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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.

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.

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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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