California museum can keep Cranachs looted by Nazis -US appeals court

By Jonathan Stempel Undated, July 30 : A federal appeals court on Monday said the Norton Simon Museum can keep two 16th century masterpieces depicting Adam and Eve by the German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder, which had been looted by the Nazis during World War Two. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

YouTube plans original programming in India, Japan and other markets

By Lisa Richwine BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 28 : Alphabet Inc’s YouTube is creating scripted series and other original programming for international markets including France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and India to try to draw new customers to its paid subscription service, a senior executive said on Friday. The programming will come in the form of […]

Cancer drug movie strikes nerve in China, becomes box-office hit

By Christian Shepherd and Pei Li BEIJING, July 18 : A low-budget Chinese movie about a leukaemia patient who turns to smuggling cheaper cancer drugs from India has struck a chord with Internet users and even the country’s leaders, spotlighting national anxieties about unaffordable hospital care. For years, China has promised healthcare reforms to dispel […]

“Saturday Night Live” pulled in China amid crackdown on content

By Pei Li and Adam Jourdan BEIJING/SHANGHAI, July 18 : China’s version of U.S. broadcaster NBCUniversal’s satire show “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) has temporarily been pulled from a domestic video site, amid a crackdown on content ranging from online blogs to livestreamed video. The news comes after China’s content regulator urged media platforms last week […]

A real body of work, artists ditch canvases for humans at art festival

By Lisi Niesner KLAGENFURT, Austria, July 14 : Austrian model Corina gave her body as a canvas and patiently stood for six hours in order to be transformed into a blue Egyptian goddess for the annual World Body Painting Festival. “I visited the festival last year and during the presentation of the models I got […]

Thai rescue of boys from cave is a drama fit for Hollywood

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES, July 11 : The nail-biting rescue of a Thai boys soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave complex transfixed news viewers around the world, and the story could be headed for a retelling by Hollywood. Divers freed the last four of 12 boys and the adult coach on […]