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Tokyo movie theater welcomes visually impaired, all others

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Listening without watching -- that is what Chihoko Hiratsuka describes is essential for understanding the concept of the tiny movie house she has established in Tokyo. The theater, Cinema Chupki Tabata, opened last September near JR Tabata station as a "universally accessible theater," allowing the visually impaired and all others… Read

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Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' director, dead at 73

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Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense," has died. He was 73. Demme's publicist, Annalee Paulo, said Demme died Wednesday morning… Read

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Netflix poised for elusive China breakthrough

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Netflix has reached an agreement with a unit of internet giant Baidu that could see the U.S.-based video-on-demand leader break into the massive China market, its Chinese partner has confirmed. The Baidu-run video platform iQiyi.com said it reached a content-licensing deal on Tuesday with Netflix, whose service is currently blocked… Read

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Justin Bieber to perform in Japan in September

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Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber, 23, will perform at Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium on Sept 23 and 24. It will be Bieber's fourth concert tour in Japan and his first visit since last August. Promoters said up to 100,000 fans are expected to attend the two concerts at the stadium in… Read

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Disney sets summer 2019 release for 'Star Wars IX'

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Disney announced Tuesday it had set the date of May 24, 2019 for Colin Trevorrow's "Star Wars: Episode IX" and is delaying the next "Indiana Jones" a full year. The studio has revealed little about about the ninth installment of the iconic space opera, except that Trevorrow wrote the script… Read

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Madonna expresses her displeasure about planned biopic

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Madonna isn't happy with a new biopic planned on her pre-fame life. The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday that Universal had acquired the rights to "Blond Ambition," a script about the singer. Brett Ratner is expected to produce the film, which centers on her struggles in New York while making her… Read

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Paul McCartney back in Tokyo

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Former Beatle Paul McCartney is back in Japan for one concert Tuesday night at the Budokan, and three concerts at Tokyo Dome on April 27, 29 and 30. About 700 fans were on hand to greet McCartney, 74, and his wife Nancy, when they arrived at Haneda airport aboard a… Read

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Experience 'Attack on Titan' in a whole new way with special planetarium screenings this summer

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This summer, two Konica Minolta planetariums in Tokyo – the “Tenkū in Tokyo Skytree Town” theater in Oshiage and “Manten in Sunshine City” in Ikebukuro – will be showing special screenings of an "Attack on Titan" story made for the planetariums. Fans of the wildly popular manga and anime series are sure to… Read

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Iggy Pop turns 70, sings on experimental jazz album

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Punk legend Iggy Pop has turned 70 with news he is singing on an experimental jazz album, saying the genre's bare exposure of his voice appealed to him artistically. The "Lust for Life" singer, who turned 70 on April 21, contributes in three songs on New York pianist and composer… Read

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For Chinese fans, popular teen band are mama's boys

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Liang Shanshan considers herself a mother of two: one child is her biological son, the other is a 16-year-old Chinese teen pop star she has never met. She is a "mother fan" and part of a group of women in their mid-20s to 60s whose maternal instincts are set off… Read