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Lisa Richwine
For Lisa Richwine's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift arrives for the 66th Annual Grammy Awards at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Feb 5, 2024
Taylor Swift makes Grammys history as women rule music's top honors
Winning for her album "Midnights," Taylor Swift has won the best album prize a total of four times, eclipsing Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.
A union team captain reacts after SAG-AFTRA approved a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to bring an end to the 118-day actors strike, at a brewery in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 9, 2023
Hollywood actors reach tentative deal with studios to end strike
The deal also provides protections against unauthorized use of images generated by artificial intelligence.
The Disney store in Times Square, New York, on Oct. 29
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 9, 2023
Disney tops earnings forecasts as Iger sets 'building' phase
Disney now says it is on track to achieve $7.5 billion in annualized savings
Disney and cable giant Charter Communications are negotiating over how much Charter will pay Disney to carry its channels.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 6, 2023
Behind the Disney-Charter dispute over the future of TV
Media companies are trying to build profitable streaming services while cable providers feel like they're subsidizing a business that cannibalizes them.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 29, 2023
From caterers to cowboy outfitters: Writers' strike hits Hollywood economy
It remains unclear how long the work stoppage will last. No new talks are scheduled between major Hollywood studios and the writers.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news / Focus
May 5, 2023
Hollywood insiders predict writers' strike to drag on through summer
The dispute represents a clash between writers, who see themselves working more but earning less in the streaming era, and studios attempting to rein in costs.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Mar 30, 2022
Jada Pinkett Smith says it's a 'season for healing' after Oscars incident
The actress didn't refer directly to the incident involving her husband, Will Smith, and comedian Chris Rock in an Instagram post.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 3, 2014
Former Google exec primed to lead SoftBank's Hollywood invasion
SoftBank Corp.'s investment in a Hollywood movie studio represents the coming out party for two new players in the U.S. entertainment industry — the Japanese telecommunications company and Nikesh Arora, the former Google Inc. executive running a new media and Internet company.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on