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Jun 21, 2012

Aaron Sorkin targets journalism in “The Newsroom”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. television news has become as predictably sensational as reality shows, while journalism in general is failing democracy and its crucial role in intelligently informing the public.

That’s the message behind a reimagining of what the news could and should be as shown in writer Aaron Sorkin’s idealistic new show, “The Newsroom,” which premieres on cable channel HBO on Sunday.

Jun 20, 2012

A Minute With: Aaron Sorkin on “The Newsroom”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Aaron Sorkin has been down a similar road before.

The Oscar-winning writer of “The Social Network” and creator of the behind-the-scenes account of Washington politics, “The West Wing,” has a much-anticipated new series premiering on cable channel HBO on Sunday – “The Newsroom.”

Rapid-fire banter, clever posturing about modern-day America and a romantic view of the workplace are all Sorkin trademarks found in his new show, which examines the world of cable TV news centered around unyielding anchor Will McAvoy, who is played by Jeff Daniels.

Jun 11, 2012

‘Once’ gains early wins at Tony Awards

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Once,” the musical adaption of an unlikely love story of a Dublin street performer and an Czech piano player, won several Tony Awards on Sunday as Broadway honored its best plays and musicals.

The humble, intimate stage musical adapted from the 2006 independent film “Once” won awards for best book, orchestrations, scenic design, sound design and best direction for John Tiffany in his first Tony victory.

Jun 11, 2012

Tony Awards kick off with “Once” favored

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Tony Awards kicked off on Sunday with Broadway’s biggest stars hitting the red carpet and humble Irish love story “Once” heading into the night leading a close race for Broadway’s best musicals and plays.

There was no dominant frontrunner going in to the three-hour awards show televised live from New York’s Beacon Theatre.

Jun 10, 2012

“Once” leads tight Tony Awards contest

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Humble Irish love story “Once” about a Dublin street performer and a Czech piano player who share a passion for music and an impossible attraction for each other leads a close race of nominated Broadway shows heading into the Tony Awards on Sunday.

There was no dominant frontrunner before the three-hour awards show to be held at New York’s Beacon Theatre, which honors Broadway’s best musicals and plays. But “Once” has the highest number of Tony nominations as well as recent wins for best musical at the Drama Desk and Drama Critics Circle awards.

Jun 9, 2012

Ebooks, digital publishing in focus at New York book expo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The mood at this week’s giant Book Expo America was upbeat as publishers’ excitement over the growth of electronic books – or ebooks – and the future of digital publishing offset concern over sluggish sales of traditional books.

Book publishing is undergoing a sea change that parallels the transformation of music publishing over the past decade, and book sellers are starting to feel their way forward.

Jun 6, 2012

Science fiction author Ray Bradbury dead at 91

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ray Bradbury, a giant of American literature who helped popularize science fiction with poetic, cerebral works such as “The Martian Chronicles,” died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

Bradbury brought not only futuristic vision but literary sensibilities to his more than 500 works published including “Fahrenheit 451,” a classic dystopian novel about book censorship in a future society, and other favorites such as “The Illustrated Man” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”

May 28, 2012

Chely Wright’s country life is peaceful, not easy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two years after becoming the first country star to come out as gay, Chely Wright is now at peace, living honestly and married to another woman, but she feels somewhat cut off by the country music world to which she has devoted her life.

Gay artists have long struggled with the impact that coming out might have on their careers, but Wright thinks the time has never been better to be open despite her struggles depicted in a new film documentary, “Wish Me Away,” in U.S. theaters June 1.

May 18, 2012

Broadway play’s echoes of Bo scandal may prevent China staging

NEW YORK (Reuters) – China’s biggest political scandal in two decades is likely to have dashed playwright David Henry Hwang’s hopes of bringing his Broadway play “Chinglish” to mainland China anytime soon.

In a case of life imitating art, the comedy has so many similarities to events surrounding deposed Chinese politician Bo Xilai that Hwang says he doesn’t believe it would be acceptable to the authorities to allow a production to be mounted.

May 10, 2012

Howard Stern says will tone down act for “Got Talent”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shock jock Howard Stern promised on Thursday to tone down his act for his judge’s role on “America’s Got Talent,” in a shift from some of the controversy that has helped make his radio show popular and has shaped his reputation.

Stern replaces Piers Morgan on the judging panel for the NBC talent show that returns for a seventh season on Monday. The choice of the radio DJ, known for sexually explicit language and satirical comments on race and religion, has already drawn protests from one TV watchdog group.

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