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'Big Hero 6' to the rescue at new-look Tokyo film festival

TOKYO - Hello Kitty and Doraemon anime characters strutted their stuff on the red carpet on Thursday, as Disney's "Big Hero 6" kicked off a new-look Tokyo film festival that taps into Japan's love of animation.

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Filming in fear: Edward Snowden as 'Citizenfour'

NEW YORK - U.S. documentary maker Laura Poitras has found herself in many a risky situation in Iraq and Yemen. But she never felt in as much danger as when she was filming Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel while he prepared to blow the whistle on massive secret surveillance programs run by the U.S. government.

Film, Yemen 22 Oct 2014

Popular Mexican musician shot dead in cartel-riddled northwest

MEXICO CITY - A member of Banda el Recodo, a traditional Mexican band also popular in the United States, was found dead from a gunshot to the neck on Wednesday in the northwestern Mexican resort city of Mazatlan, the group and local authorities said.

Music, Mexico 22 Oct 2014

Blogs, videos and verse: an Iraqi poet's quest to heal her homeland

LONDON - Iraqi-born poet Amal al-Jubouri may not have the Hollywood recognition of Angelina Jolie, but both women are artists who have decided to use their talents and profile to help the victims of war.

22 Oct 2014

Argentine luthier turns beat-up skateboards into electric guitars

BUENOS AIRES - Working a pedal-powered carpentry machine, Argentine luthier Ezequiel Galasso is giving beat-up skateboards a new lease on life, recycling them into electric guitars coveted by the likes of American rock band Pearl Jam.

Music 22 Oct 2014

Conductor Chailly: Appeasing La Scala's 'gods' with Italian opera

LONDON - Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly knows that Milan's legendary La Scala opera house, where he takes over as principal conductor in January, is a political and cultural pressure cooker. So he's going to give the public what it wants: Italian opera.

Italy, Music, Arts 22 Oct 2014

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