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Jul 31, 2015

Broadway’s buzzy ‘Hamilton’ music to the ears of founding father’s fans

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Broadway hip-hop musical “Hamilton” is the hottest ticket in town this summer, and George Cox is, in a word, ecstatic.

Cox, founder of Seattle-based Alexander Hamilton Scholars, is one of thousands of Americans who have toiled for years to promote the much-neglected legacy of one of the founding fathers of the United States.

Jul 24, 2015

After U.S. shooting, high cost of more security vexes movie theaters

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) – American high school students
walk through metal detectors each day. The Metropolitan Opera in
New York searches the bags and purses of patrons each night, and
air travel involves long lines and security checks.

But the nation’s movie theaters are unlikely to introduce
such stringent measures anytime soon despite the latest shooting
inside a Louisiana multiplex, security experts said on Friday.

Jul 23, 2015

Caitlyn as popular as Kim? Americans cautious as Jenner transgender show airs

NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) – Caitlyn Jenner is ready for
her close-up with the launch of her reality show on Sunday but
Americans may not be as eager to welcome the former Olympic
champion as a transgender woman onto their televisions, cereal
boxes and billboards.

Despite the furor last month over Jenner’s glamorous coming
out Vanity Fair photo as Caitlyn, she still has a way to go to
keep up with Kim Kardashian – her reality queen step-daughter -
in terms of popular appeal, according to marketing experts.

Jul 14, 2015

Harper Lee new novel deemed ‘clunky,’ ‘distressing’ as it hits bookstores

NEW YORK, July 14 (Reuters) – Bookstores opened early across
the United States on Tuesday as Harper Lee’s second novel, “Go
Set a Watchman,” went on sale to mixed reviews and widespread
disillusion over the depiction of heroic lawyer Atticus Finch as
a 1950s racist.

In Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, one of the
author’s old friends reported the writer was delighted with the
response to her only published novel since her 1960 classic “To
Kill a Mockingbird.”

Jul 14, 2015

Harper Lee new novel deemed ‘clunky,’ ‘distressing’ as sales begin

NEW YORK, July 14 (Reuters) – Bookstores opened early around
the United States on Tuesday as Harper Lee’s second novel, “Go
Set a Watchman,” went on sale to mixed reviews and widespread
disillusion over the depiction of heroic lawyer Atticus Finch as
a 1950s racist.

The Ol’ Curiosities & Book Shoppe in Lee’s Monroeville,
Alabama, hometown opened at midnight and other stores opened
early to meet demand for the reclusive author’s only published
novel since her 1960 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Jul 13, 2015

Rapper 50 Cent files for bankruptcy protection in Connecticut

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rapper 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy
protection in Connecticut on Monday, reporting debts and assets
in the range of $10 million to $50 million.

Lawyers for the “Get Rich or Die Tryin” singer filed court
papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Hartford under the musician’s
real name, Curtis James Jackson III.

Jul 13, 2015

Harper Lee exits the one-hit wonder book club with ‘Watchman’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Whatever the final literary judgment on Harper Lee’s unexpected second novel “Go Set a Watchman”, one epithet has been swept away.

“One-hit wonder” is no longer a phrase that can be applied to the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the beloved novel about racism and injustice in the American South.

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.

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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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