Blacklist casts pall over South Korea's artists

Feb 8, 2017

Blacklist casts pall over South Korea's artists

During the release of a documentary on the deep sea divers who retrieved around 300 bodies, mostly schoolchildren, from a South Korean ferry disaster, tickets sold out — but the film played to half-empty cinemas. There was no indication at the time, but “Diving ...

Jan 25, 2017

Sundance turns lens on Syrian civil war, jihadism

Michael Heineman’s new documentary “City of Ghosts,” began with a group of guys in Raqa Syria coming together after their hometown is taken over by the Islamic State group. In early 2014, the Islamic State group (IS) entered the northern Syrian city of Raqa, ...

Black actors and 'La La Land' break records with Oscar nods

Jan 25, 2017

Black actors and 'La La Land' break records with Oscar nods

Black actors were honored in all acting categories for the first time and romantic showbiz musical “La La Land” topped the Oscars nominations list on Tuesday. In the past year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed its membership and voting rules ...

Why some artists no longer want to be famous

Jan 5, 2017

Why some artists no longer want to be famous

“I love being famous,” the black U.S. comedian Chris Rock once quipped. “It’s almost like being white.” But a growing number of artists would rather have success without the encumbrance of fame. From the street artist Banksy to the Italian literary phenomenon Elena Ferrante, ...