[Highlights] Arts and entertainment calendar

Theater“Mr. Show”: Produced by renowned musical director Kolleen Park, the naughty male striptease “Mr. Show” is returning to the stage this year. The women-only variety show features strapping young men who dance and perform ...

Flush with opportunities, Chris Pratt plays a new hand

TORONTO (AP) -- The offer to star in Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven” came to Chris Pratt while he was on a hunting trip with friends, listening to an audio book of Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove.” Having recently le...

[Movie review] ‘Seven’ more mediocre than magnificent

Seven warriors fight for the vulnerable, in a formula that bears revisiting in “The Magnificent Seven.” Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece, “Seven Samurai,” begat the classic 1960 Western “The Magnificent Seven,” then a late...

[Box Office] Latest movie releases

The Magnificent Seven(US)Opened Sept. 14Western, action. Directed by Antoine FuquaA motley crew of stealthy gangsters led by Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) attempts to defend the helpless town of Rose Creek when ruthless industri...

Bloodstained ‘Asura’ depicts criminal world with no room for justice

In the ferocious new crime thriller “Asura: The City of Madness,” director Kim Sung-su wanted to depict the “weary lives of powerless villains.” The film is a raw action flick teeming with blood and subterfuge, and one that d...

Black Pink continues to top charts

Even after wrapping up promotional activities for its debut releases, rookie K-pop girl group Black Pink continues to see success at home and abroad.  The four-member act, which debuted last month with the singles album “Square ...

Tiger JK and Dok2 establish new record label

Two of the biggest names in Korean rap are joining forces in a new venture. Tiger JK -- a member of hip-hop trio Drunken Tiger and founder of record label Jungle Entertainment -- and Dok2 -- rapper and co-founder of Illionaire Re...

Ultra rocks Asia with radio-friendly groove

TOKYO (AFP) -- Once a modest beach party in Miami, the uber-hip Ultra Music Festival has bold plans to further expand the global juggernaut after another year of empire building.While techno-heads accuse Ultra of helping to “comm...

Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj to perform at Tidal show

NEW YORK (AP) -- Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj, artist-owners of Tidal, will perform at a concert in New York for the streaming service.Tidal announced Wednesday that Lauryn Hill, Common and Robin Thicke will also perform a...

Bucheon animation festival eyes Asia’s top spot

The Bucheon International Animation Festival this year will be the largest scale since its launch, as it aims to become one of the top in Asia, the organizing committee said Wednesday. Since its launch in 1999, the annual internat...

Two foreign conductors tapped for Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Two foreign conductors have been named to lead the Seoul Philharmonic, the orchestra said in a press release Thursday.Thierry Fischer, music director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, and Markus Stenz, chief conductor of the Netherl...

NCCK to open with foreigner-friendly ‘L’Orfeo’

Greek mythologies will mesh with the sounds of modern pansori in the National Changgeuk Company of Korea’s upcoming 2016-2017 season opening production of “L’Orfeo.” Directed by Lee So-young, who was behind last year’s powerf...

Infinite tops global charts

K-pop boy band Infinite is sweeping charts at home and abroad with its sixth mini album “Infinite Only,” released Monday. The seven-member act has not only topped real-time and daily music charts on Hanteo and Synnara domestical...

Park Hyo-shin to return with new album

Korean singer-songwriter Park Hyo-shin is gearing up for a return to the spotlight.  Known for his 2014 hit singles “Wild Flower” and “Happy Together,” Park will be announcing a new album next month, according to the artist’...

Artday to hold September auction

Herald Artday, a subsidiary of Herald Corp., is holding an online auction from Sept. 23-27, presenting major works of art by contemporary Korean and international artists.  The art auction will feature numerous works of renowned ...