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Saturday, January 3, 2015
When President Obama announced plans recently to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, a bevy of U.S. industries — from automotive to tourism — seemed elated by the possibility of being able to operate in Cuba. The news was greeted with just as much enthusiasm from the culture industry: “Art Collectors Predict 'Stampede' to Cuba,” read one newspaper headline. Another trumpeted: “Renewed ties hit a high note for Cuban music lovers.”
Thawing between US and Cuba may transform arts
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Queen of England honors 'Dynasty' dame Joan Collins, others
The diva of “Dynasty” is now a dame.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Tim Burton's film 'Big Eyes' tells a chilling, eye-popping true story
You've likely seen the images, even if you have no idea who painted them: Those waifs with the huge, saucer-like eyes, appearing in oil paintings, posters, postcards, refrigerator magnets.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Taiwanese Mandopop king Jay Chou (周杰倫) confirmed speculation Monday that he will marry his longtime girlfriend, model Hannah Quinlivan (昆凌), on his 36th birthday in January next year.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Calligraphers cry foul as Vatican closes scrollmakers
Rino Pensa and son have been making papal parchments for decades, crafting hand-painted blessing scrolls in Italy that are purchased by the faithful around the world to celebrate marriages, baptisms and anniversaries.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Miyamoto on 'amiibo,' 'Zelda' and 'Mario' movie
Shigeru Miyamoto seems giddy — and with good reason.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
'Annie' is a gritty, hard knock, no fun adaptation
It's impossible to talk about “Annie” without admitting up front when you first experienced John Huston's 1982 film.
The loss of individuality in small-town America takes a beating in “Pocatello,” a new play by Samuel D. Hunter, whose dark comedy “The Whale” was well-received off-Broadway in 2012. The death of local culture and small family businesses by relentlessly advancing big-box franchises is the villain in Hunter's quirky, sometimes bleak new work.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Female art focus in mafia heartland
In the unlikely setting of one of Italy's mafia heartlands, a major exhibition of modern artworks by and about women has opened with organizers billing it as the biggest ever of its kind.
An avant-garde painting lost for nine decades until a Hungarian researcher spotted it being used as a prop in the Hollywood film “Stuart Little” was sold for over 200,000 euros Saturday at an auction in Budapest.
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