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‘Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push For Global Power’: Waking up to China’s dream of holding court

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:58
By now, even the most casual observer of goings on in Asia will have noted the aggressive geopolitical maneuvering of China, a country news outlets ...
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‘The Informer’: Portrait of a pivotal period in Japan

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:36
Based on the true story of a stock trader, the 1965 novel “The Informer” is remarkably prescient in describing the greed and venality that was, ...
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‘Discover Sumo: Stories from Yobidashi Hideo’: A jack-of-all-trades sheds light on the sport

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:34
The rituals, theatrical constructs and sartorial styles connected to this ancient martial art may seem visually arresting to the uninitiated, but as “Discover Sumo” tells ...
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DJ’s comment fuels speculation that elusive artist Banksy may be Massive Attack musician Robert Del Naja

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 04:30
An unguarded moment in an interview has renewed speculation over one of contemporary art’s great mysteries: Could elusive graffiti activist Banksy be Robert Del Naja ...
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NBC says ‘Downton Abbey’ movie production to start in 2018

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 04:15
A “Downton Abbey” movie is in the works, with production likely to begin in 2018, an NBCUniversal executive said Wednesday. Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal ...
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Ron Howard to take over ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo spin-off

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 04:01
Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been brought in to complete the hotly-anticipated “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff after directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller ...
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Colbert on mission to Russia, vows to hunt for Comey ‘tapes’

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:51
Stephen Colbert is on a mission to Russia. The host of CBS’ “The Late Show” is on assignment there for a future broadcast, the network ...
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Coal firm Murray Energy sues HBO’s John Oliver for defamation

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:23
Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a “false and malicious broadcast” last Sunday ...
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Performances offer view into traditional culture

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:32
Summer in Tokyo: Excessive heat, relentless humidity and languid evenings spring to mind. Rather than fight the elements, visitors and Tokyoites alike are recommended to ...
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Overseas pop acts need a funny bone

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:27
The first half of 2017 hasn’t produced much in the way of compelling music stories in Japan. By this time last year, we were coming ...
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One year after changes to the ‘anti-dancing’ law, clubbers are hopeful

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:20
Around two dozen people shuffle about the dark interior of Alzar, a recently opened nightclub on the eighth floor of a building in Osaka’s Chuo ...
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When it comes to action, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi is your man

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:05
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi has what we refer to in showbiz as “the look.” Sure, the 40-year-old actor has been working as an actor since his teens, ...
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Don’t follow this scary Pied Piper to the cinema

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:04
Released in 2003, Takashi Shimizu’s “Ju-on: The Grudge” and “Ju-on: The Grudge 2” both had a simple premise — vengeful ghosts turn an ordinary suburban ...
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Jackie Chan’s latest borrows from the best Westerns

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:03
It’s China in 1941 and the Imperial Japanese Army is on the move. A band of freedom fighters led by Ma Yuan (Jackie Chan) seek ...
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Adele visits London firefighters after tower block blaze

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:37
London’s fire department posted photos of Adele meeting with firefighters to offer support following a devastating fire in the borough that is believed to have ...
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Parenting expert sues Disney, says it stole ‘Inside Out’ idea

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:36
A parenting and child development specialist has sued Walt Disney Co and its Pixar unit, accusing them of stealing from her the concept for their ...
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‘Star Wars’ Han Solo spinoff film loses directors

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:34
There’s been a disturbance in the force and the young Han Solo film is suddenly without a director. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said Tuesday that ...
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Review: After Hours provides powerful rock and a strong statement of intent

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 06:46
“Standing against those that ruin art,” was the tagline for the After Hours festival, which took place across four venues in Shibuya on April 9. ...
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Triple Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, 60, to retire from acting

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:34
Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday, ending a storied movie career that includes performances in “Lincoln” and ...
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U.N. envoy Angelina Jolie slams impunity with which refugees around the world are raped

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:27
Actress and U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie on Tuesday denounced the impunity with which rape is committed in conflict zones and the mistreatment ...
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