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British Home Secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei a full six-month visa to enter Britain, her government department said on Friday. On Thursday the artist, whose passport was returned by Chinese authorities last week four years after it was confiscated, said Britain had granted him only a short-stay visa instead of one granting him permission to stay for the full six months. Ai, who was detained for 81 days and had his passport confiscated four years ago, has never been charged nor convicted of a crime.
Psy, Paris Hilton and Queen Elizabeth II all made it, but South Korean President Park Geun-Hye turned down her chance of immortality in the first Asian outpost of France's famous waxwork museum, Musee Grevin, that opened in Seoul Thursday. The new museum's focus is firmly on the world of entertainment and, in particular, stars of the "Hallyu" or "Korean Wave" of pop songs and TV melodramas that have become the country's most potent cultural export. As a result, waxworks of global icons like Michael Jackson and Madonna rub shoulders with the likes of actress Choi Ji-Woo -- star of one of the original Hallyu dramas "Winter Sonata" who enjoys a major fan following in Japan.
Russia's famed Bolshoi theatre on Thursday announced it would not renew the contract of its ballet troupe's artistic director Sergei Filin who was injured in a brutal 2013 acid attack. "The general director of the Bolshoi Theatre Vladimir Urin told artistic director Sergei Filin at an end of season meeting that his contract would not be renewed when it expires in March 2016," the theatre said in a statement. Filin was left scarred and partially blind after he was doused with acid on the order of a ballet soloist in January 2013 in an attack that rocked the dance world.
Skye Lockhart faked her own death in Genoa City before fleeing to live under the radar in tropical Hawaii. Sharon Newman had a feeling Skye was alive, and she headed to Hawaii to confirm her sinking suspicion. Shortly after arriving in the Aloha State, Sharon tracked down Skye at a nearby volcano and pulled out a camera in order to prove to Adam Newman that his former wife was still alive.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many journalists who have written feature profiles of public figures will have experienced that light-bulb moment, once the cautious mutual-assessment phase is concluded and you start digging for the meat, when the subject perhaps casually reveals some illuminating aspect of him- or herself around which the entire article can be built. Those moments come thick and fast in "The End of the Tour," James Ponsoldt's exquisitely elegiac film about David Foster Wallace, examined over the course of a five-day interview with Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, 12 years before the influential writer's suicide in 2008 at age 46.
The chef behind West Hollywood’s The Church Key is changing course, heading for the Arts District in Downtown. Formerly an executive chef under Michael Mina at Saltwater, Steven Fretz is certainly no fish novice. Telling the Times that Downtown is ready for the sort of restaurant he’s envisioning, Fretz lays out a menu that would include crudités, tartars, and larger fish entrees cooked in a wood-fired oven.
Neal McDonough is coming to "Arrow" Season 4 as Damien Darhk, and there's nothing good about the show's new villain. "Damien's a different kind of villain than we've had on the show before," "Arrow" Executive Producer and co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim told Access Hollywood recently at Comic-con. "He's not as centurion as Ra's, he's not as looney tune as Slade, he's not as -- and people will be surprised I use this word -- but he's not as noble as Malcolm Merlyn.
By Michael Roddy BAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - Richard Wagner's great grand-daughter Eva Wagner-Pasquier said she felt overwhelmed with emotion on Sunday at the official opening in Bayreuth of a renovated museum devoted to the 19th-century opera composer, saying it was "finally" worthy of him. Wagner-Pasquier, 70, who is stepping down as co-director of the annual Bayreuth Festival of Wagner operas which opened on Saturday, said she was moved in part by the museum, and by seeing the old family homes she used to live in again. "Finally the people here in Bayreuth understand that this is the most important composer of the world and he has to have a museum and that is done now, so it's great," Wagner-Pasquier told Reuters.
The Bayreuth Festival, one of the hottest tickets in the world of opera, opened with a well-received new production of Richard Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde" on Saturday, which also won praise from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The dark and pessimistic new reading of one of Wagner's best-loved works by the composer's 37-year-old great-granddaughter, Katharina Wagner, was greeted with cheers and generous applause at the end of the six-hour performance.
Artist Lauren Garfinkel has been carving political statements and busts out of perishable food for about a decade. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she recently told NPR that the idea of making political art struck her "while watching news coverage of the devastation that Hurricane Katrina wrought in the Gulf Coast in 2005." Though her work revolves around powerful figures in government, her pieces sometimes don't even last long enough for her to photograph them.
By Michael Roddy BAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city's annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer's anti-Semitism and his family's later ties to Adolf Hitler center stage for the first time. It also depicts the close ties his widow Cosima, who died in 1930, and his descendants forged with Hitler, who loved Wagner's music and regularly visited Bayreuth to hear operas in the "Festspielhaus" that Wagner designed and built in the 1870s. "When the museum was opened almost 40 years ago it was not complete," museum director Sven Friedrich said during a press tour on Friday, before the public opening on Sunday.
By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese dissident artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei said that authorities in Beijing returned his passport on Wednesday, more than four years after it was confiscated following his 81-day secret detention. Ai, 58, told Reuters by telephone that police from the Exit and Entry Bureau, which issues passports to Chinese citizens, called him on Wednesday morning to collect his passport, which he now has in hand. The surprise move comes amid a deepening crackdown on civil society in China.
The American model has headed off to the British capital for the start of her summer break. Far from the exotic locales favored by her modeling counterparts, the beautiful brown-eyed brunette prefers to expand her mind at London's Natural History Museum, as seen in her latest post published to Instagram. Illustrated by her father, Alan Aldridge, the book is a clear source of pride for the American model, who remarks, "Dad's book at the Natural History Museum.
Gesticulating and breaking into spine-tingling arias, a jovial Placido Domingo coached young opera singers vying for their big break while perched on a stool in a rehearsal room at London's Royal Opera House. Frenchman Julien Behr greeted him with a "Buenos dias!" before practising an aria with the legendary Spanish tenor for Sunday's final of the Operalia competition, being held in the British capital for the first time. "You have to do it more naturally," said the bearded 74-year-old -- one of the famous Three Tenors who performed concerts at four World Cup finals along with Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti.
Animal rights activists have filed a complaint against Austrian enfant terrible Hermann Nitsch over his current exhibition in Sicily featuring dead animals on crucifixes, a spokeswoman for the artist said Thursday. The latest edition of the exhibition, which opened in the city of Palermo in Sicily last Friday, sparked outrage among animal rights groups who accused Nitsch of blasphemy and inciting violence. The exhibition was a "shame" for Palermo and in violation of the 1978 UN Declaration of Animal Rights, said Italian activist Antonio Leto who filed the complaint.
McDonald's latest attempt to connect with millennials was thwarted by a prankster graffiti artist. According to Mashable, McDonald's recently had the bright idea to advertise with emojis, the language of the millennial generation. One clever graffiti artist decided to add his own twist to one of the billboard stories. McDonald's has been struggling as of late.
Some may already be familiar with the dark and dreamy sounds of singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, whose profile rises with each successive album she releases. The latest, "Abyss," is headed out August 7 and precedes a host of fall tour dates in North America and Europe. Chelsea Wolfe is a California-born and -based musician with an unlikely inspiration: she experiences sleep paralysis and makes hazy, intimate music that teeters between dream and reality.