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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.

Jun 9, 2014

Tony Awards embrace women, new and old, after close races

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Broadway crowned one its favorite female stars and embraced a bevy of newcomers at the Tony Awards on Sunday in some of the most closely contested actress races for years.

An emotional Audra McDonald, 43, made Tony Awards history with a record sixth performance win for her heartbreaking turn as jazz singer Billie Holiday in the play, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”.

May 29, 2014

Spider-Man swings back to big screen, trapped in web of love

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Spider-Man is having a blast, swinging, somersaulting and wise-cracking his way around the skyscrapers and streets of New York, trouncing bullies and fighting crime.

Being Peter Parker however is much more difficult, especially when it comes to love. And it’s Peter’s conflicted, earth-bound romance with teen girlfriend Gwen Stacy that drives “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” opening in U.S. movie theaters on Friday. The film has already made $132 million at the international box office.

Dec 6, 2013

U.S. television, Twitter, alive with new version of ‘Sound of Music’

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) – U.S. television was alive with
“The Sound of Music” on Thursday as country singer Carrie
Underwood and “True Blood” actor Stephen Moyer starred in a live
version of the classic musical about an aspiring nun who falls
in love with an Austrian captain.

Filmed on vast movie sets and with lavish costumes but
without an audience, the NBC television broadcast harked back to
the traditions of the 1950s and 1960s when live musicals were
often shown on American television.

Dec 3, 2013

Carrie Underwood climbs ‘Sound of Music’ mountain

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Despite just a handful of acting roles to date, country singer and “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood was the first choice to play the coveted lead role of Maria in a new live version of “The Sound of Music” for television.

Since winning “Idol” in 2005, Underwood, 30, has taken the country music scene by storm with hits like “Before He Cheats,” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” winning six Grammys and more than 100 other music awards. But the singer will take on more than just singing as she plays the von Trapp’s musical governess in the live NBC broadcast on Thursday.

Dec 3, 2013

A Minute With: Carrie Underwood climbs ‘Sound of Music’ mountain

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Despite just a handful of acting roles to date, country singer and “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood was the first choice to play the coveted lead role of Maria in a new live version of “The Sound of Music” for television.

Since winning “Idol” in 2005, Underwood, 30, has taken the country music scene by storm with hits like “Before He Cheats,” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” winning six Grammys and more than 100 other music awards. But the singer will take on more than just singing as she plays the von Trapp’s musical governess in the live NBC broadcast on Thursday.

Nov 26, 2013

Favorite things get a twist in new U.S. TV version of ‘Sound of Music’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Producers of a new version of the Oscar-winning musical “The Sound of Music,” set for U.S. television next week, knew it would be a sacrilege to try and re-make the beloved 1965 movie classic starring Julie Andrews.

And American country singer Carrie Underwood, who will star as the aspiring nun who brings song into the home of a strict Austrian widower, says she cringes when she hears the word “re-make.”

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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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