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Man Shouted 'Die' Before Fire-Bombing Japan Anime Studio and Killing Dozens

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The KyoAni studio is known for producing shows about the daily lives of schoolgirls and high-quality feature films.
'At least 33 people are dead at a Kyoto anime studio after a 41-year-old man lit the place on fire, allegedly shouting “Drop dead!” and “Die!” while he poured petrol around the building. About 70 people were in Kyoto Animation Co.’s main studio when the attack — believed to be Japan’s worst mass killing in nearly 20 years — took place around 10:30 a.m. local time on Friday, according to the Guardian. The suspected arsonist, who has not been named, is currently being treated for injuries at a hospital in Kyoto. It’s unclear whether he’s connected to the studio. 20 of those killed were women, according to the Washington Post . “So many people were killed or injured. It’s so appalling I can’t find a word to say,” Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, wrote on Twitter after the attack. Dozens were injured in the blaze, according to the Japan Times . Dead bodies were found across the building, with four victims discovered on the stairs and 11 on the second floor. “This has just broken our hearts. What’s the use of resorting to violence?” Hideaki Hatta, president of the anime company, told the Japan Times. Kyoto Animation, or KyoAni, is known for producing shows about the daily lives of schoolgirls and high-quality feature films. The company was founded in 1981 by Yoko Hatta, an anime producer married to Hideaki. A GoFundMe to assist victims of the studio fire has already amassed $430,000. Arson is a crime punishable by death in Japan, according to the Japan Times. Cover: People watch the three-story studio of Kyoto Animation Co. in Kyoto on July 18, 2019, after a man allegedly set it on fire. The studio is known for producing the popular TV animation series \'K-On!!\' and \'The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya\'. (Kyodo via AP Images) ==Kyodo'

Sanded Down Versions of Mass-Produced Chairs Speak to an Ecomony in Crisis

Musician Colossal

Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema of Studio Tjep created the Recession Chair in 2011 as a response to the world’s economic crisis. To produce the work, Studio Tjep sanded down a mass-produced IKEA chair to a ragged and skeletal structure. “The
'Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema of Studio Tjep created the Recession Chair in 2011 as a response to the world’s economic crisis. To produce the work, Studio Tjep sanded down a mass-produced IKEA chair to a ragged and skeletal structure. “The resulting object is barely functional as it most likely won’t withstand the weight of the person it is trying to support,” said Tjep in a statement about the chair , “much like a society plagued by recession.” As an opposing gesture, Tjep cast the work in bronze, adding strength to the chair’s areas of fault. You can see various states of the chair in the images below, including a partially sanded version of the chair in white, and several examples of the piece fully cast in luminous bronze. To view more examples of Tjep’s work with architecture, objects, and interior design, visit their website . (via @designers_need )'

Marvel Reportedly Seeking Chinese American Actors for ‘Shang-Chi’ Role

Musician NextShark

Production for Marvel’s first-ever Asian-led superhero movie “Shang-Chi” has begun and the studio is allegedly putting out test offers for actors to play the part.
'Production for Marvel’s first-ever Asian-led superhero movie “Shang-Chi” has begun and the studio is allegedly putting out test offers for actors to play the part.Variety film reporter Justin Kroll has allegedly been told that “Marvel is putting out test offers for a group of men in their 20s for its SHANG-CHI movie” and that the studio “have also been adamant to reps offering up their clients for the role that they have to be of Chinese ancestry no other Asian ancestry excepted.” With comic-con closing in, hearing Marvel is putting out test offers for a group of men in their 20s for its SHANG-CHI movie.Marvel have also been adamant to reps offering up their clients for the role that they have to be of Chinese ancestry no other Asian ancestry excepted. — Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) July 13, 2019 The reporter added that Marvel may be going down the discovery route for the actor of “Shang-Chi.” Haven’t heard any names as it sounds like they are going the discovery route but it will be interesting to see if a decision by the time the Hall H presentation.Stay tuned. — Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) July 13, 2019 Marvel is apparently looking for a Chinese American actor in his mid-20s who can do a standard American accent as stated in the offer that another Twitter user posted in the thread.Here’s the grid they sent FYI pic.twitter.com/TCB0DMtdP0 — Daniel Richtman (@DanielRPK) July 13, 2019 It was recently reported that Marvel is eyeing Donnie Yen for an unspecified role in “Shang-Chi” while “Aquaman” actor Ludi Lin was allegedly on Kevin Feige’s radar to play the titular role.Featured image via Marvel . The post Marvel Reportedly Seeking Chinese American Actors for ‘Shang-Chi’ Role appeared first on NextShark .'

South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dies at 66

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Groundbreaking South African musician Johnny Clegg dies at 66 after fighting pancreatic cancer
'Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed under the country's apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66. The Grammy-nominated and British-born singer sometimes called the \'White Zulu\' died peacefully at home in Johannesburg with his family there, according to Clegg's manager, Roddy Quin. \'He fought it to the last second,\' Quin told the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Clegg's multi-racial bands during South Africa's white minority rule attracted an international following. He crafted hits inspired by Zulu and township harmonies, as well as folk music and other influences. South Africa's government said in a statement that \'his music had the ability to unite people across the races .. Clegg has made an indelible mark in the music industry and the hearts of the people.\' FILE - Singer Johnny Clegg, right, perfoms with the Soweto Gospel Choir at Ellispark stadium in Johannesburg, Dec. 1, 2007. One of his best-known songs was \'Asimbonanga,\' which means \'We've never seen him\' in Zulu. It refers to South Africans during apartheid when images of the then-imprisoned Mandela were banned. Mandela was released in 1990 after 27 years in prison and became South Africa's first black president in all-race elections four years later. Political opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said Clegg \'wrote our SA story when our country was at its worst and at its best.\' The Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir said it was \'devastated\' by Clegg's death and called him a \'music icon and a true South African.\' Fellow musicians posted similar tributes on social media.  'Bringing people together'   Clegg learned about Zulu music and dancing as a teenager when he hung out with a Zulu cleaner and street musician called Charlie Mzila. He later explored his idea of \'crossover\' music with the multi-racial bands Juluka and Savuka at a time of bitter conflict in South Africa over the country's white minority rule.    Clegg recorded songs he was arrested for and \'never gave in to the pressure of the apartheid rules,\' his manager said. The apartheid-era censorship also restricted where he could perform, yet Clegg \'impacted millions of people around the world,\' Quin said. \'He played a major role in South Africa getting people to learn about other people's cultures and bringing people together.\' The musician performed as late as 2017, high-kicking and stomping during a tour called \'The Final Journey\' while his cancer was in remission.  FILE - South African singer Johnny Clegg, center, and dancers of South African band Savuka perform on stage at the Zenith concert hall in Paris as part of three-concert series dedicated to the fight against apartheid, May 10, 1988. At a concert in Johannesburg that year, Clegg said that \'all of these entries into traditional culture gave me a way of understanding myself, helping me to shape a kind of African identity for myself, and freed me up to examine another way of looking at the world.\' In December, Clegg told South African news channel eNCA the \'toughest part of my journey will be the next two years\' and called himself an \'outlier\' in an interview that mused about mortality. The performer was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and the grueling treatment included two six-month sessions of chemotherapy and an operation.    \'I don't have a duodenum and half my stomach. I don't have a bile duct. I don't have a gall bladder and half my pancreas. It's all been reconfigured,\' he told reporters in 2017. 'Pinnacle moment' In that interview, Clegg recalled how he performed \'Asimbonanga\' while on tour in Germany in 1997 and experienced a \'huge shock\' when Mandela, beaming and dancing, unexpectedly came out on stage behind him. \'It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world. And at peace with myself,\' Mandela said to the audience. He asked Clegg to resume his performance and urged the audience to get up and dance.    At the end of the song, Mandela and Clegg, holding hands, walked off stage. \'That was the pinnacle moment for me,\' Clegg recalled. \'It was just a complete and amazing gift from the universe.\''

Hailey Baldwin's Response To Tool's Maynard Keenan Dissing Justin Is So Protective

Musician Elite Daily

Don't come for her man. Hailey Baldwin is out here on social media defending Justin Bieber again following a tweet from a fellow musician she felt was unfairly judgmental. Maynard Keenan, frontman of the band Tool, recently learned The Biebs was a…
'Don't come for her man. Hailey Baldwin is out here on social media defending Justin Bieber again following a tweet from a fellow musician she felt was unfairly judgmental. Maynard Keenan, frontman of the band Tool, recently learned The Biebs was a big fan of his band's music after he posted some videos to his Instagram story with their songs playing. Keenan, who apparently does not reciprocate Bieber's admiration, tweeted about the \'Sorry\' singer in response, and Hailey Baldwin's response to Tool's Maynard Keenan dissing Justin is another move of Baldwin's in defense of her husband. On July 11, Bieber posted an Instagram story that featured some Tool lyrics from the song \' The Pot .\' \'Who are you to wave your finger? You must have been outta your head. Eye hole deep in muddy waters. You practically raised the dead,\' the lyrics on Bieber's story read. The photo behind the lyrics, by they way, just showed Bieber's legs and some Drew gear (Bieber's new clothing line). The following post was a challenge to fans to see how many of his followers knew that song/its creators. \'If you know what the song is to the lyrics I posted write them down on my last post,\' Bieber said in the story. \'Don't look it up please, I'm curious if any of you know it.\' Consequence of Sound, a Chicago-based pop culture publication that is the self-proclaimed \'missing link between mainstream pop culture and the underground,\' tweeted a story about Bieber being a Tool fan . Keenan responded to the tweet saying, \'#bummer.\' A bit rude, TBH. Baldwin did not take kindly to this tweet. \'He expressed he was a fan of your music. Grew up listening to your music,\' she said in response to Keenan's tweet about her husband (which he went as far as to tag him in). \'You must be unhappy with yourself that you want to make people feel small who express their admiration for you. Very childish and hurtful thing to do. I hope u find security within yourself. Sad place to be.\' Y'all, Keenan doesn't have to like Justin Bieber or his music in order to appreciate having a fan. If all he did was post an Instagram story with \'The Pot\' lyrics and simply made clear he was a fan of the band, was there really any need for Keenan to troll him for it? Who is anyone to complain about having fans? Bieber and Baldwin come to each other's defenses frequently. In fact, back in March 2019, Bieber came to Baldwin's defense on Instagram when his own fans were trashing her by comparing their marriage to Bieber's relationship with Selena Gomez. \'You are NOT in love with Hailey! You only married her to get back at [Selena Gomez] plus Hailey sleeps with men like @shawnmendes for money and is racist,\' one fan of Bieber said in a hella heated comment on Bieber's Instagram. Bieber had zero time for this. \'You're immature. The fact that you have an account dedicated to dissing my wife and I is absolutely absurd,\' he responded directly to the fan. \'Why would I dedicate my whole life to someone in marriage to get back at my ex? Anyone who believes this is mean-spirited or 10 years old or younger because a logical person doesn't talk or think this way, you should be ashamed of yourself.\' \'I absolutely loved and love Selena she will always hold a place in my heart,\' he added, \'but I am head over heels in love with my wife and she is absolutely the BEST THING that has ever happened to me, period.\' So basically, if you say anything bad about Justin and Hailey Bieber, they will not be fans.'