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Jul 7, 2015

Bill Cosby’s moralizing comes back to haunt him

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bill Cosby’s forthright views on black parenting came back to haunt him this week when a U.S. judge called the comedian a “public moralist” who had lost the right of personal privacy in a 2005 civil sexual assault case.

The career of the once beloved comedian from TV’s “The Cosby Show” is in tatters after more than 40 women came forward in the past year to accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them in incidents dating back decades.

Jun 26, 2015

Actors, celebrities whoop with joy at U.S. gay marriage ruling

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actors, singers and Hollywood
celebrities, many of whom have played a major role in driving
acceptance of gay rights in mainstream culture, whooped with joy
at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that made gay marriage legal
nationwide on Friday.

Twitter lit up after the historic decision, with #LoveWins,
accompanied by a rainbow-colored heart, and #Supreme Court
quickly becoming the top trending items on the social media
site.

May 18, 2015

Happiness breaks out as TV’s ‘Mad Men’ ends packed with surprises

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Television’s “Mad Men” swigged their last drinks and made a final, brilliant, advertising pitch on Sunday in a series finale that saw many characters find happiness in unexpected places.

After eight years and multiple Emmy awards, the 1960s era show set in the New York advertising world, pulled down the shutters on a turbulent decade with an ending that was one of the best-kept secrets in television drama.

Apr 1, 2015

A Minute With: Elisabeth Moss and her dream ‘Mad Men’ role

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As AMC’s hit period advertising drama “Mad Men” enters the second part of its final season beginning April 5, actress Elisabeth Moss reflects on her role as Peggy Olson, who blossomed from a shy secretary to an early 1960s feminist and rising female ad agency copy-writer.

Moss, 32, spoke with Reuters about how she never became bored with Peggy and how her character may, or may not, end up.

Mar 30, 2015

‘Mad Men’ ends an era, asking ‘Is that all there is?’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Don Draper’s gray business suit and trademark fedora have found a home in the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and the Sixties are drawing to a close.

It’s the end of an era for “Mad Men,” the slow-burning, Emmy award-winning TV series. The AMC cable network show became a pop culture phenomenon and inspired a revival of the fashion and decor of a tumultuous decade.

Jan 27, 2015

Blizzard in northeast shuts schools, business, transport

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A blizzard dropped more than a foot (30 cm) of snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, falling short of the massive predicted snowfall that prompted officials across the region to close schools and order travel bans.

High winds and heavy snow were set to persist throughout the day, with another foot forecast to fall in parts of Boston. Wind-driven seas caused flooding along some low-lying roadways in coastal Massachusetts, state police said.

Jan 7, 2015

A Minute With: Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King in ‘Selma’

NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) – It’s rare for an actress to play
the same character twice but Carmen Ejogo, who played Coretta
Scott King in the HBO movie “Boycott”, portrays her again in the
1960s civil rights era movie “Selma”, to be released in U.S.
theaters nationwide on Friday.

Amazingly, Ejogo says early versions of the “Selma” script
had no role for the wife of Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

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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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