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Jul 12, 2020

How Little Richard helped launch the Beatles

“The Girl Can’t Help It” is a 1956 film by Frank Tashlin about a young woman, played by Jayne Mansfield, who dreams of being a star vocalist. Some consider it the first rock ‘n’ roll music video ever made; built into the story line were full versions of song performances by Eddie Cochran

Jul 7, 2020

Now more than ever, the world needs art

In times of crisis, such as the global outbreak of an infectious disease, some might argue that society cannot be bothered with such a luxury as art. Practicality and austerity, they say, are called for now, not luxury. But local artists would disagree. In fact, some of them say that art is precisely

Jul 6, 2020

R.I.P. Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning film composer

Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer best known for his immersive work on Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns, has died. A lawyer for Morricone confirmed that the composer died in a Rome hospital after falling and breaking his leg. He was 91. The Maestro’s vast body of work encompasses more than 500 films, from

Jul 5, 2020

U.K. to Offer Hollywood Actors, Crew Exemption From Quarantine Rules

The U.K. government is to exempt some leading U.S. actors, such as Tom Cruise, and crew from its 14-day travel quarantine to allow Hollywood blockbusters to resume production. The move follows a conversation between culture secretary Oliver Dowden and Cruise earlier this week about restarting filming on the latest “Mission: Impossible” movie. The