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Essay: A Megafan’s Appreciation for Tina Turner’s Boundless Energy and Lessons in Survival

DALLAS — When Tina Turner died at the age of 83, I found myself going back to the fourth grade, to the day I truly discovered her voice. I was at Thanksgiving – sorry – when I decided to rummage through my parents’ old cassette tapes in search of entertainment. What I found was astounding:… Read More »

Tina Turner, ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ whose triumphant career made her world famous, dies aged 83

NEW YORK — Tina Turner, the unstoppable singer and stage performer who teamed up with husband Ike Turner for a dynamic run of hit records and live shows in the 1960s and ’70s and survived her torrid marriage to triumph in middle age with the chart-topping “What’s Love Got” to do with it,” has died… Read More »

After a year of long-running Hollywood love, actor James Hong continues to have his moment

James Hong was met with a standing ovation at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and could have easily just basked in the applause and moved on. But for the 94-year-old, the mostly Asian cast of “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which won best casting, seemed like an opportunity for a stark reminder that Hollywood wasn’t… Read More »

What makes a standing ovation last 22 minutes in Cannes?

CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival is underway, which means stopwatches are out. Nowhere is the length of standing ovations at high-impact premieres more carefully recorded and analyzed than in Cannes. Did a film receive a triumphant eight-minute standing ovation? Or did the audience stand for only four or five minutes? How has such… Read More »

The new Madrid museum will reveal five centuries of Spain’s royal collections

MADRID — It is not as if Madrid lacked world-class galleries, including the Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía. But next month Spain is set to unveil what is said to be one of Europe’s cultural highlights of the year with the opening in the Spanish capital of The Royal Collections Gallery. The elegant new… Read More »

Questions and answers: Liv Ullmann, cinema royalty and major Cannes draw, looks back

CANNES, France — Very few are able to capture people’s attention at the Cannes Film Festival like Liv Ullmann. At 84, Ullmann is unashamedly cinema royalty, and directors have flocked to greet her at this year’s festival. Pedro Almodóvar sought her out for a lunch. Todd Haynes tried to get her word that his latest… Read More »

Indigenous Australian TV host quits show amid racist backlash

CANBERRA, Australia — Prominent Australian Indigenous journalist Stan Grant announced he will step away from television hosting duties after Monday after viewers responded with racist abuse to his comments during King Charles III’s coronation about historic Aboriginal dispossession. Grant, a member of the Wiradjuri tribe of indigenous Australians and former international correspondent for US-based CNN,… Read More »

The Venice Architectural Biennale gives belated voice to Africa that has long been silent

VENICE, Italy — Scottish-Ghanaian architect Lesley Lokko is giving a platform to long-silenced voices at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, which opens Saturday, the first curated by an African, with a predominance of work by Africans and the African diaspora. The 18th architectural biennale, titled “The Laboratory of the Future,” explores decolonization and decarbonization, themes… Read More »

Pedro Almodóvar rides into the Western in a Cannes short film about gay cowboys

CANNES, France — CANNES, France (AP) — “Pedro! Pedro!” chanted the crowd at Cannes before Pedro Almodóvar unveiled his latest film, “Strange Way of Life,” a 31-minute western starring Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke as cowboys and ex-lovers. There is nothing like the fervor that greets a new film from Almodóvar, one of the world’s… Read More »

Johnny Depp returns to Cannes and finds “the basement to the bottom”

CANNES, France — Just a year ago, the image of Johnny Depp smiling and waving at the top of the Palais steps at the Cannes Film Festival would have been unimaginable to most – including Depp himself. “When you hit rock bottom, you hit rock bottom, you hit rock bottom, you find the cellar to… Read More »