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Dec 18, 2014

U.S. racial justice quest comes full circle in film ‘Selma’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When director Ava DuVernay was shooting the Martin Luther King Jr. movie “Selma,” she was nervous how the story of a 50-year-old battle for black voting rights would feel relevant for 21st century Americans.

She needn’t have worried.

“Selma,” the first U.S. feature film ever to focus on the iconic civil rights leader, arrives in theaters next week, after nationwide protests over the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers that have put race relations back on top of the political agenda.

Dec 16, 2014

New “Annie” movie less about “Tomorrow” and all about today

NEW YORK, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Forget the curly red hair and
Depression-era orphans.

The hit musical “Annie” moves firmly into the 21st century
in a new film version where the star is a street-smart
African-American foster kid who rides New York buses, and her
savior is a black cell phone billionaire who will stop at
nothing to become mayor.

Nov 24, 2014

Sting takes bold gamble to save his ‘Last Ship’ musical

NEW YORK, Nov 24 (Reuters) – British rock star Sting is
joining the cast of his deeply personal Broadway musical “The
Last Ship,” calling it a bold gamble to save the show from
sinking.

Sting, 63, will appear from Dec. 9-Jan. 10 as the cynical
foreman of a struggling shipyard in his northeast England
hometown of Wallsend, producers said on Monday.

Nov 6, 2014

Exploring Robert De Niro’s enigmatic playbook

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Brilliant, taciturn, droll, intimidating – Robert De Niro is regarded as one of the greatest American actors of all-time and among the most private.

U.S. author and film critic Shawn Levy spent four years trying to get a handle on the double Oscar winner while working on his biography entitled, “Robert De Niro: A Life.”

Nov 6, 2014

Book Talk-Exploring Robert De Niro’s enigmatic playbook

NEW YORK, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Brilliant, taciturn, droll,
intimidating – Robert De Niro is regarded as one of the greatest
American actors of all-time and among the most private.

U.S. author and film critic Shawn Levy spent four years
trying to get a handle on the double Oscar winner while working
on his biography entitled, “Robert De Niro: A Life.”

Nov 1, 2014

New York doctor with Ebola improves, nurse reunited with dog

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York doctor with Ebola, who triggered a national debate over mandatory quarantines for health workers returning from West Africa, was upgraded to stable condition on Saturday after nine days of treatment.

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, the only person in the United States currently being treated for Ebola, will remain in isolation, New York City’s Bellevue Hospital said in a statement. He has improved to “stable” from “serious but stable.”

Oct 22, 2014

Filming in fear: Edward Snowden as ‘Citizenfour’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – 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.

Those tense eight days form the centerpiece of “Citizenfour,” her account of how the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor decided in 2013 to release to the media tens of thousands of classified documents, and the global repercussions of that action.

Oct 11, 2014

Edward Snowden and girlfriend reunited in Moscow, new documentary shows

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who blew the whistle on the U.S. government’s mass surveillance programs, has been reunited in Russia with his long-time girlfriend, according to a new documentary shown on Friday.

Lindsay Mills, a dancer who was living with Snowden when he left Hawaii for Hong Kong in May 2013, joined him in Moscow in July 2014, the documentary disclosed.

Sep 4, 2014

Reporter seeks ‘Kennedy Connection’ in JFK-inspired thriller

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Take a disgraced reporter desperate for a comeback and a tip about new evidence in the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and you have “The Kennedy Connection,” a crime thriller written by a media insider fascinated with one of the defining moments of American history.

Veteran American journalist R.G. Belsky’s career includes stints as metropolitan news editor at the New York Post newspaper and managing editor of the New York Daily News, where his latest work of fiction is set.

Sep 4, 2014

Book Talk-Reporter seeks ‘Kennedy Connection’ in JFK-inspired thriller

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Take a disgraced reporter
desperate for a comeback and a tip about new evidence in the
assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and you have
“The Kennedy Connection,” a crime thriller written by a media
insider fascinated with one of the defining moments of American
history.

Veteran American journalist R.G. Belsky’s career includes
stints as metropolitan news editor at the New York Post
newspaper and managing editor of the New York Daily News, where
his latest work of fiction is set.

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      "I'm a British import to Los Angeles who still hasn't managed to lose the accent after 10 years. I cover all things celebrity -- Hollywood award shows, stars in trouble, U.S. television and California lifestyle. Before arriving in Los Angeles, I worked for Reuters in London and Italy, covering stories like the death of Princess Diana, the Italian Mafia, and the Good Friday Northern Ireland peace agreement."
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