Kondo vs Trump: Make Cleaning Great Again


Self-professed “crazy tidying fanatic” Marie Kondo has been taking America by storm recently, transforming people and their homes for her hugely popular “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” Netflix series. Kondo never fails to spark joy in the houses of the people she visits, but now it seems the decluttering expert has met… Read


Bernie Torme, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, dead at 66

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Bernie Torme, a guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, died a day before his 67th birthday, according to his drummer. Drummer Mik Gaffney told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Torme died on Sunday at a London hospital. Gaffney said Torme had pneumonia in both lungs and was on life support for… Read


With high-tech glasses, Japanese ALS patient makes the beat go on


The music booms and lights flash as Masatane Muto, a wheelchair-bound disc jockey, uses is eyes to put on a show at a recent Tokyo music festival. Muto, who lost the use of his hands to Lou Gehrig's Disease, wears a pair of high-tech glasses connected to an app that… Read


Netflix says it will not join Apple TV service


Netflix Inc, the world's dominant streaming service, will not make its TV shows and movies available through Apple Inc's upcoming video offering, Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings said on Monday. "We prefer to let our customers watch our content on our service," Hastings told reporters at the company's offices in… Read


Horror manga master Junji Ito to publish first artbook; exhibition to be held in Tokyo


The acclaimed mangaka Junji Ito has carved out a place for himself in the hearts of horror fans both at home and abroad, based not only on the merits of his manga but also because his works, such as "Uzumaki" and "Tomie," have inspired live-action films and anime (the "Junji Ito Collection") and have… Read


Warner Bros chief Tsujihara steps down after reported affair with actress


Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara, one of the highest ranking Hollywood executives to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, stepped down from the studio Monday following claims that he promised roles to an actress with whom he was having an affair. WarnerMedia chief executive John Stankey announced Tsujihara's exit as… Read


Japanese rock singer, actor Yuya Uchida dies at 79


Japanese rock singer and actor Yuya Uchida, who performed as an opening act for the Beatles' concerts in Tokyo in 1966, has died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital, his management office said Monday. He was 79. The native of Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, was regarded as a key figure… Read


Dick Dale, King of Surf Guitar, 'Miserlou' composer, is dead


Dick Dale, whose pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like "Miserlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'" earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar, has died at age 83. His former bassist Sam Bolle says Dick Dale passed away Saturday night. No other details were available. Dale liked to… Read


Japan's Netflix contender bets on youth-driven viral hits


On a Friday night at a downtown Tokyo television studio, 12 teen models with cutesy nicknames like Ayamin and Kyokyo are waiting nervously to find out who has won coveted spots on the cover of Popteen magazine, a Japanese fashion bible. The girls, sporting a range of trendy styles, are… Read


Otaku nearing death can have anime collections appraised by Japanese company before they pass on

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Otaku are, by nature, collectors. All of those Blu-ray box sets, limited edition figures, and event-exclusive pieces of merchandise are specifically designed to be things they’ll open their wallets for because they want them on their shelves forever. But sadly, while anime may be a lifelong passion for hardcore fans, life itself… Read

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