On new album, John Legend considers love and darkness

NEW YORK (AFP) - John Legend has become known as a modern master of the ballad, probing the emotional depths behind love and discovering the darkness that lurks nearby.Releasing his fifth studio album Friday, Legend stretches into...

Big Bang’s Daesung to kick off first Japanese dome tour in April

Daesung of the iconic K-pop group Big Bang is gearing up for his solo tour in Japan in April. The artist -- also known as D-Lite by his Japanese fans -- will be kicking off his Japanese tour “D-Lite Japan Dome Tour 2017” at the ...

Disney teases 28 minutes of ‘Star Wars’ spinoff ‘Rogue One’

MARIN, California (AP) -- The secretive "Star Wars‘" spinoff movie "Rogue One" just got a little more tangible. Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled 28 minutes of footage for reporters on Friday at Skywalker Ranch, teasing the origin st...

China rejects Korean pop culture, welcomes Japanese animation

BEIJING (Yonhap) -- China has become hostile toward South Korea’s entertainment content, but is welcoming to cultural products from Japan despite its strained political ties with both countries, sources close to the matter said S...

Sewol ferry disaster to be made into feature film

A ferry incident off the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula that caused more than 300 deaths will be made into a feature film, industry sources said Sunday.The movie, tentatively titled “Sea Tiger,” will be based on a novel ...

'Descendants of the Sun' takes top honor at Asian Television Awards

 KBS 2TV series "Descendants of the Sun" received the top prize at the 21st Asian Television Awards (ATA), the network said Saturday. The mega hit drama was named Best Drama Series at the award ceremony that took place at the Su...

Bangtan Boys wins best artist award in MAMA 2016

South Korean idol groups Bangtan Boys (BTS), EXO and TWICE took top awards at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) at AsiaWorld-Expo Arena in Hong Kong.K-pop boy band BTS of modest-sized Big Hit Entertainment won the Artist of ...

[Movie Review] In ‘Jackie,’ a fractured Kennedy fable

History, lately run amok, is ordered with such tidy, forceful finesse by Natalie Portman’s Jacqueline Kennedy in the piercing “Jackie.” Summoning a journalist to Hyannis Port in 1963, not long after the assassination of John F....

[Box Office] Upcoming movie releases

Derailed(Korea)Opened Nov. 30Crime, action. Directed by Lee Seong-taeHyung-seok (Ma Dong-seok), the criminal owner of a karaoke bar, one day kidnaps the girlfriend of Jin-il (Choi Min-ho), the leader of a gang of teenage runaways....

‘La La Land’ named best film by New York film critics

NEW YORK (AP) -- Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles musical “La La Land” was named best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle. The group announced their picks Thursday on Twitter, spreading around their awards to a va...

Big Bang to appear on ‘Infinite Challenge’ this month

Members of iconic K-pop group Big Bang will be ending their busy year together on MBC’s “Infinite Challenge,” Korea’s longest-running variety program.“We discussed (Big Bang’s) potential appearance on the show last year, but...

New groups to enter K-pop scene

The K-pop scene is about to get bigger. DSP Media -- the agency behind girl groups Rainbow and April -- is getting ready to unveil a new act.On Thursday morning, the entertainment company released a cryptic teaser image, featuring...

Sundance unveils diverse slate of competition films

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jenny Slate reunites with her “Obvious Child” director in the ’90s-set “Landline,” Sam Elliott plays a stoner Western film icon in “The Hero,” Aubrey Plaza gets serious in “Ingrid Goes West,” and Jenni...

New York’s Lincoln Center to remember Leonard Cohen

NEW YORK (AFP) - New York’s Lincoln Center on Wednesday announced a low-key memorial for legendary poet and singer Leonard Cohen next week, with the art complex simply to play his songs.Lincoln Center -- the campus of premier US ...

Guggenheim museum in Helsinki gets rejected

HELSINKI (AP) -- The Helsinki City Council has after heated late night debate rejected a plan to build a Guggenheim art museum in the Finnish capital mainly on financial grounds.Closing a marathon session of nearly six hours, the ...