A dark twist to a not-so-fairy tale

Hailed as one of the U.K.’s most popular and successful choreographers and directors, Matthew Bourne will premiere his critically acclaimed “gothic romance” dance reinterpretation of the classic fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty,” ...

Mnet to host 'Special M Countdown in China'

Cable music channel Mnet will host the “Special M Countdown in China” at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China on May 28, production company CJ E&M announced Tuesday. The concert will bring together top Korean and Chinese ...

New Mexico joining efforts to rehabilitate historic theaters

RATON, New Mexico (AP) -- For years, the Shuler Theater in this once-booming New Mexico mining town sat empty in a desolate downtown. It had long passed its heyday as a hot spot for Italian immigrants and Hispanic workers who visi...

Banksy mystery in Rome -- will the artist show up to exhibition of his work?

ROME (AFP) -- A major exhibition of Banksy’s works opens in Rome on Tuesday and, as ever with the secretive British street artist, there is mystery attached. What will he make of a project he has not been involved in? Will he sh...

Baek A-yeon’s ‘So-so’ sweeps charts

Singer-songwriter Baek A-yeon swept domestic music charts Tuesday with her new single “So-so.” “So-so,” which was released at midnight on Monday, has emerged top on eight music charts -- MelOn, Genie, Mnet, Naver Music, Olleh...

'Fresh Off the Boat' team reflects on breakthrough sitcom

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Television is mostly entertaining, sometimes enlightening and, occasionally, can make a difference. The sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” hits all the marks. Because of it, along with ABC siblings “Black-ish” an...

Madonna responds to critics of her Prince tribute

Madonna is dismissing critics of her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards with style. A day after her performance of “Nothing Compares 2 U” and duet with Stevie Wonder on “Purple Rain,” the pop singer took to socia...

'Cheese in the Trap' movie to star actor Park Hae-jin

Actor Park Hae-jin, who starred as the lead character in the TV series “Cheese in the Trap,” has been cast for the same role in the upcoming movie adaptation, the film’s publicist said Tuesday. The movie will be jointly produc...

Madonna, Stevie Wonder pay tribute to Prince at Billboard

Madonna closed Sunday's Billboard Music Awards paying tribute to Prince with the help of Stevie Wonder, ending the night with “Purple Rain.” Wearing a shiny purple suit, Madonna kicked off the tribute with a version of “Nothin...

Fraud or common practice?

If a painting displayed in a gallery was not painted by the artist who signed it, what are viewers to make of it?  Such is the controversy that currently surrounds celebrity singer and painter Cho Young-nam, who is in hot water o...

Visit Korea Committee removes Seolhyun’s image

Seolhyun’s image promoting 2016-2018 Visit Korea Year was taken down from Visit Korea Committee’s website and Facebook account. Seolhyun, a member of K-pop girl group AOA, has promoted the Visit Korea Year along with actor Lee ...

Loach’s Cannes triumph comes two years after he nearly quit

CANNES, France (AFP) -- Two years ago the veteran British director Ken Loach said he was ready to throw in the towel. But on Sunday, only weeks from his 80th birthday, he won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival. It is the...

China’s Weiwei turns Macedonia tear gas into art

ATHENS (AFP) - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has opened a new show in one of Athens’ top archaeological museums, with Macedonian police tear gas canisters as one of the main exhibits. The “Ai Weiwei at Cycladic” exhibitio...

[Newsmaker] Britain’s Loach wins Cannes honor

British director Ken Loach won the Palme d’Or top prize at Cannes on Sunday for the second time in a decade with his moving drama “I, Daniel Blake” about the shame of poverty in austerity-hit Europe. The award marked a major u...

Jang Keun-suk: ‘Jackpot’ is not a hit, but that’s okay

According to actors Jang Keun-suk and Yeo Jin-goo, the lackluster performance of their drama series “Jackpot” is disappointing, but not thoroughly disheartening. “The title of the series is ‘Jackpot,’ so there was a certain ...