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Outkast goes back to 1990s hip hop at Coachella reunion INDIO, California (Reuters) - Hip hop duo Outkast reunited for the first time in eight years a the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, and brought a taste of old school hip hop with them to the stage. Outkast, formed by Atlanta rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi, kicked off the anticipated set with "B.O.B" from the duo's 2000 album "Stankonia," before taking it back to the 1990s with singles such as "ATLiens" and "Skew It on the Bar-B."

Rodin sculptures meets Mapplethorpe photos in Paris art show

By Johnny Cotton PARIS (Reuters) - A new exhibition exploring connections between beloved French sculptor August Rodin and controversial U.S. photographer Robert Mapplethorpe has brought a hint of seedy 1980s New York to the heart of Paris. Born in different centuries and on opposite sides of the Atlantic, the choice to juxtapose the two artists may at first appear far-fetched.

Rodin sculptures meets Mapplethorpe photos in Paris art show

By Johnny Cotton PARIS (Reuters) - A new exhibition exploring connections between beloved French sculptor August Rodin and controversial U.S. photographer Robert Mapplethorpe has brought a hint of seedy 1980s New York to the heart of Paris. Born in different centuries and on opposite sides of the Atlantic, the choice to juxtapose the two artists may at first appear far-fetched.

En route to Amazon, 'Rio 2' explores Brazil's musical diversity

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the opening scenes of "Rio 2" begins, so does the beat. The film, a follow up to 2011's successful animated film "Rio," picks up where the first one left off, with hip-shaking rhythms and Tropicalia styles along Rio de Janeiro's famous beaches.

Searching for Cervantes in a Spanish convent

By Teresa Larraz Mora MADRID (Reuters) - Historian Fernando Prado says he is not just tilting at windmills in his quest to find the remains of Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes, the creator of "Don Quixote". Almost 400 years after Cervantes's death, Prado is set to use ground-penetrating radar to peer into the sub-soil beneath an old convent in the heart of Madrid to look for his remains.

U2 rolls back next album to 2015

U2 are pushing back the release of their 13th album to 2015 despite a new single and many high-profile media appearances, music industry journal Billboard said Friday. Citing anonymous sources, it said the Irish mega band fronted by Bono has scheduled additional sessions with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, although Danger Mouse remains the project's central producer.

Art with a punch: Liu Bolin, 'China's Andy Warhol'

Emerging from the acrid fumes at a steelworks, artist Liu Bolin inspects the progress of his latest work -- a giant iron fist, poised to punch a hole through modern China. Weighing more than seven tonnes and 3.6 metres (12 feet) tall, the sculpture will go on show in Paris later this month, as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the country. "The inspiration for my 'Iron Fist' comes from my reflections on the realities of China," Liu told AFP.

Prize in honor of late US actor Hoffman

An annual prize will award $45,000 to a playwright in honor of Oscar-winning American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died this month from a suspected heroin overdose. The prize is being funded by gossip magazine The National Enquirer and its publisher, American Media Inc, which falsely reported that Hoffman had a gay affair with a friend. The friend, David Katz, came up with the idea after settling a libel case over the article, his lawyer Judd Bernstein told AFP.

Rita Moreno calls on Hispanics to support their artists

New York, Feb 24 (EFE).- Legendary Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her performance in "West Side Story," told fans in New York City that the Hispanic community should provide more support to its artists. "The door is open, but the door is not sufficiently open. We still have to push it," the 82-year-old Moreno told reporters, referring to the situation faced by Hispanic actors and actresses in the United States.

Rita Moreno calls on Hispanics to support their artists

New York, Feb 24 (EFE).- Legendary Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her performance in "West Side Story," told fans in New York City that the Hispanic community should provide more support to its artists. "The door is open, but the door is not sufficiently open. We still have to push it," the 82-year-old Moreno told reporters, referring to the situation faced by Hispanic actors and actresses in the United States.
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