Entertainment

Rap and the Party: China taps youth culture to hook millennial cadres

Rap and the Party: China taps youth culture to hook millennial cadres

Published 25/09/2017

In his baseball cap and baggy yellow t-shirt, the rap star Li Yijie - better known by his stage name "Pissy" - is an unlikely face of China's strait-laced ruling Communist Party. [more…]

Real life ugly beasts inspire new book by `Gruffalo` author Donaldson

Real life ugly beasts inspire new book by `Gruffalo` author Donaldson

Published 31/08/2017

An African safari has inspired a new book by Julia Donaldson in which the creator of children's favorite "The Gruffalo" homes in on an unsightly bunch of wild animals known as "The Ugly Five." [more…]

`Caitlin` gives voice to Dylan Thomas` widow in violent UK dance drama

`Caitlin` gives voice to Dylan Thomas` widow in violent UK dance drama

Published 25/08/2017

Hello. I'm Caitlin, and I'm an alcoholic. [more…]

Barber-turned-rapper crowned `Afghan Star` in talent show

Barber-turned-rapper crowned `Afghan Star` in talent show

Published 21/03/2017

Sayed Jamal Mubarez 23, a singer finalist of the music contest 'Afghan Star', practices during a rehearsal for the show in Kabul, Afghanistan March 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

A barber-turned-rapper has been crowned the winner of an Afghan talent show that offered its audience some relief from daily stories of insurgents and suicide bombs.

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Brits still waiting for full Brexit comedy dividend

Brits still waiting for full Brexit comedy dividend

Published 16/03/2017

FILE PHOTO: Matt Forde talks about his TV show ''Unspun'' in an interview at Reuters' office in Canary Wharf, London, Britain March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Heavens/File Photo

They were the two stories that rocked the Western world last year. But while Donald Trump's election injected new life into U.S. political comedy, the British are still waiting for Brexit to usher in their new golden age of satire.

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The true face of Mr Darcy – long, oval and pale

The true face of Mr Darcy – long, oval and pale

Published 09/02/2017

Jane Austen's fictional character, Fitzwilliam Darcy, is seen in this historically accurate portrait by Nick Hardcastle, released in London, Britain, on February 9, 2017. Courtesy of UKTV/Nick Hardcastle/Handout via REUTERS

Mr Darcy, the romantic hero of Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice," has been portrayed by a string of showbusiness heart-throbs, but a new study suggests he would probably have looked very different from the modern ideal of masculinity.

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Tyrus Wong, pioneer `Bambi` artist, dies at 106

Tyrus Wong, pioneer `Bambi` artist, dies at 106

Published 31/12/2016

By Jacob BryantLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Tyrus Wong, whose paintings served as visual inspiration for Disney's animated classic "Bambi," died Frida

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Box Office: `Doctor Strange` Trounces `Trolls` With $32.6 Million on Friday

Box Office: `Doctor Strange` Trounces `Trolls` With $32.6 Million on Friday

Published 08/11/2016

Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick attend a photocall to promote the film Trolls at the London Eye, in London, Britain, September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

By Seth KelleyLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Doctor Strange" is doing its part to heal what has been a recent box office slump by earning $32.6 million

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J.K. Rowling bids farewell to Harry Potter at ‘Cursed Child’ gala

J.K. Rowling bids farewell to Harry Potter at ‘Cursed Child’ gala

Published 01/08/2016

LONDON A new "Harry Potter" play that opened to swooning reviews and delighted gasps from the audience marks the end of the journey for the [more…]

J.K. Rowling bids farewell to Harry Potter at “Cursed Child” gala

J.K. Rowling bids farewell to Harry Potter at “Cursed Child” gala

Published 31/07/2016

LONDON A new "Harry Potter" play that opened to swooning reviews and delighted gasps from the audience marks the end of the journey for the [more…]