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Cultural renaissance sweeps Latvia for centenary

Riga - With homegrown books and films topping sales in Latvia after decades of foreign cultural domination, the small Baltic state is in the throes of a cultural renaissance as it marks 100 years of independence.

Aidan Park talks about comedy show, technology and Margaret Cho Special

Comedian Aidan Park chatted with Digital Journal about his comedy show, his plans for the future, and the digital transformation of the entertainment industry.

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee dead at 95: US media

Los Angeles - Marvel legend Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk who now dominate the world's movie screens, has died. He was 95 years old.

Crazy in love? The Japanese man 'married' to a hologram

Apo - Akihiko Kondo's mother refused an invitation to her only son's wedding in Tokyo this month, but perhaps that isn't such a surprise: he was marrying a hologram.

Warhol in New York: a fresh experience for audiences old and new

New York - His Marilyn Monroe paintings and oversize soup cans are cultural icons, but in an exhibition opening Monday, New York's Whitney Museum hopes to paint a new, more complex picture of Andy Warhol.

In storm-hit Dominica, Creole music offers uplift

Roseau - Amid the kaleidoscope of colors of Dominica's capital Roseau, the streets pulsated with the sounds of African drums and steelpans, bamboo "boom pipes" and accordions.

Russia allows release of US sub movie, after delay

Moscow - Russia has allowed the release of a Hollywood blockbuster in which an American submarine crew rescue a Russian president, after it was mysteriously postponed, its local distributor said Wednesday.

Freddy Mercury biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' soars at box office

Los Angeles - Freddy Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" soared to the top spot at the North American box office over the weekend, proving again that audiences matter more than critics.

The one where David Schwimmer had a solid alibi

London - No no-one told him his day was gonna go that way.

Biopic tribute to slain war reporter Marie Colvin as journalism comes 'under attack'

London - A biopic of war correspondent Marie Colvin, who died in Syria in 2012, is a celebration of journalism as it increasingly comes "under attack", according to the film-makers.

#MeToo personal for 'Handmaid's Tale' costume designer

New York - From the United States to Argentina, by way of Ireland and Poland, the red habit and white bonnet synonymous with "The Handmaid's Tale" have become a powerful symbol of the #MeToo movement.

Chef Jamie Oliver slams TV bosses over junk food ads

Cannes - Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver slammed his own bosses Monday in an extraordinary attack on their defence of junk food advertising on television.

First kids' TV show about sexual harassment being made: Italian broadcaster

Cannes - The world's first children's television series about sexual harassment will be screened next year, its Italian makers told AFP Saturday.

Chinese action debut and South Korean family drama win at Busan

Busan - A thrill-a-minute actioner from China and a moving South Korean drama about a unique family reunion have taken the top prize at Asia's largest film festival, with judges lauding both for their "original" takes.

'Winter is coming', Indonesian leader warns amid economic gloom

Nusa Dua - Indonesia's president Friday turned to blockbuster television show "Game of Thrones" to sound the alarm over global trade tensions at an economic conference, warning that "winter is coming.

US jails Bahamas festival entrepreneur for six years

New York - The entrepreneur behind a luxury music festival in the Bahamas that collapsed in chaos in 2017 was sentenced to six years in prison by a US judge on Thursday after admitting fraud.

WWI brought back to life in Peter Jackson's new 3D doc

London - Black and white silent film footage from World War I has been transformed by Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson into a 3D colour movie to mark the centenary of the end of the conflict.

The Tilles Center scores two 'Best of Long Island' nominations

Greenvale - The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts has been nominated for two "Best of Long Island" awards in the 2019 competition.

'Whiplash' producer Blum unrattled by China trade war backlash

Busan - Hotshot Hollywood producer Jason Blum predicts his plans to tap into the lucrative Chinese movie market won't be derailed by the tit-for-tat trade war that has erupted between Beijing and Washington.

New theatre comedy dramatises Brexit break-ups

London - Friends shunned, lovers torn apart and emotions exploding: a new play running in London this month tackles the very personal divisions in British society caused by Brexit.

Defending Weinstein, convicted in court of public opinion

New York - Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexual harassment and assault by nearly 80 women, turning him into the catalyst of the #MeToo movement and potentially one of the worst sexual predators of the modern age.

From Tinseltown titan to #MeToo pariah: Weinstein's year of shame

New York - For decades, he was untouchable, holding court in Hollywood as the megaproducer Meryl Streep famously called "God.

Neither rich nor crazy: film noir sheds light on Singapore's migrant labourers

Fpo - A world away from the opulence showcased in hit rom-com "Crazy Rich Asians", a critically acclaimed film noir is shedding light on a less well-known side of Singapore -- the precarious existence of its migrant workers.

Busan film festival seeks 'reunion' after ferry tragedy row

Busan - Organisers of Asia's largest film festival have issued a rallying cry to its supporters as the event emerges from years of starring in its own political drama.

Legendary French singer Charles Aznavour dies aged 94

Paris - The legendary French singer Charles Aznavour -- who said last week he would be happy to breathe his last on stage -- has died aged 94, his spokeswoman told AFP Monday.

Legendary French singer Charles Aznavour dies aged 94

Paris - The legendary French singer Charles Aznavour -- who said last week that he dreamed of breathing his last on stage -- has died aged 94, his spokeswoman told AFP Monday.

Tightrope tradition teeters on verge of extinction in Russia's Dagestan

Russia - Dressed in a red and silver sequined jacket and trousers, 13-year-old Muhamed Balikhanov holds a long pole as he slowly rides an old red bicycle along a tightrope suspended several metres off the ground.

New York festival urges aid, equality amid security panic

New York - The music and political worlds joined together Saturday to press for development aid, gender equality and voter participation, with a festival in New York's Central Park marred by a security scare.

'We have the blues': ZZ Top star says genre will live on

London - Though the great Mississippi bluesmen have passed away, blues music will survive and thrive because it always grabs the rawest human emotions, ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons told AFP.

Elderly stars give love one last go in sequel to film classic

Caen - French director Claude Lelouch has started shooting a sequel to his classic romance "A Man and a Woman" with the same actors, 52 years after the original was a box office smash.
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