Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at 74

Jan 4, 2014

Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at 74

Phil Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock ‘n’ roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, died Friday. He was 74. Everly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary ...

Spanish artist sued over 'Punching Franco' work

Dec 30, 2013

Spanish artist sued over 'Punching Franco' work

First he stuffed Spanish dictator Francisco Franco into a fridge. Now he has transformed Franco’s head into a punching ball. Not surprisingly, 36-year-old Spanish artist Eugenio Merino’s headline-grabbing works have won few fans among the late dictator’s admirers. The National Francisco Franco Foundation, which ...

Cubans fall head over heels for South Korean soaps

Dec 16, 2013

Cubans fall head over heels for South Korean soaps

For the past three decades, Brazilian “telenovelas” have helped Cubans forget their litany of woes for an hour a day. But today, dozens of South Korean soap operas are earning wide audiences. Following in the footsteps of South Korean films and K-pop, “doramas” — ...

Silent films fading fast: U.S. report

Dec 5, 2013

Silent films fading fast: U.S. report

More than two-thirds of silent movies shot in the United States between 1912 and 1929 no longer exist, the Library of Congress says in a report released Wednesday, underscoring the urgent need to preserve old motion pictures. Out of the 11,000 films made on ...

New Zealand airline reveals image of Hobbit dragon

Dec 2, 2013

New Zealand airline reveals image of Hobbit dragon

New Zealand’s national airline unveiled a giant image Monday of the dragon Smaug on one of its planes to celebrate the premiere of the second movie in the Hobbit trilogy. Air New Zealand showed the 54-meter image that’s featured on both sides of a ...

In Italy, ancient erotic frescoes get makeover

Dec 1, 2013

In Italy, ancient erotic frescoes get makeover

Based on images adapted from some of the erotic frescoes found in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, an exhibition that opened in Italy last week features naked artists posing as cavorting nymphs and satyrs. Among images that leave little to the imagination are ...

Paris umbrella maker creates objects to last

Nov 30, 2013

Paris umbrella maker creates objects to last

Easily broken and frequently lost, the humble umbrella is not usually seen as a luxury item. But for Frenchman Michel Heurtault, whose creations can sell for thousands of euros, that is exactly what they are. The 48-year-old artisan uses the finest of materials for ...