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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.

May 1, 2012

Irish love story “Once” leads with 11 Tony nominations

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Broadway musical version of the Irish love story “Once” about a Dublin busker and Czech piano player who share a passion for music and an impossible attraction to each other gained the highest number of Tony Award nominations announced on Tuesday.

The intimate stage musical, adapted from the hit 2006 indie Irish film and featuring the Oscar-winning song, “Falling Slowly,” gained 11 nominations, including nods for its main stars, Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti.

May 1, 2012

Wainwright tries pop’s mainstream with new album

NEW YORK (Reuters) – After writing an opera, recreating Judy Garland’s classic Carnegie Hall show and performing one concert tour dressed, in his words, as a crazed feathered ghost, Rufus Wainwright is edging toward pop’s mainstream.

The experimental singer-songwriter has teamed with popular British DJ and music producer Mark Ronson, who helped create Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” for what is being touted as Wainwright’s most commercial album yet, “Out of the Game,” released in the United States on Tuesday.

Apr 27, 2012

Film on Indian women wins best documentary at Tribeca

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “War Witch,” a sensitive drama about a 12-year-old girl abducted by vicious armed rebels in sub-Saharan Africa, and a nonfiction film that examines the plight of women in modern India, won the top awards at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday.

“War Witch” picked up the jury prize for best narrative feature and best actress for Rachel Mwanza who plays the girl forced to become a child soldier, while “The World Before Her” that parallels women in the Miss India beauty pageant and a fundamentalist Hindu girls camp won best documentary.

Apr 27, 2012

Missing Cuban actor, “War Witch” win Tribeca awards

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “War Witch,” a sensitive drama about a 12-year-old girl abducted by vicious armed rebels in sub-Saharan Africa, and a nonfiction film that examines the plight of women in modern India won the top awards at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday.

“War Witch” picked up the jury prize for best narrative feature and best actress for Rachel Mwanza who plays the girl forced to become a child soldier, while “The World Before Her” that parallels women in the Miss India beauty pageant and a fundamentalist Hindu girls camp won best documentary.

Apr 25, 2012

Iraqis under threat, Indian women in focus at Tribeca

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iraqis living in danger after working with U.S. troops and diplomats and an examination of women in modern India are two subjects grabbing the attention of critics and audiences among documentaries showing at the Tribeca Film Festival this week.

Both films are part of a lineup of 32 documentaries at the New York festival, which runs through Sunday, that tell true tales from inside and outside the United States. Documentaries, which have become more stylized in recent years with inexpensive hi-tech cameras, have traditionally been a strength at Tribeca. This year is no exception, and many of these non-fiction movies will be seen in theaters and on TV throughout 2012.

Apr 23, 2012

Filipino singer’s ‘journey’ takes Tribeca stage

NEW YORK (Reuters) – At age 40, Arnel Pineda lived every wannabe rock star’s dream, middle-aged fan’s fantasy and even one poor country’s hope for financial success.

A little more than five years ago, as videos of Pineda performing Journey cover tunes played on YouTube, he sat at home in the Philippines on the verge of giving up his dream of a singing and songwriting career.

Apr 18, 2012

Tribeca opens with comedy “The Five-Year Engagement”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lighthearted romantic comedy opened New York’s Tribeca film festival on Wednesday bringing some crowd-pleasing laughs and a smattering of red carpet glamour before audiences settle into 12 days of mostly independent cinema.

The premiere of “The Five-Year Engagement,” starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, by the same team behind “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” kicked off the festival which is entering its second decade with organizers promising a broader quality of films from all regions of the world.

Apr 17, 2012

Book lovers react bitterly to no fiction Pulitzer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Disappointed book lovers and the publishing world lashed out on Tuesday at the refusal to declare a Pulitzer fiction winner, saying it would hurt sales and gave the impression that 2011 was a bad year for novels.

Monday’s lack of a decision by the Pulitzer board could also hurt an industry accused of fixing prices for e-books, critics said.

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