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Chinese-backed animation studio has Hollywood values and global ambitions

Tencent-funded Original Force Animation wants to make movies not just for Chinese audiences, but for global audiences, CEO Harley Zhao tells Richard Verrier.

25 Sep 2015 - 9:00PM
Chinese-backed animation studio has Hollywood values and global ambitions

Tencent-funded Original Force Animation wants to make movies not just for Chinese audiences, but for global audiences, CEO Harley Zhao tells Richard Verrier.

Age no barrier to globetrotting, as 76-year-old Korean-American backpacker shows

Hyo So is one of a growing number of retired people who are picking up their rucksacks, travelling to exotic places and making new friends.

16 Sep 2015 - 8:32AM
Age no barrier to globetrotting, as 76-year-old Korean-American backpacker shows

Hyo So is one of a growing number of retired people who are picking up their rucksacks, travelling to exotic places and making new friends.

The end is near for heavy metal stalwarts Mötley Crüe

Los Angeles rockers rewrote the book on rock excess, writes Josh Rottenberg.

26 Aug 2015 - 4:37PM
The end is near for heavy metal stalwarts Mötley Crüe

Los Angeles rockers rewrote the book on rock excess, writes Josh Rottenberg.

Los Angeles noise rockers Health return to a changed music scene

In the six years since Health's last formal album, music's avant-garde has discovered the virtues of top 40 pop and hip hop, writes August Brown.

23 Aug 2015 - 12:07AM
Los Angeles noise rockers Health return to a changed music scene

In the six years since Health's last formal album, music's avant-garde has discovered the virtues of top 40 pop and hip hop, writes August Brown.

21 bestsellers we're about to see on the big screen

A host of adaptations of big-selling fiction and non-fiction books is heading our way.

8 Aug 2015 - 11:04PM
21 bestsellers we're about to see on the big screen

A host of adaptations of big-selling fiction and non-fiction books is heading our way.

How drugs scandal almost derailed Monster Hunt, Chinese hit movie

When one of its stars was arrested on drugs charges in Beijing, it seemed like China's biggest-grossing film yet might never see the light of day.

10 Aug 2015 - 5:24PM
How drugs scandal almost derailed Monster Hunt, Chinese hit movie

When one of its stars was arrested on drugs charges in Beijing, it seemed like China's biggest-grossing film yet might never see the light of day.

He's the guy right now: DJ Diplo milks his moment

American  - a regular in Hong Kong at Dragon-i and Volar - is under no illusions about the fleeting nature of fame, as he works on albums with Justin Bieber and Madonna.

1 Aug 2015 - 10:58PM
He's the guy right now: DJ Diplo milks his moment

American  - a regular in Hong Kong at Dragon-i and Volar - is under no illusions about the fleeting nature of fame, as he works on albums with Justin Bieber and Madonna.

Reaction to Nicki Minaj's gripe proves point about racism in music business

The speed with which star of Anaconda video was attacked - among others by Taylor Swift, who later apologised - for saying she felt snubbed by award nominations was proof she had a point about black women rarely being rewarded for their contributions to pop culture.

29 Jul 2015 - 7:00PM
Reaction to Nicki Minaj's gripe proves point about racism in music business

The speed with which star of Anaconda video was attacked - among others by Taylor Swift, who later apologised - for saying she felt snubbed by award nominations was proof she had a point about black women rarely being rewarded for their contributions to pop culture.

Book review: The Spectators - a graphic novel about life in Paris

Victor Hussenot's beautiful, ethereal book is about city walking, city haunting, all the ways the metropolis can get beneath our skin. There's no story per se - just a series of riffs.

25 Jul 2015 - 11:24PM
Book review: The Spectators - a graphic novel about life in Paris

Victor Hussenot's beautiful, ethereal book is about city walking, city haunting, all the ways the metropolis can get beneath our skin. There's no story per se - just a series of riffs.

British duo Disclosure push the boundaries of dance music

"We've got a lot more to give" than just electronic dance music, Guy Lawrence says

25 Jul 2015 - 11:22PM
British duo Disclosure push the boundaries of dance music

"We've got a lot more to give" than just electronic dance music, Guy Lawrence says

Terry Riley, high-priest of minimalist music, still going strong at 80

Terry Riley turned 80 on June 24 and, not unexpectedly, the honours for the mastermind of musical minimalism have been hardly minimal. London, Amsterdam and Paris have been taking particular note of the milestone, and a New York radio station offered a 24-hour Riley marathon as a salute.

18 Jul 2015 - 10:52PM
Terry Riley, high-priest of minimalist music, still going strong at 80

Terry Riley turned 80 on June 24 and, not unexpectedly, the honours for the mastermind of musical minimalism have been hardly minimal. London, Amsterdam and Paris have been taking particular note of the milestone, and a New York radio station offered a 24-hour Riley marathon as a salute.

The Mekons: alt-country pioneers refuse to let their music die

After nearly 30 years of flying under the radar, The Mekons have earned their role as the godfathers of alt-country.

4 Jul 2015 - 9:35PM
The Mekons: alt-country pioneers refuse to let their music die

After nearly 30 years of flying under the radar, The Mekons have earned their role as the godfathers of alt-country.

Wright Brothers' biographer talks about their passion and persistence
Book describes how pirates used MP3 to revolutionise music industry

MP3 technology enabled wholesale piracy of songs and, as Steven Poole explains, brought the music industry to its knees.

27 Jun 2015 - 10:55PM
Book describes how pirates used MP3 to revolutionise music industry

MP3 technology enabled wholesale piracy of songs and, as Steven Poole explains, brought the music industry to its knees.

Frontman going for the kill with new album

The Killers' singer-songwriter Brandon Flowers has deliveredhis best solo work yet with his new album.

6 Jun 2015 - 11:47PM
Frontman going for the kill with new album

The Killers' singer-songwriter Brandon Flowers has deliveredhis best solo work yet with his new album.

Faith No More rockers find renewed belief in themselves
The message of Amy Winehouse documentary: Look at what we did

A documentary of soul singer Amy Winehouse is more than your average portrait of a star's rise and fall.

30 May 2015 - 10:54PM
The message of Amy Winehouse documentary: Look at what we did

A documentary of soul singer Amy Winehouse is more than your average portrait of a star's rise and fall.

How electronic dance music conquered America: a writer explains

From its humble American beginnings as house music in Chicago, techno in Detroit and rave music in England, the genre now known as electronic dance music (EDM) has become a billion-dollar business. 

30 May 2015 - 10:53PM
How electronic dance music conquered America: a writer explains

From its humble American beginnings as house music in Chicago, techno in Detroit and rave music in England, the genre now known as electronic dance music (EDM) has become a billion-dollar business. 

Guitar-pop pair Best Coast soar on live-stream from Capitol Records rooftop

A web concert from the rooftop of LA's Capitol Records has lifted rock duo Best Coast to a higher plane.

23 May 2015 - 10:53PM
Guitar-pop pair Best Coast soar on live-stream from Capitol Records rooftop

A web concert from the rooftop of LA's Capitol Records has lifted rock duo Best Coast to a higher plane.

Mumford & Sons hope for third time lucky as they abandon their roots

Mumford & Sons have changed direction with their third album, but are confident their fans will still support them.

16 May 2015 - 11:10PM
Mumford & Sons hope for third time lucky as they abandon their roots

Mumford & Sons have changed direction with their third album, but are confident their fans will still support them.

Sleater-Kinney are back with the same fire that led the riot grrrl movement

Riot grrrl torchbearers Sleater-Kinney have regrouped, and they've still got plenty to say.

9 May 2015 - 10:37PM
Sleater-Kinney are back with the same fire that led the riot grrrl movement

Riot grrrl torchbearers Sleater-Kinney have regrouped, and they've still got plenty to say.

Alex Garland's Ex Machina is a man-vs-machine tale that sides with the machines

In his directorial debut, Alex Garland has crafted a sci-fi drama that is powered by human emotion.

23 Apr 2015 - 1:18PM
Alex Garland's Ex Machina is a man-vs-machine tale that sides with the machines

In his directorial debut, Alex Garland has crafted a sci-fi drama that is powered by human emotion.

Mad Men - a series defined by its women characters
Fast & Furious 7 speeding to box office triumph

The seventh Fast & Furious film is a tribute to late actor Paul Walker and also proof of the franchise's box-office standing.

11 Apr 2015 - 6:58PM
Fast & Furious 7 speeding to box office triumph

The seventh Fast & Furious film is a tribute to late actor Paul Walker and also proof of the franchise's box-office standing.

Rapper Earl Sweatshirt lets his angst hang out

Filled with barbs at former friends and verse-long defences of his culpability in a recent break-up, Earl's portrait of the artist as a young man reads as a kind of poetically executed tirade.

4 Apr 2015 - 10:30PM
Rapper Earl Sweatshirt lets his angst hang out

Filled with barbs at former friends and verse-long defences of his culpability in a recent break-up, Earl's portrait of the artist as a young man reads as a kind of poetically executed tirade.

Interview: Seth Greenland, writer of novel The Bones

Greenland has tried his hand at just about every form of writing except poetry.

4 Apr 2015 - 10:30PM
Interview: Seth Greenland, writer of novel The Bones

Greenland has tried his hand at just about every form of writing except poetry.

Method in rapper's ambition as he trades music for movies

Hip-hop star Method Man has put his music career on hold in favour of Hollywood.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:51PM
Method in rapper's ambition as he trades music for movies

Hip-hop star Method Man has put his music career on hold in favour of Hollywood.

Why Blurred Lines copyright case was about cash, not artistic theft

Pop artists have always built on sounds from the past, but should that be seen as theft? Randall Roberts finds out

14 Mar 2015 - 10:41PM
Why Blurred Lines copyright case was about cash, not artistic theft

Pop artists have always built on sounds from the past, but should that be seen as theft? Randall Roberts finds out

Book review: The Dawn of Technicolor: 1915-1935 - birth of colour movies
British singer Jamie Cullum the latest to explore jazz standards

As Jamie Cullum veers back to jazz, he's part of a wider trend of artists exploring the genre's material in new ways.

28 Feb 2015 - 11:12PM
British singer Jamie Cullum the latest to explore jazz standards

As Jamie Cullum veers back to jazz, he's part of a wider trend of artists exploring the genre's material in new ways.

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