S. Korea big 'potential market' for Hollywood

Hollywood is banking on the Korean film industry since it has big potential with abundant stories derived from the nation's "incredibly rich" history and many talented people, the head of a Hollywood film studio said Tuesday.   ...

Ballet Festival Korea to kick off sixth year highlighting contemporary trends

From a classical homage to Bolshoi to the modern-day high octane choreography of Nacho Duato in “Duende,” the upcoming sixth annual Ballet Festival Korea promises to be a feast for all tastes.  Raising its curtain on May 13 at ...

Song Kang-ho to star in ‘Taxi Driver’

Korean actor Song Kang-ho will play the lead role in an upcoming film about the Gwangju Uprising, tentatively titled “Taxi Driver,” production company The Lamp announced Tuesday. The film is based on a real story by Jurgen Hinz...

BTS breaks into iTunes Charts abroad

K-pop boy band BTS’ special album “Young Forever” swept domestic music charts and broke into the iTunes top 30 albums in 17 countries, the group’s agency Big Hit Entertainment announced Tuesday. The album topped the iTunes to...

Artist Eliasson plans gigantic fountain for Versailles

PARIS (AFP) -- Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, who wowed New Yorkers with his 10-story urban waterfalls and Londoners with his giant trippy sunset at Tate Modern, said Monday he wanted to “make dreams come true” with his latest p...

FBI returns to home of man linked to $500m Boston art heist

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) -- Federal authorities returned on Monday to search the Connecticut property of a reputed mobster suspecting of having knowledge about the largest art heist in U.S. history. FBI agents went to the Manch...

[Herald Review] Long-lost granddaughter returns in ‘Canola’

“Canola” is a genuinely moving film. It is refreshingly simple. It employs no gimmicks and focuses on delivering an original story about the bond between a grandparent and a grandchild.  The film is set on the idyllic coast of ...

[Herald Review] KNB combines classic with contemporary in ‘Serenade & The Rite of Spring’

The Korean National Ballet unveiled its combined performance of “Serenade & The Rite of Spring” over the weekend, showcasing a night of blissful classical ballet and unorthodox modern dance.   While the KNB’s past performance...

[Herald Review] Korean folk hero meets Sherlock Holmes

“Phantom Detective” was inspired by the Korean folk tale “The Story of Hong Gil-dong,” according to the film’s director Jo Sung-hee. In the tale, the main character is a Robin Hood-like antihero who exercises his own brand of...

Director Park Chan-wook says ‘The Handmaiden’ is juicy

Award-winning director Park Chan-wook said Monday his Cannes-bound film “The Handmaiden” is a lot different from his previous works for having the most lines and giving subtle pleasures.  “It has the most lines of all films th...

Jazz fest’s last day finishes soggy, but strong

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Wind, rain and a lightning strike beside the stage where Bonnie Raitt was singing didn’t stop the soggy last day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival from rollicking to a close. Lightning hit the sca...

Art against the system

Chinese artist Liu Wei has been at the center of controversy in the Chinese contemporary art world.   In 1999, he and fellow artists put up a radical exhibition that displayed a dead fetus on an ice bed, with human and animal pa...

Salonen, a conductor in demand, eyes more time to compose

NEW YORK (AFP) - As one of the leading lights in contemporary classical music, Esa-Pekka Salonen is in an enviable position where he can pick and choose at will. The 57-year-old Finn is in New York conducting the Metropolitan Ope...

Family Guy creator to sing with Boston Pops opening night

BOSTON (AP) -- Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is helping the Boston Pops kick off its spring concert series. The 42-year-old actor and filmmaker will be the orchestra's opening night guest on Friday. He’ll be singing a selec...

Freedom and diversity at JIFF

Among Jeonju International Film Festival’s rich lineup of films this year is a controversial documentary titled “Spy Nation.” The work spotlights a 2013 case in which South Korea’s intelligence agency accused Yu Woo-sung, an e...