studio’s modest break with norms

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 23:36
‘Modest Heroes” studio Ponoc was founded by producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, formerly of Ghibli, just as that legendary anime studio decided to cool its jets back ...

Blast the horns: Tower of Power celebrates 50 years with a few more milestones

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 23:34
Ten-member Tower of Power will touch down in Asia toward the end of this month on the band’s latest trip to the region to play ...

‘Sunny’: The gang reunites for some 1990s nostalgia

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 23:34
Compared to today’s Tokyo, where teenagers quietly curate their Instagram feeds in Starbucks and tourists happily snap selfies from the middle of Shibuya Crossing, the ...

Rapper Post Malone’s jet lands safely in New York after two tires blow on takeoff

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 16:55
A private jet carrying rapper Post Malone blew two tires during takeoff at a small New Jersey airport on Tuesday but made a safe emergency ...

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle quits new Bond flick over ‘creative differences’

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 16:48
Oscar-winning British film director Danny Boyle has exited the 25th James Bond movie over “creative differences,” the official 007 website announced on Tuesday.“Michael G. Wilson, ...

Tanaka Isson: Better late than never

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 01:20
Limited success in Tokyo led Tanaka Isson (1908-77) to burn his sketchbooks, sell his house, and move to Oshima, where he lived in near poverty ...

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