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China bans Winnie-the-Pooh film: report

“Christopher Robin,” a new Disney film based on AA Milne’s famous Winnie-the-Pooh books, has been banned in China, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Cathleen Taff, head of distribution for Disney, confirmed the film has been denied a release the Associated Press reported. The move locks the release out from the world’s second largest film market. While an official […]

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Will Donald Trump’s star on Hollywood Walk of Fame be removed?

The West Hollywood City Council voted Monday evening in favor of a resolution calling for the removal of US President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the media insider news outlet The Hollywood Reporter said.  The resolution, which the media outlet said received unanimous approval, urged the Los Angeles City Council and the Hollywood […]

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Heat wave challenges German wine industry as it eyes changing trends

DW: What does the ongoing heat wave in Germany mean for the wine harvest? Will 2018 be a great year for wine? Romana Echensperger: That’s always a tricky situation. You can only start talking about a great year once the grape harvest has been stored in the cellars. If we now had thunderstorms and strong […]

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#MeTwo: To be or not to be German enough

Mesut Özil may not have realized that his resignation from the German national soccer team would start an avalanche of dismay on social media. He quit the team saying, “When I win I’m German. When I lose I’m an immigrant.” His decision was a reaction to the outpouring of criticism directed against him after Germany lost in […]

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Facebook removes conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ pages as podcasts taken down

Three major global technology companies took action against American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones over the past two days, removing his digital content from their sites for having violated their hate speech policies. Social media giant Facebook announced on Monday that it had taken down four video pages belonging to Jones for contravening its community standards […]

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Berlin Pride: More politics than partying

Patricia is standing with her husband at a traffic light in central Berlin. All of a sudden, a man next them says: “You should be shot — you shouldn’t be alive.” Patricia can’t believe her ears. She thinks she must have misheard, so she asks him to repeat himself. He does: “You should be shot.” Patricia […]

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Rap against racism: ‘I’m not a Nazi, but…’

Two men sit on either side of a table in an empty warehouse. One man is wearing a bomber jacket, his head is shaved on both sides. He is “biodeutsch” – “organic German” – and he’s proud of the fact that he votes AfD (the right-wing anti-immigrant party Alternativ für Deutschland). He leans forward and […]

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Lunar mystique: How the moon has inspired art and culture

On Friday night, sky gazers the world over will be looking out for a very special lunar eclipse, or ‘blood moon’ — the longest this century — as a glowing planet Mars simultaneously comes closest to the earth for 15 years. As the earth casts its shadow over the moon — and refracted sunlight passes through […]

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Of space and time: a new opera in Bayreuth

The tale can be read out loud in four minutes. In the version with music, choreography, video production and singing, it takes one hundred minutes. A flurry of gentle, rapid notes envelop listeners seated in an old movie theater as musicians perform to the audience’s left and right. A dancer shares the stage space with video projections that […]

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Aquatic imagery: The power of water in art throughout the ages

There’s no better place on sweltering summer days than to be by the water. As a relentless heatwave grips Europe, people are flocking to tranquil bays by the sea, clear freshwater lakes, burbling streams, or even public swimming pools. Read more: David Hockney’s swimming pools: a Brit’s artistic take on California Artists, too, have been inspired to depict refreshing water scenes over the […]